Upcoming at UUVerdugo

This Sunday, March 24

Sunday Service: Growing Together
Minister: Rev. KC Slack

We kick off UUVerdugo's annual stewardship campaign with an interactive, all-ages service about nurturing and growing together in community.
10:30 a.m.

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Tuesday, March 26

UUVerdugo Movie Night: Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 11/9"
Presented with the Canada Crescenta Democratic Club
“How much longer will we have a democracy (or if we even still do)? 'Fahrenheit 11/9' is ultimately Moore’s best film in years because its message is really simple and nonpartisan: get mad about something and do something about it.”
7 p.m./$5 donation

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Sunday, March 31

Sunday Service: Out There in the West
Minister: Rev. KC Slack



There are a lot of jokes about the culture and style of West Coast Unitarian Universalism, but what's the real story? We continue our series on UU History and Theology talking about the particular histories of Unitarians, Universalists, and Unitarian Universalists on the West Coast and in various areas of counter-culture.
10:30 a.m.
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Sunday, April 7

Sunday Service: Scientifically Speaking
Minister: Rev. KC Slack

We kick off UUVerdugo's annual stewardship campaign with an interactive, all-ages service about nurturing and growing together in community.
10:30 a.m.

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Sunday, April 7

The Pennyroyals Present "A Romp through the American Revolution"

 

The acclaimed Pennyroyals combine period compositions with traditional instruments (and dress) for a zesty history lesson set to music. Join us for a family-friendly afternoon of music and fun with snacks and a contest at intermission.
Show begins at 4 p.m./$5 donation
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Sunday, April 14

Sunday Service: My Prophet Proclaims My People, A Body.
Guest Speaker: Naia Al-Anbar

Activist Naia Al-Anbar, who helped get supplies and donations from this congregation to particularly vulnerable LGBT refugees at the boarder this past fall, will discuss the influence of Islam as a driving force to her organizing work, and how her particular upbringing as a Bedouin shaped that as well. 

10:30 a.m.

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Sunday, April 21

Sunday Service: Love Is Watching Someone Die
Minister: Rev. KC Slack

On this Easter Sunday, Rev. KC returns to their love of Mary, Mother of God, for what in a Christian church would likely be a Good Friday service. Join us as we wonder at what we might learn from the Easter story (even if we don't believe it) and consider the role of coping with death in the story and in our lives.

10:30 a.m.

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Sunday, April 28

Sunday Service: To Boldly Go
Guest Speaker: Amy Starbin

"Star Trek" has always been a thoughtful sci-fi franchise, from the original series' civil rights allegories to the New Agey musings of "The Next Generation" and beyond. Though Gene Roddenberry considered himself an atheist, the show's open-minded humanist worldview overlaps nicely with the seeking spirit of Unitarian Universalism. Join self-avowed Trekkie Amy Starbin on a brief exploration of how the Seven Principles "interface" with the ethics of Trek.  
10:30 a.m.

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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? 

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