Our Church Circular / April 4, 2007 / 4 de Abril 2007

Inside This Issue:

  • This Sunday’s Services / READ
  • April 15 and April 22 Services/ READ
  • Save the Dates / READ
  • Nancy's Column / READ
  • Religious Education / READ
  • New Member Classes / READ
  • Child Abuse Prevention Sunday Program / READ
  • Auction Report/ READ
  • Service and Safari in South Africa / READ
  • Third Street Community Center / READ
  • Spotlight on Social Justice / READ
  • UU Hikers / READ
  • Joy Through Service / READ
  • Circling Around / READ
  • Upcoming Events / READ
    • Rummage Sale / READ
    • Jr. High Backpack Trip / READ
    • Green Meeting / READ
    • District Assembly / READ
    • General Assembly / READ
    • Leadership Training / READ
    • Meditation Classes / READ
    • Dances of Universal Peace / READ
APRIL 8

SUNDAY SERVICES / SERVICIOS DE DOMINGO

8 DE ABRIL

8 de Abril — 9:30 a.m.

Resurrección Transformadora

¿Myto o realidad? De acuerdo con Joseph Campbell, la Jornada Heroica, que incluye muerte y resurrección, es un patrón universal que ilumina las etapas que cada individuo debe pasar para poder crecer. Es una jornada de evolución personal con el que cada ser humano puede identificarse.

Dirige: Ervin Barrios; Asociados de Servicio: Miembros de MEE.

April 8 — 9:30 a.m.

Transformative Resurrection

Myth or reality? According to Joseph Campbell, the Hero’s Journey, which includes death and resurrection, is a universal pattern that illuminates the stages each individual must go through in order to grow. It is a journey of personal evolution that every human being can identify with.

Worship Leader: Ervin Barrios; Worship Associates: Members of SSM.

April 8 — 11:00 a.m.

Leap Up With Joy. It’s Easter! It’s spring! A time of joy and rebirth!

Sing with gladness for all that is our lives. Dance to the rhythms of love and make music that brings down the heavens. Delight in nature’s bounty of flower and spray that will adorn our temple of faith. Children, youth, and adults will join together in our annual Flower Communion Sunday. Bring a flower to share and an open heart to receive the gifts of grace. An egg hunt will take place after both services in St. James Park.

Worship Leaders: The Rev. Geoff Rimositis and the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Worship Associate: Dena Dickinson.

8 de Abril — 11:00 a.m.

Saltando con alegría. ¡Es Pascua! ¡Es primavera! ¡Una época de la alegría y de renacimiento!

Cantemos con alegría por todo lo que hay en nuestras vidas. Bailemos con los ritmos del amor y hagamos música que baje de los cielos. Disfrutando de la flor y del rocío como regalos de la naturaleza que adornarán nuestro templo de la fe. Niños, jóvenes, y adultos disfrutaremos juntos en nuestro anual domingo de la comunión de las flores. Trae una flor para compartir y un corazón abierto para recibir los regalos de gracia. Después de ambos servicios, la caza de huevos la tendremos en el Parque de San James.

Dirigen: el Rev. Geoff Rimositis y la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Asociado de Servicio: Frank Bosche.

Save the Dates

  • April 5, Thursday, Women’s Alliance Readers Theater, at the home of Jean vonKaenel. Call Nancy Coleman for details at 985-5778.
  • April 5, Thursday, 7:00 pm, Conference Room, PACT Local Organizing Committee /Green City Group meeting to finalize plans for Earth Day. All are welcome.
  • April 7, Saturday, Balázs Transylvanian Tea, 3:30 pm at the Starr King School for the Ministry, 2441 LeConte Ave., Berkeley, CA. (See the article in the March 7 newsletter.)
  • April 6-8, PCD Spring Thing in Asilomar.
  • April 22, Sunday, Worship at 9:30 and 11:00 am. Earth Day Celebration and Drumming With a Special Celebration of Giving
  • April 27-29, Pacific Central District General Assembly in Foster City, CA. See www.pcd-uua.org for more information.
  • May 6, Sunday, UU Band of Writers meet 20 minutes after the service in the Youth Room
  • May 12, Saturday, 6:30 pm, ALL-CHURCH PARTY in Hattie Porter Hall. Come one, come all to EMBRACE each other and our Community!
  • May 22, Sunday, New Member Ingathering
  • 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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As We Build the Beloved Community

by the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones

Construyendo nuestra amada comunidad….

para la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones

ABRAZAR

EMBRACE!
Our Priorities for 2007-2008 From the Your Ministers and Board of Directors
(with a little help from Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary)

Dear Friends,

As we launch our season of generous giving—our Annual Giving Campaign—it is a great time to look at where we are as a community and at where we want to go. Here, then, are the priorities that we, your ministers and lay leaders, offer for our Beloved Community for the coming year. Our theme is EMBRACE! Please do let us know what you think!

Em·brace [from en + brace a pair of arms]: to cherish, love; to hug; to take up readily or gladly (as in to embrace a cause); to participate in; to take in an element as part of a more inclusive whole; to welcome

Embrace Ourselves and Each Other!

We are a warm, loving community. From the hugs we share in our 9:30 Sunday services to the embrace of our youth on the labyrinth and in our classrooms at 11:00; from the care of our building, to our stronger, more accessible governance/operations structures, and the widening circles of Small Group Ministry, Circle Dinners, UUthful Spirits, adult religious education programs, and more, we cherish each one among us.

Priorities: Strengthen this embrace by sustaining and deepening our current programs.

Embrace the Newcomer!

Next fall’s Bay Area Marketing Campaign will bring many new visitors to our community. Our Intentional Hospitality team, Membership Council, Worship Hosts, and special workshops are preparing us to offer the warmest welcome possible.

Priorities: Embrace new seekers by updating our website, increasing our translation and child care services, deepening our hospitality, and expressing, in words and deeds, who we UUs are.

Embrace Our Community and Wider World!

A stronger relationship with Third Street Community Center, increased interfaith cooperation, engagement in the Peace and Peacemaking Study/Action Issue, the Radical Inclusion worship and workshop series, a commitment to “green” our building, and pilgrimages to Transylvania and to South Africa this summer are making real our connections to our community and wider world.

Priorities: Enrich our relationship with TSCC; integrate the experiences of our international travelers into the life of our community; embrace our passion for putting faith into action by sustaining and strengthening our Social Justice Ministries.

Embrace the Challenges!

With the conclusion of two special grants that funded our ministerial transition and our Social Justice Ministries, we face budgeting challenges.

Priorities: Be creative in seeking grants, generous in our pledges, and mature in our responsibilities as we fund our spiritual cooperative.

Embrace the Possibilities!

Deepening our spiritual growth; increasing our joy, compassion, and inclusion; becoming an intentionally multicultural, multidimensional congregation; expanding our work for justice; welcoming more UUs—sí, se puede! Yes, we can!

Priorities: Embrace who we are and what we are becoming!

My friends, we face some great challenges. Our financial responsibilities are increasing as some generous gifts end; we long to be much more inclusive, particularly through additional childcare and translation services. Yet we also have tremendous strengths and capacities for embracing and creating what we need and want. I look forward to discovering our way forward together, as we build the Beloved Community!

With great love for who we are and great faith in what we can accomplish together,

Nancy

Nuestras Prioridades para el 2007-2008 De sus Ministros y la Junta Directiva
(con un poco de ayuda del Diccionario Merriam-Webster)

Estimados Amigos,

Preparándonos para lanzar nuestra temporada de donaciones generosas – nuestra Campaña Anual de Donación- es el momento oportuno para que miremos en donde nos encontramos como comunidad y a donde queremos llegar. Aquí y ahora les presentamos las prioridades que nosotros sus ministros y líderes laicos, ofrecemos a nuestra Amada Comunidad para el próximo año. Nuestro tema es ¡ABRAZAR! Por favor déjenos saber que piensan!

Abrazar (de a-brazo un par de brazos); amar, adorar; abrazar; aceptar algo rápidamente y con entusiasmo como aceptando una causa y participar. Para tomar un elemento como parte total más inclusiva, dar la bienvenida.

Abrasémonos a nosotros mismos y a otros!

Nosotros somos una comunidad amorosa y calurosa. Empezando con los abrazos que compartimos todos los domingos durante el servicio de las 9:30 am, a los abrazos compartidos por los jóvenes en el laberinto y los salones de clase a las 1100, el cuidado de nuestro edificio, a nuestra mas fuerte y accesible estructura de gobierno/operación, y los amplios círculos de los Pequeños Ministerios en Grupo, Círculos de Cenas, Espíritus UU, el programa de clases de religión para adultos y más, nosotros acariciamos entre nosotros.

Prioridades: Fortalecer este abrazo sosteniendo y profundizando nuestros actuales programas.

Abrazar al Visitante!

El próximo otoño la Campaña de Mercadeo del Área de la Bahía traerá muchos visitantes a nuestra comunidad. Nuestro Equipo de Hospitalidad Intencionada, el Consejo de Membresía, los Huéspedes de Servicios, y los talleres especiales nos están preparando para ofrecer la más calurosa bienvenida posible.

Prioridades: Abrazar a los nuevos buscadores, actualizando nuestra página de Internet, incrementando nuestros servicio de traducción y de cuidado de niños, profundizando nuestra hospitalidad, y expresando con palabras y obras, quienes somos nosotros los UU.

Abrazar a nuestra Comunidad y al Mundo Entero!

Una más firme relación con el Centro Comunitario de la Calle Tercera, incrementando la cooperación inter-religiosa, comprometiendonos en el tema de Acción por la Paz y Cómo Hacer Paz, la serie de talleres sobre servicios de Inclusión Radical, el compromiso de ¨enverdecer¨ nuestro edificio, los peregrinajes que se llevarán a cabo este verano a Transilvana y Sud Africa harán realidad nuestras conexiones de comunidad con el mundo entero.

Prioridades: Enriquecer nuestra relación con TSCC; integrar las experiencias de nuestros viajeros internacionales a la vida de nuestra comunidad; abrazar nuestra pasión de poner nuestra fe en acción sosteniendo y fortaleciendo los Ministerios de Justicia Social.

Abrazar los retos!

Al terminarse dos becas especiales que financiaron la transición ministerial y nuestros Ministerios de Justicia Social, confrontamos retos financieros.

Prioridades: Ser creativos buscando becas, ser generosos en nuestras promesas de contribución, ser maduros en nuestras responsabilidades para financiar nuestra cooperativa espiritual.

Abrazar las Posibilidades!

Profundizar en nuestro crecimiento espiritual; incrementar nuestra alegría, compasión, e inclusión; convirtiéndonos a propósito en una congregación multicultural, multidimensional; expandiendo nuestro trabajo por la justicia; dando la bienvenida a más UUs .. ¡Sí, se puede! ¡Yes, we can!

Prioridades: Abrazar quienes somos y en lo que nos estamos convirtiendo!

Mis amigos, confrontamos grandes retos. Nuestras responsabilidades financieras incrementan al mismo tiempo que algunas generosas donaciones terminan; añoramos ser más inclusivos, particularmente con los servicios de cuidado de niños y traducciones. Pero al mismo tiempo poseemos una fortaleza inigualable y capacidades para abrazar y crear lo que necesitamos y queremos. Anhelo descubrir nuestro camino hacia adelante juntos, a medida que construimos Nuestra Amada Comunidad!

Con mucho amor por lo que somos y una gran fe en lo que podemos alcanzar juntos.

Nancy

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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 8 Easter/Flower Communion. No Class
April 11 Teddy Bear Month: Lost!
April 22 Teddy Bear Month: Party!

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

April 8  Easter/Flower Communion. No Class
April 11 Where Do People & Animals Go When They Die?
April 22 How Did Life Begin?

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

April 8  Easter/Flower Communion. No Class
April 11 Passover
April 22 Buddha’s Birthday

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

April 8

Easter/Flower Communion. No Class

April 11 Quakers
April 22 Quaker Visit

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

April 8

Easter/Flower Communion. No Class

April 11 Inside Out
April 22 Diversity Chain

8TH-10TH Grades: Coming of Age

Mentor-Youth Meeting April 15, 12:45-2 pm
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)

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 .

New Member Classes April 9, 16, and 23, 2007
New Member Sunday-May 6

Those who would like to explore becoming members of the First Unitarian Church of San Jose are invited to take a three-session class at the church with the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones and the Rev. Geoff Rimositis. After the completion of the series, if participants wish to become members, they can join at the new member ingathering ceremony on Sunday, May 6, 2007.

The class will explore Unitarian Universalist history, theology, worship, governance, and the larger UU world locally, nationally and internationally. We will also learn about the history and ministries of this congregation. To RSVP, call the Rev. Geoff Rimositis at 292-3858, 25 or email at GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org.

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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Auction Report

by Barbara Derbyshire

By all measures, the auction was a great success. People enjoyed socializing and listening to music performed by members of our community. There were 72 donors and even more bidders. Over $11,500 was raised to supplement the operating budget of the church. Thanks to all who contributed in any way to this event.

Photos courtesy of Dana Grover www.photog-grover.com


Alec Maclean served as live auctioneer for Rev. Nancy’s donation of a sermon topic.


Auction organizer Barbara Derbyshire checks the displays on table 1.


Several members entertained auction goers with their musical talents, including (above, left ot right) Tracy Avent, Rick Merritt and Dan Zulevic; and (below) Heather Bridger and Nayo Ulloa.

Photos courtesy of Dana Grover www.photog-grover.com

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Service and Safari in South Africa

Thirteen FUUCSJ congregants will be traveling to South Africa this coming August, hosted by Bill, Sally, Caitlin and Jeff Souders. The group will divide their time between helping set up a library in a Soweto school where Sally volunteers, and putting the roof on a Zulu village school in the northern reaches of the country. Traveling out from Johannesberg, the group will also explore this magnificent country with game tours and hiking in national reserves in Pretoria and in the Drankensberg and St. Lucia National Wetlands Reserve. Lesotho villagers will also take us for a day’s visit into their own very rural country.

This adventure will be historically and culturally rich. Working and touring in Soweto, the school families plan a barbecue and have graciously invited the adults into their homes while we are visiting.

A South African native talked with the group in March. “The only thing that is different between the peoples of South Africa is the amount of pigment in their skin,” Leonard emphasized as he traced the history of Apartheid. Leonard could recount whole sections of the new constitution that he worked so hard to see put in place. His tragic memories of betrayal by paid informants underscored the heart of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission: out of the horror of Apartheid, his country has given the world this powerful example of restorative justice.

“(This trip), embraces so many of our UU values and principles,” reflects Sally Souders, “particularly the inherent worth and dignity of every person, justice and equality in human relations, and respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.”

As our trip planner extraordinaire, Sally further noted, “You will interact daily with a very diverse population and learn about the rich history of this country... (partake) in an exciting itinerary... full of learning, fun, adventure, community service, game viewing and, of course, parties with drumming and dancing.”

In order to raise funds for travel and service, the group has participated with our fellow Romania travelers in recycling beverage containers. After the church canvass month, we will sponsor fun events, like Afrika Movie Nights and, hopefully, some South African Music! In conjunction with raising funds for a Rawandan orphanage for AIDS survivors, we will be selling beautifully handcrafted cards depicting animals and village scenes.

For more information, contact Colleen Cabot at ccabot@dslextreme.com

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Third Street Community Center Updates

by Rosemary Baez

First of all, THANK YOU to all the UU’s who came out to support Third Street in various ways since the last newsletter! Bob Miess, Alice Lynch (TSCC Board Chair) and Christopher Frey attended the City of San José HNVF Committee meeting in March. Bob spoke in support of Third Street during the public comments section, and he had a chance to see our staff and students address the committee which included two City Council Members!

Also, thanks to Rev. Nancy for connecting Third Street to a couple of UU’s at Kaiser. We’re hoping this helps push the proposal that we submitted to the front of the line.

Last but not least, thank you to David Proulx for answering our call for high tech UU’s! Every bit helps and sometimes after reading through stacks upon stacks of reports and writing pages upon pages of narratives to justify our programs, the moral support you bring is just priceless to the soul and fuel to keep me running!

A couple of exciting things are coming in April. Third Street will be launching some nutrition (aka cooking!) classes for adults. Classes will most likely be held in Spanish and will focus on educating parents on developing healthy eating habits for their children. And our Robotics Program students will be competing at the Tech Challenge Competition on Saturday, April 28th! They have eagerly started working on designing their rovers, in addition to taking in some physics mini-lectures and tests. If you need some inspiration, feel free to drop by to observe our students in action!

Third Street will also be participating in the Earth Day event on Sunday, April 22nd. I plan to be there to support Carol Stephenson’s Social Justice Work and have agreed to be her little gopher for the day! Which, believe me, I am more than happy to be a gopher-for-a-day because Carol has been a wonderful help with our ASAP program and has really jumped in every time we needed extra help, so I hope that you too will come out to support Earth Day! Currently, we are working on setting up an e-waste pick up on this day so that those of you who drive to church can bring in old monitors, keyboards, faxes and other items to be disposed of safely.

There is another event that I’ve been involved with over the past three years that I would like for you to consider. Carry the Vision is a conference presented by the by the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment that focuses on the nonviolence work of Cesar Chavez, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King Jr. This year, the conference will take place on Saturday, April 21 (same day as our SaberCats fund-raiser).

Please visit www.carrythevision.org for more information.

So far, it looks like April will be a very busy month for me! Hope to see you at these events!

Dates to Keep in Mind

  • Night w/the SaberCats ~ Saturday, April 21 at 7:30 pm
  • Robotics Program ~ Closing Ceremony (tentative May 10 or 11)

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Spotlight on Social Justice

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

Last in a Series on Super Hero Cake Making

As I am sure you are salivating in anticipation of the last cake in the Superhero Cake Series, today you will finally be sated. First, you should understand that the teams were created randomly, and this final team was loaded with children from 6 to 9 years old. The kids led this group on the theme of the degradation of the planet. Being fairly literal, they baked a perfectly nice Duncan Hines cake, frosted it green and blue and then made a mess of it. They poured a disgusting pool of juice and milk where a plastic lizard sat. Candy wrappers were stuffed here and there and two Hot Wheels cars stuck out at angles. They dribbled leftover syrup and spread cracker crumbs. But instead of just naming the cake, they titled the entire thing “Solution to Pollution.” Somehow, they looked at this ugly mess and saw not an overwhelming disaster, but a problem that needed a solution. I figure that they must also look at this mess we’ve made of the planet and think the same thing. They refrained from naming the one superhero who will save us from this mess, and in doing so they implied that we are all necessarily a part of the solution.

On Earth Day, April 22, we will be reminded how to be a part of the solution and you can do it right here at FUCSJ. Join us for the environmental service and afterward for the big Coffee Hour Celebration. We will have arts from recycled paper for kids, a solar cooker demonstration, food and LOTS of information about how to be more environmental at home, at church and in the city. At 12:45 in the Fireside Room, Frank Schiavo, the famed SJSU professor, will tell us how to make our homes greener. Afterward, the Council of Churches will host more Earth Day speakers and videos at Los Gatos Methodist Church.

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UU Hikers and Friends

by Joyce Miller

Here is the hiking schedule for March. Please let me know if you are coming on a hike so I can look for you at the car pool spot or trail head.

My phone number is (408) 730-1052 and my cell phone is (408) 507 7052 (which I will have turned on after 7:30 am). You can call me the morning of the hike any time after 6:30 am. See you on the trails!

Wednesday, April 4
Sanborn County Park, 5 miles, moderate. Meet at Comerica Bank parking lot in Saratoga at 8:00 am.

Saturday, April 7
This is an afternoon hike. Joseph Grant County Park ,5-6 miles, moderate. Meet at VTA Park and Ride at Capitol and Alum Rock at 1:00 pm.

Wednesday, April 11
Russian Ridge, 5 miles, moderate. Meet at Page Mill/280 Park and Ride at 8:00 am.

Saturday, April 14
Sunol Regional Park, 6 miles, moderate. We will do the McGuire peaks hike again. The trailhead is not at the park headquarters, so check with me if you are not carpooling. Meet at VTA Park and Ride at Capitol and Alum Rock at 8:00 am.

Wednesday, April 18
Purisima Redwoods, 6 miles, moderate. We’ll do the shuttle hike again. Meet at Page Mill/280 Park and Ride at 8:00 am.

Friday, April 20
Note this is the 4th annual Pinnacles hike. There will not be a Saturday hike. I will send out an email closer to the hike to do the carpooling. If you have not done this hike you are in for a treat. The wild flowers are usually spectacular.

Wednesday, April 25
Foothill Park, 7 miles, moderate. Meet at Page Mill/280 Park and ride at 8:00 am.

Saturday, April 28
Big Basin Berry Creek Falls, 11 miles, moderate. This is a particularly lovely hike in the spring. If you have not done it I recommend it. It is long hike but it is not strenuous. Plan for a long day—we won’t be back until around 4:30 pm.

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by Ellie White

Because Jenny and Bob Redfern have visited our sister church in Transylvania and still carry that experience in their hearts, Jenny volunteered to head the recent fund-raising dinner for our youth who will be traveling to Transylvania this summer.

Most would agree with me that experiencing Jenny’s delicious goulash dinner and dessert of homemade apple strudel along with the efficient “youthful” service was like being transported to a five-star Hungarian restaurant on its best night. Thank you, Jenny, for the joy of that sumptuous evening.

Jenny had this to say about the spirit-lifting volunteers who served with her that evening: “Rob Strong washed *all* the dishes and pots and pans after the Transylvania fund-raising dinner—and he sang to himself while he was doing it! He is my inspiration and nominee for a ‘joyous volunteer’ award.

“I also salute Thomas Guffey, Graham Hetler-Smith, Tommy Low, Maggie Morris, and Meg Trask as the wait staff team with the most joy. They all did a great job serving dinner to the 40+ guests at the Transylvania dinner.”

Who has uplifted your spirit? Is it a certain member of our congregation or a group of people who have shown one or more attributes of, for example, bright leadership, cooperation, cheerfulness, kindness, and/or humor?

Joy can be found in something as simple as driving someone or being driven by someone to church or to a church-related meeting or event, thereby getting a chance to know a fellow UU member in a deeper sense.

Please express, though this column, your appreciation of a member of this congregation who uplifts or has uplifted your spirit in one or more ways. Email me at elejeff@finestplanet.com or phone me at 408-729-0420.

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Upcoming Events

Stop! Don’t Give That Away!

Please save it for the Everything But Clothing Rummage Sale fund-raiser to be held after the church service on Sunday, May 27, in Hattie Porter Hall. Do you have any housewares, books, toys, working electronic equipment, jewelry, garden tools or knickknacks you no longer need?

Please put them aside until May 27. You may have just what I’m looking for!

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 be backpacking through Meiss Country, near Carson Pass (Hwy 88). Backpackers need to provide their own backpacks, “broken in” hiking boots (boots are best because of the ankle support, but sturdy shoes with good traction are ok), clothing, sleeping bags, and pads.*. We will hike about 13 miles over the course of 4 days (day 3 is a layover day – to hang out at Meiss Lake or go on a day hike).

Cost is $100 per person (covers the cost of supplies, food, gas, permits). Please contact the Rev. Geoff if you need financial aid.

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

Once registered, (completed registration form, health form, and fee paid) backpackers will receive a clothing/equipment list* and more detailed information. We will have several meetings prior to the trip. First, we will have a general meeting April 1 from 10:30-10:55 . In addition there will be opportunities for youth to help plan menus, shop for food, repackage food, and go on some day hikes prior to the trip (dates to be determined).

Finally, we will have a mandatory equipment check “dress rehearsal” July 7th 3:00-6:00. Each participant will bring her/his packed backpack to be checked. Also on this date we will learn how to put up tents, light the stoves, and use the water filters. PIZZA will be served! If you cannot come on that date, you’ll need to set an individual appointment with Pam to have your equipment checked.

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

Green City and Green Sanctuary Meetings

Our Green City and Green Sanctuary groups are planning activities around Earth Day, which is Sunday, April 22. The next meeting of the Green City group will be Thursday, April 5, 7:00 in the church Conference Room. All are invited who would like to participate or find out what is going on.

For the next meeting of the Green Sanctuary group, call our Social Justice Coordinator Carol Stephenson at 292-3858 x27.

The Green City group works toward finding and implementing ways San Jose can take steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while the Green Sanctuary group works toward those same goals in our Church and in our homes.

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!

Dances of Universal Peace

by Marilynn Carstens

The Dances of Universal Peace put into our hearts and bodies the awe of living, the love of the universe, the experience of community, the delight at the breath we all share, the coming together of cosmos, psyche and deep ecumenism that the human race yearns for today. They provide empowerment to heal and to celebrate, to pray in a curved and cosmological manner, to include body at the center of worship once again.” -Matthew Fox

ALL ARE WELCOME! Beginners and experienced dancers join the circle together with simple movements and the singing of sacred chants and songs from the many spiritual traditions of the earth. No experience is necessary - just an open heart and mind. Comfortable clothing and footwear are recommended. We are a fragrance-free Dance.

Next gathering is Good Friday, April 6, at 8:00 pm on the labyrinth under the dome of our sanctuary.

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

Gordon Smith has recently started a new job as the V.P. of Marketing at Fat Spaniel Technologies, a part of the growing renewable energy industry. Gordon is especially happy that he can walk to work. He works with great people and enjoys learning all about solar power and distributed generation. He is happy to be making a difference in the world.

Kelly (moi) Burnett hosted her first Circle Dinner last night (03/25/07) and had a wonderful, marvelous time. The food was de-li-cious and the company divine.

I very much enjoyed getting to know Gene and Mary Martin (I didn’t know Gene had such a great sense of humor) and Mary is just as great as I always knew she would be. I had not met Mike Williamson or Diana Chung before so it was great to meet them and make that connection. Mike and Diana are very involved with and in charge of RE for the young people who meet upstairs (both shared their joy and excitement to be involved with these young UUs). They have a charming baby boy, Sejong, and he was a joy. Nancy Prince brought the salad and was a great addition to our dinner party! I am so thankful for these people and all of our church family. Even the clean-up was fun, thinking about what a great time I had had.

Dinner feedback:

Mike Williamson: Diana, Sejong, and I had a great time at the dinner last night. The food & drinks were AMAZING, especially the chicken dish!

Mary Martin: “Thanks for a really great evening, Kelly and everyone. It was so much fun talking with you all, and having a baby and dogs (two of my favorite things!) to enjoy was the icing on the cake. I’ve attached the chicken recipe for those of you who wanted it.”

If you haven’t yet signed up to participate in Circle Dinners, I urge you to do so. It is such a fascinating and interesting way that our community is approaching this type of deepening, giving us the opportunity of connecting with many in our community. You are not obligated in any way but are invited each month to a dinner party via email. You can volunteer to be the host or to just come to the party — bringing food, of course (after all, we are Unitarians), or you can opt out for as little or as long as you desire.

Each month you will be hooked up with a group that you have not dined or visited before in this context.

I am a recently single person so it works great for me. In the past, you were committed to a group for 12 months or so (some of them are still at it, I hear.) The coordination seems like a big undertaking to me and I want to publicly thank Barbara Derbyshire for taking it on! Thank you, Barbara.

In other news, Bob and Liz Owen had a wonderful trip to Israel (visiting their daughter, who is studying there) and Italy but I will have to leave it up to them to regale you with their adventures. Mary McGuinness is on her way home from England, Ireland, and Africa. I was going to try to edit her emails and share them with you but thought better of it since she is due home any day.

If you haven’t been sending your news, please know that people are asking me how come the column is so sparse — or nonexistent — lately. I can’t do it without you, so keep those cards and letters coming! l

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 15

SUNDAY SERVICES / SERVICIOS DE DOMINGO

15 DE ABRIL

15 de Abril — 9:30 a.m.

Inclusión radical: Para albergar a todas las mentes y cuerpos

Continuando con la serie de este año de inclusión radical, miramos las pérdidas que vienen con “el poder hacer” y las virtudes que difieren de las capacidades. Nuestro enfoque está en la salud mental y sus desafíos—un área que toca a cada uno de nosotros de un modo u otro. ¿Qué podemos aprender y cómo podemos transformarnos a nosotros mismos, mientras gentilmente exploramos estos temas juntos?

Dirige: Rodrigo Garcia; Asociados de Servicio: Miembros de SSM.

April 15 — 9:30 a.m.

Radical Inclusion: To Embrace All Minds and Bodies

Continuing this year’s Radical Inclusion series, we look at the losses that come with “ableism” and at the gifts of differing abilities. Our special focus is on mental health and its challenges—an area that touches each of us in one way or another. What can we learn and how can we transform ourselves, as we gently explore these topics together?

Worship Leader: Rodrigo Garcia; Worship Associates: the SSM Group.

April 15 — 11 a.m.

Radical Inclusion:
To Embrace All Minds and Bodies

Continuing this year’s Radical Inclusion series, we look at the losses that come with “ableism” and at the gifts of differing abilities. Our special focus is on mental health and its challenges—an area that touches every one of us in one way or another. What can we learn and how can we transform ourselves, as we gently explore these topics together?

Worship Leader: the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Worship Associates: Christy Baker and Nancy Taylor.

15 de Abril — 11 a.m.

Inclusión adical:
Para albergar a todas las mentes y cuerpos

Continuando con la serie de este año de inclusión radical, miramos las pérdidas que vienen con “el poder hacer” y las virtudes que difieren de las capacidades. Nuestro enfoque está en la salud mental y sus desafíos—un área que toca a cada uno de nosotros de un modo u otro. ¿Qué podemos aprender y cómo podemos transformarnos a nosotros mismos, mientras gentilmente exploramos estos temas juntos?

Dirige: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Asociadas de Servicio: Christy Baker and Nancy Taylor.

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.

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

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Catherine will be editor for the May 2 and June 6 issues.

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