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

All Grades Summer Sunday School (In-Person and Virtual)

08/01/2021, 11:45 am - 12:30 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

It’s time for Summer Sunday School!  Summer Sunday School happens weekly during the summer and is available for all grade levels.  Starting on Sunday, June 27, the CYRE Committee started offering Summer Sunday School two ways – In person, or by zoom.  Class is 11:45 am to 12:30 pm.

If you choose to join us by zoom, you may have done this many times before. The class you join will include people moving around outdoors at UUCPA. Our goal is that everyone zooming will be part of what’s happening at church. We know it won’t be perfect, but we will do our best!

If you choose to join us in person, here is our plan, and the rules we will follow so that we all provide each other, especially our unvaccinated young people, with appropriate social distancing and masking.

Summer Sunday School – In Person Plans and Agreements

  • Check in with UUCPA Childcare Staff before you come through the fence – look for the well-labeled sign-in table.
  • Everyone wears a mask the whole time! If you need a drink of water or it’s time to sneeze first socially distance, and then take off your mask briefly.
  • Social Distancing:  We will ask children and adults to do arm’s length social distancing. This is easy to demonstrate and should provide three feet or more of distance. (No social distancing is needed among members of the same household.)
  • What will parents do on site during class? There are two main choices – hang out on the sidelines and chat or read. Or – participate with your children in the class activities.
  • Can two vaccinated parents talk with their masks off? During Summer Sunday School, we want to keep our rules simple – masks for everyone.
  • Will there be coffee and hot chocolate? Not yet. We will only offer drinking water this Sunday.
  • Bathrooms? The bathrooms across from the office will be available.
  • Do these rules follow the small group guidelines? The Board gave the Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE) Committee authorization to set rules for covid safely in our programs. We aim that our Summer Sunday School rules follow or exceed the small group guidelines.

Check the Sunday School links spreadsheet for the Zoom meeting details. Sunday school links reminder email is sent weekly on Sunday mornings to families with children registered in the Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE) program.  Children can be registered here: how-to-register.

We hope to see some of you in person or on zoom this Sunday.

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


All Grades Summer Sunday School (In-Person and Virtual)

08/08/2021, 11:45 am - 12:30 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

It’s time for Summer Sunday School!  Summer Sunday School happens weekly during the summer and is available for all grade levels.  Starting on Sunday, June 27, the CYRE Committee started offering Summer Sunday School two ways – In person, or by zoom.  Class is 11:45 am to 12:30 pm.

If you choose to join us by zoom, you may have done this many times before. The class you join will include people moving around outdoors at UUCPA. Our goal is that everyone zooming will be part of what’s happening at church. We know it won’t be perfect, but we will do our best!

If you choose to join us in person, here is our plan, and the rules we will follow so that we all provide each other, especially our unvaccinated young people, with appropriate social distancing and masking.

Summer Sunday School – In Person Plans and Agreements

  • Check in with UUCPA Childcare Staff before you come through the fence – look for the well-labeled sign-in table.
  • Everyone wears a mask the whole time! If you need a drink of water or it’s time to sneeze first socially distance, and then take off your mask briefly.
  • Social Distancing:  We will ask children and adults to do arm’s length social distancing. This is easy to demonstrate and should provide three feet or more of distance. (No social distancing is needed among members of the same household.)
  • What will parents do on site during class? There are two main choices – hang out on the sidelines and chat or read. Or – participate with your children in the class activities.
  • Can two vaccinated parents talk with their masks off? During Summer Sunday School, we want to keep our rules simple – masks for everyone.
  • Will there be coffee and hot chocolate? Not yet. We will only offer drinking water this Sunday.
  • Bathrooms? The bathrooms across from the office will be available.
  • Do these rules follow the small group guidelines? The Board gave the Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE) Committee authorization to set rules for covid safely in our programs. We aim that our Summer Sunday School rules follow or exceed the small group guidelines.

Check the Sunday School links spreadsheet for the Zoom meeting details. Sunday school links reminder email is sent weekly on Sunday mornings to families with children registered in the Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE) program.  Children can be registered here: how-to-register.

We hope to see some of you in person or on zoom this Sunday.

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


All Grades Summer Sunday School (In-Person and Virtual)

08/15/2021, 11:45 am - 12:30 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

It’s time for Summer Sunday School!  Summer Sunday School happens weekly during the summer and is available for all grade levels.  Starting on Sunday, June 27, the CYRE Committee started offering Summer Sunday School two ways – In person, or by zoom.  Class is 11:45 am to 12:30 pm.

If you choose to join us by zoom, you may have done this many times before. The class you join will include people moving around outdoors at UUCPA. Our goal is that everyone zooming will be part of what’s happening at church. We know it won’t be perfect, but we will do our best!

If you choose to join us in person, here is our plan, and the rules we will follow so that we all provide each other, especially our unvaccinated young people, with appropriate social distancing and masking.

Summer Sunday School – In Person Plans and Agreements

  • Check in with UUCPA Childcare Staff before you come through the fence – look for the well-labeled sign-in table.
  • Everyone wears a mask the whole time! If you need a drink of water or it’s time to sneeze first socially distance, and then take off your mask briefly.
  • Social Distancing:  We will ask children and adults to do arm’s length social distancing. This is easy to demonstrate and should provide three feet or more of distance. (No social distancing is needed among members of the same household.)
  • What will parents do on site during class? There are two main choices – hang out on the sidelines and chat or read. Or – participate with your children in the class activities.
  • Can two vaccinated parents talk with their masks off? During Summer Sunday School, we want to keep our rules simple – masks for everyone.
  • Will there be coffee and hot chocolate? Not yet. We will only offer drinking water this Sunday.
  • Bathrooms? The bathrooms across from the office will be available.
  • Do these rules follow the small group guidelines? The Board gave the Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE) Committee authorization to set rules for covid safely in our programs. We aim that our Summer Sunday School rules follow or exceed the small group guidelines.

Check the Sunday School links spreadsheet for the Zoom meeting details. Sunday school links reminder email is sent weekly on Sunday mornings to families with children registered in the Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE) program.  Children can be registered here: how-to-register.

We hope to see some of you in person or on zoom this Sunday.

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


All Grades Summer Sunday School (In-Person and Virtual)

08/22/2021, 11:45 am - 12:30 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

It’s time for Summer Sunday School!  Summer Sunday School happens weekly during the summer and is available for all grade levels.  Starting on Sunday, June 27, the CYRE Committee started offering Summer Sunday School two ways – In person, or by zoom.  Class is 11:45 am to 12:30 pm.

If you choose to join us by zoom, you may have done this many times before. The class you join will include people moving around outdoors at UUCPA. Our goal is that everyone zooming will be part of what’s happening at church. We know it won’t be perfect, but we will do our best!

If you choose to join us in person, here is our plan, and the rules we will follow so that we all provide each other, especially our unvaccinated young people, with appropriate social distancing and masking.

Summer Sunday School – In Person Plans and Agreements

  • Check in with UUCPA Childcare Staff before you come through the fence – look for the well-labeled sign-in table.
  • Everyone wears a mask the whole time! If you need a drink of water or it’s time to sneeze first socially distance, and then take off your mask briefly.
  • Social Distancing:  We will ask children and adults to do arm’s length social distancing. This is easy to demonstrate and should provide three feet or more of distance. (No social distancing is needed among members of the same household.)
  • What will parents do on site during class? There are two main choices – hang out on the sidelines and chat or read. Or – participate with your children in the class activities.
  • Can two vaccinated parents talk with their masks off? During Summer Sunday School, we want to keep our rules simple – masks for everyone.
  • Will there be coffee and hot chocolate? Not yet. We will only offer drinking water this Sunday.
  • Bathrooms? The bathrooms across from the office will be available.
  • Do these rules follow the small group guidelines? The Board gave the Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE) Committee authorization to set rules for covid safely in our programs. We aim that our Summer Sunday School rules follow or exceed the small group guidelines.

Check the Sunday School links spreadsheet for the Zoom meeting details. Sunday school links reminder email is sent weekly on Sunday mornings to families with children registered in the Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE) program.  Children can be registered here: how-to-register.

We hope to see some of you in person or on zoom this Sunday.

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


Upcoming Adult Classes

Sacred Text Reading GroupSacred Text Reading Group

07/31/2021, 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, July 31 is from Reinhold Niebuhr, Moral Man and Immoral Society. From the member who suggested the text: Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971; not to be confused with his brother H. Richard Niebuhr or his nephew Richard R. Niebuhr, both also theologians) was a minister and theologian who wrestled with topics such as justice, non-violence, coercion, and realism. He was German American and was a minister in a German evangelical church in Detroit in the 1920s. He was a pacifist at the start of his career but his observation of the injustices suffered by workers in Detroit’s automobile industry moved him into the ‘militant’ wing of the Socialist Party. He favored strikes despite the interpersonal violence and property damage they sometimes produced. He wrote Moral Man and Immoral Society (1932) to explore, among other topics, the meaning and limits of non-violent resistance to injustice.

  1. The distinguishing marks of violent coercion and conflict are usually held to be its intent to destroy either life or property. This distinction is correct if consequences are not confused with intent. Non-violent conflict and coercion may also result in the destruction of life or property and they usually do. The difference is that destruction is not the intended but the inevitable consequence of non- violent coercion. […]
  2. Non-violence is essentially non-co-operation. It expresses itself in the refusal to participate in the ordinary processes of society. It may mean the refusal to pay taxes to the government (civil disobedience), or to trade with the social group which is to be coerced (boycott) or to render customary services (strike). While it represents a passive and negative form of resistance, its consequences may be very positive.
  3. It certainly places restraints upon the freedom of the objects of its discipline and prevents them from doing what they desire to do. Furthermore it destroys property values, and it may destroy life; though it is not generally as destructive of life as violence. Yet a boycott may rob a whole community of its livelihood and, if maintained long enough, it will certainly destroy life. A strike may destroy the property values inherent in the industrial process which it brings to a halt, and it may imperil the life of a whole community which depends upon some vital service with which the strike interferes. Nor can it be maintained that it isolates the guilty from the innocent more successfully than violent coercion. The innocent are involved with the guilty in conflicts between groups, not because of any particular type of coercion used in the conflict but by the very group character of the conflict. No community can be disciplined without affecting all its members who are dependent upon, even though they are not responsible for, its policies. The cotton spinners of Lancashire are impoverished by Gandhi’s boycott of English cotton, though they can hardly be regarded as the authors of British imperialism. If the League of Nations should use economic sanctions against Japan, or any other nation, workmen who have the least to do with Japanese imperialism would be bound to suffer most from such a discipline. […]
  4. [Thus Mr. Gandhi has written]: “Often a man’s actions defy analysis in terms of nonviolence; equally often his actions may bear the appearance of violence when he is absolutely non- violent in the highest sense of the term, and is subsequently found to be so. All I can claim for my conduct is that I was, in that instance cited, actuated in the interest of non-violence” (C. F. Andrews, Mahatma Gandhi’s ideas, p. 142).
  5. The advantage of non-violence as a method of expressing moral goodwill lies in the fact, that it protects the agent against the resentments which violent conflict always creates in both parties to a conflict, and that it proves this freedom of resentment and ill-will to the contending party in the dispute by enduring more suffering than it causes. If non-violent resistance causes pain and suffering to the opposition, it mitigates the resentment, which such suffering usually creates, by enduring more pain than it inflicts.

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Healing the DivideHealing the Divide

08/01/2021, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Healing the Divide is a UUCPA group which formed after the 2016 elections 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 agenda for the August 1 meeting (to be held via Zoom) is:

  1. Choose the next 3 topics to discuss in future meetings of Healing the Divide.
  2. Discuss our preferences for meeting in person, on Zoom, or a combination of both.
  3. Open discussion of current topics of interest.  This might include discussing proposed topics that were not selected.

 

We would love to have a variety of proposals from different people.  You can propose a topic in person at the meeting, or in writing beforehand.  Instructions for written proposals will be sent to heal-the-divide@uucpa.org, or you can email me if you aren’t on that mailing list.

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.

Sacred Text Reading GroupSacred Text Reading Group

08/07/2021, 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.

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

Sacred Text Reading GroupSacred Text Reading Group

08/14/2021, 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, August 14, 2021, is from the screenplay for Selma (2014, Ava Duvernay and Paul Webb). The member who suggested it writes: In January 1965, Dr. King and a group of leaders from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference visit Selma, Alabama. In their first meeting with Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee Members John Lewis and James Forman, King says the SCLC is looking for a sheriff who’s a bully. This scene from the movie Selma, written by Ava Duvernay and Paul Webb, is fictional but it echoes comments about SCLC strategy in a piece by King in the Saturday Review in 1965 and comments made by SCLC leaders in the documentary series Eyes on the Prize and various other articles.

KING: John. James. The way our organization works is simple. We set up a confrontation – and wait for our adversary to make a mistake. We were in Albany for nine months. But their sheriff, Laurie Pritchett, never made a mistake. Kept his cool, kept arresting us in a humane way, carried people to the jail-wagons on stretchers. Day in, day out. There was no drama.
FORMAN (disparagingly): You mean there was no cameras.
KING: Exactly. Now I know, we all understand, that you young people believe in working in the community long-term. Doing the good work to raise black consciousness. Going door to door. Educating people about government and history. Being in the trenches for years if necessary.  It’s good grassroots work. I can’t tell you how much I admire that. But what we do primarily is raise white consciousness. In particular the consciousness of whichever white man happens to be sitting in the Oval Office. Kennedy ignored us in Albany – because he could – because the press and the TV ignored us. And right now Johnson has other fish to fry and he’ll ignore us, too – if he can. The only way to stop him doing that is by being on the front page of national press every morning and on the TV news every night. And that … requires drama.
Now, John, James, answer me one question. I’ve been told the Sheriff in this town ain’t like Laurie Pritchett in Albany. He’s a big ignorant bully like Bull Connor in Birmingham. You tell me. You know Selma. You know Sheriff Jim Clark. Is he Laurie Pritchett? Or is he Bull Connor?

Additional background: 

At the time, some critics of Dr. King blamed him for provoking violence despite his declared policy of non-violence: “Segregationist violence was the sine qua non of the success of King’s nonviolence. King needed Clark—needed a brutal response by the Sheriff of Dallas County—to secure Federal legislation. (Lionel Lokos, House Divided: The Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King New Rochelle, N.Y.: Arlington House, 1968. p. 161.)

Meanwhile, the leftist publication Dissent praised King for being a skillful provocateur (Jan Howard, “The Provocation of Violence: A Civil Rights Tactic?” Dissent 13 (January-February 1966): 94–99.)

I think Reinhold Niebuhr, as suggested by last week’s reading, would have said this example illustrates the porous boundary between violence and non-violence.

See also:

David Garrow, Protest at Selma

Andre Young (Executive Director of SCLC) in the New York Times on March 27 1965 (https://www.nytimes.com/1965/03/28/archives/new-rights-campaigns-charted.html?searchResultPosition=6)

Martin Luther King Jr. in Saturday Review on April 3 1965 (https://www.unz.com/print/SaturdayRev-1965apr03-00016/)

How to join:

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  • 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
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Sci-Fi / Fantasy Discussion Group: The Once and Future Witches

08/18/2021, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Read The Once and Future Witches, by Alix E. Harrow, and join the conversation on August 18.
Book Review: The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow | Books, Witch novels, Fantasy books

“Once upon a time,” says Jessica Wick on National Public Radio, “Alix Harrow wrote about three sisters. Also, suffragists, witching, folklore, flawed alliances, an alternate America, and women’s work. She gave this second novel many gifts: charm, grace, and gorgeousness; feral wonder, clear vision, an ardent heart. She gave it history, awareness of injustice and will to survive it. And so it went into the world to seek its fortune, inviting readers to settle in; to sigh with the pleasure of finding a not too this, not too that, just right story.” Harrow, whose first book was The Ten Thousand Doors of January, uses the elements of fantasy the way great sci fi writers use imagined worlds and technologies: to offer us a new lens on our own society, mores, and inner lives. Make a pot of tea and invite the cat to settle onto your lap, because you won’t want to put this book down until the last page.

You can find it in stock at Kepler’s (where we are soon to be registered among their book clubs!), or at your local library.

Meeting via Zoom as always:
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The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Discussion Group was meeting via Zoom before it was cool! Lovers of science fiction and fantasy, at UUCPA and beyond, have been getting together online to talk about books, movies, and television episodes chosen by the group, every other month since early 2019. Past books include The Broken Earth Trilogy (N. K. Jemisin), The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (Robert Heinlein), Parable of the Sower (Octavia Butler), The Left Hand of Darkness (Ursula K. Le Guin), Red Moon (Kim Stanley Robinson); past television and movies include Arrival, Blink (Doctor Who), Serenity and The Train Job (Firefly), and The Day the Earth Stood Still.

Child Sexual Abuse Prevention ClassChild Sexual Abuse Prevention Class

08/18/2021, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Child Sexual Abuse Prevention
Wed. Aug. 18, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

We will discuss statistics, definitions, and indicators of child sexual abuse, risk reduction techniques we can implement, and ways we can respond to disclosures of abuse. This workshop will be led by Jessica Marshall, the Community Outreach and Engagement Coordinator for the YWCA Golden Gate Silicon Valley. She is certified by the California Office of Emergency Services as a Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Crisis Counselor.

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Sacred Text Reading GroupSacred Text Reading Group

08/21/2021, 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, August 21, 2021, is an extract from the movie script for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011, by Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straugha), based on the novel by John Le Carre. Le Carre served in MI6 and was raised on the road by a father who was a con man. He has great insights into deception, loneliness, and faith.

Background

It’s 1973. George Smiley is a senior British spy in MI6. He’s telling his protege Peter Guillam about the time he met the current head of the KGB (who goes by the alias “Karla”). They were both young spies in the 1950’s and Smiley tried to persuade Karla to defect rather than returning to Moscow, where he faced a purge/political trial. You can watch Gary Oldman giving most of this speech at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfU7M3RU63I

SMILEY
          I gave him the usual pitch…
          “Come to the West and we can give
          you a comfortable life. After
          questioning. Or you can catch
          your plane and fly home and be
          shot…
          Think of your wife. You have a
          wife, don’t you? I brought you
          some cigarettes, by the way…
          We could arrange for her to join
          you, we have a lot of stock to
          trade. If you go back, she’ll be
          ostracised. Think of her. Think
          about how much she…”
          Kept harping on about the damn
          wife!
          His expression encouraged me.
          I could have sworn I was getting through to him,
          that I had found the chink in his armour;
          when of course all I was doing—all I was doing
          was showing him the chink in mine.
          “Look, we’ve both spent our lives
          looking for the weaknesses in one
          another’s systems. Don’t you
          think it’s time to recognise
          there is as little worth on your
          side as there is on mine?”
PETER GUILLAM
          That was Karla? And he flew back
           to die rather than give in?
SMILEY
           Yes. (Beat) And that’s how I know
            he can be beaten. Because he’s a
            fanatic. And the fanatic is
            always concealing a secret doubt.

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Sexual Assault and Consent Awareness ClassSexual Assault and Consent Awareness Class

08/25/2021, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Sexual Assault and Consent Awareness
Wed. Aug. 25 7:30-8:30 p.m.

We will discuss myths & facts related to Sexual Assault and consent, explore how rape culture perpetuates violence, and learn how to support a survivor of sexual assault. This workshop will be led by Jessica Marshall, the Community Outreach and Engagement Coordinator for the YWCA Golden Gate Silicon Valley. She is certified by the California Office of Emergency Services as a Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Crisis Counselor.

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Sacred Text Reading GroupSacred Text Reading Group

08/28/2021, 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, August 28, 2021 is “Prayer at Sunrise,” by James Weldon Johnson:

O mighty, powerful, dark-dispelling sun,
Now thou art risen, and thy day begun.
How shrink the shrouding mists before thy face,
As up thou spring’st to thy diurnal race!
How darkness chases darkness to the west,
As shades of light on light rise radiant from thy crest!
For thee, great source of strength, emblem of might,
In hours of darkest gloom there is no night.
Thou shinest on though clouds hide thee from sight,
And through each break thou sendest down thy light.
O greater Maker of this Thy great sun,
Give me the strength this one day’s race to run,
Fill me with light, fill me with sun-like strength,
Fill me with joy to rob the day its length.
Light from within, light that will outward shine,
Strength to make strong some weaker heart than mine,
Joy to make glad each soul that feels its touch;
Great Father of the sun, I ask this much.

How to join:

  • Join this class from your Web browser: https://zoom.us/j/578882781, passcode: words
  • 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, passcode: 171919
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  • Phoning in, but not in the bay area?  Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/abL8clvIYT

Domestic Violence Awareness ClassDomestic Violence Awareness Class

09/01/2021, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Domestic Violence Awareness led by Jessica Marshall
Wed. Sep. 1 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Domestic Violence Awareness: We will discuss myths & facts related to Domestic Violence, learn how to identify the warning signs of an abusive relationship, and how to support someone experiencing intimate partner violence. Jessica Marshall is the Community Outreach and Engagement Coordinator for the YWCA Golden Gate Silicon Valley. She is certified by the California Office of Emergency Services as a Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Crisis Counselor.

Here’s the zoom link for the presentation. It will be September 1st, from 7:30-8:30 PM.

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Upcoming Music

Harmonic Circle

08/01/2021, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Patio (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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

08/08/2021, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Patio (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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


Sacred Harp SingingSacred Harp Singing

08/08/2021, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm McFadden Patio (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:         McFadden Courtyard

Facilitator:       Palo Alto Sacred Harp singers

Contact:           Lorraine Kostka (sacredharp@uucpa.org)

Registration:   Not required

Sacred-Harp Singing


Harmonic Circle

08/15/2021, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Patio (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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

08/22/2021, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Patio (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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

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

Harmonic Circle

08/01/2021, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Patio (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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

Campus WorkdayCampus Workday

08/07/2021, 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.

Harmonic Circle

08/08/2021, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Patio (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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

2nd Friday Bridge Club2nd Friday Bridge Club

08/13/2021, 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm Fireside Room (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

If you know how to play bridge, please join us at the Second Friday Bridge Club. We have a very friendly, casual game. You don’t need a partner, as we switch partners every 4 hands. You are welcome even if you are a little out of practice and need a little help.  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.

We gather around 6:45 and play starts at 7.

Facilitator:       Group is self-facilitated

Contact:           Sally Ahnger (bridgeclub@uucpa.org)

Registration:   Please email Sally to register.

Humanists at UUCPA

08/14/2021, 6:00 pm - 8:40 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

This meeting features social time, a potluck, a 20-minute presentation, and an all-peer discussion. We usually have more than 15 attendees.

Topics are selected by the group at the January, May, and September meetings. For the future meeting topics, details, dates, and location (which might change occasionally), please check this web page: http://tinyurl.com/HumanistFutureMeetings.

Agenda:

  • 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm:  Zoom dinner (optional)
  • 6:30 pm – 6:45 pm:  connecting to Zoom, chatting
  • 6:45 pm – 7:00 pm: checking in
  • 7:00 pm – 8:40 pm:  topic selection and group discussion

Contact:           Emma Pan (humanists+owner@uucpa.org)

Registration:   Not required

Humanists @ UUCPA

Harmonic Circle

08/15/2021, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Patio (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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

08/22/2021, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Patio (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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

08/29/2021, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Patio (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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

Campus WorkdayCampus Workday

09/04/2021, 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.

Harmonic Circle

09/05/2021, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Patio (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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 Justice Projects/Events

Nothing scheduled at this time.

Upcoming Special Events

Nothing scheduled at this time.

Upcoming Holiday Events

Nothing scheduled at this time.

Upcoming Non-UUCPA Events

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

08/24/2021, 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

09/28/2021, 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

10/26/2021, 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

11/23/2021, 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.