Food for Our Souls:
Opportunity for Good
Abundant Grace Coastside Worker is raising money to benefit the Free Community Breakfast, run jointly by Abundant Grace Coastside Worker and the Coastside Lutheran Church.
They badly need a bigger refrigerator to handle food prep and storage. With all the families coming to eat on Wednesday and Thursday mornings there are many supplies like milk, eggs, sausage, butter, juice, vegetables and more. Plus the farm program of Abundant Grace brings thousands of pounds of fresh organic produce for free distribution each year. There is not enough room for everything so please consider donating to this cause's gofundme.

UUCC Gallery View Zoom Sunday, July 16th, 11am
On Sunday, July 16, we welcome back David Marsland, a recent Shared Pulpit Graduate. On that date, David delivers a sermon entitled "Death Looms Over My Shoulder and the Joy of Cycling." The service starts at 11am.

Most of us are uncomfortable talking about or even thinking about death. Yet death awaits all of us in the end. As an avid bicyclist, death often looms over David's shoulder. And still he rides, filled with joy. 

Knowing that we only have a finite time to live can help us to live more fully. Let us ponder our own mortality and consider what it would take to be ready to die peacefully when the time comes.

Despite the risks, bicycling can bring great joy. Imagine the wind in your face, flying down hills and riding through incredible scenery like our beautiful Coastside. Picture yourself traveling under your own power and growing stronger with every mile while laughing with friends. Or just bike commuting to work, to the store, or just around town and having fun on the way. 

David Marsland participates in the UU Coastside Community along with his wife Verna Barrientos. He has led previous UUCC services on Climate Action and Loving Kindness. And David loves to bicycle. He has four sons and three granddaughters and wants to do all he can to ensure that they live in a world full of loving kindness. 

Following the Gallery View Third Sunday format, this is a Zoom-only service.
For the Order of Service, click here
UUCC Zoom link:
or Meeting ID: 661 775 5196 Password: 416762
Please join us at 11:00 am Pacific, 2pm Eastern
Bill Heavlin's Summer Guest Speaker Schedule
July 23 at UUFSCC and Aug 27 at UUCLC
Our beloved Bill Heavlin is journeying to two other UU congregations, the UU Fellowship of Santa Cruz County in Aptos and the UU Community of Lake County in Kelseyville. Both sermons consist primarily of fresh content.

On Sunday, July 23rd, at UUFSCC, Bill talks on "Ambiguous Loss and New Hope." In pondering the post-Pandemic transitions that many UU congregations are experiencing, Bill points out 3½ sources of new hope—all within core UU capabilities. The service begins at 10am and you can access the Zoom link by visiting the UUFSCC website on the day of the service.

On Sunday, August 27th, at UUCLC, in a sermon entitled "The Wrong End of the Telescope," Bill builds on the Buddhist concept of the four Brahmaviharas, the four virtues: kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity. Each of these has both a far and a near opposites or "enemies." Each of the four near enemies seem seductively similar to the Buddhist virtue with which they are paired, but in fact, each works to undermine profoundly its virtue. Through the lens of the Brahmaviharas, and the concept of near enemies, Bill illuminates anew some contemporary issues within Unitarian Universalist congregations.

And in case you missed it, UUCC's YouTube channel now lists Bill's most recent sermon "Reconciliation and the Journey Toward Justice," which includes a novel, localized Land Acknowledgment and considers principally the community response to the January 23 mass shooting in Half Moon Bay.
UUCC First Sunday In-Person Service, August 6th
The Touchstones Theme for August is Activism. We warmly welcome back Ron Ahnen to the UUCC pulpit on August 6th with a sermon entitled “Activating Our Imagination with Faith.”

As people of faith, we hold dearly to our Unitarian Universalist values as we strive to live out our ideal of the beloved community in this broken world. Ron Ahnen explores how our UU faith informs our imagination and encourages us to realize our dreams for humanity as we engage in social activism. In the face of both small and large questions of social justice, our faith nourishes us and helps us avoid the traps of helplessness and apparent powerlessness.

Ron Ahnen is a 4th year part-time student at Starr King School for the Ministry pursing a Masters in Divinity degree, with a strong interest in UU history and especially the development of religious natural humanism. He is also a Professor of Politics at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, CA where he teaches courses on Human Rights, Just War Theory, and the Politics of Imprisonment, among others. In a few years, Ron is looking forward to retiring from college teaching to take up pastoral work in a UU Congregational setting.

UUCC warmly welcomes congregants from UU San Mateo and UU Fellowship of Redwood City to join us in person on August 6th at 11am. This live in-person service takes place at Odd Fellows Hall, 526 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA, 94019. Mask wearing is no longer mandatory but we encourage the added protection as a courtesy to some of our elders. Odd Fellows Hall is quite spacious for social distancing and includes a new high-circulation air ventilation system. We will also be celebrating our 8th Anniversary and rumor has it there will be treats to enjoy after the service.

For the Order of Service, click here
UUCC Zoom link:
or Meeting ID: 661 775 5196 Password: 416762
Please join us at 11:00 am Pacific, 2pm Eastern
Summer Social Get-Togethers on the Coast
Inspired by our recent service on Play, we're looking for volunteers to head up one of their favorite social opportunities below. UUCC services are outstanding but a community needs more glue than only two meetings a month. Nancy Palmer, UUCC's principal founder, loves UUCC's services but feels it's important we gather and participate in some outside activities to get to know each other better and share other interests. As we enter in our 8th year the first week in August, let's make 2023-24 the "Year of Beloved UU Coastside Community Building."

We polled our community in 2022 to learn which outside activities would be of interest. The timing was't ideal for getting together in person back then. But the tides have changed and many of us are yearning now to be more social. What we need are volunteers to take on one of the options below and we will take care of publicizing the activity.

Here are a few possibilities:
  • Reserve the big round table at the back of Cafe Society, to have
coffee or lunch together after our in-person service.
  • Meet for lunch or coffee on a different day in a different venue.
  • Meet for a beach clean-up.
  • Meet somewhere to sing some hymns or other songs, any way
we can.
  • Meet on the first Thursdays of the month to read poems at Speaker's Space from 5pm to 6:30pm at MacDutra Park.
  • Meet to discuss and maybe lend or trade books we liked.
  • Meet to play and/or learn bridge, chess, or other games.
  • A meeting for computer enthusiasts to share their interests.
  • Meet to watch a social action movie at someone's home and discuss afterward
  • Meet to work on a project that someone needs help with.
  • Meet for a group hike on the Coast.
  • Meet for a potluck at someone's home.
  • And something else....

Nancy Palmer has offered to keep track of who is sponsoring the different activities. You can email her at or call her at (510) 326-6646.
Forest Bathing with Gregg Berman, July 15th
Gregg Berman spoke last year at UUCC on September 4th and we enjoyed his slide show presentation entitled Permission To Be Our Full Selves — The Healing Power of Nature’s Awe. Let's get out in Nature and experience Forest Bathing in person! Gregg is offering a public walk at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve this coming Saturday, July 15th, from 11am to 2:30pm.

This guided mindfulness-based walk will take you through the Monterey Cypress Forests above the ocean at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve in Moss Beach and also on its white sand beaches. You'll be guided to deepen your experience of nature in unique ways, which may be both playful and introspective. The walk will end with tasty snacks and delicious tea made from foraged plants (with immune boosting and stomach healing properties) and served in handmade tea cups.

All activity levels welcome—no hiking experience required. Dress in layers in case of cold, fog, or rain. We'll limit electronic use. Bring water, hiking snacks, a mask (all covid precautions are taken) and your sense of awe and wonder. If you're interested in joining, please sign up at this Event-Brite link here.
Peninsula Bay Area Shared UU Services
UUCC has enjoyed hosting the congregations of UUFRC and UUSM during the summers since 2020. Although Zoom-only services are a thing of the past, we are continuing the tradition. Our Shared Summer Service Program for 2023 will be:
  • July 23rd: UUSM hosts and UUCC and UUFRC are invited to attend.
  • July 30th: UUSM hosts and UUCC and UUFRC are invited to attend.
  • August 6th: UUCC hosts and UUSM and UUFRC are invited to attend. (Ron Ahnen speaks on Activism.)
  • August 13th: UUFRC hosts and UUSM and UUCC are invited to attend. (Michael Eselun, a hospice chaplain, speaks.)

For more information on summer shared services, visit the websites of the hosting congregation on the week before the service: UU San Mateo, UU Fellowship of Redwood City, and UU Coastside Community.
Volunteer Jobs Needed for In-Person Services
Now that we are meeting in person on First Sundays, we need help in different ways. Can you commit to helping out in any of the following ways?

  • Photograph our August 6th Service
  • Bring flowers!
  • Greet people as they come in
  • Set up chairs before, and/or put them away after, the Service
  • Help unload and load video equipment for hybrid service
  • Assist with setting up video equipment for hybrid service
  • Pass out the orders of service and distribute hymnals
  • Clean up of the hall before closing

To tell us how you can help our Beloved Community come together again, please contact us at And thanks to all who have or continue to volunteer!
Compassionate Caring Committee:
The UUCC Compassionate Caring Committee volunteers are often able to support our members during life events such as post-operative, illness, or being homebound. Do you need food delivery or an errand run? Are you feeling loneliness, loss, or grief that a call might help?
Please if you’d like support or if you want to volunteer.  
We Appreciate Your Support:
For supporting UUCC financially, we have two options:
(1) Donate by Check
If you prefer to donate by check, please make your check payable to UU San Mateo, and write UUCC on the memo line. Please mail your check to:

Nancy Palmer
506 Willow Avenue
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-1648
(2) Online with Stripe
Food for Our Souls:
Unitarian Universalist Coastside Community
Half Moon Bay, California
Bill Heavlin, UUCC Planning Committee
Dave Rokosky, UUCC Planning Committee
Noreen Cooper Heavlin, UUCC Planning Committee
Bruce Rafnel, UUCC Technical Director
Nancy Palmer, UUCC Treasurer