Our Church Circular / May 2, 2007 / 2 de Mayo 2007

Inside This Issue:

  • This Sunday’s Services / READ
  • May 13 and May 20 Services/ READ
  • Save the Dates / READ
  • Nancy's Column / READ
  • Geoff's Column / READ
  • Religious Education / READ
  • Child Abuse Prevention Sunday Program / READ
  • Spotlight on Social Justice / READ
  • Be Cool—Carpool! / READ
  • Recycle -- for South Africa and Transylvania / READ
  • Joy Through Service: Genie Lauds Leadership of Bob Miess / READ
  • Band of Writers: If You Love to Write, But... / READ
  • Notes from the Office: Weekend Job opportunity! / READ
  • Circling Around / READ
  • Upcoming Events / READ
    • Rummage Sale / READ
    • Jr. High Backpack Trip / READ
    • General Assembly / READ
    • Leadership Training / READ
    • Meditation Classes / READ
    • Congregational Meeting / READ
    • Dances of Universal Peace / READ
    • Women’s Alliance / READ
    • PCD Women and Religion Meeting / READ
  • UU Hikers and Friends / READ



6 de Mayo — 9:30 a.m.

Identidad del Inmigrante
Todos los días escuchamos por la radio o vemos en la televisión acerca de los problemas de inmigración, deportaciones masivas, separación de familias, propuestas de leyes a favor y en contra de la inmigración. ¿Pero quienes son aquellos a los que llamanos inmigrantes? ¿Que piensan?, ¿por que sufren?, ¿cuales son sus anhelos, sus alegrías, sus logros, sus nostalgias? Ven a compartir en comunidad la identidad del inmigrante. ¡Y por favor, demos la bienvenida a los nuevos miembros de las iglesia, celebrando su compromiso hacia nuestra querida comunidad!

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

May 6 — 9:30 a.m.

Immigrant Identity
Every day we hear on the radio or watch on TV stories about immigration problems, deportations, separated families, proposals of laws to favor and laws against immigration. But who are those whom we call immigrants? What are their thoughts, their sufferings? What are their yearnings, their joys, their benefits, their homesickness? Come and share in community the immigrant’s identity. And please come to welcome our newest members as we celebrate their commitment to our Beloved Community.

Worship Leader: Rodrigo Garcia; Worship Associates: Members of SSM.

May 6 — 11 a.m.

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

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

6 de Mayo — 11 a.m

Tejiéndolo Todo Junto
Es hora de tomar una respiración y mirar hacia atrás en los temas que hemos explorado en los servicios esto año. ¿Inclusión, esperanza, espiritualidad, auto cuidado, las fuentes de nuestra fe, y mucho mas—qué los sostiene a todos juntos? ¿Cual es la tapicería que nosotros tejemos en nuestra reunión cada domingo por la mañana? Si usted nos ha disfrutado en un servicio o en muchos, o está a punto de hacer su primer viaje a nuestro santuario, cada uno de nosotros contribuimos a las transformaciones que experimentamos con el servicio. ¿Podemos encontrar las palabras del como estamos cambiano? ¡Ayúdenos a descubrir! ¡Y por favor, demos la bienvenida a los nuevos miembros de nuestra iglesia, celebrando su compromiso hacia nuestra querida comunidad.

Dirige: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Asociado de Servicio: Christy Baker.

Save the Dates

  • May 3, Thursday, Women's Alliance presents "Who was Sally Hemings" at 7:15 pm at the home of Jean vonKaenel. Call Jean for directions at 356-1953.
  • May 4, Friday, Dances of Universal Peace, in the Sanctuary at 8:00 pm.
  • May 6, Sunday, New Member Ingathering
  • May 6, Sunday, Child Abuse Prevention Sunday Program; all youth go directly to classrooms at 11:00 am.
  • May 6, Sunday, UU Band of Writers meets in the Youth Room 20 minutes after the service
  • 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 19, Saturday, PCD Women and Religion meets at 10:30 am for potluck, planning, and program. Call Meg Bowman at 292-1172for location and details.
  • May 27, Sunday, Congregational Meeting at 12:45 to adopt our budget for the 2007-2008 Fiscal Year
  • May 27, Sunday, after the service, in Hattie Porter Hall: Everything-But-Clothes Rummage Sale
  • June 20-24, General Assembly in Portland , OR . See http://www.uua.org/ga/housing.html for details.
  • July21-27, Pacific Central District Leadership School , Alamo , CA

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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]

May 6 YWCA Child Assault Prevention Program

May 13  

May 20  Coming-of-Age Sunday - NO CLASS

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

May 6 YWCA Child Assault Prevention Program
May 13 We Are Unitarian Universalists
May 20   Coming-of-Age Sunday - NO CLASS

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

May 6 YWCA Child Assault Prevention Program
May 13 Unitarian Universalist Day
May 20   Coming-of-Age Sunday - NO CLASS

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

May 6 YWCA Child Assault Prevention Program
May 13 Final Class Wrap-Up
May 20   Coming-of-Age Sunday - NO CLASS

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

May 6 YWCA Child Assault Prevention Program
May 13 Who’s Here?
May 20   Coming-of-Age Sunday - NO CLASS

8TH-10TH Grades: Coming of Age

May 5 (Saturday), 9:30 -11:30 am

Reincorporation Ritual for Parents and Youth
May 19 (Saturday), 2:00 - 4:00 pm Coming of Age Sunday Rehearsal
May 20 (Sunday), 11:00 am Coming of Age Sunday
May 20 (Sunday) 5:00 - 8:00 pm

First Unitarian of San Jose Coming of Age Celebration Dinner

Youth Group Activities

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

·   Junior High (6th-7th-8th Grades)

·   Senior High (9th -12th Grades)

  • May 6    YWCA Teen Empowerment Program—Youth Room
  • May 20 Coming-of-Age Sunday - NO CLASS

Advisors: Diana Chung, Mike Williamson, Cordelia Willis.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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by the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones

As We Build the Beloved Community...

The Love Religion

A Medida que Construimos Nuestra Comunidad de Amor...

La Religión de Amor

por la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones

In every New-Member Class, newcomers to our community spend some time with Geoff and me thinking about what Unitarian Universalism really means. “Unitarianism,” we ponder, and then the riff begins: the oneness of God … the unity of all existence … the interconnected web … We Are One! “Universalism”: all are saved … the inherent worth and dignity of every person … All Are Loved and Lovable!

Shortly after we’d had these conversations in the class, I came across this poem by the 13th-century Sufi poet-philosopher Ibn Arabi, translated by Coleman Barks in A Year with Rumi: Daily Readings (Harper, San Francisco, 2006, p. 9):

The Love Religion

The inner space inside
that we call the heart
has become many different
living scenes and stories.

A pasture for sleek gazelles,
a monastery for Christian monks,
a temple with Shiva dancing,
a kaaba for pilgrimage.

The tablets of Moses are there,
the Qur’an, the Vedas,
the sutras, and the gospels.
Love is the religion in me.

Whichever way love’s camel goes,
that way becomes my faith,
the source of beauty, and a light
of sacredness over everything.

What a universalist description of the ways in which different religious expressions may capture the longings of our heart. And underneath it all, I believe we Unitarian Universalists would say that “love is the religion in me.” Unitarian Universalism is a way of living that seeks to bring us into richer, deeper, more compassionate connection with ourselves, with each other, and with the wider world. It’s all about love. Not gooey, sentimental love—but a real and tangible love that senses our deep connectedness.

Where in each of our lives is the Love Religion at work and at play? Where is it showing us the beauty of being alive, even in this ragged and wounded world? Where is it shining a light on our experiences, letting us know there is something precious and worthy even in the smallest daily encounter? It’s hard to stay alert to this “inner space inside”; that’s why we need each other! May our Love Religion continue to grow!



En cada Clase de Nuevos Miembros, las personas nuevas en nuestra comunidad pasan cierto tiempo con Geoff y conmigo pensando sobre el significado real del Unitario Universalismo. “Unitarismo” reflexionamos, y luego comienza el comentario: la unidad de Dios… la unidad de todo lo existente… la red de interconexión… ¡Somos Uno! "Universalismo": todos son salvos… el valor y la dignidad inherente de cada persona … ¡Todos son Amados y Encantadores!

Poco después que tuvimos estas conversaciones en la clase, me encontré este poema del poeta filósofo Sufi del siglo 13, Ibn Arabi, traducido por Coleman Barks al inglés en Un año con Rumi: Lecturas Diarias (Harper, San Francisco, 2006, p. 9) traducido al español por Ervin Barrios.

La Religión del Amor

El espacio interior secreto
que llamamos el corazón
se ha convertido en muchas diversas
escenas vivas e historias.

Pastura para gacelas elegantes,
monasterio para monjes cristianos,
un templo con Shiva bailando,
una kaaba para el peregrinaje.

Las tablas de Moisés están allí,
el Corán, los Vedas,
los sutras y los evangelios.
El amor es la religión en mí.

En la dirección que vayan los camellos,
así se convierte mi fe,
la fuente de belleza, y una luz
de lo sagrado sobre todo.

Que descripción tan universalista de las formas en que las diferentes expresiones religiosas pueden capturar los anhelos de nuestro corazón. Y ante todo, yo creo que nosotros los Unitarios Universalistas diríamos que “el amor es la religión en mí”. El Unitario Universalismo es una forma de vida que nos lleva a una conexión más rica, más profunda, más compasiva con nosotros mismos y con el otro y con el resto del mundo. Es cuestión de amor. No un amor meloso, sentimental—sino un amor real y tangible que siente nuestra conexión profunda.

¿En qué parte de nuestra vida se encuentra la religión del amor trabajando y divirtiendo? ¿En dónde nos está mostrando la belleza de estar vivos, aún en este mundo roto y herido? ¿Dónde está brillando su luz sobre nuestras experiencias, dejándonos saber que hay algo precioso y valioso aún en el encuentro cotidiano más pequeño? Es difícil permanecer alerta a este “espacio interior secreto”; ¡por eso es que nos necesitamos uno al otro! Ojalá que Nuestra Religión del Amor continúe creciendo!



!Aparta esta fecha! Fiesta Para Toda La Iglesia en Hattie Porter Hall
¡Vengan cada uno, vengan todos a albergarse los unos a los otros y a nuestra Comunidad!

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Articulating Our
Unitarian Universalist Faith

by the Rev. Geoff Rimositis

Why do we need to be a part of a religious community? Couldn’t we get along without it? No one is keeping score.

If we’re too tired we can stay home.

If they’re not singing our tune we can plug in our I-Pod, sleep in, and donate our extra cash to a cause we believe in. And it doesn’t require our presence or participation.

Unitarian Universalism is a free faith. We are free to take it or leave it.

But then something happens to shake our tree, throw us out of alignment, cause us to stop and question what we are doing and who we are becoming, and if it is in sync with our values and with a life worth living.

It is during those times of uncertainty in the face of the modern juggernaut of responsibility without boundaries, of commitment without endings that we reach out our hands for something more. We learn the hard lesson that life does not make meaning for us. We must make our own meaning. And no matter how smart we are we cannot do it alone and feel connected. We cannot do it alone and feel our hearts leap for joy when we dedicate ourselves to the growth of our children and to the coming of age of our youth. We cannot do it alone when fear clouds our judgment and depression thwarts our reason. We cannot do it alone when greed and a hard heart infect our political process.

Religious community is the fertile soil to grow a soul and so we plant ourselves hoping for a bountiful harvest of wisdom, compassion, and the inspiration to get off our duffs and make the contributions only we can make. We need each other to do just that. See you at church.

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Spotlight on Social Justice

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

Words of Wisdom

Peace...  we have had an ongoing conversation about peace since the beginning of the church year. The Social Justice Ministry has offered opportunities and context in which to discuss peace in its many forms. My hope is that all of you have had some opportunity to consider what peace is to you through worship, the peace survey, the interfaith events, Nonviolent Communication classes, the anti oppression workshops, Dances of Universal Peace, peace focused meetings, speakers and movies.

Sadly, many of our peace events are very difficult to hear, see, and feel, like the Darfur service and the Middle East Dialogue, but because they are difficult is exactly why we must continue to talk about them. This is where we make real change; in ourselves and in the world.

Sometimes, though, it is hard to carry on. Still, I often gather strength from words of people who are experiencing some of the same struggles. In his book, Dreams of my Father, Barack Obama learns from a college classmate that “you might be locked into a world not of your own making but you can still have a claim on how it is shaped, you still have responsibilities.” This, I can live with. Because I can't change what came before me, but I am still responsible for what I do in this crazy world where I live. And when I feel alone and overwhelmed, I remember what Rev. Nancy told us at the beginning of the Darfur service; that we gather here together, we are safe inside the Sanctuary of our community, and the scary images of the world cannot penetrate that safe place. That is why the work of the church can be so powerful, because we have our faith and each other to sustain even the most difficult work. Finally, when I am a little uncertain, but I know it must be said, I can turn to what our Earth Day speaker Frank Schiavo told us so recently, to “speak, even when our voice shakes.” Let's do! Let us speak, talk, discuss; to each other, to our neighbor, to our congress people and to the world. Let us discover that we all have words of wisdom. Let us all speak our peace....

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Notes from the Office:
Weekend Job opportunity!

by Iris Gonzales

Attention! Calling all interested workers! Are you looking to make a few extra bucks? Know of anyone who is looking for a part-time job? Would you be interested in working to care for our beloved Sanctuary—and other parts of our beloved building? If so, then I have the job for you!

FUCSJ is seeking a Weekend Custodian. Schedule ranges from 4-12 hours per weekend, depending on church schedule, weddings, or other event needs. Duties include vacuuming rugs, cleaning bathrooms, sweeping and mopping floors, cleaning kitchen, emptying trash cans and recycle bins, setting up classrooms for Sunday RE classes, cleaning windows, setting up tables and chairs for special events, setting up for coffee hour on Sundays, and opening and closing of facilities according to event needs.

Satisfactions: you can see what you are accomplishing in a place that shines, and you will hear it in the praise of a community that loves your work.

Prefer bilingual (Spanish and English speaker) but English-only is OK too. Must be reliable, responsible, flexible, and able to do good work with little or no supervision. Need to be able to lift up to 40 lbs. Salary: $13.00 per hour.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to fucsj@sanjoseuu.org with the subject line “Weekend Relief Custodian.” No calls, please!

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Genie Lauds Leadership of Bob Miess

by Ellie White

Genie Bernardini expresses her appreciation here for Bob Miess and I want to thank Genie for uplifting my spirit in so many ways, especially in approaching me to write this column on volunteerism, then helping me through the learning process by her careful editing.

In this respect, Genie is a real live “genie,” responding in my case through my computer instead of the fabled magic lamp.

Genie says this about Bob. “There are many amazing volunteers in our church. Some are spectacular. Bob Miess is one of these. He has brought spirituality into committee work in a way that we have not experienced it before. By his example, he makes it clear that how we conduct our meetings and also our relationship as members of this Beloved Community should be informed by our spiritual values.

As a member of the Volunteer and Leadership Development Team (VLDT), I have had the most direct contact with Bob. This gentle man has a unique style of leadership: Like a smiling Buddha, he very quietly observes, listens and contemplates. Then with masterful diplomatic skill, he points out things that we have failed to see or suggests how things might be improved. But Bob also regularly encourages us in our efforts and reassures us that what we are doing is appreciated and quite enough, and will, in time, bear fruit.

Bob’s ability to know what needs to be said and just how to say it is a great gift. I remember feeling frustrated with one of my tasks on our team but was reluctant to tell Bob, then acting chair. When I did, however, he said that it was entirely appropriate that I express my discontent because volunteers should not be doing something that doesn't feed their spirit. Now, that's my kind of volunteering!

Feeding the spirit is the philosophy behind our work on the VLDT, a philosophy encouraged and demonstrated by Bob Miess and one that benefits everyone in the congregation. But this is just one of countless gifts he has given us, and for that I know we all are profoundly grateful”.

Genie expressed what many of us have felt about Bob in his role as our Church President too.

Which of our fellow congregants feeds or has uplifted your spirit? Email Ellie White at elejeff@finestplanet.com or phone 408-729-0420.

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Recycle -- for South Africa and Transylvania

The recycling project has expanded to all beverage containers!

Now we take aluminum, glass and plastic, but they have to be the containers that have “Cash Redemption Value” (CRV) printed on the label or actual container. You don’t have to bother crushing them anymore either!

We have found out that there is quite a bit of money to be redeemed from this effort. We took a carload to the RePlanet Center and made over $100! We would like to collect enough recycling to be able to do this every week! This money will be used to fund our service trips to South Africa and Romania .

Please collect the beverage containers at home and bring them to church, bagged or boxed. We prefer to have them not crushed. You can put them on the right side of the door of the Third Street Community Center (not the church office). This door is in the lower fenced area on the right side of the church. Please do not block the doorway. Someone picks them up every Sunday and takes them to the recycling center.

Please help the schools of Johannesburg and our Partner Church in Homorodszentmarton!

For more information, contact Carrie Doolittle at (408) 391-2887 or at ranita23@sbcglobal.net.

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Be Cool—Carpool!

by Michael Pelizzari

It’s easy to find other church members who live near you and with whom you might be able to carpool to church. Although there's no top-down organization to our carpooling program, it’s simple and works like this. After the church service in Hattie Porter Hall, we post a map of San Jose for whoever wants to carpool to stick a numbered pin into it where they live, and identify themselves by name and telephone in a numbered list attached to the map. Our intent is for prospective carpoolers to find each other: look at the map each Sunday, see if a pin has appeared near your own, and call that pin's owner to arrange carpooling yourself.

So please stop by the “Be Cool: Carpool” board any Sunday after church, and stick a pin into it. There might already be pins in it close to where you live.

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Band of Writers: If You Love to Write, But...

Many of us who love to write often find it difficult to get started. We find excuses to put it off. We know we should but.... Well, I have a suggestion. Come to a UU B.O.W. gathering. Hear what other writers are creating. Join in the always-enjoyable 10-minute writing exercise. Find motivation in the optional homework assignment. Experience the exhilaration that comes with the creative process. We meet the 1st Sunday of each month after church in the Youth Room.

For more info. contact Genie at 997-6292 or geniebee@hotmail.com.

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Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 3
Women’s Alliance

The Women’s Alliance is presenting the program “Who Was Sally Hemings” at 7:15 pm on Thursday, May 3, at the home of Jean VonKaenel. Call Jean at 356-1953 for directions if you are interested in attending.

The Women’s Alliance (an important part of this church since 1896) will not meet during the summer months. The next gathering will be on Thursday, September 6th, to start the new and revised curriculum of “Cakes for the Queen of Heaven” by the Rev. Shirley Ranck.

Friday, May 4
Dances of Universal Peace

by Marilynn Carstens

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. All are welcome.

Next gathering is Friday, May 4, at 8:00 pm on the labyrinth under the dome of our sanctuary.

Saturday, May 19
PCD Women and Religion Meeting and Retreat

The PCD Women and Religion will meet in San Jose on Saturday, May 19, from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm (includes pot-luck lunch) in the Sunshadow Community Room, 1350 Penoche Avenue, San Jose for planning, learning, and celebration. Call Meg Bowman for directions at 292-1172.

Their Fall gathering will be in Carmel Valley on Saturday, September 29, to celebrate Rosemary Matson’s 90th birthday.

Their 35th weekend retreat, in 2008, will be take place March 7-9, at “Enchanted Hills” near Napa . All UU women are most welcome. Call co-conveners Barbara Schonborn at (650) 9967-6756 or Barbara Horning at (408) 778-3849 for information.

Women and Religion PCD has many books for sale, including their history, Telling our Stories; Celebrating Ourselves, for $12, which includes 26 biographical stories of local UU women, Shared Leadership for $6, and Goddesses, Witches, and the Paradigm Shift for $15 dollars. To order a book, call Meg Bowman at 292-1172.

Women and Religion will escort a group to Spain July 2-18, 2008 for the 10th international Interdisciplinary Women’s Congress in Madrid (July 3-9 “New Frontiers: Dares and Advancements”), plus a post-trip to Toledo, Valencia, Barcelona, and three nights on the island of Majorca. For more information, contact Meg Bowman at (408) 292-1172 or at letus_trvl@aol.com.

Sunday, May 27
Don’t Forget the Church Rummage Sale!

Please save any unwanted housewares, books, toys, working electronic equipment, jewelry, garden tools, or knickknacks for the Everything But Clothing Rummage Sale fund-raiser to be held after the church service on Sunday, May 27, in Hattie Porter Hall. Where else could you reduce the clutter in your house, help our church’s finances, and have fun finding just exactly what you need at a bargain price all at the same time! geniebee@hotmail.com.

Sunday, May 27
Congregational Meeting

Please plan to attend the congregational meeting on Sunday, May 27 at 12:45 to adopt our budget for the 2007-2008 Fiscal Year, which begins June 1.

June 20-24
Going to General Assembly?

Calling all GA trekkers! Whether you are a delegate, going to UU University, or just going to Portland for great worship and workshops, please contact Christy Baker at teantarot@hotmail.com or via cell phone at 408-813-9005 so she can add you to the 2007 FUCSJ group list. Stay informed of our planned gatherings both pre-GA and on-site. We'd like to discuss proposed votes and actions, coordinate housing or transport, and generally share information, resources, and fellowship. Get added to our Yahoo group today!

Meiss Lake

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

Registration deadline: May 15, 2007

For a registration form or more information, contact Pam Pell at 408-287-4453 or johnpell@aol.com.

“The mountains are calling and I must go.” --John Muir

This trip is open to youth in our church entering grades 6 through 8 in the fall of 2007. 

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

by Bob Miess

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

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

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

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

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

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

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UU Hikers and Friends

by Joyce Miller

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

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, May 2
Fremont Older/Stevens Creek, 6 miles, moderate. Meet at the parking lot at Stevens Creek Park . Directions: From 280 take Foothill Expressway as though you were going to Rancho San Antonio, but go straight on Foothill, which becomes Stevens Canyon Road at McClellan. Continue about 2 miles to the entrance to the park which is on the left. Parking fee is $5.

Saturday, May 5
This is an afternoon hike. Santa Teresa Park, 6 miles, moderate. Meet at Bed, Bath and Beyond at the Almaden Plaza parking lot at 1:00 pm. We meet at the small lot on the right side of the access road to the shopping center.

Wednesday, May 9
Huddart County Park , 5-7 miles, moderate. We can decide if we want to do the longer hike up to Skyline. Meet at Page Mill/280 Park and Ride at 8:00 am.

Saturday, May 12
Henry Coe State Park , 6 miles, moderate. This will be a little longer than usual because of the distance. Plan to be back around 3 pm. Meet at Almaden Plaza parking lot at 8:00 am.

Wednesday, May 16
Portola Redwoods State Park . We could do a long 13-mile hike, which we have not done before,  if folks want to spend a day hiking. I would love to do this if I have any takers. If not, we can do the 6-mile hike, which is very nice as well. Meet at Page Mill/280 Park and Ride at 8:00 am.

Saturday, May 19
Butano State Park , 7 miles, moderate to strenuous. This is a longer day, especially if we stop for pie. Plan to be home around 4:00 pm. Meet at Page Mill/280 Park and Ride at 8:00 am.

Wednesday, May 23
Castle Rock State Park , 6 miles, moderate. Meet at Comerica Bank parking lot at 8:00 am.

Saturday, May 26
Long Ridge Open Space, 6 miles, moderate. Meet at Comerica Bank parking lot at 8:00 am.

Wednesday, May 30
Skyline Loop, 6 miles, moderate. Meet at Page Mill/280 Park and Ride at 8:00 am.

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Circling Around

by Kelly Burnett

Genie Bernardini, one of the lucky bidders for Julia Rodriguez's computer help at the recent Service Auction, would like to report 100% satisfaction with the service provided! Julia easily solved a list of almost 10 problems that had been plaguing Genie and then even threw in a bonus by helping program her VCR!
Michael and Catherine Pelizzari have just returned from a wonderful two-week stay in France , part of which was a tour of the Dordogne area of south-central France that included castles, medieval towns, vineyards, and prehistoric caves. The other part was a visit with the family of Mike’s brother, an artist and longtime resident of France , in a picturesque nearby village. They loved the trip and hope to return whenever.

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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MAY 13



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

¿Que Somos Para Nuestra Madre, y Que Es Nuestra Madre Para Nosotros?
La mayoría de nosotros, somos el resultado del amor de nuestros padres, somos la consecuencia de la mezcla del polvo de estrellas mezclado, calentado y amasado en el crisol del útero de nuestra madre, por eso se dice que somos sangre de su sangre, carne de su carne, huesos de sus huesos, resultado de sus sueños, somos sus anhelos convertidos en acción. Somos el dolor convertido en alegría y esperanza, somos su amor convertido en futuro. Ahora, ¿que es para nosotros nuestra madre? Ven a honrar a nuestras madres presentes, pasadas y futuras.

Dirige: Roberto Padilla; Asociados de Servicio: Miembros de SSM.

May 13 -- 9:30 a.m.

What Are We for Our Mother, and What Is Our Mother for Us?
Most of us are the result of the love of our parents; we are the consequence of star dust mixed, warmed up and kneaded in the crucible of the uterus of our mother; for that reason it is said that we are blood of her blood, meat of her meat, bones of her bones, the result of her dreams; we are her yearnings turned into action. We are pain turned into joy and hope; we are her love turned into future. Now, what is our mother for us? Come to honor our mothers present, past, and future.

Worship Leader: Roberto Padilla; Worship Associates: Members of SSM.

May 13 — 11 a.m.

All the Facets of the Prism—A New Mother’s Day Service
From honoring women who work for peace (thanks to our Unitarian foremother Julia Ward Howe) to offering thanks for mothers themselves, Mother’s Day has always been richer and more complex than any single greeting card can capture. Add to this holiday our own full range of feelings, and we have a perfect reason to gather together on this day! How can we honor all the facets of the prism—of mothers and mothering, and of what is maternal and creative in each of us? Let’s find out!

Worship Leader: the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Worship Associate: Sandra Iwamoto.

13 de Mayo — 11 a.m.

Todas las facetas del prisma—Un nuevo servicio del día de la madre
Desde honrar a las mujeres que trabajan por la paz (gracias a Julia Ward Howe, una de nuestras primeras madres Unitarias,) hasta ofrecer un agradecimiento a las madres mismas, el día de la madre siempre ha sido más rico y más complejo que lo que cualquier tarjeta de saludo puede mostrar. ¡Agreguemos a este día de fiesta nuestra propia gama de sensaciones y tendremos una razón perfecta para reunirnos juntos en este día! ¿Cómo podemos honrar todas las facetas del prisma—de madres y mimos, y que hay de maternal y creativo en cada uno de nosotros? ¡Descubrámoslo!

Dirige: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Asociada de Servicio: Sandra Iwamoto.

MAY 20



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

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

Dirige: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Asociados de Servicio: Miembros de SSM.

May 20 -- 9:30 a.m.

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

Worship Leader: the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Worship Associates: Members of SSM.

May 20 — 11 a.m.

Coming-of-Age Sunday
“Roots hold me close. Wings set me free. Spirit of Life, come to me, come to me.” Our year-long Coming-of-Age Program for youth in 8th through 10th grades comes to its triumphant crescendo as our eight participating youth share their credos, “belief statements” with the congregation. With youth from five congregations in the South Bay area, they have participated in three themed retreats and hosted a fund-raiser for Second Harvest Food Bank with their adult mentors. Add your spirit to the celebration and join us for this important milestone in the life of the church and in these young people’s lives.

Worship Leader: the Rev. Rimositis; Worship Associate: TBA.

20 de Mayo — 11 a.m.

Domingo de la Edad por Venir
“Las raíces me mantienen cerca. Las alas me hacen libre. Espíritu de vida, ven a mí, ven a mí.” Nuestro largo año del programa de la edad por venir para los jóvenes del 8vo al 10mo grado, llega en triunfante crescendo con nuestros ocho jóvenes participantes que comparten sus credos, “declaraciones de creencia”, con la congregación. Con jóvenes de cinco congregaciones del sur de la bahía, ellos han participado en tres retiros temáticos y han organizado una colecta para el Banco de Alimentos Second Harvest con sus mentores adultos. Agregue su espíritu a la celebración y unámonos a esta importante piedra angular en la vida de la iglesia y en la vida de esos jóvenes.

Dirige: el Rev. Geoff Rimositis; Asociado de Servicio: ASA.

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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

Bob Redfern, rredfern@charter.net

David Tucker, cheverly@earthlink.net

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


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
: (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 May16 and June 20 issues.

Catherine Leeson Pelizzari, 945-9848, caleeson@aol.com
Catherine will be editor for the June 6, and July 4 issues.

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