Our Church Circular / Nuestro Periódico de la Iglesia / February 6, 2008 / 6 de Febrero 2008
|0206-2||Save the Dates|
|0206-4||Mayor Reed Highlights Green City Plan Feb. 25 at FUCSJ|
As We Build the Beloved Community...
Let California Ring: Marriage Equality Now
Third Street Community Center Says: Thank You UUs; TSCC Service Opportunities
|0206-9||What an Opportunity for Friendship, Growth and Service!|
Meet Our New Members
High School Scholarships for Our Partner Church in Romania
Our YIKES Fund Is Healthy, Thanks to YOU!
|0206-13||Upcoming Events -- Multiculturalism Conference, Coping With Grief, Thank God for Evolution, Non-Violence, UU Hikers & Friends|
|0206-15||Spotlight on Social Justice: Finding Inspiration, Even
When You’d Rather Not.
|0206-17||The Ministers Are In! / Board and Staff Contact Information|
|0206-1||Servicios de Domingo|
Mientras Construimos Nuestra Querida Comunidad…
|0206-10||Conozca a Nuestros Nuevos Miembros
|0206-12||Nuestro Fondo YIKES Está Saludable, Gracias a Ustedes!|
|0206-13||Conduciendo a nuestras congregaciones hacia un futuro multirracial y Multicultural: ¡Ahora es el Tiempo!|
Aquí estan los Ministros!
SUNDAY SERVICES / SERVICIOS DE DOMINGO
Servicios en español/Translation into English
10 de Febrero -- 9:30 y 11:00 a.m.
La Ética del Amor Para Vivir
Dirige: Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Asociados de Culto: (9:30) Miembros de SSM y (11:00) Kelly Burnett
February 10 -- 9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
An Ethic of Love to Live By
Worship Leader: the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Worship Associates: (9:30) Members of SSM and (11:00) Kelly Burnett
17 de Febrero 9:30 am
Todo Por Amor
Dirige: Roberto Padilla; Asociados de Culto: Miembros de SSM.
All for Love
Worship Leader: Roberto Padilla; Worship Associates: Members of SSM.
February 17 11:00 am
Beloved Community as Spiritual Practice: Parenting Our Youth, Re-parenting Ourselves
Worship Leader: the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Worship Associates: Sonya Sukalski and Kristin Rivers.
Amada Comunidad como Práctica Espiritual: Ser Padres para Nuestra Juventud, Volver a ser Padres de Nosotros Mismos
Dirige: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Asociadas de Culto: Sonya Sukalski y Kristin Rivers.
24 de Febrero 9:30 am
La Premisa y la Promesa, Construyendo el Mundo que Soñamos.
Cada uno de los seres humanos hemos soñado vivir en un mundo ideal. ¿Pero que estamos haciendo realmente por hacer de este mundo, el mundo que hemos soñado?
Dirigen: Roberto Padilla y la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Asociada de Culto: Carol Stephenson.
The Premise and the Promise, Building the World We Dream About
Worship Leadesr: Roberto Padilla and the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Worship Associate: Carol Stephenson.
February 24 11:00 am
The Way of Radical Hospitality
Worship Leader: the Rev. Dr. Steve J. Crump; Worship Associate: Mary Martin
El Camino de una Hospitalidad Radical
Dirige: el Rev. Dr Steve J. Crump; Asociada de Culto: Mary Martin.
Save the Dates
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]Feb. 10 Our Meeting House
Feb. 17 What is Religion?
3rd-4th Grades: Spirit of Adventure [Lower Level, Room 4-5]Feb. 10 Peter Cooper, Jello
Feb. 17 Frank Lloyd Wright, Architect
5th Grade: Neighboring Faiths [Lower Level, Room 6]Feb. 10 Introduction to Hinduism
Feb. 17 Holiday Weekend, attend regular service
6th-7th-8th Grades: Traditions with a Wink [Office Conference Room]Feb. 10 Congregation Survey: Predictions
Feb. 17 Congregation Survey: Survey Distribution
7th - 9th Grades (Parents Group meets concurrently)
Feb. 10 2:30 -5:30
9th-12th Grades, Upper Level, Youth Room
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)
Senior High (9th-12 Grades)
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.firstname.lastname@example.org
Religious Education Registration On Line
Date Set for Next Junior High Backpacking Trip: July 20-23, 2008
Mark your calendars now to save the date for this amazing outdoor experience up in the High Sierra. This 4-day, 3-night backpack trip will be open to youth from our church who will be going into 6th, 7th, and 8th grades in the fall of 2008. More information about the trip will be coming your way in the late winter/early spring. If you have questions, contact Pam Pell at email@example.com.
While practicing its portion of the song, the choir was generally not impressed with the song. However, all of that changed once Bev came down one Wednesday to practice her solo part and we found out how the song is really supposed to sound. “Wow” was the new consensus. Dan, as usual, kept us in stitches with his quirky analogies and tangents such as a comparison between the “surge singing” style used in A City Called Heaven and a recent troop surge of some note. Our next major project is a complicated arrangement of Blackbird (yes, the Beatles tune) which has us in fits so far. “You asked for harder songs,” quoth Dan.
Can’t gay people already get married? Can’t you go to Canada? Or Massachusetts?
That’s a good question. People have their homes, their family, their friends, their support systems where they live. If a gay or lesbian couple were to get married in Massachusetts or Canada it wouldn’t be recognized in the state of California.
Having the same opportunities to realize hopes and dreams is a cornerstone of freedom. If two adult people want the responsibility and commitment of marriage, is it the business of government to tell them they can’t marry, whether they are gay or straight?
Why do gays and lesbians want marriage? Do they really need it? Can’t couples go to a lawyer to secure all the rights they need?
Without marriage, gay and lesbian couples can only put in place a few basic arrangements, such as naming each other in a will or a power of attorney. And even these remain vulnerable to challenges in court by disgruntled family members.
For example, when a gay or lesbian person gets seriously ill, nothing can make their partner eligible to take leave from work under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act because that law applies only to married couples. When a gay or lesbian person dies, nothing can extend to the surviving partner Social Security survivor benefits or the right to inherit a retirement plan without severe tax burdens that stem from being “unmarried” in the eyes of the law.
Aren’t domestic partnerships enough?
California does provide domestic partnerships. While they provide some benefits, they don’t provide the same security as marriage. They exist to exclude people from marriage and create a two-tiered system at odds with the principle that separate is not equal. Domestic partnerships treat people as second class citizens. Two people in a committed, loving, trusted relationship deserve the honor and support that only come with marriage.
Talking about marriage can be challenging.
It brings up a lot of strong feelings for people. The freedom to marry isn’t just about the legal right to marry but about the opportunity to celebrate love and commitment in a supporting, understanding, and accepting society.
Third Street Community Center Says: Thank You UUs
Once again, I have to start with thanking everyone for all the support over the last few months!
Third Street owes a very big thank you to Carol Stephenson (who recently joined our Board) and Roberto Padilla for making the annual posada a great success! Kids from our After School Academic Program presented a very inspirational play focusing on the “birth” of Third Street and our combined struggle during the rebuilding of the sanctuary and for social justice. We had more families than anticipated and many brought homemade foods and “ponche” to share after stopping by Barbara Grover’s, who was kind enough to open her home to families during the neighborhood procession.
In December, we were in need of tutors for our kids as our regular SJSU students went on winter break. Thanks to Tim Blackwood, our kids had a wonderful mentor to help them with their homework and much more...just ask him how it went! Tracy Avent participated in our Robotics Program orientation in early January and we look forward to his service as a Tech Challenge Mentor. We currently have 35 students enrolled and we may have over 7 teams competing this year so be warned expect to see and feel an abundance of energy every Saturday morning from now until May 3!
Other wonderful people have answered our call for ESL instructors due to the overwhelming demand for classes. Another very special thank-you goes to Genie Bernadini for leading a training session for soon-to-be ESL instructors. ESL classes will resume in February.
Last but not least, I would like to thank all the UU’s who sent in contributions from our winter appeal letter. Your support not only keeps our programs running, but it inspires me and motivates Third Street staff to continue our work. If you did not receive a letter in early December, I may not have you on our mailing list so please email me your information if you would like to be added to future mailings.
TSCC Service Opportunities
Early last fall, the Third Street Board decided to move Share the Magic to the spring of 2008. We are forming a committee to help with planning and would like to open this up to UU members who have time and would like to join this working committee. Some of the tasks include but are not limited to: coordinating and securing items for a silent auction, establishing and leading a decorating team, graphic design work, selling tickets, identifying sponsors, marketing and PR, and more. If you are interested, please contact Rosemary Baez at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (408) 295-8722 ext. 305.
So You Say You’d Like to Serve Our Beloved Community?
What Looks Interesting?
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.
LIVE YOUR VALUESSHARE YOUR TALENTSFORM WARM FRIENDSHIPS
Call Genie at (408) 997-6292 or Ed at (408) 712-4157.
There is no high school in the village. One of the youth’s few options is to attend a Unitarian boarding school in the region in Udvardhey. (There is no regular transportation.) The expenses of over $1,000 a year make attendance very difficult or impossible for many of our Partner church’s youth to attend.
However, they know that their economy is changing quickly. Recently, Romania was admitted to the European Economic Community, and the way the villagers make a living will have to shift to follow new regulations.
When we visited our Partner church this summer, Rev. Joszef Szombatfalvi asked us if we could get our church members to sponsor scholarships for their youth. He felt that supporting their education was the #1 priority of any of the “projects” our two churches could work on at this time.
Rev. Joszef writes that the hardest part was the selection of the students for the scholarships. Then comes the most important and beautiful part, which is the connection. Rev. Joszef hopes that the students will build friendships with their supporter and a closer connection with the church.
We briefly mentioned this project during a couple of presentations on the return of our travelers from Transylvania. How generously our church community has responded! Four of these donations of $300 came from families. Two came from groups within our church, which included the Berryessa/Downtown “dinner” group, and a Sunday night Small Group Ministry.
Some donors may only be able to commit to one year, but it is hoped that most may be able to renew yearly until the student graduates from high school. Also; we hope to expand our program to additional youth in the following years.
I continue to be touched by the generosity of this church. Thanks to everyone for your support and interest in our Partner Church Scholarship program. If you want to learn more about our scholarship program or how to get involved, please contact Connie_Bloch@yahoo.com
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: email@example.com or Joanna at (408) 399-9235; email: Joanna@Keates.com
“Thank God for Evolution!”
Friday, March 14, 7 to 9 pm, FUCSJ Sanctuary
Rev. Michael Dowd and his science-writer spouse, Connie Barlow, are America’s Unitarian Universalist evolutionary evangelists, traveling the country for the past six years and speaking to a variety of denominations and communities, including 250 UU churches and fellowships. Their work was featured on the cover of UU World magazine; you can read the article at http://www.uuworld.org/ideas/articles/2679.shtml.
Now Michael and Connie bring their inspiring presentation to our sanctuary on Friday, March 14, 7 to 9 p.m. in a free event based on Michael’s new book, “Thank God for Evolution!” The book has been endorsed by five Nobel Prize-winning scientists (see http://thankgodforevolution.com/nobel for more); and Buddhist writer and teacher Joanna Macy says that it “moves us at last beyond false separations of science and religion.”
Save the date, and bring your friends and family to this lively, boundary-busting event! View the book’s trailer at http://ThankGodforEvolution.com/book-trailer.html
We’d like to provide Michael and Connie with a home stay while they are in our area for 2 to 3 days. They have a van to be parked on the street or driveway and mostly need a room where they can plug into the internet and work through the day. Can you help? Please contact Rev. Nancy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winter Series on Non-Violence
In honor of the upcoming Season for Nonviolence, Patrick O’Connell is offering a new and fascinating series of free weekly classes that explore how the world has used nonviolent conflict to achieve democracy and human rights. Covering a wide range of topics, including the Chicano students’ walkout in East LA and the process of Truth and Reconciliation, Pat will bring film, documentaries, and special guests and lead discussions about how we apply these lessons learned.
The next class will be held Tuesday, February 5 in the Sanctuary at 7:00 pm and features a video that documents the spectacular defeat of Slobodan Milosevic in October, 2000, not by force of arms, as many had predicted, but by an ingenious nonviolent strategy of honest elections and massive civil disobedience. The following class, February 12, covers the Ukraine’s Orange Revolution. Classes will continue every Tuesday until April 1st. For more information contact Carol at (408) 292-3858 x27 or email@example.com.
Here is the February hiking schedule. If you have any question about whether a hike is on or off, just give me a call. I rarely cancel but sometimes I change the venue if muddy trails seem likely. The backup hike is the Stanford Dish. And as usual, be sure to let me know if you are planning to hike, so 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!
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Saturday, February 9, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
by Kelly Burnett
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Claire Wagner and Greg Ashley want to offer everyone a hearty THANK YOU for the wonderful send-off before their move to Baltimore. Their message continues: “The party was so much fun, especially the original entertainment: music, theatrics, stories, and heart-felt memories. The blessing in the service was very touching and it was a privilege, as always, to lead you in song. You are so much a part of our family and we will never be far away from you in our hearts.
Please stay in touch. Our address is:
And yes, it is incredibly cold this week...but weather isn’t everything. Or we are trying to convince ourselves of that. We are very impressed with Baltimore and the First Unitarian Church community has been very welcoming. And we love our apartment, despite the 62 steps it takes to get up to it.
Remember to contact us if you are visiting the Baltimore or DC area!
Many blessings and lots of love,
Claire and Greg”
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She is making a request to other organizations as well and will share the list of compiled suggestions by request. If you have any new or used books or materials you are willing to donate, she will take those, too! Of course, she will be grateful for any help.
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Torchy Hunter and Dan Zulevic hosted the Pierre family from Rhode Island for more than week (at Dan and Torchy’s insistence) and they loved them. You may remember receiving an email or some sort of communication asking for a place where a UU family could park their RV while touring and discovering the USA. The mom, Renee, and her two lovely daughters, Aiesha, and Soleil, (and the puppy, Cody, acquired in Wyoming) are truly out discovering America. Mom is home schooling the girls and it is quite an adventure. Here in SJ, they saw the Tech Museum, Happy Hollow, and a whole lot of Dan and Torchy’s big screen TV. The girls fell in love with Torchy when she told them that she, too, watched “Ugly Betty.” They live quietly, nothing like the bedlam with all the dogs barking at once at Dan and Torchy’s house. They all had dinner with our part-time Rhode Islanders Bev Harrison and her partner Barbara Derbyshire at the Puerto Azule restaurant in Willow Glen. Torchy managed to get the family a contact in Tucson (you go, girlfriend!) and sadly waved them off to Santa Cruz and the Monterey Aquarium. What a treat they were.
The Pierres were in Church on January 20 and they sat in the very front row! What glorious smiles and loving people. I hope you will get a chance to meet them if they are able to come through San Jose again during their travels. (I also hope they will update us on their adventures…..Torchy???)
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Don’t forget to mark your calendar and to begin saving for the Annual All-Church Retreat at the end of September!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Her telephone number is 408-810-3182, but she’d prefer to receive your news by email, if possible.
A close friend of mine gave me an inspirational book for Christmas called “Three Cups of Tea.” Now, you have probably heard about it, I seem to be the last, but it’s about a man who has been building schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan for about fifteen years. He learned about the great need for schooling for both boys and girls when he was on his descent from attempting a summit of K2.
What!? This guy climbs K2? Yeah, okay, you can stop right there because this story has nothing to do with me or what I can contribute to this world. No, really, I can already picture him; intense, obsessive, and doesn’t need much oxygen to survive. And, let me guess, he was single and childless when he set out on this work? If that’s what it takes to change the world, then fine, let those guys do it and I will read their books and cheer them on from the sideline. Humph.
Now, is that what you expected from your Social Justice Coordinator? I surprise even myself sometimes, but that is exactly what I though when my good friend told me about this book.
But what can you do when someone gives you a gift that they just know you will love? So, I started reading it and I unfortunately have to admit that the story actually is inspiring. Not because this man does it all on his own, but because he readily admits that he had so much help. Oh, and failures, how I love to hear about the failures! It took years for him to build the first school and many more years to grow a viable organization. He even ends up getting married and having kids, but that’s not easy for him or his family. He is intense and obsessive, but not everyone he works with is like him, and they each are just as important to how the story proceeds.
The crazy thing is, since reading the book, I have been calling on the lessons that “Mr. K2” learns on his long and lonely journey. People will help, or at least I can always ask. If it matters, I can miss a dinner with my kids or go to one extra meeting this week. We have to work hard to make the changes we want to see. We simply do. And when we do, we will see results.
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 Sonya Sukalski (for Rev. Geoff Rimositis, on sabbatical) 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: email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
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