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This Week 

 Highlights for the Coming Week
November 27-December 5, 2015

Sun. Nov. 29 Social Hour Produce Market Hattie Porter Hall
Mon. Nov. 28 6:00 p.m. Silent Meditation Gathering Sanctuary
M, W Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and 4 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunchtime Labyrinth Sanctuary
Tues. Dec. 1 7:00 p.m. Program & Operations Committee Conference Room
Wed. Dec. 2 7:00 p.m. Choir Practice Sanctuary
Wed. Dec. 2 8:00 p.m. Guitars Aloud! Fireside Room
Thurs. Dec. 3 1-3:00 p.m. Women’s Alliance Meeting Fireside Room
Thus. Dec. 3 7:00 p.m. Board Meeting Conference Room
Fri. Dec. 4 8:00 p.m. Dances of Universal Peace Sanctuary

Save the Dates

Sun. Dec. 6 1-3:00 p.m. Christian Origins Book Study Boardroom
Sun. Dec. 6 9:45 a.m. HUUmanati First Sunday Forum Hattie Porter Hall
Thurs. Dec. 10 7:00 p.m. Held in the Arms of the Earth -- A Midweek Holiday Service For Everyone! Sanctuary
Sat. Dec. 12 4-7:00 p.m. Third Street Annual Posada Hattie Porter Hall
Sun. Dec. 20 11:00 a.m. Holiday Youth Play: The Magic of the Poinsettia Sanctuary
Sun. Dec. 20 1:00 p.m. Circle Supper Gala Hattie Porter Hall
Mon. Dec. 21 7-9:00 p.m. Candlelit Labyrinth Walk and Contemplation Sanctuary
Sat. Feb. 6 1-3:30 p.m. Jean von Kaenel Tea to Benefit Partner Church Hattie Porter Hall

Monday, November 30, 6:00 p.m.
“Breathe in Peace. Breathe Out Love”, Silent Meditation Gathering, Sanctuary

We will be meditating under the sanctuary dome at First Unitarian. We meditate for 30 minutes.  We begin with the ringing of the meditation bell and setting the timer for 30 minutes. Come in the door at end of the ramp and quietly enter the sanctuary.  You can sit in a chair or bring a cushion to meditate on. All are welcome to stay afterwards for a check in about our meditation experience and practice. Contact: Rev. Geoff Rimositis, GRimositis@Gmail.com

Monday, December 21, 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!


Friday, December 4 , 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, December 6, 1-3 p.m.
Christian Origins Book Study, Conference Room

Led by Bob Miess, joining us in San Jose!

The First Christmas: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus’s Birth by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan and The Complete Gospels by Robert J. Miller

On December 6 we will look at four early stories about the birth of Jesus. Two from the Bible: the Gospel of Matthew (which has the wise men) and the Gospel of Luke (which has the shepherds and the angels). Two are from Gospels that never made it into the Bible, known as the Infancy Gospels of James and Thomas. We will see how different each story is, what they appear to be saying to people in their own times, and what elements have been picked up in present day popular stories; and we will consider what speaks to us as UUs today.   Questions? Contact Bob Miess, Bob@BobMiess.com, 925-392-5901.

Sunday, December 20, 5:30-8 pm
Circle Supper Gala, Hattie Porter Hall

We are planning a special holiday event again this year. All are welcome, but it is important that you sign up in advance so we’ll know how many places to set. Deadline to sign up is Monday, December 14. There will be time to mingle while nibbling appetizers and enjoying festive beverages before we sit down to enjoy the special dishes you all will bring. Save this date: watch for more details coming soon. Questions? Contact Barbara Derbyshire at CircleSuppers@AOL.com.

Thursday, December 3, 1-3 pm
Women's Alliance, Fireside Room

We'll discuss Barbara G. Walker's Belief & Unbelief (Essay #9 Cannibalism, #10 Gnosticism) and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's highly acclaimed novel Americanah: Ch.10-15, pp. 136-195. Come even if you haven't done the reading; the discussion is always rich! Please contact Nancy Coleman at 408 985 5778 or nbcoleman@gmail.com for further information. All are welcome.

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