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About Dan Harper

Dan Harper is Associate Minister of Religious Education at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto. He is also Camp Director for Ecojustice Camp in Palo Alto.

February, 2017, CYRE newsletter

Contents:
1a. Sunday school calendar (including OWL K-1 and 4-6)
1b. Youth calendar (SHYG, Coming of Age, OWL 7-9)
1c. Navigators
2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education
3. Valentine’s Day goody bags for Stevenson House
4. Storytelling program for adults and kids Sun., Feb. 12
5. OWL gr. 7-9 parent discussion moved
6. Spring Project: Ecology Experiments

1a. Sunday school calendar

Sun., Feb. 5:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
10:30 a.m.: First Sunday community singing
11:00 a.m.: OWL K-1 and 4-6

Sun., Feb. 12:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
11:00 a.m.: OWL K-1 and 4-6
11:00 a.m.: Parent Journey
12:00 p.m.: Second Sunday lunch
12:30 p.m.: Storytelling program (see below)

Sun., Feb. 19:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
(No OWL K-1 and 4-6)

Sun., Feb. 26:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
10:30 a.m.: Fourth Sunday brunch
11:00 a.m.: OWL K-1 and 4-6

1b. Youth calendar

Sun., Feb. 5:
11:00 a.m.: Coming of Age
5:00 p.m.: OWL gr. 7-9
6:30 p.m.: SHYG

Sun., Feb. 12:
11:00 a.m.: Coming of Age
5:00 p.m.: OWL gr. 7-9
6:30 p.m.: SHYG
6:30 p.m.: OWL gr. 10-12

Sun., Feb. 19:
(No Coming of Age)
(No OWL gr. 7-9)
6:30 p.m.: SHYG

Sun., Feb. 26:
11:00 a.m.: Coming of Age
5:00 p.m.: OWL gr. 7-9
6:30 p.m.: OWL parent discussion group (see below)
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.

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January, 2017, CYRE newsletter

Contents:
1a. Sunday school calendar (including OWL K-1 and 4-6)
1b. Youth calendar (SHYG, Coming of Age, OWL 7-9)
1c. Navigators
2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education
3. Game Night
4. OWL program update

1a. Sunday school calendar

Sun., Jan. 8:
9:30 a.m.: Intergenerational Posadas service
11:00 a.m.: OWL K-1 and 4-6
11:00 a.m.: Parent Journey
12:00 p.m.: Second Sunday lunch

Sun., Jan. 15:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
(No OWL K-1 and 4-6)
12:00 p.m.: Second Sunday lunch

Sun., Jan. 22:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
11:00 a.m.: OWL K-1 and 4-6

Sun., Jan. 29:
9:30 a.m.: Intergenerational service: About the flaming chalice
10:30 a.m.: Fourth Sunday brunch
11:00 a.m.: OWL K-1 and 4-6

1b. Youth calendar

Sun., Jan. 8:
11:00 a.m.: Coming of Age
6:30 p.m.: SHYG
6:30 p.m.: OWL gr. 10-12

Sun., Jan. 15:
11:00 a.m.: Coming of Age
6:30 p.m.: SHYG
6:30 p.m.: OWL gr. 7-9 make-up orientation

Sun., Jan. 22:
11:00 a.m.: Coming of Age
5:00 p.m.: OWL gr. 7-9
6:30 p.m.: OWL parent discussion group
6:30 p.m.: SHYG

Sun., Jan. 29:
11:00 a.m.: Coming of Age
5:00 p.m.: OWL gr. 7-9
5:30 p.m.: OWL gr. 7-9 parent orientation (visuals)
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.

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CYRE news for Dec., 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”
4. Sing for Democracy Dec. 4, 2-4 p.m.
5. OWL comprehensive sexuality education for gr. 7-9

1a. Sunday school calendar

Sun., Dec. 4:
9:30 a.m.: Intergenerational Posadas service
10:30: Christmas carol singing in the Fireside Room

Sun., Dec. 11:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
12:00 p.m.: Second Sunday lunch

Sun., Dec. 18:
9:30 a.m.: No-Rehearsal Christmas Pageant

Sun., Dec. 25:
9:30 a.m.: Intergenerational Christmas service
10:30 a.m.: Fourth Sunday brunch

Sun., Jan. 1:
Regular services, but no child care and no Sunday school

1b. Youth calendar

Sun., Dec. 4:
6:30 p.m.: SHYG
6:30 p.m.: OWL gr. 7-9 parent orientation

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

Sun., Dec. 18:
6:30 p.m.: SHYG

Sun., Dec. 25:
No programs

Sun., Jan. 1:
No programs

1c. Navigators
Navigators, our bias-free scouting group, meets twice a month. Contact Ed Vail to be put on the email list.

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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.

 

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UUCPA RE newsletter: October, 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. OWL for gr. K-1 and gr. 4-6
4. OWL for gr. 7-9
5. Halloween Parade on Oct. 30

1a. Sunday school calendar
Sun., Oct. 2:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
10:30: Community singing on the patio

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

Sun., Oct. 16:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school

Sun., Oct. 23:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
10:30 Fourth Sunday brunch

Sun., Oct. 30:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
10:30 a.m.: Halloween Parade

1b. Youth calendar

Sun., Oct. 2:
6:30 p.m.: SHYG

Sun., Oct. 9:
11:00 a.m.: Coming of Age
6:30 p.m.: SHYG
6:30 p.m.: OWL gr. 10-12

Sun., Oct. 16:
6:30 p.m.: SHYG

Sun., Oct. 23:
6:30 p.m.: SHYG

Sun., Oct. 30:
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.

 

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Parent Journey schedule announced

Parent Journey is a monthly discussion group for parents. Get to know other parents while talking about topics of mutual interest. Below is the line-up of Parent Journey sessions for 2016-2017. (Unless otherwise noted, all sessions are at 11 a.m. in room 10.)

Sun., Sept. 11:
Maricia Scott will teach us about Pokemon Go as a way to connect with your kid.

Sun., Oct. 2:
Alyssa Erickson will lead a session in which we hear from those who attend the district conference on religious education on Oct. 1 at UUCPA. If you went to the conference, what did you learn? If you are a parent of a child in RE, how are things going for your child? What are our hopes and aims in religious education? (This session will be held in the Fireside Room.)

Sun., Nov. 20:
Brooke Bishara will lead a discussion on judgement as it relates to parenting. By what criteria do we judge ourselves and others as parents? How does fear of judgement influence our parenting? How judgmental is our own culture here at UUCPA? Is “judgment-free” a real thing?

Sun., Dec. 11:
Linda Henigin will lead a discussion about scheduling and commitments. What do we value most, and do our values line up with our commitments of time, money, attention, and effort?

Sun., Jan. 8:
Megan Watson will lead a discussion about family organization. Come ready to swap tips and tricks for riding out the stormy seas.

Sun., Feb. 12:
This session on Teenage Mental Health will probably feature an outside speaker. Details TBA.

Sun., March 19:
Brooke Bishara and others will present information learned from a conference on healthy gender identity development in children and youth.

Sun., April 23:
Megan Watson will lead a discussion on summer plans and memories. What was it like for us? How is it for our kids? And what will I do with my kids in June?

Sun., May 21:
A discussion on self-care in parenting. Come and be nurtured — and learn to nurture yourself.

UUCPA RE newsletter: September, 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. OWL gr. 10-12 offered this year
4. “Pot of Gold” religious education conference at UUCPA

1a. Sunday school calendar

Sun., Sept. 4:
No Sunday school due to Labor Day; child care available
10:30: Community singing on the patio

Sun., Sept. 11:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
12:00 p.m.: Second Sunday lunch

Sun., Sept. 18:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
12 noon: Youth advisor meeting

Sun., Sept. 25:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
10:30 Fourth Sunday brunch

1b. Youth calendar

Sun., Sept. 4:
No programs due to Labor Day

Sat., Sept. 10:
SHYG members cook dinner for Hotel de Zink, contact Dan Harper for information

Sun., Sept. 11:
6:30 p.m.: SHYG
6:30 p.m.: Parent meeting for OWL gr. 10-12

Sat., Sept. 18:
SHYG members cook dinner for Hotel de Zink, contact Dan Harper for information

Sun., Sept. 18:
6:30 p.m.: SHYG

Sat., Sept. 25:
Coming of Age group cooks dinner for Hotel de Zink

Sun., Sept. 25:
6:30 p.m.: SHYG

1c. Navigators

Navigators are starting up again! Contact Ed Vail for info, or see their TeamSnap page.

 

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Multi-faith peace walk on Sept. 11

The Peace Walk on Sept. 11 is a great event for families to participate in! Here’s the basic info:

Multifaith Peace Walk & Picnic
Sunday, September 11
1:30pm Gathering; 2pm Program & Walk Begins
4161 Alma St., Palo Alto

Join people of many faiths and backgrounds to say “NO” to fear and division, and “YES” to friendship and peace! Mark Sept. 11with a 2.5 mile walk between diverse faith communities. Brief programs from different traditions along the way, concluding with a Peace Picnic at Mitchell Park hosted by American Muslim Voice.
Visit our webpage to REGISTER (very helpful but not required) and for more information about parking, route, shuttles, and volunteer needs.

Visit us on Facebook and invite your friends: https://www.facebook.com/events/324487011226208/?ti=icl

 

And here’s a press release describing the event:

Diverse Groups Come Together for September 11th Peace Walk and Picnic in Palo Alto

“We want to show our community and the world that, given the opportunity, people will come together to say ‘no’ to division, violence, and fear, and ‘yes’ to friendship and peace.”

On Sunday September 11th 2016, at 1:30 PM, a diverse group of Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and other communities of faith will hold a multifaith peace walk and picnic in Palo Alto. The walk is sponsored by more than 35 local churches, synagogues, Muslim associations, and other spiritual and community organizations. The route of the walk will be 2 ½ miles long, beginning at Congregation Etz Chayim, 4161 Alma St, stopping at University AME Zion and Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, and culminating at Mitchell Park at 4:30pm for a final program and picnic hosted by American Muslim Voice.

This day marks fifteen years since 9/11/01 with its stunning violence and polarization. Ever since, uncounted scenes of violence, and expressions of anger and hatred have deeply scarred us and driven wedges between people. This walk is meant to express our deepest hopes for healing.

“We invite people from all walks of life, whether they are people of a particular faith or no particular faith, all colors of the rainbow, left, right, and center, children, youth and adults, to join us on this walk for peace.” said the Rev. Dr. Diana Gibson. “We want to show our community and the world that, given the opportunity, people will come together to say ‘no’ to division, violence, and fear, and ‘yes’ to friendship and peace.”

Participants who are walking express various hopes for the message of the event, including, “Empathy and compassion for others,” “Embracing differences,” “Taking back Sept. 11,” “Time for everything – to lay down concerns that separate us,” and “Making best decisions as a global community.”

The walk is organized by Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice, a grassroots organization that has worked for peace and social justice for 14 years. “We’ve been so gratified by the momentum we’ve seen as we shared the idea for this walk with individuals and organizations,” Gibson said. “With the news filled with violence and fear, people have been really looking for something, anything, that they could do to make a difference. Walking together, getting to know each other, breaking bread together, these are acts of peace that can and do make a difference.”

Parking will be available at Congregation Etz Chayim on Alma, with overflow at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 505 East Charleston. A shuttle bus will be available to take people to and from parking lots. Additional details on the walk can be found at http://www.multifaithpeace.org/peacewalk.

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UUCPA RE newsletter: August, 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. Summer Sunday School Schedule
4. Middle school classes
5. Grade 4-5 classes
6. Coming of Age family meeting
7. Teacher workshops

1a. Sunday school calendar

Sun., Aug. 7: RETURN TO TWO SERVICES, SUNDAY SCHOOL AT 9:30
9:30 a.m.: Summer Sunday school
10:30: Community singing on the patio

Sun., Aug. 14:
9:30 a.m.: Summer Sunday school
10:30 a.m.: Teacher workshops (see below)
12:00 p.m.: Second Sunday lunch

Sun., Aug. 21:
9:30 and 11:00 a.m.: Intergenerational Water Communion service
12 noon: Youth advisor meeting

Sun., Aug. 28:
9:30 a.m.: First day of regular Sunday school

1b. Youth calendar

Sunday, Aug. 21:
12 noon: Youth advisor meeting

Sunday, Aug. 28:
11:00 a.m.: Coming of Age family meeting
6:30 p.m.: Senior High Youth Group meets

1c. Navigators

Navigators will return from summer break in September. Contact Ed Vail for info.

 

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Our unison benediction in Spanish and German

In our Sunday services, and in many of our religious education programs, we conclude with a unison benediction that goes like this:

Go out into the world in peace
Be of good courage
Hold fast to what is good
Return no one evil for evil
Strengthen the faint-hearted
Support the weak
Help the suffering
Rejoice in beauty
Speak love with word and deed
Honor all beings

Guillermo Oliva, a member of UUCPA who is fluent in English, Spanish, and German, has translated this benediction into both Spanish and German, in honor of the Spanish-speaking and German-speaking people in our congregation. Here are his translations:

In Spanish:

Vete en paz al mundo
Mantén tu valentía
Sostén lo bueno con firmeza
No pagues maldad con maldad
Fortalece a los frágiles de Corazón
Apoya a los débiles
Auxilia a los que sufren
Goza de la belleza
Expresa amor con palabra y acción
Honra a todos los seres

— translated by Guillermo Oliva, used by permission.

In German:

Gehe friedlich in die Welt hinein
Sei guten Mutes
Halte das Gute fest
Gebe nicht Uebel fuer Uebel zurueck
Staerke die gebrechlichen Herzen
Unterstuetze die Schwachen
Hilf die Leidenden
Geniesse Schoenheit
Druecke Liebe mit Worten und Taten aus
Ehre alles Dasein

— translated by Guillermo Oliva, used by permission.