Our Church Circular / Nuestro Periódico de la Iglesia / March 4, 2009 / 4 de Marzo 2009
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Religious Education / Elections Con 2009: LepreCON
Candidates for Church Office This Year
As we build the beloved community…
Spotlight on Social Justice
Spirit in Practice: Monthly Adult Program Begins in March
Welcome New Members
Operation Traveling Shoes
Partner Church Committee Roundup
Third Street Community Center Thank You’s & Updates
Care for Your Church
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
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.
15 de Marzo 9:30 am
To be announced /
March 15 11:00 am
Acknowledging Our Fears and Finding Our Faith
What do we behold when we look fear full into the face? asks David Appelbaum. To find our faith we must face our fear and in the naming remember our essential humanness. Young or old we have an integrity that has value and wisdom that this religious community calls inherent worth and dignity.
After the service there will be a networking opportunity for workers of any age to share their struggles and find support in the pursuit of meaningful work.
Worship Leader: Rev. Geoff Rimositis
Reconociendo nuestros miedos y encontrando nuestra fe
Con millares de trabajadores perdiendo sus trabajos y no logrando entrar a la fuerza laboral de nuevo para encontrar un buen empleo, como sociedad estamos corriendo golpeándonos contra una de nuestras discriminaciones más insidiosas: la discriminación por razones de edad. Los boomers se están quebrando y no parece haber una luz al extremo del túnel, excepto el tren que viene en sentido contrario trayendo nuestros miedos más frecuentes: traición, pobreza, abandono, aislamiento y pérdida de energía y de control. ¿Qué contemplamos cuando miramos cuando vemos nuestra cara llena de miedo? pregunta David Appelbaum. Para encontrar nuestra fe debemos hacer frente a nuestro miedo y en el llamado recuerde nuestra esencial humanidad. Joven o viejo tenemos una integridad que tiene el valor y la sabiduría que esta comunidad religiosa llama valor inherente y dignidad.
Dirige: Rev. Geoff Rimositis; Asociados de Culto: Bob Miess con la ayuda de Jerry Cluney y Jean Embree
22 de Marzo 9:30 am
La energía de la suficiencia: ¡Somos suficientes!
Dirige: Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones
March 22 11:00 am
The Power of Sufficiency: We Are Enough!
Worship Leader: Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones
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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.
Religious Education Registration On Line
by Steve Madden, Nominating Committee Chair
This year we have the following positions to fill in the church leadership:
We are actively seeking nominations for the Program Officer and Financial Officer. If you would like to learn more about these positions or would like to nominate someone, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Biographies of two nominees:
Madeline Althof has accepted a nomination for the Nominating Committee:
I first joined a UU church in Davis in around 2000. I joined FUCSJ in 2002. I am in the choir again now after a long absence. I have been an active member of UUthful Spirits (which began as TNT) since first attending, not long after the inception of the group. I’ve gone off and on to the Dances of Universal Peace. I coordinated CUUPS for a while. I’ve taught RE. I’ve been involved somewhat with some social justice activities. I was also involved with some attempts at creating a campus ministry. I look forward to getting to know more people (and remembering their names!).
Dena Dickenson has agreed to be reappointed to the Worship position on the Program and Operations Council:
I have been attending FUCSJ since January 1991 and have found my spiritual home. I greatly appreciate the spiritual breadth of UUism and the opportunity to learn and grow, as well as the commitment to social action. I have held many positions and jobs with the Church including the following: Vice President of Board of Directors (when the fire happened), President of Board (when we were having endless fundraising), Worship Associates Coordinator (during Interim Ministers time) and continuing Worship Associate (current), Pastoral Associate (current), Visitor Table (current), Children’s RE teacher for 9:30 service, Adult RE teacher. I have been on the Program and Operations Council for 2+ years representing the Worship cluster. I recognize how important it is to take an active role in keeping our community thriving -- so I will continue to do my part.
How are you faring in these tough economic times? What is the state of your mind and heart under the barrage of bad news about money and jobs? Most of all, how are you caring for yourself? You are valued, you are precious to this community! Because this is so, I am hereby proposing FUCSJ’s Spiritual Stimulus Plan for Tough Economic Times.
Although our financial resources may be meager, we are rich in spiritual resources. We offer priceless opportunities for the mind, heart, and spirit to heal and grow. Let me list just a few of them:
With great hope and affection,
What’s YOUR “Passion?”
Is your head spinning from all the volunteer opportunities there are? Want another way, a more “personal” way to connect? You got it! Right here, as often as I can, I’ll be posting one of YOUR “passions.” Here’s what we need YOU to do! Bring us what it is you do as a volunteeryour “passion.” Bring in some pamphlets about it if you can, tell us how you got involved and why you stay, what fuels your passion about it, and we’ll share that in the newsletter. If someone else want to participate too, they’ll either contact you or us, and then you’ll have someone from church to share your passion with!
No matter what your passion issorting food donations at Second Harvest Food Bank, teaching kids to love the Earth and all it’s creatures as a Docent for the Open Space District, handing out the cookies at blood driveswe want to know about it. Send an email to Lucy Proulx at email@example.com, or find and talk to Madeline Althoff in Hattie Porter Hall during coffee hour, or, contact her at (408) 834-6262 (cell) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Update on SJ Crossing Guards vs. TSCC
The programs at TSCC are safe, for now! Rosemary Baez, Executive Director of Third Street Community Center (TSCC), wants to thank all the church members who followed this issue and supported Third Street by contacting their representatives on behalf of TSCC. The latest update indicates that the SJ City Council’s Rules Committee decided that it would not move this forward but it will likely surface again at city budget meetings in March. One of the three City Council Members who originally made the request, has dropped her name from the list leaving two Council Members who still want to shift the funds away from TSCC. The next step is to continue monitoring the situation and to continue stating that “taking HNVF funds away from nonprofits to pay for cross guards is not acceptable.”
Baez states that the writer at the San Jose Mercury News who keeps bringing this up has a biased perspective that pits nonprofits and anti-tobacco work against school crossing guards. She requests that church members who have contacts at the Mercury News ask for a more balanced perspective and believes having other writers do a counter piece would be really helpful to make sure that the public, many of whom are not informed/aware of valuable work that nonprofits provide to needy families or the need to continue anti-tobacco work, are not misled to believe nonprofits and the city are wasting tax payer dollars.
“Who’s on First” at Cecil B. White Center/Montgomery Street Inn?
Sometimes we’re so good at providing outreach services in our community that the group that does it so seamlessly falls off the church’s radar, operating independently of the church. This seems to have happened with the group of people who had been providing meals at the Cecil White Center/Montgomery Street Inn. The Social Justice Council is trying to identify the contact person(s) for that group if there is one. Do you know if we are even still providing meals there? Are you part of that Team? Who is in charge? Has it become an Inter-Faith project? Please email Lucy Proulx at email@example.com with your answer.
Cancer Support Available Here at First Unitarian
Has your life or someone you know been touched by cancer? Did you know we have a Cancer Support Group here at church that can help? An informal group of cancer survivors in our congregation offers support through companionship, listening, and resources as other members encounter cancer in their lives or in the lives of their loved ones. Please contact one of the Ministers at the church office for more information, or contact Jenny Redfern at 408-782-0833 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emergency Housing Consortium (EHC) “Rivers of Chocolate Festival” April 26
The 13th annual Rivers of Chocolate Festival, a fundraising event for the Youth Division of EHC LifeBuilders, will be held on Sunday, April 26, 2009, from 1-5 pm at the Mountain Winery, Saratoga. EHC LifeBuilders has been helping children, teens, families and homeless persons for nearly 30 years. The Festival is an opportunity for some of the best Bay Area restaurateurs, Chocolatiers, Wineries and other participants to show off their talent, and enables you to taste some amazing chocolate, pastries, hors d’oeuvres, ice cream, gelato, wine, beer, and spirits--all in support of at-risk and/or homeless youth. There will also be live music, and a live and silent auction. General admission tickets may be purchased at the special “Chocolate Lover’s Discount” of $75 at http://www.ehclifebuilders.org/roc/. The estimated received value (in the form of food and entertainment) is $50. Any additional payment is tax deductible. If you have any other questions, please email email@example.com.
PS: did you know 55 homeless people died on the streets of Santa Clara County in 2008?
Scholarships Available; Apply by March 31
The William and Alice Hinckley Fund, a charitable foundation associated with our San Francisco congregation, awards grants to nonprofit organizations and scholarships for graduate studies in the helping professions. Scholarship applicants must be full time graduate students and permanent Bay Area residents. Applications and a written essay (specifying the financial need and the social/humanitarian impact of your planned career) are due no later than 5 pm on March 31. Further details are on the application form at http://www.uusf.org/Flame/docs/HinckleyScholarshipApplication2009.pdf.
Marriage Equality: March Forth on March 4 & Equality Train on March 5
Marriage Equality Silicon Valley is sponsoring a vigil on Wed., March 4 on the eve of the California Supreme Court’s oral arguments on Proposition 8. Bring friends and some candles for a silent vigil for full rights for everyone and equality for all. Join them from 6:30-8 pm at the intersection of Winchester Blvd. and Stevens Creek Blvd. in San Jose. Then, take the Equality Train to San Francisco to watch the California Supreme Court as it hears arguments on the constitutionality of Proposition 8 on Thurs., March 5th. For more information on both events see http://www.marriageequalitysiliconvalley.org/.
Immigration and BGLT Equality, Together At Last
On Thursday, Feb. 12, Rep. Nadler and Sen. Leahy reintroduced House and Senate versions of the Uniting American Families Act, a bill championed by the organization Immigration Equality. The Uniting American Families Act, of UAFA for short, would address the plight of same-sex binational couples who are unable to be together legally in the U.S. by allowing U.S. citizens to sponsor a same-sex partner for immigration, as married heterosexual couples are able to do. In the House, the bill already has 74 original co-sponsors, five more than it had last Congress. Stay tuned for action alerts to support the bill.
Former Gang Members Go “Green”
Former felons and gang members in LA are getting solar panel installation training and it’s turning their lives around. ABC News’ ”Good Morning America” has a short segment called “From Gangs to Green Collar” (February 22) that shows this amazing transition from jail cells to green jobs. In it, Father Greg Boyle of Homeboy Industries, a California nonprofit that has been finding jobs for ex-cons for over 20 years, relates how they are installing solar panels all over the state using this unique workforce. He says there is a waiting list of over 300 more former felons waiting to take the training classes to become solar technicians. View this segment at http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=6932000.
Stimulus Package’s Effect on Affordable Housing
Saul Wacher informs us that the recently passed Stimulus Package that President Obama has signed into law provides $1.5 billion for homeless prevention and rapid rehousing through HUD’s Emergency Shelter Grant Program, $4 billion for the Public Housing Capital Fund for renovations, energy conservation and rehabilitation IOF projects, $2 billion to fund the Neighborhood Stabilization Program for Redevelopment of Foreclosed and Abandoned Homes, $2.2 billion for capital investments in low income housing tax credits, and $11.4 billion for rural home ownership loans and guarantees. It does not include funding for the recently passed National Affordable Housing Trust Fund, nor any of the needed increase in Section 8 housing vouchers.
The newly enacted Economic Recovery Act does provide resources for homeless prevention and and the redevelopment of foreclosed and abandoned homes. A broad housing bill is expected soon from the White House that will include the Trust Fund. For more information on “The Housing Change We Need,” see http://shelterforce.org/article/1239/the_housing_change_we_need/.
New Inter-Faith Project--Downtown Refugee & Homeless Program to connect with!!
Pat Plant of the “Step Up Silicon Valley Campaign” announced that she and her husband, Presbyterians by faith and long-time affordable housing advocates, are moving downtown from Sunnyvale after 30 years to start a “worker house” and refugee and homeless transitional housing apartment building. It will be part of Catholic Charities’ Refugee and Homeless Programs. They are looking for volunteers to become part of an inter-faith team to minister to the homeless. For more information contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Social Justice Calendar
SOCIAL JUSTICE BONUS ARTICLES
2009 Lobby Day a Huge Success
Equality California hosted the largest BGLT lobby day in California’s history Feb. 18. Activists traveled from every part of the state to Sacramento and then trudged through the rain to ensure that their voices were heard. It was truly inspirational. They lobbied to show the broad support for passage of HR5 and SR7 the two resolutions before the legislature authored by Senator Mark Leno and Assemblymember Tom Ammiano and sponsored by Equality California. These resolutions will make it the policy of the California Legislature that Prop 8and any future measure that seeks to eliminate a fundamental right from a protected group of Californiansis an invalid revision of the Constitution and must be passed by a two-thirds vote of both the Senate and Assembly prior to being sent to the voters. The resolution passed by a 7 to 3 vote and now will move to the Assembly floor for a vote by the entire body.
TSCC Parents Join PACT LOC
Several Third Street Community Center parents have joined PACT LOC and come to a couple of meetings according to Karen Belote. Based on this, PACT LOC now offers Spanish translation and childcare for our all their meetings. Their next regular meeting is on March 12, from 6-8 pm. Attend and learn about what the City of San Jose is doing about weatherization and green collar jobs.
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.
Welcome New Member Jeff Norment
I was born and raised and lived all my life in San Jose. But more than 22 years ago I discovered another place where I feel equally at home, the tierra de mi corazon (land of my heart), my wife Martita’s home town of Uruapan, Michocan in Mexico.
I have been coming to the First Unitarian Church off and on since 2001, but I have known about the Unitarian Church and considered myself Unitarian since the mid 1970s. I was a volunteer doing church services at Agnews Developmental Center for about 12 years working with and being mentored by the Unitarian Minister Rev. Charles R “Rick” Carney.
I have also had experience attending and doing liturgical work and singing in many different religious traditions, especially Methodist and Franciscan/Catholic. From each tradition I have learned a loving humanity. But I have never felt as comfortable participating in worship as I have here at First Unitarian and that is why I wish to finally become an official member.
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 March 18 and April 15, 2009 issues. Catherine will be editor for the April 1 and May 6, 2009 issues.
Photographer: Dani Hope
Translator: Roberto Padilla
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