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

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

Upcoming Events for Children & Youth

Green Class Sunday School (gr. 2-3)

09/27/2020, 9:30 am - 10:15 am (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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

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

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

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


Red Class Sunday School (preschool)

09/27/2020, 9:30 am - 10:15 am (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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

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

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

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


Ecojustice Sunday School Class (gr. 6-8)

09/27/2020, 10:15 am - 11:45 am (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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

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

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

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


Blue Class Sunday School (gr. 4-5)

09/27/2020, 11:45 am - 12:30 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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

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

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

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


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

09/27/2020, 11:45 am - 12:30 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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

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

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

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


Yellow Class Sunday School (gr. K-1)

09/27/2020, 11:45 am - 12:30 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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

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

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

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


Senior High Youth Group – SHYG

09/27/2020, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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

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


Green Class Sunday School (gr. 2-3)

10/04/2020, 9:30 am - 10:15 am (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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

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

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

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


Red Class Sunday School (preschool)

10/04/2020, 9:30 am - 10:15 am (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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

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

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

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


Ecojustice Sunday School Class (gr. 6-8)

10/04/2020, 10:15 am - 11:45 am (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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

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

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

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


Upcoming Adult Classes

Sacred Text Reading GroupSacred Text Reading Group

09/26/2020, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Using a spiritual-practice approach, in each session we will explore a different brief text in depth. The aims of the sessions are educational (learning something about the texts and traditions), spiritual/moral (discovering what the texts ask of us), and community-building (getting to know each other better). We’ll have a version of the text available to share; “bring” your own if you like. All are welcome, as are your suggestions of future texts.

On Saturday, September 26, our text will be this poem by Jusammi Chikako, who lived in Japan c. 1300. Translation by Edwin A. Cranston. I suspect (but, not knowing Japanese or having access to the original, can’t confirm) that it is a tanka.

     On this summer night
All the household lies asleep,
And in the doorway,
For once open after dark,
Stands the moon, brilliant, cloudless.

How to join:

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

Trans Experience and Spirituality: A Welcoming Congregation seminarTrans Experience and Spirituality: A Welcoming Congregation seminar

09/30/2020, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Please join UUCPA’s Welcoming Congregation team on Wednesday, Sept. 30, from 7:30 pm – 9 pm, for an engaging Zoom seminar on the diversity of the transgender community, the experiences of transgender, non-binary, and genderqueer people within Unitarian Universalism, and the spiritual meaning at the heart of their personal journeys.

The Zoom seminar will feature selections from the online course series “Transgender Inclusion in Congregations,” developed by UU leaders Rev. Mykal O’Neal Slack and Zr. Alex Kapitan and the Transforming Hearts Collective. Join us to learn and discuss!

Join via Zoom video: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84875210405
Meeting ID: 848 7521 0405
To join with a regular phone, call +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)

The meeting password will be emailed to the Announce and CYRE Parents email lists the day before the meeting. If you don’t get the password, you can email welcoming@uucpa.org and request it.

UUCPA has been recognized as a Welcoming Congregation for LGBTQ+ UU’s since 1999, and the UUA recently called on UU churches to formally renew our commitment and respond to the evolving needs and concerns of LGBTQ+ people. The UUA issued this call, in part, to ensure that churches like ours provide a welcoming spiritual home for transgender, non-binary, and genderqueer UUs.

Slack and Kapitan’s “Transgender Inclusion in Congregations” course has been praised highly by those congregations that have used it. UUCPA has purchased access to the course as part of our Welcoming Congregation renewal effort. On Sept. 30, you’ll learn how you can keep exploring the course, whether on your own or together with friends or your small group.

Gratefully and in solidarity,
Susan Owicki (she/her/hers) and Matt Rosin (he/him/his) on behalf of UUCPA’s Welcoming Congregation renewal effort

Sacred Text Reading GroupSacred Text Reading Group

10/03/2020, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

A weekly online sacred text reading group with Reverend Amy

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

 

How to join:

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

Healing the Divide Special EventHealing the Divide Special Event

10/04/2020, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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.

On October 4, 2020, we’ll be having a very special meeting of Healing the Divide.  Our guests will be five Braver Angels who identify as Red.  They will engage with five members of our congregation, who mostly identify as Blue, in a Living Room Conversation on the topic “2020 Election – Concerns and Aspirations”.  (A Living Room Conversation provides a conversational structure whose aim is to facilitate connection between people despite their differences, and even identify areas of common ground and shared understanding.)

Sunday, October 4, from 1 to 2:30 or 3 pm (starting at 1, the Living Room Conversation ends about 2:30, another 1/2 hour of questions is optional)

The meeting ID is 856 2487 9820.  The password and a clickable link will be sent to the Announce and CYREparents email lists the day before the meeting.

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

Hope to see you there!

Susan

 

Sacred Text Reading GroupSacred Text Reading Group

10/10/2020, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

A weekly online sacred text reading group with Reverend Amy

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

 

How to join:

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

Discovering UUCPADiscovering UUCPA

10/11/2020, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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

While we are gathering online, we have increased the frequency of our getting-to-know-you (and UUCPA) sessions. They’re great for those who are new to Unitarian Universalism and also those who are coming here from another UU congregation and want to connect with the rich offerings of UUCPA. We’ll share briefly the paths that brought us here, and have Q&A about how to get involved and whatever else you’re wondering about the congregation. Please bring your questions!

We will:

  • Share the spiritual explorations that have brought us to this point
  • Get to know other newcomers and 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
  • Take a virtual tour of the buildings and grounds

Details:

Learn more about other events for newcomers here.

White Folks Dismantling White SupremacyWhite Folks Dismantling White Supremacy

10/13/2020, 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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

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

 

On Tuesday, October 13, we will listen together to episode 5 of “Seeing White” (“Little War on the Prairie”). If you missed previous sessions, you will be best able to participate in the conversation that follows if you listen to the first four episodes first.

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

The Wild Diversity of ChristianityThe Wild Diversity of Christianity

10/14/2020, 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

There’s a lot more to Christianity than the stereotypical conservative American Christian evangelicals. We’ll do a whirlwind survey of the wild diversity of world Christianity, including interesting backwaters like “Chrislam.”

Facilitated by: Rev. Dan Harper

The Zoom meeting password will be shared via email to announce@uucpa.org and creparents@uucpa.org 2 days prior to and on the day of each class.  If you don’t get the email by four hours before the class, please send an email to areclasses@uucpa.org to request the information.  Be sure to specify which class you are requesting the info for.
Footnote: Subscribe to announce by sending an email to announce+subscribe@uucpa.org

Sacred Text Reading GroupSacred Text Reading Group

10/17/2020, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

A weekly online sacred text reading group with Reverend Amy

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

 

How to join:

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

Sacred Text Reading GroupSacred Text Reading Group

10/24/2020, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

A weekly online sacred text reading group with Reverend Amy

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

 

How to join:

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

Upcoming Music

Harmonic Circle

09/27/2020, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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

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

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

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

 

Contact: Steve Ludington (harmoniccircle@uucpa.org)

Harmonic Circle


Harmonic Circle

10/04/2020, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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

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

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

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

 

Contact: Steve Ludington (harmoniccircle@uucpa.org)

Harmonic Circle


Harmonic Circle

10/11/2020, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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

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

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

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

 

Contact: Steve Ludington (harmoniccircle@uucpa.org)

Harmonic Circle


Harmonic Circle

10/18/2020, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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

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

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

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

 

Contact: Steve Ludington (harmoniccircle@uucpa.org)

Harmonic Circle


Harmonic Circle

10/25/2020, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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

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

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

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

 

Contact: Steve Ludington (harmoniccircle@uucpa.org)

Harmonic Circle


Upcoming Newcomer/Visitor Events

Discovering UUCPADiscovering UUCPA

10/11/2020, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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

While we are gathering online, we have increased the frequency of our getting-to-know-you (and UUCPA) sessions. They’re great for those who are new to Unitarian Universalism and also those who are coming here from another UU congregation and want to connect with the rich offerings of UUCPA. We’ll share briefly the paths that brought us here, and have Q&A about how to get involved and whatever else you’re wondering about the congregation. Please bring your questions!

We will:

  • Share the spiritual explorations that have brought us to this point
  • Get to know other newcomers and 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
  • Take a virtual tour of the buildings and grounds

Details:

Learn more about other events for newcomers here.


Discovering UUCPADiscovering UUCPA

11/08/2020, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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

While we are gathering online, we have increased the frequency of our getting-to-know-you (and UUCPA) sessions. They’re great for those who are new to Unitarian Universalism and also those who are coming here from another UU congregation and want to connect with the rich offerings of UUCPA. We’ll share briefly the paths that brought us here, and have Q&A about how to get involved and whatever else you’re wondering about the congregation. Please bring your questions!

We will:

  • Share the spiritual explorations that have brought us to this point
  • Get to know other newcomers and 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
  • Take a virtual tour of the buildings and grounds

Details:

Learn more about other events for newcomers here.


Discovering UUCPADiscovering UUCPA

12/13/2020, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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

While we are gathering online, we have increased the frequency of our getting-to-know-you (and UUCPA) sessions. They’re great for those who are new to Unitarian Universalism and also those who are coming here from another UU congregation and want to connect with the rich offerings of UUCPA. We’ll share briefly the paths that brought us here, and have Q&A about how to get involved and whatever else you’re wondering about the congregation. Please bring your questions!

We will:

  • Share the spiritual explorations that have brought us to this point
  • Get to know other newcomers and 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
  • Take a virtual tour of the buildings and grounds

Details:

Learn more about other events for newcomers here.


Upcoming Group Meetings/Gatherings

Saturday MeditationSaturday Meditation

09/26/2020, 9:00 am - 10:30 am (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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

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

Come Meditate with Us!

Sunday MeditationSunday Meditation

09/27/2020, 9:30 am - 10:25 am (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Date: Every Sunday

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

Womens Group – Weekend Women

09/27/2020, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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

Women’s Groups

Harmonic Circle

09/27/2020, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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

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

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

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

 

Contact: Steve Ludington (harmoniccircle@uucpa.org)

Harmonic Circle

Gardening @ UUCPAGardening @ UUCPA

10/01/2020, 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm UUCPA (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Glenda and Nancy plan to garden as usual on Thursday afternoons at UUCPA where they will keep a distance of at least 6 feet from each other.  It’s easy weeding right now after the rain!  If you can join in, bring your own gloves and weeding tools.  They will be there from 12:30 to at least 2:30, most likely longer.

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

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

Campus WorkdayCampus Workday

10/03/2020, 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 snacks and fine company. Come for some or all of the time. Projects might include painting some trim and kitchen cabinets, pruning shrubs, organizing closets, plus some jobs you may have in mind.

Saturday MeditationSaturday Meditation

10/03/2020, 9:00 am - 10:30 am (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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

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

Come Meditate with Us!

Sunday MeditationSunday Meditation

10/04/2020, 9:30 am - 10:25 am (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Date: Every Sunday

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

Harmonic Circle

10/04/2020, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

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

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

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

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

 

Contact: Steve Ludington (harmoniccircle@uucpa.org)

Harmonic Circle

Brown Bag Books - The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle EastBrown Bag Books – The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East

10/06/2020, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

The October Brown Bag Books book is “The Lemon Tree:  An Arab, a Jew , and the Heart of the Middle East” by Sandy Tolan, Non Fiction

In 1967, Bashir Khairi, a 25 yr old Palestinian, journeyed to Israel with the goal of seeing the beloved stone house with the lemon tree behind it that he and his family had fled 19 years earlier. To his surprise, when he found the house he was greeted by Dalia Eshkenazi Landau, a 19 yr old  Israeli college student, whose family fled Europe for Israel following the Holocaust. On the stoop of their shared home, Dalia and Bashir began a rare friendship, forged in the aftermath of war and tested over the next half-century in ways that neither could imagine on that summer day in 1967. Tolan brings the Israeli-Palestinian conflict down to its most human level, demonstrating that even amid the bleakest political realities there exist stories of hope and transformation.

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Please join us to discuss this very informative, timely book on October 6 at noon via Zoom.

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

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

  • Contact: Hannah Slocum (brown-bag-books+owner@uucpa.org)
  • Facilitator: Various participants
  • Registration: Not required
  • Location: Via video conference or in the Fireside room

Join the email list to be notified of book selections and for video conference details by emailing brown-bag-books+subscribe@uucpa.org.

Upcoming Justice Projects/Events

Hotel de ZinkHotel de Zink

09/01/2020 - 09/30/2020, All Day UUCPA (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Hotel de Zink is the name of a rotating homeless shelter that UUCPA participates in as one of our Justice Projects.

During the month of September, we provide 15 men or women with a place to sleep at night and with a hot meal.

We encourage you to support our guests by signing up to bring a meal one night in September.

Sign up to bring a meal for 15 with this form – bit.ly/uucpa_hoteldezink_signupform – you will see available dates.

Questions?  Check our FAQ: bit.ly/uucpa_hoteldezink_faq

Need to see what date you signed up for? Look at the Hotel de Zink Schedule: bit.ly/uucpa_hoteldezink_schedule


Virtual Get-Out-the-Vote (Vote Forward) Letter Writing PartyVirtual Get-Out-the-Vote (Vote Forward) Letter Writing Party

09/27/2020, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Every Sunday: 3:30-5:00pm (through September 27th)

Prepare “Get-Out-the-Vote” letters to infrequent voters in key states with Kristi Iverson

  • You’re not “writing” an entire letter but simply completing one sentence about the importance of voting on a pre-printed letter…then completing the to/from and the envelope. We’re preparing them now, and mailing them in mid October. See more details here.

  • You may print letters from votefwd.org or contact Anne Frahn (annefrahn@uucpa.org) to pick up or get letters delivered.

  • Contact KristiIverson@uucpa.org for the weekly zoom link for this virtual letter party

Find out more about UUCPA’s UU the Vote efforts here.

P.S.  If you would prefer to write postcards for Reclaim Our Vote, please contact Linda Henigin at lindahenigin@uucpa.org to get your postcard packet and instructions.


Upcoming Special Events

Trans Experience and Spirituality: A Welcoming Congregation seminarTrans Experience and Spirituality: A Welcoming Congregation seminar

09/30/2020, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm (Add to calendar: Google, iCal, webcal)

Please join UUCPA’s Welcoming Congregation team on Wednesday, Sept. 30, from 7:30 pm – 9 pm, for an engaging Zoom seminar on the diversity of the transgender community, the experiences of transgender, non-binary, and genderqueer people within Unitarian Universalism, and the spiritual meaning at the heart of their personal journeys.

The Zoom seminar will feature selections from the online course series “Transgender Inclusion in Congregations,” developed by UU leaders Rev. Mykal O’Neal Slack and Zr. Alex Kapitan and the Transforming Hearts Collective. Join us to learn and discuss!

Join via Zoom video: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84875210405
Meeting ID: 848 7521 0405
To join with a regular phone, call +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)

The meeting password will be emailed to the Announce and CYRE Parents email lists the day before the meeting. If you don’t get the password, you can email welcoming@uucpa.org and request it.

UUCPA has been recognized as a Welcoming Congregation for LGBTQ+ UU’s since 1999, and the UUA recently called on UU churches to formally renew our commitment and respond to the evolving needs and concerns of LGBTQ+ people. The UUA issued this call, in part, to ensure that churches like ours provide a welcoming spiritual home for transgender, non-binary, and genderqueer UUs.

Slack and Kapitan’s “Transgender Inclusion in Congregations” course has been praised highly by those congregations that have used it. UUCPA has purchased access to the course as part of our Welcoming Congregation renewal effort. On Sept. 30, you’ll learn how you can keep exploring the course, whether on your own or together with friends or your small group.

Gratefully and in solidarity,
Susan Owicki (she/her/hers) and Matt Rosin (he/him/his) on behalf of UUCPA’s Welcoming Congregation renewal effort


Upcoming Holiday Events

Nothing scheduled at this time.

Upcoming Non-UUCPA Events

Nothing scheduled at this time.