"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.
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- 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.
Dear UUCVH family and friends,
While I’ve been away many things have been happening in our world and nation that have both troubled my spirit and caused me to take a closer look at myself, our religious community and the intersection of peoples of our world.
I wish I could tell you that I didn’t see a difficult summer coming. I hoped I was wrong and that calm heads, reasonable actions, thoughtful dialogs might happen and I’ve been right and wrong about it all.
What I need you to know is that the power of love is the most awesome energy known to humans. That our denomination and movement is standing on the side of love and that we know that with patience, right relationship, respect and love all things can be accomplished.
I may not be there with you at this time but please know that my heart and spirit are with you and I look forward to being back in La Crescenta as soon as possible.
I hope these words may be of use to you.
In peace, hope and love,
INTERFAITH PRAYER FOR THE WORLD
In the spirit of love and compassion, let us find a quiet place within our mind, body and soul.
Spirit of Life and Love, goddess of many names, be in our hearts and minds as we meditate and come together to pray for our world. We as a people of privilege are grateful for this life and its many blessings. We are hopeful for our future and that of the people of this earth. Give us the energy to share each from our own spiritual tradition a prayer for peace. May we hope for unity, and a desire for understanding? In these acts may we know that we are part of an interconnected web of life. We pray that we may be good stewards of this world. We pray that we can acknowledge our differences as we work towards finding common ground. We know that there is pain and sorrow, actions that upset us, and behaviors, which we can find no justification. Yet, we also know that there is untold good, people that work every day for a better world. Let us stand with them in body, spirit and mind.
For these and many other prayers, thoughts and deeds that reside in our hearts- blessed be!
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.
- Reverend Gordon Clay Bailey writes a monthly column to inspire and discuss meaningful topics.
- President Gary Clark offers graceful guidance on current issues.
- Religious Exploration Education Coordinator Elizabeth Brown shares what the kids are up to as well as provides opportunities for us to support children's programming.
- Social Action Circle offers many ways to make a difference in community and justice outreach.
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.