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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December 2017

Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!"

-Charles Dickens

 

Kindness is a mark of faith, and whoever has not kindness has not faith.

 

- Prophet Muhammad

 

Chanukah is about the spark of the divine in all of us made in God's image.

-Suzanne Fields



The Winter Solstice is the time of ending and beginning, a powerful time -- a time to contemplate your immortality. A time to forgive, to be forgiven, and to make a fresh start. A time to awaken.

 

-Frederick Lenz

 

I celebrate the spirit of Christmas. It's the winter solstice celebration, rebirth and new possibilities.

 

-Ian Astbury

 

Holidays, economic frenzies, over consumption and the end of another year; here we go again…

 

-Gordon Clay Bailey

 

Each year, December brings a month filled with holidays, celebrations complete with a variety of gift giving traditions, and—to the glee of students and educators alike—school vacations. Before we fully engage this season Id like to suggest that we look closely at the traditions we hold near and dear.  How about discussing with your family and friends the rituals across cultural holiday traditions and most importantly the ways you as a family group celebrate them.

 

In what ways does holiday gift giving and merry making figure in the popular imagination through great literature that is re-read and performed year after year?

Trace your own traditions especially the practice of gift giving and big celebratory dinners.  Consider if common themes and elements can be found within the different spiritual traditions that form your on theology and make your connections to Unitarian Universalism richer, deeper, more meaningful.

 

As the holiday season has all ready engulfed us, we often find our world speeding faster past us. There just doesn't seem to be enough time in the months, weeks and days from Halloween to New Years Eve for all that we have to do. We are trying to keep up with decorating, shopping, parties, and end of the year meetings, purchases that are on sale.  We try to keep up with the gift giving to family, friends and neighbors. We are so swamped with everything, that we often don't take the time for the true spiritual meaning of the holiday season.

 

So here is a little exercise, write down your affirmations or guidelines for what you want this season to be about. You can write it on a post-it note or an index card. Place it where you can see it. Place it on your bathroom mirror or in your wallet.

 

Examine what motivates you this season. Is it about keeping up with your gift giving friends? Is it about trying to out compete with them? Or, is it about bringing service and light to others? Is it about trying to make every persons party? Or. Is it about visiting someone that you haven't seen in some time? Is it about eating and drinking more, until you feel wasted? Or, is it about your quest for a deeper meaning in your values? Only you can examine this.

 

Work to control things that you can. In life their are things that you can control and those you can't. Focus on what you can. You can control binge eating and drinking. You can control arguments and bad language. You can control charity towards those in need. You can control over spending. You can control visiting a lonely family member, friend or neighbor.

 

For some, this is the loneliest time of the year. Look around you.  Are we missing a church member that hasn’t been seen in a while?   Has a friend or someone in your circle recently lost a loved one?  Maybe a divorce or breakup was in someone we know life recently?  Please do your best to seek them out and spend some time with them. Invite them over or take them shopping. Plan something that is constructive with them. If a person lives far away, pick up your phone and give them a call or at least try a text or message on Facebook.

 

Look for the good all around your life. Many people brace for the holidays, when they might be better off embracing the holiday season. Sometimes the smallest good can shine through to liven up your spiritual meaning of the season. You just have to look for it.  You might even need to give yourself a nudge?

 

Finally, take some time for yourself. Get away from everything for a few hours by yourself. Pick a place and time just for you. Schedule a block of time for your mind. Find a place to just relax and enjoy yourself. For some, it might be a few quiet moments in meditation. For others, it might be a stroll through the woods. This time, for yourself, will give you the opportunity to focus on the spiritual meaning of the holiday season.  So, here to a season filled with light and love.  May it be so for each of us!

 

Best of the season to us all,

 

Rev Gordon Clay Bailey