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, email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 email@example.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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 onestypically, 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 email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.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 FRANCISCOMarried 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 MassachusettsMs. Coakley said more than 16,000 have done sothey 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?.
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 email@example.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!
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.firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org, Gordon Smith at 408 393 6182 or email@example.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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or group at firstname.lastname@example.org.
||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
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: email@example.com.
- For pastoral care in Spanish, please contact our Spanish-Speaking Ministries Coordinator, Roberto Padilla: 408-991-3212; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contacting the Ministers
Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones and Rev. Geoff Rimositis feel honored to serve this congregation, and we cherish your trust! Here is how reach us:
Nuestra comunidad se esfuerza en ofrecer la compasión,el compañerismo curativo, y la alegría a todos susmiembros. Nuestros coordinadores en cuidado pastoral pueden ayudarle a encontrar un oído que escucha, o lasmanos que ayudan cuando ustedes lo pudieran necesitaren épocas difíciles. Para el cuidado pastoral en inglés, por favor, comuníquese con nuestro Coordinador Asociado Laico en Cuidado Pastoral, la Rev. Donna Lenahan: (casa) 408-354-9024; (celular) 408-204-6565; e-mail: email@example.com. Para el cuidado pastoral en español, por favor comuníquese con nuestro Coordinador de los Ministeriosen Español, Roberto Padilla: 408-991-3212; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contactando a los Ministros
La Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones y El Rev. Geoff Rimositis se sienten honrados por servir a esta congregación, y nosotros apreciamos su confianza! Aquí nosotros estamos a su alcance:
Tracy Avent, email@example.com
Bob Redfern, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bob Howd, BHowd@aol.com
POC PERSONNEL OFFICER
Joyce Miller, email@example.com
POC PROGRAM OFFICER
POC FINANCIAL OFFICER
Dena Dickinson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cheri Goodman, email@example.com
Rick Merritt, firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Payne-Alex, email@example.com
Senior Minister, Ext. 23
The Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones, firstname.lastname@example.org
Assoc. Minister For Religious Education, Ext. 25
Office Administrator, Ext. 21
Iris Gonzalez, email@example.com
Coordinator of Spanish Speaking Ministries, 991-3212
Social Justice Coordinator
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Bookkeeper / Sue Evanicky
Custodian / Edgar Cruz
Nursery Staff / Jusica Nunez & Maria Elena Olvera
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