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This Week 

 Highlights for the Coming Week
August 28-September 5, 2015

Sun. Aug. 30 Social Hour Produce Market Hattie Porter Hall
Mon. Aug. 31 6:00 p.m. Stop the Violence Campaign Launch: March & Vigil See announcement
M, W, F Aug. 31, Sept. 2, 4 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunchtime Labyrinth Sanctuary
Mon. Aug. 31 6:00 p.m. Silent Meditation Gathering Sanctuary
Mon. Sept. 1 7:00 p.m. Program & Ops. Committee Conference Room
Wed. Sep. 2 Statewide Action – Communities United Coalition See announcement
Wed. Sept. 2 7:00 p.m. Choir Practice Sanctuary
Wed. Sept. 2 9:00 p.m. Guitars Aloud! Sanctuary
Thu. Sep. 3 1:00 p.m. Women’s Alliance Fireside Room
Thurs. Sept. 3 7:00 p.m. Board Meeting Conference Room
Fri. Sep. 4 8:00 p.m. Dances of Universal Peace Sanctuary

Save the Dates

Sun. Sept. 6 1-3 p.m. Christian Origins Book Study Conference Room
Mon Sept. 7   Deadline to RSVP for Circle Suppers CircleSuppers@AOL.com
Sun. Sep. 13 11:00 a.m. Homecoming Sunday Sanctuary (see announcement)
Sat. & Sun. Sept. 19 & 20   Circle Suppers RSVP for location and time
Sun. Sept. 27 12:15 p.m. Get-Acquainted Light Lunch for newcomers and members Library
Fri., Sat., Sun. Oct. 9, 10, 11 See below “Ultimate Idol” – Musical Mystery Comedy Hattie Porter Hall
Sun.Oct. 1811 a.m.Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the FireSanctuary


Saturday, August 29, 7:00 p.m.

Carl Franzen Studio Concert, Sanctuary

Please join us for an evening of beautiful music featuring music from opera, operetta, and musical theater. Reservations are not needed. Free will donations are accepted at the door. Proceeds go to the First Unitarian Church of San Jose music program.

Monday, August 31
Stop the Violence Campaign Launch: March and Vigil, East San José

Join with our grieving, distressed neighbors as we all put our collective energies into reducing violence in our beloved city. District 5 Councilmember Magdalena Carrasco launches a citywide “Stop the Violence” Campaign with a march and vigil this coming Monday evening. Gather at 5:30 p.m. at Mayfair Community Center, 2039 Kammerer Ave. At 6:00, take the short walk to Plata Arroyo at the intersection of McKee Rd. and King St., and at 6:30 share in a vigil where faith leaders, public officials, law enforcement, community partners, and the most affected citizens will speak. Unitarian Universalists, please show up, as you do so well! And stay tuned for more opportunities. As Councilmember Carrasco says, “We can all participate in helping to create change in our communities.”

Monday, August 31, 6:00 p.m.
“Breathe in Peace. Breathe Out Love”, Silent Meditation Gathering, Sanctuary

We will be meditating under the sanctuary dome at First Unitarian. We meditate for 30 minutes.  We begin with the ringing of the meditation bell and setting the timer for 30 minutes. Come in the door at end of the ramp and quietly enter the sanctuary.  You can sit in a chair or bring a cushion to meditate on. All are welcome to stay afterwards for a check in about our meditation experience and practice. Contact: Rev. Geoff Rimositis, GRimositis@Gmail.com



Wednesday, September 2
Statewide Action – Communities United Coalition,
California State Capitol, Sacramento, CA

Communities United Coalition is calling for a statewide day of action to demonstrate the urgency for the California Legislature and Governor Brown to take action that will curb racial profiling and demonstrate that black and brown lives matter in California and improve public safety for everyone. There will be a public program on the Capitol lawn and delegations will meet with California State Senators. PICO California, which is the state’s largest faith-based community organizing network (which PACT - People Acting in Community Together - is a member of), is one of the sponsors of this action. Bus transportation will be provided. More information and to register.

Thursday, September 3, 1-3 pm
Women's Alliance, Fireside Room

The Woman's Alliance is kicking off the 2015-2016 series of meetings at a new time: 1-3 pm And we're moving back to our previous location in the comfy chairs of the Fireside Room. We will continue to meet on the first Thursday of each month, from Sept. 3, 2015, to June 2, 2016. We'll begin by discussing the first three essays in Barbara G. Walker's Belief & Unbelief (through page 33). We will also be considering whether to read Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's highly acclaimed novel Americanah. Come even if you haven't done the reading; the discussion is always rich! Please contact Nancy Coleman at 408 985 5778 or nbcoleman@gmail.com for further information. All are welcome.

Friday, September 4, 8:00 p.m.
Dances of Universal Peace, Sanctuary

Come join us on the labyrinth under the dome of our church. The Dances of Universal Peace are a spiritual practice honoring the inherent worth and dignity of every human being, celebrating the interconnected web of all existence. The words of the sacred phrases, as well as the melodies and the movements, are taught each time. If you have questions you can email Patrick Smiley at patrick.smiley@sbcglobal.net or leave a message at 408-421-6492.

Sunday, September 6, 1-3 p.m.
Christian Origins Book Study, Conference Room

Led by Bob Miess, joining us in a Zoom video conference, which will be set up by Nancy Lucid

NEW: You can also join this meeting from home, by phone or by video conference on your computer

On September 6, we will continue our reading of Jason BeDuhn’s book, The First New Testament: Marcion’s Scriptural Canon, about Marcion, a second-century heretic, and his New Testament. Marcion was the first known Christian to create a “bible,” but his “bible” was different from what we think of as “the” bible today. In September we will continue to discuss Chapter 4 (pages 203-259), Marcion’s Apostolikon (the letters of Paul that were in his New Testament) and BeDuhn’s approach to reconstructing it. Please bring a Bible with the Paul’s letters for comparison – any translation will do – or use one of our copies during the session. If you don’t have one, you might pick up “The Authentic Letters of Paul” which provides a copy of the letters, along with some notes about what we know from recent scholarship. Questions? Contact Bob Miess, Bob@BobMiess.com, 925-392-5901.


DEADLINE TO RSVP: Monday, September 7
Circle Suppers

Circle Suppers offer an opportunity for members of the church community to get to know one another at casual pot luck suppers. Small groups come together in members' homes to share food and conversation. Singles and couples, long-time church members or new to this church community, all are welcome. Contact Barbara Derbyshire at CircleSuppers@AOL.com. The suppers in September will be Saturday the 19th and Sunday the 20th.

Friday, October 9 (7 p.m.); Saturday, October 10 (7 p.m); Sunday, October 11 (2:30 p.m.)
"Ultimate Idol," The 6th Annual FUCSJ Musical Mystery Comedy, Hattie Porter Hall

Plan to join the fun, laugh, eat and solve the mystery while helping the church pay its PACT dues at "Ultimate Idol," The 6th Annual FUCSJ Musical Mystery Comedy, a parody of TV talent shows, with broad humor, singing, dumb jokes, two contests, puns, and a mystery, written, directed and performed by members of the church community. PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE

For more information on these and other events, see the Current Newsletter!