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Monte Vista UU

Service Every Sunday -10:30am
Religious Exploration -10:30am
(toddlers through High School)

9185 Monte Vista Avenue
Montclair, California 91763
(3 blocks north of the 10 Freeway)

Contact Us
Phone: (909) 626-0520
Email: minister@montevistauu.org

 

Monte Vista Unitarian Universalist Congregation (formerly the First Unitarian Society of Pomona Valley) has been a beacon of liberal religious life in the Pomona Valley since 1888. We are located just east of Los Angeles.We are a progressive community that encourages and supports individual spiritual quests while we work together for social justice.  We cherish the diversity of age, ability, belief, race, ethnicity, country of origin, language, economic status, education, political perspective, gender, sexual orientation or family structure.

We are Freethinker Friendly: we provide a welcoming community for people with atheist, agnostic, humanist , and other non-theistic world views.

We hope you will find a spiritual home with us.

MVUUC has a New Minister – the Rev. Pratima Dharm!

 

It’s official! We are proud to announce that Reverend Pratima Dharm has been installed as our new settled minister at our beloved Monte Vista Unitarian Universalist Congregation! It was a beautiful celebration and we wish to thank everyone who attended and volunteered to share in what we experience as “Joy in Community” at Monte Vista UU

Rev. Pratima Dharm Photograph

Biography – Rev. Pratima Dharm

 

Upcoming Sunday Worship Services

  • Sun
    06
    Jan
    2019

    Guest Speaker:  Ven. Kusala Bhikshu
    Lay Leader:  Catherine Rowlee

    The Buddhist approach to understanding and acceptance.   In gratitude for Kusala  sharing his time and wisdom with us, a special collection will be taken to support his work with the feral cats of his community.

  • Sun
    13
    Jan
    2019

    Rev. Pratima Dharm

    Dr. Wayne Dyer, emphasized the Power of Intention and often said that you don’t attract what you want, but what you are, taking his inspiration from the ancient eastern masters. Rev. Pratima Dharm will speak on how to set our ‘Intention’ in the New Year (2019) to facilitate a life that is built truly upon ‘all’ who we are and our dreams on 13th of January.

  • Sun
    20
    Jan
    2019

    Rev. Pratima Dharm

    We will celebrate Martin Luther King Day and his inspiring voice, vision and life that called our country to live by its noblest principles on 20th January.  Rev. Dharm will lead the service and speak on the significance of continuing our struggle or fight for keeping Dr. King’s dream of creating a vibrant, multiracial, multifaith and multicultural nation alive and building the beloved community.

  • Sun
    27
    Jan
    2019

    Rev. Pratima Dharm

    Some of our most significant and influential relationships are not with our family and friends but with those who live and exist beyond our inner most circle! Rev. Pratima Dharm will speak on this phenomenon on the 27th of January and how these relationships uniquely shape and build our lives.

  • Sun
    03
    Feb
    2019

    Guest Speaker: R. Patrick Reeves, PhD
    Lay Leader: Catherine Rowlee

    Spiritual inspiration comes from many sources, including literature and popular culture. Surprisingly, science fiction and fantasy literature and film are often a rich source of inspiration, which raises questions of what is a “real religion,” spirituality and imagination, and inspiration as a religious and artistic phenomenon.

  • Sun
    10
    Feb
    2019

    Rev. Pratima Dharm
     
    Life presents so many challenges that it is very difficult to be kind to all. And yet as Unitarian Universalists, we are called to live and to practice the principle of ‘justice, equity, and compassion in human relations.’ Rev. Dharm will speak on how to face evil with kindness on 10th February even with those who do not seem to merit much kindness.

  • Sun
    17
    Feb
    2019

    Rev. Pratima Dharm
     
    Rev. Dharm will speak on what it can mean to take a chance at love on 17th of February. Loving can mean taking a chance or a gamble on someone or something…and yet it gives us the opportunity to experience the unexpected, which can leave an indelible impression on our hearts and our very souls!

  • Sun
    24
    Feb
    2019

    Rev. Pratima Dharm

    Forgiveness reminds us to get back into right relationship with those whom we have wronged. The onus is upon those who have wronged or hurt someone and not vice versa. Rev. Dharm will speak on this very human challenge on 24th February.

  • Sun
    03
    Mar
    2019

    Lay Leader:  Chris Sanchez
    Worship Associate:  Jeanne Coats

    There are many things that motivate us and shape us into the people we are meant to be: love, fear, culture, upbringing, etc.  Today, we examine the powerfully inspirational effects that our dreams have on us, whether they be sweet dreams, nightmares or daydreams.

  • Sun
    10
    Mar
    2019

    Rev. Pratima Dharm

    The International Women's Day is traditionally celebrated on 8 March and calls us today to continue activating the voices from all walks of life to affect the maximum change and transformation in women's lives. Rev. Dharm will speak on this topic in the wake of the global movement for women's rights, equality and justice on 10th March.

  • Sun
    17
    Mar
    2019

    Rev. Pratima Dharm

    The luck of the Irish is an adage that continues to live on in spirit and in practice in our modern day lives! Rev. Dharm will explore this topic as we celebrate the spirit of Saint Patrick’s Day at Monte Vista on 17th March. We also encourage you to bring Irish Soda Bread to share with others after service.

  • Sun
    24
    Mar
    2019

    Rev Pratima Dharm

    We will celebrate the Hindu festival of Holi or Colors at Monte Vista on 24th March with a special story, message and rituals on ‘Holi’ to share with the children and adults, helping us embrace our own unique colors that make up the fabric of our Beloved Monte Vista Community! Indian delicacies, Masala Chai or Tea along with a fun play of color, following the service, may bring the child out in you!

  • Sun
    31
    Mar
    2019

    Guest Speaker:  Madeline Rios
    Worship Associate:  Chris Sanchez

    Madeline Rios, MVUUC member, professional interpreter and longtime human rights activist, will share her experience with the Latin American immigrant experience and how it relates to the fight for democracy.  Madeline recently joined the California Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry Immigration Justice Action Team and will report on its recent retreat in Fresno.

  • Sun
    07
    Apr
    2019

    Rev. Pratima Dharm
    Worship Associate: Julie Steinbach

    The key to a successful partnership with the international Calapayan church in the Philippines is through education, especially when many children continue to remain unschooled or given other opportunities for growth in third world countries. Rev. Pratima Dharm will speak on April 7th on how to partner with an intent and a goal to impact the overall welfare of the Calapayan church and its people, through an emphasis upon education.

  • Sun
    14
    Apr
    2019

    Rev. Ellen Livingston
    Worship Associate:  Catherine Rowlee

    One of my favorite hymns is “Come Sing a Song with Me”.  The chorus goes “And I’ll bring you hope when hope is hard to find.”  Although Carolyn McDade wrote this forty three years ago, many of us are finding ourselves hope-challenged these days.  I think it’s time to be reminded that in this Springtime of our year there are so many possibilities for optimism, in our lives, in our world, “so much in bud.”  Especially for us today with the Installation of our new minister, Pratima Dharm.

  • Sun
    21
    Apr
    2019

    Rev. Pratima Dharm
    Worship Associate: Catherine Rowlee

    We will celebrate Easter as well as Earth Day at Monte Vista on the 21st of April, where Rev. Pratima Dharm will speak on global warming and its far reaching effects on our planet. The drastic changes in the climate for the worse is calling us to take more intentional care of mother earth as ‘Sacred’, especially to save the loss or extinction of various species and our environment as a whole to ensure a better future for our children.

  • Sun
    28
    Apr
    2019

    Lay Leader:  Chris Sanchez

    Throughout the year, we sing many hymns, some of which may have special meaning to you. Other hymns are just plain fun to sing. This Sunday, you get the chance to revisit your favorite songs as we take a famous bit of advice and "play it again"!

  • Sun
    05
    May
    2019

    Service led by:   Aislinn Greene, Austin Tant, Emma Rios, and Ryley Swift.

    Positive friendships are an important part of the journey to adulthood. The Coming of Age youth formed strong bonds this year, and they want to share their journey of growth and friendship with their community.

  • Sun
    12
    May
    2019

    Rev. Pratima Dharm
    Worship Associate: Jeanne Coats

    Motherhood places inconceivable demands on us, confronting and challenging us daily to give of ourselves to the point where little is left of us or for that matter our own selves. Rev. Dharm will speak on Mother’s Day on how to save the most essential part of us while meeting the expectations of being a mother!

  • Sun
    19
    May
    2019

    Rev. Pratima Dharm
    Amy Randall

    Please bring flowers to share

    It was creativity that first inspired Norbert Capek to begin celebrating the myriad flowers around them instead of holding the regular bread and wine communion service in June of 1923. Rev. Dharm will speak on creativity as an essential element of worship on May 19th to celebrate Flower Communion at Monte Vista UU.

  • Sun
    26
    May
    2019

    Rev. Pratima Dharm
    Worship Associate: Catherine Rowlee

    Wisdom calls us not to be conformed to our external world, instead we need to be transformed by it and walk towards embracing a renewed body, mind and spirit! Rev. Pratima Dharm will speak on the topic of wisdom on 26th May and the ways to emphasize and incorporate it, especially to build our Beloved Community.

  • Sun
    02
    Jun
    2019

    Amy  Randall, RE Teachers, Children and Youth

    We will take a look back at this year's lifespan program - Exploring OUUr Faith. We will share the discovery of what has been learned and honor those who worked to make it successful. Make sure you join us for the picnic following the service.

  • Sun
    09
    Jun
    2019

    Rev. Pratima Dharm
    Worship Associate:  Chris Sanchez

    “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” The words of Marcel Proust inspires us to experience ‘Joy and Gratitude in Community’ at Monte Vista through reflections, poetry, words, music and food! Rev. Dharm will lead this service and it will be held outside on the patio. Please bring a food item to share with others in the community.

     

  • Sun
    16
    Jun
    2019

    Jamal Carver and Jeanne Coats

    Listen, laugh, cry and tap your toes as the choir sings a beautiful and fun selection of their favorite songs.

     

  • Sun
    23
    Jun
    2019

    Guest Speaker:  Rev. Ellen Livingston
    Worship Associate:  Catherine Rowlee

    Recently, several state legislatures have passed bills that severely restrict women's rights to their bodily autonomy.  Reverend Livingston will speak about what this means to us as Unitarian Universalists and what we can do to help women who live in those states.

  • Sun
    30
    Jun
    2019

    Guest Speaker: Joe Lyons
    Worship Associate: Jeanne Coats

    Joe Lyons will be speaking to us on the problems of homelessness in our community. He has been working tirelessly in this area for a long time, and will share his expertise with us.

  • Sun
    07
    Jul
    2019

    Chris Sanchez and Catherine Rowlee

    Some of us are U.S. citizens by birth.  Others of us only become naturalized citizens after long, difficult journeys and a complicated application process.  Thus, citizenship means different things to all of us.  We reflect on what citizenship means to several of us from diverse backgrounds.

  • Sun
    14
    Jul
    2019

    Jeanne Coats and Chris Sanchez

    The fate of the Goddess and that of women has been tightly linked for millennia, ever since the Patriarchy displaced them from their rightful status. It’s time to discover your inner Goddess, and…..!

  • Sun
    21
    Jul
    2019

    Julie Steinbach,  Dolores Burris, Rev. Ellen Livingston

    The power of the written word cannot be overstated.  Books can make us laugh, cry, think, smile and rage.  They can transport us to historical events or to the most fanciful imaginary places.  Hear a few fellow congregants tell us about their favorite page turners.

  • Sun
    28
    Jul
    2019

    Guest Speaker: Rabbi Zev Feyer
    Lay Leader: Catherine Rowlee

    A collection will be taken during the offertory for Rabbi Feyer in appreciation for his willingness to speak at this Sunday's service for whatever is offered in gratitude.