Our Church Circular / Nuestro Periódico de la Iglesia / May 5, 2010 / 5 de Mayo 2010

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Inside This Issue:

0505-0 Send us Your Photos - Wake Up, Sun!
0505-1 Sunday Services
0505-2 Save the Dates
0505-3 Lifespan Faith Development, Planning Meeting, Safety First!
As We Build the Beloved Community...
May’s Theme: Cherishing the Interdependent Web of All Existence
Chancel Decorators Needed
0505-6 Volunteer Recognition: Do You Want to Express Your Appreciation?
0505-7 Board Meeting of April 28, 2010
0505-8 Ready to Become a New Member of the First Unitarian Church of San José?
Julian Street Inn Mental Health Day
0505-10 Circling Around - San Jose Open Studio invites YOU! Two new Quizzes!!! Meet the Prez! Meet the New Guy! Our Kids are Majoring in Things We Never Heard Of! Who gets published? Find the non-PC term in this article!
0505-11 Champions Wanted - Working together, we can create fun, successful events and activities that raise money without overwhelming anyone 
UU Hikers & Friends
0505-13 Upcoming Events
  • Women’s Alliance
  • Reading “The Five Gospels” With Bob
  • New Member Ingathering, Mother’s Day Sunday, May 9
  • Congregational Meeting to Approve Budget
  • Join us for End-of-Canvass Party: Sunday, May 23
  • HUUmanist Group Meeting
  • Meditation Retreat
  • July 14-18 - Church Campout 2010
  • Power in Your Congregation (or Governance 101) with Gini Courter, UUA Moderator
  • Register for General Assembly in Minneapolis, MN, June 23-27
  • B&B Adventure in Honolulu, Hawaii!
  • PCD Coming of Age Retreat
0505-14 Classifieds: Wine Country Tours
0505-15 Spotlight on Social Justice: Haiti, Peacemaking Statement of Conscience
0505-16 The Ministers Are In! / Board and Staff Contact Information
En Español
0505-1 Servicios de Domingo
Mientras Construimos Nuestra amada Comunidad…
Tema de Mayo: Apreciando el Tejido Interdependiente de Todo lo Existente
¿Listo para ser un Nuevo Miembro de la Primera Iglesia Unitaria de San José?
0505-15 Aquí estan los Ministros!
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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.

Wake Up, Sun!

Amy Baldwin at Palo Alto Baylands Mayday morning performing with the Mad Molly Morris dancing group helping to wake up the sun.

Photos courtesy of Gene Martin

MAY THEME: Appreciating the Interdependent Web of all Existence
TEMA DE MAYO: Apreciando el Tejido Interdependiente de Todo lo Existente
9:30 a.m.
Servicios en español/
Translation into English

Domingo de las fuentes

9 de Mayo – 9:30 am

La Risa de la Señora de las Estaciones: Una Celebración de la Divinidad Femenina
Basándose en la tradición pagana celta, este servicio nos acerca más a la tierra y sus estaciones y ofrece una manera muy fresca de celebrar el día de la madre. Bailaremos el Palo de Mayo y aprenderemos acerca de una práctica centrada en la tierra que puede abrirnos a toda la diversidad y la belleza de nuestras muchas teologías Unitarias Universalistas. ¿Qué se llevaran de este precioso día? Consulte la columna de la Rev. Nancy en esta edición del boletín para más pensamientos sobre el valor de ampliar nuestro círculo.

Dirigen: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones y K’Ailsa Rowan

11:00 a.m.
Services in English

Sources Sunday

May 9 – 11:00 am

Lady of the Seasons’ Laughter: A Celebration of the Feminine Divine
Drawing on the Celtic pagan tradition, this service brings us closer to the earth and its seasons, and offers a very fresh way of celebrating Mother’s Day! We will dance the Maypole, and we’ll learn about an earth-centered practice that can open us all to the diversity and beauty of our many Unitarian Universalist theologies. What will you take away from this precious day? See Rev. Nancy’s column in this edition of the newsletter for more thoughts on the value of broadening our circle.

Worship Leaders: the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones and K’Ailsa Rowan

Domingo de la teología

16 de Mayo – 9:30 am

¡No mataras!
Desde tiempos inmemorables el asesinato esta penado tanto por las leyes civiles como las religiosas ¿cual entonces es el castigo por matar a Dios?

Dirige: Roberto Padilla
Asociados de Culto: Miembros de SSM

Thou Shalt Not Kill!
Since the beginning times, murder has been punishable by both civil and religious law. What then is the penalty for killing God?

Worship Leader: Roberto Padilla
Worship Associates: Members of SSM

Theology Sunday

May 16 – 11:00 am

The living tradition we share as Unitarian Universalists draws from many sources, including “Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.” In the west we have seen our relationship with nature as one of control. We manipulate the environment for our benefit. But what if nature manipulated us for its benefit too? Michael Pollan, in The Botany of Desire argues that the answer lies at the heart of the intimately reciprocal relationship between people and plants. The sweetness of apples, for example, induced the early Americans to spread the species, giving the tree a whole new continent in which to blossom. So who is really domesticating whom?” (--Bookbrowse review). We are a part of, not apart from, nature. An Eco-Spirituality acknowledges our relationship with the natural world and strives to deepen it by working to enhance life for the benefit of all.

Worship Leader: the Rev. Geoff Rimositis
Worship Associate: Jeff Norment

Espiritualidad Ecológica
La tradición de vida que compartimos como Unitarios Universalistas se basa en muchas fuentes, incluyendo las “Enseñanzas espirituales de tradiciones centradas en la tierra que celebran el sagrado círculo de la vida y nos instruyen para vivir en armonía con los ritmos de la naturaleza.” En el occidente hemos visto nuestra relación con la naturaleza como una de control. Nosotros manipulamos el medio ambiente para nuestro beneficio. Pero ¿qué sucede si naturaleza nos manipula nos para su beneficio también? Michael Pollan, en su libro la La Botánica del Deseo argumenta que la respuesta se encuentra en el corazón de la relación íntimamente recíproca entre las personas y las plantas. La dulzura de manzanas, por ejemplo, inducida por los primeros americanos para difundir la especie, trayendo al árbol a un continente completamente nuevo en el cual florecer. Así que quien realmente domestica a quien?” (--Bookbrowse review). Nosotros no estamos separados de la naturaleza. Una espiritualidad ecológica reconoce nuestra relación con el mundo natural y se esfuerza para profundizarlo trabajando para mejorar la vida para beneficio de todos.

Dirige: el Rev. Geoff Rimositis
Asociado de Culto: Jeff Norment

Fellowship Sunday

23 de Mayo – 9:30 am

Los Miembros Más-que-Humanos del tejido interconectado
En este domingo celebramos a las muchas especies no humanas y su papel fundamental en el tejido interconectado de todo lo existente. ¿Qué hemos aprendido de los animales en nuestras vidas? ¿Cómo estamos nosotros los humanos conectados a nuestra naturaleza animal? ¿Qué tienen los animales que enseñarnos sobre el amor, el compañerismo y el perdón?

Dirige: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones
Asociados de Culto: Miembros de SSM

Domingo de compañerismo

May 23 – 11:00 am

The More-than-Human Members of the Interconnected Web
On this Sunday we celebrate the many non-human species and their foundational role in the interconnected web of all existence. What have we learned from the animals in our lives? How are we humans connected to our animal nature? What do animals have to teach us about love, companionship, and forgiveness?

Worship Leader: the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones
Worship Associates: Frank Bosche and Moria Merriweather


Save the Dates

  • May 8, Saturday, K-5th Grade Review and Planning Meeting for 2010-11 Lifespan Development Sunday program; 9 am-noon, Lower Level classrooms
  • May 9, Sunday, New Member Ingathering, Mother’s Day Service
  • May 14, Friday, Social Justice Council’s Second Friday Event: About Haiti; 7 pm at the church
  • May 15, Saturday, deadline to register for PCD Leadership School; contact Claire Paul, Convener, at Claire4peace@yahoo.com for more information.
  • May 23, Sunday, 12:30 pm, Congregational Meeting to approve 2010-2011 Budget, End-of-Canvass lunch and music and celebration in Hattie Porter Hall afterwards.
  • June 5, Saturday, meditation retreat, led by Swami Dada Nabhaniilananda; 10 am-5 pm, Hattie Porter Hall.
  • 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. Contact Pam Pell at johnpell@aol.com
  • July 14-18, Wednesday-Sunday, Church Campout 2010, McConnell State Recreation Area, Turlock, mm@feldmo.com

Lifespan Faith Development

Nursery -- Birth through 5 Years
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

The Arts & Spiritual Practice – Kindergarten - Grade 5
(Lower Level, Classrooms 2-6) 

Each Sunday after the children are sung out of the service our children come together to make music with Nayo Ulloa http://www.nayoulloa.com, Sally Cooperrider and other volunteers for the first half hour. We sing, play with rhythm instruments, and have fun doing musical games. Music is the language of the soul and an important component of children’s spiritual growth and learning. Occasionally throughout the year the children will present a musical offering in the Sunday service.

Make A World of Difference: Asset Building Activities to Help Teens Explore Diversity — Grades 6-8 
(Lower Level, Conference & Meditation Rooms)  

In this class, youth develop their skills as competent global citizens, able to understand many of the issues surrounding diversity and culture. The goal is to raise the level of awareness about diversity issues, while giving youth an opportunity to reflect on their thoughts, feelings and experiences. The purpose of these activities is not to promote any particular idea, value, or point of view, but to help develop greater understanding about the diversity issues. They will learn about the broad definition of diversity that includes gender, age, religion, race, physical abilities, appearance, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.

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

The senior high youth group meets weekly from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The group offers its members a safe place to share their lives and find support and friendship among open minded and loving peers. The group engages in discussions about issues relevant to youth’s lives and communities. They plan social and service projects throughout the year. And they participate in youth conferences in area Unitarian Universalist churches under the auspices of the Pacific Central District of Unitarian Universalist Congregations and Y.R.U.U. (Young Religious Unitarian Universalists). The youth group’s empowering philosophy educates youth to be leaders within the group, church community and denomination.

Youth Group Activities
Staff: the Rev. Geoff Rimositis

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

Senior High (9th-12th grades)
Advisors: V Kingsley, Cordelia Willis, and Greg Muller

To participate in junior or senior high youth group activities, contact the Rev. Geoff Rimositis, 292-3858, ext.25 or grimositis@sanjoseuu.org

Kindergarten to Grade 5 – Review & Planning Meeting for the 2010-11 Lifespan Faith Development Sunday Program

Saturday, May 8, 9 a.m.-noon (Church’s Lower Level Classrooms) 

Help us to envision the next stage in programming for the Kindergarten through grade five. With our new worship structure this year, including monthly themes and stories of the month, children in K-5 have had a half hour of worship followed by music, games or art. Let’s explore what we have learned this year from this endeavor and together envision how we can best meet the spiritual and relational needs of our children and their families. Please RSVP to Rev. Geoff Rimositis, GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org, 408-292-3858, ext. 25.

Safety First!!!

“We are blessed to be a community of all ages.  It is one of the great joys of a religious community to have children, youth and adults coming together under one roof to celebrate life and find here among us support and friendship.  One of the challenges for an urban congregation like us is not having a play space for our children to blow off some steam.

Their exuberance and swiftness of foot, though a joy to behold, does pose safety concerns and the possibility that someone could inadvertently be knocked off their balance and come crashing to the floor, breaking a hip or suffering other injuries. Yes, children are the responsibility of their parents after their morning program ends at 12:30;  but if I may voice a well used but still valid idea, We are the village that raises the children.

Everyone (children and youth too!) should take it upon themselves to stop anyone they observe running around the church and with a firm but loving voice, tell them that it is not allowed.  We can be both a child friendly and safe congregation!  And this goes for adults too—if we observe someone doing something that is potentially dangerous.  Remember safety first and then the Spirit can unfurl its wings!


As We Build the Beloved Community...

by the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones

May’s Theme: Cherishing the Interdependent Web of All Existence

Mientras Construimos Nuestra amada Comunidad…

por la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones

Tema de Mayo: Apreciando el Tejido Interdependiente de Todo lo Existente

At our recent buck-a-book sale, I picked up a wonderful book of essays titled “Hard Blessings: Doing the Work of Love,” by Unitarian Universalist minister Tom Owen-Towle.1 Owen-Towle tells this story:

Not too long ago, a Methodist bishop in a Midwestern state received a letter from a rural congregation under his care. These good folks were worried that their church was being taken over by a new group of people—new members of the church whose worship style was very different from that of the long-timers. For instance: the new members had brought in a load of hay, spread it across the sanctuary floor, and then begun to roll in it “in fits of ecstasy.”

“Bishop,” the long-time congregants wrote, “we need you to tell these new people they don’t belong in our church. Please kick them out!”

The bishop wrote back: “All I want to know is this: When they get up from rolling around on the floor, are they better partners? Are they better parents? Are they better citizens? If they are, let me know, and I’ll send a bale of hay to every Methodist congregation in the county!”

Now, I confess: the mere thought of hay spread over (and then ground into) the beautiful labyrinth-inscribed carpet at the center of our sanctuary is almost enough to make me break out in hives. And I can hear our Building Committee hollering already!

But … I also believe that Methodist bishop has got it right. We need to ask ourselves: What are the effects of all that we experience together at the First Unitarian Church of San José? When we get up from our worship services and committee meetings, our Small-Group Ministry sessions and Social Hour, our Lifespan Faith Development classes and our social-justice actions, are we better partners, better parents, better citizens?

I hope so. I believe so. But the question always bears asking. And it leads to these questions, too: Could other styles of worship, other classes, other actions and activities help us to live our faith and our love more fully? Or maybe, do we need fewer choices but more openness to the power of the experiences we already share?

In our worship services on Sunday mornings in May, we will deepen our experience of the interdependent web of all existence, and we’ll ponder our human place in it. We will experience a more embodied style of worship through our singing and movement; we will take up the strands of earth-centered traditions and paganism that are woven into our faith; we will celebrate the more-than-human parts of this great web. Will we come away better partners, better parents, better citizens—better lovers and friends? We hope so. We believe so. With your open hearts, minds, and spirits, we will travel together into the center of our web. May there be plenty of hay, metaphorically at least! May there be both ecstasy and grounded truth, and the transforming power of love!

Yours in the spirit,


1. Adapted from Tom Owen-Towle, Hard Blessings: Doing the Work of Love (Carmel, Calif.: SunInk Publications, 1999)

En nuestra reciente venta de libros de uno dólar, recogí un maravilloso libro de ensayos, titulado “Bendiciones Difíciles: Haciendo el trabajo del Amor,” por el Ministro Unitario Universalista Tom Owen-Towle. Owen-Towle cuenta esta historia:

No hace mucho tiempo, un obispo metodista en un estado del medio oeste recibió una carta de una congregación rural bajo su cuidado. Estas buenas personas estaban preocupadas de que su iglesia estuviera siendo tomada por un nuevo grupo de personas— nuevos miembros de la iglesia, cuyo estilo de culto era muy diferente de la que ya tenían desde un largo tiempo. Por ejemplo: los nuevos miembros habían traído una carga de heno, esparciéndolo a través del piso del santuario y, a continuación, comenzaron a rodar en él “al punto de éxtasis”.

“Obispo”, la Congregación durante mucho tiempo le escribió, “necesitamos que le diga a estas nuevas personas que no pertenecen a nuestra iglesia. Por favor !échelos!”

¿El obispo les contesto: “todo lo que quiero saber es esto: cuando ellos se levantan de rodar alrededor en el piso, son mejores parejas? ¿Son mejores padres? ¿Son mejores ciudadanos? Si es así, déjenmelo saber y enviaré una carga de heno a cada congregación metodista en el condado!”

Ahora, confieso: el mero pensamiento del heno esparcido sobre (y luego en la tierra) el hermoso laberinto de la alfombra en el centro de nuestro santuario es casi suficiente para que me de urticaria. Ya puedo escuchar a nuestro Comité de mantenimiento gritar!

Pero… yo también creo que el obispo metodista esta en lo cierto. Tenemos que preguntarnos: ¿cuáles son los efectos de toda la experiencia que tenemos juntos en la Primera Iglesia Unitaria de San José? ¿Cuando nos levantamos de nuestros servicios religiosos y de las reuniones de Comité, de nuestras sesiones del Ministerio de pequeños grupos y la hora social, de nuestras clases de desarrollo de la fe y de nuestras acciones de justicia social, somos mejores parejas, mejores padres, mejores ciudadanos?

Eso espero. Eso creo. Pero la cuestión siempre lleva a preguntar. Y conduce a estas preguntas, también: ¿podrían otros estilos de culto, otras clases, otras acciones y actividades ayudarnos a vivir más plenamente nuestra fe y nuestro amor? O tal vez, ¿necesitamos menos opciones pero más apertura al poder de las experiencias que ya compartimos?

En nuestros servicios religiosos de los domingos por la mañana en mayo, profundizaremos nuestra experiencia del tejido interdependiente de todo lo existente y, consideraremos nuestro lugar humano en él. Experimentaremos un estilo más corporeizado de culto a través de nuestro canto y movimiento; tomaremos hasta las hebras de tradiciones centrada en la tierra y el paganismo que son tejidas en nuestra fe; celebraremos las partes más que humanas de este gran tejido. ¿Saldremos mejores parejas, mejores padres, mejores ciudadanos: mejores amantes y amigos? Eso esperamos. Eso creemos. Con sus corazones, mentes y espíritus abiertos, viajaremos juntos al centro de nuestro tejido. Puede haber ahí mucho heno, metafóricamente al menos! Pueden ahí estar ambos, el éxtasis y la verdad fundamentada y el poder transformador del amor!

Suya en el espíritu,



Chancel Decorators Needed

Decorating the chancel can be a meditation, an inspiration, a simple dash of color, an intricate weaving of elements. Come join our merry band of decorators! You can choose your own timing - decorating once a month to once in a while, on your own or with a partner, or diving in with our youth. Contact Colleen Cabot, Chancel Coordinator, colleencabot@earthlink.net, 408-251-2101.

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

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


Board Meeting of April 28, 2010

By Bob Redfern, Secretary of the Board of Directors 

The April 28th meeting was our first for our new incoming members Nancy Taylor, Rodrigo Garcia, and Rick Morris. Outgoing Board Member Rick Merritt and holdover Treasurer Bob Howd were present to witness the changing of the guard, and Madeline Morrow assumed the mantle of President

The Board approved renomination of John Burk and Sherry Howd as Program and Operations Committee (POC) members for Social Justice and Communications, respectively.

Our May, June and July meetings will feature training from church community members who have participated in the annual PCD leadership school held each July. Joy Ellen Lipsky, Kelly Burnett and Crystal Lanier will share their insights and perspective with the board. This falls under the “Harvest the Power” initiative, which Rev. Geoff is managing. The next three meetings were set for May 26, June 16 (early, to accommodate attendance at GA) and July 28th. Each meeting will feature a different aspect of this program.

We will also have a budget meeting, including POC members, probably next week on May 5. Any later and we run the risk of not having the budget information in your hands before the Congregational meeting.

Bob Howd discussed budget issues in light of the canvass, and our stated goal, when the canvass started, to return our ministers to the UUA standards for pay to professional staff of churches our size. We hope that budget issue will be resolved by the time of our Congregational meeting on the budget, scheduled for Sunday May 23. After the Congregational meeting, we will have our end-of-canvass celebration. Finally, we hope that the offices of Treasurer and Personnel Officer will be filled by community members who step forward to the Nominating Committee and agree to perform these critical duties for our community as a whole.

On Saturday, May 1, Gini Courter, Moderator of the UUA and Chair of the Board of Trustees and of the General Assembly, will meet with the Board, POC, and other interested community members from 1 to 3 pm and share wisdom, and on Sunday, May 2, she will speak to the congregation.

As part of President Madeline’s personal goals for her presidency, she proposes to establish an annual operations calendar and complete the finalization process for our Board Governance Policies. Since we adopted the Policy Based Governance model for our community, we have operated with “Draft” policies, which we are revising to result in policies good for the long haul. I would say that Madeline is off on the right foot as our new Prez. Let’s give her a round of applause for a good start!


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.


Tuesday, May 11

Julian Street Inn Mental Health Day

Join us in honoring our community partners, Valley Homeless Health Care Program and Gardner Family Health Network, Inc., who are sponsoring a Mental Health Day “promoting mental health awareness” on May 11, 2010, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, at the Julian Street Inn, 546 West Julian Street, San Jose, CA. There will be food, live music, and client testimonials!!! RSVP Marian or David at 408.271.0820.

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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:

    We Goofed! An Apology for a Mistake in the Last Newsletter
    You may have noticed that the last newsletter (April 21, 2010) was reissued, with a slight change, a couple of days after its original publication. Some of you who receive the newsletter by mail were sent the original version; others may have looked at the on-line version before the correction was made. Here’s what happened:

    There was a brief paragraph in the last Circling Around that spoke of visitor and friend Rosemary Frances’s good work with folks living with developmental challenges. Although the intent of the note was lighthearted, it ran the risk of seeming insensitive or offensive. Both Torchy and Rev. Nancy agreed that such an impact would reflect the opposite of our Unitarian Universalist principles that recognize the worth and dignity of every person and that offer love and welcome to all, and they were eager to remove the note.

    We heartily apologize for the mistake. Thanks for your patience and understanding! Torchy is taking some time off to entertain friends and pursue her artistic interests, but she’ll be back with her column in the next newsletter.

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    Champions Wanted
    Working together, we can create fun, successful events and activities that raise money without overwhelming anyone 

    by Henry Ruddle, POC member for Stewardship and Fundraising

    Champions of fundraising events and activities have great ideas for ways to raise money to support specific programs/projects, or the church generally. However, even knowing how beneficial and necessary your efforts are, and feeling good about your success and the appreciation you receive, does not help create more time in your day or room on your plate.

    The new Fundraising Committee makes life easier for fundraising champions by lending a hand with administrative tasks, promotions and volunteer recruitment. The team also handles the approval and calendaring of fundraising events and activities.

    So, be a champion!
    If you have an idea for a fundraiser or have a program or project you feel needs financial support, download the Fundraising Form (www.sanjoseuu.org/forms/fundraising-form.doc) and send it to committee chair Henry Ruddle at stewardship@sanjoseuu.org.

    Upcoming Events/Needs
    The Fundraising Committee has exciting plans for the coming year. Please, if one of the proposed events or tasks below interests you, talk to a committee member or e-mail stewardship@sanjoseuu.org right away. The committee is working on:

    • End-of-Canvass Party – Cooking, serving, setup and cleanup help are needed for the End-of-Canvass Party on Sunday, May 23. Contact Henry at stewardship@sanjoseuu.org or 408-234-3670 to sign up.

    • Member-to-Member Farmer’s Market – Many in our community have gardens and fruit trees at home, and often produce much more than they can consume. Starting this summer, we would like you to start donating your excess production to the Member-to-Member Farmer’s Market for sale to other members who enjoy fresh, inexpensive produce and fruit. Contact Henry at stewardship@sanjoseuu.org if you are willing to share your harvest, or willing to help sort and sell donated food.
    • Puzzle Tournament – Crossword and sudoku puzzle lovers are invited to participate in the first annual FUCSJ Puzzle Tournament this September. We need a task force of puzzle fans to help plan the event, mostly by e-mail. Contact Cecilia Deck at ceciliadeck@sbcglobal.net if you are interested.
    • Mystery Dinner Theater – We have the script (courtesy of Jay Porter, who wrote it for a highly successful dinner event at another UU church), now we need the actors and stagehands! If you love acting or just helping out with theater productions, contact Jay at mj.porter7@yahoo.com to sign up for the dinner theater task force. The dinner is tentatively scheduled for October 2010.

    Members of the former cast of “The Picasso on the Bottom of the Ocean” by Jay Porter.

    • Willing Worker Database – Do you know who is good at what or are you willing to find out? The committee needs someone to compile a list of members and friends who can be called upon once or twice a year to help with setup and cleanup of fundraising events. If you are willing to manage that project, or just willing to be added to the volunteer list, contact Connie Bloch at Connie_Bloch@yahoo.com

    • Musical Concerts – The task force that put together the Haiti Benefit Concert has plans for a regular concert series. The team needs a member who will can take charge of ticket sales and money handling. Contact Henry at stewardship@sanjoseuu.org if you can be that person.

    • Save the Dates – as usual, the Holiday Craft Faire will take place in December 2010, the Service Auction will occur in January 2011, and the Benefit Tea in February 2011. Be on the lookout for further announcements about those exciting events!

    By the way, the Fundraising Committee meets quarterly and our next meeting will occur in May. We need your energy and ideas! Whether you want to help oversee fundraising in general or have a particular passion you would like to limit yourself to, you are welcome to participate. Contact Henry at stewardship@sanjoseuu.org or 408-234-3670 to be included in planning our next session.


    UU Hikers&Friends

    By Joyce Miller
    Here is the May 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, May 5
    Calero County Park, 6 miles, moderate. Meet at Bed, Bath and Beyond at Almaden Plaza Shopping center at 8:30 am. Palo Alto folks may want to meet at Page Mill/280 Park and Ride at 8:00 am to car pool to Almaden Plaza.

    Saturday, May 8
    Big Basin Berry Falls hike, 11 miles, moderate. This is a long and beautiful hike. It is not too hard just long. Plan to get back around 4:00 pm. Meet at US Bank parking lot in Saratoga at 8:00 am.

    Wednesday, May 12
    Montebello/Grizzly Flat car shuttle hike, 6-7 miles, moderate. Meet at US Bank parking lot in Saratoga at 8:30 am.

    Saturday, May 15
    Sierra Azule, 6-7 miles, moderate. Meet at Bed, Bath and Beyond at Almaden Plaza shopping center at 8:00 am.

    Wednesday, May 19
    Huddart County Park, 7 miles. This is the longer hike up to Skyline. Meet at Page Mill/280 Park and Ride at 8:30 am.

    Saturday, May 22
    Butano State Park, 9 miles, moderate. This is a longer day due to travel time and pie eating and a trip to Phipps ranch for bean shopping. Plan to get home around 4:30 to 5 pm.

    Wednesday, May 26
    Windy Hill, 7 miles, moderate. This is the longer hike. Meet at Page Mill/280 Park and Ride at 8:30 am.

    Saturday, May 29
    Wunderlich County Park, 10 miles, moderate. I plan to do the long hike up to Skyline, but if anyone wants to do shorter hike, we can adjust car pooling to accommodate. Meet at Page Mill/280 Park and Ride at 8:00 am.


    Upcoming Events

    Thursday, May 6

    Women’s Alliance
    Please join us on Thursday, May 6 at 7:15 pm at the home of Jean vonKaenel for our next session in the updated Rise Up and Call Her Name. Contact Nancy Coleman at nbcoleman@gmail.com or 408 985 5778 for directions or more information.

    Sunday, May 9

    Reading “The Five Gospels” With Bob
    Facilitated by Bob Miess, this group will meet Sunday, May 9, 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 May 9 session, attendees should read as much as possible from the following sections:

    • Preface (pages ix-xxii) and the introduction (pages 1-38)
    • All of the Gospel of Mark (pages 39-127)
    • The Chart of the Stages of Development of the Early Christian Tradition (page 128)
    • The first 7 chapters of the Gospel of Matthew (pages 129-196)

    We let the interests of those present guide the focus of our discussions, so in 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 copies of “the Red Sayings” (which the Jesus Seminar judged as most likely to have been said by Jesus) handout that we looked at in April. Some especially exciting topics to consider during the May 9 session are:

    • The Stages of Development of the Early Christian Tradition
    • The Story of the Birth of Jesus – Why did Matthew include one, when Mark did not?
    • What is Matthew trying to say by including it? What is missing in Matthew’s story of Jesus’ birth? Why would Matthew not include that?
    • The Sermon on the Mount – This is the first large block of red sayings with a lot of interesting questions about the picture of Jesus we get from them.
    • The Lord’s Prayer – Why is so little of it colored red?
    • How has Matthew used Mark in these first 7 chapters, and how has Matthew reshaped Mark’s message (so far)?
    • Why did scholars conclude that Matthew copied Mark, and not the other way around?
    • Was Jesus an apocalyptic prophet, warning of the end of the world, or a wise sage, challenging people to live a good life?

    Bring along any interesting things you noted in your reading, and questions that are arising for you. Questions? Contact Bob Miess at 408-781-7073 or Bob@FloweringEnterprises.com

    New Member Ingathering, Mother’s Day Sunday, May 9
    Youth (14 years of age and older) and adults who have decided that this church community and faith deserves their commitment because it affirms the values that they hold most dear are invited to join The First Unitarian Church community as an official member. There will be a new member ingathering on Sunday, May 9. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a member of this congregation, please contact the Rev. Geoff Rimositis, 408-292-3858, ext. 25, GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org

    Congregational Meeting to Approve Budget
    Sunday, May 23, 12:30 pm

    If you are a member of FUCSJ, please mark your calendar to be at our next congregational meeting at approximately 12:30 pm on Sunday, May 23, after the regular 11 am service. We will review and put up for a vote our annual 2010-2011 budget. This is a great time to hear more about what is going on in the church and get a look into our financial health. If you are not a member, you are still welcome to attend although you will not be part of the voting process.

    Join us for End-of-Canvass Party: Sunday, May 23

    The church will celebrate the end of the True Love 2010-11 canvass pledge drive with an all-church supper party after the congregational meeting on Sunday, May 23. We’ll announce the results of the pledge drive and toast everyone who volunteered and who pledged. Enjoy an afternoon of food, drinks and entertainment!

    Meditation Retreat
    A meditation retreat is being offered on Saturday, June 5, 10am – 5pm in Hattie Porter Hall, led by Dada Nabhaniilananda (www.eternalwave.com). Dada was a guest speaker at a Sunday service this past March. He is a monk, yogi and musician. For this retreat, you bring your own bag lunch (water and tea will be provided), a meditation cushion or pillow to sit on—and an open mind. Fee: $43 (includes book); $28 for students and low income. Please RSVP to the Rev. Geoff Rimositis, 408-292-3858, ext. 25, GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org.

    Monday, May 17

    HUUmanist Group Meeting

    The May meeting of the HUUmanist group will be on Monday the 17th at 7 PM. We will meet in the lower-level conference room where we will watch a recently released film entitled "Examined Life." In this film some 10 philosophers are interviewed on the streets about a variety of different philosophical issues such as justice, meaning, ethics, and truth. According to www.IMDb.com, viewers have rated this film as 7.1 on a 10 scale. According to www.rottentomatoes.com reviewers on average gave the movie 78% thumbs up.

    We will start the movie promptly at seven since it takes about 88 minutes to watch. This will allow us about a half an hour for discussion about the content of the movie. The group may decide while in the midst of the film to stop it so that we may have additional time to review it, in which case, we will watch the remainder at the June meeting. There will be no pre-meeting dinner this this month. If you need such things as popcorn and soda to go with the film, it will not be supplied. BYOP

    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.

    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.

    Power in Your Congregation (or Governance 101) with Gini Courter, UUA Moderator

    Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo
    300 E. Santa Inez Ave., San Mateo

    On Saturday, May 15, 9:30 am-12:00 noon, UUA Moderator Gini Courter will explore the foundations of governance in our liberal religious congregations. Gini Courter facilitates the democratic process for 5,000 UU’s at our annual General Assembly. For information: office@uusanmateo.org or 650-342-5946 x 11. This event is free, child care provided.

    Register for General Assembly in Minneapolis, MN, June 23-27

    Register early to ensure the best housing possibilities. Visit http://www.uua.org/events/ generalassembly/index.shtml --and stay tuned for more information about who else will be traveling to GA from FUCSJ.

    For budget-wise ways to attend, see the February 22 issue of PCD Currents here http://www.pcd-uua.org/currents/20100222.htm and read Cilla Raughley’s suggestions for substantially reducing the cost of this great experience. And note the discounted room rate of $129 per night at the Crowne Plaza Northstar in Minneapolis, MN (http://www.cpminneapolis.com). The Crowne Plaza features a Sky Walk that is connected to the Convention Center, shops, and entertainment, just a few blocks from the Convention Center.

    Please also join Interweave on Saturday June 26th, 2010 for the annual Interweave Banquet and Awards Ceremony. This year we are hosting an outdoor Brunch Buffet, in the beautiful Sky Garden at the Crowne Plaza.

    B&B Adventure in Honolulu, Hawaii!
    By Cilla Raughly, PCD Executive Director from the April 12 PCD Currents

    This is too good! Our Honolulu congregation is organizing a very special fund-raiser from September 22 to 29. Church members will provide B&B-style accommodation in their homes, a full seven nights stay, for just $840/couple (or only $490/single). Yup, that comes to $120 a night for a couple, and $70 a night for one.

    For more information, see their flyer (http://www.unitariansofhi.org/brochurePort.pdf), and contact Carla Allison at cbm@hawaii.rr.com with any questions.

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    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.

    Second Friday Event: Haiti
    Friday, May14, 7:00 p.m., Fireside Room

    The Social Justice Council’s Second Friday Event for May is about Haiti. At 7pm, we will begin socializing in the Fireside Room and go from there. Bring some food and drink for yourself and some to share.

    Peacemaking Statement of Conscience
    Are you aware of the UUS’s Peacemaking Statement of Conscience (SOC)? You can read it online at: http://www.uua.org/socialjustice/issuesprocess/currentissues/peacemaking/121606.shtml or in the edited version below. If you would like to join our congregation’s JUUst Peace group to discuss the statement and how to present it to the congregation, email John Burke at socialjustice@sanjoseuu.org for more information.

    Peacemaking Statement of Conscience

    I. Where We Stand — We believe all people share a moral responsibility to create peace. Mindful of both our rich heritage and our past failures to prevent war, and enriched by our present diversity of experience and perspective, we commit ourselves to a radically inclusive and transformative approach to peace.

    A. Our commitment to creating peace calls us to the work of peace-building, peacemaking and peacekeeping.

    B. We advocate a culture of peace through a transformation of public policies, religious consciousness, and individual lifestyles. At the heart of this transformation is the readiness to honor the truths of multiple voices from a theology of covenant grounded in love.

    C. We all agree that our initial response to conflict should be the use of nonviolent methods. Yet, we bear witness to the right of individuals and nations to defend themselves, and acknowledge our responsibility to protect our neighbors from aggression. Many of us believe force is sometimes necessary as a last resort, while some of us believe that nonviolence is adequate in all circumstances.

    D. We repudiate aggressive and preventive wars, the disproportionate use of force, and targeting that includes a high risk to civilians. We support international efforts to curtail the vast world trade in armaments and call for ultimate nuclear disarmament and abolition of other weapons of mass destruction. We repudiate unilateral interventions and extended military occupations as dangerous new forms of imperialism. In an interdependent world, true peace requires the cooperation of all nations and peoples.

    E. For Unitarian Universalists, the exercise of individual conscience is holy work. Conscientious discernment leads us to engage in the creation of peace in different ways. We affirm a range of individual choices, including military service and conscientious objection (whether to all wars or particular wars), as fully compatible with Unitarian Universalism. For those among us who make a formal commitment to military service, we will honor their commitment, welcome them home, and offer pastoral support. For those among us who make a formal commitment as conscientious objectors, we will offer documented certification, honor their commitment, and offer pastoral support.

    F. Our faith calls us to create peace, yet we confess that we have not done all we could to prevent the spread of armed conflict throughout the world. At times we have lacked the courage to speak and act against violence and injustice; at times we have lacked the creativity to speak and act in constructive ways; at times we have condemned the violence of others without acknowledging our own complicity in violence. We affirm a responsibility to speak truth to power, especially when unjust power is exercised by our own nation. Too often we have allowed our disagreements to distract us from all that we can do together. This Statement of Conscience challenges individual Unitarian Universalists, as well as our congregations and Association to engage with more depth, persistence and creativity in the complex task of creating peace.

    II. Historical and Theological Context — Our Universalist faith in the oneness of the whole human family teaches us that peace is necessary; our Unitarian faith in the sacred potential of each person teaches us that peace is possible.

    A. Historical Practices — For two hundred years, Unitarians and Universalists have worked to build peace by removing the underlying causes of war. As early as 1790, Universalists gathered in Philadelphia declared “although defensive wars are lawful, there is a time coming, when the light and universal love of the gospel shall put an end to all wars.” The Massachusetts Peace Society founded by Unitarians Noah Worcester and William Ellery Channing during the War of 1812, helped launch the first peace movement to include both those repudiating all violence and those supporting defensive wars; to welcome members of all religious persuasions; and to affirm that nonviolence is humanly possible as well as divinely commanded.

    B. Theological Principles — This Statement of Conscience is grounded in the following Unitarian Universalist theological principles: The fundamental unity and interdependence of all existence. The transforming power of love. The inherent worth and dignity of all persons. Human freedom. Rejection of moral dualism. Cooperative power. Justice and peace. Humility and open-mindedness.

    III. Calls to Action — Creating peace calls for action at all levels of human interaction.

    A. Creating Peace In Our World — We covenant to advocate vigorously for policies and participate in practices that move our nation toward collaborative leadership in building a peaceful, just, and sustainable world, including:

    • Supporting the Unitarian Universalist-United Nations Office

    • Supporting the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

    • Participating in international civilian peace-building, peacemaking, and unarmed peacekeeping teams.

    B. Creating Peace In Our Society

    • We covenant to act in the wider community in reducing the causes of institutional and structural violence.

    C. Creating Peace in Our Congregations

    • We covenant to create peace through worship, religious education, and social action.

    D. Creating Peace In Our Relationships and Peace Within Ourselves

    In reverence for all life, we covenant to practice peace at all levels of human interaction.


    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

    Church Office
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    Thank you to our volunteers!
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