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This Week 

 Highlights for the Coming Week
March 2-8, 2015

M, W, F March 2, 4, 6 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Lunchtime Labyrinth Sanctuary
Wed. March 4 7:00 p.m. Choir Practice Sanctuary
Thurs. March 5 7:00 p.m. Guitars Aloud! Classrooms 4-6
Thurs. March 5 7:15 p.m. Women’s AllianceConference Room
Fri. March 6 8:00 p.m. Dances of Universal Peace Sanctuary

Save the Dates

Sun. March 8 12:30 p.m. Refugee Foster Program Presentation Fireside Room
Sun. March 8 12:45 p.m. Film Showing: “Selma – The Bridge to the Ballot” Classrooms 4-6
Sat. March 14 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. How to Be An Adult in Spirituality See insert
Sun. March 15 12:45 p.m. Ocean Acidification and Its Remediation Fireside Room
Sun. March 22 12:30 p.m. Congregational Meeting – Board Elections Sanctuary

Friday, March 6, 8:00 p.m.,
Dances of Universal Peace, Sanctuary

Come join us on the labyrinth under the dome of our church. The Dances of Universal Peace are a spiritual practice honoring the inherent worth and dignity of every human being, celebrating the interconnected web of all existence. The words of the sacred phrases, as well as the melodies and the movements, are taught each time. If you have questions you can email Patrick Smiley at patrick.smiley@sbcglobal.net or leave a message at 408-421-6492.

Sunday, March 8, 12:30 p.m.,
Fostering Refugee and Immigrant Children, Fireside Room

"Are you interested in learning more about the undocumented and refugee children in our country? Would you like to make a real impact in a child's life? Refugee Foster care places unaccompanied refugee and immigrant minors into foster families throughout the Bay Area. Our minors have been either orphaned or separated from their parents due to war and conflict in their home countries. Most are between the ages of 14 and 17, and are resettled in the U.S. without a parent or guardian. Young people come from all across the world and are of various ethnic and religious groups. Our most recent arrivals have arrived from Burma, Ghana, Congo, Honduras, Guatemala, and Korea. We are always seeking foster parents who would be willing to open their homes to one of our youth. Our foster parents are provided with training, lots of support, and a monthly stipend. Join us for an informational meeting on March 8th at 12:30 in the Fireside room.

Sunday, March 8, 12:45 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Film: Selma-The Bridge to the Ballot, Classrooms 4-6

On the 50th Anniversary (March 7) of the March to Selma, join Rev. Geoff and Coming of Age mentors and youth as we watch the Southern Poverty Law Center’s 40 minute film, Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot; the story of a courageous group of Alabama students and teachers who, along with other activists, fought a nonviolent battle to win voting rights for African Americans in the South. All are invited to join us in discussion after viewing the film.

Sunday, March 15, 2015, 12:45-2:00 p.m.
Ocean Acidification and Its Remediation, Fireside Room

Do you know about the “other” carbon-dioxide problem? Dr. Alexander Cannara, a consultant and educator on climate and energy issues, will describe how atmospheric CO2 dissolves into the oceans, forming carbonic acid, and how our excess CO2 emissions are expected to make the oceans too acidic by 2050 for continued survival of the marine food chain. This would not only threaten the entire seafood industry (20% of human food protein), it would also eliminate the natural carbon sequestration services provided by organisms with carbonate shells and skeletons. Their disappearance would make it even harder to keep a lid on atmospheric CO2 levels, which must be done to stop the upward drift of global mean temperature. How might humans halt ocean acidification before it’s too late? This discussion is sponsored by the Rights of Nature Group at First Unitarian Church of San Jose, after the service on March 15. For questions about the meeting, contact Mike Pelizzari at nextgalaxy@aol.com.

For more information on these and other events, see the Current Newsletter!