Upcoming at UUVerdugo

This Sunday, March 24

Sunday Service: Growing Together
Minister: Rev. KC Slack

We kick off UUVerdugo's annual stewardship campaign with an interactive, all-ages service about nurturing and growing together in community.
10:30 a.m.

***

Tuesday, March 26

UUVerdugo Movie Night: Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 11/9"
Presented with the Canada Crescenta Democratic Club
“How much longer will we have a democracy (or if we even still do)? 'Fahrenheit 11/9' is ultimately Moore’s best film in years because its message is really simple and nonpartisan: get mad about something and do something about it.”
7 p.m./$5 donation

***

Sunday, March 31

Sunday Service: Out There in the West
Minister: Rev. KC Slack



There are a lot of jokes about the culture and style of West Coast Unitarian Universalism, but what's the real story? We continue our series on UU History and Theology talking about the particular histories of Unitarians, Universalists, and Unitarian Universalists on the West Coast and in various areas of counter-culture.
10:30 a.m.
***

Sunday, April 7

Sunday Service: Scientifically Speaking
Minister: Rev. KC Slack

We kick off UUVerdugo's annual stewardship campaign with an interactive, all-ages service about nurturing and growing together in community.
10:30 a.m.

***

Sunday, April 7

The Pennyroyals Present "A Romp through the American Revolution"

 

The acclaimed Pennyroyals combine period compositions with traditional instruments (and dress) for a zesty history lesson set to music. Join us for a family-friendly afternoon of music and fun with snacks and a contest at intermission.
Show begins at 4 p.m./$5 donation
***

Sunday, April 14

Sunday Service: My Prophet Proclaims My People, A Body.
Guest Speaker: Naia Al-Anbar

Activist Naia Al-Anbar, who helped get supplies and donations from this congregation to particularly vulnerable LGBT refugees at the boarder this past fall, will discuss the influence of Islam as a driving force to her organizing work, and how her particular upbringing as a Bedouin shaped that as well. 

10:30 a.m.

***

Sunday, April 21

Sunday Service: Love Is Watching Someone Die
Minister: Rev. KC Slack

On this Easter Sunday, Rev. KC returns to their love of Mary, Mother of God, for what in a Christian church would likely be a Good Friday service. Join us as we wonder at what we might learn from the Easter story (even if we don't believe it) and consider the role of coping with death in the story and in our lives.

10:30 a.m.

***

Sunday, April 28

Sunday Service: To Boldly Go
Guest Speaker: Amy Starbin

"Star Trek" has always been a thoughtful sci-fi franchise, from the original series' civil rights allegories to the New Agey musings of "The Next Generation" and beyond. Though Gene Roddenberry considered himself an atheist, the show's open-minded humanist worldview overlaps nicely with the seeking spirit of Unitarian Universalism. Join self-avowed Trekkie Amy Starbin on a brief exploration of how the Seven Principles "interface" with the ethics of Trek.  
10:30 a.m.

***
Main | May 2018 »
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.

Reader Comments

There are no comments for this journal entry. To create a new comment, use the form below.
Editor Permission Required
You must have editing permission for this entry in order to post comments.