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.


Child care providers needed

We are looking for a child care provider to replace Nancy Bui, who was with us for five years. This position would primarily supervise the playground area from 10-1 on Sundays.

We are also looking for another child care provider to fill in as needed in the infant/toddler room or the playground area.

You can see the official job description here.

To apply for this position, please email Rev. Dan Harper danharper AT uucpa DOT org.


Guest at Your Table time is coming!

What is Guest at Your Table (GAYT)?

GAYT is the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) annual program that highlights people around the world who have been helped by UUSC. Each year several are chosen and their stories are described in the pamphlet, “Stories of Hope.” At the end of this post are descriptions of the people chosen this year.

If you want to get the children involved, here’s a suggestion for what you can do in your Sunday school class or your home:

Choose one of these people each week and leave an empty chair in your class, or at the dining room table. Perhaps you can take the page from the booklet, “Stories of hope,” and tape it to the chair. Briefly mention the person and what their situation is and explain UUSC’s role in their lives. You can read what I’ve written below — short and sweet. Or read the longer description in the pamphlet, “Stories of Hope” (available at UUCPA).

Sunday school teachers could suggest that each family do this at home, and teachers can make sure that each child has a box to take home to collect money. How much money should be donated? — perhaps the amount that the evening meal would cost for one more person.

Both parents and teachers can emphasize to children that everyone joining together in a small way can bring about changes in a big way.

The GAYT boxes should be returned to the UUCPA office by Sunday, Dec. 20.

Questions? Talk to me, Beth Nord, this year’s GAYT coordinator!


Stories of Hope:

UUSC Chvany and Straser

1) Catherine Chvany & Alexander Strasser (above), two holocaust survivors, came to the U.S. as children. Both were able to make the trip because their parents requested Martha Sharp, who, along with her husband, the UU minister, Waitstill Sharp of the Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts Unitarian Church, went to Europe in 1939 to aide in the refugee crisis.
UUSC Castillo

2) Lilian Castillo, above, who with the help of a UUSC partner organization RAICES (Refugee & Immigration Center for Education & Legal Services) was released from the Karnes County Residential Center, an immigration detention facility near San Antonio, Texas, after 10 horrific months.

UUSC Ramirez

3) Irish Grace Ramirez, who, after Typhoon Haiyan blasted through the Philippines, killing thousands, worked with a UUSC partner organization to help herself and others recover from the psychological devastation.



Take on a fun social justice project — host a Guest at Your Table meal! Share food with family and friends, and learn more about food sustainability and raise money for human rights projects throughout the world. Find out how, and sign up here.



Talking about Ferguson

This Sunday is the first anniversary of the shooting of Michael Brown, and in Sunday school we will be talking (in an age-appropriate way) about what happened in Ferguson. Kids of all ages are welcome — parents, too!

Rev. Dan Harper, our minister of religious education, was fortunate enough to attend a workshop this summer given by Dr. Marcia Chatelain, professor of history at Georgetown University, on talking with students about Ferguson. He will use material from her crowd-sourced #FergusonSyllabus for this Sunday school session.

Hope to see you at UUCPA this Sunday!