Upcoming at UUVerdugo

THIS FRIDAY, AUGUST 23

UUVERDUGO MOVIE NIGHT: "KELLY & CAL"


Join screenwriter (and UUVerdugo member) Amy Starbin as she introduces her 2014 film "Kelly & Cal," starring Juliette Lewis. Starbin, who recently wrapped principal photography on her directorial debut, "Los Aliens," talks Hollywood meeting upstate New York in this sweet, funny, and transgressive 2014 film.

Kelly, a punk-rocker turned suburban mom, is nostalgic for a life she can no longer have and uncertain of a future she doesn't yet fit in. Seventeen-year-old Cal is frustrated at his lack of control over the hand he's been dealt. When the two strike up an unlikely friendship, it's the perfect spark needed to thrust them both back to life.

Screening begins at 7 p.m./Rated R

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 25

Sunday Service: The Sanctity of Sex Ed
Guest Minister: Emmalinda MacLean

 Unitarian Universalists are pioneers in comprehensive sexuality education, offering “Our Whole Lives” classes that flip the script on “traditional” sex ed—focusing on values like self-worth, respect, healthy relationships, responsibility, and justice.  Emmalinda MacLean, a lifelong Unitarian Universalist who proudly graduated from the Our Whole Lives program as a 7th grader, believes religiously that accurate, inclusive, respectful conversations are the antidote to the toxic messages about sex that permeate our culture today.

10:30 a.m.

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Monday
Aug192019

UU SMASH!

Many UU ministers take an almost-European leave of absence in the summer to study, travel, and attend the UUA's General Assembly, so it's always a treat, after several weeks of congregation-led programming, to get the minister back (delightful as our summer programs were).

Rev. KC presided over "That's How the Light Gets In" as their comeback service, invoking Leonard Cohen's "Ring the Bells that still will ring/Reject your perfect offering/There is a crack in everything/That's how the light gets in" with the Japanese art of kintsugi, or "golden joining," in which broken cermanics or pottery are repaired with melted gold, thus emphasizing the beauty of restoration, rather than hiding it.

To start our church year, we busted up some stuff, and will use the shards for something beautiful a little later.

During their presentation, Rev. KC referenced Rev. Leslie Takahashi's recent Berry Street lecture "Truth, Trauma, And Transformation: Embracing the Cracks And the Gold" delivered this year to the UU Ministers' Association.

Sunday
Jul282019

You, Too, Can Like UUVerdugo

Do you remember Friendster? MySpace? Ello? Foursquare? Well, neither do we. We can't even remember where we buried that time capsule in a ceremonial coffee urn containing all those jazzy UU hymn hits of the 1990s. But one thing we are certain is here to stay is our social media presence.

Follow UUVerdugo on Instagram @uuverdugo and on facebook here.

And if you're just here for the Verdugo HUUT! and the coffee at intermission, that's fine, too. The HUUT! is on Instagram @verdugohuut and on facebook here.

Wednesday
Jul172019

This Weekend! Bowie on the Moon

For more than a year, UUVerdugo's sanctuary has been host to a unique monthly performance series: The Verdugo HUUT! Each month we gather musicians, comedians, storytellers, and even puppeteers to create art based on a theme, and the result is a uniquely satisfying night. This Saturday, celebrate the 50th anniversary of both the Moon landing and the release of David Bowie's first hit, "Space Oddity" with Bowie on the Moon.

Monday
Jul082019

The UUniversal Henrietta

Whether you're a UU, UU-adjacent, or just got here after UUVerdugo was awarded Best Urn-Based Coffee on the West Coast for the 25th year in a row, you probably know a Henrietta.

Henrietta is the person in the congregation, family, work group, or classroom that knows the job won't be done unless she does it. But she only knows that at magma level; it would never occur to her in her waking life that such a thing could be true.

Henrietta's daughter, who has inherited her late mom's gift of being absolutely integral without wearing a t-shirt that says Absolutely Integral, found this poem written for her mom 22 years ago by Edith Young, who just turned 95.

Somebody sees you, Henriettas of the World. Not only that, now and then someoine will pull out a typewriter and compose some poetry on it.

Tuesday
Jun042019

Remembering Jerry Reynolds

We lost a great friend in Gerald Homer "Jerry" Reynolds recently. Gerry, the charming companion of our own Edith Young, died at the home he shared with Edith in April, surrounded by family and friends. This month the talented extended Reynolds family gathered at UUVerdugo for a very moving memorial service, filled with music, laughter, tears, James Joyce, and funny stories. Jerry passed just short of his 91st birthday.

A past president of the La Canda-Crescenta Democrats, Jerry was also fondly remembered by that organization. Read this tribute by Edith Young and Bonnie Keith.

Born in Chicago, Jerry spent his school years in La Grange, just southwest of the city, high school class of 1945. He was fortunate to have a liberal-minded principal in his senior year. Jerry had been cutting the P.E. classes required for graduation, but his principal came up with a plan: spend a certain number of hours a week walking track and he’d pass the P.E. requirement. Jerry honored the deal--he walked all those miles while reading books!

 

In a few years Jerry did what all the young men were doing in those days; he got married and moved out west. First to Tucson, then on to LA. Jerry’s and Esther’s three children were born. Jerry worked in two professional areas: acting (he was a member of SAG-AFTRA)—bit parts in soaps and film, a cast member in Jack Nicholson's “Goin’ South,” a one-man show of James Joyce—and engineering. He became a blueprint specialist, called on from the 1960’s until February of this year to work out solutions for old parts and new ones.

 

Jerry moved to La Crescenta after his wife of 54 years had died and friends of friends did some matchmaking with another lively and politically-concerned person, Edith Young, also widowed. The match was an instant success and to the end of their 12 years together both marveled at their great good fortune in having found a perfect partner in their autumn years.

 

The first time that Jerry went out on the line politically was in the 1950’s when he demonstrated against capital punishment. He was devoted to the Democratic Party, and loved working with an active club, helped new citizens register to vote, and tried to make meetings even when his health was slowing him down. Jerry was elected club president for the years of President Obama’s second term (2013 & 2014) when he could present good news to the Club every month.

 

He will be missed as a distinguished, kind, earnest, compassionate and intelligent leader. Edith’s daughter, Jenny, says Jerry was the best person she ever met!

 

Jerry is survived by his dear Edith, his daughter Erika, and sons Stephen (Laura) and Moss (Amy) and three grandchildren: Brooke, Justine and Aidan.