Our Church Circular / Nuestro Periódico de la Iglesia / September 3, 2008 / 3 de Septiembre 2008
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Religious Education - New Fall Curriculum!
As We Build the Beloved Community...
Stay Tuned: Spanish-Speaking Ministries Grant Application in the Works!
Interfaith Congregational Training for No on Proposition 8
“There Can’t Possibly Be Just One Way”
Ready to Become a New Member of the First Unitarian Church of San José?
Seeking Mentors for Youth in our Coming of Age (COA) Program
How Our Church Works #1: Board Meeting Minutes, July 30, 2008
How Our Church Works #2: Program and Operations Council (POC) Meeting Minutes, August 12, 2008
Upcoming Events: Women's Alliance, Third Street Community Center, Jennifer DeBuck Ordination, Palo Alto Film Festival, Older Women's League, Psalms for the Journey, All Church Retreat, Men's Retreat, UUthful Spirits
UU Hikers & Friends
Spotlight on Social Justice
The Ministers Are In! / Board and Staff Contact Information
Servicios de Domingo
Mientras Construimos Nuestra Querida Comunidad…
Manténganse en sintonía: ¡Trabajando en la Beca para los Ministerios en Español!
Entrenamiento Congregacional Inter-fe para Votar No por la Proposición 8
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Aquí estan los Ministros!
SUNDAY SERVICES / SERVICIOS DE DOMINGO
Servicios en español/Translation into English
7 de Septiembre 9:30 y 11:00 am
Domingo de Regreso al Hogar:
Dirige: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Asociados/as de Culto: (9:30 am) Miembros de SSM.
September 7 9:30 & 11:00 am
Worship Leader: the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Worship Associates (11:00 am): the Rev. Geoff Rimositis and Kelly Burnett.
14 de Septiembre 9:30 am
El Lenguaje del Corazon
Dirige: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Asociados de Culto: Miembros de SSM.
The Language of the Heart
Worship Leader: the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Worship Associates: Members of SSM.
September 14 11:00 am
Unitarian Universalism for a Time Such as This
Worship Leader: the Rev. Geoff Rimositis; Worship Associate: the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones.
El Unitario Universalismo para una época tal como esta
Dirige: el Rev. Geoff Rimositis; Asociada de Culto: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones.
21 de Septiembre 9:30 am
Haz Bien Sin Mirar a Quién
Dirige: Ervin Barrios, Asociados de Culto: Miembros de SSM
Do Good Deeds for Everyone
Leader: Ervin Barrios, Worship Associates: Members of SSM
September 21 11:00 am
Sparks for Growth Pulpit Exchange
Guest Minister: the Rev. Vail Weller, Unitarian Universalist Church of San Mateo; Worship Associate: Mary Martin.
Chispas para el Crescimiento
Dirige: la Rev. Vail Weller, de la Iglesia Unitario Universalista de San Mateo; Asociada de Culto: Mary Martin.
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Children and Youth Classes Begin on September 14
Children and youth in Kindergarten through high school begin this year’s Religious Growth and Learning Program on Sunday, September 14 by joining the community for the first part of worship at 11:00 am and then going to their prospective classes until 12:30. There is no separate youth program for September 7.
Come and catch up with old friends and make new ones as we recreate our Unitarian Universalist community with fun, learning, and service.
Sunday Morning Class Calendar
Nusery -- Birth through 4 Years
We provide a safe, clean environment in which to support each child in initiating play activities at the developmental level they manifest. Each week our paid staff, Stacey Vinyard and Stephanie Andaya Vallejo, provide a loving presence as they engage children in games, stories, and crafts with seasonal and holiday themes throughout the year.
Part I - Curriculum: Special Times
Acquaints children with the Jewish and Christian heritages and engages them in celebrating Jewish and Christian holidays and other “special times” such as the Shabbat/Sabbath, Thanksgiving, and everybody’s birthday.
Goals for Participants
Part II - Curriculum: Rainbow Children
This is an anti-bias, pro-diversity curriculum that addresses racial and ethnic prejudice while affirming the inherent worth and beauty of every child, the family, the community, and the diversity of humankind. Beginning with the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child, it celebrates the differences and commonalties of all people.
Goals for Participants
Curriculum: Stepping Stone Year
This curriculum is based on the premise that religion helps people find answers to important life questions and that a religious community can help people in their search for answers.
Goals for Participants
Curriculum: Building Assets Together
The purpose of this curriculum is to address “developmental assets” that are important to helping young people grow up healthy, principled, and caring. This curriculum provides hands-on activities to introduce youth to internal and external assets. Assets are grouped into eight categories: Support, Empowerment, Boundaries and Expectations, Constructive Use of Time, Commitment to Learning, Positive Values, Social Competencies and Positive Identity. The class purpose is to help them discover their ability and responsibility to nurture their own assets and the assets of those around them.
9th-12th Grades; Youth Room
Curriculum: Real Stories, Real Teens
Real Stories are essays written by teens and excerpts from young adult literature to stimulate experiential learning and discussion relevant to high school students. Activities help teens imagine how they would manage similar challenges (or avoid them in the first place.) They also show teens how they can be helpful and supportive to their peers.
Coming of Age: Grades 8-10
Coming of Age is a rite of passage program for Unitarian Universalist Youth. The mission of The First Unitarian Church of San Jose’s Coming of Age Program is: To provide experiences for our youth that will help them integrate their childhood into their emerging adulthood with a clear sense of themselves and their place in the church and in the world.
The program is designed to help our young people:
Each youth participating in the program will have a mentor (an adult member from the congregation) who will serve as an important companion throughout the year.
The mentor will join their “mentee” in an open and supportive relationship in which fellowship, honesty, and fun are central. The mentor will serve as a resource and advisor by sharing thoughts, feelings and experiences on matters of the head (knowledge), hands (service), heart (relationships), and spirit (reverence and wonder). The Coming of Age Task Force will help each participant choose a mentor that is right for him or her.
In addition to each participant’s local congregational involvement, there will be a series of three retreats during the year in which we will join with other Unitarian Universalist Coming of Age youth from around the Bay area. The retreats will give youth the opportunity to do some fun and challenging activities like a Ropes Course and a Nature Vigil.
At the culmination of the Coming of Age Program in May of 2009, there will be a special Coming of Age Sunday in which youth in our congregation and from around the district will be honored by their local congregations. That evening, there will be a dinner at our church to celebrate the completion of the program.
Coming of Age is an opportunity for youth to: challenge themselves both physically and spiritually; develop meaningful relationships with other youth and adults; gain a greater understanding of Unitarian Universalism and what it means to them; and to have lots of fun enjoying the many gifts life presents to us.
For a brochure and registration form, please contact the Rev. Geoff Rimositis, GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org, 292-3858, 25.
Coming of Age Adult Chaperones (Shadowers) Training, Saturday, Sept. 6 for Street Retreat In January ‘09
by the Rev. Geoff Rimositis
Coming of Age needs adults to serve as shadowers for youth who will be doing the Faithful Fool’s (http://www.faithfulfools.org) Street Retreat on Saturday, January 24, 2009. The shadowers walk the streets of the Tenderloin in San Francisco during the retreat keeping an eye on youth assigned to them for the day but keep a “safe” distance from the youth so they have their own unmediated experience. Shadowers need to have gone on a street retreat themselves before they serve as shadowers. The Faithful Fools will hold a shadower training on Saturday September 6th in San Francisco. If you are interested in serving in this important role please contact Riley McLaughlin (email@example.com)
Our Whole Lives (Grades K-1)
Our Whole Lives, for Grades K-1, is an eight-session curriculum for five- to seven-year-old children in kindergarten and first grade, is based on the philosophy that parents and religious communities can form a meaningful partnership for positive and responsible sexuality education. Our Whole Lives is a positive, comprehensive, and age-appropriate educational program that promotes sexual health and is informed by the guidelines of the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS). The curriculum is based on four primary goals: to provide accurate, developmentally appropriate information; to increase self-esteem and understand relationships with and responsibilities towards others; to develop interpersonal skills including communication, decision making, and problem solving; and to teach responsibility for personal health and safety.
The values underlying the curriculum are:
Class schedule is yet to be determined. If you are interested in your child participating, please contact the Rev. Geoff Rimositis, GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org, 292-3858, 25.
Youth Group Activities
Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (YRUU)
If you are interested in participating in junior or senior high youth group activities, please contact the Rev. Geoff Rimositis, GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org, 292-3858, 25.
Remember to bring real or virtual water from your summer travels and experiences for the water communion on September 7. We continue our summer children and youth program through August 17. The fall Religious Education program begins September 14.
Religious Education Registration On Line
Christian Blogosphere Gets Angry at Oprah
By Henry Ruddle
Oprah Winfrey revealed her inner UU several years ago during an episode of her daily talk show after being drawn into a religious debate with a couple of audience members. As part of a discussion about “walking the path of good,” Oprah said, “There are many paths to what you call God. Her path might be something else, and when she gets there she might call it The Light.”
That bit of Unitarian theology raised the ire of an audience member who yelled, “What about Jesus?”, and then, pointing her finger, added, “You say there isn’t only one way. But there IS just one way and that’s through Jesus!”
Oprah responded with Universalism. “There can’t possibly be just one way,” she said. Her foe in the audience responded, “You intellectualize it and say there isn’t. If you all believe that, you are buying into the lie!”
Since then, especially since she began promoting Eckhardt Tolle’s book The New Earth in March 2008 -- Christian pundits and blogs have worked hard to debunk “The Church of Oprah.”
For example, Internet evangelist Bill Keller interviewed on the Your World program on FOX said, “Oprah, whether she knows it or not, is really being a conduit to lead people to Hell.”
The reaction has spawned numerous “Oprah, please come back to Christ” videos, websites such as the blog “Is Oprah the Antichrist?“, books such as “Don’t Drink the Kool-Aid of Oprah’s Lies” and Our Eyes Are Open Ministries. Pastor Steve* from the First Church of God in Waco, Texas echoed the view of Oprah’s audience member in his response when he said, “Oprah says we should keep an open mind. Well my congregation knows what I always say about that. If you open your mind your brain will fall out!”
In a separate “Warning to Oprah Winfrey,” Frank Mazzapica of the New Covenant Church in Houston says, “If you don’t heed the warnings, I’m telling you right now Oprah that what God has set up in your life could be lost overnight. I’ve seen your house from an aerial view …. I’m so happy for you. Please, Oprah, turn from your wicked ways.”
Further confirming Oprah’s UU credentials, Johnny Rayford, the pastor of Crestwood New Life Church in Mississippi, warns his congregation to “Watch out for the witch named Oprah.” He explains, “She’s played on the weakness of … women in America who can sit at home and watch her cast her spell on television. Then when their husbands get home, they’ve got all kinds of problems with their man because Oprah said so.” Rayford adds, “The witch Oprah needs to be turned off. Look at your neighbor and say, ‘Turn off the Hellivision.’”
Bizarrely, some response videos refer to a simple meditation exercise led by Tolle during an online discussion of his book as a “mass trance” or “brainwashing” and advise Christians to “turn off the TV and pray!” One Internet preacher, who goes by the moniker “Prophet.TV,” laments in his July 6, 2008 broadcast that he can’t actually watch video of Oprah and Tolle. “I can’t listen to Eckhardt for a long time because I can feel the demonic spirits that he’s of. Oprah, you’re not possessed of those spirits yet. There is still light on you. We’ve taken so many people in Hollywood through deliverance from these demonic beings. It’s only the blood of Jesus these demons are afraid of.”
The fun just never ends. Google “Oprah denies Jesus” to find out exactly what tortures await Oprah according to fundamentalists in the next life, and possibly in this one. “She probably cries all night when she gets home,” writes one contributor to “The Puritan Board.” Alternatively, Google “Oprah Unitarian” and you’ll find out that, according to blogger “btalda” on Oprah.com, the Unitarian Universalist Church “rocks,” adding that UU congregations “unite instead of divide. They live unconditional love. They are bringers of peace.”
For further information about Oprah’s spirituality, visit http://www.oprah.com/topics/spirit. Many UUs have discovered Dr. Helen Schucman’s Course in Miracles as presented by Marianne Williamson, which Oprah aggressively promotes on her website. By the way, according to some fundamentalist readings of the Book of Revelation, Williamson is one of the signs of the apocalypse, but that’s a story for another time.
*On his personal blog, Pastor Steve provides a helpful counter ticking off the number of people who die and go to Hell during the time you spend reading his blog.
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.
Spotlight on Social Justice
By Carol Stephenson, Social Justice Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org (408) 292-3858 x27
Social Justice is YOU!
I’m back in the office ready to be your Coordinator of the Social Justice Ministries! But did you notice that social justice didn’t stop just because I wasn’t here?
In the Spring, the congregation worked hard to keep a social justice staff position and succeeded in doing that, but did have to reduce the reduce my hours. This gave us an opportunity to think hard about the role of Social Justice Coordinator and, in turn, the role that each person in the congregation plays to make social justice work central to FUCSJ.
We will continue this conversation as we hash out a new job description that makes sense for a 14-hours-per-week position. Social Justice Council and the Program and Operations Committee welcome your ideas about how to make this position most effective. Please let any of these representatives know what you think. I am happy to discuss any aspect of social justice here as well as pass on any concerns or suggestions to committees.
Regardless, social justice marches forth. This fall we focus on the “No on 8” (anti-marriage proposition) Campaign building our relationships with Third Street Community Center and being the “multicultural congregation” that we dream of being. Here’s how:
No on Prop 8 Campaign: Sunday, Sept. 7, 2:00-4:30 pm, Sanctuary, Marriage Equality Interfaith Training
Don’t miss this important kick-off to defeat Prop 8, which seeks to deny same-sex couples the right to marry. UUs have always been on the forefront of this issue. We need you NOW.
No on 8 Phone Bank Training: Thursday, Sept. 11, 6:30-9:30, downstairs classrooms
We are committed to getting out the vote this year! Come on down with your cell phone and your appetite when we have Christy Baker train us for phone bank fun! Be a part of this critical campaign you will be proud to say you were there! We will continue the phone bank here every Thursday evening until the election.
Multicultural Congregation - We need your input!
Rev. Nancy and I are writing a grant for a project that would sustain the Spanish Speaking Ministries. The request proposes that FUCSJ strengthen the foundation of the existing SSM while we develop the ability to share what we are learning with the denomination. The entire congregation will be a part of how we live as multicultural congregation and we want to know that you are committed to this vision. Please contact me, Nancy, or members of the POC to give input.
1. More than one adding machine.
6. Are UUs the greatest?
9. Selling stuff on the Internet
14. Host of Fear Factor
15. Ms. DiFranco
16. An interior pathway of some importance
17. Flip a 180
18. Your numbers come up
19. Whose ____ now?
20. With 59A, our fearless leader
23. No seats left
24. If ya can’t do de times, don’t do _________
29. Cape ______
32. French holywoman
34. Professional acter-upper
35. Garden implements
39. La cocina esta en _______
40. Lights up when the microphone goes live
42. Singer Stewart
44. Took out more than once
45. Person who builds cow houses
47. Kearney of “Nothing Left to Lose”
49. Portugese footballer
50. Conservative Democrat
52. Miss Piggy
54. The Sargasso ____
55. Our rebuttal to “No, you don’t see.”
57. Popular card game
59. See 20A
64. What Wesley will do
68. Piece of machinery
69. Participants in Angolan civil war
70. Our man Steve
71. Ready, _____, Fire
72. Speed ______
73. Part of FUCSJ address
74. Some TP has just one
75. More than one French/Belgian river
1. “My life is in _______”
2. Not just one
3. Sick feeling
4. Church family recently in mourning
5. Not outers
6. Some sermons cause this
7. A group of nine
8. A fundamentalist says he’s this
9. You take the hard road, I’ll take the ________
11. Not Dep.
12. File it with the IRS
13. Criminal in chief at Enron
21. What to do on Nov. 4, 2008
22. One tenth of MMXD
25. Rebuttal to “It can’t”
26. What midlife crisis sufferers buy
27. One Dead Sea Scroll writer
28. More than one football palace
29. Bored? Get yourself one
30. It might be in a beer glass, but it has no alcohol
31. We like our friends ______
33. What a natural musician has
38. One FUCSJ choir tenor
41. Rely on again
43. Shasta or Hoover
46. She didn’t sit in the back of the bus
48. Gilligan said it would take 3 hours
51. Not a tablet or pill
53. The big lawyer ads always talk about this
56. Electronic messaging
58. Charlie Chaplin’s ex-wife and others
60. Not Tony or Oscar
61. A pleasant French city
62. What the Irish canibal did to his wife
63. First bird flu, now this!
64. The Concorde airplane
65. The last time
66.What engineers in India and Ireland join
67. A Sufi spiritual teacher
See below for answers
Our community strives to offer compassion, companionship, healing, and joy to all its members. Our pastoral care coordinators can help you find the listening ear or helping hands that you may need in difficult times.
Contacting the Ministers
Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones and Rev. Geoff Rimositis feel honored to serve this congregation, and we cherish your trust! Here is how reach us:
Nuestra comunidad se esfuerza en ofrecer la compasión,el compañerismo curativo, y la alegría a todos susmiembros. Nuestros coordinadores en cuidado pastoral pueden ayudarle a encontrar un oído que escucha, o lasmanos que ayudan cuando ustedes lo pudieran necesitaren épocas difíciles. Para el cuidado pastoral en inglés, por favor, comuníquese con nuestro Coordinador Asociado Laico en Cuidado Pastoral, la Rev. Donna Lenahan: (casa) 408-354-9024; (celular) 408-204-6565; e-mail: email@example.com. Para el cuidado pastoral en español, por favor comuníquese con nuestro Coordinador de los Ministeriosen Español, Roberto Padilla: 408-292-3858 ext. 24; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contactando a los Ministros
La Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones y El Rev. Geoff Rimositis se sienten honrados por servir a esta congregación, y nosotros apreciamos su confianza! Aquí nosotros estamos a su alcance:
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