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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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February 2017


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5 11 AM

Exploring Kinship and Interconnectedness

Join us for an earth-religionist’s view of how all things are interconnected and have an indwelling spirit with which we can connect if we try. We humans are all one family, and beyond our human kinship we are connected to every part of the Earth family. Everything that we can see or touch is made up of the same elements. How can we use our connections to find new teammates to help us in our work in the world? Come to explore, meditate and sing with the kinship of all things.

Worship Leader: the Rev. Rowan Fairgrove, Elder Priestess; Worship Associate: Moria Merriweather

Biography: Rev. Rowan Fairgrove is a mystic, a scholar, an artist and an Elder Priestess. She holds initiations in the Ozark Celtic, Gardnerian and NROOGD traditions of Wicca. She practices the Inis Glas tradition of Celtic Reconstructionism, is a Daughter of the Flame and an ordained Priestess of Brighid through the Fellowship of Isis. She is a Senior Medium of the American Magic Umbanda House. Rowan is currently Interfaith Representative for the Northern California Local Council of Covenant of the Goddess and sits on the Board of Directors of the Silicon Valley Interreligious Council. Also, she is part of the PACT clergy council.

DOMINGO, 5 DE FEBRERO 11AM

Explorando el Parentesco y la Interconexión

Únase a nosotros para la visión de un religioso de cómo todas las cosas están interconectadas y tienen un espíritu residente con la que podemos conectarnos si lo intentamos. Nosotros los seres humanos somos todos una familia, y más allá de nuestro parentesco humano estamos conectados a cada parte de la familia de la Tierra. Todo lo que podemos ver o tocar está conformada por los mismos elementos. ¿Cómo podemos usar nuestras conexiones para encontrar nuevos compañeros para ayudarnos en nuestro trabajo en el mundo? Venga a explorar, meditar y cantar con el parentesco de todas las cosas.

Dirige: Rev. Rowan Fairgrove, Elder Priestess; Asociada de Celebración: Moria Merriweather


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12 11 AM

The Golden Rule

Biography: Virginia Groce-Roberts was born in Chicago, Illinois, and raised in Stockton, California. She is a graduate of San Jose State University, receiving a BS degree in Business Administration and Teaching Credential majoring in Black Studies. In addition, Virginia received the MA degree in Sacred Music from The Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse School of Religion of Atlanta, Georgia.

Worship Leader: Minister Virginia Groce-Roberts; Worship Associates: Ines Zapiola and Julia Rodriguez

DOMINGO, 12 DE FEBRERO 11 AM

La regla de oro

Biografía: Virginia Groce-Roberts nació en Chicago, Illinois y creció en Stockton, California. Ella es una graduada de la Universidad Estatal de San José , recibiendo una licenciatura en administración de empresas y credencial de enseñanza con especialidad en estudios de los negros. Además, Virginia recibió el grado de Maestría en música sacra del Centro Teológico Interdenominacional, Escuela de Religión Morehouse de Atlanta, Georgia.

Dirige: Minister Virginia Groce-Roberts; Asociadas de Celebración: Ines Zapiola y Julia RodriguezJulia Rodríguez


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19 11 AM

Sacred Companions

We are invited to reflect upon and celebrate Friendship as a spiritual practice. Friends nurture our souls, are sources of inspiration, and teach us the beauty of unconditional love. “Friendship is the most underrated relationship in our lives. It remains the one relationship not bound by law, blood, or money but an unspoken agreement of love.” Anya Yanagihara

Worship Leader: Dr. Rev. María Cristina Vlassidis Burgoa; Worship Associate: Alice Lynch

Biography: Dr. Rev. Maria Cristina Vlassidis Burgoa holds a Law Degree from the City University of New York School of Law, a Masters in Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School, and a Doctoral degree in Theology from Harvard University. She was ordained to the Unitarian Universalist Ministry by First Parish Cambridge Unitarian Universalist Church in 2013. She served First Parish in Brookline, Massachusetts, as Assistant Minister from 2012 until August 2016. In April of 2016 she joyously accepted the call to serve Starr King Unitarian Universalist Church in Hayward as their settled Parish Minister.

DOMINGO, 19 DE FEBRERO 11 AM

Sagrada Compañía

Estamos invitados a reflexionar y celebrar la amistad como una práctica espiritual. Los amigos nutren a nuestras almas, son fuentes de inspiración y nos enseñan la belleza del amor incondicional. "La amistad es la relación más subestimada en nuestras vidas. Siendo la una relación que no esté obligada por ley, sangre o dinero sino que es un acuerdo tácito de amor". Anya Yanagihara

Dirige: Dr. Rev. María Cristina Vlassidis Burgoa; Asociada de Celebración: Alice Lynch

Biografía: La Dr. Rev. Maria Cristina Vlassidis Burgoa es Licenciada en derecho de la Escuela de Derecho de la Universidad de Nueva York, tiene una Maestría en Divinidad de Harvard Divinity School y un doctorado en teología por la Universidad de Harvard. Ella fue ordenada para el Ministerio Unitario Universalista por la Primera Parroquia UU de Cambridge en 2013. Ella sirvió en la Primera Parroquia en Brookline, Massachusetts, como Ministro Asistente del 2012 hasta agosto de 2016. En abril de 2016 alegremente aceptó el llamado a servir en la Iglesia Unitaria Universalista Starr King en Hayward como su Ministra Parroquial.


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26 11 AM

Living Out Our Values: Love, Compassion & Generosity

“I’ve sometimes joked and said God doesn’t know very much math, because when you give to others, it should be that you are subtracting from yourself. But in this incredible kind of way— I’ve certainly found that to be the case so many times— you gave and it then seems like in fact you are making space for more to be given to you.”-Desmond Tutu

Our Beloved Community, The First Unitarian Church of San José equips us to unleash the full measure of our Love, Compassion and Generosity. These times call us to live out loud our values so that they can be a force of constructive engagement with the world. Let us come together to empower each other to live lives for the greatest good.

Worship Leader: the Rev. Geoff Rimositis; Ministerial Intern Rodney Lemery; Worship Associate: Dana Lema

DOMINGO, 26 DE FEBRERO 11 AM

Viviendo Nuestros Valores: Amor, Compasión y Generosidad

"Yo a veces he bromeado y dije que Dios no saben mucho de matemáticas, porque cuando ustedes dan a los demás, debe ser que están restando de ustedes mismos. Pero en este increíble clase de camino— Yo he ciertamente encontrado que para ser el caso tantas veces, ustedes dan y luego parece que en realidad ustedes están haciendo espacio para estar dando más de ustedes. " -Desmond Tutu Nuestra querida comunidad, la Primera Iglesia Unitaria de San José nos prepara a dar rienda suelta a la medida de nuestro Amor, Compasión y Generosidad. Estos tiempos nos llaman a vivir en voz alta nuestros valores para que sean una fuerza de compromiso constructivo con el mundo. Unámonos para potenciarnos mutuamente para vivir una vida para el mayor bien.

Dirigen: Rev. Geoff Rimositis, Minisro Interino Rodney Lemery; Asociada de Celebración: Dana Lema

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