Our Church Circular / Nuestro Periódico de la Iglesia / October 3, 2007 / 3 de Octubre 2007
|1003-2||Save the Dates, Social Justice Calendar|
|1003-4||As We Build the Beloved Community... Sharing Ourselves, Sharing Our Faith
|1003-5||Sign Up or Renew for eScrip -- Effortless Fundraising|
Choir Notes: Shock and Awe
Ordination of Jennifer DeBusk!
Deficit Budget? YIKES!
|1003-9||Volunteer Classified Ads for Our Spiritual Cooperative -- Live Your Values!|
|1003-10||Spotlight on Social Justice: California, Here I Come, Part II|
|1003-11||Recycling Marches On! in support of the newsletter|
|1003-12||Third Street Community Center Needs Volunteers!|
|1003-14||UU Hikers and Friends|
|1003-15||Upcoming Events -- Cakes is Back!, Bill Sinkford Wants to Talk|
|1003-16||Circling Around -- Bum Knee|
|1003-17||The Ministers Are In! / Board and Staff Contact Information|
|1003-1||Servicios de Domingo|
|1003-4|| Medida que Construimos Nuestra Comunidad de Amor...
Compartiendo de Nosotros, Compartiendo Nuestra Fe
|1003-8||Déficit del Prosupuesto? YIKES!|
Aquí estan los Ministros!
SUNDAY SERVICES / SERVICIOS DE DOMINGO
|En nuestra comunidad Unitaria Universalista, nos juntamos las mañanas de domingo para la música, la reflexión, la comodidad, el desafío, y el compañerismo; nos unimos para buscar la verdad y el significado, para compartir nuestras vidas, y animarnos los unos a los otros para crecer. Cada servicio religioso es único, preparado por los líderes y los asociados de culto para conectarnos con las principales preguntas de nuestras vidas. Tu puedes leer los sermones pasados en www.sanjoseuu.org ... ¡esperamos verte ahí!||In our Unitarian Universalist community, we gather on Sunday mornings for music, reflection, comfort, challenge, and companionship; we gather to seek truth and meaning, to share our lives, and to encourage each other to grow. Each worship service is unique, prepared by worship leaders and associates to engage with the major questions of our lives. Read past sermons on-line at www.sanjoseuu.org... We hope to see you there!|
Servicios en español/Translation into English
7 de Octubre -- 9:30 y 11 a.m.
Portada y los Valores Unitarios Universalistas
October 7 -- 9:30 and 11 a.m.
Front-Page News and Unitarian Universalist Values
14 de Octubre 9:30 a.m.
Entre el Infierno y la Gloria
Between Hell and Glory
October 14 11 a.m.
Celebrating Our Unitarian Universalist Pilgrimage to South Africa
Worship Leaders: Last Summer’s Pilgrims to South Africa; Worship Associate: the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones.
Celebrando Nuestro Peregrinaje a Sud-Africa
21 de Octubre 9:30 y 11 a.m.
¿Como Estamos?, ¿Rotos o Enteros?
October 21 9:30 and 11 a.m.
How Are WeBroken or Whole?Worship Leader: the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Worship Associates: Members of SSM.
Save the Dates
Social Justice Calendar
Religious Growth and Learning Program Starts Sunday, September 23
Sunday Morning Class Calendar
Nusery -- Birth through 4 Years [Nursery, Lower Level]
We provide a safe, clean environment in which to support each child in initiating play activities at the developmental level they manifest. Structured activities, games, stories and crafts are a part of the nursery experience.
Child Care Workers: Stacey Vinyard & Mary Qúeñones
K-2nd Grades: Treasure Hunting [Lower Level, Rooms 2-3]
Oct. 7 The Power of Our Hearts and Minds
Oct. 14 Our Problem Solving Ability
Oct. 21 The Importance of Feelings
3rd-4th Grades: Spirit of Adventure [Lower Level, Room 4-5]
Oct. 7 Sportsin the Congregation
Oct. 14 Sports--in the Congregation
Oct. 21 Sports--The Good and The Bad
5th Grade: Neighboring Faiths [Lower Level, Room 6]
Oct. 7 Judaism: Introduction and a Guest
Oct. 14 Judaism: Wrap-up
Oct. 21 Catholicism
6th-7th-8th Grades: Traditions with a Wink [Office Conference Room]
Oct. 7 Heresy Sunday
Oct. 14 This Little Light of Mine
Oct. 21 Memorial Services
9th-12th Grades, Upper Level, Youth Room
Film as Theology: Media That Matters Film Festival
Youth Group Activities
Junior High (6th-7th-8th Grades)
Senior High (9th-12 Grades)
Note: The Chalice Club is not functioning at this time.
If you are interested in participating in junior or senior high youth group activities, please contact the Rev. Geoff Rimositis, 292-3858, ext.25 or GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org
Religious Education Registration On Line
Sign Up or Renew for eScrip -- Effortless Fundraising
Time to renew your eScrip Safeway card. Safeway requires that participants "renew" their cards with the eScrip program every Sept-Oct, or they drop your card on Nov 1. It is very easy to renew. Just go to www.escrip.com before Nov 1, and click on the "renew now" button under the Safeway logo. That's it. Last year all but 2 of our participants renewed before the deadline.
Thank you to all who have been participating! We made $1500 for the church in 2006, effortlessly via eScrip. If you are not already participating in eScrip, you can register your credit cards and Safeway card at www.escrip.com, and with no further effort start making money for the church off your purchases. If you were participating through your kid's school, but your kid is gone to college, you can change your receiving organization to the church. See Diana Wirt (408) 993-1003 if you want more info.
The choir produced shock and awe (in a good way) among the assembled multitudes with its flawless performance of The Twenty-third Psalm (to my Mother) by Bobby McFerrin at the Interfaith Reunion October 2 in front of the San Jose Muesum of Art. Look for pictures in an upcoming edition.
Sadly, our choir director, Dan Zulevic (firstname.lastname@example.org), has been forced to miss the last three regular practices due to a personal emergency. By the way, the choir did practice on Wednesday, October 3 (a few members seemed to have assumed it was a night off), so attendance was sparse). Among other things, the choir is working on a very pretty piece based a theme from the second movement of Brahms' Third Symphony with very UU words by Henry Ruddle.
Ordination of Jennifer DeBusk!
Jennifer DeBusk, once a member of our congregation, has graduated from Seminary and has begun her very creative Community Ministry, combining UU ministry and her love of architecture! Some may remember her from her work on the task force that created our Small Group Ministry. Jennifer has requested that she be ordained by our congregation! Ordination is a momentous and meaningful occasion, and requires that the congregation officially vote to ordain Jennifer. Therefore, we will hold a special congregational meeting on Sunday, October 28, following the 11:00 am service, to hear about Jennifer’s ministry, discuss her request, and make our decision.
Three other items will also be on our agenda:
1. The following bylaws changes were proposed by the Board in the July 4, 2007 newsletter, and will be voted on at this meeting:
During our recent review of the bylaws, some members identified some additional changes that seem advisable. Therefore the Board has decided to propose two minor, but significant, changes. These changes are being announced now so that they can be voted on at a special congregational meeting that we contemplate holding in the fall. Both changes are in ARTICLE IV: MEETINGS OF THE CONGREGATION.
(a) The first change corrects an error in the current bylaws. Currently the bylaws reference the 75th edition of Roberts Rules of Order, which does not exist. The board recommends that we change the wording to be both more accurate and more flexible, so that when Robert’s Rules of Order changes in the future, our bylaws do not need to be changed to keep pace. The wording below is proposed. The strikeouts indicate deletions, and the bold words indicate insertions.
Sec. 6: Rules - Roberts Rules of Order, Revised 75th Edition, The current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern proceedings at congregational meetings, except as otherwise specified herein, unless a more recent edition is designated in the notice of the meeting by the President.
(b) The second change follows through on our commitment to the democratic process. At every congregational meeting we are required to have a Parliamentarian. Often our Parliamentarian is a member of the congregation, who would normally be allowed to make motions, speak, and vote at a congregational meeting. But Robert’s Rules of Order and our current bylaws prohibit the Parliamentarian from participating in these ways. The change ensures that our Parliamentarian is not disenfranchised. The wording is also changed to correctly refer to “Robert’s Rules” rather than “Roberts Rules.” The wording below is proposed. The strikeouts indicate deletions, and the bold words indicate insertions.
Sec. 8: Parliamentarian - The President shall select a member or friend of the church to serve as Parliamentarian for each congregational meeting to interpret the rules. The Parliamentarian shall not vote on any matter, or discuss any matter on the floor. The Parliamentarian should be familiar with the church bylaws and with Roberts Robert’s Rules, and should advise the meeting and the President of the correct procedures to follow if the need arises. Contrary to Robert’s Rules of Order (10th ed.), p.451, l. 4-15, or the corresponding paragraph of any subsequent edition of the Robert’s Rules of Order, no member shall be denied the right to propose, speak to, or vote on any motion before the assembly solely on the basis of serving as Parliamentarian.
2. The Board is preparing and will propose the Investment Policy for the newly established Endowment Fund. In general, Board policies do not require approval by congregational vote, but because the Endowment Fund Investment Policy has important financial and ethical implications, our bylaws require that the congregation approve this policy.
3. Our PACT (People Acting In Community Together) Local Organizing Committee is planning an action around Greening the City of San José, and will present the details of the planned action at this meeting.
Hope to see you at the meeting!
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Call Genie at (408)997-6292 or Lloyd at (408)289-1217.
hat wasn’t the whole story, the one about the Irish immigrants. In the last newsletter, I recounted the family version of the early Irish pioneers to Mexican California. But I didn’t just come from those people, although I feel that way sometimes since that’s the story retold at family gatherings, the one in the more detailed California history books.
The California family narrative that wasn’t written and retold goes back even farther. Now, I had heard a few scattered stories that my family was part of the Californio culture, but I was most curious about my mother’s description of her grandmother, who was primarily Spanish speaking. My Mom would say that her Grandma insisted that she was Spanish, fully European. To my mother, this was an anecdote about her grandmother, not about our ancestry, that described how the elder lady held onto a belief that couldn’t be true.
What my great grandmother didn’t say was that the family came to California in 1777 when my multi-great grandfamily traveled with De Anza to be soldiers stationed in the San Francisco presidio. After years of service, they were given land grants in the pueblo of San José, as sort of the 18th Century version of the 401(k), and settled there (or, rather, here). These De Anza recruits were low caste and willing to leave behind their Sinaloa, Mexico community for the uninviting and unknown lands of Alta California. At about the same time, a different line of my people escorted the governor of Alta California to this northern territory. Members of these two families married and have lived in this valley under Spanish then Mexican then U.S. rule.
Census records of the time used a multilayered system of racial classification closely tied to caste and very specific about one’s native, African and Spanish heritage. That first Spanish census counted my family as morizco (mixed black) and coyote (mixed native). In these new lands with few people the caste system relaxed and in each successive census, individuals, including my family, redesignated themselves into a lighter caste. The community became a population of multiethnic people that, because they devalued African and Indian heritage, considered themselves European. Up until my great grandmother, who married into an Irish family believing she was Spanish.
That the Irish story is well documented and that European ancestry was preferred is really no surprise. But here I sit in the very same town, 200 years and three countries later, as much Mexican as Irish, but really neither. I am the product of what I love about immigration and what I see as the very soul of this valley. We are a community of great diversity that continually mixes and redefines itself. Immigration brings culture, tradition, and ideas to a different setting. Once moved, the same ideas and customs are reworked to the new situation and incorporate people from outside the tradition.
We did that here this week at the Interfaith Reunion, bringing dozens of faiths together to break the Ramadan fast. We will do it again on Friday, November 2, when we showcase altars in Hattie Porter Hall in honor of Day of the Dead. The Third Street Community Center, Spanish Speaking Ministries and Social Justice Ministry worked together to put a twist on this Mexican tradition: the altars will be built by community agencies and each will have a social justice theme. Our Día de los Muertos Exhibition will be open to the community that evening from 6:30-8:30 pm, a celebration of the day itself and of the ways we create new traditions in this valley every day.
Social Justice Calendar
Recycling Marches On!
Our church did so well with the recycling project to help the South Africa and Transylvania pilgrims while helping the environment that we decided to keep it going! Your continued contribution of cans and bottles and other recyclables will contribute to continuing to have our newsletter printed professionally. This great-looking newsletter will be especially important in the fall as we greet the visitors who will hear about us through the Media Publicity Project.
To support our newsletter and other welcoming projects, please continue to bring in aluminum, glass, and plastic containers that have Cash Redemption Value (CRV) printed on the label or on the container. They shouldn’t be crushed. You can bring them to church, bagged or boxed, and put them on the right side of the door of the Third Street Community Center (not the church office). This door is in the lower fenced area on the right side of the church. Please do not block the doorway. Someone will pick them up every Sunday and take them to the recycling center. Thanks for your help!
Some of you may have caught the TSCC story on Univision on September 6th. As a result, we have received over 100 calls and walk-ins for services and have people on waiting lists. We have space to add a beginning English class but need a volunteer instructor. The commitment is for 6 weeks, 2 evenings per week (6:30-8:30 pm). If you are interested, please contact Nalleli Sandoval at Nalleli@3street.org or at 408-295-8722, ext. 303.
And, as usual, be sure to let me know if you are planning to hike so that I know to look for you. You can call me at home at (408) 730-1052 any time after 6:30 am or email me the day before. I turn on my cell phone when I leave the house the day of the hike so you can contact me if you get delayed or your plans change. My cell phone is (408) 507-7052.
See you on the trails!
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Can We Talk? By the Rev. Bill Sinkford and Gini Courter
On October 5th the first national Unitarian Universalist media campaign in over 50 years will begin. Look in TIME magazine for a full-page ad that asks the question, “Is God Keeping You Out of Church?” Over 20,000,000 Americans read TIME each week. Some of them will be coming to your congregation to find out if Unitarian Universalism can become their religious home. How will they be welcomed?
Gini Courter and I want to invite you to a conversation about how we prepare our congregations to welcome these guests. We’ll be using a technology that allows hundreds of UU leaders to be on a single call, ask questions and have those questions answered. We would love for you to join us next Thursday, October 4th, at 12:00 Eastern Standard Time to reflect together on what we are called to do to welcome those new seekers who will come. Just dial this toll-free number (877-844-6052), and join the call.
Gini and I will say a few words at the beginning, but the conversation will be shaped by the questions that you will ask. Needless to say this is new technology for us, another experiment, if you will.
Between now and next Thursday, check out the new resources on welcoming guests at www.uua.org. Just click on the announcement of the marketing campaign on the Home Page. Scroll down to find the “Related Content” box: “Belonging and Welcoming Resources.”
This is a very exciting and important time for our faith. We’d love to have you in the conversation about how we can make the most of it.
Can we talk?
by Kelly Burnett
Editor’s Note: Kelly has had surgery on her leg and is recovering nicely, and was able to lead a beautiful service on Sunday, September 29, at the All Church Retreat, but as you might imagine, she has been a bit too busy to be Circling Around as well. However, for the next issue, please do share with her what you’ve been up to.
Please send Kelly Burnett your honors, joys, plans, and any other news that needs to be shared with our community so that she can keep us all informed. Her email address is email@example.com. Her telephone number is 408-810-3182, but she’d prefer to receive your news by email, if possible.
Our community strives to offer compassion, companionship, healing, and joy to all its members. Our pastoral care coordinators can help you find the listening ear or helping hands that you may need in difficult times.
Contacting the Ministers
Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones and Rev. Geoff Rimositis feel honored to serve this congregation, and we cherish your trust! Here is how reach us:
Nuestra comunidad se esfuerza en ofrecer la compasión,el compañerismo curativo, y la alegría a todos susmiembros. Nuestros coordinadores en cuidado pastoral pueden ayudarle a encontrar un oído que escucha, o lasmanos que ayudan cuando ustedes lo pudieran necesitaren épocas difíciles. Para el cuidado pastoral en inglés, por favor, comuníquese con nuestro Coordinador Asociado Laico en Cuidado Pastoral, la Rev. Donna Lenahan: (casa) 408-354-9024; (celular) 408-204-6565; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Para el cuidado pastoral en español, por favor comuníquese con nuestro Coordinador de los Ministeriosen Español, Roberto Padilla: (cell) 408-841-1011; e-mail: email@example.com.
Contactando a los Ministros
La Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones y El Rev. Geoff Rimositis se sienten honrados por servir a esta congregación, y nosotros apreciamos su confianza! Aquí nosotros estamos a su alcance:
Vice President (Planning/Personnel
Vice President (Programs)
Debra Fenzel-Alexander, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Mary Feldman, email@example.com
Marla Scharf, firstname.lastname@example.org
Diana Wirt, email@example.com
Senior Minister .........
Assoc. Minister For Religious Education...
Office Administrator .........
Coordinator of Spanish Speaking Ministries..
Social Justice Coordinator ............
Acting R.E. Assistant ………………………………Elena Clifford
Catherine Leeson Pelizzari, 945-9848, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to our volunteers!
Translator: Roberto Padilla
Layout: Henry Ruddle 408-234-3670 henry_L@ruddle.com (www.ruddle.com)
Duplicating, Stapling and Addressing: Genie Bernardini, Gretchen Leavitt and Lloyd Eater.
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Next issue deadline: 3:00 pm, Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Next issue assembly: Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Next issue mailing: Wednesday, October 17, 2007