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

Child care – Canceled

04/05/2020, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Child care (for infants, toddlers, and young children) — Loving and safe care with our professional childcare providers. Children who are over 3 and toilet-trained may go to Red class (if your 3-year-old is not yet toilet-trained, they may be in the class as long as you are available if toileting is necessary).


Sunday School for children and youth age 3 through grade 8 – ONLINE!

04/05/2020, 10:30 am - 1:30 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

While the Coronavirus keeps us physically apart, CYRE would like to bring our RE classes together using online meetings. Our regular RE teachers have agreed to hold online meetings for each class for the next three weeks (March 22, March 29, and April 5) as follows:

  • 10:30 AM: Green class, Ecojustice class
  • 11:30 AM: Red and Yellow classes combined,
  • 11:30 AM: Blue classes
  • 12:30 PM: Neighboring Faith Communities class
  • SHYG: to be determined by SHYG advisors, but probably 6:30 PM
The teachers for each class will email all registered families with links to the online meetings. If you have a child registered in any of the above classes, keep a lookout for an invitation on Thursday or Friday to an online meeting on Sunday.
Please note that these online meetings are only intended for our families who are already registered with UUCPA’s CYRE program. If you would like to invite a friend to one of these meetings, please ask them to email Dan Harper at DanHarper@uucpa.org by the Friday prior to the Sunday when they would like to join. Dan will get the information he needs, and he will let the teachers know to include the new families on the call.
We hope this service helps you and your family remain connected to UUCPA and to each other.

Because we believe in learning by doing, a most important part of our religious education is participation, with all ages, in the first part of regular worship services. Then during Sunday school, young people learn and play with people their own age. Feel free to ask Sunday school teachers what they did this week. If you would like to review curriculum materials that are not online, please call Dan Harper.

Each Sunday, from mid-August through early May, Sunday School classes are held.  For the first part of the year, all children participate in the classes mentioned below by age group. After late March and into early May, children in grades K-5 participate in multi-age group projects while children who are infant-preK and middle schoolers continue with the classes below.

  • Childcare (for infants, toddlers, and young children) — Loving and safe care with our professional childcare providers. Children who are over 3 and toilet-trained may go to Red class (if your 3-year-old is not yet toilet-trained, they may be in the class as long as you are on call via cell phone if toileting is necessary). To meet our childcare providers, click here.
  • Red group (3 and 4-year-olds), 2019-2020 — The Chalice Children curriculum helps young children learn about their religious community, and get to know each other.
  • Yellow group (gr. K-1), 2019-2020 — In fall, the Around the Church, Around the Year curriculum introduces children to their congregation. In early winter, children learn more about feminist god-images with Hide and Seek with God. In late winter, children explore the wider religious world with more stories from Picture Book World Religions.
  • Green group (grades 2-3), 2019-2020 — This group begins with Spirit of Adventure to learn about Unitarian Universalist values through fun activities. In early winter, Timeless Themes presents stories about Jesus and his times. Then in late winter, Holidays and Holy Days introduces world religions through holidays.
  • Blue group (grade 4-5), 2019-2020 — In fall, this group will explore Unitarian Universalist values with the Toolbox of Faith curriculum. In early winter, Timeless Themes presents stories from the Hebrew Bible. In late winter, they explore creation myths from around the world with the Beginnings curriculum.
  • For middle school (gr. 6-8), there is a choice of two different classes:
    • Purple group: Ecojustice (grade 6-8) — This is a project-based program that includes projects relating to environmental justice and nature study. Projects may include urban/suburban gardening, creating habitat for non-human organisms, learning how to cook outdoors, and studying environmental justice heroes like Rachel Carson and Cesar Chavez. There will be different projects each year, and the class may be repeated.
    • Purple group: Neighboring Faith Communities (grades 6-8) — This middle school group visits other faith communities, exploring other UU congregations, Christian diversity, and non-Western religions. Participants go on 6 field trips each year, on a two-year cycle: 2019-2020, UU, Quaker, Presbyterian, Episcopalian, Pentecostal, and Sikh faith communities; 2020-2021, UU, UCC, AME Zion, Catholic, Mormon, and Hindu faith communities.

Read more about our programs for children and youth.


Navigators – Canceled

04/05/2020, 11:00 am (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

UUCPA Children and Youth classes and groups are canceled through April 5.


Navigators, our bias-free scouting group, meets most 1st and 3rd Sundays at 11:00 a.m., September through May. The schedule also includes field trips and overnights, so contact Ed Vail to be put on the email list.

Navigators


OWL 4-6 Class – Canceled

04/05/2020, 11:00 am (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

UUCPA Children and Youth classes and groups are canceled through April 5.


Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a series of comprehensive and age-appropriate sexuality education curricula, developed jointly by the Unitarian Universalist Association and United Church of Christ, for six age groups: grades K-2, grades 4-6, grades 7-9, grades 10-12, young adults, and adults.

This class, for youth in grades 4-6 runs weekly on Sunday mornings from January through early April.

For more information: https://www.uucpa.org/learning/our-whole-lives-owl/


OWL 10-12 - CanceledOWL 10-12 – Canceled

04/05/2020, 6:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

UUCPA Children and Youth classes and groups are canceled through April 5.


OWL gr. 10-12 meetings (Second Sundays Sep-Feb, First Sundays Mar-Jun):

 

Our Whole Lives (OWL)


Senior High Youth Group – SHYG – Online

04/05/2020, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

In-person UUCPA Children and Youth classes and groups are canceled for a while.  However, SHYG will be meeting online.  Contact Rev. Dan Harper if you didn’t get the invite.

Note that this was supposed to be an OWL sunday, but OWL has been canceled, SHYG will meet.

Senior High Youth Group (grades 9-12) or SHYG — Teenagers in high school are welcome to join either SHYG group for fun and community-building, learning, worship, leadership development, and social action.

High School


Child care – Canceled

04/12/2020, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Child care (for infants, toddlers, and young children) — Loving and safe care with our professional childcare providers. Children who are over 3 and toilet-trained may go to Red class (if your 3-year-old is not yet toilet-trained, they may be in the class as long as you are available if toileting is necessary).


Easter Seek & Find – Canceled

04/12/2020, 10:30 am - 11:00 am UUCPA (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

UUCPA is closed to in-person events through April 7, 2020 and likely longer.  This event will almost certainly be canceled.  
The Easter Egg Seek & Find @ UUCPA is Sunday, April 12th on the playground behind Rooms 4/5 after the first service.  Easter is an intergenerational service, so we hope most children will enjoy staying in service with their parents, but childcare is available in room 1-2 for children who need to move around more.
Interested UUCPA youngsters are encouraged to bring a small Easter egg basket (we will have extras on hand). Gather after the 9:30 am service at the playground entrance to get organized by age before the event begins (Gathering usually starts around 10:30 am.  The excitement usually begins by 10:45 am, but won’t start until after the first service ends). Young-at-heart spectators are also welcome to come to enjoy the fun.
If you want to help with the Easter Egg Seek & Find, you can:
  • bring a dozen hard-boiled, decorated eggs (drop off no later than 10:15 am at the entrance to the playground) AND/OR
  • a dozen plastic eggs stuffed with small candies or stickers — Please, no items containing nuts!
  • loose foil-wrapped candies (such as chocolate eggs – consider fair trade!) that can be hidden individually
  • bring a couple of extra baskets for kids to use who forget theirs (clearly marked with your name so that we can get it back to you).

Please contact me, Heather heatherchen@uucpa.org if you are planning to bring decorated eggs and/or candy so that we can plan accordingly.

Older youngsters who want to help can come to the playground during the 9:30 am service to help scatter/hide eggs and candies.  Please note that helpers probably shouldn’t participate in the seeking.

Looking forward to a fun Easter!!


UUCPA Story Time - CanceledUUCPA Story Time – Canceled

04/12/2020, 10:30 am - 11:00 am Room 1 (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Join M. Scott for a read-aloud storytime every second Sunday in Room 1, at 10:30 (or when Sunday school lets out). Each week, Ms. Scott will read from books on social justice and religion that suit the values of UU families. Aimed at younger kids, all ages of children are welcome.

After the story, children with their parents are welcome to check out a book bag containing books on different religions or social issues.  This is a great way for families to learn a bit about different religions and the world around us together! Please try to return it the following second Sunday (or before) and pick up a new set.


Parent JourneyParent Journey

04/12/2020, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Room 6 (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

This is an informal time once a month for parents of RE children and youth to come together, with mugs in hand.

We start the way most of our small groups at UUCPA start, with a “check-in,” that is, with a time to talk about what’s been going on in your life recently. Then we’ll present a topic and we’ll have time for conversation on that topic.

No need to prepare – join us for an hour set aside for just us, a safe place to ponder, discuss, share, reflect, and laugh about the vagaries of parental life from a UU perspective.

Three things that might make Parent Journey more attractive for your family:

  1. There will be child care available on the playground during the parent group.
  2. You can attend Story Time with your child from 10:35 to 11:00, just before the parent group meets.
  3. You and your family can go to Second Sunday Lunch, an inexpensive, kid-friendly meal, which is served at about 12:15.

Visit the Parent Journey Page for more info.


Upcoming Adult Classes

Sacred Text Reading Group (via Video Conference)Sacred Text Reading Group (via Video Conference)

04/04/2020, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

A weekly online sacred text reading group with Reverend 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). I’ll 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.

Schedule:

  • Saturday, March 28, 4-5 p.m.: Psalm 23.
  • Saturday, April 4, 4-5 p.m.: Ruth, chapter 1.
  • Future Saturdays (through April): texts TBD.

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 Divide - CanceledHealing the Divide – Canceled

04/05/2020, 12:30 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

UUCPA is closed to in-person events until further notice.  Healing the Divide will not meet on April 5, 2020.

HEALING THE DIVIDE

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.

The meeting format is variable. In the past, we have discussed a book or article, practiced communication skills, explored our own beliefs about particular topics, and interviewed guests whose views are different from ours.

Snacks will be provided. All are welcome to attend.

Tuesday coffee klatschTuesday coffee klatsch

04/07/2020, 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Join Amy and members of the community on Tuesdays at 5 pm for a midweek break. We’ll share what’s in our mugs and then go deeper with a check-in about what’s really going on with us. Invite a friend!

Online Adult Religious Ed. Class, various topicsOnline Adult Religious Ed. Class, various topics

04/08/2020, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Join a weekly online class with Dan Harper, as we talk about a variety of religion-related topics (the exact topic will be announced the preceding Sunday). Stay for the whole session, or drop in when you can.

How to join:

  • Join this class from your Web browser: https://zoom.us/j/683839973
  • Join this class using the Zoom app: Meeting ID: 683 839 973
  • Join this class by phone: 669 900 6833 US (San Jose), Meeting ID: 683 839 973

Sacred Text Reading Group (via Video Conference)Sacred Text Reading Group (via Video Conference)

04/11/2020, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

A weekly online sacred text reading group with Reverend 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). I’ll 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.

Schedule:

  • Saturday, March 28, 4-5 p.m.: Psalm 23.
  • Saturday, April 4, 4-5 p.m.: Ruth, chapter 1.
  • Future Saturdays (through April): texts TBD.

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

Tuesday coffee klatschTuesday coffee klatsch

04/14/2020, 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Join Amy and members of the community on Tuesdays at 5 pm for a midweek break. We’ll share what’s in our mugs and then go deeper with a check-in about what’s really going on with us. Invite a friend!

Online Adult Religious Ed. Class, various topicsOnline Adult Religious Ed. Class, various topics

04/15/2020, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Join a weekly online class with Dan Harper, as we talk about a variety of religion-related topics (the exact topic will be announced the preceding Sunday). Stay for the whole session, or drop in when you can.

How to join:

  • Join this class from your Web browser: https://zoom.us/j/683839973
  • Join this class using the Zoom app: Meeting ID: 683 839 973
  • Join this class by phone: 669 900 6833 US (San Jose), Meeting ID: 683 839 973

Sci Fi / Fantasy Discussion Group - The Three-Body ProblemSci Fi / Fantasy Discussion Group – The Three-Body Problem

04/15/2020, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

This time we’ll talk about the critically and popularly acclaimed novel The Three-Body Problem, by Liu Cixin (note that Liu is his family name).

George R. R. Martin wrote, “If you like lots of science in your SF, this is a book for you, especially if you love theoretical physics, astrophysics, and mathematics. The Chinese background is fascinating, especially the look at the Cultural Revolution and its aftereffects,” and Barack Obama called it “just wildly imaginative.” Of the translation by Ken Liu (no relation), the author says, “Usually when Chinese literature gets translated to a foreign language, it tends to lose something. I don’t think that happened with The Three-Body Problem. I think it gained something.”

We meet via Zoom free video conferencing, in meeting room 250 109 6676. All are welcome, far or near! For more instructions on how to access Zoom, e-mail Amy by Wednesday morning: parishmin@uucpa.org.

We block out two hours, but usually wrap up at about 90 minutes, and at each session, we choose the topic for the next time, alternating between books and movies/television.

Find out more about the Sci Fi / Fantasy Discussion Group here.

Sacred Text Reading Group (via Video Conference)Sacred Text Reading Group (via Video Conference)

04/18/2020, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

A weekly online sacred text reading group with Reverend 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). I’ll 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.

Schedule:

  • Saturday, March 28, 4-5 p.m.: Psalm 23.
  • Saturday, April 4, 4-5 p.m.: Ruth, chapter 1.
  • Future Saturdays (through April): texts TBD.

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

Tuesday coffee klatschTuesday coffee klatsch

04/21/2020, 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Join Amy and members of the community on Tuesdays at 5 pm for a midweek break. We’ll share what’s in our mugs and then go deeper with a check-in about what’s really going on with us. Invite a friend!

Upcoming Music

First Sunday Sing Out – Canceled

04/05/2020, 10:30 am - 11:00 am Patio (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

UUCPA is closed to in-person events through April 7, 2020.  In-person singing events are canceled.

Come sing with us! We’ll sing favorite songs from the book Rise Up Singing. Anyone who likes to sing is welcome – and if you play guitar, banjo, ukulele, autoharp, etc., you are also welcome to bring your instrument and join in. Please note that the time will change in June and July when the church goes to one service.

Location:         Various, usually on the patio, Fireside Room in case of rain

Contact:           Eric Bier (firstsundaysing@uucpa.org)

Registration:   Not required

First-Sunday Sing Community Singing


Harmonic Circle – Canceled

04/05/2020, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Room 1 (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

UUCPA is closed to in-person events through April 7, 2020.  In-person singing events are canceled.

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.

Facilitators: Steve Ludington, Barry Nayler, and Dan Harper

Contact: Steve Ludington (harmoniccircle@uucpa.org)

Harmonic Circle


By Your Side Singers – Canceled

04/08/2020, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Room A (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

By Your Side Singers is UUCPA’s pastoral care choir, founded in 2016. In small groups, we visit and sing for any church member or friend, of any age, who seeks comfort, strength, or connection with UUCPA during times of illness, major life transition, or not being able to get to church. When invited, we sing in homes, in hospital rooms, or wherever we may accompany someone in need. Our repertoire includes beloved songs from our hymnals and other sources. At our practice sessions, we explore the power of singing to witness and comfort, and we support each other in our own joys and sorrows.

A visit may be arranged through the Caring Committee, the ministers of the congregation, or by contacting the BYSS co-chairs or singers directly at singtocare@uucpa.org.

Date: 2nd and 4th Wednesday every month
Time: 7:30–9 pm
Location: Room A
Contact: Melissa Thomson & Matthew Rosin (singtocare@uucpa.org)

By Your Side Singers


Choir Rehearsal – Canceled

04/09/2020, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Main Hall (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Singers wanted! We can use singers on all parts. Don’t be shy – give us a try!

The UUCPA choir welcomes singers of all vocal backgrounds. We are looking for people:

  • Who love to sing with others and be inspired by the act of making live music
  • Who want to learn and perform a variety of musical styles, in many different languages
  • Who can join us in weekly rehearsals and Sunday morning worship

You don’t have to sight-read, but you should be able to understand a music score and to learn a part quickly after hearing it. And if you’re not ready to perform with us right away, Bruce is happy to let you sing only at rehearsals for as long as you need.

Facilitator: Bruce Olstad, Music Director (music-director@uucpa.org)

Adult Choir


Sacred Harp Singing - CanceledSacred Harp Singing – Canceled

04/12/2020, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Room 1 (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Join the democratic and inclusive American song tradition of Sacred Harp music, one of the oldest ongoing music traditions in the United States. Rolling Stone magazine talks about “the soaring magnificence of Sacred Harp.” National Public Radio calls it “full-body singing,” and radio station KALW says it’s a “communal experience.” Come find out for yourself. Beginners are always welcome, and loaner books are available.

Dates:               2nd & 4th Sunday every month

Time:                 2-4 pm

Location:         Room 1

Facilitator:       Palo Alto Sacred Harp singers

Contact:           Lorraine Kostka (sacredharp@uucpa.org)

Registration:   Not required

Sacred-Harp Singing

 


Upcoming Newcomer/Visitor Events

Newcomer LunchNewcomer Lunch

05/17/2020, 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm Room 9 (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Are you a newcomer (or semi-newcomer) to UUCPA? If so, please come to the pizza and salad lunch in the Fireside Room after the second service. Meet other newcomers and talk to members who’ve already joined the UUCPA community. Find out more about an activity or group that interests you. This is a casual way to meet and talk to other friendly people – and there’s always the free lunch!

UUCPA members, sorry, this one isn’t for you; we’ll see you at the 2nd Sunday Lunches and 4th Sunday Brunches.


Discovering UUCPADiscovering UUCPA

06/14/2020, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Room 10 (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 class is offered every other month after the second service to answer your questions and help you find your place in the life of the congregation.

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

We will:

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

Details:

  • Date: 2nd Sundays, Jan 12, Mar 8, Jun 14
  • Time: 1-2 pm
  • Location: Room 10
  • Facilitator: Rev. Amy Morgenstern
  • Contact: Rev. Amy Morgenstern (parishmin@uucpa.org)

Learn more about other events for newcomers here.


Upcoming Group Meetings/Gatherings

Campus Workday - CanceledCampus Workday – Canceled

04/04/2020, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm UUCPA (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

  • Date:              1st Saturday every month
  • Time:              9 am-Noon
  • Location:        UUCPA Campus
  • Contact:         Michael Plass (michael_p@uucpa.org)

Consider making things even better by joining others at the monthly workday right here at UUCPA. There will be snacks and fine company. Come for some or all of the time. Projects might include painting some trim and kitchen cabinets, pruning shrubs, organizing closets, plus some jobs you may have in mind. Join the workday@uucpa.org email list to get the latest information about upcoming workdays.

Sunday Meditation - CanceledSunday Meditation – Canceled

04/05/2020, 10:00 am - 10:55 am Library (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Date: Every Sunday

Time:
  • 10:00 –10:55 on the weeks when UUCPA has two services (at 9:30 and 11am)
  • 9:30 – 10:25 on the weeks when UUCPA has only one service (mid June – end of July)
  • (entering or exiting at other times should be done as quietly as possible)
Location: Church Library—entrance and exit only via side door (across from bathrooms)
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.  In order to make this meditation time accessible to people with other Sunday morning commitments (e.g. The Forum and choir), it will have a built-in break at 10:20 to allow quiet entrance and exit for participants who need to do so.

First Sunday Sing Out – Canceled

04/05/2020, 10:30 am - 11:00 am Patio (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

UUCPA is closed to in-person events through April 7, 2020.  In-person singing events are canceled.

Come sing with us! We’ll sing favorite songs from the book Rise Up Singing. Anyone who likes to sing is welcome – and if you play guitar, banjo, ukulele, autoharp, etc., you are also welcome to bring your instrument and join in. Please note that the time will change in June and July when the church goes to one service.

Location:         Various, usually on the patio, Fireside Room in case of rain

Contact:           Eric Bier (firstsundaysing@uucpa.org)

Registration:   Not required

First-Sunday Sing Community Singing

UUCPA Bookstore and Used Book Room – Canceled

04/05/2020, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm Lobby (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Date/Time: One-half hour before and after most Sunday 11 am services (excluding second Sundays when we have Second-Sunday Lunch) in Fall, Winter, and Spring; and after most Sunday 10:30 am services in Summer
Location: Main Hall Lobby
Contact: Marilyn Stoddard (bookstore@uucpa.org)
Registration: Not required

Since 1955, the Book Store has opened on Sunday mornings in the Main Hall lobby. The store features books on spirituality, personal growth, religious education, and social action – many offered by the UUA publishers, Beacon Press and Skinner House.  We also carry a selection of current literature and children’s books – often titles recommended by members and friends. Our Used Book Room is a convenient facility for balancing the inevitable accumulation of books we’ve finished reading with our insatiable yen for new literary adventure: just leave your outgrown volumes in the little closet off the Main Hall and replace them from a tantalizing fresh supply donated by other thrifty UUs and resold at very reasonable prices.

Bookstore and Used Book Room

First Sunday Mahjong – Canceled

04/05/2020, 12:45 pm - 3:00 pm Room 4/5 (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Come one, come all, no experience necessary. Mahjong is not just a game of concentration you play online. Come learn how to play this gin rummy-like game, with tiles of three suits.

For these monthly meetings, we will:

  • Learn about the tiles and the game (or refresh your skills). Divide up into three tables and play a series of games.
    • There will be a ‘winners’ table, a ‘wannabees’ table and a ‘whiners’ table. We switch tables after each game, depending on how you do.
  • Learn how to score, win and earn chips.
    • Although no money will change hands, each player will start with $1 in chips. Winners will leave with more than $1; Losers will leave with less than $1. There will be no prizes – only bragging rights!
  • Have fun, meet new people and read the digits from 1-9 in Chinese.

Snacks will be provided from 12:45-1:00 p.m.

  • Date: 1st Sunday every month
  • Time: 12:45-3 pm
  • Location: Room 4/5; (Room 9 on Feb 2)
  • Facilitator: Linda Holroyd
  • Contact: Linda Holroyd (mahjong@uucpa.org)
  • Registration: Not required

Monthly Writing Group

04/05/2020, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Room 9 (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:           Susan Plass (susan_p@uucpa.org)

Facilitator:       Rotating facilitators

Monthly Writing Group

Harmonic Circle – Canceled

04/05/2020, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Room 1 (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

UUCPA is closed to in-person events through April 7, 2020.  In-person singing events are canceled.

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.

Facilitators: Steve Ludington, Barry Nayler, and Dan Harper

Contact: Steve Ludington (harmoniccircle@uucpa.org)

Harmonic Circle

Mens Group – 60+

04/06/2020, 10:00 am - 11:30 am Room 10 (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Mens Group – Semi-Retired, Retired, Thinking About It: men 60+ purifying wisdom.  Men facing similar challenges share personal experiences and develop trusted friendships. After a brief check-in, members discuss topics ranging from profound to humorous.
We promise confidentiality, openness, and non-judgmental listening. Active participation is encouraged, and we are excused when family or business matters prevent our attending.

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

Men’s Groups

Brown Bag Books - Meeting CanceledBrown Bag Books – Meeting Canceled

04/07/2020, 12:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

For health &  safety reasons (coronavirus), Brown Bag Books will NOT be meeting in the Fireside Room on 4/7 as previously planned.  BBB will resume meeting when it is safe to do so.


The April Brown Bag Book selection is “The Dutch House:  A Novel” by Anne Patchett (Fiction).

It is a richly moving story that explores the indelible bond between two siblings, the house of their childhood, and a past that will not let them go.  It is a story of paradise lost, a tour de force that digs deeply into questions of inheritance, love, and forgiveness, of how we want to see ourselves and of who we really are.  (Amazon)  Please join us on April 7th at noon in the Fireside Room to discuss this gripping story.

The Brown Bag Books group meets year-round, except in July and August. Many attendees bring their lunches, and everyone brings a sense of humor. Monthly sessions are always lively and enjoyable.

Books chosen by the group for discussion are usually listed in the Order of Service and the Bulletin, as well as on the UUCPA website.

  • Contact:           Hannah Slocum (brown-bag-books+owner@uucpa.org)
  • Facilitator:       Various participants
  • Registration:   Not required

 

Mens Group – Working Stiffs

04/07/2020, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Room A (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Mens Group – Working Stiffs: men 30-60 balancing work and family.  Men facing similar challenges share personal experiences and develop trusted friendships. After a brief check-in, members discuss topics ranging from profound to humorous.
We promise confidentiality, openness, and non-judgmental listening. Active participation is encouraged, and we are excused when family or business matters prevent our attending.

Date: 1st and 3rd Tuesday
Time: 7:30-9 pm
Facilitator: Walt O’Maley and John Phelps (If interested, please email workingstiffs@uucpa.org)

Upcoming Justice Projects/Events

Vote Forward Letter-Writing Event - CanceledVote Forward Letter-Writing Event – Canceled

04/04/2020, 1:30 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

The April 4, Vote Forward Letter-Writing Event has been canceled. 


Write Letters to Get Voters to the Polls in Key States.

Sending a Vote Forward letter is one of the easiest things you can do to increase turnout in key states. It’s a concrete action you can take to get unlikely-to-vote fellow citizens (from under-represented demographic groups) to the polls. We are trying to reach 2 million infrequent voters in key states before November. Since there are so many letters to do, we are preparing the letters now, storing them, and then mailing them in October.

Join us in the Main Hall to write letters.

Vote Forward is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization. Our mission is to empower grassroots volunteers to help register voters from under-represented demographics and encourage them to vote. We build tools to enable Americans, wherever they may be, to encourage fellow citizens to participate in our democracy.

Find more 2020 election events at UUCPA here.


Heart and HomeHeart and Home

04/04/2020 - 04/05/2020, 7:00 pm - 7:00 am UUCPA (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Heart & Home Women’s Shelter returns to UUCPA Sunday, February 23, 2020.  Participants will be at UUCPA from 7:00 pm to 7:00 am every night through April 5th. Up to 15 women eat dinner in the Fireside Room or the Lobby and then will sleep at UUCPA, mainly in the main hall.

We are seeking more volunteers and more dinners!
Bringing dinner means an entree and a side dish for 15, delivered to UUCPA soon after 7 pm. You are welcome to either drop off a ready to eat dinner or to also stay and eat. You can see which dinner dates are open and sign up here: UUCPA Heart and Home 2020 signups

Volunteering means helping with set up, dishes, and also joining our guests for dinner.
You can see available volunteer shifts here: UUCPA Heart and Home 2020 signups
Elementary and older children and youth are welcome.  There is plenty to do!  When you arrive, go to the kitchen or the white trailer behind room A, and say “I’m here to help with Heart and Home”.  The lead volunteer for the night will get you started.  Volunteers include UUCPA members, and also Stanford students and community volunteers.

Thanks for your help!  Edie Keating and Beth Sherman


Heart and HomeHeart and Home

04/05/2020 - 04/06/2020, 7:00 pm - 7:00 am UUCPA (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Heart & Home Women’s Shelter returns to UUCPA Sunday, February 23, 2020.  Participants will be at UUCPA from 7:00 pm to 7:00 am every night through April 5th. Up to 15 women eat dinner in the Fireside Room or the Lobby and then will sleep at UUCPA, mainly in the main hall.

We are seeking more volunteers and more dinners!
Bringing dinner means an entree and a side dish for 15, delivered to UUCPA soon after 7 pm. You are welcome to either drop off a ready to eat dinner or to also stay and eat. You can see which dinner dates are open and sign up here: UUCPA Heart and Home 2020 signups

Volunteering means helping with set up, dishes, and also joining our guests for dinner.
You can see available volunteer shifts here: UUCPA Heart and Home 2020 signups
Elementary and older children and youth are welcome.  There is plenty to do!  When you arrive, go to the kitchen or the white trailer behind room A, and say “I’m here to help with Heart and Home”.  The lead volunteer for the night will get you started.  Volunteers include UUCPA members, and also Stanford students and community volunteers.

Thanks for your help!  Edie Keating and Beth Sherman


Reclaim Our Vote – Canceled

04/12/2020, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm UUCPA (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Alert People of Color Who Have Been Taken Off The Voter Rolls

Please sign up to join us on 2nd Sunday, March 8 through October 11, from 3-5 p.m. (room TBA) to phonebank to and write postcards to people of color who have been taken off the voter rolls in key states for 2020 – states where a Senate seat is in play.  Reclaim Our Vote works with local NAACP and similar organizations, using their voter lists, to alert people who have been disenfranchised, encouraging them to re-register and giving them the information to do so. Help give people their voices for the upcoming primaries and caucuses ~ supporting our UU the Vote efforts!  

Please e-mail ElsaSchafer@uucpa.org to RSVP. If you can volunteer with us to help set up or clean up, we’d be grateful ~ please mention that too.  Onward!

Reclaim Our Vote is a volunteer-driven, nonpartisan outreach campaign to fight voter suppression, especially in the South.  We are organized by the Center for Common Ground of Virginia, with the help of the NAACP, Black Voters Matter, VoteRiders, DemLabs, Mi Familia Vota and other organizations.  We phone, postcard, and text voters of color who were purged from the voter rolls, to ask them to re-register and vote.

Find more 2020 election events at UUCPA here.


Vote Forward Letter-Writing EventVote Forward Letter-Writing Event

05/02/2020, 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm Main Hall (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Write Letters to Get Voters to the Polls in Key States.

Sending a Vote Forward letter is one of the easiest things you can do to increase turnout in key states. It’s a concrete action you can take to get unlikely-to-vote fellow citizens (from under-represented demographic groups) to the polls. We are trying to reach 2 million infrequent voters in key states before November. Since there are so many letters to do, we are preparing the letters now, storing them, and then mailing them in October.

Join us in the Main Hall to write letters.

Vote Forward is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization. Our mission is to empower grassroots volunteers to help register voters from under-represented demographics and encourage them to vote. We build tools to enable Americans, wherever they may be, to encourage fellow citizens to participate in our democracy.

Find more 2020 election events at UUCPA here.


Reclaim Our Vote

05/10/2020, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm UUCPA (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Alert People of Color Who Have Been Taken Off The Voter Rolls

Please sign up to join us on 2nd Sunday, March 8 through October 11, from 3-5 p.m. (room TBA) to phonebank to and write postcards to people of color who have been taken off the voter rolls in key states for 2020 – states where a Senate seat is in play.  Reclaim Our Vote works with local NAACP and similar organizations, using their voter lists, to alert people who have been disenfranchised, encouraging them to re-register and giving them the information to do so. Help give people their voices for the upcoming primaries and caucuses ~ supporting our UU the Vote efforts!  

Please e-mail ElsaSchafer@uucpa.org to RSVP. If you can volunteer with us to help set up or clean up, we’d be grateful ~ please mention that too.  Onward!

Reclaim Our Vote is a volunteer-driven, nonpartisan outreach campaign to fight voter suppression, especially in the South.  We are organized by the Center for Common Ground of Virginia, with the help of the NAACP, Black Voters Matter, VoteRiders, DemLabs, Mi Familia Vota and other organizations.  We phone, postcard, and text voters of color who were purged from the voter rolls, to ask them to re-register and vote.

Find more 2020 election events at UUCPA here.


Reclaim Our Vote

06/14/2020, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm UUCPA (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Alert People of Color Who Have Been Taken Off The Voter Rolls

Please sign up to join us on 2nd Sunday, March 8 through October 11, from 3-5 p.m. (room TBA) to phonebank to and write postcards to people of color who have been taken off the voter rolls in key states for 2020 – states where a Senate seat is in play.  Reclaim Our Vote works with local NAACP and similar organizations, using their voter lists, to alert people who have been disenfranchised, encouraging them to re-register and giving them the information to do so. Help give people their voices for the upcoming primaries and caucuses ~ supporting our UU the Vote efforts!  

Please e-mail ElsaSchafer@uucpa.org to RSVP. If you can volunteer with us to help set up or clean up, we’d be grateful ~ please mention that too.  Onward!

Reclaim Our Vote is a volunteer-driven, nonpartisan outreach campaign to fight voter suppression, especially in the South.  We are organized by the Center for Common Ground of Virginia, with the help of the NAACP, Black Voters Matter, VoteRiders, DemLabs, Mi Familia Vota and other organizations.  We phone, postcard, and text voters of color who were purged from the voter rolls, to ask them to re-register and vote.

Find more 2020 election events at UUCPA here.


Vote Forward Letter-Writing EventVote Forward Letter-Writing Event

06/27/2020, 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm Main Hall (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Write Letters to Get Voters to the Polls in Key States.

Sending a Vote Forward letter is one of the easiest things you can do to increase turnout in key states. It’s a concrete action you can take to get unlikely-to-vote fellow citizens (from under-represented demographic groups) to the polls. We are trying to reach 2 million infrequent voters in key states before November. Since there are so many letters to do, we are preparing the letters now, storing them, and then mailing them in October.

Join us in the Main Hall to write letters.

Vote Forward is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization. Our mission is to empower grassroots volunteers to help register voters from under-represented demographics and encourage them to vote. We build tools to enable Americans, wherever they may be, to encourage fellow citizens to participate in our democracy.

Find more 2020 election events at UUCPA here.


Reclaim Our Vote

07/12/2020, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm UUCPA (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Alert People of Color Who Have Been Taken Off The Voter Rolls

Please sign up to join us on 2nd Sunday, March 8 through October 11, from 3-5 p.m. (room TBA) to phonebank to and write postcards to people of color who have been taken off the voter rolls in key states for 2020 – states where a Senate seat is in play.  Reclaim Our Vote works with local NAACP and similar organizations, using their voter lists, to alert people who have been disenfranchised, encouraging them to re-register and giving them the information to do so. Help give people their voices for the upcoming primaries and caucuses ~ supporting our UU the Vote efforts!  

Please e-mail ElsaSchafer@uucpa.org to RSVP. If you can volunteer with us to help set up or clean up, we’d be grateful ~ please mention that too.  Onward!

Reclaim Our Vote is a volunteer-driven, nonpartisan outreach campaign to fight voter suppression, especially in the South.  We are organized by the Center for Common Ground of Virginia, with the help of the NAACP, Black Voters Matter, VoteRiders, DemLabs, Mi Familia Vota and other organizations.  We phone, postcard, and text voters of color who were purged from the voter rolls, to ask them to re-register and vote.

Find more 2020 election events at UUCPA here.


Reclaim Our Vote

08/09/2020, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm UUCPA (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Alert People of Color Who Have Been Taken Off The Voter Rolls

Please sign up to join us on 2nd Sunday, March 8 through October 11, from 3-5 p.m. (room TBA) to phonebank to and write postcards to people of color who have been taken off the voter rolls in key states for 2020 – states where a Senate seat is in play.  Reclaim Our Vote works with local NAACP and similar organizations, using their voter lists, to alert people who have been disenfranchised, encouraging them to re-register and giving them the information to do so. Help give people their voices for the upcoming primaries and caucuses ~ supporting our UU the Vote efforts!  

Please e-mail ElsaSchafer@uucpa.org to RSVP. If you can volunteer with us to help set up or clean up, we’d be grateful ~ please mention that too.  Onward!

Reclaim Our Vote is a volunteer-driven, nonpartisan outreach campaign to fight voter suppression, especially in the South.  We are organized by the Center for Common Ground of Virginia, with the help of the NAACP, Black Voters Matter, VoteRiders, DemLabs, Mi Familia Vota and other organizations.  We phone, postcard, and text voters of color who were purged from the voter rolls, to ask them to re-register and vote.

Find more 2020 election events at UUCPA here.


Reclaim Our Vote

09/13/2020, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm UUCPA (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Alert People of Color Who Have Been Taken Off The Voter Rolls

Please sign up to join us on 2nd Sunday, March 8 through October 11, from 3-5 p.m. (room TBA) to phonebank to and write postcards to people of color who have been taken off the voter rolls in key states for 2020 – states where a Senate seat is in play.  Reclaim Our Vote works with local NAACP and similar organizations, using their voter lists, to alert people who have been disenfranchised, encouraging them to re-register and giving them the information to do so. Help give people their voices for the upcoming primaries and caucuses ~ supporting our UU the Vote efforts!  

Please e-mail ElsaSchafer@uucpa.org to RSVP. If you can volunteer with us to help set up or clean up, we’d be grateful ~ please mention that too.  Onward!

Reclaim Our Vote is a volunteer-driven, nonpartisan outreach campaign to fight voter suppression, especially in the South.  We are organized by the Center for Common Ground of Virginia, with the help of the NAACP, Black Voters Matter, VoteRiders, DemLabs, Mi Familia Vota and other organizations.  We phone, postcard, and text voters of color who were purged from the voter rolls, to ask them to re-register and vote.

Find more 2020 election events at UUCPA here.


Reclaim Our Vote

10/11/2020, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm UUCPA (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Alert People of Color Who Have Been Taken Off The Voter Rolls

Please sign up to join us on 2nd Sunday, March 8 through October 11, from 3-5 p.m. (room TBA) to phonebank to and write postcards to people of color who have been taken off the voter rolls in key states for 2020 – states where a Senate seat is in play.  Reclaim Our Vote works with local NAACP and similar organizations, using their voter lists, to alert people who have been disenfranchised, encouraging them to re-register and giving them the information to do so. Help give people their voices for the upcoming primaries and caucuses ~ supporting our UU the Vote efforts!  

Please e-mail ElsaSchafer@uucpa.org to RSVP. If you can volunteer with us to help set up or clean up, we’d be grateful ~ please mention that too.  Onward!

Reclaim Our Vote is a volunteer-driven, nonpartisan outreach campaign to fight voter suppression, especially in the South.  We are organized by the Center for Common Ground of Virginia, with the help of the NAACP, Black Voters Matter, VoteRiders, DemLabs, Mi Familia Vota and other organizations.  We phone, postcard, and text voters of color who were purged from the voter rolls, to ask them to re-register and vote.

Find more 2020 election events at UUCPA here.


Upcoming Special Events

UUCPA Budget Town Hall MeetingUUCPA Budget Town Hall Meeting

04/05/2020, 10:30 am - 11:30 am (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

UUCPA is closed to in-person events through April 7, 2020.  While this meeting will not be held in-person, it will be held online via Zoom video conference. 

Join via Zoom video: zoom.us/j/533745138 ( (password required, please check your email)

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 2020-2021 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 19 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.


UUCPA Budget Town Hall MeetingUUCPA Budget Town Hall Meeting

04/05/2020, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Main Hall (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

UUCPA is closed to in-person events through April 7, 2020.  So this meeting will not be held in-person, it will be held via Zoom video conference.

11:00 am: Join via Zoom video: zoom.us/j/933071789 (password required, please check your email)

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 2020-2021 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 19 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.


Sunday Service – Easter

04/12/2020, 9:30 am - 10:30 am Main Hall (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Easter Seek & Find – Canceled

04/12/2020, 10:30 am - 11:00 am UUCPA (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

UUCPA is closed to in-person events through April 7, 2020 and likely longer.  This event will almost certainly be canceled.  
The Easter Egg Seek & Find @ UUCPA is Sunday, April 12th on the playground behind Rooms 4/5 after the first service.  Easter is an intergenerational service, so we hope most children will enjoy staying in service with their parents, but childcare is available in room 1-2 for children who need to move around more.
Interested UUCPA youngsters are encouraged to bring a small Easter egg basket (we will have extras on hand). Gather after the 9:30 am service at the playground entrance to get organized by age before the event begins (Gathering usually starts around 10:30 am.  The excitement usually begins by 10:45 am, but won’t start until after the first service ends). Young-at-heart spectators are also welcome to come to enjoy the fun.
If you want to help with the Easter Egg Seek & Find, you can:
  • bring a dozen hard-boiled, decorated eggs (drop off no later than 10:15 am at the entrance to the playground) AND/OR
  • a dozen plastic eggs stuffed with small candies or stickers — Please, no items containing nuts!
  • loose foil-wrapped candies (such as chocolate eggs – consider fair trade!) that can be hidden individually
  • bring a couple of extra baskets for kids to use who forget theirs (clearly marked with your name so that we can get it back to you).

Please contact me, Heather heatherchen@uucpa.org if you are planning to bring decorated eggs and/or candy so that we can plan accordingly.

Older youngsters who want to help can come to the playground during the 9:30 am service to help scatter/hide eggs and candies.  Please note that helpers probably shouldn’t participate in the seeking.

Looking forward to a fun Easter!!


Sunday Service – Easter

04/12/2020, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Main Hall (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

2020 Annual Meeting2020 Annual Meeting

04/19/2020, 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm Main Hall (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Because UUCPA is closed to in-person events until further notice, the Annual Meeting may need to be held online.  Please check back for further details.


The Annual Meeting of the Congregation will be on Sunday, April 19, 2020.  Voter check-in will begin at approximately 12:45 p.m. The meeting will begin at approximately 1:00 p.m.

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

  • Approve the Minutes of the Prior Congregational Meetings (2019 Annual Meeting Minutes Link TBA)
  • Members of the Board of Trustees
  • Members of the Nominating Committee
  • Representatives to the UUA General Assembly
  • Budget for FY20-21
  • Justice Partners for FY20-21
  • Resolutions presented by members or committees
  • Other matters as determined by the Board of Trustees or proposed by members at the meeting

Childcare will be available (if the meeting is held in-person).

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 2020 UUA General Assembly, June 24-28 (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 Halls

There will be two Budget Town Halls held on Sunday, April 5, one at 10:30 and another at 12:15.  Please plan to attend one of these meetings to be sure you are up-to-date on our financial situation prior to the Annual Meeting.

 


UUCPA All-Church Community DanceUUCPA All-Church Community Dance

04/25/2020, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm Main Hall (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

On Saturday April 25th, UUCPA hosts its eighth annual All-Church Community Dance.  We have live musicians playing traditional tunes.  A caller will lead us in group dances from several folk traditions.  No previous experience or partner is necessary.  Just follow along!
We will have a free pizza and salad dinner starting at 5:00 (Potluck items are most welcome, but the basics are provided.)  Music and dancing run from 6-8 pm.  People also hang out in the courtyard, chat, play some games.  Childcare will be provided, but children are encouraged to attend and join the dancing.
This is always a fun night– our only goal is to enjoy each other’s company and dance to the music.  Please come!
We also need help with the event itself. Please sign up for a short shift on the 25th or to bring a potluck item using this Google Doc Sheet: http://bit.ly/2HBEsWM.

Annual May Day CelebrationAnnual May Day Celebration

04/26/2020, 10:30 am - 11:00 am UUCPA (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Celebrate May Day at UUCPA

Our annual celebration of May Day will take place on Sunday, April 26.

Middle schoolers are invited to come at 9:30 and learn a simple Morris dance, a traditional English dance done on May Day. Robert Neff and Paul Kostka will teach the dance and provide live music. Then the middle schoolers do the dance on the patio after the first service has ended.

The annual Maypole dance will take place on the grassy area, after the Morris dancing. Children and adults are welcome to join in; younger children should be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult. Eric Bier and friends will teach and lead the dance.


Bass Lake GetawayBass Lake Getaway

08/20/2020 - 08/23/2020, All Day Skylake Camp – Yosemite (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Registration Now Open (Coming Soon…Click here for Information and Registration form.)

Important Dates:

  • Early Bird Registration: March 1, 2020
  • Regular Registration: March 2 – August 6, 2020
  • Cabin assignments: on or before August 1st
  • Bass Lake Weekend: August 20 – 23, 2020

Visit the Bass Lake web page for more information.


Upcoming Holiday Events

Sunday Service – Easter

04/12/2020, 9:30 am - 10:30 am Main Hall (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Easter Seek & Find – Canceled

04/12/2020, 10:30 am - 11:00 am UUCPA (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

UUCPA is closed to in-person events through April 7, 2020 and likely longer.  This event will almost certainly be canceled.  
The Easter Egg Seek & Find @ UUCPA is Sunday, April 12th on the playground behind Rooms 4/5 after the first service.  Easter is an intergenerational service, so we hope most children will enjoy staying in service with their parents, but childcare is available in room 1-2 for children who need to move around more.
Interested UUCPA youngsters are encouraged to bring a small Easter egg basket (we will have extras on hand). Gather after the 9:30 am service at the playground entrance to get organized by age before the event begins (Gathering usually starts around 10:30 am.  The excitement usually begins by 10:45 am, but won’t start until after the first service ends). Young-at-heart spectators are also welcome to come to enjoy the fun.
If you want to help with the Easter Egg Seek & Find, you can:
  • bring a dozen hard-boiled, decorated eggs (drop off no later than 10:15 am at the entrance to the playground) AND/OR
  • a dozen plastic eggs stuffed with small candies or stickers — Please, no items containing nuts!
  • loose foil-wrapped candies (such as chocolate eggs – consider fair trade!) that can be hidden individually
  • bring a couple of extra baskets for kids to use who forget theirs (clearly marked with your name so that we can get it back to you).

Please contact me, Heather heatherchen@uucpa.org if you are planning to bring decorated eggs and/or candy so that we can plan accordingly.

Older youngsters who want to help can come to the playground during the 9:30 am service to help scatter/hide eggs and candies.  Please note that helpers probably shouldn’t participate in the seeking.

Looking forward to a fun Easter!!

Sunday Service – Easter

04/12/2020, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Main Hall (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Annual May Day CelebrationAnnual May Day Celebration

04/26/2020, 10:30 am - 11:00 am UUCPA (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Celebrate May Day at UUCPA

Our annual celebration of May Day will take place on Sunday, April 26.

Middle schoolers are invited to come at 9:30 and learn a simple Morris dance, a traditional English dance done on May Day. Robert Neff and Paul Kostka will teach the dance and provide live music. Then the middle schoolers do the dance on the patio after the first service has ended.

The annual Maypole dance will take place on the grassy area, after the Morris dancing. Children and adults are welcome to join in; younger children should be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult. Eric Bier and friends will teach and lead the dance.

Upcoming Non-UUCPA Events

UUA General AssemblyUUA General Assembly

06/24/2020 - 06/28/2020, All Day Rhode Island Convention Center (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. Anyone may attend.

The theme for General Assembly in June 2020 is Rooted, Inspired, & Ready! We are in touch with our theological roots, we are engaged in transforming our faith, and we are fired up to take action in the wider world.

View the GA Schedule.

Find out more: Financial aidregistration (both on and off-site), and housing reservations.

Visit the website for details: https://www.uua.org/ga