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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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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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