Our Church Circular / Nuestro Periódico de la Iglesia / June 16, 2010 / 16 de Junio 2010

Inside This Issue:

0616-0 Send us Your Photos - Youth Sunday
0616-1 Sunday Services
0616-2 Save the Dates
0616-3 Lifespan Faith Development, Kudos to LFD Leaders for 2009-2010, LFD Summer Updates, Upcoming OWL Course, LFD Planning Session
Articulating Our Unitarian Universalist - Faith Nature’s Amusement
This Summer at FUCSJ
0616-6 Volunteer Recognition: Do You Want to Express Your Appreciation?
0616-7 Farmer's Market After Church
0616-8 Ready to Become a New Member of the First Unitarian Church of San José?
Building Rentals - Can a Member Get a “Member Rate” for a Friend?
0616-10 Circling Around - Hard to get ’em back on the farm, after they’ve seen Paree... Musical excitement
0616-11 PACT Phase 2 Begins!
May 2010 Board Activities
0616-13 Upcoming Events
  • Reception and Book Reading/Signing by Gretchen Thomas
  • Reading “The Five Gospels” With Bob
  • HUUmanist Group Meeting
  • July 14-18 - Church Campout 2010
  • San José Pride Parade
  • Labor Day Camp 2010
  • Tennessee and Kentucky Flood Relief
0616-14 Classifieds: Career Counseling, Wine Country Tours
0616-15 Spotlight on Social Justice: Haiti, Peacemaking Statement of Conscience
0616-16 The Ministers Are In! / Board and Staff Contact Information
En Español
0616-1 Servicios de Domingo
La articulación de Nuestra Unitaria Universalista Fe - Atracciones de la naturaleza
0616-5 Este verano en la FUCSJ
¿Listo para ser un Nuevo Miembro de la Primera Iglesia Unitaria de San José?
Renta del Edificio - ¿Puede un miembro obtener un “precio de miembros” para un amigo?
0616-11 Comienza la fase 2 de PACT!
0616-12 Actividades de la Junta Directiva Mayo 2010
0616-13 Desfile del Orgullo Gay de San José
0616-15 Aquí estan los Ministros!
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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.

Youth Sunday - June 6, 2010
Fifth graders bridging into the junior high youth group.

Eighth graders bridging into the senior high youth group.

The FUCSJ Choir sang "I Hope You Dance" in between the bridging ceremonies and the senior reflections.

Graduating high school seniors giving their reflections along with their parent's best wishes.

Thank you to Dani Hope for these photos.

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

Domingo de la teología

20 de Junio – 9:30 am

La paternidad, un rol muy difícil
Recordemos en este día, a los padres de cada uno de nosotros que ya no están con nosotros y a aquellos que aun nos están acompañando en nuestro camino.

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

Paternity, a difficult role
Let us remember on this day the parents of each of us that are not with us and those that are even now accompanying us on our journey.

Worship Leader: Roberto Padilla; Worship Associates: Members of SSM

11:00 a.m.
Services in English

Theology Sunday

June 20 – 11:00 am

The Father Archetype
Please join us for worship on Father’s Day Sunday as we reflect on the roles of fathers, teachers, and mentors. We will have a contemplative ritual around remembering the joys of fatherhood while healing the memories that may still need our attention.

Worship Leader: the Rev. Donna Lenahan
Worship Associates: Frank Bosche and Bill Bowman

El Arquetipo del Padre
Por favor únase a nosotros para el servicio del domingo del día del padre mientras reflexionamos sobre el papel de padres, profesores y mentores. Tendremos un ritual contemplativo acerca del recordar los placeres de la paternidad mientras sanamos los recuerdos que todavía necesitan nuestra atención.

Dirige: la Rev. Donna Lenahan
Asociados de Culto: Frank Bosche y Bill Bowman

Domingo de compañerismo

27 de Junio – 9:30 a.m.

Guías para el verano
¿Quizás estén trabajando o buscando un trabajo este verano; tal vez estén enfrentando a una gran transición de vida; quizás estén ansiosamente anticipando con más tiempo del necesario para unas vacaciones o para “quedarse en casa”... dondequiera que nos encontramos en este viaje de la vida, quién y como pueden ser nuestros guías mientras navegamos en esta temporada de verano? La Rev. Nancy recurre a una cornucopia de fuentes para ofrecer una Guía de verano Unitario Universalista!

Dirige: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones
Asociados de Culto: Congregantes del servicio de las 9:30

Guides for the Summer
Perhaps you are working or looking for work this summer; perhaps you are facing a big life transition; perhaps you are eagerly anticipating much-needed time for a vacation or a “stay-cation” ... Wherever we are on this journey of life, who and what can be our guides as we navigate this summer season? Rev. Nancy draws on a cornucopia of sources to offer a Unitarian Universalist’s Guide to Summer!

Worship Leader: the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones
Worship Associates: Congregants at the 9:30 service

Fellowship Sunday

June 27 – 11:00 a.m.

Guides for the Summer
Perhaps you are working or looking for work this summer; perhaps you are facing a big life transition; perhaps you are eagerly anticipating much-needed time for a vacation or a “stay-cation” ... Wherever we are on this journey of life, who and what can be our guides as we navigate this summer season? Rev. Nancy draws on a cornucopia of sources to offer a Unitarian Universalist’s Guide to Summer! We’ll share Joys and Sorrows, too, as we experience the gifts that commitment to community can bring.

Worship Leader: the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones
Worship Associates: Carolyn Bowman and Bruce Halen

Guías para el verano
¿Quizás estén trabajando o buscando un trabajo este verano; tal vez estén enfrentando a una gran transición de vida; quizás estén ansiosamente anticipando con más tiempo del necesario para unas vacaciones o para “quedarse en casa”... dondequiera que nos encontramos en este viaje de la vida, quién y como pueden ser nuestros guías mientras navegamos en esta temporada de verano? La Rev. Nancy recurre a una cornucopia de fuentes para ofrecer una Guía de verano Unitario Universalista!

Dirige: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones
Asociados de Culto: Carolyn Bowman y Bruce Halen

Domingo celebración

4 de Julio – 9:30 a.m.

Cruzando la frontera hacia la tierra de la libertad: Una comunidad multicultural
¿Cruzamos la frontera o la frontera nos cruzó a nosotros? Vengan y exploremos juntos nuestros propios sueños y realidades acerca de la libertad.

Dirige: Roberto Padilla

Crossing the border into the land of freedom: A multicultural community
Did we cross the border or did the border cross us? Come and explore together our own dreams and realities about freedom.

Worship Leader: Roberto Padilla

Celebration Sunday

July 4 – 11:00 am

Freedom: Celebration and Lamentation
Before the picnics and fireworks, we pause to offer thanks for our freedom and reflect on ways we are still spiritually bound.  In our ideal as a faith community and nation, we strive for democracy and independence.  Interdependence is as much an ideal toward true freedom as independence.  With the vote by the GA just past on AZ-2012, we look at our commitment to freedom and interdependence.

Worship Leader: Christy Baker; Worship Assistant: Jeff Norment

Libertad: Celebración y Lamentación.
Antes de las comidas campestres y los fuegos artificiales, hagamos una pausa para dar las gracias por nuestra libertad y reflexionar sobre las maneras que todavía estamos obligados espiritualmente. En nuestro ideal como una comunidad de fe y de nación, nos esforzamos por la democracia y la independencia. Interdependencia es tanto mas un ideal hacia la verdadera libertad como independencia. Con el voto por la GA que paso la AZ-2012, miramos nuestro compromiso a la libertad y a la interdependencia.

Dirige: Christy Baker; Asociado de Culto: Jeff Norment


Save the Dates

  • June 20, Reception / Book Signing, the Rev. Gretchen Thomas (RE minister 1987-91), Ramsden Fireside Room, 12:45 pm
  • June 23-27, UUA General Assembly, Minneapolis, MN. More info at http://www.uua.org/events/generalassembly/
  • June 27-30, FUCSJ Junior High Backpack Trip. Registration now closed. Contact Pam Pell at johnpell@aol.com
  • July 5, Monday, Santa Cruz Beach Cleanup and summer picnic. More info in next issue.
  • July 14-18, Wednesday-Sunday, Church Campout 2010, McConnell State Recreation Area, Turlock, mm@feldmo.com
  • 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)
The senior high youth group meets from 11:30-12:30 most Sundays. 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 YRUU (Young Religious Unitarian Universalists). The youth group’s empowering philosophy educates youth to be leaders within the group, church community and denomination.

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

Kudos to LFD Leaders for 2009-2010

Thanks to all who helped this year with the children and youth programs!!!

  • Associate Minister Rev. Geoff Rimositis
  • Nursery - Glynda Cotton, Maria Elena Olvera, Odessa Rose Maclean
  • Kindergarten- Grade 5—Arts & Spirituality
    • Music: Nayo Ulloa, Sally Cooperrider, David Proulx, Ed Gardner
    • Art: Tamara Payne-Alex, Inés Zapiola, Carol Greene, Heidi Delgros, Angela Wells, Aaron Wells, Pam Stellmacher, Madeline Morrow, Madeline Bodisco Alexander, Melinda Hoppe, Lisa & Loren Stapleton-Hart, Lucy Sargeant
    • Community Building Games: Bill Bowman, Kathryn Axtell, Jennifer Castro, Mary Mary Feldman, Jean Rivers
  • Fifth-Seventh Grades—Neighboring Faiths: John Burk, Patti Segarini, Mary Jeffries, Inés Zapiola, Kris Dessau
  • Sixth, Seventh & Eighth Grades—Making A World Of Difference: Dani Hope, Susan Butler-Graham, Cecilia Deck, Ed Gardner, Tina Hemenway, Richard Ferry, Crystal Isola, Rebecca Mason, Mike Meyers, Lynn Morison, Pam Pell, Linda Terrill, Inés Zapiola, Lori Zink, Lisa Stapleton-Hart; Class Coordinator: Pam Pell
  • Senior High Youth Group: V Kingsley, Grey Mueller, Cordelia Willis
  • Owl (Our Whole Lives) Seventh-Ninth Grades/Parent Group: Elisabeth Mckenna, Rick Morris, Mary Jeffries, Rev. Geoff Rimositis
  • Junior High Backpacking Trip: Pam Pell, Rev. Geoff Rimositis, Patti Segarini, Lynn Morison; Trip Coordinator: Pam Pell
  • Senior High Camping Trip: Colleen Cabot, Mary Mary Feldman, Crystal Lanier, Matt Trask, Rick Morris; Trip Coordinator: Matt Trask
  • Children’s Winter Holiday Play
    • Play Director: Cordelia Willis

Our Whole Lives (OWL) Sexuality Course For Young Adults Ages 18-35

Our Whole Lives (OWL) for Young Adults is grounded in a wholistic view of sexuality. It provides not only facts about anatomy and human development, but also helps participants to clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality.

Co-author (Rev.) Michael Tino writes about how the curriculum team sought to meet the particular needs of a young adult audience:

“ . . . We intentionally developed lessons that were sex-positive (without presuming a particular level of sexual experience), creative, and grounded in justice and inclusivity. We were able to weave into the curriculum activities that ask the participants to engage in high-level reasoning and abstraction, activities that ask questions grounded in queer theory about what is ‘normal,’ and explorations of sexuality and intimacy that go beyond what is available for high-school students.”

  • Introductory session will be Thursday, September 9, 7-9 p.m., First Unitarian Church of San José.
  • Leaders: Kristin Rivers, the Rev. Geoff Rimositis
  • Dates: (Thursdays 7-9 p.m.) Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30 / Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28 / Nov. 4, 11, 18 / Dec. 2, 9, 16
  • Cost: $140-$100, sliding scale. Scholarships available as needed. Makes checks out to First Unitarian Church c/o Susan Burke-Diquisto
  • RSVP: Susan Burke-Diquisto, Office Manager, fucsj@sanjoseuu.org , 292-3858, ext. 10

Planning Ahead – Lifespan Faith Development Program for 2010-11: Pre-Kindergarten-Grade 5

The PreK- Grade 5 Curriculum Team (Jan Theiss-Guffey, Sally Cooperrider, Pam Pell, John Burk, Tamara Payne-Alex and Rev. Geoff Rimositis) is working on an exciting program for our elementary age children beginning on September 19.

We have created three groups: four-year-olds through first grade, second through fourth graders, and fifth graders.

Nayo Ulloa and Sally Cooperrider will be returning to do music quarterly rather than every Sunday as we did this past year. In addition to music we will be introducing yoga and meditation to the children. The second through fourth graders will be getting to know members of our congregation with Faith in Action interviews that they will conduct.

On the remaining teaching Sundays we will be drawing from the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Tapestry of Faith curriculums. PreK-1 will be doing Creating Home http://www.uua.org/religiouseducation/curricula/tapestryfaith/creatinghome/index.shtml

And second through fourth grades will be doing Moral Tales http://www.uua.org/religiouseducation/curricula/tapestryfaith/moraltales/index.shtml

Lessons can be accessed on the web by both teachers and parents.

Fifth Grade will again be doing Neighboring Faiths, our exploration of the world’s religions with visits to churches, temples and mosques.

Social Justice Sundays will happen quarterly with a special National Day of Service on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday Monday.

We especially are excited about how we are going to ask volunteers to participate this year. We will have both Class Guides and Curriculum Leaders. The Class Guides will be responsible for classroom management and will be trained on how to use games and transition activities. They will be responsible for community building with the children. The Curriculum Leaders would only be responsible for presenting the lesson or program for that morning. We think that it is a winning formula that will take the stress off of the person presenting the lesson for the day and bring children closer together by having a person who is responsible for the interpersonal dynamics of the class.

If you are interested in serving as a Class Guide or Curriculum Leader for next year please RSVP and sign up for one of the two up-coming trainings on Saturday, August 28, 9:00 am-noon or Tuesday, September 7, 7:00-9:00 p.m.


Articulating Our Unitarian Universalist

By the Rev. Geoff Rimositis

Nature’s Amusement
(written at a ministers retreat on May 25)

La articulación de Nuestra Unitaria Universalista Fe

para el Rev. Geoff Rimositis

Atracciones de la naturaleza
(escrito en un retiro de Ministros el 25 de mayo)

“For the beauty of the earth,
for the splendor of the skies.”
Awake again at Asilomar-
enchanted land.

The seagulls’ call: breathe in the ocean air,
pull up your knickers,
tie your shoes and put on a heavenly countenance;
for you are entertaining angels unaware
by your jaunty step down sandy trails.

Your happy face feeds bees
with the flowering of your soul.
And you thought your were here
to see the plovers, seals and with luck,
floating otters on kelp beds.

It is you—that is nature’s amusement.
You who do not float from branch to branch,
or dive deep and surface with a fish in mouth.
You who do not dine on tender green shoots
or scurry under bramble and bush.

You are nature’s oddity
with worries yet to be.
Can’t you see that all your answers are here?
Just breathe them in
and listen to their response.

(May you all have a wonderful summer and take some time to amuse your local wildlife and flora by your presence. With much love and blessings, Geoff)

“Por la belleza de la tierra,
por el esplendor de los cielos”.
Despierto nuevamente en Asilomar -
tierra encantada.

El Llamado de las gaviotas: el respirar el aire del mar,
súbete los calzones,
amárrate los zapatos y pon un semblante celestial;
estas entretenido a los Ángeles sin conciencia
con tu paso desenfadado bajando por sendas arenosas.

Tu cara feliz alimenta a las abejas
con el florecimiento de tu alma.
Y crees que estuvieron aquí
para ver los chorlitos, las focas y con suerte,
las nutrias flotando en camas de algas.

Eres tú — es el regocijo de la naturaleza.
Quien no flota de rama en rama,
o zambullirse profundo y en la superficie con un pez en la boca.
Tú quien no cenas en tiernos brotes verdes
o que sales disparado bajo las zarzas y los matorrales.

Tú eres la rareza de la naturaleza
con preocupaciones aún a ser.
¿No puedes ver que todas tus respuestas están aquí?
Sólo aspíralos
y escucha su respuesta.

(Puedan todos tener un verano maravilloso y tomen algún tiempo para divertir a su fauna y la flora local con su presencia. Con mucho amor y bendiciones, Geoff)


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

One-Sentence Salutes

“I am inspired by Dena Dickinson who is so important to our beloved community and has organized the Memorial Day Picnic for many years. And I am thankful that Madeline Althoff and the other younger people in our community got it together this year!”

—Kelly Burnett

“Huge thanks to Madeline Althoff, who at the last minute performed an organizational miracle and, with the help of quickly recruited volunteers, rescued our beloved church Memorial Day Picnic.”

Catherine Pelizzari

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



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!



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.


Building Rentals

Can a Member Get a “Member Rate” for a Friend?

by Henry Ruddle, POC member for Stewardship and Fundraising

After the Building Rental Committee established a two-tier rate structure for non-members and members, the number one question has been, “What do we have to do to qualify for the member rate?” Here’s a rundown on rentals that I hope will help:

  • The church rents space to individuals and to non-profit ­organizations.

  • As required by law, the church does not rent space to for-profit entities or for profit-making activities by individuals (so even if you are member, you can’t run your small business out of the church).

  • All weddings, as well as other large events with catering and/or alcohol, are managed by Giant Creative Services, whether for members or non-members. Contact Anne Hermes at rentals@sanjoseuu.org or 408-841-754.

  • Member private events (without alcohol) other than weddings can be arranged directly through Susan Burke-Diquisto (fucsj@sanjoseuu.org or 408-292-3858), the office manager, at very low rates. The event must be member-related. That is, if you are helping to throw the party or are an honoree at the event, OK; if you are merely a guest, no. Members must take responsibility on the rental contract and act as host.

  • A member may host an event by a nonprofit organization at an extremely low rate as long as the member is affiliated with the organization in a significant way, takes responsibility for the event on the contract and either serves as the actual event host or makes arrangements with another member who is trained as an event host to perform those duties (such as unlocking and locking doors, turning off and on lights, running the sound system, etc.) Contact Sherry Howd (s_howd@msn.com) for information about host training. 

  • “Member” means official member or friend of the church, not casual friend or frequent attendee or friend of a frequent attendee.

  • Members who wish to use the church for a profit-making purpose that supports the church’s mission, might be allowed to use space free with the approval of the Building Rental Committee. For example, teaching meditation, yoga or English might be approved, while fixing cars, cutting hair or writing contracts would not be approved. A donation will be requested and expected.

If you have any questions about building rental policies, please feel free to contact me at stewardship@sanjoseuu.org.

Renta del Edificio

¿Puede un miembro obtener un “precio de miembros” para un amigo?

por Henry Ruddle, miembro de la POC para la administración y el financiamiento

Después que el Comité de la Renta del Edificio estableció una estructura de dos niveles de costos para no miembros y para miembros, la pregunta número una ha sido: “Que tenemos que hacer para calificar para el tipo de tarifa de miembro?” Aquí está un resumen sobre alquileres que espero ayude:

  • La Iglesia alquila el espacio a individuos y a las organizaciones sin fines de lucro.

  • Como es requerido por la ley, la Iglesia no alquila el espacio a las entidades con fines de lucro o para actividades de lucro por individuos (así que incluso que si usted es miembro, no puede ejecutar sus pequeños negocios en la Iglesia).

  • Todas las bodas, así como otros grandes eventos con comidas y/o alcohol, serán dirigidos por Giant Creative Services, ya sea para miembros o no miembros. Póngase en contacto con Anne Hermes en rentals@sanjoseuu.org o en el 408-841-754.

  • Los eventos privados (sin alcohol) distintos de bodas, pueden organizarse directamente a través de Susan Burke-Diquisto, la administradora de la oficina, (fucsj@sanjoseuu.org o en el 408-292-3858) a tasas muy bajas. El evento debe ser relacionado con el miembro. Esto es, si está ayudando a la fiesta, o es un festejado en el evento, está bien; pero no, si es simplemente un invitado. Los miembros deben asumir la responsabilidad sobre el contrato de alquiler y actuar como el anfitrión.

  • Un miembro puede realizar un evento para una organización sin fines de lucro a una tarifa extremadamente baja, siempre y cuando el miembro esté afiliado a la organización de una forma significativa, asumir la responsabilidad para el evento en el contrato y cualquiera fungirá como el anfitrión del evento o hacer arreglos con otro miembro que está entrenado como un anfitrión de eventos para realizar esas tareas (tales como el bloqueo y desbloqueo de las puertas, prender y apagar las luces, manejar el sistema de sonido, etc..) Contactar a Sherry Howd  (s_howd@msn.com) acerca del entrenamiento para anfitrión.

  • “Miembro” significa miembro o amigo oficial de la iglesia, no un amigo ocasional o un asistente frecuente o un amigo de un asistente frecuente a la iglesia.

  • Los miembros que deseen utilizar la Iglesia para un fin de lucro que apoya la misión de la Iglesia, se le permite utilizar el espacio de manera gratuita con la aprobación del Comité de la Renta del Edificio. Por ejemplo, enseñanza de meditación, yoga o inglés podrían ser aprobados, mientras que el arreglo de coches, corte de pelo o la escritura de contratos no serían aprobados. Una donación será solicitada y exigida.

Si tiene alguna pregunta acerca de las de políticas de alquiler del edificio, no dude en contactarse conmigo en stewardship@sanjoseuu.org.

  • 0616-10

    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:

    Hard to get ’em back on the farm, after they’ve seen Paree... Musical excitement

    Torchy Hunter is back from Italy, not Paree, but still jet-lagged! Look for her sprightly prose next issue.

    There are too many people to count who are excited and thrilled to be taking an in-depth look at our music program! Just to show that musicians count best when they are counting time, there have been three Music Summits so far: Number 1, Number 2, and Number 2a (a obviously standing for “and-uh”). Looking at past, present and future, they learning and creating ways to make our music program something that will draw people in even more. If you are interested in being part of the process, contact Claire Wagner, cwagner21@gmail.com

  • 0616-11

    PACT Phase 2 Begins!

    Comienza la fase 2 de PACT!

    On Sunday, June 6 the second step of the PACT Discernment meeting was held after church. This was the culmination of a process that began with our Listeners asking members of the congregation which issues were most affecting them and their families. The findings were aggregated into a list of issues and published in the newsletter. Eight issues were most mentioned as top concerns:

    • Economic downturn/ Employment/ Foreclosure
    • Education Funding/ At-Risk Youth/ Children w/disabilities/Gang Involvement
    • Health Care Access/ Reform/Cost
    • Immigration Issues
    • LGBT Issues/Rights/ Marriage Equality/ Polyamory
    • Community Building/ Civility & Communication/ Social Compact/ Loneliness
    • Homelessness & Poverty
    • Racism/ Cultural Awareness/ Police Profiling

    On May 16 and June 6, meetings were held to discover what problem most resonated with congregation members. During the meetings we discussed:

    • How does working on this problem fit with UU principles and move our congregations mission forward?
    • Are there natural allies locally or within the UUA working on this problem?
    • In what ways can this problem have local, winnable solutions?

    Many positive responses came forward for every issue. The final step in choosing a problem area to address using the PACT process was to ask people to vote their willingness to actively work on the problem, because we can only create action with congregational energy and participation.

    Overwhelmingly, most people were willing to organize and actively work on immigration and racism/cultural awareness/police profiling, so the group decided to combine them as our PACT focus. The next step is a research or discovery phase, where an organizing team will talk to people with expertise on these issues to determine how we can make a local impact and who are the decision makers to target in our actions. The first meeting will be Thursday July 8 at 7:00 pm in the Fireside Room. All are welcome.

    El 6 de junio después de los servicios religiosos se celebró el segundo paso de la reunión de discernimiento de PACT. Esta fue la culminación de un proceso que comenzó con nuestros oyentes preguntando a miembros de la congregación que asuntos estaban afectándoles más a ellos y a sus familias. Las conclusiones fueron agregadas a una lista de problemas y publicadas en el boletín. Ocho temas fueron los que más se mencionaron como principales preocupaciones:

    • Recesión Económica/ Empleo/ Embargo Hipotecario
    • Fondos para la Educación/ Juventud en condiciones de riesgo/ Niños con Discapacidades/Participación en Pandillas
    • Acceso al Cuidado de Salud/ Reforma/Costo
    • Temas de Inmigración
    • Temas LGBT/Derechos/ Igualdad en el matrimonio/ Poli amor
    • Construyendo la Comunidad/ Civismo y Comunicación/ Sociedad Compacta/ Soledad
    • Desamparados y Pobreza
    • Racismo/ Conciencia Cultural/ Perfiles Policíacos

    El 16 de mayo y el 6 de junio se celebraron reuniones para descubrir qué problema más resonó entre los miembros de la congregación. Durante las reuniones discutimos:

    • ¿Como trabajar en este problema para hacer que encajen con los principios UU y mover la misión de nuestras congregaciones hacia adelante?
    • ¿Hay aliados naturales localmente o dentro de la UUA trabajando en este problema?
    • ¿De que manera pueden estos problemas tener soluciones locales?

    Llegaron muchas de las respuestas positivas para cada problema. El paso final en la elección de un área de problema para abordar mediante el proceso de PACT fue pedir a las personas que votaran en base a su buena disposición de trabajar activamente en el problema, porque sólo podemos crear acción con energía congregacional y participación.

    Abrumadoramente, la mayoría de las personas estuvieron dispuestas a organizar y trabajar activamente sobre la inmigración y racismo/Conciencia Cultural/perfiles policíacos, por lo que el grupo decidió combinarlos como nuestro enfoque PACT. El siguiente paso es una fase de investigación o descubrimiento, donde un equipo organizador hablará a las personas con conocimientos sobre estos temas para determinar cómo podemos hacer un impacto local y quiénes son los responsables de dirigir nuestras acciones. La primera reunión será el jueves 8 de julio a las 7 pm en la sala de la chimenea. Todos son bienvenidos.


    May 2010 Board Activities

    by Bob Redfern, Secretary

    Budget Meeting, May 12
    Tamara Payne-Alex, Chair of the POC, furnished an overview of the various choices the POC had to make for the 2010-11 Budget year, beginning June 1. Those details were presented in an online release on Thursday May 13, a special presentation by Treasurer Bob Howd on Sunday, May 16, and at the Congregational Meeting May 23.

    The most interest was generated by the small raise to our ministers, and the restructuring of the Spanish Speaking Ministry.

    Other changes presented included a once-a-month donation of collection plate cash to a worthy charity sharing our values and priorities, ownership of fundraisers, and the fact that for the first time in several years our reserves remained stable and did not dip. The Board endorsed and adopted the budget proposed by the POC.

    The Congregational Meeting
    A new parliamentarian, Jim Rumbaugh, who studied Roberts Rules, will serve as a back up for Alec MacLean at future meetings.

    At Madeline Morrow’s request, I have separated the actual Congregational Meeting minutes into a separate item. As noted by several people who attended the meeting, Madeline called for approval of the previous (March) meetings minutes. However, those minutes were not widely distributed throughout the whole Congregation. Now the actual minutes will be published after a Congregational meeting and perhaps re-distributed again as we are about to have the next congregational meeting afterwards so that we know what we are considering for approval.

    End-of-Canvass Celebration

    After the Congregational Meeting, we retired to our end-of-canvass celebration and honored Liz Owen with the Watkins Award for long-term service to our church community. We honored new member Raun Nohavitza for his contributions, including setting up a Wi-Fi network in the church. Catherine Leeson Pelizzari also received an award and honor for her many contributions to the church over a long period of volunteering to the church community.

    Board Meeting, May 26

    The May 26 board meeting was largely taken up with training on leadership presented by four members who completed the PCD leadership school, held for a week each summer. The title of this first of three sessions was Leading with Purpose and Vision. Joy Ellen Lipsky, Kelly Burnett, Crystal Lanier and John Burk combined on an excellent presentation. We are eagerly looking forward to two more sessions from this excellent, motivated team.

    The following individuals were proposed for General Assembly voting delegates: Madeline Morrow, Julia Rodriguez, Bev Harrison, Ed Massey, Joy Ellen Lipsky and Marnie Singer.

    We discussed the need for an audit and asked Bob Howd to initiate a search for an audit committee. Watch this space for further news of the progress on this important issue.

    Minutes of May 23, 2010 Congregational Meeting

    Review and Approval of 2010-11 Church Budget
    Meeting called to order by Board President, Madeline Morrow.

    The first order of business was approval of the minutes from the last Congregational Meeting (March 28, 2010) by the 79 members who had signed in today. Unanimous consent of all present was recorded.

    Tamara Payne-Alex, Chair of the Program and Operations Council, discussed details of the budget, such as the fact that building rentals and fundraiser income was up. She also discussed the restructuring of the Spanish Speaking Ministry and a modest pay increase for our called ministers.

    Bob Howd moved to accept the budget as presented. Several members present seconded his motion simultaneously.

    Dena Dickinson, Financial Officer, moved to present an amendment to the budget to reflect a positive $19,000 arithmetic error discovered within 48 hours of this meeting. The amendment proposed using the $19,000 to extend the Spanish Speaking Coordinator through the end of the year, and to adjust the pledge realization percentage from 95% of the amount pledged to 93%. This figure will more accurately reflect recent results of pledges vs. actual payments on pledges.

    After discussion about the issues presented by Tamara in the original budget and Dena’s amendment, the members present voted 60 yes, six no. Vote on the Budget as a whole was then recorded as 70 for, three against.

    New Business proposed by Tim Blackwood was for a professional audit this year. Tim moved that in Fiscal Year 2010-2011 the Board must hire an accounting firm to conduct an audit of the church books. Alec MacLean offered an amendment to this motion to begin the audit process in 2010-11. In the discussion of this motion, Dena and Bob Howd agreed that this a good time to begin the process as the church’s books are in good order. A vote for the amendment showed eight for, the balance opposed, the amendment not adopted. For the motion itself, four voted for the original motion, the balance opposed, and the motion was not adopted.

    There being no other business presented for consideration by this Congregational Meeting, it was adjourned by Madeline ­Morrow.

    Actividades de la Junta Directiva Mayo 2010

    para Bob Redfern, Secretario

    Reunión del Presupuesto, 12 de mayo
    Tamara Payne-Alex, Presidente de la POC, aportó una visión general de las distintas opciones que la POC tuvo que hacer para el presupuesto del año fiscal 2010-11, comenzando el 1 de junio. Esos detalles se presentaron en una versión en línea, el jueves 13 de mayo, una presentación especial por el Tesorero Bob Howd el domingo 16 de mayo y en la Reunión Congregacional del 23 de mayo. El mayor interés fue generado por el pequeño aumento a nuestros ministros y la reestructuración del Ministerio en Español.

    Otros cambios que se presentaron incluyeron una donación en efectivo por mes de los platos de recolección dominical a obras de caridad dignas de compartir nuestros valores y prioridades, propiedad de la recaudación de fondos, y el hecho de que, por primera vez en varios años, nuestras reservas se mantuvieron estables y no bajaron. La Junta Directiva apoyo y aprobó el presupuesto propuesto por el POC.

    La Junta Congregacional
    Jim Rumbaugh, un nuevo parlamentario, quien estudió reglas de Roberts, servirá como apoyo para Alec MacLean en las futuras reuniones.

    A petición de Madeline Morrow, he separado las actuales actas de la Reunión Congregacional en un artículo separado. Como fue señalado por varias personas que asistieron a la reunión, Madeline llamó para la aprobación de las actas de reuniones anteriores (marzo). Sin embargo, esas minutas no se distribuyeron ampliamente a toda la Congregación. Ahora las actuales minutas serán publicadas después de cada reunión congregacional, y quizás redistribuidas nuevamente mientras estamos a punto de tener la siguiente reunión congregacional para que sepamos lo que estamos considerando para su aprobación.

    Celebración de la terminación de la Recaudación

    Después de la reunión congregacional, nos dirigimos a nuestra celebración de fin de la recaudación y honramos a Liz Owen con el Premio Watkins por el largo tiempo de servicio a la comunidad de nuestra Iglesia. Honramos al nuevo miembro Raun Nohavitza por sus contribuciones, incluyendo la creación de una red Wi-Fi en la Iglesia. Catherine Leeson Pelizzari también recibió un premio y la honramos por sus muchas contribuciones a la iglesia durante un largo periodo de voluntariado a la comunidad de la Iglesia.

    Junta de la Mesa Directiva, Mayo 26

    La reunión del Consejo de 26 de mayo en gran medida fue llevada con la capacitación sobre liderazgo presentada por cuatro miembros, quienes completaron la escuela de liderazgo PCD, celebrada durante una semana cada verano. El título de esta primera de tres sesiones fue líder con propósito y visión. Joy Ellen Lipsky, Kelly Burnett, Crystal Lanier y John Burk se combinaron en una excelente presentación. Con impaciencia esperamos las dos sesiones más de este excelente y motivado equipo.

    Las siguientes personas fueron propuestas como delegados para votar en la Asamblea General: Madeline Morrow, Julia Rodríguez, Bev Harrison, Ed Massey, Joy Ellen Lipsky y Marnie Singer.

    Hemos discutido la necesidad de una auditoria y se le pidió a Bob Howd que inicie una búsqueda de un Comité de auditoria. Ver este espacio para más noticias de los avances sobre esta importante cuestión.

    Minuta de la Reunión Congregacional del 23 de mayo de 2010

    Revisión y Aprobación del Presupuesto de la Iglesia 2010-11
    Madeline Morrow, Presidente del Consejo Directivo solicitó esta reunión. La primera orden del día fue la aprobación de la minuta de la última reunión congregacional (28 de marzo de 2010) por los 79 miembros que habían firmado ese día. El consentimiento unánime de todos los presentes fue documentado.

    Tamara Payne-Alex, Presidente del Consejo de Programas y Operaciones discutió detalles del presupuesto, tales como el hecho de que la renta del edificio y el ingreso por la recaudación de fondos estuvieron altos. Ella también discutió la reestructuración del Ministerio en español y pagar un modesto aumento a nuestros ministros.

    Bob Howd aceptó el presupuesto tal como se presentó. Varios miembros presentes apoyaron la moción simultáneamente.

    Dena Dickinson, Oficial de finanzas, presentó una enmienda al presupuesto para reflejar un error aritmético positivo de $ 19.000 descubierto 48 horas antes de esta reunión. La enmienda propuesta fue utilizar los $ 19.000 para extender el tiempo del Coordinador de los Ministerios en Español hasta el final del año, y ajustar el porcentaje de realización de la promesa del 95% al 93%. Esta cifra reflejará con más precisión los resultados recientes de las promesas frente a los pagos efectivos en las promesas.

    Después de la discusión acerca de los asuntos presentados por Tamara en el presupuesto original y la enmienda de Dena, 60 de los miembros presentes votaron a favor y seis en contra. El voto sobre el presupuesto como completo fue entonces a continuación, fue registrado como 70 a favor, tres contra.

    El nuevo asunto propuesto por Tim Blackwood fue para una auditoria profesional para este año. Tim comentó que, en el año fiscal 2010-2011, la Junta debe contratar una empresa de Contabilidad para realizar una auditoria de los libros de la iglesias. Alec MacLean ofreció una enmienda a esta propuesta para comenzar el proceso de auditoria en 2010-11. En el debate de esta moción, Dena y Bob Howd acordaron que este es un buen momento para comenzar el proceso mientras los libros de la iglesia están bien ordenados. La votación a favor de la enmienda mostró ocho a favor, opuesto al equilibrio, la enmienda no aprobada. Para la misma moción, cuatro votos a favor de la propuesta original, el equilibrio se opuso a, y la propuesta no fue aprobada.

    No existiendo ningún otro negocio presentado para su consideración para esta reunión congregacional, fue levantada la sesión por Madeline Morrow.


    Upcoming Events

    Sunday, June 20

    Reception and Book Reading/Signing by Gretchen Thomas

    The Partner Church Committee is pleased to host the Rev. Gretchen Thomas, who will be reading and signing her new book, Walking in Others’ Shoes: Stories from the Early Years of the Partner Church Movement on Sunday, June 20 at 12:45 pm in the Fireside Room.

    Rev. Thomas was the FUCSJ Minister of Religious Education from 1987 until she moved to Toronto in 1991. Since then she has lived in Oslo, Stockholm, and Melbourne, where she has been writing a book of partner church stories—many are about our congregation and Homoródszentmárton.

    Walking in Others’ Shoes: Stories from the Early Years of the Partner Church Movement has just been published (it costs $28) and on June 20th Gretchen will be visiting us to help celebrate the 20th Anniversary of our partnership by reading some of the San Jose stories for us. She will also sign books after the service for everyone who wants to buy a copy. It is a wonderful book, not only for those who have been to Transylvania and those who hope to go there in the future, but also for anyone who has ever reached for committed connection across a culture or a border.

    A reception will follow. If anyone would like to help with the reception or bring refreshments for the reception, please contact Monty Low at low.monty@gmail.com.

    Sunday, June 20

    Reading “The Five Gospels” With Bob
    Facilitated by Bob Miess, this group will meet Sunday, June 20, 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

    Monday, June 21

    HUUmanist Group Meeting

    The monthly meeting of the HUUmanist Group will be on Monday June 21st from 7 PM to 8:30 PM in the lower level conference room. We will continue showing the film “The Examined Life.” Last month we covered less than half of it, which is good news, because the film created some stimulating discussion. Some of the thinkers were quite challenging, as sometimes happens in philosophy, but people hung in here and grappled with it as best they could. We are over the hardest part, I think. More details will be available in a week; so please contact Tim Blackwood tjb@timblackwood.com.

    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 June 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, June 16
    Foothill Park, 7 miles, mod. Meet at Page Mill/280 Park and Ride at 8:30 am.

    Saturday, June 19
    Almaden Quicksilver, 9 miles Hacienda Entrance. Meet at Bed, Bath & Beyond parking lot at Almaden Plaza at 8:00 am.

    Wednesday, June 23
    Skyline Ridge Loop, 6 miles. Meet at Page Mill/280 Park and Ride at 8:30 am.

    Saturday, June 26
    Huddart County Park, 8 miles. Meet at Page Mill/280 Park and Ride at 8:00 am. We’ll do the longer hike up to Skyline.

    Wednesday, June 30
    Big Basin, Berry Falls, 12 miles. Meet at US Bank parking lot in Saratoga at 8:30 am. This is long day. Plan to get back around 4:30. Bring a lunch.

    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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    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.

    Social Justice Council Meeting and Orientation

    On Monday, June 28 at 7:00 pm, the Social Justice Council invites you to an orientation to find out what we do and how social justice at our church is done. This will be done interactively according to your interests and it’ll be part of our efforts to mirror or experience as much of General Assembly (in Minneapolis) as we can locally. One possibility: There will be an Interfaith Community Public Witness Event at the Twin Cities PRIDE Weekend - the fourth largest LGBT PRIDE in the nation - which we can reflect by participating in the San Francisco Pride Parade on June 27 at 10:30 am or whenever you can get there. Email mus6@aceweb.com for info or input.

    Statement of Conscience (SOC) on Creating Peace

    by John Burk

    FUCSJ’s own JUUst Peace Action Group believes that the Statement of Conscience on Creating Peace is the best that we can get and requests that our delegates support and pass it. We welcome a discussion on which parts need adjusting but we don’t want this SOC to be blocked.

    Endorsements published in Peace network e-mail

    Creating Peace...[SOC] is a full-throated articulation of the most responsible position possible: a preferential option for peace grounded in solid progressive theology coupled with the recognition that the world is not a simple place. In light of that complexity, a pluralistic faith simply cannot exclude those who reach different conclusions from conscientious application of the same first principles. Instead, such a faith must attempt to shape those disparate responses into a creative whole. That is what Creating Peace does and does admirably. If we are discomfited by it, it ought not be because we do not see our own biases reflected in it; it ought to be because it challenges every one of us to re-think those biases and come to grip with alternative views of the human condition. Creating Peace is brilliant, gracious, generous and practical. It deserves our support.

    —William F. Schulz, Acting President, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, Former Executive Director, Amnesty International . USA,Former UUA President

    With keen and unanimous support, UUSC [Unitarian Universalist Service Committee] has endorsed the Creating Peace statement of conscience. Please include UUSC among the endorsers.

    —John Gibbons, Board Chair, UUSC

    Surprise guest at social justice film night

    by Diana Wirt

    The film on May 14 was We Must Kill the Bandits, a pre-earthquake documentary about politics in Haiti. The film documents the unfortunate role that the US and the UN played in ousting elected president Aristide and also the amazing tenacity of the Haitian people who continue to demonstrate, risking their lives to keep demanding the return of their popular president.

    In place of the scheduled presenter, our speaker was long-time KPFA Haiti reporter Kevin Pina, who created and narrated the film. For the KPFA listeners in the crowd it was like Elvis had shown up.

    Pina answered questions for about an hour afterward. He expressed dismay that organizations like Amnesty International seem to be ignoring the political killings in Haiti. You can see Pina on a YouTube clip of the movie called We Must Kill the Bandits - the Premise: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKUp5K66Zuk If you would like to see Kevin Pina do a presentation on the Haiti earthquake, please e-mail mus6@aceweb.com.

    I also have a podcast of a very interesting public radio program about why tons of aid is not helping Haiti.  If you want it, e-mail me at diwirt@sbcglobal.net.

    Watch Our Church Circular and the Social Justice Yahoo! group for announcements of future Second Friday Social Justice Events.


    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

    Bob Howd, BHowd@aol.com

    Joyce Miller, j408miller@sbcglobal.net

    Tamara Payne-Alex, paynealex@sprintmail.com

    Dena Dickinson, dickiden@comcast.net

    Cheri Goodman, cheri.goodman@sbcglobal.net

    Nancy Taylor, nancyt54@comcast.net

    Rodrigo Garcia, rodrigo.garcia@sbcglobal.net

    Rick Morris, rickmo@feldmo.com

    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

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