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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UUverdugo Social Action Bulletin #2 March 2017

We are drifting there because nations are caught up with the drum major instinct.

"I must be first." "I must be supreme." "Our nation must rule the world."

And I am sad to say that the nation in which we live is the supreme culprit.

And I'm going to continue to say it to America, because

I love this country too much to see the drift that it has taken.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

from “The Drum Major Instinct,”

the sermon Gerald Rivers presented 2/12.

For full text click HERE 

For audio: www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBiFnDuCJIU 



The SA Circle is still collecting holiday cards to send to the St. Jude’s Ranch for Children greeting card recycling program.  A grocery bag for the cards is located on the Social Action table in Fellowship Hall. For more info on the program see: www.stjudesranch.org/contribute/recycled-card-program/


Our next collection will be wine corks, so, if you imbibe, drink up! 


Saturday Feb. 11 ten people from UUVerdugo toured the new exhibit about the Tuna Canyon Detention Station currently on display at the Japanese American National Museum.  The “Only the Oaks Remain” exhibit tells the story of the Detention Station that stood on the grounds of what is, for the moment, the Verdugo Hills Golf Course. Frances Kuraoka, whose father was detained for several months at Tuna Canyon, pointed out his name on the Honor Roll portion of the exhibit. Her face told the story of a sad, avoidable tragedy in our national history.  It seems that we haven’t learned the lessons of past tragedies as once again racism is being imposed by executive fiat.  “Only The Oaks Remain” will be on display at the JANM through April 9.  It can be viewed again this summer at Bolton Hall July 9 – August 9.  For more information see: www.tunacanyon.org



Frances Kuraoka points to her father’s name on the Tuna Canyon Honor Roll



Amy Starbin, knitter extraordinaire, is glad to make you a hat for marching! Pink hats were abundant at the recent Women’s March some members attended.  Amy is glad to make hats appropriate to up coming demonstrations.  You can find her contact info in the directory.                                                                                              

The Crescenta Valley Weekly is seeking letters to the editor in response to articles in the paper and happenings in our community.  This is a great way to reach people in our neighborhood.  Letters of 350 words or less should be submitted to the editor via email at robin@cvweekly.com


Measure H is on the March 7 ballot for L.A. County voters.  A “Yes” vote approves a new sales tax to raise money to address homelessness.

For more info on Measure H see:

www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-county-measure-h-campaign-20170214-story.html.   For info on how to find your polling place see:



United We Dream, the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the U.S. is providing online resources to deal with the immigration crackdown.  A card to keep by the phone, available in Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Spanish and English, as well as other useful tools are available at



Another UUVerdugo Social Action Fieldtrip is tentatively scheduled for Saturday May 6.  Plans are abrew to visit the Watts Towers Arts Center and have lunch at the nearby Watts Coffee House.  Watch this space for more details.

Learn about upcoming actions in our area and around the world by at https://www.resistancecalendar.org


JUUSTICE LA is a Facebook page for UUs and friends to connect with ideas, updates and actions for social justice. See: www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=juustice%20la


White People for Racial Justice is encouraging participation in series of workshops on Black Radical Thought. For info: www.facebook.com/WhitePeople4RacialJusticeSGV/




Sundays: March 19,  April 9,  May 21

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