Our Church Circular / Nuestro Periódico de la Iglesia / July 7, 2010 / 7 de Julio 2010
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FUCSJ Board Meeting June 16, 2010
This Summer at FUCSJ
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|0707-8||Ready to Become a New Member of the First Unitarian Church of San José?|
Congregational Music Survey
Building The Music Program We Dream About (Part 1)
|0707-10||Circling Around - Who just got back from Italy with a proposition? Who else is exaggerating about what their kids have done? Deep dark secrets revealed!|
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UULM Water Justice Road Trip Support
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¿Listo para ser un Nuevo Miembro de la Primera Iglesia Unitaria de San José?
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SUNDAY SERVICES / SERVICIOS DE DOMINGO
Servicios en español/
Translation into English
11 de Julio 9:30 am
Viendo la paja en el ojo ajeno
Dirige: Roberto Padilla
Seeing the straw in another’s eye
Worship Leader: Roberto Padilla
July 11 11:00 am
Worship Leaders: HUUmanist Group Members
Humanistas Unitarios Universalistas
Dirigen: Miembros del Groupo HUUmanist
18 de Julio 9:30 am
Recordando nuestras raíces: El camino de la razón
Dirige: Roberto Padilla
Remembering our roots: The path of reason
Worship Leader: Roberto Padilla
July 18 11:00 am
To Heal the Earth
Worship Leader: Marla Scharf
Para Sanar la Tierra
Dirige: Marla Scharf
25 de Julio 9:30 am
Entre Buda y Jesús
Dirige: Roberto Padilla; Asociados de Culto: Miembros de SSM
Between Buddha and Jesus
Worship Leader: Roberto Padilla
July 25 11:00 am
Connecting to Our Soul: Music and the Poetry of Rumi
Jelaluddin Rumi, the 13th century mystic, was truly one of the most spiritually profound poets in history. This service blends the mystery and wonder of Rumi with beautiful music to create an extraordinary worship experience. Come, Come Whoever You Are…
Worship Leader: Joy-Ellen Lipsky; Worship Associate: Dena Dickinson
Conexión a nuestra alma: música y la poesía de Rumi
Dirige: Joy-Ellen Lipsky; Asociada de Culto: Dena Dickinson
1 de Agosto 9:30 am
¿Realmente somos una comunidad aceptante?
Dirige: Roberto Padilla
Are we really a welcoming community?
Worship Leader: Roberto Padilla
August 1 11:00 am
Metaphors Matter: The sky is falling
Worship Leader: Marnie Singer; Worship Associate: K’Ailsa Rowan
La Importancia de las Metáforas: El Cielo se Está Cayendo
Dirige: Marnie Singer; Asociada de Culto: K’Ailsa Rowan
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Lifespan Faith Development
Nursery -- Birth through 7 Years (summer age limit)
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 Cotton
There will be no summer program for children in kindergarten through eighth grade from June 13 through September 12. The program begins again on September 19.
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 email@example.com
Youth Group Activities
Staff: the Rev. Geoff Rimositis. To participate in junior or senior high youth group activities, contact the Rev. Geoff Rimositis, 292-3858, ext.25 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Junior High (Grades 6-8)
Senior High Youth Group Grades 9-12 (Youth Room)
Youth Group Advisors: V Kingsley, Cordelia Willis, and Greg Muller
By Bob Redfern, Board Secretary
Present for the meeting: Madeline Morrow, President; Bob Redfern, Secretary; Cheri Goodman, Director; and Geoff Rimositis, Associate Minister. Also, Ex Oficio PCD Leadership “Harvest the Power” Trainers Joy Ellen Lipsky, Crystal Lanier, and, John Burk.
We did not have a quorum for our June 16th meeting, so no official business could be conducted. However, our President, Madeline Morrow, requested input from all Board members about changing our monthly meeting date from the 4th to the 3rd Wednesday. The 4th Wednesday runs into holiday conflicts every November and December and typically coincides with General Assembly week. The Third Wednesday would be a better choice for May, as well, allowing consideration of the budget in advance of the Annual Congregational-Budget meeting and avoiding conflict with Memorial Day. Madeline also asked for input on available dates for a Board Retreat in August or early September and on input about whether or not we should support a boycott of Phoenix as GA site in 2012.
Our second installment of “Harvest the Power” leadership training was led by Joy-Ellen Lipsky, Crystal Lanier and John Burk. The topic was Leadership and the Contribution of Imagination and Creativity. We sang John Lennon’s “Imagine.” We considered the ideas and principles of Francis David, who was instrumental in leading the Transylvanian court of King John Sigismund away from a single, state-supported church to freedom of religious belief and formal recognition of freedom of religious conscience in 1571. David continued to advocate reform and doctrinal advancement, even after successor politicians, limited, then essentially revoked, the openness espoused by King John Sigismund. Frances David was advised by those more interested in maintaining a church institution to cool it, but he continued his philosophical journey, questioning such things as infant baptism, predestination, deification and worship of Jesus, and the doctrine of the Last Supper. This got him arrested, convicted of innovation and variations on heresy, then slapped in the dungeon, where he soon died, on November 15, 1579.
After this history lesson on the roots of Unitarian faith, we split up into groups and considered at length the differences between leadership and management, considering a host of issues such as attendance, finances, spirituality, appeal to those “on the margin” of our community, and drawing in new community members. We considered our community’s Global Ends statement, and committed to further developing some of the questions that arose in our individual sessions for further discussion and sharing at our next meeting on July 28th. That will also be our third and final “Harvest the Power” session with our highly motivated, enthusiastic and focused group of PCD leadership graduates.
Happy summer one and all, and we’ll see you in church.
Watch this space!
by Madeline Morrow, Board President
The General Assembly decided after much debate, compromise and prayer/mediatation to hold GA 2012 in Phoenix, but General Assembly will be different. The focus will be justice. Other exciting things happened, including adoption of immigration as the new Study/Action issue for congregations. We will write a more complete report next month.
See http://www.uuworld.org/news/articles/167331.shtml for a general report if you want to see what happened without waiting.
Gift of Service
by Genie Bernardini
Do You Want to Express Your Appreciation?
One-paragraph salutes now welcome!
New Bike Locks at Church
Look what the Building Committee has donewell, specifically, Gene Martin. He installed loops on the cement wall outside the church office entrance where we can lock our bikes! Please lock your bikes to these new loops and not to the lights that illuminate the area in the evening. Big thanks to Gene and the Building Committee for making this happen!
Music is such an integral part of our spiritual lives and our community, we hope you can spare a few minutes to answer a few survey questions that will help us understand better how you experience and would like to experience music as part of your relationship with the First Unitarian Church of San Jose.
Please visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FUSCJ_Music_Survey_Part_1 or pick up a paper copy during social hour of the first of two surveys that the Music Summit members will use while re-envisioning the church’s music program and other ways music is blended into our community life together. The questions probe your feelings about the relationship of music and worship, and also ask -- anonymously -- a few demographic questions so that we can see if there are any relationships between who we are and what how we want to experience music.
In a few weeks, a second survey will ask you your feelings about direct participation in musical activities and about your musical background.
We greatly appreciate the time and effort you will put into this survey, as well as your valuable insights. It should take you no more than 15 minutes to complete.
EDITORS’ NOTE: This article was submitted in May and accidentally left out of the June newsletters. Aaron has since successfully completed the UULM Water Justice Road Trip. If you would like to support the admirable work performed by Aaron on this trip, you can send a contribution to our church, as noted above, and the church will refund that amount to Aaron’s parents for what they paid for him to go on the trip. Anything over $120 collected will go to the UULM.
UULM Water Justice Road Trip Support
By Aaron Smith
I have been highly involved in the church as a youth and recently finished my 1 year term as the PCD YRUU registrar. Being a UU, coupled with this youth leadership experience, has given me a greater interest in social justice that I hope to explore during this road trip. I am truly passionate about gaining knowledge and experiences that will help me better protect our environment and uphold basic human rights.
The trip cost is $395, and the UULM has suggested that UUs might be able to support participants from their congregation. The UULM will provide a matching grant of $75 for any participant whose congregation contributes at least $75 towards their trip. Although some other congregations are able to cover the cost of their youth’s trips within the church budget, ours is currently not in a position to do so. If you would like to support me in this trip, please send a contribution, payable to First Unitarian Church of San José, by June 6th, to: FUCSJ, 160 N. 3rd St., San Jose, CA 95112, attn: UULM Water Justice Trip Fund. Any funds I receive over $120 will be contributed to the UULM to be used to help support the trips of other young adult UUs who are interested in water justice.
September 19 - Advanced Health Care Planning Series
October 24 - Advanced Health Care Planning Series
November 14 - Advanced Health Care Planning Series
January 16 - Compassion in the Midst of Crisis
February 27 - Caring for Care Givers
Sacred Reading Circle
This Sacred Reading Circle, facilitated by Rev. Donna Lenahan, will meet in her home for seven Wednesday evenings from 6:20 to 8:50 pm, on October 6, 13, 20, 21, 27 and November 4 and 11.
The book we will use is For the Love of God; Handbook for the Spirit by Richard Carlson and Benjamin Shield. It is a wonderful collection of original writing by twenty-five extraordinary writers (such as The Dalai Lama, Matthew Fox, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Huston Smith) celebrating their personal experiences of the divine. Donna has a few of these books.
Come enjoy tea and discussion with like-minded journeyers on the path. $5 per session is suggested.
Marianne Williamson says: “Books such as this one are maps back home. They bridge us back to the essential self. They remind us who we are and grant us the peace of remembering at last.”
Please e-mail Donna at: email@example.com or call her at 408-354-9024 to let her know you are interested. The group is limited to ten participants.
Friday-Sunday, October 15-17, 2010
Annual Pacific Central District Men’s Retreat:
We let the interests of those present guide the focus of our discussions, so this session we can focus on any of the material in the preface, the introduction, the Gospel of Mark, and/or the first part of Matthew. We’ll also have more copies of “the Red Sayings” handout that we looked at in April. The new material covered in this session is Matthew Chapters 8 16, which include several parables. It will be an excellent way to experience what the scholars of the Jesus Seminar thought they heard as the “voice of the historical Jesus” breaking through clearly. Bring along any interesting things you note in your reading, and questions that are arising for you.
Questions? Contact Bob Miess at 408-781-7073 or Bob@FloweringEnterprises.com
Humanist Service Dramatic Presentation
Grace is a scientist whose adult son, Tom, has switched from law to the priesthood of the Church of England. This occupational shift troubles Grace, who is married to Tony, a great deal, but it is nothing compared to the powerful emotions that torment her after her family suffers a great tragedy. The play’s themes touch upon questions of faith versus rationality, reason versus emotion, and other core issues about the human condition. PARENTAL WARNING: this play has one obscene word in it. Here are short theater bios on the actors.
Torchy Hunter (Grace) first appeared on a stage in the 3rd grade, was a drama minor at Pomona College, and has worked in community theater in Colorado Springs, here with the Saratoga Drama group for which she played the Big Nurse in “One Flew Over the Cookoo’s Nest,” was in “Ten Little Indians” and “Barefoot in the Park,” and has worked professionally since 1987 with Mystery by Design.
Older Adult Self Help Support Group
Third Street Community Center Presents:
Leading Strong and Healthy Lives
English as a Second Language (ESL)
NOTE: We are also looking for Instructors who are proficient in Vietnamese or Chinese (Mandarin preferred) to teach ESL classes.
Summer Yoga Workshop
Contact Vanessa at Vanessa@3street.org or (408) 295-8722 ext. 301 for registration or questions or drop in during sessions.
FUCSJ FARMERS’ MARKET AFTER CHURCH IN HATTIE PORTER HALL!
BACKYARD FARMERS! Do you find yourself with a tree full of too many cherries, plums, apricots, etc.? Have your tomatoes, cucumbers and squash etc. been way too prolific? Here is a chance to share fresh, home-grown produce with others at church. Please bring anything you would like to share to HPH 15 minutes before the 11:00 service.
FRESH PRODUCE LOVERS! Each Sunday might offer various bounty ready for you to purchase at remarkable prices! All going to support our youth programs! So bring your shopping lists and market baskets!
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.
In case of rain, call the morning of the hike to find out if we are changing the venue to the Stanford dish or if the hike is cancelled. My home phone is 408 730-1052 and cell is 570-7052. Use my cell phone after 7:30 am. All other times use my home phone. See you on the trails!
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Around Our District
The Pacific Central District (PCD) includes 38 congregations in northern Nevada, northern California, and Hawaii, and is home to the Church of the Larger Fellowship and two seminaries, the Starr King School for the Ministry and the Pacific School of Religion. To find out more about PCD, see http://www.pcd-uua.org. Click “PCD Currents” for current news.
Thursday-Monday, September 2-6
Labor Day Camp 2010
Tennessee and Kentucky Flood Relief
More than 70 UU families have experienced losses, including the total loss of their homes. The Bowling Green congregation is in need of about $60,000 worth of repairs. And, so far, the fundraising efforts have brought in only about 5% of the estimated $575,000 needed. Checks made out to the Tennessee and Kentucky Flood Relief Fund may be sent to the UUA, attn: Stewardship & Development, 25 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108-2800.
Cilla Raughley, Pacific Central District