Our Church Circular / Nuestro Periódico de la Iglesia / September 1, 2010 / 1 de Septiembre 2010

Inside This Issue:

0901-0 Send us Your Photos
0901-1 Sunday Services
0901-2 Save the Dates
0901-3 Lifespan Faith Development
As We Build the Beloved Community... The Seasons of Renewal for Our Journey of Faith: Happy Homecoming, FUCSJ!
Grand Opening of First UU Art Display on Homecoming Sunday!
0901-6 Volunteer Recognition: Do You Want to Express Your Appreciation?

New Member Ingathering, Sunday, October 3

0901-8 Ready to Become a New Member of the First Unitarian Church of San José?
Adult Class: Introduction to Unitarian Universalism
0901-10 Circling Around - Which of us believes things that are proven by neither statistics nor science? What’s happening to our little kids? Could you be playful 3 weeks after a broken jaw? Somebody can. Visualize the entire congregation in high school.
0901-11 eScrip
UU Hikers & Friends
0901-13 Upcoming Events
  • 2011 Partner Church Pilgrimage
  • Pastoral Care Education Series
  • Sacred Reading Circle
  • Annual Pacific Central District Men’s Retreat
  • Reading “The Five Gospels” With Bob
  • Women's Alliance
  • Around the District - Labor Day Camp 2010
0901-14 Classifieds
0901-15 Spotlight on Social Justice
0901-16 The Ministers Are In! / Board and Staff Contact Information
En Español
0901-1 Servicios de Domingo
Mientras Construimos Nuestra amada Comunidad… Las Estaciones de Renovación para Nuestra Jornada de la Fe: Feliz Regreso al Hogar, FUCSJ!
0901-5 Este verano en la FUCSJ
¿Listo para ser un Nuevo Miembro de la Primera Iglesia Unitaria de San José?
0901-15 Aquí estan los Ministros!

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.

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

5 de Septiembre – 9:30 am

Labor en el Pulpito
Como celebrar el trabajo y a los trabajadores de todo tipo este fin de semana del día del trabajo, recordamos la labor del líder César Chávez con una historia para todas las edades, cantamos las entusiastas canciones del movimiento laboral y damos la bienvenida a la invitada especial Elly Matsumura, con historias de cómo nuestros presupuestos— personales, institucionales, estatales y nacionales—pueden y deben reflejar nuestros valores más profundos, honrando a la dignidad inherente de cada persona y ayudando a crear paz y justicia para todos.

Dirige: Roberto Padilla con Elly Matsumura; Asociada de Culto: Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones

11:00 a.m.
Services in English

September 5 – 11:00 am

Labor in the Pulpit
As we celebrate work and workers of all kinds this Labor Day weekend, we remember labor leader César Chavez with a Story for All Ages, we sing the rousing songs of the labor movement, and we welcome special guest Elly Matsumura, with stories of how our budgets—personal, institutional, state, and national—can and must reflect our deepest values, honoring the inherent dignity of every person, and helping to create peace and justice for all.

Worship Leaders: Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones with Elly Matsumura

Worship Associates: K’Ailsa Rowan

Domingo Del Regreso Al Hogar!

Servicio Combinado En Tiempo Especial: 10: 30 A.M.!!


Combined Service
At A Special Time: 10:30 AM

12 de Septiembre – 10:30 am

Temporadas de Renovación en la Jornada de la Fe
Como el agua que cada uno de nosotros trae para compartir en nuestra Ceremonia del agua en el regreso al hogar, unimos los arroyos individuales de nuestras vidas en un río que es mayor que cualquiera de nosotros podríamos haber soñado solos. En el regreso al hogar, nos reconectamos con quienes somos: una comunidad de gran diversidad y bellas almas, atados juntos por la elección para descubrir una mayor profundidad, la alegría, el servicio y el significado, comprometiéndonos a crear el poder transformador del amor en nuestras vidas, en nuestra comunidad, en nuestro mundo.

Por favor, traigan una pequeña cantidad de agua de sus viajes interiores o exteriores este verano para verter en nuestro río de la vida! En inglés, con algunas canciones en español, y con traducción al español.


Dirigen: Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones y Rev. Geoff Rimositis

Asociados de Culto: mesa directiva de FUCSJ, y muchos otros!

September 12 – 10:30 a.m.

Seasons of Renewal on the Journey of Faith
Like the water we each bring to share in our Water Ceremony, at Homecoming we unite the individual streams of our lives into one river, which is greater than any of us could have dreamed alone. At Homecoming, we reconnect with who we are: one community of many diverse and beautiful souls, bound together by choice to discover greater depth, joy, service, and meaning, committed to making the transforming power of Love visible in our lives, in our community, in our world.

Please bring a small quantity of water from your inner or outer journeys this summer to pour into our river of life! In English, with some singing in Spanish, and with Spanish translation.


Worship Leaders: Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones and Rev. Geoff Rimositis

Worship Associates: FUCSJ Board, and many others!

19 de septiembre – 9:30 a.m.

Centrarse en la misión multicultural
Inicio de un mes de duración, se centran en toda congregación multicultural oniscerning nuestra, la misión multirracial.

September 19 – 11 a.m.

Focus on our multicultural mission
Launching a month-long, congregation-wide focus on our multicultural, multiracial mission.


Save the Dates

  • September 2, Tuesday, Women’s Alliance Meeting, 7:15 pm, Ramsden Fireside room
  • September 7, Tuesday, Lifetime Faith Development Training, 7:00 pm
  • September 9, Thursday, OWL program begins, 7:30 pm
  • September 12, Sunday, Homecoming Sunday
  • September 12, Sunday, Reading The Five Gospels with Bob, 6:00 pm
  • September 19, Advanced Health Care Planning: The 5 Wishes, exact time to be announced.
  • September 20, HUUmanist Group, 7:00 pm
  • September 25, All-church Annual Coastal Cleanup Day at a Santa Cruz beach – CANCELLED – to participate as an individual, see http://www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/ccd/ccd2.htm
  • October 3, HUUmanist Forum, 9:45 am
  • October 6, Inspirational Reading Circle – first meeting, 6:20 p.m., home of Rev. Donna Lenahan
  • October 7, Tuesday, Women’s Alliance Meeting, 7:15 pm, Fireside room
  • October 15-17, PDC Men’s Retreat, Westminster Center, Alamo, CA
  • June 2-26, 2011, UUA General Assembly
  • July 14-29 and July 21-August 4, 2011, Partner Church Committee trips to Homoródszentmárton

Lifespan Faith Development

Nursery -- Birth through 4 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. Each week our paid staff members, Maria Elena Olvera and Glynda Cotton, provide a loving presence as they engage children in games, stories and crafts with seasonal and holiday themes throughout the year.

Children & Youth Classes Begin On September 19
Children and youth in Preschool (4 years) through high school begin this year’s Lifespan Faith Development Program on Sunday, September 19 by joining the community for the first part of worship at 11 a.m. and then going to their prospective classes until 12:30. Come and catch up with old friends and make new ones as we recreate our Unitarian Universalist community with fun, learning and service.

PreK (4 years) through First Grade – Creating Home
Children will participate in the Unitarian Universalist Association curriculum, Creating Home for 15 Sundays this year. Read More

Second through Fourth Grades – Moral Tales
Children will participate in the Unitarian Universalist Association curriculum, Moral Tales for 15 Sundays this year. Read More

Children from PreK through Fourth Grade for 10 Sundays will be engaged in music with leaders Sally Cooperrider and Nayo Ulloa http://www.nayoulloa.com/ in October, January and May. The morning will include 30 minutes of singing and music using Orff percussion instruments. With the opportunity for children to participate in Sunday services. Sally took Orff training this summer! And for the second 30 minutes the children will experience yoga with Shirley Worth.

On two Sundays there will be a Social Justice Project and on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Monday birthday celebration we are inviting all the families of the church to participate in a day of service.

And on nine Sundays through the year, from September through June, children will be together with the whole community in worship on Celebration Sundays.

Fifth Grade – Neighboring Faiths
This yearlong curriculum helps youth learn about their own faith and other faith traditions through interactive experience such as field trips and interviews. These encounters with other religions are given meaning through periods of reflection and discussion about Unitarian Universalist and personal beliefs and values.

Goals for Participants:

  • To learn about other faith traditions;
  • To consider the universals of religious experience;
  • To deepen one’s own faith;
  • To strengthen one’s understanding of and respect for cultural diversity.

Sixth through Eighth Grades – Junior High Youth Group
The junior high youth group meets on Sundays from 11:30-12:30 and follows a planned curriculum exploring themes of empowerment, diversity and compassion. They organize monthly social activities on the first Friday of the month. Class Coordinator, Pam Pell johnpell@aol.com

Ninth through Twelfth Grades – Senior High Youth Group (Youth Group Room)
The senior high youth group meets from 11:30 to 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 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 Advisors: V Kingsley, Greg Muller and Cordelia Willis

If you are interested in participating in any of the child, youth or adult classes or activities please contact the Rev. Geoff Rimositis, 292-3858,ext.25 or GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org

Eighth Through Tenth Grades – Coming of Age
Coming of Age is a rite of passage program for Unitarian Universalist Youth.

The mission of The First Unitarian Church of San Jose’s Coming of Age Program is:

To provide experiences for our youth that will help them integrate their childhood into their emerging adulthood with a clear sense of themselves and their place in the church and in the world.

The program is designed to help our young people:

  • explore their own spirituality;
  • develop a deeper understanding of Unitarian Universalism;
  • continue the lifelong process of values clarification;
  • recognize and accept responsibility for the consequences of their decisions;
  • explore their options for service, both to the church and to the community;
  • deepen their relationships with each other and with adults in the church
  • come to a positive understanding of their capabilities and;
  • test themselves against their own preconceived limits.

Each youth participating in the program will have a mentor (an adult member from the congregation) who will serve as an important companion throughout the year. The mentor will join their mentee in an open and supportive relationship in which fellowship, honesty and fun are central. The mentor will serve as a resource and advisor by sharing thoughts, feelings and experiences on matters of the head (knowledge), hands (service), heart (relationships), and spirit (reverence and wonder). The Coming of Age Task Force will help each participant choose a mentor that is right for him or her.

In addition to each participant’s local congregational involvement there will be a series of three retreats during the year in which we will join with other Unitarian Universalist Coming of Age youth from around the bay area. The retreats will give youth the opportunity to do some fun and challenging activities like a Ropes Course and a Nature Vigil.

At the culmination of the Coming of Age Program in May of 2010 there will be a special Coming of Age Sunday in which youth in our congregation and from around the district will be honored by their local congregations. That evening there will be a dinner and at our church to celebrate the completion of the program.

Coming of Age is an opportunity for youth to: challenge themselves both physically and spiritually; develop meaningful relationships with other youth and adults; gain a greater understanding of Unitarian Universalism and what it means to them and; to have lots of fun enjoying the many gifts life presents to us.

For a brochure and registration form please contact Rev. Geoff Rimositis, GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org, 292-3858, 25

2010-2011 Lifespan Faith Development Calendar

  • Tuesday, September 7 – Curriculum Leader/Class Guide Training, 7-9 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 12 – Celebration Sunday-Homecoming—NO CLASSES
  • Sunday, September 19 – Classes begin at 11:30; Curriculum Leader/Class Guide Training, 9-10:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, September 25 – Coming of Age Mentor Training, 9-3 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 26 – Classes for Pre-K through High School, 11:30-12:30 a.m.

Class Guides & Curriculum Leader Trainings

For Pre-K(4 Years) through First Grade and Second through Fourth Grades:

  • Tuesday, September 7, 7-9 p.m.,
  • Sunday, September 19, 9-10:30 a.m.

What are Class Guides and a Curriculum Leaders?
I am glad you asked! Class Guides volunteer in either the PreK-First or Second through Fourth Grade Classes. The Class Guides are community builders. They are the ones who get to know our children the best and help them to feel connected with their peers and church community. Their responsibilities include providing an opening ritual for each class by lighting a chalice and leading a closing circle at the end of each class. The Class Guides will have a list of getting acquainted games and energy activities to help children to get the most out of their church experience. They will redirect children’s energy in a participatory direction when children drift away from the class group. Class Guides free up the Curriculum Leader to present the morning’s lesson or activity without having to worry about also managing children’s behavior. Because class guides are consistently with our children they get to know them well and how best to draw them into full participation.

Curriculum Leaders teach the assigned lesson accessed on-line, for PreK-First, Creating Home at: http://www.uua.org/religiouseducation/curricula/tapestryfaith/creatinghome/index.shtml

And for Second through Fourth Grade, Moral Tales at: http://www.uua.org/religiouseducation/curricula/tapestryfaith/moraltales/index.shtml

With the Class Guides serving as homeroom teachers, the Curriculum Guides can focus on the lesson they are presenting knowing that there is a person who knows the children and will handle any behavior issues that might come up.

Parents, prospective volunteers and curious folks who are interested in learning more about our Sunday Program for children in PreK-Fourth Grade are invited to attend either of the two up coming trainings on Tuesday, September 7, 7-9 p.m., or Sunday, September 19, 9-10:30 a.m. at the church in the lower level classrooms. Please RSVP with Rev. Geoff Rimositis, GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org


As We Build the Beloved Community...

by the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones

Mientras Construimos Nuestra amada Comunidad…

por la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones

The Seasons of Renewal for Our Journey of Faith: Happy Homecoming, FUCSJ!

Sunday, September 12, at our Special Combined-Service Time of 10:30 a.m.: Homecoming Sunday! The words are sweet on my tongue and dancing through my fingertips. Homecoming is here – this joyful time of renewal, re-gathering, and recommitment!

Like the water we each bring to share in our Water Ceremony, at Homecoming we unite the individual streams of our life into one river, which is greater even than the sum of its parts. At Homecoming, we reconnect with who we are: one community of many diverse and beautiful souls, bound together by choice to discover greater depth, joy, service, and meaning, committed to making the transforming power of Love visible in our lives, in our community, in our world.

This year we embark with renewed intention on a remarkable journey of faith. We of all ages will find mysteries to explore, questions to be asked, fun to be had, good works to be done, relationships to deepen. We will shape our journey around five “liturgical seasons” – does that phrase echo with any faith traditions you have known? If so, be prepared to delight in the mingling of the familiar and the brand-new, for here are the Unitarian Universalist seasons we claim this year: the seasons of Transformation, Incarnation, Love, Grace, and Freedom.

During the Season of Transformation – Homecoming Sunday through the Day of the Dead (November 2) – we will share our stories of change and new beginnings. We will ponder the ways in which forgiveness, as a spiritual practice, helps to make room for the new; we will practice seeing things with the fresh eyes of compassion. We will deepen our understanding of how, in our lives as in nature all around us, we must sometimes die to the old in order to be reborn to the new.

Our board (a body of strong and visionary members) will guide us in naming and claiming our mission and vision. Did you know that in 2015, FUCSJ will be 150 years old? What will we do between now and then to make this birthday a citywide celebration of all that First Unitarian has offered and now offers to our community?

With our consultation weekend, October 2-3, and in conversations before and after, we will ask the radical questions: Who are we? What is our purpose? Why do we need to be a multicultural, multiracial, multidimensional congregation, for example? Do we, in fact, “need” to be? And if we are indeed called to create this Beloved Community, this community that models one sacred human family, then how best do we go about making this vision a reality?

What transformations will we experience in ourselves, as well as in our community, when we ask these questions and follow them faithfully where they lead us?

My own sabbatical time – from December 25 through June 26 – will offer both you, beloved FUCSJ, and me rich seasons of renewal. As we prepare for the sabbatical this fall, we are united on this journey of faith, for the streams of all our lives have flowed together to make a river greater than any one of us could have dreamed.

Come, join us on this journey! Welcome Home!

With joy and anticipation for the year ahead,


Las Estaciones de Renovación para Nuestra Jornada de la Fe: Feliz Regreso al Hogar, FUCSJ!

El domingo 12 de septiembre, en nuestro Servicio Combinado en horario especial de las 10: 30 a.m.: El Domingo de Regreso al Hogar! Las palabras son dulces en mi lengua y bailando a través de las yemas de los dedos. El Regreso al Hogar esta aquí —este alegre tiempo de renovación, de reunión y de nuevo compromiso!

Como el agua que cada uno de nosotros trae para compartir en nuestra Ceremonia del agua, en el Regreso al Hogar, unimos los arroyos individuales de nuestras vidas en un río que es mayor incluso que la suma de sus partes. En el regreso al hogar nos reconectamos con quienes somos: una comunidad de gran diversidad y bellas almas, atados juntos por la elección para descubrir una mayor profundidad, la alegría, el servicio y el significado, comprometiéndonos a crear el poder transformador del amor en nuestras vidas, en nuestra comunidad, en nuestro mundo.

Este año nos embarcaremos con renovada intención en una sorprendente jornada de la fe. Nosotros de todas las edades encontraremos misterios que exploraremos, preguntas que preguntaremos, diversión que tendremos, buenas obras que realizaremos, relaciones más profundas. ¿Daremos forma a nuestro viaje alrededor de cinco “temporadas litúrgicas”—hace eco esa frase con cualquiera de las tradiciones de fe que han conocido? Si es así, prepárese a deleitarse en la mezcla de lo familiar y lo flamante, aquí están las temporadas Unitario Universalistas que afirmamos este año: las estaciones de Transformación, Encarnación, Amor, Gracia y Libertad.

Durante la temporada de transformación— del domingo del Regreso al Hogar al día de los muertos—nosotros compartiremos nuestras historias de cambio y nuevos comienzos. Consideraremos las maneras en el cual el perdón, como una práctica espiritual, nos ayuda para hacer espacio para el nuevo; practicaremos viendo las cosas con los ojos frescos de la compasión. Profundizaremos nuestra comprensión de cómo, en nuestras vidas, como en la naturaleza que nos rodea, debemos a veces matar lo viejo para que renazca lo nuevo.

Nuestra Mesa Directiva (un cuerpo fuerte y visionario de miembros). Nos guiará identificando y afirmarmando nuestra misión y visión ¿Sabían que en 2015, la FUCSJ tendrá 150 años de edad? ¿Qué haremos entre ahora y entonces, para hacer de este cumpleaños una celebración a lo largo y ancho de la ciudad de todo lo que la Primera Iglesia Unitaria ha ofrecido y ofrece ahora a nuestra comunidad?

Con nuestra consulta de fin de semana, del 2-3 de octubre, y en las conversaciones anteriores y posteriores, preguntaremos las preguntas radicales: Por ejemplo, Quiénes somos? ¿Cuál es nuestro propósito? ¿Por qué necesitamos ser una congregación multicultural, multirracial y multidimensional?, ¿De hecho, “necesitamos” ser? Y si de hecho estamos llamados a crear esta Amada Comunidad, esta comunidad que modela una sagrada familia humana, ¿entonces cual es la mejor forma de hacer esta visión una realidad?

¿Qué transformaciones experimentaremos en nosotros mismos, así como en nuestra comunidad, cuando preguntamos estas preguntas y las seguimos fielmente ¿a donde nos conducen?

Mi propio tiempo sabático—desde el 25 de diciembre a través de 26 de junio—les ofrecerá tanto ustedes, amada FUCSJ y a mí, ricas temporadas de renovación. Mientras nos preparamos para el año sabático este otoño, estamos unidos en este viaje de la fe, para que los arroyos de todas nuestras vidas fluyan juntos para hacer un río mayor que cualquiera de nosotros podría haber soñado.

Vengan, únase a nosotros en este viaje! Bienvenidos al Hogar!

Con alegría y anticipación para el año que viene,



Grand Opening of First UU Art Display on Homecoming Sunday!

Featured Artist: Carol Greene
There are so many talented artists in our Beloved Community that the Aesthetics Committee thought it would be a fine idea to display some of their artistry for everyone to see. As a result, there will be occasional art displays in HPH after church for our pleasure and enlightenment. On Sunday, September 12, we will feature the work of Carol Greene, who says her art is “my way of responding to life; a way of connecting with the world and with other people – and hopefully the finished work will resonate with others, forming more connections. As you view my work I hope you will find something that resonates with you.”

If you are an artist of any kind and would like to share your creative efforts with the congregation, please contact Genie Bernardini geniebee@hotmail.com

Gift of Service

by Genie Bernardini

Grateful kudos to Gretchen Leavitt, who has without fail, twice each month, coordinated her team to take the files for Our Church Circular to the printer, pick up printed copies, assemble the newsletters ready for mailing, and taken them to the post office. She is resigning the post of Newsletter Assembly Coordinator as of the end of September.

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

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

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


New Member Ingathering, Sunday, October 3

Our next New Member Ingathering will be held during the service on Sunday, October 3, when our new members will be introduced to the congregation. To explore membership in our church community please contact, the Reverend Geoff Rimositis, GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org


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.


Adult Class: Introduction to Unitarian Universalism
This class will address important themes in Unitarian Universalist congregational life: worship and theology, history, covenant and polity, religious education, faith development, social justice, and membership. The class will provide an opportunity for participants to interact and share their own experiences, a process that echoes the Unitarian Universalist commitment to individual theological exploration. Participants will learn about Unitarian Universalism not only by hearing about it, but by doing it—exploring their own theology and its intersection with the Unitarian Universalist tradition.

Leader: Rev Geoff Rimositis; RSVP GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org
Classes are free and held on Thursdays from 7:00 to 9:00 pm in the church’s lower level classrooms.

  • October 28, Theology and Worship
  • November 4, Where Do We Come From? Unitarian Universalist Roots
  • November 11, How We Grow in Faith—Philosophy of Religious Education
  • November 18, Social Justice Philosophy and Practice
  • December 2, How Are Decisions Made? Governance and Polity
  • December 19, Membership
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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:

    Which of us believes things that are proven by neither statistics nor science? What’s happening to our little kids? Could you be playful 3 weeks after a broken jaw? Somebody can. Visualize the entire congregation in high school.

    From the mailbox:

    From Mary Martin: I think for our congregation’s size, we probably get more letters to the editor of the Mercury News published than any other congregation in the Valley. (That’s totally unproven by statistics or science, but I still think it’s true.) In the paper today (Aug. 7) there was a good letter from Sharon Grennan celebrating Judge Vaughn Walker’s ruling about same-sex marriage.

    From Jan Theisss-Guffey: Jim’s older brother, Don, passed away at the end of June, of a stroke. We think of him daily.

    From Rebecca Mason: CreaTV channel 15 local cable TV presents films made by teens in their summer video boot camp – Jacob Mason Morison participated in this three week summer camp for ages 13-17. They learned all about video and production in the CreaTV studio. Teams made short films (very short) that will be presented at this premiere. We have not seen any of them yet. We will be on the red carpet with our son. Tuxs or evening gowns?

    From Barbara Derbyshire: Bev and I are back in RI at our alternate home. Our indoor cat escaped and was hit just before our intended departure. Luckily, his worst injury was a broken jaw, and he is back to his normal playful self. Our dog traveled well and loves racing around our acreage. Lots of visits from kids and grandkids. Bev attended GA. We’ll be back in CA sometime in October.

    The Probing (Impertinent) Question of the day from the captive audience in Hattie Porter Hall: “When in your life have you felt the most like an outsider?”

    Dave Proulx: walking into a gathering of people without much in common with them. – Lisa Hettler-Smith, Claire Wagner: junior high school – Tina Hemenway, Billie Wachter, Monty Low, Frank Bosche, Carole Greene: High school – Madeline Blackwood: elementary school. Her definition of hell is 9th grade forever.– Dana Grover: Anaheim in the mid-70’s high school transfer mid-senior year – Connie Bloch: when I transferred schools in 7th grade – Dan Zulevic: 1st grade – Liz Owen: kindergarten – Karen Conrotto: any school – Bill Ardrey: when he got off at the wrong bus stop – Sol Wachter: on his first trip abroad – Anne Gunn: now– Sherry Howd: after Bush elections - any Bush election– Lucie Ashley: in Germany alone – Nancy Walker: when Prop 8 passed – Jenny Redfern: in catechism class – Anand: any new group – Bob Howd: at MIT for a post doc fresh off the truck from the Midwest

    But-They-Are-Only-Little-Kids Department: (We are letting our kids get away!)

    From Lisa Hettler-Smith: Gordon has graduated from Bellarmine and he’s going on the UULM Young Adult Water Justice Road Trip in June, and will be starting at UC “Gordon has to learn to call it Cal” Berkeley in September. He will most likely major in Conservation and Resource Studies.

    From Jan Theiss-Guffey: Mason got his PhD from the University of Chicago in Chemistry! The picture is of Mason pointing to his laser assembly. We are, of course, bursting with pride.

    From Facebook: a picture purporting to be the infant child of Carol & Monty Low was shown in a gown and mortarboard.

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    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


    UU Hikers&Friends

    By Joyce Miller
    Here is the September hiking schedule. You will notice that I have scheduled most of the hikes in areas where there is an abundance of trees and limited exposure to the sun and heat.

    Again let me know if you are joining us unless you are a regular and you know who you are. Call on my home phone 408 730 1052 or email me. I will check it in the morning before the hike. You can call my cell phone 408 507 7052 after 7:30 am the morning of the hike. If I am driving I will not answer, so just leave me a message and I’ll check it when I get parked. See you on the trails!

    Wednesday, September 1
    Windy Hill, 7-8 miles, moderate. I will be on vacation until September 19. You all can decide if you want to do the longer hike. Meet at Page Mill/280 Park and Ride at 8:30 or at trailhead on Alpine Rd at 8:45 am.

    Saturday, September 4
    Joseph Grant County Park, 6 miles, moderate. I will be on vacation until September 19. Let Alice Lynch know if you are planning to hike. Her email is lynch.alice@gmail.com. Meet at VTA Park and Ride on Capitol at Alum Rock across from cemetery at 8:00 am.

    Wednesday, September 8
    Sanborn County Park, 6 miles, moderate. Meet at US Bank Parking lot in Saratoga at 8:30 am. Remember, I am still on vacation, so you are on your own.

    Saturday, September 11
    Calero County Park, 6 miles, moderate. Let Alice Lynch know if you are hiking. Meet at Almaden Plaza Shopping Center across from Bed, Bath and Beyond at 8:00 am.

    Wednesday, September 15
    Montebello Open Space Preserve, 6 miles, moderate. Meet at PageMill/280 Park and Ride at 8:30 am. I am still on vacation so you are on your own.

    Saturday, September 18
    Sunol Regional Park. You can decide if you want to do McGuire Peaks or another trail at Sunol. Let Alice know if you are hiking. Meet at VTA Park and Ride at Capitol and Alum Rock at 8:00 am.

    Wednesday, September 22
    Saratoga Gap to Grizzly Flat, 6 miles, moderate. This is a shuttle hike. Meet at US Bank parking lot in Saratoga at 8:30 am.

    Saturday, September 25
    Santa Teresa County Park, 6-7 miles, moderate. Meet at Bed, Bath and Beyond parking lot at Amaden Plaza Shopping center at 8:00 am.

    Wednesday, September 29
    Skyline Trail from Sunnyvale Mountain in Sanborn Park to Summit Rock. Trail is in Sanborn, but access is off of Skyline Blvd. (Highway 35) This is new hike some of us wanted to try the last time we hiked at Sanborn. It will be a shuttle hike. According to my calculations it is about 6 miles give or take .5 miles. Meet at Saratoga parking lot behind US Bank at 8:30 am.

    Saturday, October 2
    Alum Rock, 6 miles, mod/strenuous. Meet at VTA Park and Ride on Capital at Alum Rock at 8:00 am.


    Upcoming Events

    Women’s Alliance
    Please join us for the new “season” of Women’s Alliance. We’ll be meeting in the Ramsden Fireside Room on Thursday, Sept. 2 from 7:15 pm to 9:15 pm For further information contact Nancy Coleman at 408 985 5778 or nbcoleman@gmail.com

    HUUmanists Group
    Monday, September 20, 7:00-8:30 pm in conference room.

    by Tim Blackwood, timblackwood@sbcglobal.net

    Jay and Nancy saw one of the films at the recently held Atheist Film Festival in San Francisco. Jay will tell us a little bit about it.

    We will start a first-Sunday-of-the-month forum on October 3, 9:45-10:45 am in the Ramsden Fireside Room. Amy will select the first topic and facilitate the first forum. Details for the future to be discussed and decided... as well as topics for future Third Monday group.

    July 14-29, July 21-August 4, 2011
    2011 Partner Church Pilgrimage

    The Partner Church Committee will offer 2 trips to Homoródszentmárton in 2011. The first trip from July 14 to July 29 will include a more adult oriented programs with classes in the arts and culture of the village. The second trip will be youth oriented from July 21 to August 4 with less structure. All travelers must be high school age or older. The youth and their families will have priority for the second trip. The approximate cost for the trip is $2,600. This includes airfare, but not food in Budapest and Kolozsvar. We will have scholarship opportunities for anyone who needs help with the cost of the trip. Please contact Monty Low for scholarship and fundraising needs.

    The first trip will begin with 2 full days in Budapest, but the second trip will have only 1 full day in Budapest. The trips will then travel to Kolozsvar, Romania for 1 day where we will visit Unitarian heritage sites. The trips will travel to our partner church in the village of Homoródszentmárton where we will stay 7 nights. There will be a one-night overlap when both trips will be in the village. While in the village we will work on service projects with our hosts and learn about the life, history and culture of our Unitarian partners. Finally we will travel to Budapest for a one-day visit and then fly home. Please contact Monty Low, low.monty@gmail.com, for information or if you are interested in joining us on one of the trips.

    First Unitarian Church of San José Pastoral Care Education Series

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Sacred Reading Circle

    This Sacred Reading Circle, facilitated by Rev. Donna Lenahan, will meet in her home for seven Wednesday evenings from 6:20 to 8:50 pm, on October 6, 13, 20, 21, 27 and November 4 and 11.

    The book we will use is For the Love of God; Handbook for the Spirit by Richard Carlson and Benjamin Shield. It is a wonderful collection of original writing by twenty-five extraordinary writers (such as The Dalai Lama, Matthew Fox, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Huston Smith) celebrating their personal experiences of the divine. Donna has a few of these books.

    Come enjoy tea and discussion with like-minded journeyers on the path. $5 per session is suggested.

    Marianne Williamson says: “Books such as this one are maps back home. They bridge us back to the essential self. They remind us who we are and grant us the peace of remembering at last.”

    Please e-mail Donna at: djlenahan@aol.com or call her at 408-354-9024 to let her know you are interested. The group is limited to ten participants.

    Friday-Sunday, October 15-17, 2010

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

    Sunday, September 12, 6 PM to 8 PM
    Reading “The Five Gospels” along With Bob 

    The next session will be Sunday, September 12, 6 PM to 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 discussing our readings from “The Five Gospels”. Contact Bob Miess at 408-781-7073 or Bob@FloweringEnterprises.com

    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.

  • 0901-14


    Juliet Stubblebine, a long-time member of our beloved community, is currently looking to start a career in the nonprofit sector. Her ideal job would utilize her experience working with children and planning events. Juliet would appreciate any help the congregation can give her in her quest for a new career. While looking for work, Juliet is available for custom sewing work. She has many years of experience sewing and has created many historical reproduction outfits for Renaissance Faire, Dicken’s Fair and Halloween costumes. Those of you who would like to offer assistance with Juliet’s job search or who would like to commission a garment can contact Juliet at juliet_b_1@hotmail.com.

    Local Room Wanted: UC Berkeley Visiting Scholar seeks a room for rent in San Jose Area. I only need to be in Berkeley once or twice a week, and I prefer the climate of the South Bay. I am a gay male in my 40s, non-smoking, health conscious, a Unitarian, and I need a place for the coming academic year. I will be writing up my research studies comparing US and Canadian health care policies. I practice yoga, go to bed by 11, and am very quiet. Price is negotiable. Denver Llewellen, Ph. D; telephone 650-273-2251 denverlewellen@berkeley.edu

    Assembly Coordinator(s) for Our Church Circular Wanted: Coordinate Assembly team to stamp, label and mail newsletters. Requires about four hours twice a month, usually first and third Tuesdays. Tasks can be split among team. Contact outgoing coordinator Gretchen Leavett with questions, gretchen.leavitt@sbcglobal.net, 408-985-9162, or write circular.editors@gmail.com.


    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.

    From Billie Wachter: Here is good news for all who see great hopes for our broken world in growing cross movement-activity, including interorganizational exchange of information and views, diversity in interconnections, and in coordinated and joint action. Go to info@war-times.org


    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

    David Proulx, dproulx@gmail.com

    Joyce Miller, j408miller@sbcglobal.net

    Tamara Payne-Alex, paynealex@sprintmail.com

    Dena Dickinson, dickiden@comcast.net


    Program and Operations Council (POC)

    Church Staff

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

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

    Office Manager, Ext. 10
    Susan Burke-Diquisto, fucsj@sanjoseuu.org

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

    Bookkeeper / Sue Evanicky

    Custodian / Edgar Cruz

    Nursery Staff / Maria Elena Olvera & Glynda Cotton

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

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

    Editors: Catherine Leeson Pelizzari and Shirley Worth; Circular.Editors@gmail.com
    Shirley will be editor for the September 1 and October 13 issues. Catherine will be editor for the September 15 and October 6 issue.

    Translator: Roberto Padilla

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

    Assembly Coordinator: Gretchen Leavitt

    Assembly Crew: Gretchen Leavitt and Marge Schneider

    Thanks for all the work you do and care you put into the newsletter.

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    Next issue deadline: 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 8, 2010

    Next issue assembly: Tuesday, September 14, 2010

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