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This Saturday, July 20

Verdugo HUUT! #18: Bowie on the Moon



We can be heroes in our hootenanny in the hills! To celebrate both the 50th anniversary of the moon landing (July 20) and the release of David Bowie's "Space Oddity" (July 11), The Verdugo HUUT! is hosting an evening chock full o' starmen, spaceboys, and Major Tom. We may even see if there is life on Mars. The 18th Verdugo HUUT! will feature a larger bill than usual (like our Beatles show last July) and, as always, the evening will be light, friendly, compelling, and filled with coffee, snacks, and prizes. Starring  Tom Bishel, Carla Rudy, Carol McArthur, Mitchell Schaffer, David Kayfman,and other special guests TBA. Hosted by Marty Barrett.

Recommended donation: $10

Show begins at 7 p.m.

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Sunday, July 21

Sunday Service: Dreams ... Possible Or Impossible?
Congregation Leader: Celia Eiben

 

10:30 a.m.

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Sunday, July 28

Sunday Service: Why Are You A UU?
Congregation Leader: Ann Kleinsasser

 

“This feels like home” is the comment we often hear from people visiting our church for the first time.  Although we come from many different spiritual and religious backgrounds, something about Unitarian Universalism draws us together and inspires us.  Today we hear from several members of the congregation about their spiritual journeys and how those journeys brought them here.

10:30 a.m.

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Tuesday
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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