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.

  • Sun
    06
    May
    2018
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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.

  • Sun
    06
    May
    2018
    11:30 amSanctuary

    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.

     

  • Sun
    13
    May
    2018
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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.

  • Sun
    20
    May
    2018
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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.

  • Sun
    27
    May
    2018
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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.

  • Sun
    03
    Jun
    2018
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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.

  • Fri
    08
    Jun
    2018
    7:00 pmSanctuary

    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.

  • Sun
    10
    Jun
    2018
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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.

     

  • Sun
    10
    Jun
    2018
    12:30 pmSanctuary

    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.

  • Sun
    17
    Jun
    2018
    10:30 amSanctuary

    "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:

    https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3AH3M6K6SC2HN/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_esjdBbGFKHDYA

     

  • Sun
    17
    Jun
    2018
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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.

  • Sat
    23
    Jun
    2018
    11:00 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/ 

  • Sun
    24
    Jun
    2018
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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.

     

  • Sun
    01
    Jul
    2018
    10:30 amSanctuary

    Lay Leader:                 Chris Sanchez
    Worship Associate:     Catherine Rowlee
    Music Director:           Lily Popova

    These days, the institutions of our once vibrant democracy are being silently dismantled.  As Americans and as UUs, will our role be that of silent watcher, vocal combatant or something between these two extreme.

  • Sun
    08
    Jul
    2018
    10:30 amSanctuary

    Lay Leaders: Jeanne Coats and Catherine Rowlee

    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.

  • Sun
    15
    Jul
    2018
    10:30 amSanctuary

    Lay Leader:  Julie Steinbach

    "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it" George Santayana.  Does examination of our nation's history offer reassurance that all will end well?  Which parts of our past should we look to for guidance?  Join Mary Darrow and Sandra Grajeda as they explore these issues.

  • Sun
    22
    Jul
    2018
    10:30 amSanctuary

    Rev. Ellen Livingston, Minister Emeritus MVUUC

    These times, for most of us, are out of whack.  The center just does not hold. Our world, especially in our American society, does not seem balanced, the earth is moving under our feet, and it's not an earthquake this time.  Meanwhile, I look forward to sharing from my own life experiences, and calling on others for counsel, on how to achieve some much needed harmony in our lives.

  • Sun
    29
    Jul
    2018
    10:30 amSanctuary

    Lay Leaders: Amy Randall and Catherine Rowlee

    We are all creative beings, as the impulse to create is part of our yearning to live. When we engage in the arts as a spiritual practice we cultivate a relationship to the greater universe. Join us for an interactive, hands-on opportunity to experience the creative process and nourish your own spirit.

  • Sun
    05
    Aug
    2018
    10:30 amSanctuary

    Lay Leader:  Chris Sanchez

    Does your favorite superhero fly, have great strength or shoot laser beams?  Let us explore the relationship between superheros and our UU Principles.  Let us learn to spot superheroes as they walk among us.  Let us see if we can make our own superhero mUUvie!

  • Sun
    12
    Aug
    2018
    10:30 amSanctuary

    Lay Leader:  Chris Sanchez

    In life, there are easy questions whose answers you already know; hard questions whose answers you must research; and questions like this one that require careful consideration.  Join us as we ponder our identity with the help of literature's favorite criminal and his secret Unitarian Universalist savior.

     

  • Sun
    19
    Aug
    2018
    10:30 amSanctuary

    Rev. Pratima Dharm

    Louis-Ferdinand Celine wrote, “When you stay too long in the same place, things and people go to pot on you, they rot and start stinking for your special benefit.” Rev. Pratima Dharm will speak on the topic of ‘movement’ and how it correlates to growth and regeneration as essential elements to preventing stagnation and harmonizing with the natural rhythm of the world around us.

  • Wed
    22
    Aug
    2018
    7:00 pmSanctuary

    Save the Date for an Amazing Concert at MVUUC - 7:00 pm, August 22, 2018

    New World String Project with Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Franfurter along with John Weed and Stuart Mason of Molly’s Revenge fame.  Advanced tickets will be available soon. A portion of the proceeds will benefit MVUUC. Contact Catherine Rowlee (catherinerowlee@gmail.com) with questions.

    "Extraordinary instruments and heartwarming music rooted in the Nordic, Celtic, and American folk traditions. Science tells us that cross pollination can result in hybrid vigor that transcends the sum of its parts. In a parallel vein, the vibrant West Coast traditional music community has given birth to the New World String Project. Four highly skilled and well known multi-instrumentalists have joined forces to create an exciting weave of music rooted in the Celtic, Nordic and American folk traditions. Ancient and modern sounds mingle freely on Swedish nyckelharpa, Celtic harp, fiddle, guitar, cittern, bouzouki, and more. Join the New World String Project for a musical ride that will shake your boots, uplift your spirit and warm your heart.”

    Live Show Moments: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObLi_2hnG60&feature=youtu.be

  • Sun
    26
    Aug
    2018
    10:30 amSanctuary

    Rev. Pratima Dharm

    Rev. Pratima Dharm will lead the Water Ceremony at Monte Vista on the 26th of August and speak on the relationship between water and light. This is traditionally celebrated in memory of the first Unitarian Universalist Water Communion worship service held in the 1980s at the beginning of the new church year. 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
    02
    Sep
    2018
    10:30 amSanctuary

    Lay Leader:  April Fissell

    Sometimes, it just takes a while. April Fissell and Jeanne Coats will discuss this in relation to their life choices, and pose some points to ponder.

  • Sun
    09
    Sep
    2018
    10:30 amSanctuary

    Rev. Pratima Dharm

    Rev. Pratima Dharm will lead the service at Monte Vista on 9th September and speak on the topic of knowledge and the significance of wisdom in our lives. Traditionally marking the blessing of the backpacks within Unitarian Universalism, at the beginning of the new church year, members and friends are encouraged to bring to the service a favorite book or another item that signifies the blessing of knowledge or wisdom to share during service!

  • Tue
    11
    Sep
    2018
    4:00 pm11941 Ramona Avenue, Chino

    The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is hosting a 9-11 National Day of Remembrance Blood Drive on Tuesday, September 11, from 4 pm to 9 pm at 11941 Ramona Avenue, Chino. For appointments call 1-800-879-4484. Expedite your donation by visiting www.LStream.org/ExpressPass. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids and bring a photo I.D. with proof of age. Donors under 18 years of age must bring a signed LifeStream parental consent form. MVUUC congregants are encouraged to wear our “On the Side of Love” caps or T-shirts.

  • Sun
    16
    Sep
    2018
    10:30 amSanctuary

    Rev. Pratima Dharm

    Rev. Pratima Dharm will lead the service at Monte Vista on the 16th of September and speak on how we can remain or be true to ourselves even as we move towards embracing new beginnings in our lives. This will mark the festival of ‘Ganesh Chaturthi’ on the Hindu calendar which celebrates our journeys into new beginnings, prosperity and wisdom!

  • Sat
    22
    Sep
    2018
    5:30 pmSanctuary

    Join us for the MVUUC UnBirthday Party

    Bring a potluck dish of entree or side. Dessert will be furnished.  Party Games, Music, Prizes, Fun, Friends!

    For more information, please click on the following link:

    MVUUC UnBirthday Party

  • Sat
    22
    Sep
    2018
    8:00 AM - RegistrationClaremont Colleges

     

    The 45th Annual Pomona Valley Walk for the Hungry and Homeless

    Saturday, September 22, 2018  9:00 (registration at 8:00)

    MVUUC members have been part of this Walk, sponsored by Inland Valley Hope Partners, since it began in 1973! It's a great way to live our UU principles and enjoy each other on a pleasant 5K walk through the Claremont Colleges with your MVUUC friends.

    Walkers: Sign up on the patio after church or see Kathy Mason, Teresia Santee, or Margaret Davis.    Sponsors: Find walkers and sponsor generously.  Better yet, walk and sponsor!

    Let's begin the new church year on the right foot (pun intended) and show our new minister one way we support the brothers and sisters in our community!

  • Sun
    23
    Sep
    2018
    10:30 amSanctuary

    Rev. Pratima Dharm

    The spiritual discipline of ‘fasting’ dates back to ancient times and is common to all religions of the world. Rev. Pratima Dharm will lead the service at Monte Vista on the 23rd of September and speak on the topic of fasting as necessary to centering us towards a greater wholeness.

     

  • Fri
    28
    Sep
    2018
    Sun
    30
    Sep
    2018
    4:00 pmCamp deBenneville Pines

     

    Join us for the Retreat at Camp de Benneville Pines

    Friday, September 28 – Sunday, September 30, 2018

    Mingle with UU’s from CVUUF, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Live Oak, and Santa Paula

    Registration includes meals Friday evening through Sunday breakfast.

    Fees start at $150 per adult, $110 for youth, $90 for children for EARLY Registration.

    Reflection - Nature - Relaxation - Spiritual Practice - New Friends - Old Friends - Talent Show & More

    Do you have a passion, a talent to share, a craft, a song, a sport or spiritual practice… let us know, we’ll provide the time and space to make the sharing happen!

    Contact Marlene Terrazas <mezzovoz@yahoo.com> for registration form or look for table on patio after service.

  • Sun
    30
    Sep
    2018
    10:30 amSanctuary

    Lay Leader:  Jeanne Coats

    Join CUUPS as we celebrate the turning Wheel of the Year by symbolically passing through the Portal into the Dark Time.

  • Wed
    03
    Oct
    2018
    7:15 pmRev. Ellen Livingston's Home

    Meditation for all: Quiet the mind, dwell in peace.  We are working together to keep the Clear Mountain Sangha running through 2018. This evening’s practice will take place at the home of Rev. Ellen Livingston, 630 W. Bonita Avenue, Apt. 9-A, Claremont, CA 91711; (909) 625-5454.

  • Sun
    07
    Oct
    2018
    10:30 amSanctuary

    Rev. Pratima Dharm

    Rev. Pratima Dharm will lead the service at Monte Vista on 7th October and speak on the relevance of Gandhi’s teachings today to mark the occasion of his birthday, traditionally celebrated on 2nd October!

  • Sun
    07
    Oct
    2018
    12:15 pmFounders Room

    Please contact Laura at ljmulroy@gmail.com or 909-226-6446 with questions or to sign up.

  • Sun
    07
    Oct
    2018
    12:15 pmFounders Room

    Please contact Laura at ljmulroy@gmail.com or 909-226-6446 with questions or to sign up.

  • Sat
    13
    Oct
    2018
    6:00 pmMembers' Homes

    Sign Up Now for Small Group Dinners to be held October 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
    Oct
    2018
    10:30 amSanctuary

    Rev. Pratima Dharm

    Rev. Pratima Dharm will lead the service at Monte Vista on the 14th of October and speak on how we can practice the essential principles of our Unitarian Universalist faith or tradition as we honor the indigenous peoples of California on the occasion of Columbus or Native American Day.

  • Sun
    21
    Oct
    2018
    10:30 amSanctuary

    Rev. Pratima Dharm

    Rev. Pratima Dharm will lead the Bread Communion Service at Monte Vista on the 21st of October and speak on the importance of how bread can be an essential issue of justice with emphasis upon the UU-UNO promotion of the idea of ‘Advancing Just Migration for All this year. 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
    21
    Oct
    2018
    12:15 pmFounders Room

    Please contact Laura Mulroy at ljmulroy@gmail.com or 909-226-6446 with questions or to sign up.

  • Sun
    21
    Oct
    2018
    4:00 pmIslamic Center of Claremont (3641 N. Garey, Pomona, CA)

    Sunday, October 21, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM -The 10th Annual Interfaith Walk and Rally for Peace

    The opening program begins at 4:00 at the Islamic Center of Claremont (3641 N. Garey) and ends at Claremont United Church of Christ. The walk is followed by a light communal meal.  All ages are welcome. The purpose of the walk is to promote peace and understanding in a way that transcends specific world events.

    To view or download a copy of the flyer, please click on the following link:

    The 10th Annual Interfaith Walk and Rally for Peace

  • Sun
    28
    Oct
    2018
    10:30 amSanctuary

    Co-Lay Leaders: April Fissell and Jeanne Coats

    Celebrate and honor our beloved dead with joy and gratitude to them for the joy and love they have brought to our lives. Bring pictures and mementos to place on the altar.

  • Sun
    28
    Oct
    2018
    12:15 pmFounders Room

    Please contact Laura at ljmulroy@gmail.com or 909-226-6446 with questions or to sign up.

  • Sat
    03
    Nov
    2018
    5:00 pmSanctuary

    SAVE THE DATE!!!

    NIGHT OF STARS

     MVUUC ANNUAL GOODS AND SERVICES AUCTION

    SATURDAY NOVEMBER 3, 2018

    Doors open 5:00 PM

    Our Annual Goods and Services Auction is an important fundraising event for MVUUC and always a fabulous dinner and party!

    Your Auction Team is happy to announce that Claremont Canopy Caterers will once again provide another delightful meal during the Silent Auction.  Both Silent and Live Auctions will offer amazing varieties of community-building fun.

    COME AS THE STAR YOU ARE!!

    Feel free to come as yourself or your favorite star of film, music, sport, history, etc.

    NEW THIS YEAR—10% of funds raised will be given to refugee resettlement programs.  If we make more than $10,000 in this effort, 15% will be shared.  Join in this CommUUnity action.

    In September, look for updates in the weekly and Sunday Announcements.

  • Sun
    04
    Nov
    2018
    10:30 amSanctuary

    Rev. Pratima Dharm

    Rev. Pratima Dharm will lead the Service at Monte Vista on the 4th of November and speak on the significance of the grieving process and the different ways in which various world cultures express and ritualize grief to cope better with deep sorrow.

  • Sun
    11
    Nov
    2018
    10:30 amSanctuary

    Rev. Pratima Dharm

    Rev. Pratima Dharm will lead the Service at Monte Vista on 11th November to honor our Veterans. As a Veteran herself, she will speak from her own firsthand experience in the Iraq war with special emphasis on the willingness to answer the ‘call’ to ‘serve’ or to ‘service’ during conflict

  • Sun
    18
    Nov
    2018
    10:30 amSanctuary

    Rev. Pratima Dharm

    Rev. Pratima Dharm will lead the Service at Monte Vista on the 18th of November which will celebrate the Indian ‘Festival of Light’ called ‘Deepavalli’ or ‘Diwali’. She will speak on the importance of our collective ‘light’ especially within the present crisis of disunity and alienation for many in our nation with the hopes of ushering a brighter and more hopeful future for us all.

  • Sun
    25
    Nov
    2018
    10:30 amSanctuary

    Guest Leader:  Harry Ragland

    Sunday's Service, November 25, the Freethinkers Forum will present a play entitled, "The Artists."  It will be a panel discussion between Michelangelo, Picasso, Camille Claudel, and Georgia O'Keeffe.

  • Sun
    02
    Dec
    2018
    10:30 amSanctuary

    Rev. Pratima Dharm

    Inadequacies and our own deep-seated fears can prevent self-confidence within us at times. Rev. Pratima Dharm will speak on 2nd of Dec on the topic of ‘Confidence’ and the necessary steps we need to take in order to embrace all of our fabulous selves so we could lead intentionally fuller, purposeful and meaningful lives!

  • Sun
    02
    Dec
    2018
    12:00 pmClassroom 1

    Would you like to find out more about possible MVUUC Interest Groups? Please come chat with others with similar interests and make plans to start some new groups. Potential groups are currently: Cooking, Hiking, Crafting, Gardening, Poetry, Drama/Theater, Music & Singing, Humanist Discussion and Parent/Child Outings. Please contact Laura Mulroy at ljmulroy@gmail.com with questions.

  • Sat
    08
    Dec
    2018
    10:00 am - 2:30 pmSanctuary

    All Are Welcome!

    MONTE VISTA SATTVIK COOKING WORKSHOP

    & SIT-DOWN MEAL

    (Vegetarian, Vegan & Gluten Free Food)

    BY REV. PRATIMA DHARM (MINISTER, MONTE VISTA UU CONGREGATION)

    8th December 2018, 10:00 am - 2:30pm, The Sanctuary/Kitchen

    Suggested Donation: $10/person (To help raise funds for Adult RE!) Please RSVP by December 1st to Rev. Pratima Dharm or Tricia French at: pppd24@gmail.com or officeadmind@montevistauu.org

  • Sun
    09
    Dec
    2018
    10:30 amSanctuary

    Amy Randall and Rev. Pratima Dharm

    Envision a place where unacceptable folks are barred and religious intolerance is prevalent. Sound like the current news? This is actually an ancient story commonly known as the Nativity Story. Share in the retelling of this tale through a Unitarian Universalist lens. The familiar characters will be played by our own congregants, along with music by our choir. Join us as we celebrate the holidays and embrace the deepest meaning that Christmas holds for each one of us.

  • Sun
    09
    Dec
    2018
    10:30 amSanctuary

    Share the Plate recipient for December is the Newcomers Access Center (NAC), a new nonprofit to assist refugees and immigrant families in the Inland Empire and Los Angeles communities.  Did you know that this new nonprofit was inspired by a late member of MVUUC?  Come Sunday and hear her story.  Plan to give bigheartedly.

    The Newcomers Access Center (NAC) centralizes volunteer efforts, administrative tasks, and works with professional staff to better serve refugees and immigrants.

    NAC needs your financial support.  Please GIVE generously. Examples of how you can help:  $85 buys a warm coat - $500 a rent supplement - $25 per hour for translator (paid to refugee) - $150 college text book - $200 driver training (6 hours) - $35 monthly phone service - $450 laptop computer - $284 Administrator’s salary for a week.   Every gift counts.  Thank you.

  • Sun
    16
    Dec
    2018
    10:30 amSanctuary

    Worship Associate:  Chris Sanchez
    Director of Music:  Lily Popova

    Please join us in celebrating this Holiday Season by listening to a wide array and repertoire of delightful musical selections drawn from hundreds of years of Western Sacred Music tradition (including some modern ones as well!) that capture the Holiday Spirit of good cheer and joy! It will be presented by the Monte Vista Choir on the 16th of December with the goal of enhancing our liturgical celebrations with beautiful music found within the depths of Unitarian Universalist Worship. The service will be led by Chris Sanchez and Lily Popova the Director of Music at Monte Vista.

     

  • Sun
    23
    Dec
    2018
    10:30 amSanctuary

    Rev. Pratima Dharm

    Rev. Pratima Dharm will lead service at Monte Vista on 23rd Dec and speak on the topic of the power of love and reconciliation to counter gun violence in our society today. The loving principles behind the ‘Sandbox’ project will be showcased at this service.

  • Mon
    24
    Dec
    2018
    7:00 pmSanctuary

    Rev. Pratima Dharm

    Come and worship with us on Christmas Eve! The service will showcase special music by Lily Popova, songs by the Monte Vista Choir and a message of hope for all our children and the children of this world by Rev. Pratima Dharm. Service will begin at 7pm. So let us gather to not only celebrate this special season but also to usher in the New Year with a spirit of love, hope and unity!

  • Sun
    30
    Dec
    2018
    10:30 amSanctuary

    Guest Leader: Maribel Dana
    Worship Associate: Jeanne Coats
    Music Provided By:  Lily Popova

    During this crack between two years, join us for a conversation and a sharing of truths and wisdom between generations--the past, the present, and the future.  Let us be cheered, opened, and awakened!  Bring one of your favorite poems or one of your own creations.  No epics, please.  We will remember some of our own MVUUC poets as well.

  • 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.

  • Sun
    03
    Nov
    2019
    10:30 amSanctuary

    Amigos! Join us for one of Monte Vista’s favorite services as we celebrate the Day of the Dead: a beautiful and culturally rich Mexican holiday that has caught on and  now celebrated by different cultures worldwide. This holiday is about coming together in love to remember friends and family members who have passed on and celebrate their life with music, food, laughter and fun. You are encouraged to bring pictures, stories and favorite items of your dearly departed to place on the altar and stay for the Mexican goodies and sharing of stories during fellowship. All are welcome!!!

  • Sun
    10
    Nov
    2019
    10:30 amSanctuary

    Rev. Pratima Dharm will speak on the perspective of sound and music as understood through the ancient yogic philosophy of chakras, colors and notes that can affect our physical, emotional and spiritual rhythm and health.

  • Sun
    24
    Nov
    2019
    10:30 amSanctuary

    Rev. Pratima Dharm will lead the service to celebrate the message of ‘gratitude’ especially within the celebrations leading upto ‘Thanksgiving!’ Please bring a dish to share with others as we will share a meal reminiscent of all things ‘Harvest’ during fellowship time!

  • Sun
    01
    Dec
    2019
    10:30 amSanctuary

    The MVUUC Worship team, the Pastoral Care team and Rev. Dharm will lead a worship circle focused upon grief and ways in which we can heal from our losses. This service is a start of a yearly tradition at Monte Vista especially around the holidays, where many people struggle with grief and loss.

  • Sun
    15
    Dec
    2019
    Sanctuary
  • Sun
    23
    Feb
    2020
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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

  • Sun
    01
    Mar
    2020
    10:30 amSanctuary

    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.