Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto

WINTER

Adult and Family Activities • WINTER 2017


Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto

Adult and Family Activities

WINTER 2017

Dear UUCPA Friends -

We hope this brochure offers many events that will be of interest to you. Friend, visitor, or member, you are welcome to attend any activity at UUCPA.

Included in this brochure you will find:

  • Ongoing Events and Resources
  • Music @ UUCPA
  • Adult Classes

We look forward to seeing you there!

UUCPA Adult RE Committee


Table of Contents

ONGOING EVENTS & RESOURCES
BROWN BAG BOOKS
BY YOUR SIDE SINGERS
CHILDREN AND YOUTH RE PROGRAM
ELDER JOURNEY
FAITH IN ACTION at UUCPA
FILM DISCUSSION GROUP
FRIENDS OF POETRY
HAMAKER LIBRARY: RELIGIOUS EDUCATION ON DEMAND
HUMANISTS at UUCPA
MEDITATION GROUP
MEN’S GROUPS
Modern Men
Working Stiffs: men 30-60 balancing work and family
Semi-Retired, Retired, Thinking About It: men 60+ purifying wisdom
MONTHLY WRITING GROUP
PARENT JOURNEY
SECOND-FRIDAY BRIDGE CLUB
SECOND-SUNDAY LUNCH
THESPIANS
THORIUM ENERGY ALLIANCE OF SILICON VALLEY (TESV)
UUCPA BOOKSTORE and USED BOOK ROOM
WOMEN’S GROUPS
WORK DAYS
YOUNG ADULT GROUP
MUSIC @ UUCPA
CHOIR
FIRST-SUNDAY COMMUNITY SINGING
SACRED HARP SINGING
ADULT CLASSES
NURTURING OUR SPIRITUALITY AS UUs: A PANEL DISCUSSION
ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS, RELIGIOUS EDUCATION, AND THE LOCAL FAITH COMMUNITY
ENHANCING OUR SPIRITUAL LIVES
EXPLORING MIND, HANDS, SPIRIT AND HEART THROUGH ART
EMBODIED VOICE: STORY ARTS WITH ELAINE MURAY
WELCOMING OUR NEIGHBORS: SAN ANTONIO ROAD MASJID (MOSQUE)
SPIDERS, INSECTS, AND THE INTERDEPENDENT WEB: A TALK WITH PHOTOS
THE POSSIBILITIES AND PAINS OF MODERN FATHERHOOD
DISCOVERING UUCPA
RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY IN SILICON VALLEY

2017 Winter ARE Blurbs - Google Fusion Tables
Category: Ongoing

Title: BROWN BAG BOOKS

Date: 1st Tuesday every month, Sep-Jun
Time: Noon
Location: Fireside Room
Facilitator: Various participants
Contact: Hannah Slocum (hannah_s@uucpa.org)
Registration: Not required
More Info:
Description:
The Brown Bag Books group meets year-round, except in July and August. Many attendees bring their lunches, and everyone brings a sense of humor. Monthly sessions are always lively and enjoyable.

Books chosen by the group for discussion are usually listed in the Order of Service and the Bulletin.
Category: Ongoing

Title: BY YOUR SIDE SINGERS

Date: 1st and 3rd Wednesday every month
Time: 7:30–9 pm
Location: Room 9
Facilitator:
Contact: Melissa Thomson & Matthew Rosin (singtocare@uucpa.org)
Registration: Not required
More Info:
Description:
By Your Side Singers is UUCPA’s pastoral care choir, begun in the autumn of 2016. Our singers, in small groups, visit and provide a graceful musical presence for any church member or friend who seeks comfort and strength during times of illness or transition. We also serve the Stevenson House senior community. Our repertoire includes beloved songs from our hymnals and other sources. At our practice sessions, we explore the power of singing to witness and comfort, and we support each other in our own joys and sorrows.
Category: Ongoing

Title: CHILDREN AND YOUTH RE PROGRAM

Date: Sunday, 9:30-10:30 am, mid-Aug to early Jun (Seven groups, Pre-K to 8th Grade) Sunday, 6:30 pm, mid-Aug through May (Two teen groups)
Time: Varies
Location: Rooms throughout the campus
Facilitator: Lay teachers and youth leaders
Contact: Associate Minister Dan Harper (danharper@uucpa.org) or RE Assistant Hong Bui (reassistant@uucpa.org)
Registration: Required
More Info: http://uucpa-cyre.org/
Description:
Sunday morning religious education builds community, helps young people develop religious literacy and religious skills, and nurtures Unitarian Universalist values and identity. From mid-August through May, children's religious education classes meet from 9:30 to 10:30 am in rooms on our campus. Teen classes and groups meet at various times (see below).

• Coming of Age (grades 8-9) meets Sundays at 11:00 am, Jan through May, see http://uucpa-cyre.org/parent-resources/coming-of-age/

• Our Whole Lives (OWL) class for grades 7-9 meets Sunday evenings, see http://uucpa-cyre.org/owl-program/#owl79 

• The Senior High Youth Group (SHYG) meets regularly on Sundays at 6:30 pm in Room A, and at other times. Please subscribe to the CYRE email newsletter for latest information.

To learn more about our ministry with young people and to register your children, please contact Dan Harper, Associate Minister of Religious Education, Hong Bui, RE Assistant, or visit the CYRE Web site at http://uucpa-cyre.org/.  Dan Harper, Hong Bui, and the Children and Youth Religious Education Committee look forward to exploring our faith with you and your family.
Category: Ongoing

Title: ELDER JOURNEY

Date: 2nd and 4th Tuesday every month
Time: 1:30-3 pm
Location: Room 6
Facilitator: Armand Schwartz
Contact: Armand Schwartz (armand_s@uucpa.org)
Registration: Not required
More Info:
Description:
All elder members and friends of the UU community are welcome to attend – and you can define elder. 

One of our ministers leads one meeting each month, generally the 4th Tuesday, and a member of our group leads the other meeting. After a brief “check-in,” we discuss the topic of the day. If there is a theme, we focus on personal experiences. Or we may read favorite poems, or discuss a recently-read book. Our organization is informal.
Category: Ongoing

Title: FAITH IN ACTION at UUCPA

Date: TBA, as needed
Time:
Location: Various locations
Facilitator: Edie Keating
Contact: Edie Keating (edie_k@uucpa.org)
Registration: Not required
More Info:
Description:
Being part of Faith in Action (formerly PIA) at UUCPA offers us a way to connect with other faith communities working on shared issues. Affordable housing and support for renters continue to be key issues for our region. Contact Edie to learn more about how to get involved with Faith in Action at UUCPA.
Category: Ongoing

Title: FILM DISCUSSION GROUP

Date: 2nd Tuesday every month
Time: 7:15-9 pm
Location: Members' homes
Facilitator: Edith Eddy or Linda Hummel
Contact: Edith Eddy (edith_e@uucpa.org) or Linda Hummel (linda_h@uucpa.org)
Registration: Not required
More Info:
Description:
If you enjoy watching good films and would like the opportunity to discuss them with other people, we hope you will consider joining the UUCPA Film Group. We nominate and select films on a quarterly basis, watch them on our own time, and then meet monthly in each others’ homes to discuss them. 

Everyone watches the film during the month prior to the meeting. At the meeting, one of the members leads a discussion about the film. The meetings are rotated among the homes of some of the members. We have light refreshments after the discussion.
Category: Ongoing

Title: FRIENDS OF POETRY

Date: 3rd Sunday every month
Time: 1-3 pm
Location: Room 9
Facilitator: Elisabeth Holm
Contact: Elisabeth Holm (elisabeth_h@uucpa.org)
Registration: Not required
More Info:
Description:
You might come just to listen and see what we’re about; or you might come with a poem you have long enjoyed or one which you feel seems to defy understanding. No expertise of any kind is needed, just your interest and your feelings. Sometimes–if you like–we might try writing our own poems.
Category: Ongoing

Title: HAMAKER LIBRARY: RELIGIOUS EDUCATION ON DEMAND

Date: Monday-Friday, 9 am-2:30 pm; Sunday, 11 am-1 pm
Time:
Location: The room is reached by walking through the office
Facilitator:
Contact: Church Office: 650-494-0541
Registration:
More Info:
Description:
The Hamaker Library is open when the church office is open, and accessible through the office rooms. The library is a memorial to the late Gail and Frank Hamaker, longtime members of UUCPA.

Our library has more than 2,250 books, audiocassettes, videotapes (VHS), and DVDs available to borrow. The collection has subject groupings around religions, spiritual activities, and UU leaders, as well as notebooks from adults’ and children's classes.

You can search the library’s catalog of materials by computer from your home or elsewhere: http://library.uucpa.org. Instructions are in the library to check out and return materials. The usual length of a loan is one month.
Category: Ongoing

Title: HUMANISTS at UUCPA

Date: 1st Saturday every month
Time: 6-8:30 pm
Location: Fireside Room
Facilitator: Emma Pan
Contact: Emma Pan (emma_p@uucpa.org)
Registration: Not required
More Info:
Description:
This meeting features social time, a potluck, 20-minute presentation and all-peer discussion. We usually have more than 15 attendees. 

Topics are selected by the group at the January, May, and September meetings. For future meeting topics, details, dates, and location (which might change occasionally), please check the web page: http://tinyurl.com/humanists-at-uucpa-future-meet.
 
Social 6 pm, potluck 6:30 pm, and presentation 7:10 pm.
Category: Ongoing

Title: MEDITATION GROUP

Date: Every Saturday
Time: 9-10:30 am
Location: Room 6
Facilitator: Leadership is shared and rotates weekly
Contact: Marilyn Stoddard (marilyn_s@uucpa.org)
Registration: Not required
More Info:
Description:
An ongoing meditation group that welcomes new members. We have a period of sitting meditation followed by readings and group discussion.
Category: Ongoing

Title: MEN’S GROUPS

Date: Please see below for information about each group.
Time:
Location: Room A
Facilitator: Leader(s) listed below
Contact: Leader(s) listed below
Registration: Please register with the leader, as some groups are at capacity.
More Info: http://www.uucpa.org/mensGroups/mensGroups.html
Description:
Several men's groups meet at UUCPA. Men facing similar challenges share personal experiences and develop trusted friendships. After a brief check-in, members discuss topics ranging from profound to humorous. 

We promise confidentiality, openness, and non-judgmental listening. Active participation is encouraged, and we are excused when family or business matters prevent our attending.
Category: Ongoing

Title:

Date: 2nd and 4th Tuesday
Time: 7:30-9 pm
Location:
Facilitator: Walt O'Maley and John Phelps (If interested, please email john_ph@uucpa.org)
Contact:
Registration:
More Info:
Description:
In today's fast paced Silicon Valley world, it is very hard for men to reach out and connect with each other on important life issues. Work is getting more challenging, with more demands and expectations. We try our best to have a life outside work, but that is becoming harder to do. Electronic connections and hyper-schedules impede human connections and genuine spontaneity. Often relationship issues arise. Children and family are often significant challenges, too. There are many challenges besides those.

Modern Men is a group that can offer you a tight group of men to share and help with these challenges. In this group we have check-ins, as well as deeper topics, that ask each man to explore what it means for him. It is a supportive and kind atmosphere, but for men who are comfortable being stretched. From time to time we get together and have fun too!! 

If you are seeking a tight connection to a men's group and like to share, Modern Men is worth looking into.
Category: Ongoing

Title:

Date: 1st and 3rd Tuesday
Time: 7:30-9 pm
Location:
Facilitator: Walt O'Maley and John Phelps (If interested, please email john_ph@uucpa.org)
Contact:
Registration:
More Info:
Description:

Category: Ongoing

Title:

Date: 1st and 3rd Monday
Time: 10-11:30 am
Location:
Facilitator: Bryce Perry (bryce_p@uucpa.org)
Contact:
Registration:
More Info:
Description:

Category: Ongoing

Title: MONTHLY WRITING GROUP

Date: 1st Sunday every month
Time: 1-3 pm
Location: Room 9
Facilitator: Rotating facilitators
Contact: Susan Plass (susan_p@uucpa.org)
Registration:
More Info:
Description:
Interested in Writing? UUCPA's Writing Group invites you to join us. We begin by sharing a page or two of something we've written, sometimes on the last month's topic idea, occasionally something entirely different. Then we take turns providing a sample piece that serves as a prompt for the next month's writing.

There's time to sit and write for those who choose to stay, or you can write on your own during the month. Regular participants are working on memoir, spiritual autobiography, spiritual writing, and more. 

We'd love to have you join us!
Category: Ongoing

Title: PARENT JOURNEY

Date: 2nd Sunday every month
Time: 11 am-Noon
Location: Room 10
Facilitator:
Contact: Church Office: 650-494-0541
Registration: Not required
More Info:
Description:
This is an informal time once a month for parents of RE children and youth to come together with mugs in hand. No need to prepare – join us for an hour set aside as a safe place to ponder, discuss, share, reflect, and laugh about the parental life from a UU perspective.

Jan 8 – Megan Watson will lead a discussion about family organization. Come ready to swap tips and tricks for riding out the stormy seas.

Feb 12 – This session on Teenage Mental Health will probably feature an outside speaker. Details TBA.

Mar 19 – Brooke Bishara and others will present information learned from a conference on healthy gender identity development in children and youth. 

Apr 23 – Megan Watson will lead a discussion on summer plans and memories. What was it like for us? How is it for our kids? And what will I do with my kids in June?

May 21 – A discussion on self-care in parenting. Come and be nurtured – and learn to nurture yourself. 
Category: Ongoing

Title: SECOND-FRIDAY BRIDGE CLUB

Date: 2nd Friday every month
Time: 6:30-10 pm
Location: Fireside Room
Facilitator: Group is self-facilitated
Contact: Sally Ahnger (sally_a@uucpa.org)
Registration: Let Sally know if you will attend.
More Info:
Description:
If you know how to play bridge, please join us at the Second Friday Bridge Club. We have a very friendly, casual game. You don't need a partner, as we switch partners every 4 hands. You are welcome even if you are a little out of practice and need a little help.
Category: Ongoing

Title: SECOND-SUNDAY LUNCH

Date: 2nd Sunday every month
Time: 12:15 PM
Location: Fireside Room, Main Hall, and Patio
Facilitator: Susan Plass and Edie Keating
Contact: Susan Plass (susan_p@uucpa.org) and Edie Keating (edie_k@uucpa.org)
Registration:
More Info:
Description:
Join us for home-cooked, nutritious, delicious food for a very reasonable donation. We go through the buffet line in the Fireside Room and eat in the Main Hall or outdoors, weather permitting. If you’re new or visiting, be our guest. We want you to stay for lunch, and we welcome new volunteers! Help is needed for Sunday food preparation 10:45-noon, and for cleanup after lunch. Some volunteers help most second Sundays; others help occasionally. Contact Edie if you would like to join us in the kitchen.
Category: Ongoing

Title: THESPIANS

Date: 2nd Monday and 4th Tuesday every month, 7-10 pm; 3rd Friday, 1:30-4:30 pm
Time:
Location: Room 9 on Monday and Tuesday; Room A on Friday
Facilitator: Tom Morgan
Contact: Tom Morgan, interim chair (tom_m@uucpa.org)
Registration: Not required
More Info: http://www.uucpa.org/thespians/about_thespians.html or contact Tom Morgan (tom_m@uucpa.org)
Description:
Play Reading
We sight-read a different play three times every month. The host provides scripts and we assign parts at the meetings. The group chooses plays, which range from classic Greek to current hits. 

Our schedule and descriptions of the plays are announced on our web page, http://www.uucpa.org/thespians/about_thespians.html, and in the Bulletin. UU members and friends and non-UU guests are welcome and will be offered a part to read. Call, email, or snail-mail in advance to reserve a role for Monday or Tuesday evening or Friday matinee, or just come and take your chances.
Category: Ongoing

Title: THORIUM ENERGY ALLIANCE OF SILICON VALLEY (TESV)

Date: 1st and 3rd Wednesday every month
Time: 3:00 PM
Location: Room 9
Facilitator:
Contact: Bob Greene (bob_g@uucpa.org)
Registration: Not required
More Info:
Description:
A group of people meets regularly to plan and implement ways to educate people on the advantages of traditional nuclear reactors, Molten Salt Reactors (MSRs) and Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactors as the vehicle to most quickly, cheaply and safely address CO2 induced climate change and ocean acidification, and to devise action plans to make this vision a reality.
Category: Ongoing

Title: UUCPA BOOKSTORE and USED BOOK ROOM

Date: One-half hour before and after most Sunday 11 am services (excluding second Sundays when we have Second-Sunday Lunch) in Fall, Winter and Spring; and after most Sunday 10:30 am services in Summer
Time:
Location: Main Hall Lobby
Facilitator:
Contact: Marilyn Stoddard (marilyn_s@uucpa.org)
Registration: Not required
More Info:
Description:
Since 1955, the Book Store has opened on Sunday mornings in the Main Hall lobby. The store features books on spirituality, personal growth, religious education, and social action – many offered by the UUA publishers, Beacon Press and Skinner House. 

We also carry a selection of current literature and children's books – often titles recommended by members and friends.

Our Used Book Room is a convenient facility for balancing the inevitable accumulation of books we’ve finished reading with our insatiable yen for new literary adventure: just leave your outgrown volumes in the little closet off the Main Hall and replace them from a tantalizing fresh supply donated by other thrifty UUs and resold at very reasonable prices.
Category: Ongoing

Title: WOMEN’S GROUPS

Date: Usually two hours every two weeks, agreed upon by group members
Time:
Location: Room A or private homes
Facilitator: Varies – most groups opt for a rotating leadership
Contact: Eleanor Lin (eleanor_l@uucpa.org) and Kris Geering (kris_g@uucpa.org)
Registration: Contact Eleanor or Kris to find out more.
More Info:
Description:
Women's groups provide confidential, deep connection. We begin new groups when enough women have availability for the same meeting time, and a group remains open to new members as long as there are fewer than ten in the group. Please indicate your date and time preferences at: tinyurl.com/UUCPAwomen, or by requesting the hard-copy version of the same form from the UUCPA office or Information Table.
Category: Ongoing

Title: WORK DAYS

Date: 1st Saturday every month
Time: 9 am-Noon
Location: UUCPA Campus
Facilitator:
Contact: Michael Plass (workday@uucpa.org)
Registration:
More Info:
Description:
Consider making things even better by joining others at the monthly workday right here at UUCPA. There will be snacks and fine company. Come for some or all of the time. Projects might include painting some trim and kitchen cabinets, pruning shrubs, organizing closets, plus some jobs you may have in mind. Join the workday@uucpa.org email list to get the latest information about upcoming workdays.
Category: Ongoing

Title: YOUNG ADULT GROUP

Date: Every Thursday
Time: 7:30-9 pm
Location: Room A
Facilitator: The group manages itself
Contact: Clark Zhang (clark_z@uucpa.org)
Registration: Not required
More Info:
Description:
The Young Adult Group organizes activities to meet the interests of everyone at UUCPA who identifies with the young adult life stage, typically but not always ages 21-35. We often meet Sunday after the 11 am service and get lunch. We also organize activities such as hikes.

In addition, we meet on Thursday evenings. During these meetings, attendees are invited to share recent life events and topics on their minds (2-5 minutes/person). We then discuss a topic. Recent topics have included:

Discovering your gifts and passions

Ancestry

Asking for help

Hope

Meeting significant others
Category: Music

Title: CHOIR

Date: Rehearsals – Thursday, 7:30-9 pm, and Sunday, 10:30 am; Performances – Sunday, 11 am, mid-Aug to mid-Jun
Time:
Location: Main Hall
Facilitator: Bruce Olstad, Music Director (music-director@uucpa.org)
Contact: Pat Thomas (pat_t@uucpa.org)
Registration: Not required
More Info:
Description:
Singers wanted! We can use singers on all parts. Don’t be shy – give us a try!

The UUCPA choir welcomes singers of all vocal backgrounds. We are looking for people:
• Who love to sing with others and be inspired by the act of making live music
• Who want to learn and perform a variety of musical styles, in many different languages
• Who can join us in weekly rehearsals and Sunday morning worship

You don't have to sight-read, but you should be able to understand a music score and to learn a part quickly after hearing it. Bruce makes pronunciation recordings to help us learn the text in languages other than English.
Category: Music

Title: FIRST-SUNDAY COMMUNITY SINGING

Date: 1st Sunday every month
Time: 10:30-11 am
Location: Various, usually on the patio, Fireside Room in case of rain
Facilitator: Beth Nord and friends
Contact: Beth Nord (beth_n@uucpa.org)
Registration: Not required
More Info:
Description:
Come sing with us! We’ll sing favorite songs from the book, "Rise Up Singing." Anyone who likes to sing is welcome – and if you play guitar, banjo, ukulele, autoharp, etc., you are also welcome to bring your instrument and join in. Please note that the time will change in June and July when the church goes to one service.
Category: Music

Title: SACRED HARP SINGING

Date: 2nd Sunday every month
Time: 2-4 pm
Location: Room 1
Facilitator: Dan Harper, Director (danharper@uucpa.org)
Contact:
Registration: Not required
More Info:
Description:
Join the democratic and inclusive American song tradition of Sacred Harp music, one of the oldest ongoing music traditions in the United States. Rolling Stone magazine talks about “the soaring magnificence of Sacred Harp.” National Public Radio calls it “full-body singing,” and radio station KALW says it’s a “communal experience.” Come find out for yourself. Beginners are always welcome, and loaner books are available.
Category: Adult Classes

Title: NURTURING OUR SPIRITUALITY AS UUs: A PANEL DISCUSSION

Date: Sunday, Jan 8
Time: 12:30-2 pm
Location: Room 4-5
Facilitator: Melissa Thompson, Dick Duda, Edie Keating & Bill Hilton
Contact: Judy Lookabill (judy_l@uucpa.org)
Registration: Not required
More Info:
Description:
Ever wonder about the spiritual lives of the people around you at UUCPA?  What sustains their lives – helping them to "speak love in word and deed?"  In other words, what are the varieties of spiritual practices of UU folks? This session will include a panel discussion covering questions such as: What is spirituality? How does (or does not) your spiritual life relate to a belief in a higher power? How does your spirituality relate to the Seven UU Principles? How does your spirituality relate to living life with a purpose? Come join a thoughtful panel of fellow UUCPA members and friends who will share their individual journeys, followed by a lively group discussion and remarks from the audience.

This session promises to be a stimulating and challenging topic that will not provide answers but rather encourage lively discussion and thought-provoking conversation that will extend far beyond this program.*
Category: Adult Classes

Title: ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS, RELIGIOUS EDUCATION, AND THE LOCAL FAITH COMMUNITY

Date: Sunday, January 15
Time: 12:30-1:30 PM
Location: Room A
Facilitator: Dan Harper
Contact: Dan Harper
Registration: Not required
More Info:
Description:
This session will be based on a paper that Rev. Dan Harper presented at the “Sacred Texts, Human Contexts” conference in May 2016, an interfaith conference organized by progressive Muslim, Christian, and Jewish scholars to explore ways to improve interfaith understanding and cooperation. The 2016 conference focused on interfaith responses to the current environmental crisis.

When we look at organized religion’s response to the contemporary environmental crisis, to what extent should we focus on sacred texts? The answer will depend on the specific situation of a local faith community, worldwide changes in organized religion, and other influences. Dan suggests that sacred texts have only a small role in our local faith community.
Category: Adult Classes

Title: ENHANCING OUR SPIRITUAL LIVES

Date: Sundays: Jan 22, Feb 26, Mar 26, Apr 23, May 28
Time: 12:30-2:30 pm
Location: Room 9
Facilitator: Marilyn Austin, Brooke Bishara, and Dick Duda
Contact: Marilyn Austin (marilyn_a@uucpa.org)
Registration: Requested, but not required, at eventsignup@uucpa.org or call 650 494-0541
More Info:
Description:
This five-session series is designed for people who are seeking ways to enhance their spiritual lives. It will utilize a structured small-group format in which participants will support each other as they both try out sources of spirituality that are new to them and also seek to deepen their existing spiritual practices. The structure for this process will come from a brief (130-page) book entitled, "Twelve Steps to Spiritual Health," by UU clergyman David Usher. This book “does not assume any formal belief system or religious affiliation on the part of the reader, although it draws from a wide range of world faiths.” 

This group will be open to any adult member of the UUCPA community who agrees to attend all five sessions, to try out the suggestions in the Usher book, and to sign a covenant of confidentiality and respectful communication during group sessions. No new participants will be added after the first session.
Category: Adult Classes

Title: EXPLORING MIND, HANDS, SPIRIT AND HEART THROUGH ART

Date: First Sundays: Feb 5, Mar 5, Apr 2, May 7, Jun 4
Time: 1-3 pm
Location: Room 4/5
Facilitator: Amy Zucker Morgenstern
Contact: Amy Zucker Morgenstern (parishmin@uucpa.org)
Registration: Not required
More Info:
Description:
With Amy, who is just back from a sabbatical spent making art and developing this program, devote two hours on a Sunday to simple and profound art exercises. If you think you have no artistic talent, you will be amazed by what you can do. Each session stands alone, but they also build on each other, so you're strongly encouraged to come to all five. Bringing a small sketchbook is a good idea; all materials are provided. For youth and adults; if you have a child you think would be interested, talk with Amy.
Category: Adult Classes

Title: EMBODIED VOICE: STORY ARTS WITH ELAINE MURAY

Date: Feb 12
Time: 12:30-2pm
Location: Fireside Room
Facilitator: Elaine Muray
Contact: Mag Cumbow (margret_c@uucpa.org)
Registration: Not required
More Info:
Description:
Love, legends, myths and masks. Storytelling for all ages!  Professional storyteller Elaine Muray integrates movement, narration and costume elements, engaging her audience for an interactive hour like you've never experienced at UUCPA. In this highly theatrical program, adults and kids alike will see and hear art in action. Discover why storytelling events are sprouting up around Bay Area and the nation.
Category: Adult Classes

Title: WELCOMING OUR NEIGHBORS: SAN ANTONIO ROAD MASJID (MOSQUE)

Date: Saturday, March 4
Time: 12:30-3 pm
Location: Main Hall
Facilitator: Jack Owicki
Contact: Jack Owicki (jack_o@uucpa.org)
Registration: Not required
More Info:
Description:
In our ongoing effort to build connections with different religious groups in our community, 19 members of UUCPA visited the San Antonio Road Masjid (mosque) last August.  On Saturday March 4, we will welcome some of their members to UUCPA.  Jack Owicki will hold a special session of his “Discovering UUCPA" class, and we will enjoy lunch together.  The visitors from the Masjid will bring Halal meat, and members of our ARE Committee will provide the rest of the food.  

This gathering will be held in the Main Hall, in order to accommodate a large group.  We hope that many UUCPA members and friends will attend—especially those who visited the Masjid in August.  This is a special opportunity to get to know our Muslim neighbors.
Category: Adult Classes

Title: SPIDERS, INSECTS, AND THE INTERDEPENDENT WEB: A TALK WITH PHOTOS

Date: Sunday, Mar 5
Time: 12:30-2 pm
Location: Fireside Room
Facilitator: Jack Owicki
Contact: Jack Owicki (jack_o@uucpa.org)
Registration: Not required
More Info:
Description:
This ARE session is about how spiders, insects, and their kin fit into the interdependent web of all existence. We seldom appreciate how vital they are for the normal functioning of the earth’s ecology. Because they look very different from mammals and birds, and because, in addition, they’re often too small to see clearly, we tend to think of them as alien and unattractive.

Jack will present a broad perspective on the huge ecological importance of these organisms. Through photography, he will attempt to make the unseen seen, the alien familiar, and the unattractive fascinating.
Category: Adult Classes

Title: THE POSSIBILITIES AND PAINS OF MODERN FATHERHOOD

Date: Sunday, Mar 12
Time: 12:30-2 pm
Location: Fireside Room
Facilitator: Matthew Rosin
Contact: Mag Cumbow (margret_c@uucpa.org)
Registration: Not required, but appreciated. Childcare provided.
More Info:
Description:
The social rules of parenting are changing. Modern dads are stepping out of board meetings and into playgroups and other places once identified primarily with motherhood. And this makes men and women vulnerable to one another in new ways. UUCPA’s Matthew Rosin, author and stay-at-home dad, will lead a thoughtful discussion of the possibilities and pains of modern fatherhood, drawing in part on his own newly-published works.
Category: Adult Classes

Title: DISCOVERING UUCPA

Date: 2nd Sunday every other month: Feb 12, Apr 9
Time: 1-2 pm
Location: Amy’s Office
Facilitator:
Contact: Rev. Amy Morgenstern and Jack Owicki
Registration: Appreciated but not required at eventsignup@uucpa.org or call 650-494-0541.
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Are you a new Unitarian Universalist? Considering UUism? Or well-acquainted with UUism, but new to UUCPA? This one-session class is offered every other month after the second service to answer your questions and help you find your place in the life of the congregation.

Each session is on a second Sunday to enable you to begin with Second-Sunday lunch, maybe try out some of your questions there, and then join us for the class at 1:00.

We will:
• Share the spiritual explorations that have brought us to this point
• Get to know other newcomers and a member and lay leader of the congregation
• Help each other articulate what we're looking for in a congregation, and discover what UUCPA has to offer to match it
• Ask questions and get answers
Category: Adult Classes

Title: RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY IN SILICON VALLEY

Date: Sunday, Mar 19
Time: 12:30-1:30 pm
Location: Fireside Room
Facilitator: Dan Harper
Contact: Dan Harper (danharper@uucpa.org)
Registration: Not required
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Within an hour drive from our UUCPA campus, there is an incredible religious diversity, and you can find faith communities from African Methodist Episcopal Zion to Zoroastrian. In this presentation, Dan Harper will introduce some of the religious communities near UUCPA. He will also talk about two challenges that religious diversity poses:  
(1) How do we reconcile religious worldviews with democratic process?
(2) How does religious diversity challenge the preconceptions and prejudices held by Unitarian Universalists?
Category: Adult Classes

Title: Exploring Mind, Hands, Spirit and Heart Through Art

Date: First Sundays monthly: Feb 5, Mar 5, Apr 2, May 7, Jun 4
Time: 1-3 pm
Location: Room 4/5
Facilitator: Amy Zucker Morgenstern
Contact: Amy Zucker Morgenstern (parishmin@uucpa.org)
Registration: Not required
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With Amy, who is just back from a sabbatical spent making art and developing this program, devote two hours on a Sunday to simple and profound art exercises. If you think you have no artistic talent, you will be amazed by what you can do. Each session stands alone, but they also build on each other, so you're strongly encouraged to come to all five. Bringing a small sketchbook is a good idea; all materials are provided. For youth and adults; if you have a child you think would be interested, talk with Amy.
Category: Adult Classes

Title: San Jose Sikh Temple Visit

Date: Saturday, Apr 8
Time: 10 am
Location:
Facilitator:
Contact: Kay Brown (kay_b@uucpa.org)
Registration: Not required
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Description:
To enrich our faith awareness, we are planning a trip to the Sikh temple. The temple called “Gurdwara” is located on 3636 Murillo Ave, San Jose, CA 95148.

We will get together in the UUCPA parking lot, carpool and leave at 10 am, April 8th. It will take about 30 minutes to get there. We will spend about 1 hour touring the building,  reviewing the tenets of the religion, and how it originated. After that we will receive “Prasad” (a blessed halva) from the main hall of worship and an Indian meal called “langar” which is available 24 hours of the day and to everyone.

We will have to remove our shoes to enter the temple, so you might want to bring some thick socks to use.
Category: Adult Classes

Title: Discovering UUCPA

Date: Sunday, Apr 9
Time: 1-2 pm
Location: Amy's office
Facilitator: Rev. Amy Morgenstern and Jack Owicki
Contact: Rev. Amy Morgenstern (parishmin@uucpa)
Registration: Not required
More Info:
Description:
Are you a new Unitarian Universalist? Considering UUism? Or well-acquainted with UUism, but new to UUCPA? This one-session class is offered every other month after the second service to answer your questions and help you find your place in the life of the congregation.

Each session is on a second Sunday to enable you to begin with Second-Sunday lunch, maybe try out some of your questions there, and then join us for the class at 1:00.

We will:
• Share the spiritual explorations that have brought us to this point
• Get to know other newcomers and a member and lay leader of the congregation
• Help each other articulate what we're looking for in a congregation, and discover what UUCPA has to offer to match it
• Ask questions and get answers
Category: Adult Classes

Title: Doing Democracy

Date: Sunday, Apr 9
Time: 12:30-1:30 pm
Location: Room 9
Facilitator: Dan Harper
Contact: Dan Harper (danharper@uucpa.org)
Registration: Not required
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You'll be able to walk out of this one-hour workshop with a realistic action plan on ways that you can actually do democracy. Even if you have 15 minutes a week, you can make a difference. 

We'll also connect people in the workshop who have similar interests, so you can have a "democracy buddy" to help you stay motivated and stay on task. If possible, please bring a device that you can use to connect to the Web to research your own specific interests. 
Category: Adult Classes

Title: A Conversation on the Civic Mission of Schools

Date: Sunday, Apr 30
Time: 12:30-2 pm
Location: Fireside Room
Facilitator: Diane Hart
Contact: Marilyn Austin (marilyn_a@uucpa.org)
Registration: Not required
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Description:
The 2016 election has raised questions about the level of civic knowledge of, and commitment to, our democratic system of government among the American electorate. The signs are everywhere. A recent poll tells us that only a third of Americans are able to name just one of the three branches of the federal government. More worrying, a quarter of US millennials dismiss the importance of free elections in a democracy. And a near majority of voters long for a leader who “is willing to break some rules" if that’s what it takes to set things right. We will explore what has happened to civic education in our schools, and why, in a conversation with social studies writer Diane Hart. 
Category: Adult Classes

Title: Coping with Stress in Uncertain Times

Date: Sunday, May 21
Time: 12:30-2 pm
Location: Fireside Room
Facilitator: Susan Owicki
Contact: Judy Lookabill (judy_l@uucpa.org)
Registration: Not required
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Description:
Our political, social, and cultural institutions are changing. It’s impossible to know how the changes will play out, and it’s easy to fear the worst. In many ways, this kind of uncertainty is harder to deal with than a known bad outcome. In this workshop, we will share our experiences, both positive and negative, in dealing with the stress of our current situation. Susan Owicki will explore strategies to help us maintain our balance when the world around us feels unstable.

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