Upcoming at UUVerdugo

This Saturday, June 15

The Verdugo HUUT! Presents: Once More Into the Breach!

Are we going to war again? Have we ever left? Our celebrated Hootenanny in the Hills draws performers and fans from the neighborhood and all over Los Angeles. This month's theme is Once More Into the Breach!—an evening of songs, readings, and related performance about war, which has proven fertile ground for all kinds of art (probably because of the blood). Whether you're for or agin' war, this month's HUUT will be filled as per usual with strong performances, good coffee, and fun surprises. Featuring Missy Lee, Andy McAllister, and Fogelfoot.
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Sunday, June 16

Sunday Service: Who's Your Daddy?
Guest Speaker: Marty Barrett


The role of the father is constantly evolving. What may have been true of our grandfathers might not be true now. In this congregation-led Father's Day service, we invite attendees to bring stories of our fathers, both traditional and not so much, and consider what unites them.


10:30 a.m.

Sunday, June 23

Sunday Service: The Song of Isaac
Guest Speaker: Marty Barrett


The late, great Canadian troubadour Leonard Cohen penned one of the world's most evocative protest ballads, "The Song of Isaac," that set a high bar for a country's decision to go to war. A scholar and poet, Cohen drew the tune from the old Coventry Carol, which in turn was written about the Biblical Slaughter of the Innocents. We see how Cohen mixed "Old" Testament themes with some from the Gospels to write a Vietnam-era protest song that still resonates--if we let it--today.


10:30 a.m.

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Sunday, June 30

Sunday Service: Words for Joy
Guest Speaker: Mary Madill

We all know words can have an emotional impact.  Different languages have words (such as “verklempt”) for emotions that are not described specifically in English.  Let’s share words—English and more--that bring joy and love into our lives. 


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!