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Transforming Ourselves, Each Other and the World

A note about this printed newsletter

As you may have noticed, this printed newsletter is different from the UUCPA Bulletins you used to receive. The UUCPA bi-weekly Bulletin will be taking a break for a while (Aug. 9, 2020, was the last one). We hope to have new plans for The Bulletin by the time we resume meeting at UUCPA in person. In the meantime, please accept this interim printed version to keep you informed.

Upcoming Services

Join services via Zoom: The password is available by emailing or on UUCPA’s outgoing voicemail message, 650-494-0541.  It is also included in the weekly update emails. To watch services live on our Facebook page visit:

Before There Were Children

Please note that both services will be held indoors (with patio seating always an option) due to the chilly temperatures expected.

The concept of childhood, it has been argued, is quite recent in Western civilization. Until a few hundred years ago, children were largely regarded as, … read more.

Stories of the Season

Readying Mary for her journey to Bethlehem

Antiochus’s soldiers defile the Temple

We rejoice in the everyday miracles of the season, marking winter solstice, telling the story of Hanukah–which begins tonight–and inviting all who wish to play a part to help make the story of Jesus’s … read more.

Winter Solstice Service

Join us on this longest night of the year!  Our simple ceremony lasts under an hour, and is followed by abundant food – (cheese, dips, pies, nuts.) and hot mulled wine and hot cider.  Just come – food provided.  Our solstice ceremony includes meditative … read more.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

We welcome Christmas with stories, carols and special music, and candles. Come sing the familiar songs that are always powerful and experience the magic of candlelight in the darkness.

Worship Leaders: Revs. Amy Zucker Morgenstern & Cat Boyle

Special music: Veronika Agranov-Dafoe, piano; Yuri Liberzon, guitar; … read more.

Christmas Day Service

Christmas is a Sunday this year–what a treat to be together on Christmas morning.

Worship leader: Rev. Catherine Boyle

Photo by Ann Schreck on Unsplash

How Will They Know?

A popular Christian song of yesteryear sang “They will know we are Christians by our love.” How do people know what our most cherished values are? What’s the “tell”? 

Worship leader: Rev. Amy Zucker Morgenstern

Upcoming Events

Adult Classes


Newcomer/Visitor Events

Nothing scheduled at this time.

Events for Children & Youth

Justice Projects/Events

Nothing scheduled at this time.

Group Meetings/Gatherings

Special Events

Holiday Events

Non-UUCPA Events

Nothing scheduled at this time.


    Church Info

    • 505 East Charleston Rd, Palo Alto, California 94306 650-494-0541, FAX: 650-494-8190
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    Board Members

    President Brooke Bishara
    VP Finance Kevin Crane
    VP Facilities, Barbara Smith-Thomas
    Secretary, Joe Bailey
    Social Justice Kristi Iverson
    Visitors Jeb Eddy
    Denominational Concerns Maria Almli
    Policies Geetha Rao
    CYRE Emma Grant-Bier
    Adult Religious Education (Open)
    Treasurer Kay Brown
    Communications Thida Cornes
    Staff Relations (Open)
    Planning Dave Joki
    Small Groups Greg Williams
    Membership Jim Basiji

    Ex-officio Members/Staff

    Parish MinisterRev. Amy Zucker Morgenstern
    Minister of Religious EducationRev. Dan Harper
    Community MinisterRev. Jen Dillinger
    Community MinisterRev. Melissa Thomson
    Community MinisterRev. Stefanie Etzbach-Dale
    Assistant TreasurerBarbara Smith-Thomas
    Head Child Care WorkerPari Mahjoubinia
    Music DirectorBruce Olstad
    AccompanistVeronika Agranov-Dafoe
    Congregational AdministratorJeff Cashdollar
    Membership Engagement CoordinatorJohn Wright
    Office Administration AssistantDebra Heinz
    BookkeepersKay Brown and Jeff Cashdollar
    Custodian/SextonEnrique Infante
    Handyman/GardenerJames Nelson