History of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto

UUCPA Main Hall with choir singing

Religious Education and Music: Centering the Community

Committees work with the Minister of Religious Education to plan and implement programs for children, youth, and adults. In 1998-99, the congregation played a leading role in developing a district-wide Coming of Age program for youth in grades 8-10. Eleven UUCPA youths participated, more than any other congregation in the district. The program is repeated every two years.

In January 2000, the children’s RE program made an unsuccessful attempt to go from one to two sessions. We now have one session, held during the second service and offer a grade specific curriculum. The two-year cycle begins with a Chalice Year, studying UU values and identity, and alternates with a Rainbow Year, focusing on diversity and world religions. Children’s Chapel is held every Sunday, with the exception of once a month when families attend service together. High school youth meet together with the UU Fellowship of Redwood City. The annual youth-led service continues to be one of the most popular services of the year. Offerings in adult religious education are led by lay persons, a minister, or a team of both.

early Choir
Early Choir

Music continues to be an extremely important part of the worship experience. Our choir was formed in 1955. In the 1990s, the 20-30 voice group was led by director-composer Alva Henderson. Michael Paul Gibson became the director in September 2001. Michael moved on in May 2004 and after an extensive search we found Henry Mollicone to lead our choir. We are fortunate to have Veronica Agranov-Dafoe on our staff; she is an accomplished pianist who not only accompanies the choir but also serves

Veronica Agranov-Dafoe
Veronica Agranov-Dafoe

frequently as a soloist in our outstanding Sunday morning guest musician program.

History of UUCPA, Index
The Early Years: Building a Church
1960s - 1980s: UUCPA and Social Unrest
The 90s: Expanding Leadership
Religious Education and Music: Centering the Community
The 21st Century: Building a Church Continued
New Parish Minister is Called


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