Sun07Jan20188:45 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.
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.
Sat13Jan20186:00 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 email@example.com
Sun21Jan20188:45 amFounders' Room
From Religious Humanism “Can an Atheist be prophetic?” Amy Lawton thinks so (as I do). How about you?
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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 email@example.com 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!
Sun04Feb20188:45 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
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.
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.
Sun18Feb20188:45 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.
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.
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?
Sun25Feb201812:30 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 909-226-6446.
Sun04Mar20188:45 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.
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?
Sun04Mar2018Sun15Apr201812:00 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 email@example.com or 909-226-6446 with questions or to register. Checks should be made out to MVUUC.
Tue06Mar2018Tue01May20187:00 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 909-226-6446 with questions or to sign up.
Sun11Mar20188:45 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Sat07Apr20184:00 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
SAVE THE DATE to review the Board’s proposed budget for the next fiscal year. Your questions and comments will help the Board prepare the final budget. You will receive the proposed budget by email before the meeting on May 6.
Farewell Party for Rev. Susan and Rev. Maggie, Sunday, May 20, immediately following the service
Rev. Susan Manker and Rev. Maggie Yenoki’s time with MVUUC will soon be coming to a close. Come wish them well in their new adventures and thank them for their work with us.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Building Bridges not walls
Kathleen Jacobson will discuss her journey in interfaith work as a pagan encountering Syrian refugees. She will explore how she confronted her own feelings about Muslim practices such as head coverings and submission to a God quite foreign to her own faith practice . Come take a journey with Ms. Jacobson and learn about Islam through the eyes of a pagan and the deep bond she has with her Syrian family.
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.
MVUUC--A Safe Congregation
Our Monte Vista UU Congregation Safe Congregation Pool helps our congregation be safer from harm: emotionally and physically. We uphold policies to protect children, such as having two or more unrelated adults with children at all times, and we uphold policies to protect adults, such as our Covenant of Right Relations and the Disruptive Behavior Policies that enable us to deal with behavior that is destructive to individuals or the community. One of the ways we uphold adult standards of behavior is by developing Limited Access Agreements with people who are known to have committed offenses related to interpersonal boundaries, such as someone who is listed as a Registered Sex Offender, or someone who has had a restraining order place upon them. A Limited Access Agreement spells out our congregation’s expectations for healthy behavior and limits the signer’s access to certain people and programs of the congregation. It also names clear consequences for violation of the agreement.
If at any point in your involvement with MVUUC, you experience or witness inappropriate behavior, you can talk with our minister and/or our Safe Congregation team. We will listen with compassion, help you find support, and seek to address the problem within our covenanted community.
We invite the entire congregation to please join us for our bi-annual Sex Abuse Prevention Workshop on June 10 at 12:30 PM, after the annual meeting.
"Gently used purses or bags" invited - bring to MVUUC by Sunday, June 17
UUA General Assembly, Kansas City, June 20-24, 2018
Per UUA.org: Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism is partnering with Love Resists to kick off the prophetic ministry of #EndMoneyBail work and materially support local Kansas City organizing. We need your participation! One project is to build care packages for people in the Kansas City community impacted by domestic violence. If you are going to GA, please bring a gently used purse or bag with you to contribute to this project. Another way to support the project, here's a wish list of items for the care package build:
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.
Sat23Jun201811:00 amPomona City Hall
The Poor Peoples' Campaign will be holding events in two cities on June 23, 2018: Washington DC and Pomona, California.
This is a perfect opportunity to show our support for our local communities and let it be known that at MVUUC we are indeed "Standing on the Side of Love"
The event will gather at Pomona City Hall, 505 S. Garey Avenue, at 11:00 am, to be followed by a short march around the block and a subsequent program. Subjects to be covered include Education, environment, housing, immigration, labor, and morality in practice.
The event will focus on the values of compassion, understanding, and building relationships.
Our congregation member, Madeline Newman Rios, is one of the 8 speakers chosen for the event.
Feel free to visit the local website at https://www.poorpeoplecampaignpv.org/
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.
Lay Leaders: Jeanne Coats & Abraham Peraza
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.