Our Church Circular / Nuestro Periódico de la Iglesia / August 5, 2009 / 5 de Agosto 2009

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Inside This Issue:


Sunday Services


Save the Dates


Lifespan Faith Development


Owl Orientation for Parents of Incoming 7th-9th Graders


Starr King Student in Need of Help


Some simple steps to live in Wholeness and Prosperity Consciousness


Gift of Service (Mary Martin & Vicky Merriman), Marriage Equality: Volunteer Opportunities for a Deeper Campaign to Win!


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


Board Meeting Minutes: July 2009


Circling Around


Copyright – or wrong?


Spotlight on Social Justice


Upcoming Events -- HUUmanist Group, Women's Alliance meeting, Partner Church visit, Men's Retreat, Living with Alzheimers, Parliament of World Religions, Senior High Camping Trip, UU Hikers

0805-14 UUA President Statement on the First Anniversary of Knoxville Tragedy

The Ministers Are In! / Board and Staff Contact Information

En Español

Servicios de Domingo


¿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 Agosto – 9:30 a.m.

El Gimnacio de la Fe
Dirige: Roberto Padilla

The Faith Gym
Worship leader: Roberto Padilla

11:00 a.m.
Services in English

August 9 – 11:00 a.m.

Dancing with our Partner Church visitors!
Please join us to give a warm welcome to our guests from our partner church in Homoródzentmárton, Transylvania, Romania. The villagers will perform a traditional dance and we will take a new picture of our congregation on the steps of the church.

Worship Leaders: the Rev. Joszef Szombatfalvi, the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones and the Rev. Geoff Rimositis

Worship Associates: Members of Our Partner Church Committee

Servicio Religioso con Nuestros Parientes de Transilvania
Siete visitantes de nuestra Iglesia hermana en Homoródzentmárton se unen a nosotros en el servicio este domingo. Démosles una cordial bienvenida de batalla ‘’ y experimentemos el Unitarismo internacional donde el amor es el tema que nos unifica a todos nosotros.

Dirigen: el Rev. Jozsef Szombatfalvi, la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones, el Rev. Geoff Rimositis

Asociados de Culto: Members of Our Partner Church Committee

16 de Agosto – 9:30 a.m.

La Hermandad del Cáliz Flameante
Dirige: Roberto Padilla

The Brotherhood of Flame’s Chalice
Worship Leader: Roberto Padilla

August 16 — 11:00 a.m.

One of the great joys of life: the love of a friend
Some of us are lucky to have friends who stand with us through our constant sorrows and laugh with us as we find amusement in the antics of puppies, kittens and political officials. Though to have one good friend who knows us deep down through all superficialities and proper decorum is one of life’s greatest treasures. When there is someone with whom we can truly be ourselves and reveal our inner secrets a great expansive soul opens up within us— beauty, strength and happiness flow freely from our lives and into the world. Let’s celebrate our friendships and commit ourselves to widening our circle to invite new people into our lives. What a joy it is to have our Unitarian friends from Romania joining us again for this service. We will have the pleasure of listening to Nayo Ulloa play music of the Andes and Patrick Smiley leading us in the Dances of Universal Peace.

Worship Leader: The Rev. Geoff Rimositis
Worship Associate: Carolyn Bowman

Uno de los grandes placeres de la vida: el amor de un amigo
Algunos de nosotros somos afortunados de tener amigos que están con nosotros a través de nuestras constantes penas y que ría con nosotros cuando encontremos divertidas las travesuras de los cachorros, los gatitos y los funcionarios públicos. Aunque tener un buen amigo quién nos conozca profundamente a través de todas las superficialidades y del apropiado decoro, es uno de mayores tesoros la vida. Cuando hay alguien con quien realmente podemos ser nosotros mismos y revelar nuestros secretos más íntimos, una gran alma expansiva se abre dentro de nosotros — la belleza, la fuerza y la felicidad fluyen libremente desde nuestras vidas y en el mundo. Celebremos nuestros lazos de amistad y comprometámonos a nosotros mismos a ampliar nuestro círculo invitando a nueva gente a nuestras vidas. Qué alegría es tener a nuestros amigos Unitarios de Rumania acompañándonos nuevamente para este servicio. Tenemos el placer de escuchar música de los Andes con Nayo Ulloa y Patrick Smiley nos guiara en las Danzas de Paz Universal.

Dirige: el Rev. Geoff Rimositis
Asociado de culto: Carolyn Bowman

23 de Agosto – 9:30 a.m.

Aquí Estoy Si Me Necesitas

Dirige: Nancy Palmer Jones

I am Here If You Need Me
Worship Leader: Nancy Palmer Jones

August 23 – 11:00 a.m.

To Be Announced
Although the title of the service is not yet available, you may be sure that it will nurture our spirits, stimulate our minds, perhaps challenge our assumptions, and comfort our hearts. The specific topics will be announced by e-mail to those on our list, and be posted on our web site (sanjoseuu.org).

Worship Leader: Nancy Palmer Jones
Worship Associate: Bruce Halen

Será anunciado
Dirige: Nancy Palmer Jones
Asociado de Culto: Bruce Halen

30 de Agosto – 9:30 a.m.

Música y multiculturalismo
Dirige: Nancy Palmer Jones

Music and Multiculturalism
Worship Leader: Nancy Palmer Jones

August 30 – 11:00 a.m.

To Be Announced

Worship Leader: Nancy Palmer Jones
Worship Associates: Bob Meiss, Alice Lynch

Será anunciado

Dirige: Nancy Palmer Jones
Asociados de Culto: Bob Meiss, Alice Lynch

6 de Septiembre – 9:30 a.m.

Conversaciones en la Iglesia
Dirige: Roberto Padilla

Talking in the Church
Worship Leader: Roberto Padilla

September 6 – 11:00 a.m.

Labor in the Pulpit /
Sprituality of Unemployment

Worship Leader: Dena Dickinson
Worship Associate: Bob Owen

Trabajo en el Púlpito /
Espiritualidad de desempleo

Dirige: Dena Dickinson
Asociado de Culto: Bob Owen


Save the Dates

  • August 5-18: Visitors from our Partner Church in Transylvania are here
  • August 9: Worship (11 a.m. service) with our Transylvanian kin
  • August 10-15, Monday – Saturday, UU Senior High Camping Trip, Channel Islands. For more info contact Matt Trask at mattrask@earthlink.net
  • August 13, Thursday: UUSJ-GREEN-CITY Monthly Meeting, Hattie Porter Hall, 7-8:30 p.m.
  • August 14, Friday: Sacred Heart Church, Pack-A-Back program, contact Rebecca Cole at 408-278-2179 or rebeccac@sacredheartcs.org.
  • August 19, Wednesday: Coalition for a Downtown Hospital/Board of Supervisors Meeting, 70 West Hedding, San Jose, 2:30 p.m.
  • September 3, Thursday: Women’s Alliance at the home of Jean von Kaenel in Los Gatos. 7:15 - 9:15 p.m., contact Nancy Coleman at nbcoleman@gmail.com or 408 985 5778 for further information.
  • September 13: Homecoming Sunday 2009: “Draw the Circle Wide!”
  • October 16-18, Friday-Sunday: 13th Annual PCD Men’s Retreat, Westminster Center, Alamo, CA

Lifespan Faith Development

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. Child Care Workers: Marta Jo Forse and Maria Elena Olvera.

Lifespan Faith Development Summer Updates

There will be no summer program for children in kindergarten through eighth grade from June 21 to September 13.

The nursery will be available to children through seven years of age and the senior high youth group will continue to meet on Sundays.

The junior high youth group will continue to have social gatherings this summer including the backpacking trip. For more information contact Pam Pell at JOHNPELL@aol.com

We will be working on creating a new dynamic program for the younger elementary ages to be unveiled in the fall. The children and youth programs in the fall will happen at the same time as this year with everyone going to the first part of the 11 a.m. service and then for an hour of programming.

Give us a piece of your mind...

Please fill out the lifespan faith development surveys to help us to plan activities and classes for the next church year beginning in the fall.

Children & Youth Ministries

Adult Spiritual Growth & Enrichment Activities

To participate in junior or senior high youth group activities, contact the Rev. Geoff Rimositis, 292-3858, ext.25 or grimositis@sanjoseuu.org

Owl Orientation for Parents of Incoming 7th-9th Graders

Dear Church Families — There will be a required parent orientation on Sunday, August 30 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the Ramsden Fireside Room for families who are considering having their son or daughter participate in the Unitarian Universalist Sexuality Program, Our Whole Lives (OWL). This program is for youth in 7th-9th grades.

The volunteer teachers for the class will be Elisabeth McKenna and Rick Morris.

We will also be offering a parent support group that will be held at the same time as the youth class. Adults will follow the curriculum and learn what the youth are learning.

Elisabeth McKenna is serving as the OWL Class Coordinator. You can reach her directly at 408-375-5148 or EBMcKenna@aol.com. She encourages you to call her with any questions, and if your teen is reluctant to participate.

The UUA has a web site devoted to OWL (http://www.uua.org/owl/intro.html) if you would like more information.

The program starts September 13 and goes through December 13. The regularly scheduled classes will take place at the church on Sunday afternoons. The fee for the class will be $80.

Sexuality education for youth has been one of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations most important ministries. The program has empowered many young people not only with correct information but also with a greater understanding of human relationships and with a stronger sense of their own personal integrity. I hope you will make every effort to have your son or daughter attend the course.

Faithfully yours,

Rev. Geoff Rimositis


Starr King Student in Need of Help

Fellow UU, Starr King Student and beloved DRE of several UU Congregations, Kevin Drewerey needs our help.

Kevin was diagnosed with PML (a progressive virus that attacks the brain) back in April and has been declining fast this past month. Kevin was living with housemates while attending Starr King, has no immediate family to care for him and just lost his father in June. Kevin is a gentle and gracious man who has touched the lives of many UU’s around the nation.

A trust has been set up at Mount Diablo UU Church to help pay for his care. If you can help, we would very much appreciate it. Donations can be sent to: Make out check to MDUUC with Minister Discretion/Drewery in the memo line. Mail to Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church, 55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek, CA 94596. (Special thanks to Rev. Leslie Takahashi-Morris who has helped set up this fund.)

If anyone is visiting San Francisco and would like to visit Kevin, you are welcome to do so: Coming Home, 115 Diamond Street, San Francisco, CA 94114. Room 101

Thank you,

Gin Principe, sunculinary@gmail.com


Some simple steps to live in Wholeness and Prosperity Consciousness:

Dear Ones — Thank you so much for helping to make the July 26 service very special indeed. I love that there were a group of us making our voices and music heard. I believe we succeeded in touching people’s hearts and souls.

I had several requests about the seven steps to wholeness I outlined in my sermon, so here they are.

Step 1: Shift your consciousness from lack to abundance, from negative to positive in your thoughts and words

Step 2: At least once a day stop and be thankful for all that you have

Step 3: Ask for help – in finances, job search, health or whatever issues you are facing. Offer help to others who are in need

Step 4: Take care of your mind, body and spirit. Take time each day to be still and find the center of your being. Read uplifting text. Go for a walk, especially in nature

Step 5: Connect your activities to your major purpose in life. If you do not know what your major purpose is, follow those things in your life that make your heart sing

Step 6: Find and tap into the flow of Grace that brings abundance, creativity and well-being. Become attuned to the beauty and wonder of life

Step 7: Borrowing from Roy Eugene Davis from the Center for Spiritual Awareness – “Do what you know you should do.” First, set an intention, affirm it, then take the steps necessary to prosper.

Live your life through these 7 steps and remember that Prosperity Consciousness is also about well-being and abundance for all creatures. Your thoughts and actions influence others, so invite prosperity for all. Each one of us can make a difference in the world. No matter what our current circumstances, we can abide in wholeness, grace and joy.

Blessings, and live long and prosper,

Joy-Ellen Lipsky, CCP, 408-513-4418, JELipsky@successwithjoy.com


Gift of Service
by Genie Bernardini

Mary Martin: How can you find her?

You can usually identify Mary Martin by her furrowed brow. Then when you approach her, she breaks into a warm smile that draws you right in. But her brow is often furrowed because Mary always takes very seriously any responsibility she is given and carries it out with great intensity and dedication.

As a long-time member of our church, Mary has served as an RE (Religious Education) teacher, Board member and Visitors’ Table host and chair. She now continues at the Visitors’ Table, is a Small Group Ministry Content Team member, Small Group Ministry leader and Coordinator of the Worship Associates as well.

Mary finds working with the Worship Associates (WAs), whom she describes as “dynamic, step-up-to-the-plate kinds of people” to be a special pleasure. The 26-year-old Worship Associates program provides an opportunity for lay members (you and I!) to participate actively in our worship services. Working closely with the ministers, guest ministers and others in our congregation, WAs help plan, create and lead Sunday worship. This volunteer service is especially rewarding for Mary because, she says, “I think worship is at the center of our church community life, and I enjoy helping make this happen.” Many thanks from all of us for this gift of service, Mary! I personally have fully enjoyed the contributions of the many, many talented and inspiring church members who have shared their wisdom with us over the years and it is a great way to get to know more about our Beloved Community.

If you would be interested in joining this wonderful team, you can fill out an application in the fall for the year 2010. Meanwhile look for that furrowed brow, enjoy that warm smile, and Mary will be glad to tell you anything else you may want to know!

Vicky Merryman: The Gift That Keeps on Giving!

All who know and love Vicky have been delighted by her stunning outfits for the many years she has been coming to this church. But Vicky has done numerous things to outfit our church as well. She has spent months seeking out just the right piece of furniture to go here, just the right fabric pattern for chairs to go there, etc. And now her latest gift can be seen in Hattie Porter Hall, above the windows! With help from Catherine Pelizzari, Vicky found beautiful fabric at a bargain rate by traveling all the way to San Mateo, then designed, cut out and sewed the lovely valances that have changed the windows from just windows to statements of elegance and class.

Please let Vicky know how much we appreciate her. She’s the one in the perfectly coordinated, stand-out attire and devilish grin!

Other volunteer opportunities
If you would like to find out where your talents, time and interests mesh with the needs of the congregation, please contact Volunteer Coordinating Team members Liz Owen at lowen@data-time-com or Bob Miess at Bob@FloweringEnterprises.com,

Marriage Equality: Volunteer Opportunities for a Deeper Campaign to Win!

Dear Friends — I spoke with Chris Riley, Regional Field Manager for the Bay Area with Equality California, and I heard wonderful news about the current actions being taken to gain marriage equality in this state. There is now an Equality California office right around the corner from our church, on 2nd Street between Santa Clara and St. John, and there are important ways in which we can volunteer. Now is the time to lay a deeper foundation of support! Please read on:

Door-to-door canvassing, Sundays 4 to 8 p.m.--Share stories and speak directly with people in nearby areas to deepen the education and sway hearts and minds. So far, at least one in 5 people have shifted their opinions toward being in favor of marriage equality after these conversations. Relationships building and personal testimony and listening are key! Training provided. To volunteer, contact Chris or Ann directly at chris.riley@eqca.org or ann@eqca.org.

Phone banking to recruit volunteers, Monday evenings, Equality California office in San Jose, 6 to 9 p.m. Again, training/script provided. To volunteer, contact Chris or Ann directly at chris.riley@eqca.org or ann@eqca.org.

The first two opportunities are most important! But if talking to folks whom you don’t know is not your thing, then the Equality California San Jose office can use your help with some office work, especially data entry. And they are in need of donated office supplies and equipment: desktops, laptops, high-speed printers, and/or gift cards to office supply stores. Again, you can contact Chris or Ann directly at chris.riley@eqca.org or ann@eqca.org.

In contrast to the heat of last fall’s campaign, we have the time now to do the kind of work that helps us all to learn, grow, and come into more loving and open relationships with our neighbors, in the service of equal rights. Let’s all pitch in!




New Members

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.


Board Meeting Minutes: July 2009

by Bob Redfern, Board Secretary

There were two board meetings in July – the first meeting was on July 1, which was actually postponed from June 24 because of too many people unavailable on June 24. The second meeting was on the usual fourth Wednesday, July 22.

On July 1, Rev. Nancy provided an in-depth report about General Assembly. Peter Morales was elected UU President and asked that church leadership attend future GAs. February 2010 will officially be “Worship Month”, and include programs designed to motivate people to sign up for the 2010 GA in Minneapolis MN. GA formats will change in the future, as well. Finally, Rev. Morales wants to increase membership nationwide. There are a lot of UUs out there who just need to find us and participate.

Speaking of new members, in order to focus interest (i.e. have more new joiners at each in-gathering) changing the timetable to quarterly was discussed. Currently the schedule is second Sundays October – May.

Our Partner Church friends from Homorod-Szent Martin Transylvania will be here August 5-19. Thursday August 6 (Thursday) will be an all-church Pot Luck in Hattie Porter Hall. Rev. Joszef Szombatfalvi and Rev. Nancy will conduct a joint service on Sunday August 9. Connie Bloch and Monty Low are coordinating and organizing activities, including the piece de resistance, a campout in the Channel Islands with our youth and visiting youth from HSM.

Both on July 1 and July 22 we discussed several communication issues. We agreed to use our website as a means not only to post this newsletter for public access, but also policies, mission statement, vision statements, etc. Some other items would be password-protected. I would post that password here, but then it would not represent much protection. Also, I would have to find it, because I can only remember the first word.

Both meetings also included lengthy discussions about changing our Draft Ends, Mission statement, and Vision Statements into permanent parts of our Bylaws and message to the public. This will be a major part of our Annual Board Retreat, scheduled for Saturday August 29. Those members of the congregation having issues and opinions on the draft documents should pass their input on to Madeline Morrow, since she is preparing an agenda for the retreat, including some brainstorming board members are doing at this time for a Mission Statement.

Visitor Retention was discussed, with the intention of establishing a program within the Membership Committee to develop data that will aid outreach and marketing.

Nancy listed the following items as being essential for getting and keeping new members:

1. Visibility in the Community

2. Retention & Integration into the Church Community

3. An Excellent Worship Program

4. A Culture of Welcome

5. Involve new joiners within their first six months

Finally, our Treasurer Bob Howd has helped develop several new documents to assist with bookkeeping and recordkeeping. They include a reimbursement request form for members who incur an out-of-pocket expense- normally to be signed off by a Program & Operations Council(POC) member. Second is a Special collection form to account for the income and outflow when special collections are made. Finally, as an aid to the POC , Finance Committee and Board a Statement of Cash Flow. This was a suggestion of our new bookkeeper, Sue Evanicky, who has truly taken the bull by the horns and taken some great initiatives to help us with our church finances.

Our next Board Meeting is Wednesday August 26, and I will report on that in our next newsletter a month from now, providing procrastination does not rear its ugly head.

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    Circling Around by Torchy Hunter

    As the editor for Circling Around, I accost people in Hattie Porter Hall wearing my “Tell Me Everything” sign, or, if you’d rather actually think about what you want in here, e-mail me at dzu@aol.com. I want to be up to date with you, so here’s what we need: birthdays (especially those with zeros), parties of any kind, promotions, college destinations, anything that you diverse groups are doing is interesting to everyone else. For example, in this issue:

    Who is too busy to even think? Who would go all the way to Massachusetts for a Circle Supper?

    “I’ve got a houseful of Missouri grandchildren and there is no time. Let’s see if anyone misses me?” writes Torchy. We wish her hectic happiness, and will be glad to see her back after everyone goes home. Meanwhile, Lucy Proulx sends the following story. – ed.

    Long Distance UU Circle Supper

    If you had wanted to join us for a Circle Supper on Wednesday, July 29th, you would have had quite a long journey to get here, unless, or course, you happened to already be in Southern New England like Dave and Lucy Proulx were (their East Coast home in Bellingham, Mass., is a mere 32 miles from Barbara and Beverly’s home!). We had a most lovely tour of the Circle Supper Moms’ Foster, Rhode Island 60-acre tree farm homestead, complete with pond, oodles of baby frogs and toads, and enjoyed several hours of lively conversation. There were seven of us for this dinner: Barbara Derbyshire and Beverly Harrison, Dave and Lucy Proulx, and three of Barbara and Beverly’s neighbors. These sweet folks keep an eye Barbara and Beverly’s property when our beloved Circle Supper Ladies are back in San Jose. All I can say is regardless of which coast they’re on, the Circle Dinner Ladies are great Hosts and can throw together a fun dinner from either East or West coast. We had a wonderful evening.

    If you’ve never signed up to do a UU Circle Supper, you’re missing out on a fun evening. Get yourself on their sign-up list and you’ll be on your way to a good time. Barbara says, “Circle Suppers offer an opportunity for church members to share a potluck in members’ homes. The mix of people is different each time. People who attend have found this to be a good way to get to know others within the church community. Everyone on the Circle Supper list receives an email each month with the dates of the coming suppers. Some people participate regularly and others attend just occasionally.” If you would like to join this program or if you have questions, please contact her at: CircleSuppers@aol.com.


    Copyright – or wrong?

    Frey Leigh brought to our attention an article from the PCD Currents: News from the Pacific Central District. It discusses copyright law as it applies to churches – from bringing a Lion King DVD to occupy the kids while parents are in a meeting, to projecting song lyrics on a screen or inserting them into the order of service. It’s well worth the effort to read it online [http://www.pcd-uua.org/currents/20090720.htm – scroll down to the second article] and follow the links to more detailed copyright information. The bad news is, copyright law is probably more restrictive than you thought. The good news is, many copyright owners are happy to permit use by congregations – you just have to ask them.

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    Spotlight on Social Justice
    By Lucy Proulx,
    Social Justice Council Communications Coodinator

    Social Justice BLOG: http://www.sanjoseuu.org/socialjusticeblog/

    Social Justice Calendar

    • Thursday, August 13, UUSJ-GREEN-CITY Monthly Meeting, Hattie Porter Hall, 7-8:30 pm
    • Friday, August 14, Sacred Heart Church, Pack-A-Back program, contact Rebecca Cole at 408-278-2179 or rebeccac@sacredheartcs.org.
    • Wednesday, August 19, Coalition for a Downtown Hospital/Board of Supervisors Meeting, 70 West Hedding, San Jose, 2:30 pm

    What?? Legally Fired for Being LGBT?
    I want to give you the two most compelling reasons I know to help finally pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA): 1) In 38 states you can be fired from your job if you are transgender; and 2) In 30 states you can be fired from your job if you are lesbian, gay or bisexual! Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) introduced ENDA, and this time it’s a bill that we can really get behind. The current bill would protect all workers from discrimination, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Use the form at this link to contact your representative: http://preview.tinyurl.com/TellCongressENDA

    Keeping Seniors Safe in the Heat
    When the temperatures appeared to head north of 96 degrees recently, the City of San José announced the temporary opening of its “Cooling Centers” throughout the city, to help seniors and vulnerable community members avoid the heat. When the excessive heat returns, call the District 3 Council office at 535-4903, or check the City’s Web site at www.sanjoseca.gov for information about air-conditioned locations near your loved ones—typically, the City will open the Roosevelt Community Center at 901 East Santa Clara Street, and Willows Community Center at 2175 Lincoln Avenue, from noon to 8 pm on those days.

    Pack-a-Back Needs Volunteers
    Remember the “Pack-a-Back Program” from the last newsletter? The GAP is making your donation even sweeter with a 25% off coupon:

    On August 14th Sacred Heart will hold its annual Pack-A-Back program and will be distributing 1500 brand new backpacks to the children in our community. This service allows 1500 students in San Jose to start school with the supplies that they need to be successful. In order to be prepared for this fabulous event, we are in search of adult volunteers to help out on the Registration Day for the Pack-A-Back program. Volunteers will help with the registration process by checking customers’ documents, filling out their appointment cards, and entering data into our database. This is a crucial part of the backpack program, and we hope to have enough support to make it run quickly and smoothly for our customers. If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering, please contact Rebecca Cole at 408-278-2179 or rebeccac@sacredheartcs.org.

    Reminder from: UUSJ-GREEN-CITY
    Monthly Meeting at 7-8:30 pm every month on the second Thursday in Hattie Porter Hall.

    Free/Low Income Services Offered
    Phoenix Data Center is a not-for-profit organization that maintains an index of free and low income services offered throughout Santa Clara County and its neighboring communities. Their goal is to connect those in need with those who help. Among the programs they offer are: PG&E Care Program 20 percent discount on monthly bills; Children’s Health Care available to uninsured children who reside in Santa Clara County. In addition, Santa Clara County residents can earn a $450 grant to pay the costs of applying for U.S. Citizenship. Learn more at: http://www.phoenixdatacenter.org/.

    Servicios gratis y de bajo costo
    Phoenix Data Center es una organización sin fines de lucro que mantiene un índice de los servicios gratis y de bajo costo ofrecidos a través del Condado de Santa Clara y de sus comunidades vecinas. Su meta es conectar a aquellos con alguna necesidad con los que ofrecen la ayuda. Entre los programas que se ofrecen esta: el programa de ayuda de PG&E que ofrece el 20% de descuento en los recibos mensuales; Cuidado médico para niños sin seguro que residen en el Condado de Santa Clara; Los residentes del Condado de Santa Clara pueden obtener una ayuda de $450 para pagar el costo de la aplicación de la ciudadanía. Para saber más acerca de estos servicios, acuda al siguiente sitio: http://www.phoenixdatacenter.org/.

    Coalition for a Downtown Hospital
    First, good news! At their monthly meeting, the issuance of the initial Measure A Bond of $135 million will not include $20 million for health care facilities downtown as we were originally told. This was due to the wording of the Bond. However, a separate bond will be issued to provide for the funding of the downtown facilities. This was of concern due to the time factor. That is, would this delay moving forward with the clinic plans? The email from Jim Murphy, VMC halth and Hospital System, responds to that concern. “The Measure A clinic project is able to be funded by the County as needed for all aspects of the project: site acquisition, construction, etc. There will be no delay due to funding. There is ability for the County to loan funds to the project ahead of the next bond issue. The funds raised from the next issue will then be repaid the County.”

    Second, site information: In August the County staff is to report to the Board of Supervisors (BOS) about three possible sites for the downtown clinics. They are then to be further explored to designate the best choice by December. The August meeting will be Wed. Aug. 19, 2009 at 2:30 @ 70 West Hedding. The BOS calendar should be checked to make sure there are no changes, which I will do and send appropriate information. If it remains as one of the 3 choices, we support The Chavez Building. For more information, email to: hospital@coalitionforadowntownhospital.org.

    Check Your Clunker Savings
    Just over a month ago, President Obama signed into law the Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS), aka “Cash for Clunkers.” Between now and November 1, $1 billion in federal funding is available to help sell new vehicles. That means you can get a $3,500 to $4,500 credit toward replacing your old gas guzzler with a newer, more-efficient model. If you’re tempted by the program, don’t forget that your potential fuel savings are as important as the credit from CARS. How much might you save? Use our Cash for Clunkers calculator to get the answer in gallons of gas, carbon emissions, and cash. Switching from a Hummer to a Prius last year, for example, would have saved 683 gallons of gas, six tons of CO2, and $1,680 annually for someone driving 12,000 miles a year. More at: http://www.cars.gov/.


    Help Support the Trade Act
    The TRADE Act, written by Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Rep. Mike Michaud (D-Maine) was introduced with over 50 original House and Senator cosponsors including six House chairs, 16 subcommittee chairs and numerous members from the Blue Dog, Progressive, Hispanic and Black Caucuses. The legislation articulates what must be done to repair current trade pacts, such as NAFTA, and creates a new path forward for U.S. trade policy to achieve societal goals such as good jobs, safe food and promotion of basic human rights, healthy communities and environmental protection. Use the form at: http://tinyurl.com/my2t9m

    Census to Count Married Gays
    SAN FRANCISCO—Married same-sex couples will be counted as such in the 2010 census, reversing an earlier decision made under the Bush administration, census officials said Friday. Full story at: http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_12651471?.

    President Obama Speaks at Pride Reception
    The President and First Lady hosted the first-of-its-kind LGBT Pride Month reception at the White House yesterday. On the heels of the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the reception brought together LGBT families, volunteers, community leaders, lawmakers and heads of LGBT organizations to celebrate the LGBT community. Full text and video at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/Celebrating-LGBT-Pride-Month/.

    State Suit Challenges U.S. Defense of Marriage Act
    The Massachusetts Attorney General, Martha Coakley, sued the federal government recently to overturn a section of the law denying federal benefits to spouses in same-sex marriages. With the suit, Massachusetts becomes the first state to challenge the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which was passed by Congress in 1996 and prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage.

    Ms. Coakley, a Democrat, said the act interfered with states’ rights to define and regulate marriage as they saw fit. While same-sex couples can marry in Massachusetts—Ms. Coakley said more than 16,000 have done so—they are denied federal benefits like Social Security survivors’ payments, the right to file taxes jointly and guaranteed leave from work to care for a sick spouse. The suit also highlights two state programs affected by the Defense of Marriage Act: Medicaid, which provides health care coverage to low-income residents, and the burial of veterans and their spouses at cemeteries owned and operated by the state. The suit names as defendants the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the United States. More at: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/09/us/09massachusetts.html?_r=2.

    Groups Back Federal Challenge to Gay Marriage Ban
    Two gay rights group and the American Civil Liberties Union are backing a federal lawsuit seeking to restore gay marriage in California . . . the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Lambda Legal and the ACLU said they agree that California’s ban on same-sex weddings violates federal anti-discrimination practices. Full story at: http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_12697452?.


    Upcoming Events

    September 13, 2009
    Draw the Circle Wide! Calling All Singers:
    Join the Homecoming Choir

    All singers are warmly invited to join the First Unitarian Choir and Ad Hoc for our Homecoming Sunday services, on September 13, 2009, at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. Together we will be singing our rousing theme song for the new church year: “Draw the Circle Wide!” To sing, please make the following commitments:

    • Contact choir coordinator Liz Owen at lowen@data-time.com.
    • Rehearse with the choir on Wednesday, September 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Sanctuary.
    • Show up at the church early on Sunday, September 13, for final run-through before the 9:30 service (exact rehearsal time to be announced by choir director Dan Zulevic).

    You can receive a copy of the music ahead of time to begin learning the song. And you are always welcome to join any and all choir rehearsals, which take place most Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Just ask Liz for details of the summer schedule.

    Let us make a joyful noise together and draw the circle wider still!

    August 5-19
    Partner church visit from Romania; please join us in our travels! 

    by Connie Bloch

    Our Partner Church villagers will arrive soon, from Homoródzentmárton, Transylvania, Romania, to visit us for two weeks, from August 5th-19th. We would like as many of our church members as possible to get to know them during their brief visit. We want to extend to them at least as much hospitality as they did during our visit to them two years ago. 

    Wednesday, August 5th (11:00 pm) at the San Jose airport, the villagers arrive. The group includes Rev. Joszef and his wife, Erika, the church president, Guyla, and 3 high school youth. Istvan, a college student from the village who is here for two months, is joining us as well.   

    The next evening, on August 6th, we are hoping as many folks as possible can join us in a welcoming potluck at the church at 6:30 pm. (Bring food!) 

    During the next two days, Friday and Saturday, August 7th and 8th, we’ll be going up to San Francisco to “see the sights” with them, and possibly the SF Unitarian church. 

    Sunday, August 9th, they will be in church with us and the church service will be led by Revs. Joszef and Nancy. We are hoping for a good attendance, so our church community will have the opportunity to hear and welcome them. 

    The next few days, August 9-11, we take off to go to Yosemite and will be camping near a river. For those of you who want to come with us, but don’t want to camp, there is the option to stay in a motel close by. RV spots may be available. 

    On Thursday, August 12, we are going to Monterey with the adult visitors. The youth will be going to the Channel Islands with our High School group. 

    On Sunday, August 16, the adults will also be in church. During the afternoon, we are traveling down to Sunset Beach near Santa Cruz for the afternoon and an evening bonfire.  

    On Monday and Tuesday, August 17 and 18, we will be touring local valley and high tech sights. 

    On August 18, we will have a good-bye dinner for our visitors, probably at the church. To make their trip successful, we would like as many folks as possible from our church to participate, especially during the welcoming dinner, and the two Sundays they are in church. We still need places for some of them to stay during their visit, and transportation on some of the days they are here. 

    Please contact Connie at Connie_Bloch@yahoo.com or Low.monty@gmail.com for more information about the visit, especially regarding places for our visitors to stay and for joining us on the Yosemite, SF, or Monterey trips. 

    August 10 - 15
    FUCSJ Senior High Camping Trip
    by Colleen Cabot

    The Senior Youth Group will be repeating its favorite trip to the Channel Islands August 10-15. Be sure to sign up for this fabulous trip. Traveling down to Ventura Harbor, we will board a ferry to cross the Santa Barbara Channel to dock in a small bay on Santa Cruz Island, with porpoises surfing our bow waves and maybe seeing whales. Once we carry all our gear into the campground, we’ll spend most of the six days snorkeling in the wonderful clear waters and kelp forest in the bay; kayaking around the island and into sea caves; hiking across the island; hanging out in camp (literally, in our nest of hammocks) beading, and getting to know each other. Little wild foxes are our campground hosts! This is an especially good chance for teens who will join the Senior Youth Group in the Fall to meet their peers.

    Embarkation: Ventura Harbor, Santa Barbara

    Destination: Scorpion Valley Campground, Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands National Park.

    Activities: Crafts, Hiking, Swimming, First Aid workshop, orienteering, kayaking, snorkeling, youth-led classes, music

    August 11
    HUUmanist Group

    Schopenhauer: What role did the haircut play?

    The August meeting of HUUmanist Group is set for August 11, 7 PM, in the Fireside Room. The is on Arthur Schopenhauer who was a German philosopher who lived from 1788 to 1860. He never married, and some of his writings tend to be misogynistic. He worked only about a year as a philosophy lecturer. Fortunately for him, he inherited great wealth. In midlife, he published his major work “The World as Will and Representation” which influenced such thinkers as Freud, Nietzsche and Wittgenstein.

    Schopenhauer had a pessimistic streak. On love and romance, he believed that we have a strong will to reproduce, which is the most important thing in life for what is at stake is the survival of the species. This is a biological drive and, for most people, is unconscious. Once we have reproduced, we become dissatisfied with the partner we picked for only biological considerations. Consequently we no longer feel happy as we did in the courting phase.

    For the first half-hour, we will watch a video on Schopenhauer’s philosophy of love. The balance of the time we will discuss the main ideas presented in the video.

    Food for thought will be served.

    Sunday, August 30
    Living with Alzheimer’s Disease

    Ann Davidson, author of two books that chronicle her life as wife and caregiver to her husband Julian, will talk about her experience of caring for her husband with Alzheimer’s. Her first book, Alzheimer’s, a Love Story covers the early years of Julian’s disease, and the second book entitled A Curious Kind of Widow covers the declining years when Julian was living in an Alzheimer’s care center until his death. Some of you already know Ann from the hiking group and can attest to her warmth and articulate and sensitive story telling abilities. Ann has spoken widely about her experience of living with and loving a man with Alzheimer’s She has helped professional caregivers see the humanity of their clients and patients with dementia and has spoken extensively with caregivers about the challenges of giving care to their loved ones. Ann was a speech pathologist working with language-impaired children. She now volunteers on the Alzheimer’s’s Association Northern California Helpline.

    She will speak at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, August 30 in the Sanctuary. This is the second program sponsored by the Pastoral Care Team addressing an aspect of mental health. Please plan to join us.

    Thursday, September 3
    Women’s Alliance Reconvenes

    We will start off our new series on Thursday, Sept. 3, with the final session from the revised Cakes for the Queen of Heaven curriculum entitled Future Fantasies. Please join us at the home of Jean von Kaenel in Los Gatos from 7:15 to 9:15 P.M. Contact Nancy Coleman at nbcoleman@gmail.com or 408 985 5778 for further information. We will meet on the first Thursday of each month from September through May.

    Friday-Sunday, October 16 -18, 2009

    What will it take for you to be happy?
    13th Annual PCD Men’s Retreat

    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).

    Our theme this year is Happiness. Through experiential workshops and kinship groups, we will explore what happiness means to each of us, what prevents us from reaching it, and how to get there from here.  There will also be free time for hiking and other pursuits on Saturday afternoon – plus the always-popular No Talent Show on Saturday night.

    The cost for the weekend is $225, with a deposit of $100 at time of registration and the remainder due at or before the Retreat check-in. Scholarships are available.

    For more information and to register

    Go to http://pcd-uua.org/men/frames.htm and see the link for Register for Upcoming Retreat in the left-hand navigation bar, or contact us: Harry J. Mersmann at 209-955-0291 or pcdmensretreat@gmail.com, Gordon Smith at 408 393 6182 or gordonsmith100@gmail.com

    December 3-9, 2009

    Making a World of Difference

    Did you know that every five years, there is a global, interfaith gathering called the Parliament of the World’s Religions (PWR)? This December 3-9, 2009, the PWR is being held in Melbourne, Australia, and they are expecting 10,000 people from around the world from all the world’s religions and faith communities.

    The major theme for 2009 is Making a World of Difference: Hearing Each Other, Healing the Earth. Subthemes of PWR include

    • Healing the Earth with Care and Concern
    • Reconciling with the Indigenous Peoples
    • Overcoming Poverty in a Patriarchal World
    • Securing Food and Water for All People
    • Building Peace in the Pursuit of Justice
    • Creating Social Cohesion in Village and City
    • Sharing Wisdom in the Search for Inner Peace

    Information about the PWR can be found at http://www.parliamentofreligions.org/. Joy-Ellen Lipsky from the San Jose congregation is an Ambassador to the 2009 Parliament and is a core team member to make Silicon Valley a PWR Partner City. If you have questions about the Parliament, come visit the Parliament table in Hattie Porter Hall after the 11am service on July 26th.

    P.S. We’ve been working to get Peter Morales, the new UUA President, a role in the PWR!

    UU Hikers&Friends

    By Joyce Miller

    Here is the August hiking schedule. As always in the summer months, most of the hikes are up north where there is the most shade, although I have included some of the shaded hiking venues in south county. Remember to let me know if you are coming unless you are one of the regulars, who only need to let me know if they are not coming. My home phone number is 408 730 1052. My cell phone is 408 507 7052. (I turn it on at 7:30 am the day of the hikes.) Use my home phone all other times. See you on the trails!

    Saturday, August 1
    Huddart County Park, 6 miles. Meet at Page Mill/280 Park and Ride at 8:00 am. I will be on vacation with my sister. Please call or email Sue Size if you want to hike. Her email is chefnsue@aol.com and phone number is 408 410-2510.

    Wednesday August 5
    Foothill Park, 7 miles. Meet at PageMill/280 Park and Ride at 8:30 am.

    Saturday, August 8
    Butano State Park, 8 miles. This is long day. Travel time and pie eating. Plan to get back around 4:30 pm. Meet at PageMill/280 Park and Ride at 8:00 am.

    Wednesday, August 12
    Purisima State Park. We will do a shuttle hike. 6 miles. Meet at PageMill/280 Park and Ride at 8:30 am.

    Saturday, August 15
    Saratoga Gap, 6 miles. Meet at Downey Bank parking lot in Saratoga at 8:00 am.

    Wednesday, August 19
    Stevens Creek/Fremont Older Park, 6 miles. Meet at parking lot at Stevens Creek county park at 8:30 am.

    Saturday, August 22
    Wunderlich County Park, 6-8 miles. We can decide if we want to do the longer hike. Meet at PageMill/280 Park and Ride at 8:30 and Ride at 8:00 am.

    Wednesday, August 26
    Montebello Open Space Preserve, 6 miles. Meet at PageMill/280 Park and Ride at 8:30 am.

    Saturday, August 29
    Skyline Ridge Loop, 7 miles. Meet at PageMill/280 Park and Ride at 8:00 am.

    Are You Looking for UUthful Spirits?

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

    • Game night, every 3rd Friday, monthly.
    • 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.


    UUA President Statement on the First Anniversary of Knoxville Tragedy

    UUA President Peter Morales marked the first anniversary (July 27) of the tragic shootings which occurred at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee with these words:

    A year ago in Knoxville, Tennessee, a man with a gun entered the Sunday morning worship service at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church (TVUUC) and killed two people, Greg McKendry from TVUUC and Dr. Linda Lee Kraeger from Westside Unitarian Universalist Church. That horrific act reminds us that when hate and fear take hold of the human heart, violence inevitably follows.

    The response of the Knoxville UU congregations is a more potent reminder of the power of compassion, hope and courage. Rather than respond to hate with hate, they responded with love. Rather than allow fear to take over, they reaffirmed their commitment to a message of love. The care and support of their neighbors from other faiths reminds us all that our shared humanity and our love for one another are more powerful than our theological differences.

    On this painful anniversary of a terrible tragedy, let us all commit ourselves once more to creating religious communities where love can flower. Let us commit ourselves to spreading our message of compassion, hope, understanding, community and joy to a world too often hurt by isolation, desperation and conflict.

    Let us stand on the side of love. Love will guide us. It always has. Morales’ statement can be found at http://www.uua.org/news/newssubmissions/144763.shtml

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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: 408-991-3212; 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: 408-991-3212; 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:


    Tracy Avent, darkmuzik@yahoo.com

    Bob Redfern, rredfern@charter.net

    Bob Howd, BHowd@aol.com

    Joyce Miller, j408miller@sbcglobal.net

    Tamara Payne-Alex

    Dena Dickinson, dickiden@comcast.net

    Cheri Goodman, cheri.goodman@sbcglobal.net
    Rick Merritt, rbmerrit@cmp.com
    Michael Payne-Alex, michaelpaynealex@yahoo.com
    Madeline Morrow

    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. 21
     Iris Gonzalez, fucsj@sanjoseuu.org

    Coordinator of Spanish Speaking Ministries, 991-3212
     Roberto Padilla

    Social Justice Coordinator
     Lucy Proulx, socialjustice@sanjoseuu.org

    Bookkeeper / Sue Evanicky

    Custodian / Edgar Cruz

    Nursery Staff / Jusica Nunez & Maria Elena Olvera

    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.

    Editors: Catherine Leeson Pelizzari and Shirley Worth; Circular.Editors@gmail.com
    Shirley will be editor for the September 16 and October 21 issues. Catherine will be editor for the September 2 issue and the October 7 issue.

    Photographer: Dani Hope

    Translator: Roberto Padilla

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

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