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.

Chalice Children's Circle

Elizabeth Brown, Religious Exploration Education Coordinator

Tuesday
May302017

June 2017

   

The RE program at UUCVH isn’t just about childcare for our wonderful children, but really it’s more about providing rich learning opportunities throughout the year that are both relevant and important to our children’s lives. While we do know the principles and they are an important part of the work we engage in, a lot of our focus is on how we care for others, how we work together and how we help to make our world a better place. The children this past month worked together to create “kid-friendly” sit-upons for our service for themselves and for any children who are guests to our congregation… they helped to create beautiful window boxes to decorate the inside of the church and they helped to create a tomato garden which we hope will provide us with an abundance of fruit that we can share with our beloved church members. As you can see we are busy, busy, busy.
 
This month we have shifted our focus a bit to celebrate our families specifically around mother’s day and father’s day to help us remember the important contributions our parents make to our families and our lives. We have also been talking a lot about the differences of our families and how though our families may be different there are a lot of similarities. Each family loves their children and each family loves their church. By dialoguing about differences and similarities, we foster acceptance of others, not just tolerance of differences. Last week we delved into the important topic of transgender individuals with the help of a crayon that was blue inside but had a red wrapper. Sometimes simple at first helps children understand the complex challenges in our current world.  I am happy to report the children were very able to understand the correlation of a crayon that felt different on the inside than it looked on the outside and how they identify themselves within their own families and communities. We are excited to see what is next on this journey we share together. 

Thursday
Mar302017

April 2017
This month we will be focusing on several ideas. We are excited that Spring has arrived, we will be talking about Women’s History Month, Earth Day and of course thinking about all the wonderful holidays these next few months.
 
We will be planting a new garden on the side of the church with both tomatoes and milkweed (butterfly plants) as a way to take care of our earth. If any member of the congregation would like to donate pots, plants, maybe a gift card to Armstrong’s that would be so greatly appreciated! We can’t wait to beautify our garden and give a little back to mother earth. 
 
We are looking for “special guests” to come down to the children’s service for between 10-15 minutes to share a story, help us with a craft or just spend time with the children. We are constantly looking for ways to include our adults in our children’s lives and we think this is a great start. Please feel free to check in with Elizabeth or any of the RE parents to let us know if you are interested.
 
Are you looking for ways to share the holidays of this season with your child?
 
Check out books at the library about Easter, Passover and the spring season
Plant flowers and veggies to share with friends and family
Talk with your children about what holidays are, which holidays your family celebrates and special traditions you may share
 
There are so many ways to welcome the season of change and growth! We look forward to sharing how we celebrate as the month moves on.
 
Happy Spring!
 
Warmly,
Elizabeth S. Brown
RE Coordinator
 

 

Wednesday
Nov302016

The RE Committee is  wishing everyone a very happy holiday! Attached is a wonderful link about teaching children about the variations of holidays around the world. One of the goals of the RE program at UUCVH is to support our children's acceptance of others and an understanding that their perspectives and truths may be different from others and that is ok!

 

Teaching your Children about the Different Holidays of the Season

by

Alaina Sullivan

 

https://www.care.com/c/stories/3663/teach-kids-about-different-holidays/

Monday
Oct312016

 

Children’s Religious Education

Elizabeth Brown

 

UUCVH is growing and we have more children attending church with their families than we have had in a long time! We are excited about this change and are hopeful that our congregation will help us to celebrate this growth by supporting the development and expansion of children's programming. In an effort to help connect our congregation to our children, we will be celebrating Universal Children's Day at our November 20th service. We are looking forward to finding ways to reminisce on our congregation’s childhood and celebrate the incredible (young) beings in our church! It will be a very special, and sort of different service, but one that will help us give our inner children the opportunity to come out and play! We hope you will join us :) 

In this newsletter we will be exploring what Universal Children's Day is and why it is so important for us to focus on our littlest citizens... after all they are truly our future.

The History of Universal Children’s Day 

Universal Children’s Day was first announced by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1954. Originally, there were 2 goals this day was to help achieve: to encourage children of all races, creeds and religions to spend time together, getting to know each other and appreciating each other’s differences, and to prompt governments worldwide to pay more attention to the welfare of their youngest citizens. Although Universal Children’s Day takes place on November 20th, each country that participates in the festivities has its own date set aside for this purpose—in South Sudan, for example, Children’s Day is celebrated on December 23rd, in Cuba on the third Sunday of July, and in Poland on June 1st. Since its establishment as a holiday, Universal Children’s Day has been tied to many different, honorable causes, such as the commitment to stopping HIV/AIDS by 2015. Another one of the goals Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of the United Nations aspires to reach is for every child to have access to an education and be able to attend school. Promoting peace, respect and concern for the environment among the world’s children are also considered to be of utmost importance.

How to Celebrate Universal Children’s Day

- Volunteer to read to a group of children at your local library

- Spend a bit of extra time with the special children in your lives

- Attend a service or celebration to learn more about what Universal Children's Day is all about

- Try something new with a child... go for a hike, connect with nature, take a short road trip

- Read information about current events in our world that are effecting children

- Donate to a cause that helps children worldwide and locally

- Take time to reflect on your childhood, what were some wonderful things, what were somethings you would change

- Contact someone in your life that made a difference in you growing up and thank them

There is so much you can do to celebrate the children in your life, but the most important thing is to advocate for their rights. We are a fast paced, independent society that often forgets to slow down and think about our children's needs. They will help to shape the future of our world... isn't it time to really shift our focus? 

Friday
Jan012016

 

 

Autumn is here! 

 We are excited to celebrate the changing of the seasons and thinking about the way in which many cultures and religions celebrate the holidays.  Below is a beautiful UU poem about Autumn arriving and the excitement of change… we will be reading this poem and other beautiful literature to our children as we shift into the next season. Meanwhile in the RE program, we have been working on our “7 Principles Book” where the children are welcome to draw, write or think about what the principles mean to them. It has been exciting to hear their ideas and their questions about the UU faith.

I am working closely with the RE committee and Rev. Gordon on our curriculum here at UUCVH! More information to come soon! Wishing everyone a wonderful month filled with warm jackets, warm drinks and the warmth that this season brings!

 Warmly,

Elizabeth S. Brown

RE Coordinator

 

AUTUMNAL WELCOMING

Autumnal Welcoming Opening

By Sarah Gettie McNeill

 

Come in, from the crisp morning air outside,

come in, wearing the autumn sunlight on your face,

come, carrying the turning of the seasons in your heart.

Whatever and however the greatness of life is speaking to you now,you are welcome here in our circle of friends.