Our Church Circular / Nuestro Periódico de la Iglesia / June 17, 2009 / 17 de Junio 2009

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Youth Sunday, June 7, 2009
As usual, the congregation was blown away with the wit, intelligence and sentiment of the graduating seniors receiving their chalice necklaces from their parents and the junior high youth bridging into senior high.

The members of the junior high youth group bridging into the senior high group.

The beginnings of a children's choir: Cordelia, Lily and Maddie entertained with two songs.

Senior David Hernandez

Senior Graham Smith

Senior Maggie Morris

Senior Mike Lanier

Photos by Dani Hope

Inside This Issue:


Sunday Services


Save the Dates


Lifespan Faith Development -- thank you to 2008-09 leaders, update on summer, please fill out our surveys


Articulating Our Unitarian Universalist Faith


Pastoral Care This Summer


A Fun Time Was Had: Memorial Day Picnic Needs a New Leader


Volunteer Opportunities


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


New hours for office manager = new opportunity to help
Custodian schedule NOT changing


Circling Around


Draw the Circle Wide! Calling All Singers: Join the Homecoming Choir


Spotlight on Social Justice


Upcoming Events -- Service is Our Prayer Day, Healthcare Forum, speaker at Women's Alliance meeting, Campout, General Assembly, Senior High Camping Trip, UU Hikers


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?

0617-13 Vengan a un foro sobre cuidado de salud


Aquí estan los Ministros!

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

21 de Junio —9:30 am

Será anunciado

To Be Announced

11:00 a.m.
Services in English

June 21—11:00 am

“What Do Men Want?” A Different Father’s Day Service 

We Unitarian Universalists usually like to minimize the traditional gender distinctions of Mother’s and Father’s Day and emphasize the common values of parenting. So why have a gender-specific support group lead worship on Father’s Day? Because, as the Men’s Support Group would say, they too have grown away from something that is gender-centric, and what they want from their support group is universal. Come see if you agree as they describe their experiences. 

Worship Leaders: Men’s Support Group; Worship Associates: the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones and Colleen Cabot.

“¿Que Quieren los Hombres?”
Un servicio diferente del Día del Padre
Los Unitarios Universalistas generalmente nos gusta minimizar las diferencias tradicionales de género del día de la madre y del día del padre y de acentuar los valores comunes de la paternidad. ¿Entonces porqué tener un especifico genero apoyando al grupo que dirige el servicio en el Día del Padre? Porque, como el Grupo de Apoyo de Hombres dirían, ellos también han crecido alejados de algo que esta centrado en el género, y desean que su grupo de apoyo sea universal. Venga y vea si usted esta de acuerdo mientras que ellos describen sus experiencias.

Dirigen: Grupo de Apoyo de Hombres; Asociadas de Culto: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones y Colleen Cabot.

21 de Junio —9:30 am

Será anunciado

To Be Announced

June 28 – 11:00 am

Lost In Translation  
Many of us struggle with words such as God, Worship, Lord, and Salvation, as well as many related rituals and concepts for a range of reasons from differences in theology to negative associations to political ideology. Maybe they don’t have to feel like sticks and stones. Let’s see what it takes to feel comfortable with the uncomfortable ways others express ideas we cherish using words we don’t prefer.

Worship Leader: Henry Ruddle
Worship Associates: Donna Lenahan and Dan Zulevic

Perdidos en la traducción
Muchos de nosotros luchamos con palabras tales como dios, adoración, señor, y salvación, así como muchos rituales y conceptos relacionados para una gama de razones de diferencias en teología con asociaciones negativas para la ideología política. Quizá ellos no tienen que sentirse como los palillos y las piedras. Veamos lo que toma para sentirse cómodo con las formas incómodas de otros, expresando ideas que acariciamos usando palabras que no preferimos.

Dirige: Henry Ruddle
Asociados de Culto: Donna Lenahan and Dan Zulevic

5 de Julio – 9:30 a.m.

UUs, Utah, y Nuestro Mensaje de Esperanza: Trayendo la Asamblea general a Nuestro Hogar en San José
La primera iglesia de Unitaria de San José llevo nuestro tema de “JUUNTOS/Together” a los millares de Unitarios Universalistas en Salt Lake City durante la última semana de junio. ¿Cómo fue? Ven a descubrir en este domingo festivo, mientras les traemos lo que nosotros vimos, dijimos, y oímos en la Asamblea General a nuestro hogar. ¡Unámonos para elevar este espíritu, provocando pensamientos, creando lazos afectivos en la comunidad en el servicio religioso!

Dirige: Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones
Asociado de Culto: Roberto Padilla

July 5 – 11:00 a.m.

UUs, Utah, and Our Message of Hope: Bringing General Assembly Home to San José
The First Unitarian Church of San José brought our theme of “JUUNTOS/Together” to thousands of Unitarian Universalists in Salt Lake City during the last week in June. How did it go? Come find out on this holiday Sunday, as we bring what we saw, said, and heard at General Assembly home to you. Join us for this spirit-lifting, thought-provoking, community-bonding worship service!

Worship Leader: Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Worship Associates: Roberto Padilla and Other General Assembly Participants


Save the Dates

  • June 20, Saturday, Service is Our Prayer Work party at the church, 9:30 am to 2:00 pm
  • June 24-28, Wednesday – Sunday, UUA General Assembly, Salt Lake City. (Find out more and register at http://www.uua.org/events/generalassembly/index.shtml; FUCSJ presents “JUUNTOS/Together!”
  • July 1, Wednesday, Board Meeting (re-scheduled from June 17)
  • July 5, Sunday, 12:30, UU Band of Writers, Youth Room
  • July 11–18, Saturday – Saturday, UUSC’s Sixth Annual Freedom Summer–Civil Rights Journey, Atlanta, Georgia., to Birmingham, Selma, and Montgomery, Alabama.
  • July15 -19, Wednesday – Sunday, All-Church Campout, McConnell State Park,
  • 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
  • September 13: HOMECOMING SUNDAY 2009: “Draw the Circle Wide!”

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.

Leaders for 2008-2009

Thanks to all who helped this year with the children and youth programs!

Religious Education Council: Patricia Ohanian-Coffey, Tamara Payne-Alex, Jan Theiss-Guffey, Kasthuri Veeraraghavan; Associate Minister: Rev. Geoff Rimositis

Nursery: Marta Forse, Maria Elena Olvera (And all the parents who volunteer each Sunday!)

Kindergarten – second grades: Melinda Hoppe, Ed Massey, Elia Bonner

Third – fifth grades: Kathryn Axtell, Bill Bowman, John Burk, Cheri Goodman, Jean Rivers, Patti Segarini

Sixth, seventh eighth grades: Lori Andersen, Connie Block, Susan Butler-Graham, Cecilia Deck, Ed Gardner, Tina Hemenway, Richard Ferry, Crystal Isola, Rebecca Mason, Mike Meyers, Lynn Morison, Pam Pell, Donna Presson, Kyle Terrell, Linda Terrill, Inés Zapiola, Lori Zink; Class Coordinator: Pam Pell

Senior high youth group: Dani Hope, V Kingsley, Mike Williamson, Cordelia Willis

Coming of age Mentors: Susan Butler-Graham, Julie Doyle, Austa Falconer, Alec MacLean, Rick Morris, Jessica Springer, Jennie Redfern, Katherine Trask

Coming of Age Steering Committee: Carrie Doolittle, Nancy Johnson, Rick Merritt, Rev. Geoff Rimositis

Junior high backpacking trip: Paul Delgros, Pam Pell, Rev. Geoff Rimositis; Trip Coordinator: Pam Pell

Senior high camping trip: Colleen Cabot, Mary Mary Feldman, Crystal Lanier, Matt Trask, Rick Morris; Trip Coordinator: Gordon Smith

Children’s winter holiday play: Play Director: Cordelia Willis; Choir Leader: Kelly Bolton

Summer Lifespan Faith Development 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


Articulating Our Unitarian Universalist Faith

By the Rev. Geoff Rimositis

One of my goals for this past year was working with the Religious Education Council to prioritize the Lifespan Religious Education Visions generated from feedback sessions in April and May of last year and to develop an operational plan—so that we might bring our collective vision to life!

It all started in 2008 with visioning meetings led by Sonya Sukalski who was serving as a part time religious educator for the congregation during my sabbatical. There were a lot of good ideas that were generated by those meetings. We built on those brainstorming sessions and began focusing on how we could go deeper and develop a plan and direction for Lifespan Faith Development. We saw our charge not only to provide a meaningful Sunday morning program for children and youth but to dream big how we might become a truly integrated community where youth sat at the table of leadership and adults came together to actively develop their spiritual growth plans through classes, support groups and social justice activities.

So Tamara Payne-Alex and I convened a summit that re-imagined religious education into its broader and more transformative form of Lifespan Faith Development. We have seen the possibilities of this model at the town hall meeting on May 17. We have work to do to bring everyone in on the conversation. And how it will all turn out will be a reflection of the needs of our religious community. But as people who took the church survey and identified things they felt were important to church life even if they were not as important to them personally; I hope that we can take this beginning work on covenant deeper with each other as we begin to implement some of these ideas.

We want people to think of their needs and to act to fulfill them in a covenantal relationship with other members of the community. We want to stretch ourselves for the good of the community and not only consider what is convenient. We will begin to prioritize how such changes could be implemented in what phases. We will form work groups and involve those who attended the summit and those who wish to see a new way of community created so that there is a place for everyone at the table of our faith.

We want families who struggle to get their children to church to find that we have created together ways for everyone to participate in church life.

I would love to see a fall church-wide retreat on the theme of covenant that would bring together, yes, our whole community. Our youth and children that have been missing in recent retreats would be personally invited and involved in creating the content of the retreat and providing leadership. This retreat could be a laboratory of what we would like to be together across the ages when we are working, studying, playing, praying and acting on our principles and values. Transformative work is hard work but we know we must do it so that the message of our faith can reach out beyond our walls to invite the seeker to find a home with us.

This is a grand opportunity to grow in depth and I believe it will lead to growth in numbers too. For when people see this dynamic church in action fulfilling its vision to become the beloved community, people will make the commitment because they see first hand how the commitment has changed us.


Pastoral Care This Summer

While Rev. Nancy and Rev. Geoff are on vacation and study-leave, Rev. Donna Lenahan, our Pastoral Associates Coordinator, and Starr King School for the Ministry student and church member Marla Scharf will provide pastoral care coverage. If there is a pastoral care emergency or a need for someone to talk to please don’t hesitate to contact Donna and Marla.

  • June 24-29, Donna Lenahan is on call
  • June 30-July 5, Rev. Nancy is back from General Assembly
  • July 6-August 1, Donna Lenahan & Marla Scharf are on call
  • August 2, Rev. Geoff is back
  • August 6, Rev. Nancy is back

Rev. Donna Lenahan

Marla Scharf

A Fun Time Was Had: Memorial Day Picnic

by Dena Dickinson (dickiden@comcast.net)

On May 25th, we had the 16th Annual Memorial Day Picnic. There were about 35-40 who participated this year -- and lots of good Scrabble games were going on.

I have been coordinating the picnic for all of those 16 years, and I have been trying to pass along the fun to someone new for the past few years -- and have decided this was my last year for doing it.

It is a fun social activity for the church community that takes very little work and offers a great opportunity for folks to just be together to eat and play and talk and relax. I am putting out the request early to recruit a replacement to coordinate the Picnic. I would be happy to pass along any hints on making it happen.

It is undoubtedly the easiest church event to plan -- and creates good fellowship and fun. I hope someone will pick up the mantle -- and it does not have to be for 16 years..... really...


Volunteer Opportunities:

by Genie Bernardini

Membership Council Member
New or non-members coveted! Why? Because of the fresh perspective they could provide. The purpose of the Council is to envision and coordinate the various aspects of membership, from the time someone first enters the church until s/he is fully integrated into our Beloved Community. Meetings are help once a month and the 4 current members are eager to be joined by 2 others with youth, energy and new ideas.

Stewardship And Fundraising Position
As a member of the Program and Operations Council, ( which meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays), you would have an opportunity to make an extremely valuable contribution to the successful operation of our spiritual cooperative.The responsibilites include seeing that all fund-raising activities are appropriate, well-planned and well-executed, especially the Annual Giving Campaign. Expert guidance will be available for anyone willing to take on this very rewarding position.

Other volunteer opportunities

  • Wayside Pulpit Preparer
  • Worship Host
  • Sound System Operator
  • Money Counter
  • Coffee Hour Host

What rings your bell? Contact your Volunteer Coordinating Team members Liz Owen at lowen@data-time.com or Bob Miess at bob@floweringenterprizes.com


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.


New hours for office manager =
new opportunity to help

In order to comply with the new Church budget for 2009-2010 which reduced the hours of the office manager from 30 to 21 hours per week the new hours are as follows:

  • Monday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Iris is currently working with Rev. Nancy and other church leaders to define specific office tasks that can be performed by volunteers which she will no longer have time to do. We are planning to have a group of volunteers who can provide consistent office support. You will be hearing more about the office volunteer program in the near future. So stay tuned.

Custodian schedule

by Joyce Miller VP for Personnel j408miller@sbcglobal.net

Although the hours for the custodians have not been changed, I am taking this opportunity to publish the hours that our custodians work.

Edgar Cruz works from 8:00A to 12:00P and 7:30P to 10:00P on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and from 7:00P to 10:00P on Wednesday. He works Sundays from 8:00P to 10:00P.

Sandra our weekend Custodian works 8A - 9A (for coffee set up) and 8:00P -10:00P on Sunday and from 1:00PM - 6:00P on Saturday. Saturday hours are flexible based on church use.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

  • 0617-10

    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:

    How is Lucy Proulx going to light up the night? Like she doesn’t already, but this is new. What is Her Very High Holiness looking for? Henry Ruddle not only composes this whole rag but makes news, too, only this time he’s not alone. Finally, what gone-and-lamented former member is going to do something really nutso? crazy? way too hard?

    Dave and Lucy Proulx will be participating in the “Relay For Life” at Christmas Hill Park in Gilroy on June 19th. It’s put on by the American Cancer Society for three reasons: First, to celebrate the Survivors of this horrible disease, and second, as a way to honor those whose lives have been taken by cancer, and third, as a fundraiser. “Dave and I will be walking the Survivor Walk and the Luminary Walk. I’d like to invite anyone from church who has lost a loved one to cancer or has or had cancer themselves to join us. I’ve been encouraged to bring tissues as this is a very heart-wrenching event.” says Lucy. Call her at 289-9286 for more.

    Roberto Padillo is taking his first vacation since moving into the Coordinator position almost 4 years ago--which is something to celebrate! He just can’t keep away though – he still wrote all the Spanish translations in this issue!

    Henry Ruddle’s 7-year-old daughter Lily had to go to Stanford for an MRI scan. Was it a bad news? No, she’s participating in the Stanford Math Project. After screening her using several intelligence tests in March, they asked her back for the second part of the test on May 31. She had to solve math problems while lying in a noisy, confined space with her head clamped in place, one hand strapped to an answer box and the other on a squeeze ball she could use as a panic button (although she didn’t need it).

    The MRI scan gives researchers another set of data in a four-year (so far) study to compare the brain activity of children doing math in an attempt to find out why some kids struggle and others excel. The best news was that it proved conclusively that Lily does in fact have a brain ... and it’s an active one.

    And Henry was in the Mercury News on June 3 with a letter to the editor (the newspaper wrote the headline):

    Every measure must pay for itself

    There’s a simple way to solve the budget mess in California – require that every bill, proposition and measure pay for itself through taxes or spending cuts. Want longer prison sentences or universal health care or a transporttion bond issue? No problem, as long as you also accept the higher taxes or cuts in other programs that will inevitably be necessary to pay for them.

    Henry Ruddle, San Jose

    Julie Gill has been training for the Vineman Triathlon in Napa Valley on August 1. She is doing this to honor her brother-in-law, Roland Franz, who passed away last fall from non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and to help raise funds for cancer research through Team in Training. For more of her story, and to contribute to her effort, see her Team in Training web page at http://tinyurl.com/juliegill.

    White Light Corner: the amazing Proulxs, of course. There are some very tough things going on in the beloved community, folks: unemployment for people who have never been unemployed, family difficulties from this as well as the financial crunch.

    Be very nice to each other.


    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!

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

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

    • June 19, Friday, “Race, the Power of an Illusion” Video, San Jose Peace & Justice Center, 48 South 7th Street, 7 pm
    • June 25, Thursday, Universal Healthcare. Lobby Day, in Sacramento
    • June 25, Thursday, Elder Abuse & Neglect Panel Presentations, Cupertino Community Hall, 10350 Torre Ave., 11 am-2:30 pm
    • June 28, Sunday, Fighting for Our Lives–Real Healthcare Reform, First Unitarian Church, 160 N. First St., San Jose, 1 pm
    • July 11-12, Saturday and Sunday, San Jose Obon Festival, San Jose’s Japantown, Noon to 8 pm
    • July 11–18, Saturday thru Saturday, UUSC’s Sixth Annual Freedom Summer–Civil Rights Journey, Atlanta, Georgia., to Birmingham, Selma, and Montgomery, Alabama


    Fighting for Our Lives–Real Healthcare Reform, June 28th
    An informational forum and discussion on healthcare reform sponsored by the Santa Clara Single-Payer Healthcare Coalition and the First Unitarian Church of San Jose will be held Sunday, June 28th, at 1:00 pm at the First Unitarian Church, 160 N. First Street, San Jose. Topics will include: 1) A description of national healthcare systems of other developed countries with better results than the US; 2) Some of the current national proposals and how they rate with President Obama’s criteria of reducing costs, guaranteeing choice, and achieving universal coverage; 3) The main points of HR 676, Improved Medicare for All; 4) A discussion of the healthcare reform process in Washington which has left single-payer off the table, despite overwhelming independent polling results which show support for it from 70 percent of the public, 60 percent of the physicians, the National Organizing Committee of Nurses, as well as broad union, city, and state support. Informative (Bill Moyers) video at: http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/blog/2009/05/singlepayer_is_nationalized_he.html. and at: http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/archives/archives.php. More at: http://www.healthcareforall.org/single_payer.html.

    Jubilee Making Progress for the Poorest Countries
    Thanks to your advocacy, the bill that passed the Senate recently includes: 1) An amendment offered by Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) barring the IMF from capping health and education spending in impoverished countries, and 2) Calls for $2.5 billion in additional grants, debt relief, and inexpensive loans from the IMF to the poorest countries in addition to what the G-20 already promised. Unfortunately, these measures are not enough. Fortunately there is still a chance to improve the bill before final passage. Improvement would include: 1) Congress should urge that $5 billion be raised for the poorest countries using IMF gold and other sources--with an emphasis on debt service relief or grants rather than new loans; 2) Congress should address the impact of IMF policy requirements that force developing countries to severely restrict spending in a time of recession; and, 3) Congress should require greater transparency at the IMF and parliamentary approval for IMF loans. More at: http://www.jubileeusa.org/.

    UUA Final Draft of Statement of Conscience on Peacemaking Ready
    The Commission on Social Witness has released the final draft of the Statement of Conscience on Peacemaking for General Assembly. To read the draft, please visit uua.org/peacemaking. The UUA encourages congregations to read and discuss the Statement of Conscience with their delegates in preparation for General Assembly. Any comments directed to the UUA on the Statement of Conscience will be reserved for the GA delegates.

    Honda Bill Make Sweeping Changes in Legal Immigration
    To ensure that issues involving legal immigration don’t get lost in the fiery debate about illegal immigration, Silicon Valley Congressman Mike Honda today will introduce a bill that would give green-card holders the same rights as citizens to bring their spouses and children to the US. Read full article at: http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_12514065.

    Gay Marriage Bill Signed Into Law in New Hampshire
    On June 3rd, New Hampshire became the sixth state to legalize gay marriage after the Senate and House passed key language on religious rights and Gov. John Lynch (who personally opposes gay marriage) signed the legislation Wednesday afternoon. More at: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090603/ap_on_re_us/us_xgr_gay_marriage_new_hampshire.

    Free Elder Abuse & Neglect Panel Presentations
    Santa Clara County Department of Aging and Adult Services and Archstone Foundation have initiated a project to strengthen Faith Communities to recognize and respond to the mistreatment and neglect of older people in whatever settings it occurs, so that each individual can achieve an optimal quality of life in keeping with his or her cultural values and tradition. Please join us for a free Summit Meeting, with Panel Presentations on Thursday, June 25, 2009 11 am-2:30 pm in the Cupertino Community Hall, 10350 Torre Ave. Topic will include: What is Elder Abuse & Neglect: Intervention and Prevention, The Role of Public Guardian/Conservator, and Caregiver Support: Compassionate Responses. Lunch provided. To RSVP or for more info, please contact rsvp@protectelders.com or (650) 269.2589.


    “Race, the Power of an Illusion” Video
    San Jose Peace & Justice Center, 48 South 7th Street, San Jose and WILPF presents the powerful video report “Race, the Power of an Illusion,” on Friday, June 19 at 7 pm. It’s the last of three PBS documentaries looking at race in terms of science, history and society. The program explores how government policies and past discrimination have made generating wealth easier for some Americans than for others. The Raging Grannies will provide a few songs, and, hopefully, good discussion will follow the video. All are invited to attend.

    President Obama’s Speech in Cairo a New Course for Relations Between US & Muslim Communities
    Islamic Network Group (ING) welcomes a new course for relations between US and Muslim communities as set out in President Obama’s landmark speech in Cairo. The tone and focus of the visit and speech is a breath of fresh air and gives promise to the vision and mission of ING’s work for the last 16 years, “a world where people of all faiths and none are understood and respected and their contributions valued.” As he so eloquently states after acknowledging the long history and contributions of his host country and the venue where spoke, “I’ve come here to Cairo to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world, one based on mutual interest and mutual respect, and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap and share common principles, principles of justice and progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.” Video and full text of Pres. Obama’s speech at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/NewBeginning/. Full ING article at: http://www.ing.org/latestnews/default.asp?num=153.

    UULM Health Care Actions for June!
    On the federal level, comprehensive healthcare reform bills will be debated in June/July. UUs can help by visiting each of your U.S. Representatives; writing handwritten, personal letters to your U.S. representative and to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Collect petition signatures (at coffee hour, or in your wider community) urging Senator Dianne Feinstein to support a strong public health insurance option. Send petitions to UULM Action Network, 717 K St. Suite 504, Sacramento, CA 95814); and calling your members of Congress to advocate for the strongest public coverage option available. The UULM will provide talking points to frame the UU imperative for universal healthcare. Lobby day in Sacramento is Thursday, June 25th–UULM needs those not at UUA General Assembly to participate! On the state level, California is bracing for budget cuts to Medicaid and the possible elimination of the CA Healthy Families Program, which provides coverage to over 900,000 children. For more information contact: Betty Jeanne bruetersward@uulmca.org, or Lee Helena leehelenalawrence@post.harvard.edu.

    Census Won’t Count Gay Marriages
    The Census Bureau has announced that they won’t count legally recognized same-sex marriages in the 2010 census. In fact, they plan to go line by line erasing same-sex relationships–even our legally recognized marriages in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, Iowa, Maine, and New Hampshire. More at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/16/AR2008071602566.html. To sign this petition from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force to the Census Bureau and urge them to Count all Marriages, go to: http://www.countourmarriages.com/.

    Overcharged For Something? SCC DA’s Office Offers Free Mediation
    How many times have we heard it: “If it sounds too good to be true, it’s probably a scam.” Sally Garnett is hardly a cheerleader for the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office. After all, prosecutors threw the book at her recently for “lifting” her housemate’s jewelry, she says, landing her in jail for three months. But to her surprise, Garnett found herself turning to her nemesis last week to get help on another matter. After prepaying $63.60 for phone service from inside the jail, Garnett says the company she contracted with didn’t deliver a single call. Instead of busting her, this time the district attorney’s office was ready to lend her a hand with its busy but little-known Consumer Protection Unit. Its members not only fight big fraud cases in court, but also attempt to resolve consumer disputes—like Garnett’s—through free mediation. No case is too small . . . They save taxpayers money by screening calls for prosecutors who handle fraud cases . . . Consumers also can turn to small claims court, but mediation is often better. Full article at: http://www.mercurynews.com/crime/ci_12550429?nclick_check=1.

    Obon Festival is Coming!
    The San Jose Obon Festival will take place Saturday and Sunday, July 11th-12th, in San Jose’s Japantown from Noon to 8 pm. There will be traditional dance, food, music and games for the whole family at this year’s Japanese Buddhist festival. More at: http://www.sjbetsuin.com/.

    Farmworker Couple Wins $500,000 Verdict Against Bill Collector
    According to court records, Credigy Services Corp., a collection agency based in Georgia, had callers threatened to take the Manuel Faustos’ family home and savings, garnish his wages as a forklift operator and ruin their credit. Desperate for help, the couple turned to the Watsonville Law Center, a nonprofit agency that represents the rural poor. The law center hooked them up with Attorney Balam Letona, a Santa Clara Law School graduate who seemed to be heaven sent. Once the couple filed a lawsuit, the company fought back. It subpoenaed most of their children and sought their credit, mortgage and medical records. Credigy brought up past driving charges against Manuel Faustos and that the home they live in, which is in the name of one of their sons, was in foreclosure. After nine days in court, the jurors weren’t buying any of that. They awarded the couple $100,000 in damages and $400,000 in punitive damages. Full article at: http://www.mercurynews.com/columns/ci_12497167?source=email.


    Upcoming Events

    Saturday, June 20
    Service Is Our Prayer Workday June 20

    Come one, come all! Saturday, June 20, from 9 am to 2 pm, we’ll have our quarterly Service is our Prayer work party at the church. A full slate of jobs is planned, from installing a new light fixture to basic scrubbing and cleaning. No special skills are needed to join the fun! We’ll meet in the Sanctuary at 9 for a blessing and job assignments, break for lunch (provided) at noon, and finish up afterwards. Please come down and help for the entire period or just a of couple of hours - any assistance is appreciated! Please contact Bob Howd or Patrick Myers if you need additional information. bhowd@aol.com, jpatrickmyers@yahoo.com

    Sunday, June 28
    Fighting for our lives
    Come to a healthcare forum at FUCSJ on June 28, which will decode the national debate, highlight successful health plans of other countries, and feature the Single-Payer Healthcare plans, favored by 60% of the nation’s doctors, nurses and patients.
    Domingo 28 de Junio
    Luchando por Nuestras Vidas
    Vengan a un foro sobre cuidado de salud en la Primera Iglesia Unitaria domingo el 28 de junio, que clarificará el debate nacional, destacar los planes exitosos de otros paises, y presenter los planes de cuidado de salud “un solo pagador”, favorecido por 60% de medicos y pacientes del pais.
    Members of the Santa Clara County Single Payer Healthcare Coalition and our church Social Justice Council have been working together to bring this terrific and important forum to FUCSJ and the public on Sunday, June 28, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. The coffee and donuts will be supplemented to provide lunch for those staying for the program. Please bring potluck food to share if you wish. The insurance industry has declared war on health care reform and is doing everything in its power to strangle it in its cradle. Get information and form an action plan to help fight for comprehensive universal health care as a human right — from birth to death. Everybody In, Nobody Out!

    Miembros de la Coalición del Condado de Santa Clara para Cuidado de Salud de un Solo Pagador y el Comité de Justicia Social de la Primera Iglesia Unitaria han trabajado juntos para llevar este foro magnfico e importante a la Primera Iglesia Unitaria de San Jose y del público el domingo, 28 de junio, de 1:00 – 3:00 pm. El café y donas se complementarán para proveer almuerzo para los que queden por el programa. Puede llevar comida para compartir si quiere. La industria de aseguranza esta haciendo guerra en contra de la reforma de cuidado de salud y hace todo que pueda para estrangularla en su infancia. La gente norteamericana se estan levantando para defenderla y para luchar por cuidado de salud universal como derecho humano — desde el nacimiento hasta la muerte.

    Sunday, July 12
    Women’s Alliance Potluck: Author Visit!

    Please join us for a potluck at the home of Jean von Kaenel on Sunday, July 12 beginning at 4:00 pm. We’ll visit with Shirley Ranck, the author of Cakes for the Queen of Heaven, and plan our sessions for 2009-2010. Contact Nancy Coleman for information or directions at 408 985 5778 or nbcoleman@gmail.com.

    June 24-28
    General Assembly, 2009

    The UUA General Assembly will occur in Salt Lake City from June 24-28. This year, General Assembly will be highlighted by the addition of UU University, a superb lay leadership training opportunity, as part of GA programming - at no additional cost. A new UUA President will be elected at General Assembly, and Melissa Harris-Lacewell, Associate Professor of Politics and African American Studies at Princeton University and a frequent media commentator, will deliver this year’s Ware Lecture. The Assembly will also vote on whether to adopt a new Statement of Conscience, on Peacemaking.

    Registration and Housing Reservations for General Assembly are now open
    Go to http://www.uua.org/events/generalassembly/index.shtml for links to information on all parts of the upcoming General Assembly program.

    July 15-19
    Church Campout
    by Alec “I will survive until the Campout” MacLean

    Every year for 20 years at the Church campout, I have gotten together with a mixture of old friends and old friends I’ve just met. Some of these people are very young—heck, a few of them have still been in the womb!

    We sit around and get to know each other, go swimming in the river together, share lots and lots of good food and drink together, play Boggle and other games, learn why Rick and Alec make the world’s best barbecue chicken, watch children make friends they’ll keep for years. We nap in the shade.

    We bring our own toys to play with, beads, carving, crosswords, knitting, whatever. We do an amazing amount of laughing. We share childcare in a wonderfully tribal fashion. We look at bugs, birds, shooting stars and each other. Maybe we take another nap.

    We spend very little money. We share kitchen duties and enjoy it because we’re doing it together. We play music and sing. We finally get a chance to read that book we bought. We hope MaryMary will tell one of her great stories. We watch the teenagers being wonderful to the little kids. We grow closer, happier, more relaxed.

    We are the Church campout.

    Come join us. Wednesday July 15 - Sunday July 19--or any portion thereof! It’s at McConnell State Park on the Merced River. People who would like more information should contact MaryMary Feldman at mm@feldmo.com

    August 10 - 15

    FUCSJ Senior High Camping Trip
    by Colleen Cabot

    Payment deadline: May 30

    Contact: Matt Trask, (408) 655-1991, matttrask@earthlink.net

    For UU youth who have or will attend high school in 2009, plus FUCSJ Youth who traveled to Romania in 2007.

    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.

    Dates: August 10 to August 15

    Contact: Matt Trask, 408-655-1991, matttrask@earthlink.net

    Cost: $200 (Scholarships are available)

    Embarkation: Ventura Harbor, Santa Barbara

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

    Maximum group size will be 24 youth. FUCSJ youth have first priority until June 1. Payment deadline: May 30. Non-FUCSJ youth will need leader approval.

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

    10-15 de Agosto
    Viaje de Campamento para jóvenes del último grado de la preparatoria de la FUCSJ
    par Colleen Cabot

    Fecha límite de pago: 30 de Mayo

    Contactar a: Matt Trask, (408) 655-1991, matttrask@earthlink.net

    Para los jóvenes UU que están o acudirán a High School en 2009, más los jóvenes de la FUCSJ que viajaron a Rumania en el 2007.

    El grupo de jóvenes del último grado de la preparatoria repetirán su viaje preferido a las Islas Channel del 10 al 15 de agosto. Asegúrate de firmar para este viaje fabuloso. Viajando al puerto de Ventura, subiremos a un ferry para cruzar el Canal de Santa Bárbara y atracar en una pequeña bahía en la Isla de Santa Cruz, con marsopas surfeando nuestras olas de proa y viendo quizá ballenas. Una vez que llevemos todo nuestro equipo al campamento, pasaremos la mayor parte de los seis días buceando con snorkel en las hermosas y claras aguas y en los bosques de algas marinas de la bahía; remando en kayak alrededor de la isla y en las cuevas hechas por el mar; iremos de excursión a través de la isla; colgando en el campo (literalmente, en nuestros nidos de hamacas) haciendo manualidades y conociéndose unos con otros. ¡Los pequeños zorros salvajes son nuestros anfitriones del campamento! Esta es una ocasión especialmente buena para los adolescentes que se unirán al grupo de jóvenes de último grado de la preparatoria en el otoño para conocer a sus iguales.

    Fecha: Del 10 al 15 de Agosto

    Costo: $200 (becas están disponibles) 

    Embarque: Ventura Harbor, Santa Barbara

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

    Tamaño máximo del grupo será de 24 jóvenes. Los jóvenes de FUCSJ tienen prioridad hasta el 1 de Junio. Fecha de pago: May 30. los jóvenes que no son parte de FUCSJ necesitarán la aprobación del líder.

    Actividades: Manualidades, caminatas, natación, taller de Primeros Auxilios, orientación, remar en cayak, buceo con snorkel, clases de liderazgo juvenil, música.

    UU Hikers&Friends

    By Joyce Miller

    Here is the June 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 venues in south county. I will be gone much of July, so have listed Sue Size as the contact person. 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, June 20
    Almaden Quicksilver, Hacienda Entrance, 9 miles. Meet at Bed, Bath and Beyond parking lot at Almaden Plaza at 8:00 am.

    Wednesday, June 24
    Skyline Ridge Loop, 6 miles, moderate. Meet at Page Mill/280 Park and Ride at 8:30 am.

    Saturday, June 27
    Huddart County Park, 8 miles. Meet at Page Mill/280 Park and Ride at 8:00 am. We’ll do the longer hike up to Skyline. I won’t be leading this hike since I will be camping with family that weekend. Please call or email Sue Size if you want to hike. Her email is chefnsue@aol.com and phone number is 408 410-2510.

    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.

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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:


    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, Ext. 24
     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 June 17 and the July (single) issue. Catherine will be editor for the August (single) issue and the September 2 issue.

    Photographer: Dani Hope

    Translator: Roberto Padilla

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

    Assembly Coordinator: Gretchen Leavitt

    Assembly Crew: Lloyd Eater and Marjorie Schneider.

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

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    Next issue deadline: 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 24, 2009

    Next issue assembly: Tuesday, June 30, 2009

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