Our Church Circular / Nuestro Periódico de la Iglesia / February 18, 2009 / 18 de Febrero 2009
Send us your photos!
Save the Dates
Religious Education / Elections Con 2009: LepreCON
Anything Buggin’ You?
Articulating Our Unitarian Universalist Faith
Spotlight on Social Justice
Spirit in Practice: Monthly Adult Program Begins in March
Welcome New Members
The Gift of Service: Volunteer Recognition and Volunteer Opportunities
Congregational Meeting Sunday, March 8
Service is Our Prayer
|0218-14||Board Meeting of January 28, 2009|
|0218-15||Other Upcoming Events|
The Ministers Are In! / Board and Staff Contact Information
Servicios de Domingo
¿Listo para ser un Nuevo Miembro de la Primera Iglesia Unitaria de San José?
Aquí estan los Ministros!
SUNDAY SERVICES / SERVICIOS DE DOMINGO
22 de Febrero 9:30 am
Un hombre bueno: La persona de tras del icono de Abraham Lincoln
Dirige: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Asociados de Culto: Miembros de nuestros Ministerios en Español.
February 22 11:00 am
A Good Man: The person behind the icon of Abraham Lincoln
Worship Leader: the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Worship Associate: Alice Lynch.
1 de Marzo 9:30 am
¿Debería Don Quijote de la Mancha cabalgar nuevamente?
Dirige: Roberto Padilla; Asociados de Culto: Miembros de nuestros Ministerios en Español.
Should Don Quixote de la Mancha ride again?
Worship Leader: Roberto Padilla; Worship Associates: Members of the Spanish-Speaking Ministry.
March 1 11:00 am
Worship Leader: Senior High Youth; Worship Associates: Meg Trask, the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones, and the Rev. Geoff Rimositis.
Domingo de la juventud
Dirigen: Jóvenes de preparatoria; Asociados de Culto: Meg Trask, la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones y el Rev. Geoff Rimositis.
8 de Marzo 9:30 am
Affirmacion V: Buscar la verdad en libertad
Dirige: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones; Asociados de Culto: Miembros de nuestros Ministerios en Español.
March 8 11:00 am
Worship Leader: the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones: Worship Associate: Henry Ruddle.
Save the Dates
Sunday Morning Class Calendar
Nusery -- Birth through 4 Years
We provide a safe, clean environment in which to support each child in initiating play activities at the developmental level they manifest. Child Care Workers: Marta Jo Forse and Maria Elena Olvera.
A stepping stone year
Building Assets Together
9th-12th Grades; Youth Room
Senior High Youth Group
Coming of age
Youth Group Activities
JUNIOR HIGH (6th-7th-8th Grades)
SENIOR HIGH (9TH-12 GRADES)
To participate in junior or senior high youth group activities, contact the Rev. Geoff Rimositis, GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org, 292-3858, 25.
Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (YRUU)
If you are interested in participating in junior or senior high youth group activities, please contact the Rev. Geoff Rimositis, GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org, 292-3858, 25.
February 28th, 9:00 am 3:00 pm
Qualifications: Background in education, child development, adult learning theory, ministry or the equivalent, and spiritual grounding in Unitarian Universalism
Experience: One or more years of classroom teaching children or adults, educational research, and/or curriculum development
Job Description: To participate in a creative re-imagining process that will create a new and groundbreaking religious education structure committed to a bold vision of the beloved community for The First Unitarian Church of San José.
Location and Time: First Unitarian Church of San Jose on February 28th, 9:00 am 3:00 pm
Please send your name, contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Religious Education Registration On Line
Your Committee On Ministries wants to know!
by Frank Bosche
Once a month, on a Sunday after church, the Committee On Ministries meets to take a crow’s nest view of all the ministries of our church and see how we, as a community, are measuring up to our mission, goals, and aspirations. We also serve to provide support and counsel to our ordained ministers. Here is some explanatory boilerplate:
“The purpose of this committee shall be to use the congregation’s Mission Statement as a standard by which to gauge the effectiveness of this church’s ministry and to make recommendations to enhance the quality of this ministry. The committee embraces the value and vitality of ministry which is shared and mutual, and will work to articulate, reflect, and empower this ministry of the whole church.”
The above is the soul of what we do and you may skip the following, more detailed, explanation of our purposes and move on to specifics and contact information below if you like.
“The Committee’s actions will be directed toward the following:
A. Be a reflective body, looking at the overall ministry and needs of the church.
B. Provide a visible model of shared ministry to the congregation.
C. Consultation with, and advocacy and support for the professional ministers.
D. Provide assessment of ministries of the church and summary statement of effectiveness to the Board of directors.
E. Provide a resource for conflict resolution”
Clearly, the most important agenda item for our meetings must be our check-in on the pulse of the church as we feel it. In order to do our jobs we need to hear from you. So, how are you feeling about worship quality these days? What are your thoughts on growing our congregation? Was the meeting room you reserved ready and open? How is our RE program working for your children? How can we make our community more diverse? Are our restrooms clean and well supplied? What kind of music would you like to hear more of? Are you in conflict with another parishioner? Are we making ourselves well enough known in the larger community? Do you feel your needs being met and your voice being heard?
Connecting face-to-face with any of us is joyfully welcomed, however; it really helps us in documenting and acting upon comments and concerns if we have them in writing, and email is the ideal form. The members of the Committee on Ministries are:
*In order to foster the atmosphere of open and honest communication necessary to a healthy community, Rev. Nancy and Rev. Geoff warmly invite you to share with them directly any comments or concerns related to their particular ministries.
On Friday evening, John Chung led us in an experience of Theatre of the Oppressed that was both fun engaging with theatre gamesand deep as we explored together the causes and our experiences of homelessness. The heart of the weekend was working with the Faithful Fools Street Ministry, who prepared us for a Saturday retreat walking the streets of the Tenderloin and witnessing first hand life on the streets and what it is like to be on the receiving end of care as we waited for an hour in lines at Glide Memorial or St. Anthony’s for lunch.
I shadowed two youth for the day and they decided to eat at Glide. We were sitting at a table when a hard-living man asked one of the youth if he was going to eat his lunch since he wasn’t eating with the same vigor that the man was. The youth gave over his entire lunch to the man who gave a wide tooth-gaped smile that he was going to have enough food to satisfy him. The youth, who was still hungry and had not eaten, was given a tray by a girl who didn’t want her food. The cycle of care and compassion was moving right before my eyes. What comes around surely goes around and it is extra special when it comes from the heart.
We also had evening worship circles on Friday and Saturday night. We pressed our painted hands onto a bannersymbolizing how we reach out our hands in friendship to each other and to those we were going to meet on the streets the next day. On Saturday evening our own Meg Trask led the group in an affirmation circle where we went around and placed our hands on the shoulders of closed-eye participants as we responded to prompts such as: affirm someone who made the retreat fun or affirm someone who you learned something from. I have to admit it felt really good when those hands were laid on my shoulders.
We also attended the Sunday service in the sanctuary with members of the church. With Obama’s inauguration less that a week ago, the service was about the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. realized in the election of our first African-American president. One of the staff of the church sang MLK Jr’s favorite hymn, My Precious Lord, from up in the balcony and it sent goose bumps running up and down my spine. It was the prefect Sunday service for our social justice retreat.
And of course, youth being youth, there were the Saturday night games of tag and sleeping bag bumper cars, mask making, clay work, and just hanging out getting to know each other more fully and deeply.
Many thanks go to Deanna LaTorre and Genie Bernardini, who drove up from San Jose not once but twice, as they had to have their own street retreat in the Tenderloin before they could shadow youth on their own at our retreat.
Staff from our church included: Bruce Halen, V Kingsley and Rick Morris. Meg Trask served as a graduate assistant. She had completed the program two years ago.
The Coming of Age experience is of course different for each person but we can say with some degree of certainty that we created community together. We were real with each othersharing from the heart about the difficult reality of poverty and homelessness. We experienced Unitarian Universalism as a lived faithliving out our covenant to promote peace, liberty and justice for all and to honor the inherent worth and dignity of every person. And most importantly we formed friendshipsmany of which continue to grow stronger with time (and text messaging). Blessed Be. Amen. Shalom. Salaam.
Honda wants to know what you think
“Green Caucus” was created to push for sustainable energy and environmental agenda. “We’ve waited too long to address the looming threats of climate change,” says Honda. “If we wait any longer, in just 25 years, climate change will claim up to 300,000 deaths per year, doubling the current rate, the sea levels will rise by more than 20 feet, devastating coastal areas worldwide, we will lose more than a million species worldwide by 2050, and the Arctic Ocean will be ice free. I have joined the Sustainability Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC) because we cannot wait any longer.”
The SEEC’s purpose is “to advance policies that promote clean energy technology innovation and domestic manufacturing, develop renewable energy resources, create green collar jobs throughout the product supply-chain, help arrest global warming and protect our nation’s clean air, water and natural environment.” Which green technologies do you think hold the greatest promise? Contact Congressman Honda and tell him your thoughts on his blog or Facebook, or leave a message at his Washington office (202) 225-2631, or his Campbell office (408) 558-8085.
Jeremy TaylorDreams and the Transformative Power of Chaos March 20-21
This workshop is based on the principle that all dreams come in the service of health and wholeness. We are in a period of immense disturbance and change in the external world and these external crises and upheavals influence our personal lives and are reflected in our night-time dreams. Together we will explore how the dream themes of change and transformation serve us in our journey toward greater health and wholeness.
This workshop includes an introduction to the main principles of working with dreams in a group setting. There will be opportunities for participants to share their dreams and explore multiple layers of meaning, respecting the fact that only the dreamer can say with any certainty what meanings his or her dreams may have. There is a $50 fee which includes breakfast and lunch. To register, send $50 (check or money order) payable to “Chaplain Services” to: Chaplain Services Dreamwork, O’Connor Hospital, 2105 Forest Ave., San Jose, CA 95128. Please include your name, address and phone number. Questions: Call O’Connor Hospital Chaplain Services (408) 947-2500, ext. 4440.
Organizing for AmericaPresident Obama’s Movement for Change”
President Obama announced the next step for the unprecedented grassroots movement that grew out of this campaign: “Organizing for America” on the web at http://my.barackobama.com/page/community/post/stateupdates/gGxFj8.
Their on-line tools make it easy to do local organizing and to get access to the tools you need to effectively organize for and build this movement for change. At “My.BarackObama,” an online community with over a million members, you can find local events and groups, and share your story on your blog.
Free Workers Compensation and Citizenship Workshops:
Workers Compensation Information (In Spanish)
Citizenship Mock Interview
PICO and President Obama’s Signing of SCHIP bill extending Children’s Health
Our friends at PICO National Network (People Improving Communities through Organizing) wanted all of us to know that they were in the White House with the President and Congressional leaders for the signing ceremony. This included PICO clergy and families who persisted over the last two years through obstacles and setbacks in pursuing their vision of a country where all children can receive the medical care they deserve. They, and the thousands of volunteer community leaders in PICO congregations around the country who fought for children’s health, are the true heroes behind Wednesday’s victory.
Several first-hand stories were provided including one from nearby Oakland. The PICO leaders and their stories illustrate how everyday people of faith can “move mountains” by bringing the stories and pain of real people to Washington and awakening their elected officials to the dignity that exists in each and every human being, especially our children. For more information on PICO, visit www.piconetwork.org.
UU Principles Reflected in President’s Prayer Breakfast Remarks
Here are more excerpts from his remarks: “. . . no matter what we choose to believe, let us remember that there is no religion whose central tenet is hate. There is no God who condones taking the life of an innocent human being. . . that whatever our differences, there is one law that binds all great religions together. Jesus told us to “love thy neighbor as thyself.” The Torah commands, “That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow.” In Islam, there is a hadith that reads “None of you truly believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself.” And the same is true for Buddhists and Hindus; for followers of Confucius and for humanists. It is, of course, the Golden Rule the call to love one another; to understand one another; to treat with dignity and respect those with whom we share a brief moment on this Earth. . .”
Joy-Ellen Lipsky says, “President Obama’s words most eloquently state what is in my heart and why I believe the Interfaith movement is extremely important to bringing peace to the world.” Rowan Fairgrow says, “I wanted to make sure that everyone had a chance to read President Obama’s stirring words at the National Prayer Breakfast. I am very heartened by the tone.” Read the full text of President Obama’s remarks entitled “This is my hope. This is my prayer” at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog_post/this_is_my_prayer/. Religion and Ethics on PBS has a brief video piece on Obama’s remarks at the Prayer Breakfast and some discussion of his Faith-Based and Community Partnership program:
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/episodes/february-6-2009/obama-faith-council/2179/. More information about the InterFaith Movement is available at http://www.interfaithspace.org.
Leader: Rev. Geoff Rimositis
The idea of spiritual practices encourages individuals to take responsibility for their own spiritual development by spending time working on it, deliberating on its meaning and how best to pursue it, seeking to understand the sacred through reading and the counsel of others, and seeking to have contact with the sacred through personal reflection and prayer. Robert Wuthnow, scholar of American religious history
The Spirit in Practice workshops helps Unitarian Universalists develop regular disciplines, or practices, of the spiritpractices that help them connect with the sacred ground of their being, however they understand it. Spirit in Practice affirms religious diversity while seeking unity in our communal quest for meaning and wholeness. Whether participants follow a path they identify as Humanist, Jewish, Christian, Pagan, Theist, Atheist, Agnostic, Mystic, and/or any of the other paths we follow in our diverse congregation, the Spirit in Practice workshops offer a forum for learning, sharing, and growth that can enrich your faith journeys.
Workshops are suitable for a first-time visitor or a longtime member. You can attend one or more of the workshops. Please RSVP to Rev. Geoff Rimositis at GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org, 292-3858, ext. 25. All workshops will be held in the Fireside Room from 2:30 to 4:00 pm on the dates shown.
Fall workshops yet to be scheduled will include: Soul Practices, Life Practices, Justice Practices and Looking Back and Moving Forward.
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.
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.
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:
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: email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
Thank you to our volunteers!
Editors: Catherine Leeson Pelizzari and Shirley Worth; Circular.Editors@gmail.com
Shirley will be editor for February 18 and March 18, 2009 issues. Catherine will be editor for the March 4 and April 1, 2009 issues.
Photographer: Dani Hope
Translator: Roberto Padilla
Layout: Henry Ruddle 408-234-3670 henry_L@ruddle.com (www.ruddle.com)
Assembly Coordinator: Gretchen Leavitt
Assembly Crew: Lloyd Eater and Genie Bernardini
Thanks for all the work you do and care you put into the newsletter.
Want to Receive the Newsletter?
To receive the newsletter on paper, fill out the form at this link:
To receive the newsletter via email, emessage email@example.com
Next issue deadline: 3:00 pm Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Next issue assembly: Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Next issue mailing: Wednesday, March 4, 2009