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.

UUCPA RE newsletter: June and July, 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. 10% Discount for Nature Camp
5. Info about Amy’s Sabbatical for June and July

1a. Sunday school calendar

JUNE

Sun., June 5:
9:30 a.m.: Summer Sunday school

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

***From June 19 through July 31, there will be one service at 10:30 a.m.:

Sun., June 19:
10:30 a.m.: Summer Sunday school

Monday, June 20 – Friday, June 24:
9-3: Ecojustice Camp, UUCPA’s ecology camp for gr. 2-5
9-1: Nature Camp, UUCPA’s ecology camp for Young Fives, TK, and gr. K-1
You can still register at ecojusticecamp.com

Sun., June 26:
10:30 a.m.: Summer Sunday school

JULY

Sun., July 3:
9:30 a.m.: Summer Sunday school

Sun., July 10:
9:30 a.m.: Summer Sunday school
12:00 p.m.: Second Sunday lunch

Sun., July 17:
10:30 a.m.: Summer Sunday school

Sun., July 24:
10:30 a.m.: Summer Sunday school

Sun., July 31:
10:30 a.m.: Summer Sunday school

***Beginning August 7, back to two services with Sunday school at 9:30

1b. Youth calendar

Sunday, June 12:
6:30 p.m.: Senior High Youth Group, last meeting before summer break

Monday, June 13 – Friday, June 17:
9-3, Ecojustice Camp, UUCPA’s summer ecology camp for gr. 6-8
You can still register at ecojusticecamp.com

1c. Navigators
Navigators is on summer break, see you in August!

 

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CYRE newsletter for March, 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. Party for Pari (March 13)
4. Girl Scout Sunday (March 13)
5. Annual Easter egg hunt (March 27)
6. Easter intergenerational service (March 27)
7. Register now for Ecojustice Camp

1a. Sunday school calendar

Sun., Mar. 6:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
10:30 a.m.: Community singing

Sun., Mar. 13:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
10:30 a.m.: Party for Pari
11:00 a.m.: Parent Journey
12:15 p.m.: 2nd Sunday lunch

Sun., Mar. 20:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school

Sun., Mar. 27:
9:30 a.m.: Intergenerational Easter service
10:30 a.m.: Easter egg hunt, 4th Sunday brunch

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

Sun., Mar. 6:
9:30 a.m.: SHYG
9:30 a.m.: Coming of Age meets for field trip
6:30: OWL gr. 7-9

Sun., Mar. 13:
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

Sun., Mar. 20:
9:30 a.m.: SHYG
11:00 a.m.: Coming of Age
6:30 p.m.: OWL gr. 7-9

Sun., Mar. 27:
9:30 a.m.: Intergenerational Easter service, no high school drop-in group
11:00 a.m.: Intergenerational Easter service, no Coming of Age
6:30 p.m.: OWL gr. 7-9
6:30 p.m.: SHYG

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.

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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!

 

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UUCPA RE newsletter: January, 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” coming soon
4. Ecojustice Camp 2016
5. Bill Wilson Center “Adopt-a-Family” report
6. Guest at Your Table wrap-up

1a. Sunday school calendar

Sun., Jan. 3:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
10:30 a.m.: Community singing

Sun., Jan. 10:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
11:00 a.m.: Parent Journey
12:15 p.m.: 2nd Sunday lunch

Sun., Jan. 17:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school

Sun., Jan. 24:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
10:30 a.m.: 4th Sunday brunch

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

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

Sun., Jan. 3:
9:30 a.m.: SHYG
11:00 a.m.: Coming of Age
6:30: OWL gr. 7-9

Sun., Jan. 10:
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

Sun., Jan. 17:
9:30 a.m.: SHYG meeting
11:00 a.m.: Coming of Age
6:30 p.m.: OWL gr. 7-9

Sun., Jan. 24:
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

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

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.

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UUCPA RE newsletter: December, 2015

Contents:

1a. Sunday school calendar
1b. Youth calendar (SHYG, Coming of Age, OWL)
1c. Navigators
2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education
3. Adopt a Family
4. Guest at Your Table
5. New youth group schedule

1a. Sunday school calendar

Sun., Dec. 6, 9:30 and 11:00 a.m.: Intergenrational Posadas service
10:30 a.m.: Christmas carol singing, Fireside Room
7:00 p.m.: Family Orchestra, Main Hall

Thurs., Dec. 10, 6:00 p.m.: Celebrate Hanukah with Amy, Fireside Room

Sun., Dec. 13, 9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
11:00 a.m.: Parent Journey
12:15 p.m.: 2nd Sunday lunch

Sun., Dec. 20, 9:30 and 11:00 a.m.: The No-Rehearsal Christmas Pageant

Thurs., Dec. 24, 6:30 and 8 p.m.: Christmas Eve candlelight services

Sun., Dec. 27, 9:30 a.m.: No Sunday school, child care available
(Dan will be preaching on the Silicon Valley teen suicides)

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

Sun., Dec. 6, 9:30 a.m.: SHYG
6:30: OWL gr. 7-9
6:30: OWL parent meeting with Dan Harper

Sun., Dec. 13, 9:30 a.m.: High school drop-in group
6:30 p.m.: SHYG
6:30 p.m.: OWL gr. 7-9

Sun., Dec. 20, 9:30 a.m.: SHYG meeting
6:30 p.m.: OWL gr. 7-9

Sun., Dec. 27, No youth meetings

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.

 

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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.

 

More GAYT

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.