Events

  • Sun
    07
    Jan
    2018
    8:45 amFounders' Room

    From UU World Winter 2017  “Do You Have To Be Activist To Be  A  U.U.?” and “Confronting racist rally in Charlottesville”  I’m proud of President Susan Gray’s participation and her comments.

  • Sun
    07
    Jan
    2018
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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.

     

  • Sat
    13
    Jan
    2018
    6:00 pmMember's Homes

    Sign Up Now for Small Group Dinners to be held January 13, 6:00 PM - Come join the fun! These potlucks of 8 adults (more or less) are held in members’ homes. We extend a warm welcome and a special invitation to newcomers. Sign-up sheet is on the table at the back of the Sanctuary or contact Rita Salama at 509-630-3385 or salamatoyou@yahoo.com

  • Sun
    14
    Jan
    2018
    10:30 amSanctuary
  • Sun
    21
    Jan
    2018
    8:45 amFounders' Room

    From Religious Humanism   “Can an Atheist be prophetic?”  Amy Lawton thinks so (as I do).  How about  you?

  • Sun
    21
    Jan
    2018
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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
    28
    Jan
    2018
    11:30 amSanctuary

    Sign Up Now for Small Group Dinners to be held February 10, 6:00 PM

    Come join the fun! These potlucks of 8 adults (more or less) are held in members’ homes. Experience delightful conversation, delicious food, and the joy of getting to know others in the congregation.

    Sign up on the sheet on the table at the back of the sanctuary or contact Rita Salama, 509-630-3385 or salamatoyou@yahoo.com, by Sunday, January 28.

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

  • Thu
    01
    Feb
    2018
    Wed
    28
    Feb
    2018

    Have you ever dreamed of visiting Alaska? If so, Whale Coast Alaska 2018 is for you!  Four Alaska UU fellowships invite you to experience our eco-cultural and spiritual program this summer.  See Alaska through the eyes of local UUs, with friendly homestays and unique tour activities.  See wildlife, including moose, bears, caribou, whales, bald eagles, seals, and otters. Visit Denali National Park. Experience Native Alaskan culture.  Forget the cruise ships – our program is the best way to visit Alaska! Tours led by Dave Frey, member of the Fairbanks UU congregation and Alaska travel expert.

    TOUR #1: National Park Tour, June 9 to 19 -- $3,135

    TOUR #2: All-Alaska Tour, July 6 to 18 -- $3,843

    Find out more about this Alaskan trip of a lifetime. For complete information go to: www.WhaleCoastAK.org,  email dfrey@whalecoastak.org  or call 907-322-4966.  Save $$$! - $100/person discount for group of 8 or more. Hurry! Each tour sells out when 40 guests register. We would love to share our Alaska with you!

  • Sun
    04
    Feb
    2018
    8:45 amFounders' Room

    From Religious Humanism  “Unitarian Universalism as a Habitat for Humanists”  Maria Greene of the UU Humanist Association has some great ideas….let’s discuss

  • Sun
    04
    Feb
    2018
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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
    8:45 amFounders' Room

    Science Of Good and Evil from the article in National Geographic, January 2018. Brain research looking at what makes people especially giving or cruel.

  • Sun
    18
    Feb
    2018
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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
    25
    Feb
    2018
    12:30 pmRoom 3

    Hand to Mouth:  Living in Bootstrap America by Linda Tirado. The book is available in paperback or e-reader format.  Please plan to read it and join us for what should be a lively discussion about economic inequality. Here's a link to an extract from the book: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/sep/21/linda-tirado-poverty-hand-to-mouth-extract Questions - Contact Laura Mulroy at ljmulroy@gmail.com or 909-226-6446.

  • Sun
    04
    Mar
    2018
    8:45 amFounders' Room

    Can an Atheist be Prophetic? From HUUmanist magazine Article by Amy Lawton Prejudice against Atheists often assumes they are only negative thinkers. Amy challenges the idea and proposes ways for Atheists to be prophets.

  • Sun
    04
    Mar
    2018
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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
    04
    Mar
    2018
    Sun
    15
    Apr
    2018
    12:00 pmClassroom 3

    An Adult RE Discussion Course on our food choices.  Sundays (no class on April 1) from 12:00 to 1:30 PM,   Room 3.  Participants in Menu for the Future will:

    • Explore food systems and their impacts on culture, society and ecological systems.
    • Discuss the importance of our eating habits
    • Discover food choices that are good for themselves and that support sustainable food systems

    The discussion course book cost will be $17 for the first ten participants to register and pay.  Additional course books will cost $30 plus shipping. Contact Laura Mulroy at ljmulroy@gmail.com or 909-226-6446 with questions or to register.  Checks should be made out to MVUUC.

  • Tue
    06
    Mar
    2018
    Tue
    01
    May
    2018
    7:00 pmClassroom 3

    An Adult RE course on spiritual development.  Tuesdays from 7:00 to 8:30 PM in Room 3.  Spirit of Life workshops offer participants space, time, and community to explore their Unitarian Universalist spirituality. Each focuses on a different aspect of the spiritual life, framed by the lyrics of Carolyn McDade’s song “Spirit of Life.” Participants are invited to claim an inclusive definition of spirituality and recognize the spiritual aspects of their lives. Reflecting, speaking, and listening are core activities in each workshop. The workshop will be led by Rev. Maggie Yenoki and MVUUC’s Director of Lifespan Religious Exploration Amy Randall.  Contact Laura at ljmulroy@gmail.com or 909-226-6446 with questions or to sign up.

  • Sun
    11
    Mar
    2018
    8:45 amFounders' Room

    Do UUs have to be activists? From the UU World article that presents six ideas from UU leaders. UUA president Frederick Grey has stated clearly that these are times for us to take action.

  • Sun
    11
    Mar
    2018
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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.

     

  • Sat
    07
    Apr
    2018
    4:00 pmClaremont Presbyterian Church, 1111 N Mountain Avenue, Claremont, CA

    A Refugee Benefit film created by Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei. Official selection at Venice Film Festival 2017. Nominated for 2018 Oscar as Best Documentary. Claremont Presbyterian Church, 1111 N Mountain Avenue, Claremont, CA.  Order Tickets, $20 per person, at www.refugeeteam2.org  or purchase at the door.

  • Sun
    08
    Apr
    2018
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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.

  • Fri
    27
    Apr
    2018
    Sun
    29
    Apr
    2018
    Portland, Oregon

    Save the Date for Regional Assembly

    The Pacific Western Region will hold a regional assembly April 27-29, 2018, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Portland, Oregon. Regional Assembly 2018: Stories of Hope, Courage, Resistance, and Resilience.  For more information:  https://www.uua.org/pacific-western

     

  • Sun
    29
    Apr
    2018
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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.