UUCPA RE newsletter: November, 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. “Guest at Your Table” returns
4. Election Eve Song Circle Mon., Nov. 7
5. UUCPA Auction and Kids Auction Nov. 19

1a. Sunday school calendar

Sun., Nov. 6: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS!!
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
10:30: Community singing on the patio
11:00: OWL K-1 and OWL 4-6 parent meeting

Sun., Nov. 13:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
12:00 p.m.: Second Sunday lunch

Sat., Nov. 19:
5:30-9 p.m.: UUCPA Auction, including Kid’s Auction & movies

Sun., Nov. 20:
9:30 a.m.: Intergenerational Thanksgiving service

Sun., Nov. 27:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
10:30 a.m.: Fourth Sunday brunch (come celebrate all who make CYRE programs happen!)

1b. Youth calendar

Sun., Nov. 6: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS!!
6:30 p.m.: SHYG

Sun., Nov. 13:
11:00 a.m.: Coming of Age
6:30 p.m.: SHYG
6:30 p.m.: OWL gr. 10-12

Sun., Nov. 20:
6:30 p.m.: SHYG

Sun., Nov. 27:
6:30 p.m.: SHYG

1c. Navigators

Navigators, our bias-free scouting group, meets twice a month. Contact Ed Vail to be put on the email list.

 

2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education

This is one of the more dramatic election seasons I can remember. Although the presidential election is getting most of the press, some of the state and local elections are just as dramatic.

Just look at the ballot initiatives and referendums: Several cities in our area have rent stabilization measures on the ballot. There are regional measures to increase local taxes to pay for improved transportation, schools, and other efforts. At the state level, there are 17 initiatives and referendums to vote on, including ending the death penalty in California, placing more taxes on cigarettes, capping campaign contributions, etc.

And some of the more competitive campaigns for elected officials are taking place at the local level. In Palo Alto, for example, 11 candidates are vying for 4 open seats on the city council.

As Unitarian Universalists, we uphold the democratic process as an essential part of a free society. It is crucially important to uphold the democratic process at all levels of government. If you have children, make sure they know as much about local and state elections as they know about the presidential election. And while it’s easy to get sucked into the media hype surrounding the presidential election, we adults also need to spend as much — or more — time researching local and state elections.

Finally, it’s wise to remember that our responsibilities as citizens in a democracy do not end on election day. One of the things I like about UUCPA is that the people here hep me stay engaged and informed. If I want to get informed about an issue, I can be pretty sure that someone at UUCPA can give me information and tell me how I can get involved. And it’s great for our UU kids to see us adults staying informed and engaged.

I hope all your favored candidates win on Election Day — and let’s make sure we all stay engaged in making democracy happen.

See you soon,
Dan Harper

 

3. “Guest at Your Table” returns
GAYT is the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) annual program that highlights people around the world who have been helped by UUSC. If you want to get the children involved, here’s what you can do: Pick up a Guest at Your Table box at UUCPA. These are small cardboard boxes that sit on your dinner table. Each night at dinner, have your children place some spare change into the box — perhaps the amount that their evening meal would cost for one more person. Emphasize to the children that everyone joining together in a small way can bring about changes in a big way.

Before Christmas, you can count up the money you have collected, and submit a check made out to “UUCPA” with “Guest at Your Table” on the memo line. Questions? Contact Beth Nord, this year’s Guest at Your Table Coordinator.

4. Election Eve Song Circle Mon., Nov. 7

Let us gather this election eve — Monday, November 7, 2016, 7:309:30 p.m. in the Main Hall — to sing together and rouse our spirits as we get ready to participate in our democratic process to move our country toward the Beloved Community we want it to become. Bring your favorite songs to lead from the songbook “Rise Up Singing.” We’ll join other Song Circles of Healing and Renewal happening around the country on this election eve (http://electionevesongcircles.us/) — while we put to practice our fifth UU Principle to affirm and promote the democratic process in our society at large. Bring your voice and UU spirit, your songs, and any musical instrument you may play. Hosted by VJ Mohan.

5. UUCPA Auction and Kids Auction Nov. 19

Come join the fun at the UUCPA Auction on Sat., Nov. 19, beginning at 5:30 p.m.! Even if you don’t bid an anything, the UUCPA Auction is lots of fun for adults and kids alike. There’s food for everyone. Both adults and kids can meet people and socialize. High school students will run the Kids Auction, where kids bid Skittles candy for fun toys and games. Then while the adults are entertained by the Live Auction, kids get to watch short films.

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