Upcoming at UUVerdugo

This Saturday, December 15

UUVerdugo Movie Night!

"It's A Wonderful Life" (1946)


Bring the family for the greatest Christmas movie that isn't "Love Actually." Watch 1940s Encino stand in for the fictitious Bedford Falls, New York, as our hero, George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) learns that "no man is a failure who has friends." Will we be giving out wings? No, but we will be giving out pizza.

An informal poll around the sanctuary reveals that, though many have seen part of this wonderful movie, not everyone has seen all of it. Friends, it's worth it. See Drew Barrymore's grand-uncle! See what happened to Alfalfa! Meet the original Ernie & Bert! Swallow the moon!

Trigger warning: This film looks askance at librarians and garlic eaters.

5 p.m.

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Sunday, December 16

Weekly Service: Sol Invictus or: The Dark Days Are Over

Guest Speaker: Marty Barrett


The celebration of Sol Invictus (The Unconquered Sun) began before Christ and lingers as a wintertime event commemorating the strengthening Sun after a period of increased darkness.

Join us as we discuss the ancient pedigree of Sol Invictus and the ageless appeal of rebirth in such a cold time.

Note: We have incorporated the Sol Invictus theme for this Friday's Verdugo HUUT, too! Why not come to both?

10:30 a.m.

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Friday, December 21

The Verdugo HUUT! Presents: Sol Invictus

Join us for our monthly Hootenanny in the Hills, our final HUUT of the year. We've been lucky to have hosted so many of L.A.'s best musicians, comedians, and storytellers this year, and the Sol Invictus show will feature the jubilant Madame Headdress, Fogelfoot, and players to be named later.

Why fight your way into Hollywood for your holiday entertainment when L.A.'s best entertainers come here? Especially since the failing L.A. Times just called us hilarious and compelling?

That settles it. You'll come here.

We provide low-cost, licensed childcare for kids over two. Contact Elizabeth Brown by December 14 if you're interested.

7 p.m.

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Sunday, December 23

Weekly Service: What Mary Said

Rev. KC Slack

Known by many names—The Blessed Virgin; Mary, Mother of God; Qānitah; Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe; sayyidatuna; The Queen of Heaven—Mary, a young Jewish girl from Nazareth, became an important figure not only in Catholicism, but in Protestant Christianities, Islam, and in many individuals' spiritual practices.

What does the story of Mary—her life and her own words in so far as we know them—have to tell us today? 

10:30 a.m.

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Monday, December 24

Candlelight Christmas Eve

Rev. KC Slack


Join us for a candlelight service of music and storytelling as we celebrate Christmas Eve together.

7 p.m.

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Sunday, December 30

Weekly Service: Visions for the Future

Lay Leaders: Ann Kleinsasser and Madeline Dow


At the close of the year, we gather downstairs in the round for connection, sharing, warmth and community.

This is a good time to take stock of our congregational life and reaffirm why we are here. What is our vision and purpose as a congregation? What hopes and dreams do you have for our community as we move forward into a new year.  How can we support these hopes and dreams? Come and share your thoughts.

10:30 a.m.

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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!