Our Church Circular / Nuestro Periódico de la Iglesia / March 5, 2008 / 5 de Marco 2008

Inside This Issue:

0305-1 Sunday Services
0305-2 Save the Dates
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 ...”

0305-13 Upcoming Events

Circling Around

0305-17 The Ministers Are In! / Board and Staff Contact Information
En Español
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!



9:30 a.m.
Servicios en español/Translation into English

9 de Marzo  -- 9:30 a.m.

Regresando a nuestros Principios UU
Una visión rápida de nuestros principios UUs para recordar porque estamos aquí.

Dirige: Roberto Padilla; Asociados de Culto: Miembros de SSM

Returning to Our UU Principles
A quick review of our UU principles that remind us why we are here.

Worship Leader: Roberto Padilla; Worship Associates: Members of SSM

11:00 a.m.
Services in English

March 9 -- 11:00 a.m.

Youth Sunday
Our senior high youth engage the mind, body, and spirit while sharing what is on their minds in 2008.

Worship Leader: Senior High Youth; Worship Associate: Sonya Sukalski.

Domingo de la Juventud
Nuestra juventud ensambla mente, cuerpo y espíritu mientras que comparten que hay en sus mentes en el 2008.

Dirigen:Lla Juventud de la Congregacion; Asociada de Servicio: Sonya Sukalski.

16 de Marzo -- 9:30 a.m.

En construcción.
Este en sintonía para develar nuestro tema del servicio del 16 de marzo, como entramos en la primavera.

Dirige: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Asociada de Servicio: Kelly Burnett.

March 16 -- 11:00 a.m.

Spring Equinox--Under Construction
Stay tuned for the unveiling of our worship theme for March 16, as we enter into spring!

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


23 de Marzo -- 10:30 a.m.

Una Pascua Temprana
Que sucede en la Pascua…¿ese sentimiento de renacimiento, de esperanza y de renovación, de una revocación de fortunas y de buenas noticias compartidas… viene "temprano" - en nuestras vidas al igual que en nuestros calendarios? ¡Ven a experimentar la promesa Unitaria Universalista! ¡Unamos nuestra comunidad multicultural, en un servicio juntos en este especial día! Sin importar cual sea su tradición o teología, por favor, unámonos  para este festival de primavera. Por favor traiga una flor para compartir en nuestra Comunión de las Flores.Y espere una caza de huevos de Pascua y un huésped especial con largas orejas peludas para el placer de nuestros jóvenes.

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
What happens when Easter … that sense of rebirth, of hope and renewal, of a reversal of fortunes and of shared good news … comes “early”—in our lives as well as in our calendars? Come experience the Unitarian Universalist promise!  Let’s unite our multicultural community by worshiping together on this special day! No matter what your tradition or theology, please join us for this spring festival. Please bring a flower to share in our Flower Communion. And expect an Easter egg hunt and a Special Guest with long fuzzy ears to delight our youngsters.

Worship Leader: the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Worship Associates: Frank Bosche and Roberto Padilla; Translation into Spanish: Ervin Barrios.


Save the Dates

  • March 6, Thursday, Women's Alliance presents "Reclaiming Women's Heritage for Peace"; 7:15-9:15, Fireside Room.
  • March 7, Friday, Dances of Universal Peace, 8:00 pm under the dome in the Sanctuary
  • March 7, Friday, in honor of International Women's Day, the Berkeley Fellowship presents "Tillie Olsen: A Heart in Action", at 7:00 pm. This new documentary by Ann Hershey profiles the life of this renowned writer and activist.
  • March 11, 18, and 25, Tuesdays at 7:00 pm, Winter Series on Non-Violence. See article.
  • March 14, Friday, 7 - 9 pm, “Thank God for Evolution!” free presentation by the Rev. Michael Dowd and Connie Barlow; in the Sanctuary. See the article for more info.
  • March 15, Saturday, Service is Our Prayer church work party, 9:00 am  - 2:30 pm; light lunch provided.
  • March 16, Sunday, 5:00 pm; Interfaith Service for Peace, in the Sancturary.
  • March 30, Sunday, New Member Sunday and Congregational meeting to elect new directors and officers; after the 11:00 am service in the Sanctuary.
  • 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. See article and www.pcd-uua.org
  • July 9-13, All-Church Campout, McConnell State Recreation Area. Watch for complete information in future newsletters.
  • July 20-23, Junior High Backpacking Trip; for more information, contact Pam Pell at johnpell@aol.com

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]

March 9 Points of View
March 16 The Mystery of Life (Easter)

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)
Our Whole Lives (OWL)

March 9 3:30-5:30
March 15 (Sat.) 6:30 pm through 3:30 pm March 16 (Sun.) 

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 .

The UU Easter Bunny Could Use Your Help!

The UU Easter Bunny needs some Easter eggs for the Easter Egg Hunt. If each family could bring a dozen or two prestuffed Easter eggs (plastic Easter eggs with candy in them), that would really help. Please bring the stuffed eggs to Sonya Sukalski in Rev. Geoff's office by March 16. The Easter Egg Hunt will be after church in St. James Park on Easter Sunday (March 23).

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 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


Featured Event

“Thank God for Evolution!”

Friday, March 14, 7 to 9 pm, FUCSJ Sanctuary

Special Presentation—Free and Open to the Public!

The Rev. Michael Dowd and his science-writer spouse, Connie Barlow, are America’s Unitarian Universalist evolutionary evangelists, traveling the country and speaking to a variety of denominations and communities, including 250 Unitarian Universalist congregations.

Now Michael and Connie bring their inspiring presentation to our sanctuary on Friday, March 14, 7 to 9 pm 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 his work was featured in UU World magazine. The evening will be beautiful and fun for the whole family!

Save the date, spread the word, and bring your friends and family to this lively, boundary-busting event!


As We Build the Beloved Community...

by the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones

Back-to-Back Beautiful Days at FUCSJ!

Mientras Construimos Nuestra Querida Comunidad…

por la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones

¡Evento tras Evento, Hermosos Días en FUCSJ!

My heart overflows with gratitude. Truly we embodied the Beloved Community on Sunday, February 24, and Monday, February 25. How this community has been shining!

Let me try to capture the essence of what you created:

On Sunday morning, February 24, at both the 9:30 and 11:00 am services, you demonstrated the depth and breadth of your hospitality as we hosted special guests from all around the country. At our 9:30 service, 50 Unitarian Universalist guests from the Now Is the Time conference (Leading Our Congregations into a Multiracial, Multicultural Future) shared in our Spanish service, with English translation provided (truly spontaneously!) by Laura Diaz Shadeed. The choir sang two gorgeous pieces, which they offered at 11:00 am too. Ervin Barrios told the story of the Exodus in a vastly entertaining way (the “Hollywood version,” as he quipped); Rodrigo Garcia read a portion of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech as though he were a Spanish-speaking King himself; and Roberto Padilla preached such a magnificent sermon that folks from the Unitarian Universalist Association offices in Boston and in Washington, D.C., have asked for copies of it in both English and Spanish. You can read Roberto’s sermon by going to our home page at www.sanjoseuu.org, then scroll down to “blog” beside Roberto’s picture. Once you get to the blog, you will find the English version of the sermon below the Spanish.

I was honored to open and close the service, as well as to offer Saturday morning’s worship to the conference itself that weekend (you can read that homily by going to my blog from our home page, too). Our amazing members who regularly attend the 9:30 service surprised us all with a delicious brunch during the Social Hour following the 9:30 service. This thoughtful Latin-style generosity was moving to everyone: Wow!

Our UU guests came away moved to tears by the service and your hospitality, inspired and enlivened in their vision of Unitarian Universalism. One Puertoriqueña minister-in-the-making said that attending this service fulfilled a lifelong dream of hers to be able to worship in her own faith in her native language. The questions and comments that Roberto and I received when we returned to the conference afterward were overflowing with admiration and affirmation. We feel so fortunate that the UUA chose to locate the conference in San José this year, so that attendees could experience our Spanish-Speaking Ministries. We here at FUCSJ have been promised more support of every kind, as a result.

At 11:00 am on that Sunday, you offered a warm welcome to friend and colleague, the Rev. Steve Crump, who shared stories of serving the folks most affected by the Gulf Coast disasters and created more visions of Radical Hospitality. Thank you for giving our guest preacher a sense of homecoming.

Then, on Monday evening, February 25, our PACT (People Acting in Community Together) Local Organizing Committee simply took our breath away with what was, as moderator-extraordinaire Patti Massey said, a “Green Vision Love Fest.” The sanctuary was packed with folks from our own congregation—thank you, thank you!—along with guests galore. Mayor Chuck Reed and Council member Forrest Williams truly seemed to enjoy themselves, and we know (from the difference between earlier versions of the mayor’s responses vs. the more positive ones that we received from him at the event) that we have already made a difference in the mayor’s plans for Greening San José. The Peace Chorale sang gloriously from our front steps before the event—let’s do THAT more often—and Ad Hoc, with Lisa Hettler-Smith singing the lead, brought “We Are” to life. The PACT credential from Bob Miess, the research report from Doug Reid, the time-keeping by Melanie Lanstrom, the testimonials from Carol Stephenson, Ben and Benji Cadena, Sra. Marquez, and the amazing Third Street Community Center youth, the questions posed by Lisa Hettler-Smith, Diana Wirt, Mary Idso, and Michael Pelizzari, along with some rousing congregational singing (“Let’s be seen, All Ways Green, San José!”—thank you, Genie Bernardini!), energized us as we worked not only for environmental sustainability but for environmental justice as well. Marla Scharf closed out the evening with a beautiful prayer. Diana Wirt and Carol Stephenson were interviewed by the press (did you see us featured prominently in that Sunday’s Mercury News?); Mary Martin wrote the brilliant skit performed the day before; Bill Ardrey, Lloyd Eater, Nancy Hada, Jeff Norment, Robin Goka, and others also served on the PACT LOC; whole Small Group Ministry groups came to the event instead of holding their Monday night meeting; and truly a cast of “thousands” made it all happen. Our endless thanks go to our amazing PACT facilitator, Karen Belote, who taught us how to pull it off so beautifully; we couldn’t have done it without you, Karen!

To all of you who generously contributed your time and vast creative talents to make these events the beautiful expression of our Unitarian Universalist faith that they were, thank you!

To all of you who were able to be present for one or more of these special moments in our life together, thank you!

To all of you who could not make it but who sent a special thought our way, and to all who contribute to this community simply by being its members and friends, thank you!

In a sermon at the beginning of this church year, I reminded us of what “Beloved Community” really means (you can read that sermon on our website, too). In two back-to-back glorious days, you embodied this rare and beautiful thing for our wider community. Bravo, First Unitarian—bravo!

With warmth and gratitude,


Mi corazón desborda de gratitud. Verdaderamente personificamos una querida comunidad el domingo 24 y el lunes 25 de febrero. ¡Cómo esta comunidad ha estado brillando!

Déjeme intentar capturar la esencia de lo que ustedes crearon:

El la mañana del domingo 24 de febrero, en ambos servicios a las 9:30 y 11:00 de la mañana, ustedes demostraron la amplitud y profundidad de su hospitalidad mientras que recibimos a nuestros huéspedes especiales de alrededor del país. En nuestro servicio de 9:30, 50 Unitarios Universalistas de la conferencia Ahora es el Tiempo (que conduce a nuestras congregaciones a un futuro Multirracial, Multicultural) compartieron nuestro servicio en español, con traducción al inglés proporcionada (verdaderamente en forma espontánea!) por Laura Díaz Shadeed. El coro cantó dos piezas magníficas, las cuales cantaron también a las 11 de la mañana. Ervin Barrios contó la historia del éxodo de una manera sumamente entretenida (la “versión de Hollywood,” como él bromeo); Rodrigo García leyó una fracción de “Yo Tengo un Sueño” del Dr. Martin Luther King, un discurso como si él fuera King mismo hablando en español y Roberto Padilla predicó un sermón tan magnífico que la gente de las oficinas de la Asociación Unitaria Universalista en Boston y en Washington, D.C. le han pedido copias del mismo en inglés y en español. Ustedes pueden leer el sermón de Roberto yendo a nuestra pagina de Internet en www.sanjoseuu.org, entonces vaya al “blog” al lado del retrato de Roberto. Una vez que usted ingrese al blog, usted encontrará la versión inglesa del sermón debajo de la versión en español.

Yo fui honrada en abrir y cerrar el servicio, así como de ofrecer el servicio religioso el sábado por la mañana en la conferencia de ese mismo fin de semana (ustedes pueden leer esa homilía yendo a mi blog en nuestra página de Internet también). Nuestros maravillosos miembros que acuden regularmente al servicio de 9:30 nos sorprendieron a todos con un delicioso almuerzo durante la hora social que siguió al servicio de las 9:30. Esta generosidad al estilo Latino nos conmovió a todos: ¡Wow!

Nuestros huéspedes UU que vinieron de tan lejos se conmovieron hasta las lágrimas por el servicio y la hospitalidad, inspirado y animado en su visión Unitaria Universalista. Una ministra Puertorriqueña dijo que acudir a este servicio satisfizo un sueño que siempre había tenido, el de poder asistir a un servicio de su propia fe en su lengua materna. Las preguntas y los comentarios que Roberto y yo recibimos cuando volvimos a la conferencia desbordaban de admiración y afirmación. Nos sentimos tan afortunados de que la UUA haya elegido realizar la conferencia en San José este año, de modo que los asistentes pudieran tener la experiencia de nuestros ministerios de habla hispana. En consecuencia, han prometido más ayuda de toda clase a la FUCSJ.

A las11:00 mañana de ese domingo, ustedes ofrecieron una calurosa recepción al amigo y colega el Rev. Steve Crump, quien compartió historias de servicio de la gente más afectada por los desastres de la costa del Golfo y creó más visiones de la hospitalidad radical. Gracias por darle a nuestro predicador huésped la sensación de estar en casa.

Entonces, en la tarde del lunes 25 de febrero, nuestro comité de organización local de PACT (Gente que Actúa Junta en Comunidad) simplemente nos corto la respiración de la emoción; como extraordinaria moderadora Patti Massey dijo, una “Visión Verde un Festín de Amor.” ¡El santuario fue abarrotado con gente de nuestra propia congregación-gracias, muchas gracias! – junto con abundantes invitados. El Alcalde Chuck Reed y Forrest Williams, miembro del concilio de la ciudad, se veían que verdaderamente lo estaban disfrutando, y nosotros sabemos (la diferencia entre las anteriores versiones de las respuestas del alcalde contra las más positivas que nosotros recibimos de él en el acontecimiento) que ya hemos hecho la diferencia en los planes del alcalde para hacer verde a San José. El Coro de la Paz cantó gloriosamente en los escalones de la entrada antes del evento-déjenos hacer ESTO más a menudo—y estuvo ad Hoc, con Lisa Hettler-Smith como líder cantando, “Nosotros Somos” la vida. Bob Miess con credencial de PACT, el informe de la investigación de Doug Reid, Melanie Lanstrom con el control del tiempo, los testimoniales de Carol Stephenson, Ben y Benji Cadena, la Sra. Márquez y la asombrosa juventud del Centro Comunitario de la Calle Tercera, las preguntas planteadas por Lisa Hettler-Smith, Diana Wirt, Maria Idso, y Michael Pelizzari, junto con algunos inspirados cantos congregacionales (“Déjanos estar viendo, todos los Caminos Verdes, San José!” —gracias, Genie Bernardini!), energizados de como trabajamos no sólo para la sostenibilidad ambiental sino por la justicia ambiental también. Marla Scharf cerró la tarde con un rezo hermoso. Diana Wirt y Carol Stephenson fueron entrevistadas por la prensa (usted nos vio presentarnos prominente en las noticias del Mercury News ese domingo?); Mary Martin escribió el brillante relato realizado un día antes; Bill Ardrey, Lloyd Eater, Nancy Hada, Jeff Norment, Robin Goka, y otros, también ayudaron en el evento de PACT; todos los integrantes de los ministerios de pequeños grupos vinieron al evento en vez de celebrar su reunión del lunes por la noche; y verdaderamente un reparto de “miles” hizo verdad que todo lo que sucedió. Nuestras infinitas gracias van para nuestra asombrosa facilitadota de PACT, Karen Belote, que nos enseñó cómo llevarlo tan maravillosamente; ¡no habríamos podido hacerlo sin usted, Karen!

¡A todos ustedes quienes generosamente contribuyeron con su tiempo y sus grandes talentos creativos para hacer de estos acontecimientos la hermosa expresión de nuestra fe Unitaria Universalista lo que fueron, Gracias!

¡A todos ustedes que pudieron estar presentes en uno o más de estos especiales momentos en nuestras vidas juntos, ¡Gracias!

A todos ustedes que no pudieron hacerlo pero que nos enviaron sus buenos pensamientos y a todos los que contribuyen con esta comunidad simplemente siendo sus miembros y amigos, ¡Gracias!

En un sermón al principio de este año eclesiástico, les recode lo que significa realmente “querida comunidad” (usted puede leer ese sermón en nuestra hoja de Internet, también). En dos días gloriosos uno tras otro, ustedes personificaron esta cosa rara y hermosa para todo el resto de nuestra comunidad. ¡Bravo Primera Iglesia Unitaria—bravo!

Con calidez y gratitud,



Upcoming Board of Directors Election:
Meet the Candidates!

The Nominating Committee is proposing the following slate of candidates to fill the positions of Board officers and directors and members of the Nominating Committee. Those who are seeking election will be voted upon at our upcoming Congregational Meeting on Sunday, March 30th. These positions are two-year terms. Some current Board and Committee members are continuing in a two-year term and will not be on the ballot. You will find the candidate statements in a handout at the Congregational Meeting.

This year's Nominating Committee members are Barbara Derbyshire, Steve Madden, Bob Owen, Stephanie Rynas, and Gordon Smith. They extend their thanks to everyone who contributed ideas and shared the work and to those who agreed to be candidates.

You can nominate other candidates or you can nominate yourself for any of these positions prior to or at the Congregational Meeting. Any additional nominees are welcome to run their statements of candidacy in the newsletter. Candidates must be members of the church and willing to serve.

For the sake of giving you a complete picture, the list below includes candidates for election, as well as those who are simply continuing their current terms.

Proposed Board Officers:

  • President: TBD
  • VP Planning/Personnel: Joyce Miller (for re-election to a new 2-year term)
  • Treasurer: Bob Howd (for election to a 2-year term)
  • VP Programs: Julia Rodriguez (continuing a 2-year term)
  • Secretary: Bob Redfern (continuing a 2-year term)
  • Financial Officer: Christopher Fry (continuing a 2-year term)

Proposed Directors:

  • Rick Merritt (for election to a 2-year term)
  • Michael Payne-Alex (for election to a 2-year term)
  • Cheri Goodman (for election to a 2-year term)
  • Marla Scharf (continuing a 2-year term)

Proposed Members of Nominating Committee:

  • Steve Madden (for re-election to a new 2-year term)
  • Barbara Derbyshire (continuing a 2-year term)
  • Stephanie Rynas (continuing a 2-year term)
  • Gordon Smith (continuing a 2-year term)
  • Bob Miess (for election to a 2-year term)

In addition to the above, the Nominating Committee made recommendations to the Board regarding several NON-ELECTIVE positions on the Program and Operations Council (POC), which is the administrative body of our church. The recommendations were accepted by the Board. All positions are for two years. These positions include:

  • Debra Fenzel-Alexander (InReach)
  • Patrick O’Connell (Social Justice)
  • Sundar Mudupalli (Facilities)
  • Sherry Howd (Communications)
  • TBD (Religious Education)

Dena Dickenson is continuing in her 2-year term in the Worship role on the POC.


Standing on the Side of Love: Help Stop an Anti-Gay Constitutional Amendment with weekend carpools to Sacramento, March 1 through April 19!

With Marriage Equality potentially around the corner in California (the California Supreme Court takes it up on March 4), social conservatives are trying to place on November’s ballot an anti-marriage-equality constitutional amendment. We can help stop this amendment by carpooling to Sacramento on any weekend between March 1 and April 19 to urge folks not to sign the petitions for the ballot initiative. From Rev. Nancy’s own experience, showing up for such actions is a sure path to hope!

To participate, contact Equality for All’s Sacramento regional coordinators, Kathleen Campisano, 202-577-3139, kcampisano@thetaskforce.org; or Jean Adams, 530-210-6688, poetjeanadams@yahoo.com.

Can’t go to Sacramento? You can help financially by sending contributions in any amount to the UULM. E-mail our own Marla Scharf at marla.scharf@gmail.com for more information!

Parados en el lado del amor: ¡Ayude a parar una Enmienda Constitucional Anti-Gay yendo a Sacramento compartiendo su vehiculo algún fin de semana, 1 de marzo al 19 de abril!

Con la potencialmente Igualdad en el Matrimonio prácticamente a la vuelta de la esquina en California (el Tribunal Supremo de California iniciara el 4 de marzo), la sociedad conservadora está intentando poner en la balota de noviembre una enmienda constitucional en contra de la igualdad de unión. Podemos ayudar a parar esta enmienda compartiendo el carro por varios para ir a Sacramento cualquier fin de semana entre el 1 de marzo y 19 de abril para impulsar a la gente a no firmar las peticiones para la iniciativa de la balota. ¡De acuerdo a la experiencia de la Rev. Nancy, mostrar este tipo de acciones es un camino seguro a la esperanza!

Para participar, contacta a los coordinadores regionales en Sacramente de Igualdad para Todos: Kathleen Campisano, 202-577-3139, kcampisano@thetaskforce.org; o Jean Adams, 530-210-6688, poetjeanadams@yahoo.com.

¿No puede ir a Sacramento? Usted puede ayudar financieramente enviando sus contribuciones de cualquier cantidad a UULM. Envíele un mensaje electrónico a Marla Scharf en marla.scharf@gmail.com para más información.


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.


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.

  • 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

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

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    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 cindyellen@yahoo.com if you are interested in this enjoyable and important job.


    UU Hikers and Friends

    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 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! 

    Saturday, March 1, 2008
    Wunderlich County Park. 5 miles, easy. I need to finish by noon this day. Meet at Page Mill/280 Park and Ride at 8:00 am.

    Wednesday, March 5, 2008
    Windy Hill, 7 miles, moderate. We will do the longer hike. Meet at Page Mill/280 Park and Ride at 8:30 am.

    Saturday, March 8, 2008
    Joseph Grant County Park, 6 miles, moderate. Meet at VTA Park and Ride at Capital and Alum Rock at 8:00 am.

    Wednesday, March 12, 2008
    Foothill Park, 7.5 miles, moderate. Meet at Page Mill/280 Park and Ride at 8:30 am.

    Saturday, March 15, 2008
    No hike planned. This is a work day at the church.

    Wednesday, March 19, 2008
    Skyline Ridge Loop, 6 miles, moderate. Meet at Page Mill/280 Park and Ride at 8:30 am.

    Saturday, March 22, 2008
    Almaden Quicksilver, Mockingbird entrance, 7 miles, moderate. Meet at Bed, Bath, and Beyond parking lot at 8:00 am.

    Wednesday, March 26, 2008
    Purisima Redwoods, 6 miles, moderate. Meet at Page Mill/280 Park and Ride at 8:30 am.

    Saturday, March 29, 2008
    Santa Teresa County Park, 6 miles, moderate. Meet at Bed, Bath and Beyond parking lot at 8:00 am.

    Spotlight on Social Justice

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

    Complete this Sentence: “Peace is ...”

    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

    Interfaith Service for Peace   Sunday, March 16, 5:00-6:00 pm, Sanctuary
    Winter Series on Nonviolence   Tuesdays 7:00-9:00 pm, Sanctuary
    Social Justice Council Monday, March 17, 6:30-8:30 pm, Conference Room

    Upcoming Events

    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

    “Thank God for Evolution!”

    Friday, March 14, 7 to 9 pm, FUCSJ Sanctuary
    Special Presentation—Free and Open to the Public!

    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 revnpj@yahoo.com.

    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 socialjustice@sanjoseuu.org.

    Women's Alliance

    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 nancybcoleman@mac.com for more information.

    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!

    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!

    Contact Bob Howd (bhowd@aol.com) or Sundar Mudapalli (sundar@mudupalli.com) for further information.

    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.


    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.


    Circling Around

    by Kelly Burnett

    Were you at the PACT meeting with the mayor last Monday evening? There was a great
    turnout and a very good presentation. I couldn't help but wonder what we could do together if our church were that filled every Sunday! Hope to see you soon.

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


    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:


    Bob Miess, bob@creating-context.com

    Vice President (Planning/Personnel)
    Joyce Miller,

    Vice President (Programs)
    Julia Rodriguez,

    Bob Redfern, rredfern@charter.net

    David Tucker, cheverly@earthlink.net

    Financial Officer
    Christopher Frey, cjfrey@alum.berkeley.edu


    Debra Fenzel-Alexander, sdsalex@comcast.net

    Mary Mary Feldman, mm@feldmo.com

    Marla Scharf, marla.scharf@gmail.com

    Diana Wirt, diwirt@sbcglobal.net  

    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
    : (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 Feb. 20 and March 19 issues.

    Catherine Leeson Pelizzari, 945-9848, caleeson@aol.com
    Catherine will edit the April 2 and May 7 issues.

    Translator: Roberto Padilla

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

    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.

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

    Mailing: Libby Codd

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    Next issue deadline: 3:00 pm Wednesday, March 12, 2008

    Next issue assembly: Tuesday, March 18, 2008

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