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

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Phone: (909) 626-0520

Monte Vista Unitarian Universalist Congregation is located 30 miles east of Los Angeles.
We are a Welcoming Congregation, appreciative of diversity.

We are Freethinker Friendly: we provide a welcoming community for people with atheist, agnostic, humanist , and other non-theistic world views, and also include Pagans, Buddhists and those of other religious traditions.

We hope you will find a spiritual home with us.


Monte Vista UU Congregation
invites you to join our
Virtual Sunday Service

Please check your email for the special Zoom link for Sunday Service.

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Covid-19 Update:

With both compassion and wisdom for the best care of our Congregation, and in response to directives from national healthcare centers and the UUA, the MVUUC Board and Rev Maggie announce that our Sunday Services, Religious Exploration, and all other gatherings are cancelled until further notice.

Working with a team of Ministers in our area, RevMaggie and Lily Popova will be using technology to create ways we can stay closely connected and care for the Spirit of Life within us all during this time of uncertainty.

Brynda Jones, MVUUC Office Administrator will be in during regular hours and is available to respond to your calls, and forward your messages.
email: officeadmin@montevistauu.org
call: 909.626.0520

RevMaggie:
email: minister@montevistauu.org
text or call: 626.205.4458


Upcoming Virtual Sunday Services

  • Sun
    07
    Jan
    2018

    Join us this Sunday for a special worship, luncheon and after church workshop to help us see beyond our assumptions as we envision the future of our professional ministry.  Guest preacher and workshop leader, Rev. Jory Agate will invite us to explore and open ourselves up to seeing outside our usual boxes.

    Rev. Jory Agate has been a UU minister since 1992. She served the First Parish in Cambridge as their Minister of Religious Education for 10 years and worked for the UUA for 10 years in the Ministry and Religious Education Departments as the Youth Programs Director and later as the Ministerial Development Director.

    She has served our denomination in a number of different capacities, most recently spending 11 years on the UUA Ministerial Fellowship Committee, the ministers’ credentialing body, for several years as its chair. She has led trainings throughout our movement on religious education leadership, Our Whole Lives, Renaissance Modules for religious educators, professional development trainings for clergy, and Beyond Categorical Thinking programs for congregations.

    Rev. Agate grew up active in congregations in Connecticut and California and she is a graduate of Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, California.  She has also worked with our UU congregations in the Philippines where she also served as a Peace Corps volunteer.

    Rev. Agate has recently shifted her ministry to work in the field of counseling and psychotherapy and has a speciality in working with clergy and clergy teams.

     

  • Sun
    14
    Jan
    2018
  • Sun
    21
    Jan
    2018

    Amy Randall, Rev. Maggie Yenoki, and Rev. Susan Manker

    Religious language is used to control and include, as well as free and include.  Many of these words trigger deep emotions in us.  Can we redefine and embrace these religious words?  Can we be more metaphorical and less literal?  What are the challenges in becoming fluent in faith?  April Chokshi is Worship Associate.

  • Sun
    28
    Jan
    2018

    Rev. Susan Manker

    We celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr., Sunday in the park, due to insurance issues.  So this Sunday we will celebrate this great leader by looking at the challenges to justice that are prevalent in our country and our world today, and explore what is being done to uplift justice here and now

  • Sun
    04
    Feb
    2018

    Rev Maggie Yenoki, Jeanne Coats, & Kathleen Jacobson

    Our 7 UU Principles declare the truth and meaning of our core beliefs as Unitarian Universalists. The energies that stir our faith within us call us to action as we live out the urgency of each principle in our vibrant life experiences. Come explore how we can enliven the meaning and purpose of our liberal faith as we pair the 7 principles with the 7 chakra (circle) energies that inherently move within our bodies.

  • Sun
    11
    Feb
    2018

    Rev. Susan Manker

    Agapē is a Greek word meaning “brotherly (or sisterly) love.”  It became a Christian practice, passed down through the centuries, which we embody today when we speak of “beloved community.”  It is a practice that takes practice, and is not meant to be easy.  We’ll explore what’s involved in a spiritual practice of love.  Val Pals (Valentine Pals) will be celebrated after the service today, as well as the party for Judy Bixel who is retiring after many years as our bookkeeper.

  • Sun
    18
    Feb
    2018

    Rev. Susan Manker

    Change is hard in many different contexts.  It is hard for some people in our world to accept that evolution can coexist with a belief in Divine energies.  It is also hard for some people to accept that change is inherent in life itself.  We struggle with change in its many, many forms.  Let’s take a look at the changes in this world we love, as well as in our beloved religious community.

  • Sun
    25
    Feb
    2018

    Rev. Susan Manker

    It takes more than change—pocket change, that is—to support a religious community.  We all struggle with the questions of how much can we give, how much is appropriate, and how much can we promise and still keep that promise?  If we could, we’d promise the moon, so…why not?  How can we increase our generosity of stewardship?  And what does love have to do with it?

  • Sun
    04
    Mar
    2018

    Guest Speaker: David Adams
    Lay Leader: Abraham Peraza

    Many prophets and thinkers of ancient times agreed with Greek injunction to “know yourself.” But what does that mean? Don’t we already know who we are? Breakthroughs in the science of genetics now allow any of us to embark upon a path of self-discovery by learning about our genetic connections with the past and potential health problems for the future. But is such genetic self-knowledge always a good thing to have?

     

  • Sun
    11
    Mar
    2018

    Rev. Maggie Yenoki, Intern Minister
    Worship Associate:     Chris Sanchez

    The grace we offer to those whom we forgive is often a gift we give ourselves as well. Come explore the ways that forgiveness brings grace into our everyday spiritual practice

  • Sun
    18
    Mar
    2018

    Rev. Susan Manker
    Worship Associate:  Mary McMahon

    Carol Christ’s feminist theology title is apropos for the current women’s “Me too” movement.  In honor of Women’s History Month, we’ll celebrate women who are and have been religious, spiritual and political leaders.

  • Sun
    25
    Mar
    2018

    Rev. Susan Manker

    Fires and floods have been affecting not just our own beloved homes, but people around the world as we become more aware of the shifting climate around us. For this year’s UUSC Justice Sunday service, we’ll look at how rising sea levels are impacting Pacific island communities, coastal areas and Alaska, and how people are moving from one place to another in hopes of just surviving. (UUSC = Unitarian Universalist Service Committee). We will share the plate with UUSC.   Lily Popova will lead the choir.

  • Sun
    01
    Apr
    2018

    Amy Randall, Rev. Susan Manker, and Rev. Maggie Yenoki

    Come celebrate the joy of transformation on this Easter Sunday.  We will present a multi-generational play by the Rev.s Greg Ward and Donna Morrison-Reed, based on “The Velveteen Rabbit.”  They remind us that “no profound change within us occurs without some pain.  But when we have courage and openness, then transformation allows us to live lives which are more worthwhile, more fulfilling and which make us more ‘real.’”  The choir will participate in the play as well.  The youngest children (pre k) will have an Easter egg hunt.

     

  • Sun
    08
    Apr
    2018

    Rev. Susan Manker

    Come a little early and BRING FLOWERS to decorate the Hana Mido (arbor) as we celebrate the Japanese Flower festival of the birth of the Buddha.  The children will join us for the first part of the service to ladle sweet tea over the statue of the baby Buddha.  We’ll explore some of the teachings which speak to our hearts of transformation.  April Fissell is Worship Associate.

     

  • Sun
    15
    Apr
    2018

    Rev. Susan Manker, Dave Albay-Yenney, Maribel Dana, Madeline Rios and Julie Steinbach

    The Partner Church Council is a UUA program that facilitates relationships among Unitarians and Universalists around the world.  Julie, Dave, Maribel and Madeline have each visited our partner church in the Philippines, and Rev. Susan visited her partner church fifteen years ago in Transylvania.  Having a partner church opens our eyes to the broad interpretations of what it means to be a Unitarian or a Universalist.  We’ll share what we have learned in making these connections, as well as raise money for our Calapayan partner church.

  • Sun
    22
    Apr
    2018

    Rev. Maggie Yenoki

    Earth Day creates the setting for one of our favorite Unitarian Universalist holidays. Come celebrate our beloved planet and engage in a ritual of blessing as we connect our hearts to our Blue Boat Home.

  • Sun
    29
    Apr
    2018

    Guest Speaker:  Richard Olsen
    Lay Leader:  Abraham Peraza

    In 2006 Journalist Gary Wolf introduced the term New Atheists to describe a mass movement led by Richard Dawkins and Samuel Harris, among others. The talk will discuss why aggressive atheism has seen such a revival recently and suggest why it seems to me that it is in many ways misdirected both in its aims and in its arguments.

  • Sun
    06
    May
    2018

    Rev. Susan Manker and Rev. Maggie Yenoki

    Happy Cinco de Mayo!  We’re going to focus this Sunday on beginning the closure of the past two years of our interim ministry here together.  We’ll contemplate what is involved in crafting a ministry with either a new settled minister or another interim minister.  Another title might be “the care and feeding of your minister and yourselves as lay ministers,” or “working and playing with your minister.”  The Budget Review will follow the service.

  • Sun
    13
    May
    2018

    Rev. Susan Manker

    Happy Mothers’ Day!  I’ll share with you a little history of Mother’s Day, and we can reflect with gratitude on the gifts given to us by our mothers, born and chosen.

  • Sun
    20
    May
    2018

    Rev. Susan Manker, Rev. Maggie Yenoki and Rita Salama

    Today we will celebrate the closure of both the interim and intern ministries.  We’ll start with a service of Q and A, share some thoughts of gratitude, and finish with a party.  The Congregational Meeting will follow the party at about 12:00.  Please come prepared to celebrate, and to vote on the budget and other important items.

  • Sun
    27
    May
    2018

    Rev. Maggie Yenoki

    Memorial Day is traditionally a time of remembrance to commemorate the lives of those who have died while serving in the military for the United States of America. As we gather on this holiday weekend, our time together in worship will create a space where our experience of loss honors the memories we hold and strengthens our beloved community to serve those who are carrying broken pieces.

  • Sun
    03
    Jun
    2018

    Amy  Randall, Rev. Susan Manker, RE Teachers

    We will take a look back at this year's lifespan program - Deepening OUUr Faith. We will delve into the programs to see the nuggets we have gained and honor those who worked to make it successful. Make sure you join us for the picnic following the service.

  • Sun
    10
    Jun
    2018

    Lily Popova, Rev. Susan Manker, and the Choir

    Join us for a musical celebration of our choral favorites.  This forty-five minute service will be followed immediately by our Annual Meeting at 11:15 AM.  And be sure to stay for our Sex Abuse Prevention workshop at 12:30 PM.

     

  • Sun
    17
    Jun
    2018

    Rev. Pratima Dharm

    Our Unitarian Universalist faith provides safe spaces that draws a diversity of beliefs and allows various viewpoints to live alongside each other without the fear of judgment. Rev. Pratima Dharm will speak on June 17th on the topic of freedom to choose our faith in the pursuit of meaning, truth and spiritual wholeness by sharing her own journey into Unitarian Universalism.

  • Sun
    24
    Jun
    2018

    Rev. Pratima Dharm

    There is immense power when we gather to form connections, practice kindness, compassion, understanding and commit to building a strong and healthy community. Rev. Pratima Dharm will speak on June 24th on how to prepare and practice the essential spiritual values that strengthen and build our beloved.

     

  • Sun
    01
    Jul
    2018

    Lay Leader:                 Chris Sanchez
    Worship Associate:     Catherine Rowlee
    Music Director:           Lily Popova

    These days, the institutions of our once vibrant democracy are being silently dismantled.  As Americans and as UUs, will our role be that of silent watcher, vocal combatant or something between these two extreme.

  • Sun
    08
    Jul
    2018

    Lay Leaders: Jeanne Coats and Catherine Rowlee

    Come join in singing and learning songs from our hymnbook, “Singing the Living Tradition” and “Singing the Journey” as we experience and learn how music impacts the way we worship. There will be lots of congregational singing!!! Lily Popova will be the pianist.

  • Sun
    15
    Jul
    2018

    Lay Leader:  Julie Steinbach

    "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it" George Santayana.  Does examination of our nation's history offer reassurance that all will end well?  Which parts of our past should we look to for guidance?  Join Mary Darrow and Sandra Grajeda as they explore these issues.

  • Sun
    22
    Jul
    2018

    Rev. Ellen Livingston, Minister Emeritus MVUUC

    These times, for most of us, are out of whack.  The center just does not hold. Our world, especially in our American society, does not seem balanced, the earth is moving under our feet, and it's not an earthquake this time.  Meanwhile, I look forward to sharing from my own life experiences, and calling on others for counsel, on how to achieve some much needed harmony in our lives.

  • Sun
    29
    Jul
    2018

    Lay Leaders: Amy Randall and Catherine Rowlee

    We are all creative beings, as the impulse to create is part of our yearning to live. When we engage in the arts as a spiritual practice we cultivate a relationship to the greater universe. Join us for an interactive, hands-on opportunity to experience the creative process and nourish your own spirit.

  • Sun
    05
    Aug
    2018

    Lay Leader:  Chris Sanchez

    Does your favorite superhero fly, have great strength or shoot laser beams?  Let us explore the relationship between superheros and our UU Principles.  Let us learn to spot superheroes as they walk among us.  Let us see if we can make our own superhero mUUvie!

  • Sun
    12
    Aug
    2018

    Lay Leader:  Chris Sanchez

    In life, there are easy questions whose answers you already know; hard questions whose answers you must research; and questions like this one that require careful consideration.  Join us as we ponder our identity with the help of literature's favorite criminal and his secret Unitarian Universalist savior.

     

  • Sun
    19
    Aug
    2018

    Rev. Pratima Dharm

    Louis-Ferdinand Celine wrote, “When you stay too long in the same place, things and people go to pot on you, they rot and start stinking for your special benefit.” Rev. Pratima Dharm will speak on the topic of ‘movement’ and how it correlates to growth and regeneration as essential elements to preventing stagnation and harmonizing with the natural rhythm of the world around us.

  • Sun
    26
    Aug
    2018

    Rev. Pratima Dharm

    Rev. Pratima Dharm will lead the Water Ceremony at Monte Vista on the 26th of August and speak on the relationship between water and light. This is traditionally celebrated in memory of the first Unitarian Universalist Water Communion worship service held in the 1980s at the beginning of the new church year. Members and friends are encouraged to bring to the service a small amount of water from a place that is special to them or from their summer travels and participate in the water ritual during service!

  • Sun
    02
    Sep
    2018

    Lay Leader:  April Fissell

    Sometimes, it just takes a while. April Fissell and Jeanne Coats will discuss this in relation to their life choices, and pose some points to ponder.

  • Sun
    09
    Sep
    2018

    Rev. Pratima Dharm

    Rev. Pratima Dharm will lead the service at Monte Vista on 9th September and speak on the topic of knowledge and the significance of wisdom in our lives. Traditionally marking the blessing of the backpacks within Unitarian Universalism, at the beginning of the new church year, members and friends are encouraged to bring to the service a favorite book or another item that signifies the blessing of knowledge or wisdom to share during service!

  • Sun
    16
    Sep
    2018

    Rev. Pratima Dharm

    Rev. Pratima Dharm will lead the service at Monte Vista on the 16th of September and speak on how we can remain or be true to ourselves even as we move towards embracing new beginnings in our lives. This will mark the festival of ‘Ganesh Chaturthi’ on the Hindu calendar which celebrates our journeys into new beginnings, prosperity and wisdom!

  • Sun
    23
    Sep
    2018

    Rev. Pratima Dharm

    The spiritual discipline of ‘fasting’ dates back to ancient times and is common to all religions of the world. Rev. Pratima Dharm will lead the service at Monte Vista on the 23rd of September and speak on the topic of fasting as necessary to centering us towards a greater wholeness.

     

  • Sun
    30
    Sep
    2018

    Lay Leader:  Jeanne Coats

    Join CUUPS as we celebrate the turning Wheel of the Year by symbolically passing through the Portal into the Dark Time.

  • Sun
    07
    Oct
    2018

    Rev. Pratima Dharm

    Rev. Pratima Dharm will lead the service at Monte Vista on 7th October and speak on the relevance of Gandhi’s teachings today to mark the occasion of his birthday, traditionally celebrated on 2nd October!

  • Sun
    14
    Oct
    2018

    Rev. Pratima Dharm

    Rev. Pratima Dharm will lead the service at Monte Vista on the 14th of October and speak on how we can practice the essential principles of our Unitarian Universalist faith or tradition as we honor the indigenous peoples of California on the occasion of Columbus or Native American Day.

  • Sun
    21
    Oct
    2018

    Rev. Pratima Dharm

    Rev. Pratima Dharm will lead the Bread Communion Service at Monte Vista on the 21st of October and speak on the importance of how bread can be an essential issue of justice with emphasis upon the UU-UNO promotion of the idea of ‘Advancing Just Migration for All this year. Members and friends are encouraged to bring to the service a loaf of bread to share with others during and after service and participate in the meaningful Bread sharing ritual during service!

  • Sun
    28
    Oct
    2018

    Co-Lay Leaders: April Fissell and Jeanne Coats

    Celebrate and honor our beloved dead with joy and gratitude to them for the joy and love they have brought to our lives. Bring pictures and mementos to place on the altar.

  • Sun
    04
    Nov
    2018

    Rev. Pratima Dharm

    Rev. Pratima Dharm will lead the Service at Monte Vista on the 4th of November and speak on the significance of the grieving process and the different ways in which various world cultures express and ritualize grief to cope better with deep sorrow.

  • Sun
    11
    Nov
    2018

    Rev. Pratima Dharm

    Rev. Pratima Dharm will lead the Service at Monte Vista on 11th November to honor our Veterans. As a Veteran herself, she will speak from her own firsthand experience in the Iraq war with special emphasis on the willingness to answer the ‘call’ to ‘serve’ or to ‘service’ during conflict

  • Sun
    18
    Nov
    2018

    Rev. Pratima Dharm

    Rev. Pratima Dharm will lead the Service at Monte Vista on the 18th of November which will celebrate the Indian ‘Festival of Light’ called ‘Deepavalli’ or ‘Diwali’. She will speak on the importance of our collective ‘light’ especially within the present crisis of disunity and alienation for many in our nation with the hopes of ushering a brighter and more hopeful future for us all.

  • Sun
    25
    Nov
    2018

    Guest Leader:  Harry Ragland

    Sunday's Service, November 25, the Freethinkers Forum will present a play entitled, "The Artists."  It will be a panel discussion between Michelangelo, Picasso, Camille Claudel, and Georgia O'Keeffe.

  • Sun
    02
    Dec
    2018

    Rev. Pratima Dharm

    Inadequacies and our own deep-seated fears can prevent self-confidence within us at times. Rev. Pratima Dharm will speak on 2nd of Dec on the topic of ‘Confidence’ and the necessary steps we need to take in order to embrace all of our fabulous selves so we could lead intentionally fuller, purposeful and meaningful lives!

  • Sun
    09
    Dec
    2018

    Amy Randall and Rev. Pratima Dharm

    Envision a place where unacceptable folks are barred and religious intolerance is prevalent. Sound like the current news? This is actually an ancient story commonly known as the Nativity Story. Share in the retelling of this tale through a Unitarian Universalist lens. The familiar characters will be played by our own congregants, along with music by our choir. Join us as we celebrate the holidays and embrace the deepest meaning that Christmas holds for each one of us.

  • Sun
    16
    Dec
    2018

    Worship Associate:  Chris Sanchez
    Director of Music:  Lily Popova

    Please join us in celebrating this Holiday Season by listening to a wide array and repertoire of delightful musical selections drawn from hundreds of years of Western Sacred Music tradition (including some modern ones as well!) that capture the Holiday Spirit of good cheer and joy! It will be presented by the Monte Vista Choir on the 16th of December with the goal of enhancing our liturgical celebrations with beautiful music found within the depths of Unitarian Universalist Worship. The service will be led by Chris Sanchez and Lily Popova the Director of Music at Monte Vista.

     

  • Sun
    23
    Dec
    2018

    Rev. Pratima Dharm

    Rev. Pratima Dharm will lead service at Monte Vista on 23rd Dec and speak on the topic of the power of love and reconciliation to counter gun violence in our society today. The loving principles behind the ‘Sandbox’ project will be showcased at this service.

  • Mon
    24
    Dec
    2018

    Rev. Pratima Dharm

    Come and worship with us on Christmas Eve! The service will showcase special music by Lily Popova, songs by the Monte Vista Choir and a message of hope for all our children and the children of this world by Rev. Pratima Dharm. Service will begin at 7pm. So let us gather to not only celebrate this special season but also to usher in the New Year with a spirit of love, hope and unity!

  • Sun
    30
    Dec
    2018

    Guest Leader: Maribel Dana
    Worship Associate: Jeanne Coats
    Music Provided By:  Lily Popova

    During this crack between two years, join us for a conversation and a sharing of truths and wisdom between generations--the past, the present, and the future.  Let us be cheered, opened, and awakened!  Bring one of your favorite poems or one of your own creations.  No epics, please.  We will remember some of our own MVUUC poets as well.

  • 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.

  • Sun
    04
    Aug
    2019

    Guest Speaker:  Jeanne Coats
    Worship Associate:  Christopher Sanchez


    A Pagan perspective on the UU experience.

  • Sun
    11
    Aug
    2019

    Guest Speaker: Jah Amen
    Worship Associate: Catherine Rowlee

    Jah Amen Mobley, a master drummer, who has taught traditional West African drumming at Monte Vista UU for many years, and who is Rastafarian himself, will speak on its history, beliefs and practices. His drum students will participate with him in performing traditional music of the Rastafarian faith.

  • Sun
    18
    Aug
    2019

    Rev. Pratima Dharm

    Rev. Dharm will lead the service and speak on the topic of taking love to the next level on the 18th of August. The hope is to be inspired to practice a radical love and how we can choose to create our beloved community!

  • Sun
    25
    Aug
    2019

    Rev. Pratima Dharm
     
    "You can hear rumors. But you can't know them." The words of Jay Asher, have much truth to them! Rev. Dharm will speak on the topic of how rumor is carried and accepted in a community, shaping our experiences and understanding of truth.

  • Sun
    01
    Sep
    2019

    Worship Associate: Chris Sanchez

    As UUs, we are naturally drawn to conservation and debates. Join us as guest speaker Erin Questad combines both! Listen as she gives an overview of the philosophical debate about whether nature should be conserved because it has intrinsic value or because it provides a service to humanity.

  • Sun
    08
    Sep
    2019

    Rev. Pratima Dharm
     
    Rev. Pratima Dharm will lead the Water Ceremony at Monte Vista on the 8th of September and speak on the providential nature of water in our lives. Members and friends are encouraged to bring to the service a small amount of water from a place that is special to them or from their summer travels and participate in the water ritual during service!

  • Sun
    15
    Sep
    2019

    Rev. Pratima Dharm will speak on the topic of female parolees and how shame plays a huge part in their rehabilitation, especially as the vast majority pose little to no threat on public safety.

  • Sun
    22
    Sep
    2019

    Rev. Dharm will speak on the topic of ‘Gun Violence’ and how we can awaken hope and future action as we engage this issue especially in the wake of increased violence and gun ownership.

  • Sun
    29
    Sep
    2019
    "For some who have heard of it before, the Eighth UU Principle has some uncomfortable racial connotations.  Today we explore these as well as a much more broad interpretation that benefits all UUs.  We end with an examination of a very specific and important example of how we can live the Eighth Principle here at MVUUC."
  • Sun
    06
    Oct
    2019

    A Uniquely Unitarian Universalist, family friendly, animal friendly, inter-generational Blessing of the Animals to celebrate and honor the Animals which we share our lives and our earth.  Bring you animal companions (or their pictures) to be blessed by the congregation and to bless us with their presence.  Amy Randall and Catherine Rowlee will be leading this service.

  • Sun
    13
    Oct
    2019

    Rev. Dharm will speak on the 13th of October on the art of complaining and how when done in kindness can lead to a deeper love and understanding that fosters a safer and more trustworthy community for all of us.

  • Sun
    20
    Oct
    2019

    Rev. Pratima Dharm will lead the Bread Communion Service at Monte Vista on the 20th of October and speak on this year’s United Nations topic of Gender Equity in an intersecting world as an essential issue of justice. Members and friends are encouraged to bring to the service a loaf of bread to share with others during and after service and participate in the meaningful ‘Bread’ sharing ritual during service!

  • Sun
    27
    Oct
    2019

    We will celebrate a festival from north eastern part of India called ‘Chatt’ and learn about the spiritual and health benefits of the ancient rituals of bathing and fasting during the early hours of the morning and evening especially around this time of the year.

  • Sun
    03
    Nov
    2019

    Amigos! Join us for one of Monte Vista’s favorite services as we celebrate the Day of the Dead: a beautiful and culturally rich Mexican holiday that has caught on and  now celebrated by different cultures worldwide. This holiday is about coming together in love to remember friends and family members who have passed on and celebrate their life with music, food, laughter and fun. You are encouraged to bring pictures, stories and favorite items of your dearly departed to place on the altar and stay for the Mexican goodies and sharing of stories during fellowship. All are welcome!!!

  • Sun
    10
    Nov
    2019

    Rev. Pratima Dharm will speak on the perspective of sound and music as understood through the ancient yogic philosophy of chakras, colors and notes that can affect our physical, emotional and spiritual rhythm and health.

  • Sun
    24
    Nov
    2019

    Rev. Pratima Dharm will lead the service to celebrate the message of ‘gratitude’ especially within the celebrations leading upto ‘Thanksgiving!’ Please bring a dish to share with others as we will share a meal reminiscent of all things ‘Harvest’ during fellowship time!

  • Sun
    01
    Dec
    2019

    The MVUUC Worship team, the Pastoral Care team and Rev. Dharm will lead a worship circle focused upon grief and ways in which we can heal from our losses. This service is a start of a yearly tradition at Monte Vista especially around the holidays, where many people struggle with grief and loss.

  • Sun
    23
    Feb
    2020

    The encouraging future of UU congregations as witnessed through the eyes of a former UU High School district youth leader.

    Speaker: Paula Campbell
    Lay Leader: Catherine Rowlee

  • Sun
    01
    Mar
    2020

    Finding a spiritual community where we can sense our place of belonging is a treasure that many people are searching for. Those of us here at MVUUC claim that very sense of belonging as a gift we’ve found here. We are indeed fortunate that from our youngest children to our wisest elders, our covenantal relationships with one another provide our souls with a place to call home. Let’s celebrate how our roots in this congregation can bring about that sense of belonging for ourselves, for each other, and for those who may come to belong among us in the future.

  • Sun
    08
    Mar
    2020

    In honor of International Women's Day, Professor Dengu-Zvobgo, daughter of Zimbabwe, will share her experience and insights about women's engagement in education, mentoring, restoration and micro-credit programs in Africa.  Kebokile also teaches classes in Gender and Feminist Studies. Her research interests are in women and the law especially human rights.

    Julie Steinbach, Lay Leader

  • Sun
    29
    Mar
    2020

    "From my perspective, liberal religion is very much alive and as an apologist for liberal religion and process philosophy, I am finding more and more allies in various religions especially in the lives of people who consider themselves "spiritually fluid people.” - John Fahey

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We are looking forward to meeting together in person
when the Covid-19 ‘Shelter at Home’ order has been lifted.