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Transformational Theme-Based Ministry at FUCSJ - 2016-2017

At First Unitarian, a three-year cycle of spiritual and religious themes encourages us to ask the timeless questions about who we humans are and how we are to live, and then apply what we discover to this very moment. This year, as we move through some of the revised themes below for the second time, we spiral deeper into what they mean for us in this time and place. Take a look at these topics, and let them begin to play in your mind and heart. Then look for the online Worship Survey in September. There you can offer your brief reflections on these themes and help set the course for First Unitarian in the coming year, as we live, learn, and grow together.

September 2016: Change
October 2016: Living with Our Fears
November 2016: Integrity
December 2016: Earth
January 2017: Stages of Life
February 2017: Kinship and Friendship
March 2017: Understanding “the Other”
April 2017: The Boundaries That Harm and That Heal Us
May 2017: Forgiveness

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January 2017


Sunday, January 8, 11 a.m.

Selfishness, Self -Awareness, Selflessness

We all move through stages in our life. Those stages affect us as individuals, churches or in other organizations. We move through chronological stages. We move through emotional stages. We even move through spiritual stages where we move back and forth between believing and doubting. What role do our attitudes and values play in these movements?

Worship Leader: the Reverend Dr. Dale M. Weatherspoon, Pastor of Good Samaritan Methodist Church, Cupertino; Worship Associates: Alice Lynch and Joyce Miller; ASL Signing for Hymns: Ben West

Domingo, Enero 8, 11am

Egoísmo, Auto-Conciencia, Desinterés

Todos pasamos por etapas en nuestra vida. Estas etapas nos afectan como individuos, iglesias u otras organizaciones. Nos movemos a través de etapas cronológicas. Nos movemos a través de etapas emocionales. Incluso pasamos por etapas espirituales donde nos movemos hacia adelante y hacia atrás entre creer y dudar. ¿Qué papel juegan nuestras actitudes y valores en estos movimientos?

Dirige: El Rev. Dr. Dale M. Weatherspoon, Pastor de la Iglesia Metodista del Buen Samaritano en Cupertino; Asociadas de Culto: Alice Lynch y Joyce Miller; Firma del ASL para Cantos: Ben West


SUNDAY, JANUARY 15 11 AM

Raising Your Children in the Social Justice Movement

On this weekend when we honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., our guest minister, Rev. Jennifer Goto, will explore how we as a church community can help to pass our legacy of involvement in social justice work on to younger generations. We’ll also hear a moving solo from John Ector, our choir director.

Worship Leader: the Rev. Jennifer Goto; Worship Associates: Bob Owen and Mary Martin

Rev. Jennifer Goto is an ordained United Methodist minister who served throughout Northern California before coming to St. Paul's United Methodist Church of San Jose in July 2012 as a half-time pastor. In addition to leading worship each Sunday and offering care and leadership to the people of her congregation, Rev. Goto is active in People Acting in Community Together (PACT) where she became friends with our Rev. Nancy, who is her neighbor. She is also the Associate Community Director for CommUniverCity of San Jose which helps build community by engaging residents and students in community-engaged learning projects. Rev. Goto has a passion for campus ministry, so one of her dreams is to expand the congregation's connection with nearby San Jose State and students there. She is the mother of two children, and her husband, Rev. Shinya Goto, serves as pastor of another downtown church, First United Methodist.

Domingo, Enero 8, 11am

Criando a Sus Niños en el Movimiento de Justicia Social

En este fin de semana cuando honramos al Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, nuestra Ministra invitada, la Rev. Jennifer Goto, explorará cómo nosotros como una comunidad de la iglesia podemos ayudar a pasar nuestro legado de participación en la obra de justicia social a las generaciones más jóvenes. También escucharemos un movimiento solo de John Ector, nuestro director del coro.

Dirige: La Reverenda Jennifer Goto; Asociados de Culto: Bob Owen y Mary Martin

La Rev. Jennifer Goto es una ministra Metodista Unida ordenada quien sirvió a través del norte de California antes de llegar a la iglesia St. Paul's United Methodist de San José en julio de 2012 como un pastor de medio tiempo. Además de dirigir el servicio religioso cada domingo y ofrecer cuidado y liderazgo a las personas de su congregación, la Rev. Goto es activa en Personas Actuando Juntos en Comunidad (PACT) donde ella se hizo amiga con nuestra Rev. Nancy, quien es su vecina. También es la Directora asociada de la Comunidad CommUniverCity de San José que ayuda a construir una comunidad para involucrar a residentes y estudiantes en proyectos comprometidos por la comunidad de aprendizaje. La Rev. Goto tiene una pasión por el Ministerio del campus, así que uno de sus sueños es ampliar la conexión de la congregación cerca de la Universidad de San José y los estudiantes. Ella es la madre de dos hijos, y su esposo, el Reverendo Shinya Goto, sirve como pastor de otra iglesia en centro de la ciudad, Primer Iglesia Metodista Unida.


SUNDAY, JANUARY 22 11 AM

Stepping Forward for Liberation

“What will you do with this one wild and precious life?” asks the poet Mary Oliver. As liberal religious people, we are called to step forward during these uncertain and perilous times to equip ourselves to become spiritually centered and awake. We will explore the why and how of being on a path of personal spiritual growth and societal transformation.

Worship Leaders: the Rev. Geoff Rimositis and Rodney Lemery, Ministerial Intern

Domingo, Enero 22, 11am

Un paso hacia adelante para la liberación

"¿Qué vas a hacer con esta vida salvaje y preciosa?", pregunta la poetisa Mary Oliver. Como personas religiosas liberales, estamos llamados a dar un paso adelante en estos tiempos inciertos y peligrosos para dotarnos a estar espiritualmente centrados y despiertos. Vamos a explorar el por qué y cómo estar en un camino de crecimiento espiritual personal y transformación social.

Dirigen: el Rev. Geoff Rimositis y Rodney Lemery, Ministro Interino


SUNDAY, JANUARY 29 11 AM

Come Hear Pastor Jason

Those of us who have participated in Beloved Community events have gotten a taste of the charisma of Pastor Jason Reynolds. Come and give him a warm welcome and receive the gift of great preaching.

Worship Leader: the Rev. Jason Reynolds, Senior Pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church; Worship Associates: Julia Rodriguez and Inez Zapiola

Domingo, Enero 29, 11am

Vengan a Escuchar al Pastor Jason

Aquellos de nosotros que han participado en eventos de la Amada Comunidad han conseguido una probada del carisma de Pastor Jason Reynolds. Vengan a darle una cálida bienvenida y recibir el regalo de la gran predicación.

Dirige: El Rev. Jason Reynolds, Pastor Decano de la iglesia Bautista de Emmanuel; Asociadas de culto: Julia Rodríguez y Inez Zapiola

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