Upcoming at UUVerdugo

This Friday, July 20

The Verdugo HUUT! presents "beatlesque

7 p.m.

Our celebrated Hootenanny in the Hills brings L.A.'s finest musicians, storytellers, and comedians to our beautiful sanctuary for a night of music and laughs which the L.A. Times recently called "Hilarious!" and "A compelling experience."

This month's theme is "beatlesque" and, in addition to the delightful comedian Jackie Primrose Monahan, the HUUT! stage will feature David Kaufman, Carol McArthur, Deanna Neil, Mitchell Schaffer, Melissa McKinnon, Fogelfoot, Melinda Gibson, and Art Stucco—our biggest night yet. Not only that, but there will be prizes and beatlesque cookies!

And, for the first time, we will have childcare for tots from 2 to 12 (just let us know beforehand at 818-248-3954). See? It's getting so much better all the time.


Recommended donation: $10

The Verdugo HUUT! is a family-oriented show for audience members 12 and up.

Sunday, July 22

TMI—Too Much Information 

Guest Speaker: Rev. John Bloom-Ramirez  

10:30 a.m.

With Siri and Alexa at our beck and call, our lives are awash in information. It might even be too much. This sermon will explore the difference between information and wisdom, and some of the frameworks for making meaning out of the surplus of data in our lives.

Saturday, July 28: Monthly Movie Night  

"About Time(2013)

6:30 p.m.

This wonderful 2013 film by the creator of "Love Actually" is an unabashedly sentimental story about finding delight in everyday things if one is attractive, British, and financially stable.

Starring Rachel McAdams, Domhnall Gleeson, and the incomparable Bill Nighy.

This event—along with the popcorn!—is free, but donations are gratefully accepted.








Sunday, July 29

With Liberty And Justice for All

Guest Speaker: Rev. Betty Stapleford  

10:30 a.m.

We know those words as part of our United States pledge of allegiance. But what do they mean outside that context?  And what could they mean to us as Unitarian Universalists. Let's look a little deeper to see them without their flavor of patriotism.  They may just comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.

(Rev. Stapleford spent many years as UUVerdugo's minister and we are delighted to have her back, even for one Sunday.)

Sunday, August 5

Comfort Zone 

Guest Speaker: Cantor Deanna Neil  

10:30 a.m.

When there is loss or difficulty, how do we find comfort? And on the other end, when do we need to push ourselves outside of our comfort zones? Together we'll explore the aspects of comfort and consolation.

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Living into the Covenantal Community

Greetings to my members and friends of the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Verdugo Hills.  I’m almost there!  I’ve been pondering many things about our future together; most of all how to have the very best relationship with you that is humanly possible.

Despite the fact that Unitarian Universalist (UU) worship’s roots are in Protestant Christian liturgical traditions and practice, there is a critical difference between the meaning of UU worship, and membership, and the meaning understood by other traditions with Protestant identities.  This is even greater if you come from another Christian sect, religion or no faith at all.  It is a difference between worship experience founded on covenant and worship founded on creeds. This distinction is critical to our free faith, and answers basic questions about why we choose to be UU – and, most importantly, why you are a member and friend of UUCVH.

This is my first of many letters to you all.  This is my first attempt to set the stage for right relationship henceforward and I feel it is really important to get started on the right foot.  This congregation called me and I am so honored.  I heard a clarion call and in that understanding, I felt a strong pull to take us to a new place.  Not one that we wouldn’t know or understand but one in which our collective abilities to engage this community and the larger Unitarian Universalist world in a dialog of love and pursuit of action, justice, peace, covenant and right relationship.

Who we are as individuals and as a congregation shall be revealed to you and me as we take steps toward a new beginning.  Who are you, within your community when you gather on Sunday morning or Saturday afternoon, or Wednesday night, or any of the other times that we gather? Who are you, as a religious body? And, who are we yet to become?

These are some questions that a closer look at our vision statement, mission, and covenantal contract will help us ascertain, answer, and articulate in positive ways. For, as the biblical prophet once said, “Without a vision, then the people will perish.” It is also true that if you don’t know where you’re going, then any road will take you there.  Without knowing why we bother to gather, and to be a community, this congregation could one day be in danger of ceasing to exist, or of merely replicating the local university’s continuing education program, or the local debating society, or the local country club.

If we don’t know who we are as individual Unitarian Universalists forward progress is difficult. One of the keys is knowing who you are as a member of this congregation and denomination, and then living into the collective UUCVH vision for our faith community.  That, in part, is what makes us different.  It helps to differentiate us from the countless other religious options.  It makes us special and even more relevant in these times.

I believe in us: you and me.  Lisa and I are on our way to be part of your beautiful community.  One in which Unitarian Universalist values, morés and actions direct our feet toward the ultimate goals of creating spiritually rewarding worship experiences, beloved community and world peace.  I guess I have lofty goals in mind for us.  I hope you do too.

I expect to be in place and announcing office hours very soon.  Check our website and Facebook pages, as I will begin to share thoughts and ideas with the community very soon.

I am totally excited about our new ministry and journey together.  I trust you are too!  Get ready everyone; we’ve got a lot to do!

In peace and love,

Rev. Gordon Clay Bailey

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