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"What do you believe? is the wrong question" clarifies Rev. Peter Morales, UUA President

 

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Imagine
a religion that embraces many different beliefs.

Where all are accepted;
Where we cherish the process of developing our own spiritual path;
Where we respectfully support the paths of others.

Join us in Worship Service every Sunday at 10:30AM.

Map & Directions.

  • Our Minister Reverend Dr. Betty Stapleford posts a monthly column to inspire and discuss meaningful topics.
  • Also, our UUCVH President Ann Kleinsasser offers graceful guidance on current issues.
  • Religious Education Director & Youth Outreach Coordinator Elizabeth Brown gives monthly updates on all the Kids Activities.
  • Our very active Social Action Circle offers many ways to participate in community outreach projects. 

Explore our web site. Principles & Sources and Beliefs FAQ are great at explaining our non-creed beliefs.  Also, 100 Questions is a downloadable PDF that provides answers with a lot of detail.  

Entrance to Unitarian Universalist Church of the Verdugo Hills (UUCVH)

Since the 1950s, we have met together in this space to share beliefs, encourage spiritual growth and pass along Unitarian Universalists’ evolving liberal religious heritage. We challenge each other into actions that enrich our lives and the world around us. We are a free-thinking, socially progressive and caring community bound by the seven basic principles that we affirm and promote.

Saturday
Nov292014

Search Committee Team Update!

This is the point in time when our Search starts to get exciting!  We’ve completed our research and compiled the information into an online Packet of essays and charts.  Now, we have a chance to breathe a little bit while our UUCVH profile circulates through the UUA online match-making process.

Coming up soon…  BCT!  (What’s that?)

BEYOND CATEGORICAL THINKING

THINK OF A MINISTER. DON’T THINK OF AN ELEPHANT.

Chances are you thought of both. And distinct images perhaps came to mind. In terms of a minister, what images came to mind? Was it a person of a particular gender, race, or age?

Beyond Categorical Thinking is a highly recommended part of the search process for our congregation. In finding the person who would be the best match for our minister, we could potentially overlook or even let biases keep us from knowing that a particular person would be the best match for us.

Other congregations have assumed that their ideal minister looks a certain way, and often ministers who are not white or male or heterosexual or able-bodied or of a particular age or class are discounted and seen as “less than” in some ways.

Ministers in our faith who are people of color, bisexual, gay, lesbian, female, transgender, differently-abled, young, old, ethnically different, or of a different class—all of these credentialed ministers still face discrimination as part of the ministerial search process.

In our efforts to find the best match, UUCVH is planning to host a Beyond Categorical Thinking workshop.

We will have trainers come and facilitate a 2-3-hour conversation where we will have a chance to examine how we can avoid letting prejudice become a part of our search process. This is yet another way for us to put our faith into lived experience and improve the odds that regardless of identity, we will find the minister who is the best match for us and will serve us well. This opportunity allows the entire congregation fuller participation in the search process. It will allow us to explore our hopes and concerns for a new minister, learn more about the search process, and see how our own history (both personal and congregational) might interfere with our efforts in this search.

Plan to attend and participate in this BCT program provided by the UUA. 

Schedule details will be announced as soon as possible – we’re aiming for January, 2015.

The BCT program is now 20 years running and proves very useful and valuable to the congregations in the search process.

Your Search Committee Team,

  • Deane Phinney, Co-Chair
  • Terresa Jones, Co-Chair
  • Jerry Buchanan
  • Roy Lopez
  • Howard Richman

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Mission

"UUCVH is a growing and welcoming community, offering a diverse spiritual landscape for an informed search for truth and meaning. We promote social justice, affirm the dignity of all people, and respect the interdependent web of all existence."

In our work we strive to embody what we hope to see in the world--a just, loving humanity and community in which people are free to be themselves fully and without fear. A community where no one is exiled, silenced or exploited because of gender, gender expression, race, color, ethnic or national origin, religion, affectional orientation, age, class, physical character or disability.

Using reason as our guide and freedom as our method, we seek to grow in the understanding of ourselves and of our world, and to promote and serve the universal human family.

With its historical roots in the Jewish and Christian traditions, Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion -- a religion that keeps an open mind to the religious questions people have struggled with in all times and places. We believe that personal experience, conscience and reason should be the final authorities in religion, and that in the end religious authority lies not in a book or person or institution, but in ourselves. We are a "non-creedal" religion: we do not ask anyone to subscribe to a creed, but instead affirm and promote the Seven Principles.

Wednesday
Aug032011

Looking for a spiritual home?

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Verdugo Hills

  • strives to build a religious community where members find comfort, intellectual stimulation and inspiration.
  • encourages members to discover and explore their own beliefs--our members’ worldviews may include theism, humanism, and agnosticism.
  • celebrates and draws from many sources of wisdom: other world religions, reason and science, earth-centered traditions, words and deeds of courageous women and men, our own intuitions.
  • teaches children guidelines for ethical behavior and helps them create lives filled with justice, peace and love.
  • values diversity of affectional orientation and racial and cultural identities, believing that through diversity we learn what it means to be human.