Upcoming at UUVerdugo

This Friday, August 17

The Verdugo HUUT! Presents ROAD SONGS

Join us for our monthly hootenanny in the hills, featuring L.A.'s most engaging musicians, comedians, and storytellers. Gracing our stage this month are HUUT favorites Carol McArthur and Art Stuccco as well as folk circuit legend Raspin Stuwart in his first Verdugo HUUT appearance. 

7 p.m.

 

Sunday, August 19

GVRO (Gun Violence Restraining Order)

Guest Speaker: Rev. Heather Richman

10:30 a.m.

A brief informational presentation about California’s Red Flag Law or the Gun Violence Restrainer Order (GVRO). The law is being utilized in several states, has received wide support from varied policy groups, and has been successful in deterring tragedy.

Hear from Heather Richman (Howard & Terry’s eldest daughter) and Moms Demand Action volunteer, about how this law works and how you can use it in your community. 

Tuesday, August 21

Roy Zimmerman Presents RiZe Up!

7 p.m.

10:30 a.m.

Sunday, August 26

Fact or Fake: Sifting Truth From Fiction 

Guest Speaker: James Underdown

10:30 a.m.

In this age of allegations of “fake news,” viral posts on social media, and increasingly polarized public opinion, how do we decide what to believe?  How do we avoid the echo chamber effect of listening only to those we agree with?  What are some of the ways we all get things wrong?  James Underdown, Executive Director of the Center for Inquiry-Los Angeles and contributor to Skeptical Inquirer and Free Inquiry magazines, will explore these questions this morning.

 

Tuesday
Apr012014

Social Justice Ministry

Members of the Social Action Circle address our Unitarian Universalist principles by researching and proposing humanitarian projects in which the congregation may become involved. Those principles include the promotion of justice, equity and compassion in human relations; and respect for the interdependent web of all existence.

Some Ongoing Projects:

Collecting and donating food, clothing and personal care items to the Burbank Temporary Aid Center (BTAC), a vital “aid station” for those in need.

Contributing financially to the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, a voluntary, nonsectarian organization working to advance justice throughout the world.

Participating in the "Alliance for the Care of Abused Children" program of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, where we provide individualized holiday and birthday gifts for specific children who may have little or no family contacts.

Sponsoring the “Feel Like a Princess” event through the San Fernando Valley Chapter of the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services, which helps young women with few financial resources prepare for their proms.

Supporting and volunteering in children’s education, including School On Wheels and Reading to Kids.

Educating the congregation on legislative actions/ballot measures that specifically relate to UU principles; writing letters to add to our congregation’s voice about issues that affect us.  

Unitarian Universalists are dedicated to living our faith and practicing what we preach.

Working for civil rights and combating oppression are essential parts of our spiritual journey. Our faith community has worked for justice for hundreds of years, from advocating for free speech and the free practice of religion as far back as the fifteen hundreds to helping to abolish slavery and supporting women’s rights beginning in the eighteen hundreds.

We continue to work for justice today in ways that resonate with our Principles, from protecting our environment to standing up for the full rights of bisexual, gay, lesbian, and transgender people. While we cannot always take action on every issue that arises, we do our best to make our congregations, our communities, our denomination, and our world a better place.

Our Unitarian Universalist commitment to social justice fuels our advocacy for comprehensive sexuality education; economic justice; environmental justice; equality for bisexual, gay, lesbian, and transgender (BGLT) people and their families; gender equality; immigrant rights; and other important causes which Unitarian Universalists and UUA congregations support.