Our Church Circular / Nuestro Periódico de la Iglesia / April 2, 2008 2 de Abril 2008

Inside This Issue:

0402-1 Sunday Services
0402-2 Save the Dates
0402-3 Religious Education: Coming of Age 2008-2009 Program Kicks Off
0402-4

There Is an Angel in Our Midst!

0402-5

As We Build the Beloved Community... Our Whole Being Is Music

0402-6

Correction to Board Minutes

0402-7

RE-Visioning Gatherings

0402-8

Ready to Become a New Member of the First Unitarian Church of San José?

0402-9 Volunteer Opportunities: Is Collection Counter Your Cup of Tea?
0402-10

Humanist Group Formation: Tim Blackwood has Questions for Youy

0402-11

UU Hikers & Friends

0402-12

Spotlight on Social Justice: Support Third Street Learning About Environment

0402-13 Upcoming Events
0402-15

Circling Around

0402-17 The Ministers Are In! / Board and Staff Contact Information
En Español
0402-1 Servicios de Domingo
0402-3 Inicio del Programa de la Mayoría de Edad 2008-2009
0402-4 !Hay un Ángel entre Nosotros!
0402-5

Mientras Construimos Nuestra Querida Comunidad… Nuestro Ser Entero es Música

0402-7

ER, la Visión de un grupo de personas.

0402-8 ¿Listo para ser un Nuevo Miembro de la Primera Iglesia Unitaria de San José?

0402-17

Aquí estan los Ministros!

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SUNDAY SERVICES / SERVICIOS DE DOMINGO
9:30 a.m.
Servicios en español/Translation into English

6 de Abril — 9:30 y 11:00 a.m.

¡Música, Música, Música!
¿Qué hace a la música un poderoso y universal lenguaje? ¿Cuál es la diferencia-en nuestros cerebros y en nuestros corazones-entre escuchar la música y realmente hacer música? ¿Podemos todos nosotros, sin importar nuestros talentos, realmente “hacer música”? En este domingo feliz y lleno de música, descubriremos algunas respuestas a estas preguntas y profundizaremos nuestra experiencia del lenguaje de la música.

Dirige: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Asociado de Culto a las 11 a.m.: Bruce Halen

11:00 a.m.
Services in English

April 6 — 9:30 & 11:00 a.m.

Music, Music, Music!
What makes music such a powerful and universal language? What is the difference—in our brains and in our hearts—between listening to music and actually making music? Can all of us, no matter what our talents, really “make music”? On this joyous and music-filled Sunday, we’ll discover some answers to these questions and deepen our experience of the language of music.

Worship Leader: the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Worship Associate at 11 a.m.: Bruce Halen

10:00 A.M. COMBINED SERVICE / SERVICIO COMBINADO 10:00 A.M.

En inglés (y español) con traducción al español. De modo que poder todos podamos gozar de nuestra subasta de servicios.

13 de Abril — 10:00 am

Una sed por respuestas: ¡Humanismo, Ateismo, Evolución ... y Más!
¡Las preguntas de usted impulsan este servicio! Preguntas como: ¿Ahora que el método científico ha contestado a muchas preguntas que antiguamente se tenían de los dioses y las diosas, ¿cómo respetamos a los dioses de nuestros antepasados mientras que adoptamos el nuevo conocimiento? Y: ¿En que creen los ateos? ¿Por qué un ateo asistiría a la iglesia? ¡Traiga su sed de respuestas para explorar éstas y otras preguntas juntos!

Entonces permanezca para la Subasta de Servicios después del servicio religioso; es un evento fabuloso de recaudación de fondos y del construcción de amistad para la toda comunidad. Las clases de educación religiosa se reunirán a las 10:30 este día y, se proporcionara cuidado de niños.

Dirige: Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Asociados de Culto: Ervin Barrios y Suzanne Marsh.

In English (and Spanish) with translation into ­Spanish so that we can all enjoy our service auction

April 13 — 10:00 am

A Thirst for Answers: Humanism, Atheism, Evolution … and More!
Questions from you fuel this service! Questions like: Now that the scientific method has answered many questions formerly left up to the gods and goddesses, how do we respect the gods of our ancestors while embracing the new knowledge? And: What do atheists believe? Why would an atheist attend church? Bring your thirst for answers as we explore these and other questions together!

Then stay for the Service Auction following the service; it’s a fabulous fund-raising and friendship-building event for the whole community. Religious Education classes will meet at 10:30 on this day, and childcare will be provided.

Worship Leader: Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Worship Associates: Ervin Barrios and Suzanne Marsh.

Sometimes You CAN Always Get What You Want
SERVICE AUCTION
April 13 after the 10 a.m. combined service
20 de Abril — 9:30 & 11:00 am

Servicio de la Celebración del Día de la Tierra: Esperanza para el Planeta Tierra
Unámonos para explorar el perdón, la diversión y la fe en el ecologismo. También tendremos una procesión de elementos y una historia ecológica para todas las edades. Ven y deja que aflore tu sentido verde. Después del servicio del las 11:00 am, durante hora del café, habrá mesas de información y de actividades para los niños de todas las edades en el Hattie Porter Hall. Y de 1:00 a 2: 00 pm estará un orador (será anunciado más adelante) en el santuario.

Dirigen: 9:30 am Kathleen Bardin y Roberto Padilla; 11:00 am, Kathleen Bardin, Carol Stephenson y Jeff Norment.

April 20 — 9:30 & 11:00 am

Earth Day Celebration Service: Hope for Planet Earth
Join us as we explore forgiveness, fun, and faith in environmentalism. We’ll also have a procession of the elements and an ecological story for all ages. Come and let your green self be uplifted. After the 11:00 am service, there will be informational tables and activities for children of all ages in Hattie Porter Hall. Then stay for our special guest speaker (to be announced) from 1:00 to 2:00 pm in the sanctuary.

Worship Leaders: 9:30 am, Kathleen Bardin and Roberto Padilla; 11:00 am, Kathleen Bardin, Carol Stephenson, and Jeff Norment.

0402-2

Save the Dates

  • April 3, Thursday, Women's Alliance, 7:15-9:15 pm, Fireside Room.
  • April 4, Friday, Dances of Universal Peace, 8:00 pm under the dome in the Sanctuary
  • April 6, Sunday, UU Band of Writers, 12:20, Youth Room
  • April 19, Saturday, "Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible," Video and Discussion Workshop, 1:30-5:30 pm, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Sunnyvale, Sanctuary.
  • April 25-27, PCD-UUA District Assembly, Fremont Marriott, Fremont, CA. Check it all out at www.pcd-uua.org.
  • May 10, Saturday, Annual End-of-Giving-Campaign Party, 6-11 pm, Hattie Porter Hall
  • May 26, Monday, Memorial Day Picnic. 11 am- 3 pm, Central Park, Santa Clara.
  • July 9-13, All-Church Campout, McConnell State Recreation Area. Watch for more details.
  • July 24-27, Junior High Backpacking Trip; for more information, contact Pam Pell at johnpell@aol.com
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Religious Education

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]

April 6 Trees, The Givers of Life
April 13 Thanks to the Animals


3rd-4th Grades: Spirit of Adventure [Lower Level, Room 4-5]

April 6 P.T. Barnum
April 13 Beatrix Potter


5th Grade: Neighboring Faiths [Lower Level, Room 6]

April 6 Visit to a Quaker Meeting House
April 13 Quakerism Wrap-up


6th-7th-8th Grades: Traditions with a Wink [Office Conference Room]

April 6 The Golden Rule
April 13 Moses and Miriam


7th - 9th Grades (Parents Group meets concurrently)
Our Whole Lives (OWL)

April 6 4:30-7:30
April 13 3:30-5:30 pm (Parents have Coming-of-Age orientation during this time)


9th-12th Grades, Upper Level, Youth Room
Film as Theology: Media That Matters Film Festival

This year we will be looking at short films, many made by youth, on social and ethical issues. We will engage in conversations about how those films reflect and inform our beliefs as Unitarian Universalists.

Youth Group Activities

Junior High (6th-7th-8th Grades)

  • Staff: Rev. Sonya Sukalski

Senior High (9th-12 Grades)

  • Advisors: Mike Williamson, Cordelia Willis, Richard Gould

If you are interested in participating in junior or senior high youth group activities, please contact the Rev. Sonya Sukalski, 292-3858, ext.25 or Sonya.sukalski@comcast.net


Religious Education Registration On Line
To register for children and youth programs at http://sanjoseuu.org/RE/br.html, just click the button that says registration. All information is sent only to the Rev. Sonya Sukalski .


Coming of Age Program 2008-2009 Kicks Off

Do you have a youth in grades 7-9 who could benefit from experiences like ropes courses, a Faithful Fools mini-street retreat, or a nature vigil? The Pacific Central District’s Coming of Age Program could be just the kind of adventure and bonding with other Unitarian Universalist youth that can make a big difference at this age. Come find out more about the program April 13 from 3:30-5:30 pm in the downstairs classrooms, with district leader Riley McLaughlin. This orientation is for families with youth who will be 8-10th graders in the 2008-2009 school year and for people in the congregation interested in a deeper connection with a youth of this age as a mentor.

The program is designed to help our young people:

  • Explore their own spirituality
  • Develop a deeper understanding of Unitarian Universalism
  • Continue the lifelong process of values clarification
  • Recognize and accept responsibility for the consequences of their decisions
  • Explore their options for service, both to the church and to the community
  • Deepen their relationships with each other and with adults in the church
  • Come to a positive understanding of their capabilities and
  • Test themselves against their own preconceived limits

For any questions, call Sonya Sukalski at sonya.sukalski@comcast.net or 408-292-3858, ext. 25.

Inicio del Programa de la Mayoría de Edad 2008-2009

¿Usted tiene un joven entre el 7 y el 9 grado que pueda beneficiarse de experiencias como el curso de retos, un mini retiro en la calle con los Bufones Fieles, o una vigilia en la naturaleza? El Programa de la Mayoría de Edad del Distrito Pacífico Central podría ser justo la clase de aventura y de unión con otros jóvenes Unitarios Universalistas que pueden hacer una gran diferencia en esa edad. Venga a encontrar más del programa el 13 de Abril de las 3:30 a las 5:30 en la Primera Iglesia Unitaria de San José en los salones de la parte baja, con el líder del distrito Riley McLaughlin. Esta orientación es para las familias con jóvenes quienes estarán en 8-10 grado en el año escolar 2008-2009 y para personas de la congregación interesadas en una profunda conexión con jóvenes de esta edad como un mentor.

El programa esta diseñado para ayudar a nuestros jóvenes a:

  • explorar su propia espiritualidad
  • desarrollar un profundo entendimiento del Unitario Universalismo
  • continuar el proceso de toda la vida de clarificación de valores
  • reconocer y aceptar la responsabilidad de las consecuencias de nuestras decisiones
  • explorar sus opciones de servicio, tanto en la iglesia como en la comunidad
  • profundizar sus relaciones con otros y con los adultos en la iglesia
  • vienen a entender positivamente sus capacidades
  • probarse a ellos mismos contra sus preconcebidos límites

Para cualquier pregunta, contacte a Sonya Sukalski: sonya.sukalski@comcast.net o 510-886-5931 (casa).


Important Change:
New Date For The Junior High Backpack Trip
July 24-27, 2008

“The mountains are calling and I must go.” John Muir

Lace up those boots, strap on your backpack, and hit the trail to explore the High Sierras! Youth from our church entering grades 6, 7, and 8 in the fall 2008 are invited to join us on this summer adventure. We’ll be camping at the trailhead on our first night and will venture out into the Sierra wilderness for the next two nights before returning home.

For more information contact Pam Pell: 408-287-4453 or email: johnpell@aol.com.

Rev. Geoff Rimositis is on sabbatical through June 2008.
You can read his prayers, poetry and other musings on his blog at http://sanjoseuu.org/revgrblog/index.php

0402-4

There Is an Angel in Our Midst!

!Hay un Ángel entre Nosotros!
The PACT Action with Mayor Chuck Reed on February 25, 2008, which brought a full house from the congregation and the community to our sanctuary, has inspired an Anonymous Angel to pay the first quarter’s dues for our membership in PACT (People Acting in Community Together) for 2008! Thank you, thank you, whoever you are! May your generosity inspire us all to Walk our Talk! La acción de PACT con el Alcalde Chuck Reed en febrero 25, 2008, la cual nos trajo una casa llena de la congregación y la comunidad a nuestro santuario, ha inspirado a un Anónimo Ángel a pagar la cuota del primer cuatrimestre de nuestra membresía en PACT (Gente Actuando en Comunidad Juntos) para el 2008! Gracias, quien quiera que seas, pueda su generosidad inspirarnos a todos a vivar nuestros credos.
0402-5

As We Build the Beloved Community...

by the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones

Our Whole Being Is Music

Mientras Construimos Nuestra Querida Comunidad…

por la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones

Nuestro Ser
Entero es Música

It must be ten years now since my good friend, actor/singer/musician Carl Danielsen, gave me a small mystical book by Inayat Khan called, simply, Music. Until this week, I had never read past the back cover, where Khan says, “Our mind and our body, the nature in which we live, the nature which has made us, all that is beneath and around us, it is all music.” I know this feeling! I am now looking forward to finishing the whole book, at last.

In our special “Music, Music, Music!” worship service on April 6, Bruce Halen and I will draw on Khan and on Dr. Oliver Sachs’s study of “musicophilia” in reflections meant to deepen our experience of music. The choir, soloists, Dianne Saichek, and Nayo Ulloa (playing the kena, a Peruvian flute) will enchant us with their singing and playing at both services, and we will make some music of our own.

We are a community that loves music; in some ways, we could say, with Inayat Khan, that we “live and move and have our being in music.” Please read on to hear the heartfelt comments that our youth brought to us when they offered an 11:00 am worship service on the “Spirituality of Music” in early March. (Dianne and I got to chime in, too.) You will find them in this edition of the newsletter in both English and Spanish.

And then, ask yourself the questions that the youth asked us:

  1. What is your favorite type of music?
  2. Why is music spiritually important to you?
  3. Can you describe one time when music deeply affected you?

May this meditation open our heart to the music all around us!

With warmth and gratitude,

Nancy

Debe ser diez años desde que mi buen amigo, actor, cantante y músico Carl Danielsen, me dio el pequeño y místico libro de Inayat Khan llamado, simplemente, Música. Hasta esta semana, nunca había leído más allá de la cubierta trasera, donde Khan dice, “Nuestra mente y nuestro cuerpo, la naturaleza en la cual vivimos, la naturaleza de la que estamos hechos, todo esto esta debajo y alrededor de nosotros, es todo la música.” ¡Si, conozco esta sensación! Ahora estoy esperando con ansias acabar el libro completo, por fin.

En nuestro servicio especial del 6 de abril “Música, Música, Música!” Bruce Halen y yo recurriremos al estudio de Khan y del Dr. Oliver Sachs “músicofilia” en reflexiones lo que significa profundizar nuestra experiencia de la música. El coro, los solistas, Dianne Saichek, y Nayo Ulloa (tocando la kena, una flauta peruana) nos encantaran con su canto y su música en ambos servicios, y nosotros haremos algo de nuestra propia música.

Somos una comunidad que amamos la música; y en cierto modo podríamos decir, con Inayat Khan que, “vivimos y nos movemos y tenemos nuestro ser en la música.” Por favor lea lo siguiente para escuchar los sentidos comentarios que nuestra juventud nos trajo cuando ofrecieron el servicio de la “espiritualidad de la música” a las 11 de la mañana. a principios de marzo. (Dianne y yo intervenimos también.) Usted los encontrará en esta edición del boletín de noticias en inglés y español.

Y entonces, hágase usted mismo las preguntas que los jóvenes nos preguntaron:

1. Cual es nuestro tipo favorito de música?

2. Porque la música es espiritualmente importante para usted?

3. ¿Puede usted describir una vez en que la música le afectó profundamente?

¡Pueda esta meditación abrir nuestro corazón a la música alrededor de todos nosotros!

Con cordialidad y gratitud,

Nancy

Reflections on Music—from Worship Led by Senior Youth on March 9, 2008

1. From Sara Ketcham, Grade 12
There is a wide range of responses and feelings that can be created through just one piece of music. And the amazing thing about music, to me, is the fact that it is not necessarily “words” that cause this. In fact, it could just as easily have been the melody, or chord progressions, or tone of the piece that are personally affective. It’s unique for each person, allowing everyone to enjoy, relax, or even grow as they need. There’s a quote by a man named Gustav Mahler that I particularly like, and it says “If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music”. I believe this statement. It’s true regarding music from classical piano sonatas to the songs we hear on the radio. I feel encouraged, here on the listening end, and impressed by knowing that someone’s music, a work of art created out of nothing and painted on nothing but silence, can reach me and even possibly affect me. And there are some gems, even in the incredible world of music, which can establish a sense of unity between the music and the listener.

These moments, where it is possible for humans to feel completely connected to something outside of themselves, are what I hope for. Where the music does not have to be analyzed through lyrics, or felt in the body, it can simply go into the soul.

These moments allow me to get so much out of music.

2. From Brian Lanier, Grade 11
My favorite type of music is the kind that transcends the traditional boundaries of mainstream music. Whether it’s by using some new finger style, slapping the guitar to make a beat, or trying to convey conversation through soloing, I enjoy all musicians who try to break new ground. Seeing all their particular interests and dedication to their own particular methods is amazing to me.

Music is spiritually important to me because it gives me a chance to step back and learn things about myself and about life in general, from the music itself and from my reactions to it. Spirituality for me is a process of self-examination, and listening to artists’ songs, which are reflections of their point of view on life, is an important part of my own self-examination.

One time that music affected me was … well, it’s really many times. When I play music in front of a crowd of people, no matter how I felt beforehand or what I was thinking about, all my bad thoughts and concerns float away and I am completely in the moment. I enjoy playing music for others, and it gives me an incredible thrill every time I do.

3. From Dianne Saichek, pianist
As a performer, my favorite music is whatever I’m playing at the time. Often in my life, I’m either ten minutes ahead of myself, or caught in some past moment. Music forces one to “be here now.” I love that experience of being wholly with myself and the music. There’s a Buddhist term for it, but I don’t know what it is!

While I enjoy several groups: Phish, Berlin Philharmonic, Kronos Quartet, They Might Be Giants, almost any Danny Elfman song, and lots of the American standards (especially when sung by Frank Sinatra), my favorite is whatever is engaging me currently. Can’t beat real time!

What’s spiritual about music? Music is a uniquely human expression and can be found in all cultures. It’s acknowledged as the universal language of humanity and may even have effects on plants and animals!

Because music can unite us, it has a particular power. I recall being brought to tears when an entire stadium of people joined their voices in “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and then I recently heard a group sing “America the Beautiful” and realized how degraded my experience of pride in my country has become. After these past seven years of watching the Constitution ignored, our worldwide reputation tarnished by torture and disregard for international law (preemptive war), I realize that these songs can never mean for me what they once did—perhaps that’s why I’m brought to tears!

4. From Rev. Nancy
My favorite type of music is anything that touches my heart, or that makes me want to move or dance or sing. Which means, really, all kinds!

Music is spiritually important to me because it’s a language that is based on the heartbeat and on the sounds of nature, and that links us right back through time and space to the first human beings who beat on a rock with a bone or a stick, and straight through to everyone who will ever live and listen or move or sing or hum or make sounds. We are really all connected through music.

I can’t stick to just one time that music has affected me—but I do know that music has been central to my knowing what my calling is in my life. Throughout my first calling as an actress and singer, I’d go to see certain professional musical theater productions (A Chorus Line was one; Evita was another, and then Sweeney Todd and Ragtime and and and …), and the experience of them was so deep that I would know once more that I was doing exactly what I was supposed to be doing. And the other time music affected me was even more specific: it was during a worship service on May 4, 1997, when I’d sung in the choir and the sermon was about music and the meaning that different sounds make; and that was the moment when I first felt called to become a Unitarian Universalist minister. Music has been at the heart of how I live my life!

Reflexiones en Música-Servicio dirigido por juventud de preparatoria en marzo 9

1. De Sara Ketcham, una estudiante de preparatoria
Hay una amplia gama de respuestas y de sensaciones que se pueden crear a través de solo una pieza de música y la cosa asombrosa sobre la música, para mí, es el hecho de que no son necesariamente las “palabras” lo que causan esto. De hecho, esto fácilmente podría solo haber sido con la melodía, o con las progresiones de los acordes, o el tono de la pieza que son personalmente afectivas. Esto es único para cada persona, permitiendo que cada uno goce, se relaje, o aún crezca como cada uno necesite. Hay una cita de un hombre llamado Gustav Mahler que particularmente me gusta y que dice: “Sí un compositor podría decir que él tuvo que decir en palabras lo que no se molesto intentar decirlo con la música”. Yo creo en esta declaración. Es verdad con respecto a la música de las clásicas sonatas para piano, de las canciones que oímos en la radio. Me siento animada, aquí en el extremo que escucha e impresionada sabiendo que es música de alguien, una obra de arte creada de la nada y pintada con nada, sino silencio, puede alcanzarme y aun posiblemente afécteme. Y allí hay algunas joyas, incluso en el increíble mundo de la música, que puede establecer un sentido de unidad entre la música y el oyente.

Donde es esto posible para un ser humano para sentirse completamente conectado con algo fuera de si mismo. Estos momentos son los que espero. Donde la música no tiene que ser analizada a través de las letras, o ser sentida en el cuerpo, esto puede entrar simplemente en el alma. Estos momentos me permiten que obtenga tanto de la música.

2. De Brian Lanier, un estudiante de preparatoria
Mi tipo preferido de música es la clase que trasciende los límites tradicionales de la música común y corriente. Si está usando un cierto nuevo estilo del dedo, dando una palmada a la guitarra para hacer un golpe, o intentando transportar la conversación con solo, yo disfruto de todos los músicos que intentan romper la nueva tierra. Viendo todos sus particulares intereses y dedicación en sus propios y particulares métodos, es asombroso para mí.

La música es espiritualmente importante para mí porque me da la oportunidad de dar un paso atrás y de aprender cosas sobre mi mismo y sobre la vida en general, de la música misma y de mis reacciones a ella. La espiritualidad para mí es un proceso de examen de conciencia y escuchando canciones de los artistas que son reflexiones de sus puntos de vista de la vida, son una parte importante de mi propio examen de conciencia.

Una vez que la música me afectó estaba bien, realmente esto es muchas veces. Cuando toco música delante de una muchedumbre, no importa cómo me sentía de antemano o a cerca de qué pensaba, todos mis malos pensamientos y preocupaciones flotan lejos y estoy totalmente ahí. Disfruto el tocar música para otros y me da una emoción increíble cada vez que lo hago.

3. De Dianne Saichek, pianista
Como ejecutante, mi música preferida es lo que estoy tocando en ese momento. A menudo en mi vida, estoy diez minutos delante de mi misma o atrapado en algún momento pasado. La música lo fuerza a uno a “estar ahora aqui.” Amo esa experiencia de estar enteramente con migo y con la música. ¡Hay un término budista para esto, pero no sé cuáles es!

Yo disfruto de varios grupos: Phish, la Filarmónica de Berlín, Kronos Quartet, el grupo They Might Be Giants, casi cualquier canción de Danny Elfman, y muchos de los estándares americanos (especialmente cuando es cantado por Frank Sinatra), mi favorito es lo que me es atractivo actualmente. ¡No es mejor que el tiempo real!

¿Cuál es espiritual acerca de la música? La música es una expresión únicamente humana y se puede encontrar en todas las culturas. ¡Es reconocida como la lengua universal de la humanidad y puede incluso tener efectos en las plantas y en los animales!       

Porque la música puede unirnos, tiene una energía particular. Recuerdo haber llegado hasta las lágrimas cuando en un estadio lleno de la gente disfrutamos de sus voces en "The Star-Spangled Banner" y recientemente oí a grupo cantar "América la Bella" y me di cuenta de cuan degradada se ha convertido mi experiencia de orgullo en mi país. ¡Después de estos últimos siete años de mirar que la Constitución es ignorada, nuestra reputación mundial empañada por la tortura y por la indiferencia del derecho internacional (guerra preventiva), me di cuenta de que estas canciones nunca significaran para mí lo alguna ves fueron--quizás es por eso que me brotan las lágrimas!

4. De la Rev. Nancy
Mi tipo preferido de música es cualquier cosa que toque mi corazón, o que haga que desee moverse, o bailar o cantar. ¡Lo cuál realmente significa, de todo tipo!

La música es espiritualmente importante para mí porque es una lengua que se basa en el latido del corazón y en los sonidos de la naturaleza y, que nos liga en tiempo y espacio a los primeros seres humanos que golpeaban una roca con un hueso o un palo, directamente a través de cada uno que viva y escuche, se mueva, o cante, o tararee, o haga sonidos. Estamos todos realmente conectados a través de la música.

No puedo quedarme en solo en una vez que la música me haya afectado--pero sé que la música ha sido una parte importante en el saber cual es mi misión en la vida. A través de mi primera vocación como actriz y cantante, he ido a ver ciertas producciones musicales profesionales de teatro (A Chorus Line fue una; Evita fue otra, y además Sweeney Todd y Ragtime y, y y …) y la experiencia de ellas fue tan profunda que yo supe una vez más que yo estaba haciendo exactamente lo que se supone que debo estar haciendo. En otra ocasión la música me afecto aun mas específicamente: esto fue durante el servicio religioso del 4 de mayo de 1997, cuando había cantado en el coro y el sermón era sobre la música y el significado que diversos sonidos tienen y ése fue el momento en que por primera vez sentí el llamado para ser un ministro Unitario Universalista. ¡La música ha estado en el corazón de cómo vivo mi vida!

0402-6

Correction to Board Minutes

In the last newsletter, the article entitled “Board Meetings of January 30 and February 27” stated that “Additional PACT meetings are planned at other churches on the topics of Marriage Equality and Immigration.” Program and Operations Council (POC) member Marla Scharf has asked us to explain that “our PACT LOC is involved in greening San Jose and not in any immigration or marriage equality issues” that other PACT Local Organizing Committees (LOCs) might be involved in.

0402-7

RE-Visioning Gatherings

By Sonya Sukalski

ER, la Visión de un grupo de personas.

Por Sonya Sukalski

I think of the human spirit as a flower. It starts from a seed, an imprint of past generations and traditions with information enough to follow a trajectory of growth. Its growth comes from fresh rain, sweet air, the warming sun, and the nurture of the earth. Or should I say fresh ideas, the warmth of love, a nurturing community, and a passion for life? I think of religious education as being a life-long process of growth in these areas and more. I am interested in your ideas about what religious education is, and does. What might your metaphors for the blossoming of the spirit add to our community? Do we offer religious education in a way that meets the needs and inspires the dreams of the people in our congregation? What feedback do we need to listen to about our current program in order to fulfill all the potential we posses? I hope you will join me and the Religious Education Council at one of the times below to consider these questions, and add your own to the mix.

Religious Education Visioning Sessions – come to one or all!

  • Monday, April 21, 12-1:30 pm
  • Tuesday, April 29, 7-8:30 pm
  • Sunday, May 4, 1-3 pm

Pienso en el espíritu humano como una flor. Comienza de una semilla, de una impresión de generaciones pasadas y de tradiciones, con la información suficiente para seguir una trayectoria de crecimiento. El crecimiento viene de la lluvia fresca, del aire dulce, del sol que calienta y del cuidado de la tierra. ¿O debería decir de ideas frescas, del calor del amor, de una cuidadosa comunidad y de una pasión por la vida? Pienso en la educación religiosa como siendo un largo proceso de crecimiento de la vida en estas áreas y más. Estoy interesada en sus ideas sobre que es la educación religiosa y que es lo que hace ¿Qué podrían sus metáforas de la floración del espíritu agregar a nuestra comunidad? ¿Hacemos la educación religiosa de una manera que resuelva las necesidades e inspire los sueños de la gente en nuestra congregación? ¿Qué retroalimentación necesitamos escuchar acerca de nuestro programa actual para satisfacer todo el potencial que nosotros poseemos? Espero que usted se una a mí y al Consejo de Educación Religiosa en una de las fechas que están a continuación para considerar estas preguntas, y agregar las suyas a la mezcla.

Sesiones sobre la Visión de la Educación Religiosa—¡venga a una o a todas!

  • Lunes, Abril 21, de 12:00 a 1:30 pm
  • Martes, Abril 29, de 7:00 a 8:30 pm
  • Domingo, Mayo 4, de 1:00 a 3:00 pm
0402-8

Ready to Become a New Member of the First Unitarian Church of San José?

Membership means you have found your spiritual home in Unitarian Universalism and here at FUCSJ; it means you feel called to offer your time, talent, and treasure to help build this Beloved Community. We welcome you!

Please set up a meeting with Rev. Nancy, revnpj@yahoo.com, and then plan to participate in the next New-Member In-gathering on Sunday, March 30!

¿Listo para ser un Nuevo Miembro de la Primera Iglesia Unitaria de San José?

Membresía significa que tú has encontrado tu hogar espiritual en el Unitario Universalismo y aquí en la FUCSJ; significa que tú has sentido el llamado de ofrecer tu tiempo, talento y tesoro para ayudar a construir a esta amada comunidad. ¡Le damos la bienvenida!

Por favor, tenga una reunión con la Rev. Nancy revnpj@yahoo.com y entonces planee participar en el siguiente Reunión de Nuevos Miembros el domingo 30 de marzo.

0402-9

Work Isn't Work With Friends!

What rings your bell?

These are the volunteer positions most urgently in need of filling. Please take a moment to see if any of these service opportunities are right for you.

  • R.E. TEACHER or ASSISTANT: lead Sun. morn. sessions, using prepared curriculum; 2 hr. a mon.; 1 yr. term
  • CHANCEL DECORATOR: use creative talents to decorate chancel, using flowers, fabric, etc.; serve when available; 1 yr. term
  • COFFEE HOUR HOST: set out snacks, drinks before service; clean up after; 1 Sun. a mo.; 1 yr. term
  • LABYRINTH HOST: set up table & music and be present, 11:30-1:00; serve according to availability; 1 yr. term
  • NEWSLETTER ASSEMBLER fold, staple and stamp newsletters with amiable team; 1st or 3rd Tues. afternoon; 1 yr. term
  • WORSHIP HOST: greet & welcome people coming to Sun. service, collect offering; 1 Sun. a mo.; 1 yr. term
  • SOUND SYSTEM OPERATOR: operate sound system during 9:30 & 11:00 services;1 Sun. a mo.; 1 yr. term
  • TAPE DUPLICATOR: make & provide tapes of services in HPH after church for 1 ½ hrs.; 1 yr. term
  • ORDER OF SERVICE ASSEMBLER: fol d and assemble Order of Service Fri. morn.; much appreciated by Office Manager; I yr. term
  • NEWCOMER TABLE HOST: welcome newcomers, ask to fill out card, give info.;1 Sun. a mo.; 1 yr. term
  • NEWSLETTER COPIER: copy newsletter on risograph machine for assemblers; 1st or 3rd Tues. of mon.; 1 yr. term
  • CHOIR MEMBER: no exp. nec., practice Wed. 7-9 p.m., perform Sun. lowen@data-time.com
  • R.E. TEACHER or ASSISTANT: lead Sun. morn. sessions, using prepared curriculum; 2 hr. a mon.; I yr. term
  • LIVE YOUR VALUES—SHARE YOUR TALENTS—FORM WARM FRIENDSHIPS

    Call Genie at (408) 997-6292 or Ed at (408) 712-4157.


    Is This Your Cup of Tea?

  • Collection Counter

  • Do you like work that:

    • Is simple and routine
    • Is short and sweet
    • Provides an important service to our church
  • When: 1 Sunday a month, after the service, 30 min.-1 hr.

  • Length of Commitment: 1 year

  • Training: provided with pleasure

  • Reward: the satisfaction that comes with knowing you are doing your part to contribute to our Spiritual Cooperative

  • Contact: Genie Bernardini at 997-6292 or geniebee@hotmail.com

  • 0402-10

    Humanist Group Formation

    An organizational meeting for a humanist group will take place at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, April 22nd, in the Fireside Room. Many members of our church have expressed an interest in such a group. This group may attract atheists, agnostics, skeptics, and others who like to emphasize left brain or rationalistic approaches to life, but all are welcome.

    There are a number of possible approaches and formats we could use. I believe the members of the group should decide which approach and format is best. The questionnaire below will aid us in deciding the direction we should take.

    Please try to complete and send it to me before the 22nd. This is especially important if you will not be able to attend that meeting. Please RSVP whether you will attend or that you are interested but unable to attend. Failure to RSVP is not a bar to attendance.

    Tim Blackwood, 1260 Greenbriar Ave., San Jose, CA 95128 H: 408-244-8580, M: 408-623-3168, tjb@timblackwood.com

    (COPY AND PASTE QUESTIONS INTO E-MAIL)

    Name:

    Telephone:

    Email:

    1. How often would you like the group to meet?

    2. What days and times are best for you?

    3. How long should each meeting last?

    4. Do you prefer to meet at o church o homes?

    5. Is there a particular format, such as SGM, that you prefer? [] yes (explain below) [] no

    6. In preparation for a meeting would you commit to a study of a reasonable amount of written material? [] yes [] no

    7. Would you want to use of videos such as Bill Moyer’s Faith and Reason (www.PBS.org) or Alain de Botton’s Consolations of Philosophy (www.alaindebotton.com)? [] yes [] no

    8. Would it be valuable to use time to review concepts, and proofs for the existence, of God? [] yes [] no

    9. Unitarianism has a long tradition of humanistic beliefs, e.g., the HUUmnaists publish a journal “Religious Humanism.” Should the group attempt to make that connection, at least periodically? [] yes [] no

    10. Should we work on explaining humanism to the public, which often has severe misperceptions and attitudes, especially toward atheists? [] yes [] no

    11. Are you willing to lead or facilitate one of the meetings? [] yes [] no

    12. Other relevant ideas or suggestions?

    0402-11

    UU Hikers & Friends

    by Joyce Miller

    Here is the hiking schedule for April. In case of severe rain storms I may cancel, but usually we change the venue to the Stanford Dish or the Baylands. Both have paved trails. Call me the night before or in the morning if you are wondering if a hike is on.

    As always, if you are planning to hike let me know so I will look for you at the car pool spot or at the trail head. You can call in the morning from 6:30 am on at (408) 730-1052. I turn my cell phone on before I leave, so you can reach me at (408) 507-7052. I check my email in the morning, so feel free to email me if you are planning to come on a hike (at j408miller@sbcglobal.net).

    Also, you may have noticed that the Wednesday hikes start at 8:30 am. The Saturday hikes remain the same, starting at 8:00 am. See you on the trails!

    Friday, April 11, 2008
    Pinnacles National Monument. Please note that this the second Friday of April instead of the third. I had to change it this year to accommodate a weekend at Tahoe. It may be better anyway, since last year we missed the peak of the wildflowers. I will send out more information closer to the date.

    Wednesday, April 16, 2008
    Russian Ridge, 5 miles, moderate. Meet at PageMill/280 Park and Ride at 8:30 am.

    Saturday, April 19, 2008
    No hike planned. Some of us will be at Tahoe.

    Wednesday, April 23, 2008
    Castle Rock State Park, 6 miles, moderate. Meet at the Downey Bank parking lot in Saratoga at 8:30 am.

    Saturday, April 26, 2008
    Big Basin State Park, Berry Falls trail, 12 miles, moderate. This is a truly spectacular hike. It is long but worth every minute of it. We will get back around 4:30 pm. Meet at the Downey Bank parking lot in Saratoga at 8:00 am.

    Wednesday, April 30, 2008
    Fremont/Older/Stevens Creek, 6 miles, moderate. Meet at the parking lot at Stevens Creek Park at 8:30 am. Directions: From 280 take Foothill Expressway as though you were going to Rancho San Antonio, but go straight on Foothill, which becomes Stevens Canyon Road at McClellan. Continue about a mile to the entrance of the park, which is on the left. Parking fee is $5.00.

    0402-12
    Spotlight on Social Justice

    By Carol Stephenson, Social Justice Coordinator, socialjustice@sanjoseuu.org (408) 292-3858 x27

    Support Third Street Learning About Environment

    If you were impressed by the plucky Third Street kids telling the Mayor what they thought he should do for the environment, then you’ll want to support how much they have been learning for the “Green Knowledge Bowl.” The kids have created teams that are studying all about sustainability and will compete on April 18 at 5:30-6:30 in Hattie Porter Hall in front of a panel of judges that includes our downtown Councilperson, Sam Liccardo. Come cheer them on and let them know how proud we are to have them here!

    Social Justice Calendar

    • Friday, April 4, 6:00 pm, “Asphalt Gospel” film and speakers, Sanctuary
    • Friday, April 18, 5:30 pm, “Green Knowledge Bowl”, Hattie Porter Hall Third Street Community Center
    • Sunday, April 20, Earth Day Services and Coffee Hours – help us plan! 9:30 and 11:00 am, church
    0402-13

    Upcoming Events

    Women’s Alliance

    Please join us for the April 3 meeting in the Fireside Room for our Cakes for the Queen of Heaven curriculum. We will meet from 7:15 to 9:15 pm. All are welcome. Contact Nancy Coleman at nancybcoleman@mac.com for more information.


    Coping With Loss: A Grief Support Group for Adults

    When: Fridays, 7-9 pm; 8 meetings, March 21 through May 9, 2008

    Where: First Unitarian Church of San Jose 160 North Third Street, San Jose, CA 95112, Ramsden Fireside Room

    Fee: No fee, but donations are welcome

    The group will explore our feelings together by getting acquainted, telling our stories, remembering, sharing pictures, mementos, and other special treasures; sharing food; dealing with anger, guilt, fear, loneliness, unfinished business, our personal goals, and closure.

    The group will be facilitated by Dolores Gonzalez and Joanna Keates, who are FUCSJ Pastoral Associates and experienced volunteers in grief support, trained at the Center for Living with Dying. The sign-up sheet will be on the Pastoral Care table for the next few Sundays. For more information please contact either Dolores at (408) 272-5465; email: dolores@ihot.com or Joanna at (408) 399-9235; email: Joanna@Keates.com


    South American Expressions

    An Evening with Nayo Ulloa and Friends, a benefit concert for the Margarita Medina Sevillano Foundation and the First Unitarian Church of San Jose, will be held Saturday, May 24, 2008 at the First Unitarian Church. Doors open at 7:00 pm; the concert starts 7:30 pm. Suggested donation is $10.00. Come and hear some wonderful music!


    May We Have This Dance With You?

    The Dances of Universal Peace use sacred phrases from the spiritual traditions of the earth and set them to melody and movement. They are both simple and profound. They are for everyone and no previous dance experience is necessary. Each evening is a new event.

    May we have this dance with you?
    It will be quite simple to do.
    You may see beauty in it too,
    And find a feeling that is new.

    The Dance meets Friday, April 4, and on the first Friday of each month at 8:00 pm on the labyrinth in the sanctuary. Call Marilynn and Patrick, 265-8937, with questions.


    Don't miss PCD-UUA District Assembly 2008!
    April 25 - 27, 2008 at the Fremont Marriott

    Come join 400 vibrant and vital UU's from across the Pacific Central District for a weekend of laughing, learning, worship, meeting old friends, and making new ones!

    This year's DA features:

    • Rev. Robert Latham, Saturday Keynote Speaker!
    • Rev. Victoria Safford, Saturday Banquet Speaker!
    • Roy Zimmerman, Satirist (Saturday night)!

    With over 20 different workshops, 5 levels of child/youth programming, Friday night Opening Worship, the PCD Annual Meeting, and Sunday Closing Worship, there is something for everybody at DA2008!

    We will meet at the Fremont Marriott. We have received a Special Rate of only $89/night for this event! Hotel room reservations may be made online starting Monday, March 3. For more information, please see: www.pcd-uua.org and click on the DA2008 link. We hope to see you there!


    Annual Church Campout 2008

    Great news, UU campers! We have found a wonderful location for the campout this July, and just secured the reservation. The dates are Wednesday, July 9 through Sunday, July 13, 2008. (That’s a week earlier than usual, but this way it won’t conflict with the junior high backpacking trip.)

    The location is McConnell State Recreation Area, near Turlock, about 2 hours from San Jose. Alec MacLean drove out there to reconnoiter the site and brought back pictures and glowing reviews. The group campsite has easy access to the Merced River with sandy beaches for the kids, a bathhouse with showers and flush toilets, lots of picnic tables, and running water right in the campsite. It has everything we need for another fantastic campout.

    If you’d like to be added to a “church-campout” email list, please email MM Feldman at mm@feldmo.com. Otherwise, watch for information about signups a little later in the spring.


    0402-14

    Circling Around

    by Kelly Burnett

    Debra Fenzel-Alexander reports that her husband Steve Alexander and their niece in San Mateo, Karen Alexander, helped the chef for Google’s cafeteria (which is above and beyond most cafeterias and free to employees) write a terrific cookbook.
    It’s called Food 2.0 by Charlie Ayers with Karen Alexander and Carolyn Humphries (emphasis added by Aunt Debra!). It’s a fun book --emphasizing fresh, local, nutritious, real food--check it out!
    Patricia O’Hanian-Coffey reports having had a very interesting experience on her way to work the last few weeks. When she leaves at a certain time, she ends up on Capitol Expressway near highway 87 behind a black Honda SUV with a big Unitarian Universalist bumper sticker on it. The perplexing thing to her is that she does not recognize the woman driving the car. Not that she knows everyone at church, but she is a bit surprised to not even recognize the driver. She guesses it could be a UU who does not attend church or attends Sunnyvale or Fremont. She asks that something be included in Circling Around saying thanks for brightening her morning. She surely does like seeing the big white bumper sticker on her black SUV (She has a small blue chalice on my Honda Civic).

    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 kelly@kellybur.com. Her telephone number is 408-810-3182, but she’d prefer to receive your news by email, if possible.

    0402-17
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    For Pastoral Care

    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.

    • For pastoral care in English, please contact our lay Pastoral Associate Coordinator, Rev. Donna Lenahan: (home) 408-354-9024; (cell) 408-204-6565; e-mail: djlenahan@aol.com.
    • For pastoral care in Spanish, please contact our Spanish-Speaking Ministries Coordinator, Roberto Padilla: (cell) 408-841-1011; e-mail: paor69@yahoo.com.

    Contacting the Ministers

    Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones and Sonya Sukalski (for Rev. Geoff Rimositis, on sabbatical) feel honored to serve this congregation, and we cherish your trust! Here is how reach us:


    Cuidado Pastoral

    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: djlenahan@aol.com. Para el cuidado pastoral en español, por favor comuníquese con nuestro Coordinador de los Ministeriosen Español, Roberto Padilla: (cell) 408-841-1011; e-mail: paor69@yahoo.com.

    Contactando a los Ministros

    La Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones y Sonya Sulkalski (para El Rev. Geoff Rimositis, sabático) se sienten honrados por servir a esta congregación, y nosotros apreciamos su confianza! Aquí nosotros estamos a su alcance:

    Officers

    PRESIDENT
    Tracy Avent, darkmuzik@yahoo.com

    SECRETARY
    Bob Redfern, rredfern@charter.net

    TREASURER
    Bob Howd, BHowd@aol.com

    POC PERSONNEL OFFICER
    Joyce Miller, j408miller@sbcglobal.net

    POC PROGRAM OFFICER
    Julia Rodriguez, quixoposto@ix.netcom.com

    POC FINANCIAL OFFICER
    Christopher Frey, cjfrey@cjfrey@alum.berkeley.edu

    Directors
    Cheri Goodman, cheri.goodman@sbcglobal.net
    Rick Merritt, rbmerrit@cmp.com
    Michael Payne-Alex, michaelpaynealex@yahoo.com
    Marla Scharf, marla.scharf@gmail.com

    Church Staff

    Senior Minister, Ext. 23
     The Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones, revnpj@yahoo.com

    Assoc. Minister For Religious Education, Ext. 25
     The Rev. Geoff Rimositis , Grimositis@Sanjoseuu.org

    Office Administrator, Ext. 10
     Iris Gonzalez, fucsj@sanjoseuu.org

    Coordinator of Spanish Speaking Ministries, Ext. 24
     Roberto Padilla

    Social Justice Coordinator, Ext. 27
     Carol Stephenson, socialjustice@sanjoseuu.org

    Bookkeeper / Pam Garcia

    Sexton / Edgar Cruz

    R.E. Assistant / Alecia Baker

    Nursery Teacher / Stacey Vinyard

    Church Office
    Phone
    : (408) 292-3858
    Fax: (408) 292-4744
    E-mail             fucsj@sanjoseuu.org
    URL                http://www.sanjoseuu.org

    Thank you to our volunteers!
    Our Church Circular is published on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. Circulation is about 500.

    NEWSLETTER Editors
    Sherry Howd
    , 257-6844, s_howd@msn.com
    Sherry will edit the April 19 and June issues.

    Catherine Leeson Pelizzari, 945-9848, caleeson@aol.com
    Catherine will edit the May 7, and May 21 issues.

    Translator: Roberto Padilla and Ervin Barrios

    Layout: Henry Ruddle 408-234-3670 henry_L@ruddle.com (www.ruddle.com)

    Assembly Coordinators: Gretchen Leavitt and Genie Bernardini; Assembly Crew: Moria Merriweather, Deanna la Torre, and Lloyd Eater

     Thanks for all the work you do and care you put into the newsletter.

    **Assembly starts at 4:30 pm - your help is very much welcome!**

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