Upcoming at UUVerdugo

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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Thursday
Apr262018

May 2018

Dear Friends,

 

The evangelicals who helped to elect Donald Trump often employ the expression "God uses imperfect tools" to justify their decision. While in this case that excuse seems a desperate rationalization (and is very funny when paired with the idea of a "tool"), the concept is intriguing, isn't it? It suggests, like "any port in a storm" or "the cracks are what let the light in" that we can get at the truth from a number of unexpected angles.

 

In 1884 the British educator Edwin Abbott Abbott (I know what you're saying: If he was so educated, why did he have a redundant Abbott?) wrote the book "Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions." While it was written as an allegory of Victorian England, its applications have multiplied since its publication.

 

The book describes a 2-dimensional world, Flatland, and the adventures of narrator A Square. In Flatland, the appearance of a 3-dimensional object causes consternation and panic. The residents simply cannot conceive of a being (in this case, The Sphere) with another dimension. In fact, the residents at first interpret The Sphere as a circle. Similarly, when A Square descends to the 1-dimensional Lineland, he has trouble convincing its monarch of his own existence. Then, when A Square suggests to his pal The Sphere that there might be a fourth or even fifth dimension, well, you'd think that The Sphere would be more open-minded, but he scoffs at the idea. Later, A Square encounters the sole inhabitant of Pointland, who is such a narcissist that he believes all ideas spring from himself.

 

As an allegory of Victorian England, "Flatland" is wickedly funny. As an allegory of who we often are today, unaccepting of the possibility of something outside our own dimension (or safe space, or box, or comfort zone), even when presented with evidence and even when that evidence is put in action, it's damning.

 

I don't know what to do with that Tool in the White House but, in our ministerial search and the things we have to think of going forward, let's not dismiss truth when we hear it, no matter the imperfections of its source. I hope we can add a dimension or two to this congregation.

 

Yours,

 

Marty Barrett, Board President

 

 

 

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