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This Tuesday, October 15

  

Viewing Party: The Fourth Democratic Primary Debate


Join UU Verdugo, our community partner Crescenta Valley Indivisible, and your neighbors for a viewing party of the next Democratic debate, featuring the 12 candidates that made the most recent polling and financing cut.

Pizza and snacks will be on hand so please consider bringing a small cash donation, and please send your RSVP to Susan Pearson here, as seating is limited.

Doors open at 4:30 for a 5 p.m. live screening 

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This Saturday, October 19

The Verdugo HUUT! Presents GREETINGS from CREEPY CRESCENTA


Join your beloved Verdugo HUUT for an evening of new and returning performers singing spooky songs, intoning un-nerving tales, and filling the air with pumpkin spice and unease. Our 21st HUUT! features Lisa Finnie, Dylan Thomas, Tim Fleming, Marisol Barrett, Maria Alexander, Paul Perry, Jan Davidson, and players to be named later. In addition to the groovy music, stories, and surprises, you can always count on industrial-strength coffee, the challenging HUUT Kahoot Quiz, and another installment of Tales from El Tujungo.

Doors open at 6:45 for a 7 p.m. show/$10 donation

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Sunday, October 20

Sunday Service: We Matter Simply Because We Exist
Guest Speaker: Carol Pilkington


As a Spiritual Advisor, Minister, Speaker and Amazon Best-Selling Author specializing in grief, Carol Pilkington helps those in transition and/or experiencing loss, whether in the present or something unresolved from the past.  She helps clients move beyond grief so they can be more present to the life they are currently living. Today Carol talks about the concepts of holarchy, holism, and hierarchy--how they relate and differ, and how an understanding of them might help us process loss.

10:30 a.m.

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Sunday, October 27

Sunday Service: Picking Up the Pieces
Minister: Rev KC Slack


We revisit our broken plates in a continuation of our year-long ritual of healing and creation. In this multi-generational service, we will think creatively about how we sort through our ideas and experiences to decide what pieces we take with us into the future.

10:30 a.m.

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Oct022018

Believing What I Wanna Believe, But Leaving Room for Everything Else

Have you ever had the experience of learning something that everyone else already knew? I remember a beloved high school history teacher (he wasn't beloved at the time, but I sure appreciate him now) telling us, "Whenever you see a rule written down, whether it's The Code of Hammurabi or 'Thou Shalt Not Kill' or 'Keep Off the Grass,' you know that someone broke that law the day before."

Common sense, sure, but that was revelatory to me then! Thus today, the anniversary of Tom Petty's death, I think of a bit of universal wisdom that I first encountered in his 1979 song "Refugee" in which he threw away this line:

"You believe what you wanna believe."

That lyric sticks with me, and it resonates in my favorite tidbits of pop culture, such as The Grateful Dead letting us know that "One man gathers what another man spills," Paul Simon telling us that "a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest" and, what the hell, Sir Mix-a-Lot declaring "So they toss it, and leave it, but I pull up quick to retrieve it."

We place value on certain things and perhaps don't see the value in others. Furthermore, we are more inclined to believe certain things without evidence than we are to doubt certain things despite evidence, because we believe what we wanna believe.

Knowing that about myself, and therefore my tendency to look for as many angles as I can before making a decision, probably makes me an insufferable human being now and then. Sorry?

But, being firmly middle-aged, I also have the tendency to Worry About the World a lot more than I once did, and I see perils for my children where I didn't see them for Younger Me. I see the saturation of sinister or thoughtless media choices that threaten to overwhelm the unwary, making our natural inclination to believe what we wanna believe that much more difficult to check and balance.

I'd sure hate to think that my kids grit their teeth when I put on Tom Petty, but I also look forward to their thrill of recognition when they watch "Silence of the Lambs" in a few years and hear "American Girl" sung behind the wheel of a car, just like their dad did. (NB: I'm about a Size 14, too.)

And, as I switch on whatever suite of devices that inform my day, I do so with the knowledge that I believe what I wanna believe because of a lifetime of conditioning, relationships, education, triumphs, and setbacks. Regardless, I still tune in on whatever opposing viewpoint I can find, even if it hurts my eyes.

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