Events

  • Sun
    06
    Jan
    2019
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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.

  • Thu
    31
    Jan
    2019
    6:00 pmClaremont School of Theology

    Inland Valley Interfaith Working Group for Middle East Peace

    Presents

    What in Heaven’s Name is Going On in the Holy Land?

     What can we do to promote peace?

    A dialogue/symposium presenting perspectives from a variety of viewpoints

    Pre-Program Middle Eastern Dinner at 6 p.m.

    (no charge- donations appreciated)

    Program from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

    Haddon Conference Center – Claremont School of Theology

    1325 N. College Ave.

    Claremont, CA  91711

    Interested?  Please R.S.V.P. to tjonson@cst.edu

    (Dinner R.S.V.P.s particularly appreciated)

  • Sun
    03
    Feb
    2019
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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.

  • Wed
    27
    Feb
    2019
    6:00 pmSan Bernardino Valley College

     

    Dr. Maulana Karenga, the creator of Kwanzaa, will speak at San Bernardino Valley College for a special Black History Month guest lecture on Wednesday, February 27, 2019
    San Bernardino Valley College students, faculty and staff are eagerly awaiting a campus visit from distinguished professor, activist and author Maulana Karenga, best known as the creator of the pan-African and African-American holiday of Kwanzaa. On Wednesday, February 27, Dr. Karenga’s appearance at San Bernardino Valley College will be titled, "Message and Mission in Black History: Forging a Future and World of Inclusive Good.”

    For those who follow his research, Dr. Karenga’s visit will serve as a reminder of the global impact he has had as the originator of the Seven Days of Kwanzaa. Event organizers are expecting him to share his views on the far-reaching benefits of social change and the pan-Africanist movement.

    WHAT: Forging a Future and World of Inclusive Good: A Dialogue with Dr. Maulana Karenga
    WHERE: San Bernardino Valley College Auditorium, 701 S. Mount Vernon Avenue, San Bernardino, CA, 92410. Free parking on campus.
    WHEN: 6:00pm, Wednesday, February 27, 2019

     

  • Sun
    03
    Mar
    2019
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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!

  • Sat
    30
    Mar
    2019
    10:00 amSanctuary

    Please plan on attending and lending your support to the Poor People's Campaign Town Hall to be held on Saturday the 30th of March from 10am to 1pm at Monte Vista UU Congregation, 9185 Monte Vista Ave, Montclair, CA 91763. The theme of this Town Hall is: 'Undoing Injustice!' So, come unite with Social Justice leaders of the Community for a Day of Action, Empowerment and Community Building to save our country's working people! Please RSVP to Tricia French at officeadmin@montevistauu.org or Rev. Pratima Dharm at pppd24@gmail.com, if you plan on attending.
    Blessings and love,
    Rev. Pratima Dharm and the Social Justice Committee

  • Sun
    31
    Mar
    2019
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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.

  • Wed
    10
    Apr
    2019
    12:00 pmSanctuary

    Dear Members and Friends of Monte Vista Unitarian Universalist Congregation.

    Please plan on attending and lending your support to the Poor People’s Campaign upcoming Inland Empire ‘Hearing’ to be held on Wednesday, April 10th, from 12 Noon to 1:30pm at Monte Vista UU Congregation, 9185 Monte Vista Ave, Montclair, CA 91763. Later you also have the option to travel to Adelanto to be present at the Adelanto ICE Processing Center for a Press Conference and Vigil to be held at 3pm. So, come be part of the above Hearing organized by Social Justice leaders of the Community for a Day of Empowerment and Action to hear the stories of our country’s working people and also the immigrants held unjustly at Adelanto’s Detention Center! Please RSVP to Rev. Pratima Dharm at pppd24@gmail.com or Jeanine Little (Social Justice Committee Chair at Monte Vista UU) at bigdogz5@verizon.net if you plan on attending.
    Blessings and love,
    Rev. Pratima Dharm and the Social Justice Committee at Monte Vista UU Congregation

  • Sun
    14
    Apr
    2019
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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"!

  • Sat
    04
    May
    2019
    9:30 amFounders Room

    Saturdays, May 4, 11 and 18, 2019

    Led by Rev. Dharm, this 3-session class will explore the history of Unitarian and Universalist thought.  Each week we will view and discuss two episodes of the video series “Long Strange Trip”.  Coffee and continental breakfast will be provided.  Please contact officeadmin@montevistauu.org by 11:00 AM  the Thursday before the class you plan on attending.  Child care will be provided if requested in advance.

     

  • Sun
    05
    May
    2019
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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.

  • Sat
    11
    May
    2019
    7:30 pmSanctuary

    Come to a toe-tapping, hand-clapping good time!

    In Concert:  Gerry O’Connor and Friends

    At Monte Vista Unitarian Universalist Congregation

    9185 Monte Vista Ave., Montclair CA

    Saturday, May 11–7:30 PM

    Winner of multiple All-Ireland titles and ‘Fiddler of Oriel’ competitions, Gerry O’Connor is regarded as one of the finest Irish fiddle players of his generation. He has toured and recorded with members of Planxty, The Bothy Band, and The Chieftains, to name a few. He is featured on numerous acclaimed ensemble and solo recordings. Gerry teaches fiddle at the Willie Clancy Summer school and at master classes throughout Europe. The National Committee of Comhaltas has recently honored Gerry with a 2018 Bardic award. Gerry is also a violin-maker, music teacher, and music producer; he currently tours with the Canadian Irish legends The Irish Rovers.  Accompanying Gerry O’Connor will be Barry Fisher on guitar and Patti Amelotte on piano.
    Suggested Donation:  $20
    See more at Gerry’s website : www.gerryoconnor.net
    Contact Maribel Dana for more information: slonirish@gmail.com

  • Sun
    12
    May
    2019
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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.

  • Sat
    08
    Jun
    2019
    5:30 pmSanctuary

    We Give A Hoot!

    We Care, So We Pledge!

    The Annual Stewardship Dinner is Saturday, June 8th.

    Doors open at 5:30 PM

    at MVUUC, 9185 Monte Vista Avenue, Montclair, CA 91763

    We’ll have spaghetti, salad, and dessert with an evening of wine and song.

    Dinner is free and the wine is modestly priced!

    Please let us know if you’ll be joining us, so we can prepare.

    Please contact officeadmin@montevistauu.org with your reservation.

    Pledging makes it so we can budget for the coming year to have a thriving congregation.

    Immediately after the service on Sunday, June 9th is the annual meeting to select representatives for the congregation and to vote on the budget.

     

  • Sun
    09
    Jun
    2019
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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
    10:30 amSanctuary

    Guest Speaker:  Jeanne Coats
    Worship Associate:  Christopher Sanchez


    A Pagan perspective on the UU experience.

  • Sun
    11
    Aug
    2019
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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
    10:30 amMonte Vista Unitarian Universalist Congregation

    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
    10:30 amMonte Vista Unitarian Universalist Congregation

    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
    10:30 amSanctuary
    "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
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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.