Our Church Circular / Nuestro Periódico de la Iglesia / May 19, 2010 / 19 de Mayo 2010

Inside This Issue:

0519-0 Send us Your Photos
0519-1 Sunday Services
0519-2 Save the Dates
0519-3 Lifespan Faith Development, Safety First!
Articulating Our Unitarian Universalist Faith -- A Prayer for the New Day
Let your voice be heard
0519-6 Volunteer Recognition: Do You Want to Express Your Appreciation?
0519-7 Things to Do in Bay Area – Free and Almost Free!
0519-8 Ready to Become a New Member of the First Unitarian Church of San José?
May 15 Service Is Our Prayer Day
0519-10 Circling Around - Who is off to Italy again? When is a play about a wedding, actually a wedding?
0519-11 The Circular Needs You! Bring Us Your Cans and Bottles
0519-13 Upcoming Events
  • Congregational Meeting to Approve Budget
  • Join us for End-of-Canvass Party: Sunday, May 23
  • UU Hikers & Friends
  • Meditation Retreat
  • FUCSJ Junior High Backpack Trip
  • July 14-18 - Church Campout 2010
  • Ramsden to be honored at Starr King commencement
  • Register for General Assembly in Minneapolis, MN, June 23-27
  • Tennessee and Kentucky Flood Relief
0519-14 Classifieds: Wine Country Tours, Career Counseling
0519-15 Spotlight on Social Justice: Peacemaking Statement of Conscience
0519-16 The Ministers Are In! / Board and Staff Contact Information
En Español
0519-1 Servicios de Domingo

La articulación de Nuestra Unitaria Universalista Fe -- Una oración por el nuevo día

¿Listo para ser un Nuevo Miembro de la Primera Iglesia Unitaria de San José?
0519-15 Aquí estan los Ministros!
Download the color PDF version of the Church Circular!

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.

Christmas Eve 2009 for the Ulloa/Bridger Family

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

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

11:00 a.m.
Services in English

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

Domingo servicio

30 de Mayo – 9:30 am

Honrando a la mujer.
A través de poemas, canciones y pensamientos, honremos la labor de la mujer.

Dirige: Roberto Padilla

Honoring women
Through poems and songs, we will honor the work of women.

Worship Leader: Roberto Padilla

Service Sunday

May 30 – 11:00 am

“A Day to Remember”
Originally Memorial Day was a day to honor fallen soldiers, and now it has evolved to include remembering family, friends, and those who were special to us. Patrick Smiley’s beautiful harp music will accompany a ritual to bring close to our hearts those memories we hold so dear of the men and women and even pets who have enriched and blessed our lives. Come and celebrate gratitude for heroes of all sorts.

Worship Leader: the Rev. Donna Lenahan; Worship Associate:  Dena Dickinson

“Dia de Recordación”
Originalmente el día de recordación era un día en honor a los soldados caídos y ahora, ha evolucionado para incluir el recordar a la familia, a los amigos y a quienes eran especiales para nosotros. Con la hermosa música del Arpa de Patrick Smiley para acompañarnos en un ritual para traer cerca de nuestros corazones esos recuerdos que apreciamos tanto de los hombres y las mujeres y mascotas incluso que han enriquecido y bendecido nuestras vidas. Venga a celebrar con gratitud a los héroes de todo tipo.

Dirige: la Rev. Donna Lenahan; Asociada de Culto:  Dena Dickinson


Save the Dates

  • May 23, Sunday, Congregational Meeting, 12:30 pm
  • May 23, Sunday, All-Church Party – lunch, music and dancing in Hattie Porter Hall, 1:30 pm
  • 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

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!


Articulating Our Unitarian Universalist

By the Rev. Geoff Rimositis

A Prayer for the New Day

La articulación de Nuestra Unitaria Universalista Fe

para el Rev. Geoff Rimositis

Una oración por el nuevo día

As I gather words of wit and assemble metaphor and rhyme

let me start this day with a healthy thank you

to once again be breathing the sweet orange blossoms

and hearing the cry of the gulls as they fly overhead.

As the sun begins its ascent from the eastern hills

and the chill of the morning evaporates in the heat of the day

let me evoke the Spirit of Life and Love

to fill me with gratitude for all that I have and am.

I can easily go down the path of incrimination

and throw myself upon the thorns of failure.

I could make myself a sacrifice

to all the crooked paths that need to be made straight.

The Via Negativa, the Dark Night of the Soul,

is a bone fide path of transformation.

And there are times when it cannot be avoided

but must be embraced and passed through.

If I am called to embrace the shadow

and turn my head to see my true face

then so be it.

But I will not wear sackcloth and ashes.

I will not inflict pain upon myself for my sins—

real or imaginary.

I will not diminish my soul even though I must learn new ways

of being in this world.

I will never forget that the “Living God” lives within me.

The power and the glory does not rest on a heavenly throne

but resides in the shrine of my own heart.

Though I may be set in new directions without map or compass,

I will find my way, for I am not alone.

A cloud of witnesses points me on my way.

A heritage larger than I calls me to abundance—

no matter how meager my earthly stores.

When I live with love

and follow the truth

I will never be lost.

Give me the strength

to stay steady on the path of my salvation

and not turn away from fear.

I will do what is necessary.

I am sufficient to the task

of being a steward

to all that is holy.

Amen. Blessed Be. Shalom. Salaam.

Mientras reúno las palabras de ingenio y recopilo la metáfora y la rima

permíteme comenzar este día con un sano agradecimiento

por estar respirando una vez más lo dulce de los azahares

y escuchar el grito de las gaviotas mientras vuelan sobre la cabeza.

Mientras el sol comienza su ascensión desde las colinas orientales

y el frío de la mañana se evapora en el calor del día

déjame evocar el espíritu de vida y amor

que me llenan de gratitud por todo lo que tengo y soy.

Fácilmente puedo ir por el camino de la incriminación

y yo mismo tirar las espinas del fracaso.

Me podría hacer yo mismo un sacrificio

de todos los senderos sinuosos que necesiten ser hechos rectos.

La Vía Negativa, la oscura noche del alma,

es una confiable ruta de transformación.

Y hay veces que no puede evitarse,

pero debe ser albergado y trasmitirse.

Si soy llamado a abrazar la sombra

y voltear mi cabeza para ver mi verdadera cara,

entonces, que así sea.

Pero nunca vestiré costal y cenizas.

No infligiré dolor a mí mismo por mis pecados —

reales o imaginarios.

No disminuiré mi alma a pesar de que tengo que aprender nuevas maneras

de ser en este mundo.

Nunca olvidaré que el “Dios vivo” vive dentro de mí.

El poder y la gloria no descansan en un trono celestial,

pero reside en el santuario de mi propio corazón.

Aunque puedo estar listo para nuevas direcciones sin mapa ni brújula,

encontraré mi camino, para que no este solo.

Una nube de testigos me apuntan en mi camino.

Una herencia más grande que yo me llama a la abundancia—

sin importar que escasos sean mis bodegas terrenales.

Al vivir con amor

y seguir la verdad

yo nunca estaré perdido.

Dame la fuerza

para permanecer estable en el camino de mi salvación

y no apartarme del miedo.

Haré lo que sea necesario.

Soy suficiente para la tarea

de ser un administrador

de todo lo que es sagrado.

Amen. Bendito sea. Shalom. Salaam.


Let your voice be heard

Please help the ministers and worship associates plan meaningful and transformative worship from September 2010-June 2011 by filling out the simple three question on-line survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/xl5lrb7.We are extending the deadline until May 24.

Gift of Service

by Genie Bernardini

One-Sentence Salutes

Thanks to Liz Owen, who takes on tasks large and small and does it all with such grace and equanimity it might be easy to overlook her contributions.

– Shirley Worth

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

Things to Do in Bay Area – Free and Almost Free!

Check out these free and low-cost museums, parks and tours in the Bay area, shared by Dena Dickinson.

Free Admission - Any Day

Free Admission - First Sundays

Free Admission -- First Tuesdays

Free Admission - First Wednesday

Free Admission - Third Wednesday

Free Admission - First Thursday

Almost Free Or Reduced Fees


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.


May 15 Service Is Our Prayer Day

by Patrick Myers

The Building Committee would like to thank the following 14 people, who helped to clean and maintain our church at Service Is Our Prayer Day on Saturday May 15, 2010: Genie Bernadini, Ed Gardner, Bob Howd, Gene Martin, Mary Martin, Rick Morris, Patrick Myers, Bob Owen, Liz Owen, Catherine Pelizzari, Mike Pelizzari, Julia Rodriguez, Alfonzo Sakauskas, and Steve Saunders. A special thank you goes out to Bob Howd, who provided a delicious lunch for our volunteers!

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    Circling Around by Torchy Hunter

    As the editor for Circling Around, I accost people in Hattie Porter Hall wearing my “Tell Me Everything” sign, or, if you’d rather actually think about what you want in here, e-mail me at torchy.hunter@gmail.com. I want to be up to date with you, so here’s what we need: birthdays (especially those with zeros), parties of any kind, promotions, college destinations, anything that you diverse groups are doing is interesting to everyone else. For example, in this issue:

    Who is off to Italy again? When is a play about a wedding, actually a wedding?

    Torchy Hunter sends her love from Italy, with “a little note to my grieving fans that I love arhaeology and Italy more than I love them, but to never fear, I’ll return mid-June.” We look forward to more of her sprightly prose, not to mention the juicy gossip.

    The Rev. Nancy was in Ojai last weekend, getting back to her theatrical roots with an appearance in Deb and Chris Get Married--The Musical. “I play The Minister--but perhaps you had guessed that?” Theater 150’s co-artistic directors, Deb Norton and Chris Nottoli star as the happy couple. Engaged since 2006, several wedding dates were trampled under the mighty roughshod feet of their beloved non-profit. Finally, they decided to write a musical that would include their actual wedding, and ask for theater donations instead of wedding gifts. Thus, in one fell swoop they could aid the theater and end up married. – ed.

    Read the newspaper’s report and buy photos of the event from the Ventura County Star at:http://www.vcstar.com/news/2010/may/15/ojai-acting-troupes-leaders-wed-onstage-in

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    The Circular Needs You!
    Bring Us Your Cans and Bottles

    To support our newsletter and other welcoming projects, please continue to bring in aluminum, glass, and plastic containers that have Cash Redemption Value (CRV) printed on the label or on the container. They shouldn’t be crushed.

    You can bring them to church, bagged or boxed, and put them in the hallway just inside the Third Street Community Center entrance (not the church office). This door is in the lower fenced area on the right side of the church. Please do not block the doorway. Someone will pick them up every Sunday and take them to the recycling center. Thanks for your help!


    If you shop at Safeway, please be sure to link eScrip to your Safeway card with First Unitarian Church of San Jose as the charity. The church raises $1,000-$1,500 a year at no expense to members this way. www.escrip.com


    Upcoming Events

    Sunday, May 23, 12:30 pm

    Congregational meeting to approve 2010-2011 budget
    This budget proposal reflects the difficult, mindful and intentional work of the Finance Committee and Program and Operations Council (POC) in linking our resources – our means – to our ends, that is, to our overarching goals and deepest values.

    The Budget Rationale was mailed or e-mailed to all members last week, and discussed in depth at meetings last Sunday, May 16. If you are a member of FUCSJ, please mark your calendar to be at our next congregational meeting after the regular 11 am service on May 23.

    We will review and put up for a vote our 2010-2011 budget. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about our goals as we continue to grow and clarify our mission and vision, and to review our financial health. If you are not a member, you are welcome to attend although you will not be part of the voting process. Childcare will be provided, so please stick around for the party afterwards.

    Sunday, May 23, 1:00 pm (or so)

    All-Church End-of-Canvass Party
    Everyone is invited for lunch, entertainment, live music, and a community dance (all ages welcome!) after the Congregational Meeting, in Hattie Porter Hall. We hope to start by 1 p.m., but it will depend on the meeting.

    Stewardship Chair Henry Ruddle has some games for us to play, Music Director Dan Zulevic will lead a jazzy musical ensemble, the Board and the Volunteer Committee will recognize three volunteers who have made key contributions recently, and database pilot Steve Carr will share the final results of the 2010 pledge drive before we wrap up with group dancing led by friends of Shirley Worth. Thank you to Jan Thiess-Guffy, Kim Aldridge, Sally Souders, Kathy Cordova and Alex Pell for the food. Thanks to Pam Pell and the junior high youth for the creative table decorations!

    Saturday, June 5, 10am – 5pm

    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 this past March. He is a monk, yogi and musician.

    This is suitable for both beginners and more experienced meditators. We will be sitting in chairs for meditation (sitting on the floor is also an option) and there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions. The day will include a walking concentration exercise; a presentation on “The Song of the Inner World – Sound, Chakras and Mantra” and chanting exercises; Spiritual stories & visualizations; Super Yoga – an easy exercise to align the two sides of your brain; and Heart Circle – a blissful devotional singing and meditation exercise.

    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.

    June 27-30, 2010

    FUCSJ Junior High Backpack Trip
    Lace up your boots, put on your backpack, and hike the High Sierra on this 4-day 3-night backpacking trip. We will cover about 13 miles over the course of 4 days as we backpack through the wilderness of Meiss Country near Carson Pass (Hwy 88). This trip is open to youth in our church entering grades 6-8 in the fall of 2010. For more information, contact Pam Pell: 408-287-4453 or johnpell@aol.com. Registration deadline: May 1.

    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.

    Ramsden to be honored at Starr King commencement

    Former FUCSJ minister Rev. Lindi Ramsden will be receiving an honorary doctorate at this year’s Starr King School for the Ministry graduation ceremony.  Lindi will be offering a few words as part of the ceremony.  You are invited to attend the graduation ceremony which will be held Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at First Unitarian Church of Oakland.  Carpooling and early arrival are advised for ease of parking and seating.

    Starr King announced four honorary degrees and certificates for this year -- Rev. Róbert Bálint (Balázs Scholar), Danny Glover (Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters), Patti Lawrence (Honorary Doctorate of Sacred Theology), and Ramsden (Honorary Doctorate of Sacred Theology).

    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.

    Tennessee and Kentucky Flood Relief
    By Cilla Raughly, PCD Executive Director

    By now you have surely heard something of the devastating flooding in Tennessee and Kentucky.  UU congregations in Nashville, Clarksville, and Bowling Green need our help.  Local UU ministers Dan Rosemergy, Gail Seavey, and Jason Shelton (who wrote the hymns, Standing on the Side of Love and Fire of Commitment) report that several of their members’ homes and lifelong possessions were washed away.  Many had no flood insurance. 

    In Bowling Green, the waters flooded the first floor of the building the congregation was almost ready to move into.  In Nashville, says Shelton, “we have people who have lost everything but the clothes on their back. We’re going to need a lot of help in the weeks and months ahead.”

    When times are tough, we still know we can count on one another to help.  Please consider making a donation, whatever you can afford, large or small, to the Tennessee and Kentucky Flood Relief Fund

    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 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.

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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.

    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.


    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.

    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. 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.


    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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