Rally at the Mountain View Civic Center Plaza, originally planned as a counter-demonstration to an alt-right march on Google that was scheduled at the same time but was postponed. Photos may be downloaded and used freely for non-commercial purposes provided that the photographer is credited. Additio...
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
Compassionate Communication - Debate Skills - Part 2!
September 14, 2017, 7:00pm - September 14, 2017, 10:30pm
Join us for our monthly class in compassioante communication. Tonight's class will focus specifically on how to communicate with people strongly holding different beliefs than you.
How can we continue to keep our heart's open, and keep lines of communication open even when we may not agree?
Join us for part two of our discussion and practice for "ending the debate!" In which we will explore the phenomenon of Boundaries With Compassion in speaking with people holding different viewpoints.
Laughter yoga (Hasyayoga) is a practice involving prolonged voluntary laughter. Laughter yoga is based on the belief that voluntary laughter provides the same physiological and psychological benefits as spontaneous laughter. Laughter yoga is done in groups, with eye contact, jokes and playfulness be...
Our service coming up on Sunday will be our Water Communion ceremony of ingathering to begin the church year. I hope you can make it.
In case you've never participated, be aware that we would like you to bring a small vial of water, which is poured into the communal vessel as a symbol of our unity during the ceremony. Sometimes people bring water from their summer travels or from somewhere that is "sacred" to them - but any water will do for the way we will perform the ceremony together.
Please also note that this service is INTERGENERATIONAL. It will be short, fun, and filled with song.
Join us at 10:45 after the annual Pancake Breakfast! ...
The ability to make our country safe, secure, peaceful & harmonious lies in our hands. Let us unite to honor the victims of 9/11, their families and first responders as we strive to transform this tragic day into one of peace & community building.
Spirit of Life, Love and Justice we are hurting. We feel betrayed by the United States government and the people who support the current administration. We are angry and afraid, we are in pain and we don’t know whom to trust. Who will be by our side long-term in this fight to be seen, heard and valu...
Standing Rock Legal Update and Urgent Call to Action
September 6, 2017, 7:30pm - September 6, 2017, 11:30pm
You’re invited to a special evening with social justice attorneys Chase Iron Eyes and Daniel Sheehan of the Lakota People's Law Project.
Doors open at 7pm for seating, tabling with local groups and interaction. Speakers begin at 7:30. Free tickets for admission: www.eventbrite.com/e/standing-rock-legal-update-and-urgent-call-to-action-tickets-37259420931
In spring of 2016, a movement was born at Standing Rock. When the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) was rerouted to the reservation, endangering its sacred water supply, Lakota elders asked allies to rally to their cause, symbolized by the phrase: “Mni Wiconi—Water is Life.” Hundreds of thousands of you answered their call.
Revelations of illegal paramilitary tactics employed by private security firms against Chase and other peaceful water protectors on the front lines underscore that our very democracy is at stake. This forum provides a unique opportunity to engage with two generational voices sharing first-hand accounts of this historic movement and the legal battles being waged in the Dakotas.
We invite you to join Chase and Danny for this exceptional evening. Together, let's continue to answer and advance the call to unite at this critical hour.
Please RSVP at our Eventbrite page today, and arrive on time with your tickets to be guaranteed admission. www.eventbrite.com/e/standing-rock-legal-update-and-urgent-call-to-action-tickets-37259420931
About Our Speakers
Chase Iron Eyes is a citizen of Standing Rock and a leading spokesperson for the NoDAPL movement. In February, following intense surveillance by militarized security forces, he was arrested and charged with two felonies by North Dakota law enforcement.
Daniel Sheehan is president of the Romero Institute and a renowned constitutional attorney. As chief defense counsel for Chase Iron Eyes, his legal strategy will expose the collusion between government, industry and militarized security to suppress Native populations and the right of all Americans to peacefully demonstrate.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
About Our Co-Sponsors
The Congregational Church of Sunnyvale provides a spiritual home that is open and diverse. “No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here!” www.uccsunnyvale.org
There is no charge to attend this event, but please consider bringing donations to the Congregational Church’s Homeless Services Drives. Particularly, we will welcome donations of ready-to-eat meals and toilet paper. The church regularly distributes these goods in the community. Also, local environmental groups are invited to table at 7 p.m. before the main event. Please stop by!
Here's our upcoming meditation class for this month and I SO hope you can make it! I believe that the benefits of meditation, including a calmer mind, stronger immune system, lower blood pressure, etc., make us more able to serve the world and make it a better place!
I've been studying our classes that have happened over the last 2 years and have made this year's monthly meditation classes even more approachable and easy - only 1 hour long, and the content will be the most practical and simple to really supercharge your relaxation and happiness!
I hope you can come along and that you'll bring a friend too!
Rev. Fa Jun ...
The Art Of Meditation - Enhancing Relaxation and Well Being
September 17, 2017, 12:30pm - September 17, 2017, 3:30pm
Join us for our monthly meditation class and learn how to enhance your relaxation and well being!
In this month's class we will be studying how to find a sense of ease and stability in our meditation. This will be a perfect class for beginners as well as advanced practitioners, as we will be exploring aspects from how to make our bodies more comfortable in meditation, to secrets which help the mind relax, and how this relaxation works to promote our well-being long term.
All styles and levels of meditator are welcome, class will be about half theory and half practice, easy and light-hearted! Expect to experience relaxation and calm more easily than ever before!
Suggested donation: $12. Members of UUFLG are free. No one refused for lack of funds.
We are official co-hosts/sponsors at this event, and Rev. Fa Jun will be offering a short meditation...
I would love to see you there if you're available!
Peaceful Presence: Multifaith Prayers for Peace
September 11, 2017, 5:30pm - September 11, 2017, 10:00pm
On this 16th anniversary of September 11, 2001, join us at King Plaza to celebrate our common humanity and our shared commitment to a world of peace, justice, and inclusion. Those of all faiths and no formal faith are more than welcome.
American Muslim Voice is hosting a peace picnic for the community from 5:30-7:00 PM. The Peaceful Presence prayer gathering will follow from 7:00-8:00 PM, offering prayers, reflections, music, and ritual on the themes of peace, unity, and justice from several religious traditions.
I’m sure most, if not all, of you are aware of the unprecedented flooding in Houston, Texas, and surrounding areas from Hurricane Harvey, the most extreme rain event in U.S. history. They’re calling it a once in 800 year — or more — flood. I lived there over 20 years and witnessed flooding, but nothing remotely comparable to what is happening now. Roads and freeways that never flood are passable only by boat. Homes and businesses are flooded. All the hospitals in Fort Bend County, which is in the Houston metro area and where I lived, are closed. Five area prisons have been evacuated.
A Fellowship member requested that I provide information on how to donate to relief efforts. There is a lot out there. This is what I narrowed it down to.
UUA/UUSC Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund I am proud that the UUA and UUSC are partnering and have established the Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund. From their website giving.uua.org/harvey-floods : Half of all funds raised will go to at-risk populations served by UUSC partners and the other half of the funds will support Unitarian Universalist congregations and members of those congregations most affected by the storm. Those funds will be administered by a group of leaders in the UUA’s Southern Region, which includes the states across the southeast from Texas to South Carolina, and from most of Virginia to Florida.
Using their eye-to-eye partnership model, UUSC will work with and support local grassroots community partners on the ground in Texas serving at-risk populations who may not be able to access relief services and who are traditionally left out of mainstream response efforts. UUSC and their partners will work to bolster locally led relief efforts that are serving immigrant families, in particular young mothers and their children.
As the storm passes and recovery begins, UUSC will continue to get updates and work with partners to ensure their needs are met. Your donation to this fund is much appreciated. Thank you.
Go to the website to make an online donation or for donation options.
I’ve been staying in contact with family and friends. Some are sheltering in place; others had to evacuate. Our old house is in a mandatory evacuation zone. Many are without power. People are helping each other, volunteering if they can get out of their house, and making do the best they can.
The UUFLG Social Action Committee, with the Board’s permission and support, invites you to participate in the
Rally for Human Rights, Equality, and Diversity Saturday, August 19 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Mountain View City Hall 500 Castro Street, Mountain View
We will set up a table representing the Fellowship and encourage UUFLG members to attend the rally. We are also reaching out to area UU congregations and other religious groups.
We will not be political. We will be there as Unitarian Universalists standing on the side of love, as a welcoming congregation, and in solidarity with those advocating for human rights, equality, and diversity.
I have ordered 12 "Standing on the Side of Love" shirts from the UUA bookstore (2 XL, 8 L, and 2 M); they should arrive Friday. The cost per shirt, including expedited shipping and reduced by a quantity discount, is $23. I will wear one and will bring the extras to the rally. Due to time constraints, I didn’t have time to take orders, so I’m sorry if I didn’t order enough or the right sizes.
RSVP: Please comment below or message/email me if you plan to attend.
SHIRTS: If you want a shirt, please let me know when you RSVP for the rally. Let me know what size; you can pay me ($23) at the rally. First come, first sold. I’ll sell whatever is left at the rally.
ALSO: Please let me know if you want to help with planning transportation, decorating the table, and/or making signs. ...
UPDATE: The "March on Google" set for Saturday is postponed, but the "Stand Up for Diversity and Equality" counter-protest event will still be held, at Civic Center Plaza, 500 Castro Street, 1-3 p.m. ...
UPDATE: The deadly clashes between alt-right demonstrators and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia have shaken the nation, spurring alarm and condemnation from political leaders across the spectrum. Mountain View leaders were concerned their city could be the setting for the next violent...