Schedule

CURRENT:

Theme Peace

  • 12/24/15  Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City, CA, 10:30 am. Worship: Candlelight Christmas Eve Service
  • 12/13/15  Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City, CA, 10:30 am. Worship: TBD
  • 12/06/15  Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City, CA, 10:30 am. Worship: TBD

Theme Gratitude

  • 11/15/15  Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City, CA, 10:30 am. Retreat Worship: TBD
  • 11/08/15  Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City, CA, 10:30 am. Worship: Diwali: A Celebration of Gratitude. It is said that gratitude is the highest form of prayer. In Hindu tradition gratitude for life’s many blessings can be expressed in many different ways. Join us for this special service in honor of Diwali, which will include an Ingathering of UUFRC’s newest members. UUFRC’s House Band will be performing.
  • 11/01/15  Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City, CA, 10:30 am. Worship: Multigenerational Day of the Dead Service.  TBD

Theme Vocation

  • 10/18/15  Unitarian Universalist Church of San Mateo, CA, 10:00 am.  Worship: TBD
  • 10/11/15  Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City, CA, 10:30 am. Worship: “When Destiny Deceives” It’s not uncommon to set off on a path, convinced it is our “destiny” – only to question or condemn it later. This Columbus Day weekend we explore the devastating impact of the Doctrine of Discovery, which forever changed our world.
  • 10/04/15  Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City, CA, 10:30 am. Worship: “Voice Still and Small?” It is said that work feeds the body, but vocation feeds the heart! What is your life telling you about what you are called to do in this world? And what does intersectionality have to do with it? Join us for this inspirational service, enriched by UUFRC’s Choir . Today’s Committee Spotlight will be presented by the Auction Taskforce.

Theme Unity

  • 09/27/15  Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City, CA, 10:30 am. Worship: “We Covenant Together” . This Sunday, the Jewish celebration of Sukkhot invites a reflection on the role of covenant in that tradition, and in Unitarian Universalism, as a form of shelter. This service will be followed at noon by a Sharing Circle – an opportunity to reflect on the month’s theme of “Unity”. (Share the Plate Beneficiary: RCEF)
  • 09/20/15  Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City, CA, 10:30 am. Worship: “Voices United” Whether or not you play an instrument, read music, dance, compose, or even know what you’re listening to, chances are you have had an experience of being deeply moved by music. Join us, as we explore such experiences and invite new ones. (This service will include an installation of RE Teachers.)
  • 09/13/15  Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City, CA, 10:30 am. Worship: “Multigenerational Water Communion Ceremony” . Water is essential to life and is potent spiritual symbol. We start off the new church year with a water communion ceremony and teacher installation. Please bring a few drops of water to this service.

SEPTEMBER 2014-JUNE 2015

  • 06/14/15 Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City, CA, 10:30 am. Worship: “Flower Communion”
  • 06/07/15 Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City, CA, 10:30 am. Worship: “Let’s Talk About Sex”
    05/24/15 Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City, CA, 10:30 am. Worship: “Transcending Thoughts”
    05/03/15 Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City, CA, 10:30 am. Worship: “Spirit Fire”
    04/19/15  Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City, CA, 10:30 am. Worship: “Dismantling Privilege”.  “Justice for all” is one of the guiding principles of this faith tradition. How are the barriers of racism, sexism and classism perpetuated through unexamined privilege? Join us for this exploration of ethics and accountability.  Today’s service will include an Ingathering Ceremony for UUFRC’s newest members, and a Committee Spotlight by Roosevelt Tutoring.
  •  04/012/15  Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City, CA, 10:30 am. Worship: “Urgent Evolution: Earth, Economics & the Call to Consciousness”.  This “auction item” service (inspired by Veronica Palmer) will draw attention to the connection between today’s environmental crisis, the construct of economics, the need for transformation and the power of liberal religious community.  UUFRC’s House Band will be performing; UUSC will be the Share the Plate beneficiary.
  • 04/05/15  Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City, CA, 10:30 am. Worship:  “Yearning For Renewal” This Easter Sunday service will weave together a skit and musical performance of “Kore”, as well as reflections on the complexity, beauty and transformational potential of the Easter Story.
  • 03/29/15 Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City, CA, 10:30 am. Worship: “Breaking Bad: Tales of Tough Love”.  Religious history is replete with stories of brokenness transformed through love. But it’s not always so easy to know what is broken, what love should look like, or what else might be involved in transformation. Join us for this exploration of “tough love”.
  • 03/08/15 Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City, CA, 10:30 am. Worship: “Where The Light Comes In”.  When cracks begin to appear in the landscape of our lives, in our relationships, hopes and world views, it can be tempting to hide them and do a quick patch-job. It can feel scary to face these vulnerabilities and, even more-so, to reveal them to others. Today we’ll hear three perspectives on brokenness and the path to healing.  (This service will be followed by a heart-centered “Sharing Circle” in the back lounge room.) 
  • 03/01/15 Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City, CA, 10:30 am. Worship: “Holy Reciprocity, Batman!”  We bring our hopes and dreams to one another in this community, our our yearnings and growing edges, seeking spiritual nourishment and inspiration – even as we contribute to it. Join us for this celebration of values-driven reciprocity!
  • 02/15/15 Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City, CA, 10:30 am. Worship: When Less is More – A multigenerational Service.  Christian observance of Lent during the 40 days before Easter draws attention to the benefits of creativity, celebration wild abandon and careful choices about what to let go of in order to make room for something more important!
  • 02/08/15 Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City, CA, 10:30 am. Worship: Love, Loss and Other Blessings.  Join us for this year’s version of the UUFRC tradition of having John Anning interview our minister about her spiritual journey, challenges and insights, as well as her vision for this community.  UUFRC’s fabulous House Band will be performing.
  • 01/11/15  Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City, CA, 10:30 am. Worship:  “Beyond Just Us”.   The Who, What, When, Where and Why of Justice! (Followed by Town Hall Meeting)
  • 01/04/15 Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City, CA, 10:30 am. Worship:  “And Justice For All”.  Justice is commonly defined as a moral imperative, the state of being “fair”, “equal”, “Impartial”, “right”, “righteous” or “correct”. What’s involved in achieving that state and how do we know it when we see it? Join us as we review concepts of justice through history and within the Unitarian Universalist context today.
  • 12/24/14  Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City, CA, 7 pm. Worship: Christmas Eve Service
  • 12/21/14  Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City, CA, 10:30 am. Worship:  Holiday Pagaent
  • 12/07/14  Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City, CA, 10:30 am. Worship: (Hope) Winged Hope.  Beyond any other specifics, HOPE is what’s conveyed through our words – whether spoken or sung, handwritten typed, or converted into binary code. Join us for this exploration of the joys and challenges of communication!
  • 11/23/14  Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City, CA, 10:30 am. Worship: “Faithing Forward”
  • 11/14/14  Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City, CA, Congregational Retreat Vespers Service & Sunday Worship in Aptos, CA.  Sermon:  “Shirk Ethic”, “Let This Be A Sign”
  • 11/02/14  Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City, CA, 10:30 am. Worship:  (Faith)  “May the Circle Be Unbroken”.  The never-ending circle of life is woven of beginnings and endings. Celebrate this mystery in multigenerational community, by bringing along a photo or memento for our altars dedicated to the circle of life.  
  • 10/19/14  Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City, CA, 10:30 am. Worship:   “Living with Dying”. The seasonal changes we notice this time of year draw attention to the often much-less-visible, deeply personal experiences of change, loss and grief uniting us throughout time and space.  Join us for this thoughtful celebration of Life as it is, was, and can be.
  • 10/12/14  Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City, CA, 10:30 am. Worship:  “Sweet Surrender?”.   The idea and practice of surrender is lifted up by the world’s religious traditions as essential to spiritual growth.  In reality, surrender has challenged saints, sages, and cynics throughout time.  (Share the Plate Sunday to benefit the UUFRC Minister’s Discretionary Fund)
  • 10/05/14  Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City, CA, 10:30 am. Worship:  (Letting Go/Death)  “Precious Time”.  Human imagination has long wrestled with the mysterious nature of time and the fact that we “only have so much of it” – inspiring a variety of religious responses (from fear to joyful anticipation) as well as blockbuster movies! What’s a UU to do?
  • 09/21/14  Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City, CA, 10:30 am. Worship:  “Try Teshuvah (Repentence)”  Jewish tradition urges annual reflection upon the ways in which one’s personal values have been brought to life in the year past, as well as conscious attempts to repent and atone for those deeds that fell short.  This is considered a holy obligation, at the same time both deeply serious and joyful.   Join us as we honor this and all traditions supporting right relationship within and among us. (This service will include an Installation Ceremony for the 2014-2015 Board of Trustees) 
  • 09/14/14  Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City, CA, 10:30 am. Worship:  “Fresh Start”  Forgiveness is a common religious theme: a precious gift when received, a healing balm when granted, and quite often an extremely hard path to walk. As we move into the beginning of this new “Shared Ministry”, bringing our full selves to one another, what role might forgiveness play in bringing our most treasured values to life?
  • 09/09/14  Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City, CA, 10:30 am.  Worship:  (Forgiveness) “Multigenerational Water Communion Service”  Water is a vital source of life, forgiving and yet powerful in its own right. It is a “unifying” element, ripe with symbolism to nurture the spirit, challenge, inspire and connect us. Designed for all ages, this worship service invites you to bring along a few drops of water that you have blessed with your own gratitude for the stream of life in which you stand, as well as your commitment to protect all water sources. Which one or two words might you speak aloud to express your gratitude for life, your commitment to water itself, and to the eternal truths it represents?

JANUARY 2014 –  JULY 2014

  • 07/27/14  Unitarian Universalist Church of Shelter Rock, NY, 10:30 am Worship:  Salvation Translation
  • 06/15/14   Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, 10:30 am Worship:  “Connecting the Dots”.  This month marks the end of four years of shared ministry! What accomplishments can we celebrate? What might the future hold? Today we’ll be sharing our reflections, our hopes, as well as a leave-taking covenant. (This is Rev. Stefanie’s last Sunday in the pulpit.) 
  • 06/08/14   Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, 10:30 am Worship:  “Invictus”.  The unfolding of our lives depends greatly upon circumstances beyond our control. And yet, for many, there is a deep-rooted conviction that it is possible to be “master of one’s fate”.  What do you think of that? What do you bring to life’s challenges? What, if anything, helps you feel that you are “captain of your soul”? (This topic is dedicated to Don Williams.)
  • 05/25/14   Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, 10:30 am Worship: “Beyond Prop 8: Sacred Embodiment” (A Knowledge Equality Project Service)  How do the bodies we are born into affect the way we move in the world? Why are gender and sexuality considered justice issues?
  • 05/18/14   Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, 10:30 am Worship:  “The Sacred Circle – Alchemical Fire ”  Since the earliest times people have gathered in sacred circles to honor the earth, the movements of the stars, the wheel of the seasons, and the circle of life – seeking to connect with healing and empowerment. And they are still doing so!   Today you are invited to bring a small object representing one of the following for the altar: earth, air, fire, water.  You are also encouraged to bring rattles or drums! 
  • 04/20/14  Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, 10:30 am Worship:  “Life Eternal”.  This week’s Jewish and Christian celebrations of Passover and Easter draw attention to some interesting aspects of freedom.  Join us for this celebratory worship service.
  • 04/06/14   Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, 10:30 am Worship:  “The Write Stuff”.  Freedom can be found in blank pages, as well as in pages filled with the written word.  Today’s service in celebration of the Knowledge Equality Project celebrates literacy!
  • 03/16/14   Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, 10:30 am Worship: “Life’s Currency” (or the “Sermon on the Amount”).  The spiritual practice of stewardship can bring to light some surprising dynamics and opportunities!  What are your most enriching values?  What is your life’s currency? 03/02/14   Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, 10:30 am Worship:  “Who Are Our Neighbors?”  Intercultural competency is a critical part of living out UU values and creating Beloved Community.  (This service will include a New Member Welcome Ceremony.)
  • 02/23/14  Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin, 10:30 Worship:  Knowledge Equality
  • 02/10/14  Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, 10:30 am Worship: How do you know what you know about how to live?  Throughout time religious leaders have sought to answer these questions, and they’ve done so with mixed results.  Today we’ll explore some of the resultant errors and insights.
  • 02/03/14  Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, 10:30 am Worship: Unitarian Universalism has a complex history with and relationship to religious authority, and much of that has to do with the written word!  What might that history have to do with your life, with this congregation’s mission, and some of the challenges faced by our neighbors in the Santa Clarita Valley?  (on literacy)
  • 01/19/14  Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, 10:30 am Worship:  “Clothed in Flesh”.  Walt Whitman equated the human body with a “great poem”, celebrating all its forms and natural drives – to the outrage of those whose religious teachings consider it a source of shame.   Today’s service offers a religiously grounded “body-positive” message.
  • 01/11/14  William S. Hart Park Hall, Newhall, CA, 2:00 pm.  Celebration of Life – Elliott McGrew
  • 01/5/14  Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, 10:30 am Worship:  “The Spark of Creation”.  Every culture has its own stories of how the physical world came into being, and how living creatures came to possess their unique qualities.  One of the unique qualities of human beings is “creativity”.  Today we explore and celebrate human creativity!

SEPTEMBER – DECEMBER 2013:

  • 12/22/13  Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, 10:30 am Worship:  “Intergenerational Solstice & Christmas Holiday Celebration”
  • 12/08/13  Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, 10:30 am Worship:  “Circling Around God”.  What words do you use to define or address the great mysteries around your life circles?  This service will lift up the words that mystics and poets have used to describe their experience of (or longing for) what they call God.
  • 11/17/13   Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, 10:30 am Worship: “Lift Every Voice”.  Every person has a voice and each voice is needed and welcome.  Third Sunday beneficiary:  UUMN
  • 11/03/13  Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, 10:30 am Worship: The Fifth Principle”.  Unitarian Universalism links freedom with responsibility.  This service explores democratic process within our religious traditions, our congregations, and within society.  This service will include an Installation Ceremony for the Board of Trustees.
  • 11/02/13  Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society, PSWD SFV Cluster Revival:  The Breath of God
  • 10/13/13  Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, 10:30 am Worship: “Hidden Evil:  The New Jim Crow”  Incarceration is one response to society’s ills – considered a tool and sign of justice.  What if, instead, it serves to uphold a racial caste system?  UUs across the country are grappling with this moral issue.  (This service will be followed by a New2UU session.)
  • 10/06/13  Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, 10:30 am Worship: “Duty and the Beast”  Human beings who commit evil acts are often described as “beasts”.  Today’s service honors the relationship between humans and (other) animals, examining concepts of evil.  Bring along a photo or memento of an animal for our altar.
  • 10/05/13  Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, 10:30 am Retreat:  “Covenant of Care”.   Ideally, beloved community is a place where we learn to trut one another with our joys and sorrows.  Where we recognize our need for one another, as well as honor the gifts we each bring.  Have you ever been in need of care during a time of illness/upheaveal?  What was it like to ask for help or to receive it?  Have you been a caregiver for someone else?  Would you like to help strengthen this beloved community’s ability to care for it’s members?  (Please RSVP by 10/01)
  • 09/23/13  PSWD  UUMA Chapter, Palos Verdes, CA:  “Where’s the Awe” Retreat
  • 09/22/13  Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, 10:30 am Worship: “Agua Precioso – An Intergenerational Water Communion Ingathering Service”.  In celebration of the diversity and unity of this beloved community please bring along a few drops of water representing a place or experience you had with water.
  • 09/15/13  Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, 10:30 am Worship: “To See and Be Seen”  The human desire to be “seen” (in all our pain and glory) clearly inspired the world’s sacred teachings.  What might it mean today, given technological advances, and this community’s mission)?

January 2013-July 2013

  • 07/07/13 Unitarian Universalist Meeting of South Berkshire, “Salvation Translation”
  • 06/23/13 Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, 10:30 am Worship: “Potpourri Service”. Shared religious exploration provokes not only new perspectives but also new questions! This service will celebrate both – weaving together responses to the questions you were invited to submit! Intrigued? Invite a friend!
  • 06/16/13 Unitarian Univeralist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, 10:30 am Worship: The Hero With a Thousand Faces. Every culture has its “hero” stories. What might these stories teach us of truth and meaning? What are the qualities of a hero? Bring along a photo of your hero for the altar! (3rd Sunday Charity: Senior Center)
  • 05/19/13 (Truth) Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, 10:30 am Worship: Here Lies the Truth. Unitarian Universalism asks each person to reflect deeply upon accumulated teachings and personal experiences, so as to build a life of integrity. Along the way, both lies and truths are to be discovered and told. (This service will include a new member welcome ceremony!) (3rd Sunday Charity: UUofSCV Leadership Development Fund)
  • 05/05/13 (Truth) Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, 10:30 am Worship: The Myth of Truth or The Truth of Myth. Today’s service, kicking off the monthly theme of TRUTH, focuses on the relationship between metaphor, mythology, religion, science, truth and fact, asking the questions: “what story needs to be told; what story can you live with”?
  • 04/21/13 (Salvation) Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, 10:30 am Worship: Tending the Garden – An Earth Day Flower Communion Service (with Lynn Plembeck and Dawn Schmaling). The 7th UU Principle affirms life’s interdependence and our responsibility to appreciate, protect and nurture this earth. This service, in honor of the 43rd Earth Day, will include a Flower Communion. Please bring a cut flower or two from your garden.
  • 04/07/13 (Salvation) Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, 10:30 am Worship: Salvation Translation. Salvation is something we all need – no matter how strong, smart or saavy we are; no matter how independent or resplendent. It’s also something we can give to one another.
  • 03/31/13 (Letting Go) Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, 10:30 am Worship: To Rise Again – A UU Easter Sunday Celebration
  • 03/24/13 First UU Church, Los Angeles. Blessings at the Installation of Rev. Rick Hoyt.
  • 03/03/13 (Letting Go) Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, 10:30 am Worship: Leggo My Ego
  • 02/17/13 (Prayer) Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, 10:30 am Worship: “When Prayer Isn’t Enough”. While prayer can be an empowering response to life’s challenges, there are times when it is not enough. This service is dedicated to the right and responsibility to defend, protect and nurture “inherent worth and dignity” (including your own) – and will be followed by an anti-bullying presentation.
  • 02/03/13 (Prayer) Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, 10:30 am Worship: “Pray Tell”. Prayer is a powerful and empowering expression of human experience and yearning, expressed in more ways than you might think!
  • 01/27/13 (Grace) Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, 10:30 am Worship: “Amazing Grace”. Grace is generally understood as those events we have not created, which are beneficial to us. Today’s service celebrates our ability and responsibility to be sources of Grace to others!
  • 01/12/13, Unitarian Universalist Church of Studio City, 10:00, “SFV Cluster Worship Associates Training Retreat”
  • 01/0/13, (Grace) Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, 10:30 am Worship: “Will & Grace”. Do human beings have “free will”? If so, why do we so often choose poorly? If not, what of moral accountability? What might all of this have to do with “grace”? This service examines what theology and the sciences of philosophy, psychology, neurology have to say about “free will” – offering a hopeful Unitarian Universalist perspective.

September 2012 – December 2012

  • 12/30/12. (Peace) Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, 10:30 am Worship: “Go Now In Peace”. How have you experienced peace, or the lack thereof, during this year? Bring your reflections to this special year-end service.
  • 12/09/12. (Peace) Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, 10:30 am Worship: “Speaking of Peace”. As a universal goal, both personally and collectively, experiencing Peace has always been a challenge. This service explores the timeless yearning for peace, as it is expressed and can be accessed in the December holidays of Chanukah, Solstice and Christmas!
  • 12/06/12. Mira’s Malibu. The Gift of Peace: an afternoon of ritual, reflection, sharing and intention setting to help you bring your best self to the winter holiday season.
  • 12/02/12. (Peace) Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, 10:30 am Worship: Chaos Theory & Peace Practice”. This service will be followed by a presentation and book discussion, led by UU peace activist and author, Inge Kuenkler Etzbach.
  • 11/18/12. (Gratitude) Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, 10:30 am Worship: In Awe & Gratitude! This celebratory service is inspired and co-led by UUofSCV’s teens! Third Sunday Offering to benefit the Minister’s Discretionary Fund (allowing our Minister to discretely offer financial assistance to members in need).
  • 11/07/12. PSWD SFV Cluster Vespers, Unitarian Universalist Church of Verdugo Hills. Worship: “Chutzpah & Humility: The Next 4 Years”.
  • 11/04/12. (Gratitude) Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, 10:30 am Worship: “The Body Electric”. If it is true that we are spiritual beings in physical form, what might that tell us about the ways in which we should be relating to our bodies? What other messages might we be getting from the society in which we live, and how can we better celebrate and protect the gift of our unique lives? (Be sure to turn your clock back one hour Saturday night!)
    • 10/21/12. (Vocation) Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, 10:30 am Worship: “Living the Life You Love “. Each person is said to have a “vocation” or “calling” – a gift they are uniquely suited to bring to the world. Figuring out what that might be and how to best make use of it can be quite a challenge. But when it happens – look out! Join us for this Sunday’s exploration and celebration of VOCATION.
    • 10/07/12. (Vocation) Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, 10:30 am Worship: “Teaching Moments”. In celebration of this month’s theme of “vocation”, today we celebrate all those whose passion, joy, knowledge and skill guide them to serve as teachers. Invite someone who has taught you a thing or two, or bring along a photo for the altar. This service will include a Teacher’s Dedication Ceremony!
    • 09/16/12. (Unity) Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, 10:30 am Worship: Language plays an important part in our ability to connect with ideas and experiences. Invite a friend for this special service honoring the Jewish New Year and the liberal religious tradition that makes this a possibility here. This service will be followed by a New2UU Session in the sanctuary.
      Today’s Third Sunday Offering will benefit: UUofSCV’s new Outreach Team.
    • 09/09/12. (Unity) Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, 10:30 am Worship: United We Stand: Unity is defined as the act, state or quality of wholeness and harmony achieved through the joining together of different parts. It is a goal of individuals and nations, politicians, comedians and mystics alike!
  • September 2011-August 2012

    • 07/08/12. Unitarian Universalist Meeting of South Berkshire, MA, 10:30 am Worship: A Happy Coincidence
    • 06/22/12. UUA General Assembly, Phoenix, AZ. Workshop: The Reluctant Activist.
    • 06/10/12. Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, 10:30 am Worship: “Potpourri” service. Previously submitted questions on UU history, theology, values, activism, spirituality, ministry, etc. will be answered today!
    • 06/03/12. Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, 10:30 am Worship: Being a Welcoming Congregation.
    • 05/20/12 (Transcedence), Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, Worship: “The Great Turning”. The social and environmental challenges facing this and future generations require a radical shift in our understandings of the world and our place in it. Join us, as we explore the hopeful vision of what eco-feminist Joanna Macy calls The Great Turning.
    • 05/06/12 (Transcendence), Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, Worship: “Transcending Thoughts”. Invite a friend for this celebration of the wisdom, the lives and poetry of American transcendentalists

    MAY: submit your questions about UU history, theology, values, activism, spirituality, ministry, etc. to Rev. Stefanie or the Committee on Shared Ministry by 20th. Then come to the 06/10 worship service to hear responses at the Potpourri ervice!

    • 04/15/12 (Transformation), Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, Worship: “Transforming Thoughts”. Transforming one’s life and community takes a lot of courage and insight. It involves a vision of something toward which to strive, as well as a willingness to apply resources in a spirit of trust and gratitude! (on money as tool of transformation)
    • 04/08/12 (Transformation), Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, Worship: “Intergenerational Flower Communion Sunday”. Invite friends of all ages to this special UU service celebrating Springtime stories of transformation and the beauty and transformative power of life’s diversity! Bring along a cut flower for the Flower Communion.
    • 03/18/12 (Brokeness), Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, Worship: “There is a Balm”. The quest to heal that which feels broken within us, to face our imperfections or disappointments is a timeless one – reflected powerfully in poems, songs, silence and stories, proving that it is possible not only to survive but to thrive!(This service will be followed by a New2UU session open which is a requirement of membership but is open to all! Childcare provided)03/04/12 (Brokenness), Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, Worship: “Speaking of Sin”. While many religious traditions value and strive for perfection, it’s clear that human beings generally have a hard time living up to that standard! This service will explore the history and impact of “sin”, offering an empowering Unitarian Universalist perspective.
    • 02/25/12, Sydney, Australia. Circle of Love Ceremony for Sophie Rose Laufer Robertson.
    • 02/12/12, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Conejo Valley, Worship 9:15 & 11:00 am: “A Happy Coincidence”
    • 02/05/12 (Love), Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, Worship: “Ten Years and Counting”. Love and dedication gave birth to this congregation ten years ago, nurturing it, challenging and inspiring it, ever since. Come celebrate UUofSCV’s 10th birthday! Bring your stories of the past, your vision and blessings for the future.
    • 02/01/12, PSWD SFV Cluster Vespers, Unitarian Universalist Church of Studio City, Worship: “Celebrating Congregational Milestones”.
    • 01/22/12 (Justice), Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, Worship: “Beyond Just Us” – The who, what, when, where, how and why of Justice
    • 12/24/11, Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, 7:00 pm, Worship: Intergenerational UU Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
    • 12/04/11, Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley. Worship: (Hope) “Occupy Hope”. This service invites reflection upon Hope, as it is generated through the songs, symbols and celebrations of the season; through stories both of acts of Divine and, especially these days, human.
    • 11/20/11,Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, Worship: (Faith) “Faithing Around the Deep Well”. Faith is most often spoken of as a Belief one either has or doesn’t have. What does it mean within the Unitarian Universalist context? What does it mean to you? Join us as we celebrate individual and collective “Faithing”! (This service will include a New Member Recognition Ceremony)
    • 11/13/11, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Kern County, Bakersfield, Worship: “In Praise of Faith”. UUs have a complicated relationship with Faith. What is it? What does it mean to be a People of Faith?
    • 11/06/11,Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, Worship: (Faith) “Creeds and other Deeds”. Unitarian Universalism is set apart as a “creed-less faith”. What’s the history around that and why is it important? This month’s theme of “Faith” inspires reflections on early Christian history as a way to better understand, claim and protect the gift of Unitarian Universalism.
    • 10/26/11, PSWD SFV Cluster Vespers, Sepulveda UU Society, North Hills, Worship: “When the Spirit Says Shirk”
    • 10/16/11, Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, Worship: (Death) The Apocalypse and You(u). Human imagination has long wrestled with the mysterious nature of time and the fact that we “only have so much of it” – inspiring a variety of religious responses (from fear to joyful anticipation) as well as blockbuster movies! What’s a UU to do?
    • 10/09/11, Pacific Unitarian Universalist Church, Palos Verdes, Worship: “Living with Dying”. “Living with Dying”. The seasonal changes we notice this time of year draw attention to the often much-less-visible, deeply personal experiences of change, loss and grief uniting us throughout time and space. All ages welcome for this thoughtful celebration of Life it is, was, and can be.
    • 10/08/11, Monte Vista Unitarian Universalist Church, Leadership Retreat
    • 10/02/11, Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, Worship: (Death) “Living with Dying”. The seasonal changes we notice this time of year draw attention to the often much-less-visible, deeply personal experiences of change, loss and grief uniting us throughout time and space. All ages welcome for this thoughtful celebration of Life it is, was, and can be.
    • 09/26/11, PSWD UU Minister’s Association, Welcoming Worship
    • 09/25/11, Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, Worship: Wade In the Water. Forgiveness heals both those who forgive and those who are forgiven. An important, frequently overlooked element of forgiveness has to do with our ability to forgive ourselves.09/25/11, Unitarian Universalist Church of Los Angeles, Ordination: Tera Little
    • 09/18/11, Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, Worship Host for Rev. Jim Grant: The Healing Of All Our Wounds. Forgiveness heals both those who forgive and those who are forgiven. An important, frequently overlooked element of forgiveness has to do with our ability to forgive ourselves.
    • 09/11/11, Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, Worship: Since 2001. Forgiveness is a common religious theme: a precious gift when received, a healing balm when granted, and quite often an extremely hard path to walk. On this tenth anniversary of the horrific events of 09/11 we explore aspects of such deeply personal journeys.

    September 2010 – August 2011

    • 08/27/11, Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita – Board Retreat
    • 07/10/11, Unitarian Universalists of South Berkshire, Great Barrington, MA. Worship: TBD
    • 06/26/11, Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita, Worship Support for speaker Sean Gabe
    • 06/12/11, Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, Worship: “Potpourri”. This special service is a creative response to an assortment of questions submitted by YOU! Find out what other folks are curious about, and how those questions might connect with your own.
    • 06/05/11, Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, Worship: “Sacred Spaces”. The world is filled with places designated as “sacred”. Some of them are visually stunning examples of human ingenuity or folly. Others are quite ordinary – recognizable only to few. What makes a place sacred, and why are such places important?
    • 05/21/11, Neighborhood UU Church, PSWD District Assembly, Workshop: “The Reluctant Activist” (see notes on workshop page)
    • 05/15/11, Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, Worship: “The Reluctant Activist”. Unitarian Universalists recognize and take seriously their responsibility to the wider world. And yet, balancing those needs with one’s personal life (time, finances, physical abilities, relationships, etc.) can be a real challenge. This service offers practical insights into this confounding dynamic, and encouragement towards authentic, meaningful and sustainable engagement with the world.
    • 05/11/11, Emerson UU Church of Canoga Park, SVF Cluster Valley Vespers Worship: Photo-Ministry. We hear a lot about congregational ministry, community ministry, youth ministry and social justice ministry. But what about the ministry that is deeply personal, manifesting in each moment, as a snap-shot of our values? That’s what this homily is about!
    • 05/08/11, Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica, Worship: Family Matters (Mother’s Day)
    • 05/01/11, Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, Worship: Pondering Prayer. As part of the National Day of Prayer people of all Faiths will be joining together this week to pray on behalf of this nation and it’s leaders. While prayer has long been considered a potent spiritual practice in many religious traditions, understandings of “what it is”, “what it means”, and “what effect it has” can differ radically. What might it mean for you, as a Unitarian Universalist? (This service will include a welcome ceremony for UUofSCV’s newest members!)
    • 04/24/11, Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, Worship: Yearning for Renewal – A Flower Communion Service. Spring is all about renewal! During this special service all ages are invited to explore the ways in which different traditions express their yearning for renewal and what those expressions say about their value systems. This service will include a “Flower Communion” – so bring along a few cut flowers to represent the beauty of YOUR yearning!
    • 04/09/11, SFV Cluster Leadership Day: Honing Leadership Skills. Sepulveda UU Society, North Hills. 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • 04/03/11, Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, Worship: To Give and Receive. Membership in liberal religious community involves a willingness to understand and honor life’s gifts of reciprocity. Join us for this special service celebrating UUofSCV’s newest members and the spiritual practice of giving and receiving.
    • 03/13/11, Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, Worship: Family Matters. Family is less about “how” we’re connected genetically, than about “that” we’re connecting! Join us as we explore and rededicate ourselves to the gifts and challenges of family. Please be sure to attend the after-service Forum on behalf of this congregation as a place of spiritual enrichment for people of all ages. (Followed by a Forum on Religious Education)
    • 03/06/11, Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, Worship: “When Less is More”.The upcoming Christian season of Lent (beginning on Wednesday) invites a practice of mindfulness that can be truly enriching to Unitarian Universalists seeking to create space for spiritual depth in their individual and collectives lives.
    • 02/27/11, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Kern County, Bakersfield, CA. Worship: Family Matters. Family is less about “how” we’re connected genetically, than about “that” we’re connecting! Join us as we explore and rededicate ourselves to the gifts and challenges of family.
    • 02/20/11, Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita valley, Worship: Judging A Book. We can learn a lot from books and from people! This service is in honor of Black History Month and the UUofSCV Book Fair, offering insights into some of the lessons offered by popular African American authors. (3rd Sunday offering)
    • 02/13/11, Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Monica, Installation of Rev. Rebecca Rajswasser Bijur
    • 02/06/11, Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, Worship: Friend In Deed. Friendship is one of the most complex (and often longest-lasting) kind of relationship we humans have. Invite your BFF, buddy, pal or chum for this celebration of Friendship!
    • 01/30/11, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Kern County, Bakersfield, CA. Worship: Touchstone of Truth- In Celebration of Personal Integrity. Inter-personal relationships are as fraught with challenges as they are essential. What of the duty we owe to the “voice still and small” within? Join us as we take a closer look at the power of Covenant to heal and transform our individual lives and our communities.
    • 01/26/11, Sepulveda UU Church of Studio City, SVF Cluster Valley Vespers Worship: Let This Be A Sign. (On Covenant)
    • 01/23/11, Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita valley, Worship: And Justice for All…? Justice is commonly defined as a moral imperative, the state of being “fair”, “equal”, “impartial”, ”right”, “righteous” or “correct”. What’s involved in achieving that state, and how do we know it when we see it? Join us as we review concepts of justice through history and within the Unitarian Universalist context.
    • 01/15/11, Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, Learning Circle: Membership Integration. The path from curious passer-by to engaged, inspired, and committed UUofSCV member is paved with the careful anticipation and support of all those who are already on that path! Please RSVP to Rev. Stefanie by Jan. 9th to participate in this opportunity to strengthen and expand the gift of membership in this religious community.
    • 01/09/11, Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, Worship: Holy Habit. Our actions can either prevent or foster our spiritual growth. Start the new year with an exploration of the spiritual dimensions of “habits”. (Followed by a training for Spiritual Reflections Facilitators)
    • 12/19/10, Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, Worship: An Intergenerational Winter Holiday Service. Unitarian Universalism recognizes the wisdom and joy of the Jewish celebration of Chanukah, the Pagan celebration of Solstice, and the christian celebration of Christmas! (Third Sunday collection to benefit deBenneville Pines WATERWORKS Campaign)
    • 12/18/10, Malibu, CA, Solstice-by-the-Sea Celebration
    • 12/05/10, Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, Forum on Congregational Financial Health
    • 12/05/10, Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, Worship: The Soul of Money (Part II of Taboo Talk Series) Money has long been considered a divider of humanity, separating those who have it from those who don’t. It’s also been a means by which to express our highest values and make a difference in the world. Join us as we explore the spiritual side of money.
    • 11/21/10, Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, Worship: Creative Maladjustment (A UUSC “Guest at Your Table” service). Adjusting to life’s changing circumstances can be a powerful spiritual path. But what if “adjusting” is part of what’s keeping us, as individuals and as a species, from growing into our highest potential?
    • 11/07/10, Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, UU History Orientation
    • 11/07/10, Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, Worship: Reclaiming Passionate Moderation (First in the Taboo Talk series). Figuring out what is required of us as a religious people is tough, especially in a world marked by extremist perspectives. What’s the connection between religion and politics? What might the role of Unitarian Universalism be in navigating our freedoms and responsibilities?
    • 10/31/10, South Bay Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Redondo Beach, Worship: Reclaiming Passionate Moderation
    • 10/27/10, Sepulveda UU Society, North Hills, SVF Cluster Valley Vespers Worship: Back to Basics. On the Protestant Reformation and today’s focus on political reform.
    • 10/24/10, Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, Identity Forum
    • 10/10/10, Sydney, Australia, Wedding: Jason Laufer & Robbie Robertson
    • 10/03/10, Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, Worship: On Winged Words I Fly
    • 09/29/10, UUMA Retreat, Mary & Joseph Retreat Center, Palos Verdes. Morning Worship
    • 09/26/10, Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Paula, Worship: On Winged Words I Fly… Giving expression to our deepest thoughts and feelings is a universal yearning. So is being able to wander through the gardens and deserts of each other’s minds and hearts. Language (and technology) can either get in the way, or make it possible! Join us for an exploration of some of the vehicles for human expression.
    • 09/25/10, Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society, clergy participant in Memorial Service for Rev. Paul Sawyer (2 pm)
    • 09/19/10, Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, Worship: The Geography of Bliss: An Ingathering “Water Communion” Sunday. Join us, as we explore the varied landscapes of “happiness” and celebrate homecoming to this beloved community! Please bring along a few drops of water from a place or time that has inspired your happiness.
    • 09/05/10, Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley, Worship: Who Am I & Who Are We?The yearning and struggle to figure out who we are as individuals, and as part of a greater whole, are timeless elements of human experience – and they are capable of inspiring a wide range of responses. As we enter into relationship with one another in this new church year, let’s explore the gifts and challenges of identity-building.

    September 2009 – August 2010:

    • PSWIRL 2010 (August 23-28). Theme Speaker: “There But For The Grace Of…” With so much pain in the world, how can we move from gratitude (and/or guilt) at our own good fortune – to generous engagement with justice making? If you recognize the first step as “not looking away”, please join us for this inspiring, healing, and empowering exploration of some of the harsher realities of our shared existence.
    • 06/27/10, Unitarian Universalist Church of Verdugo Hills, Worship Associate for Speaker Evan Gerstmann on the subject of Marriage Equality
    • 06/20/10, Unitarian Universalist Church of Verdugo Hills, Worship: A Father of Nations. Bring along a photo or memento of your father (or other important male role model) as we look at the legacy of the man who is said to be the father of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
    • 06/13/10 Unitarian Universalist Church of Verdugo Hills, Worship: Spirituali-Tease. The quest for spiritual growth and enrichment can seem quite elusive! And yet, most forms of spiritual practice fall into a few basic categories found in various religious traditions. Join us as we take a closer look at these spiritually transformational paths.
    • 06/06/10, First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles, Worship: Spirituali-Tease. The quest for spiritual growth and enrichment can seem quite elusive! And yet, most forms of spiritual practice fall into a few basic categories found in various religious traditions. In the wake of last weekend’s nation-wide immigration reform mobilization in Phoenix, join us as we take a closer look at the relationship between these spiritually transformational paths and what they can mean to us.
    • 05/23/10, Unitarian Universalist Church of Verdugo Hills, Worship: On Winged Words I Fly! Giving expression to our deepest thoughts and feelings is a universal yearning. So is being able to wander through the gardens and deserts of each other’s minds and hearts. Language can either get in the way, or make it possible! Join us on Pentecost Sunday for an exploration of the role of language, and other vehicles for human expression.

    This service will be followed by a whirlwind tour of the history that has shaped Unitarian Universalism! (All are welcome!)

    • 05/19/10, Studio City, CA. SVF Cluster Valley Vespers Worship: Redeeming Change. Inspired by an unlikely source, this pastoral homily explores the dichotomy of change: the fact that we fear it, even as we appreciate our ability/responsibility to instigate it. It suggests that there is a relationship between change and redemption, and that the latter is achieved as we learn to link change with compassion, forgiveness, and trust (whether change is thrust upon us, or self-stylized).
    • 05/16/10, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Kern County, Bakersfield, Worship: On Winged Words I Fly! Giving expression to our deepest thoughts and feelings is a universal yearning. So is being able to wander through the gardens and deserts of each other’s minds and hearts. Language can either get in the way, or make it possible! Join us for an exploration of the role of language, and other vehicles for human expression.
    • 05/09/10, Unitarian Univeralist Church of Verdugo Hills, Worship: Of Mothers & Others. The faces of motherhood are wide and varied, but the challenges moms face are universal! Bring along a photo or memento of your mother (or anyone who has ever mothered you) for this cross-cultural celebration of motherhood (and of those who make it possible).
    • 04/18/10, Unitarian Universalist Church of Verdugo Hills, Worship: The Home Tree: Earth Day Lessons from Pandora. The ancient Greek story of Pandora explains the existence of evil in the world, as well as why hope seems so inaccessible. As we celebrate the upcoming 40th anniversary of Earth Day, what can James Cameron’s film Avatar, set on the planet Pandora, teach us about evil and hope in relation to our own home planet?

    In support of our Worship Library, this service will be followed by an opportunity to review and learn about some of the many resources from which Unitarian Universalists are free to draw. Bring along your favorite book of prose or poetry to share!

    • 04/04/10, Unitarian Univeralist Church of Verdugo Hills, Worship: Yearning for Renewal (Flower Communion). Join us on Easter Sunday, as we explore the ways in which various traditions express their yearning for renewal. This service will include a Flower Communion – so bring along a cut flower to represent the beauty of YOUR yearning!
    • 03/28/10, Unitarian Universalist Church of Verdugo HIlls, Worship: An Eye for an Eye. The death penalty is a time-honored tradition, often defended through religious sacred texts. This service provides insight into various interfaith responses, both pro & con, addressing the cost of the death penalty – both in terms of financial expenditure, and in terms of our collective humanity.
    • 03/27/10, Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society, Workshop: SFV Cluster Lay Leaders’ Idea Factory – POSTPONED
    • 03/21/10, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Kern County (Bakersfield, CA), Worship: Waging Peace The yearning for peace is political, religious and deeply personal. Join us as we consider what’s involved in reaching for this ideal.
    • 03/14/10, Unitarian Universalist Church of Verdugo Hills, Worship: The Soul of Money. Money has long been considered a divider of humanity, separating those who have it from those who don’t. It’s also been a means by which to express our highest values and make a difference the world (consider the funds raised for UUSC’s relief efforts in Haiti). Join us as we explore the spiritual side of money.
    • 02/28/10, Unitarian Universalist Church of Verdugo Hills, Worship: Celebrating Community. At our December Family Night, a ribbon was tied to one of the booklets of holiday songs passed around. One of our members received that booklet and, as such, won the right to select a sermon topic near and dear to her heart! Don’t miss this creative and collaborative celebration of community.
    • 02/27/10, Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Paula, PSWD Leadership Day, Two Workshops: The Why, the How, and the What’s If’s of 1. Right Relationship and of 2. Membership Integration
    • 02/17/10, La Cresenta, CA. PSWD San Fernando Valley Cluster Vespers, Worship: Shifting Gears. How might the Christian observance of Lent, and particularly of “sacrifice”, empower us in our individual lives and our communities?
    • 02/14/10, Unitarian Universalist Church of Verdugo Hills, Worship: The G-Word (on God)
    • 02/07/10, Unitarian Universalist Church of Kern County (Bakersfield, CA), Worship: A Happy Coincidence. The desire to experience and share happiness is universal, giving shape to the journey of our lives. But how do we find it, recognize it, and channel it in positive ways when there seem to be so many obstacles?
    • 01/10/10, Unitarian Universalist Church of Verdugo HIlls. Worship: Waging Peace (inspired by the theology of Reinhold Niebuhr and President Obama’s recent acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize). The yearning for peace is political, religious and deeply personal. Join us as we consider what’s involves in reaching for this ideal.
    • 12/24/09, Unitarian Universalist Church of Verdugo Hills. Worship: Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. Join us for this special evening of music and readings woven together in celebration of love and hope renewed each year through the story of Christmas.
    • 12/20/09, Unitarian Universalist Church of Verdugo Hills. Worship: winter holidays. Unitarian Universalism recognizes the wisdom and joy of the Pagan celebration of Solstice, the Jewish celebration of Chanukah, and the Christian celebration of Christmas!
    • 12/06/09, Unitarian Universalist Church of Verdugo Hills. Learning Circle: This I Believe Forum. Who are you? What experiences have given shape to your life and beliefs? How often do you get to share those stories or hear them from those who sit beside you in our sanctuary? Pick up a This I Believe questionnaire today, and plan to join us for this special opportunity to learn from and grow in appreciation of one another.
    • 12/06/09, Unitarian Universalist Church of Verdugo Hills. Worship: Expecting the Dawn in the Season of Darkness. The winter months can be a challenging time of year, despite or sometimes even because of, the expectation for merry-making. Join us as we gently explore the shadow side of this season, and the wisdom and solace that can be found in its various opportunities for celebration!
    • 11/22/09, Unitarian Universalist Church of Verdugo Hills. Worship: Food, Again? Traditional Thanksgiving feasts were set within the context of long-awaited, hard-won seasonal abundance. How has our relationship to food changed since then? And how can we engage with the Thanksgiving holiday healthfully, ethically and in a spirit of gratitude?
    • 11/08/09, Unitarian Universalist Church of Verdugo Hills. Workshop: Mission Review-Our UU Glue. We know what unites us as Unitarian Universalists – our covenant to affirm and promote the Principles and Purposes created and periodically revised by our member congregations. But what unites us as members of UUCVH? If you answered “our mission”, you’re right! But its ability to unite and guide us into the future depends upon our full understanding and ownership of that mission. So, please join us in the social hall after the worship service, to see what the new UUCVH Mission (crafted by our leadership team and approved by our Board) can mean to you!
    • 11/08/09, Unitarian Universalist Church of Verdugo Hills. Worship: Grandmother’s Counsel. Modern society’s social and environmental ills may well be countered through the wisdom of Native American spirituality. Join us, as we explore stories of hope offered by indigenous women.
    • 10/28/09, Canoga Park, CA. PSWD Valley Vespers. Worship: Enough is Enough (on self-care)
    • 10/25/09, Unitarian Universalist Church of Verdugo Hills, CA. Worship: UU History in a Nutshell. Ever wonder about the connection between Unitarian Universalism and Christianity? Or how it is that there is so much diversity in our congregations? Or where our Principles and Purposes came from? Join us as we explore the gift of UU history in shaping our living tradition
    • 10/18/09, Sepulveda Unitarian Universlist Society, North Hills, CA. Worship: A Happy Coincidence… The desire to experience and share happiness is universal, giving shape to the journey of our lives. But how do we find it, recognize it, and channel it in positive ways when there seem to be so many obstacles?
    • 10/04/09, Unitarian Universalist Church of Verdugo Hills, CA. Worship: The Stories We Tell. Every moment of our lives can be experienced and described in an endless number of ways. What difference does it make what stories we tell?
    • 09/27/09, Unitarian Universalist Church of Verdugo Hills, CA. Workshop: Worship Support
    • 09/27/09, Unitarian Universalist Church of Verdugo Hills, CA. Worship: Getting Real. In Judaic tradition this season marks the beginning of a new year, an opportunity to take stock of where and who we are, and to renew our individual and collective commitments to right relationship. Join us, as we begin a new year of shared ministry together, strengthened through covenant.
    • 09/13/09, Unitarian Universalist Church of Verdugo Hills, CA. Worship: The Geography of Joy (A Water Communion Service). The desire to experience and share happiness is universal, giving shape to the journey of our lives – and it’s often found in the least likely places! Join us as we explore the varied landscapes of happiness and celebrate homecoming to this beloved community. Please bring along a few drops of water from a place that has inspired your happiness.

    September 2008 – August 2009

    • 08/28 & 29/09, Sepulveda UU Society, North Hills, CA. 2009-2010 Board Retreat Facilitation
    • 08/10-13/09, Adaptive Leadership Workshop, Boston, MA. Participant.
    • 06/22/09, 3:15 pm. UUMA Good Officers Training, General Assembly, Salt Lake City, UT. (Marriott Hotel, Room: Snowbird). Workshop Panelist: Addiction Recognition and Support. Co-facilitated with Rev. Beth Johnson
    • 06/18/09, 2:00 pm. Step Up On Second, Santa Monica, CA. Human Intimacy Focus Group: On Endings
    • 06/02/09, 6:00 pm. Silvercrest Residence – Salvation Army. Presentation on behalf of Step Up On Second: Community Building
    • 05/31/09, 4:00 pm. UU Fellowship of Laguna Beach. Ordination of Kent Doss: Offering the Right Hand of Fellowship
    • 05/30/09, 7:00 pm. Venice, CA. Ceremony of Union: Allan & Swires
    • 05/26/09, 7:00 pm. West Hollywood, CA. D
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