Our Church Circular / April 18, 2007 / 18 de Abril 2007

Inside This Issue:

  • This Sunday’s Services / READ
  • April 29 and May 6 Services/ READ
  • Save the Dates / READ
  • 25th Anniversary of El Mozote Massacre / READ
  • Magnifying Our Ministries / READ
  • Religious Education / READ
  • Child Abuse Prevention Sunday Program / READ
  • Spotlight on Social Justice / READ
  • Want to be a Delegate? / READ
  • Circling Around / READ
  • Upcoming Events / READ
    • Holiday Wanderers / READ
    • Rummage Sale / READ
    • Jr. High Backpack Trip / READ
    • "Screaming Queens" / READ
    • District Assembly / READ
    • General Assembly / READ
    • Leadership Training / READ
    • Meditation Classes / READ
APRIL 22

SUNDAY SERVICES / SERVICIOS DE DOMINGO

22 DE ABRIL

22 de Abril — 9:30 a.m.

¡Celebración del Día de la Tierra!

Ven a escuchar el llamado de la tierra y celebremos el acogimiento de nuestro “Bote-Casa Azul.” ¡Con invitados musicales especiales y una danza de tambores para celebrar nuestro ofrecimiento, mientras que nuestra Campaña Anual de Entrega se acerca al final!

Dirige: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Asociada de Servicio: Carol Stephenson.

April 22 — 9:30 a.m.

Earth Day Celebration!

Come hear the earth’s cry and celebrate our embrace of our “Blue Boat Home.” With special musical guests and a drumming dance to celebrate our giving, as the Annual Giving Campaign draws to a close!

Worship Leader: the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Worship Associates: Carol Stephenson and members of SSM

April 22 — 11 a.m.

Earth Day Celebration!

Come hear the earth’s cry and celebrate our embrace of our “Blue Boat Home.” With special musical guests and a drumming dance to celebrate our giving, as the Annual Giving Campaign draws to a close!

Worship Leader: the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Worship Associates: Carol Stephenson and Members of the Green Sanctuary Task Force

 22 de Abril — 11 a.m.

¡Celebración del Día de la Tierra!

Ven a escuchar el llamado de la tierra y celebremos el acogimiento de nuestro “Bote-Casa Azul” ¡Con invitados musicales especiales y una danza de tambores para celebrar nuestro ofrecimiento, mientras que nuestra Campaña Anual de Entrega se acerca al final!

Dirige: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Asociados de Servicio: Carol Stephenson y Miembros del Grupo de Sanctuario Verde

Save the Dates and Social Justice Calendar

  • April 21, Saturday, Carry the Vision at 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Evergreen Valley College
  • April 22, Sunday, Earth Day at the 9:30 and 11:00 Services; Coffee Hour [Henry, please link to Carol's Social Justice Column]
  • April 22, Sunday, Speaker; Sierra Club at 1:00 pm, the Sanctuary
  • April 22, Sunday, “The Gods Grew Tired of Us” 3:00-5:00 p.m., Camera 12
  • April 27, Friday, "Dare to Hope: Supporting the Vision of Healing through Art" at 6:30 pm, the Sanctuary [Henry, please link to Dare to Hope article]
  • April 27-29, Pacific Central District General Assembly in Foster City , California . See www.pcd-uua.org for more information.
  • April 29, Sunday, Screaming Queens-the Riots at Compton 's Cafeteria, about 1:15 pm in the Sanctuary [Henry, please link to the Screaming Queens article]
  • May 4, Friday, Dances of Universal Peace, 8:00 pm, in the Sanctuary
  • May 6, Sunday, New Member Ingathering [Henry, please link to service description]
  • May 6, Sunday, UU Band of Writers, 20 minutes after the service, Youth Room
  • June 9, Saturday, “Service is Our Prayer” day work party, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • June 20-24, General Assembly, Portland, OR

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An Event 25 Years in the Making: Dare to Hope

by Carol Stephenson, Social Justice Coordinator

Un Evento que se ha preparado por 25 Años: Atrévete a Tener Esperanza

por la Carol Stephenson, Social Justice Coordinator

April 27, 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary

In 1981, the village of El Mozote became a tragic focal point of El Salvador ’s civil war when the US-backed Salvadoran army killed all who lived there, except one. Rufina Amaya survived the massacre, and though her story was denied for years, she knew that she must continue to tell the truth. 

Hundreds of thousands of Salvadorans fled their country during the 1980s. As they established themselves in the United States , Salvadorans learned that the US support of EL Salvador ’s army meant that our government not only denied events such as the El Mozote Massacre but also refused to give Salvadorans asylum protection here.  The First Unitarian Church of San Jose knew that it must respond to such unfair treatment, and joined the Sanctuary Movement by offering safe haven.

In the Mid-nineties, I was hired (by FUCSJ congregant Richard Hobbs) as an immigration lawyer at Catholic Charities, refiling denied asylum cases for Salvadorans living in the South Bay . It was at this time that I learned of First Unitarian through its work on behalf of Central Americans. After spending months hearing story upon story of those who had lived through that war, I knew I must continue to work for immigrant rights.

When the village of El Mozote was exhumed after the war ended, Amaya’s horrific accounting of the massacre was finally proven true.  One participant in the exhumation was an Argentine artist, Claudia Bernardi. As Claudia dusted the bones of children killed by their own government she knew she must use her art to respond.  In 2001, she returned to the area to establish an art school and open studio. This art school has become a way for people to address the pain they lived though during the war and to represent their lives as they move forward. 

This January, I was approached by Debi and Chris Laurenc; he, a professor at Bellarmine, she, an artist.  They had recently returned from the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the massacre at El Mozote where they met Rufina Amaya. They were so moved by the outpouring of grief, spirituality, and resilience that they witnessed at this event, Debi and Chris knew they must support the transformative work being done at the art school. 

These many years and stories combine on April 27, 2007 at 6:30 pm in our Sanctuary.

“Dare to Hope: Supporting the Vision of Healing through Art” brings our history, our community and our quest for peace together in one event.  The Laurencs will present the history that led to the art school and the amazing work coming out of it at 7:00 pm (simultaneously translated into Spanish).  Debi’s incredible photographs from her poignant visit to EL Salvador will be on display and available for purchase during a pupusa, beer and wine reception.  

Childcare is provided, food and drink are available for purchase, and Debi’s prints and framed photographs will be sold.  All proceeds go to benefit the Walls of Hope Art School and Open Studio.  Do plan to join us April 27 for this very special event and get more information and a photo preview at redegggallery.com where you click on Dare to Hope.

27 de Abril, 7:00 p.m. en el Santuario

En 1981, la villa de El Mozote se convirtió en un punto focal trágico de la guerra civil de El Salvador, cuando el ejército salvadoreño respaldado por los EE UU, asesinó a todos los que vivían allí, excepto una persona. Rufina Amaya sobrevivió la masacre, y aunque su historia fue negada por años, ella sabía que debería continuar contando la verdad.

Cientos de miles de salvadoreños huyeron del país  durante la década de los 80. Cuando se establecieron en los Estados Unidos, los salvadoreños se enteraron que el apoyo del ejército salvadoreño por parte de los EE UU significaba que nuestro gobierno no solamente negaba los eventos tales como el de El Mozote, sino que además se rehusaba a dar protección de asilo a los salvadoreños aquí. La Primera Iglesia Unitaria de San José, sabía que debería responder a dicho trato injusto, y se unió al Movimiento Santuario, ofreciendo un refugio seguro.

En los 90s, fui contratada (por un miembro de la congregación de esta iglesia, Richard Hobbs) como abogada de migración en Caridades Católicas, volviendo a tramitar los casos de asilo negado para los salvadoreños que vivían en el Sur de la Bahía. Fue entonces que me enteré de la Primera Iglesia Unitaria a  través de su trabajo en favor de los centroamericanos. Después de pasar meses escuchando historia tras historia de aquellos que vivieron durante esa guerra, yo sabía que debía continuar trabajando por los derechos de los inmigrantes.

Cuando la villa de El Mozote fué desenterrada, después que la Guerra terminó, los relatos horrendos de Amaya sobre la masacre, fueron finalmente comprobados como ciertos. Una participante en la excavación fue una artista argentina, Claudia Bernardi. Mientras Claudia desempolvaba los huesos de los niños asesinados por su propio gobierno, ella sabía que debería utilizar su arte para responder. En el 2001, ella regresó al área a establecer una escuela de arte y taller estudio abierto. Esta escuela de arte se había convertido en una forma en que la gente podía expresar el dolor que sufrieron durante la guerra y de representar sus vidas mientras seguían adelante con su vida.

Este mes de enero, conocí a Debi y Chris Laurenc; él es profesor en la escuela Bellarmine, ella es una artista. Acababan de regresar de la conmemoración del 25 aniversario de la masacre de El Mozote, donde conocieron a Rufina Amaya. Se conmovieron tanto por la profusión de dolor, espiritualidad, y la fuerza moral de que ellos fueron testigos en este evento. Debi y Chris sabían que debían apoyar el trabajo transformador que se está haciendo en la escuela de arte.

Estos múltiples años e historias se combinarán el 27 de Abril de 2007, a las 6:30 pm en nuestro santuario.

“Atrévete a Tener Esperanza: Apoyando la Visión de Sanidad a Través del Arte” reúne nuestra historia, nuestra comunidad y nuestra búsqueda por la Paz, en un solo evento. Los Laurenc presentarán la historia que provocó la creación de la escuela de arte y la extraordinaria obra que produce, a las 7:00 pm (con traducción simultánea al Español). Las increíbles fotos de Debi, de su conmovedora visita a El Salvador estarán en exhibición y estarán a la venta durante una recepción con pupusas, cerveza y vino.

Tendremos cuidado de niños, comida y bebidas a la venta, y venderemos las fotografías enmarcadas de Debi.  Todas las ganancias irán para beneficiar a la Escuela de Arte: Muros de Esperanza y Taller Estudio. Haga planes de asistir el 27 de Abril a este evento tan especial y obtenga más información y un adelanto de las fotos en redegggallery.com donde puede pulsar en: Dare to Hope.

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by the Committee on Ministry

The Church Board has established the Committee on Ministry as a way to monitor the health and vitality of the ministries of the First Unitarian Church of San Jose, using the congregation’s Mission Statement as a guide:

The First Unitarian Church of San Jose is an open and inclusive community committed to promoting the values and principles of Unitarian Universalism in the Santa Clara Valley .  As individuals and in community, we seek to deepen our understanding of Unitarian Universalist principles and to embody them in our lives, that in bold and loving ways we can become agents for spiritual growth, healing, social justice, compassion and joy.  We will live out the goals of the church through our commitments to meaningful worship, ritual and celebration, to providing opportunities for religious education, growth, service, and fun for all ages, and to dedicating ourselves to service that contributes to justice in our local community and in the world.

We are working to articulate and empower the shared and mutual ministries of our “beloved community.” To this end, we are launching this monthly column dedicated to “magnifying” the various ministries of our congregation, noting how they help fulfill our congregation’s mission, and how they provide opportunities for individuals to contribute their own special gifts and talents.

You can help. What aspects of the church’s ministry resonate with your own spiritual path? When has one of our ministries nurtured you? We need to hear your feedback –what’s working, and what’s not? Contact any of us at any time (and we promise to wear our name tags!):

Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones, Rev. Geoff Rimositis, Michael Payne-Alex (Chair), Martha Barahona, Frank Bosche, Jean Embree, Cheri Goodman and Roberto Padilla.

por el Comité de Ministerios (COM)

La mesa directiva de la iglesia ha establecido al Comité de Ministerios como una manera de supervisar la salud y la vitalidad de los ministerios de la Primera Iglesia de Unitaria de San José, usando la afirmación de la misión de la congregación como guía:

La Primera Iglesia Unitaria de San José es una comunidad abierta e incluyente, comprometida a promover los valores y  principios Unitario Universalistas en el valle de Santa Clara. Como individuos y en comunidad, intentamos profundizar nuestra comprensión de los principios Unitario Universalistas e incorporarlos en nuestras vidas, para que de manera audaz y cariñosa podamos ser agentes para el crecimiento espiritual, la curación, la justicia social, la compasión y la alegría. Viviremos los retos de la iglesia a través del compromiso del significado de nuestros servicios religiosos, rituales y celebraciones, proporcionando las oportunidades para la educación religiosa, el crecimiento, el servicio, y la diversión para todas las edades, y a dedicarnos al servicio que contribuya a la justicia en nuestra comunidad local y en el mundo.

Estamos trabajando para articular, para enriquecer y para compartir los ministerios de nuestra “querida comunidad.” Con este fin, estamos lanzando esta columna mensual dedicada a “engrandecer” los diferentes ministerios de nuestra congregación, haciendo notar cómo ayudan a satisfacer la misión de nuestra congregación y cómo ellos proporcionan las oportunidades en forma individual para contribuir con sus propios dones y talentos especiales.

Usted puede ayudar. ¿Qué aspectos del ministerio de la iglesia resuenan en su propia trayectoria espiritual? ¿Cómo alguno de nuestros ministerios le han nutrido? Nosotros necesitamos oír sus opiniones - ¿qué es lo que funciona y que no? Entre en contacto con cualquiera de nosotros en cualquier momento (y nosotros le prometemos usar nuestros gafetes para que nos identifique y poder platicar personalmente!):

Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones, Rev. Geoff Rimositis, Michael Payne-Alex (Chair), Martha Barahona, Frank Bosche, Jean Embree, Cheri Goodman y Roberto Padilla.

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Religious Education

Religious Growth and Learning Program

Nursery (birth-5 years) - Church’s Lower Level
We provide a safe, clean environment in which to support all children in initiating play activities at the developmental level they manifest. Structured activities, games, stories, and crafts are a part of the nursery experience.

Sunday Morning Class Calendar

4-5 Year Olds: A Discovery Year [Lower Level, Room 3]

April 22 Teddy Bear Month: Party!

April 29 

Wondering About Stars
May 6 YWCA Child Assault Prevention Program

1st-2nd Grades: Free to Believe [Lower Level, Room 2]

April 22 How Did Life Begin I?
April 29   How did Life Begin II?
May 6 YWCA Child Assault Prevention Program

3rd-4th Grades: Holidays and Holy Days [Lower Level, Room 5-6]

April 22 Buddha’s Birthday

April 29 

Henry Bergh Day
May 6 YWCA Child Assault Prevention Program

5th Grade: Neighboring Faiths [Lower Level, Room 4]

April 22 Quakers
April 29  Quaker Visit
May 6 YWCA Child Assault Prevention Program

6th-7th-8th Grades: Make a World of Difference [Office Conference Room]

April 22 Diversity Chain
April 29 All Shapes & Sizes
May 6 YWCA Child Assault Prevention Program

8TH-10TH Grades: Coming of Age

Coming of Age Retreat April 20-22, Mt. Madonna County Park

Youth Group Activities

·   Chalice Club (Elementary Age Youth Group, K-5th)

·   Junior High (6th-7th-8th Grades)

·   Senior High (9th -12th Grades)

  • May 6    YWCA Teen Empowerment Program—Youth Room

Advisors: Diana Chung, Mike Williamson, Cordelia Willis.

If you are interested in participating in chalice club, junior or senior high youth group activities, please contact the Rev. Geoff Rimositis , 292-3858, ext.25 or GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org

Religious Education Registration On Line
To register for children and youth programs at http://sanjoseuu.org/RE/br.html, just click the button that says registration. All information is sent only to the Rev. Geoff Rimositis .

Child Abuse Prevention Sunday Program
Sunday, May 6, 2007 (Save the Date)

On Sunday May 6 we will offer a special program on the topic of child abuse prevention.

Children and youth will participate in a presentation by Silicon Valley’s YWCA’s Child Assault Prevention Program (CAPP) and Teen Empowerment Programs (TEP) in their Sunday morning religious education programs. Children and youth will not go to the first part of the service but will go directly to their classes at 11:00 a.m.

Please mark your calendars for this special program. For more information contact the Rev. Geoff Rimositis, 292-3858, ext. 25 GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org

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Spotlight on Social Justice

By Carol Stephenson, Social Justice Coordinator, socialjustice@sanjoseuu.org (408) 292-3858 x27

Special Earth Day Planned for April 22

The Green Sanctuary Action Group has a very special Earth Day planned for you on Sunday, April 22. The Earth Day service promises to be hopeful and inspiring. Then, immediately after the service, Coffee Hour brings you lots of information about how to garden green, how to recycle at the church, how a solar cooker works and how to have a green household. Kids can do recycled arts with Art House Kids. Grown-ups can buy fluorescent light bulbs, earth-friendly grocery bags and drop off their e-waste. At 1:00 Julio Magalhaes, the Global Warming Program Coordinator for the Sierra Club, will offer a presentation in the Sanctuary. Remember to come to church that day by some kind of alternative transportation such as car pool, bus or bike. Living green makes everyone feel good and we can always make one small change toward that goal.

On Saturday, April 21, the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment hosts the annual Community Conference for Nonviolence: “Carry the Vision.” The First Unitarian Church of San Jose is a participating organization and hopes to send many members to the day-long event. Keynote speaker Yolanda King, daughter of Martin Luther King, Jr., will inspire us to passionately create peace in our own lives. Workshops and panel discussions take place all day, and a dialogue process will offer facilitated conversations to build bridges of understanding among diverse viewpoints. Volunteers are still sought, so please contact Carol at socialjustice@sanjoseuu.org if you are available for a 2-hour shift. Arrive before 9:00 am for registration, $30 at the door. Lunch is included. Childcare for children ages 5-12 is $20. More information is at www.carrythevision.org.

Social Justice Calendar

  • April 21, Carry the Vision at 9:00 am - 5:00 pm,  Evergreen Valley College
  • April 22, Earth Day at the 9:30 and 11:00 Sunday Services; Coffee Hour
  • April 22, Speaker; Sierra Club at 1:00 pm, the Sanctuary
  • April 22, “The Gods Grew Tired of Us” 3:00-5:00 p.m., Camera 12
  • April 27, Dare to Hope: Supporting the Vision of Healing through Art at 6:30 pm, the Sanctuary

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Would You Like to be a Delegate?

If you are attending the Unitarian Universalist Association's (UUA) Pacific Central District (PCD) District Assembly in San Mateo April 27-29, and you would like to be a delegate, contact Bob Miess at bob@creating-context.com or (408) 776-6561! The Board will be selecting delegates at its April 25 meeting.

If you are attending the UUA General Assembly in Portland June 20-24, and you would like to be a delegate, you should also contact Bob. The Board will be selecting delegates at its May 23 meeting.

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Upcoming Events

Help Chart the Holiday Wanderers' Event

Holiday Wanderers, our annual sale of handmade gifts, is a fund raiser for the church. If you would like to help plan for the next one or if you have any ideas you would like to share, please attend our planning meeting Sunday, April 29, 12:45-1:45 pm in the conference room. Or contact Cecilia Deck. Phone: (408) 729-5586. E-mail: ceciliadeck@sbcglobal.net.

The Everything-But-Clothing Rummage Sale Coming Next Month!

It may be junk to you but just what someone else is looking for! Here's what I'd like you to do. Get a big box and tour your house. Fill it up with all those things taking up space that you never use: housewares, tools, jewelry, toys, working electronic equipment, knickknacks--just no clothes. Then store the box until Sunday, May 27, when you can put a reasonable price on each item and bring your treasures to church by 10:30 am. Anything not sold or picked up will be taken to the Discovery Shop to benefit the Cancer Society. Questions? Contact Genie at geniebee@hotmail.com.

"Screaming Queens-The Riots at Compton 's Cafeteria"

The Fifth Sunday Movie Series will present Screaming Queens-the Riots at Compton 's Cafeteria, a documentary about transgender activism beginning with the 1966 confrontation between police and transgender and gay patrons at a cafeteria in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco. The movie will be shown in the church sanctuary at about 1:15 pm. Sunday, April 29 (after the social hour). The event is sponsored by the Social Justice Council and the Welcoming Congregation Committee. For more information, contact Frey Leigh at fleigh@earthlink.net or (408) 446-1973.

Three years before the famous rioting at New York 's Stonewall Inn, there was a riot in San Francisco at Gene Compton's Cafeteria. On a hot summer's night in 1966, in the city's Tenderloin District, a group of transgender women and gay street hustlers fought back for the first time in history against everyday police harassment. This act of resistance was a dramatic turning point for the transgender community, and the beginning of a new human rights struggle that continues to this very day.

The documentary, produced in association with the Independent Television Service and KQED public television, shows the connection between GLBT activism and the larger social upheavals affecting the United States in the 1960s: the civil rights and sexual liberation movements, the youth counterculture, urban renewal, and Great Society antipoverty programs.

Meiss Lake

First Unitarian Church of San Jose Jr. High
High Sierra Backpack Trip, July 22-25, 2007

Lace up your boots, put on your backpack, and hike the High Sierra on this 4 day, 3 night backpacking trip.  We’ll backpack 13 miles through Meiss Country, near Carson Pass (Hwy 88). 

The cost is $90 per person. This is the correct price and covers the cost of supplies, food, gas, permits. Please contact Rev. Geoff if you need financial aid.

The registration deadline is May 15, 2007

This trip is open to youth in our church entering grades 6 through 8 in the fall of 2007.  For a registration form or more information, contact Pam Pell at 408-287-4453 or johnpell@aol.com.

*The church does have some equipment which can be borrowed. Both REI and Mel Cotton’s have equipment which can be rented.

District Assembly: Foster City, CA, April 27-29

by Bob Miess

This is the year for members of the First Unitarian Church of San José to enjoy attending a UUA PCD District Assembly! This year’s “DA” will be closer to us than it will be for the next several years. DA is a sort of microcosm of GA, very well worth the short trip to Foster City. There will be incredible programming, the moving experiences of amazing worship services, the recharging energy of networking with UUs from all around California, Nevada, and Hawaii, the fun of the Exhibits, and the opportunity to be a delegate and help elect our own Bob Miess as a member of the District Nominating Committee!

This DA will feature:

  • Rev. Peter Morales on “Why We Don’t Grow”
  • Holly Near on “Change of Heart: how do I go on from here and whom will I take with me”

Also of note are several workshops led by people from our own congregation:

  • Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones and Marla Scharf (with others) on “Radical Inclusion: Now is the Time”
  • Patricia Ohanian-Coffee on “Exploring Children’s Literature with UU Values”
  • Thomas Guffey on “Discussing the Unique Needs of our Young Adult Community”

And much, much more! Check it all out at: http://www.pcd-uua.org/events/DA-2007/index.htm

I hope to see many of you there!

General Assembly, June 20-24, Portland, OR

by Bob Miess

This is the year for members of the First Unitarian Church of San José to turn out in proverbial droves for General Assembly! It will be closer to us this year than it will be for the next several years. There will be incredible programming, the excitement of the banner parade, the moving experiences of amazing worship services (and the music!), the recharging energy of networking with UUs from all around the country, and the fun of the huge Exhibit Hall. Check it all out at:

http://www.uua.org/ga/

This year will also include UU University June 19-20 (http://www.uua.org/DIST/uuuniversity/).

GA can be expensive, but with some advanced planning you can take advantage of some major savings. Low cost housing in a Portland State University Dormitory is available (but you’ll need to reserve early). Early bird registration runs from March 1 to April 30, and offers a significant discount. Other discounts are available for seminarians, youth, and others. One-day registrations are also offered for those unable to attend the full program. Applications for volunteer work assignments, which come with free registration, will be accepted between March 1 and March 31. Applications for scholarships will be available on March 1.

If you are planning to attend, reserve your housing early to get the lowest cost and/or best location. Housing reservations online start at midnight March 1. (See http://www.uua.org/ga/housing.html.) I hope to see many of you there!

Pacific Central District Leadership School, July 21-27 in Alamo, CA

by Bob Miess

Would you like to be a leader? Would you like your leadership to be a more enriching experience for you and for the people you lead? Then maybe PCD Leadership School is for you. This summer people from UU congregations around our district will gather for a week-long retreat in the hills of Alamo to explore our Unitarian Universalist roots, to experiment with ways of creating meaningful worshipful experiences, to learn about group processes and leadership styles, to share deeply about their personal leadership journeys, to take time for solitude in the woods, and to have fun together!

If you would like to know more about Leadership School, ask one of the members of our community about their experience. Some recent Leadership School graduates are: Joyce Miller, Debra Fenzel-Alexander, Crystal Lanier, Bob Miess, Joy-Ellen Lipsky, and Ed Massey. All of them would love to tell you about it! You can also check out the Leadership School website, http://www.pcd-uua.org/pcdldrship/pcdleadershipschool.htm.

There are fees involved, and you will be asked to take on a leadership role of your choice (or continue your current leadership role) in our church community.

During the month of April we will be selecting people to send to Leadership School this summer. So if you would like to go, contact Bob Miess at bob@creating-context.com or 408-776-6561. You’ll be glad you did!

Open Meditation Every Thursday
6:30-7:30 P.M. in the Sanctuary

Find peace and focus as you alleviate the stress of the day by joining with Robert Arne for sitting and walking meditation every Thursday from 6:30-7:30 in the church sanctuary. There will be time for silent reflection and conversation on Buddhist topics.

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Circling Around

by Kelly Burnett

Henry Ruddle reports that his wife, Michelle, and he now know that the baby they are expecting in early September is a boy. For some reason Michelle just doesn’t care for the names “Thomas Starr King Ruddle” or “Ralph Waldo Emerson Ruddle.” Negotiations are continuing.

Liz Owen snuck a birthday past us, but Bob let slip he was taking her to Lake Tahoe -- for a birthday celebration. Happy Birthday, Liz!

Torchy Hunter will be going on an Earthwatch expedition for two weeks in June to help excavate a Roman fort at the base of Hadrian's Wall on the North Sea . She says not everyone would pay big bucks to sit in the dirt and scrape, but for her it's a life list item, and she is so excited that she is speechless.

She asks that we picture that! (and we did)

Torchy, Liz Owen, and Jo Balzer-Carr took Caltrain to the Cow Palace to see the San Francisco Flower show. Along the way they had a few adventures including being led by a friendly stranger through factory backyards and having a bus driver skip their stop and take them all the way into the city. They also saw flowers. ..... Ask them how they got home.

My sunflower is about 10 inches tall. I forgot to water it for a bit but when I did, it took off. I think I will plant it in the garden this Easter weekend. How is your sunflower doing?

Thank you, Kristen, this is a wonderful gift.

Please send Kelly Burnett your honors, joys, plans, and any other news that needs to be shared with our community so that she can keep us all informed. Her email address is kelly@kellybur.com. Her telephone number is 408-810-3182, but she’d prefer to receive your news by email, if possible.

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APRIL 29

SUNDAY SERVICES / SERVICIOS DE DOMINGO

29 DE ABRIL

29 de Abril -- 9:30 a.m.

Día de los Niños

La celebración del día de los niños es una tradición mexicana en la cual nosotros celebramos a la niñez con juegos, bailes, cantos, competencias deportivas, poesía y dulces. Esta es una fiesta donde los niños son los protagonistas, dejándoles volar su imaginación y alegría. Vengan a compartir con los niños y con los niños de corazón de esta fiesta de color, música y alegría.

Dirige: Leticia Elicea; Asociados de culto: Miembros de SSM

April 29 -- 9:30 a.m.

Children’s Day

The celebration of the Day of the Children is a Mexican tradition in which we celebrate childhood with games, dances, songs, sport competitions, poetry and candies. In this celebration, children are the protagonists, allowing them to fly with their imagination and joy. Come to share with the children and the children at heart in this celebration of color, music and joy.

Worship Leader: Leticia Elicea; Worship Associate: Members of SSM

April 29 -- 11:00 a.m.

The Open Door

Some years ago, you, the members of First Unitarian Church of San Jose, opened the doors to those of us Spanish-speaking people who, like you, were in search of a liberal religion with no dogma. Now, 14 years after that day when you, along with the Rev. Lindi Ramsden, opened the door of your spiritual home and your hearts to us, we, the members of the Spanish Speaking Ministries of the First Unitarian Church of San Jose, want to say to you UU brothers and sisters, "Thank you." Thanks for your love and your support. We hope to continue working together to strengthen our diverse Beloved Community and keep our doors wide open for more people to join our spiritual home. Come with open hearts to share with us the joy of being a great Unitarian Universalist family in San Jose .

Worship Leaders: Leticia Elicea, Laura Shadeed, Ervin Barrios, Saúl Verduzco and Rodrigo García; Worship Associates: Members of SSM and Roberto Padilla

29 de Abril  -- 11:00 a.m.

La Puerta Abierta

Hace algunos años atrás, ustedes los miembros de la primera iglesia unitaria de San José nos abrieron las puertas a aquellas personas de habla hispana que también como ustedes estábamos en búsqueda de una religión liberal y sin dogmas. Ahora, 14 años después de aquel día en que ustedes junto con la Rev. Lindi Ramsden nos abrieron la puerta de su hogar espiritual y sus corazones, nosotros, los integrantes de los ministerios en español de la Primera Iglesia Unitaria de San José, les decimos a ustedes hermanos unitarios universalistas, gracias, gracias por su cariño y  por su apoyo. Esperamos seguir trabajando para no defraudar la confianza que ustedes depositaron en nosotros. Vengan con sus corazones abiertos para compartir con nosotros la alegría de ser una gran familia Unitaria Universalista en San José.

Dirigen: Leticia Elicea, Laura Díaz, Ervin Barrios, Saúl Verduzco y Rodrigo García; Asociados de Servicio: Miembros de SSM y Roberto Padilla

MAY 6

SUNDAY SERVICES / SERVICIOS DE DOMINGO

6 DE MAYO

6 de Mayo -- 9:30 a.m.

Identidad del Inmigrante
Domingo de Nuevos Miembros

Todos los días escuchamos por la radio o vemos en la televisión acerca de los problemas de inmigración, deportaciones masivas, separación de familias, propuestas de leyes a favor y en contra de la inmigración, ¿pero quienes son aquellos a los que llamamos inmigrantes?, ¿que piensan?, ¿por que sufren?, ¿cuales son sus anhelos, sus alegrías, sus logros, sus nostalgias?

Ven a compartir en comunidad la identidad del inmigrante, ¡Y por favor, demos la bienvenida a los nuevos miembros de la iglesia, celebrando su compromiso hacia  nuestra querida comunidad!

Dirige: Rodrigo García; Asociados de Culto: Miembros de SSM

May 6 -- 9:30 a.m.

Immigrant’s Identity
New-Member Sunday!

Every day we hear on the radio or watch on TV stories about immigration problems, deportations, separated families, proposals of laws to favor and laws against immigration. But who are those whom we call immigrants? Their thoughts? Why they suffer? What are their yearnings, their joys, their profits, their homesickness.

Come to share in community the immigrant’s identity, and please come to welcome our newest members as we celebrate their commitment to our Beloved Community!

Worship Leader: Rodrigo García; Worship Associate: Members of SSM

May 6 -- 11:00 a.m.

Weaving It All Together
Plus: New-Member Sunday!

It’s time to take a breath and glance back at the themes we have explored in worship this year. Inclusion, hope, spirituality, self-care, the sources of our faith, and many more—what holds them all together? What is this tapestry we weave by gathering every Sunday morning? Whether you have joined us for one service or for many, or are about to make your first trip to our sanctuary, each of us contributes to the transformations we experience through worship. Can we find words for how we are changed? Help us find out!

And please come to welcome our newest members as we celebrate their commitment to our Beloved Community!

Worship Leader: the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Worship Associate: Christy Baker

Mayo de 6 -- 11:00 a.m.

Tejiéndolo Todo Junto
Domingo de Nuevos Miembros

Es hora de tomar una respiración y  mirar hacia atrás en los temas que hemos explorado en los servicios este año. ¿Inclusión, esperanza, espiritualidad, auto cuidado, las fuentes de nuestra fe, y mucho más-¿qué los sostiene a todos juntos? ¿Cual es la tapicería que nosotros tejemos en nuestra reunión cada domingo por la mañana? Si usted nos ha disfrutado en un servicio o en muchos, o está a punto de hacer su primer viaje a nuestro santuario, cada uno de nosotros contribuimos a las transformaciones que experimentamos con el servicio. ¿Podemos encontrar las palabras del como estamos cambiando? ¡Ayúdenos a descubrir!

¡Y por favor, demos la bienvenida a los nuevos miembros de nuestra iglesia, celebrando su compromiso hacia  nuestra querida comunidad!

Dirige: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Asociada de culto: Christy Baker

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The Ministers are in!
Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones and Rev. Geoff Rimositis are here to talk with you! Because ministers’ office schedules vary—we may be in a meeting, attending to denominational business, writing at home, visiting congregants, and more—it’s always wise to call or e-mail to make an appointment before coming in.

Here is how to find us:

Nancy : (408) 292-3858, ext. 23 Mon.-Thurs.; Minister’s study at home (for pastoral emergencies): (408) 920-6513; E-mail: revnpj@yahoo.com

Geoff: (408) 292-3858, ext. 25 Mon.-Thurs.; E-mail: grimositis@sanjoseuu.org

Call if you are interested in becoming a member of the First Unitarian Church of San Jose, if you would like to discuss the work of our congregation, if you want to schedule a rite of passage, if you simply need a listening ear or are in a personal crisis. We may not be able to “do it all”—but we cherish the sacred trust of being called to serve you!

Aquí estan los Ministros!
La Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones y el Rev. Geoff Rimositis están aquí para conversar con ustedes! Debido a que nuestros horarios de oficina varían – podemos encontrarnos en reunión, atendi-endo asuntos de negocios, escribiendo en casa, visitando congregantes y otras cosas másles recomendamos hacer una cita antes de venir a vernos.

Nos pueden encontrar:
Nancy : (408) 292-3858 ext. 23 día libre: Viernes oficina de la casa (para emergencias pastorales): (408) 920-6513; e-mail: revnpj@yahoo.com

geoff: (408) 292-3858 ext. 25 día libre: Viernes; e-mail: Grimositis@sanjoseuu.org

Llame si está interesado en ser miembro de la Primera Iglesia Unitaria, si quiere saber más sobre el trabajo de nuestra con-gregación, si necesita servicios rituales, espirituales, o simplemente a alguien que lo excuche y si tiene una crisis per-sonal. Tal vez no podamos asistirlo con todo – pero honramos la confianza sagrada de que nos contacte para ayudarle!

Officers

President
Bob Miess, bob@creating-context.com

Vice President (Planning/Personnel)
Joyce Miller,
j408miller@sbcglobal.net

Vice President (Programs)
Julia Rodriguez, quixoposto@ix.netcom.com

Secretary
Bob Redfern, rredfern@charter.net

Treasurer
David Tucker, cheverly@earthlink.net

Financial Officer
Christopher Frey, cjfrey@alum.berkeley.edu

Directors

Debra Fenzel-Alexander, sdsalex@comcast.net

Mary Mary Feldman, mm@feldmo.com

Marla Scharf, marla_scharf@sbcglobal.net

Diana Wirt, diwirt@sbcglobal.net  

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
 Iris Gonzalez, fucsj@sanjoseuu.org

Coordinator of Spanish Speaking Ministries................. Ext. 24
 Roberto Padilla

Social Justice Coordinator .....................................  Ext. 27
 Carol Stephenson, socialjustice@sanjoseuu.org

Bookkeeper..................................................... Pam Garcia

Sexton.......................................................... Edgar Cruz

Acting R.E. Assistant  ………………………………Elena Clifford

Nursery Teacher......................................... Stacey Vinyard

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

NEWSLETTER Editors
Sherry Howd
, 257-6844, s_howd@msn.com
Sherry will be editor for the April 18 and May 16 issues.

Catherine Leeson Pelizzari, 945-9848, caleeson@aol.com
Catherine will be editor for the May 2 and June 6 issues.

Thank you to our volunteers!
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