Our Church Circular / Nuestro Periódico de la Iglesia / January 20, 2010 / 20 de Enero 2010
|0106-0||Send us Your Photos - Holiday Craft Faire and Bake Sale - December 2009
|0106-2||Save the Dates|
|0106-3||Lifespan Faith Development, Sexual Spectrum, Common Security Club, Help Bring The Spirit Alive With Our Children, Christmas Eve Collection Report|
Articulating Our Unitarian Universalist Faith - Poem for the Haitian People
Did You Like What You Read?
|0106-6||Gift of Service: Do You Want to Express Your Appreciation?|
|0106-7||Are You Interested in Fundraising?|
|0106-8||Ready to Become a New Member of the First Unitarian Church of San José?
Safeguarding the Future of Liberal Religion in San Jose
|0106-10||Circling Around - Whose dog is smarter than yours? Or mine? Who makes jokes about terminal diseases? Do you know where the ultimate palace of kitsch is? A Christmas connection must be clarified. An update about ‘better living through chemistry” Who’s going to be a recluse?|
|0106-11||Service Auction Reflections|
|0106-12||Spotlight on Social Justice|
Classifieds: Safe, reliable car for sale
Around Our District
|0106-16||The Ministers Are In! / Board and Staff Contact Information|
|0106-1||Servicios de Domingo|
La articulación de Nuestra Unitaria Universalista Fe - Poema para el Pueblo Haitiano
|0106-8||¿Listo para ser un Nuevo Miembro de la Primera Iglesia Unitaria de San José?|
|0106-15||Aquí estan los Ministros!|
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Photos courtesy of Dani Hope
SUNDAY SERVICES / SERVICIOS DE DOMINGO
January Theme: The Hopeful Heresies of Our Heritage:
Unitarian Universalist History and Theology
Servicios en español/Translation into English
Domingo de compañerismo
24 de Enero 9:30 a.m.
Miguel Servet: Una vida con dudas
Todo el que busca, encuentra, dice un refrán mexicano. ¿Porque buscamos, y que es lo que deseamos encontrar? Acampánenos a explorar la faceta latina de la esperanzadora herejía de nuestra herencia.
Dirige: Roberto Padilla
Michael Servetus: A life with doubts
Worship Leader: Roberto Padilla
January 24 11:00 a.m.
Integrity in the Face of Opposition
19th-century Unitarian minister Theodore Parker inspired the phrase we most commonly attribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.: “The Arc of the Universe is long but it bends towards justice.” In his 1853 sermon on “Justice and the Conscience,” Parker declared: “I do not pretend to understand the moral universe; the arc is a long one, my eye reaches but little ways; I cannot calculate the curve and complete the figure by the experience of sight; I can divine it by conscience. And from what I see I am sure it bends towards justice.” Theodore Parker’s most famous sermon, “The Transient and Permanent in Christianity,” http://www.americanunitarian.org/classicwritings.htm caused an uproar among his conservative Unitarian ministerial colleagues. They banned him from their pulpits because of his heretical view that what was transient were the doctrines and credos about Jesus but what was permanent was his teachings. We will explore Theodore Parker and how he kept his integrity in the face of hostile opposition; and how his influence is still felt in the way we organize ourselves as a worshipping community.
Worship Leader: the Rev. Geoff Rimositis; Worship Associate: Jeff Norment
Integridad ante la oposición
Dirige: el Rev. Geoff Rimositis; Asociado de Culto: Jeff Norment
Domingo de Servicio
31 de enero 9:30 a.m.
La Virgen de Guadalupe como símbolo de nuestra diversidad multicultural.
Dirige: Roberto Padilla; Asociado de Culto: Miembros de SSM
The Virgin of Guadalupe as a symbol of our multicultural diversity
Worship Leader: Roberto Padilla; Worship Associates: Members of SSM
January 31 11:00 a.m.
Speaking Truth to Power! A Cloud of Witnesses
Worship Leader: the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones
Hablando la verdad al poder! Una nube de testigos
Dirige: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones
Save the Dates
Lifespan Faith Development
Nursery -- Birth through 5 Years
We provide a safe, clean environment in which to support each child in initiating play activities at the developmental level they manifest. Structured activities, games, stories and crafts are a part of the nursery experience. Child Care Workers: Maria Elena Olvera & Glynda Cotten
The Arts & Spiritual Practice Kindergarten - Grade 5
Each Sunday after the children are sung out of the service our children come together to make music with Nayo Ulloa http://www.nayoulloa.com, Sally Cooperrider and other volunteers for the first half hour. We sing, play with rhythm instruments and have fun doing musical games. The children will be presenting a musical offering for the Day of the Dead service on November 1. After we all do music, children choose to participate in community building games or an art activity that will become part of the Day of the Dead altar in the sanctuary.
Make A World of Difference: Asset Building Activities to Help Teens Explore Diversity Grades 6-8
In this class youth develop their skills as competent global citizens, able to understand many of the issues surrounding diversity and culture. The goal is to raise the level of awareness about several diversity issues, while also giving youth an opportunity to pause and reflect on their thoughts, feelings and experiences. The purpose of these activities is not to promote any particular idea, value, or point of view, but to give youth the opportunity to develop greater understanding about the variety of issues surrounding diversity. The will learn about the broad definition of diversity that includes gender, age, religion, race, physical abilities, appearance, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.
Senior High Youth Group Grades 9-12
The senior high youth group meets weekly from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The group offers its members a safe place to share their lives and find support and friendship among open minded and loving peers. The group engages in discussions about issues relevant to youth’s lives and communities. They plan social and service projects throughout the year. And they participate in youth conferences in area Unitarian Universalist churches under the auspices of the Pacific Central District of Unitarian Universalist Congregations and Y.R.U.U. (Young Religious Unitarian Universalists). The youth group’s empowering philosophy educates youth to be leaders within the group, church community and denomination.
Youth Group Activities
Junior High (6th-8th Grades)
Senior High (9th-12th grades)
To participate in junior or senior high youth group activities, contact the Rev. Geoff Rimositis, 292-3858, ext.25 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Workshop on the Spectrum of Sexual Orientation in January
Are there really more nuances to sexual orientation than being straight or gay? What is life like for people who realize they don’t fit comfortably in either of these two categories? You can discover more about where you fall with the Klein Grid, a more detailed system than the familiar Kinsey Scale (don’t worry, you won’t need to reveal your results).
Our church’s Lifespan Faith Development and Welcoming Congregation programs are offering a four-session class using Interweave Continental’s Bisexuality Curriculum. Workshops are two and one-half hours each and meet on four consecutive Sunday afternoons, January 24 to February 14, in the Ramsden Fireside Room. Adults and senior high youth are invited to participate in these interactive, facilitated workshops, in a safe and welcoming environment. Please register in advance as space is limited.
Join the Music, Arts, Games or Drama teams that are working with our children in Kindergarten through fifth grade this year in our Sunday morning art and spirituality program. If you are a musician and / or singer, join us for 30 minutes each Sunday to help make the Spirit of Music come alive with our childrenand still make it upstairs for the sermon!
Or join our children for a month and bring your special art activity that will be part of the Sunday worship experience. Or come down once a month and have fun playing games with the children as we bring the spirit alive with our holy laughter and in the midst of the fun talk about what’s going on in our lives and how one lives a joyful and meaningful life. E-mail me at GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org and let’s talk about how you would like to help bring the spirit alive in your life and in our children’s lives.
Children & Youth Ministries
Adult Spiritual Growth & Enrichment Activities
To participate in junior or senior high youth group activities, contact the Rev. Geoff Rimositis, 292-3858, ext.25 or email@example.com
Five Session Curriculum: Thursdays, January 14, 28, Feb. 11, 24, March 11 from 7-8:30 p.m. in classrooms 2-3, lower level
A Common Security Club (www.commonsecurityclub.org) is a place to come together to grapple with our personal security in a rapidly changing world. We will learn about the root causes of our economic and ecological challengesexplore ways to increase our personal/economic security through mutual aid and shared actionbuild on what we have together and strengthen the institutions that we all depend on. In the process we will make friends, find inspiration, have fun, and strengthen community. After the five sessions are completed club members will determine how they would like to organize themselves for mutual aid, education and direct action. For more information contact the Rev. Geoff Rimositis, GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org, 408-292-3858, 25
Thanks to your generosity the offering collected at this year’s two Christmas Eve services was $3096.02. Half of it will go to the Ministerial Discretionary Fund that assist church members in need and half will go to the Bill Wilson Center that provides an array of services for the community especially for youth.
Gift of Service
by Genie Bernardini
Do You Want to Express Your Appreciation?
Please send your one-sentence salute to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
“I thank Pam Price for leading the team for several years that has brought beauty to the front of the church each week.”
“I’d like to thank Jim Rumbaugh for being such a thoughtful and skilled editor and observer of church life.”
“Thank you, Gertrud Cory and all the folks who staff the Visitors’ Table every week, for giving newcomers a welcoming place to get information and UUism and our church.”
Sunday morning early risers...
We also thank the volunteer musicians who are bringing music back to our 9:30 service! You fill our hearts and voices with joyful sounds! Thanks, Frank Farris, Chris Lanier, Nancy Hada Sutton, Cordelia Willis, Rick Merritt, Henry Ruddle, Bob Miess, Sally Cooperrider, K’Ailsa Rowan, and Dianne Saichek!
Queremos agradecer con todos nuestros corazones a los voluntarios quienes llegan temprano los domingos por la mañana y nos ofrecen la traducción en inglés de nuestro servicio de las 9:30, haciendo nuestra comunidad verdaderamente incluyente: Susan Butler-Graham, Jan Theiss-Guffey, Katy Dawson, Ben Cadena, Saúl Verduzco, Karla Barahona, Laura Díaz Shadeed y Rodrigo García.
¡También agradecemos a los músicos voluntarios que están trayendo la música de regreso a nuestro servicio de las 9: 30! ¡Ustedes llenan nuestros corazones y voces con alegres sonidos! Gracias a Frank Farris, Chris Lanier, Nancy Hada Sutton, Cordelia Willis, Rick Merritt, Henry Ruddle, Bob Miess, Sally Cooperrider, K’Ailsa Rowan, y Dianne Saichek!
Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones and Roberto Padilla
We are so lucky to have us!
You can make all the difference. Henry Ruddle, the Stewardship and Fundraising member of the Program and Operations Council (POC) is looking for ideas and for volunteers to join the new Fundraising Council and the 2010-2011 Canvass Committee. If you have a fundraising idea or are planning a fundraiser, let Henry know so it can be evaluted and perhaps calendared.
(Big idea for 2010: Advanced Planning.) If you are willing to help out either by serving on a committee or less formally, Henry promises a minimum of meetings and a maximum of action. Contact Henry at 408-234-3670 or email@example.com.
New Member Ingathering, Valentine’s Day Sunday, February 14
Youth (14 years of age and older) and adults who have decided that this church community and faith deserves their commitment because it affirms the values that they hold most dear are invited to join The First Unitarian Church community as an official member. There will be a new member ingathering on Sunday, February 14. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a member of this congregation please contact the Rev. Geoff Rimositis, 408-292-3858, ext. 25, GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org Show your love for this faith and make it known to the world
By Henry Ruddle, POC member for Stewardship and Fundraising
Now that I have volunteered to handle Stewardship for First Unitarian, it is my job to oversee and advocate for the revenue producing activities of the church, such as the annual canvass and most fundraising, as well as the financial relationship of church members with FUCSJ. I have been delighted to find a strong team leading the Planned Giving Committee, which manages donations to the church’s Endowment Fund, and I’d like to give my personal take on the difference I see between their efforts and the other activities I oversee.
First, the Endowment Fund works completely differently. With the annual canvass and most fundraisers, members and friends of the church donate money from their current funds to pay for the churches current expenses (and their own entertainment, in the case of many fundraisers). The income and outgo are carefully budgeted and monitored by the Board and the Program and Operations Council (POC). Generally, if donations don’t cover expenses, expenses get cut. Every year, the congregation approves the next year’s budget by majority vote.
In contrast, the Endowment Fund exists to safeguard the church financially over the long haul. It is funded primarily with bequests, and sometimes with other donations, especially appreciated assets such as stocks and portions of the proceeds of an unusual financial events such as sales of property subject to capital gains tax, inheritances, and prize winnings.
Second, and most importantly, the fund must be managed for long-term growth, and it requires a three-quarters majority vote to spend any of the money. So the intention is that the money that goes into the fund will stay in the fund. Only the fund proceeds should be spent. Right now, the money in the fund is locked up tight until its five-year anniversary in 2012 or when the funds reach a million dollars, whichever comes first.
What Does the Endowment Fund Means to FUCSJ?
Consider your own legacy. If you have children, certainly they will carry on in your place. If you have done great deeds or achieved great fame, your name will continue to be spoken for some time after you are gone. However, if you are reading this, then it is a pretty safe bet that you believe in something greater than yourself. In your own way, you believe that the message of Unitarian Universalism is vital for the world, for America and for San Jose. It is a saving message that heals wounds and nourishes both minds and spirits.
That’s where the Endowment Fund fits into the First Unitarian picture. It represents your commitment to the future of liberal religion in San Jose.
For more information or to make a bequest or other one-time donation to the Endowment Fund, contact a member of the Planning Giving Committee Gordon Smith <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Bob Owen <email@example.com>, Claire Wagner <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Jean vonKaenel <email@example.com> -- or me, Henry Ruddle <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
June 27-30, 2010
Junior High Backpack Trip 2009
Our church’s next Junior High Backpack Trip will be June 27-30, 2010. Incoming 6th, 7th, and 8th graders who attend our church are invited to come along. More information will be available in late winter. If you have questions, please contact Pam Pell: email@example.com.
Church Campout 2010
by MM “Waiting for July” Feldman
Great news, UU campers! The early bird gets the best group campsite. We managed to book the large group campsite again at the same wonderful location as last year’s campout. The dates are Wednesday, July 14 through Sunday, July 18, 2010, just when you feel like getting out of town and soaking in a river. The location is McConnell State Recreation Area, near Turlock, about 2 hours from San Jose. The drive is worth it, because this campground has it all: easy access to the Merced River with sandy beaches for the kids, a bath house with showers and flush toilets, lots of picnic tables, and running water right in the campsite. It has everything we need for another fantastic campout. All you need to bring is your tent and sleeping bag! We do communal cooking, and all the food and cooking equipment is provided. This campout is appropriate for pretty much anyone of any age. It’s easy camping. And you can bring your dogs! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to be added to an church-campout email list. Or just watch your newsletter and email for announcements.
March 5-7, 2010
Women and Religion UUA Retreat
The UUA Women & Religion group will hold its annual retreat the weekend of March 5-7, 2010 at Enchanted Hills near Napa. The entire retreat costs only $125, and is half price for newcomers. This fee includes all programs, six delicious meals, and private cabins with linens and bathrooms. Come and meet women from throughout our Pacific Central District. You can ride-share to Napa. For more information or to register, contact Registrar: Jewel Whitaker, 1512 San Carlos Lane, Modesto, CA 95355, (209) 578-5475. Or call Jean Embree at (408) 984-5838, Meg Bowman at (408) 292-1172 or Barbara Schonborn at (650) 967-6756.
Parliament of the World’s Religions in Melbourne, Australia
by Joy Ellen Lipsky, CCP
Imagine a General Assembly with people from all over the world, in native dress, giving presentations, answering questions about their religion, interacting to foster peace in the worldand pulsing with the overwhelming energy of thousands of people with the single purpose of fostering understanding, interfaith action and peace in the world. The December 3 opening plenary of the Parliament of World’s Religions brought a panoply of prayers from many faith traditions and a celebration of indigenous peoples from around the world.
Each day began with a choice of any number of observances (a combination of instruction and worship) from the world’s religions. There were four additional sessions each day with workshops to attend, and an exhibit hall with information booths about the particular faiths, including one from the ICUU the International UU organization, which also offered a workshop. You can see the Parliament program at http://www.parliamentofreligions.org.
The patheos.com folks (a web site dedicated to global dialogue about religion and spirituality) had a booth there and I arranged for Pauline Rooney of the ICUU to be videotaped answering four questions about UU for them. Jian Hu from the Zen Center of Sunnyvale arranged a special lunch for the SV Partner City Group at the restaurant that is run by one of their nuns. What a treat!
In the evenings we had plenaries, except for Community Night, December 4, when the faith communities created their own celebrations, including our own UU dinner. The plenaries included International Plenary (where the Silicon Valley Partner City Group was honored on stage), Youth Plenary, Sacred Music, Melbourne Plenary, and Closing Plenary (where the Dalai Lama was the honored guest).
The SV Partner City Group had an opportunity to attend a special closed session with staffers from the Obama White House. The audience was asked to give their thoughts on three questions around interfaith action and government: What should they do more of, what should they not do, and what should be done immediately and then long term. It was amazing to hear the pleas from not only Americans, but those from other countries. I left my card to request a copy of their report.
The next Parliament of the World’s Religions will be in 2014, in a site to be announced in 2011. If you begin a savings account now just for attending the next Parliament, with a little each month you will be ready to join the thousands of other seekers. We definitely need more UUs in attendance and we need to have the presence of our UUA President there with morning observance and workshops. That is my personal wish.
Trek to View Trek Exhibit a Fantastic Success
by Henry Ruddle
Ok, maybe “a fantastic success” is a bit exaggerated, but nine Star Trek fans from FUCSJ did eventually make it to the Tech Museum to visit the Star Trek exhibit on Sunday, January 10. With more planning and promotion ... who knows? .... maybe next time. We raised $47 for the church by taking advantage of various savings, and then rebating them to the church. Did you know that at no point during the original series of Star Trek did anyone say, ‘Beam me up, Scotty”? In addition to fun trivia, serious trivia, background, costumes, props and more, the exhibit offered just about everything you could hope for (prop-wise) just short of a selection of William Shatner’s hair pieces.
Have any ideas for similar fun outings with a fundraising angle? E-mail Henry at email@example.com.