Upcoming at UUVerdugo



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



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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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.

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