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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I’ve traveled the long and sometimes dusty highways and byways of our beautiful continent this past month.  The journey from New York City to La Crescenta has been one that took some twenty years in ministerial aspiration and resulted in my coming to UUCVH as your called minister.

I’ve decided to develop a month-by-month approach to our shared ministry for this coming year.  Id like to start with RELATIONSHIP as the topic for September.  We will look at the many types of relationships that congregational life cultivates.

We can look to ourselves and how we relate within the context of the self as unique beings amongst the billions.  From there, we will venture into our church family and the relationships we have and share here.

Next, we delve into denominational life, activities, UU values, mores, structures and how they affect our individual journeys.

The Adult RE on Building Your Own Theology will kick off on the 20th before church and our engaging World Religions will begin on the 22nd in the evening.  Both of these are natural to UU identities, both of these enlist and engage our UU principles and purposes.

Lastly, I want to take us into a critical analysis of our relationship to La Cresenta, Glendale, LA County and beyond if we make it that far.  What do we ultimately desire for our congregation?  How shall we draw closer to the peoples, cultures, and diversity of this beautiful community.

So, here is a quote that says a lot about how I am operating-

Empathy is the starting point for creating a community and taking action. It's the impetus for creating change. -- Max Carver

And, here is a quote for activating our bodies, mind and spirit-

In our religious tradition, it is not just ministers and religious professionals who have power to bless. Each of us has to bless another, and to bless the world. Therefore I invite everyone here to participate in this blessing. The words are ordinary words, but we make the blessing real through our shared intention.

In closing, Id like to seek your help -- for in order to do this work together we need to develop a paradigm that is open.

We are constituted so that simple acts of kindness, such as giving to charity or expressing gratitude, have a positive effect on our long-term moods. The key to the happy life, it seems, is the good life: a life with sustained relationships, challenging work, and connections to community. -- Paul Bloom

Dear Friends, let our lives together begin in earnest and let the love guide us in all we do!

In faith,
Rev. Gordon

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