Events

  • Sat
    16
    Jan
    2016
    9:00am-12:00pmMVUUC

    Please join us to learn more about becoming a MVUUC member. There will be a short video, and plenty of time to ask questions and talk to Rev Ann and Membership Committee members. Child care will be provided. Please RSVP to Elizabeth Meehan elizabeth@ameehan.com.

  • Sat
    23
    Jan
    2016
    5:30 amMVUUC Sanctuary

    What to donate? We’d like to increase the number and types of services this time, so please consider offering dinners, parties, picnics, outings, lessons and other events. We definitely want several delicious desserts and nice/new-quality items to bid on too. (We’re requesting the loan of several quilts and the gift of Mason jars and bottle caps for decorations.) Mark your calendars now! Come and enjoy great food, music and fun! Let’s raise the roof while making this a fantastic fundraising success! Lori McLaughlin/Debbi Scurto/Terrie Maguire coordinators.

  • Sun
    07
    Feb
    2016

    This sermon will address the many aspects of that sometimes slippery word, “Friendship.” This comes a week before that annual celebration of love – Valentine's Day, an appropriate Sunday to look again at what can be one of the most difficult exams of our lives – how to make and nourish and keep a friend. I find that it's all worth it because friendship, in its many guises can enrich, heal and extend our days. I look forward to sharing my experiences of these ultimate connections with you, my dear friends who bring purpose and generosity of spirit into my life.

  • Sun
    14
    Feb
    2016

    Multiple time zones separate us from our partner congregation in the mountaintop hamlet of Calapayan, Philippines. Yet the heart is not bound by time zones. We will reflect upon some changes over the past year which have affected our Philippine partners. Digital technology makes it easier than ever to strengthen the online connections between us. In this annual service focused on the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Philippines, be prepared to leave your heart in Calapayan

  • Sun
    21
    Feb
    2016

    Rev. Susan Manker-Seale, a Unitarian Universalist minister, has proposed a new genre of literature – mysti-fi. The term is short for mystical fiction, or novels which are neither science fiction nor fantasy, but which explore spiritual and mystical themes, in past, present or future settings. Her book "Mysteries of the Esse: Shala's Hope" will be the springboard for exploration of spiritual and mystical themes.

  • Sun
    21
    Feb
    2016
    8:45 amFounder's Room

    Topic will be "The World Refugee Crisis, Realities, and Cultural Implications." A future forum topic will be the subject of autism--the date for this discussion will be announced.

  • Sun
    28
    Feb
    2016

    In this multigenerational service, we will explore the democratic process in our liberal religious tradition.

  • Sun
    06
    Mar
    2016
    10:30 am

    It’s JUSTICE SUNDAY with a WELCOMING LUNCH after service.

    SHARE THE PLATE goes to UUSC. (cash & checks accepted).
    The UU Service Committee, our premier Social Justice organization brings Pam Sparr, Associate Director for Justice Building, to speak about the Syrian refugee crisis & what we, as Unitarian Universalists and people of faith, are called to do .

    After service we’re having a  "WELCOMING LUNCH” to meet our local Syrian refugee families and friends. Breaking bread together is the universal way to create community. Translators will be available. Plan to stay longer than usual. The families have children ages newborn to 21.  Potluck lunch for everyone. 

    People at Dinner

    Everyone, please bring something to share (no pork).  All other foods are OK. The Syrians are bringing food too. (Stuffed grape leaves have already been promised.)  Come. MVUUC is one of the first UU congregations in the country to offer a Welcoming Lunch for refugees.  It's a great opportunity to share in community.

    Special music by Gary Daniels & Harry Ragland. Worship Associates: Social Justice Coordinating Committee. 

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    Parking may be limited. Please park in Appleby's parking lot. Thank you.

     

  • Sun
    13
    Mar
    2016
    10:30 am

    As we approach St. Patrick's Day, we pause to reflect on what makes a saint and what makes a sinner. They are each loaded words and not commonly addressed in Unitarian Universalist worship services. We will also explore what it means for the congregation to be "Freethinker Friendly." The choir will present music with Irish themes.

    Rev. Ann Schranz

  • Sun
    20
    Mar
    2016
    10:30 am

    In our fast-paced world where there seems to be a new "trending topic" each day, the importance of dedication over the long haul may fade from view.  What does it mean to dedicate ourselves to a way of living?  What does it mean to work (and play) for the common good?  We will consider the types of dedication that make a satisfying life sustainable.
    Rev. Ann Schranz

  • Sun
    27
    Mar
    2016
    10:30 am

    Followers of Jesus draw comfort, hope, and courage from his enduring presence.  Among the multitude of ways of interpreting the life and death of Jesus, what is your way?  In this multigenerational service centering on the Sixth Source of Unitarian Universalism (the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all), we will explore links and tensions between the ways of Jesus and the goal of world community.  The choir will present music with Easter themes.

    Rev. Ann Schranz and DRE Amy Randall

  • Sat
    02
    Apr
    2016
    6:00 pmMVUUC Sanctuary
    People at DinnerDinner, Music, Fellowship, & Enjoyment for all ages. NEW!  Our congregation’s Annual Stewardship Campaign will be a family-style pot luck dinner.  Thank you to our many table hosts.  Dress up for spring, and bring your dancing shoes. Childcare available for infants to age 12.  NEW!  Teenagers will have their own tables at the dinner.   Mark your calendar. Be there!
    Anne Thorward, Stewardship Campaign Chair
  • Sun
    03
    Apr
    2016
    10:30 am

    Galen_GuengerichThe problem with many of the challenges we face today — from climate change and inequality to sexism, racism and other forms of bigotry — is that they are so complicated and so deeply-entrenched that it’s hard to know how you and I as individuals should think about them, much less how we might do anything about them. What can one person do? For that matter, what can one congregation do?

    Galen Guengerich is Senior Minister of All Souls Unitarian Church, an historic congregation located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City. He is the tenth person to hold this position in the congregation’s 194-year history.  He is a well-known public speaker on important issues of our time.  He is author of God Revised: How Religion Must Evolve in a Scientific Age (Palgrave Macmillan) and writes a regular column on “The Search for Meaning” for psychologytoday.com, as well as writing occasionally for Huffington Post and for FaithStreet.  Don't miss this topical sermon right here at Monte Vista UU congregation by a dynamic speaker of our own faith.

  • Sun
    10
    Apr
    2016
    10:30 am

    revannAs ripples move through water, our lives ripple through time, space, and people.  Sometimes the effects are dramatically evident.  Other times, the effects are subtle.  What legacies do we hope to leave behind when absence replaces presence?  It is never too soon to begin considering the ways we hope to be remembered.  Such reflection helps shape today, and it hints at tomorrow's richness.
    Rev. Ann Schranz

     

  • Sun
    17
    Apr
    2016
    10:30 am

    Picture of Earth from Space
    "Blue Boat Home"

    Climate change is turning our planet into a hot potato.  We could toss the potato into the hands of future generations, but they will not appreciate it, and we will have squandered an opportunity.  Our opportunity lies in experimenting to find more sustainable ways of well being for all.  Socioeconomic and political forces are often resistant to change, but resistance is simply resistance.  What matters is how we respond.  We will also focus on the Jewish Passover story of liberation from oppression as we seek to generate hope against the odds.

    Rev. Ann Schranz

  • Sun
    24
    Apr
    2016
    10:30 am

    COA youthIMG_4107COMING OF AGE service created and presented by youth:
    Amina El-Zatmah, Brianna Greene, Geoff Norman-Anderson, Jaime Esparza, Miles Presley, Naomi Davison and Noelle Holmes.  Our youth will be formally welcomed into the congregation.   The COMING OF AGE ceremony is an incredible witness to our future generation.

  • Fri
    29
    Apr
    2016
    Sat
    30
    Apr
    2016
    Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara

    This year's theme is “Draw the Circle Wider: The Prophethood of All Believers.” The theme speaker is the Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt, the President of the Starr King School for the Ministry. Her theme talk on Friday evening will be “What’s in the Wind?” There will be many great workshops you can attend as well. Check it out at http://www.pswduua.org/events/district-assembly/

  • Sat
    30
    Apr
    2016
    UU Society of Santa Barbara

    The PSWD Annual Meeting will be held at the District Assembly.  The annual meeting of Camp de Benneville Pines will also be held on the same date and at the same location. Our congregation needs delegates to represent us at the meeting!  All delegates to the PSWD also serve as delegates to the de Benneville Pines, Inc. annual meeting.  This annual district gathering is a great way to share information and deepen our Unitarian Universalist faith while connecting with fellow UUs. If you are planning to attend, are a member of MVUUC, and would be willing to serve as a delegate, please contact Rita Salama at 509-630-3385 or salamatoyou@yahoo.com.

  • Sun
    01
    May
    2016
    10:30 am

    Guest Speaker Carol Hayward, M.Div., M.A., was raised in Northern California. She earned a Masters of Divinity degree from Andover Newton Theological School in Massachusetts, and is pursuing ordination as a Unitarian Universalist minister. In May 2015, Carol received her second Master's degree in Inter-Religious Studies from Claremont School of Theology.

  • Sun
    08
    May
    2016
    10:30 am

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    On this Mother's Day we celebrate two important things, Human Moms and Mother Earth. In our last service about the principles we look at our 7th Principle, Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
    Amy Randall and Rev. Ann Schranz

  • Fri
    13
    May
    2016
    7:00 pmMVUUC Sanctuary

    Please join our Circle of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS) for a special ritual dedicated to Apollon and his sister, Artemis.  Kevin Seguin, a Greek reconstructionist, will be the presenter.  (more…)

  • Sun
    15
    May
    2016
    10:30 am

    flowersIn 1923, Unitarian minister Rev. Norbert Capek introduced a flower ceremony to his congregation in Czechoslovakia. The ceremony draws attention to the beauty of each individual and highlights the ways we are different from one another yet complement one another. Rev. Norbert lost his life at the hands of the Nazi's, yet his message and the flower ceremony continue. From prison, he wrote, "When a holy enthusiasm seizes the heart, your face lights up. You feel like a star singing. Your very soul, hearing your song, is radiant. It was, and it will be again."

    Please bring a flower to the service, and know that you will take home a different flower.

    Rev. Ann Schranz

  • Sun
    15
    May
    2016
    8:45 amFounders' Room

    What is “natural” regarding human behavior that can’t change?  Are we really locked in genetically to our past?  Are we “Good” or “Bad”?

  • Sun
    22
    May
    2016
    10:30 am

    Improvisation and Motivations"

    Jazz musicians improvise within certain musical conventions. While there have been people who excelled at blurring musical boundaries, for the most part, conventions or patterns assist with communication in music, art, and life.  Ministers improvise within certain religious conventions.  Jazz pianist Harry Ragland and Rev. Ann will engage in spoken and musical dialogue about the motivations for her ministerial improvisations in the congregation and in the community.

    Harry Ragland and Rev. Ann Schranz

  • Sun
    22
    May
    2016
    11:30 am

    How did the MVUUC budget get created?  Who helped consolidate ideas from many groups and committees?  What's new or significantly different for the 2016-17 fiscal year?  Stay in your seat after service on May 22 to learn the answers to these questions.  Come to this information only (no vote) update presented by the Finance Committee.

    Download Proposed 2016-17 Budget onto your tablet, laptop or smart phone; or, make copies to followIMG-20150423-02476 along with the discussion.  It won’t take long to be fully informed about your money @ MVUUC.

     

  • Sun
    22
    May
    2016
    11:45 am

    MATCH GAME BEGINS May 22 and ends June 5. -- YOUR GIFT DOUBLES– COME PLAY – Find out how this Sunday in MVUUC Sanctuary.    MATCH GAME is a fun way to increase our Stewardship Campaign results.  JOIN the FUN.

  • Sun
    22
    May
    2016
    12:30 pmMVUUC Sanctuary

    Impossible Dreamers" documentary film screening.  Reverend Ann is among the senior athletes featured in this documentary.  The screening is open to the public.  Bring your families and friends.

  • Sun
    29
    May
    2016
    10:30 am

    We take a look back at this year's RPicnic imageeligious Exploration program for children and youth.  We Are Unitarian Universalists, and honor those who have worked to make it so successful. Led by Religious Exploration Director, Amy Randall, and RE Teachers.
    Please join us for a year-end celebration Potluck Picnic in the RE area following the service. Bring something Yummy.  Hot dogs (meat & veggie) and drinks provided.  All ages encouraged to participate.

  • Sun
    29
    May
    2016
    8:45 amFounders' Room

    Autism.  Guest Speaker.  Let’s increase our understanding and learn about the future possibilities.

  • Sun
    05
    Jun
    2016

    Rita Salama, MVUUC member, will share her perceptions of Tanzania, the spiritual practice of forgiveness, and the journey towards love.

    Rita works for Village Network Africa; a local nonprofit that provides health education, clean water projects and improved sanitation in rural Tanzania.  Rita spent a month in Africa last fall.  Come hear her tell her tales.  To find out more, go to www.vnafrica.org.

  • Sun
    05
    Jun
    2016
    12 NOONMVUUC Sanctuary

    Immediately after Worship service, refreshments and Fellowship, our Congregational Meeting  will begin. Our Unitarian Universalist 5th Principle states:  "The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large.  "BAllot voteExercise your franchise.  Vote on issues that affect you and everyone in our religious community.   The Agenda includes approval of the Budget for 2016-17, selection of board members and presentation of Step-up Award winners.  Voting is everyone's responsibility.  To verify your membership/voting status, contact treasurer@montevistauu.org before June 5.

  • Sun
    05
    Jun
    2016
    8:45 amFounders' Room

    We will take a look at the ballot and Party platform questionnaires. We won't take positions on candidates (or parties), but the social issues on the questionnaires (which are really requests for money) are worth reviewing. How about the issues that are ignored?

  • Sun
    12
    Jun
    2016
    10:30 am

    After serving as the congregation's minister for nine years, Rev. Ann is retiring from full-time ministry at the end of June.  In this service, we will remember key moments during her time with the congregation.  Rev. Ann will share a blessing and her best wishes for the congregation.  Please stay for a community Fare-Thee-Well Potluck luncheon after the service.  Everyone of all ages are invited to participate.
    Rev. Ann Schranz

  • Sun
    12
    Jun
    2016
    12:00 pm

    Come one, come all to a luncheon honoring our retiring minister, Ann.  The luncheon will follow directly after the service. If committees or individuals have any messages for Ann or amusing stories to share during this event, you have time to get ready.  This is a potluck luncheon, and we are asking that you bring food for 8 and your potluck party bag dishes to simplify the event.  Please make sure all food is ready to serve.  Dessert will be provided by the Board.

  • Tue
    14
    Jun
    2016
    10:00 amMVUUC

    The narrator of this novel, Memory, has been found guilty of murder. She is in a maximum security prison in Zimbabwe writing down her life story as part of her appeal against a death sentence. As we read the unfolding life of Memory, we move between past and present and gradually unravel what really happened to lead her to a life in prison.

  • Sun
    19
    Jun
    2016
    10:30 am

    WHAT DOES MUSIC MEAN TO YOU?
    Join us as the choir performs most loved songs.  Choir members as well as congregants will speak on "What Music Means to Me".   Come participate in a service of song.
    Lay Leader: Abraham Peraza

  • Sun
    19
    Jun
    2016
    8:45 amFounders' Room

    Do freethinkers endorse the AHA Humanist Manifesto? The UN human rights documents? The 10 commandments? The UU Principles? Maybe Thomas Jefferson's Bible?

  • Fri
    24
    Jun
    2016
    7:00 pmMVUUC Sanctuary

    Liquid Moon Circle of UU Pagans are pleased to welcome guest facilitators for a special Nordic ritual. Nick and Tiffany are Reconstructionist Heathens (followers of Germanic polytheism). They are interested in connecting with and learning from other Pagans and the various paths they take.

    Midsommar (Midsummer), also known by its Anglo-Saxon name Litha, is a festival held in June during the days surrounding the summer solstice. Feasts are prepared and great bonfires are burned to celebrate the sun goddess Sunna, at her most powerful before she begins to fade, again. Traditionally, sun wheels are fashioned from wood, lit on fire, and rolled down a hill to symbolize Sunna’s waning days after the solstice. During Midsommar ritual, offerings are made to Sunna, Thor, Frey and other dieties as well as ancestors and wights or landvættir (spirits of the land). Tribe and family are also celebrated during this time, as kin and kith come together to honor the relationship they have with one another. A mead horn is passed, and stories and toasts are exchanged between members of the tribe. During this Midsommarblót, offerings of homemade mead and baked goods will be made to Sunna and other gods, the landvættir, and to our eldest kin. We will also share a little bit about the culture of Heathenry with the group.

    Tiffany will be preparing sun cookies, but any other contributions to the feast following the ritual are welcomed and appreciated! Don’t forget your MVUUC Potluck Bag.  CUUPs contact: Jeanne Coats at lillitha@me.com or (909) 860-5267

  • Sun
    26
    Jun
    2016
    10:30 am

    Celebrate and Honor the animals with which we share our lives and our Earth. Bring a photo or bring your animal companions to be blessed and bless us with their presence.  In consideration of other animals and human beings, have a way to contain your animal for protection or possible accidents. This will be an intergenerational, interspecies service.  There will be a special story for all ages by Rev. Ann Schranz about her cat, Chester.  This will be Rev. Ann’s final appearance from the pulpit before she retires.
    Minister Rev. Ann Schranz, DRE Amy Randall with Lay Leader:  Catherine Rowlee

  • Sun
    03
    Jul
    2016
    10:30 amMVUUC Sanctuary

    Guest Speaker:   Ahmad Adib Shaar
    On a weekend when Americans are reflecting on their love of their country and listening to the stirring sounds of John Phillip Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever and America on Parade it is well that we hear of the love that others have of their places, especially when those places are being torn apart by violence which is not of their making.  The city of Aleppo, Syria, is such a place.  One of the oldest cities in the world, a center of world culture when Europe was going through its Dark Ages, it has been a place where Muslims, Christians, and Jews have lived together in peace for centuries, and it is now being destroyed.

    Ahmad Adib Sharr is an Aleppine citizen and engineer who is being hosted this year by Harvey Mudd College and sponsored by the Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Program.  He has a special interest in what he calls the intangible heritage of Aleppo, he is a member of the Archaeological Society of Aleppo, and he has been posting daily reflections from Aleppo on Facebook during the past five years as his city has been under attack by Syria’s government, by radical Islamists, and more recently by Russian air strikes.
    Lay Leader:  Dick Olson

  • Fri
    08
    Jul
    2016
    7:00 pm

    Come join us for an open rehearsal as we prepare to celebrate the Sun!  Liquid Moon Circle of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPs) and our Circle Singers will be running through the ritual that we plan to share on Sunday, July 10th, with the congregation.  We welcome participation with the songs and chants of the season as we iron out any rough spots.  A belated Solstice Ritual, our Summer service will celebrate, honor and greet the Summer season.  All are welcome!  Contact: Jeanne Coats at lillitha@me.com or (909) 860-5267.

  • Sun
    10
    Jul
    2016
    10:30 am

    Celebrate the Sun with CUUPs and the Circle Singers.  We will welcome the Summer with a belated Solstice Ritual that celebrates, honors, and greets the Summer season. The congregation is invited to join us in the songs and chants if they so desire.

     

  • Sun
    17
    Jul
    2016
    10:30 amSanctuary

    Guest Speaker:  Ellen Livingston

    Some say the world would be better off without religion. Many prefer the more user-friendly word “spiritual.” In this scientific/technological age do we need either word to describe our faith? I propose we need religion more than ever today: a religion that does not need a super-natural god or holy scriptures to validate our beliefs. I suggest we embrace a more evolved and democratic religion appropriate for our times and our aspirations.

    Ellen Livingston is minister emerita of MVUUC.

  • Fri
    22
    Jul
    2016
    7:00 pm

    Please join our Liquid Moon Circle of UU Pagans in welcoming our Druid brothers and sisters for a special evening. Recent events have caused widespread concern amongst many people. Religious and spiritual communities have been particularly concerned over the very human questions involved, from personal safety to how could this happen? This can extend to a much deeper questioning of personal values and faith in the divine, however we view that divine. These times also affect us, as Druids and other pagans, causing our community to forget who we are. From time to time, and especially in moments of trauma, it is appropriate and necessary to reconnect with the basic elements of our spirituality.

    The Druids were always peacemakers. Our rituals always work around the idea and intention for peace; in the world and in our hearts. We meet, celebrate, and part with words of peace. This ritual is to reaffirm who we are and to reconnect with the sacred purpose of the Druid: To bring peace joy and wholesome intent into our mortal existence. Our dear friend, Peter Freeman will lead us in this deeply meaningful ritual. Feasting and fellowship will follow afterwards. Please bring a dish to share, as well as your MVUUC potluck bag, if you have one. CUUPs contact: Jeanne Coats at lillitha@me.com or (909) 860-5267.

  • Sun
    24
    Jul
    2016
    10:30 am

    Guest Speaker: Professor Madeleine Scully

    Professor Madeleine Scully, chairman of San Bernardino College’s Performing Arts Department explores being your authentic self, the self you were meant to be.  In addition to sharing her outstanding teaching and vocal careers, she offers insights into her unique life’s experiences first as a man, and then as a woman.

  • Sun
    31
    Jul
    2016
    10:30 am

    Guest Speaker: Abigail Clauhs
    Lay Leader: Abraham Peraza

    Our prophets call us not just to commemorate them but to continue their work. What do our heroes of the past--such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and the UUs who marched at Selma fifty years ago--call us to do in the face of racism today?

  • Sun
    31
    Jul
    2016
    8:45 am

    “ABRAHAM”….   Muslims, Christians, and Jews all claim him as their father.  This remarkable man reportedly lived 175 years and fathered a child at 86. Many actions that he instituted are still with us today.  How might we interpret his killing one of his two sons based on God’s direction?

    Please share your ideas for future topics……we truly have no limits as we explore the past, now, and the future (sounds like a theme for striking a gong).

  • Sun
    07
    Aug
    2016
    10:30 am

    Rev. Ellen Livingston and Barbara Dev present two seminal works:  One that predicted human-induced climate change, another that is at the center of Eastern philosophy's influence on the West. Presented by the MVUUC Book Club.

     

  • Sun
    07
    Aug
    2016
    8:45 am

    A group of Shiites in India practice some rites which the Sunnis disdain.  Some Christians also are in agreement that humans who suffer bodily pain caused by themselves will result in God’s blessing. Fortunately the majority don’t agree; but how, here in the year 2016, can such practices still take place?

    Please share your ideas for future topics……we truly have no limits as we explore the past, now, and the future (sounds like a theme for striking a gong).

     

  • Fri
    12
    Aug
    2016
    7:00 pm

    What better way to celebrate the grain harvest than with a bread feast.  Bring your favorite loaf of bread and an appropriate spread to accompany it, and join us in a joyful celebration of this Sabbat.  There will be a short ritual and blessing to accompany the feast.  If you have a special Gluten-free recipe you would like to share, here is your chance.  Lughnassadh (Loo-NAHS-ah) is named for the Irish sun God, Lugh, and is usually looked upon as the first of the three Pagan harvest festivals.  This is the time for celebrating the grain harvest, and the bounty that Summer has provided. Therefore, let us honor John Barleycorn with a short blessing and a longer time of feasting, merriment and gratitude. Circle of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPs) contact: Jeanne Coats at lillitha@me.com or (909) 860-5267.

     

     

  • Sun
    14
    Aug
    2016

    The August "Share the Plate" contribution will go to the Pomona Opportunity Center.  This is a non-profit day labor organization whose mission is to provide an opportunity for day laborers to find safe work at a fair wage, to obtain new trades and skills that improve their employability and quality of life, and to improve the overall conditions for all immigrant workers. Thanks to Corey Boss who will speak about this worthy organization!

  • Sun
    14
    Aug
    2016
    10:30 am

    Lay Leader:  Mary McMahon

    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. Abraham Peraza will present a brief history on music’s development in history and in the church. There will be lots of singing!!!

  • Sun
    21
    Aug
    2016
    10:30 am

    Speaker:  Rev. Susan Manker-SealeRev. Susan Manker-Seale

    One of my colleagues used to love to sing this David Bowie phrase when faced with transitions.  The line after it goes, “Turn and face the strange.”  It can be so hard to do, but that is life.  Interim ministry is about changes, otherwise known as transitions.  This Sunday, I’ll introduce myself to you a little, and share some anecdotes about the nature of change within ourselves and our organizations, as we kick off our new interim ministry.

  • Sun
    21
    Aug
    2016
    8:45 am

    As more and more Science Fiction ideas regarding gadgets and space exploration have become reality, perhaps we should study some ideas about how society might grasp some of the social ideas.  Star Trek certainly had a successfully functional “integrated” crew and even eventually even included an “Alien” or two.

    Please share your ideas for future topics……we truly have no limits as we explore the past, now, and the future (sounds like a theme for striking a gong).

     

  • Fri
    26
    Aug
    2016
    7:00 pm

    Please join Liquid Moon Circle of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPs) for a workshop and discussion on divination.  This has been one of our most popular themes of the year.  Thus, let us continue sharing our diverse knowledge of divination tools, such as Crystal balls, Tarot decks, Rune stones, Pendulums, Scrying bowls, Ogham sticks, as well as, card-type Oracles.  Bring your interest, curiosity, and your expertise to add to the occasion.  Everyone interested in earth-based spirituality is welcome to attend.  No experience required.  Feel free to bring finger foods and light snacks and drinks to share.  Contact Jeanne Coats at lillitha@me.com or (909) 860-5267 for more information.

  • Sun
    28
    Aug
    2016
    10:30 am

    Speaker:  Rev. Susan Manker-Seale

    Creativity fascinates me.  In a way, it’s almost as if it’s the sacred way of being, as opposed to adhering to a dogma that denies the free breath of faith.  How do we balance the traditions we inherit and love with the desire for singing a new song, and not just singing one, but actually writing one?  How might we apply the creative spirit to worship, religious exploration, and social action?  How do we imbue our lives with sacred creativity?

  • Sun
    28
    Aug
    2016
    12:30 pm

    Following the August 28th Service on creativity, you are invited to join in a friendly, 'Sunday Crafternoon' gathering, All are welcome, for all or just a part of the afternoon. Bring a sack lunch and the project of your choice to the Founders' Room after Coffee Hour, where we will work, play, talk, laugh and create together. Sponsored by Knitting Together, one of MVUUC's craftiest groups since 2010, with a history of weaving small but beautiful acts of social justice into the lives of this congregation.

     

  • Wed
    31
    Aug
    2016
    6:00 pm

    Join the CLEAR MOUNTAIN SANGHA FOR A SPECIAL 5TH WEDNESDAY of the month experience.  Daniel Ashatz will present the movie "The Buddha: The Story of Siddharth", a film by David Grubin.   We will meet in the sanctuary at 6:00 p.m.  Please bring a pot luck offering to share.  The movie will start at 6:15 p.m.  Any questions, please call Lyn Shaible (909) 730-5212.

  • Sun
    04
    Sep
    2016
    10:30 am

    Speaker:  Dick Olson

    In the late nineteenth century, the self-educated American philosopher, Elbert Hubbard, argued that, "Life is a paradox.  Every truth has its counterpart which contradicts it; and every philosopher supplies the logic for his own undoing."  Hubbard was right.  I am told by B.F. Skinner and his fellow travelers that everything I think and do is determined by my biology and my environment; yet I am told by my Free Thinking friends that they can and should be free to choose their own beliefs and commitments.  Some tell me to use my head, while others say listen to your heart or your gut.  Some say persevere against the odds, while others say don't throw good money after bad.  How do we live satisfactorily in a world filled with massive contradictions?

  • Thu
    08
    Sep
    2016
    7:30 pm

    Choir rehearsals are starting on Thursday, September 8, at 7:30 PM.  Everyone is welcome to come and join us in making beautiful music. You do not have to read music but please be able to carry a tune. Rehearsals are every Thursday from 7:30PM to 9PM, and time commitments are required if you would like to be able to perform during Sunday Worship Services. Looking forward to seeing you and sharing in musical adventures together! Any questions please contact Lily Popova at lilypopova@yahoo.com".

     

  • Sun
    11
    Sep
    2016
    Sanctuary

    Come join the fun--members, newbies, all who like good food and good company.

    What are Small Group Dinners? Potluck meals for 8 adults (more or less) who gather in members' homes for delightful conversation and delicious food. They are held once a month, usually on the 2nd Saturday, at 6:00 PM. It's a great way to get to know others.

    To attend, sign up on the sheet on the green table at the back of the sanctuary or contact Rita Salama or Maria Wortham before 1:00 PM on Sunday, September 11th. During the week of the dinner, the hosts will call their guests to make arrangements about what to bring, give directions to their homes and share any other pertinent information.

    If you are new to MVUUC, we extend a warm welcome and a special invitation to sign up. We would love to get acquainted.

    Sign up today! Don’t miss out on the fun!

  • Sun
    11
    Sep
    2016
    10:30 am

    Speakers: Amy Randall and Rev. Susan Manker-Seale

    Bring water from your summer travels or favorite, precious places, and we will share briefly the importance of sacred spaces in our lives.  Metaphorical water works, as well (as in from the kitchen sink).  We will gather in multi-generational community for the entire service.

  • Sun
    18
    Sep
    2016
    10:30 am

    Speakers: Rita Salama, Laura Mulroy, Maribel Dana, and Rev. Susan Manker-Seale

    Who are we as Unitarian Universalists here in Montclair/Claremont?  Who might we become?  We’ll explore the importance of having both a mission and a vision to guide us with passion as we dream about flying.  The service today will be followed by a congregational presentation by our Land Use Task Force, as well as a fun visioning exercise on dreaming up a slogan.

  • Sun
    18
    Sep
    2016
    8:45 am

    Rev. Ellen Livingston is sponsoring a guest speaker to discuss the program: REAL Connections--Resources for Ageless Living.  This program was created for older adults in our community who strongly prefer to remain in their homes. Topics include neighbors helping neighbors, meaningful volunteer and social involvement, discounted services and peace of mind.

  • Fri
    23
    Sep
    2016
    7:00 pmSanctuary

    Liquid Moon Circle of Unitarian Universalist Pagans invites you to join us for our annual Mabon Ritual and Feast.  Mabon, (pronounced MAH-bawn) is considered a time of balance.  It is when we stop to relax and enjoy the fruits of our personal harvests, whether they be from toiling in our gardens, working at our jobs, raising our families, or just coping with the hustle-bustle of everyday life.  Now is the time to celebrate the Autumn Equinox and enjoy a Harvest feast.  Please bring food to share at this Pagan Thanksgiving Harvest, along with your MVUUC potluck bag.  May your Mabon be memorable and your hearts and spirits be filled to overflowing!  CUUPs contact: Jeanne Coats at lillitha@me.com or (909) 860-5267.

  • Sun
    25
    Sep
    2016
    10:30 am

    Speaker:  Rev. Susan Manker-Seale

    This past week PBS aired a documentary on the Rev. Waitstill and Martha Sharp, a Unitarian minister and his wife who made a huge sacrifice and put their own lives in danger to save others during World War II (watch Defying the Nazis, Tuesday, September 20, 9 PM).  What motivates human beings to go the extra mile (or thousands of miles) to help others?  I’ll introduce the UUA’s action project #WeDefy, which asks us how we are defying hatred and discrimination today as we carry on the legacy of the Sharps.

  • Fri
    30
    Sep
    2016
    Sun
    02
    Oct
    2016
    3pm Fri-Noon SunCamp de Benneville Pines - one hour away

    Camp de Benneville Pines is a UU retreat center nestled in the San Bernardino Mountains.  In a gorgeous setting among the pines, a camp weekend offers time for community gatherings, short & long hikes, playground, labyrinth, pool (in season) music, singing, anim-pine-trees-two_1_arts and crafts and more.  Spend an exhilarating, relaxing few days with other UUs in the community in a beautiful spiritual setting.  All meals included.  Camp de Benneville has hot showers & heated cabins with double or single bunk beds and some handicapped accessible cabins.  Find out what to bring on www.uucamp.org.

    Registration now open.  DeBenneville Reg Form 2016.

  • Sun
    02
    Oct
    2016
    10:30 am

    Presenters:  Freethinkers Forum

    The Freethinkers Forum will present a play entitled "Dedication To A Cause".  A panel of Albert Schweitzer, Josey Mengele, Carrie Nation, and Clara Barton will discuss their viewpoints led by an MVUUC moderator.  The play resembles an ancient Greek morality play with heroes and villains.

  • Sun
    09
    Oct
    2016
    10:30 am

    Rev. Susan Manker-Seale and Jill Raiguel, Worship Associate

    This is the time of the Jewish New Year.  Part of the preparation is to ask forgiveness of one another and ourselves, and to let go of past hurts and angers (etc.).  In this way, we make space for new relationships and opportunities.  We will explore these ten High Holy Days of Turning, from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur, and hold our own ceremony of letting go, wherein we shall take steps to return to the home of our souls (per Carlebach’s beautiful song, “Return Again”).

  • Sun
    09
    Oct
    2016
    12:00 pmClaremont University Consortium, 101 S. Mills Avenue, Claremont

    12:00 PM Registration   -  Walk begins at 1:00 PM  -  Be a hero and fight hunger.  Pull out your walking shoes and dust off your cape (super hero costumes encouraged) and join in the 43rd annual “Walk for the Hungry”—or make a donation. The Walk is to raise money and awareness for local and global hunger. It helps support families that have nowhere to turn—families that have to make the impossible choice to pay rent or buy food. The Walk for the Hungry is for our local neighbors, especially the children, who do not know where they will get their next meal. 90% of monies raised will support 4 local food pantries; 10% will be donated to alleviate global hunger.

    Four ways to get involved

    *  Complete an on-line registration form at inlandvalleyhopepartners.org

    *  See Jeanine Little or Teresia Santee for a paper registration form

    *  Sponsor either a youth or adult walker

    *  Purchase a 2'X3' route sign for a $250 donation

  • Sun
    16
    Oct
    2016
    10:30 am

    Guest Minister: The Rev. Dr. Tom Owen-Towle

    I want to talk about morality, religion, and politics during this tumultuous election year, so bear with me as I explore the core qualities of what makes America a good country. The Rev. Dr. Tom Owen-Towle has been a parish minister since 1967 and is the author of two dozen books on personal relationships and spiritual growth, several of which will be available following the service. Tom and his life-partner, The Rev. Dr. Carolyn Sheets Owen-Towle were co-ministers of First UU Church of San Diego from 1978-2002. Tom is a guitarist and parlor magician, who currently sings with seniors, mentors youth-at-risk, volunteers with San Diego’s homeless, and preaches throughout our PSWD. He considers it both a privilege and joy to be returning to our Monte Vista UU congregation.

  • Sun
    16
    Oct
    2016
    4:00 pmCity of Knowledge Islamic School, Garey Avenue, Pomona, CA

    "Bridges Not Walls--The Stories That Connect Us" is the 8th Annual Interfaith Walk and Rally for Peace.  The opening program will be at City of Knowledge Islamic School on Garey Avenue in Pomona.  The walk ends at Temple Beth Israel, 3033 North Towne Avenue in Pomona.  You are invited to stay for a light communal meal and Sukkot Program at Temple Beth Israel.  The walk is sponsored by the Claremont Interfaith Working Group for Mideast Peace.  The purpose of this event is to promote friendship and understanding among faiths in the Pomona Valley.

  • Sun
    23
    Oct
    2016
    10:30 am

    Rev. Susan Manker-Seale and Jeanine Ganzen-Little

    October 24 is UN Day, and this year’s UN Sunday theme is from our UU/United Nations Office’s 2016 Spring Seminar on “The Colors of Inequality:  Costs and Consequences.”  We’ll look at their report on global economic inequality and the consequences for living in health and peace on our planet.  Jeanine Ganzen-Little is chair of our Social Justice Coordinating Committee.

  • Sun
    30
    Oct
    2016
    10:30 am

    Rev. Susan Manker-Seale, Amy Randall, and Abraham Peraza

    Bring mementos of loved ones who have died and we will adorn the altar for this beautiful and moving tradition of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).  This will be a multigenerational service, with music, surprises and commentary on the value of humor in facing death.  Abraham Peraza is Worship Associate.

     

  • Sun
    06
    Nov
    2016
    10:30 amSanctuary

    Rev. Susan Manker-Seale and Dick Olson, Worship Associate

    Arguing commentators, voting guides that would kill your toe if you dropped it, horrible television attacks by so many candidates—what in the world?  When it becomes standard practice for candidates to speak over one another in angry tirades, well, I just feel dragged through the mud.  What do we do to stay sane even while exercising our very important, very vital right to vote?  There will be a New Member Recognition in the service.

  • Sun
    13
    Nov
    2016
    10:30 am

    Guest Minister: Rev. Ms. Denise Tracy and Anne Thorward, Lay Leader

    Rev. Denise returns to MVUUC with a positive message.  Rev. Denise will speak to us about the Art of Possibility, a way of responding to change that everyone can use when experiencing shifts in our lives.

    After a long career in ministry, Rev. Denise is currently a Police Chaplin among other volunteer activities.  She has a vested interest in our faith community as she intends to become a member of MVUUC when she moves to Pilgrim Place from Elgin IL in a few years.  Come be part of a warm, spiritual worship time together.

  • Sun
    20
    Nov
    2016
    10:30 amSanctuary

    Rev. Susan Manker-Seale and Julie Steinbach, Worship Associate

    “My thanksgiving is perpetual,” wrote Henry David Thoreau.  Like the daily practice of counting our blessings, feeling gratitude for all that is our life, every day throughout the day, can be a wonderful spiritual practice.  And since there is a clear connection between gratitude and generosity, we will kick off the annual Unitarian Universalist Service Committee’s Guest at Your Table program, and participate this year in “bringing a brighter future to displaced families.” (uusc.org)

     

  • Sun
    20
    Nov
    2016
    11:45 am

    Plan to stay after church on November 20 to learn more about Fair Trade and what our congregation can do! Joe and Linda Michon will share their experiences and actions with fair trade. They have been instrumental in several churches get on board, and were greatly responsible for Claremont become an official Fair Trade City. Margaret Davis and the Social Justice Coordinating Committee

    What Is Fair Trade?

    Fair Trade is a way of doing business that aims to keep small farmers an active part of the world marketplace, and to empower consumers to make purchases that support their values. Fair Trade is a set of business practices voluntarily adopted by the producers and buyers of agricultural commodities and hand-made crafts that are designed to advance many economic, social and environmental goals, including:

    -  Raising and stabilizing the incomes of small-scale farmers, farm workers, and artisans

    -  More equitably distributing the economic gains, opportunities and risks associated with the production and sale of these goods

    -  Increasing the organizational and commercial capacities of producer groups

    -  Supporting democratically owned and controlled producer organizations

    -  Promoting labor rights and the right of workers to organize

    -  Promoting safe and sustainable farming methods and working conditions

    -  Connecting consumers and producers

    -  Increasing consumer awareness and engagement with issues affecting producers

    Look for Fair Trade logos when shopping.

  • Sun
    27
    Nov
    2016
    10:30 amSanctuary

    Guest Speaker:  Len Hayward

    The days have been getting colder, and it's been getting darker earlier. This feels out of sync with all of the celebrations and cheery decorations. Yet there is something there. A sense Nature is gathering strength as it rests. A longing for rebirth, but waiting for the right moment. Let's explore our connection to this time of rest and how it can revitalize our lives.

     

  • Sun
    04
    Dec
    2016
    10:30 amSanctuary

    Rev. Susan Manker, and Abraham Peraza, Lily Popova

    We’ll reflect on how music lifts our spirits as well as expresses and shapes our emotions, especially during holiday times.  There will be special music and the choir will lead us in singing favorite Christmas carols in preparation for this season of light and love.

  • Sun
    11
    Dec
    2016
    10:30 amSanctuary

    Rev. Susan Manker, Amy Randall, and the Religious Exploration Classes

    From Japan to Sweden, Africa to the United States, this play celebrates winter holidays from all over the world. Sung to the Twelve Days of Christmas, we will trace the common theme of light in the dark of winter.

  • Sat
    17
    Dec
    2016
    7:30 PM - 10:30 PMSanctuary

    “A Winter Gift” is presented by Legends of the Celtic Harp with Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter.  Celtic legends, along with Irish and English literature are woven together with beloved and rare pieces of holiday music. A concert that celebrates the central message of the season -  Hope. Hope for something wondrous, hope for a light in the darkness.

    Advanced tickets for general admission are $18.00; seniors/students/members are $15.00; admission at the door is $20/$18. Advanced tickets are available on Brown Paper Tickets, a fair trade ticket company. Direct link: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2713354 (A share of the proceeds goes to MVUUC.) Doors open at 7:00 pm.

    This trio is well known for their first show "Legends of the Celtic Harp" which tells stories and legends of the harp through time. In their new show “A Winter Gift”, storyteller and wire-strung harpist Patrick Ball, along with harpers and multi-instrumentalists Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter, step into a magical world of Irish and English literature. The trio presents a heartwarming collection of tales and music from Celtic legend and traditional folk stories. They perform a Child’s Christmas in Wales, a chapter from The Wind in the Willows, and passages from Shakespeare, William Butler Yeats, and Thomas Hardy, and mingle them with beloved and original pieces of seasonal music. Audiences will hear three Celtic Harps, Swedish Nyckelharpa, Fiddle, Bandura, Bouzouki and more. www.LegendsOfTheCelticHarp.com

  • Sun
    18
    Dec
    2016
    10:30 amSanctuary

    Rev. Susan Manker

    What does the discovery of Dark Matter have to do with a babe in a manger, everlasting light, or a bonfire in the night?  How does our creation of sacred space in this holiday season influence our inner space (Personal Truths) and outer space (Universe-al Truths)?  How do we immerse ourselves in a season that demands so much and almost requires the suspension of the rational for the traditional and the mystical?  Lily will lead the choir.  Mary McMahon is Worship Associate.

  • Sat
    24
    Dec
    2016
    7:00 pmSanctuary

    Rev. Susan Manker, Lily Popova and Abraham Peraza

    Let’s celebrate this special night with carols sung in candlelight, children snuggled close and jingle bells.  Rev. Susan will tell a story she wrote called, “The Mysterious Cedar Christmas Box.”  There will be special music to lift your spirits, even if they don’t need it.  We’ll follow this hour-long, multi-generational service with refreshments, so BRING GOODIES if you can manage it (but don’t bother if you’re stressed - just gather everyone up and join us!)  Merry Christmas!

  • Sun
    25
    Dec
    2016
    10:30 amSanctuary

    Worship Associates:  Catherine Rowlee, Dick Olson

    Light is an almost universal symbol of what is good and hopeful and inspiring about our world and ourselves. It transcends the boundaries of cultures, religious beliefs, spiritual practices, historical time and intellectual reasoning. Both the Eastern Mystic and the Western Rationalist seek to become enlightened.  Throughout the world since ancient times rituals of hope and renewal have been celebrated around the time of the winter solstice when the hours of daylight began to increase after the period of maximum darkness. This year Christmas and Hanukkah (two very different celebrations of light) coincide on this day.  In this service we will explore some of our favorite symbolic meanings of light and seek inspiration to kindle and share the light within and keep it burning brightly.