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This Week 

 Highlights for the Coming Week
May 22-28, 2015

F May 22 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunchtime Labyrinth Sanctuary
Sat. May 23 9:00 a.m. Service is Our Prayer Day See below
Sun. May 24 Social Hour Produce Market Hattie Porter Hall
Sun. May 24 12:45 p.m. “Overview of Nuclear Energy” Fireside Room
W, F May 27 and 29 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunchtime Labyrinth Sanctuary
Mon. May 25 6:00 p.m. Silent Meditation Gathering Sanctuary
Mon. May 25 7:00 p.m. Homeless Concerns Group Conference Room
Tue. May 26 7:00 p.m. Prog. & Operations Committee Conference Room
Wed. May 27 7:00 p.m. Choir Practice Sanctuary
Wed. May 27 9:00 p.m. Guitars Aloud! Sanctuary
Thur. May 28 7:00 p.m. Board Meeting Conference Room

Save the Dates

Sun. May 31 12:45 p.m. 150th Anniversary Committee Library
Fri. June 5 8:00 p.m. Dances of Universal Peace Sanctuary
Sun. June 7 1:00 p.m. Christian Origins Book Study Conference Room
Wed-Sat June 24-27 Varied U.S. Social Justice Forum See announcement
Wed-Sun. June 24-28 Varied UUA General Assembly Portland, Oregon
Wed. – Sun. July 15-19 All-Church Campout Atkinson Estate Morgan Hill
Sat. Aug. 16, 22 & 23 See below Storytelling Workshop with Olga Loya Hattie Porter Hall

Saturday, May 23, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Service is Our Prayer Day, All areas of the church

Please join us for a church work party to clean and give a little TLC to our beloved church building. We have lots of cleaning and non-technical tasks available, so everyone at all skill levels is welcome to participate. A light lunch will be provided at noon. For information contact Bob Howd at bhowd@aol.com.

Sunday, May 24, 12:45 p.m.
“Overview of Nuclear Energy,” Fireside Room

If the world as we know it is to survive beyond mid-century, combatting carbon dioxide poisoning of the biosphere will require much more carbon-free energy than renewables alone can provide.  Professor Thuy T. Le of San Jose State University will describe how nuclear power can contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions while delivering energy in the increasingly large quantities needed for growing populations and socioeconomic development.  Besides presenting the basics of electric power generation and nuclear reactor technologies, Dr. Le will cover all the hot-button issues surrounding nuclear power, including environmental impacts, fuel cycles and waste management, safety, security, proliferation and accidents.  Objections to the Generation II reactors prevalent today have driven technological advances that make the emerging Generation III and future Generation IV reactors much safer and more efficient, secure, sustainable, competitive and versatile.

Wednesday, June 24 through Saturday, June 27
U.S. Social Justice Forum, Sanctuary

Of course, if you can go to General Assembly this summer, we need you there. But for those of us who can’t, come to the U.S. Social Justice Forum in San Jose from June 24- 27. We will be hosting some assemblies in our church. We need volunteers to be present and possibly act as ushers or just answer questions about where things are like bathrooms. Please let John Burk know. The Social Justice Forum is a movement building tool for visioning the world we need and developing strategies for social transformation. 

The World Social Justice Forum is a global movement that began in Brazil in 2005.  The first U.S. Social Justice Forum was in Atlanta, Georgia in 2007 with an attendance of 5000, and the second one in Detroit in 2010 with an attendance of 30,000. In 2015, San Jose will be joining with two other cities: Philadelphia and Jackson, Mississippi. San Jose was chosen because of our grassroots efforts to bring to light the wide disparity of income and quality of life here in Silicon Valley, including the March to Heal the Valley from East San Jose to Apple and Google which took place in October, 2013.   The expected attendance for San Jose is 5,000. 

If you would like more information go to http://www.ussocialforum.net/about. Call or text John Burk at 408-259-3781 or email John Burk.

Wednesday, July 15 through Sunday, July 19
All-Church Campout, Atkinson Estate in Morgan Hill

Registration begins soon! Questions? Contact Claire Wagner at cwagner21@gmail.com.

NOTE DATE CHANGE!!! Sunday, August 16 (1-4 p.m.); Saturday, August 22 (10 am-2 pm); and Sunday, August 23
“Let’s Play with Story”—A Workshop with Professional Storyteller Olga Loya, Hattie Porter Hall

FUCSJ member Olga Loya will work closely with participants to explore and develop their own storytelling styles, utilizing many fun and exciting storytelling games and exercises. This workshop focuses on folklore. Participants will learn a short folktale, myth, or legend and then present the stories to the congregation in worship on Sunday, July 19.  Participants can work in teams if they desire. Please bring a short folk tale or myth that you would like to learn. And bring a lunch and beverage for lunch. The cost is $50.

To register for this workshop, please contact Office Manager, Dana Spinney by July 1st: fucsjoffice@gmail.com.

Olga Loya is a nationally known bilingual (English-Spanish) storyteller, performance artist, teacher, and writer who presents to all ages from preschool to seniors. She tells stories that support her beliefs that we can work together as a community, that we can learn to look beyond racial and class lines, and that we can take the time to enjoy ourselves through stories and song.

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