Our Church Circular / May 16, 2007 / 16 de Mayo 2007

Inside This Issue:

  • This Sunday’s Services / READ
  • May 27, June 3 and June 10 Services/ READ
  • Save the Dates / READ
  • Geoff's Column / READ
  • Religious Education / READ
    • Youth Membership / READ
    • Religious Growth and Learning Program Leaders for 2006-2007 / READ
    •  Summer Programs / READ
      • “UU Super Heroes” - 1st to 5th
      •  “You the Creator” - 6th to 8th
  • Spotlight on Social Justice / READ
  • Recycle -- for South Africa and Transylvania / READ
  • Joy Through Service: Shine On, Meg Bowman, Shine On / READ
  • April 25, 2007 Board Meeting / READ
  • Going To GA in Portland ? Stay in Beautiful Vancouver ! / READ
  • Circling Around / READ
  • Upcoming Events / READ
    • Rummage Sale / READ
    • Congregational Meeting / READ
    • Memorial Day Picnic--Monday, May 28 / READ
MAY 20

SUNDAY SERVICES / SERVICIOS DE DOMINGO

20 DE MAYO

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.

Save the Dates

  • May 19, Saturday, PCD Women and Religion meets at 10:30 am for potluck, planning, and program. Call Meg Bowman at 292-1172 for 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
  • May 28, Monday, All Church Memorial Day Picnic, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Memorial Park, Santa Clara
  • June 1, Friday, Dances of Universal Peace, 8:00 pm, in the Sanctuary
  • June 3, Sunday, UU Band of Writers, 20 minutes after the service, Youth Room
  • Sunday, June 10, San José Pride Parade. Gather with the church group after the 9:30 am service.
  • June 20-24, General Assembly in Portland , OR . See http://www.uua.org/ga/housing.html for details.
  • July 21-27, 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

Regular classes have ended for the spring term. Summer classes begin on June 17

May 20  Coming-of-Age Sunday - NO CLASS
May 27 Mixed Ages Activity
June 3  YOUTH SUNDAY-NO CLASSES

Youth Group Activities

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

·   Junior High (6th-7th-8th Grades)

·   Senior High (9th -12th Grades)

  • 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


As Unitarian Universalists we covenant to affirm and promote the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large. We believe that all people should have a voice and a vote about the things which concern them. There is no more precious right and responsibility in our shared religious life than to declare ourselves a full participant, a member, of this religious community. Our commitment to each other and to the values of Unitarian Universalism, which we wish to embody in our lives and in the world, is the life-blood of our shared faith.

This covenant is as important to our children and youth as it is for the adults. This is their church. We are their people. Unitarian Universalism is their faith. Our youth want to make a difference in the world. Our children want to feel the deep awe and mystery of life that grows into reverence. Our children and youth want to be partners with us in significantly contributing to the life of the church and in fulfilling its mission.

Youth in the 1st through 8th grades may decide to become a YOUTH MEMBER of the First Unitarian Church of San Jose. Before doing so, they must have a conversation with their parent(s) on why this church is important in their lives and how Unitarian Universalism can help them in their growing and giving them an opportunity to share their gifts and exercise their compassion through friendship and service.

On Sunday, June 3, there will be an ingathering of youth members in the 1st through 8th grades. Each new youth member will be introduced at the service by a member of the congregation that the child knows. Each will sign the membership book as a youth member of our congregation. Adult (voting) membership begins at 14 years of age.

If your daughter or son would like to become a youth member of the congregation, please call me at the church, 292-3858, ext. 25.

If our church and Unitarian Universalism is to be a vital and relevant religion, our children and youth need to walk by our sides every step of the way on this wonderful and mysterious journey of faith.


Religious Growth and Learning Program Leaders for 2006-2007

Thanks to all who helped this year with the children and youth programs!!!

Associate Minister
Rev. Geoff Rimositis

Religious Education Assistant
Elena Clifford

4-5 Year Olds
Melinda Hoppe; Class Coordinator: Elena Clifford

1st-2nd Grades
Toni Aversa, Bill Bowman, Jenn Castro, Heidi Delgros, David Lambert, Rick Merritt; Class Coordinator: Kasthuri Veeraraghavan

3rd-4th Grades
Cecilia Deck, Sylvia Flynn, Rebecca Mason, Susan Miller, Lynn Morison, Jaime Smith, Lori Zink; Class Coordinator: Patti Segarini

5th Grade
John Burk, Susan Butler-Graham, Inés Zapiola; Class Coordinator: Pam Pell

6th-7th-8th Grades
Cheri Goodman, Alec MacLean, Rick Morris, Melanie Okawachi, Michael Payne-Alex, Kristin Schafer, Karen Schuler, Bill Thiemann; Class Coordinator: Mary Jeffries

Junior High Backpacking Trip
Michael Payne-Alex, Rev. Geoff Rimositis, Cathy Thiemann; Trip Coordinator: Cheri Goodman

Senior High Camping Trip
Greg Ashley, Colleen Cabot, Mary Mary Feldman, Crystal Lanier, Rick Morris, Rev. Geoff Rimositis; Trip Coordinator: Monty Low

Senior High Youth Group
Diana Chung, Mike Williamson, Cordelia Willis

Children's Winter Holiday Play
Play Director: Patty Eaton; Choir Leaders: Cordelia Willis, Kelly Bolton


Special Summer Programs

“UU Super Heroes”
A special summer program for children in 1st-5th grades

Theme and Description
Unitarian Universalist (UU) Super Heroes is a values-based Unitarian Universalist identity curriculum that encourages children to explore the lives of famous people who were Unitarians, Universalists or Unitarian Universalists.

Goals for Participants

  • To introduce children to the stories of Unitarians, Universalists and Unitarian Universalists;
  • To show how the lives of these people confirm the principles that Unitarian Universalists strive to promote;
  • To learn some of the traditions of both our Unitarian Universalist faith movement and our individual congregations;
  • To encourage the children to live their own lives fully and to use their own positive “super powers” to grow both spiritually and ethically.
June 17   Who is a superhero?
June 24  KING JOHN SIGISMUND: the Only Unitarian King Promises Religious Freedom To All His People
July 1 LEWIS LATIMER: A Bright Idea
July 8 BEATRIX POTTER: The Tale of Beatrix Potter
July 15  CHRISTOPHER REEVE: Superman Becomes a Super Hero
July 22  JOSEPH PRIESTLY: Thank You, Joseph
July 29 CLARA BARTON: A Shy Little Girl Becomes A Brave Woman
August 5 MALVINA REYNOLDS: Love is Like A Magic Penny
August 12 P.T. BARNUM: Advertising Yourself
August 19 P.T. BARNUM: The Greatest Show On Earth!
August 26 Celebrating Ourselves As Super Heroes

“You the Creator”
A special summer program for children in 6th-8th grades

Theme and Description
Junior high youth and leaders explore together the power that everyone's creativity has to shape the world.

Goals for Participants

  • To be empowered creatively
  • To see themselves as creators
  • To connect with universal creative powers
  • To generate new ideas
  • To enjoy new experiences
  • To experience the happiness that comes with being in touch with one's creativity.
June 17   Cats and Stuff
June 24  But Is It Any Good?
July 1 Don’t Know What To Make?
July 8 Yes, You Can Think Creatively
July 15  The Stuff of Creations
July 22  Controls on Creation
July 29 The Weird and Wonderful
August 5 Creativity Poles
August 12 Short Lived Creations
August 19 Humor
August 26 Food and Fun

Please Sign Up to Lead or Assist in One (or More) Sessions in
"UU Superheroes" (K-5th) OR "You the Creator" (6th-8th)

Contact the Rev. Geoff Rimositis (GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org)

Lesson plans and classroom support will be provided.

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by the Rev. Geoff Rimositis

Articulating Our Unitarian Universalist Faith

Two poems in the key of life.

Where Do All the Prayers Go?

Ah, to be a slip of paper in the Wailing Wall of Jerusalem’s old temple.

A prayer to be holy and free of temptation.

A prayer for peace and the end of war.

A prayer that Aunt Gilda’s pain and suffering

   will come to a peaceful end.

Devout Jews with shawls over their heads

   bob back and forth with open prayer books in outstretched hands

Face to stone.

How does God respond?

Is s/he on the other side

  as if in a celestial post office

  eyeing all those slips of paper

   and saying to him/herself:

  “Here’s Morty again wanting a successful business. ”

Does God in Type A fashion

  go down the line pulling out the papers in godly speed saying:

“Yes. No. Yes. No. Yes. Yes. Yes?”

Does God close his eyes

  and go ennie-meenie-minee-mo?

Or do all those prayers end up in the dead letter office

  next to the bags for Santa Claus?

Who cares?
As long as the prayer is sincere

  it will get to where it’s going.

Let the Mystery Be (with Thanks to Iris Dement)

Everything has a name.

You wake up in the morning

  and your eyes recognize familiar surroundings:

                                bed,

night table,

slippers waiting for feet to shuffle to the bathroom

                                            and then to make tea

                                            and ponder a universe of names.

Everywhere you go:

                                Bangladesh ,

                                St. Petersburg

                                Hoboken , New Jersey

                                                everything,

                                                everything has a name.

Hubcaps,

bicycles,

                                                the angry man cursing his demons on the corner.

This is why I want to preserve the Amazon Rain Forest

                                not for medical miracles,

                                or undiscovered species,

                                but as a sanctuary

                                where no-names can thrive in their anonymity,

                                                where they are on no list

                                                and are known only to themselves.

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April 25, 2007 Board Meeting

From Bob Redfern, New Secretary

This was the first meeting of our reconstituted, policy-organized board. Many of the duties and two of the positions from the old board (VP for Personnel & Planning and Financial Officer) are reconstituted in the Program Council, where the day-to-day management of church activities now rests. The Board of Directors provides policy and oversight.

Congregational input on two issues is on the Board’s Agenda. Nancy ’s Ministry is approaching its two-year anniversary and the Ministerial Fellowship Committee needs a lengthy questionnaire completed. Also, one of our broadest policy inputs, Our Destination as a Church needs input and data from all members.

Geoff discussed his planning efforts for the Coming of Age Retreat, and Nancy discussed the process for introducing new members to Unitarian-Universalism and obtaining direct feedback 6 months later.

Delegates to the District Assembly in Foster City April 27-29 were affirmed by the board--Bob Miess, Bev Harrison, Barbara Derbyshire, Joyce Miller, Joy-Ellen Lipsky and Marla Scharf. Bob Miess and Ed Massey are up for leadership roles within the Pacific Central District (PCD).

The Board voted to contribute towards Leadership School at the Alamo Conference Center July 21-27. Four people are highly motivated to attend (they will be contributing several hundred $$ out of their own pockets towards the cost) and to contribute in leadership functions in the church after completing this training. The participants who volunteered to attend are Kelly Burnett, Donna Lenahan, Bruce Halen and Julia Rodriguez. Treasurer David Tucker reviewed the finances and our current budget situation and affirmed the congregation’s ability to sponsor four participants. Two people attended last year.

David further reported that 50% of the pledge units had turned in their pledge forms by the night of our meeting. By the time of the Congregational party on Saturday the 12th of May, that percentage should be much higher. The flip side of the canvass is setting a budget for June 07 – May 08, and the Board and Finance Committee will have a special joint meeting to finalize the numbers on May 17th. The Budgetary Congregational meeting is scheduled for May 27th. Look forward to an excellent budget presentation from Christopher Frey.

Our lengthiest discussion was about the New Sanctuary Movement. This is a program designed to help publicize the humanity and contributions of immigrants by giving sanctuary to a family at imminent risk of deportation. The family will not only include an adult at risk of deportation, but a partner or child who is a citizen or legal resident. Some churches will actually host the at risk families, others are being asked to contribute money and spiritual support. The money will help with the food and shelter, as well as legal intervention. The Board has asked the Program & Operations Council to develop an educational and consensus-building program that will help coalesce support for the New Sanctuary Movement, as well as other programs supporting immigrant rights.

Thanks for reading this far.

See you at the Congregation Party (May 12) and the Budget Congregational meeting (May 27)

Bob Redfern, Secretary Again

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Spotlight on Social Justice

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

Did you hear that?

That is the sound of a squeaky clean work space. My office desperately needed a good spring cleaning and after finishing up all the major events of the church year, I was up to the task.

In the midst of filing paper work and organizing art supplies, I got a chance to reminisce about many of the social justice activities of the past eight months. Leaning against my desk I found artwork that we created together for the Social Justice Open Mic back in August. Wasn’t that fun? Let’s do that again. I found a flyer for “An Inconvenient Truth” which we showed in the Sanctuary in October. And don’t worry, I recycled the flyer. I had easel paper with notes taken from the Inclusion workshop series, a poster from the UULM, and the list of “64 Ways in 64 Days.” Tucked away next to the garbage can was a box of peace candle holders that the RE students made for the Interfaith Peace Service.

When I got down to filing, I made lots of new folders for all the different ways we are working on environmentalism through PACT and the Green Sanctuary Action Group. What a wonderful year, and we only have a few meetings left before it all winds down. In order for all these activities to be great, we need lots of input! You get that chance at the next Green Sanctuary Action Group meeting on May 21 and at the Social Justice Council Meeting on June 7.

Social Justice Calendar

  • May 20, Sunday, Frank Schiavo Home Tour at 1:00 pm Home of Frank Schiavo
  • May 21, Sunday, Green Sanctuary Action Group, 7:00 pm, Church Conference Room
  • June 7, Thursday, Social Justice Council,7:00 pm, Church Conference Room

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Shine On, Meg Bowman, Shine On

by Ellie White

Meg Bowman, with a hearty welcome to all who enter the Women’s Alliance meeting followed by her enthusiastic leadership tinged with humor, always lifted my spirits. Now that Meg is stepping down as chair of our "Sisterhood," it is time to recognize what Meg has achieved so far. Jean Embree, followed by Nancy Coleman, relate here their wealth of experiences with Meg.

Jean, an author herself, says of Meg: “Since the middle 1970s, when she and I were both teaching at San Jose State University and met at First Unitarian, Meg Bowman has been my guide into the world of the history and sociology of women and religion. As a professor of such courses as "Happiness" at San Jose State and "Cakes for the Queen of Heaven" at First Unitarian and an author of dozens of books, she has inspired me and thousands of others worldwide.

As we have moved through our seventies, I've been continually amazed by Meg's ability to juggle multiple intellectual balls on her calendar and mine. She has led my friends and me through Europe and Africa , cajoling us through international scholarship programs and political fund raisers, arranged our potlucks and movie dates, thrown great parties, and beyond all, reminded us of the historical feminine in our minds and hearts.

So here's to Meg (Bowoman, as she spells it)! She and I will lift a glass for you all as we take our next trip next month on the train across Canada . We invite you to join us when the First Unitarian Women's Group resumes Thursday night meetings and to think about a trip to Spain in July 2008 to join women internationally! Blessed Be.”

Nancy Coleman (left) with Meg Bowman

And Nancy, who also teaches, offers these “Meg thoughts”: “Meg Bowman continues to be an inspiration to me. Despite having contributed so much to so many causes over the years, she does not rest on her laurels. She still stays active and involved in many political causes and in organizations like the Older Women's League, but she also manages to have a great time doing what she wants to do, and she always make time for friends. She is funny and irreverent and passionate about a lot of things. You never have to wonder what Meg thinks; she comes right out with it!

“Most of the many books Meg has written are readings about powerful and influential women in history, especially UU history, to whom we owe so much. When we read these stories aloud at Women's Alliance meetings, I always feel energized, and I'm grateful that Meg has taken the time to research their lives and tell their stories. Her leadership in the Women's Alliance has been pivotal, and I hope I can do half as well when I succeed her as the chair of the Women's Alliance . Thank you, Meg”!

 “Bravo” to Meg from all of us in our Women’s Alliance . We hope to continue our “UU Sisterhood” journey with her and continue to sign the petitions that Meg usually has for us to make the world a better place by using “woman power.”

Which of our fellow congregants “floats your boat” (as Meg might express it)? 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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Our former congregation member Joyce Tobias is now a member of the Michael Servetus Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (MSUUF) in Vancouver , Washington , just a few miles from the Oregon Convention Center where the Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly (GA) will be held June 20-24. Joyce invites interested GA attendees to consider staying in the homes of members of the MSUUF congregation. For more information about available home accommodations, please email Joyce Tobias at tobydesn@aol.com or call her at 360-573-6246 or check the information on the MSUUF website at http://msuuf.org/phpwcms2/index.php?id=3,152,0,0,1,0. One couple from our congregation has already made their reservations!

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Upcoming Events

Need a Home for That Carved Anteater?
Bring It to the Rummage Sale May 27

In just 2 weeks you can have the joy of exchanging your rummage for someone else's at the Everything-But-Clothing Rummage Sale on Sunday, May 27, after church in Hattie Porter Hall. We will accept books, toys, housewares, working electronic equipment, jewelry and knickknacks. Just bring your treasures to Hattie Porter Hall the day of the sale no later than 10:30, already priced. Anything not sold or claimed will be taken to the Cancer Society's Discovery Shop. 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.

Memorial Day Picnic--Monday, May 28

11 am to 3 pm / Central Park, Santa Clara (Kiely at Homestead )

POTLUCK -- Please bring food to share and your own plasticware (plates and utensils).  Suggested items:

  • A thru D  --     Burgers, Hot Dogs, Vegie Burger
  • E thru H  --     Drinks, Buns
  • I thru L    --     Chips, Dips, Munchies
  • M thru R --     Salads
  • S thru Z   --     Desserts

Also bring games - for kids and big kids (adults) - Like ring toss, jump ropes, volleyball, flying saucers.......   Activities will be organized through your efforts.

Anyone wanting to help, call Dena Dickinson (265-5919)

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Circling Around

by Kelly Burnett

Rev. Nancy reports that she and others from First Unitarian Church of San Jose joined the PACT May Day vigil outside City Hall. You can find our church banner in Spanish plus a few familiar faces, including Rev. Nancy and Julia Rodriguez, if you look really hard. The headline says: "Fewer march, with more enthusiasm" and the caption reads: "A vigil of prayers and testimonials, organized by PACT, took place at City Hall Plaza, in support of immigrant families." About 10 to 20 of us walked over from the church, or met each other in the plaza, to participate in this rally on May 1 as we "stood on the side of love" and greeted the marchers for immigrants' rights as they completed their walk that day.

Ellie White asks, "Do you know anything about a sheer, sort of mauve-colored long scarf that showed up in the youth room Sunday?" It was flung across the back of a couch near the Archive Room. I had felt bad about losing that scarf about two and a half years ago on the way to church from the lawyer's lot or at church. I bought it in Madrid . It mysteriously appeared in the youth room on Sunday when Jeff and I went to the Band of Writers Group for the first and maybe the only time (we usually have the newcomer's table), on my birthday!

Happy Birthday, Ellie.

Tim and Madeline Blackwood recently returned from a three-week trip in April. They spent a week in Key West , Florida , and then boarded the Celebrity Summit from Ft. Lauderdale for a two-week Panama Canal cruise. It took eight hours to get through the three locks of the canal. The Celebrity Summit paid a $245,000 fee based on its weight to go through the canal. One of Madeline’s favorite port stops was Puntereas , Costa Rica , where she visited the Noka coffee plantation. At harvest time, the plantation harvests five million pounds of coffee beans; they export 70% of their premium coffee beans to Starbucks.

The Blackwoods learned some interesting facts about Costa Rica . Since 1948, Costa Rica has had no army; attending school is mandatory by law and parents will go to jail if their child has not been attending school; and earthquakes are a major threat--Costa Ricans experience 40 tremors a day.

Cashew fruits grow wild in Costa Rica. They are shaped like a small bell pepper; only the stem is thicker. The color of the cashew fruit is red orange. The natives eat the fruit, but toss the seed, which has a poisonous membrane. The cashews that we eat have had the membrane removed and then roasted. In spite of being a middle-class society, it is still considered a third world country because of its agriculture exports.

Tim enjoyed a ride on a narrow 1950's era diesel train through the Costa Rica countryside. In Huatalco , Mexico , Tim went horseback riding on a horse named Turtle. Madeline went on the Huatalco Village Tradition tour where four shuttle buses drove over 20 miles of dirt road to get to the remote villages. She learned how some of the families survived in spite of being economically depressed.

Please keep Lisa Hettler-Smith and her family in your thoughts. Her mom passed away last week.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can
change the world;
indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
- Margaret Mead

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 27

SUNDAY SERVICES / SERVICIOS DE DOMINGO

27 DE MAYO

27 De Mayo -- 9:30 a.m.

Producto de la Fe y la Razón

Muchas veces nos hemos preguntado qué sendero tomar en la vida. ¿Hemos de seguir nuestra intuición o nuestra razón? Al llegar a esa disyuntiva en la jornada de nuestras vidas, ¿cual será la alternativa que escojamos y porqué? ¿Podremos llegar a armonizar nuestra fe y nuestra razón o es solamente una ilusión?

Dirige: Ervin Barrios; Asociados de Culto: Equipo de MEE

27 May -- 9:30 a.m.

Product of Faith and Reason

Many times we have asked ourselves what path to take in life. Should we follow our intuition or our reason? When we reach that fork in the journey of our lives, what alternative shall we choose and why? Can we reach harmony between our faith and reason, or is it just an illusion?

Leader: Ervin Barrios; Worship Associates: SSM team.

27 May -- 11:00 a.m.

TBA.

Worship Leaders: Rob Strong and Frank Bosch.

27 De Mayo -- 11:00 a.m.

ASA.

Dirigen: Rob Strong y Frank Bosch.

JUNE 3

SUNDAY SERVICES / SERVICIOS DE DOMINGO

3 JUNIO

3 Junio -- 9:30 a.m.

Viviendo con Esperanza
Nosotros, los Unitarios Universalistas, nos esforzamos para “llevar a cabo las preguntas y crecer con las respuestas”- ¡pero eso puede ser duro cuando deseamos, a veces, tener las respuestas justo ahora que solucionarían nuestros problemas, y los del mundo de una vez por todas! Vengan entremos en el verano con reflexiones de cómo vivir con esperanza, aun cuando las respuestas a las preguntas más grandes de la vida son difíciles de encontrar. “Podemos volar todavía!” es el tentador mensaje.

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

3 June  -- 9:30 a.m.

Living with Hope
We Unitarian Universalists strive to “hold the questions and grow into the answers”—but that can be hard when we wish, sometimes, that we had the answers right now that would solve our problems, and the world’s, once and for all! Come enter into summertime with reflections on how to live with hope, even when the answers to life’s biggest questions are hard to find. “We can still fly!” is the tantalizing message.

Worship Leader: the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Worship Associate: Members of the Spanish-Speaking Ministries.

3 June -- 11:00 a.m.

Youth Sunday
Children and youth of the congregation are the worship leaders at this annual Youth Sunday. We will be recognizing those young women and men who are graduating from senior high school this year. They will be sharing with us some thoughts about how they are going take their Unitarian Universalist values into the next phase of their lives. In addition, there will be an Ingathering for new youth members of our church. And we will be welcoming those youth who will be entering the junior and senior high youth groups. The bell choir of the First Unitarian Church of Oakland will be playing. After the service everyone is invited to make (and eat) their own Sunday Sundae!

Worship Leader: the Rev. Geoff Rimositis.

3 Junio -- 11:00 a.m.

Domingo de Jóvenes
Los niños y los jóvenes de la congregación serán los líderes del servicio en este domingo anual de la juventud. Reconoceremos a esas mujeres y hombres jóvenes que se están graduando de la preparatoria este año. Ellos compartirán con nosotros algunos pensamientos sobre cómo están llevando sus valores Unitarios Universalistas a la próxima fase de sus vidas. Además, habrá una petición para los nuevos miembros jóvenes de nuestra iglesia. Y estaremos dándoles la bienvenida a esos jóvenes que se incorporarán en los diferentes grupos de jóvenes de la iglesia. El coro de la campana de la Primera Iglesia Unitaria de Oakland estará tocando música. ¡Después del servicio todos están invitados a hacer (y comer) su propio domingo de helado!

Dirige: el Rev. Geoff Rimositis.

JUNE 10

SUNDAY SERVICES / SERVICIOS DE DOMINGO

10 JUNIO

10 June  -- 9:30 a.m.
Only one service today at 9:30 a.m.

Pride Sunday: Standing on the Side of Love
In one special combined service, we continue our tradition of gathering to bless each other’s feet before we stand—or march—on the side of love in the San José Pride Parade. There will be food for thought, too, as we ask about the rights to “freedom of expression” versus the morality of  “hate speech or acts.” What is the value of expanding anti-hate crimes legislation? Can goodness be legislated? Where do we stand in this debate? Is there an obvious answer, or do we need to “grow into it”?

Bilingual service, with translation as needed.

Worship Leader: the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Worship Associates: Nancy Taylor and Roberto Padilla.

10 Junio -- 9:30 a.m
Un solo Servicio a las 9:30

Domingo de Orgullo: El estar parado en el lado del amor
En un especial servicio combinado, continuaremos nuestra tradición de reunirnos para bendecirnos los pies los unos a los otros antes de que estemos parados- o marchando-en el lado del amor en el desfile del Orgullo Gay de San José. Habrá materia en que pensar, también, como preguntarnos por los derechos de la “libertad de la expresión” contra la moralidad del “discurso o los actos del odio” ¿Cuál es el valor de ampliar la legislación contra los crímenes de odio? ¿Puede la bondad ser legislada? ¿Dónde estamos parados en esta discusión? ¿Hay una respuesta obvia, o necesitamos “crecer dentro de ella”?

Servicio bilingüe, con la traducción según se necesite.

Dirige: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Asociados de Culto: Nancy Taylor y Roberto Padilla.

June 10 -- 11:00 a.m.

There will be no 11:00 a.m. service on this day!

10 de Junio -- 11:00 a.m.

No servicios

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

Here is how to find us:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Officers

President
Bob Miess, bob@creating-context.com

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

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

Secretary
Bob Redfern, rredfern@charter.net

Treasurer
David Tucker, cheverly@earthlink.net

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

Directors

Debra Fenzel-Alexander, sdsalex@comcast.net

Mary Mary Feldman, mm@feldmo.com

Marla Scharf, marla_scharf@sbcglobal.net

Diana Wirt, diwirt@sbcglobal.net  

Church Staff

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

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

Office Manager ..............................................  Ext. 21
 Iris Gonzalez, fucsj@sanjoseuu.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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