As we build the beloved community...
by the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones
Mientras construimos nuestra querida comunidad …
Para la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones.
Finding Our Way Home
On a recent Sunday after worship, I watched as two of our elementary-school-aged children helped a much smaller child find his parents, whom he had temporarily lost sight of in Hattie Porter Hall. I saw how the young girls set about energetically to help the lost child; I heard how the boy, even through his tears, bravely pronounced his full name and then took the hand of friends he didn’t even know he had. People of all ages were happy to help him find his way home.
Our children teach us what we most need to learn just when we need to learn it, don’t they? This little scene, which was over in a minute, reminded me of how we all feel lost sometimes. It can happen for a hundred different reasons: perhaps we have lost some person or some aspect of our lives that seemed to represent our very identity. Perhaps we have simply been working so hard or taking on so many responsibilities that we have lost touch with our own physical or spiritual health, and we have forgotten how it feels to be fully alive. We can all get a little burned out sometimesI can testify to that! In fact, on that same Sunday, someone’s sincere question about how I was doing helped me to find my way to a truer, softer, more centered placeshe helped me to find my way home, too.
Life in this valley is often intense and fast-paced, and its stresses have grown even worse this year as we have felt the impact of the economic downturn. Many of us may feel a little overwhelmed and lost; maybe we wish that we too could simply let the tears stream down our faces, as did our beautiful young man on that Sunday morning.
But here’s the good news: The First Unitarian Church can be the place where we can take the hands of friends we didn’t even know that we had, and they can help us find our way home again. It happens every week, really, often in little scenes that last no more than a minute. Maybe we’ll sense the care of friends in the hands we grasp during the Benediction in worship each Sunday. Maybe we’ll recognize them in the friendly smiles of those who greet us at the door or on the sidewalk in front of the church. Maybe we’ll find our way home through the kind words someone offers us during Social Hour just when we thought we’d have to stand there all alone. Maybe the worship service’s music, story, reflections, or sermon will remind us of the attitudes and actions that we want to choose for our lives. Maybe serving a meal at the Julian Street Inn, or bringing household items to share with Third Street Community Center families, or being the one to offer a warm hand during the Benediction or a friendly smile at the front door or a kindly word during Social Hour will call us back to feeling fully alive.
We here at FUCSJ could make up new lyrics to the famous song “Amazing Grace,” particularly the part about “I once was lost, but now am found”! It’s true: There are friends here at First Unitarian that you didn’t even know that you had, eager to help you find your own balance and inner beauty, your anchor and your sense of joy in living again. And there are folks who are feeling lost who need your hand, your kindly word, just a little of your energy so that they too can find their way back to their best selves. What would Social Hour be like if we, like those beautiful, helpful young girls, were all on the lookout for someone who’s feeling a little lost? Let us each reach out a hand and help another to find a way home.
With much heart and hope,
Encontrando Nuestro Camino a Casa
En un reciente domingo después del servicio, miré como dos de nuestras niñas de primaria ayudaron a un niño más pequeño que ellas a encontrar a sus padres, el cual los había perdido de vista temporalmente en el Hattie Porter Hall. Vi cómo las niñas emprendieron enérgicamente la ayuda para ayudar al niño perdido; Oí cómo el muchacho, incluso a través de sus lagrimas, pronunció valientemente su nombre completo y después tomó la mano de sus amigas que él incluso no sabía que tenía. La gente de todas las edades estuvo feliz en ayudarle a encontrar su camino a casa.
¿Nuestros niños nos enseñan lo que nosotros necesitamos aprender en el momento en que necesitamos aprenderlo, no ellos. Esta pequeña escena, de alrededor de un minuto, me recordó cómo todos nos sentimos perdidos algunas veces. Puede suceder por cientos de diversas razones: quizás hemos perdido a alguna persona o un cierto aspecto de nuestras vidas que parecía representar nuestra propia identidad. Quizás simplemente hemos estado trabajando tan duro o hemos estado adquiriendo demasiadas responsabilidades que hemos perdido el contacto con nuestra propia salud física o espiritual y nos hemos olvidado de cómo se siente estar completamente vivos. Todos podemos estar un poco agotados algunas veces¡Yo puedo atestiguar eso! De hecho, ese mismo domingo, una pregunta sincera de alguien sobre que estaba haciendo para ayudarme a encontrar mi camino hacia un lugar más verdadero, más suave, más centradoella me ayudó a encontrar mi camino a casa, también.
La vida en este valle es a menudo intensa y rápida y sus tensiones han crecido incluso peor este año mientras que hemos sentido el impacto del descenso económico. Muchos de nosotros pudiéramos sentirnos abrumados y haber perdido poco; quizá deseamos que podríamos también simplemente dejar fluir las lagrimas sobre nuestras caras, al igual que nuestro hermoso jovencito en esa mañana de domingo.
Pero aquí están las buenas noticias: La Primera Iglesia Unitaria puede ser el lugar en donde podemos tomar las manos de amigos que incluso no sabíamos que teníamos y pueden ayudarnos a encontrar nuestro camino a casa otra vez. Esto sucede cada semana, realmente, a menudo en pequeñas escenas de no más de un minuto. Quizá sentiremos el cuidado de amigos en las manos que agarramos durante la bendición en el servicio religioso cada domingo. Quizá los reconoceremos en las sonrisas amistosas de los que nos saludan en la puerta o en la acera delante de la iglesia. Quizá encontraremos nuestro camino a casa con las amables palabras que alguien nos ofrece durante la hora social en el momento en que pensamos que tendríamos que estar parados allí solos. Quizá la música, la historia, las reflexiones, o el sermón del servicio religioso nos recordarán las actitudes y las acciones que deseamos elegir para nuestras vidas. Quizá sirviendo una comida en el Julian Street Inn, o trayendo artículos de la casa para compartir con las familias de el Centro Comunitario de la Calle Tercera, o siendo el que está para ofrecer una mano calurosa durante la bendición o una sonrisa amistosa en la puerta delantera o una palabra amable durante hora social nos daría de nuevo la sensación de estar completamente vivos.
¡Aquí en FUCSJ podríamos componer la nueva letra a la famosa canción “Sublime Gracia,” particularmente en la parte sobre “Yo una vez estaba perdido, pero ahora me encontré”! Es verdad: Hay amigos aquí en la Primera Iglesia Unitaria que usted incluso no sabía que tenía, impacientes en ayudarle a encontrar su propio equilibrio y belleza interna, su ancla y su sentido de la alegría de vivir otra vez. Y hay gente que está sintiendo una pérdida, quiénes necesitan su mano, sus amables palabras, solo un poco de su energía de modo que ellos puedan encontrar también su camino de nuevo a lo mejor de ellos mismos. ¿Como sería la hora social sí, como esas hermosas jovencitas auxiliadoras, estuviéramos todos en el puesto de observación para alguien que se está sintiendo un poco perdido? Permitámonos cada uno alcanzar una mano y ayudar a otro para encontrar un camino a casa.
Con mucho corazón y esperanza,
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com y entonces planee participar en el siguiente Reunión de Nuevos Miembros.
Spirit in Practice Monthly Adult Program
Leader: Rev. Geoff Rimositis
“The idea of spiritual practices encourages individuals to take responsibility for their own spiritual development by spending time working on it, deliberating on its meaning and how best to pursue it, seeking to understand the sacred through reading and the counsel of others, and seeking to have contact with the sacred through personal reflection and prayer.”
Robert Wuthnow, scholar of American religious history
The Spirit in Practice workshops helps Unitarian Universalists develop regular disciplines, or practices, of the spiritpractices that help them connect with the sacred ground of their being, however they understand it. Spirit in Practice affirms religious diversity while seeking unity in our communal quest for meaning and wholeness. Whether participants follow a path they identify as Humanist, Jewish, Christian, Pagan, Theist, Atheist, Agnostic, Mystic, and/or any of the other paths we follow in our diverse congregation, the Spirit in Practice workshops offer a forum for learning, sharing, and growth that can enrich your faith journeys.
Workshops are suitable for a first-time visitor or a longtime member. You can attend one or more of the workshops. Please RSVP with Rev. Geoff Rimositis, GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org, 292-3858, 25
- Workshop 4: Spiritual Partnerships
Sunday, June 7, 2-3:30 p.m., Ramsden Fireside Room
- Workshop 5: Mind Practices
Sunday, July 12, 2-3:30 p.m., Ramsden Fireside Room
- Workshop 6: Body Practices
Sunday, August 12, 2-3:30 p.m., Ramsden Fireside Room
Fall workshops yet to be scheduled will include: Soul Practices, Life Practices, Justice Practices and Looking Back and Moving Forward
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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:
Which Nancy lets everybody know she’s coming? And how? Who was first at figuring out swine flu? Who takes the time to write to me to say she doesn’t read the column? What really great news do we have? And what crazy plea?
Memories from the All Church Party: Dan, can you read this small print? What? I thought you could read it, Torch!
Claire Wagner, longtime member and one of Dan Zulevic’s favorite song leaders, went with hubby Greg Ashley to Baltimore for a job a year or more ago and now they are back! She shares their new contact information also good for Lauren Ashley and Lucie Ashley: 46 West Julian Street #531, San Jose, Ca 95110, (408) 539-7045
From my wonderful friend, Mary McGuinness:
“This was sent to me from Mum. It reminds me of the time (I was around 5, and just back in Ireland after our sojourn in San Francisco), Dad was working in Dublin, Mum was looking for a place for us to live; Pearse, Niall, and myself were up in Carndonagh, Donegal with Mum’s Mum. Granny had a shop, and she did lunches. There were no automatic waste disposal units in those days, so she had a pig. She gave the slops to it from the kitchen. I was always animal crazy, and had no idea that this pig was been fattened for market. I fell in love with it. As a treat, as it was not common then, Granny would give us peanut butter and jam sandwiches for lunch. I would sneak mine (Granny often had to go back into the shop) down to the pig sty and share my sandwich with the pig. One bite for me, and one bite for the pig. Adults love to ask little kids what they want to be when they grow up. At that age I would proudly say, ‘A pig lady.’”
I thought “Lisa Hettler-Smith said the e.e. cummings poem used at the Easter service was also said at her brother’s funeral... “ Turns out her brother would be surprised to hear this news, especially since it was her Mother’s/not brother’s memorial service...
Now get this from Jenny Redfern: “Bob and I have hardly had time to read the Church newsletter, so...” and she goes on to announce her grandchild’s birth, recorded here weeks ago along with a picture! but then announces she and Bob have been married 40 years, and they celebrated in Atlanta with hushpuppies, crab cakes, and a Braves/Mets game... Now, what’s clear is that she hasn’t been reading us at all! Humphf.
From Deanna LaTorre: “I just spent a wonderful day at Julian Street yesterday. All three of my daughters, my husband, and grandkids showed up and helped serve. The menu was chicken, salad, baked potatoes, and strawberry shortcake, which was made at home. I was thrilled they shared this valuable service with me. There is a consistent core of people who have been serving at Julian Street for several years. I invited my daughter and her family about a year ago and they are still there. My son-in-law is now one of the four coordinators. If anyone is interested in helping cook but can’t serve they can always drop their food off at Julian Street earlier in the day. The Unitarian schedule is every second Sunday of the month and prep and serving is between 5:30 and 7:30. Hope to see new faces! The people at Julian Street say the Unitarians always put out the best food. In fact, the food is so good, we servers always stay around and eat with the clients.”
And from that old bag, Nancy Coleman: “I turned 50 in April and got to spend that pivotal birthday at my favorite place, Yosemite, where the rocks and the trees are much older than 50 and still look amazing. The waterfalls were magnificent, and the weather was warm. One memorable event took place on the slippery, steep Mist Trail section of the Vernal Falls trail. I had attempted this trail a few years ago and couldn’t get to the top, but I was determined to make it this time. Suddenly I found that the back half of the soles of each of my hiking boots decided to break away from the rest of the shoe, and I was wearing flip-flop hiking boots! Needless to say, I didn’t feel safe continuing up. The spirit was willing, but the shoes were weak! I caught many quizzical looks on the faces of people I passed on the way down who heard the telltale slap! slap! and looked around for the masochist wearing sandals. So now I have an excuse to go shoe shopping.”
All of you go to http://www.examiner.com/x-10129-San-Jose-Dog-Park-Examiner to see my latest professional writing gig. If you click on “Be a subscriber” you’ll get all this deathless prose every time I write it. Plus, I get paid a penny a click, and I’m working on $1.83 as we speak, so I could use some help.
White Light Corner very good news: Lucy Proulx’s doctor said she’s getting BETTER!
Important PACT Action May 21:
Drop In to Help Prevent Drop Outs!
by Lisa Hettler-Smith
In the school year ending in 2007, over 2,300 San Jose middle and high school students dropped out of school. That is a full 30% of the number who graduated. Lifetime economic losses from one year’s drop outs alone, including lost earnings, and the impact on crime, health care costs, etc. reach $400 million. Preventing even half of these dropouts saves 267 victims of murder and aggravated assault.
On May 21st 10 PACT congregations will come together to remind Mayor Reed that he is the Mayor of ALL of us - and that he CAN do something about the horrifying dropout rate, the frightening rise in crime, the desperate foreclosure rate and the unacceptable lack of jobs and job training for our youth.
First Unitarian’s PACT LOC has a stake in this action! We need you to help us create a powerful statement of community. Please commit to attending, and invite your friends, family, and co-workers to attend this important event as well! The event will be held at Most Holy Trinity, 2040 Nassau Ave., San Jose.
Social Justice BLOG: http://www.sanjoseuu.org/socialjusticeblog/
- May 21, Thursday, PACT LOC Action, Most Holy Trinity Church, 2040 Nassau Dr, San Jose, 7:00-8:30 pm
- May 25, Monday, Social Justice Council Meeting, Conference Room, 6:30-8:30 pm.
- May 26, Tuesday, Program Council Meeting, Conference Room (board room), 7-9 pm
- May 27, Wednesday, Hotel Workers Rising Dinner, St. Justin’s Church, 2655 Homestead Rd. Santa Clara, 5:30 pm
- May 30, Saturday, Single Payer Health Care for All Action Day
- June 14, Sunday, Pride Sunday, Open Air Service, Parade, Blessing of Feet and more!
- July 1118th, UUSC’s Sixth Annual Freedom SummerCivil Rights Journey, Atlanta, Georgia., to Birmingham, Selma, and Montgomery, Alabama.
Hotel Workers Rising Dinner May 27th
Rising Together and the Interfaith Council invite you to a Hotel Workers Rising dinner on May 27th, 5:30pm at St. Justin’s Church, 2655 Homestead Rd. in Santa Clara. Hear the workers of the Hyatt Santa Clara committee discuss their lives, next steps with the campaign, and reflect on our shared commitment to justice and equality for all. RSVP to email@example.com
May 30th: National Day of Action/Rallies for Improved Medicare for All
Join thousands of single-payer supporters in a nationwide week of action to support improved Medicare for all (HR 676). Single-payer activists will be gathering all over the country to say, “Healthcare, yes; Insurance companies, no,” and to show solidarity with demonstrations at the AHIP (American Health Insurance Plans, a private health insurance lobby) conference in San Diego. If an action isn’t already in your city, plan your own day of action! It can be a town hall meeting, demonstration in front of a local insurance company, film showing, vigil, or your own unique idea. Let us know what you’d like to start planning by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information go to: http://www.healthcare-now.org/campaigns/may-30th-day-of-action/.
Maine Becomes Fifth State Allowing Gay Marriages
In a banner day in New England for advocates of gay marriage, Maine legalized the practice May 6th, and the New Hampshire Legislature voted to do the same. If New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch signs the bill or lets it become law without his signature, his state would become the sixth overall to allow gay marriage and the fifth in New England. Rhode Island would be the region’s only holdout. Full article at: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30602151/.
Cutbacks to Hurt Poor & Elderly at SJ Area Sr. Centers
Senior citizens soon may not be able to strengthen their flexibility with yoga, improve their coordination with a waltz or, most of all, receive balanced nutrition and health assistance. The city of San Jose has announced the possible closure of four downtown senior centers, including, Northside Community Center, Alma community Center, Hank Lopez Community Center, and Saint James Community Center --which provide these services to older residents. Full article at: http://media.www.thespartandaily.com/media/storage/paper852/news/2009/05/13/News/City-Senior.Center.Closures.Could.Impact.Nursing.Program-3740804.shtml
Support Affordable Housing Letter Campaign
Please join us in collecting letters to President Obama urging him to end America’s affordable housing and homelessness crisis by building public housing, increasing section 8 vouchers, funding the National Housing Trust Fund, and stopping foreclosures. The “Letters to Obama” campaign has collected over 900 letters with stories and photos. You can see them here: http://housingisahumanright.blogspot.com/. Everyone who believes in ending homelessness is encouraged to participate. Photos and personal stories make the message even more effective. What does having a home mean to you? Why do you believe everyone needs a home? For more information, contact Sandy Perry at 408-691-6153 or email@example.com.
3 out of 6 Jubilee Recommendations to Obama Transition Team Adopted in First 100 Days
These are: 1. Immediate debt cancellation for Haiti. 2. Support Liberia’s efforts to reach an agreement for debt cancellation from its commercial creditors. 3. Include full funding for debt relief in its first budget request. More at: http://www.jubileeusa.org/index.php?id=553
Oppose Senate Action to Approve Flawed Definition of Homelessness
An amendment to include the HEARTH Act (S. 808) as part of housing bill S. 896 would re-write the law governing the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s Homeless Assistance Programs. It fails to adequately cover people living doubled up or in motels. Today, when even more children, youth, and families are losing their homes to foreclosure and finding shelters full--forcing them to double up or move into motels--it is deeply ironic that the Senate would vote to prevent these families from receiving HUD homeless assistance. Please call your U.S. Senators immediately and urge them to oppose the Reed/Bond amendment that would add the HEARTH Act to S. 896. Instead, ask them to speak in favor of a realistic definition of homelessness that includes the doubled up and motel families most impacted by the foreclosure crisis. Contact information for all Senators may be found at www.senate.gov. For additional information, contact Jeremy Rosen at (202) 714-5378 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Book donation request for Elmwood Correction Facility
Vision Literacy at Elmwood Correction Facility provides a small library of paperback books for the inmates, and needs more books. There is a particular need for books in Spanish, Vietnamese and other languages, but English books are also welcome. Books may be sent or delivered to Vision Literacy’s office at 540 Valley Way, Milpitas, CA, 95035. Please note that books are intended for Elmwood. You may also contact Daislyn Pease at 408-957-5485 to request the books be picked up from your church or home. All books must be paperback. To learn more, or if you are interested in becoming a volunteer tutor, see www.visionliteracy.org.
Nurture Your SpiritHelp Heal Our World
Where are you renewing your spirit this year? Please check out the UU camps, retreat centers, and week-long institutes at: http://www.cu2c2.org/. There’s camps and retreats listed all over North America. For PCD Camps and conferences, see: http://www.unitariancamps.org/. There’s two sessions of Family Camp in the Mendocino Woodlands at: http://www.unitariancamps.org/, and the ever popular Stebbins Institute at Asilomar at: http://www.serve.com/stebbins/ and more.
Monday May 25 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Central Park, Santa Clara (Kiely Blvd. at Homestead)
Memorial Day Picnic
POTLUCK -- Please bring food to share and your own plastic ware (plates, cups, forks, etc). Suggested items:
- A thru D -- Desserts
- E thru H -- Burgers, Hot Dogs, Veggie Burger
- I thru L -- Drinks, Buns
- M thru R -- Chips, Dips, Munchies
- S thru Z -- Salads
Also bring games - for kids and big kids (adults) - Like ring toss, jump ropes, volleyball, flying saucers....... Activities will be organized through your efforts. Anyone wanting to help, please call Dena Dickinson (265-5919) or email at email@example.com
Sunday, May 31, 12:45 pm, Sanctuary
Congregational Annual Meeting
At this congregational meeting, the Board presents the final proposed budget for 2009-10, and we vote on whether to approve it. We’ll also formally vote to elect Dena Dickinson as our new Financial Officer. (She has been appointed by the Board until we can hold this vote--thanks a zillion, Dena and Board!)
Sunday, June 14
The San Jose Pride Parade starts even earlier this year (at 10:00 am) and we’re not going to miss it! We will gather in the Victory Parking Lot on Market Street between St. John and Santa Clara Streets starting at 9:00 a., and we will hold an Open-Air All-Are-Invited Worship Service, with singing and Blessing of the Feet, in the parking lot starting at 9:15. Carolyn Bowman and other hosts will be at our church to let folks know where we are, and to keep the labyrinth open for walking and meditation while some of us are marching.
Then, we’ll invite all who would like to join us to return to the sanctuary for the 11:00 am service, a rock-the-house Unitarian Universalist revival for all who would like to come back from the parade, and for those who won’t be marching.
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 youngheck, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
August 10 - 15
FUCSJ Senior High Camping Trip
by Colleen Cabot
Payment deadline: May 30
Contact: Matt Trask, (408) 655-1991, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or group at email@example.com.