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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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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