Early childhood certificate opportunity

Sue Correll has pointed out an opportunity for anyone seeking a career in education: Canada College, Sequoia Adult School, and JobTrain Works are currently looking for applicants for a year-long Early Childhood Education (ECE) class that begins on August 17, 2015.

The class runs: August 17, 2015 through May 20, 2016.

Class meets Monday through Friday (8:30am – 1:30pm) for 2 semesters, and you must commit to attend the whole year.

The second semester includes a practicum in child development — this meets the supervised teaching requirement for the CA State Child Development teaching permit and provides student teaching experience in qualified settings that serve children from infancy through middle childhood.

Cost for year-long class is approx. $1,200 — this is very inexpensive for a program of this caliber, but if this sounds like too much money, Rev. Dan Harper will work with you to find scholarship money.

Upon completion, students receive an ECE certificate, 24 college credit units, and assistance processing paperwork for CA State permit.

Click on the image below for a full-size flyer:

ECE Flyer thumbnail


Sunday school evaluation

We had our annual Sunday school evaluation session with children and middle schoolers today. Approximately 20 children participated. As usual, firt we asked kids to rmember things they had done at UUCPA during the last school year. One of the middle schoolers listed those thing on a large sheet of paper. Then kids voted for thos things they both participated in, and liked.

Here’s the list of activities, followed by the number of votes (my explanatory notes are in parentheses):

visiting Buddhist temple — 3
Judean Village, pottery — 7
Judean Village, making bricks — 2 (this was actually an activity from two years ago)
Judean Village, painting — 6
naming Guinea pigs (during petting zoo) — 3
making trophies out of sand — 1
petting animals (petting zoo) — 8
hot chocolate — 10
learning about Islam — 4
making fudge — 6
eating bagels (snack in class) — 8
eating donuts (snack in class) — 9 (I think some of the votes were wishful thinking, kids who would have liked to eat donuts in class)
reading — 16 (i.e., any time you read a book while at UUCPA)
sitting through a boring Sunday school class — 0
campus work day — 6
running from people — 6
Navigators — 5 (every kid who was in Navigators who was present voted for this, we just didn’t have a lot of Navigators)
bringing my pet rats from home — 1
writing down things we remember doing at UUCPA — 1
OWL gr. 4-6 — 0 (i.e., no one was willing to *admit* they liked it)
OWL gr. 7-9 — 0 (ditto)
walking the labyrinth — 10
thinking about unicorns — 6
playing mafia — 6
game night — 7 (this is the Sat. game night; several children who didn’t know about it said they wished they had gone!)
making cinnamon bread — 7
purple — 11 9i.e., liking the color purple while at UUCPA)
random stuff — 17
waiting for teacher to call on me while my arm is aching — 8
story of Hannukah — 5 (during main service0
Christmas pageant — 9
Morris dancing — (looks like we forgot to vote on this one)

CYRE kid eval


Sabbatical info for Rev. Dan Harper

Rev. Dan Harper, or Associate Minister of Religious Education, will be taking sabbatical time in the 2014-2015 congregational year. He will be taking the months of November, February, April, and June as sabbatical time.

A sabbatical is an ancient Jewish tradition. It was originally a time to let the land lie fallow, and while the land lay fallow both landowners and farmworkers could devote time to spiritual renewal. Interestingly, many people working for environmental justice point to the tradition of sabbatical time as one ethical model for creating a sustainable culture today.

Our ministers take sabbatical time every four to seven years, so they can take time to focus on spiritual renewal, and also take on projects that they don’t have time for in the ordinary press of their duties. Our senior minister, Rev. Amy Morgenstern, took a sabbatical in 2010, and focused on spiritual renewal through visual art, and improving her spoken Spanish. During his sabbatical, Dan will spend time on spiritual renewal through singing, and working on writing projects.

While Dan is taking his sabbatical time, you probably won’t see him or hear from him. He won’t be at UUCPA (except perhaps to slip into his office to get some books), he won’t answer email, and he won’t answer voice mail. In case of serious need, Rev. Amy Morgenstern will be able to contact Dan for you.

If you have a pastoral concern while Dan is on sabbatical, you can of course talk with Rev. Amy Morgenstern, our senior minister. On Sunday morning, Hong Bui, the Religious Education Assistant, can help you find supplies and paperwork. Members of the Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE) Committee will be available on Sunday mornings and evenings to greet new families and help supervise the programs. The Adult Religious Education Committee will continue to run our excellent adult education program.

If you have any questions about the sabbatical, you can ask members of the Sabbatical Committee, Castor Fu, Wynne Furth, and Amelia Shaw. Castor is chair of the Committee on Ministry and usually attends the 9:30 service. Wynne is a former Board president and usually attends the 11:00 service. Amelia is vice president of the Senior High Youth Group and a Sunday school teacher, and is available to answer questions from children and youth.


Photos from Peace Camp

Four kids and three adults from our congregation have been participating in the summer Peace Camp at the First Unitarian Church of San Jose. Here are a couple of photos of our UUCPA kids at Peace Camp:


Above: Luna and Charlie working on tye-die t-shirts.



Above: Caewithe (at top) playing a game with other children and counelor Katherine.

You can see more photos from Peace Camp here.