• From the associate minister of religious education

    From the associate minister of religious education
    With more and more people being vaccinated in California, the state government is moving towards reopening. So what about reopening plans for UUCPA? First and foremost, reopening plans for adult programs will be different from programs for children and teens under age 16. Until we have a vaccine for those under age 16, I’m expecting we’ll ...
  • Ecojustice Camp still has openings for middle schoolers

    Ecojustice Camp still has openings for middle schoolers
    UUCPA’s ecology camp will run from June 15 to July 2 this year. The group for rising gr. 3-6 (this year’s gr. 2-5) had just one opening as of April 8, but there’s still plenty of room in the middle school group (rising gr. 7-9, this years. gr. 6-8). You can register online here:https://ecojusticecamp.org/rates/
  • Budget Town Hall Meeting this Sunday, April 11 at noon

    Budget Town Hall Meeting this Sunday, April 11 at noon
    Come one, come all this Sunday, April 11th at noon, to learn more about how UUCPA’s finances are looking for the year ahead. See the numbers and ask your questions before voting on the budget at the congregational meeting on April 25th. Attendance is easy: we will be on the same zoom link as the ...
  • Religion & Social Change, a Liberation Theology 2-part Class by Rev. Amy starts Wed, Apr 14

    Religion & Social Change, a Liberation Theology 2-part Class by Rev. Amy starts Wed, Apr 14
    Wednesday, April 14, 7:30-9, Amy will be leading the first in a 2-class series on liberation theologies that may interest you. She taught a class on liberation theology/ies two years ago, but realized upon preparing materials for the class, that to do justice to the topic would take at least two or three sessions. ...
  • UUCPA Pledge drive update

    UUCPA Pledge drive update
    As of 4/7/21, we have received 142 pledges totaling $474,905. If you have already pledged, thank you! If you haven’t, please submit your pledge as soon as possible. For more information, go to www.uucpa.org/pledge  
  • Forum Topics for May 2021

    Forum Topics for May 2021
    The Forum meets from 9:00 to 10:15 Sunday mornings in the Fireside Room. Here are the topics for May, 2021: 5/2 Blanket immunity for religious organizations – Bill Hilton 5/9 What does it mean to be an American? – Dick Duda 5/16 Nuclear power to reduce greenhouse gas emissions – Bob Greene 5/23 Regenerative Agriculture to address climate change ...
  • April 2021 Justice Partner – Community Health Awareness Council

    April 2021 Justice Partner - Community Health Awareness Council
    The Justice Partner for April 2021, as chosen by the congregation at the annual meeting, is Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC).  CHAC provides mental health services for schools and families in Mountain View, Sunnyvale and Los Altos.   On Sunday, April 25, Marsha Deslauriers, the Executive Director, will speak in the service about CHAC, and the ...
  • April 2021 Campus Work Day Report

    April 2021 Campus Work Day Report
    April 3, 2021 was a productive campus workday.  The team was: Chris Cassell, Dave Joki, Jaralyn Moran, Paul and John Kostka, and Robert and Nancy Neff Highlights: About half the parking lot was swept up, including large piles of pine needles along the exit drive.  Picked up under the redwoods out front.  Looks better! Fencing was constructed along the exit ...
  • Story for All Ages videos

    Story for All Ages videos
    The popular videos for kids that have been appearing in this year’s worship services are all online. Originally, the videos were posted to YouTube, but now that YouTube is adding more ads, all videos will gradually be migrated to Vimeo, an ad-free video hosting service. To help you find your favorite videos, there’s now a ...
  • Justice Partner Ada’s Cafe gets some great press!

    Justice Partner Ada's Cafe gets some great press!
    People Magazine has published a piece on our neighbor, sometime caterer, and Justice Partner, Ada’s Cafe. Check it out for some familiar faces! Ada’s Cafe is attached to Mitchell Park Library, a lovely stroll through the park from UUCPA. Their hours are reduced during COVID, but take-out and patio service are still available Wednesday – Saturday ...
  • Google Tips and Tricks Class meets Tues, Apr 6

    Google Tips and Tricks Class meets Tues, Apr 6
    Google Tips and Tricks Class meets Tues, Apr 6
  • Death Cafe meets Wed, Apr 7

    Death Cafe meets Wed, Apr 7
    Death Cafe meets Wed, Apr 7
  • New Proposed Slate of Justice Partners for 2021-22

    New Proposed Slate of Justice Partners for 2021-22
    Each month the Church supports a social justice organization by donating one Sunday’s plate collection.  The UUCPA Action Council reviewed the current program, considered current and proposed causes nominated by congregants, and decided on this slate of organizations to present to the congregation for approval at the Annual Meeting on April 25. Factors that were given ...
  • Campus Workday, Sat, Apr 3 @ 9 am

    Campus Workday, Sat, Apr 3 @ 9 am
    Campus Workday, Sat, Apr 3 @ 9 am
  • Send your care in a card!

    Send your care in a card!
    UUCPA folks sent thousands of postcards and letters to voters over the past several months to strengthen our democracy. Folks on our Caring Network who enjoyed doing that in groups organized a similar gathering in January and are doing it again on Saturday, April 3, 2:30-3:30. We’ll get together online and enjoy each other’s company ...
  • Subscribe to the UUCPA Weekly Update

    Subscribe to the UUCPA Weekly Update
    The Weekly Update is a digital newsletter sent weekly on Saturday mornings at 8:00 am. It is delivered via email. Search your email for from:news@uucpa.org if you aren’t sure if you are receiving it. If you are not receiving the weekly update, please visit this page to subscribe. Contact commcom@uucpa.org if you need help.
  • Annual Meeting Minutes – 2020

    Here are the minutes from the 2020 Annual Meeting that will be approved at the annual meeting in April 2021. Find out more about our governance here.
  • How to share your pronouns on Zoom (and why)

    How to share your pronouns on Zoom (and why)
    When we meet in person, we encourage folks to put pronoun stickers on their nametags and share their pronouns when they introduce themselves at greeting time at the beginning of the Sunday service. Neither of those works via Zoom–but Zoom has another, very simple way to share your pronouns. If you have a Zoom account: Sign on ...
  • Religious Questions in Art II class meets Wed, Mar 31 @ 7:30 pm

    Religious Questions in Art II class meets Wed, Mar 31 @ 7:30 pm
    Religious Questions in Art II class meets Wed, Mar 31 @ 7:30 pm
  • UUCPA Death Cafe – Wed, Apr 7 @ 6:30pm

    UUCPA Death Cafe - Wed, Apr 7 @ 6:30pm
    UUCPA’s Jen Dillinger and Amy Zucker Morgenstern will be hosting a Death Cafe on Wednesday, April 7 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. A Death Cafe is a group-directed discussion of death, an open-ended conversation with no agenda or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counseling session. All are ...
  • UUCPA Annual Meeting – Sunday, April 25th

    UUCPA Annual Meeting - Sunday, April 25th
    The annual meeting of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto will be held on Sunday, April 25, at 12:30pm.  The meeting will be held on Zoom.  Members who have made a recorded financial contribution within the last 12 months will be eligible to vote and will receive a passcode to join the meeting. The meeting will also be live-streamed ...
  • Hybrid Services Task Force is underway

    Hybrid Services Task Force is underway
    The Board of Trustees watches public health recommendations to evaluate which in-person activities are safe. In order to ready the congregation to resume in-person Sunday services when the Board gives the green light, we have convened the Hybrid Services Task Force. The task force met for the first time this week and is now divided ...
  • Candidates for Church Leadership from the Nominating Committee

    Candidates for Church Leadership from the Nominating Committee
    In accordance with the Church Bylaws, the Nominations Committee is pleased to announce its candidates for Board of Trustees and Nominating Committee. The election will be part of the Annual Meeting of UUCPA, which starts shortly after the worship service (approximately 12:30 pm) on April 25, 2021 via Zoom. Candidates for the Board of Trustees: Megan Fazio Lisa Helmonds Paula Hillard Candidates ...
  • What’s with the new fences around campus?

    What's with the new fences around campus?
    New fencing to keep out marauding Easter bunnies?   No, just the next step in adding temporary fencing around the UUCPA campus to discourage free-range and sometimes vociferously maskless passersby (really, passers-through) during the pandemic.  Sunday services are online for now, but we still have staff, preschool children, and shelter guests on campus. CYRE thanks Buildings & Grounds and ...
  • Getting to Know the Committee on Ministry

    Getting to Know the Committee on Ministry
    As set forth in our Bylaws, the Committee on Ministry (CoM) is responsible for supporting and monitoring the health of UUCPA’s total shared ministry. Any church member can contact any CoM member with questions or concerns. This may be especially helpful if there is a conflict that involves the ministers. In addition to helping mediate ...
  • You are invited: Sacred Text 50th session, Sat 3/20 @ 4 pm

    You are invited: Sacred Text 50th session, Sat 3/20 @ 4 pm
    Dear UUCPA folks, about a year ago, as we were moving UUCPA activities online, the Adult Religious Education Committee asked if I would offer a new class, perhaps on Saturday afternoons. Over the previous few years, several of our folks had been creating spaces for sharing openly about our spiritual experiences, practices and longings, and ...
  • White Folks Dismantling White Supremacy Meets Tues, Mar 23 @ 7:15 pm

    White Folks Dismantling White Supremacy Meets Tues, Mar 23 @ 7:15 pm
    White Folks Dismantling White Supremacy Meets Tues, Mar 23 @ 7:15 pm
  • Humanism III Class Meets Wed, Mar 24 @ 7:30 pm

    Humanism III Class Meets  Wed, Mar 24 @ 7:30 pm
    Humanism III Class Meets Wed, Mar 24 @ 7:30 pm
  • Forum Topics for April, 2021

    Forum Topics for April, 2021
    The Forum meets from 9:00 to 10:15 Sunday mornings in the Fireside Room. Here are the topics for April, 2021: 4/4 Current Migrations throughout the World – Sarah Doxiadis 4/11 Merits and Demerits of Meritocracy – Susan Owicki 4/18 What Did We Learn from Our Parents? – Bob Greene & Kay Culpepper 4/25 Discussion of Matters of Current Local, ...
  • Transgender Inclusion in Congregations Meets Mon, 3/15

    Transgender Inclusion in Congregations Meets Mon, 3/15
    This Monday, Monday, March 15, 2021, 7-9 on Zoom, we’ll continue our series of videos on Transgender Inclusion in Congregations. We’ll watch and discuss the fifth video: “The Role of Culture in Trans Exclusion.” Being inclusive of trans people isn’t just about bathrooms and language—it’s about the cultural values that live under the surface and ...
  • Google Tips and Tricks Class meets Tues, 3/16

    Google Tips and Tricks Class meets Tues, 3/16
    Getting Things Done with Google Workspace , taught by Megan Fazio meets Tuesdays March 16 and April 6, 7-8:30pm on Zoom. Google Workspace (formerly G Suite) provides a rich set of tools for working with a variety of content.  The tools make it easy to create, manage, and share documents within an organization, and many of our ...
  • Easter Plans

    Easter Plans
    Happy Easter!  Sorry – no egg hunt at church this year. We wish everyone a wonderful Easter anyway! We invite you to join us for a family check in before the service – say hi to Reverend Amy and to other families – and yes show us your favorite easter egg (unless you already ate ...
  • Change in contact information?

    Change in contact information?
    Did you move, get a new phone number, add an e-mail address . . . ? Let us know at directory@uucpa.org and we’ll update your information in the UUCPA directory.
  • A Few More Volunteers Needed for H&H

    A Few More Volunteers Needed for H&H
    The Heart and Home Women’s Shelter at UUCPA still needs a few volunteers to be Dinner Coordinators on 3 Thursdays (including this Thursday!), and also to do laundry on 4 Saturdays.  Please sign up at https://www.hhcollab.org/volunteer.Thank you for your help!Beth Sherman
  • March UUCPA Work Day Sat, Mar. 6, 9-12

    March UUCPA Work Day Sat, Mar. 6, 9-12
    UUCPA Folk, Many hands make light work.  Please join the B&G crew and other volunteers for the March work day. Saturday, March 6, 9-12 Other tasks: Install Front Fencing – ~ 250 feet.  Use the new fence post hammer! Check the walkway lights.  (Put a shade over the sensor, to force them on. Remove dirt next to wood all around the base ...
  • Nominations Open for 2021-2022 Justice Partners (due Mar 6)

    Nominations Open for 2021-2022 Justice Partners (due Mar 6)
    Each month the Church supports a social justice organization by donating one Sunday’s plate collection to the organization.  Nominations and support for existing partners for the 2021-22 FY should be sent to the action council (email actioncouncil@uucpa.org or phone an action council member) before Sat, Mar 6. Congregants are invited to propose organizations for inclusion in the program. ...
  • Healing the Divide meets Sun, Mar 7 @ 1pm

    Healing the Divide meets Sun, Mar 7 @ 1pm
    Healing the DIvideSunday, 3/7 1:00 to 2:30 pm on ZoomAt our meeting on Sunday, March 7 at 1 pm, we’ll watch the documentary The Reunited States.  Here’s the trailer and a brief synopsis: At a time when America is ripping apart at the seams, The Reunited States is a powerful and urgent documentary that follows some unsung heroes on the difficult journey of ...
  • Safe Parking program moves to the next stage

    Safe Parking program moves to the next stage
    UUCPA’s application for a safe parking permit was accepted for review by the city on February 25. A response to this request, which would enable us to hose four vehicles each night, is expected in less than 30 days. After the city’s response comes a public comment period that can be contentious and lengthy, although ...
  • Ecojustice Camp from June 14 through July 2

    Ecojustice Camp from June 14 through July 2
    UUCPA’s Ecojustice Camp returns this year! Learn more about this fun outdoors camp: www.ecojusticecamp.org. Questions? contact camp directors Dan Harper or Lorraine Kostka. Online registration at the camp Web site.
  • Brown Bag Books Spring 2021 Booklist

    Brown Bag Books Spring 2021 Booklist
    The Brown Bag Books group has chosen the following books for the Spring of 2021: April:  “Born a Crime:  Stories from a South African Childhood” by Trevor Noah  (Non-Fiction) May:   “A Long Petal of the Sea  A  Novel”  by Isabel Allende (Fiction) June:  “Caste: The Origins of our Discontents” by Isabel Wilkerson (Non Fiction) Please join us via ...
  • It’s been one year…

    It's been one year...
    Friends, we will have been online and largely shut up in our homes for one year this month. In the service on March 14, I’d like to share what we have experienced, learned, mourned, and hoped for during this past year. Will you take a couple of minutes to tell me? This is a very short ...
  • Representing UUCPA at the General Assembly or PCD Assembly

    Representing UUCPA at the General Assembly or PCD Assembly
    The nominating committee is currently seeking nominations for: is searching for interested members of the congregation to represent UUCPA as voting delegates at the UUA General Assembly (100% virtual from June 23-27) and the Pacific Central District Assembly (date yet to be announced). If you are interested in connecting with other Unitarian Universalists from outside of our congregation and want ...
  • Google Tips and Tricks Class, Mar 2 & 16

    Google Tips and Tricks Class, Mar 2 & 16
    Getting Things Done with Google Workspace taught by Megan Fazio Tuesday March 2 and March 16 7-9pm on Zoom Google Workspace (formerly G Suite) provides a rich set of tools for working with a variety of content.  The tools make it easy to create, manage, and share documents within an organization, and many of our UUCPA documents are ...
  • Religious Questions in Art Class by Rev. Amy (A two-class Series in March)

    Religious Questions in Art Class by Rev. Amy (A two-class Series in March)
    Religious Questions in Art by Rev. Amy Zucker Morgenstern (A two class Series)Art I  Wed, March 3, 2021 at 7:30 – 9 pmAmy will begin with a close look at two to three works of modern/contemporary art and we’ll dig into the religious and spiritual questions they raise and the responses they propose. Likely artists: Mark Tansey, ...
  • 2021 Bass Lake Update

    2021 Bass Lake Update
    Dear UUCPA Campers. Our hosts at Bass Lake for the past many years, Skylake Yosemite Camp, cannot host a UUCPA family camp weekend this summer.  We also don’t feel that we can organize a weekend around a new camp location for UUCPA this summer given the continued uncertainty.  We will keep in touch with Skylake and look for a way to ...
  • UUCPA campus fencing update

    UUCPA campus fencing update
    If you’ve been by the church lately, you may be wondering why it has sprouted bright orange vinyl fencing.  While we like to be welcoming, passersby have been wandering through the campus during the pandemic, picnicking near the preschoolers while the children play outdoors (sometimes within six feet), and peeking through the Main Hall windows at ...
  • Protecting Biodiversity at Home — via UU San Jose, Feb. 27 @ 2pm

    Protecting Biodiversity at Home -- via UU San Jose, Feb. 27 @ 2pm
    Saturday, Feb. 27 at 2 pm! If you missed it when UUCPA presented Doug Tallamy’s fascinating slides and talk, here’s another chance, courtesy of San Jose UU’s.  I will participate in the Q&A session after the talk.  -Nancy Neff Protecting Biodiversity at Homehttps://zoom.us/j/99953910212?pwd=dVlDaXpOcm1CQTZiMjhhVVVJTjJGQT09 You won’t want to miss this! Nurturing and protecting our lovely world ...
  • Weaving the Web: Priceless Neighbors

    Weaving the Web: Priceless Neighbors
    Dear UUCPA folks, Today is an infamous anniversary, reminding us that the impulse to scapegoat the momentarily vulnerable is not new. On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 imprisoning Americans of Japanese descent. There was no more logic in the idea that Japanese-Americans were agents of the Japanese army than that ...
  • Next White Folks Dismantling White Supremacy session: Feb 23

    Next White Folks Dismantling White Supremacy session: Feb 23
    In this session we will listen to a brief interview with Layla Saad, the author of a book called Me and White Supremacy.  After the interview we will discuss our reactions to what we heard, then spend time talking about how we might bring some of what we are learning to the larger UUCPA congregation.  The Zoom ...
  • Heart and Home Shelter at UUCPA seeks Dinner Coordinators!

    Heart and Home Shelter at UUCPA seeks Dinner Coordinators!
    The women’s winter shelter will be resident at UUCPA from Feb 21 to April 5 and is in need of volunteers to organize and serve dinner to shelter participants one day a week for those six weeks. Having a designated dinner coordinator is one way we are ensuring the safety of everyone at the shelter, ...
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