Upcoming at UUVerdugo

This Sunday, June 24

Americans for Democratic Action 

Guest Speaker: Amanda Cotylo  

10:30 a.m.

UUVerdugo's Summer Sunday Speaker Series begins today! Join us each week as we feature old friends and new ones in our sturdy pulpit, each of whom approaches UU's Seven Principles from a different angle.

Founded in the 1940s, Americans for Democratic Action is a progressive organization that uses grassroots activism to support liberal causes. A target of then-Sen. Joseph McCarthy in 1953, the ADA made former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt its chairperson. ADA organizer Amanda Cotylo joins us to talk about the battle against complacency and the ways we as individuals can create change. She also brings a message of hope: Your vote matters. Ms. Cotylo will share tips for everyday activism as well as some enlightening war stories from the trenches of political campaigns.




Friday, June 29: Monthly Movie Night  

"The Birdcage" (1996)

6:30 p.m.

Pride month at UUVerdugo concludes with Mike Nichols' hilarious 1996 adaptation of Jean Poiret's play "La Cage Aux Folles." Starring Robin Williams and Nathan Lane, "The Birdcage" is set in Miami, where a gay cabaret owner and his drag queen companion agree to put up a false straight front so that their son can introduce them to his fiancée's right-wing moralistic parents.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, July 1

UUs And Patriotism

lay leader: Bonnie Keith

10:30 a.m.


As we approach our nation's 242nd birthday, we ask (once again) what it means to be patriotic. Does this change depending on where we live, who's in office, or how much money we're making? Was this nation always "under God" or just since 1954, when those words were added to the Pledge of Allegiance? How does love of country square with our 7 Principles? How do borders figure into an "interdependent web"? Join us for what will very likely be an alternately feisty and contemplative discussion.

Sunday, July 8

Heavenly Bodies

guest speaker: Rev. KC Slack

10:30 a.m.


In the course of our day-to-day lives we receive many messages about bodies, food, and morality. What effect do these messages have on our lives? How does body positivity connect with spirituality? And what might a deep commitment to the value of all bodies bring to our lives and our world? We will discuss the relationship between diet culture and eating disorders, and look toward healing relationships with our bodies.

Thursday, July 12: An Exclusive Test Screening  

"Disturber of the Peace: The Malcolm Boyd Film"

7 p.m.

As a Priest, Author, and Activist, the late Malcolm Boyd's remarkable personal journey traced the most volatile and important moments in America's cultural and spiritual evolution over the last 70 years.

From his early days as a Hollywood Producer (partners with the legendary Mary Pickford), to becoming the '60s radical "Coffeehouse Priest" and best-selling author, Malcolm's story weaves through the violent beginnings of the Freedom Movement, the contentious eruptions against the Vietnam War, and the ongoing struggle for social, income and marriage equality.

Now his compelling life is the focus of a feature-length film portrait. 

This film was produced with Malcolm Boyd's full participation by noted author and scholar Mark Thompson, and award-winning filmmaker Andrew Thomas. Among the many interviews contained in the documentary are the remembrances of Lily Tomlin, Peter Yarrow, and Holly Near.

Join UUVerdugo for this exclusive test screening, followed by a reception and Q&A with director Andrew Thomas.

Sunday, July 15

What a Wonderful World

guest speaker: Rev. Anne Felton-Hines

10:30 a.m.

Is it possible – or even wise? – to believe the world is wonderful, given all the turmoil and tragedies we see in the world around us, and may even be experiencing personally? Can we hear — even sing — Louis Armstrong’s wonderfully joyful song during these times?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 a couple of especially clever comedians, we'll have several L.A. artists performing either two Beatles' songs each or something equally beatlesque.

Recommended donation: $5

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

 

 

 

 

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
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Your First Visit FAQ

Member Ann Miller-Rillo Welcomes All!When do you meet?
Our weekly "church service" begins at 10:30 AM every Sunday. 

Where do you meet?
4451 Dunsmore Avenue in La Crescenta, CA. See our Map & Directions page.

What do I wear to church?
You are welcome to wear whatever makes you comfortable. "Business casual" is generally the norm here. For men, Dockers or jeans and a shirt with a collar (no tie) are common and women wear dresses or pants/jeans. Some prefer their "Sunday best" and that's great too. "Play clothes" for children is just fine!

Will I be pressured to join or to be "saved"?
No. In fact, people sometimes think we are being aloof because we don't approach our visitors as if we were selling used cars. We'll welcome you at the door. We'll send you our newsletter for a while. We'd be happy to have you join us, but we won't try to push ourselves onto you. We'll never pressure you to be saved, either. We don't believe in salvation by grace. That is where the "Universalist" part of "Unitarian-Universalists" comes in. You can read more about our approach on our Beliefs FAQ page.

Is there Children's Sunday School during church?
Yes.
 Our Youth Programing begins with our regular Sunday Service at 10:30 AM.  The first 15 minutes of the service is devoted to Inter-generational Family Time. Then, children and teens exit together to their own classroom activities.

For children who wish to remain in the service with their family, we provide each child with a "Kid Kit" of UU relevant coloring pages, crayons, activities & stickers in a take-home tote which engages and entertains them as needed.

How can an agnostic go to church?
By automobile, bicycle, or on foot.

Seriously, this is one of the things about us that puzzles people. Why would an agnostic (atheist, humanist...) go to church? We give people a place to explore and grow spiritually. We teach their children to respect all religions. We give people a chance to work for social justice in a group. An agnostic working alone would have a hard time feeding 120 homeless people. Finally, there is the social aspect. Even agnostics like potlucks.

Are you "the church that doesn't believe in anything"?
No. We believe in many things, among them the worth and dignity of every person. We don't all believe the same thing about the nature of God. This annoys, amuses and confuses Protestants, Catholics and Jews alike.

Will I be welcome?
Yes. We mean that welcoming statement on the Home page. Over the years UUCVH has grown our membership with people of every income level, every nationality, young and old, walking and wheeling, straight, lesbian and gay. We have members of many different heritages and cultures. We have engineers, carpenters, teachers, bakers, writers, artists, computer programmers, unemployed people, house wives, house husbands, lawyers, students and retired people. We welcome them all. We will welcome you.

Will I be welcome even if I'm gay or lesbian?
Yes. Our denomination is famous for welcoming people regardless of affectional orientation or gender indentity. Specifically, our UUCVH congregation has openly welcomed LGBTQs for decades. As of June 2013, we are now legally recognized by the UUA as a Welcoming Congregation! We celebrate and affirm our Welcoming status together as LGBTQs & Allies!   

What goes on during the worship services? UUCVH Sunday Service
A typical service lasts about an hour and includes a welcome greeting, Inter-generational Time, musical interludes with meditation/prayer, singing hymns, responsive readings, a main sermon message, and a closing benediction. After the Service, we share refreshments and conversation (with juices & snacks for the kids) in our Fellowship Hall.

Does your denomination have diverse beliefs?
Yes. Some grew up with orthodox faith; some come from unchurched backgrounds. Some of us are still Christian or Jewish. Some of us are "spiritual but not religious", secular humanists, agnostics or atheists. Some of us believe in earth-based or Pagan spirituality. Some of us are Buddhists. We all believe in the search for truth and a deeper meaning in life.

Where can I learn more?
For a thorough discussion, you can download our 56 page pdf titled "100 Questions Non-Members Ask About Unitarian Universalism".  For quicker answers, check out our Beliefs FAQ page.  Or, Email us anytime. Best yet, come check us out this Sunday!