Our Church Circular
First Unitarian Church of San José * December 7, 2011 * 7 de diciembre 2011
160 N. Third Street, San José, CA 95112 * (408) 292-3858 * sanjoseuu.org
The discipline of hope
by the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones
T he most powerful video
from the Occupy movement
that I have seen shows hundreds of
students at the University of California
Davis, sitting in silence in the dark,
watching UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi
walk to her car. The day before, campus police had
pepper-sprayed students engaged in nonviolent protest.
Since videos of that attack went viral, students, professors,
and others have cried out for the chancellor’s resignation.
But on this evening the silence is broken only by the tap of we refuse to see as enemies and in turn leads to the change that
the chancellor’s shoes on the pavement. Camera strobes light we all seek.”
the path that students have cleared. Campus minister Rev. Hope springs from such compassion. But hope takes the
Kristin Stoneking performs the most profound of all ministerial kind of discipline the students demonstrated with their silent,
functions: that of “walking with” the chancellor. Chancellor steady, peaceful witness.
Katehi walks slowly, taking in the faces of the students. They Unitarian Universalism is a religion of hope. Hope in this
meet her gaze steadily. It seems to take forever, that walk, those world and of this world. But it is not a glib or easy hope; it
two and a half minutes of mutual witness. Each time I watch it, must be earned through practice and experience.
I hold my breath. My clergy study group, the Sparks for Growth, spent two
Some commentators have called this event Chancellor days last week talking about the “core truths of Unitarian
Katehi’s “walk of shame.” I think they are missing its true Universalism.” My friend the Rev. Chris Bell said, “We UUs
meaning. The students wanted face-to-face contact; they have a positive view of evolution. We believe that things can,
wanted “to see and be seen by the chancellor,” as Rev. Stoneking and should, and will get better.”
describes “Really?” I said. “Isn’t that just too optimistic? Look at the
later. The persistence of violence, war, oppression, poverty, hunger, and
We believe that things can, and plain old meanness.”
agreed. The should, and will, get better. Ah, that’s where choice comes in, Chris and other
moment is colleagues reminded me. Unitarian Universalism is also a
profoundly religion of choice. We humans are free, as individuals and
humanizing on all sides. It embodies the power of hope—hope as communities, to choose how we live. We can choose to
for understanding, for change, for reconciliation. meet ourselves and each other face to face, with honesty,
“Why did I walk the Chancellor to her car?” Rev. Stoneking compassion, and a commitment to nonviolence. We can
writes: “Because I believe in the humanity of all persons. choose to walk this strobe-lit path through the evening’s dark.
Because I believe that people should be assisted when they This month we explore our own pathways to hope.
are afraid. Because I believe that in showing compassion we Watch the video of Chancellor Katehi walking to her
embrace a nonviolent way of life that emanates to those whom continued on page 2
December: hope / joy F diciembre: esperanza / alegria
La diciplina de la esperanza
para la rev. Nancy Palmer Jones
para la rev. Nancy Palmer Jones
E l más poderoso video
del Movimiento de
Ocupación que he visto,
Katehi camina lentamente, frente a los del “núcleo de las verdades del Unitario
rostros de los estudiantes. Ellos sostienen Universalismo”. Mi amigo el reverendo
constantemente su mirada. Parece
detenerse el tiempo, esa caminata, esos
Chris Bell dijo, “Nosotros los UUs
tenemos una visión positiva de la
dos minutos y medio de testimonio evolución. Creemos que las cosas pueden
muestra a cientos de estudiantes mutuo. Cada vez que lo veo, mantengo y deben ser mejor.”
en la Universidad de la UC Davis mi reparación. ¿”Realmente”? dije. “¿No es eso
sentados en silencio en la oscuridad, Algunos comentaristas han llamado demasiado optimista? Mira la persistencia
viendo a la Rectora Linda Katehi de a este evento de la Rectora Katehi “el de la violencia, la guerra, la opresión, la
la UC Davis caminar a su coche. El paseo de la vergüenza.” Creo que ellos pobreza, el hambre y la acostumbrada
día antes, la policía del campus había están perdiendo su verdadero significado. mezquindad.”
rociado gas pimienta a los estudiantes que Los estudiantes querían el contacto Ah, es donde la elección viene, Chris y
participaron en la protesta no violenta. cara a cara; querían “ver y ser vistos por otros colegas me recordaron. El Unitario
Desde videos de ese ataque se dispersaron la Rectora,” Universalismo es
viralmente, los estudiantes, profesores como la Rev. también una religión
Creemos que las cosas
y otros han pedido la dimisión de la Stoneking de elección. Los seres
describe más pueden y deben ser mejor. humanos somos libres,
Pero en esta noche, el silencio fue roto adelante. La como individuos y
sólo por el repiqueteo de los zapatos de Rectora estuvo de acuerdo. El momento como comunidades, para elegir cómo
la Rectora sobre el pavimento. El camino es profundamente humanizante vivir. Podemos optar por conocernos a
de luz estroboscópica de las cámaras por todos lados. Plasmar el poder nosotros mismos y a otros cara a cara, con
que los estudiantes han despejado. El de la esperanza, esperanza para el honestidad, compasión y un compromiso
Ministro del campus, la Rev. Kristin entendimiento, para el cambio, para la a la no violencia. Podemos optar por
Stoneking realiza la más profunda de reconciliación. andar este camino de luz estroboscópica a
todas las funciones ministeriales: la de “¿Por qué encamine a la Rectora a su través de la oscuridad de la noche.
“caminar con” la Rectora. La Rectora automóvil?” La Rev. Stoneking escribe. Este mes exploramos nuestros propios
“Porque creo en la humanidad de todas caminos hacia la esperanza. Veremos el
las personas. Porque creo que la gente video de la Rectora Katehi caminando
debería ser asistida cuando tienen miedo. a su coche en http://www.youtube.
The discipline of hope Porque creo que mostrando compasión, com/watch?v=8775ZmNGFY8.
continued from page 1 abrazamos una forma no violenta de la Leeremos todo el blog de la Reverenda
vida que emana de quienes nos negamos a Kristin Stoneking, “Por qué encamine
car at http://www.youtube.com/ ver como enemigos, y a su vez, conduce al a la Rectora Katehi fuera del Surge II”
watch?v=8775ZmNGFY8. Read the cambio que todos buscamos.” (Surge II es un edificio administrativo de
whole of Rev. Kristin Stoneking’s blog, Esperanza surge de tal compasión. la UC Davis), en http://cahouse.org/
“Why I walked Chancellor Katehi out Pero la esperanza toma el tipo Weblog/?p=160. ¿Y preguntaremos,
of Surge II” (Surge II is a UC Davis de disciplina que los estudiantes este evento que le dice a usted acerca de
administrative building), at http:// demostraron con su silencio, estable, la disciplina de la esperanza, acerca de la
cahouse.org/Weblog/?p=160. And ask, testimonio pacífico. posibilidad de reconciliación y curación?
what does this event say to you about the El Unitario universalismo es una ¿Dónde en su propia vida podría la
discipline of hope, about the possibility religión de esperanza. Esperanza en disciplina de la esperanza abrir la puerta
for reconciliation and healing? Where este mundo y de este mundo. Pero no a opciones de dar vida y segundas
in your own life might the discipline of es una esperanza simplista o fácil; debe oportunidades?
hope open the door to life-giving choices ser ganada a través de la práctica y la Con gratitud de que caminemos este
and second chances? experiencia. sendero juntos,
With gratitude that we walk this path Mi grupo de estudio clerical, las
together, Chispas para el Crecimiento, ocupamos
Rev. Nancy l
Rev. Nancy l dos días de la semana pasada hablando
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Gratitude for Life By the Rev. Geoff Rimositis
What are the hopes Our best hope for the future is in how
we invest our time and resources to help
that bring meaning and our children and youth come of age in
happiness into your life? this complex multicultural world. I had
the great pleasure of going on a field
T his morning a church member came
into my office saying that he was
looking for a place to hold a day long
trip this fall to observe and participate
with the Mosaic Project http://www.
mosaicproject.org/ as they worked with
Non-Violent Communication Training 4th-6th grade students from Berkeley,
for the leaders of the San José Occupy San Carlos and Oakland at a Napa camp.
Movement. New movements are messy They “provide [children] with essential
and chaotic. It is easy to lose patience skills to thrive in an increasingly diverse
and hope that the message of economic society, and empower them to strive
justice of the occupiers will material- for peace.” The theme for the day was
ize into a concrete plan of action. How assertiveness and I had the opportunity
can the center hold when a diversity of to participate with children in a practice day of games and activities at our church.
people express a diversity of needs? It is circle. In the circle they learned the What are the hopes that bring
when we as allies decide to give hope legs difference between aggression, passivity meaning and happiness into your life?
and help it move towards positive societal and assertiveness. They practiced being Who are the allies you can call upon
change that it will become a reality. assertive and role played being allies for to teach you how to communicate that
Hope is often lumped together with other children being bullied. The beauty hope, make its music come alive and
wishful and magical, pie-in-the-sky of Mosaic is that at the end of camp empower you to be a peacemaker?
thinking. Give us a strategic plan, a children now have skills they can bring Be a friend, a tutor, teacher, mentor,
logical, practical, step-by-step process back to use in their lives and schools. believer in hope. It can make all the
to achieve our goals. Who needs hope Next year there will be an opportunity difference in the world when someone
if we can reach our benchmarks and hit for our children, youth and adults to points us towards the light.
our milestones? I do! It is a long way to experience the work of the Mosaic
dreams fulfilled without the shining star Blessed Be,
of hope to point us on our way.
Project when they lead a demonstration
In January it will be two years since
I first picked up the Andean flute, the
Quena, and tried unsuccessfully to make
a sound with it. I hoped that one day I
In Our Own Voices...
would be able to hit my notes without my Hope and joy
dog howling in protest. Luckily, I had an “Come, sing a song with me; come, dream a dream with me; come, walk in rain with me, that
ally in Nayo Ulloa, http://www.nayoulloa. I might know your mind,” go the verses to our beloved hymn “Come, Sing a Song with Me,” by
com/ who became my teacher. He taught Carolyn McDade (#346 in Singing the Living Tradition). The chorus resounds, “And I’ll bring you
me how to communicate with my flute, hope when hope is hard to find, and I’ll bring a song of love and a rose in the wintertime.”
praised me when I made progress, and To all of us come those wintry days when hope is hard to find. This month we invite you to
exercised great patience in my struggle pause and ponder:
to understand how to translate his words F What practices awaken hope in you? .
into my playing. My hope to be able to F What sources of hope guide your feet, teach you to trust, help you to open your heart to love?
play seemed like a faraway distant star.
F When you choose to build your hope this season, how does it infuse the holidays with peace, joy, and
It has been my daily practice that has love?
brought that star into view and hope into May your own spiritual practice be the remarkable openheartedness of the members and
reality. And now I am excited that I am friends of this congregation. Listen as they share here their cries of despair, their hunger for
finally able to fulfill my dream of playing hope, and their hints about where to find hope day by day:
the great Peruvian classic, El Condor Pasa,
F What is the difference between hope and optimism, between hope and wishful thinking?
that Simon and Garfunkel brought to a
worldwide audience. contiinued on page 5
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Creyente con esperanza por el rev. Geoff Rimisitis
UU Hikers and
E sta mañana un miembro de la Iglesia
entró en mi Oficina diciendo que
sueño de tocar el gran clásico peruano,
estaba buscando un lugar para celebrar
un largo día de entrenamiento de comu-
El Cóndor Pasa que Simon y Garfunkel
trajeron a la audiencia mundial.
Nuestra mejor esperanza para el
H ere’s the hiking schedule for
December. As always, we hike rain
or shine, unless there is a huge windy
nicación no violenta para los líderes del
futuro es el cómo invertimos nuestro storm in which case I will cancel. I may
Movimiento de Ocupación de San José.
tiempo y recursos para ayudar a nuestros change the venue to the Stanford Dish
Los nuevos movimientos son desordena-
niños y jóvenes en este complejo mundo to avoid muddy trails. I will send out an
dos y caóticos. Es fácil perder la paciencia
multicultural. Tuve el gran placer de ir en email if I change the venue or cancel the
y la esperanza de que el mensaje de jus-
un viaje al campo este otoño a observar hike. If you have not heard from me and
ticia económica de los ocupantes se ma-
y participar con el proyecto Mosaico wonder what the decision is, feel free
terialice en un plan de acción concreto.
http://www. to call me on my home phone any time
mosaicproject. after 6:30 am at (408) 730 1052.
mantenerse el ¿Cuáles son las esperanzas que traen
org/ mientras Call me if you plan to hike unless
centro cuando significado y felicidad a su vida?
ellos trabajaron you are a regular and you know who you
con los are. It is important to call me because
de personas ex-
estudiantes de grado 4-6 grado de if I have not heard from anyone for a
presa una diversidad de necesidades? Es
Berkeley, San Carlos y Oakland en given hike, I may go somewhere closer
cuando nosotros como aliados decidimos
un campamento en Napa. Ellos to my home. You may notice that I have
dar esperanza de avanzar y ayudar hacia
“Proporcionan [niños] con habilidades scheduled more hikes in south county
un cambio social positivo que se conver-
esenciales para prosperar en una sociedad to give the south county folks a break
tirá en una realidad.
cada vez más diversa y capacitarlos para from traffic jams on 280 heading north.
La Esperanza es a menudo agrupada
luchar por la paz.” El tema del día fue Happy Trails!
junto con el idealismo y el mágico
acertividad y tuve la oportunidad de Wednesday, December 7
pensamiento de castillos en el aire. Nos Santa Teresa County Park, 6 miles, moderate. Meet
participar con los niños en un círculo
da un plan estratégico, un proceso lógico, at Bed, Bath & Beyond at Almaden Plaza at 8:30 am.
de práctica. En el círculo aprendieron
práctico, paso a paso para alcanzar Saturday, December 10
la diferencia entre agresión, pasividad Sierra Azule, 6-8 miles, moderate. Meet at Bed, Bath
nuestros objetivos. ¿Quién necesita
y acertividad. Ellos practicaron ser & Beyond at Almaden Plaza at 8:00 am.
esperanza si podemos alcanzar nuestros Wednesday, December 14
asertivos y jugaron el papel de ser aliados
criterios y nuestros hitos? ¡Yo! Es un Skyline Ridge loop trail, 6 miles, moderate. Meet at
para otros niños siendo intimidados.
largo camino de sueños cumplidos sin la Page Mill/280 Park & Ride at 8:30 am.
La belleza del mosaico es que al final Saturday, December 17
brillante estrella de la esperanza para que
del campamento los niños ahora tienen Joseph Grant County Park, 6 miles, moderate.
nos apunte en nuestro camino. Meet at VTA Park & Ride on Capitol at Alum Rock
habilidades que traen para utilizar en sus
En enero de hace dos años cuando at 8:00 am.
vidas y escuelas. El año que viene habrá
empecé tomando la flauta Andina, la Wednesday, December 21
una oportunidad para nuestros niños, Wunderlich County Park, 5 miles, easy. Meet at Page
Quena, y trate sin éxito de hacer un
jóvenes y adultos para experimentar el Mill/280 Park & ride at 8:30 am. We can do the
sonido con ella. Esperaba que un día longer hike up to Skyline if folks want to.
trabajo del proyecto mosaico cuando ellos
fuera capaz de alcanzar mis notas sin Saturday, December 24
dirijan un día de demostración de juegos Stevens Creek/Fremont/Older, 5 miles, moderate.
que mi perro aullara en protesta. Por
y actividades en nuestra iglesia. Meet at parking lot at Stevens Creek County Park
suerte, tenía un aliado en Nayo Ulloa, at 8:30 am. Take Foothill Expressway as though you
¿Cuáles son las esperanzas que
http://www.nayoulloa.com/ quien se were going to Ranch San Antonio. Don’t turn off
traen significado y felicidad a su vida?
convirtió en mi maestro. El me enseñó Foothill. Go about 1.5 miles to entrance to Stevens
¿Quiénes son los aliados a los que puedan Creek Park on the left. You can see the parking lot
cómo comunicar con mi flauta, me elogió
recurrir para enseñarles a comunicar esa below you as you go around a curve. Turn left and
cuando yo tuve progreso y ejercitar gran go straight ahead to the parking lot. There is $6
esperanza, hacer que su música cobre vida
paciencia en mi lucha para comprender parking fee.
y permitirle ser un pacificador? Wednesday, December 28
cómo traducir sus palabras en mí forma
Ser un amigo, un tutor, profesor, Calero County Park, 6 miles, moderate. Meet at
de tocar. Mi esperanza de ser capaz de Bed, Bath, & Beyond at Almaden Plaza at 8:30 am.
mentor, creyente en la esperanza. Puede
tocar, parecía una lejana estrella distante. Saturday, December 31.
hacer la diferencia en el mundo cuando
Ha sido mi práctica diaria que ha traído Almaden Quicksilver, 6 miles, moderate, Hacienda
alguien nos apunte hacia la luz. entrance. Meet at Bed, Bath & Beyond at Almaden
esa estrella a la vista y la esperanza dentro
Bendecidos sean, Plaza at 8:00 am.
de la realidad. Y ahora estoy emocionado
que finalmente soy capaz de cumplir mi Geoff l
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I speak from two particular situations down. So, I have chosen not to scour the
Cultivating Hope in my own life: Internet and read everything I can about
my husband’s illness because knowing all
By Mary Martin The first was when my soldier son was
the dire possibilities makes me feel worse
H ope — is it the same thing as deployed to a Forward Operating Base and does nothing to help. I don’t see this as
optimism? Or as wishing? I don’t south of Baghdad. The Internet has made denial, but rather as a conscious choice to
think so. war much more present to those on the minimize worry.
To me, optimism is a generalized belief home front, so we heard, pretty much 2. Live in the moment. Truly, all any of us
in good outcomes when you are pretty in real time, about his friends and fellow has is this present minute. Worrying about
soldiers who died or were wounded in the future or fretting about the past doesn’t
sure things will turn out OK. Hope is change anything, just ruins what’s happening
when you’re not at all sure that that is IED explosions and mortar attacks.
the case. When somebody asked Nelson The second situation involves my
3. Accentuate the positive. Focus on whatever
Mandela whether in prison he had been husband, Gene, who was diagnosed is encouraging about the situation. When
optimistic that his day would ever come, almost a year ago with a particularly Gene had a CT-scan following surgery and
he replied “I never was optimistic, but I pernicious form of cancer, mesothelioma, radiation, the scan showed a nodule which
never lost hope.” Hope is also more than which, statistically speaking, generally has the doctors couldn’t explain. Rather than
a poor prognosis. dwelling on the possible negatives, I chose
idle wishing that something good will instead to focus on the fact that this visible
happen. Each of these two circumstances has
nodule could be a good indicator as to
Maintaining hope in the face of been a learning experience about how to how well his chemotherapy was working.
reality, such as Mandela did during his maintain hope when, as one of our hymns In a recent Sunday service, a Buddhist
imprisonment, without succumbing to puts it, “hope is hard to find.” lama talked about deleting negative people
I’d like to share what has helped me from one’s life. I try to delete negative
wishing can be a pretty tricky balance. thoughts and refuse to think that this is
In a way it’s maintaining two opposite stay on the side of hope. Because I believe
being Pollyanna-ish. I also make an effort to
views at the same time, which can be that hope is something that can be associate with positive people.
very difficult when you’re in an uncertain cultivated, this is the advice I give myself
4. Do things that genuinely refresh you. I’m
situation with a really bad outcome every day: not talking about activities like eating a quart
hanging over your head as an imminent 1. Don’t use yourself up with worry. of ice cream or playing hours of computer
possibility. Wallowing in anxiety and fear wears you games which in the end leave you feeling
depleted. Rather, I try to focus on the things
In our own voices continued from page 3 that are recharging, such as maintaining my
spiritual practices, taking care of my physical
health, getting outdoors as much as possible,
F When things feel hopeless, how do you find hope? reading, looking at beautiful things and trying
F Sometimes it seems like “hope” exists only in contrast to “reality.” to do things that make a positive difference
F How do I instill hope in my children when hope seems so far away in my own life? in the world.
5. Cultivate gratitude. Make a point of noticing
F This community gives birth to hope by our caring for each other.
things for which you’re thankful.
F Hope springs from a belief in humankind and our potential for good. 6. If you do lose hope, find someone who can
F Unitarian Universalism is built on the hope that we can make ourselves and the world better. hold it for you. Getting professional help can
F Only with hope can we find courage. Practicing hope leads us both inward to our own spiritual growth be valuable.
and outward to our work for good in the world! 7. Stay grounded in a mindset of being held by
F When we accept that things must change and that life will bring both ups and downs, then we have something larger than yourself. In 12-step
hope, because we know that even in the depths, the good will indeed come again. circles, this is called a Higher Power. Some
people call their Higher Power “God” and
F Hope for the future is the faith that something will come forth. Hope is about the emergence of new others think of it as something else, such as
life. nature or a supportive group.
F There’s a spiritual practice here: to live with gratitude for what is and with hope for what could be. Using these seven bits of advice I’m
F There’s an element of trust in hope. able to keep myself on the side of hope
F Hope is a choice. much of the time. But when hope seems
to be ebbing, I find that the 12-step
F Now that I’m sober, I have lots of hope, and the ability to pass on hope to others, with love and
gratitude! Serenity Prayer is an excellent, short-
hand reminder of all of the above: God
F Without hope, I would not be able to teach our youth to seek a better tomorrow.
grant me the serenity to accept the things
F I find hope in our youth!
I cannot change, courage to change the
F Did you know that the beautiful Pacific Crest Trail begins in a place called Hope (British Columbia, things I can, and wisdom to know the
Canada)? What is the relationship between hope and beauty, between hope and nature?
F Let’s face it: hope is a basic part of our psyche—and it’s essential for our survival. l
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you decide to give money to Heifer International, which gives
farm animals to needy families, for example, paste a picture of a
chicken or pig on the jar and try to raise enough money to buy
Another idea is to make a family vow to serve your
community in the year ahead. Light a chalice or a candle and
promise to participate weekly or monthly in a local community
service project. As you light the chalice, talk about why this is a
season of light and how one of the ways Unitarian Universalists
Here are some ideas for family activities that you all can shine their light in the world is by helping others. Talk about
enjoy. how Unitarian Universalist principles say that each person
With younger children: is precious and deserving and that we need to care for the
earth. Then brainstorm some projects that help you live these
‘Tis the season for your own family rituals principles. Your family could help
Many of us still struggle to find the right mix of family feed and care for cats and dogs in a
traditions for this time of year. local shelter. Or pick up debris in
By Meg Cox, Unitarian Universalist World Magazine local parks. Or read to the elderly in
a senior center.
L et’s start by going back to basics: No matter how historically
suspect the date may be, Christmas is fundamentally the
celebration of the birth of Jesus. In Unitarian Universalist class-
St. Nicholas Day,
December 6, is another holiday
that has Unitarian Universalist
rooms and homes, Jesus is lauded as a wise man whose devotion compatibility. The loose model for
to peace and justice are worthy of praise and emulation. All Santa Claus, St. Nick was a real
the Unitarian Universalists I know take the birthday of Martin guy, a bishop who lived in what
Luther King Jr. very seriously as a holiday: Should we celebrate is now Turkey. He is said to have
the birthday of Jesus with any less intensity? been extraordinarily generous to
So let’s start by embracing the validity of celebrating Jesus’s the needy, especially children, and
birth and then consider how to observe his values and teachings preferred to give secretly. Unitarian
in a Unitarian Universalist context. Talk about his messages and Universalist families can start a
methods to your children, share stories of Jesus helping the poor tradition similar to Secret Santas, in
and outcast, feeding the hungry, and furthering peace. And which each family member draws a name from a hat and then
talk about how closely these values align with the Unitarian does good deeds for that person anonymously. One mother I
Universalist Principles. know gives her children craft kits on St. Nicholas Day so they
Talking isn’t enough. Rituals require action. Jesus can make presents for others.
believed we should help those most in need. So one way to Winter Solstice. Some Unitarian Universalist families and
celebrate his birthday is to create congregations celebrate the winter solstice, which also makes
memorable philanthropic traditions wonderful sense. The celebration of Jesus’s birth was moved to
with your kids, even if you have very this time to coincide with existing pagan rituals, and celebrating
little money to spare. Here’s one simple the cycles of the earth fits with Unitarian Universalist teachings
ritual: I know a family who buys double to honor the environment. Some families have solstice trees
groceries for every major holiday feast, and give gifts on this holiday. At my house, we turn out all the
including Easter and Christmas. If they lights and talk about the significance of the solstice, then light
are having ham and potatoes, say, they multiple candles and throw open the front door and holler,
will buy a second ham, another bag of “Come back, Sun!” Then we drink Sun Shakes (orange juice and
potatoes, and dessert and drop it off at vanilla ice cream) and listen to the Beatles’ “Here Comes the
a local charity that helps low-income families. Sun.”
Part of your holiday craft traditions could be making and Celebrating multiple holidays this time of year, honoring
decorating a Unitarian Universalist Helping Others box, many traditions while emphasizing our own principles is a
to which the family will regularly contribute money for the very Unitarian Universalist thing to do. But doing it more
coming year. You can cover a coffee can with paper, and cut consciously with a Unitarian Universalist spin can help us
a slit in the lid. The kids can donate part of each allowance. deepen the season’s meaning and stop the feeling that we’re just
Christmas is a good time to vote on family charity: You can nibbling this time of year--while others are sated from a full
research three or four charities and discuss whether to support meal. l
them all a little or to give everything to one. Make it real: If
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With Older youth: There’s more! People’s stories seem to fit a pattern:
a strongly held belief about the nature of
by Shirley Worth
Hope as a Spiritual Practice the world and life, and an experience that
H ope is a positive and potent spiritual
practice with the power to pull us E very Sunday, the caretaker of a local
group home brought three or four
residents to attend services at a church
shatters that belief. Anger, sorrow, and
despair. And in the best cases, rising from
the ashes like the phoenix, love and hope
through difficult times. It is usually de-
scribed with light metaphors — a ray, a I belonged to years ago. One delightful carrying the hero forward into a better
beam, a glimmer of hope; the break in the lady loved to talk with everyone, and life.
clouds; the light at the end of the dark always had stories to tell – even though The wheel of life has spokes reaching
tunnel. It is often discovered in unexpected a speech impediment made it almost in opposite directions holding pairs of
places. Hope can be learned with practice. impossible to make out what she was opposites, cold balanced by heat, light by
Certain attitudes support it. One is patience, saying, her gestures and facial expressions dark… and joy and happiness by suffering
an ability to tolerate delays, a willingness to communicated perfectly. and sorrow, despair by
let events unfold in their own time. Another Another rarely said a hope. Every pleasure
is courage, an attitude of confidence even word, but occasional vo- carries with it the pain
when facing the unknown. A third is persis- calizations of excitement of its ending, and every
tence, the determination to keep going no or dismay would escape painful ending is the birth
matter what happens. We have hope when her throat. She almost nev- of something new. The
we can say, all will be well, and we mean it. er spoke, but at the end of Brahmavaivarta Purana
every sermon, she would suggests that even the
Daily Cue, Reminder, Vow, Blessing exclaim happily, “There’s Lord of Heaven Indra,
F Turning on a lamp is a cue for me to practice more! There’s more!” who pushes up the sky and
hope. If each of us has a releases the dawn, will die
F When I plant a seed or a bulb, I am reminded to theme song, a message and be reborn as an ant.
plant hope in my heart. that is our life-long calling The Buddhist image of
F Whenever I meet people who are thrashing to convey, that minister’s the Wheel of Life shows
about in gloom and doom, I vow to hold up the message was that we are already saved, we the interconnection of earthly life and
banner of hope. only need to open our eyes to see it. That heavens and hells, and even the deepest
F Blessed is the Spirit of Life who has birthed good works flow easily from a love-filled hell has a ladder leading out.
hope in our hearts and a positive attitude in our heart. That no matter how broken, our Whatever trouble we are faced with,
lives are already healed. It was a great whatever pain we must experience, there
Imagery Exercise message for a time in my life that was is always a way through. No matter how
Any attitude can be reinforced by filled with pain. I went, week after week, broken, our lives are already healed. And
working with the image that you attach to hear it. I lingered over coffee with perhaps the most inspirational sermon I
to it. Recall the image and you resurrect all the happy, healthy people who were have ever heard is that weekly happy cry,
the feeling. Do whichever of these members of that church… and gradually “There’s more!”
exercises speaks to you or adapt the learned their stories, and discovered that FUCSJ member Shirley Worth serves as
format to your own images of hope. under and behind their happy, healthy a Pastoral Associate and teaches yoga
F Close your eyes. Breathe out one time. See faces were histories of loss, illness, abuse, classes at the church to benefit FUCSJ
yourself in a long tunnel with nothing but addiction and more. and Third Street Community Center. l
darkness behind and ahead of you. Moving
forward, see a dot of light in the distance, which
is getting larger the closer you move toward it.
Walk out of the tunnel through the light. Then
Gifts of service: One-sentence salutes
open your eyes.
F Close your eyes. Breathe out one time. See a “Thanks to the Alegria Singers and their instrumental accompanists! WOW! More,
please--fill ‘er up!!” –Diane Saichek
plant blooming in the desert. Then open your Thanks to Genie Bernardini, Karen Conrotto and all the others who pitched in to
make the Jane Austen Dance well-organized and huge fun.” –Shirley Worth
F Close your eyes. Breathe out one time. Find
yourself standing outside on a very cloudy day.
Looking around you, notice how all the plants,
buildings, and objects are becoming lighter and
“ Thanks to Billie Wachter for her delightful reading of the children’s story and to
Billie and Saul for modeling how to be such a sweet, loving and devoted married
couple for all of us!” –Genie Bernardini
brighter. Look up and see the sun in a cloudless
sky. Then open your eyes.
– www.spiritualityandpractice.com l “Thanks to Colleen Cabot for devoting a remarkable amount of time and energy to
making the Day of the Dead altar so spectacular.” –Genie Bernardini l
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SUNDAY SERVICES / SERVICIOS DE DOMINGO
December: Hope and Joy F Diciembre: Esperanza y Alegría
Servicios en español
Todos los domingos – Alabanzas en Español Advent IV: Paz
Media Hora de Reunión del Pequeño Grupo del Ministerio Multicultural. Servicio de Vacaciones de los Niños: Paz
Únase a nosotros mientras los jóvenes talentosos de nuestra congregación
Venga a unirse a nosotros para este servicio simple de oración-meditación
honran nuestro tema de la paz. Escucharemos participar a los jóvenes
de media hora (sin sermón) a las 10:15 a.m en una mezcla de inglés y músicos y lectores, en una danza de Paz Universal, mientras celebramos
español en la sala Fireside Ramsden. Accesible e incluyente para todos, la paz dentro de nosotros buscando traer la paz en el mundo. Y el antiguo
este servicio ofrece tiempo para cantar, meditar y reflexionar en un pequeño elfo alegre, Santa, hará un alto en su apretada agenda para estar con
grupo en preparación para el servicio de las 11: 00 am. nosotros después del servicio.
Every Sunday – Alabanzas (Spanish Lauds) Dirige: el Rev. Geoff Rimositis
A half-hour multicultural Small Group Ministry gathering. Come join us for December 24, Saturday, 5:00 and 8:00 pm
this simple prayer-meditation service (without sermon) held in a mixture Christmas Eve Candlelight Services
of English and Spanish in the Ramsden Fireside Room. Accessible and Join us as we sing the old familiar carols and bring forth the light from the
welcoming to all, this service provides time to sing, meditate, and reflect in heart of our sanctuary right into our lives! We experience the magic of
a small group in preparation for the service at 11:00 am. the season with a special Story for All Ages. Soloists lift our spirits with the
singing of angels, and we hear the timeless story of the birth of new hope
11:00 am in the baby Jesus and in new lives everywhere. We honor all babies born
Services in English this year in a special ritual, for with Unitarian Universalist religious educator
December 11 – 11 de diciembre Sophia Fahs, we rejoice that “every night a child is born is a holy night.”
Gloria in Excelsis Deo!
Advent III: Joy
Worship Leaders: the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones and the Rev. Geoff
Called to Share Joy! Rimositis
We Unitarian Universalists are called “to redistribute joy,” UU minister Beth
Banks has said. On this third Sunday in Advent, we go seeking the birthplaces 24 de Diciembre, Sábado, 5:00 y 8:00 pm
of joy in us so that we can share it with others. We’ll find again the joyful light
of children’s eyes, which lives in all our hearts, and discover the hope that Servicios a la Luz de la Vela de Navidad
rises in laughter. “Joy to the World!” Come join the Unitarian Universalist song! Unámonos mientras cantamos los viejos villancicos familiares y traemos
Worship Leader: the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones adelante la luz, desde el corazón de nuestro Santuario hasta dentro de
nuestras vidas! Experimentamos la magia de la temporada con una historia
Worship Associate: Alice Lynch
especial para todas las edades. Los solistas levantar nuestros espíritus con
Advent III: Alegría el canto de los ángeles, y escuchamos la historia atemporal del nacimiento
¡Llamado a Compartir la Alegría! de la nueva esperanza en el niño Jesús y en nuevas vidas en todo el mundo.
Nosotros, los Unitarios Universalistas somos llamados “a redistribuir la Honramos a todos los bebés nacidos este año en un ritual especial con la
alegría”, ha dicho la Ministra UU Beth Banks. En este tercer domingo de educadora religiosa Unitaria Universalista Sophia Fahs, nos regocijamos
Adviento, seguimos buscando el nacimiento de la alegría en nosotros para que “cada noche un niño nace es una noche santa.” Gloria in Excelsis Deo!
que podamos compartirlo con otros. Nos encontraremos nuevamente la Dirigen: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones y el Rev. Geoff Rimositis
alegre luz de los ojos de los niños, los cuales viven en todos nuestros
corazones, y descubrir la esperanza que se eleva en la risa. “¡Alegría al December 25 – 25 de deciembre
mundo!” ¡Ven a unirte a la canción Unitaria Universalista! After the Presents: Presence
Dirige: la Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones We will gather together for Christmas morning worship to provide our
Asociada de Culto: Alice Lynch presence to one another, seek the presence of all that is Holy and lift up in
song and reflection how the miracle of a child can inspire us to begin what
December 18 – 18 de diciembre theologian Howard Thurman calls “the work of Christmas.”
Worship Leader: Christy Baker
Advent IV: Peace
Children’s Holiday Service: Peace Después de los Regalos: Presencia
Join us as the talented youth of our congregation honors our theme of Nos reuniremos para el servicio de la mañana de Navidad para proveer
peace. We will hear from youth musicians and readers, participate in a dance nuestra presencia del uno con el otro, buscando la presencia de todo lo
of Universal Peace, as we celebrate peace within us reaching out to bring que es Santo y alzar en la canción y la reflexión, cómo el milagro de un
peace into the world. And the jolly old elf, Santa himself, will make a stop niño puede inspirarnos para empezar, como el teólogo Howard Thurman
from his busy schedule to be with us after the service. llama, “el trabajo de Navidad”.
Dirige: Christy Baker
Worship Leader: The Rev. Geoff Rimositis
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for Sunday, December 18 Service
Programs for all ages including family/home, school and
neighborhood. (lower level, room 4)
T his year’s Children’s Holiday Service
(December 18) will be on peace
within us reaching out to bring peace into
C hildren and youth attend the first
part of the service at 11:00 am,
and then are sung out to their morning
Grades 2-5: Faithful Journeys
Children explore how Unitarian
the world. Children and youth singers or
instrumentalists are invited to participate
Universalism translates into life choices in the service. Please contact Rev. Geoff,
program. Classes last until 12:30 pm. GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org if a child or
and everyday actions. (lower level,
Parents, please pick up your children in youth in your family might be interested.
the nursery and in the PreK-1 class. All
other students will be dimissed to rejoin For more information about our pro-
their parents in Hattie Porter Hall. grams for children and youth please
contact our family minister, the Rev. Geoff
Nursery: Birth through three years Rimositis, GRimositis@sanjoseuu.org
Location: Lower Level Nursery Grades 6-8: Heeding the Call
Childcare Staff: Maria Elena Olvera, and Sandra Sotelo Explores oppression in our society and
PreK-Grade 1: Love Surrounds Us
promotes the understanding of values School for Compassion
that counteract the marginalization of
This program explores UU principles November 2011 through March 2012
others. (Rooms 2-3, lower level)
in the context of beloved community
Help Lead Worship!
Grades 9-12: A Chorus of Faiths
Each Sunday youth address issues of
W e will engage in spiritual practice
and support for one another in
living a compassionate life that begins with
concern to their lives and spirituality compassion for oneself and then moves that
T he Worship Associate program through discussions facilitated by adult compassion out into the world. Resources
provides an exciting and enriching advisors. for personal learning and transformation
opportunity for members of the First
Unitarian Church of San José to help
Our Whole Lives include Karen Armstrong’s book The Twelve
Steps to a Compassionate Life and Frederic
plan and present the Sunday-morning Sexuality Education and Mary Brussat’s Spiritual Literacy.
services that are at the heart of our The Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones along with
Beloved Community. OWL: Grades seven-nine
F Classes run January 8 through May Christy Baker (Candidate for the Unitarian
Worship Associates, who serve for Universalist Ministry) will be offering the
one calendar year, work closely with the class on the second Sundays of the month
Facilitators: Michealle Havenhill, Rev. Jack Michael,
ministers and a multidisciplinary worship
(First Congregational Church of San José), Rev. from 1:00 to 2:30 pm in the Ramsden
team on five or six services during that Geoff Rimositis Fireside Room beginning November 13.
year. They also set up the worship space RSVP with the Rev. Geoff at GRimositis@
for another five or six Sundays. Children & Youth sanjoseuu.org. l
Ongoing training is provided in
Spiritual Growth & Learning Program
periodic gatherings, the next of which is
Schedule Book Discussion Group:
on Saturday, Dec. 3. Interested folks are
invited to RSVP to the number below. F December 11: Pk-5 – Music and Yoga with Sally
Cooperrider and Shirley Worth
From Jesus to
In addition to making a critical
contribution to congregational life, F 6-8 – Heeding the Call: Qualities for Justice
participation in Worship Associates Sunday, December 11, 2:45 - 4:45
is a wonderful way to deepen your F 9-12– Senior High Regular Meeting
pm, Conference Room
understanding of Unitarian Universalism F December 18: Children’s Holiday Service (No
and to get to know some super people!
You’ll find details on the church
F December 25: Christmas (No Classes) T his month we will discuss pages
1-66, Chapters 1 to 3. Chapter
3 is about Religion and Society in
website at http://www.sanjoseuu.org/ F January 1: New Year’s (No Classes)
OurWorshipLife/WorshipAssociates. the Roman World. Contact Bob
F January 8: Regular Classes Resume
html Questions? Phone Mary Martin at Miess, Bob@FloweringEnterprises.
(408) 354-8878. l com, 408-781-7073. l
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Announcements & Coming Events
Save the Dates
HUUmanist group meeting UUthful Spirits
Monday, December 21 at 7 PM in the Second and fourth Sundays, 12:45 pm,
youth room. Hattie Porter Hall
“Your HUUmanist Year” – Questions Join our young-at-heart fellowship F December 10, Saturday, 7:30 pm, UU
to ask yourself: Have I grown as a group for Sunday brunch! Meet in Coffee House, For the Love of Broadway,
humanist? Have I had any struggles Hattie Porter Hall about 12:45 p.m. Hattie Porter Hall
with humanism, such as talking with We also host a happy hour on the first F December 11, Sunday, 1:00-2:30 pm,
others about it? What writings have Friday. For information, contact uuthful_ School for Compassion class with Rev. Nancy,
been helpful to me? What other sources firstname.lastname@example.org. Ramsden Fireside Room
have been helpful, including this group? F December 11, Sunday, 2:45-4:45 pm, Book
Yoga Classes at our Church Discussion Group: “From Jesus to Christianity”
What are my humanist projects for the
new year? All are welcome to join us, as Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:15 to 10:15 am; with Bob Miess, Conference Room
Wednesdays, 6:15-7:15 pm F December 11, Sunday, Circle Suppers,
we gaze into our navels. Contact Tim
Blackwood at TJb@TimBlackwood.com. No yoga in December. Classes will contact Barbara Derbyshire at 370-2219 or
resume January 10, 202. Beginning yoga CircleSuppers@aol.com
Senior High Camping Trip classes benefit Third Street Community F December 18, Sunday, 7:00 pm, Evening
July 24-August 4, 2012 Center or FUCSJ music program; Winter Solstice Service, Sanctuary
The Senior High Youth Group Island Suggested donation: $5-$15 no one will F December 24, Saturday, 5:00 and 8:00
Trip will start on July 24 with a sleepover be turned away. l pm, Christmas Eve Candlelight Services,
at church, returning August 4, 2012. Sanctuary
F Thursday, January 5, 7:15 pm, Women’s
Alliance, Ramsden Fireside Room
Light Returning: F January 15, Sunday, Stewardship/Canvass
Planning Meeting, 12:45 pm downstairs
Winter Solstice Celebration Conference Room. Questions? Contact Jean
December 18, 7:00 pm, Sanctuary Embree.
F January 20, Friday, 8:00 pm; Fun-raiser:
S olstice ceremony and celebration with
the UU San José Alegría Singers,
church musicians, hosts and readers, and
Lou and Peter Berryman, folksingers, at FUCSJ
F April 27-29, 2012, District Assembly,
Community Dances all of you! Come and celebrate a special
Oakland Airport Hilton Hotel
F July 29-August 4, 2012 Senior High Youth
Winter Solstice Holiday worship service. Group Island Trip
Sunday, Feruary 5, 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Bring your openness to participate in a
Hattie Porter Hall
universally felt experience of turning to
N o Jane Austen Dances in January,
but on Sunday, February 5, you can
once again dance like Miss Bennett and
the winter season. Please bring a ‘finger
food’ potluck dish to share. We will move
into the hall after the ceremony and mu-
Mr. Darcy – and perhaps try some fa- sic, to feast and dance together. Suggested You make FUCSJ what it is! Whatever
vorites of George Washington, William Donation $5-15. l your talent and availability, there
Shakspeare, and Henry Ford as well! is an opportunity for you to serve.
Watch for details in January. l The Alegría Singers Contact Volunteer Coordinating
Team member s Liz Owen at
UU Coffee House Wednesdays, 7:30-9:00 pm, Sanctuary
email@example.com or Bob Miess
Join the FUCSJ choir in singing at
Saturday, December 10, 7:30 pm regular Sunday services, at special events at firstname.lastname@example.org
such as Solstice Celebrations and Coffee
T his “For the Love of Broadway,” cof-
fee house performance features great
line-up of experienced performers, the
Houses, and bring music to various
church activities. . l
Remember to bring
your recyclable bottles
familiar songs you love, and lots of sing- Donations or free will offerings to and cans to help cover
a-longs. Families and kids welcome. l support our music program are expenses of this
suggested at all music events. newsletter!
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Winter hope Winter
– Greta Crosby
excerpted from an article by Doug Muder echoing the 1853 sermon “Of Justice
http://www.uuworld.org/spirit/ (#543 in Singing the Living Tradition)
and Conscience” by Theodore Parker: “I
do not pretend to understand the moral Let us not wish away the winter.
I t is important to remember the dif-
ference between hope and optimism.
Optimism is an expectation of the
universe; the arc is a long one, my eye
reaches but little ways; I cannot calculate
the curve and complete the figure by the
It is a season to itself,
Not simply the way to spring.
future, but hope is a way of experiencing experience of sight; I can divine it by When trees rest, growing no leaves,
the present. Optimism assures us that conscience. And from what I see I am gathering no light,
the oasis we see in the distance is not a sure it bends towards justice.” They let in sky and trace themselves
mirage, but hope I read that delicately against dawns and
simply inspires much more as sunsets.
us to keep going. Optimism often lies, but hope never fails.
a statement of
Optimism prom- The clarity and brilliance of the winter
ises specific outcomes, but hope just says sky delight.
faith than his optimistic assurance. Parker The loom of fog softens edges, lulls
that striving is worthwhile, that whether was speaking in a time of slavery, in a the eyes and ears of the quiet,
or not good things will happen, creating country soon to fight a devastating civil Awakens by risk the unquiet.
opportunity is a good thing in itself. war. Optimism would have been foolish; A low dark sky can snow, emblem
Optimism often lies, but hope no one could predict when or how the of individuality, liberality, and
never fails. Optimism argues with the crisis would resolve. But even without aggregate power.
predictions of cynicism and bitterness, a vision of the goal or the path, it was Snow invites to contemplation and to
and is often proved wrong. Hope rejects important to keep going. sport.
cynicism and bitterness as unhelpful, To the extent that we hang our hopes
and is perennially proved right. on specific future events, we may well be Winter is a table set with ice and
Hope cares for the eggs without starlight.
disappointed. ...And yet, history has a
counting the chickens that might come way of frustrating the pessimists as well....
from them.... Hope is—right here and Winter dark tends to warm light: fire
The onward and upward progress of and candle;
right now, whatever may happen in the humanity does not happen by clockwork, Winter cold to hugs and huddles;
future—a better way to live. and yet it happens. Even in the best of winter want to gifts and sharing;
Hope is itself a challenging issue times, the daily headlines do not march Winter danger to visions, plans, and
for Unitarian Universalists because steadily and inexorably towards goodness. common endeavoring --
historically we have been an optimistic If you pick out a period of history that And the zest of narrow escapes;
religion. We are a can-do people. We seems particularly glorious from our winter tedium to merrymaking.
make plans and project outcomes.... In perspective—the Golden Age of Greece,
good times, when plans succeed and the Renaissance, the founding of the Let us therefore praise winter,
goals are achieved, our way is clearly American Republic—you will almost Rich in beauty, challenge, and
better. But in hard times, when the pregnant negativities.
always find that the local commentary
challenge is to endure rather than thrive, was pessimistic. Whatever is big enough
our advantages are less obvious. to be obvious is probably already in Greta W. Crosby is Minister Emerita of
Too often the nineteenth-century the First Unitarian Universalist Church of
decline, and whatever is rising seems
Unitarian faith in “the progress of Wichita, and author of Tree and Jubilee,
negligible by comparison. In every era,
mankind, onward and upward forever” a book of meditations.
the doomed dinosaurs are more eye-
has been taken as a guarantee of catching than the evolving mammals.
improvement day-by-day and year-by- Consequently, if you ask me about
year, when history instead shows long some specific issue, on any scale from “Like”
detours and backtracks. The arc of the the personal to the global, I may well be Us On
moral universe may “bend towards a pessimist. And yet I have hope. I keep
justice” (as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther striving. I keep planting the seeds of good
King Jr. said it did), but not smoothly. things to come. Which ones will sprout tinyurl.com/
And yet, if we read our Unitarian and grow? I have no idea. Will any? FUCSJ-FB
prophets more closely, they did not Maybe not. But I choose to plant. It is a
promise that it would. King was good way to live. l
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