As we build the beloved community…
by the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones
Mientras construimos nuestra querida comunidad…
por la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones
An Ever-Evolving Vision
The Greek philosopher and poet Seneca said, “It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.”
In the fall of 2007, we here in San José were chosen to pilot-test a new curriculum for adult religious education, called “Building the World We Dream About,” with the subtitle “A ‘Welcoming Congregation’ Curriculum on Race and Ethnicity.” Participants in this class set off on a daring adventure: to learn and to share on a topic that is hard for most of us to talk about directly. But the participants, alongside co-facilitators Marla Scharf and me, believed that we really could get closer to “building the world we dream about” if we got together to listen and to understand ourselves and each other and the systems of privilege and oppression that affect us all. For whether we see these systems or notand even in this new day, when we await the inauguration of the first biracial president of the United Stateswe still have a long way to go to counter oppression.
The conversations that we had, the movies that we watched, the exercises we tried, the essays we read were often hard. But we stayed together; we worked through the uncomfortable feelings, and by about September of 2008, Marla and I began to notice something remarkable. We had all been deeply changed. We were helping each other; we were in this together. There wasthere is so much hope!
The hard work in this class has now laid a foundation for the next phase of the “building project” we all share: the project of building the congregation we dream about. We can’t know exactly what this will look likewill we continue to worship separately or join together? What will we give our combined energies to?
Here is my current vision, which is always evolving: that we here at the First Unitarian Church of San José purposefully gather together, juntos, many colors, many ages, many abilities, many beliefsa place unlike almost any other in our world. We gather together to nurture our spirits, to deepen our lives, to help to change our world. If we really listen to each other, if we really gather together, what will we learn? I am convinced that we will discover truths about life that we can’t find any other way! As different as we may be, what unites us? I am convinced that the joy of discovering what we share and of loving how we are different is like no other joy we can know! How do our shared joys and sorrows, our hungers and needs help us to know where we are called to serveeach other and the world? I am convinced that when we serve in this waytogether, juntoswe can be a beacon for justice and an effective agent for change, for improving the lives of peoples throughout this community of San José.
Are we in this together? Do we share this dream of a congregation of many colors, cultures, ages, abilities, beliefs? We have already begun to build it, but if we are really to succeed, it will mean more change for all of us, and you already know that change is hard. Are you ready? Are you willing? We need to know. Come, let us share our fears and hopes together, as we build, brick by brick, the world we dream about.
Yours in hope and faith,
Una Visión que Está Siempre Evolucionando
El filósofo y poeta griego Séneca dijo, “no es porque las cosas sean difíciles que no nos atrevemos; sino porque no nos atrevemos es que las cosas son difíciles.”
En el otoño del 2007, nosotros aquí en San José fuimos escogidos para hacer una prueba piloto de un nuevo programa de estudios para educación religiosa para adultos, llamado “Construyendo el Mundo Que Soñamos”, con el subtítulo ‘Una Congregación Aceptante Programa de Estudios sobre Razas y Etnias.’ Los participantes en esta clase comenzaron una aventura atrevida: para aprender y compartir sobre un tema que es difícil de abordar de manera directa para la mayoría de nosotros. Pero los participantes, junto con las moderadoras del curso Marla Scharf y yo, creíamos que podíamos realmente acercarnos a “construir el mundo que soñamos” si nos uniéramos para escuchar, a entendernos a nosotros mismos y el uno al otro, y a los sistemas de privilegio y opresión que nos afectan a todos. Porque ya sea que veamos esos sistemas o noe incluso en este nuevo día, mientras esperamos la inauguración del primer presidente bi-racial de los Estados Unidostodavía tenemos un largo camino por recorrer para contrarrestar la opresión.
Las conversaciones que tuvimos, las películas que miramos, los ejercicios que hicimos, los ensayos que leímos fueron muchas veces difíciles. Pero permanecimos juntos; trabajamos por encima de los sentimientos incómodos, y como para septiembre del 2008, Marla y yo comenzamos a notar algo especial. Todos habíamos sido transformados profundamente. Nos estábamos ayudando unos a otros. Estábamos unidos en esto. Habíahay tanta esperanza.
Este trabajo duro en la clase ha establecido ahora una base para la siguiente fase de nuestro propio “proyecto de construcción” que todos nosotros compartimosel proyecto de construir la congregación que soñamos. No podemos saber exactamente ¿como se verá estosi continuaremos teniendo servicios separados o juntos todos? ¿A qué dedicaremos nuestras energías combinadas? Esta es mi visión actual, la cual está siempre evolucionando: que nosotros aquí en la Primera Iglesia Unitaria de San José hacemos el propósito de reunimos juntos, gente de muchos colores, muchas edades, muchas habilidades, muchas creenciasun lugar diferente a casi cualquier otro en nuestro mundo. Nos reunimos juntos para nutrir nuestros espíritus, para profundizar nuestras vidas, para ayudar a cambiar nuestro mundo. Si realmente nos escuchamos uno al otro, si realmente nos reunimos juntos, ¿qué aprendremos? Estoy convencida que ¡descubriremos verdades sobre la vida que no podemos descubrir de otra manera! A pesar de ser tan diferentes, ¿qué es lo que nos une? Estoy convencida que el gozo de descubrir lo que compartimos y de amar nuestra formas de ser diferentes es ¡como ningún otra alegría que podamos conocer! ¿Cómo nos ayudan nuestras alegría y penas compartidas, nuestra hambre y necesidades, a descubrir adónde estamos llamados a servirunos a otros y al mundo? Estoy convencida que cuando servimos de esta manerajuntos/togetherque podemos ser un faro de justicia y un agente efectivo para el cambio, para mejorar las vidas de las personas en toda esta comunidad de San José.
¿Estamos unidos en esto? ¿Compartimos este sueño de una congregación de muchos colores, culturas, habilidades, y creencias? Ya hemos comenzado a construirla, pero si realmente queremos tener éxito, eso significará más cambios para todos nosotros, y ustedes ya saben que el cambio es duro. ¿Están listos? ¿Están dispuestos? Necesitamos saberlo. Vengan, y compartamos nuestras esperanzas juntos, mientras construimos, tabique por tabique, el mundo que soñamos.
A Ustedes en esperanza y fe,
Ways to share your time and talent
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.
These are the volunteer positions most urgently in need of filling. Please take a moment to see if any of these service opportunities are right for you.
- COFFEE HOUR HOST: set out snacks, drinks before service; clean up after; 1 Sun. a mo.; 1 yr. term
- LABYRINTH HOST: set up table & music and be present, 11:30-1:00; serve according to availability; 1 yr. term
- WORSHIP HOST: greet & welcome people coming to Sun. service, collect offering; 1 Sun. a mo.; 1 yr. term
- SOUND SYSTEM OPERATOR: operate sound system during 9:30 & 11:00 services;1 Sun. a mo.; 1 yr. term
- TAPE DUPLICATOR: make & provide tapes of services in HPH after church for 1 ½ hrs.; 1 yr. term
- NEWCOMER TABLE HOST: welcome newcomers, ask to fill out card, give info.;1 Sun. a mo.; 1 yr. term
LIVE YOUR VALUESSHARE YOUR TALENTSFORM WARM FRIENDSHIPS
Call Liz Owen at 408-257-2237or
Bob Miess at (408) 781-7073.
The all-new all-different Circling Around by Torchy Hunter
As the new editor for Circling Around, I will be accosting 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:
What upcoming event will be attended by everybody who’s anybody? Who is writing letters to editors, and getting them published? Who does not fit in with his own family?
Steve Madden is the only member of his family who is NOT appearing in “The Music Man.” Dan Zulevic is in it, and it’s directed by our own Diane Saichek. Production dates: January 31, February 1, February 7, and February 8. For tickets, call the box office of the Heritage Theater in Campbell at (408) 866-2700. It might sell out because it has so many kids in it. So if you don’t want to be making up lame excuses to Inez, Dan, and Di, call now.
But they are only little kids department: Julia Rodriguez and Steve Saunders‘ daughter Audrey, a college senior (!) is going to Uruguay on a research project, studying microfinance on blueberry farms. Says proud mom, “I told her to study Spanish.”
Creative problem solving: suppose you had 7 kids. Stop laughing, or shrieking, as the case may be, because Henry Ruddle does. When I asked how they sorted out Christmas presents for that gang, seeing that some of them are too young to read, his wife Michelle said they use different wrapping paper for each kid. Brilliant!
||The sprawling Ruddle clan includes (back row) Mariah, Mercediez and Kristina; (middle row) Michael, Michelle and Henry; (front row) Lily, Jefferson and Zach.
Cordelia Willis (whose mother is a very famous sci-fi writer), who wrote, directed, and produced the kids’ Christmas play, tried to explain to me without a voice (yelling at the kids) that she held 3 rehearsals and 1 dress rehearsal for the Christmas play. That’s all. That’s a miracle. But then, the occasion....
Our Santa, Ed Massey, just back from a work trip to China, says what most impressed him was the Summer Palace, built for the last monarchy. And the amount of electronics, everybody carrying ipods, wii, game boys....
Genie Bernardini just translated my notes for me because I couldn’t read my own handwriting: her grandson, Mason Kelly, resident of Davenport, appeared in Shakespeare Santa Cruz’ “Wind in the Willows”, and contributed his entire savings account ($60!) to help save SSC from closing....
Patricia Ohanian-Coffey had a letter published in The Advocate recently, which had published a photo of 2 ministers marrying same sex couples in Arizona. She noticed that one of them was wearing a chalice, and pointed out that the editors should have identified the churches represented. If anyone has a copy of The Advocate with this letter, she would love to copy it.
And now, this is the year we have all been waiting for. No, not the year we will clean out our closets, or sort the junk drawer, or get to the garage, or resolve to be organized. A better year, actually full of hope. At last.
Shelter Sock Drive a Success
By Matt Trask (Julian Street Coordinator #4)
Thank you to all those who donated cash and socks to the annual sock drive for the Julian Street Shelter. We distributed 130 pairs of socks, mostly wool blend, to the clients at Julian Street Inn on December 14th. Each pair was dressed up with a ribbon and a candy cane. The clients were very grateful. We also served a candle-lit Christmas dinner with turkey and all the trimmings thanks to our dedicated volunteer chefs and servers.
Starr King Student Needs Local Lodging
A Starr King student is looking for a place to stay while she does her Clinical Pastoral Education studies at Kaiser in Santa Clara. Carole Czujko will be an extended CPE student here beginning January 2nd. She would be grateful to be able to stay in the area from time to time throughout the semester. She will need a place to stay starting January 2nd.
Carole is a second career student. She has had responsible positions in her career, and was active for many years at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in Manhattan. She would be an interesting and gracious house guest. If you are interested in providing housing for Carole, please contact her at email@example.com or 707-490-4367.
|Spotlight on Social Justice
by Lucy Proulx, Social Justice Council Communications Volunteer
Social Justice Council email Is Alive and Well
Following the sad loss of Carol Stephenson as Social Justice Coordinator for our church, I’d like to introduce myself, Lucy Proulx, as the person currently handling communications for the Social Justice Council. Although I’ve worn many, many hats in service to you since becoming a member in the early 1980’s, I’m new to this role, and want to remind you that firstname.lastname@example.org is still up and running. Any communication you may have for the church that is Social Justice Council-related emailed to me at the above address will get to me. I’ll re-route it to the proper person or answer your questions to the best of my ability. I look forward to serving you in this capacity as it has become my “Service is our Prayer.” Watch for this column in the next issue of the newsletter to see what your “Service is our Prayer” might be!
Time to Collect your Guest at Your Table Boxes!
We’ll be closing our Guest at Your Table program on Sunday, January 4th and 11th, and ask that you bring back your “Guest At Your Table” boxes that day. Over the recent weeks, our Guest at Your Table boxes and Stories of Hope have taught us of real struggles for justice in the USA and around the world, as well as our power to change the world when we support our Unitarian-Universalist Service Committee and the many amazing people they partner with.
Before bringing back your Guest at Your Table box, be sure to complete the form on the box. And please convert your cash and coins to a check.
We’ll announce the results of our Guest at Your Table program as soon as we are able. On behalf of UUSC, we thank and commend every person who has chosen to share their blessings with the Guest at Your Table. If you miss bringing back your Guest at Your Table box, you can pass it to Rev. Geoff Rimositis, our UUSC local representative, at any time.
Fireside Gift Fair a Success!
Musicians played lively holiday music, shoppers strolled Hattie Porter Hall, and visitors complimented us on the warm, welcoming feeling our church exudes. Thank you to all of you who helped make the Fireside Gift Faire a success this year. Under the skillful direction of Cecilia Deck, we raised over $1,000 for the church, while the tamale sale raised funds for the Spanish Speaking Ministries and the bake sale helped fund Junior High group activities.
Craft Faire photos courtesy of Dani Hope.
Youth Ministries Newsletter
The very first issue of the new Youth Ministries Newsletter, which can be found at http://www.uua.org/ documents/ youthoffice/ 081101_news.pdf, is now online! This is an easy way to keep up-to-date with all the latest information on the evolving Youth Ministry Implementation Process, along with lots of other news of interest to UU youth.
Follow-Up to The World Parliament of Religions
A wonderful gathering of people from many faiths in our valley happened at Santa Clara University on Dec. 13th for the World Parliament of Religions. According to Rev. Geoff Rimositis, “It got me so excited, that I am even contemplating trying to go to Melbourne, Australia in November of 2009 when the World Parliament of Religions will be held. It would be great to have people from our congregation study other faiths and engage in interfaith activities leading to the Parliament.”
Rev. Geoff went on to say that, “three of us from the church attended: Bill Baldwin, Sherry Howd, and myself. Nancy had a computer crash with her sermon and had to cancel her participation. I attended a workshop on possibly partnering up with another city in another county doing interfaith work and also participating in the World Parliament of Religions as San Jose is doing.”
The Rev. Dr. William Lesher, who chairs the Board of Trustees of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions, the oldest and largest global interreligious organization, spoke to the crowd. The keynote speaker was Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro, an inspiring internationally recognized speaker and leader currently serving as the Population Director of the David and Lucille Packard Foundation, Dr. Kanyoro is a member of the Ethical Globalization initiative with Mary Robinson and Bishop Desmond Tutu. And the music of Dominion A Cappella Ensemble was fantastic!
To learn more about this event, contact either one of the attendees (Rev. Geoff Rimositis, Bill Baldwin, or Sherry Howd) or the website at: http://www.parliamentofreligions.org/.
From PCD: First Unitarian Church of Honolulu Hosts Obama Family Memorial Service--Secret Service at Honolulu Church
by the Rev. Mike Young
As you have, no doubt, heard by now, President-elect Barack Obama and his family held the memorial for his grandmother, Madelyn Payne Dunham, in our First Unitarian Church of Honolulu. I asked their minister, the Reverend Mike Young, if he would write something about this for all of us, and he most graciously agreed Cilla Raughley, PCD Currents.
Many years ago Madelyn Dunham brought a small boy to the First Unitarian Church for Sunday School. On December 23rd, he came back to celebrate her memorial service. She had died two days before he was elected President of the United States.
This time he came with his family, his sister’s family and a few close friends; and a huge contingent of Secret Service Agents, bomb sniffing dogs, and snipers. The whole property was locked down. Every nook and cranny of the church was searched. The event was successfully kept a secret for two weeks ahead of time to protect the privacy of the family.
The service was a simple one, with music by Dion Hangtree. Barack and his sister, Maya, spoke warmly remembering their grandmother, “Toot,” (The Hawaiian word for grandmother is Tutu.) She had been a local bank executive. The president mentioned that she was the sort of bright, strong woman who, if she had been born 20 years later, would have been president of the bank. Her ashes were later scattered in the ocean off Lanai Point, South Oahu. This is from the opening I wrote for the service:
“Madelyn Dunham chose this land of gentle and violent beauty for her final resting place. We stand now in the leeward shadow of the majestic Ko’olaus, in the distance the rich and fecund Pacific. Along this coast, Punchbowl, Diamond Head, Koko, Hanauma, craters of the ancient birthing of this land in fire. Wrapped in moist trade winds scented and spiced with pikaki and ginger. Mauka, the verdant mist washed valleys watering a fertile garden of the human spirit. From the most ancient Kanaka Maoli to today’s rich diversity of peoples whose spirits are rooted in this land, here have you come. Here will her ashes and the good wishes of those who loved her be joined with the elements of this place. We come here today to seek the blessings of this land upon her repose. Once, she admired this beauty as she moved through its spaces. Now she will be a part of it; greeting the dawn and the sunset, storm and calm, from within the very heart of that beauty.”
I was honored to have shared this moment with the family of President-elect Barack Obama. There is a video clip to the KITV Report at this site: http://www.kitv.com/video/18350671/index.html
The 2009 Earl Lectures at the Pacific School of Religion
There is something new emerging inside, alongside, and even outside the familiar institutions and expressions of Christianity in North America. What will this new thing be, and how will it affect the traditional church? The 2009 Earl Lectures, to be held January 27-29 at the Pacific School of Religion (PCR) in Berkeley, will provide an opportunity to experience and reflect critically on new forms of spirituality and worship associated with the emerging church.
The program includes three days of public lectures and workshops open to all, including the general public. It will be led by three emerging church figures: Jay Bakker, author of Son of a Preacher Man, the story of his parents Jim and Tammy Faye; Bruce Reyes-Chow, Pastor of the Mission Bay Community Church, winner of the 2007 award for outstanding new church development; and Karen Ward, abbess and founding pastor of an emerging monastic, incarnational Christian community of the Episcopal Church and Evangelical Lutheran Church. Joining them will be scholars Gerardo Marti and PSR’s Boyung Lee. They will guide an exploration of popular culture, generational change, and religious innovation in North America. There will also be a screening of the new film, The Ordinary Radicals, a feature-length documentary about “a conspiracy of faith in the margins of empire.”
The Earl Lectures began with an endowment gift made in 1901 by Edwin T. Earl for the purpose of bringing eminent scholars to Berkeley to speak on themes important to Christian thought and life. Past Earl Lecturers include Theodore Roosevelt, Paul Tillich, Elie Wiesel, Maya Angelou, Alice Walker, and Gustavo Gutierrez. Since 1921, the Earl Lectures have been accompanied by a Pastoral Conference for clergy and lay people, now called a Leadership Conference. The lectures are free and open to the public. Registration for the conference is $99 before January 15, and $125 afterwards. See the PSR web site at http://www.psr.edu/2009-behold%E2%80%A6-new-thing-emerging-expressions-faithfulness for more information, or call (800) 999-0528, ext. 8218.
Re-Visioning Social Justice Ministries at FUCSJ
Sponsored by our congregational leadership, this conversation, on Sunday, January 25, at 1:00 pm in the Sanctuary, provides a key opportunity for all congregants to offer input, insights, and direction for our Social Justice Ministries.
Questions include: Should we focus on certain social-justice issues each year, and shall we vote to determine which ones? Should we put our energies into responding ad hoc to urgent or timely matters, as we have done with Proposition 8 and its aftermath? How can we be more fully engaged in our PACT LOC, and are there other community-organizing issues we have the energy to pursue? Since Social Justice relates to our mission to become a multicultural, multigenerational, anti-oppressive congregation, then what does this mission call us to focus on as agents for change? How can our Social Justice Ministries and our Religious Education Ministries for all ages be better woven together?
Bring your own questions, suggestions, and energies, as we celebrate and enliven our Social Justice Ministries!
||Thursday, January 8
All are welcome to join us at the next meeting of the Women’s Alliance, which will take place on Thursday, January 8 from 7:15 to 9:15 P.M. at the home of Jean von Kaenel. We are continuing Part 2 of the revised Cakes for the Queen of Heaven curriculum, which looks at religious and cultural attitudes toward women. As we read about Sarah from the book of Genesis, we will address whether it is possible to find meaning for today’s women in the stories of the Old Testament. Please contact Nancy Coleman at email@example.com for further information.
Friday, January 9
Happy Birthday to You!
Come one and all to our ‘’All-Church Birthday Party for Everyone” on Friday, January 9th, from 6:00-9:00 pm. We’ll provide pizza and salad, donations accepted, and you can bring a cake if you wish. Each month will have their own area, so you can sit with others who share your same birthday month, if you wish. This party brought to you by your Religious Education Council: Rev. Geoff Rimositis, Tamara Payne-Alex, and Jan Theiss-Guffey. Any questions or to RSVP, email Jan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, January 13
Humanist Group Meeting
The next meeting of the HUUmanist Group is set for January 13th from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in the Fireside Room. The group will begin a review of some humanist teachings as presented by Alain de Botton in the six-part miniseries titled Philosophy: A Guide to Happiness. Each segment is 30 minutes long. The ideas of the philosophers are presented, along with their cultural and historical context. We will start, as the series does, with Socrates. For those who wish to get a head start, read the first few pages of Botton’s Consolations of Philosophy, upon which the series is based. More information on Botton is at www.alaindebotton.com, which has some clips from the series.
Sunday, January 11
On Sunday January 11th, newcomers and old timers are welcome to join us for a tour of our church. A tour of the building, a discussion about church programs and a short talk about the history of Unitarian Universalism and our own congregation will be included. Even long-term members of the church have found this tour enjoyable and informative. You might be surprised to find out things about our church you didn’t know! For example, did you know that Abraham Lincoln credited Unitarian minister Rev. Thomas Starr King with bringing California into the Union? This and many other fun facts about FUCSJ and Unitarian Universalism are presented in a fast-paced, lively 50-minute tour, with a short question and answer period to follow. Please meet Lisa Hettler-Smith at the Newcomer’s Table 15 minutes after the end of the service and the dedication of the new Wayside Pulpit.
Monday, January 19
New Beginnings: Building a Community of HopeEve-of-the-Inauguration Event!
On Monday, January 19 at 7:00 pm at the Benson Student Center at Santa Clara University, join us for an interfaith citizens’ celebration on the eve of the inauguration of President Barack Hussein Obama and in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. In this historic moment of change, we are called to rededicate ourselves to building a community of hope and peace.
The Honorable LaDoris Cordell, retired Santa Clara Superior Court Judge, community leader, educator, and nationally known human rights advocate, offers the keynote address. Rev. Nancy is part of the interfaith group organizing the event. Gather with your neighbors and fellow citizens from Silicon Valley and the greater Bay Area for an evening of inspiration and recommitment.
For more information, please contact Bruce Bramlett, of Silicon Valley FACES and Southbay Interfaith, at 408-286-9663, x328. Admission is Free, Parking Accessible.
Saturday, January 31
Partner Church News: Reverend Jozsef reports that they are still waiting for snow in our partner village of Homoródszentmárton.
Everyone is invited to Tea! The Partner Church Benefit Tea will take place Saturday, January 31, 1:00 to 4:00 pm in Hattie Porter Hall. Suggested donation: adults: $20, youth: $10. This event will raise funds for our villager visitors coming this summer. We will have music and dance performances for your entertainment. A variety of tasty treats will be served and of course...Tea.
This will be a great way to introduce friends to our church. Planning for the villager visit this summer is now in full swing. Reverend Jozsef says the passports should be complete before the new year. We will then submit the paper work for the visas for the villagers. If you would like to help with the Tea or for further information contact:
Monty Low at email@example.com / 408-348-2778 or Connie Bloch at firstname.lastname@example.org / 408-266-6504
June 17-20, 2009
Junior High Backpacking Trip for 2009
“The mountains are calling and I must go!” (John Muir).
Although it may seem early, plans are being made now for our church’s Junior High Backpack Trip scheduled for June 17-20, 2009. This 4-day, 3-night trip is open to youth from our church entering the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades in the fall of 2009. Our group will be hiking between 15-24 miles (maybe a bit more) on our annual High Sierra backpack trip. Please email or call Pam Pell no later than January 24 to let her know if you are interested in going on the trip. Registration will occur in February/March. Call or email Pam if you have any questions at 408-287-4453 email@example.com
Dances of Universal Peace on Sabbatical until Summer
While Marilynn Carstens, Patrick Smiley, and all Marilynn’s friends and community are caring for her health, Dances of Universal Peace will take a sabbatical until summer 2009. Please send your thoughts, prayers, and warm wishes to Marilynn and Patrick as we walk with them on this journey; please reach them by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Women & Religion PCD Weekend Retreat
This year’s Women & Religion Retreat will be held March 6-8, 2009 at Enchanted Hills (near Napa) and will feature workshops such as “Visualizing a World Religion Meaningful to Women (with the Rev. Shirley Ranck), “Introduction to Energy Medicine,” “The Divine Feminine: Embracing Creative Energy to Heal our Planet,” and “You, Too, Can Haiku,” with our own Jean Embree.
Early Bird registration cost is $230; registration after February 2 is $250. Registration includes delicious meals, linens, programs, a “No-Talent Talent Show,” mini-boutique, book swap, Yoga, Tai Chi, and a silent auction. You will love it!
To register, send a $50 deposit to Women & Religion, c/o Jeanne Orjas, 1408 California St. #408, San Francisco, CA 94109. For information, email Jeanne at email@example.com.
To apply for a partial scholarship, contact Clair Trujillo, 3006 Bonnie Lane, Stockton, CA 95204; (209) 943-6428.
To ride-share, contact Barbara Schonborn at (650) 967-6756 / firstname.lastname@example.org or Meg Bowman at (408) 292-1172.
UU Hikers & Friends
By Joyce Miller
Here is the January hiking schedule. As usual, please call if you want to hike, so I will know to look for you at the car pool spot. If you are a regular (and you know who you are) you don’t need to call unless you are not coming, so we won’t wait for you if you are late. You can call me on my home phone from 6:30 until 7:30 am when I leave. After 7:30, call my cell phone. If you want to email me that you are coming, that is fine. I try to remember to check my email the morning of the hike.
My phone numbers are: 408 730-1052 (home) and 408 507-7052 (cell). In case of rain I frequently change the venue to the Stanford Dish, which is paved and solves the mud problem. I will cancel if we have a big wind and rain storm. If you wonder what decision has been made, give me a call the morning of the hike.
See you on the trails!
Wednesday, January 7
Purisima Redwoods, 6 miles. We will do the car shuttle hike. Meet at Page Mill/280 Park & Ride at 8:30 am.
Saturday, January 10
Santa Teresa County Park, 6 miles, moderate. Meet at Bed, Bath & Beyond at Almaden Plaza at 8:00 am.
Wednesday, January 14
This will be a long hike, about 10 miles. Let’s do Saratoga Gap to Grizzly Flat and back through Long Ridge. This is long loop. No car shuttle needed. It should take about 5 ½ hours. Meet at Downey Bank parking lot in Saratoga at 8:30 am.
Saturday, January 17
Joseph Grant County Park, 6 miles, moderate. Meet at VTA Park and Ride at Capitol and Alum Rock at 8:00 am.
Wednesday, January 21
Almaden Quicksilver Park, 6 miles, moderate. Meet at Bed, Bath & Beyond at Almaden Plaza at 8:30 am. North county folks can meet at my house at 8:30 am.
Saturday, January 24
Sunol Regional Park, McGuire Peaks trail, 6 miles, moderate. Meet at VTA Park & Ride at Capitol and Alum Rock at 8:00 am.
Wednesday, January 28
Shuttle hike from Grizzly Flat to Montebello, 6 miles, moderate. Meet at PageMill/280 Park and Ride at 8:30 am.
Saturday, January 31
Wunderlich County Park, 5-8 miles. This can be a short hike or a longer one up to Skyline. We can decide at the carpool spot so we know who will finish early. Meet at PageMill/280 Park and Ride at 8:00 am.