Our Church Circular / Nuestro Periódico de la Iglesia / April 16, 2008 16 de Abril 2008

Inside This Issue:

0416-1 Sunday Services
0416-2 Save the Dates
0416-3 Religious Education: Now With Spanish Translation!
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Sensing the Spirit with Sonya

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Third Street Community Center Update

0416-6

Meeting Our New Member

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RE-Visioning Gatherings; Sample Order of Service

0416-8

Ready to Become a New Member of the First Unitarian Church of San José?

0416-9 Volunteer Opportunities
0416-10

Humanist Group Formation: Tim Blackwood has Questions for You

0416-11

SHOP! And Support the Church

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Spotlight on Social Justice: Earth Day Challenges

0416-13 Upcoming Events
0416-15

Circling Around

0416-17 The Ministers Are In! / Board and Staff Contact Information
En Español
0416-1 Servicios de Domingo
0416-3 Religious Education
0416-4 Sintiendo el Espíritu con Sonya
0416-7

ER, la Visión de un grupo de personas.

0416-8 ¿Listo para ser un Nuevo Miembro de la Primera Iglesia Unitaria de San José?

0416-17

Aquí estan los Ministros!

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SUNDAY SERVICES / SERVICIOS DE DOMINGO
9:30 a.m.
Servicios en español/Translation into English

20 de Abril — 9:30 & 11:00 am

Servicio de la Celebración del Día de la Tierra: Esperanza para el Planeta Tierra
Unámonos para explorar el perdón, la diversión y la fe en el ecologismo. También tendremos una procesión de elementos y una historia ecológica para todas las edades. Ven y deja que aflore tu sentido verde. Después del servicio del las 11:00 am, durante hora del café, habrá mesas de información y de actividades para los niños de todas las edades en el Hattie Porter Hall. Y de 1:00 a 2: 00 pm estará un orador (será anunciado más adelante) en el santuario.

Dirigen: 9:30 am, Kathleen Bardin, Jeff Norment, y Roberto Padilla; Dirigen: 11:00 am, Kathleen Bardin, Carol Stephenson, y Jeff Norment

11:00 a.m.
Services in English

April 20 — 9:30 & 11:00 am

Earth Day Celebration Service: Hope for Planet Earth
Join us as we explore forgiveness, fun, and faith in environmentalism. We’ll also have a procession of the elements and an ecological story for all ages. Come and let your green self be uplifted. After the 11:00 am service, there will be informational tables and activities for children of all ages in Hattie Porter Hall. Then stay for our special guest speaker (to be announced) from 1:00 to 2:00 pm in the sanctuary.

Worship Leaders: 9:30 am, Kathleen Bardin, Jeff Norment, and Roberto Padilla; Worship Leaders: 11:00 am, Kathleen Bardin, Carol Stephenson, and Jeff Norment

27 de Abril — 9:30 am

Para los Niños de Todas las Edades
Venga a recordar que en nuestro corazón vive aun un niño, compartiendo esa chispa infantil en nuestro servicio dedicado a los niños de todas las edades.

Dirige: Roberto Padilla; Asociados de Culto: miembros de SSM

For the Children of All Ages
Come and remember that in our heart still lives a child, sharing that infantile spark as we dedicate our service to children of all ages.

Worship Leader: Roberto Padilla; Worship Associate: members of SSM

April 27 — 11:00 am

What Is…“IT?”
Spring is the time of blooming and growing; of tilling and sowing and planting seeds.

Come and learn how to till and sow the soil of the inner garden than many call the Soul. Join us this Sunday as we contemplate:

“How do we recognize IT?”
That thing called by many names and yet unnamable. When we find IT, what do we do with IT? What does IT do for us? What does it mean to be transformed by the renewal of our mind?

Worship Leader: the Rev. Donna Lenahan, Inter­faith Minister; Worship Associate: Frank Bosche

¿Que es… “EL?”
Primavera es la época de la floración y del crecimiento; de la labranza y de la siembra de las semillas. Ven y aprende cómo labrar y sembrar el suelo del jardín interno que muchos le llaman alma. Unámonos este domingo para reflexionar:

“Cómo reconocer LE?”
Esa cosa llamada por muchos nombres pero innombrable. ¿Cuándo nosotros lo encontramos, qué hacemos con ÉL? ¿Qué hace por nosotros? ¿Qué significa ser transformado por la renovación de nuestra mente?

Dirige: la Rev. Donna Lenahan, Ministra inter-fe; Asociado de Culto: Frank Bosche

4 de Mayo — 9:30 y 11:00 am

Límites y Trascendencia: Historias que Revelan el Espíritu Humano
¿Que es lo que tienen en común las historias de Jacques Lusseyran, Stephen Kuusisto, Marlee Matlin y otros? ¿Dice que nunca ha escuchado alguna de ellas? Venga a experimentar esas historias y lleve a casa nuevas perspectivas de todos nosotros...

Dirige: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Asociados de Culto: Kelly Burnett (a las 11:00 am) y Bev Clifford (en ambos servicios)

May 4 — 9:30 & 11:00 am

Limits and Transcendence: Stories That Reveal the Human Spirit
What do the stories of Jacques Lusseyran, Stephen Kuusisto, Marlee Matlin, and others have in common? You say you’ve never heard of some of them? Come experience these stories, and take home new perspectives on the capacities of us all to soar.

Worship Leader: the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Worship Associates: Kelly Burnett (at 11:00 am) and Bev Clifford (at both services)

11 de Mayo — 9:30 & 11:00 am

Celebración del Día de las Madres

¡Continuamos en nuestra tradición anual de ofrecer un “Día de la Madre para todos” - honrar a las madres y a la maternidad en todas sus múltiples formas!

9:30 -- Dirige: Carol Stephenson; Asociado de Culto: Roberto Padilla

11:00 -- Dirige: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Asociada de Culto: la Rev. Donna Lenahan

May 11 — 9:30 & 11:00 am

Mother’s Day Celebration
We continue in our annual tradition of offering a “Mother’s Day for All”—honoring mothers and mothering in all their many forms!

9:30 Worship Leader: Carol Stephenson; Worship Associate: Roberto Padilla

11:00 --Worship Leader: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Worship Associate: la Rev. Donna Lenahan

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Save the Dates

  • April 19, Saturday, “Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible,” Video and Discussion Workshop, 1:30-5:30 pm, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Sunnyvale, Sanctuary. Download study and conversation guide at http://www.world-trust.org/MWV_CGuide.pdf
  • April 25-27, PCD-UUA District Assembly, Fremont Marriott, Fremont, CA. Check it all out at www.pcd-uua.org.
  • May 2, Friday, Dances of Universal Peace, 8:00 pm, on the labyrinth in the sanctuary

  • May 4, Sunday, UU Band of Writers, 12:20 pm, Youth Room
  • May 10, Saturday, Annual End-of-Giving-Campaign Party, 6-11 pm, Hattie Porter Hall
  • May 26, Monday, Memorial Day Picnic. 11 am- 3 pm, Central Park, Santa Clara.
  • July 9-13, All-Church Campout, McConnell State Recreation Area. Watch for more details.
  • July 24-27, Junior High Backpacking Trip; for more information, contact Pam Pell at johnpell@aol.com
  • August 5-10, Senior High Santa Cruz Island Campout
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Religious Education

Sunday Morning Class Calendar

Nusery -- Birth through 4 Years [Nursery, Lower Level]

We provide a safe, clean environment in which to support each child in initiating play activities at the developmental level they manifest. Structured activities, games, stories and crafts are a part of the nursery experience.

Child Care Workers:  Stacey Vinyard & Mary Qúeñones


Religious Education Registration On Line
To register for children and youth programs at http://sanjoseuu.org/RE/br.html, just click the button that says registration. All information is sent only to the Rev. Sonya Sukalski .


K-2nd Grades: Treasure Hunting [Lower Level, Rooms 2-3]

April 20 Social Justice Sunday – Earthday
April 27 Earth, A Home We Share
May 4 Our Need for Each Other
May 11 Play in Peace


3rd-4th Grades: Spirit of Adventure [Lower Level, Room 4-5]

April 20 Social Justice Sunday – Earthday
April 27 Saving Lives
May 4 A Special Doctor
May 11 Learn First Aid


5th Grade: Neighboring Faiths [Lower Level, Room 6]

April 20 Social Justice Sunday – Earthday
April 27 Unitarian Universalism Introduction
May 4 Unitarian Universalism Visit
May 11 Unitarian Universalism Wrapup


6th-7th-8th Grades: Traditions with a Wink [Office Conference Room]

April 20 Social Justice Sunday – Earthday
April 27 Hymn #21 For the Beauty of the Earth
May 4 Creating Worship
May 11 Mother’s Day


7th - 9th Grades (Parents Group meets concurrently)
Our Whole Lives (OWL)

April 26-27 Retreat FUCSJ 6:30 pm – 3:30 pm
May 11 3:30-5:30 pm


9th-12th Grades, Upper Level, Youth Room
Advisors: Mike Williamson, Cordelia Willis, Richard Gould

Youth Group Activities

If you are interested in participating in junior or senior high youth group activities, please contact Sonya Sukalski, 292-3858, ext.25 or Sonya.sukalski@comcast.net

K-2 Grados, Cazando Tesoros [Salas 2-3, Sótano]

Abril 20 Domingo de Justicia Social – Día de la Tierra
Abril 27 Tierra, Un Hogar para Compartir


3-4 Grados, Espíritu de Aventura, Temas sin Tiempo [Salas 4-5, Sótano]

Abril 20 Domingo de Justicia Social – Día de la Tierra
Abril 27 Salvando Vidas


5 Grado, Neighboring Faiths [Sala 6, Sótano]

Abril 20 Domingo de Justicia Social – Día de la Tierra
Abril 27 Introducción al Unitario Universalismo


6-8 Grados, Tradiciones con un Guiño [Sala de Conferencias, Sótano]

Abril 20 Domingo de Justicia Social – Día de la Tierra
Abril 27 Himno #21 Por la Belleza de la Tierra


7-9 Grados (Grupo de Padres se reúne simultáneamente)
Nuestras Vidas Enteras (OWL)

Abril 26-27 Retiro FUCSJ 6:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Mayo 11 3:30-5:30 pm


9-12 Grados, Alto Nivel, Sala de la Juventud

Asesores: Mike Williamson, Cordelia Willis, Richard Gould

Actividades del Grupo de Jóvenes

Para participar en las actividades de junior o senior high youth, por favor contacte a: Sonya Sukalski, 292-3858, ext.25, o sonya.sukalski@comcast.net

Rev. Geoff Rimositis is on sabbatical through June 2008.
You can read his prayers, poetry and other musings on his blog at http://sanjoseuu.org/revgrblog/index.php

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Sensing the Spirit with Sonya

by Sonya Sukalski

Sintiendo el Espíritu con Sonya

por Sonya Sukalski

When I was young, my Dad would occasionally point out how to identify poison ivy and make sure we steered clear of it. I never got poison ivy growing up in New Mexico, but I have had it a couple of times since moving to California. I marvel at the beauty of poison oak this season – leafing out in red, shiny, patches of threes, growing into lush green leaves.

However, when my skin erupts in boils that begin to weep and spread, and the advancement seems relentless no matter what I do, I find myself contemplating evil. Unitarian Universalists often shy away from evil. I wrestled with how to define evil for an entire year in seminary. One of the metaphors that spoke most powerfully to me was that evil is not paying enough attention to one’s shadow side. One’s shadow side is that part we don’t see when we are facing a light source, and basking in its glow. It is at the moments we are most illuminated, warm and comfortable that the shadows may be the tallest and most noticeable to others, but maybe not to ourselves. In community we can get other perspectives, so that when we do encounter evil in our lives – poison, oppression, hatred, hard heartedness – we can address them.

First, know how to identify them – in all of their forms. Study their lifecycle, so that when you don’t see it, you know how to guess if it is there, and in a form you haven’t seen before.

Second, know the territory. If you have been in the forest where you suspect there is poison oak or in a conversation where you suspect there is hatred and bigotry, check around for signs that you have been exposed, and take the necessary steps to mitigate the effect. Address the hatred – cleanse it with compassion or understanding. Don’t ignore it until it becomes a weeping rash that spreads with abandon.

Finally, I wonder about the stories that Native Americans inoculated their babies by feeding them poison oak leaves, or the stories about people who don’t get poison oak because they eat venison that fed on the leaves. I am not advocating these cures, but rather questioning whether there might be a preventative approach to the many evils we cross in our journeys? As I looked around the Building the World We Dream About class or the Parents of OWL youth class, and heard the heartfelt and intimate discussion, I wondered if talking about social evils we find challenging, while in the good company of people we find at FUCSJ, is the best preparation of all?

I wish you many good conversations that matter this month!

Sonya

Cuando yo era joven, de vez en cuando mi papá nos mostraba cómo identificar la hiedra venenosa y se cercioraba de guiarnos claramente hacia ella. Nunca estuve en contacto con hiedra venenosa en Nuevo México, pero lo he estado un par de veces desde que me traslade a California. Me maravillo ante la belleza del roble venenoso en esta estación – con sus hojas en rojo brillantes, manchas de árboles, creciendo en las exuberantes hojas verdes.

Sin embargo, cuando en mi piel erupcionan las ampollas que comienzan a supurar y a propagarse y el avance parece implacable, no importa lo que yo haga, me encuentro a mi misma contemplando el mal. Los Unitarios Universalistas a menudo nos asustamos del mal. Yo batalle con el cómo definir el mal por un año entero en el seminario. Una de las metáforas que me hablaron más poderosamente fue que el mal no está poniendo suficiente atención a las sombras a su lado. La sombra a su lado es esa parte que no vemos cuando estamos de frente a una fuente de luz y deleitándonos con su resplandor. En los momentos en que estamos más iluminados, calientes y cómodos es cuando las sombras pueden ser más largas y más evidentes que otras, pero quizá no a nosotros mismos. En comunidad podemos obtener otras perspectivas de modo que cuando encontremos el mal en nuestras vidas - veneno, opresión, odio, dureza de corazón- podamos tratarlas.

Primero, sepa identificarlos - en todas sus formas. Estudie su ciclo vital, de modo que cuando usted no lo vea, usted sepa reconocer que si están allí y en una forma en que usted no las ha visto antes.

En segundo lugar, conozca el territorio. Si usted ha estado en el bosque donde usted sospecha que allí hay robles venenosos, o en una conversación donde usted sospecha que hay odio e intolerancia, busque a su alrededor para saber si hay señales de que usted haya estado expuesto y tome las medidas necesarias para atenuar el efecto. Trate el odio - límpielo con la compasión o con el entendimiento. No lo ignore hasta que se convierta en una erupción que supure con el abandono.

Finalmente, me pregunto acerca de las historias que los nativos americanos con las que contaminaron a sus bebés alimentándoles con las hojas de roble venenoso, o de las historias sobre la gente que no tienen roble venenoso porque comen la carne de venado que se alimentó con las hojas. No estoy defendiendo estas curaciones, sino que mas bien estoy preguntando ¿sí no pudiera haber algún acercamiento preventivo a los muchos males con los que nos cruzamos en nuestras vidas? Mirando alrededor del la clase de Construyendo el Mundo que Soñamos, o a los padres de los jóvenes de la clase OWL y oyendo la discusión sincera e íntima, me pregunte ¿si habló de los males sociales, lo encontramos desafiante, mientras que en la buena compañía de la gente que encontramos en FUCSJ es la mejor preparación para todo?

¡Le deseo muchas buenas conversaciones que importen este mes!

Sonya

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Third Street Community Center Update

In case you have not heard, Francis Schwab has joined our board of directors! Please congratulate and thank her for that she has and will continue to do for our community.

As we near the end of our program year, we have some special community events taking place that we would like to invite you to attend.

On April 18 at 5:30 pm, we will be having our first ever Green Knowledge Bowl! Children from the After School Academic Program will compete to see which student team is more knowledgeable about the environment and the impact of global warming. The winning team will be rewarded with a special field trip to Santa Cruz! Carol Stephenson will be one of judges alongside of District 3 Council member Sam Liccardo!

Saturday, May 3 is the Tech Challenge! Youth in our Robotics Program will compete for various team prizes. All are welcome to come, cheer and support our teams!

On Jun. 5, the After School Academic Program will come to a close for the school year with a special year end Graduation Ceremony. We highly encourage you to attend this event, especially if you presented, tutored and/or worked with our children during the school year. They have good memories and love reconnecting with familiar faces!

However, this will not be the usual quiet summer… The sounds of children and volunteers will once again sing through the air on June 23 as children return for a rather intensive 6-week Summer of Learning (SOL) program! Nalleli Sandoval, TSCC Program Manager, and Jeannette Ramos, our Americorps member, are working out the logistics and curriculum for this program. Currently, we anticipate working with ASAP children in grades 1-6 from 9am to 3pm. A few of the activities identified thus far include a computer camp, young writers & book club, math Olympics, and more. During the warm summer days, we also hope to provide opportunities to take children on hiking trails at local parks so they can enjoy the fresh outdoors and perhaps a healthy BBQ. UU hikers who would like to serve as guides for these activities are welcome to help us plan a special outing. Included in the hikes will be lessons on respecting nature, our environment, and the animals who share the earth with us. Volunteers who are interested in serving as mentors or helping with specific activities are more than welcome to join us. We are especially looking for UU youth (high school) who can be leaders and mentors for younger children as they prepare for the middle school years. If you are interested in the Summer of Learning program, please contact Nalleli Sandoval at Nalleli@3street.org or at 408-295-8722 ext. 303.

Share the Magic
This much anticipated event has been rescheduled to the fall of 2008. We are currently looking at dates in October or November. If you would like to be added to our distribution list, please email your contact information to Rosemary Baez at rosemary@3street.org along with your preferred method of communication (email or mail).

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Meeting Our New Member

Moria Merriweather

Moria Merriweather joins the First Unitarian Church to return the welcome she has been receiving from the congregation; to express surprise and joy at finding a church whose philosophy is complementary with her own; and to find friendship with like-minded folks. She lives with two cats and many plants.

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RE-Visioning Gatherings

By Sonya Sukalski

ER, la Visión de un grupo de personas.

Por Sonya Sukalski

I think of the human spirit as a flower. It starts from a seed, an imprint of past generations and traditions with information enough to follow a trajectory of growth. Its growth comes from fresh rain, sweet air, the warming sun, and the nurture of the earth. Or should I say fresh ideas, the warmth of love, a nurturing community, and a passion for life? I think of religious education as being a life-long process of growth in these areas and more. I am interested in your ideas about what religious education is, and does. What might your metaphors for the blossoming of the spirit add to our community? Do we offer religious education in a way that meets the needs and inspires the dreams of the people in our congregation? What feedback do we need to listen to about our current program in order to fulfill all the potential we posses? I hope you will join me and the Religious Education Council at one of the times below to consider these questions, and add your own to the mix.

Religious Education Visioning Sessions – come to one or all!

  • Monday, April 21, 12-1:30 pm
  • Tuesday, April 29, 7-8:30 pm
  • Sunday, May 4, 1-3 pm

Pienso en el espíritu humano como una flor. Comienza de una semilla, de una impresión de generaciones pasadas y de tradiciones, con la información suficiente para seguir una trayectoria de crecimiento. El crecimiento viene de la lluvia fresca, del aire dulce, del sol que calienta y del cuidado de la tierra. ¿O debería decir de ideas frescas, del calor del amor, de una cuidadosa comunidad y de una pasión por la vida? Pienso en la educación religiosa como siendo un largo proceso de crecimiento de la vida en estas áreas y más. Estoy interesada en sus ideas sobre que es la educación religiosa y que es lo que hace ¿Qué podrían sus metáforas de la floración del espíritu agregar a nuestra comunidad? ¿Hacemos la educación religiosa de una manera que resuelva las necesidades e inspire los sueños de la gente en nuestra congregación? ¿Qué retroalimentación necesitamos escuchar acerca de nuestro programa actual para satisfacer todo el potencial que nosotros poseemos? Espero que usted se una a mí y al Consejo de Educación Religiosa en una de las fechas que están a continuación para considerar estas preguntas, y agregar las suyas a la mezcla.

Sesiones sobre la Visión de la Educación Religiosa—¡venga a una o a todas!

  • Lunes, Abril 21, de 12:00 a 1:30 pm
  • Martes, Abril 29, de 7:00 a 8:30 pm
  • Domingo, Mayo 4, de 1:00 a 3:00 pm

Religious Education Visioning
Program for San Jose Spring 2008 Sessions

Chalice Lighting
We light this chalice recognizing
we are participants in a vast communion of being
we open ourselves to guidance
from this spirit of communion
and from each other

Help us to speak from the depths of who we are,
to express ourselves in bold new ways
that we might give our fullest expression
to all of our potential.
Let us learn anew how to live in this great and gracious community of truth.*

* Inspired by time with Larry Peers, Jan 9-11, 2008

Centering silence

Check-in
Your name and one word that describes how you are at this moment

Reading: A vision for lifespan religious involvement and learning

“Our lifespan religious education programs provide opportunities for us and our neighbors to expand and enhance our knowledge, skills, and values.”

Journaling/drawing your vision

Offering to the Circle
• Your name
• A powerful learning experience you have had in community
• Something you want to share of your vision
• Something your heart and spirit want to offer to bring about this vision

Recomposing a Group Vision

Singing Together

Closing

Sophia Lyon Fahs asks,

Instead of helping people on Sunday to think about “religious things,” we need to learn how to help people to think about ordinary things until insights and feelings are found which have a religious quality. And what is this religious quality or way of studying?

The religious way is the deep way, the way with a growing perspective and an expanding view. It is the way that dips into the heart of things, into personal feelings, yearnings and hostilities that so often must be buried and despised and left misunderstood.

The religious way is the way that sees what physical eyes alone fail to see, the intangibles at the heart of every phenomenon. The religious way is the way that touches universal relationships; that goes high, wide, and deep, that expands the feelings of kinship. And if God symbolizes or means these larger relationships, the religious way means finding God.

It is the enlarged and deepening experiences that bring the growing insights and that create the sustaining ambition

All Together
“to find life and to find it abundantly” that really count most.

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Ready to Become a New Member of the First Unitarian Church of San José?

Membership means you have found your spiritual home in Unitarian Universalism and here at FUCSJ; it means you feel called to offer your time, talent, and treasure to help build this Beloved Community. We welcome you!

Please set up a meeting with Rev. Nancy, revnpj@yahoo.com, and then plan to participate in the next New-Member In-gathering on Sunday, March 30!

¿Listo para ser un Nuevo Miembro de la Primera Iglesia Unitaria de San José?

Membresía significa que tú has encontrado tu hogar espiritual en el Unitario Universalismo y aquí en la FUCSJ; significa que tú has sentido el llamado de ofrecer tu tiempo, talento y tesoro para ayudar a construir a esta amada comunidad. ¡Le damos la bienvenida!

Por favor, tenga una reunión con la Rev. Nancy revnpj@yahoo.com y entonces planee participar en el siguiente Reunión de Nuevos Miembros el domingo 30 de marzo.

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Work Isn't Work With Friends!

What rings your bell?

These are the volunteer positions most urgently in need of filling. Please take a moment to see if any of these service opportunities are right for you.

  • R.E. TEACHER or ASSISTANT: lead Sun. morn. sessions, using prepared curriculum; 2 hr. a mon.; 1 yr. term
  • CHANCEL DECORATOR: use creative talents to decorate chancel, using flowers, fabric, etc.; serve when available; 1 yr. term
  • COFFEE HOUR HOST: set out snacks, drinks before service; clean up after; 1 Sun. a mo.; 1 yr. term
  • LABYRINTH HOST: set up table & music and be present, 11:30-1:00; serve according to availability; 1 yr. term
  • NEWSLETTER ASSEMBLER fold, staple and stamp newsletters with amiable team; 1st or 3rd Tues. afternoon; 1 yr. term
  • WORSHIP HOST: greet & welcome people coming to Sun. service, collect offering; 1 Sun. a mo.; 1 yr. term
  • SOUND SYSTEM OPERATOR: operate sound system during 9:30 & 11:00 services;1 Sun. a mo.; 1 yr. term
  • TAPE DUPLICATOR: make & provide tapes of services in HPH after church for 1 ½ hrs.; 1 yr. term
  • ORDER OF SERVICE ASSEMBLER: fol d and assemble Order of Service Fri. morn.; much appreciated by Office Manager; I yr. term
  • NEWCOMER TABLE HOST: welcome newcomers, ask to fill out card, give info.;1 Sun. a mo.; 1 yr. term
  • NEWSLETTER COPIER: copy newsletter on risograph machine for assemblers; 1st or 3rd Tues. of mon.; 1 yr. term
  • CHOIR MEMBER: no exp. nec., practice Wed. 7-9 p.m., perform Sun. lowen@data-time.com
  • R.E. TEACHER or ASSISTANT: lead Sun. morn. sessions, using prepared curriculum; 2 hr. a mon.; I yr. term
  • LIVE YOUR VALUES—SHARE YOUR TALENTS—FORM WARM FRIENDSHIPS

    Call Genie at (408) 997-6292 or Ed at (408) 712-4157.


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    Humanist Group Formation

    An organizational meeting for a humanist group will take place at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, April 22nd, in the Fireside Room. Many members of our church have expressed an interest in such a group. This group may attract atheists, agnostics, skeptics, and others who like to emphasize left brain or rationalistic approaches to life, but all are welcome.

    There are a number of possible approaches and formats we could use. I believe the members of the group should decide which approach and format is best. The questionnaire below will aid us in deciding the direction we should take.

    Please try to complete and send it to me before the 22nd. This is especially important if you will not be able to attend that meeting. Please RSVP whether you will attend or that you are interested but unable to attend. Failure to RSVP is not a bar to attendance.

    Tim Blackwood, 1260 Greenbriar Ave., San Jose, CA 95128 H: 408-244-8580, M: 408-623-3168, tjb@timblackwood.com

    (COPY AND PASTE QUESTIONS INTO E-MAIL)

    Name:

    Telephone:

    Email:

    1. How often would you like the group to meet?

    2. What days and times are best for you?

    3. How long should each meeting last?

    4. Do you prefer to meet at o church o homes?

    5. Is there a particular format, such as SGM, that you prefer? [] yes (explain below) [] no

    6. In preparation for a meeting would you commit to a study of a reasonable amount of written material? [] yes [] no

    7. Would you want to use of videos such as Bill Moyer’s Faith and Reason (www.PBS.org) or Alain de Botton’s Consolations of Philosophy (www.alaindebotton.com)? [] yes [] no

    8. Would it be valuable to use time to review concepts, and proofs for the existence, of God? [] yes [] no

    9. Unitarianism has a long tradition of humanistic beliefs, e.g., the HUUmnaists publish a journal “Religious Humanism.” Should the group attempt to make that connection, at least periodically? [] yes [] no

    10. Should we work on explaining humanism to the public, which often has severe misperceptions and attitudes, especially toward atheists? [] yes [] no

    11. Are you willing to lead or facilitate one of the meetings? [] yes [] no

    12. Other relevant ideas or suggestions?

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    SHOP! And Support the Church

    Lisa Hettler-Smith registered First Unitarian Church of San Jose with iGive, a shopping search site. When someone shops through this site, it gives a donation to FUCSJ. Other UU churches have registered, too.

    Use this address http://www.igive.com/welcome/. Then type in the church name -- First Unitarian Church of San Jose. Register and select the church as your charity. After that, you need to sign in to the site when you want to shop online, and then go to the online seller through the iGive site.

    Shopping can’t get better than this!

    0416-12
    Spotlight on Social Justice

    By Carol Stephenson, Social Justice Coordinator, socialjustice@sanjoseuu.org (408) 292-3858 x27

    Earth Day Challenges

    Do you know many species in the US are on the Endangered Species List? How long does it take glass to break down in a landfill? What’s the best kind of worm to use in a worm bin? These are the kinds of challenging questions that youth will be answering all around the church from now until Earth Day.

    You won’t want to miss the Third Street Community Center kids showing off their earth smarts at the first ever “Green Knowledge Bowl” on Friday, April 18 from 5:30-6:30 pm in Hattie Porter Hall. Judges including our own Marla Scharf and Councilperson Sam Liccardo will be doing the asking in the fun game-show-like format. Let’s show support and come cheer them on!

    The fun continues when the RE youth will play their own rounds of Earth Jeopardy on Sunday, April 20 for the RE program’s Social Justice Sunday. Ask them what they’ve learned at Coffee Hour as you learn about Environmental Justice.

    And learning is not just for the kids. Because fully grown people can join our PACT Local Organizing Committee, a group doing groundwork to make sure that as San Jose is going green, all income levels are included. PACT LOC meets in the Conference Room at 7:00 pm on April 17.

    And don’t forget about Earth Day itself, April 22. What will you do to show the Earth that you love it? Some ideas: go on an energy fast and see how much electricity you can do without for the day. Bike or take public transportation to work or school. Join the UU Legislative Ministry California’s Low Carbon Challenge at http://www.uulmca.org/programs/climate_water/low_carbon_challenge.html. Write a letter to your representative about the need for a clean energy economy and find out more about it at http://www.wecansolveit.org/content/pages/56/ . There’s so much we can do besides turning off the water when we brush our teeth. Make a plan this Earth Day and do it all year long!

    Social Justice Calendar

    • April 17, Thursday, PACT LOC meeting, 7:00 pm, Conference Room
    • April 18, Friday, Green Knowledge Bowl, 5:30-6:30 pm, Hattie Porter Hall
    • April 20, Sunday, Earth Day Services and RE Social Justice Sunday
    • April 21, Monday, Social Justice Council, 6:30-8:30 pm, Conference Room
    0416-13

    Upcoming Events

    UU Intensive May 3, 9 am - 2 pm
    Whether you are brand new to the church, or have been raised as a Unitarian Universalist, you won’t want to miss the next UU Intensive led by Bruce Halen and Sonya Sukalski. We will explore Unitarian and Universalist theologies and histories through a popular quiz, and biographies of 19th and 20th century Unitarians and Universalists who promoted nonviolence, experimented with Utopian communities, stumped for women’s rights, and pioneered efforts at racially integrated churches. Please RSVP to Sonya Sukalski sonya.sukalski@comcast.net if you can come so we have enough lunch for everyone.

    Buy Uganda Beaded Jewelry -- Support Bead for Life -- May 4
    by Austa Falconer

    You can help end extreme poverty one bead at a time. Please come to the Bead for Life table on May 4 in Hattie Porter Hall after the service. Beaded necklaces, bracelets, and earrings will be for sale. This jewelry is made by women in Uganda. The multicolored beads are made from recycled paper. Proceeds from the sale help lift the women and their families out of poverty. Austa Falconer’s sister, Celia, will be on hand to share photos from her recent trip to build houses for the Ugandan women. The handcrafted items range in price from $10.00 to $20.00.

    Spread the word and come to church prepared to shop.


    Coping With Loss: A Grief Support Group for Adults

    When: Fridays, 7-9 pm; 8 meetings, March 21 through May 9, 2008

    Where: First Unitarian Church of San Jose 160 North Third Street, San Jose, CA 95112, Ramsden Fireside Room

    Fee: No fee, but donations are welcome

    The group will explore our feelings together by getting acquainted, telling our stories, remembering, sharing pictures, mementos, and other special treasures; sharing food; dealing with anger, guilt, fear, loneliness, unfinished business, our personal goals, and closure.

    The group will be facilitated by Dolores Gonzalez and Joanna Keates, who are FUCSJ Pastoral Associates and experienced volunteers in grief support, trained at the Center for Living with Dying. The sign-up sheet will be on the Pastoral Care table for the next few Sundays. For more information please contact either Dolores at (408) 272-5465; email: dolores@ihot.com or Joanna at (408) 399-9235; email: Joanna@Keates.com


    South American Expressions

    An Evening with Nayo Ulloa and Friends, a benefit concert for the Margarita Medina Sevillano Foundation and the First Unitarian Church of San Jose, will be held Saturday, May 24, 2008 at the First Unitarian Church. Doors open at 7:00 pm; the concert starts 7:30 pm. Suggested donation is $10.00. Come and hear some wonderful music!


    High Sierra -- Junior High Back Packing Trip

    Lace up those hiking boots! Strap on your backpack! Join us on our High Sierra Junior High Backpack Trip July 24-27.

    Registration deadline is May 15. We’ll be backpacking through Meiss Country near Carson Pass. This trip is open to youth from our church who enter grades 6, 7, and 8 this Fall 2008.

    Questions? Need a registration form? Contact Pam Pell (408) 87-4453 or email: johnpell@aol.com


    Don't miss PCD-UUA District Assembly 2008!
    April 25 - 27, 2008 at the Fremont Marriott

    Come join 400 vibrant and vital UU's from across the Pacific Central District for a weekend of laughing, learning, worship, meeting old friends, and making new ones!

    This year's DA features:

    • Rev. Robert Latham, Saturday Keynote Speaker!
    • Rev. Victoria Safford, Saturday Banquet Speaker!
    • Roy Zimmerman, Satirist (Saturday night)!

    With over 20 different workshops, 5 levels of child/youth programming, Friday night Opening Worship, the PCD Annual Meeting, and Sunday Closing Worship, there is something for everybody at DA2008!

    We will meet at the Fremont Marriott. We have received a Special Rate of only $89/night for this event! Hotel room reservations may be made online starting Monday, March 3. For more information, please see: www.pcd-uua.org and click on the DA2008 link. We hope to see you there!


    Annual Church Campout 2008

    Great news, UU campers! We have found a wonderful location for the campout this July, and just secured the reservation. The dates are Wednesday, July 9 through Sunday, July 13, 2008. (That’s a week earlier than usual, but this way it won’t conflict with the junior high backpacking trip.)

    The location is McConnell State Recreation Area, near Turlock, about 2 hours from San Jose. Alec MacLean drove out there to reconnoiter the site and brought back pictures and glowing reviews. The group campsite has easy access to the Merced River with sandy beaches for the kids, a bathhouse with showers and flush toilets, lots of picnic tables, and running water right in the campsite. It has everything we need for another fantastic campout.

    If you’d like to be added to a “church-campout” email list, please email MM Feldman at mm@feldmo.com. Otherwise, watch for information about signups a little later in the spring.


    0416-14

    Circling Around

    by Kelly Burnett

    Did you see the article in the paper about Harry Murphy -- the 8-year old who’s such an outstanding skateboarder? It was on the front page of the Valley section, with pictures. He and his family are members of our church. His dad is Paul Murphy; mom, Jodi Lindenthal; little brother, Gus.

    Joyce Miller celebrated her birthday on March 31. Happy Birthday, Joyce. We wish you many more!

    Marjorie Schneider is very excited about her new CDs, HAIKU and LOST ROOTS. Haiku is read by Marge and lasts almost 10 minutes and Lost Roots is read by Ed Bolten, the friend in “People Say I’m Crazy”! Both have the same haiku in each. Right now Marge is waiting to see more copies made, but will probably give them away to avid haiku fans....in church and outside of church. See Marge in Hattie Porter Hall if you are interested.

    Jim Guffey and Jan Theiss-Guffey were pleasantly surprised on a recent Friday evening when they dined at one of their favorite local restaurants, Gecko’s, on 13th Street, to see Ben Cadena there with his musical group, Cuatro Con Tres. Cuatro refers to four musicians, and the Tres refers to three guitars, although there were also a few drummers involved. They enjoyed the music, a mix of Spanish ballads and oldies. Jan says Cuatro Con Tres is playing Friday nights there from 6:30-9:30 for a while, except for April 25.

    Madeline Morrow and Jim Rumbaugh report that their garden will be on the Going Native Garden Tour again -- they took out their front lawn 3 1 /2 years ago. This is a great tour to see lots of water-wise gardens using natives -- trying to sit lighter on the earth. If you are interested, sign up right away at http://www.GoingNativeGardenTour.org. Registration is open until April 19, 12 noon, or until the tour reaches capacity. Last year the registration limit was hit about 2 weeks before.

    Please send Kelly Burnett your honors, joys, plans, and any other news that needs to be shared with our community so that she can keep us all informed. Her email address is kelly@kellybur.com. Her telephone number is 408-810-3182, but she’d prefer to receive your news by email, if possible.

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    For Pastoral Care

    Our community strives to offer compassion, companionship, healing, and joy to all its members. Our pastoral care coordinators can help you find the listening ear or helping hands that you may need in difficult times.

    • For pastoral care in English, please contact our lay Pastoral Associate Coordinator, Rev. Donna Lenahan: (home) 408-354-9024; (cell) 408-204-6565; e-mail: djlenahan@aol.com.
    • For pastoral care in Spanish, please contact our Spanish-Speaking Ministries Coordinator, Roberto Padilla: 408-292-3858 ext. 24; e-mail: paor69@yahoo.com.

    Contacting the Ministers

    Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones and Sonya Sukalski (for Rev. Geoff Rimositis, on sabbatical) feel honored to serve this congregation, and we cherish your trust! Here is how reach us:


    Cuidado Pastoral

    Nuestra comunidad se esfuerza en ofrecer la compasión,el compañerismo curativo, y la alegría a todos susmiembros. Nuestros coordinadores en cuidado pastoral pueden ayudarle a encontrar un oído que escucha, o lasmanos que ayudan cuando ustedes lo pudieran necesitaren épocas difíciles. Para el cuidado pastoral en inglés, por favor, comuníquese con nuestro Coordinador Asociado Laico en Cuidado Pastoral, la Rev. Donna Lenahan: (casa) 408-354-9024; (celular) 408-204-6565; e-mail: djlenahan@aol.com. Para el cuidado pastoral en español, por favor comuníquese con nuestro Coordinador de los Ministeriosen Español, Roberto Padilla: 408-292-3858 ext. 24; e-mail: paor69@yahoo.com.

    Contactando a los Ministros

    La Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones y Sonya Sulkalski (para El Rev. Geoff Rimositis, sabático) se sienten honrados por servir a esta congregación, y nosotros apreciamos su confianza! Aquí nosotros estamos a su alcance:

    Officers

    PRESIDENT
    Tracy Avent, darkmuzik@yahoo.com

    SECRETARY
    Bob Redfern, rredfern@charter.net

    TREASURER
    Bob Howd, BHowd@aol.com

    POC PERSONNEL OFFICER
    Joyce Miller, j408miller@sbcglobal.net

    POC PROGRAM OFFICER
    Julia Rodriguez, quixoposto@ix.netcom.com

    POC FINANCIAL OFFICER
    Christopher Frey, cjfrey@cjfrey@alum.berkeley.edu

    Directors
    Cheri Goodman, cheri.goodman@sbcglobal.net
    Rick Merritt, rbmerrit@cmp.com
    Michael Payne-Alex, michaelpaynealex@yahoo.com
    Marla Scharf, marla.scharf@gmail.com

    Church Staff

    Senior Minister, Ext. 23
     The Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones, revnpj@yahoo.com

    Assoc. Minister For Religious Education, Ext. 25
     The Rev. Geoff Rimositis , Grimositis@Sanjoseuu.org

    Office Administrator, Ext. 10
     Iris Gonzalez, fucsj@sanjoseuu.org

    Coordinator of Spanish Speaking Ministries, Ext. 24
     Roberto Padilla

    Social Justice Coordinator, Ext. 27
     Carol Stephenson, socialjustice@sanjoseuu.org

    Bookkeeper / Pam Garcia

    Sexton / Edgar Cruz

    R.E. Assistant / Alecia Baker

    Nursery Teacher / Stacey Vinyard

    Church Office
    Phone
    : (408) 292-3858
    Fax: (408) 292-4744
    E-mail             fucsj@sanjoseuu.org
    URL                http://www.sanjoseuu.org

    Thank you to our volunteers!
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