Upcoming at UUVerdugo

This Friday, July 20

The Verdugo HUUT! presents "beatlesque

7 p.m.

Our celebrated Hootenanny in the Hills brings L.A.'s finest musicians, storytellers, and comedians to our beautiful sanctuary for a night of music and laughs which the L.A. Times recently called "Hilarious!" and "A compelling experience."

This month's theme is "beatlesque" and, in addition to the delightful comedian Jackie Primrose Monahan, the HUUT! stage will feature David Kaufman, Carol McArthur, Deanna Neil, Mitchell Schaffer, Melissa McKinnon, Fogelfoot, Melinda Gibson, and Art Stucco—our biggest night yet. Not only that, but there will be prizes and beatlesque cookies!

And, for the first time, we will have childcare for tots from 2 to 12 (just let us know beforehand at 818-248-3954). See? It's getting so much better all the time.


Recommended donation: $10

The Verdugo HUUT! is a family-oriented show for audience members 12 and up.

Sunday, July 22

TMI—Too Much Information 

Guest Speaker: Rev. John Bloom-Ramirez  

10:30 a.m.

With Siri and Alexa at our beck and call, our lives are awash in information. It might even be too much. This sermon will explore the difference between information and wisdom, and some of the frameworks for making meaning out of the surplus of data in our lives.

Saturday, July 28: Monthly Movie Night  

"About Time(2013)

6:30 p.m.

This wonderful 2013 film by the creator of "Love Actually" is an unabashedly sentimental story about finding delight in everyday things if one is attractive, British, and financially stable.

Starring Rachel McAdams, Domhnall Gleeson, and the incomparable Bill Nighy.

This event—along with the popcorn!—is free, but donations are gratefully accepted.








Sunday, July 29

With Liberty And Justice for All

Guest Speaker: Rev. Betty Stapleford  

10:30 a.m.

We know those words as part of our United States pledge of allegiance. But what do they mean outside that context?  And what could they mean to us as Unitarian Universalists. Let's look a little deeper to see them without their flavor of patriotism.  They may just comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.

(Rev. Stapleford spent many years as UUVerdugo's minister and we are delighted to have her back, even for one Sunday.)

Sunday, August 5

Comfort Zone 

Guest Speaker: Cantor Deanna Neil  

10:30 a.m.

When there is loss or difficulty, how do we find comfort? And on the other end, when do we need to push ourselves outside of our comfort zones? Together we'll explore the aspects of comfort and consolation.

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Kiva is an online organization that takes donations from contributors and loans out that money to entrepreneurs in developing countries around the world. The loans are then paid back at an agreed upon rate, the money is credited to the contributor, who can then make another loan.  

Here are just a few of the people that have loans that we currently carry:

Scarleth Del Rosario is a 23-year-old student in law in Managua, Nicaragua. She is married and has one son. She is using the money from her loan to help her through the final stage of her education. When she starts practicing law following her graduation, she will be able to plan a better future for her son.

Vu is from Bac Ninh, Vietnam. She and her husband operate a carpentry shop and a farm. The loan she made is for the purchase of more wood to continue the carpentry work. She hopes to make a better life for her children by enlarging the supply of raw material for her shop. This is the second loan from Kiva, the first of which was paid back as promised.

Tengiz is from Khoni, in the country of Georgia. He owns a small farm where he grows kiwifruit. He also has a store selling goods to the people in his area. The loan that he took out has gone for the purchase of anti-parasite drugs to sell to local farmers. This loan was recently paid in full.

Another loan that was recently paid back is one made to Norma. Norma lives in Latacunga, Ecuador, where she and her husband own a brick-making shop. She used her loan to buy supplies to make concrete blocks. The demand for building materials is very high in her area, there is a high demand for the product.

This is just a few of the borrowers that your money is going to help people improve the lives for them and their families. Soon, we hope to improve more lives by continuing to loan out the money that is repaid from previous loans.

Jerry Buchanan, Chair, Social Action Circle

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