• The 2021 Auction is Coming Nov 13 – Donations Needed!

    The 2021 Auction is Coming Nov 13 - Donations Needed!
    Each year in November, the church auctions goods and services at a wonderful party.  In 2021, we are committed to still bringing the congregation together for a party! An online party. As in previous years, members donate everything from homemade jam to a condo in Mexico. This year, we are going to see how creative ...
  • Openings in Weekend Women

    Openings in Weekend Women
    Weekend Women has openings for members and friends of UUCPA who want confidential, deep connection in a small group of women.Notice: time and days change from previous meeting days and times. UUCPA members and friends who could not attend at those prior times may find these welcome changes. Date: 1st and 3rd Sundays each month Time: 2pm – 3:30pm Location: ...
  • Wanted to borrow: your retro phone

    Do you have a non-cellphone, or a facsimile, or the handset of one, that we can use for a service? I am trying to accumulate a few dozen by October 28. No cellphones, please–we have plenty of those! There is a plastic-protected basket by the back door of Room D to collect them. If it’s just ...
  • Come sing a song with me / What’s a sacred text?

    Come sing a song with me / What's a sacred text?
    Dear UUCPA folks, For many of us, singing together is one of the great pleasures of Sunday services. If you’re one of those folks, this Sunday is the day you’ve been waiting for. Thanks to a rising vaccination rate, a dropping infection rate, and my growing comfort with creating outdoor services, the Hybrid Services Task Force ...
  • Broadening Our Welcome, Deepening Connections on Oct 17

    Broadening Our Welcome, Deepening Connections on Oct 17
    We’ve done so much in the past year at UUCPA to live our commitment to being a spiritual home for people of all gender identities and sexual orientations, as the Welcoming Congregation Renewal team reported in May. But what should we do next to deepen our practice of welcome? To find out, the Welcoming Congregation ...
  • Sci-Fi / Fantasy Discussion Group: Forbidden Planet – Oct 20 @ 7 pm

    Sci-Fi / Fantasy Discussion Group: Forbidden Planet - Oct 20 @ 7 pm
    Sci-Fi / Fantasy Discussion Group: Forbidden Planet - Oct 20 @ 7 pm
  • A book talk: YOUR TURN: HOW TO BE AN ADULT by Julie Lythcott-Haims, Oct 24 @1 pm

    A book talk: YOUR TURN: HOW TO BE AN ADULT by Julie Lythcott-Haims, Oct 24 @1 pm
    A book talk: YOUR TURN: HOW TO BE AN ADULT by Julie Lythcott-Haims, Oct 24 @1 pm
  • ARE Workshop with Dr. Chris Schriner – Oct 25, Nov 1 & 8

    ARE Workshop with Dr. Chris Schriner - Oct 25, Nov 1 & 8
    Opening the Great Window: Catching a Glimpse of Your Larger Identity A Three-Part Workshop with Dr. Chris Schriner Mondays, October 25, November 1 & 8 7 to 9 pm, on zoom “I am not small because I am part of the universe, and the universe is not small.”   –Barbara Williams Pemberton We can “expand onto a more capacious self which has left ...
  • Harmonic Circle on hiatus

    Harmonic Circle on hiatus
    Harmonic Circle, the weekly song circle from 2-4 each Sunday, has decided to go on hiatus until COVID allows us to sing in person once again.
  • Halloween at UUCPA this year

    Halloween at UUCPA this year
    Q: Is there a Big Halloween Parade?  A: Not this year. Q: How about Halloween Candy?  A: Yes! Here is how children and youth can get Halloween Candy from UUCPA: Attend Sunday School – in person or zoom – on October 24. OR Email a photo of your stuffy in a costume, to cyrecommittee@uucpa.org. Tell us first names for you and ...
  • ARE Class – Secular Buddhism for UUs, Oct 13

    ARE Class - Secular Buddhism for UUs, Oct 13
    Save the date for a new ARE class, Secular Buddhism for UUs presented by Drew Oman on Wednesday, October 13, 7:00 – 8:15pm. What might Secular Buddhism have to say to Unitarian Universalists? In this class Drew will define what he means by the term “Secular Buddhism” and then use that lens to explore some of the ...
  • A few spaces are still available: Save the Bay Project for UUCPA on October 23

    A few spaces are still available: Save the Bay Project for UUCPA on October 23
    There are still a few participant spaces open so please register by October 15, or earlier if possible. Learn about our fragile SF Bay environment, and help save it at the same time. Save The Bay (https://savesfbay.org/) has been working for 60 years to restore the Bay wetlands, and to engage the public in that effort ...
  • The principles: growing as we do

    The principles: growing as we do
    Like many Unitarian Universalists who grew up outside the tradition, I found our seven principles to be a powerful attractor. When I read them, I nodded along: here were the principles by which I actually tried to live, articulated by an actual religious community! I had never known such a close match between my own ...
  • UUCPA Sunday school classes meet weekly

    UUCPA Sunday school classes meet weekly
    New to UUCPA and not familiar with our programs for Children and Youth? Our programs have resumed and meet Sundays at various times (mostly in the morning at 9:30). We are currently offering both in-person and online options. To sign up for our programs, please visit our registration page: uucpa.org/learning/children-and-youth/how-to-register/ At UUCPA, we ...
  • Fair-Trade Chocolate: BYO

    Fair-Trade Chocolate: BYO
    Given that we still aren’t meeting all together in person, the Action Council has decided that we will not be purchasing, repackaging, and selling fair trade mini chocolate bars for a second year.  I hope by next year we will be able to.   UUCPA has been making fair trade chocolate available for Halloween since ...
  • Rev. Dan Harper’s stuffie events get national UU attention

    Rev. Dan Harper's stuffie events get national UU attention
    Rev. Dan’s innovative work on congregational stuffy events has been recognized by the UUA in the category of “Leadership Resource Library”. The article on this subject, “Stuffed Animal Sleepover Builds Congregational Connections,” is at uua.org/leadership/library/stuffy-con. Photos from UUCPA’s recent stuffie events can be found here: 2020: uucpa.org/stuffies-check-in-for-their-sleepover/ 2021: uucpa.org/stuffed-animal-sleepover-memories-2021/ Congratulations, Rev. Dan!
  • Brown Bag Books fall/winter booklist

    Brown Bag Books fall/winter booklist
    The Brown Bag Books group has chosen the following books for the next several months: October: First Mothers: The Women Who Shaped the Presidents, Bonnie Angelo (non-fiction) November: Dancing at the Rascal Fair, Ivan Doig (fiction) December: The Eight Master Lessons of Nature: What Nature Teaches Us About Living Well in the World, Gary Ferguson (non-fiction) January: Stay and ...
  • October Work Day – Oct 2, 9-noon

    October Work Day - Oct 2, 9-noon
    The October UUCPA Work Day will be this Saturday, Oct. 2, 9 am-noon. We have a long list of tasks, including: Trimming trees in preparation for the painting project! New signs for the Safe Parking area Installing 2 gates in front of the garden. Taking down some orange fence. Pruning in the garden to be ready for the gold-fines project. and Much More! Hope to see ...
  • Healing the Divide meets Sunday, Oct 3

    Healing the Divide meets Sunday, Oct 3
    Healing the Divide meets Sunday, Oct 3
  • 2-Part Class: Strategies of the Civil Rights Movement meets Wed, Oct 6

    2-Part Class: Strategies of the Civil Rights Movement meets Wed, Oct 6
    2-Part Class: Strategies of the Civil Rights Movement meets Wed, Oct 6
  • Special White Folks Dismantling White Supremacy: SURJ Sacred Heart – Tues, Sept 28

    Special White Folks Dismantling White Supremacy: SURJ Sacred Heart - Tues, Sept 28
    Special White Folks Dismantling White Supremacy: SURJ Sacred Heart - Tues, Sept 28
  • Sacred Text Reading is multiplying

    Sacred Text Reading is multiplying
    Those who enjoy a shared spiritual practice centered on a deep reading of a brief text now have two times per week to engage. Amy will lead a session on Wednesdays, 12-1, while the Saturday session will continue, 4-5, facilitated by group members. The readings will be different, so you could make it a twice-a-week ...
  • Board Member of the Month – Oct. 2021 (Barbara)

    Board Member of the Month - Oct. 2021 (Barbara)
    Meet Your Leaders! Did you know that our community is led by an all-volunteer Board of Trustees that meets monthly? Anyone is welcome to attend our meetings and learn how UUCPA is governed. In an effort to make the Board more accessible to the entire community, we will feature one Board member each month in our ...
  • Water Communion is October 3

    Water Communion is October 3
    Our Water Communion, usually held in August, has been delayed just a little while so that we could gather in person–and now we can! This is an annual ritual in which we pour waters together to symbolize the unity of life and our coming together as a community. Please do not think your water has to ...
  • New, improved in-person service Sunday, Sept 19!

    New, improved in-person service Sunday, Sept 19!
    Thank you to everyone who was at our first in-person service since March 2020. Your flexibility and spirit of experimentation really helped make it work, and now we have three adjustments to make for the September 19 service: 1. We will move the seating farther into the shade of the solar-panel carports. It’s still a good ...
  • The Hotel de Zink Homeless Shelter at UUCPA during the month of Sept 2021

    The Hotel de Zink Homeless Shelter at UUCPA during the month of Sept 2021
    Hi Everyone – September has 30 days – so we need 30 dinner signups! Hotel de Zink is the homeless shelter that we host every September. Please consider signing up – there are still a couple of nights open! Please sign up to bring a meal for 12 with this form – 2021 Hotel de Zink ...
  • The times they are a-changin’–and so have our fences, thanks to August’s special workday crew!

    The times they are a-changin’--and so have our fences, thanks to August’s special workday crew!
    Come gather ’round peopleWherever you roam …but please make sure you roam only through the designated gates. Note that the gate designations are different on Sundays because of our in-person CYRE classes, so there are two maps, one for Sundays and one for non-Sundays. Sunday Map Saturday & Weekday Map Thank you for helping to keep our campus safe ...
  • Safe Parking Permit Approved – Operations Start Mid-Late October

    Safe Parking Permit Approved - Operations Start Mid-Late October
    Stevenson House withdrew its appeal of our permit to operate our safe parking site. We are glad our comprehensive safety plan was recognized as effective and sufficient. Our permit is approved and valid. Safe Parking anticipates operations to begin mid to late October. More updates to follow. If you have any questions please email safeparking@uucpa.org.
  • REMINDER: Special Congregational Meeting at 12:30 pm on 9/19 to Approve A Revised Capital Budget

    REMINDER: Special Congregational Meeting at 12:30 pm on 9/19 to Approve A Revised Capital Budget
    Dear members, In the past month several unanticipated capital expenses have surfaced: the air conditioning in the church office and in the ministers’ offices is failing, the sewer pipe from the outdoor bathrooms is broken, the grand piano in the main hall requires unexpectedly expensive refurbishing, and the cost of several items of deferred maintenance ...
  • Single-Use Plastics to Disappear from UUCPA Campus

    Single-Use Plastics to Disappear from UUCPA Campus
    We have all seen heartbreaking photos of plastic pollution. It’s ugly and harms wildlife. Even theoretically recyclable plastic ends up in landfills and the ocean. Each of us can do our part to reduce this ugly waste. In March the UUCPA Board approved a policy to phase out single use plastics on the UUCPA campus.  “Vision: ...
  • Forum Topics for October 2021

    Forum Topics for October 2021
    The Forum meets from 9:00 to 10:15 Sunday mornings (in the Fireside Room when we meet in person). Here are the Forum topics for October 2021 10/3 Mystery walls in the East Bay hills – Ann Zeise 10/10 Space debris – low orbit —  Sarah Doxiadis 10/17 How Identity Politics took over the Republican Party – Jai Cho 10/24 ...
  • September’s campus workday is 9/11 @ 9 am

    September's campus workday is 9/11 @ 9 am
    Usually on the first Sunday of the month, the September campus workday will be on the second Sunday, September 11, 2021, from 9 am to noon. Come help spruce up the campus before our first in-person (outdoor) Service on September 12! Consider making things even better by joining others at the monthly workday right here at ...
  • Coming together for the 20th anniversary of 9/11

    Coming together for the 20th anniversary of 9/11
    Each Saturday, those who choose to delve deeply into spiritual matters via a short text gather on Zoom for an hour for the Sacred Text Reading Group, 4-5 p.m. This week, our session falls on the 20th anniversary of 9/11, and I’d like to particularly invite you to join in. Lines you choose from this poem ...
  • Set that alarm a little later

    Set that alarm a little later
    If you’re attending the online service tomorrow, remember that it has been rescheduled for 11 a.m. tomorrow and from now on. This returns us to our pre-COVID Sunday schedule of one service at 9:30 and another at 11 . . . . . . because we have an in-person service at 9:30! Thank you to ...
  • Sunday School FAQ for Fall 2021

    Sunday School FAQ for Fall 2021
    Sunday School started up again on Sunday, September 12, 2021! Have Questions? Here are lots of answers: Are In-Person Classes Outdoors?Yes! Every in-person class will be fully outdoors in some part of the patio or playground. Are There Online Classes Too? Yes!  What is the Sunday Morning Sunday School Schedule? Here it is: Class Start Time Where Grades K-2 (Tangerine) 9:30 Thacher Playground, Behind ...
  • White Folks Dismantling White Supremacy meets on Sept 14 to discuss Caste

    White Folks Dismantling White Supremacy meets on Sept 14 to discuss Caste
    White Folks Dismantling White Supremacy meets on Sept 14 to discuss Caste
  • Upcoming live book talk: The AOC Generation by David Freelander – Sept 15 @ 7pm

    Upcoming live book talk: The AOC Generation by David Freelander - Sept 15 @ 7pm
    A Live Book Talk: The AOC Generation: How Millennials Are Seizing Power and Rewriting the Rules of American Politics, by David Freedlander Featuring David Freedlander, Wednesday September 15, from 7 to 8:00 pm on Zoom The AOC Generation explores the rise of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who emerged from absolute obscurity one night in June 2018 to become one ...
  • A New Kitchen Is Calling

    A New Kitchen Is Calling
    Good news! Sally Ahnger has agreed to lead our effort to remodel our much-loved kitchen, and Edie Keating has joined the team as well! Thank you, Sally and Edie! Many of you know that Sally, our former board president of many years, is a strong project manager, and Edie has supervised the creation of countless meals ...
  • Special Congregational Meeting – Sept 19 @ 12:30pm to Approve A Revised Capital Budget

    Special Congregational Meeting - Sept 19 @ 12:30pm to Approve A Revised Capital Budget
    Special Congregational Meeting - Sept 19 @ 12:30pm to Approve A Revised Capital Budget
  • Board Member of the Month- Sep. 2021 (Thida)

    Board Member of the Month- Sep. 2021 (Thida)
    Meet Your Leaders!  Did you know that our community is led by an all-volunteer Board of Trustees that meets monthly? Anyone is welcome to attend our meetings and learn how UUCPA is governed. In an effort to make the Board more accessible to the entire community, we will feature one Board member each month in our ...
  • Register for CYRE (Children and Youth Religious Ed)

    Register for CYRE (Children and Youth Religious Ed)
    For safety’s sake, we need you to register. For online programs, registration is required to be admitted to the class. For in-person programs, we need updated contact information in case of contact tracing. Please register BEFORE your child goes to CYRE programs. Register online here:https://www.uucpa.org/learning/children-and-youth/how-to-register/
  • Registration is open for in-person services

    Registration is open for in-person services
    It’s really happening! We will gather in-person, outdoors at 9:30 on Sunday, September 12. We must limit seating in this first phase of our return, so please pre-register here. Please register by September 9. Much more information, including whether we can sing and drink coffee, is in this update.
  • The latest on in-person services

    The latest on in-person services
    This letter will be familiar, but includes important information not available in last week’s article. Dear UUCPA friends and members, I am delighted to report that we’ll be able to gather in person at UUCPA beginning on September 12 at 9:30 am. The online service will continue, now every week at 11 am.  In-person attendance will be limited ...
  • Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Class – Wed, Sept 8 @ 7:30 pm

    Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Class – Wed, Sept 8 @ 7:30 pm
    Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Class – Wed, Sept 8 @ 7:30 pm
  • Announcing 9/11 Multifaith Peace Picnic and Prayers

    Announcing 9/11 Multifaith Peace Picnic and Prayers
    The annual 9/11 Multifaith Peace Picnic and Prayers event is coming up!  You are all invited to be a part of this free peace and community-building event. There will be two registration options: 1.     Register for in-person attendance at 6:00 p.m. at King Plaza in downtown Palo Alto by clicking here.  The in-person event will be held in a ...
  • Miss the deadline for Beloved Conversations? No, you didn’t!

    Miss the deadline for Beloved Conversations? No, you didn't!
    The deadline for registering for the Fall 2021 session of Beloved Conversations Virtual has been extended by two weeks, to September 14. Don’t miss out! Register here. Fall Term Within Dates: September 21st–mid-December, 2021 Cost: $250 USD per person (lay folks and religious professionals). White folks and anyone with economic privileges/ample professional expenses will be encouraged to pay more. Full and ...
  • Registration open for: PCD Women’s Retreat, Sept 25

    Registration open for: PCD Women's Retreat, Sept 25
    Registration open for: PCD Women's Retreat, Sept 25
  • Activating your Realm account to sign up for services

    Activating your Realm account to sign up for services
    Realm (onrealm.org) is the database we use at UUCPA. However, Realm is much more than a way for UUCPA staff to store and retrieve information about the congregation. It’s also the basis for our directory, and makes the information in the printed directory accessible to you anytime, anywhere. And now, it is a very simple ...
  • Save the Date: UUCPA Class – Strategies of the Civil Rights Movement – Sept 29 & Oct 6

    Save the Date: UUCPA Class - Strategies of the Civil Rights Movement - Sept 29 & Oct 6
    Save the date for an upcoming 2-class series: Strategies of the Civil Rights Movement: Lessons for Our Time Wednesdays September 29 & October 6, 2021, 7:30 to 9:00 pm Zoom (link to be provided) Presenter: Mary Lou Finley The stories of the march across the Selma Bridge and the children and fire hoses in Birmingham are familiar to us, but what were the strategies behind these ...
  • Toward collective liberation

    We have two upcoming opportunities to help move our society, so long burdened by racism, into a freer future. One is right here in Palo Alto, tomorrow, August 29, 1 – 1:30 p.m.: please join the solidarity vigil for our Peninsula community. And the other is . . . also right here, wherever you keep your ...
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