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

Sunday School for children and youth preK through grade 8

04/21/2024, 10:15 am - 11:30 am UUCPA (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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 Cat Boyle.

Reminders are sent via the weekly Sunday School Reminder email and monthly CYRE newsletter. Sign up to get them: https://www.uucpa.org/learning/children-and-youth/newsletter/.  If you didn’t get it, please email cyrecommittee@uucpa.org to request the link for your child’s class.  

 

 


Senior High Youth Group – SHYG

04/21/2024, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm UUCPA (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Senior High Youth Group (grades 9-12) or SHYG — Teenagers in high school are welcome to join SHYG for fun and community-building, learning, worship, leadership development, and social action. SHYG meets most Sunday evenings at church., from Sept. through May.  Please join to get the latest schedule.

Join the SHYG Slack channel to get meeting info. Contact Rev. Cat revcat@uucpa.org to request membership.


Sunday School for children and youth preK through grade 8

04/28/2024, 10:15 am - 11:30 am UUCPA (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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 Cat Boyle.

Reminders are sent via the weekly Sunday School Reminder email and monthly CYRE newsletter. Sign up to get them: https://www.uucpa.org/learning/children-and-youth/newsletter/.  If you didn’t get it, please email cyrecommittee@uucpa.org to request the link for your child’s class.  

 

 


Senior High Youth Group – SHYG

04/28/2024, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm UUCPA (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Senior High Youth Group (grades 9-12) or SHYG — Teenagers in high school are welcome to join SHYG for fun and community-building, learning, worship, leadership development, and social action. SHYG meets most Sunday evenings at church., from Sept. through May.  Please join to get the latest schedule.

Join the SHYG Slack channel to get meeting info. Contact Rev. Cat revcat@uucpa.org to request membership.


Sunday School for children and youth preK through grade 8

05/05/2024, 10:15 am - 11:30 am UUCPA (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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 Cat Boyle.

Reminders are sent via the weekly Sunday School Reminder email and monthly CYRE newsletter. Sign up to get them: https://www.uucpa.org/learning/children-and-youth/newsletter/.  If you didn’t get it, please email cyrecommittee@uucpa.org to request the link for your child’s class.  

 

 


Empty Nest Parent GroupEmpty Nest Parent Group

05/05/2024, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm Hamaker Library (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

This is a brand new affinity group for parents whose kids have recently graduated and are fledgling off into the world. Join us for conversation and connection.

Senior High Youth Group – SHYG

05/05/2024, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm UUCPA (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Senior High Youth Group (grades 9-12) or SHYG — Teenagers in high school are welcome to join SHYG for fun and community-building, learning, worship, leadership development, and social action. SHYG meets most Sunday evenings at church., from Sept. through May.  Please join to get the latest schedule.

Join the SHYG Slack channel to get meeting info. Contact Rev. Cat revcat@uucpa.org to request membership.


Intergenerational worship: Flower Communion (No Sunday School)

05/12/2024, 10:15 am - 11:30 am UUCPA (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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 Cat Boyle.

Reminders are sent via the weekly Sunday School Reminder email and monthly CYRE newsletter. Sign up to get them: https://www.uucpa.org/learning/children-and-youth/newsletter/.  If you didn’t get it, please email cyrecommittee@uucpa.org to request the link for your child’s class.  

 

 


Senior High Youth Group – SHYG

05/12/2024, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm UUCPA (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Senior High Youth Group (grades 9-12) or SHYG — Teenagers in high school are welcome to join SHYG for fun and community-building, learning, worship, leadership development, and social action. SHYG meets most Sunday evenings at church., from Sept. through May.  Please join to get the latest schedule.

Join the SHYG Slack channel to get meeting info. Contact Rev. Cat revcat@uucpa.org to request membership.


Intergenerational worship: Senior High Youth Group (No Sunday School)

05/19/2024, 10:15 am - 11:30 am UUCPA (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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 Cat Boyle.

Reminders are sent via the weekly Sunday School Reminder email and monthly CYRE newsletter. Sign up to get them: https://www.uucpa.org/learning/children-and-youth/newsletter/.  If you didn’t get it, please email cyrecommittee@uucpa.org to request the link for your child’s class.  

 

 


Upcoming Adult Classes

Sacred Text Reading Group (Wed.)

The wellspring of decency - Welch

04/17/2024, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

A twice-weekly online sacred text reading group. We meet on Saturdays, 4-5, and on Wednesdays, 12-1. All are wide open and you are welcome! Please note that the Zoom room now requires a password, so please drop an e-mail to sacred-text-reading+owner@uucpa.org to express interest.

What do we mean by a sacred text? Any text that helps us to:

  • connect to something of supreme importance to us
  • feel more connected to other beings or to the universe
  • feel more intensely alive
  • align our lives with our values,
  • perceive or feel more deeply
  • be more fully and authentically ourselves.

As Unitarian Universalists, we find these kinds of meanings everywhere, so the text itself might be from a so-called secular source, or from a religious canon, or something in-between.

The participants over the years have found that the approach we take, and the respectful, affectionate community of inquirers in which we read and converse, are as important as the text. Our practice usually follows one of these versions of Lectio Divina. 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).

The facilitator will post a version of the text in the chat for all to see. Everyone is welcome, as are your suggestions of future texts. Group members also take turns facilitating, if they want to try that role.

The Sacred Texts Reading For Wednesday, April 17, 2024…
The wellspring of decency is loving this life in which people die, people suffer, there are limits, and we make mistakes. The wellspring, then, of moral action is not utopia, not a counterfactual vision, not a declaration that the world could and should be otherwise. Rather, it is a deep affirmation of the joy, richness, and blessing that the world is. The ground of challenging exploitation, injustice, and oppression is not a vision of how the world could be or will be in the future reign of God, or after the revolution. The ground of challenging injustice is gratitude, the heartfelt desire to honor the wonder of that which is; to cherish, to celebrate, to delight in the many gifts and joys of life.
~Sweet Dreams in America: Making Ethics and Spirituality Work (page 135), Sharon D. Welch

For check-in / getting-acquainted time, and for those who are new and want a brief orientation to the practice, the room will be open ten minutes before and ten minutes after the session.

How to join: First, e-mail sacred-text-reading+owner@uucpa.org, since you will need a password. Then:

  • Join this class from your Web browser: https://zoom.us/j/96865808923
  • Join this class using the Zoom app: Meeting ID: 968 6580 8923
  • Join this class by phone: +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) Meeting ID: 968 6580 8923
  • Join this class by one-tap on mobile phones: +16699006833,,96865808923#  (San Jose)
  • Phoning in, but not in the Bay Area?  Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/abL8clvIYT

This is the Zoom link for Wednesdays. For the Zoom link for Saturday, go to Calendar and click on a Saturday session.

Sacred Text Reading Group (Saturday)Sacred Text Reading Group (Saturday)

Insubstantial Deity - Eiseley

04/20/2024, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

A twice-weekly online sacred text reading group. We meet on Saturdays, 4-5, and on Wednesdays, 12-1. All are wide open and you are welcome! Please note that the Zoom room now requires a password, so please drop an e-mail to sacred-text-reading+owner@uucpa.org to express interest.

 

What do we mean by a sacred text? Any text that helps us to:

  • connect to something of supreme importance to us
  • feel more connected to other beings or to the universe
  • feel more intensely alive
  • align our lives with our values,
  • perceive or feel more deeply
  • be more fully and authentically ourselves.

As Unitarian Universalists, we find these kinds of meanings everywhere, so the text itself might be from a so-called secular source, or from a religious canon, or something in-between.

The participants over the years have found that the approach we take, and the respectful, affectionate community of inquirers in which we read and converse, are as important as the text. Our practice usually follows one of these versions of Lectio Divina. 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).

The facilitator will post a version of the text in the chat for all to see. Everyone is welcome, as are your suggestions of future texts. Group members also take turns facilitating, if they want to try that role.

The Sacred Texts Reading For Saturday, April 20, 2024…
Behind nature is hidden the chaos as well as the regularities of the world.
And behind all that is evident to our senses is veiled the insubstantial deity
that only man, of all earth’s creatures, has had the power either to perceive
or to project into nature.
As scientific agnostics we may draw an imaginary line beyond which we
deny ourselves the right to pass. We may adhere to the tangible, but we
will still be forced to speak of the “unknowable” or of “final causes” even
if we proclaim such phrases barren and of no concern to science.
–Loren Eiseley (1978), The Star Thrower, p. 225.

To have check-in time, or if you are new and would like a brief orientation, arrive ten minutes early. And all are welcome to stay ten minutes after as well, for more getting-acquainted time.

How to join: First, e-mail sacred-text-reading+owner@uucpa.org, since you will need a password. Then:

  • Join this class from your Web browser: https://zoom.us/j/91019857324
  • Join this class using the Zoom app: Meeting ID: 910 1985 7324
  • Join this class by phone: 669 900 9128 US (San Jose), Meeting ID: 910 1985 7324
  • Join this class by on-tap on mobile phones: +16699009128,,91019857324# US (San Jose)
  • Phoning in, but not in the bay area?  Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/abL8clvIYT

For the Wednesday Zoom link, go to the Calendar and click on a Wednesday session.

Sacred Text Reading Group (Wed.)

04/24/2024, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

A twice-weekly online sacred text reading group. We meet on Saturdays, 4-5, and on Wednesdays, 12-1. All are wide open and you are welcome! Please note that the Zoom room now requires a password, so please drop an e-mail to sacred-text-reading+owner@uucpa.org to express interest.

What do we mean by a sacred text? Any text that helps us to:

  • connect to something of supreme importance to us
  • feel more connected to other beings or to the universe
  • feel more intensely alive
  • align our lives with our values,
  • perceive or feel more deeply
  • be more fully and authentically ourselves.

As Unitarian Universalists, we find these kinds of meanings everywhere, so the text itself might be from a so-called secular source, or from a religious canon, or something in-between.

The participants over the years have found that the approach we take, and the respectful, affectionate community of inquirers in which we read and converse, are as important as the text. Our practice usually follows one of these versions of Lectio Divina. 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).

The facilitator will post a version of the text in the chat for all to see. Everyone is welcome, as are your suggestions of future texts. Group members also take turns facilitating, if they want to try that role.

For check-in / getting-acquainted time, and for those who are new and want a brief orientation to the practice, the room will be open ten minutes before and ten minutes after the session.

How to join: First, e-mail sacred-text-reading+owner@uucpa.org, since you will need a password. Then:

  • Join this class from your Web browser: https://zoom.us/j/96865808923
  • Join this class using the Zoom app: Meeting ID: 968 6580 8923
  • Join this class by phone: +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) Meeting ID: 968 6580 8923
  • Join this class by one-tap on mobile phones: +16699006833,,96865808923#  (San Jose)
  • Phoning in, but not in the Bay Area?  Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/abL8clvIYT

This is the Zoom link for Wednesdays. For the Zoom link for Saturday, go to Calendar and click on a Saturday session.

How Did We Get Here, Where Can We Go?: Understanding Israel/Palestine for Engagement

04/26/2024, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm Room A (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

An eight-session deep dive into the history of the conflict that has brought us to today’s crisis. It is structured around a four-part lecture series by Dr. Hussein Ibish and Prof. David N. Myers that was co-presented by Fordham University’s Center for Jewish Studies, Center for Religion and Culture, Department of History, International Studies Program, and Middle Eastern Studies Program.

Each time, we will watch about half of the lecture, preceding it with a recommitment to our intentions and principles, and following it with a discussion. Those discussions will turn more toward opportunities for action as the class progresses.

You are free to attend only some sessions, but as always, the more consistently you participate, the more we all gain from the shared conversation. If you anticipate missing a week, it is strongly recommended that you watch that portion of the video on your own so that you are caught up when you return.

This is emphatically not for UUCPA folks only. Anyone with a sincere commitment to an outcome that respects people’s inherent worth and dignity, and that creates peace, liberty, and justice for all, is welcome to join us.

Session 1:  Friday, April 26, 2:30 – 4 pm, Room A*

We watch How Did We Get Here?: A Deep Dive into the History of Israel and Palestine Part One: 1882-1948 from 4:21 to 50:50

Session 2:  Friday, May 3, 2:30 – 4 pm, Room A

We watch How Did We Get Here?: A Deep Dive into the History of Israel and Palestine Part One: 1882-1948 from 50:50 to the end.

NO SESSION MAY 10

Session 3: Friday, May 17, 2:30 – 4 pm, Room A

We watch How Did We Get Here? A Deep Dive into the History of Israel and Palestine Part II: 1948-1967 from the beginning to 43:12.

Session 4: Friday, May 24, 2:30 – 4 pm, Room A

We watch How Did We Get Here? A Deep Dive into the History of Israel and Palestine Part II: 1948-1967 from 43:12 to the end.

Session 5: Friday, May 31, 2:30 – 4 pm, Room A

We watch How Did We Get Here?: A Deep Dive into the History of Israel and Palestine, Part III: 1967-2023 from the beginning to 48:00

Session 6: Friday, June 7, 2:30 – 4 pm, Room A

We watch How Did We Get Here?: A Deep Dive into the History of Israel and Palestine, Part III: 1967-2023 from 48:00 to the end

Session 7: Friday, June 14, 2:30 – 4 pm, Room A

We watch How Did We Get Here?: A Deep Dive into Israel and Palestine, Part IV: Understanding October 7th and Its Aftermath from the beginning to 49:34

Session 8: Friday, June 21, 2:30 – 4 pm, Room A

We watch How Did We Get Here?: A Deep Dive into Israel and Palestine, Part IV: Understanding October 7th and Its Aftermath from 49:34 to the end.

The first three lectures (our first six sessions) were delivered at Fordham in 2017-2018. The speakers then returned last month to offer the fourth lecture (our last two sessions) as an in-depth perspective on the history of Israel-Palestine in light of the current moment. Dr. Hussein Ibish is a Senior Resident Scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington (AGSIW). He is a weekly columnist for The National and previously served as a Senior Fellow at the American Task Force on Palestine. Prof. David N. Myers is Distinguished Professor and Sady and Ludwig Kahn Chair of Jewish History at UCLA. The author and editor of many books, he directs the UCLA Luskin Center for History and Policy and the UCLA Initiative to Study Hate.

Facilitated by Rev. Amy Zucker Morgenstern

*I am working on making this a hybrid event. I will do so, and edit these entries accordingly, if I can resolve the issues that frequently make it difficult for Zoom attendees to clearly hear people in the room. –AZM

Sacred Text Reading Group (Saturday)Sacred Text Reading Group (Saturday)

04/27/2024, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

A twice-weekly online sacred text reading group. We meet on Saturdays, 4-5, and on Wednesdays, 12-1. All are wide open and you are welcome! Please note that the Zoom room now requires a password, so please drop an e-mail to sacred-text-reading+owner@uucpa.org to express interest.

 

What do we mean by a sacred text? Any text that helps us to:

  • connect to something of supreme importance to us
  • feel more connected to other beings or to the universe
  • feel more intensely alive
  • align our lives with our values,
  • perceive or feel more deeply
  • be more fully and authentically ourselves.

As Unitarian Universalists, we find these kinds of meanings everywhere, so the text itself might be from a so-called secular source, or from a religious canon, or something in-between.

The participants over the years have found that the approach we take, and the respectful, affectionate community of inquirers in which we read and converse, are as important as the text. Our practice usually follows one of these versions of Lectio Divina. 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).

The facilitator will post a version of the text in the chat for all to see. Everyone is welcome, as are your suggestions of future texts. Group members also take turns facilitating, if they want to try that role.

 

To have check-in time, or if you are new and would like a brief orientation, arrive ten minutes early. And all are welcome to stay ten minutes after as well, for more getting-acquainted time.

How to join: First, e-mail sacred-text-reading+owner@uucpa.org, since you will need a password. Then:

  • Join this class from your Web browser: https://zoom.us/j/91019857324
  • Join this class using the Zoom app: Meeting ID: 910 1985 7324
  • Join this class by phone: 669 900 9128 US (San Jose), Meeting ID: 910 1985 7324
  • Join this class by on-tap on mobile phones: +16699009128,,91019857324# US (San Jose)
  • Phoning in, but not in the bay area?  Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/abL8clvIYT

For the Wednesday Zoom link, go to the Calendar and click on a Wednesday session.

ALJ Class: Getting to Know PRIDEnet: Accelerating LGBTQIA+ Health Research

04/28/2024, 11:45 am - 1:15 pm Fireside Room (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Getting to Know PRIDEnet: Accelerating LGBTQIA+ Health Research
Sunday, April 28, 2024, 11:45 AM–1:15 PM; Fireside Room (Hybrid)

This presentation will share more about PRIDEnet, a network of individuals and organizations dedicated to catalyzing LGBTQIA+ health research. We will introduce attendees to PRIDEnet’s history, our collaborating partners, and our work engaging LGBTQIA+ people around health research and infusing community input into the research process. This presentation will include insights into the two major research endeavors that PRIDEnet provides community engagement for, The PRIDE Study and the All of Us Research Program.

About the Presenter: Astrid Herrera (she/they) is Clinical Research Coordinator at PRIDEnet, based out of Stanford Medicine. Astrid works alongside other PRIDEnet clinical research coordinators to conduct enrollment and retention for the All of Us Research Program and provides participant and research dissemination support on The PRIDE Study.

Fourth Sunday Brunch Food will be available after service. Suggested contribution $2.

Childcare is available.

Sacred Text Reading Group (Wed.)

05/01/2024, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

A twice-weekly online sacred text reading group. We meet on Saturdays, 4-5, and on Wednesdays, 12-1. All are wide open and you are welcome! Please note that the Zoom room now requires a password, so please drop an e-mail to sacred-text-reading+owner@uucpa.org to express interest.

What do we mean by a sacred text? Any text that helps us to:

  • connect to something of supreme importance to us
  • feel more connected to other beings or to the universe
  • feel more intensely alive
  • align our lives with our values,
  • perceive or feel more deeply
  • be more fully and authentically ourselves.

As Unitarian Universalists, we find these kinds of meanings everywhere, so the text itself might be from a so-called secular source, or from a religious canon, or something in-between.

The participants over the years have found that the approach we take, and the respectful, affectionate community of inquirers in which we read and converse, are as important as the text. Our practice usually follows one of these versions of Lectio Divina. 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).

The facilitator will post a version of the text in the chat for all to see. Everyone is welcome, as are your suggestions of future texts. Group members also take turns facilitating, if they want to try that role.

For check-in / getting-acquainted time, and for those who are new and want a brief orientation to the practice, the room will be open ten minutes before and ten minutes after the session.

How to join: First, e-mail sacred-text-reading+owner@uucpa.org, since you will need a password. Then:

  • Join this class from your Web browser: https://zoom.us/j/96865808923
  • Join this class using the Zoom app: Meeting ID: 968 6580 8923
  • Join this class by phone: +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) Meeting ID: 968 6580 8923
  • Join this class by one-tap on mobile phones: +16699006833,,96865808923#  (San Jose)
  • Phoning in, but not in the Bay Area?  Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/abL8clvIYT

This is the Zoom link for Wednesdays. For the Zoom link for Saturday, go to Calendar and click on a Saturday session.

How Did We Get Here, Where Can We Go?: Understanding Israel/Palestine for Engagement

05/03/2024, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm Room A (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

An eight-session deep dive into the history of the conflict that has brought us to today’s crisis. It is structured around a four-part lecture series by Dr. Hussein Ibish and Prof. David N. Myers that was co-presented by Fordham University’s Center for Jewish Studies, Center for Religion and Culture, Department of History, International Studies Program, and Middle Eastern Studies Program.

Each time, we will watch about half of the lecture, preceding it with a recommitment to our intentions and principles, and following it with a discussion. You are free to attend only some sessions, but as always, the more consistently you participate, the more we all gain from the shared conversation. If you anticipate missing a week, it is strongly recommended that you watch that portion of the video on your own so that you are caught up when you return.

This is emphatically not for UUCPA folks only. Anyone with a sincere commitment to an outcome that respects people’s inherent worth and dignity, and that creates peace, liberty, and justice for all, is welcome to join us.

Session 1:  Friday, April 26, 2:30 pm, Room A

We watch How Did We Get Here?: A Deep Dive into the History of Israel and Palestine Part One: 1882-1948 from 4:21 to 50:50

Session 2:  Friday, May 3, 2:30 pm, Room A

We watch How Did We Get Here?: A Deep Dive into the History of Israel and Palestine Part One: 1882-1948 from 50:50 to the end.

NO SESSION MAY 10

Session 3: Friday, May 17, 2:30 pm, Room A

We watch How Did We Get Here? A Deep Dive into the History of Israel and Palestine Part II: 1948-1967 from the beginning to 43:12.

Session 4: Friday, May 24, 2:30 pm, Room A

We watch How Did We Get Here? A Deep Dive into the History of Israel and Palestine Part II: 1948-1967 from 43:12 to the end.

Session 5: Friday, May 31, 2:30 pm, Room A

We watch How Did We Get Here?: A Deep Dive into the History of Israel and Palestine, Part III: 1967-2023 from the beginning to 48:00

Session 6: Friday, June 7, 2:30 pm, Room A

We watch How Did We Get Here?: A Deep Dive into the History of Israel and Palestine, Part III: 1967-2023 from 48:00 to the end

Session 7: Friday, June 14, 2:30 pm, Room A

We watch How Did We Get Here?: A Deep Dive into Israel and Palestine, Part IV: Understanding October 7th and Its Aftermath from the beginning to 49:34

Session 8: Friday, June 21, 2:30 pm, Room A

We watch How Did We Get Here?: A Deep Dive into Israel and Palestine, Part IV: Understanding October 7th and Its Aftermath from 49:34 to the end.

The first three lectures (our first six sessions) were delivered at Fordham in 2017-2018. The speakers then returned last month to offer the fourth lecture (our last two sessions) as an in-depth perspective on the history of Israel-Palestine in light of the current moment. Dr. Hussein Ibish is a Senior Resident Scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington (AGSIW). He is a weekly columnist for The National and previously served as a Senior Fellow at the American Task Force on Palestine. Prof. David N. Myers is Distinguished Professor and Sady and Ludwig Kahn Chair of Jewish History at UCLA. The author and editor of many books, he directs the UCLA Luskin Center for History and Policy and the UCLA Initiative to Study Hate.

Facilitated by Rev. Amy Zucker Morgenstern

Sacred Text Reading Group (Saturday)

05/04/2024, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

A twice-weekly online sacred text reading group. We meet on Saturdays, 4-5, and on Wednesdays, 12-1. All are wide open and you are welcome! Please note that the Zoom room now requires a password, so please drop an e-mail to sacred-text-reading+owner@uucpa.org to express interest.

 

What do we mean by a sacred text? Any text that helps us to:

  • connect to something of supreme importance to us
  • feel more connected to other beings or to the universe
  • feel more intensely alive
  • align our lives with our values,
  • perceive or feel more deeply
  • be more fully and authentically ourselves.

As Unitarian Universalists, we find these kinds of meanings everywhere, so the text itself might be from a so-called secular source, or from a religious canon, or something in-between.

The participants over the years have found that the approach we take, and the respectful, affectionate community of inquirers in which we read and converse, are as important as the text. Our practice usually follows one of these versions of Lectio Divina. 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).

The facilitator will post a version of the text in the chat for all to see. Everyone is welcome, as are your suggestions of future texts. Group members also take turns facilitating, if they want to try that role.

 

To have check-in time, or if you are new and would like a brief orientation, arrive ten minutes early. And all are welcome to stay ten minutes after as well, for more getting-acquainted time.

How to join: First, e-mail sacred-text-reading+owner@uucpa.org, since you will need a password. Then:

  • Join this class from your Web browser: https://zoom.us/j/91019857324
  • Join this class using the Zoom app: Meeting ID: 910 1985 7324
  • Join this class by phone: 669 900 9128 US (San Jose), Meeting ID: 910 1985 7324
  • Join this class by on-tap on mobile phones: +16699009128,,91019857324# US (San Jose)
  • Phoning in, but not in the bay area?  Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/abL8clvIYT

For the Wednesday Zoom link, go to the Calendar and click on a Wednesday session.

Sacred Text Reading Group (Wed.)

05/08/2024, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

A twice-weekly online sacred text reading group. We meet on Saturdays, 4-5, and on Wednesdays, 12-1. All are wide open and you are welcome! Please note that the Zoom room now requires a password, so please drop an e-mail to sacred-text-reading+owner@uucpa.org to express interest.

What do we mean by a sacred text? Any text that helps us to:

  • connect to something of supreme importance to us
  • feel more connected to other beings or to the universe
  • feel more intensely alive
  • align our lives with our values,
  • perceive or feel more deeply
  • be more fully and authentically ourselves.

As Unitarian Universalists, we find these kinds of meanings everywhere, so the text itself might be from a so-called secular source, or from a religious canon, or something in-between.

The participants over the years have found that the approach we take, and the respectful, affectionate community of inquirers in which we read and converse, are as important as the text. Our practice usually follows one of these versions of Lectio Divina. 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).

The facilitator will post a version of the text in the chat for all to see. Everyone is welcome, as are your suggestions of future texts. Group members also take turns facilitating, if they want to try that role.

For check-in / getting-acquainted time, and for those who are new and want a brief orientation to the practice, the room will be open ten minutes before and ten minutes after the session.

How to join: First, e-mail sacred-text-reading+owner@uucpa.org, since you will need a password. Then:

  • Join this class from your Web browser: https://zoom.us/j/96865808923
  • Join this class using the Zoom app: Meeting ID: 968 6580 8923
  • Join this class by phone: +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) Meeting ID: 968 6580 8923
  • Join this class by one-tap on mobile phones: +16699006833,,96865808923#  (San Jose)
  • Phoning in, but not in the Bay Area?  Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/abL8clvIYT

This is the Zoom link for Wednesdays. For the Zoom link for Saturday, go to Calendar and click on a Saturday session.

Upcoming Music

By Your Side Singers (3rd Wednesdays)

04/17/2024, 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm Room 4/5 (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

You are welcome to sing with the By Your Side Singers, the 1st Wed of the month June – Aug, the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays during the rest of the year.


Choir rehearsal

04/18/2024, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Main Hall (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Sing with the choir!


Harmonic Circle

04/21/2024, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Room 4-5 (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

We meet on the first, third, and fifth Sundays of each month at UUCPA, usually from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. We meet on the McFadden patio in the warmer months, in rooms 4-5 when it is cold or windy.
Generally we sit in a circle and sing together. We go around the circle and take turns leading songs. We have a binder of lead sheets for over 200 songs. Most of the selections are folks songs, but we also sing rock n roll, popular, jazz, and other genres. Participants are invited to bring musical instruments as well. Participants have been known to bring a guitar, banjo, harmonica, clarinet, tambourine, and electronic keyboard for example. Our songbook is also online for those who would like to practice between meetings.
Come and join us!

Choir rehearsal

04/25/2024, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Main Hall (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Sing with the choir!


By Your Side Singers (1st Wednesdays)

05/01/2024, 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm Room 4/5 (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

You are welcome to sing with the By Your Side Singers, the 1st Wed of the month June – Aug, the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays during the rest of the year.


Upcoming Newcomer/Visitor Events

Harmonic Circle

06/30/2024, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Room 4-5 (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

We meet on the first, third, and fifth Sundays of each month at UUCPA, usually from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. We meet on the McFadden patio in the warmer months, in rooms 4-5 when it is cold or windy.
Generally we sit in a circle and sing together. We go around the circle and take turns leading songs. We have a binder of lead sheets for over 200 songs. Most of the selections are folks songs, but we also sing rock n roll, popular, jazz, and other genres. Participants are invited to bring musical instruments as well. Participants have been known to bring a guitar, banjo, harmonica, clarinet, tambourine, and electronic keyboard for example. Our songbook is also online for those who would like to practice between meetings.
Come and join us!

Harmonic Circle

09/29/2024, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Room 4-5 (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

We meet on the first, third, and fifth Sundays of each month at UUCPA, usually from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. We meet on the McFadden patio in the warmer months, in rooms 4-5 when it is cold or windy.
Generally we sit in a circle and sing together. We go around the circle and take turns leading songs. We have a binder of lead sheets for over 200 songs. Most of the selections are folks songs, but we also sing rock n roll, popular, jazz, and other genres. Participants are invited to bring musical instruments as well. Participants have been known to bring a guitar, banjo, harmonica, clarinet, tambourine, and electronic keyboard for example. Our songbook is also online for those who would like to practice between meetings.
Come and join us!

Harmonic Circle

12/29/2024, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Room 4-5 (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

We meet on the first, third, and fifth Sundays of each month at UUCPA, usually from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. We meet on the McFadden patio in the warmer months, in rooms 4-5 when it is cold or windy.
Generally we sit in a circle and sing together. We go around the circle and take turns leading songs. We have a binder of lead sheets for over 200 songs. Most of the selections are folks songs, but we also sing rock n roll, popular, jazz, and other genres. Participants are invited to bring musical instruments as well. Participants have been known to bring a guitar, banjo, harmonica, clarinet, tambourine, and electronic keyboard for example. Our songbook is also online for those who would like to practice between meetings.
Come and join us!

Upcoming Group Meetings/Gatherings

Gardening @ UUCPAGardening @ UUCPA

04/15/2024, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm UUCPA (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Every Monday our garden volunteers maintain our beautiful and educational native garden, whether it’s planting, pruning, weeding or other tasks. Bring your own gloves and weeding tools if you have them.

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

Sci-Fi / Fantasy Discussion GroupSci-Fi / Fantasy Discussion Group

04/17/2024, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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.

We’ll discuss the 2011 movie “Super 8”, written and directed by JJ Abrams.

From Amazon:
“A group of young filmmakers in 1979 are immersed in a supernatural adventure after a train wreck unleashes an otherworldly creature.”

At the end of the meeting, we will choose a movie or video for our September meeting.

 

The meeting method: via Zoom, 7-8:30 p.m.

  • Dates: Third Wednesdays, except for December and summer
  • Time: 7-8:30 pm
  • Location: Online
  • Facilitator: Jane Chronis (scifi+owner@uucpa.org)
  • Registration: Not required

Join the meeting via Zoom:

  • This link OR
  • Meeting ID: 957 4631 3990
  • Passcode: 688198
  • One tap mobile
    • +16694449171,,95746313990#,,,,*688198# US
    • +16699006833,,95746313990#,,,,*688198# US (San Jose)

Find other upcoming dates on the web page.

Saturday MeditationSaturday Meditation

04/20/2024, 9:00 am - 10:30 am (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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

  • Dates: Every Saturday
  • Time: 9:10 – 10:00 am
  • Location: Online
  • Facilitator: Leadership is shared and rotates weekly
  • Contact: The Zoom link is available from Susan Owicki – email susanowicki@uucpa.org by 9:00 pm on Friday.

Come Meditate with Us!

Spiritual Adventures In ParentingSpiritual Adventures In Parenting

04/21/2024, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

If you are a parent to a child between the ages of birth and tween, we invite you to join UUCPA’s new monthly parent group, Spiritual Adventures In Parenting!

Led by fellow UUCPA parent Matt Rosin, Spiritual Adventures In Parenting will meet every third Sunday, beginning on September 17, from 11:30a.m.–12:30p.m. (after the church service). Childcare will be provided. Families can choose to have lunch together afterward, if they wish.

Among the many religious sources for contemporary Unitarian Universalism, our faith looks to “direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life”—and parenting is one powerful source of such experience and spiritual deepening.

Spiritual Adventures In Parenting will be a forum wherein parents can, together:

  • Explore the spiritual dimensions and meaning of our parenting and
  • Cultivate deep connections with one another.

At our first meeting on September 17, we’ll get to know each other, craft a covenant, and distribute copies of Chaos,
Wonder,
and the Spiritual
Adventure of
Parenting, an anthology of very short essays on parenting and spirituality published by the UUA’s Skinner House Books (2011).

Each subsequent monthly session will draw on a short essay or two (or three) from the anthology and other sources as spurs to conversation and spiritual reflection.

To find out more, email Matt Rosin at spiritualparenting@uucpa.org.

Matt Rosin is a stay-at-home dad to two kids at UUCPA and has been involved in the church in numerous ways, including teaching children’s religious education and Our Whole Lives comprehensive sexuality education classes, co-leading the By Your Side Singers pastoral care choir, and serving on the Mission Task Force that crafted UUCPA’s new Mission Statement. He holds a Ph.D. in Education from Stanford University and writes reflective essays on fatherhood for his newsletter, Fatherhood Is Learning.

Gardening @ UUCPAGardening @ UUCPA

04/22/2024, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm UUCPA (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Every Monday our garden volunteers maintain our beautiful and educational native garden, whether it’s planting, pruning, weeding or other tasks. Bring your own gloves and weeding tools if you have them.

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

Saturday MeditationSaturday Meditation

04/27/2024, 9:00 am - 10:30 am (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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

  • Dates: Every Saturday
  • Time: 9:10 – 10:00 am
  • Location: Online
  • Facilitator: Leadership is shared and rotates weekly
  • Contact: The Zoom link is available from Susan Owicki – email susanowicki@uucpa.org by 9:00 pm on Friday.

Come Meditate with Us!

Gardening @ UUCPAGardening @ UUCPA

04/29/2024, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm UUCPA (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Every Monday our garden volunteers maintain our beautiful and educational native garden, whether it’s planting, pruning, weeding or other tasks. Bring your own gloves and weeding tools if you have them.

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

Sacred Text Reading Group (Wed.)

05/01/2024, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

A twice-weekly online sacred text reading group. We meet on Saturdays, 4-5, and on Wednesdays, 12-1. All are wide open and you are welcome! Please note that the Zoom room now requires a password, so please drop an e-mail to sacred-text-reading+owner@uucpa.org to express interest.

What do we mean by a sacred text? Any text that helps us to:

  • connect to something of supreme importance to us
  • feel more connected to other beings or to the universe
  • feel more intensely alive
  • align our lives with our values,
  • perceive or feel more deeply
  • be more fully and authentically ourselves.

As Unitarian Universalists, we find these kinds of meanings everywhere, so the text itself might be from a so-called secular source, or from a religious canon, or something in-between.

The participants over the years have found that the approach we take, and the respectful, affectionate community of inquirers in which we read and converse, are as important as the text. Our practice usually follows one of these versions of Lectio Divina. 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).

The facilitator will post a version of the text in the chat for all to see. Everyone is welcome, as are your suggestions of future texts. Group members also take turns facilitating, if they want to try that role.

For check-in / getting-acquainted time, and for those who are new and want a brief orientation to the practice, the room will be open ten minutes before and ten minutes after the session.

How to join: First, e-mail sacred-text-reading+owner@uucpa.org, since you will need a password. Then:

  • Join this class from your Web browser: https://zoom.us/j/96865808923
  • Join this class using the Zoom app: Meeting ID: 968 6580 8923
  • Join this class by phone: +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) Meeting ID: 968 6580 8923
  • Join this class by one-tap on mobile phones: +16699006833,,96865808923#  (San Jose)
  • Phoning in, but not in the Bay Area?  Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/abL8clvIYT

This is the Zoom link for Wednesdays. For the Zoom link for Saturday, go to Calendar and click on a Saturday session.

Campus WorkdayCampus Workday

05/04/2024, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm UUCPA (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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

Consider making things even better by joining others at the monthly workday right here at UUCPA. There will be plenty of fine company. Come for some or all of the time. Projects might include painting some trim and kitchen cabinets, pruning shrubs, organizing closets, plus some jobs you may have in mind.

Saturday MeditationSaturday Meditation

05/04/2024, 9:00 am - 10:30 am (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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

  • Dates: Every Saturday
  • Time: 9:10 – 10:00 am
  • Location: Online
  • Facilitator: Leadership is shared and rotates weekly
  • Contact: The Zoom link is available from Susan Owicki – email susanowicki@uucpa.org by 9:00 pm on Friday.

Come Meditate with Us!

Upcoming Justice Projects/Events

Nothing scheduled at this time.

Upcoming Special Events

2024 Annual Meeting2024 Annual Meeting

04/21/2024, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm UUCPA (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

The Annual Meeting of the Congregation is on Sunday, April 21, 2024, in the Main Hall and on Zoom. We will be voting on the budget, justice partners, a bylaws amendment, and candidates for the Board, Nominating Committee, and General Assembly. Full agenda here.

You must be a member who has been affirmed by the Board of Trustees 30 days before the meeting and must have made a contribution of record during the past 12 calendar months to be eligible to vote.

If you are unable to make it in-person or on Zoom, you may vote by absentee ballot for nominees only or name a proxy. Members eligible to vote will receive a Zoom link within the week of the meeting. Email uucpa@uucpa.org if you think you should be able to vote but did not receive the link.

Candidates

  • Board of Trustees: Lisa Helmonds and Judy Lookabill
  • Nominating Committee: Trisha Suppes and Elsa Schafer
  • General Assembly Delegates: Karen Skold, Liam Mina, and Joe Moonan Walbran

On agenda is a bylaws amendment regarding creating an exemption process to the contribution of record requirement for membership.


Upcoming Holiday Events

Nothing scheduled at this time.

Upcoming Non-UUCPA Events

UUA Pacific Western Regional AssemblyUUA Pacific Western Regional Assembly

04/19/2024 - 04/20/2024, 6:00 pm - 5:00 pm First Universalist Church of Denver, CO (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Connect with other UUs in the Pacific Western Region.  Our 4th Regional Assembly will be held in Denver on April 19 and 20, at the beautiful First Universalist Church.  You can attend either in person or online. The keynote address will feature a conversation between our UUA President Rev. Dr. Sofía Betancourt and the new President of the United Church of Christ, Rev. Dr. Karen Georgia A. Thompson.   There will be inspirational worship, workshops, and a craft room.  There will be a reception on Friday evening.  We will also host a continental breakfast and catered lunch on Saturday. This is a family-friendly event, with childcare.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Courtyard Marriot Hotel Cherry Creek.  Sign up for no-host dinner groups on Saturday evening to continue the conversations. We hope to connect with you at RA! Register Today at: https://www.uua.org/pacific-western/calendar/pwr-uua/pwr-threads-connect-stories-inspire


UPLIFT Trans/Nonbinary+ Pastoral Small Group

05/10/2024, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

What is the Nonbinary Trans Flag and Meaning Behind Its Colors?

This is a closed event specifically for trans/nonbinary+ people. Anyone who is trans, nonbinary, metagender, multigender, genderfluid, agender, demigender, genderqueer, and otherwise not wholly or entirely cis is welcome to attend.

You do not have to be UU to attend, as long as you are comfortable with this space having a UU flavor/focus.

This pastoral small group is for ages 18 and older. Note: anyone who is a legal adult but is enrolled in high school and/or their congregation’s youth group is asked to attend the youth space.

UPLIFT is a program of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Please sign up here to let them know if you’re interested in learning about the pastoral small group for adults, which meets on the second Friday of each month at 5 pm Pacific. If you can’t make it to the next one, please still fill out this form to share your ideas and so they can stay in touch about future meetings!