Our Church Circular / Nuestro Periódico de la Iglesia / July 7, 2010 / 7 de Julio 2010

Inside This Issue:

0707-0 Send us Your Photos - Wikipedia commons
0707-1 Sunday Services
0707-2 Save the Dates
0707-3 Lifespan Faith Development - on haitus for the summer, nursery accepts up to age 7.
FUCSJ Board Meeting – June 16, 2010
This Summer at FUCSJ
0707-6 Volunteer Recognition: Do You Want to Express Your Appreciation?
0707-7 New Bike Locks at Church
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!
0707-11 Update Your Estate Plan in 3 Easy Steps
UULM Water Justice Road Trip Support
0707-13 Upcoming Events
  • Pastoral Care Education Series
  • Sacred Reading Circle
  • Annual Pacific Central District Men’s Retreat
  • Older Adult Self Help Support Group
  • Reading “The Five Gospels” With Bob
  • HUUmanist Group Service - "Grace"
  • July 14-18 - Church Campout 2010
  • San José Pride Parade
  • Third Street Community Center Presents
  • Farmer's Market
  • UU Hikers
  • Around the District
    • Labor Day Camp 2010
    • Tennessee and Kentucky Flood Relief
0707-14 Classifieds: Calling All Dancers, Career Counseling, Wine Country Tours
0707-15 Spotlight on Social Justice
0707-16 The Ministers Are In! / Board and Staff Contact Information
En Español
0707-1 Servicios de Domingo
0707-5 Este verano en la FUCSJ
¿Listo para ser un Nuevo Miembro de la Primera Iglesia Unitaria de San José?
0707-13 Desfile del Orgullo Gay de San José
0707-15 Aquí estan los Ministros!
Download the color PDF version of the Church Circular!

Attention! Change in office hours.

Effective immediately, the church office hours are: Monday: closed; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday: 9:00-12:00 am and 1:00-4:00 pm.; Friday 9 am to noon, staffed by a volunteer.

(Hours are set by the Program and Operations Council.)

Send us your photos!
The Circular is always on the lookout for your photos of church-related events. If you have taken photos during any recent services or church-related events, please e-mail them to uusanjose@gmail.com. We maintain an archive of church member and event photos, so please send us what you’ve got, especially if you have a favorite photo of yourself that you would like us to use next time you appear in Circling Around or another newsletter feature.

FYI: In November 2007, Eugene Zelenko posted 10 pictures of the church to the Wikipedia commons. The best appear below. Is the building really that hard to photograph?

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

11 de Julio – 9:30 am

Viendo la paja en el ojo ajeno
¿De que manera vemos a los que nos rodean? ¿Como tratamos a otros que no son iguales a nosotros? Vengan y continuemos explorando juntos otra faceta de nuestra serie de “Multiculturalismo”.

Dirige: Roberto Padilla
Asociados de Culto: Miembros de SSM

Seeing the straw in another’s eye
How do we see others around us? How do we treat others who are not our equals? Come and continue exploring together another facet of our “Multiculturalism” series.  

Worship Leader: Roberto Padilla
Worship Associates: Members of SSM

11:00 a.m.
Services in English

July 11 – 11:00 am

UU Humanists
The HUUmanist Group will present this morning’s service in the form of a dramatic reading of excerpts from the play “Grace” by A. C. Grayling and Mick Gordon. Featured readers will be Torchy Hunter, Dan Zulevic, and Dana Grover. Read more.

Worship Leaders: HUUmanist Group Members

Humanistas Unitarios Universalistas
El grupo HUUmanist presentará el servicio de esta mañana en forma de una lectura dramática con extractos de la obra “Grace”, de A. C. Grayling y Mick Gordon. Los lectores serán Torchy Hunter, Dan Zulevic y Dana Grover.

Dirigen: Miembros del Groupo HUUmanist

18 de Julio – 9:30 am

Recordando nuestras raíces: El camino de la razón
Siguiendo con nuestra serie de multiculturalismo, recordemos en esta mañana de verano quienes nos precedieron en este viaje.

Dirige: Roberto Padilla
Asociados de Culto: Miembros de SSM

Remembering our roots: The path of reason
Continuing with our series on multiculturalism, we remember this summer morning those who preceded us in this journey.

Worship Leader: Roberto Padilla
Worship Associates: Members of SSM

July 18 – 11:00 am

To Heal the Earth
Come join us on this summer Sunday morning to call our collective spirits to honor and offer healing to our Earth. Designed intentionally to be a multigenerational service, children of all ages -- however measured -- are affectionately invited! 

Worship Leader: Marla Scharf
Worship Associate: the Rev. Donna Lenahan

Para Sanar la Tierra
Ven a acompáñarnos en esta mañana de verano para llamar a la colectividad de nuestros espíritus para honrar y ofrecer la curación a nuestra tierra. Diseñado intencionalmente para ser un servicio multigeneracional, niños de todas las edades--sin embargo medidos--son cariñosamente invitados!

Dirige: Marla Scharf
Asociada de Culto: la Rev. Donna Lenahan

25 de Julio – 9:30 am

Entre Buda y Jesús
Ven a acompañarnos en un servicio lleno de compasión.

Dirige: Roberto Padilla; Asociados de Culto: Miembros de SSM

Between Buddha and Jesus
Come and join us in a service filled with compassion.

Worship Leader: Roberto Padilla
Worship Associates: Members of SSM

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
Jelaluddin Rumi, el místico del siglo XIII fue realmente uno de los poetas más espiritualmente profundos en la historia. Este servicio combina el misterio y maravilla de Rumi con música hermosa para crear una experiencia extraordinaria de culto. Ven, cual eres ven …

Dirige: Joy-Ellen Lipsky; Asociada de Culto: Dena Dickinson

1 de Agosto – 9:30 am

¿Realmente somos una comunidad aceptante?
En este último servicio de la serie de Multiculturalismo, reflexionemos juntos sobre nuestro papel en esta comunidad de fe, esperanza y amor.

Dirige: Roberto Padilla
Asociados de Culto: Miembros de SSM

Are we really a welcoming community?
In this latest service series of multiculturalism, let us reflect together on our role in this community of faith, hope and love.

Worship Leader: Roberto Padilla
Worship Associates: Members of SSM

August 1 – 11:00 am

Metaphors Matter: The sky is falling
We live in a sea of stories, and we internalize their messages in unconscious ways. Looking directly at those stories, we can examine their power over us and learn new ways to respond with wisdom.

Worship Leader: Marnie Singer; Worship Associate: K’Ailsa Rowan

La Importancia de las Metáforas: El Cielo se Está Cayendo
Vivimos en un mar de historias y nosotros interiorizamos sus mensajes de forma inconsciente. Mirando directamente esas historias, podemos examinar su poder sobre nosotros y aprender nuevas maneras de responder con sabiduría.

Dirige: Marnie Singer; Asociada de Culto: K’Ailsa Rowan


Save the Dates

  • July 8, Thursday, Older-Adult Self Help Group,1:30 -2:30 pm, Youth Room;
  • July 8, Thursday, PACT Phase 2 meeting to determine how we can make a local impact on the issues chosen to work on; 7:00 pm, Fireside Room
  • July 11, Sunday, Reading the Five Gospels With Bob, 6-8 pm, Fireside Room
  • July 14-18, Wednesday-Sunday, Church Campout 2010, McConnell State Recreation Area, Turlock, mm@feldmo.com
  • July 19, Monday, HUUmanist Group meeting, 7:-8:30 pm, Conference Room.
  • July 19, Monday, Meditation Group meeting, 6:60-7:30 pm, Library
  • August 1-7, Senior Youth Group trip to the Channel Islands
  • August 22, Sunday, San José Pride Parade, gathering point to be announed, 10:30 am
  • September 12, Sunday, Homecoming Sunday

Lifespan Faith Development

Nursery -- Birth through 7 Years (summer age limit)
Nursery, Lower Level

We provide a safe, clean environment in which to support each child in initiating play activities at the developmental level they manifest. Structured activities, games, stories and crafts are a part of the nursery experience. Child Care Workers: Maria Elena Olvera & Glynda Cotton

Lifespan Faith Development Summer Update

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 johnpell@aol.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 grimositis@sanjoseuu.org

Junior High (Grades 6-8)
The Junior High Youth Group meets the first Friday of the month for social and fun activities. Junior High Advisor: Pam Pell (and parents of youth leading classes)

Senior High Youth Group— Grades 9-12 (Youth Room)

Youth Group Advisors: V Kingsley, Cordelia Willis, and Greg Muller

FUCSJ Board Meeting – June 16, 2010

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.


This Summer at FUCSJ

Ministers’ Schedules, Pastoral Care

Rev. Nancy’s Summer Schedule:

  • Thursday, June 10 – Monday, June 21: Vacation
  • Tuesday, June 22 – Sunday, June 27: Back in the office and in the pulpit on June 27
  • Monday, June 28 – Sunday, August 1: Vacation and Study Break
  • Monday, August 2 onward: Back on the job for the launch of an amazing year at FUCSJ!

Rev. Geoff’s Summer Schedule:

  • Sunday, June 27 – Wednesday, June 30: Junior High Backpacking Trip
  • Thursday, July 1 – Sunday, August 8: Vacation and Study Break
  • Monday, August 9: Back on the job for the launch of an amazing year at FUCSJ!

For Pastoral Care,
June 28 – August 1:

  • Please contact Pastoral Care Coordinator, Rev. Donna Lenahan: djlenahan@aol.com, 408-204-6565.

Este verano en la FUCSJ

Programa de los Ministros, Cuidado Pastoral

Programa de verano de la Rev. Nancy:

  • Jueves, Junio 10 – Lunes, Junio 21: Vacaciones
  • Martes, Junio 22 – Domingo, Junio 27: Regreso a la oficina y al púlpito el 27 de junio
  • Lunes, Junio 28 – Domingo, Agosto 1: Vacaciones y tiempo de estudio
  • Lunes, Agosto 2: De regreso al trabajo para el lanzamiento de un increíble año en la FUCSJ!

Programa de verano del Rev. Geoff:

  • Domingo, Junio 27 – Miércoles, Junio 30: viaje de mochila con los chicos de secundaria
  • Jueves, Julio 1 – Domingo, Agosto 8: Vacaciones y tiempo de estudio
  • Lunes, Agosto 9: De regreso al trabajo para el lanzamiento de un increíble año en la FUCSJ!

Para el Cuidado Pastoral,
Junio 28 – Agosto 1:

  • Por favor contacte a la Rev. Donna Lenahan, Coordinadora de Cuidado Pastoral: djlenahan@aol.com, 408-204-6565.
Gift of Service

by Genie Bernardini

Do You Want to Express Your Appreciation?
Please send your one-sentence salute to me at geniebee@hotmail.com

One-paragraph salutes now welcome!
If you can’t fit it into one sentence, please say it all! We can’t show too much appreciation for all the amazing people in our Beloved Community who do so much. Send to geniebee@hotmail.com.

Volunteer Opportunities:
You make FUSJ what it is! Whatever your talent and availability, there is an opportunity for you to serve. Contact Volunteer Coordinating Team members Liz Owen at lowen@data-time.com or Bob Miess at bob@floweringenterprises.com


New Bike Locks at Church

Look what the Building Committee has done—well, 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!


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

Membership means you have found your spiritual home in Unitarian Universalism and here at FUCSJ; it means you feel called to offer your time, talent, and treasure to help build this Beloved Community. We welcome you!

Please set up a meeting with Rev. Nancy, revnpj@yahoo.com, and then plan to participate in the next New-Member In-gathering!

¿Listo para ser un Nuevo Miembro de la Primera Iglesia Unitaria de San José?

Membresía significa que tú has encontrado tu hogar espiritual en el Unitario Universalismo y aquí en la FUCSJ; significa que tú has sentido el llamado de ofrecer tu tiempo, talento y tesoro para ayudar a construir a esta amada comunidad. ¡Le damos la bienvenida!

Por favor, tenga una reunión con la Rev. Nancy revnpj@yahoo.com y entonces planee participar en el siguiente Reunión de Nuevos Miembros.


Congregational Music Survey
Building The Music Program We Dream About (Part 1)

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.

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    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 torchy.hunter@gmail.com. I want to be up to date with you, so here’s what we need: birthdays (especially those with zeros), parties of any kind, promotions, college destinations, anything that you diverse groups are doing is interesting to everyone else. For example, in this issue:

    Who just got back from Italy with a proposition? Who else is exaggerating about what their kids have done? Deep dark secrets revealed!

    Back from Italy! Your roving correspondent has just returned from 3 weeks in Italy!! The first 2 weeks were on an Earthwatch dig, excavating a 2,000-year-old structure with mosaic floors, baths overlooking the Mediterranean, and huge walls. Was occupied first for 400 years, then a gap and finally abandoned. The next place south is owned by a baroness who invited the grubby archaeologists to tea along with her iris society.

    I spent a whole week in Florence revisiting places I remembered from when I lived there ‘63-’65. Everything is changed and nothing is changed. For 1500 euros a month, we could all move there in a hotel right on the Duomo square, hearing the bells in Giotto’s tower morning and evening and free breakfast and maid service; no property taxes, no utilities, no mortgage payments. Let’s do it!

    And just to make sure it was real life: You all escaped having to see my 300 pictures because I left my camera on the train to the Pisa airport. The angels, who had been threatening to take our beloved yellow lab Karma, finally took her the day I got home.

    And while we are dreaming, the last time I was in church, I asked people what they had wanted to be when they grew up, and I got some predictable, and some very surprising answers: Dana Grover: a writer, poet, singer, and artist. Ellie White: actress. Jeff White: pilot. Gene Martin: aeronautical engineer. Frank Farris: marine biologist. Genie Bernardini: actress in musical comedies (me, too, but can’t sing or dance). Frey Leigh: baseball player. Bob Howd: scientist. Sherri Howd: social director on a cruise ship. Mary Martin: nurse. Vicky Merryman: secretary. Jean Embree: teacher and writer. Bob Owen: scientist. Dan Zulevic: TV camera operator. Austa Falconer: ballet dancer and doctor. Henry Ruddle: lawyer. Shirley Worth: vet. Liz Owen: horse owner. Bill Ardrey: poet, artist. I asked several more of you, but by now even I can’t read my handwriting.

    Another entry in the But-They-Are-Only-Little-Kids department: Our very own Susan Burke DiQuisto announces: (ta da) my daughter, Christina “Nina” Burke graduated with her Masters of Education from University, of CA, Santa Barbara, last Sunday (June 13th), had a job interview with the Goleta School district (where she student taught) on June 16 and signed her teaching contract yesterday (6 days later)! (Can I spell Proud or what?) She’ll start as a Kindergarten teacher in August. Phew, quite the week!

    And yet another: Aaron Smith graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory on May 29, 2010. He went on the UULM Young Adult Water Justice Road Trip in June, and will be starting at UC “Gordon has to learn to call it Cal” Berkeley in September. He will most likely major in Conservation and Resource Studies.

    Barbara Derbyshire writes that she and Bev Harrison are back in RI at their alternate home. “Our trip east got off to a bad start when our indoor cat escaped and was hit just before our intended departure. Luckily, his worst injury was a broken jaw, which was wired for repair. He is doing well and, 3 weeks later, is getting back to his normal playful self. Our dog traveled well and loves racing around our acreage. We’re expecting all of our kids and grandkids to visit - in fact we’ll hardly have a day to ourselves between mid-June and the end of July! Bev will be attending GA and looks forward to seeing some FUCSJ folks there. We’ll be back in CA sometime in October.”

    Torchy Hunter has had 2 of her paintings exhibited in a Berkeley gallery, and the owner has asked for another for the August show. Maybe we’ll find SOMETHING that will sell.

    Two members of the UU Band of Writers, Mike Pelizzari and Genie Bernardini, were among the 30 top poets honored at a recent recognition ceremony held at the County Board of Supervisors’ Chambers. Mike and Genie had entered the poetry contest offered by the new Poet Laureate of Santa Clara County, Nils Peterson, and the subject for the poems was Life in Santa Clara County.

    A whole summer to conjure with: happy dreaming!

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    Update Your Estate Plan in 3 Easy Steps

    by your FUCSJ Planned Giving Committee

    Step 1: Make a list of all your major assets.
    Compiling an inventory of everything you own helps you understand the variety of your assets: real estate, stocks, retirement plans, life insurance, bank accounts, certificates of deposit, art, antiques and jewelry. Some assets allow you to name a beneficiary to receive them directly upon your death. By doing this, you can make distributions to family or friends without the delay of probate.

    Step 2: Think of everyone you wish to benefit, including charities you would like to support.
    If you are considering a gift to us, we can help you choose a method that maximizes your money and satisfies your wishes and our needs.

    Step 3: Enlist the help of an estate planning attorney.
    Your will and estate plan are important because they benefit your family, friends and favorite charities after your lifetime. Maximize your options by seeking the help of an estate planning attorney who can ensure that your goals are accomplished and advise you of the implications of any contemplated moves.

    Visit http://www.sanjoseuu.org/AboutUs/Fundraising/endowment.html for info about the FUCSJ Endowment Fund.


    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 am a graduating senior at Bellarmine College Prep and will be attending UC Berkeley in the fall. There, I will be studying conservation and natural resource management, with the intention of doing international sustainable development. Included in my study interest is water as a resource and water management. I hope to learn more about this through the 2nd annual 9-day Young Adult Water Justice Road Trip, sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry (UULM) this June. This trip is about discovering the spirit in justice work, and learning a great deal about water issues and water justice in California.

    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.


    Upcoming Events

    First Unitarian Church of San José Pastoral Care Education Series

    The Pastoral Care committee is sponsoring an educational series of workshops at our church starting in September and presented by Charlotte Bear, MFA, MDIV, Community Liaison, Vitas Innovative Hospice Care. The exact time and room will be announced later.

    September 19 - Advanced Health Care Planning Series
    Workshop 1: The 5 Wishes Advanced Health Care Directive for anyone 18 years and older. If you or a loved one become seriously ill, are you prepared? 

    October 24 - Advanced Health Care Planning Series
    Workshop 2: Understanding the Hospice Benefit for you and your family for anyone over 18 years or older

    November 14 - Advanced Health Care Planning Series
    Workshop 3: Making It Count: Activating your wishes with the new POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) form. 

    January 16 - Compassion in the Midst of Crisis
    This workshop explores how to communicate when the news is not good, the complexity of grief, how to be an advocate for end-of-life choices, understanding elder abuse and end of life issues, and how different religious views and cultural attitudes affect end-of-life care.

    February 27 - Caring for Care Givers
    This workshop will explore understanding serious illness and supporting quality of life; stress management; dynamics of grief; taking care of self; and understanding how different religious and cultural views affect family care giving.

    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: djlenahan@aol.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:
    Come join UU men for a weekend of fun, kinship, workshops and more at the Westminster Retreat Center, Alamo (near Walnut Creek). To register, go to www.pcd-uua.org/ and click on the link under “PCD Men’s Retreat.” For more information, contact: Gordon Smith at pcdmensretreat@gmail.com or call at 408-393-6182.

    Sunday, July 11

    Reading “The Five Gospels” With Bob
    Facilitated by Bob Miess, this group will meet Sunday, July 11, 6-8 pm. New participants are always welcome, so whether you’ve been participating up to this point or not, please come join us in our next session in the Fireside Room discussing our readings from The Five Gospels: What Did Jesus Really Say? The Search for the Authentic Words of Jesus. For our June 20 session, attendees should read as much as possible from:

    • Preface (pages ix-xxii) and the introduction (pp 1-38)
    • All of the Gospel of Mark (pp 39-127)
    • The Chart about the Stages of Development of the Early Christian Tradition (pp 128)
    • Gospel of Matthew through Chapter 16:12 (pp 129-206)

    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

    Sunday, July 11

    Humanist Service Dramatic Presentation
    On Sunday, July 11, The HUUmanist Group will present the 11 AM service. In lieu of a sermon, excerpts from the play “Grace” by A. C. Grayling and Mick Gordon will be presented in the form of a dramatic reading.

    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.

    With the exception of fourteen years he’d rather not remember, Dan Zulevic (Tom) has been on one stage or another almost every year since he was six years old. Aside from fronting rock bands, he’s acted in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “The Mouse That Roared,” “Julius Caesar,” “Big River,” “Florodora,” “The Music Man” and really, really wants to play Daddy Warbucks in “Annie.” This will be the third time he’s shared a stage with Torchy.

    Dana Grover (Tony), a ten-plus year member of San Jose First Unitarian, has been recording audio books for Books Aloud for over twenty five years. He lasted acted while in college (a few or so years ago), and last “acted out” in high school. He is the father of two actors, and grandfather of a 3-1/2 year old granddaughter who recently performed in her first ballet recital

    Older Adult Self Help Support Group

    There is a self-help group forming for those 60+ years. The first meeting will be on Thursday, July 8, 1:30 -2:30 pm in the Youth Room. Note: this is NOT a therapy group. Growth and realization comes only from group interaction. New members are welcome (up to a maximum of 8). Meetings are planned for every other Thursday. The only requirement is that attendees must be already seeing a psychiatrist or psychologist who concurs regarding joining the group.

    Contact David Sisson, Peer Mentor at 408 813 6031 for more information and to enroll.

    Third Street Community Center Presents:

    Leading Strong and Healthy Lives
    Leading Strong and Healthy Lives is a senior (50 years +) health and wellness program. It offers a variety of physical and nutrition related activities aimed at improving and maintaining the health of seniors in the community. All workshops are FREE (donations accepted) and equipment is provided for certain workshops (while supplies last). Currently, the following workshops are in session at Third Street Community Center, 160 N. Third St., San Jose CA 95112:

    English as a Second Language (ESL)
    Time to be determined. Contact Vanessa for information at (408) 295-8722 ext. 301 or Vanessa@3street.org

    NOTE: We are also looking for Instructors who are proficient in Vietnamese or Chinese (Mandarin preferred) to teach ESL classes.

    Summer Yoga Workshop
    Improve posture, relieve stress and ease chronic pain. Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 6 – July 22, 2010, 9:00-10:00 am

    Hula Dance
    Move to the rhythms of Hula Dance! Now enrolling students for workshops in September 2010. Contact Vanessa for information!

    Contact Vanessa at Vanessa@3street.org or (408) 295-8722 ext. 301 for registration or questions or drop in during sessions.


    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!

    July 14-18

    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 mm@feldmo.com if you want to be added to an church-campout email list. Or just watch your newsletter and email for announcements.

    Sunday, August 22

    San José Pride Parade
    San José’s Pride Weekend arrives later this year, and First Unitarian will want to make a grand showing in the parade on Sunday, August 22, scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m.! Shall we wear matching T-shirts? Shall we make special banners and signs? Shall we learn some new songs? Stay tuned for more information in August about our plans, including how early we will meet at the parade gathering point. In August, we will also provide more information about the worship service at FUCSJ on that Sunday, designed for newcomers and for all those who will not be watching or marching in the parade this year. There will be joy to spare!

    Sunday, September 12: Homecoming Sunday!
    Stay tuned for more information!

    Domingo, Agosto 22

    Desfile del Orgullo Gay de San José
    El fin de semana del desfile del Orgullo Gay de San José llega tarde este año, y La Primera Iglesia Unitaria de San José quisiera hacer una gran demostración en el desfile el domingo 22 de agosto, ¡programado para empezar a las 10:30am! vestiremos camisetas haciendo juego? Haremos pancartas y anuncios especiales? ¿Aprenderemos algunas canciones nuevas? Continúen en sintonía para más información acerca de nuestros planes en agosto, incluyendo que tan temprano nos juntaremos en el punto de reunión para el desfile. En agosto, también proporcionaremos más información acerca del servicio religioso en la FUCSJ sobre ese domingo, diseñado para los recién llegados y para todos aquellos que no estarán marchando en el desfile de este año. Habrá alegría de sobra!

    Domingo, Septiembre 12: ¡Domingo de regreso al Hogar!
    Este en sintonía para mayor información!

    UU Hikers&Friends

    By Joyce Miller
    Here is the July hiking schedule. Be sure to call if you want to hike unless you are a regular, then let me know if you are not coming. Only big rain storms cancel hikes.

    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!

    Wednesday, July 7
    Wunderlich County Park, 6 miles, easy. Meet at Page Mill/280 Park and Ride at 8:30 am. We can do the longer hike up to Skyline (10 miles), which is beautiful and all in the shade if everyone wants to. If we have some who want to and others who don’t, we can take more cars.

    Saturday, July 10
    Sanborn County Park, 7 miles. Meet at US Bank parking lot in Saratoga at 8:00 am.

    Wednesday, July 14
    Purisima Redwoods., 6 miles, moderate. Car shuttle hike. Meet at the Page Mill/280 Park and Ride at 8:30 am.

    Saturday, July 17
    Grizzly Flat/Montebello Open Space Preserve, car shuttle, 6 miles. Meet at Page Mill/280 Park and Ride at 8:00 am.

    Wednesday, July 21
    Russian Ridge, 6 miles. Meet at Page Mill/280 Park and Ride at 8:30 am.

    Saturday, July 24
    Stevens Creek/Fremont Older, 6 miles. Meet at parking lot at Stevens Creek County Park at 8:00 am. Parking fee $6.00.

    Wednesday, July 28
    Sanborn County Park, 6 miles. Meet at US Bank parking lot in Saratoga at 8:30 am.

    Saturday, July 31
    Huddart County Park, 6 miles. Meet at Page Mill/280 Park and Ride at 8:00 am.

    Wednesday, August 4
    Foothill Park, 7 miles. Meet at PageMill/280 Park and Ride at 8:30 am.

    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
    A weekend for adults age 18 and up, at Camp 2 of the Mendocino Woodlands, sponsored by Northern California Unitarian Universalist Camps and Conferences. Four day (Friday to Monday) and five day (Thursday to Monday) options range in price from $120 to $175. For more information, go to http://www.ncuucc.org/calendar/labordaycamp or contact co-Dean Bernadette Burns at drbearsong@aol.com.

    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

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    Calling All Dancers
    If you enjoyed the live music and community dancing at the End-of-Canvass Party, you might be interested to find out where you can do more. Look at the following web sites to find more dances in the Bay Area: www.bacds.org (for Contra Dances and English Country Dances); www.baers.org (for dances with a Regency Period flavor); and www.peers.org (with a Historical Re-Enactment twist).

    Career Counseling
    I am offering free career counseling to three people. I have a free trial of the new version of Skill Scan and I am looking for three different types of people, i.e. artistic, realistic, investigative, etc. I will also include Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Strong Interest Inventory as well as personal counseling. Anyone who is interested should e-mail Jerry Cluney at cluneycluney@yahoo.com or call 408 292-1781.

    Wine Country Excursions
    Visit wineries, galleries and museums; bike, hike, or tour by car; chose a guided tour or find your own way. Stay up to three nights (breakfast included) with fellow UUs. Fees are below market rate for similar services, and all proceeds go to the UU Fellowship of North Bay in Napa. Available April through October. For complete details, contact Tom Wilson at 707-254-7743 or 2wilsons1dog@comcast.net.


    Spotlight on Social Justice

    The Social Justice Council blog appears on the Church Webpage at: http://www.sanjoseuu.org/socialjusticeblog/. You can subscribe to the YahooGroup For Social Justice News & Events at: sjsjuu-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.


    For Pastoral Care

    Our community strives to offer compassion, companionship, healing, and joy to all its members. Our pastoral care coordinators can help you find the listening ear or helping hands that you may need in difficult times.

    • For pastoral care in English, please contact our lay Pastoral Associate Coordinator, Rev. Donna Lenahan: (home) 408-354-9024; (cell) 408-204-6565; e-mail: djlenahan@aol.com.
    • For pastoral care in Spanish, please contact our Spanish-Speaking Ministries Coordinator, Roberto Padilla: 408-824-8831; e-mail: paor69@yahoo.com.

    Contacting the Ministers

    Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones and Rev. Geoff Rimositis feel honored to serve this congregation, and we cherish your trust! Here is how reach us:

    Cuidado Pastoral

    Nuestra comunidad se esfuerza en ofrecer la compasión, el compañerismo curativo, y la alegría a todos sus miembros. Nuestros coordinadores en cuidado pastoral pueden ayudarle a encontrar un oído que escucha, o las manos que ayudan cuando ustedes lo pudieran necesitar en épocas difíciles.

    • Para el cuidado pastoral en inglés, por favor, comuníquese con nuestra Coordinadora Laica Asociado en Cuidado Pastoral, la Rev. Donna Lenahan: (casa) 408-354-9024; (celular) 408-204-6565; e-mail: djlenahan@aol.com.
    • Para el cuidado pastoral en español, por favor comuníquese con nuestro Coordinador de los Ministerios en Español, Roberto Padilla: 408-824-8831; e-mail: paor69@yahoo.com.

    Contactando a los Ministros

    La Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones y El Rev. Geoff Rimositis se sienten honrados por servir a esta congregación, y nosotros apreciamos su confianza! Aquí nosotros estamos a su alcance:


    Madeline Morrow, madelinemorrow@earthlink.net

    Bob Redfern, rredfern@charter.net


    Joyce Miller, j408miller@sbcglobal.net

    Tamara Payne-Alex, paynealex@sprintmail.com

    Dena Dickinson, dickiden@comcast.net


    Program and Operations Council (POC)

    Church Staff

    Senior Minister, Ext. 23
    The Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones, revnpj@yahoo.com

    Assoc. Minister For Religious Education, Ext. 25
    The Rev. Geoff Rimositis , Grimositis@Sanjoseuu.org

    Office Manager, Ext. 21
    Susan Burke-Diquisto, fucsj@sanjoseuu.org

    Coordinator of Spanish Speaking Ministries, Ext. 24 or (408) 824-8831
    Roberto Padilla, paor69@yahoo.com

    Bookkeeper / Sue Evanicky

    Custodian / Edgar Cruz

    Nursery Staff / Maria Elena Olvera & Glynda Cotton

    Church Office
    : (408) 292-3858
    Fax: (408) 292-4744
    E-mail: fucsj@sanjoseuu.org
    URL: http://www.sanjoseuu.org
    Rentals: (408) 841-7542

    Thank you to our volunteers!
    Our Church Circular is published on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. Circulation is about 500.

    Editors: Catherine Leeson Pelizzari and Shirley Worth; Circular.Editors@gmail.com
    Shirley will be editor for the all-August issue and the September 15 issue. Catherine will be editor for the September 1 issue and the October 6 issue.

    Translator: Roberto Padilla

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

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