CYRE newsletter

UUCPA RE newsletter: May, 2015


1. May calendar
1a. Senior High, Coming of Age, and OWL gr. 7-9 calendar
1b. Navigators
2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education
3. Still time to register for UUCPA’s EcoJustice Camp
4. Status of Dan Harper’s sabbatical
5. UUCPA Youth Ministry Town Hall meeting May 10

1. May, 2015, calendar
Sun., May 3, 9:30 a.m.: Last day of Judean Village

Sun., May 10, 9:30 a.m.: Intergenerational service
11:00 a.m.: Parent Journey (drop-in group)
12:00 p.m.: Second Sunday lunch

Sun., May 17, 9:30 a.m.: Intergenerational service

Sun., May 24, 9:30 a.m.: Holiday weekend, child care available for all ages

Sun., May 31, 9:30 a.m.: Sunday school — evaluate the program with Dan

1b. Navigators
Navigators is our bias-free scouting program. For this month’s schedule, please contact Nathan Harris OR Ed Vail to be put on the email list.

2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education

We have two learning opportunities this month that you should not miss.

1. We will have our annual Flower Communion. This annual service began in the 1920s at the Unitarian church in Prague, at that time the largest Unitarian church in the world. It is a celebration that is unique to us Unitarian Universalists, and it’s a great way for kids (and parents) to learn something about who we are. Kids tend to like this service a lot.

2. Our 8th and 9th graders from the Coming of Age program will read their “credos” or statements of religious identity during the service on May 17. The Coming of Age program is the keystone program in our curriculum; everything we do in the younger grades is supposed to lead up to that program. Younger kids, especially kids in grades 4-7, often enjoy hearing what the big kids have to say — and imagining what they might say when they get to be a big kid.

We’ll have child care available as usual for both those services, for children who get squirrelly. And there will be a special coloring book for the Flower Communion.

See you soon,
Dan Harper


3. Still time to register for UUCPA’s EcoJustice Camp

You can still sign up kids in gr. 2-5 for this ecology camp at UUCPA. Visit for details, and to find a registration packet.


4. Status of Dan Harper’s sabbatical

Dan will be at UUCPA through May. Then he will be on sabbatical from June 1-June 21. He will be back at UUCPA to help run EcoJustice Camp, and then he will be off again on vacation and study leave, returning August 1.

One of Dan’s projects during his sabbatical has been to research the history of Unitarianism in Palo Alto. Did you know there have been organized Unitarian groups in Palo Alto since 1895? You can read more about this topic on Dan’s blog:


5. UUCPA Youth Ministry Town Hall meeting May 10

Dan Harper and members of the CYRE Committee will present a town hall meeting on our UUCPA ministries with youth. UUCPA has made it a priority to support adolescent health and spirituality. Come hear the ministries and programs we now have (we probably have more than you know about). We will talk honestly about the reality of our financial and volunteer resources.

And come tell us how UUCPA might be able to further support you (if you’re a teen), or your child and family (if you’re a parent), or the wider community.

There will be two of these town hall meetings, one after each service — exact times and locations will be announced on Sunday during the services.