• Cast your vote at the UUCPA Annual Meeting, April 21st

    Cast your vote at the UUCPA Annual Meeting, April 21st
    The Annual Meeting is on April 21, 12-2pm, in the Main Hall and on Zoom. We will be voting on the budget, justice partners, a bylaws amendment, and candidates for the Board, Nominating Committee, and General Assembly. Full agenda here. Zoom links will be sent to voting-eligible members a week from the meeting. For those unable ...
  • Family Friendly Events – April 2024 – Game Night Tonight!

    Family Friendly Events - April 2024 - Game Night Tonight!
    Game Night – 4/20 6:00-8:00 PM Room 3 Parents’ Night Out – 4/27 5:00-8:00 PM Room 3 Stuffie Sleepover – Give your stuffie to Rev. Cat on 4/28 to ensure they attend Already past April events: UUCPA Family Lunch Bunch 4/7 – Join the Family Lunch Bunch After Service. Meet on Patio for 11:45 AM to take off ...
  • Spiritual Adventures In Parenting meets this Sunday, April 21, at 11:30am

    Spiritual Adventures In Parenting meets this Sunday, April 21, at 11:30am
    Spiritual Adventures In Parenting, UUCPA’s group for parents of children between the ages of birth and tween, meets again this Sunday, April 21, from 11:30a.m.–12:30p.m., following the church service. We’ll gather in the Fireside Room. Childcare will be provided. We’ll share joys and challenges from the past month. We’ll also share our questions, insights, and surprises from ...
  • A New Test  Chair – Chair D (with and without arms)

    A New Test  Chair – Chair D (with and without arms)
    As part of the Campus Vision Project, the Chairs Committee is selecting new chairs for the Main Hall. We need stackable, storable chairs that are beautiful for worship and comfortable for a wide range of people’s shapes and abilities. We have really appreciated the feedback from everyone on Chair models A, B, and C. Survey results ...
  • Proposed Slate of Justice Partners for 2024-25

    Proposed Slate of Justice Partners for 2024-25
    This year the Action Council is proposing the addition of two new partners, Peninsula Food Runners, nominated by Amy and Cal Finch, and There With Care, nominated by Ellen Flamen.  They will replace Ada’s Cafe and California Interfaith Power and Light (CIPL). Each month the Church supports a social justice organization by donating one Sunday’s plate ...
  • UUCPA 2022-2023 Annual Report

    UUCPA 2022-2023 Annual Report
    The 2022-2023 Annual Report is now available on the UUCPA website at uucpa.org/about-us/our-governance/#annual
  • Check out the UUCPA Bookstore

    Check out the UUCPA Bookstore
    Recently acquired used books are shown in the image above. 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 ...
  • How Did We Get Here, Where Can We Go?: Understanding Israel/Palestine for Engagement

    How Did We Get Here, Where Can We Go?: Understanding Israel/Palestine for Engagement
    In the recent service about talking about Israel and Palestine, I asked you to write your hopes, fears, and questions about this heartbreaking issue. Dozens of people did—almost everyone in attendance—and what I and Rev. Cat learned was that people are seeking sound knowledge about the situation. I’ve found an excellent resource, and am going ...
  • Save the date, April 28 ALJ Class: Getting to Know PRIDEnet

    Save the date, April 28 ALJ Class: Getting to Know PRIDEnet
    Save the date, April 28 ALJ Class: Getting to Know PRIDEnet
  • Mark your calendars for the return of the all-church community dance: May 18, 2:30 pm

    Mark your calendars for the return of the all-church community dance: May 18, 2:30 pm
    Saturday, May 18, 2:30 – 4:30PM in the UUCPA Main Hall! This one is a collaboration between UUCPA, and the Bay Area Country Dance Society (BACDS), who feature such dances in their week long family summer camp: https://bacds.org/familyweek/ . BACDS is providing the caller, musicians, and break entertainment, and UUCPA is providing the ...
  • Save the date, June 2 ALJ class: What You Can Learn from the Enneagram

    Save the date, June 2 ALJ class: What You Can Learn from the Enneagram
    Save the date, June 2 ALJ class: What You Can Learn from the Enneagram
  • Empty Nest Parent Group – May 5

    Empty Nest Parent Group - May 5
    Empty Nest Parent Group - May 5
  • Try out ushering!

    Try out ushering!
    With our head usher out on medical leave for a few more weeks, and lots of visitors continuing to come to UUCPA, the ushers are more important than ever. If you want to try it out just once, let me know. You’ll be paired with someone who knows the ropes–a fun way to get to ...
  • Spring Project – Kids’ Town Hall

    Spring Project - Kids' Town Hall
    Our religious education program’s project for the Spring focuses on democracy: What is it? Why does it matter? How does it work? The project gets kids on the inside of democracy by engaging in their own election. The project ends with a celebration party on 5/5
  • UUCPA 2024-2025 Budget Presentation

    UUCPA 2024-2025 Budget Presentation
    https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1VjB7eyFV8q9pcx0RCcff1z0LI87PpiGm/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=102293103349038766987&rtpof=true&sd=true
  • UUCPA garden is on the April 13 GNGT tour and you are invited!

    UUCPA garden is on the April 13 GNGT tour and you are invited!
    UUCPA’s native garden is one of four Palo Alto gardens featured on the Growing Natives Garden Tour, Saturday April 13 from 10-4. You can visit ours and other gardens in the Peninsula/South Bay area. Register here: gngt.org
  • SciFi/Fantasy Discussion Group Next Meeting — April 17 — the movie “Super 8”

    SciFi/Fantasy Discussion Group Next Meeting -- April 17 -- the movie "Super 8"
    SciFi/Fantasy Discussion Group Next Meeting -- April 17 -- the movie "Super 8"
  • Once-a-year opportunity, April 7

    Once-a-year opportunity, April 7
    This only happens one Sunday a year, so don’t miss it!
  • Budget Town Hall Mtg – April 7 – Bring your favorite programs to UUCPA this year

    Budget Town Hall Mtg - April 7 - Bring your favorite programs to UUCPA this year
    At this Sunday’s Budget Town Hall, we will all see the anticipated budget for the coming fiscal year. Please join in for that important meeting ~ with bagels and fruit at 11:15 to tide you over (online attendees: use the same link as the Sunday service). Pledges keep coming in, but as I write, we ...
  • UUCPA Family Lunch Bunch – April 7

    UUCPA Family Lunch Bunch - April 7
    UUCPA Family Lunch Bunch - April 7
  • Campus Vision Update

    Campus Vision Update
    The Campus Vision Task Force wants to give you an update on what’s been happening with our campus vision project. We’ve had a few bumps in the road, and wanted to catch you up on where things stand. You may remember that we hired Karin Payson as our architect in April 2022. She helped the congregation ...
  • Widen the circle of community with Peaceful Presence

    Widen the circle of community with Peaceful Presence
    On the 11th of each month for over seven years, the many congregations of Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice have come together for a multifaith service. This Thursday, April 11, 7 – 7:30 pm, we of UUCPA host the service, with the theme “Turning Outward Toward One Another.” Join us in the Fireside Room ...
  • Connect with UU justice-lovers beyond UUCPA!

    Connect with UU justice-lovers beyond UUCPA!
    The Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry of California was the first UU statewide action network in the country when it formed in 2002, and it continues to connect UUs throughout our state to translate our passion for justice into action for justice. It’s a big state, so the UUJMCA pulls together Cluster Conversations for us to get ...
  • Pledge Drive – There’s still time to pledge!

    Pledge Drive - There's still time to pledge!
    On March 17th we concluded our 1-week pledge drive for the 2024-2025 pledge year. Thank you to all who pledged and all who celebrated at either one or both of our pledge week luncheons. While the official pledge drive is over, we’re still short of the amount needed to support our budget. The stewardship ...
  • UUCPA Justice Partner, The Opportunity Center is seeking volunteers

    UUCPA Justice Partner, The Opportunity Center is seeking volunteers
    Help Wanted……..The Opportunity Center at 33 Encinitas Ave, Palo Alto regularly needs volunteers at meal time.  The Center, open 8 am to 4 pm Monday to Friday, provides emergency shelter, food, and case management to adult men and women in Palo Alto. The help needed is at breakfast, 8 – 9:30 am, or lunchtime  11:55 am ...
  • UUCPA Campus Work Day – April 6

    UUCPA Campus Work Day - April 6
    UUCPA Campus Work Day - April 6
  • Forum Topics for April, 2024

    Forum Topics for April, 2024
    The Forum meets from 8:30 to 10 am on Sunday mornings. Here are the Forum topics for April 2024: 4/7 Great Decisions – Science across borders –Steve Ludington 4/14 The experience of gardens – Kay Culpepper 4/21 Water in the Western states — Richard Heydt 4/28 Discussion of Matters of Current Local, National, & International Interest, & Selection of ...
  • CYRE Goals Discussion – March 30 @ 10 am

    CYRE Goals Discussion - March 30 @ 10 am
    You are invited to a discussion on our CYRE goals on Saturday March 30 2024, 10 AM – 12:00 PM in the Fireside Room @ UUCPA and via Zoom. Who should come? Everyone at UUCPA has some relationship with our children and youth programs – from being on the CYRE Committee or teaching Sunday School, to ...
  • A lot is hoppening on March 31!

    A lot is hoppening on March 31!
    https://youtu.be/_cwV3eVFYJ8 Join us this Sunday for the debut of the “Authentic Selves” exhibit, featuring stunning photos and stories of trans and non-binary individuals and their families, in the Fireside room and main hall. Also, get ready for an egg-citing Easter service filled with inspirational stories, beautiful music by Liz Russ and Veronica on piano, and, of ...
  • Return of Elder Journey – April 4

    Return of Elder Journey - April 4
    The Elder Journey group at UUCPA thrived for many years, meeting twice a month and discussing everything under the sun, from How to Prevent Falls to My Favorite Thanksgiving. Membership waxed and waned, but the toughest challenge was COVID. Being unable to meet in person took the wind out of our sails. Inspired by many, many ...
  • UUCPA hosts Heart and Home in March – Seeking Dinner Signups

    UUCPA hosts Heart and Home in March - Seeking Dinner Signups
    Heart and Home Women’s Shelter arrived at UUCPA on Sunday, March 3, and is here for 6 weeks. So we need some dinner sign-ups! You will be signing up to bring a dinner for 12-15 with an entree and sides. (Drinks, plates, salad dressing are provided. Dessert is optional.) Bring a ready-to-eat dinner to the ...
  • Kids Townhall Project – seeking volunteers

    Kids Townhall Project - seeking volunteers
    Starting in April over several Sundays, kids will learn about the power and importance of democracy through enacting their own campaign to improve the church. If you would like to be involved either as a teacher or guest speaker, please reach out to Cat.
  • Family Friendly Events in Mar 2024

    Family Friendly Events in Mar 2024
    Game Night – 3/16 6-8 pm Bring your buddies and your board games for a fun night! Parents Night Out – 3/23 5-8 pm Take the night off and let UUCPA take care of the childcare. Easter Egg Hunt – after service on 3/31 invite your friends and come to UUCPA’s Easter Egg Hunt
  • UUCPA Workshop – What We Choose: UU Ethics, March 24 @ 11:30 am

    UUCPA Workshop - What We Choose: UU Ethics, March 24 @ 11:30 am
    UUCPA Workshop - What We Choose: UU Ethics, March 24 @ 11:30 am
  • It’s tea time!

    It's tea time!
    Newcomers, join Amy for tea after the service on March 24–a great way to get to know UUCPA and each other better.
  • Weaving the Web: Living Democracy

    Weaving the Web: Living Democracy
    Dear UUCPA folks, Sometimes when I’m typing or writing the date and I get to that “2024,” I wonder, “How will this year go down in history?” It seems inevitable that for good or ill, 2024 will be one of those years to remember, like 1941, 1865, and 1776. How can it not be, when November’s ...
  • Fair Trade Chocolate for Spring

    Fair Trade Chocolate for Spring
    If you’re planning to buy chocolate for Easter or Mother’s Day or other Springtime events, the Action Council urges you to consider fair trade chocolate.   Much of the world’s chocolate (and coffee and tea) is grown and harvested by children, some of them in forced labor.  This chart will let you know which chocolate ...
  • Nominations for the 2024-25 Board

    Nominations for the 2024-25 Board
    The 2024 Nominating Committee (Kim Carlson, Autri Dutta, Ed Haertel, Esa Jacobi, and Marilyn Stoddard) is delighted to put forward two outstanding candidates for election to the Board of Trustees: Autri Dutta and Judy Lookabill. The election will occur during the congregation’s Annual Meeting on April 21. As stated in the Bylaws, “Additional nominations may be made for ...
  • Suggest a Justice Partner by March 27

    Suggest a Justice Partner by March 27
    Would you like to suggest a non-profit organization for Justice Partner?  Each month the Church supports a social justice organization by donating one Sunday’s plate collection to the organization.  Suggestions for new partners and support for existing partners should be sent to the Action Council (email actioncouncil@uucpa.org or talk to an action council member) before Wed, March ...
  • Spiritual Adventures In Parenting meets Sunday, Mar 17 @ 11:30

    Spiritual Adventures In Parenting meets Sunday, Mar 17 @ 11:30
    Spiritual Adventures In Parenting, UUCPA’s group for parents of children between the ages of birth and tween, meets again this Sunday, March 17, from 11:30a.m.–12:30p.m., following the church service. We’ll gather in the Fireside Room. Childcare will be provided. We’ll share joys and challenges from the past month. We’ll also share our questions, insights, and surprises from ...
  • A week of video visits

    A week of video visits
    Did you get to see all the little gifts that went out by email this week? If not, you can catch up now! https://youtu.be/m8ImX9taqDU?si=JJg4PNVBXzPm2fkX https://youtu.be/SjBbo0qPIQ8?si=RIO7PIrj8Ba8ZWrL https://youtu.be/ppFLZTOb9jU?si=-TQ7-HaJM2H8cxAQ https://youtu.be/jDc43ciicjw?si=8u7iKENmrKV6bEYR https://youtu.be/En6gG96QLH4?si=SVh8ZoOZ6mrL_KUn To stay in the loop, click here to sign up for: The Weekly Update, sent on Saturday morning Announce, which you receive in real time*–low volume, automatically includes the Weekly Update CREParents, which you receive in ...
  • UU PWR Regional Assembly – Apr 19&20, 2024

    UU PWR Regional Assembly - Apr 19&20, 2024
    Connect with other UUs in the Pacific Western Region.  Our 4th Regional Assembly will be held in Denver on April 19 and 20, at the beautiful First Universalist Church.  You can attend either in person or online. The keynote address will feature a conversation between our UUA President Rev. Dr. Sofía Betancourt and the new President ...
  • Forum Topics for March 2024

    Forum Topics for March 2024
    The Forum meets from 8:30 to 10 am on Sunday mornings. Here are the Forum topics for March 2024: 3/3   Great Decisions – The U.S. and the Middle East – Jai Cho 3/10 Photography: a brief history and some current issues – Chris Cassel 3/17 How do we know what is true? – Susan Owicki 3/24 Bipolar Disorder:  ...
  • Two special lunches coming up–don’t miss out!

    Two special lunches coming up--don't miss out!
    It’s pledge week, a.k.a. Celebrate This Wonderful Community Week! This Sunday, March 10, we have an extra-special Second Sunday Lunch, with ice cream sundaes for dessert. At that lunch, our emcee Sven Thesen will draw the first of six prizes. The way to get your name onto a slip in the drawing is to turn in ...
  • SciFi/Fantasy Discussion Group Next Meeting — March 20 –the novel “Piranesi”,  by Susannah Clarke

    SciFi/Fantasy Discussion Group Next Meeting -- March 20 --the novel "Piranesi",  by Susannah Clarke
    Our next SciFi/Fantasy meeting is March 20, 7-8:30, on Zoom. We’ll discuss the novel Piranesi,  by Susannah Clarke. At the end of the meeting, we will choose a book for our May meeting. Contact: Jane Chronis (scifi+owner@uucpa.org)
  • March 10 is a big day–don’t be late!

    March 10 is a big day--don't be late!
    On Sunday, March 10, we kick off our one-week pledge campaign with a great service, enjoy an extra-special Second Sunday Lunch, have the first prize drawing for all who have made their pledges, and celebrate the life of John Pierce. You don’t want to be late for any of this, nor Forum, Religious Education, or ...
  • This Sunday – March 10!

    This Sunday - March 10!
    Click for a preview of the March 10 service See you there, Amy
  • John Pierce Celebration of Life, March 10

    John Pierce Celebration of Life, March 10
    We will remember and give thanks for the life of John Pierce on Sunday, March 10 at 2 pm, in the Main Hall. John, who served UUCPA in numerous capacities over his more than 20 years as a member of the congregation, died on November 1. All are warmly invited to share their memories of ...
  • Community Speaker Series Event, March 6 (UUCPA co-sponsored)

    Community Speaker Series Event, March 6 (UUCPA co-sponsored)
    The Action Council of the UUCPA has joined the Becoming Beloved Community Task Force at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church as a co-sponsor for their free speaker series, Community, Faith, and Racial Justice. They have invited us to attend the first talk by Dr. Lerone A. Martin, Professor and Director of the Martin Luther King, ...
  • UUCPA Campus work day, Saturday Morning, March 3, 9-12.

    UUCPA Campus work day, Saturday Morning, March 3, 9-12.
    Join the Buildings, Grounds, and Garden team to improve UUCPA on this Saturday Morning! Last month, we did a great job cutting back plants along the exit drive, fixing the slamming door in the main hall (!!), and clearing off the office roof. This month there are: o New LED tubes to install in the office. ...
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