Our Church Circular / Nuestro Periódico de la Iglesia / September 17, 2008 / 17 de Septiembre 2008

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Inside This Issue:

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Sunday Services

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Save the Dates

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Religious Education - Coming of Age Chaperones Needed, Job Opening for RE Assistant

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As we build the beloved community and articulate our UU faith…

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The “¡JUUNTOS!/Together!” Project
Our grant application for 2009 now at the UUA!

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Here’s a Rare Opportunity to Comment on the UUA’s Principles and Purposes

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Service is our prayer

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

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Volunteer Opportunities

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Circling Around

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“Circling Around” editor sought

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Spotlight on Social Justice

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Upcoming Events: Unnatural Causes Video, Third Street Community Center, Palo Alto Film Festival, All Church Retreat, Men's Retreat, UUthful Spirits

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The Ministers Are In! / Board and Staff Contact Information

En Español
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Servicios de Domingo

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Mientras construimos nuestra querida comunidad y expresamos nuestra fe UU …

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Proyecto “¡JUUNTOS!/Together!”
Nuestra aplicación de la beca para el 2009, ahora en la UUA!

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

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Aquí estan los Ministros!

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

21 de Septiembre — 9:30 am

Haz Bien Sin Mirar a Quién
Tal parece que en nuestra sociedad actual siempre necesitamos una justificación religiosa o política para hacer el bien. Hablaremos sobre la filosofía de un movimiento altruista no afiliado a ninguna religión o partido político.

Dirige: Ervin Barrios, Asociados de Culto: Miembros de SSM

Do Good Deeds for Everyone
In our contemporary society we always seem to need a religious or political justification to do good deeds. We will talk about the philosophy of an altruistic movement not affiliated with a particular religion or political party.

Leader: Ervin Barrios, Worship Associates: Members of SSM

11:00 a.m.
Services in English

September 21 — 11:00 am

Sparks for Growth Pulpit Exchange
Rev. Nancy and Rev. Geoff find delight and inspiration in their quarterly retreats with their clergy study group called the Sparks for Growth—all Unitarian Universalist ministers serving midsize congregations in the Bay Area and beyond. On this Sunday, we’ll share the wealth of these experiences, as “Sparkler” Rev. Vail Weller—whom UUA President Bill Sinkford considers one of the bright young stars of our movement—brings her invigorating message to us, while Rev. Nancy goes north to preach in San Mateo.

Guest Minister: the Rev. Vail Weller, Unitarian Universalist Church of San Mateo; Worship Associate: Mary Martin.

Chispas para el Crescimiento
La Rev. Nancy y el Rev. Geoff encontraron el placer y la inspiración en sus retiros trimestrales con su grupo de estudio del clero llamado las Chispas para el Crecimiento—todos los ministros Unitarios Universalistas que sirven a congregaciones medianas en el Área de la Bahía y más allá. En este domingo, compartiremos la riqueza de estas experiencias, como “Motivador”, la Rev. Vail Weller—quien el presidente de la UUA, Bill Sinkford, considera una de las jóvenes estrellas brillantes de nuestro movimiento—nos trae su vigorizante mensaje, mientras que la Rev. Nancy va al norte a predicar en San Mateo.

Dirige: la Rev. Vail Weller, de la Iglesia Unitario Universalista de San Mateo; Asociada de Culto: Mary Martin.

28 de Septiembre – 9:30 a.m.

El sexo como expresión espiritual
Muchos de nosotros hemos aprendido a través del cristianismo y el catolicismo que el sexo es malo, que es algo sucio. Entonces como en algo tan mundano podemos encontrar una expresión espiritual?

Dirige: Roberto Padilla
Asociados de Culto: Miembros de SSM

Sex as spiritual expression
Many of us have learned through Christianity and Catholicism that sex is bad, that is something dirty. Then, as in something so worldly, can we find a spiritual expression?

Worship Leader: Roberto Padilla
Worship Associate: Members of SSM

September 28–11:00 a.m.

Forgiveness, acceptance, compassion …and the chance to begin anew
“Forgiveness,” one of you has written—it’s “simple to say but difficult to practice.” How is forgiveness linked to our own self-acceptance? How is feeling compassion for others linked to our own living with authenticity? The beginning of the Jewish High Holy Days inspires us to look at these timeless themes, with ritual, words, and music to take us deeper.

Worship Leader: the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones
Worship Associate: Dena Dickinson

Perdón, aceptación, compasión…
El “perdón,” uno de ustedes ha escrito-esto es “fácil de decir pero difícil de practicar.” ¿Cómo es que el perdón se liga a nuestra propia aceptación? ¿Cómo es el sentimiento de compasión para otros ligados a nuestra propia vida con autenticidad? El inicio de los principales días santos judíos nos inspira a que miremos estos temas intemporales, con ritual, palabras y música para tornarnos más profundos.

Dirige: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones
Asociada de Culto: Dena Dickinson

5 de Octubre–9:30 a.m.

Que se anunciará

To be announced

Because the length of the listing, the Spanish translation of the October 5 service at 11 a.m. appears to the left.

5 de Octubre–11:00 a.m.

La espiritualidad del laberinto
Nosotros tenemos en el centro de nuestro santuario un laberinto que es una pequeña versión del laberinto que se encuentra en la Catedral de Chartres en Francia, construida alrededor del año 1220. ¿Por qué un laberinto? La gran necesidad de nuestros tiempos es que la gente este conectada al espíritu. El laberinto es un arquetipo y una metáfora para el viaje espiritual. Hay solo una forma de entrar y una de salir del laberinto y de la vida. Es el símbolo de la divinidad femenina que enfatiza flotar sin forzar, cooperación sin competición. Patrick Smiley nos halagará tocando el arpa y escucharemos de muchas voces que han encontrado la paz y el despertar caminando el laberinto.

Dirige: el Rev. Geoff Rimositis

Más información acerca de los laberintos ... artículo suplementario

“El laberinto es un antiguo patrón encontrado en muchas culturas alrededor del mundo. Los diseños del laberinto que fueron encontrados en cerámica, tabletas y azulejos están fechados hace 4000 años. Muchos patrones se basan en espirales de la naturaleza. En la cultura nativa americana se llama La Rueda de la Medicina y Hombre en el Laberinto. Los celtas lo describieron como el Círculo Interminable. Al igual que en la Kabala en el judaísmo místico. Una característica que todos comparten es que tienen un camino el cual se enrolla en forma circular hacia el centro. El laberinto tiene solamente una trayectoria por eso allí no hay ningún truco y no tiene final. La trayectoria fluye durante toda su trayectoria y se convierten en un espejo en donde estamos en nuestras vidas. Toca nuestros dolores y libera nuestras alegrías. Camina en él con una mente y un corazón abiertos.” (La Rev. Lauren Artress of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco [gracecathedral.org/labyrinth])

“Estamos tomando lo sagrado nuevamente de regreso hacia nuestras vidas. La oscilación es de la trascendencia a lo inherente. El movimiento más vital de nuestra era implica el hacer lo intrínseco sagrado otra vez. Lo veo suceder en cada tradición espiritual - en el movimiento judío de la renovación, en la espiritualidad de la creación, en la espiritualidad de las mujeres, y en el resurgimiento del Wicca, y las enseñanzas de la gente indígena antigua. Estamos despertando a lo sagrado de la vida misma, en la tierra y el aire y el agua, en nuestros hermanos y hermanas de otras especies, y en nuestros propios cuerpos”. (Joanna Macy, La Gran Vuelta)

El laberinto es un arquetipo, una impresión divina, encontrada en todas las tradiciones religiosas y en varias formas alrededor del mundo. El caminar en una reproducción del laberinto de Chartres, puesta en el piso de la catedral de Chartres en Francia alrededor de 1220, estamos volviendo a descubrir una tradición mística largamente olvidada que esta insistiendo por nacer otra vez.

October 5–11:00 a.m.

The Spirituality of the labyrinth
We have in the middle of our sanctuary a labyrinth that is a smaller version of the labyrinth found at The Cathedral of Chartres in France built around the year 1220. Why a labyrinth? The great need of our times is for people to be connected to spirit. The labyrinth is an archetype and a metaphor for the spiritual journey. There is only one way in and one way out of both the labyrinth and of life. It is the symbol of the divine feminine that emphasizes flow not force, cooperation not competition. Patrick Smiley will grace us by playing the harp and we will hear from the many voices that have found peace and awakening walking the labyrinth.

Worship Leader: the Rev. Geoff Rimositis

More about labyrinths… bonus article

“The labyrinth is an ancient pattern found in many cultures around the world. Labyrinth designs were found on pottery, tablets and tiles date as far back as 4000 years. Many patterns are based on spirals from nature. In Native American culture it is called the Medicine Wheel and Man in the Maze. The Celts described it as the Never Ending Circle. It is also called the Kabala in mystical Judaism. One feature they all share is that they have one path which winds in a circuitous way to the center. The labyrinth has only one path so there are no tricks to it and no dead ends. The path winds throughout and becomes a mirror for where we are in our lives. It touches our sorrows and releases our joys. Walk it with an open mind and an open heart.” (The Rev. Lauren Artress of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco [gracecathedral.org/labyrinth])

“We are taking the sacred back into our lives. The swing is from transcendence to immanence. The most vital movement of our era involves making the sacred immanent again. I see it happening in every spiritual tradition – in the Jewish Renewal movement, in Creation Spirituality, in women’s spirituality, and in the resurgence of Wicca, and the teachings of ancient indigenous peoples. We are reawakening to the sacredness of life itself, in the soil and air and water, in our brothers and sisters of other species, and in our own bodies.” (Joanna Macy, The Great Turning)

The Labyrinth is an archetype, a divine imprint, found in all religious traditions in various forms around the world. By walking a replica of the Chartres labyrinth, laid in the floor of Chartres Cathedral in France around 1220, we are rediscovering a long-forgotten mystical tradition that is insisting to be reborn.

12 de Octubre–9:30 a.m.

Afirmación I: El amor es la doctrina de esta iglesia
Hoy es domingo de asociación, un servicio anual que nos liga a todas las congregaciones Unitarias Universalistas de la Asociación de Unitaria Universalista, y el tema relativo a este año es “Creciendo su espíritu.” Es tan particularmente apropiado que en este domingo emprenderemos una serie a través del año de servicios de nuestra afirmación, comenzando con la primera línea. ¿Cómo puede el “amor” ser la “doctrina” de esta iglesia? ¿Qué hace esto particularmente una idea UU? ¿Cómo lo ponemos en práctica? ¿Qué nos estamos prometiendo el uno al otro cuando decimos estas palabras cada domingo?

Los nuevos miembros son bienvenidos a nuestra congregación cada segundo domingo del mes a partir de octubre hasta mayo. ¡Si usted quisiera unirse a la FUCSJ este domingo, por favor, entre en contacto con el Rev. Geoff o con la Rev. Nancy a la Mayor Brevedad Posible!

Dirige: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones

October 12 – 11:00 a.m.

Affirmation I: Love is the doctrine of this church
Today is Association Sunday, an annual service that links us to all Unitarian Universalist congregations in the Unitarian Universalist Association, and this year’s theme is “Growing Your Spirit.” So it’s particularly appropriate that on this Sunday we launch a yearlong series of worship services on our Affirmation, beginning with the very first line. How can “love” be the “doctrine” of this church? What makes this a particularly UU idea? How do we put it into practice? Just what are we promising one another when we speak these words each Sunday?

New Members are welcomed into our congregation on every second Sunday of the month from October through May. If you would like to join FUCSJ on this Sunday, please contact Rev. Geoff or Rev. Nancy ASAP!

Worship Leader: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones

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Save the Dates

  • September 19-21, 5:00 pm Friday to 4:00 pm Sunday, Psalms for the Journey, Women’s Contemplative Retreat, Mercy Center in Burlingame, CA
  • October 3 - 5, 2008 All-Church Retreat, Monte Toyon Conference Center
  • October 10, Thursday, “Share the Magic” Third Street Community Center Fundraiser, 6:00 pm, Tech Museum
  • October 12, Sunday, 12:20 p.m. – UU Band of Writers, lower level
  • October 17-19, 12th Annual PCD Men’s Retreat, Westminster Center, Alamo
  • December 14, Sunday, Fireside Gift Faire, Hattie Porter Hall
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Religious Education

Sunday Morning Class Calendar

Nusery -- Birth through 4 Years
Nursery, Lower Level]

We provide a safe, clean environment in which to support each child in initiating play activities at the developmental level they manifest. 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.

K-Second Grades
Church’s lower level, Rooms 2-3

Special Times

September 21
A Time To Say Hello–Ingathering

Theme: To feel welcomed, valued, and a sense of belonging, and to begin to disover what the children will learn and celebrate in this year of Special Times together.

September 28
A Time for The Year To Begin-Rosh Hashanah

Theme: To learn about the autumn celebration of the Jewish New Year.

October 5
A Time for Worship-Shabbat and Sabbath

Theme: To learn the importance in both Judaism and Christianity of a day of rest and worship.

Third-Fifth Grades
Church’s lower level, Rooms 4-6

A stepping stone year

September 21
Introduction to Beginning Myths

Theme: To make children feel welcome and introduce them to the “beginnings theme.

September 28
A Story from the Kalahari Bushmen

Theme: To present and discuss a creation story from another culture.

October 5
A Story from the Miwok Indians Of California

Theme: To foster the children’s appreciation of the diversity of human thought and imagination.

Sixth-Eighth Grades;
Church’s lower level, Conference Room

Building Assets Together

September 21
What are Your Assets?

Theme: Youth analyze their own assets and compare them to their responses to those of 148,189 other youth who have been surveyed by the Search Institute.

September 28
Lesson to be determined

October 5
Lesson to be determined

9th-12th Grades; Youth Room
(Balcony level above Hattie Porter Hall)

Senior High Youth Group
The youth group meets every Sunday after the first part of the service. The youth group provides a safe place for personal sharing and discussion of diverse issues effecting society and youth today. The group will be using the curriculum Real Stories by teens making choices and keeping it real.


8th-10th Grades
Church’s lower level, Room 4-6

Coming of age

September 21
Mentor Youth Installation in 11 a.m. Service
Mentor-Youth Kickoff Meeting, 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 27
Mentor Training, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (Fireside Room)

October 17-19
PCD Threshold Retreat, First Unitarian Church of San José


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 (riley_mclaughlin@yahoo.com)


Youth Group Activities
Staff: the Rev. Geoff Rimositis; Advisors: Mike Williamson, Cordelia Willis, Richard Gould. To participate in junior or senior high youth group activities, contact the Rev. Geoff Rimositis, GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org, 292-3858, 25.


Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (YRUU)
The youth groups are designed to empower youth in leadership positions within the group to plan and lead activities that include: conducting service projects in the church and community, participating in Young Religious Unitarian Universalists’ Youth Conferences in the San Francisco Bay Area, and organizing social events such as wilderness experiences, overnights, ski weekends, and movie outings.

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.


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. Geoff Rimositis.


Job opening – Religious Education Assistant

6 hours per week @ $13 per hour

The Religious Education Assistant (REA) under the supervision of the Associate Minister for Religious Education provides assistance to the children and youth ministries of the First Unitarian Church of San Jose.

The duties of the REA include:

  • Greeting new families on Sunday mornings, answering their questions about the church’s Religious Education Programs, giving out brochures, showing new families where the classes are located and when possible introducing new children to their teachers.
  • Teaching or assisting occasionally in the Sunday morning classes.
  • Keeping a list of youth from 1st-12th grades and each week recruiting two youth to be a chalice reader and lighter for the 11 a.m. service. If the children are new at being lighters or readers, s/he will meet with them in the sanctuary at 10:40 a.m. to practice lighting or reading.
  • Arriving at the church by 10:15 a.m. on Sunday mornings to set up classrooms. set out class containers and teacher evaluation forms, and then at the end of classes at 12:30 p.m. put containers away. The REA reviews the teacher forms and fills requests for supplies. The REA keeps track of class attendance numbers and fills them in weekly on the bulletin board in the Associate Minster’s office. The REA leaves completed teacher forms with the Associate Minister for review.
  • Maintaining the supply cabinets and ordering supplies. 
  • Keeping track of new registrations, putting new families in the church database and updating registration and class lists.
  • Making occasional phone calls for recruitment or event notification.
  • Providing other assistance for the religious education program.

The REA must be at least 18 years of age and willing to fill out an application form, supply references and agree to have a fingerprint scan done at the Sheriff’s Office. The First Unitarian Church of San Jose is an equal opportunity employer.

Interested applicants can obtain an application form by contacting the Rev. Geoff Rimositis at 292-3858, x25, GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org

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As we build the beloved community and articulate our UU faith…

A collaborative column from Rev. Geoff Rimositis and Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones

Nurturing our spirits, helping to heal the world: Sharing our goals for the year

Mientras construimos nuestra querida comunidad y expresamos nuestra fe UU …

Una columna en colaboración del Rev. Geoff Rimositis y la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones.

Cultivando nuestros espíritus, ayudando a curar el mundo: compartiendo nuestras metas para el año.

Every spring and summer, we, your ministers, begin the process of discerning how we can best serve you in the year ahead. We look outward—toward you—to ask, “What’s going on in our congregation in this very moment in our history, and how can we ministers best contribute our gifts, training, and perspectives to our community life?” And we look inward—to our own hearts, minds, and spirits—to ask, “What do we feel called to offer, as we grow and change with you?” We ask ourselves, “What’s pressing, what needs our immediate attention at the First Unitarian Church of San José?” as well as “How, in the coming year, can each of us best support the ‘500-year plan’ (as Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield suggests) for FUCSJ?” Establishing the goals helps to focus our work in a vocation—ministry—that is as large as life itself.

In the late summer and early fall, we share our goals with each other and with the congregation’s leadership, and now we’d like to share them with you. Each of these goals will of course be accomplished through many specific tasks, some of which are hinted at in our lists.

We welcome your thoughts and responses. And we would love to hear about your own goals—for yourselves and for our community—as we begin this new year together!

Rev. Geoff’s Goals for 2008-09

  • Serving as the lead minister for pastoral care in the congregation—providing pastoral counseling and outreach to our members and friends, in collaboration and consultation with Rev. Nancy, Pastoral Associates, and Caring Hands volunteers in the congregation.
  • Working with the Religious Education Council to prioritize the Lifespan Religious Education Visions generated from feedback sessions in April and May 2008 and to develop an operational plan for Lifespan RE, so that we might bring our collective visions to life!
  • Facilitating a deeper spiritual grounding and Unitarian Universalist identity for all ages through intergenerational community-building experiences in worship, social justice, and fellowship activities.
  • Facilitating the full participation of our children and youth in the life of our church and faith through my work with the church board, Program and Operations Council, and programs such as Coming of Age.
  • Integrating seekers and new members into the life of the church by offering classes on Unitarian Universalism.
  • Creating an adult study and support group for spiritual growth, through my work with Wisdom University’s certificate program in spiritual direction.

Rev. Nancy’s Goals for 2008-09

  • I will seek to model our Unitarian Universalist mission and faith in our own community and in the wider world. The range of tasks includes (a) helping Spanish-Speaking Ministries move to the next chapter in its life, both within FUCSJ and in the wider UU movement, by seeking outside resources for this ministry and discerning together its place in our current mission; and (b) serving as a link to the interfaith community on such projects as “Vow to Vote No on Proposition 8.”
  • I will devote my energies and time to creating ever more effective and compelling worship services, in collaboration with Rev. Geoff, Roberto Padilla, the Worship Associates, and lay participants of all ages and cultures. I also hope to visit local UU churches on some Sundays when I am not in our pulpit, in order to be a “congregant” again and to gain inspiration from what works, and what doesn’t, in other congregations in our faith.
  • I will support our congregational leaders with a nonanxious presence and all the resources that I can bring as we discern and implement our congregational priorities, resolve our budget crises, and deepen our congregation’s commitment to our mission.
  • I will maintain my spiritual, emotional, physical, and intellectual health by keeping track of my on-the-job hours and increasing my focus on healthy exercise, diet, rest, and recreation, as well as on opportunities for spiritual and intellectual growth. If I can model maintaining a better balance in my life and if I can deepen my own life of faith and commitment, this will serve the whole congregation.

With much warmth and gratitude,

Nancy and Geoff

Cada primavera y verano, nosotros, sus ministros, comenzamos el proceso de discernir cómo podemos servirle lo mejor posible en el año que comienza. Miramos hacia afuera-hacia usted-para preguntar, “¿qué está pasando en nuestra congregación en este mismo momento de nuestra historia y cómo podemos los ministros contribuir lo mejor posible con nuestros regalos, entrenamiento y perspectivas a la vida de nuestra comunidad?”

Y miramos hacia adentro-a nuestros propios corazones, mentes y espíritus-para preguntar, “¿qué sentimos al llamado a ofrecer como crecemos y cambiamos con usted?” Nos preguntamos, “¿qué es urgente, qué necesita nuestra inmediata atención en la Primera Iglesia Unitaria de San José?” al igual que, “¿cómo, en el año que viene, pueda cada uno de nosotros ayudar mejor del plan del año`500 (como el profesor budista Jack Kornfield sugiere) para la FUCSJ?” Establecer las metas de ayudas para enfocar nuestro trabajo en una vocación-ministerio- que es tan grande como la vida sí misma.

Al final del verano y a principios del otoño, compartimos nuestras metas con los demás y con la dirección de la congregación y ahora quisiéramos compartirlas con usted. Cada uno de estas metas, por supuesto, serán logradas a través de muchas tareas específicas, algunas de las cuales se hacen alusión en nuestras listas.

¡Damos la bienvenida a sus pensamientos y respuestas. Y nos gustaría oír hablar de sus propias metas-para ustedes y para nuestra comunidad-como comenzamos este nuevo año juntos!

Metas del Rev. Geoff para el 2008-09

  • Sirviendo como el ministro líder para el cuidado pastoral en la congregación-proveyendo conserjería pastoral y al alcance de nuestros miembros y amigos, en colaboración y consulta con la Rev. Nancy, los asociados pastorales y los voluntarios de las manos cuidadosas en la congregación.
  • ¡Trabajando con el Consejo de educación religiosa para dar prioridad a las visiones de la educación religiosa generada de la retroalimentación de las sesiones en abril y mayo del 2008 y para desarrollar un plan operacional para el plan de la RE, de modo que podamos traer nuestras visiones colectivas de vida!
  • Facilitar una base de profunda espiritualidad y una identidad Unitaria Universalista para todas las edades a través de construir una comunidad en las las experiencias en la adoración, la justicia social y las actividades fraternas.
  • Facilitar la completa participación de nuestros niños y jóvenes en la vida de nuestra iglesia y nuestra fe a través de mi trabajo con la mesa directiva, el consejo del programa y operaciones, y los programas tales como el de la Mayoría de edad.
  • Integrar a buscadores y a nuevos miembros en la vida de la iglesia para ofrecer clases del Unitario Universalismo.
  • Creando un grupo de estudio y apoyo para el crecimiento espiritual para adultos, a través de mi trabajo con el programa certificado de la Universidad Wisdom, en la dirección espiritual.

Metas de la Rev. Nancy para 2008-09

  • Buscare modelar nuestra misión y fe Unitaria Universalista en nuestra propia comunidad y en el resto del mundo. La gama de tareas incluye (a) ayudar a los Ministerios de Habla Hispana a moverse al siguiente capitulo de su vida, entre ambos, la FUCSJ y en el resto movimiento UU, buscando los recursos exteriores para el este ministerio y discerniendo juntos su lugar en nuestra misión actual; y (b) servir como un eslabón para la comunidad inter fe en proyectos tales como “la promesa a votar No sobre la proposición 8.”
  • Dedicaré mis energías y tiempo a crear servicios religiosos siempre más eficaces y convincentes, en colaboración con el Rev. Geoff, Roberto Padilla, los asociados de culto, y participantes laicos de todas las edades y culturas. También espero visitar iglesias UU locales algún domingo cuando no estoy en nuestro púlpito, para ser un “congregado” otra vez y ganar la inspiración qué trabaja, y de lo qué no lo hace, en otras congregaciones en nuestra fe.
  • Apoyaré a nuestros líderes congregacionales con una presencia despreocupada y todos los recursos que pueda traer como percibir e implementar nuestras prioridades congregacionales, resolver nuestras crisis del presupuesto y profundizar el compromiso de nuestra congregación en nuestra misión.
  • Mantendré mi salud espiritual, emocional, física, e intelectual no perdiendo de vista mis horas en el trabajo y aumentando mi enfoque en el ejercicio, la dieta, el descanso y el esparcimiento sanos, así como en las oportunidades para el crecimiento espiritual e intelectual. Si puedo modelar manteniendo un mejor equilibrio en mi vida y si puedo profundizar mi propia vida de fe y de compromiso, ésta servirá a la congregación entera.

Muy calurosamente y con mucha gratitud,

Nancy and Geoff

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The “¡JUUNTOS!/Together!” Project
Our grant application for 2009 now at the UUA!

Our grant application for the now-named ¡JUUNTOS!/Together! Project for 2009 is in! With support and input from the Board, from Spanish-speaking members, and from others in our community, FUCSJ has applied for a large grant from the Unitarian Universalist Funding Program’s Fund for Unitarian Universalism.

Here is the summary that heads up the grant application:

“¡JUUNTOS!/Together! transforms the Spanish-Speaking Ministries (SSM) of the First Unitarian Church of San José from a single-congregation project into a program benefiting the entire denomination. Through deepening the program’s effectiveness, encouraging UU partnerships, and expanding the reach of our faith, JUUNTOS brings Unitarian Universalism closer to its vision of multicultural inclusion.”

In the first year of what we hope will be a two-year project, we will focus on building multicultural and leadership skills within our congregation, on making connections and forming partnerships with other UU congregations, and on spreading the word about SSM and our community through a workshop at General Assembly in June 2009. Over the course of the project, we envision forming a consortium of “partner churches” with whom we will share resources, gaining needed income for our program and offering the wealth of materials we have created in Spanish (hymns, Stories for All Ages, Small Group Ministry sessions, sermons, UU Intensives, and more) to those who would like to grow our faith and offer a relevant presence in our changing society.

If you would like to read the full grant application, please contact Carol Stephenson at socialjustice@sanjoseuu.org. You can go to the UUA website to find out more about the UU Funding Program (with whom we already have a good working relationship); then click on “Fund for Unitarian Universalism.” We have asked for $20,000, the fund’s maximum, about which Rev. Nancy offers this motto: “Ask for we want; deal with what we get!”

Stay tuned for more information about the opportunities this grant may open up for a richer and healthier community for all. Sí, se puede—yes, we can!

Proyecto “¡JUUNTOS!/Together!”
Nuestra aplicación de la beca para el 2009, ahora en la UUA!

¡Nuestra aplicación para la beca ahora llamada ¡JUUNTOS! ¡/Together! ¡para el 2009 está adentro! Con la ayuda y el aporte de la Mesa Directiva, de los miembros de habla hispana y de otros en nuestra comunidad, la FUCSJ ha solicitado una gran beca del Fondo del Programa de Financiamiento Unitario Universalista, fondos el Unitario Universalismo.

Aquí está el resumen de los encabezados de la aplicación de la beca:

¡“¡JUUNTOS! ¡/Together!” transforma los ministerios de habla hispana (SSM) de La Primera Iglesia Unitaria de San José de un proyecto de solo una congregación en un programa que beneficia al resto de la denominación. A través de la profunda eficacia del programa, las sociedades UU que animan a ampliar el alcance de nuestra fe, JUUNTOS trae más cerca al Unitario Universalismo a su visión de la inclusión multicultural.”

En el primer año de lo que esperamos que sea un proyecto de dos años, nos enfocaremos en construir una comunidad multiculturales y las habilidades de liderazgo entre nuestra congregación, haciendo conexiones y formando sociedades con otras congregaciones UU y en diseminar la palabra sobre SSM y a nuestra comunidad a través de un taller en la Asamblea General en junio de 2009. Sobre el curso del proyecto, prevemos el formar un consorcio de “iglesias socios” con quién compartiremos los recursos, ganando los ingresos necesarios para nuestro programa y ofreciendo la abundancia de materiales que hemos creado (los himnos, las historias para todas las edades, las sesiones de los Ministerios de Pequeños Grupos, los sermones, UU Intensivos y más en español) a aquellos que quisieran crecer en nuestra fe y ofrecer una presencia relevante en nuestra cambiante sociedad.

Si usted quisiera leer la aplicación completa de la beca, por favor, contacte a Carol Stephenson en socialjustice@sanjoseuu.org. Usted puede ir a UUA website para saber más sobre el programa de financiamiento UU (con quién ya tenemos una buena relación de trabajo); entonces haga clic en el ““Fund for Unitarian Universalism.” Hemos pedido $20,000, el máximo del fondo, sobre el cual la Rev. Nancy ofrece este lema: “Pide todo lo que quieras y trabaja con lo que obtengas!”

Manténgase en sintonía para más información sobre las oportunidades que esta beca puede abrirse para una comunidad más rica y más sana para todos. ¡Sí, puede-SI, podemos! – Yes we can!

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Here’s a Rare Opportunity to Comment on the UUA’s Principles and Purposes

by Sherry Howd

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Commission on Appraisal is going to recommend changes in Article II, usually referred to as “the Principles and Purposes” in the Association’s By-Laws. The Commission invites you to review the draft and make comments.

The draft of the changes to Article II that the Commission is thinking of proposing is available from this UUA web page: http://www25.uua.org/coa/.

Article II of the By-Laws includes other important sections on the Sources of Unitarian Universalism, Non-discrimination, and Freedom of Belief. The UUA By-Laws requires that a review of Article II take place every 15 years. This current review started in 2006. Now we have until October 16, 2008 to make comments in this review phase.

For more information about the review process and the timetable go to http://www25.uua.org/coa/, and follow the links on the page for the draft of Article II (or go to http://tinyurl.com/articleIIdraft), and the online comment form (or go to http://tinyurl.com/commentform).

The FUCSJ Program and Operations Council encourages you to take this time to comment. Comment deadline is October 16, 2008.

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Service is our prayer

by Sundar Mudupalli

The Service is Our Prayer day conducted last Saturday, September 6 was a big success. More than 20 eager volunteers turned up to clean the church including the sanctuary, worship close, chancel, kitchen and the nursery. Light bulbs were changed, bushes pruned and other handyman work was completed.

Thanks to Gene and Mary Martin, Bob and Liz Owen, Bob Meiss, Bill Ardery, Joyce Miller, Jan Thiess Guffy, Sherry and Bob Howd, Frey Leigh, Dena Dickinson, Lloyd Eater, Steve Madden, Alec Maclean, Vineet and Sundar Mudupalli, Katherine and Mike Pelizzari, Nancy Palmer Jones, Geoff Rimositis, Erika Johnson, K’Ailsa Rowan, Pam Price, Shawna Nixon and Moria Merriweather.

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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!

¿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.

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Ways to share your time and talent

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.

  • 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
  • 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
  • NEWCOMER TABLE HOST: welcome newcomers, ask to fill out card, give info.;1 Sun. a mo.; 1 yr. term
  • LIVE YOUR VALUES—SHARE YOUR TALENTS—FORM WARM FRIENDSHIPS

    Call Ed at (408) 712-4157.


    0917-10

    Circling Around

    Bob and Liz Owen attended a performance of The Comedy of Errors by the Shady Shakespeare Theatre Company at Sanborn Park because Vera Sloan, who has been coming to FUCSJ regularly for several months, told them modestly that she was playing a part in it. Well, she was one of the leads and wonderful! Their performances of Twelfth Night and The Comedy of Errors ran through September 14.

    “Bob and I took a picnic dinner to enjoy before the show on a wonderful balmy evening,” says Liz. “There are picnic table in the park near the outdoor theater — and it was fun to see fellow UU’s, Jean VonKaenel,  MaryJeanne Oliva, Stephen Estes and their daughter seated in the front row.”

    Moving on… On another note, this will be my next-to-the-last Circling Around column as it is time to turn it over to someone who has a yearning to become more involved in our church. If you would like to edit the Circling Around column, please let me or the editors know and I will be happy to tell you all that I know. It has been fun and rewarding for me.

    Send Kelly Burnett your honors, joys, plans, and any other news that needs to be shared to kelly@kellybur.com. Kelly’s number is 408-810-3182, but she prefers email, if possible.

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    “Circling Around” editor sought

    Many thanks to Kelly Burnett who has kept us up to date on the doings of FUCSJ members in her “Circling Around” column (see above). She would like to pass this job on to someone who would like an excuse to get to know more people, and get more involved in our congregation. If you are interested, please e-mail circular.editors@gmail.com – you will have plenty of support to get you started!

    0917-12
    Spotlight on Social Justice

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

    No on 8!  Stop the Marriage Ban!

    There are many ways for you to be involved in this critical campaign!

    Phone Banking: 
    Every phone bank has training, food and support.  All are welcome to all phone banks.  Bring your cell phone and a friend!

    • Thursdays right here at FUCSJ in the classrooms, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
    • Tuesdays at Billie De Frank Center, 938 The Alameda, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
    • Wednesdays at Congregation Shir Hadash, 20 Cherry Blossom Lane, Los Gatos, 6:30-9:30 p.m., September 17 through October 29 (except October 8)

    Phone Bank Support: 
    We need food and cell phones every Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. here for our phone bank.  Let’s be great hosts and show how much we appreciate the phone bankers who are coming from all over the South Bay to ensure marriage rights for all.

    Get the word out: 
    Can you staff a table at Sunday Coffee Hour, recruit your friends and family? This is an all-put effort to defeat this unfair legislation. Talk to everyone you know about Proposition 8 and tell them you plan to vote NO!

    For more info on how to help on this campaign contact Carol at (408) 292-3858 x27 or socialjustice@sanjoseuu.org

    Social Justice Calendar

    • Thursdays 6:30-9:30 p.m. Classrooms No on 8 Phone Bank
    • Sunday, Sept 28 1:00-2:00 p.m. Sanctuary Unnatural Causes
    • Friday, October 10 6:00 p.m. Tech Museum Share the Magic

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    Upcoming Events

    Sunday, September 28
    Unnatural Causes . . . Is Inequality Making us Sick?
    1:00-2:00 p.m. in our Sanctuary

    Join us for a special screening of Episode Three of Unnatural Causes, the PBS Documentary series that sounds the alarm about our huge and alarming socio-economic and racial disparities in health. This episode, “Becoming American” explores health issues of immigrants and why recent immigrants tend to be healthier than the average American, but that their health advantage erodes the longer they spend in the United States. After the 30 minute episode, we will have a discussion led by our congregant and health advocate Diana Chung. Don’t miss this opportunity to better understand our community and the issues we face together.



    Friday, October 10
    Third Street Community Center Share the Magic

    The event that you have long been waiting for! TSCC’s Annual Share the Magic fundraiser returns to the Tech Museum on Friday, October 10. Buy a ticket, buy a table, but be sure to come support the non-profit that FUCSJ founded in our basement. TSCC keeps on growing, and we are all still invested in its continued success! More information is available at www.3street.org or from Rosemary at (408) 295-8722. Friday, October 10 at 6:00 p.m.


    September 8-October 20
    Council of Churches Offers “Faithful Citizens Go to the Polls” Fall Film Series in Palo Alto

    The Council of Churches of Santa Clara County and Mutlifaith Voices for Justice and Peace are sponsoring a series of timely and informative films. War, climate change, immigration, and globalization will be explored from diverse faith perspectives in this interfaith series to be held in Palo Alto. The series began during the week of September 8. Watch for details and/or visit www.councilofchurches-scc.org for more information.

    • “Immigration” - Thursday, Oct. 2, 7:00 pm, First Congregational Church, 1985 Louis Road (at Embarcadero), Palo Alto
    • “Globalization” featuring keynote address by Raj Patel, author of “Stuffed and Starved” - Monday, Oct. 20, 7:00 pm, First United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto

    October 3-5
    Time to Sign Up for Our All-Church Retreat!

    By Diana Wirt

    The All-Church Retreat will be October 3-5 this year. Watch for information and sign-up forms at tables in Hattie Porter Hall during August and early September. All members and friends of the church are invited to attend this relaxed, fun weekend. In addition, members of the Mission Peak UU Congregation in Fremont and the UU Fellowship of Los Gatos will join us this year. What better way to get to know your fellow church members than sharing delicious food, playing games, doing crafts, hiking, and talking with them. Sign up this Sunday!


    October 17-19
    12th Annual PCD Men’s Retreat: It’s All About Showing Up!

    Come join men from all around the Pacific Central District for a weekend of fun, community building, kinship, singing, workshops and more! We will be gathering once again at the Westminster Center in Alamo (10 miles south of Walnut Creek) Friday-Sunday, October 17th-19th.

    Our theme this year is “It’s All About Showing Up.” Through experiential workshops and kinship groups, we will explore the importance of showing up at the retreat and showing up and being fully present in our lives. There will also be free time on Saturday afternoon and the always-popular No-Talent Show on Saturday night.

    The cost for the weekend is $225. Scholarships are available. For more information and to register, go to http://pcd-uua.org/men/frames.htm or contact Harry J. Mersmann at 209-955-0291 or pcdmensretreat@gmail.com


    Are You Looking for UUthful Spirits?

    UUthful Spirits is an inclusive group for fun and fellowship for young adults and the young at heart. Activities include:

    • Game night, every 3rd Friday.
    • Sunday brunches, bimonthly on 2nd and 4th Sunday. Meet in Hattie Porter Hall about 12:45 p.m.
    • Happy hour, every 1st Friday of the month at Tied House at 5:30 p.m.

    Come join the fun. For more information, contact John Burk at mus6@aceweb.com or group at uuthful_spirits-owner@yahoogroups.com.

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    For Pastoral Care

    Our community strives to offer compassion, companionship, healing, and joy to all its members. Our pastoral care coordinators can help you find the listening ear or helping hands that you may need in difficult times.

    • For pastoral care in English, please contact our lay Pastoral Associate Coordinator, Rev. Donna Lenahan: (home) 408-354-9024; (cell) 408-204-6565; e-mail: djlenahan@aol.com.
    • For pastoral care in Spanish, please contact our Spanish-Speaking Ministries Coordinator, Roberto Padilla: 408-292-3858 ext. 24; e-mail: paor69@yahoo.com.

    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:


    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: 408-292-3858 ext. 24; e-mail: paor69@yahoo.com.

    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:

    Officers

    PRESIDENT
    Tracy Avent, darkmuzik@yahoo.com

    SECRETARY
    Bob Redfern, rredfern@charter.net

    TREASURER
    Bob Howd, BHowd@aol.com

    POC PERSONNEL OFFICER
    Joyce Miller, j408miller@sbcglobal.net

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

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

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

    Church Staff

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

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

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

    Coordinator of Spanish Speaking Ministries, Ext. 24
     Roberto Padilla

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

    Bookkeeper / Pam Garcia

    Sexton / Edgar Cruz

    R.E. Assistant / Alecia Baker

    Nursery Teacher / Stacey Vinyard

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

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

    Editors: Catherine Leeson Pelizzari; Sherry Howd, and Shirley Worth; Circular.Editors@gmail.com
    Sherry and/or Shirley will be editors for the October 15 issue. Catherine will be editor for the October 1 and November 5 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

    Mailing: Libby Codd

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

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    Next issue deadline: 3:00 pm Wednesday, September 24, 2008

    Next issue assembly: Tuesday, September 30, 2008

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