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.



The HUUT Is A Hit!

Thank you for your continued patronage of the Verdugo HUUT! Here are a few pictures from the May 18 show, our 16th.

Group selfie with host Marty Barrett

The wonderful Carol McArthur with Matt Margucci

Alex Acevedo with Matt Margucci

Mitchell Schaffer, the hardest-working musician in Los Angeles


Sunland superstar Art Stucco with Matt Margucci




This Saturday's Verdugo HUUT!: I Gave My Love A [Redacted]

For every song about muskrat love there are at least 12,000 more about breaking up. This week at the HUUT we will feature a very high quality fraction of them.

Our 16th Verdugo HUUT! (pronounced "hoot" because of, you know, Unitarians) takes a dark, exciting, and (hopeful?) turn as we devote the evening to music, comedy, and other performance about breaking up. Whether you are happily coupled, tripled, or quadrupled, mournful about the loss of that imperfect someone, or guardedly relieved that that's over, join us for an exuberant evening of songs, stories, and snacks as we tackle this subject in the HUUT's inimitable style. Featuring HUUT favorites Art Stucco, Carol McArthur, Mitchell Schaffer, and Fogelfoot.


Getting By with a Little Help from "Los Aliens"

We have so many intriguing people in our church: artists' models, bookkeepers, piano teachers, actual rocket scientists... add to that our own Amy Starbin, who is returning to filmmaking on her own terms with this sweet little calling card known as "Los Aliens," a story about immigrants from different zip codes doin' it for themselves.

The film will star young Ramona Lopez, who is also a star at UUVerdugo. There is a crowdfunding page for this special film that you can find here

Amy was also the screenwriter for the delightful and inclusive/transgressive (core UU values) film "Kelly And Cal," starring Juliette Lewis and filmed in Amy's native upstate New York.



Our first YUUth Game Night Ends in Puzzles, Fluxx

The adult experience at church is often different from a child's experience, which is why churches, regardless of faith, often see a demographic dropoff between 18 and 30, when those children raised in the tradition come back with their own kids. To soften this divide, UUVerdugo has begun hosting its YUUth Game Night (we try to get a little UU in everything around here), and our first foray, featuring Fluxx, puzzles, and other games, was an intergenerational success.

Thanks to Board Vice President Cindy Lopez, Religious Education Coordinator Elizabeth Schenck, and R.E. Committee Chair April Younglove for hosting, and for the families from neighboring churches who braved the wilds of mysterious La Crescenta to attend. We'll let you know when the next one is!

(Note: We opted not to post pictures of the actual YUUth, just in case you were wondering if the people in these photos looked a little too experienced to be kids.)


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?