Our Church Circular / Nuestro Periódico de la Iglesia / March 5, 2008 / 5 de Marco 2008
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|0305-3||Religious Education, The UU Easter Bunny Could Use Your Help!|
Featured Event: “Thank God for Evolution!” Friday, March 14, 7 to 9 pm, FUCSJ Sanctuary
As We Build the Beloved Community...
Upcoming Board of Directors Election: Meet the Candidates!
Standing on the Side of Love: Help Stop an Anti-Gay Constitutional Amendment
Ready to Become a New Member of the First Unitarian Church of San José?
|0305-9||Volunteer Opportunities: Work Isn't Work With Friends!|
Join the Worship Host Crew!
UU Hikers and Friends
Spotlight on Social Justice: Complete this Sentence: “Peace is ...”
|0305-17||The Ministers Are In! / Board and Staff Contact Information|
|0305-1||Servicios de Domingo|
Mientras Construimos Nuestra Querida Comunidad…
Parados en el lado del amor: ¡Ayude a parar una Enmienda Constitucional Anti-Gay yendo a Sacramento compartiendo
|0305-8||¿Listo para ser un Nuevo Miembro de la Primera Iglesia Unitaria de San José?|
Aquí estan los Ministros!
SUNDAY SERVICES / SERVICIOS DE DOMINGO
Servicios en español/Translation into English
9 de Marzo -- 9:30 a.m.
Regresando a nuestros Principios UU
Dirige: Roberto Padilla; Asociados de Culto: Miembros de SSM
Returning to Our UU Principles
Worship Leader: Roberto Padilla; Worship Associates: Members of SSM
March 9 -- 11:00 a.m.
Worship Leader: Senior High Youth; Worship Associate: Sonya Sukalski.
Domingo de la Juventud
Dirigen:Lla Juventud de la Congregacion; Asociada de Servicio: Sonya Sukalski.
16 de Marzo -- 9:30 a.m.
Dirige: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Asociada de Servicio: Kelly Burnett.
March 16 -- 11:00 a.m.
Spring Equinox--Under Construction
Worship Leader: the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Worship Associate: Kelly Burnett.
Guest Preacher: Béla Jakabházi, 2008 Balazs Scholar from Transylvania; Worship Associates: Marla Scharf and the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones
10:30 A.M. COMBINED SERVICE / SERVICIO COMBINADO 10:30 A.M.
23 de Marzo -- 10:30 a.m.
Una Pascua Temprana
Dirige: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Asociados de Servicio: Frank Bosche y Roberto Padilla; Traducción en español: Ervin Barrios.
March 23 -- 10:30 a.m.
An Early Easter
Worship Leader: the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Worship Associates: Frank Bosche and Roberto Padilla; Translation into Spanish: Ervin Barrios.
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]
March 9 Points of View
3rd-4th Grades: Spirit of Adventure [Lower Level, Room 4-5]March 9 Try Something New
March 16 Treasure Maps and N. C. Wyeth
5th Grade: Neighboring Faiths [Lower Level, Room 6]March 9 Visit to Buddhist Temple
March 16 Buddhism Wrap-up
6th-7th-8th Grades: Traditions with a Wink [Office Conference Room]March 9 UU Rosaries
March 16 Jesus and Mary Magdalene
7th - 9th Grades (Parents Group meets concurrently)
March 9 3:30-5:30
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.email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Join the Worship Host Crew!
Join us in creating a comfortable and welcoming community. Be one of the first to greet visitors that the UUA Marketing effort has encouraged to seek us out. We have current openings for any Sunday at the 11:00 am service. A detailed Host checklist is provided to ensure that the team each Sunday can be successful in creating a meaningful experience for our visitors and members alike. A full job description and one-on-one training available for all interested. Please contact Ellen Robinson, Worship Host Coordinator, at 408-859-4419 or email@example.com if you are interested in this enjoyable and important job.
by Joyce Miller
Here is the hiking schedule for March. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org ).
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!
Saturday, March 1, 2008
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Saturday, March 29, 2008
Sometimes I get a little writer's block. And on the day the newsletter is due it is most prominent. So, wanting to write about peace, I asked my daughters, one ten and one eight years old, “What is peace?” It took no time at all to get a response. “Peace is peaceful,” said the eight-year-old flatly without taking her eyes off of the talking animal on the computer screen. The ten-year-old was more discerning, however, “Peace is love…diversity … and, and joy.” I turned to face her. Had I raised this sage? A tear began to well up when I was thrown out of my reverence as she asked “What’s diversity?”
It turns out I raised children who are terribly accustomed to being asked such questions. The younger doesn’t pause and the older has words that roll off her tongue that sound beautiful, but that she doesn’t necessarily understand. They hear it all the time: “diversity,” “making change,” “community,” and, of course, “social justice.” It is easy for them to repeat what they hear. But how do we really teach these values, how do we make them be more than just words. And, for that matter, how do we understand it for ourselves?
How about this: bring together people from all over this world, with traditions as diverse as you can find. Find an issue of commonality that each can share, like say, for example, peace, and invite each to teach us just a bit about how they view the topic. Let’s meet in a beautiful place as the sun sets, and let’s include song and movement, and children’s voices as well.
This unbelievably beautiful event takes place in our Sanctuary on Sunday, March 16 at 5:00 pm. It is the fourth annual Interfaith Service for Peace that we have hosted.
When I told my daughters not to worry about sounding grown up, just to think about it for a bit, I got a different response: “Peace is when people unite and don’t fight,” said the ten-year-old, and the younger even glanced up from the computer to say “when people are happy.” Yes, they agreed, “you can be at peace when you are happy.” We all have something to offer, and we are all learning. Take this opportunity on March 16 to learn and express Peace.
Social Justice Calendar
Upcoming EventsCoping 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.
Fund-raiser Tea, Lunch and Entertainment on March 29th
We're making it a tradition! We're hosting at our Church the 2nd Annual Partner Church fund-raiser later this month, Saturday, March 29th from 1-4 pm. In case you folks missed the Tea last year, it's a wonderful afternoon with a string quartet and other musical entertainment. We pour from 6 pots of tea and have enough food, sandwiches, strudel and other goodies to call it more of a brunch than a Tea.
The fund-raiser supports the activities with our Partner Church in Romania. Our goal is to bring the minister and half a dozen adults and youth here to visit in the Summer of 2009.
More than that, the Tea is a relaxing afternoon where we have more time to visit with others while being served by our youth, many of whom journeyed to Transylvania this summer. If you have wanted to bring a friend or neighbor to our church, this would be an ideal time for them to see our historic building and enjoy conversations.
Suggested donation is $20 for adults and $10 for students. Please contact Connie_Bloch@yahoo.com for ticket information, or to purchase tickets after church.
Winter Series on Non-Violence
In honor of the Season for Nonviolence, Patrick O'Connell is offering a fascinating series of free weekly classes at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary that explore how the world has used nonviolent conflict to achieve democracy and human rights. Covering a wide range of topics, Pat will offer film, documentaries, and special guests and lead discussions about how we apply these lessons learned.
The next class, Tuesday, March 11, is on the Chicano students' walkout in East LA; the March 18 class is on Cesar Chavez and the farmworkers' struggle, the March 25 class covers the Seattle/WTO protests, and the final class, on April first, is on Martin Luther King. For more information Patrick at (408) 460-2935 or Carol at (408) 292-3858 x27 or email@example.com.
Please join us for the Thursday, March 6 meeting in the Fireside Room. Session 5 in our Cakes for the Queen of Heaven curriculum is entitled "Reclaiming Women's Heritage of Peace." We will meet from 7:15 to 9:15 pm. All are welcome. Contact Nancy Coleman at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Don't miss PCD-UUA District Assembly 2008!
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:
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!
Church Work Party Saturday March 15, 9 am - 2:30 pm
Please join the fun at the upcoming Service is our Prayer day, when we work together in our quarterly church maintenance. We’ll get started early in the Sanctuary, with a brief meeting and assignment of tasks. A simple lunch will be provided at noon. All skill levels are invited mainly we scrub, dust, polish, change light bulbs, trim bushes, and clean everything in sight!
The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Sunnyvale invites you to “Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible”
Video and Discussion Workshop: Saturday, April 19, 1:30-5:30 pm, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Sunnyvale Sanctuary; facilitators Al Gonzales and Bob Miess; sliding scale donation $15 individuals/$25 couples.
As Unitarian Universalists, we stand for inclusiveness in our congregations and for social justice in our wider community and in the world. Many of us come from privileged backgrounds. Those of us who do, find that we have been granted privileges based simply on who we are (for example, being born white, or male, or straight, or financially secure, etc.) One way that we can use these privileges effectively is to create ally relationships with those who are on the other side of the privilege seesaw from us.
The video explores white identity development, but is designed for people of any race, culture, creed or gender. It features the experiences and reflections of white women and men as social justice advocates as they face conflicting emotions about race, racism, culture, and white identity development in the United States.
by Kelly Burnett
Were you at the PACT meeting with the mayor last Monday evening? There was a great
Congregant's Family Donates a Piece of UU History to Rev. Bill Sinkford and UUA
On Saturday February 23, 2008, Patricia & Annette Ohanian-Coffey met with the President of the UUA, the Rev. Bill Sinkford at the Doubletree Hotel in San Jose. They presented him with a piece of UU history in the form of a telegram. The telegram was sent by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to UU minister the Rev. Richard Nash urging him to attend a non-violent training session in Chicago in preparation for a large-scale action Dr. King was planning there. The Rev. Nash was a friend of Patricia's late father and the telegram was one of her father's most prized possessions. The telegram is another tangible symbol of Unitarian Universalists' commitment and involvement with the Civil Rights Movement. The Rev. Sinkford said the telegram would be preserved and displayed at the UUA headquarters in Boston.
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 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: 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 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:
Thank you to our volunteers!
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Assembly Coordinators: Gretchen Leavitt and Genie Bernardini; Assembly Crew: Lloyd Eater, Bob and Carol Roszkowski, and Ellie White.
Thanks for all the work you do and care you put into the newsletter.
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