The encouraging future of UU congregations as witnessed through the eyes of a former UU High School district youth leader.
Speaker: Paula Campbell
Lay Leader: Catherine Rowlee
Finding a spiritual community where we can sense our place of belonging is a treasure that many people are searching for. Those of us here at MVUUC claim that very sense of belonging as a gift we’ve found here. We are indeed fortunate that from our youngest children to our wisest elders, our covenantal relationships with one another provide our souls with a place to call home. Let’s celebrate how our roots in this congregation can bring about that sense of belonging for ourselves, for each other, and for those who may come to belong among us in the future.
In honor of International Women's Day, Professor Dengu-Zvobgo, daughter of Zimbabwe, will share her experience and insights about women's engagement in education, mentoring, restoration and micro-credit programs in Africa. Kebokile also teaches classes in Gender and Feminist Studies. Her research interests are in women and the law especially human rights.
Julie Steinbach, Lay Leader
Sun29Mar202010:30 amZoom Link shared via email
"From my perspective, liberal religion is very much alive and as an apologist for liberal religion and process philosophy, I am finding more and more allies in various religions especially in the lives of people who consider themselves "spiritually fluid people.” - John Fahey
Get to know our Presenters:
Sun05Apr202010:30 amZoom Link shared via email
In this hailstorm we’ve named “Covid-19” we all might be finding that our sense of normal (that place of grounding and centering) is difficult to tap in to. Join in our virtual Spirit Space on Zoom as we explore the ways that we can help ourselves and one another to find our way toward the heart, and center there in these uncertain times.
Sun12Apr202010:30 amOnline via Zoom
Our best visions for how our lives will unfold after this 'Shelter-at-Home' order is lifted are clouded and uncertain. Although we've never been through times like this before, we have a long history of overcoming together. As we imagine our way forward on this Easter Sunday, we know our strength is in community and we know we will Rise and Shine!
"Sermon on the Mount" reading: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiEpS4mh9bA&feature=youtu.be
Sun19Apr202010:30 amOnline via Zoom
Rituals are tools that tie us to our heritage and to each other. Join us in the most widely-celebrated ritual in Unitarian Universalist congregations today, the Flower Communion, as we celebrate our community. Bring a flower to share (virtually). It can be a real one from your garden, an artificial one, a picture of a flower, or any floral representation that you may have handy. (t-shirt, mug, etc.)
Sun26Apr202010:30 amZoom Link shared via email"Current Issues in the Philippines and Immigration Law" - Jed Leano, Claremont City Councilman, Immigration Lawyer of Filipino heritage.Our annual focus on MVUUC's 13-year relationship with the Calapayan UU Congregation on Negros Island will include the call for educational funding continuation for our 24 sponsored elementary and high school students.Julie Steinbach, Lay Leader.
Lily Popova, Glorious Music.
Sun03May202010:30 amZoom Link shared via email
The Oxford Dictionary defines Stewardship as “the job of supervising or taking care of something, such as an organization or property.” Let’s look at the meaningful ways that the good stewardship of our beloved MVUUC is both the job and the joy we all share. Caring and tending is important to all of us, and doing it well will help us heal and grow strong as we navigate the tender
times we are in.
Sun10May202010:30 amZoom Link shared via email
On this Mother's Day MVUUC is fortunate to have Tahil Sharma at the online pulpit.
Tahil is an interfaith activist based in Los Angeles who was born to a Hindu father and a Sikh mother. He is the Regional Coordinator of North America for the United Religions Initiative (URI), the world's largest grassroots interfaith network. Following the Oak Creek, WI shooting of a Sikh temple in 2012, Tahil became involved in efforts for interfaith literacy and social justice and has been doing this work professionally for the past seven years.
Tahil serves as one of three Interfaith Ministers in Residence for the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles and as the Los Angeles Coordinator for Sadhana: A Coalition of Progressive Hindus. Tahil also serves various organizations in different capacities to educate, engage, and serve various communities that promote interfaith cooperation and ethical pluralism and social and productive norms in society. The organizations include the Interfaith Youth Core, the Parliament of the World's Religions, The Guibord Center, and The Interreligious Council of Southern California.
He is also a contributing author to books including Co-Human Harmony: Using Our Shared Humanity To Bridge Divides, Hindu Approaches to Spiritual Care: Chaplaincy in Theory and Practice, and Acting on Faith: Stories of Courage, Activism, and Hope Across Religions.
Sun17May202010:30 amZoom Link shared via email
Since the moment that we first heard the name "Covid-19" our lives have become a dance. Learning new steps forward (and back) have been a daily exercise for each of us as our lives open and change according to the directive of our Leaders and the ways we are learning to care for our own wellness and the well being of those we love. Dancing our best way forward as we wonder at the changes still coming our way will be a waltz at best.
Let's enjoy time together as we Waltz With Wonder.
Sun24May202010:30 amZoom Link shared via email
As Unitarian Universalists, we believe in a "free and responsible search for truth and meaning" and support each other in our individual quests to that end.
At MVUUC we value this so much that we adopted the slogan "Many Beliefs. One Community."
Join us this Sunday, as three members of the congregation share what they believe.
Sun31May202010:30 amZoom Link shared via email
With many of us staying inside right now, it sometimes feels like we're walking in circles.
I know that I've probably circled my 1-bedroom apartment dozens of times over these last few weeks, whether out of curiosity or boredom. But wisdom from Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh teaches us that perhaps there is more than meets the eye with this particular practice. Perhaps, if we take an extra moment to intentionally take in each step, whether inside our homes, out in our yards, or rounding the corner in our cars, we might find something more wondrous than expected.
Join us this Sunday as we reimagine what it means to find ourselves now "walking in circles."
Liz Murphy, MDiv is a 2020 graduate of the Claremont School of Theology and a candidate for ministry with the Unitarian Universalist Association. She's currently the intern minister at Throop Unitarian Universalist Church in Pasadena, CA. Liz previously worked as a chaplain intern at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and as the Interfaith Programs Assistant at the University of Southern California's Office of Religious Life. Originally from Pittsburgh, she moved to Los Angeles in 2017 with her wife, Hilary.
Sun07Jun202010:30 amZoom Link shared via email
This past year the Religious Exploration program examined Our UU Identity by learning about historical people and doing social action projects. We will recap the classes as we celebrate our children, adults, and programs. We will also honor our graduating high-school seniors. Come celebrate with us!
Led by Amy Randall, DLRE, Children's RE Council, and Adult RE Committee
Sun14Jun202010:30 amZoom Link shared via email
Rev Ellen Livingston - Rev Maggie Yenoki, Worship Associate
A Buddhist nun’s bucket is broken and will not hold water or reflect the moon. While that leaking bucket is a metaphor, it stands for the profound losses we all experience at some time in our lives. We know too well these are bottom-falling-out times we are in now. Rev Ellen Livingston will share with you some of her life experiences, what she has learned from her Buddhist studies, and the journey we humans are all on together, learning and suffering with one another.
Sun21Jun202010:30 amZoom Link shared via email
On this Father's Day, we come together to honor those Ancestors who have gifted us with their guidance, grounding us in the identities we claim as foundational to who we are in these tender times. But what does it mean to be "the breath of our ancestors" while Covid19 is taking away the breath of its victims and protesters are crying out, "We Can't Breathe!"
Sun28Jun20209:45 amZoom Link shared via email
We will gather at 9:45am for a time together before we join with thousands of our UU siblings around the Earth for an Online Worship Service!
learn more here: https://www.uua.org/ga
From the UUA Website:
Join us for the largest annual gathering of UUs joining in worship. This powerful, communal worship experience is open to the public. Rev. Joan Javier-Duval will deliver the sermon at the 2020 General Assembly Sunday Morning Worship. She serves as Minister of the Unitarian Church of Montpelier, VT. She is the daughter of immigrants from the Philippines, mother of a kindergartener, and spouse of a proud Vermonter. Beauty, gratitude, and love are at the heart of her faithful striving for collective liberation and a thriving planet.
The worship service will include a collection for the Tomaquag Museum, an indigenous museum featuring an extensive collection and archive of Southern New England tribal communities.
Sun05Jul202010:30 amZoom Link shared via email
Join our Online Sunday Service on July 5th at 10:30am on Zoom as our Minister Rev Maggie leads us on a hike through the foothills in search of "Healing Hope"
You might be surprised by the treasures we discover!
Sun12Jul202010:30 amZoom Link shared via emailHurtful words are often thought of as just that: words. However, when we begin to use certain words to generalize and "other" entire groups of people, words create divisions, policies, ideologies, and stereotypes that cause real harm. How does this happen? and how can we challenge this?
Sun19Jul202010:30 amZoom Link shared via email
Join Lay Leader Rita Salama as we welcome guest speaker Lawrence Ingalls, who will be talking about communicating with the dead.
Lawrence has held the position of Finance Manager of the Technology Transfer Office at Caltech for almost 11 years. He has an MBA from Pepperdine University, and he has been the guest speaker or guest musician at 21 UU congregations in multiple states.
In California he has been the guest speaker at our Costa Mesa, Laguna Beach, Anaheim, Sepulveda, and Fullerton congregations. He is a native of California and is of Mexican and Irish descent. Lawrence is married to a UU minister and is a member of the UU Congregation in Fullerton, CA.
Sun26Jul202010:30 amZoom Link shared via email
Sun02Aug202010:30 amZoom Link shared via email
Whenever we are forced by circumstances to endure any difficulty, we usually come through with new perspectives and a sense of growth we hadn’t planned on. Traversing through trauma can be an entirely new experience when we consciously choose to change the way we see things.
Join Rev Maggie as we wonder together, looking at ways we can bring positive change by making a choice to look with fresh eyes!
Sun09Aug202010:30 amZoom Link shared via email
Opening a conversation on any topic can take courage these days. This week We will take a brave look deep within our culture’s resistance to conversation on loss, death, and dying and how that minimizes both our education and our engagement with this topic we encounter daily during this Pandemic.
Let’s enjoy our time together transcending a topic we’ve ignored far too long - a 4th Principle peek into the free and responsible search for the truth and meaning at life's end.
Brave conversations can be empowering!
Sun23Aug202010:30 amZoom Link shared via emailIn 2017, discussion began about adding an 8th Principle:
"We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions."Since that time, many events have happened both in our denomination and in our country. Join us as we look at what prompted this proposal, and how we can move forward to build a Beloved Community that dismantles racism.