Upcoming at UUVerdugo

This Saturday, June 15

The Verdugo HUUT! Presents: Once More Into the Breach!

Are we going to war again? Have we ever left? Our celebrated Hootenanny in the Hills draws performers and fans from the neighborhood and all over Los Angeles. This month's theme is Once More Into the Breach!—an evening of songs, readings, and related performance about war, which has proven fertile ground for all kinds of art (probably because of the blood). Whether you're for or agin' war, this month's HUUT will be filled as per usual with strong performances, good coffee, and fun surprises. Featuring Missy Lee, Andy McAllister, and Fogelfoot.

Sunday, June 16

Sunday Service: Who's Your Daddy?
Guest Speaker: Marty Barrett

The role of the father is constantly evolving. What may have been true of our grandfathers might not be true now. In this congregation-led Father's Day service, we invite attendees to bring stories of our fathers, both traditional and not so much, and consider what unites them.

10:30 a.m.

Sunday, June 23

Sunday Service: The Song of Isaac
Guest Speaker: Marty Barrett

The late, great Canadian troubadour Leonard Cohen penned one of the world's most evocative protest ballads, "The Song of Isaac," that set a high bar for a country's decision to go to war. A scholar and poet, Cohen drew the tune from the old Coventry Carol, which in turn was written about the Biblical Slaughter of the Innocents. We see how Cohen mixed "Old" Testament themes with some from the Gospels to write a Vietnam-era protest song that still resonates--if we let it--today.

10:30 a.m.


Sunday, June 30

Sunday Service: Words for Joy
Guest Speaker: Mary Madill

We all know words can have an emotional impact.  Different languages have words (such as “verklempt”) for emotions that are not described specifically in English.  Let’s share words—English and more--that bring joy and love into our lives. 

10:30 a.m.


In Theory: Do the origins of major religions have roots in peace-seeking anarchism?

Each month the L.A. Times family of newspapers asks a motley group of local church representatives to chime in with answers to a common question in their long-running In Theory column. UUVerdugo president Marty Barrett has been providing our In Theory responses since 2016.
Click here to see how Barrett and other churchmembers responded to this prompt:

An entry on Britannica.com says anarchy isn’t just a rejection of government but an effort to return human beings to an innate cooperative social order. Anarchists, the entry explains, “would argue that their denial of constitutions and governments leads not to ‘no justice’ but to the real justice inherent in the free development of human sociality — the natural inclination, when unfettered by laws, to live according to the principles and practice of mutual aid.”

Q. Do the world’s major religions reflect anarchistic aims to replace centralized governments with structures that would offer communal benefits and peace on Earth?


Pennyroyal Players Romp through Both the American Revolution And UUVerdugo

Politics matter to Unitarian Universalists, and we are unafraid to stand up for our beliefs, even if it means risking the wrath of our colonial oppressors, the fearsome British.

Last Sunday the UUVerdugo stage was graced by the Pennyroyal Players, directed by Anne Destabelle, center, who provided us with an hour of songs and recitations from the works of Abigail Adams to Francis Scott Key to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Employing traditional dress as well as a hybrid of modern and period instruments as well as dance, the Pennyroyal Players have presented accessible and engaging entertainment across the country for two decades.

(In addition to being a place of spritual searching and reflection, UUVerdugo keeps the lights on as a community center and fine performance space, too.)

If you would like to book the Pennyroyals, please contact Anne Destabelle by clicking here.


UUVerdugo Succumbs to Unitarian Chic for Stewardship Kickoff

While UUs tend to be an understated group of people, mild-manneredly keeping to themselves and not being ostentatious, sometimes the market requires them to put on the dog and be swankly in order to kick the annual fund drive into gear.

Here we see UUVerdugans in their Friendship Hall—normally the low-key preserve of powerful, urn-based coffee and potluck macaroni salad—chowing down on food not made by themselves or a family member.

As you can see, we wanted our first blog post to be something shocking.

That's our beloved 93-years-young Deane Phinney giving a pitch. I hope we went her home with some extra ravioli.

Special thanks to the team of Ann Kleinsasser, Florence Chase, and Linda Hunt for organzing the luncheon.


Raising Flags in Solidarity

As UUVerdugo grows, new visitors often tell us that until recently they had often driven by our church, not knowing that it was a church.

Rev. KC Slack has advocated for the posting of flags to let our community know that all are welcome here, whether for Sunday service (at 10:30, followed by a UU-standard coffee hour) or for our various community events.

Thanks to extra-handy Friends of UUVerdugo Steve and Alexis for help with the flagraising.

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