Our Church Circular / March 7, 2007 / 7 de Marzo 2007

Inside This Issue:

  • This Sunday’s Services / READ
  • March 18 and March 25 Services / READ
  • Save the Dates / READ
  • Nancy's Column: As We Build the Beloved Community (English and Spanish) / READ
  • Religious Education / READ
  • New Member Classes / READ
  • Report from the Board Meeting / READ
  • Upcoming Congregational Meetings / READ
  • Third Street Community Center Update / READ
  • New Circle Suppers / READ
  • Announcements on Sunday / READ
  • Space To Rent / READ
  • Green Church and Green City / READ
  • Spotlight on Social Justice / READ
  • Jobs Available in UU Organizations / READ
  • Read to Feed Success! / READ
  • Circling Around / READ
  • Upcoming Events / READ
    • “Service Is Our Prayer” / READ
    • Service Auction / READ
    • Gwen Araujo Film / READ
    • Transylvanian Tea / READ
    • General Assembly 2007 / READ
    • UU Hikers and Friends / READ



11 de Marzo -- 9:30 a.m.

Gracias a la Vida
Gracias a la vida es una actitud de curación,
Es un avance en la transformación mental y espiritual.
Es el despertar a que yo soy parte de la vida.
Es hacer las paces con la vida desde mi inconciente.
Es amarla y respetarla para estar en armonía...
Gracias a la vida por el aprendizaje,
Gracias porque la universidad de la vida nos muestra un menú de opciones para poder avanzar hacia el infinito, hacia la conciencia más lucida del ser humano.
Gracias a la vida que me ha dado tanto...

--Violeta Parra

Dirigen: Leticia Elicea y Ben Cadena.

March 11 -- 9:30 a.m.

Thanks to life
Thanks to life is an attitude of recovery,
It is a sense of advance in mental and spiritual transformation,
It is to wake up knowing that I am part of life,
It is to make peace with life within my subconscious mind,
It is to love and respect it in harmony.
Thanks to life by those who are learning,
Thanks because the universality of life shows us a menu of options for advancing toward the infinite, towards a clearer appreciation of what it means to be human.
Thanks to life for giving me so much…

--Violeta Parra

Worship Leaders: Leticia Elicea and Ben Cadena.

March 11 — 11 a.m.

“Father Spirit: Who Are You?”
What does it mean to be a man and a father in the 21st Century? With downsizing and frequent layoffs, work can no longer define who a man is. The traditional understanding of masculinity and fatherhood has gone through a process of redefinition. We will hear reflections from some of the men and fathers of our congregation who tell stories of the joys and challenges of being a man and father in today’s world. Regardless of gender identification, we possess within us a mother and father spirit. Today we will rise up embracing our father spirits and discover what it might teach us about our humanity.

Worship Leader: The Rev. Geoff Rimositis; Worship Associate, Frank Bosche.

11 de Marzo — 11 a.m.

“Espiritu Paterno: Donde Estas?
Que significa ser un hombre y un padre en le siglo XXI? Con reajustes en la plantilla labroal y frequentes despidos de trabajo, puede no definir que es un hombre. El tradicional entendimiento de masculinidad y paternidad had estado en un proceso de redefinición. Escucharemos las reflexiones de algunos de los hombres y padres de nuestra congregación, contarnos historias de gozos y de retos de los padres y hombres en el mundo de hoy. Sin importar la identificatión del género poseemos dentro nosotros el espírotu de la madre y del padre. Hoy nos elevaremos abrazando nuestros espíritus de padre y descubramos lo que puede enseñarnos sobre nuestra humanidad.

Dirige: el Rev. Geoff Rimositis; Asociado de Culto: Frank Bosche.

Turn clocks forward 1 hour Sunday, March 11

Save the Dates

  • March 10, Saturday, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm,  “Service is our Prayer” Day (All-Church Work Party).
  • March 11, Sunday, Discussion of the film “Trained in the Ways of Men” 6:30 pm. Fireside Room (see article)
  • March 9-11, 2007, UU Women and Religion Retreat, Enchanted Hills Retreat Center, near Napa , CA .
  • March 11, Sunday, Congregational Meeting to vote on changes to our By-Laws; after the 11:00 am service in the Sanctuary (see article)
  • March 18, Sunday, Silent Auction, 12:30 -2:00pm Hattie Porter Hall (see article)
  • March 18, Sunday, Interfaith Service for Peace Soulful Sundown Service, 6:00 pm, Sanctuary.
  • March 25, Sunday, Congregational Meeting to elect officers of the church; after the 11:00 am service in the Sanctuary (see article)
  • April 5, Thursday, Women’s Alliance Readers Theater, at the home of Jean vonKaenel. Call Nancy Coleman for details at 985-5778.
  • April 7, Saturday, Balázs Transylvanian Tea, 3:30 pm at the Starr King School for the Ministry, 2441 LeConte Ave. , Berkeley , CA. (see article)
  • April 6-8, PCD Spring Thing in Asilomar.
  • April 27-29, Pacific Central District General Assembly in Foster City, CA . See www.pcd-uua.org for more information.
  • May 22, Sunday, New Member Ingathering (see article)
  • June 20-24, General Assembly, Portland , OR (see article)

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by the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones

As We Build the Beloved Community...

Celebrating an Anniversary and Our Life-Changing Faith!

A Medida que Construimos Nuestra Comunidad de Amor...

Celebrando un Aniversario y Nuestra Fe que Cambia Vidas!

por la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones

On Sunday, February 25, I celebrated the tenth anniversary of the first time I attended a Unitarian Universalist worship service. My first decade as a UU—this is a big anniversary for me! It’s a great time to ask myself, How has my life changed because I walked in that door at 80th and Lexington on a cold and blustery Manhattan morning in late February 1997? What did I find at the All Souls Unitarian Church that made me feel at home? What have been the highlights of my journey with this faith so far? What “sparkling moments” stand out?

I know that some of you are just discovering Unitarian Universalism, while others of you have been a Unitarian Universalist for much longer than I have. But perhaps the questions I’m asking myself will spark memories in you, too, whether these memories are only a few days old or come from decades of experience. Perhaps they will help us all to chart our spiritual journey and claim where we find ourselves today. Won’t you give it a try? Here are just a few of my own “sparkling moments” from my decade as a UU.

Sparkling Moment # 1: In February 1997, when I walked the icy blocks from my apartment to All Souls Church and found a place in a crowded pew, I was at a crossroads in my life. I was feeling heartbroken and lonely, dissatisfied with my old careers and at sea about finding a new direction for my life. I was also a little nervous to be among all those strangers who seemed to know the place so well. And then worship started, and we began to sing one of my favorite hymns from my Methodist childhood, but with new Unitarian Universalist words! “Both sorrow and gladness we find now in our living”—oh, how true that was for me that day. The song asked us to “sing a hymn of praise to the life that we bear”; my heart warmed to its call to affirm whatever life might bring. I wanted so much to “gather together to join in the journey”; I needed a thoughtful, warm, engaged community to help me experience how, when we are joined together “in human care and hope, then we are free.” (All these words come from hymn number 379 in our gray hymnal, Singing the Living Tradition.) Wow. These people were singing about the same longings I felt, and in words that I could get behind, with no need for theological “translation.” I cried through the whole service—tears of sadness but also of gratitude, relief, and recognition. I had found a community of like-minded and like-hearted people.

Sparkling Moment # 2: Just a few months later, I found myself in the basement of All Souls’ partner church in East Harlem . Much to my surprise, I was looking at a Bible with a Muslim-Christian man who was a survivor of the Attica prison riots twenty-five years before. As naturally as if we were reading the newspaper together, he was helping me to rediscover the Psalms, helping me to hear how human beings through the ages have tried to make sense of life. It was amazing: Unitarian Universalism was already giving me a home base from which I could enter into new and deeper relationships across social and theological boundaries that had seemed impassable before. In the years to follow, our UU faith’s certainty that we are truly One led me into antiracist and antioppression training, and ever since, my life and self-understanding have continued to grow by quantum leaps. I have found a new language, new friends, a new self—a whole new life!

Sparkling Moment # 3: My first General Assembly, in Rochester , New York , in June 1997, capped my first months as a UU with a “mountaintop experience.” To worship with thousands of UUs, to experience workshops and talks that managed to be both inspirational and practical, to find out about our UU history, our breadth and depth—it was like attending a nourishing and tasty feast. (This summer we can share in this mountaintop experience when General Assembly comes to Portland , Oregon . Visit www.uua.org to register now!) It was at General Assembly that I knew for sure that I had found my tribe!

Sparkling Moment # 4: Jump ahead to that tenth-anniversary Sunday just a couple of weeks ago. I began the day at my spouse Kevin’s church, sharing a little Unitarian Universalism with another warm-hearted community and reveling in the beauty of the joint choirs’ singing. Then I dashed home to you, where I had the pleasure of spending time with our senior youth, with some good folks talking about peace, with the generous people who are planning this year’s Annual Giving campaign, and with our Understanding the Bible class in a rollicking, enlightening session full of discoveries and good news for us skeptics and seekers. Most of all, in worship that morning, I got to sing with you about how we are “leaning over the edge in wonder, casting questions into the deep.” Yes, here we are “with our ship’s companions, all we kindred pilgrim souls: the wide universe is the ocean we travel, and the earth is our blue boat home.” I have found my heart’s home.

What a difference from that lonely, confused Sunday ten years ago! What a difference Unitarian Universalism has made in my life!

Never doubt it, my friends: ours is a life-changing, life-saving, life-giving faith! So: what sparkling moments from your faith journey would you like to share?

With open ears and warm wishes,


El Domingo 25 de Febrero, celebré el décimo aniversario de la primera vez que yo asistí a un servicio de culto Unitario Universalista. Mi primera década como UU—este es un gran aniversario para mí! Es un gran momento para preguntarme, ¿Cómo ha cambiado mi vida por haber entrado por esa puerta en la 80th y Lexington en una fría y ventosa mañana en Manhattan , hacia el final de febrero de 1997? ¿Qué cosa encontré en la iglesia Unitaria All Souls que me hizo sentirme como en casa? ¿Cuáles han sido hasta ahora los momentos sobresalientes de mi jornada dentro de esta fe? ¿Qué momentos brillantes se destacan?

Yo sé que algunos de ustedes apenas están descubriendo el Unitario Universalismo, mientras que otros de ustedes han sido Unitarios Universalistas por mucho más tiempo que yo. Pero quizá las preguntas que yo me estoy haciendo generarán memorias en ustedes también, ya sea que estas memorias sean de solo unos cuantos días o procedan de décadas de experiencia. Quizá nos ayudarán a trazar un mapa de nuestra jornada espiritual y a ubicar donde nos encontramos ahora. ¿No quieren probarlo? Aquí están algunos de mis propios "momentos brillantes" de mi década como UU.

Momento brillante # 1: En febrero de 1997, cuando yo caminé las cuadras heladas desde mi apartamento hacia  la iglesia de All Souls y encontré un lugar en una banca repleta de gente, yo estaba en una encrucijada en mi vida. Me sentía con el corazón quebrantado y sola, insatisfecha con mis antiguas carreras y sin saber que nuevo rumbo tomar para mi vida. También me sentía un poco nerviosa de estar entre extraños quienes parecían conocer el lugar tan bien. Luego el servicio comenzó y empezamos a cantar uno de mis himnos favoritos de mi infancia metodista, ¡pero con nueva letra unitaria universalista! "Tanto pena como alegría encontramos en nuestro vivir"—oh, cuan cierto era eso para mí ese día. El canto nos pedía "cantar un himno de alabanza a la vida que llevamos"; mi corazón se consoló con su llamado a afirmar lo que la vida nos traiga. Yo quería tanto "reunirme con todos para unirnos en la jornada"; yo necesitaba una comunidad inteligente, cálida e involucrada que me ayudara a experimentar cómo, "cuando estamos todos reunidos con cariño humano y esperanza, entonces somos libres". (Todas estas palabras vienen del himno número 379 en nuestro himnario gris en inglés Singing the Living Tradition). Increíble. Estas personas estaban cantando sobre los mismos anhelos que yo sentía, y en palabras con las cuales me podía yo identificar sin necesidad de una "traducción" teológica. Yo lloré durante todo el servicio—lágrimas de tristeza, pero también de gratitud, alivio y reconocimiento. Había yo encontrado una comunidad de personas que pensaban y sentían como yo.

Momento brillante # 2: Unos cuantos meses después, me encontraba en el sótano de la iglesia hermana de la iglesia All Souls en East Harlem . Para mi sorpresa, estaba yo leyendo la Biblia con un señor musulmán-cristiano, sobreviviente de los disturbios de la prisión de Attica que tuvieron lugar veinticinco años antes, de manera tan natural como si estuviéramos leyendo el periódico juntos, me estaba ayudando a redescubrir los Salmos, ayudándome a escuchar como los seres humanos a través de todas las épocas han tratado de encontrarle sentido a la vida. Fue maravilloso. El Unitario Universalismo ya me estaba dando una base conocida desde la cual yo podría entrar en nuevas y profundas relaciones cruzando límites sociales y teológicos que antes me parecían imposibles de atravesar. En los años que siguieron, la certeza de nuestra fe UU de que somos realmente Uno, me llevó hacia el adiestramiento sobre antirracismo y anti-opresión, y desde entonces, mi vida y auto-comprensión han continuado creciendo a pasos agigantados. He encontrado un nuevo lenguaje, nuevos amigos, una nueva identidad—toda una nueva vida!

Momento brillante # 3: Mi primera Asamblea General, en Rochester, Nueva York, en Junio de 1997, coronó mis primeros meses como UU con una experiencia tipo "cima de la montaña". Rendir culto con miles de UUs, experimentar talleres y conversaciones que eran tan inspiradores y a la vez prácticos, enterarme de nuestra historia UU, nuestro alcance y profundidad—fue como asistir a un festín de nutrición y sabor. (Este verano podemos compartir este tipo de experiencia cuando la Asamblea General llegue a Portland , Oregon . Visite www.uua.org para inscribirse pronto.) Fué en la Asamblea General donde confirmé que había encontrado mi tribu!

Momento brillante # 4: Brincando hasta el domingo de ese décimo aniversario hace apenas un par de semanas. Comencé el día en la iglesia de mi esposo Kevin, compartiendo un poco de Unitario Universalismo con otra comunidad cálida y regocijándome en la belleza del canto del coro unido.  Luego corrí a casa con ustedes, donde tuve el placer de pasar un rato con nuestro grupo de jóvenes de prepa, con algunas buenas personas hablando sobre la paz, con la gente generosa que está planeando la Campaña Anual de Donaciones, y con nuestra clase de Comprendiendo la Biblia, en una sesión divertida, e iluminadora, llena de descubrimientos y buenas nuevas para nosotros los escépticos y buscadores.  Más que nada, en el servicio de esa mañana, pude cantar con ustedes sobre como estamos "inclinándonos sobre la orilla admirados, haciendo preguntas a lo profundo." Sí, aquí estamos "con nuestros compañeros de barco, todos nosotros, almas peregrinas hermanadas; el vasto universo es el océano en que viajamos, y la tierra es nuestro barco y casa azul." He encontrado el hogar de mi corazón.

¡Qué diferencia de aquel solitario y confuso domingo de hace diez años! ¡Qué diferencia ha hecho el Unitario Universalismo en mi vida!

Nunca lo duden mis amigos: la nuestra es una fe que cambia vidas, salva vidas, generadora de vida! Entonces: ¿Qué momentos brillantes de su jornada de fe les gustaría compartir?

Con oídos atentos y cálidos deseos,


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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]

March 11

It’s Spring!

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

March 11

Why Do People and Animals Die? Our Sources

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

March 11

St. Patrick’s Day

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

March 11


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

March 11

Around the World Quiz Bowl

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 .

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.

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.

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Report From Our Board of Directors Meeting

by Diana Wirt

The Board of Trustees had its quarterly joint meeting with the Third Street Community Center board on Tuesday, February 27. They shared news about their organizations and talked about ways they could work together.  The following night, February 28, the church Board had its regular meeting.

Anti-racism Training

Marla Scharf and Rev. Nancy, who had recently attended the Arlington, VA, conference titled Now Is the Time: Leading Our Congregations into a Multiracial, Multicultural Future, led a brief training in which board members were asked to share their earliest experience with racism as well as where they think FUCSJ is now on our path to becoming an intentionally multiracial, multicultural, multidimensional Beloved Community.  

Building the World We Dream About

Rev. Nancy announced that the UUA has a new anti-racism curriculum called Building the World We Dream About. They would like to test it at several churches, beginning this fall. After discussing the pros and cons, the board voted to apply to be a pilot congregation for the program.

Policy-based Governance

In response to members' concerns about the proposed Bylaw changes that were distributed to all members, the following amendments were approved:

  • A change to the duties of the Program and Operations Council (POC) Duties which makes it clear that the POC can appoint committees.
  • A change to Section 10 of the Endowment Article disallowing expenditures “for the ordinary and customary operating expenses of the church” except with a vote by the congregation.

For the remainder of the meeting, the board discussed its vision and priorities for the next church year in relation to the all-church Canvass theme “Embrace.”

Upcoming Congregational Meetings

by Bob Miess, President, Board of Directors

We will be holding two important congregational meetings in March:

  1. Sunday, March 11, following the 11:00 am Service – Bylaw Changes. We will vote on whether to adopt the proposed Bylaw changes to implement Policy Based Governance and to establish an Endowment Fund.
  2. Sunday, March 25, following the 11:00 am Service – Elections and “State of the Church” Presentation. We will elect continuing and new Board Members, Officers, and Nominating Committee Members.

All members are encouraged to attend, participate, and vote. Friends are also welcome

Meet the Candidates

The Nominating Committee is proposing the following slate of candidates to fill the positions of Board officers and directors, and members of the Nominating Committee. Those who are seeking election will be voted upon at our upcoming Congregational Meeting on Sunday, March 25th. These positions are two-year terms. Some current Board and Committee members are continuing in a two-year term and will not be on the ballot. You will find the candidate statements in the next issue of this newsletter and/or at the Congregational Meeting.

This year's Nominating Committee members are Barbara Derbyshire, Steve Madden, Bob Owen, Stephanie Rynas and Gordon Smith. They extend their thanks to everyone who contributed ideas and shared the work and to those who agreed to be candidates.

You can nominate other candidates or you can nominate yourself for any of these positions prior to or at the Congregational Meeting. Any additional nominees are welcome to run their statements of candidacy in the newsletter. Candidates must be members of the church and willing to serve.

Proposed Board Officers:

  • President: Bob Miess (continuing a 2-year term)
  • VP Planning/Personnel: Joyce Miller (continuing a 2-year term)
  • VP Programs: Julia Rodriguez (being re-elected to the start of a new 2-year term)
  • Secretary: Bob Redfern (being elected to the start of a 2-year term)
  • Treasurer: David Tucker (continuing a 2-year term)
  • Financial Officer: Christopher Fry (being re-elected to the start of a new 2-year term)

Proposed Directors:

  • Mary Mary Feldman (being re-elected to the start of a new 2-year term)
  • Marla Scharf (being re-elected to the start of a new 2-year term)
  • Debra Fenzel-Alexander (continuing a 2-year term)
  • Diana Wirt (continuing a 2-year term)

Proposed Members of Nominating Committee:

  • Barbara Derbyshire (being elected to the start of a new 2-year term)
  • Steve Madden (continuing a 2-year term)
  • Bob Owen (continuing a 2-year term)
  • Stephanie Rynas (being re-elected to the start of a new 2-year term)
  • Gordon Smith (being re-elected to the start of a new 2-year term)

In addition to the above, the Nominating Committee has also made recommendations to the Board regarding appointing new members of the Program and Operations Council (POC), which is the administrative body of our church. The VP Programs, VP Personnel, Financial Officer and Ministers are members of the POC, and the Board also appoints additional members for two-year terms. The current, continuing members of the POC are Liz Owen (InReach), Liz Shivell (Social Justice), and Jan Theiss-Guffey (Religious Education). The Nominating Committee has recommended two new members to serve two-year terms:

  • David Proulx for the Facilities Ministry
  • Dena Dickinson for the Worship Ministry
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Third Street Community Center Updates

by Rosemary Baez

I know it’s been while but grant writing has kept me busy. Several pending proposals that we are keeping our fingers crossed will come through include: Community Foundation Silicon Valley, Sobrato Family Foundation, Steps to a Healthier Santa Clara County, General Mills Foundation, and soon to be submitted, Cisco Systems, City of San Jose After School Grants, and many more! All these were submitted over the last 30 days! If you happen to have a contact here, a good word on our behalf will be much appreciated.

Other than fund-raising, we have been busy bringing in a new group of volunteers from SJSU. This time around, we have 13 students, three of whom have taken on the role of Tech Challenge Mentors! This brings me to something really exciting – we have 13 middle school and 2 high school students enrolled in our Robotic Program! This means that this year will be our official return to the Tech Challenge competition at the Tech Museum of Innovation. Some of you may recall that last year when the Tech changed their eligibility requirements, our students did not qualify and were unable to compete. The Robotics Program has really taken a whole new level and has branched out to other communities, including Vietnamese and African American students!

Another exciting thing that’s coming up is our spring fund-raiser with the San Jose SaberCats. (Please read below.)

Lastly, I hope some of you heard the Q&A show on KICU a few Sunday’s ago. I mentioned a few good things about the FUCSJ and I’d like to hear back from anyone who caught the show.

Third Street Night with the SaberCats!

The San José SaberCats have partnered with Third Street for a fund-raising “Night with the SaberCats” at the HP Pavilion. For tickets purchased in advance for the Saturday, April 21st 7:30 pm game, 50% of all ticket sales will be donated to Third Street . Francisco (TSCC Board member) has already secured a donor who will be purchasing 30 tickets to sponsor Third Street families. Our minimum goal, set at our January Board meeting, is to sell at least 50 tickets. This is great venue for church members to be more involved with Third Street !

Looking for High Tech UUs

Third Street Community Center is looking for creative ways of tapping into the rich pool of potential corporate sponsors located in Silicon Valley to fund our programs. One way that would greatly help us (and not cost you a cent!) is by letting us know your name and giving us permission to list you as a volunteer, a donor and/or supporter of Third Street when we apply for a grant.

In the near future, we will be looking to unroll a giving campaign focused on compiling a master list of church members who work in high tech and want to support Third Street Community Center . High tech companies often have employee matching programs that can double what you give. I don’t know exactly how this will unfold but I will keep you posted on developments.

Volunteers Needed ASAP

In January, we experienced a shortfall on volunteer tutors because SJSU was not in session. We expect a similar shortfall in May. If you are looking for a short term commitment working with kids, this is a perfect opportunity that will greatly support our program. Hours of operation are: Mon. – Thurs. from 2:00 to 5:30 pm, and the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month (field trips to the Tech Museum ). There is a volunteer application to fill out (the demographics help us when we apply for grants) as well as a background check (required by our City of San Jose HNVF grant).

Volunteer tutors help children in grades 2-5 complete their math and English homework, assist our staff with science projects, walk our students from Horace Mann Elementary to our center, and supervise them at St. James Park. No special skills required, just patience and a willingness to help kids learn!

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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New Circle Suppers

by Barbara Derbyshire

Our new Circle Suppers are off to a great start with two suppers in February. Everyone on the list will be notified of future suppers and they will attend, or host, whenever it fits their schedule. These are not permanent groupings; those dining together will be different each month.   If you would like to join the list or if you have questions about how this program works, please contact Barbara Derbyshire - CircleSuppers@aol.com.

The first Family Circle Supper was hosted in the home of Cindy and Ellen Robinson.  We all met some great new families with kids, and had more time to talk and relax than after church.  The Family Circle Supper has decided to meet every two months.  The next dinner will be Sunday, April 22 at 5:00 pm. 

For more information, contact Connie Bloch at Connie_Bloch@yahoo.com or call Connie at 266-6504.

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Announcements on Sunday

Make sure your event gets the publicity it deserves! If you want it listed on the insert enclosed in the Sunday order of service, submit it to Iris in the church office (fucsj@sanjoseuu.org) no later than 5:00 pm on the Wednesday before.

The person conducting worship service on Sunday mornings decides well in advance which items to highlight in the brief announcement period at the beginning of the service. Please don’t approach the ministers or worship associates before church with announcements unless they have to do with a last-minute change of venue or time.

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Space To Rent

Dolphin Ocean Spirit, a member of our congregation, has sold his home and bought a new one, a brand new loft apartment on the Alameda across from the gay community center, and now has a room to rent out. The room is in a gay-friendly environment and rents for $500 a month. Call Dolphin at (408) 499-0923 for more information.

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Green Church and Green City

by Diana Wirt

Our Green Church and Green City action groups have been educating themselves about what can be done to deter climate change, individually, with our building and in the City, and planning for Earth Day, April 22. The two groups got together February 26 to share what they are up to.

The Green Church group is finalizing plans to help the congregation go further in combating climate change, on Earth Day. If you would like to help, contact Carol Stephenson at cstephenson@pacbell.net or 292-3858 x27.

The Green City group has created a Yahoogroups list of its members, interviewed two local experts about what the City of San Jose is doing, and will be interviewing two more in early March. Their regular meetings will be the 4th Thursday of the month. So if you would like to join in, add yourself to uusj-green-city@yahoogroups.com or call Diana Wirt at 993-1003 or just show up at the next meeting on Mar 22, 7:00 pm in the church Conference Room.

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Spotlight on Social Justice

Third in a series of Super Hero Cakes, it's . . . it's  . . .

by Carol Stephenson, Social Justice Coordinator, socialjustice@sanjoseuu.org (408) 292-3858 ext. 27

Mama Love is more than a super hero, she is a force of nature. If she were a cake, she'd be your grandmother's secret recipe. The smell from the oven would remind you of your childhood. The taste would be the perfect comfort food. Mama Love believes in peace, not a peace where people avoid their conflicts, but one where people feel like they are heard and their needs are understood. Mama Love will be here at First Unitarian in the coming months.

She'll be at the discussion in the Fireside Room about the film “Trained in the Ways of Men,” the Gwen Aruajo story of a transgendered teen who was murdered in Newark. This Cinequest world premiere examines how society enforces gender roles and the tragic consequences when two world views came crashing together. Mama Love thinks it it's a great idea to see and discuss such an important film.

Mama Love also encourages you to come to the Interfaith Service for Peace Soulful Sundown Service on March 18. That evening, FUCSJ hosts a dozen different faiths coming together to call for peace in their own tradition. Mama Love encourages us to build relationships with the broad interfaith community so that we can support each other all year long. This service provides that opportunity and a time to consider how each one of us can be more like Mama Love.

Social Justice Calendar

  • Film: “Trained in the Ways of Men”
    • Saturday, March 10, 7:45 pm, San Jose Rep
    • Sunday, March 11, 4:45  pm, San Jose Rep
  • Discussion of the Film,
    • Sunday, March 11, 6:30 pm, Fireside Room
  • Interfaith Soulful Sundown Service for Peace         
    • Sunday, March 18, 6:00, Sanctuary.

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Jobs Available in UU Organizations

The UU Legislative Ministry is pleased to announce that we are adding two part-time positions. We would love your help in finding the right people to join our team. We also want to publicize an opening with CA Faith for Equality.

Executive Assistant for the UU Legislative Ministry (in Sacramento )
This is a part-time, permanent position 15 - 20 hours per week. We are looking for someone who is good with people, has strong communication and computer skills, good attention to detail, and cares about growing UULM. To see the full job announcement, click here http://www.uulmca.org/documents/job_admin_07.pdf

Deputy Director for the UU Legislative Ministry (in Sacramento )
A 3/5ths time position for someone who wants to be a co-creator of UULM and an ongoing part of the leadership team. Responsibilities will include communications (to members and media), coordinating workshops, and assisting with fund development. If you are interested in receiving the full job announcement when it is posted, please send an email to lramsden@uulmca.org

And, a bit closer to home:

Interim Director of Religious Education (in Palo Alto)
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto has a new job opening for an Interim Director of Religious Education. They will be accepting applications until April 10, 2007.

Here is the link to the job posting:

Here is the link to the job description:

Spread the word!

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Read to Feed Success!

by Jaime Smith

The children of First Unitarian Church of San Jose have taken a step towards ending world hunger. Since November, the children have been reading and earning donations to purchase animals through the Read to Feed program of Heifer International. All donations have now been collected, and the results are amazing!

The children raised $1,288.39!

This money can be used purchase a llama, a sheep, a heifer, a goat, a pig, a water buffalo, and a hive of honeybees. Seven impoverished families will receive our livestock gifts, as well as training to learn to care for and profit from their animals using earth-friendly methods. These animals will provide sustainable sources of wool, milk, food, and income for the families for years to come.

Here's the best part. The children's gift doesn't end with these seven families! Their gift will continue for generations as the families “repay” their animal loans by passing on their animal's offspring to other needy families. Through this program, our children have begun a chain reaction that could end poverty for many.

The FUCSJ children should be extremely proud of their accomplishment. They have proven that children CAN change the world! Thank you to all the families who participated in Read to Feed this year, and to the members and friends of FUCSJ who supported the children with their donations and encouragement.

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Circling Around

by Kelly Burnett

Mary McGuinness is off traveling again and will be gone for six weeks. She will spend the month of March in Southern Africa traveling through Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, and South Africa with her best friend from Ireland, her friend’s husband, and their four kids. She will spend some time in Dublin with her parents on her way to South Africa, and London on the way back.

Nancy Hada had a birthday recently and Diana Wirt hosted a celebratory gathering at her house. Happy Birthday, Nancy !

If you are looking for a software engineer job, you may help TSCC as well as yourself by contacting Francisco Marquez on our Third Street Community Center (TSCC) Board at fxm@3street.org or fxm@exeros.com. Francisco works for a company that needs to hire several software engineers and is offering their staff a bonus for any referral candidate that the company hires. Francisco will donate any bonus he gets to TSCC.

I, Kelly, am interested in starting a laughing group. If you want to laugh and just have fun or look into laughing yoga, funny movies, comedy, etc., let's get together. Email me!

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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Upcoming Events

Saturday, March 10
Come Join Us in “Service Is Our Prayer”

by Steve Madden

As we start thinking of Spring, it's time to for some Spring cleaning of our lovely, historic building. Saturday, March 10, is a “Service is Our Prayer” day. Groups of church friends and members come down to work on projects in the areas of organizing, cleaning, painting, landscaping, and repairs. All contributions are welcome, both skilled and unskilled. We start at 9:00 am with a brief invocation in the Sanctuary, break at noon for a simple vegetarian lunch provided for the group, and finish up by 2:00 pm. Please come any time during those hours that you can make it!

Sunday, March 18
Service Auction in Hattie Porter Hall

The auction will be Sunday, March 18. Plan to stay after the service for a light lunch and a fast-paced silent auction. We have many exciting offerings for the auction. Some items you can take home that afternoon, but many will be delivered in the months to come. Possibilities include: a unique baby quilt or afghan; a hand-carved sign; yoga, Spanish, or tarot lessons; or an hour of Latin American music in your home. There will be several fun dining opportunities to choose from.

Some of these items are so special that you should be thinking about them in advance. There will be displays about these items set up during coffee hour Sunday March 11 or you can contact the donors for more details.

Would you enjoy a week at Ellen Greene’s guest house in Mexico? It is located in San Pancho, Nayarit, which is a small beach town about 25 miles north of Puerto Vallarta . See the property at: www.sunworx.com/quintaelena. Estimated value $1,400.

Rev. Donna Lenahan is offering space for one adult woman at a contemplative weekend retreat that she is facilitating, June 15-17, 2007 at Mercy Center in Burlingame . Estimated value $295.

Henry Ruddle is offering two services for your business, non-profit or association:

  • Complete 4-page brochure or newsletter design and layout (including finished files on CD to use for printing). For samples (other than this newsletter) of Ruddle Creative's work, visit www.ruddle.com/pub_samples.html for newsletters or www.ruddle.com/broch_samples.html for brochures. Estimated value $1,500, starting bid, $100. (The value breaks down as $500 for "basic design" and four pages at $250/page for layout of text and graphics, including manipulation of photos/illustrations provided or stock photos/illustrations from our large collection. If the winner requires additional services, we will negotiate a reasonable additional fee that will also be donated to the church.)
  • Logo design, including artwork for basic collateral (business card, letterhead, envelope) Estimated value $1,500, starting bid, $100.

Takumi Noma is offering a review of financial services – mortgage, investment and insurance. Estimated value $750.

Barbara Derbyshire and Bev Harrison are offering two nights B&B at their Rhode Island home. Comfortable for two couples or a large family. Relax in the woods or visit nearby tourist attractions. May–Oct. 2007. Estimated value $250.

Julia Rodriguez and Steve Saunders are offering a weekend in their Tahoe Donner Cabin. This 1,800 sq. ft. cabin accommodates many comfortably. Fun in both summer and winter. Estimated value $500.

And this priceless offering from Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones – be the high bidder for this year’s Worship Service Theme. Do you have a burning question about________(fill in the blank)? Do you long for a worship service entirely devoted to____________?

You will be the creative source for Nancy and the Worship Associates as they create, with your input, a transformative experience for our congregation. For more information, contact Barbara Derbyshire at bmdbbh@aol.com.

Sunday, March 11
Gwen Araujo Film Discussion Sponsored by Welcoming Congregation Committee

"Trained in the Ways of Men,” a documentary film about the controversial events surrounding the murder of transgender teen Gwen Araujo, will premiere as part of the Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose. The Welcoming Congregation Committee of the church is inviting everyone to see the film and join in an informal discussion beginning about 6:30 pm in the Fireside Room after the movie showing on Sunday, March 11. For more information, contact Frey Leigh, fleigh@earthlink.net, 408-446-1973.

Shelly Prevost’s documentary is an exploration of the provocative complexities of gender identity: What does it mean to be a man or a woman? How do we react when our expectations are violated?

The film will be shown at 7:45 pm Saturday, March 10, and 4:45 pm Sunday, March 11, at the San Jose Repertory Theater, 101 Paseo de San Antonio. Advance tickets are $9 general admission, $5 for students, available by calling 408-295-FEST (295-3378) or online at www.cinequest.org.

Saturday, April 7
Balázs Transylvanian Tea: Trading Places – Journeys of Transformation

This event will take place Saturday, April 7 at 3:30 pm at the Starr King School for the Ministry, 2441 LeConte Ave., Berkeley, CA. Donation $25.

Transylvanian Unitarian minister the Rev. Erika Orbán, the current Balázs scholar at Starr King School for the Ministry, and fourth year Starr King student James Field, who recently returned from a six months field placement in a Unitarian Transylvanian village, will talk about their experiences and how they have been transformed by them.

For information and reservations, contact Arliss Ungar at arliss@ungar.us or 925-283-3288.

June 20-24
General Assembly, Portland , OR

by Bob Miess

<text>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:


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!

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, March 7
Rancho San Antonio, 5-7 miles (we can decide which loop we want to do), moderate.  Meet at Page Mill/280 Park and Ride at 8:00 am or at the equestrian parking lot at Rancho at 8:15 am.

Saturday, March 10
 No hike planned. We have a work day at the church.

Wednesday, March 14
Saratoga Gap, 5 miles, moderate. Meet at Comerica Bank parking lot in Saratoga at 8:00 am.

Saturday, March 17
Montebello Open Space,  6 miles  We'll do a car shuttle from the Grizzly Flat trail head on Skyline to the usual parking lot at Montebello.  Meet at Page Mill/280 Park and Ride at 8:00 am.

Wednesday, March 21
Skyline Ridge Loop, 6 miles, moderate. Meet at Page Mill/280 Park and Ride at 8:00 am.

Saturday, March 24
Wunderlich County Park, 5 miles, easy.  Meet at Page Mill/280 Park and Ride at 8:00 am.  This will be a shorter hike.

Wednesday, March 28
Windy Hill, 6-7 miles, moderate.  We can decide if we want to do the longer hike.  Meet at Page Mill/280 Park and Ride at 8:00 am.

Saturday, March 31
Almaden Quicksilver, Hacienda entrance.  I will not be leading this hike.  Check with Alice Lynch to see if the hike is on.  Her email is alice_lynch@hp.com; phone (408) 298 7050.




18 de Marzo — 9:30 a.m.

Equinoccio de Primavera:
“Un nuevo inicio”
El día de fiesta Pagano “Ostara” celebra el equinoccio de primavera alrededor del 21 de marzo. Representa un nuevo inicio, un renacimiento de la vida en las primeras plantas nuevas emergiendo y se celebra con una gran fiesta. Ésta es momento de equilibrio entre el día y la noche, el tiempo en que la luz iguala la oscuridad. Es la unión sexual entre el Dios y la Diosa, simbolizando la fertilidad del año que empieza.

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

March 18 — 9:30 a.m.

Spring Equinox: A New Beginning
The Pagan holiday Ostara celebrates the Spring Equinox around March 21st. It represents a new beginning, a rebirth of life as the first new plants emerge, and is celebrated with feasting. This is the time of balance between day and night, the time when light overtakes the darkness. It is one of the times of sexual union between the God and Goddess, symbolizing the fertility of the year to come.

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

March 18 — 11 a.m.

Spring Equinox
Come celebrate the joyful arrival of spring (the Vernal Equinox)! Bring a spirit of renewal as we welcome the first day of spring. As days grow longer and nights grow shorter, life is replenished with the planting of flowers and trees all around. Welcome this warm and loving time with reverence for Nature and all Her creations.

Worship Leader: Kristin Rivers; Worship Associate: Bob Owen.

18 de Marzo — 11 a.m.

Equinoccio de Primavera
¡Ven a celebrar la alegre llegada de la primavera (el equinoccio Vernal)! Trae el espíritu de renovación para darle la bienvenida al primer día de primavera. Mientras que los días se hacen más largos y las noches más cortas, la vida se llena toda plantando flores y árboles a su alrededor. Démos la bienvenida a este caliente y cariñoso tiempo con la reverencia por la naturaleza y todas sus creaciones.

Dirige: Kristin Rivers; Asociado de Servicio: Bob Owen.




25 de Marzo — 11 a.m.

Domingo de Justicia 2007:
El sonar de los tambores por Dafur
Escucha el sonar del tambor, ve las caras, oye la música. ¿Cómo los principios Unitario Universalistas nos invitan a trabajar para la justicia frente a la crisis devastadora en Darfur? Levantemos nuestras propias voces junto con las congregaciones de UUSC y de UU a través del país para hablar en contra de este genocidio.

Dirige: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Asociados de Culto: Carol Stephenson y Luther Jackson.

March 25 — 11 a.m.

Justice Sunday 2007:
Drumbeat for Dafur
Listen to the drumbeat, see the faces, hear the music. How do the principles of Unitarian Universalism call upon us to work for justice in the face of the devastating crisis in Darfur? Let us raise our own voices along with the UUSC and UU congregations across the country to speak out against this genocide.

Worship Leader: the Rev Nancy Palmer Jones; Worship Associates: Carol Stephenson and Luther Jackson.

March 25 — 11 a.m.

Justice Sunday 2007:
Drumbeat for Dafur
Listen to the drumbeat, see the faces, hear the music. How do the principles of Unitarian Universalism call upon us to work for justice in the face of the devastating crisis in Darfur? Let us raise our own voices along with the UUSC and UU congregations across the country to speak out against this genocide.

Worship Leader: the Rev Nancy Palmer Jones; Worship Associates: Carol Stephenson and Luther Jackson.

25 de Marzo — 11 a.m.

Domingo de Justicia 2007:
El sonar de los tambores por Dafur
Escucha el sonar del tambor, ve las caras, oye la música. ¿Cómo los principios Unitario Universalistas nos invitan a trabajar para la justicia frente a la crisis devastadora en Darfur? Levantemos nuestras propias voces junto con las congregaciones de UUSC y de UU a través del país para hablar en contra de este genocidio.

Dirige: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Asociados de Culto: Carol Stephenson y Luther Jackson.

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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!


Bob Miess, bob@creating-context.com

Vice President (Planning/Personnel)
Joyce Miller,

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

Mary Mary Feldman, mm@feldmo.com

David Tucker, cheverly@earthlink.net

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


Debra Fenzel-Alexander, sdsalex@comcast.net

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

Sherry Howd
, 257-6844, s_howd@msn.com
Sherry will be editor for the March 21 and April 18 issues.

Catherine Leeson Pelizzari, 945-9848, caleeson@aol.com
Catherine will be editor for the March 7 and April  4 issues

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

Translators: Ervin Barrios
Layout and Printing: Henry Ruddle (www.ruddle.com)
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 Thanks for all the work you do and care you put into the newsletter.

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Next issue assembly: Tuesday, March 20, 2007

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