There is a lot going on at UUCPA.  Here is a brief listing of upcoming events.  For a more comprehensive list, please visit the calendar.

Upcoming Events for Children & Youth
Upcoming Adult Classes
Upcoming Music
Upcoming Newcomer/Visitor Events
Upcoming Group Meetings
Upcoming Justice Projects/Events
Upcoming Special Events
Upcoming Holiday Events
Upcoming Non-UUCPA Events

Upcoming Events for Children & Youth

Green Class Sunday School (gr. 2-3)

03/07/2021, 9:30 am - 10:15 am (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

During Sunday school, young people learn from friendly adults and their peers.  If you would like to review curriculum materials ahead of time, please contact Dan Harper. And feel free to sit in on any online class.

Green group (grades 2-3) — A story-based curriculum based on From Long Ago and Many Lands introduces children to stories for various world religions and local religions.

To find out more, please contact Dan Harper: danharper@uucpa.org.

Sunday school classes are held weekly on Sundays, except during intergenerational service weeks.  Check the Sunday School links spreadsheet for the Zoom meeting details. Sunday school links reminder email is sent weekly on Sunday mornings.


Red Class Sunday School (preschool)

03/07/2021, 9:30 am - 10:15 am (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

The Red class is currently on hold.  If you are interested in Sunday school classes for 3 and 4 year olds please contact us at cyrecommittee@uucpa.org.

 

During Sunday school, young people learn from friendly adults and their peers.  If you would like to review curriculum materials ahead of time, please contact Dan Harper. And feel free to sit in on any online class.

Red group (3 and 4 year olds) — Story-based curriculum, using We Are Many, We Are One, a curriculum that introduces young children to age-appropriate diversity concepts.

To find out more, please contact Dan Harper: danharper@uucpa.org

Sunday school classes are held weekly on Sundays, except during intergenerational service weeks.  Check the Sunday School links spreadsheet for the Zoom meeting details. Sunday school links reminder email is sent weekly on Sunday mornings.


Ecojustice Sunday School Class (gr. 6-8)

03/07/2021, 10:15 am - 11:45 am (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

During Sunday school, young people learn from friendly adults and their peers.  If you would like to review curriculum materials ahead of time, please contact Dan Harper. And feel free to sit in on any online class.

Purple group: Ecojustice (grade 6-8) — This is an in-person, project-based program that includes projects relating to environmental justice and nature study. There is limited space in this class. To apply, indicate your preference on the registration form:  https://forms.gle/TGzzbhicgLGUEmDX6. As you’d expect, participants must agree to comply with our COVID safety guidelines.

To find out more, please contact Dan Harper: danharper@uucpa.org

Sunday school classes are held weekly on Sundays, except during intergenerational service weeks.


Blue Class Sunday School (gr. 4-5)

03/07/2021, 11:45 am - 12:30 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

During Sunday school, young people learn from friendly adults and their peers.  If you would like to review curriculum materials ahead of time, please contact Dan Harper. And feel free to sit in on any online class.

Blue group (grade 4-5) — Curriculum to be announced.

To find out more, please contact Dan Harper: danharper@uucpa.org

Sunday school classes are held weekly on Sundays, except during intergenerational service weeks.  Check the Sunday School links spreadsheet for the Zoom meeting details. Sunday school links reminder email is sent weekly on Sunday mornings.


Neighboring Religions Sunday School Class (gr. 6-8)

03/07/2021, 11:45 am - 12:30 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

During Sunday school, young people learn from friendly adults and their peers.  If you would like to review curriculum materials ahead of time, please contact Dan Harper. And feel free to sit in on any online class.

Purple group: Neighboring Faith Communities (grades 6-8) — This middle school group visits online services of other faith communities, including other UU congregations, culturally diverse Christian communities, and non-Western religions.

To find out more, please contact Dan Harper: danharper@uucpa.org

Sunday school classes are held weekly on Sundays, except during intergenerational service weeks.  Check the Sunday School links spreadsheet for the Zoom meeting details. Sunday school links reminder email is sent weekly on Sunday mornings.


Yellow Class Sunday School (gr. K-1)

03/07/2021, 11:45 am - 12:30 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

During Sunday school, young people learn from friendly adults and their peers.  If you would like to review curriculum materials ahead of time, please contact Dan Harper. And feel free to sit in on any online class.

Yellow group (gr. K-1) — A story-based curriculum based on Hide and Seek with God, which uses a feminist approach to religion for primary grades.

To find out more, please contact Dan Harper: danharper@uucpa.org

Sunday school classes are held weekly on Sundays, except during intergenerational service weeks.  Check the Sunday School links spreadsheet for the Zoom meeting details. Sunday school links reminder email is sent weekly on Sunday mornings.


Coming of Age MeetingComing of Age Meeting

03/07/2021, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Coming of Age Calendar, 2020-2021

Date Coming of Age
Sunday, September 20, 2020 Family meeting
Sunday, December 13, 2020 COA 1
Sunday, January 3, 2021 COA 2
Sunday, January 10, 2021 COA 3
Sunday, January 24, 2021 COA 4
Sunday, January 31, 2021 COA 5
Sunday, February 7, 2021 COA 6
Sunday, February 21, 2021 COA 7
Sunday, February 28, 2021 Asian Art Museum?
Sunday, March 7, 2021 COA 8
Sunday, March 21, 2021 COA 9
Sunday, March 28, 2021 COA 10
Sunday, April 11, 2021 COA 11
Sunday, April 18, 2021 COA 12
Sunday, April 25, 2021 COA 13
Sunday, May 2, 2021 Time to work on credos
Sunday, May 16, 2021 COA 14
Sunday, May 23, 2021 CoA service

Senior High Youth Group – SHYG

03/07/2021, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Senior High Youth Group (grades 9-12) or SHYG — Teenagers in high school are welcome to join SHYG for fun and community-building, learning, worship, leadership development, and social action. SHYG meets online on Sunday evenings from 7:00-8:00 p.m., from Sept. through May.

Join the SHYG Slack channel to get meeting info. Contact Dan Harper danharper@uucpa.org to request membership.


NO Green Class Sunday School (gr. 2-3)

03/14/2021, 9:30 am - 10:15 am (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

There is no Sunday school this week, March 14, 2021.


During Sunday school, young people learn from friendly adults and their peers.  If you would like to review curriculum materials ahead of time, please contact Dan Harper. And feel free to sit in on any online class.

Green group (grades 2-3) — A story-based curriculum based on From Long Ago and Many Lands introduces children to stories for various world religions and local religions.

To find out more, please contact Dan Harper: danharper@uucpa.org.

Sunday school classes are held weekly on Sundays, except during intergenerational service weeks.  Check the Sunday School links spreadsheet for the Zoom meeting details. Sunday school links reminder email is sent weekly on Sunday mornings.


NO Red Class Sunday School (preschool)

03/14/2021, 9:30 am - 10:15 am (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

There is no Sunday school this week, March 14, 2021.


The Red class is currently on hold.  If you are interested in Sunday school classes for 3 and 4 year olds please contact us at cyrecommittee@uucpa.org.

 

During Sunday school, young people learn from friendly adults and their peers.  If you would like to review curriculum materials ahead of time, please contact Dan Harper. And feel free to sit in on any online class.

Red group (3 and 4 year olds) — Story-based curriculum, using We Are Many, We Are One, a curriculum that introduces young children to age-appropriate diversity concepts.

To find out more, please contact Dan Harper: danharper@uucpa.org

Sunday school classes are held weekly on Sundays, except during intergenerational service weeks.  Check the Sunday School links spreadsheet for the Zoom meeting details. Sunday school links reminder email is sent weekly on Sunday mornings.


Upcoming Adult Classes

Religious Questions in Art IReligious Questions in Art I

03/03/2021, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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, Ana Mendieta, El Anatsui, Karen Schiff, Areca Roe, Andy Goldsworthy, Mark Bradford.

This is the first in a two-class Religious Questions in Art series by Rev. Amy Zucker Morgenstern: 

  • Art I  Wed, Mar 3, 2021 at 7:30 – 9 pm
  • Art II  Wed, Mar 31, 2021 at 7:30 – 9 pm

The Zoom link will be provided on announce@uucpa.org and on CREparents@uucpa.org before each class   If you are not a member of the announce list, you can join it by sending a message to announce+subscribe@uucpa.org.

Sacred Text Reading GroupSacred Text Reading Group

03/06/2021, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

A weekly online sacred text reading group with Amy

Using a spiritual-practice approach, in each session we will explore a different brief scriptural text in depth. The aims of the sessions are educational (learning something about the texts and traditions), spiritual/moral (discovering what the texts ask of us), and community-building (getting to know each other better). Amy will have a version of the text available to share; “bring” your own if you like. All are welcome, as are your suggestions of future texts. About half our readings so far have been those suggested by group members.

On Saturday, March 6, our text will be this passage from The Varieties of Religious Experience, by William James:

The transition from tenseness, self-responsibility, and worry, to equanimity, receptivity, and peace, is the most wonderful of these shiftings of inner equilibrium, … and the chief wonder of it is that it so often comes about, not by doing, but by simply relaxing and throwing the burden down. This abandonment of self-responsibility … is capable of entering into closest marriage with every speculative creed. … Of Saint Catherine of Genoa it is said that “she took cognizance of things, only as they were presented to her in succession, moment by moment.” To her holy soul, “the divine moment was the present moment, … and when … the duty that was involved in it was accomplished, it was permitted to pass away as if it had never been, and to give way to the facts and duties of the moment which came after.” Hinduism, mind-cure, and theosophy all lay great emphasis upon this concentration of the consciousness upon the moment at hand.

How to join:

  • Join this class from your Web browser: https://zoom.us/j/578882781
  • Join this class using the Zoom app: Meeting ID: 578 882 781
  • Join this class by phone: 669 900 9128 US (San Jose), Meeting ID: 578 882 781
  • Join this class by on-tap on mobile phones: +16699009128,,578882781# US (San Jose)
  • Phoning in, but not in the bay area?  Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/abL8clvIYT

Healing the DivideHealing the Divide

03/07/2021, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

At our meeting this Sunday, 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 bridging our political and racial divides. Susan Bro, who lost her daughter when a car drove through a group of counter-protestors in Charlottesville, and David and Erin Leaverton, a Republican couple who travel to all fifty states in an RV to find out what divides us, are just a few of the characters profiled in the film. Each of these bridge-builders have realized that while our divides run deeper than they ever could have imagined, so does the love and hope to bring our country back together. The  film urges us to consider that everyone has a role to play in reuniting the country.
I really liked this movie — I found it powerful, moving, and inspiring.
It’s also an hour and 24 minutes long, which won’t leave us much time for discussion.   We’ll take some time for discussion Sunday for anyone who wants to stick around, and we can allow some more time in the following month’s meeting.

Healing the Divide is a UUCPA group that formed after the 2016 election to ask: 1) what do we not understand about others with more conservative viewpoints, and 2) what can we learn that will help us communicate even across wide differences in belief.

Zoom information will be provided on heal-the-divide@uucpa.org a day or two before the meeting.  If you are not a member of that email list, you can request to join by sending a message to heal-the-divide+subscribe@uucpa.org.

Questions?  Please contact Susan Owicki at heal-the-divide+owner@uucpa.org

Hope to see you there!

Susan

White Folks Dismantling White SupremacyWhite Folks Dismantling White Supremacy

03/09/2021, 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Co-sponsored by the Action Council and the Adult Religious Education Committee, this study/action group meets twice a month, on the second and fourth Tuesday evenings from 7:15 to 8:45 via Zoom. The second-Tuesday sessions, led by Rev. Amy Zucker Morgenstern, are currently focused on the series “Seeing White” from the podcast Scene on Radio. The fourth-Tuesday sessions, led by Kristi Iverson and Susan Owicki, are focused on action and reflection.

On March 9, we’ll listen to episode 11 of “Seeing White” together and then talk about the images of danger and violence between black and white US Americans. If you’ve missed previous sessions and would like some context, you can read the transcripts of all previous episodes, or of course listen to them.

If you would like to participate, please sign up to be on the class email list by sending an email to DismantlingWhiteSupremacy+subscribe@uucpa.org.

We are calling the group “White Folks . . . ” because we recognize the need for white people to do much of the work of dismantling white supremacy. It’s also important to have anti-racism learning spaces for white folks, where they can grapple with new ideas about racism and speak candidly about their fears and misconceptions. It can be painful for people of color to witness these conversations, so we have created this space apart from the main body of the congregation. That said, all people of whatever race or background are warmly welcome at any or all sessions.

Sacred Text Reading GroupSacred Text Reading Group

03/13/2021, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

A weekly online sacred text reading group with Amy

Using a spiritual-practice approach, in each session we will explore a different brief scriptural text in depth. The aims of the sessions are educational (learning something about the texts and traditions), spiritual/moral (discovering what the texts ask of us), and community-building (getting to know each other better). Amy will have a version of the text available to share; “bring” your own if you like. All are welcome, as are your suggestions of future texts. About half our readings so far have been those suggested by group members.

On Saturday, March 13, we’ll read Number 37 from the Tao te Ching:

Tao abides in non-action,
Yet nothing is left undone.
If kings and lords observed this,
The ten thousand things would develop naturally.
If they still desired to act,
They would return to the simplicity of formless substance.
Without form there is no desire.
Without desire there is tranquillity.
And in this way all things would be at peace.
The above is the Feng & English translation. You can see other translations of the same passage here.

How to join:

  • Join this class from your Web browser: https://zoom.us/j/578882781
  • Join this class using the Zoom app: Meeting ID: 578 882 781
  • Join this class by phone: 669 900 9128 US (San Jose), Meeting ID: 578 882 781
  • Join this class by on-tap on mobile phones: +16699009128,,578882781# US (San Jose)
  • Phoning in, but not in the bay area?  Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/abL8clvIYT

Transgender Inclusion in CongregationsTransgender Inclusion in Congregations

03/15/2021, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

In September, 2020, many of you attended UUCPA’s Welcoming Congregation seminar “Transgender Experience and Spirituality.” The event featured selections from the online course series “Transgender Inclusion in Congregations,” developed by UU leaders Rev. Mykal O’Neal Slack and Zr. Alex Kapitan and the Transforming Hearts Collective.

The excerpts we viewed and discussed in the seminar were moving and inspiring, and many of us would like to take the entire six-session course.

The Welcoming Congregation Committee will offer a monthly group viewing/discussion over Zoom, meeting from 7–9 pm on the third Monday of each month, starting on November 16.

Over the six sessions, we’ll deeply explore the intersection of trans identity, spirituality, and faith community and gain the grounding, context, and skills to transform ourselves and our congregation.

Here’s the schedule:

  • Nov 16  Introduction to Beloved Community: Welcome as a Spiritual Practice
  • Dec 21  Gender and Our Faith Community
  • Jan 18   Unpacking the Gender Binary
  • Feb 15  Trans Experience and Spirituality
  • Mar 15 The Role of Culture in Trans Exclusion
  • Apr 19  Creating Culture Shift

You are welcome to join us for some or all of the sessions. Zoom information will be shared on the email list welcoming@uucpa.org. You can join that list by emailing welcoming+subscribe@uucpa.org.

More information on the course content is available here.

NOTE: UUCPA has purchased access to the “Transgender Inclusion in Congregations” course for our entire congregation. If you plan to join us for our monthly viewings and discussions, then you do not need to enroll in the course separately. If you wish to take the course individually, email us at welcoming+owner@uucpa.org to learn how to enroll for free as a UUCPA member.

Google Tips and TricksGoogle Tips and Tricks

03/16/2021, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Google Tips and Tricks – 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 readily accessible using them.  These classes will cover a number of features, such as Drive (file system), Gmail, Calendar, Meet (video conferencing), Docs (documents), Sheets (spreadsheets), and Slides.  The content will be shaped by the interests and experience level of class members.  Google Workspace tools are used in a variety of settings, and these classes will allow you to use them effectively.

Megan is a member of the UUCPA tech team, working to bring us the Sunday service.  She is also a Google employee, but this training is completely unofficial.

The Zoom link will be provided on announce@uucpa.org and on CREparents@uucpa.org before each class   If you are not a member of the announce list, you can join it by sending a message to announce+subscribe@uucpa.org.

Sacred Text Reading GroupSacred Text Reading Group

03/20/2021, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

A weekly online sacred text reading group with Amy

Using a spiritual-practice approach, in each session we will explore a different brief scriptural text in depth. The aims of the sessions are educational (learning something about the texts and traditions), spiritual/moral (discovering what the texts ask of us), and community-building (getting to know each other better). Amy will have a version of the text available to share; “bring” your own if you like. All are welcome, as are your suggestions of future texts. About half our readings so far have been those suggested by group members.

Our text for Saturday, March 20 is from My Grandfather’s Blessings by Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.:

“Perhaps real wisdom lies in not seeking answers at all. Any answer we find will not be true for long. An answer is a place where we can fall asleep as life moves past us to its next question. After all these years I have begun to wonder if the secret of living well is not in having all the answers but in pursuing unanswerable questions in good company.”

How to join:

  • Join this class from your Web browser: https://zoom.us/j/578882781
  • Join this class using the Zoom app: Meeting ID: 578 882 781
  • Join this class by phone: 669 900 9128 US (San Jose), Meeting ID: 578 882 781
  • Join this class by on-tap on mobile phones: +16699009128,,578882781# US (San Jose)
  • Phoning in, but not in the bay area?  Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/abL8clvIYT

White Folks Dismantling White SupremacyWhite Folks Dismantling White Supremacy

03/23/2021, 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Co-sponsored by the Action Council and the Adult Religious Education Committee, this study/action group meets twice a month, on the second and fourth Tuesday evenings from 7:15 to 8:45 via Zoom. The second-Tuesday sessions, led by Rev. Amy Zucker Morgenstern, are currently focused on the series “Seeing White” from the podcast Scene on Radio. The fourth-Tuesday sessions, led by Kristi Iverson and Susan Owicki, are focused on action and reflection.

If you would like to participate, please sign up to be on the class email list by sending an email to DismantlingWhiteSupremacy+subscribe@uucpa.org.

 

The group is called “White Folks . . . ” because we recognize the need for white people to do much of the work of dismantling white supremacy. It’s also important to have anti-racism learning spaces for white folks, where they can grapple with new ideas about racism and speak candidly about their fears and misconceptions. It can be painful for people of color to witness these conversations, so we have created this space apart from the main body of the congregation. That said, all people of whatever race or background are warmly welcome at any or all sessions.

Humanism III (class)Humanism III (class)

03/24/2021, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Humanism III  Wed, Mar 24, 2021 at 7:30 – 9 pm

Humanism has been justly accused of being too reactive a movement, focused on what it is not and what humanists do not believe, rather than declaring its own constructive philosophy.  Tonight we look to some of the positive shapers of a humanist vision, from existentialists to scientists, particularly paying attention to African American humanism, the New Atheists and their critics, and UU voices.  We’ll also think about the challenges that postmodernism, psychology, and neuroscience pose to the modernist confidence in reason and human knowledge.

This is the final class in a three-class Humanism series by Rev. Amy Zucker Morgenstern: 

  • Humanism I  Wed, Feb 3, 2021 at 7:30 – 9 pm
  • Humanism II  Wed, Feb 24, 2021 at 7:30 – 9 pm
  • Humanism III  Wed, Mar 24, 2021 at 7:30 – 9 pm

The Zoom link will be provided on announce@uucpa.org and on CREparents@uucpa.org before each class   If you are not a member of the announce list, you can join it by sending a message to announce+subscribe@uucpa.org.

Upcoming Music

Harmonic Circle

03/07/2021, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

UUCPA is closed to in-person events, however, Harmonic Circle will continue to meet.  Different people are hosting. It will be held weekly on Sundays, 2-4 p.m. — and if you want to join, email Dan Harper danharper@uucpa.org and he will send a Zoom link.

In response to divisive U.S. politics, we want more harmony and community in our lives. Music-making leads to harmony, and builds community!

We have copies of “Rise Up Singing,” as well as our own songbook, and you are also welcome to bring songs to share. We do everything from simple unison singing, to four-part harmony. We sing old songs and new songs, and occasionally a song one of us wrote. We go around the circle, and each person gets to choose a song. We’ll try to sing anything you choose, but it will go better if you can sing and/or play the song for us. We love it if you teach us harmony parts for your song.

We’re a supportive singing community, and we do our best to make everyone sound great. We welcome instruments, too. Bring your guitar, ukulele, autoharp, mandolin, fiddle, or any other instrument that goes well with singing.

 

Contact: Steve Ludington (harmoniccircle@uucpa.org)

Harmonic Circle


Harmonic Circle

03/14/2021, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

UUCPA is closed to in-person events, however, Harmonic Circle will continue to meet.  Different people are hosting. It will be held weekly on Sundays, 2-4 p.m. — and if you want to join, email Dan Harper danharper@uucpa.org and he will send a Zoom link.

In response to divisive U.S. politics, we want more harmony and community in our lives. Music-making leads to harmony, and builds community!

We have copies of “Rise Up Singing,” as well as our own songbook, and you are also welcome to bring songs to share. We do everything from simple unison singing, to four-part harmony. We sing old songs and new songs, and occasionally a song one of us wrote. We go around the circle, and each person gets to choose a song. We’ll try to sing anything you choose, but it will go better if you can sing and/or play the song for us. We love it if you teach us harmony parts for your song.

We’re a supportive singing community, and we do our best to make everyone sound great. We welcome instruments, too. Bring your guitar, ukulele, autoharp, mandolin, fiddle, or any other instrument that goes well with singing.

 

Contact: Steve Ludington (harmoniccircle@uucpa.org)

Harmonic Circle


Harmonic Circle

03/21/2021, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

UUCPA is closed to in-person events, however, Harmonic Circle will continue to meet.  Different people are hosting. It will be held weekly on Sundays, 2-4 p.m. — and if you want to join, email Dan Harper danharper@uucpa.org and he will send a Zoom link.

In response to divisive U.S. politics, we want more harmony and community in our lives. Music-making leads to harmony, and builds community!

We have copies of “Rise Up Singing,” as well as our own songbook, and you are also welcome to bring songs to share. We do everything from simple unison singing, to four-part harmony. We sing old songs and new songs, and occasionally a song one of us wrote. We go around the circle, and each person gets to choose a song. We’ll try to sing anything you choose, but it will go better if you can sing and/or play the song for us. We love it if you teach us harmony parts for your song.

We’re a supportive singing community, and we do our best to make everyone sound great. We welcome instruments, too. Bring your guitar, ukulele, autoharp, mandolin, fiddle, or any other instrument that goes well with singing.

 

Contact: Steve Ludington (harmoniccircle@uucpa.org)

Harmonic Circle


Harmonic Circle

03/28/2021, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

UUCPA is closed to in-person events, however, Harmonic Circle will continue to meet.  Different people are hosting. It will be held weekly on Sundays, 2-4 p.m. — and if you want to join, email Dan Harper danharper@uucpa.org and he will send a Zoom link.

In response to divisive U.S. politics, we want more harmony and community in our lives. Music-making leads to harmony, and builds community!

We have copies of “Rise Up Singing,” as well as our own songbook, and you are also welcome to bring songs to share. We do everything from simple unison singing, to four-part harmony. We sing old songs and new songs, and occasionally a song one of us wrote. We go around the circle, and each person gets to choose a song. We’ll try to sing anything you choose, but it will go better if you can sing and/or play the song for us. We love it if you teach us harmony parts for your song.

We’re a supportive singing community, and we do our best to make everyone sound great. We welcome instruments, too. Bring your guitar, ukulele, autoharp, mandolin, fiddle, or any other instrument that goes well with singing.

 

Contact: Steve Ludington (harmoniccircle@uucpa.org)

Harmonic Circle


Harmonic Circle

04/04/2021, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

UUCPA is closed to in-person events, however, Harmonic Circle will continue to meet.  Different people are hosting. It will be held weekly on Sundays, 2-4 p.m. — and if you want to join, email Dan Harper danharper@uucpa.org and he will send a Zoom link.

In response to divisive U.S. politics, we want more harmony and community in our lives. Music-making leads to harmony, and builds community!

We have copies of “Rise Up Singing,” as well as our own songbook, and you are also welcome to bring songs to share. We do everything from simple unison singing, to four-part harmony. We sing old songs and new songs, and occasionally a song one of us wrote. We go around the circle, and each person gets to choose a song. We’ll try to sing anything you choose, but it will go better if you can sing and/or play the song for us. We love it if you teach us harmony parts for your song.

We’re a supportive singing community, and we do our best to make everyone sound great. We welcome instruments, too. Bring your guitar, ukulele, autoharp, mandolin, fiddle, or any other instrument that goes well with singing.

 

Contact: Steve Ludington (harmoniccircle@uucpa.org)

Harmonic Circle


Upcoming Newcomer/Visitor Events

Discovering UUCPADiscovering UUCPA

04/11/2021, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Are you a new Unitarian Universalist? Considering UUism? Or well-acquainted with UUism, but new to UUCPA? This one-session gathering is offered to answer your questions and help you find your place in the life of the congregation.

In this time of isolation, it’s especially helpful to have someone to connect us each to the small groups and other rich offerings of UUCPA that fit our own explorations–Amy can be that person. We’ll share briefly the paths that brought us here, and have Q&A about how to get involved and whatever else we’re each wondering about the congregation. Please bring your questions!

We will:

  • Share the spiritual explorations that have brought us to this point
  • Get to know other newcomers and get connected to members of the congregation
  • Help each other articulate what we’re looking for, and discover what UUCPA has to offer to match it
  • Ask questions and get answers

Details:

Learn more about other events for newcomers here.


Discovering UUCPADiscovering UUCPA

06/13/2021, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Are you a new Unitarian Universalist? Considering UUism? Or well-acquainted with UUism, but new to UUCPA? This one-session gathering is offered to answer your questions and help you find your place in the life of the congregation.

In this time of isolation, it’s especially helpful to have someone to connect us each to the small groups and other rich offerings of UUCPA that fit our own explorations–Amy can be that person. We’ll share briefly the paths that brought us here, and have Q&A about how to get involved and whatever else we’re each wondering about the congregation. Please bring your questions!

We will:

  • Share the spiritual explorations that have brought us to this point
  • Get to know other newcomers and get connected to members of the congregation
  • Help each other articulate what we’re looking for, and discover what UUCPA has to offer to match it
  • Ask questions and get answers

Details:

Learn more about other events for newcomers here.


Discovering UUCPADiscovering UUCPA

08/08/2021, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Are you a new Unitarian Universalist? Considering UUism? Or well-acquainted with UUism, but new to UUCPA? This one-session gathering is offered to answer your questions and help you find your place in the life of the congregation.

In this time of isolation, it’s especially helpful to have someone to connect us each to the small groups and other rich offerings of UUCPA that fit our own explorations–Amy can be that person. We’ll share briefly the paths that brought us here, and have Q&A about how to get involved and whatever else we’re each wondering about the congregation. Please bring your questions!

We will:

  • Share the spiritual explorations that have brought us to this point
  • Get to know other newcomers and get connected to members of the congregation
  • Help each other articulate what we’re looking for, and discover what UUCPA has to offer to match it
  • Ask questions and get answers

Details:

Learn more about other events for newcomers here.


Discovering UUCPADiscovering UUCPA

10/10/2021, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Are you a new Unitarian Universalist? Considering UUism? Or well-acquainted with UUism, but new to UUCPA? This one-session gathering is offered to answer your questions and help you find your place in the life of the congregation.

In this time of isolation, it’s especially helpful to have someone to connect us each to the small groups and other rich offerings of UUCPA that fit our own explorations–Amy can be that person. We’ll share briefly the paths that brought us here, and have Q&A about how to get involved and whatever else we’re each wondering about the congregation. Please bring your questions!

We will:

  • Share the spiritual explorations that have brought us to this point
  • Get to know other newcomers and get connected to members of the congregation
  • Help each other articulate what we’re looking for, and discover what UUCPA has to offer to match it
  • Ask questions and get answers

Details:

Learn more about other events for newcomers here.


Upcoming Group Meetings/Gatherings

Gardening @ UUCPAGardening @ UUCPA

03/04/2021, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm UUCPA (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Every Thursday our garden volunteers maintain our beautiful and educational native garden, whether it’s planting, pruning, weeding or other tasks.  We keep 6 feet apart and wear masks.  Bring your own gloves and weeding tools if you have them.

As Amy says, “Being outside together is one of the few in-person social opportunities we have.”

Please email garden@uucpa.org if you have any questions.

Campus WorkdayCampus Workday

03/06/2021, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm UUCPA (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

  • Date:              Usually the 1st Saturday every month
  • Time:              9 am-Noon
  • Location:        UUCPA Campus
  • Contact:        Buildings and Grounds Committee (buildings-and-grounds@uucpa.org)

Consider making things even better by joining others at the monthly workday right here at UUCPA. There will be plenty of 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.

Saturday MeditationSaturday Meditation

03/06/2021, 9:00 am - 10:30 am (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

The Saturday morning meditation group welcomes all to join us for meditation, tea, and conversation. Meditation time begins promptly at 9:10 and lasts for 40 minutes, including several short readings. Next, we share tea and conversation, talking about what is important to us in the moment – perhaps our response to the readings or something that is going on in our lives.

  • Dates: Every Saturday
  • Time: 9-10:30 am
  • Location: Online until we can meet at UUCPA again
  • Facilitator: Leadership is shared and rotates weekly
  • Contact: Marilyn Stoddard (satmeditation+owner@uucpa.org)
  • Registration: Email Marilyn for details

Come Meditate with Us!

Sunday MeditationSunday Meditation

03/07/2021, 9:30 am - 10:25 am (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Date: Every Sunday

Time: 9:30 – 10:25 on the weeks when UUCPA has only one service
Location: Online
Leader: Eric Bier
Contact: Marilyn Austin (sundaymeditation@uucpa)
This meditation opportunity is open to all UUCPA participants.  Those who already meditate regularly may use it as a time and place to pursue their regular practice.  Those for whom meditation is new may use this as a way to try it out, under the guidance of an experienced fellow UU.  \

Monthly Writing Group

03/07/2021, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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!

Contact:           writing-group+owner@uucpa.org

Facilitator:       Rotating facilitators

Location:       Meeting via Zoom.  Send an email to  writing-group+owner@uucpa.org to join the group and request the meeting link.

 

Monthly Writing Group

Harmonic Circle

03/07/2021, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

UUCPA is closed to in-person events, however, Harmonic Circle will continue to meet.  Different people are hosting. It will be held weekly on Sundays, 2-4 p.m. — and if you want to join, email Dan Harper danharper@uucpa.org and he will send a Zoom link.

In response to divisive U.S. politics, we want more harmony and community in our lives. Music-making leads to harmony, and builds community!

We have copies of “Rise Up Singing,” as well as our own songbook, and you are also welcome to bring songs to share. We do everything from simple unison singing, to four-part harmony. We sing old songs and new songs, and occasionally a song one of us wrote. We go around the circle, and each person gets to choose a song. We’ll try to sing anything you choose, but it will go better if you can sing and/or play the song for us. We love it if you teach us harmony parts for your song.

We’re a supportive singing community, and we do our best to make everyone sound great. We welcome instruments, too. Bring your guitar, ukulele, autoharp, mandolin, fiddle, or any other instrument that goes well with singing.

 

Contact: Steve Ludington (harmoniccircle@uucpa.org)

Harmonic Circle

Parents/Caregivers of Teens Group

03/08/2021, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

This group is for UUCPA Parents/Caregivers who have teenage children.

Gardening @ UUCPAGardening @ UUCPA

03/11/2021, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm UUCPA (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Every Thursday our garden volunteers maintain our beautiful and educational native garden, whether it’s planting, pruning, weeding or other tasks.  We keep 6 feet apart and wear masks.  Bring your own gloves and weeding tools if you have them.

As Amy says, “Being outside together is one of the few in-person social opportunities we have.”

Please email garden@uucpa.org if you have any questions.

2nd Friday Bridge Club

03/12/2021, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

The Second Friday Bridge Club has finally accepted the fact that this pandemic is going to be with us for a while and has decided to move online.

We will still be playing at 7 pm on the second Friday of the month.  We will play our games on Bridge Base Online and join a Zoom meeting so we can kibbitz.

We are a very friendly, casual game, and we switch partners every 4 hands so you don’t have to come with a partner.  While we can’t accommodate people who don’t know anything about the game, we are very welcoming to beginners and encourage players to ask questions.  Unfortunately, everyone will have to provide their own snacks.

Our first game will be Friday, Aug 14, at 7 pm.  If you need help getting on BBO, I’d be happy to walk you through it.  Please let me know if you’d like to get on the list to get invitations to the games.

Hope to “see” you there,  

Facilitator:       Group is self-facilitated Contact:           Sally Ahnger (bridgeclub@uucpa.org) Registration:   Let Sally know if you will attend. https://www.uucpa.org/connection/affinity-groups/second-friday-bridge-club/

Saturday MeditationSaturday Meditation

03/13/2021, 9:00 am - 10:30 am (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

The Saturday morning meditation group welcomes all to join us for meditation, tea, and conversation. Meditation time begins promptly at 9:10 and lasts for 40 minutes, including several short readings. Next, we share tea and conversation, talking about what is important to us in the moment – perhaps our response to the readings or something that is going on in our lives.

  • Dates: Every Saturday
  • Time: 9-10:30 am
  • Location: Online until we can meet at UUCPA again
  • Facilitator: Leadership is shared and rotates weekly
  • Contact: Marilyn Stoddard (satmeditation+owner@uucpa.org)
  • Registration: Email Marilyn for details

Come Meditate with Us!

Upcoming Justice Projects/Events

Nothing scheduled at this time.

Upcoming Special Events

UUCPA Budget Town Hall Meeting

04/11/2021, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

UUCPA is closed to in-person events, so this meeting will not be held in-person, it will be held via Zoom video conference.

Please join members of Board of Trustees and the Finance Committee for a Budget Town Hall meeting.

During this meeting, the Finance Committee will share present UUCPA’s proposed 2021-2022 Budget. The Finance Committee and members of the Board will be available to answer detailed questions regarding the proposed Budget in anticipation of its formal submittal for approval before the entire congregation at the April 25 Annual Meeting.  There will also be information available on the resolutions that the members will be voting on during the meeting.

Please join us for this very important meeting!  We look forward to your questions and comments.


2021 Annual Meeting

04/25/2021, 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Because UUCPA is closed to in-person events until further notice, the Annual Meeting will be held online.  


The Annual Meeting of the Congregation will be on Sunday, April 25, 2025.  The meeting will be held after the 10:30 am worship service.

In the annual meeting, the congregation generally votes on the following types of items:

  • Approve the Minutes of the Prior Congregational Meetings (2020 Annual Meeting Minutes)
  • Members of the Board of Trustees
  • Members of the Nominating Committee
  • Representatives to the UUA General Assembly
  • Budget for FY21-22
  • Justice Partners for FY21-22
  • Resolutions presented by members or committees
  • Other matters as determined by the Board of Trustees or proposed by members at the meeting

Members must have made a contribution of record during the past 12 calendar months to be eligible to vote.

New members must be affirmed by the Board 30 days before the meeting (by ) in order to be eligible to vote at this meeting.

For more information about our church governance: https://www.uucpa.org/about-us/our-governance/

Nominees

For the Board of Trustees:

  • tba

For the Nominations Committee:

  • tba

For voting delegates to the 2021 UUA General Assembly, June 23-27, 2021 (https://www.uua.org/ga):

  • tba

Voting by Proxy or Absentee Ballot

If unable to attend the meeting, a member may designate another member as proxy — note that no one can hold more than one proxy.  Proxy forms are currently available on the website at https://www.uucpa.org/about-us/our-governance/voting-proxy-absentee-ballot-uucpa-congregational-meetings/.  PLEASE PLAN AHEAD IF YOU WILL BE GIVING SOMEONE YOUR PROXY TO HELP AVOID DELAYS TO THE START OF THE MEETING.

A member may also vote on candidates by completing an absentee ballot.  Absentee ballots will be available on the website and in the office soon after nominations close on <TBA>.

NOTE:  If you submit a proxy, you may not also submit an absentee ballot.

For more information on congregational meetings, including proxies and absentee ballots, see: https://www.uucpa.org/about-us/our-governance/

Budget Town Hall

There is a Budget Town Hall meeting on Sunday, April 11.  Please review the materials from the town hall meeting to be sure you are up-to-date on our financial situation prior to the Annual Meeting.

Eligibility

Members who are eligible to vote should have received the meeting information in an email on Friday 4/23 via Realm.  To be eligible to vote, a member must have made a financial contribution of record within the last 12 months.

While only voting members can join the Zoom meeting, anyone can watch and listen to the meeting via the Facebook live stream: https://www.facebook.com/uucpa/live (no Facebook account needed)


Upcoming Holiday Events

Nothing scheduled at this time.

Upcoming Non-UUCPA Events

PCD Women’s RetreatPCD Women’s Retreat

03/13/2021, 8:30 am - 8:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Women from UU congregations in the Bay Area and beyond are gathering March 13 from 8:30 am to 8 pm for a one-day virtual retreat on Zoom. The theme is: HANGING IN, HANGING ON.  All self-identified women are more than welcome to join us. Registration will be open until March 1st. To register, click on the Google form here.

We will share our lives in an opening orientation, small groups, learning sessions, a scavenger hunt in your home, Suffragist bingo, a memorial for Liz Fisher and Meg Bowman, and a closing session.

Registration is $25.

To be added to the retreat email list, send a blank email to PCDUUwomen+subscribe@groups.io. Also check out our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WandRPCD.


UPLIFT Trans/Non-Binary Gathering SpaceUPLIFT Trans/Non-Binary Gathering Space

03/23/2021, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA)’s LGBTQ and Multicultural Programs Office now hosts a monthly Trans/Non-Binary Gathering Space: UPLIFT! All trans/non-binary Unitarian Universalists, whether children, seniors, or anyone in between, are welcome. Please use this link to register.

For more information, write to the Rev. Michael Crumpler (he/him/his), LGBTQ and Multicultural Programs Director at the UUA.

UPLIFT Trans/Non-Binary Gathering SpaceUPLIFT Trans/Non-Binary Gathering Space

04/27/2021, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA)’s LGBTQ and Multicultural Programs Office now hosts a monthly Trans/Non-Binary Gathering Space: UPLIFT! All trans/non-binary Unitarian Universalists, whether children, seniors, or anyone in between, are welcome. Please use this link to register.

For more information, write to the Rev. Michael Crumpler (he/him/his), LGBTQ and Multicultural Programs Director at the UUA.

UPLIFT Trans/Non-Binary Gathering SpaceUPLIFT Trans/Non-Binary Gathering Space

05/25/2021, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA)’s LGBTQ and Multicultural Programs Office now hosts a monthly Trans/Non-Binary Gathering Space: UPLIFT! All trans/non-binary Unitarian Universalists, whether children, seniors, or anyone in between, are welcome. Please use this link to register.

For more information, write to the Rev. Michael Crumpler (he/him/his), LGBTQ and Multicultural Programs Director at the UUA.

UPLIFT Trans/Non-Binary Gathering SpaceUPLIFT Trans/Non-Binary Gathering Space

06/22/2021, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA)’s LGBTQ and Multicultural Programs Office now hosts a monthly Trans/Non-Binary Gathering Space: UPLIFT! All trans/non-binary Unitarian Universalists, whether children, seniors, or anyone in between, are welcome. Please use this link to register.

For more information, write to the Rev. Michael Crumpler (he/him/his), LGBTQ and Multicultural Programs Director at the UUA.