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This Week 

 Highlights for the Coming Week
February 6-13, 2016

Sat. Feb. 6 1-3:30 p.m. Jean von Kaenel Tea to Benefit Partner Church Hattie Porter Hall
Sun. Feb. 7 9:30 a.m. Religious Education Teacher Orientation Conference Room (see announcement)
Sun. Feb. 7Social HourProduce MarketHattie Porter Hall
Sun. Feb. 7 10-11 a.m. HUUmanati Sunday Forum Hattie Porter Hall
Sun. Feb. 7 12:45 p.m. Band of Writers Meeting Youth Room
Sun. Feb. 7 2:30 p.m. San Jose Community Dances Hattie Porter Hall
M,W Feb. 8, 1011:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.Lunchtime Labyrinth Sanctuary
Mon. Feb. 8 6:00 p.m.Silent Meditation GatheringSanctuary
Mon. Feb. 8 7:00 p.m.Social Justice Council Conference Room
Mon. Feb. 8 7:00 p.m.UU KnittersYouth Room
Tue. Feb. 9 7:00-9:00 p.m. Program and Operations Council (POC) Meeting Conference Room
Wed. Feb. 106:00 p.m.Christian Origins Book StudyConference Room
Wed. Feb. 107:00 p.m.Choir PracticeSanctuary
Wed. Feb. 108:00 p.m.Guitars Aloud!Fireside Room
Fri. Feb. 12 12:45 p.m. Noon Arts & Lectures Sanctuary (see announcement)

Upcoming Events

Sun. Feb. 14 9:30 a.m. UU Parenting Discussion Group Classrooms 4-6
Sun. Feb. 14 12:45 p.m. Vision 2020 Town Hall Meeting Sanctuary
Sun. Feb. 14 12:45 p.m. UUthful Spirits Lunch Meet at Newcomer's Table
Sat. & Sun.Feb. 20 and 21VariedCircle SuppersSee announcement
Sun.Feb. 212:30 p.m.San Jose Community DancesHattie Porter Hall
Sun.Feb. 21, March 6, 20, April 3, 171:30-3:30 p.m.Rights of Nature/Social Justice – Our Place in the Web of LifeClassrooms 4-6
Mon.Feb. 227:30-9:00 p.m.HUUmanati MeetingLibrary
Mon. Feb. 22 7:00-9:00 p.m. Homelessness Concerns Group Conference Room
Mon. Feb. 22 7:00-9:00 p.m. UU Knitters Youth Room
Tue. Feb. 23 7:00-9:00 p.m. Program and Operations Council (POC) Meeting Conference Room
Fri.Feb. 267:00-9:00 p.m.Whadda UU Know Game ShowHattie Porter Hall
Sun. Feb. 28 12:45 p.m. UUthful Spirits Lunch Meet at Newcomer's Table
Thurs. Mar. 3 1:00 p.m. Women’s Alliance Meeting Fireside Room
Fri. Mar. 4 6:30 p.m. UUthful Spirits Happy Hour TBD (email for info)
Fri. Mar. 4 8:00 p.m. Dances of Universal Peace Sanctuary
Sun.Mar. 610-11 a.m.HUUmanati Sunday ForumHattie Porter Hall
Sun.Mar. 62:30 p.m.San Jose Community DancesHattie Porter Hall
Sat. Mar. 12 6-8 p.m. Inspire Young Minds (TSCC Fundraiser) Hattie Poter Hall
Fri-SunApril 22-24, 2016 Pacific Central District Assembly 2016 Newark Fremont Doubletree by Hilton
Wed-SunJune 22-26 UUA General Assembly 2016Columbus, OH
Sun-SatJuly 31-August 6Senior High Camping TripChannel Islands

Sunday, February 7, 2:30 p.m.
San Jose Community Dances, Hattie Porter Hall

Enjoy English Country Dancing and Contra Dancing. All dances are taught, no experience necessary, no partner required. Suggested donation, $8-10; no one will be turned away.

Monday, February 8, 6:00 p.m.
“Breathe in Peace. Breathe Out Love”, Silent Meditation Gathering, Sanctuary

After a short reading and ringing of the bell, we sit in silent meditation for 30 minutes, followed by a loving kindness meditation. Next, we share about our practice and are currently reading and discussing The Sun, My Heart by Thich Nhat Hanh together (copies available if you don’t have the book). Please enter the church through the side door at the end of the ramp. Sit in a chair or bring a cushion. Contact Emily at faithlovegratitude@gmail.com with questions. All are welcome!

RSVP BY: Monday, February 8th.
SUPPERS: Saturday, February 20th and Sunday, February 21

Circle Suppers, Host Homes

Circle Suppers offer an opportunity for members of the church community to get to know one another at casual pot luck suppers. Small groups come together in members' homes to share food and conversation. Singles and couples, long-time church members or new to this church community, all are welcome.  The suppers in February will be Saturday the 20th and Sunday the 21st. The deadline to sign up is Monday, February 8. Contact Barbara Derbyshire at CircleSuppers@AOL.com. 

Wednesday, February 10, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Christian Origins Book Study, Conference Room or by Video Teleconference wherever you are

We continue our 5-month study of a historic shift in perspectives on Paul of the New Testament. In his new book, Biblical historical scholar Bernard Brandon Scott presents a radical new interpretation of what Paul was about. This month we’ll discuss pages 39 – 89 (Chapters 5-7). Questions? Contact Bob Miess at Bob@BobMiess.com or 925-392-5901.

Friday, February 12, 12:45 p.m.
Noon Arts & Lectures, Love & Passion, Sanctuary

Celebrated mezzo-soprano Layna Chianakas-Haddad joins award winning guitarist Steve Lin in a performance of art songs by Manuel de Fall and Erik Satie.

Sunday, February 14, 9:30-10:45 a.m.
Roots and Wings, UU Parenting Curriculum and Discussion Group, Classrooms 4-6

In a highly materialistic, consumer-oriented world in which we raise our children, what can we do to rebel? In the face of strong pressure from a culture whose values are often directly opposed to our own, how do we take possession of our life plan? We will discuss all this and decide what matters most to our family and how to communicate those values to our children. Together, we can better work toward parenting as an act of rebellion against American culture! Childcare provided. Contact: Emily Carroll, Sabbatical Religious Educator, at faithlovegratitude@gmail.com.

Monday, February 22, 7:30 p.m.
HUUmanati Monthly Monday Meeting, Library

What’s On Your Mind? Our meetings are no-pressure get-togethers and conversations about anything on your mind. There might be board games. Join us!

Monday, February 22, 7:00 p.m.
Homeless Concerns Group, Conference Room

The Homelessness Concerns Group is exploring what our church can do to address homelessness in downtown San Jose.

Friday, February 5, 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.

Saturday, February 6, 2016
Jean vonKaenel Tea to Benefit Partner Church, Hattie Porter Hall

Our annual tea to benefit the Partner Church program will be held on February 6, 2016. A donation of $20 is suggested to attend. For more information, or if you’d like to volunteer, contact Monty Low at low.monty@gmail.com or 408-348-2778.

Sunday, February 7, 9:30 – 10:45 a.m.
Religious Education Teacher Orientation, Conference Room

Children are the lights of our lives, teaching is one of most rewarding activities available to us, and we could all use a few more friends! One way to partake in all three is by serving as an RE teacher! Join a teacher orientation downstairs in the conference room Sunday, February 7th from 9:30am-10:45am to get involved, build community, and enjoy the rewards of teaching!  Childcare available upon request. Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to DLRE Emily Carroll by Tuesday, January 26th at faithlovegratitude@gmail.com.

Friday, February 26, 7:00 p.m.
WHADDA UU KNOW? -- A Comedy Game Show, Hattie Porter Hall

Love word play, puzzles, trivia, music, laughing and having fun? Then whadda ya doin' Friday night!?  Come to laugh. Come to win! We're looking for 10 contestants to pair up and go head-to-head in short (but clever) trivia/word play quizzes to select the night's Ultimate Grand Prize Winner! Learn a few things you didn't know about our celebrity "guest" -- Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones -- who will take a turn on the hot seat. Music Director (rhymes with) John Ector and Dianne Saichek will provide music and musical games. Table games will entertain you during the boring bits (if any). Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase. Free will donation at the door. (Suggested: $10). All proceeds benefit the music program. (For a sense of what to expect, check out the NPR game show we're using as a model: Ask Me Another). For questions, to offer help, or to volunteer as a contestant, e-mail (emcee) Henry Ruddle at rcreative1@gmail.com.

Sunday, March 6, 12:15 p.m.
Newcomers Get Acquainted Light Lunch, Library

Visitors and new (and old) members gather in the Library to meet and eat, to get acquainted with each other and to learn a bit about our church. Please let Ed Gardner know if you would like to attend ednatsj@sbcglobal.net.

Save the Date: March 12, 2016
Inspire Young Minds, Hattie Porter Hall

This signature event supports the Third Street Community Center’s work to bridge the achievement gap, promote STEM education, and create a college-going culture for disadvantaged children in San José. Please contact Rosemary at rosemary@3street.org for information or to help with the event.

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