Our Church Circular / Nuestro Periódico de la Iglesia / July 2, 2008 / 2 de Julio 2008

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Inside This Issue:

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Sunday Services / Pride Parade featured on CBS
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Save the Dates
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Religious Education
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Summer 2008 at First Unitarian

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Nation Full of Invisible UUs

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Choir Notes

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Keep our church secure!

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

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Volunteer Opportunities
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Expanding the circle / Meet our new members

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Service is our prayer

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Spotlight on Social Justice: Grant awarded to continue The Beloved Community Project

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Upcoming Events: Giants tickets, fundraising meeting, UUthful Spirits, Senior High Campout, Church Campout
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Circling Around

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The Ministers Are In! / Board and Staff Contact Information
En Español
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Servicios de Domingo
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¿Listo para ser un Nuevo Miembro de la Primera Iglesia Unitaria de San José?

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Aquí estan los Ministros!

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

6 de Julio — 9:30 a.m.

Plato de segunda mesa
Desde hace siglos las mujeres hemos intentado combatir el patriarcado y hoy, 2008, continuamos en las mismas.

Dirige: Annette Falcón

Second best
For centuries, women have tried fighting the patriarchal society, and today, 2008, we are still in the same boat.

Worship Leader: Annette Falcón

11:00 a.m.
Services in English

July 6 — 11:00 a.m.

“The meaning of life”
Join us for a profound and joyous service focused on meaning-making. Seminarian Kathleen Bardin will present a sermon entitled “The Meaning of Life.” (Yes, Monty Python is involved.) You are invited to bring your whole self – both silly and serious — to this celebration of our spiritual community.

Worship Leader: Kathleen Bardin; Guest Worship Co-Leaders: Tracy Avent-Costanza and Claire Marie Costanza; Guest Worship Musician: Michael (Firefly) Perry

“El significado de la vida”
Unámonos para un servicio profundo y feliz centrado en la significado-hacer. La seminarista Kathleen Bardin presentará un sermón titulado “El significado de la vida.” (Sí, Monty Python está involucrado.) Usted esta invitado a que traiga a su ego completo– ambos tonto y serio — a esta celebración de nuestra comunidad espiritual.

Dirige: Kathleen Bardin; Co-Dirigentes invitados: Tracy Avent-Costanza y Claire Marie Costanza; Musico invitado: Michael (Firefly) Perry

13 de Julio — 9:30 a.m.

Época de cambios
Estamos viviendo en una época de cambios. Están cambiando las condiciones meteorológicas, están cambiando las leyes, están cambiando los precios de todo lo que consumimos en nuestra vida diaria, están cambiando los ritmos musicales que escuchamos en la radio. ¿Y nosotros, estamos cambiando también?

Dirige: Roberto Padilla

Time of changes
We are living in a time of changes. The meteorological conditions are changing, the laws are changing, the prices of everything that we consume in our daily life are changing, the musical rhythms that we listen to on the radio are changing. And we, are we changing too?

Worship Leader: Roberto Padilla

July 13 — 11:00 a.m.

Blessed by beauty
“To behold beauty dignifies your life; it heals you and calls you out beyond the smallness of your own self-limitation to experience new horizons. To experience beauty is to have your life enlarged.” Beauty, John O’ Donohue. I have been very fortunate to have been blessed by beauty during my sabbatical. In this, my first service back in First Unitarian’s pulpit, I invite us into a reflection of beauty. The cultivation of beauty is not only a joy to the senses but essential for a healthy spiritual life. Where do you find the beautiful?

Worship Leader: the Rev. Geoff Rimositis

Bendecido por la belleza
“Contemplar la belleza dignifica su vida; le cura y le llama hacia fuera más allá de la pequeñez de su propia auto-limitación para experimentar nuevos horizontes. Experimentar la belleza es tener agrandada su vida.” Belleza, John O’ Donohue. He sido muy afortunado de haber sido bendecido por la belleza durante mi tiempo sabático. En este, mi primer servicio de regreso al pulpito de la Primera Iglesia Unitaria, nos invito a una reflexión de la belleza. El cultivo de la belleza no es sólo una alegría a los sentidos, es esencial para una vida espiritual sana. ¿Dónde usted encuentra la belleza?

Dirige: el Rev. Geoff Rimositis

20 de Julio — 9:30 a.m.

Cuestión de Conciencia.
Muchas veces la razón por si sola no es lo suficientemente fuerte para convencer a una persona de superar el peso de sus valores moralistas tradicionales. Pero la voz de la conciencia y el diálogo pueden lograr derribar las barreras del cambio como en el caso del Buen Samaritano.

Dirige: Ervin Barrios; Asociados de Servicio: Ministerios en Español

A Matter of Conscience
Many times reason alone is not strong enough to convince a person in order to overcome the weight of their traditional moralist values. But the voice of conscience and dialogue can help to tumble down the barriers for change as in the case of the Good Samaritan.

Leader: Ervin Barrios; Worship Associates: Spanish Speaking Ministries

July 20 — 11:00 a.m.

Mystic voices in Unitarian Universalism

Let us reflect on direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, which moves us to a renewal of the Spirit and an openness to the forces that create and uphold life.

Worship Leader: Joy-Ellen Lipsky; Worship Associate: Mary Martin

Voces místicas en el Unitario Universalismo
Permitámonos reflejar juntos en una experiencia directa de ese misterio y maravilla de la superación, que nos mueve a una renovación del espíritu y a una apertura de las fuerzas que crean y mantienen vida.

Dirige: Joy-Ellen Lipsky; Asociada de Culto: Mary Martin

27 de Julio — 9:30 a.m.

To Be Announced / Se anunciará

July 27 — 11:00 a.m.

Hallelujah
The song “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen has been covered by numerous musicians and appeared in TV shows, movies, and last year was sung right here at FUCSJ. Today, let’s look again at what we can learn from this complex song as Lisa Hettler-Smith graces us with an encore. Rather than simple dualities between love and angry bitterness, the sacred and the secular, sexual union and deep betrayal, there are possibilities at the intersection to be explored. As Cohen has said, “The song explains that many kinds of Hallelujahs do exist. All the perfect and broken Hallelujahs have an equal value. It’s, as I say, a desire to affirm my faith in life.” Let us gather in community to affirm and honor the many layers of the holy and the human in our lives.

Worship Associate: Suzanne Marsh; Worship Leader: Christy Baker

Aleluya
La canción “ Aleluya” de Leonard Cohen ha sido tocada por numerosos músicos y aparecido en programas de TV, películas y fue cantada el año pasado exactamente aquí en FUCSJ. Hoy, déjenos mirar otra vez lo que pudimos aprender de esta compleja canción mientras que Lisa Hettler-Smith nos honra con una repetición. Más que simples dualidades entre el amor y el amargo enojo, lo sagrado y lo secular, la unión sexual y la profunda traición, allí están las posibilidades en la intersección para ser exploradas. Como Cohen ha dicho, “La canción explica que existen muchas clases de Aleluya. Todo lo perfecto y lo imperfecto de la Aleluya tienen un valor igual. Esto es, como digo, un deseo de afirmar mi fe en la vida.” Unámonos en comunidad para afirmar y honrar a las muchas capas de lo santo y lo humano en nuestras vidas.

Dirige: Suzanne Marsh; Asociada de Culto: Christy Baker

3 de Agosto — 9:30 a.m.

El humanismo
El humanismo, nuevo o viejo, continúa siendo el corazón de la religión liberal, aún cuando intentamos aceptar una teología más subjetiva o una practica espiritual centrada en la practica (escrito por la Rev. Martha Hodges, UUCC, Sacramento, CA, y traducido por Annette Falcón).

Dirige: Annette Falcón

Humanism
Old or new, Humanism continues to be the heart of liberal religion, even while we embrace a more subjective theology and spirit-centered practice (written by Rev. Martha Hodges, Unitarian Universalist Community Church (UUCC), Sacramento, CA, and translated by Annette Falcon).

Worship Leader: Annette Falcón

August 3 — 11:00 a.m.

These are my people
We will explore “community” and the amazing power that it has to hold and support those who are experiencing challenging times. In particular, we will celebrate the power of our beloved community here at FUCSJ.

Worship Leader: Suzanne Marsh; Worship Associate: Marla Scharf

Esta es mi gente
Exploraremos “comunidad” y la asombrosa energía que esto tiene para sostener y apoyar a los que están experimentando épocas desafiadoras. Particularmente, celebraremos la energía de nuestra comunidad querida aquí en FUCSJ.

Dirige: Suzanne Marsh; Asociada de Culto: Marla Scharf

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Save the Dates

  • July 6, Sunday, UU Band of Writers, 12:20 pm, Youth Room
  • July 9-13, All-Church Campout, McConnell State Recreation Area
  • July 20-23, Junior High Backpacking Trip. Contact Pam Pell at johnpell@aol.com for further information.
  • August 2-8, PCD Leadership School. Ask Joy­Ellen Lipsky for details (jelipsky@successwithjoy.com)
  • August 3, Sunday, 12:20, UU Band of Writers, Youth Room
  • August 5-10, Senior High Santa Cruz Island Campout
  • October 3-5, Friday evening through Sunday noon, All-Church Retreat at Monte Toyon, Aptos, CA
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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

Summer Curriculum

GRADES 1-8

Harry Potter has arrived for the summer! Children and youth entering grades one through eight have been enjoying creating their own “houses,” and weaving our UU principles in with the wonderful Harry Potter stories.

The following is the RE schedule for the rest of the summer:

July 6 – Hagrid and the Baby Dragon, Justice, Equity and Compassion
July 13 – All-church campout, no RE
July 20 – The Mirror of Erised, Free and Responsible Search for Truth and Meaning
July 27 – Boggarts and the ‘Riddukulus’ Spell, The Right of Conscience and the Democratic Process
August 3 – SPEW and Justice Making with Hermione, The Goal of World Community
August 10 – Animugus, Care for the Physical World, Respect for the Interdependent Web of Life
August 17 – The Great Feast, Closing Celebration
August 24 – No separate Religious Education
September 1 – Labor Day, no separate Religious Education

9th-12th grades

Advisors: Mike Williamson, Cordelia Willis, Richard Gould

July 6 – Youth Group Activities as usual
July 13 – All church campout, no youth group.
August 5-10 – Senior High camping trip, Channel Island. See June 18 Circular for details.

Youth Group Activities

Radical! Rev. Geoff is back from sabbatical! Our Associate Minister for Religious Education, the Rev. Geoff Rimositis, returned from a 6-month sabbatical on July 1. Welcome back, Rev. Geoff!

To participate in junior or senior high youth group activities, or for information about Religious Education, contact Rev. Geoff Rimositis, (408) 292-3858, ext. 25 or e-mail grimositis@sanjoseuu.org.


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. Geoff Rimositis .

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Summer 2008 at First Unitarian

Worship
Worship continues every Sunday at 9:30 in Spanish and at 11:00 in English throughout the summer! Come share in the beauties of thought and spirit led by our Worship Associates, seminarians, and ministers. We welcome many visitors during the summer; please offer your own special hospitality to newcomers throughout the summer months!

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.

Rev. Geoff Rimositis, Associate Minister for Religious Education, returns from his sabbatical on July 1 and is available for pastoral care and one-on-one counseling, as needed. You can reach him at (office) 408-292-3858, ext. 25; e-mail: grimositis@sanjoseuu.org; (cell) 408-309-7796.

Rev. Geoff will cover pastoral care coordination while Rev. Donna is away from July 12-21.

For pastoral care in Spanish, please contact our Spanish-Speaking Ministries Coordinator, Roberto Padilla: (office) 408-292-3858, ext. 24; (home): (408) 251-1433; e-mail: paor69@yahoo.com.

Special Events, Parties, and Other Gatherings
Please check our on-line monthly calendar at www.sanjoseuu.org or our newsletter for opportunities to gather for fun, learning, spiritual growth, and friendship throughout the summer.

Staff Schedules
Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones, Senior Minister, will be out of the office on vacation and study break from June 26 through August 3. She returns to the office the first week of August and to the pulpit on August 10 and 17.

Rev. Geoff Rimositis, Associate Minister for Religious Education, returns from his sabbatical on July 1. Be sure to come hear his first post-sabbatical sermon when he preaches on July 13. Geoff will be out of town for the junior high backpacking trip July 24-27, for a family wedding August 7-10, and for a professional workshop August 25-29.

Iris Gonzalez, Office Administrator, will be in the office throughout the summer. Best hours to reach Iris are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: fucsj@sanjoseuu.org, or by phone at 408-292-3858, ext. 10. In case of emergencies, you can reach Iris when she is away from the office at (cell) 408-228-7342.

Roberto Padilla, Spanish-Speaking Ministries Coordinator, will be on call for Pastoral Care in Spanish and will work his regular schedule throughout the summer.

Carol Stephenson, Social Justice Coordinator, will be out of the office in July and most of August. She returns to her new office schedule and refocused responsibilities on August 27. (Stay tuned for a full description of Carol’s new schedule and the revised focus of her responsibilities later this summer.)

Edgar Cruz, Sexton, will work his regular schedule through the summer, and Sandra Sotelo continues as our Weekend Custodian.

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Nation Full of Invisible UUs

By Henry Ruddle

Seven out of ten Americans agree that “many religions can lead to eternal life” according to the U.S. Religious Landscape Survey released by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life on June 24.

Surprisingly, 57% of evangelical Christian church members share the “many religions” view even though their church doctrines by and large state that theirs is the one true faith.

In true UU dissenting tradition, 2% of “Unitarian and other liberal faiths” agreed that “my religion is the one true faith leading to eternal life” and 12% chose “neither/both equally.” The survey polled 30,236 demographically and geographically diverse people on this question, although just 297 identified themselves as UU.

Evangelicals were more consistent with their church’s position on the Bible, with just 7% agreeing with the commonly held UU belief that “the Bible was written by men and is not the word of God.” One in three evangelicals consider the Bible literally true, while 30% consider it the word of God, but not “literally true.” More Catholics showed skepticism of the Bible’s literal truth, with just 23% choosing “literally true word of God,” 39% selecting “the word of God, but not literally true” and 27% voting for the “written by men” option.”

However, respect for the Bible does not necessarily translate into agreement with one’s church leaders. “There is more than one true way to interpret the teachings of my church” was selected by 68% of evangelicals and 77% of Catholics.

Visit www.pewforum.org to read the entire report.

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Choir Notes

The Choir will take July off from rehearsals. If you are interested in joining the Choir, please join us for our next practice on Wednesday, August 6 starting at 7:30 p.m. (or 7 p.m. if you've like to warm up and work on specific areas).

The Choir got together at Dan & Torchy's for its annual party on Sunday, June 29 starting at 4:30 p.m. Here are a few pictures for your enjoyment:


Yes, it's true, we're a boxed wine sort of group.


Future tenor Jefferson, and his mom, Michelle.


The boxed wine takes effect as Choir members review the lyrics of the song Dan intends for the Choir to perform at Homecoming.

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Keep our church secure!

Occasionally our doors do not get locked. If you are the last person leaving the church and see that the church is not locked, please call a Program and Operations Council (POC) member or a Board member to lock the door. POC and Board member names are posted on the main floor, and the Church Directory is in the credenza in the Ramsden Fireside Room.

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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!

¿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.

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Ways to share your time and talent

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.

  • 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
  • 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
  • NEWCOMER TABLE HOST: welcome newcomers, ask to fill out card, give info.;1 Sun. a mo.; 1 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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    Expanding the circle

    Meet our new members
    Four new members were welcomed into the congregation on Sunday, June 15.

    Jamie Bleyer
    Jamie Bleyer was born in Smithtown, New York. She grew up in a small family, with her mom, dad, and younger brother Keith. Jamie studied speech and special education in school. For many years, Jamie worked as a speech therapist in New York.

    She and her partner Kate moved to the beautiful Bay Area in July 2003 as a result of Kate’s job transfer. They were only supposed to stay in California for 18 months but fell in love with the area and the people.

    Jamie is now living her dream of working with animals and is the owner of a pet-sitting business “Spoil ’em Rotten Pet Sitting Services.” Hobbies include spending time with her family (animals and human), going to the movies, yoga, going to the beach, and traveling. She is looking forward to getting to know everyone in the FUCSJ community.

    Kate McMahon
    Kate McMahon was born in Deer Park, New York. Her father was a lieutenant in the New York City Fire Department for over 30 years, and her mother was a housewife with the task of raising 6 children. A nice big New York Catholic family. The family stayed in Deer Park until one of the kids flew the coop.

    Her interests are many; some call her a “gadget girl,” always reviewing the latest and greatest technology. She loves sports and wished she had the energy to play tennis, golf, and basketball all in one day (like the good old days). The weekends are open for running. Kate has run the Nike Marathon and the Maui Half-Marathon. She is training this summer for the Nike Half-Marathon (she loves the Tiffany necklace at the end). The crazy thing is, running a marathon was never on her list of things to do.

    Although focused on technology and running, Kate fills her day with number-crunching activities. She is the Manager of Financial Planning, Reporting, and Analysis at a tech firm in the valley—a position she loves, and she feels that her contributions to the company have a great impact.

    With each passing year and a little more maturity Kate has realized it is not the destination, it is the journey. Now she is trying to rest, enjoy the quiet time, and work on balancing work and family life while living each day to the fullest.

    Kate and Jamie reside in Campbell with their loving dog Jackson and adoring cats Mocha and Alex. They are thrilled to become members of such a loving and warm community!

    Michelle Lewis
    Michelle Lewis has lived in Northern California basically her entire life. “I remember when this was called the suburbs, we had orchards, and the 280 freeway only had about 5 people on it at one time. I was raised being told ‘what to believe’ and ‘how to worship,’ which never felt right to me.

    “After years of learning many other cultures, attending different worship services, and talking to many people about their belief systems, I finally feel like I ‘fit’ here. I can’t express my joy and appreciation for a place that fills my soul. My lifelong passion is the emotional, physical, and cognitive development of children, and I feel honored to help make a difference in their lives. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this wonderful community.”

    Pam Oliver-Lyons
    Pam Oliver-Lyons describes herself as:

    My life is the gypsy life of a hi-tech nomadic camp follower/observer, following my husband’s career, which in itself has followed a computer trail of sorts since 1970 to today. It started for us in Massachusetts and leads now, in our relative maturity, to the Silicon Valley. I am very happy to be here, to be alive, and to find myself still trying to answer the poet Mary Oliver’s question, “What will you do with your one wild and crazy life?” And to do so as an active member of the First Unitarian Church of San José.

    Here at the First Unitarian Church, I find I can laugh, cry, and join in meaningful purpose with others of both diverse and like minds in order to participate in the life of this religious/philosophical beloved community. I am joining this particular church because—beyond my general obligation as a UU to support a Unitarian Universalist church wherever I move—there is another deeper reality: a personal commitment I have with myself to find that community where I find my bliss, a reality of the soul’s journey.

    So it is with a pure joy that I join this particular church. I have found joy here in the warm welcome of the Rev. Nancy and of the early Spanish-speakers’ worship service as well as the later English-speakers’ service, in the labyrinth planted at the center of this holy sanctuary, in this community’s story of a church which built itself up from the ashes, in the prophetic work this church is doing, which I have seen in the Building the World We Dream About class, in the work on opposing the anti-equal-marriage amendment, in the lifelong nurturance of the youth ... I could go on and on. I know that there is so much I have not yet seen but will see by the grace of this membership and the wisdom of our ministers. I have a sure faith that there will be many future reasons for me to celebrate being here.

    I hope to become a better person because of my acceptance of the invitation extended to me to join this congregation. I hope that I will be able to bring the love I find here to others outside this community so that those I meet will know, not through words but by my actions nurtured by the life of this church, that they have met a Unitarian Universalist.

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    Service is our prayer

    The last Service is Our Prayer Day was on Saturday, June 7. We had a number of volunteers who helped to spruce up the church, including cleaning and pruning. A clothes hanger rack was installed in the bathroom to help with dressing before weddings and other events. Lunch was served.

    Volunteers who attended include (a partial list from memory) Rosemary Baez, Bob Howd, Pam Price, Gene Martin, Mary Martin, Bob Owen, Catherine Pellizari, Mike Pellizari, Liz Owen, Lloyd Eater, Melanie Lanstrom, Jayme Lanstrom, Steve Saunders and Sundar Mudupalli.

    Our next Service is Our Prayer Day is on Saturday, September 6. Hope to see you there.

    -- Sundar Mudupalli

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    Spotlight on Social Justice

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

    Grant awarded to continue The Beloved Community Project

    Good news came in the mail in the form of a $3,000 check! The Unitarian Universalist Funding Program awarded First Unitarian a grant for the second year of the Beloved Community Project. Last church year, the same funder provided $4,000 toward our collaborative work with Third Street Community Center.

    The Social Justice Coordinator, Spanish Speaking Ministries Coordinator and Third Street staff worked closely together to put on the 2007 Dia de los Muertos Social and Cultural Exhibition in Hattie Porter Hall with altars depicting over a dozen different social justice issues. In December, we organized La Posada procession and party, and Third Street students participated in the PACT Action in February. All year long, collaborative work and connections were improved with the help of these funds.

    In the coming year, we will again hold a Dia de los Muertos exhibition and La Posada. This year, the extra funds will support “community dialogues” for the families of Third Street. Speakers on issues of concern to our downtown community will meet with Third Street families to provide information on, say, health, housing or immigration, and also hear their questions and concerns. Those speakers can use the information that has been offered by participants, and so can we, as a congregation that is working on these issues.

    Anyone interested in working on any of these projects; Dia de los Muertos, La Posada, or the community dialogues is invited to contact Carol Stephenson at socialjustice@sanjoseuu.org.

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    Upcoming Events


    San Jose Giants tickets
    Offered like a service auction item with proceeds going to the church: Baseball tickets (General Admission) for the San Jose Giants, for a minimum donation of $9.00 a ticket (same as you would pay out at the ball park). Tickets are available for any game except July 4 and 5.

    Contact Patricia Ohanian-Coffey at adcpao87@sbcglobal.net. Make a donation to the church (put SERVICE AUCTION on the check line to help with bookkeeping). It is as simple as that!


    Tight budget spurs fundraising efforts
    As we begin this fiscal year with our newly balanced, lean budget, several fund-raising meetings have been held to find ways to increase our sources of funding. We generated many ideas and are currently working on a few of the most promising of them. The Wedding Task Force has held several meetings to find ways to raise our visibility and our wedding income. In addition, we’ve held very preliminary conversations about the possibility of renting space to another church. Come and help us move forward on fund-raising, Monday, July 7, 7:00 p.m., location to be determined.


    UUthful Spirits
    UUthful Spirits is an inclusive group for fun and fellowship for young adults and the young at heart. These group events enable us to feel part of the church and empower us to take a greater role in the church.

    Our activities include:

    • Game night, monthly every third Friday, coming next on July 18 at 7pm. Meet at church at 6:45pm and then go to Kathleen's.
    • Sunday brunches, bimonthly on second and fourth Sunday, coming next on July 13 and 27. Meet in Hattie Porter Hall about 12:45 p.m.
    • Happy hour, monthly on the first Friday, coming next on July 7 at Discovery Meadow and all other first Fridays at The Tied House.

    Come join the fun. For more information, contact John Burk at mus6@aceweb.com or the group at uuthful_spirits-owner@yahoogroups.com.


    FUCSJ Senior High Camping Trip

    The Senior Youth Group will be repeating its favorite trip to the Channel Islands August 5-10. Be sure to sign up for this fabulous trip.

    Traveling down to Ventura Harbor, we will board a ferry to cross the Santa Barbara Channel to dock in a small bay on Santa Cruz Island, with porpoises surfing our bow waves and maybe seeing whales.

    Once we carry all our gear into the campground, we’ll spend most of the six days snorkeling in the wonderful clear waters and kelp forest in the bay; kayaking around the island and into sea caves; hiking across the island; hanging out in camp (literally, in our nest of hammocks); and getting to know each other. This is an especially good chance for teens who will join the Senior Youth Group in the fall to meet their peers.

    This trip allows the youth a fair amount of independence. While water activities will be supervised, youth will be allowed to hike and explore on their own, in groups of two or more; and will be individually deciding their own level of participation in all the activities.

    Details

    • For youth who have or will attend high school in 2008
    • Dates: August 5 to August 10
    • Information: Contact Matt Trask, 408-655-1991, matttrask@earthlink.net
    • Cost: $200 (Scholarships are available)
    • Embarkation: Ventura Harbor
    • Destination: Scorpion Valley Campground
    • Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands National Park

    Registration

    • Applications are available on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=26291835944 (this site is also known as FUCSJ Senior High)
    • Payment deadline is June 15.
    • FUCSJ youth have first priority until June 1.
    • Non-FUCSJ youth will need leader approval.
    • Maximum group size will be 23 youth.
    • Checks/applications: give or mail to Matt Trask, 1725 Seville Way, San Jose CA 95131.
    • Activities: Crafts, hiking, swimming, First Aid workshop, orienteering, kayaking, snorkeling, youth-led classes, music…


    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.


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    Circling Around

    by Kelly Burnett


    Billie Wachter celebrated her 90th birthday recently. Happy happy birthday, Billie. Thank you for the light you bring to us all.

    I know Julia Richmond would appreciate your get-well cards as she recovers.

    The All-Church Retreat is being planned for the first weekend in October. Please let Diana Wirt (diwirt@sbcglobal.net) know if you plan to join us.

    Diana Wirt is having a momentous birthday on the 4th of July! Happy birthday, Diana!

    I know you have all heard how rewarding it was to have all those wonderful weddings at our beloved church but I just want to say Yeah, FUCSJ!! I am grateful to you all for having such big hearts.

    Kelly Burnett


    Shaking loose our preconceptions

    We give up our preconceptions reluctantly. Until now, most of us preconceived that presidents of the United States are white men. Until now, most of us preconceived that good gas mileage was a nice, but nonessential, car feature. Until now, most of us preconceived ‘‘marriage’’ in Ozzie and Harriet terms as a mom, a dad, 2.3 kids and a dog. Difficult as it has been, we have all had to exercise our minds to grow bigger, better ideas about presidents, cars and marriage. Exercise is good for you.

    -- Henry Ruddle, published in “Letters to the Editor”, San Jose Mercury News


    Metro Madness

    Thanks to each and every one who wrote to the Metro to set them straight about our religion. (See the offensive cartoon on page 21 at http://www.metropdf.com/0825_MT.pdf, and the letter by Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones and Carol Stephenson on page 8, http://www.metropdf.com/0826_MT_1_front.pdf.)


    Sal and Bill Summit Africa’s Highest Peak

    Just wanted to let you all know that we made it to the top! The route, the weather, the group, the crew made this a trip of a lifetime (which is not something that we say casually...).

    More later and much love,

    Sal and Bill Souders

    Next to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro (or Uhuru) in July: Joyce Miller, Gary McCumber, Alice Lynch, Sandra Iwamoto and Dena Dickensen. Good luck!

    submitted by Colleen Cabot


    Wedding Bells

    This announcement is from the Pacific Central District (PCD) Currents communication produced by Cilla Raughly at PCD Headquarters twice a month. Cilla writes (some of which Nancy told us last Sunday):

    The excitement about the change in California law hit an even higher peak this week, and we continue to get lots of reports, photos, and very moving stories. The first photo here shows the Reverend Lindi Ramsden, the Executive Director of the UU Legislative Ministry of CA, and Mary Helen Doherty, who serves on our PCD Growth Committee. Signing their marriage license is Secretary of State and Unitarian Universalist Debra Bowen. Supporters held signs saying, “May this marriage, these vows, this love be blessed”, and “Gay Agenda: spend time with my family; be treated equally; buy milk”.

    This photo at left shows the Reverend Deane Oliva, who has been the consulting minister for our Santa Cruz congregation this past year, officiating at the wedding ceremony for Julie Gill and Margaret Curry (photo by Erica Crawford). Deane herself also tied that legal knot that very same day, at a ceremony officiated by San José’s minister, the Reverend Nancy Palmer Jones. In addition, San José hosted the ceremonies for seven couples that day, along with over 100 guests! The Mercury News has a very nice slide show about one of these ceremonies on their website.

    Last May, some music died

    Ric Masten, ordained in 1971 as a specialized Unitarian Universalist minister, though he never graduated from college or seminary, died last May. He shared his poems and songs (including Let it Be a Dance) with UU congregations, schools, and others all over the US, Canada and England since he launched his career in 1968, and has 23 books and more than a dozen CDs to his name. He shared his final journey with prostate cancer on his web site, http://ric-matsen.net. The Monterey County Herald ran an article [http://tinyurl.com/4lkwvg] on the memorial service led by the Reverend Greg Ward of the Monterey congregation for Ric on June 20, which would have been his 79th birthday.
    UU folksinger and social activist Bruce “U Utah” Phillips died at 73 on May 23 in Nevada City, CA. The official obituary as written by his family can be seen at http://tinyurl.com/4d4yfn, while the New York Times version is at http://tinyurl.com/4r6599.

    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 Rev. Geoff Rimositis 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 El Rev. Geoff Rimositis 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!
    Our Church Circular is published on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. Circulation is about 500.

    NEWSLETTER Editors
    Catherine Pelizzari and Carey Cress will edit the August 6 issue. There will be no mid-month Circular in August. Normal schedule resumes in September.

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    Summer Publishing Schedule

    For July and August only, no mid-month issue will be published. The next issue will be August 6. Bimonthly publication returns in September.

    Next issue deadline: 3:00 pm, Wednesday, July 30, 2008

    Next issue assembly: Tuesday, August 5, 2008

    Next issue mailing: Wednesday, August 6, 2008

    SUGGESTIONS NEEDED
    The editors are planning an extra special edition of the Circular for Homecoming. Send your article suggestions to Sherry Howd at s_howd@msn.com