UUCPA RE newsletter: February, 2016

Contents:

1a. Sunday school calendar
1b. Youth calendar (SHYG, Coming of Age, OWL)
1c. Navigators
2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education
3. “Peace Experiments” 2016
4. Register now for Ecojustice Camp
5. New Men’s Group forming

1a. Sunday school calendar

Sun., Jan. 31:
9:30 a.m.: Intergenerational service

Sun., Feb. 7:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
10:30 a.m.: Community singing

Sun., Feb. 14:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
11:00 a.m.: Parent Journey
12:15 p.m.: 2nd Sunday lunch

Sun., Feb. 21:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school

Sun., Feb. 28:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
10:30 a.m.: 4th Sunday brunch

1b. Youth calendar (SHYG, Coming of Age, OWL)

Sun., Jan. 31:
9:30 a.m.: High school drop-in group
11:00 a.m.: Coming of Age
6:30 p.m.: OWL gr. 7-9
6:30 p.m.: Mandatory parent meeting for OWL parents
6:30 p.m.: SHYG

Sun., Feb. 7:
9:30 a.m.: SHYG
11:00 a.m.: Coming of Age
6:30: OWL gr. 7-9
6:30 OWL parent meeting: “Communication”

Sun., Feb. 14:
9:30 a.m.: High school drop-in group
11:00 a.m.: Coming of Age (optional meeting to work on art projects)
6:30 p.m.: OWL gr. 7-9
6:30 p.m.: SHYG

Sun., Feb. 21:
9:30 a.m.: SHYG
11:00 a.m.: Coming of Age
6:30 p.m.: OWL gr. 7-9

Sun., Feb. 28:
9:30 a.m.: High school drop-in group
11:00 a.m.: Coming of Age
6:30 p.m.: OWL gr. 7-9
6:30 p.m.: SHYG

N.B.: Coming of Age will begin meeting weekly as of Jan. 3.

1c. Navigators
Navigators is our bias-free scouting program. Junior Navigators is ages 7-11 (approx.), and Senior Navigators is 11-17. Both groups usually meet at 11:00 a.m. on first and third Sundays, but often do special activities. For meeting dates, please contact Ed Vail to be put on the email list.

Thanks to James Sperry for suggestions on how to make the calendars more readable!

 

2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education

You should bring your kids to UUCPA on Sunday, Jan. 31. Here’s why:

Amy and I will be leading a kid-friendly intergenerational service that focuses on what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist. I’ll be telling the story of where the symbol of the flaming chalice came from (fabulous storyteller Beth Nord will be filling in for me at the 11:00 service). Amy will be telling about how important the symbol of light is to us Unitarian Universalists. That’s the educational piece.

Then there’s the musical side of this service. First of all, we’ll be singing a favorite song for many of our kids, “Come Sing a Song with Me.” And at the 9:30 service, I’ll be teaching people to sing a song in four-part harmony, with the help of our accompanist Veronika Dafoe and some of our choir members. In honor of Black History Month, we’ll be singing “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” in an arrangement by the Fiske Jubilee Singers. If you’ve never sung in four-part harmony before, this is your chance to give it a try!

Finally, if you need more encouragement to come, everyone will have an opportunity to light a candle, to symbolize the growing daylight at this time of year.

I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: our intergenerational services are key educational opportunities for our kids. These services are one of the main ways we teach about Unitarian Universalism, and teach about singing. Don’t miss this opportunity!

See you soon,
Dan Harper

 

3. “Peace Experiments” 2016

Our spring project in the Sunday school this year will be “Peace Experiments” (March 20, April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 2016). The idea behind “Peace Experiments” is that instead of talking about how war and violence are bad (a negative approach) or teaching peacemaking skills (a deficit-based approach), we want children to have fun doing inherently peaceful activities (peace as positive and fun).

We are looking for adults and high school-aged youth who would like to lead positive, fun, peaceful activities. Could you teach any of the following?
— baking cookies for social hour
— outdoor cooking on a grill
— theatre games
— skits and plays on the theme of peace
— meditation
— quilt-making
— weaving
— other fabric arts
— cooperative games and group initiatives
— making origami
— tie-dye
— juggling
— unicycling

If you’d like to lead a fun and peaceful activity during “Peace Experiments,” please contact Rev. Dan Harper.

 

4. Register now for Ecojustice Camp

The Board gave money to advertise our Ecojustice Camp in local newspapers, so there’s a possibility the camp will fill up early this year. Please register now to make sure your child gets in. Note that there is scholarship money available for UUCPA families. For registration packets, see the Ecojustice Camp Web site: ecojusticecamp.org

June 13-17, 2016: middle school day camp, extended care available, optional overnight.

June 20-14, 2016: day camp for kids completing grades 2-5, extended care available, optional overnight.

June 20-14, 2016: half-day Nature Camp for gr. K-1.

And don’t forget Peace Camp at First Unitarian Church in San Jose, for gr. 1-5, from June 13-17, 2016: uupeacecamp.wordpress.com

 

5. New men’s group forming

Modern Men, a new Men’s Group
When: 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month (except holidays) from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Where: UUCPA, Room A

In today’s fast paced Silicon Valley world it is very hard for men to reach out and connect with each other on important life issues. Work is getting more challenging with more demands and expectations. We try our best to have a life outside work but that is becoming harder to do. Electronic connections and hyper-schedules impede human connections and genuine spontaneity. Often relationship issues arise. Children and family are often significant challenges too. Many challenges beside those.

Modern Men is a group that can offer you a tight group of men to share and help with these challenges. In this group we have check-ins as well as deeper topics that ask each man to explore what it means for them. It is a supportive and kind atmosphere, but for men who are comfortable being stretched. From time to time we get together and have fun too!!

If you are seeking a tight connection to a men’s group and like to share, Modern Men is worth looking into. If you are interested please contact: Walt O’Maley or John Phelps (you can get their email addresses from Rev. Dan Harper).

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