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bullet An open and loving multicultural community
Seekers of all ages, encouraging questions and growing into the answers
Inspired by many sources of wisdom
Dedicated to becoming agents of compassion, social justice, healing, and joy.

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Somos …
Una comunidad multicultural abierta y amorosa
Buscadores de todas edades que estimulamos el planteamiento de preguntas, buscando entender las respuestas
Inspirados por muchas fuentes de sabiduría
Dedicados a convertirnos en agentes de la compasión, la justicia social, la sanidad y el gozo.

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Alabanza: Media Hora de Reunión del Pequeño Grupo del Ministerio Multicultural

Venga a unirse a nosotros para este servicio simple de oración-meditación de media hora (sin sermón) a las 10:15 horas en una mezcla de inglés y español en la sala Fireside Ramsden. Accesible e incluyente para todos, este servicio ofrece tiempo para cantar, meditar y reflexionar en un pequeño grupo en preparación para el servicio de las 11: 00.

Alabanza: Half-hour Multicultural Small Group Ministry Gathering

Come join us foris simple half-hour prayer-meditation service (without sermon) at 10:15 a.m. in a mixture of English and Spanish in the Ramsden Fireside Room. Accessible and welcoming to all, this service provides time to sing, meditate, and reflect in a small group in preparation for the service at 11:00.

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Service in English / Servicio in Inglés

April theme: Being a Body

Thema de abril: Ser un Cuerpo

April 27— 27 de abril

A Month of Practicing Presence

Who has taken Rev. Nancy’s challenge of a month of daily embodied spiritual practices? On this Sunday we celebrate those who have posted pictures, poems, or paragraphs in response to the daily prompts to “notice, create, and share.” Whether or not you have participated, let’s celebrate the small moments that awaken us to the gifts of being alive, and go forth renewed in our commitment to noticing and sharing those gifts.
Worship Leader: The Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones
Worship Associate: Frank Bosche

Un mes de Practicar la Presencia

¿Quién ha asumido el desafío de la Rev. Nancy de un mes de prácticas espirituales encarnadas diarias? En este domingo celebramos a quienes han publicado fotos, poemas o párrafos en respuesta a los mensajes diarios de “notificar, crear y compartir”. Sea o no que hayan participado, celebremos los pequeños momentos que nos despiertan a los dones de estar vivo e ir adelante renovados en nuestro compromiso a notificar y compartir esos regalos.
Dirige: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones
Asociado de Culto: Frank Bosche

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April 27, 2014


Nursery (birth - 3 years)

Our paid staff provide a loving presence and engage children in games, stories and crafts with seasonal and holiday themes.

3-5 Year Olds: The Spiritually Growing Child

Today’s story honors the animals, the environment, and the Earth Day holiday. The words are set to the tune of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” and illustrate twelve North American species in their natural habitat.
Goal: We give thanks for the web of life of which we are a part, our seventh principle of Unitarian Universalism. 


1st – 4th Grades:My Choices

Making an effort earns us long-lasting fulfillment and gives us feelings of empowerment, confidence, ownership and pride. Taking the easy way out only satisfies us temporarily and gives Each one of us needs to identify the areas in our lives where we need to put forth effort and overcome challenges. Success is based on the ability to make an effort to overcome challenges, not necessarily the outcome.


We will be known forever by the tracks we leave. — Native American (Dakota) proverb

Big Question: What should I do with my life?
This session frames youth’s wonderings as a Big Question which seeks a deeper answer than the right career to pursue. Youth learn how Unitarian Universalism can guide them toward intentional decision making based on their developing values. This session assures youth that they will find direction from a variety of sources including their inner selves, the examples and advice of trusted adults and the Principles affirmed by our faith.
The session takes participants ahead to their own 100th birthday parties for an imaginary look back at what they might have done with their lives. The story, "The Stonecutter," describes one man's circular and ultimately successful attempt to gain contentment.

The senior high youth group meets from 11:30-12:30 after attending the first part of the 11 a.m. service.  The group offers its members a safe place to share their lives and find support and friendship among open minded and loving peers.  The group engages in discussions about issues relevant to youth’s lives and communities.

Check out Rev. Geoff’s blog (link is below) on The Spiritual Journey of a Child Through Our Faith Community. And please contact Rev. Geoff, GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org if you would like to learn more about our children and youth programs.


2013 -2014

Children and Youth Program

Children and youth in Preschool (3 years) through High School join the community for the first part of worship at 11 am and then go to their respective classes until 12:30.

Nursery: Birth - four years

Location: Nursery, Church’s Lower Level

Childcare Staff: Giovanna Fernandez and Sandra Sotelo
We provide a safe, clean environment in which to support each child in initiating play activities at the developmental level they manifest. Each week our paid staff, Giovanna Fernandez and Kimberly Fernandez, provides a loving presence as they engage children in games, stories and crafts with seasonal and holiday themes throughout the year.

Three- to five-year-olds: Picture Book World Religions

This curriculum is based on the philosophy that young children learn about religion through relationships. What is a person? Who am I? How am I related to others? What are my responsibilities? What kind of world do I live in? These are religious questions that children begin to answer as they become acquainted with themselves, other people, and their environment; all responses are mediated by the significant adults in their lives. Each week the children look and listen to an engaging picture book that reflects the week’s central theme with accompanying activities. Themes from September –June include: Individuality, Earth Day, Cycles of Life, Harvest, Thanksgving, Christmas, Hannukah, Winter Solstice, Family, Golden Rule, etc.

Grades 1-4: Signs of Our Faith

Religion is the practice of being faithful to what you love. In order to do this, you must decide what you love and do your best to live that love faithfully every day. Signs of Our Faith guides children to do their best to live faithful lives every day. It presents fourteen traits or values that most Unitarian Universalists love, including the quest for knowledge, reverence for life, supporting one another on our faith journeys, and public witness. Children examine how their lives do and can exhibit these traits and values, and come to understand that their faith is a living faith whose histories and teachings are fortifications for living faithfully in a complex world.

Grades 5-8: Junior High Youth Group – Riddle and Mystery

Riddle and Mystery assists youth in their search for understanding. Each session introduces and processes a Big Question. The first three echo Paul Gauguin’s famous triptych: Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going? The next ten, including Does God exist? and What happens when you die?, could be found on almost anyone’s list of basic life inquiries. The final three are increasingly Unitarian Universalist: Can we ever solve life’s mystery? How can I know what to believe? What does Unitarian Universalism mean to me?
In addition to the Sunday morning curriculum, youth get together for once-a-month social activities (First Friday Fun Nights), join with other middle school youth for weekend conferences: Middle School Unitarian Universalist Gatherings MUUGS (Middle School UUs) and a junior high backpack trip in June.

Grades 9-12: Senior High Youth Group, Youth Room

The senior high youth group meets on Sundays from 11:30-12:30. The group offers its members a safe place to share their lives and find support and friendship among open-minded and loving peers. The group engages in discussions about issues relevant to youth’s lives and communities. They plan social and service projects throughout the year.

They also participate in youth conferences in area Unitarian Universalist churches under the auspices of the Pacific Central District of Unitarian Universalist Congregations and Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (YRUU). The youth group’s empowering philosophy educates youth to be leaders within the group, church community and denomination.
Youth Group Advisors: Rick Morris, Rev. Geoff Rimositis, Terra Wood-Taylor

Check out Rev. Geoff’s blog (link is below) on The Spiritual Journey of a Child through Our Faith Community and to see descriptions of our children and youth programs for 2012-13.

Please contact Rev. Geoff, GRimositis@gmail.com if you would like to learn more.

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