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

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

Upcoming Events for Children & Youth

Child care

02/23/2020, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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


Sunday School for children and youth age 3 through grade 8

02/23/2020, 9:30 am - 10:30 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 Dan Harper.

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

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

Read more about our programs for children and youth.


OWL 4-6 Class

02/23/2020, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm Room 4/5 (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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

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

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


OWL Grades 7-9

02/23/2020, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm Fireside Room (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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

This class, for youth in grades 7-9 runs weekly on Sunday evenings from January through May.

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


Senior High Youth Group – SHYG

02/23/2020, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Room A (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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


Child care

03/01/2020, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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


Sunday School for children and youth age 3 through grade 8

03/01/2020, 9:30 am - 10:30 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 Dan Harper.

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

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

Read more about our programs for children and youth.


Navigators

03/01/2020, 11:00 am - 12:15 pm Room 10 (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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

Navigators


OWL 4-6 Class

03/01/2020, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm Room 4/5 (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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

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

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


OWL Grades 7-9

03/01/2020, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm Fireside Room (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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

This class, for youth in grades 7-9 runs weekly on Sunday evenings from January through May.

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


Upcoming Adult Classes

Sci Fi / Fantasy Discussion Group - ArrivalSci Fi / Fantasy Discussion Group – Arrival

02/19/2020, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

After a holiday break, the Sci-Fi & Fantasy Discussion Group is back, discussing the movie Arrival. Please watch it in advance (it is available at the Palo Alto City Library, among other places) so we can get right into conversation about it and the ideas it inspires.

Wednesday, February 19, 7-9 p.m. Pacific

  • Location: online, Zoom room 250 109 6676
  • Facilitator: Rev. Amy Zucker Morgenstern

We meet via Zoom free video conferencing, in meeting room 250 109 6676.

All are welcome, far or near! For more instructions on how to access Zoom, e-mail Amy by Wednesday morning: parishmin@uucpa.org.

We will choose the book for our April 15 session at the February session.

 

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

Expanding Our Ideas of GenderExpanding Our Ideas of Gender

02/23/2020, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Room 4/5 (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Rev. Dan Harper and members of the OWL teaching staff will present contemporary evolving notions of gender. Beginning with the basics of how gender identity is different from biological sex, we’ll discuss everything from the wide range of gender identities that are opening, to the ways different cultures conceive of gender identity, to how changing notions of gender identity are changing American society. As a special bonus, we’ll look at some great children’s books!

  • Date: Sunday, February 23, 2020
  • Time: 12:30-2
  • Location: Room 4/5
  • Presenter: Rev. Dan Harper, Matt Rosin, Lynn Grant, Emma Grant-Bier
  • Contact: Marilyn Austin (areclasses@uucpa.org)
  • Registration: Not Necessary

Healing the DivideHealing the Divide

03/01/2020, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Fireside Room (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

In our March meeting we will discuss two articles, both available on the web:

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

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

Snacks will be provided. All are welcome to attend.

Healing the Divide meets on the first Sunday of each month from 12:30-2 pm.  Susan Owicki is the facilitator and contact: Susan Owicki (heal-the-divide+owner@uucpa.org).  Registration is not required.

Exploring Mind, Hands, Spirit and Heart Through Art - MasksExploring Mind, Hands, Spirit and Heart Through Art – Masks

03/01/2020, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Room 4/5 (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Give your hands and heart a gift by enjoying two hours on a Sunday doing simple and profound art exercises. If you think you have no artistic talent, you will be amazed by what you can do. Each session stands alone, but the exercises and community also build on each other. All materials are provided. For people of any age who can sustain an interest for two hours.

FEBRUARY 2 and MARCH 1: MASKS. It is no surprise that masks have played a role in spiritual practices for millennia, because they are powerfully evocative of spiritual processes. They allow us to channel the power of a guiding spirit; they hide aspects of ourselves that we are not ready to show to the world; they help us express aspects of ourselves that we are shy about revealing. No matter how honest we aspire to be, we all present a different self to the world than the one we carry within, and masks can help us explore this tension. This is a two-session class so that we can make plaster masks modeled on our own faces, let them dry, and then add colors, textures, and images during the second session. It is ideal to participate in both. However, if you can only come to the March session, there will be paper masks waiting for you to decorate. If you can only come to the February session, you may of course take your mask home and decorate it when it dries.

PLEASE NOTE that March’s class will be the last monthly gathering led by Amy. She will, however, lead occasional art-based spiritual explorations, such as mask-making, prayer beads, and coping with loss and grief through art, so watch this space!

 

  • Date: First Sundays Jan 5, Feb 2, Mar 1
  • Time: 1-3 pm
  • Location: Room 4/5
  • Facilitator: Amy Zucker Morgenstern
  • Contact: Amy Zucker Morgenstern (parishmin@uucpa.org)
  • Registration: Not required

Discovering UUCPADiscovering UUCPA

03/08/2020, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Room 10 (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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

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

We will:

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

Details:

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

Learn more about other events for newcomers here.

White Folks Dismantling White Supremacy

03/08/2020, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Room 9 (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

At the March 8 meeting, we will discuss the first two episodes of the podcast Scene on Radio: Seeing White at https://www.sceneonradio.org/seeing-white/. Enjoy your Second Sunday Lunch and then join us in Room 9.  All are welcome.
This group is called “White Folks . . . ” because we, as self-identified white people, recognize the need for us to do much of the work of dismantling white supremacy. People of color are warmly welcome to attend, but we will not ask them to do our work.  We will use this space as a learning ground — laboratory — workshop — for white folks, some (or all) of whom are grappling with new ideas about racism, coping with a sense of guilt and shame for benefiting from it, etc.  Our meetings will be devoted to working to dismantle white supremacy through learning and action.

Religion and Social Change: Liberation Theologies, Part 2Religion and Social Change: Liberation Theologies, Part 2

03/15/2020, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Fireside Room (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Liberation Theology sprang from Latin America, where priests, monks, nuns, and laypeople put Catholicism and Marxism together to create powerful alternatives for people living under oppression. It has since grown up in other cultural contexts (e.g., black United States, Palestine, India) and religious soils (e.g., Protestant, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu). It boldly declares that God has “a preferential option for the poor” and has helped put the needs of poor people and the environment closer to the center of religions, even as religious leaders opposed it due to its links with Communism and Marxism.

  • Date: Sunday, March 15, 2020
  • Time: 1-3
  • Location: Fireside Room
  • Presenter: Rev. Amy Zucker Morgenstern
  • Contact: Judy Lookabill (areclasses@uucpa.org)
  • Registration: Not Necessary

LGBTQ+ Welcoming Congregation EventLGBTQ+ Welcoming Congregation Event

03/22/2020, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Fireside Room (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

In 2019-2020, UUCPA is working to renew our status as a Welcoming Congregation for LGBTQ+ UUs. The UUA’s Welcoming Congregation Renewal program provides a framework for UUCPA and other UU churches to reaffirm our commitment and respond to the evolving needs and concerns of LGBTQ+ people.

As a part of the renewal process, we will offer a Welcoming Congregation seminar or webinar.  More information will be provided closer to the date.

  • Date: Sunday, March 22, 2020
  • Time: 12:30-2
  • Location: Fireside Room
  • Contact: Susan Owicki (areclasses@uucpa.org)
  • Registration: Not Necessary

Gratitude WritingGratitude Writing

03/29/2020, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Room 9 (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

It’s easy to take the good things and people in our lives for granted, but taking time to give thanks for them can help you develop a greater appreciation for the good in your life. A number of psychological research studies have documented the positive effect that recording those good things have on our well-being and on our relationships. One way to approach giving thanks is to keep a gratitude journal. During this class, we will talk about how to start, the positive that can come from keeping a gratitude journal, and how to keep up the practice once the newness has worn off.

Everyone at UUCPA knows Susan Plass for her cooking, but she is also a very spiritual person who has provided leadership in many areas, including Chalice Circles and the Writing Group.

  • Date: Sunday, March 29, 2020
  • Time: 12:30-2
  • Location: Room 9
  • Presenter: Susan Plass
  • Contact: Marilyn Austin (areclasses@uucpa.org)
  • Registration: Not Necessary

Healing the DivideHealing the Divide

04/05/2020, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Fireside Room (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

HEALING THE DIVIDE

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

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

Snacks will be provided. All are welcome to attend.

Upcoming Music

Choir Rehearsal

02/20/2020, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Main Hall (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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

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

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

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

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

Adult Choir


Sacred Harp SingingSacred Harp Singing

02/23/2020, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Room 1 (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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

Dates:               2nd & 4th Sunday every month

Time:                 2-4 pm

Location:         Room 1

Facilitator:       Palo Alto Sacred Harp singers

Contact:           Lorraine Kostka (sacredharp@uucpa.org)

Registration:   Not required

Sacred-Harp Singing


By Your Side SingersBy Your Side Singers

02/26/2020, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Room 9 (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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

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

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

By Your Side Singers


Choir Rehearsal

02/27/2020, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Main Hall (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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

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

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

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

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

Adult Choir


First Sunday Sing Out

03/01/2020, 10:30 am - 11:00 am Patio (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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

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

Contact:           Eric Bier (firstsundaysing@uucpa.org)

Registration:   Not required

First-Sunday Sing Community Singing


Upcoming Newcomer/Visitor Events

Discovering UUCPADiscovering UUCPA

03/08/2020, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Room 10 (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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

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

We will:

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

Details:

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

Learn more about other events for newcomers here.


Newcomer LunchNewcomer Lunch

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

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

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


Discovering UUCPADiscovering UUCPA

06/14/2020, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Room 10 (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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

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

We will:

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

Details:

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

Learn more about other events for newcomers here.


Upcoming Group Meetings/Gatherings

Xero Carbon

02/19/2020, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm Room 9 (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

The group meets regularly to plan and implement ways to educate people on the real climate threats and the technology that can be quickly used to stem the problem. We also develop action plans to make these visions reality.

Contact: Fred Zeise (xerocarbon@uucpa.org)

Xero Carbon

Womens Group – Thursday

02/20/2020, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Room 10 (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Women’s Groups

Young Adult Group

02/20/2020, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

The Young Adult Group organizes activities to meet the interests of everyone at UUCPA who identifies with the young-adult life stage, typically but not always ages 21-35.

We meet Sunday after the 11 am service (10:30 am service during the summer) and get lunch. We also organize activities such as hikes. In addition, we meet every Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm in Room A or 7 (A calendar of our meetings is at sites.google.com/site/uucpayacalendar).

During these meetings, attendees are invited to share recent life events and topics on their minds (2-5 minutes/person). We then discuss a topic or play a game or do an activity. Recent discussion topics have included: discovering your gifts and passions, dealing with parents, and asking for help. Recent activities have included origami, meditation, and Dungeons and Dragons.

Although meetings are scheduled every Tuesday and Thursday, we communicate through Slack (available at slack.com or in the app store for your mobile device) to ensure there is a quorum for every meeting and cancel them if there isn’t a quorum. Please email youngadults-info@uucpa.org for an invitation to the Slack group or if you have any additional questions.

  • Date: Sundays after the 11 am service (10:30 am service during the summer) and get lunch AND Every Tuesday and Thursday evening
  • Time: Sundays Tuesday/Thursday: 7:30-9 pm
  • Location: Room A or Room 7.  Check the calendar of meetings at sites.google.com/site/uucpayacalendar for location.
  • Facilitator: The group manages itself
  • Contact: youngadults-info@uucpa.org
  • Registration: Not required

 

Mens Group – Friday

02/21/2020, 9:30 am - 11:30 am Room 10 (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

This is a closed group.

Saturday Meditation

02/22/2020, 9:00 am - 10:30 am Room 10 (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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

  • Dates: Every Saturday
  • Time: 9-10:30 am
  • Location: Room 6 through Aug 2019, Room 10 starting Sep 2019+
  • Facilitator: Leadership is shared and rotates weekly
  • Contact: Marilyn Stoddard (satmeditation+owner@uucpa.org)
  • Registration: Not required

Come Meditate with Us!

Sunday Labyrinth Walk

02/23/2020, 9:05 am - 9:20 am Labyrinth (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Walking a labyrinth is a silent and ordinarily solitary activity. However, many people find it uplifting to sometimes do it with a group. UUCPA participants of every belief (e.g., theists, spiritual non-theists, humanists) gather before the first service to walk our labyrinth together.

Hats and sunscreen are recommended during warm weather. During truly inclement weather, we gather under the overhang in the front of the church (near the Memorial Garden) for silent prayer, meditation, or deep reflection.

  • Date: Every Sunday
  • Time: 9:05-9:20 am
  • Location: UUCPA Labyrinth
  • Facilitator: Marilyn Austin
  • Contact: Marilyn Austin (labyrinthwalk@uucpa.org)
  • Registration: Not required

Sunday MeditationSunday Meditation

02/23/2020, 10:00 am - 10:55 am Library (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Date: Every Sunday

Time:
  • 10:00 –10:55 on the weeks when UUCPA has two services (at 9:30 and 11am)
  • 9:30 – 10:25 on the weeks when UUCPA has only one service (mid June – end of July)
  • (entering or exiting at other times should be done as quietly as possible)
Location: Church Library—entrance and exit only via side door (across from bathrooms)
Leader: Eric Bier
Contact: Marilyn Austin (sundaymeditation@uucpa)
This meditation opportunity is open to all UUCPA participants.  Those who already meditate regularly may use it as a time and place to pursue their regular practice.  Those for whom meditation is new may use this as a way to try it out, under the guidance of an experienced fellow UU.  In order to make this meditation time accessible to people with other Sunday morning commitments (e.g. The Forum and choir), it will have a built-in break at 10:20 to allow quiet entrance and exit for participants who need to do so.

UUCPA Bookstore and Used Book Room

02/23/2020, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm Lobby (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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

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

Bookstore and Used Book Room

Womens Group – Weekend Women

02/23/2020, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Room A (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

UUCPA’s newest women’s group, Weekend Women.

  • Date: 2nd and 4th Sundays each month
  • Time: 1:00-2:30 p.m.
  • Location: Room A
  • Facilitator: Rotating leadership.
  • Contact: weekend-women-info@uucpa.org
  • Before attending your first meeting, please confirm that there is still room, via email or by talking with BJ Wishinsky.

Women’s Groups

Sacred Harp SingingSacred Harp Singing

02/23/2020, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Room 1 (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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

Dates:               2nd & 4th Sunday every month

Time:                 2-4 pm

Location:         Room 1

Facilitator:       Palo Alto Sacred Harp singers

Contact:           Lorraine Kostka (sacredharp@uucpa.org)

Registration:   Not required

Sacred-Harp Singing

Upcoming Justice Projects/Events

Reclaim Our Vote (Redwood City)

02/23/2020, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Alert People of Color Who Have Been Taken Off The Voter Rolls
Please join us for this postcard-writing and phone banking event hosted by Nancy Goodban of the UU Fellowship of Redwood City
We will be phone banking and writing postcards to people of color who have been taken off the voter rolls in key states for 2020, where a Senate seat is in play. Reclaim Our Vote works with local NAACP and similar organizations using their voter lists, to alert people who have been disenfranchised, encouraging them to re-register, giving them the information to do so. Help give people their voices for the upcoming primaries and caucuses ~ supporting our UU The Vote efforts!
Please email  nancy@reclaimourvote.org to RSVP and obtain her address in Redwood City.

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

Find more 2020 election events at UUCPA here.


Reclaim Our Vote (Redwood City)

02/26/2020, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Alert People of Color Who Have Been Taken Off The Voter Rolls
Please join us for this postcard-writing and phone banking event hosted by Nancy Goodban of the UU Fellowship of Redwood City
We will be phone banking and writing postcards to people of color who have been taken off the voter rolls in key states for 2020, where a Senate seat is in play. Reclaim Our Vote works with local NAACP and similar organizations using their voter lists, to alert people who have been disenfranchised, encouraging them to re-register, giving them the information to do so. Help give people their voices for the upcoming primaries and caucuses ~ supporting our UU The Vote efforts!
Please email  nancy@reclaimourvote.org to RSVP and obtain her address in Redwood City.

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

Find more 2020 election events at UUCPA here.


Reclaim Our Vote (Redwood City)

02/29/2020, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Alert People of Color Who Have Been Taken Off The Voter Rolls
Please join us for this postcard-writing and phone banking event hosted by Nancy Goodban of the UU Fellowship of Redwood City
We will be phone banking and writing postcards to people of color who have been taken off the voter rolls in key states for 2020, where a Senate seat is in play. Reclaim Our Vote works with local NAACP and similar organizations using their voter lists, to alert people who have been disenfranchised, encouraging them to re-register, giving them the information to do so. Help give people their voices for the upcoming primaries and caucuses ~ supporting our UU The Vote efforts!
Please email  nancy@reclaimourvote.org to RSVP and obtain her address in Redwood City.

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

Find more 2020 election events at UUCPA here.


Vote Forward Super Tuesday Letter Writing Party

03/03/2020, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Write Letters to Get Voters to the Polls in Key States on Super Tuesday.

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

Mail your own ballot, then take your mind off the returns for an hour or so with some concrete action to “UU the Vote”! 

Tuesday, March 3rd, 11 am – 3 pm, Anne Frahn’s house in Palo Alto 

  • Anne will provide the address when you rsvp to annefrahn@uucpa.org
  • Drop-in any time before 2:00 pm to finish by 3:00

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

Find more 2020 election events at UUCPA here.


Reclaim Our Vote

03/08/2020, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm UUCPA (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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

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

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

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

Find more 2020 election events at UUCPA here.


Upcoming Special Events

Bass Lake Earlybird Registration DeadlineBass Lake Earlybird Registration Deadline

03/01/2020, All Day (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Registration Now Open.

Important Dates:

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

Visit the Bass Lake web page for more information.


Sunday Service – Easter

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

Sunday Service – Easter

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

Annual May Day CelebrationAnnual May Day Celebration

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

Celebrate May Day at UUCPA

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

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

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


Bass Lake GetawayBass Lake Getaway

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

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

Important Dates:

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

Visit the Bass Lake web page for more information.


Upcoming Holiday Events

Sunday Service – Easter

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

Sunday Service – Easter

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

Annual May Day CelebrationAnnual May Day Celebration

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

Celebrate May Day at UUCPA

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

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

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

Upcoming Non-UUCPA Events

PCD Women’s RetreatPCD Women’s Retreat

03/05/2020 - 03/08/2020, All Day Enchanted Hills Retreat (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

The annual PCD Women’s Retreat is coming up on March 5 – 8, 2020.  All self-identified women are welcome to join us.  Our retreat offers something for everyone: delicious meals; workshops for the mind, body and spirit; hiking in beautiful woods; conversations with new and old friends; time for quiet contemplation; and a boutique, silent auction, and book swap.  To learn more and register for our retreat, please visit our website at www.womenandreligionpcd.org.  If you have questions, feel free to ask long-time attenders Sally Ahnger, Fran Perry and Barbara Shonborn.  We hope to see you there. Invite a friend!


Hike – Garin Regional Park

03/07/2020, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm UU Fellowship of Redwood City (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

On Saturday, March 7, we’ll join Bob and Sandy Simoni for a 5.25-mile hike in Garin Regional Park right behind their house. The hills are green now and we hope for wildflowers by the beginning of March. We’ll climb no more than 1,000 feet -- unless it’s such a clear day that we want to climb up Vista Peak to check out the view.

After the hike, we’ll gather on Bob and Sandy’s convivial back deck for lunch. Bob will grill some hamburgers and the rest of us will provide sides, desserts, and beverages.

Please reply telling me what you want to bring and I’ll try to keep track so that we can have a variety to eat and drink.

Meet at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City (2124 Brewster Ave. and Lowell) a little bit before 9am to form carpools. If you want to meet us at the trail head, we’ll gather at Bob and Sandy’s house in Hayward between 9:45 - 10 am.  Contact Kaye for the address.

Hope to see you on the trail,

Kaye


UUA General AssemblyUUA General Assembly

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

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

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

View the GA Schedule.

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

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