Upcoming at UUVerdugo

This Saturday, December 15

UUVerdugo Movie Night!

"It's A Wonderful Life" (1946)


Bring the family for the greatest Christmas movie that isn't "Love Actually." Watch 1940s Encino stand in for the fictitious Bedford Falls, New York, as our hero, George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) learns that "no man is a failure who has friends." Will we be giving out wings? No, but we will be giving out pizza.

An informal poll around the sanctuary reveals that, though many have seen part of this wonderful movie, not everyone has seen all of it. Friends, it's worth it. See Drew Barrymore's grand-uncle! See what happened to Alfalfa! Meet the original Ernie & Bert! Swallow the moon!

Trigger warning: This film looks askance at librarians and garlic eaters.

5 p.m.

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Sunday, December 16

Weekly Service: Sol Invictus or: The Dark Days Are Over

Guest Speaker: Marty Barrett


The celebration of Sol Invictus (The Unconquered Sun) began before Christ and lingers as a wintertime event commemorating the strengthening Sun after a period of increased darkness.

Join us as we discuss the ancient pedigree of Sol Invictus and the ageless appeal of rebirth in such a cold time.

Note: We have incorporated the Sol Invictus theme for this Friday's Verdugo HUUT, too! Why not come to both?

10:30 a.m.

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Friday, December 21

The Verdugo HUUT! Presents: Sol Invictus

Join us for our monthly Hootenanny in the Hills, our final HUUT of the year. We've been lucky to have hosted so many of L.A.'s best musicians, comedians, and storytellers this year, and the Sol Invictus show will feature the jubilant Madame Headdress, Fogelfoot, and players to be named later.

Why fight your way into Hollywood for your holiday entertainment when L.A.'s best entertainers come here? Especially since the failing L.A. Times just called us hilarious and compelling?

That settles it. You'll come here.

We provide low-cost, licensed childcare for kids over two. Contact Elizabeth Brown by December 14 if you're interested.

7 p.m.

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Sunday, December 23

Weekly Service: What Mary Said

Rev. KC Slack

Known by many names—The Blessed Virgin; Mary, Mother of God; Qānitah; Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe; sayyidatuna; The Queen of Heaven—Mary, a young Jewish girl from Nazareth, became an important figure not only in Catholicism, but in Protestant Christianities, Islam, and in many individuals' spiritual practices.

What does the story of Mary—her life and her own words in so far as we know them—have to tell us today? 

10:30 a.m.

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Monday, December 24

Candlelight Christmas Eve

Rev. KC Slack


Join us for a candlelight service of music and storytelling as we celebrate Christmas Eve together.

7 p.m.

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Sunday, December 30

Weekly Service: Visions for the Future

Lay Leaders: Ann Kleinsasser and Madeline Dow


At the close of the year, we gather downstairs in the round for connection, sharing, warmth and community.

This is a good time to take stock of our congregational life and reaffirm why we are here. What is our vision and purpose as a congregation? What hopes and dreams do you have for our community as we move forward into a new year.  How can we support these hopes and dreams? Come and share your thoughts.

10:30 a.m.

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Thursday
Feb162012

100 Questions That Non-Members Ask About Unitarian Universalism

Download Now PDF, 56 page Booklet of "100 Questions"

A thorough and thoughtful Q & A about Unitarian Universalism (UU) from the perspective of both non-UUs and UUs.

Introduction:

A few years ago I learned that in this nation of 260 million people, there are fewer than 200,000 Unitarian Universalists. I wondered, “Are UUs so rare because people have studied the religion and rejected it?

Or is it that so few people are even acquainted with the religion?” Believing that the latter situation might be the case, I began to assemble questions about Unitarian Universalism, obtaining them from a variety of people outside the religion: Catholics, Protestants, Jews and fundamentalists.

I even went inside the religion, seeking questions from both present and former church members and ministers. Rev. Steve Edington of the Nashua, New Hampshire UU Church is the source of most of the answers. If you don’t like the response to a particular question, I’ll tell you that Steve didn’t answer that one, or Steve did answer it but I didn’t write what he told me. Otherwise he would be the author and I wouldn’t have had anything to do.

The answers do not represent the views of all Unitarian Universalists—there is great diversity among individual UU churches and ministers. But leaving room for our differences, we think the answers given here are fairly representative.

Six printings and 14,000 books later, we seem to be holding our own. The UUA Bookstore tells us of the hundreds of books they sell, this is their fourth best-selling book. And of those books not published in-house by the UUA, this is their second best seller. But most important, many people have told us that 100 Questions has helped them decide to become a UU.

John Sias