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
When we think about who we are as individuals in community we take a certain amount of liberty to define who we’ve been in the past and who we have become in both our personal lives and in the life of our Congregation. Celebrating that and co-creating an even more vibrant becoming will keep us in forward motion as we keep in-step with the process of growing into our best selves. Let’s see how we can continue “Becoming.”
Also! Plan to stay for a "Chalice-side Chat" after Worship.
RevMaggie will facilitate a friendly "Moment With the Minister" about 15 minutes after the close of the Service. We will sit together in the Sanctuary and talk about our reflections on the Sermon Message and other things that are important to us all.
As we prepare to enter Spring, let us pause for a moment to contemplate that which we wish to leave behind. Stepping through the portal, let us choose to cast off all we are ready to let go of... and pass joyously into the promise of Springtime renewal.
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!
Sun16Aug202010:30 amZoom Link shared via email
Delores Burris, long time member of this congregation and of our UU book group, will speak on the topic of "the book that has yet to be written" - the story that has been unfolding before us as the United States and the world confront the injustices and brutality of systemic racism and the unspoken caste system it has created. Catherine Rowlee will be the lay leader and our Music Director Lily Popova will be the pianist.
Sun23Aug202010:30 amZoom Link shared via email
In 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.
Sun30Aug202010:30 amZoom Link shared via email
At MVUUC we adopted the slogan "Many Beliefs. One Community."
Join us this Sunday, as three members of our congregation share what they believe.
Rita Salama, Lay Leader
Sun06Sep202010:30 amZoom Link shared via MVUUC email
Finding our center in days such as these often requires that we search inward to ground ourselves in the heart, the center of what makes us tick.
Come join Rev Maggie in our time together as we look into the center of our core values, and find grounding in these stormy times of change.
We extend a warm invite for new participants to email us for Zoom Access: email@example.com
Sun13Sep202010:30 amZoom Link shared via MVUUC email
Our annual Ingathering Service is a UU tradition we treasure.
Sharing our welcome with one another as we begin a new church year in our beloved congregation will bring us home to our place of belonging. We will gather online and share our Water Communion despite how it will seem different this year in this time of pandemic and unprecedented change.
Finding our way home will feel so good!
Sun20Sep202010:30 amOnline via Zoom (link shared via email)Moving together through these challenging times, we find ourselves, perhaps on a daily basis, reassessing our priorities.UCLA Oncology Chaplain and popular guest speaker, Michael Eselun will share reflections on the question, "What Matters?"Catherine Rowlee, Lay Leader
Lily Popova, Pianist
Sun27Sep202010:30 amOnline via Zoom (link shared via email)
Our 5th Principle states, "We covenant to affirm and promote the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large." Some may wonder why UU's have enshrined the value of Democracy as an important religious value. When seen in the context of all our beloved seven principles it will be clear why this is so.
Everyone is welcome!
INVITE YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY
(Share the Zoom Connect and OOS to be sent out by email on Saturday)
Sun04Oct202010:30 amZoom Link shared via MVUUC email
Robbie Dunlop sifted through the wildfire’s ash, poking through the cremains of their beloved home in Talent, Oregon. Among the ashes, Robbie was relieved to find a kitchen utensil that had belonged to Grandmother many, many years before... a spoon she used often - no matter what she cooked. It didn’t matter if it was ham or spaghetti, as long as you had that spoon, it all came out right.
Grandmother told Robbie the story over and again: "Don't fret if you're not a very good cook, it's the spoon that makes everything turn out so good."
What might that "Grandmother’s Spoon" be for us... that unique utensil that'll make it all come out right?
Join Rev Maggie as we sift out the treasures that remain magic and meaningful after great loss.
Sun11Oct202010:30 amOnline via Zoom (link shared via email)
Celebrating our beloved animal companions online
will be a new experience...
Please bring your pets into our
Virtual Sanctuary as we gather for
The Blessing of the Animals
Sunday, October 11 at 10:30am on ZOOM
(connection info coming by email on Saturday)
Please bring a small bowl of water
with you for the blessing.
For those who would like to participate in a Remembrance of those beloved companions who are no longer with us,
please bring a memento of them to share.
(picture, leash, dish, etc.)
Sun18Oct202010:30 amOnline via Zoom (link shared via email)
Lay Leader, Catherine Rowlee
Pianist, Lily Popova
Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion, not because of our progressive politics but because of our commitment to the ideals of liberalism. Liberalism is a method for resolving conflict, gaining knowledge, and advancing toward truth. Our liberal approach to religion and to all that concerns us as religious people is a precious inheritance. Abandoning the principles of liberalism would mean losing an essential part of who we are.
Rev. Hoyt-McDaniels has served Unitarian Universalist churches in the Los Angeles area for 22 years. He most recently completed an interim ministry with the Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach. He lives in downtown Los Angeles.
Sun25Oct202010:30 amOnline via Zoom (link shared via email)Celebrate UN SundayCatherine Rowlee, Lay Leader
Lily Popova, Music DirectorWorking in the Office of the Ombudsman for the United Nations Funds and Programmes often means being with International Civil Servants when they perceive incompatibilities between the aspirational values as described in the UN Charter, and the realities of working in hierarchical organizations with flawed humans. The work of the Office supports these colleagues through informal means as they navigate how to make decisions in this context. Tamar Gur will share about how she came to work in the United Nations, the work that she has been doing for the past couple of years, and how working in the United Nations has helped her grow as a conflict resolution practitioner.
Sun01Nov202010:30 amOnline via Zoom (link shared via email)The Dark Time of the year us upon us, and we invite you to join in exploring its beauty and significance with Dr. Margaret (Maggie) Froelich as she speaks to us on "Embracing the Dark."Maggie has been a polytheist and a Pagan for two decades. She was a regular face at MVUUC CUUPs for eight years, while she worked on a PhD in New Testament and Christian Origins at the Claremont School of Theology. She's a druid in the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids, and she writes academic research (which has been published) and fiction (which hasn't yet).Maggie brings a unique and clear-eyed perspective on these challenging but potentially meaningful times.
Sun08Nov202010:30 amOnline via Zoom (link shared via email)
Our shared experience of life in these most unusual days has us doing all that we can to safely bring a post-election outcome filled with positive change.
We are more than ready to turn the tide.
As we gather this week, we’ll reflect on our sure-footed path through the times ahead of us. Together, we are stronger, more passionate peacemakers.
Sun15Nov202010:30 amOnline via Zoom (link shared via email)Join us on Sunday, November 15th as three members of our congregation share what they believe.Rita Salama, Worship Leader
Joe Belk, Mary Darrow, Marlene Terrazas
Video removed because of copyright: "Carrie Newcomer - Room at the Table"
Sun22Nov202010:30 amOnline via Zoom (link shared via email)
Thanksgiving time is filled with reminders to be grateful and offer thanks for the gifts life offers. Remembering to give thanks can also give back to us, even during a year that has been filled with many difficult events. Join RevMaggie as we 'Give thanks, with a grateful heart!'
Sun29Nov202010:30 amOnline via Zoom (link shared via email)
Guest Speaker, Kathryn Urell, MSW, CHT
Lay Leader, Catherine Rowlee
Pianist, Lily Popova
You can choose to focus your attention and thoughts on the positive in yourSELF and in LIFE. Through visualization, allow yourself to be guided through an experience of GRATITUDE, resulting in a state of relaxation, peace, connection and love.
Kathryn Urell is a Social Worker by degree and a College Counselor by profession; whose passion lies in holistic wellness and personal empowerment. She is a life-long learner and teacher who stretches outside of her comfort zone to GROW. She expands consciousness by empowering people to remember that they are Already WORTHY, Enough, and LOVED.
She is living her purpose with JOY and so much GRATITUDE for this experience.
Sun06Dec202010:30 amOnline via Zoom (link shared via email)
As we welcome December and open toward the Holiday Spirit we've been longing for, we also wonder at all of the ways this year has opened us to new (and complicated!) perspectives on the traditions we treasure.
Being required to "Stay Safer at Home" for most of 2020, we have an entirely new way to make meaning from the phrase, "Home for the Holidays."
Join Rev Maggie and Lily Popova for our online gathering as we celebrate together!
Sun13Dec202010:30 amZoom Link shared via MVUUC email
As our daylight hours grow short and the night beckons our attention, we can embrace the dark and its gifts to us as we enter the Holiday Season.
Join Rev Maggie and Lily Popova as we stand in awe with a sigh of relief that exclaims, "Oh, Holy Night!"
Sun20Dec202010:30 amOnline via Zoom (link shared via email).
Join us as we celebrate the Unitarian Universalist holiday of Chalica, Amy Randall's Retirement, and Robert Tidwell's welcome.Leatha Comstock, Lay Leader
Thu24Dec20207:00 pmOnline via Zoom (link shared via email)
Let's all get together online for this beautiful service!
Please bring a taper candle and matches with you for our virtual Candle Lighting Ceremony
Sun27Dec202010:30 amOnline via Zoom (link shared via email)
Join us as we feast on verse served up by the Poetry Appreciators Lounge-at-Home participants as well as yummy offerings by others.
If you would like to share a short poem (200 words or less) from a favorite poet, or one of your own, email Rita Salama by 10:00am on December 24th and include the poem. An open mic will follow if time permits.
This annual service is in honor of all past, present and future MVUUC poets.
Sun03Jan202110:30 amOnline via Zoom (link shared via email)
"To cultivate a mind of gratitude, the most important element is maintaining daily practice, whether chanting, meditation, or prayer... and to be grateful for the practice itself."
Kusala will speak about some of the things he does and what he has come to understand about Gratitude.
Kusala Bhikshu is Head Monk at the International Buddhist Meditation Center in Los Angeles, California. He has a long history of speaking at MVUUC on the first Sunday of the New Year.
Catherine Rowlee, Worship Associate
Sun10Jan202110:30 amOnline via Zoom (link shared via email)
Reflecting on the Christian Feast of Epiphany and the scripture that brings us the story of Hymn #259 "We Three Kings"
join Rev Maggie as we "embrace our inner-Magi" and journey together in search of the star guiding us toward our best future!
Sun17Jan202110:30 amOnline via Zoom (link shared via email)
Worship Associates: Catherine Rowlee and Rita Salama
In solidarity and communion with many interfaith communities, we will gather for an hour of prayer, readings, sharing and peacemaking as we set an intention for peace for the Inauguration.Look for the Zoom link in your email
Sun24Jan202110:30 amOnline via Zoom (link shared via email)
Rev Maggie will lead our time together as we rest for a breath and look around at where we stand. It's a pretty amazing view from where we are...
Plan to stay for our Congregational Meeting at Noon
Sun31Jan202110:30 amOnline via Zoom (link shared via email)Jeanne Coats and Kathleen Reeves will lead the service as we look forward to welcoming the return of the light of reason and hope, as well as that of Spring.
We will also be celebrating Reverend Maggie's one year anniversary with MVUUC.
Sun07Feb202110:30 amOnline via Zoom (link shared via email)
Join Jeanne Roy for this Sunday's Service
Rita Salama will be our Worship Associate
Sun14Feb202110:30 amOnline via Zoom (link shared via email)
Our focus on Mercy for the month of February opens the way for a view of both our relationships and our heartfelt knowing of one another. Rev Maggie will guide us on a journey into those mercy-full spaces at the center of our lives where "We Know One Another by Heart"
Sun21Feb202110:30 amOnline via Zoom (link shared via email)
Extending Mercy to those who seek a spiritual home is one of our core values and an essential element of our growth toward meaning and purpose. The ways we open the doors of our MVUUC Community define that Mercy we offer the world. Rev Maggie will lead us as we celebrate the ways we offer Being, Belonging, and Becoming...
Sun28Feb202110:30 amOnline via Zoom (link shared via email)
What if to "side with love" meant making bold, faith-full choices? What if it were even a little bit scary? This worship service brings together worship leaders and musicians from across the country to offer hopeful, moving, challenging reminders about what we, as Unitarian Universalists, are called to do, and BE, in the world.
Sun07Mar202110:30 amOnline via Zoom (link shared via email)
"An Orchard Inspired Halfway Round the World"
Guest Speaker Mary Beth Beth Fletcher
Catherine Rowlee, Lay Leader
Lily Popova, Pianist
Sun14Mar202110:30 amOnline via Zoom (link shared via email)
Respect is a core value we treasure and hold dear; one we offer all beings. Exploring the Touchstones theme of 'Respect' during the month of March opens us toward new ways to offer pure positive regard to ourselves and to those we meet. Join Rev Maggie as we stir a bit of her Irish ancestry into our good care of the soul of self and other. Beannachtai!
Sun21Mar202110:30 amOnline via Zoom (link shared via email)
Join us as we welcome Rev. Rick Hoyt-McDaniels
As a vaccine becomes available, we might go back to normal, or "normal" might be something new. The experience of the last year gives us an opportunity to rearrange our lives: how we work, how we socialize, and how we worship.
This is a good time for congregations to re-connect with their core purpose: meeting the dual human needs of community and meaning.
Sun28Mar202110:30 amOnline via Zoom (link shared via email)
Join our Worship Associate Rita Salama as we hear the Belief Stories of three people from our MVUUC Community
Sun04Apr202110:30 amOnline via Zoom (link shared via email)
Join Rev Maggie Yenoki for this Special Easter Sunday Service
with a reading by Carissa & Donald Mohr
Sun11Apr202110:30 amOnline via Zoom (link shared via email)
With guest Speaker Michael Eselun
Catherine Rowlee, Lay Leader
Moving together through these challenging times, we find ourselves confronted by loss in so many dimensions. What might be there for us? Do we hold on or let go? UCLA Oncology Chaplain and popular guest speaker, Michael Eselun will share reflections on these questions.
Sun18Apr202110:30 amOnline via Zoom (link shared via email)
Join Rev Maggie and Catherine Rowlee for our Earth Day Celebration!
Sun25Apr202110:30 amOnline via Zoom (link shared via email)
'Tis the April season for Calapayan UU Partnership renewal!
On Sunday, April 25, we will celebrate our 14th year of congregational connection with the Calapayan UU Congregation on Negros Island in the Philippines.
Our partnership is distinguished by its investment in the future of Calapayan's youth
and our providing of regular educational funds to a community on the bottom end of the global economic divide.
Sun02May202110:30 amMVUUC Zoom sanc
"Building a New Way"
Speakers: Bob Taylor, Alan Worley, Sean Gallagher
Caitlin and Emmanuel Salgado, Amy Randall
Catherine Rowlee, Lay Leader
Lily Popova, Music Director
Laura Mulroy, Technology
Sun09May202110:30 amOnline via Zoom (link shared via email)
Join Rev Maggie and Lily Popova for this special annual Worship Celebration for Mothers' Day!
Sun16May202110:30 amOnline via Zoom (link shared via email)
John Fahey will lead us in Worship on our Touchstones Theme of Acceptance.
John admits, "Indecision and ambivalence can paralyze me. Let's talk about how to breakthrough and make some wise choices."
Sun23May202110:30 amIn-person* and via Zoom
It's been said that "We didn't come this far to only come this far."
As we gather round with Rev Maggie for this Sunday Service, we'll celebrate our community in new ways and enjoy a Flower Communion ritual together.
Let's begin to unfold the map we will take to go onward.
It's time to embrace that "We're Better Together" and begin exploring where we will go from here!
Sun23May202112 NoonIn-person and via Zoom
At Noon on Sunday, May 23. 2021 there will be a Congregational Meeting after the Service in the Sanctuary and also on Zoom.
The Rev. Rick Hoyt-McDaniels will be with us at this meeting and lead us through an important conversation to illustrate and explain the “Contract-to-Call” process. He will be present to answer questions as we explore our best future and make informed choices for our MVUUC Ministry. The goal of this “Contract to Call” process is for the congregation to decide if the Board of Trustees should offer Rev Maggie Yenoki a multi-year contract as our Minister.
Sun30May202110:30 amHybrid Service - in our Sanctuary and Online via ZoomJoin Us in the MVUUC Sanctuary or online in our MV Zoom Room“My Three Truths”(There is no sound during the first 8 minutes and 10 seconds due to a technical issue)Guest speaker, Jim CraigLay leader, Catherine RowleePianist, Lily Popova
Sun06Jun202110:30 amIn-person and via Zoom
How fortunate we would be if our Souls came with a care manual that included a maintenance schedule and a list of best practices. The times we are in now require that we gift ourselves with a deeper and stronger care of the Soul. Come gather with Rev Maggie as we use the gifts of our Touchstones Resources to do some meaningful "Soul Care" together.
Sun13Jun202110:30 amIn-person* and via Zoom
Join Rev Maggie and Lily at 10:30m online or in-person for a soul-nourishing look at how we care for our souls in tender times.
Sun13Jun202112 NoonIn-person* and via Zoom
Please join with our Congregation as we gather for our Annual Meeting on June 13, 2021 at Noon either online or in-person.
This coming Sunday is our annual congregational meeting. Each year, this meeting is an opportunity to celebrate all that we are as a Beloved MVUUC Community. These past 15 months especially, our congregation has been a constant connector for us, when so much of the world has felt uncertain, chaotic, and very tender...
This Sunday, we will turn toward all that is to come. We have so much to look forward to this next year after the "soft" reopening our Sanctuary on May 23rd. We will be raising funds for a Spirit-Level matching grant that will enable us to upgrade our technology, we will re-engage in local community actions, and we will celebrate being together for community-building events.
Please be certain to attend. All of our voices are best heard when they are spoken in harmony together!
* Please Note:Those attending in person are asked to be fully vaccinated and masked.
(art by David Snedden)
Sun20Jun202110:30 amIn-person* and via ZoomGuest Speaker: Shawki El-Zatmah
Lay Leader: Catherine Rowlee
Pianist: Lily PopovaThe impact of the African American struggle for civil rights has had a direct effect on the Palestinian struggle. The emergence of Black Lives Matter specifically and the death of George Floyd, have re-energized international attention on the conflict. The American movements of the last year have had a direct impact on how the Palestinian's view their own struggle as part of the larger global struggle against racism, sexism, and injustice in general.
Sun27Jun202110:30 amIn-person and via Zoom
It's RE Sunday!
Join Robert Tidwell, DLRE and our RE Committees for a wonderful Sunday Service and Picnic!
Come Celebrate our Religious Education Programs!
Sun04Jul202110:30 amIn-person* and via Zoom
Join Rev Maggie and Lily Popova for our Hybrid Sunday Service as we celebrate the birthday of our Nation and explore what it means to be free (and brave!)
* please wear a mask inside the Congregation's Building - Thank you!
Sun11Jul202110:30 amHybrid - In-person and via Zoom
Join Delores Burris as our Speaker for this wonderful Sunday Service
Jeanne Coats will be our Associate
Sun18Jul202110:30 amIn-person and via Zoom
Our MVUUC Adult Religious Exploration Program recently shared a multi-week dive into this text by Rebecca Ann Parker and John A Buehrens. Join us for this Service as we reflect together on the many ways that MV is "Our House For Hope."
John Fahey will be our Speaker.
Sun25Jul202110:30 amIn-person and via Zoom
Join Rev Maggie as we explore our shared "Journey" through the lens of our Touchstones theme for July. We've sure been on a wild ride, and it's time to sit and reflect on the experience of being both jostled and jovial as our life unfolds...
Sun15Aug202110:30 amHybrid - In-person and via Zoom
Guest Speaker: Rev. Liz Murphy
Worship Associate: Catherine Rowlee
In a season of immense change, we'll be turning to one of the classic stories of transition: Exodus. It's a story of freedom, of fear, of an upside-down world... sound familiar?
This Sunday we'll re-examine this story -- which is one of our
6 UU sources -- to glean wisdom, hope, and strength.
These days are full of "Exodus Moments" -- how might we respond to these thresholds with connection to community, with compassionate love, with a conviction for justice?
Sun22Aug202110:30 amHybrid Service - in our Sanctuary and Online via Zoom
Inspired by new life everywhere, and the potential that each life holds to make the world a better place for all.
Sun29Aug202110:30 amHybrid Service - in our Sanctuary and Online via Zoom
Join Rev Maggie as we gather online and in-person to celebrate the end of Summer and the homecoming our Spirits long for.
Sun05Sep202110:30 amHybrid Service - in our Sanctuary and Online via Zoom
Guest Speaker: Dick Bunce
Lay Leader: Catherine Rowlee
Lily Popova, Pianist
In 2018, the City of Pomona signed on to the International Charter for Compassion and is making compassion a core civic value.
To what degree can a city learn and live compassion?
The presentation will tell us about Pomona's quest for answers.
Sun12Sep202110:30 amHybrid Service - in our Sanctuary and Online via Zoom
All members of our MVUUC Community are asked to attend this important Sunday Service!
Reverend Anne Hines will be bringing us a message on the importance of Called Ministry in support of our 'Contract-2-Call' process that will begin in earnest with this Sunday Service.
We will host both on Zoom and In-person for vaccinated, masked, and distanced attendees.
See you there!
Sun19Sep202110:30 amHybrid Service - in our Sanctuary and Online via Zoom
Our Unitarian Universalist faith opens us up to the possibilities of flavoring every conversation with reason, no matter how difficult or divisive it might start out to be.
Join Rev Maggie as we spice up our Sunday and dig in for some helpful hope for more unity in our community - and in our world.
Sun26Sep202110:30 amMVUUC Sanctuary and Zoom
led by Jeanne Coats
Sun03Oct202110:30 amHybrid Service - in our Sanctuary and Online via Zoom
Join our celebration of the Peaceable Animal Kingdom at this annual service that marks the Feast Day of Saint Francis of Assisi, known to many as the patron saint of ecology. During our Time For All Ages we will present an exciting new animal ministry for Monte Vista UU!
Please bring along a donation of animal food to add to our donations for those who are hungry.
Sun10Oct202110:30 amHybrid Service - in our Sanctuary and Online via Zoom
We Unitarian Universalists value our freedom which is the condition when we are free to speak, act, and pursue happiness. We live in a time when it seems as if our freedoms are gradually eroding. In this sermon I will offer some ideas about facing some difficult situations when we can still be free to choose how to face them with equanimity. I will be calling on the work of Victor Frankl and his experience as a prisoner in a Nazi prison which developed into his Psychology of Logotherapy.
Sun17Oct202110:30 amHybrid Service - in our Sanctuary and Online via Zoom
Reverence is an important & nourishing element of our lives that feeds our spirits as we walk through our days, perhaps more than ever in the times we are in now.
Either online or in-person, let's gather with Rev Maggie and Lily Popova as we open up our theme for October and explore the different aspects of "Reverence."
Sun24Oct202110:30 amHybrid Service - in our Sanctuary and Online via Zoom
Catherine Rowlee and Jeanine Little will lead us in Worship this UN Sunday
Sun31Oct202110:30 amHybrid Service - in our Sanctuary and Online via Zoom
October is rich with ancient days and rituals that hold great meaning on death and the thresholds of Spirit.
Join CUUPS (and Rev Maggie) as we mark this last day of October together.
Sun07Nov202110:30 amHybrid Service - in our Sanctuary and Online via Zoom
As the days inch toward the darkness of the Fall and Winter months,
we invite you to join Reverend Maggie as we consider these days a valuable time to look inward, and seek the wisdom within...
art by Mary Engelbreit
Sun14Nov202110:30 amHybrid Service - in our Sanctuary and Online via Zoom"Reverence For Life"Guest Speaker : Cynthia HumesLay Leader: Catherine Rowlee
Pianist: Lily PopovaCynthia Humes will speak about Albert Schweitzer, reverence for life and the intersection of the two with Unitarian Universalism.
Sun21Nov202110:30 amHybrid Service - in our Sanctuary and Online via Zoom
When we associate Wisdom with a “best and brightest” aspect of ourselves, we miss out on so many deep, meaningful lessons our lives have for us. Let’s dig open this topic and appreciate together how the difficult things we carry add to our giftedness and grant us a Wholehearted Wisdom.
Sun28Nov202110:30 amHybrid Service - in our Sanctuary and Online via Zoom
Catherine Rowlee, Lay Leader
Lily Popova, Music Director
Sun05Dec202110:30 amHybrid Service - in our Sanctuary and Online via Zoom
Join Rev Maggie via Zoom or In-person as we explore the theme of "Healing" in the Month of December.
We hope for healing, and healing brings us hope!
Sun12Dec202110:30 amHybrid Service - in our Sanctuary and Online via Zoom
Our hope for the healing of the world reflects how our passion for justice is foundational to our identity. Join Rev Maggie as we explore the ways our faith as Unitarian Universalists nourishes our love for the Earth - and Her healing
Sun19Dec202110:30 amHybrid Service - in our Sanctuary and Online via Zoom
Our Annual Holiday Service will be filled with all of the wonderful Music of the Season!
We will be joined in worship with our RE children for the first time since the pandemic began last March.
Fri24Dec20217:00 pmHybrid Service - in our Sanctuary and Online via Zoom
Bring your friends and family for our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service!
We'll sing and celebrate and enjoy warm cider and cookies together.
Sun26Dec202110:30 amHybrid Service - in our Sanctuary and Online via Zoom
It's time for our Annual MVUUC Poetry Potluck!
Join Catherine Rowlee as our Worship Associate and enjoy the poetic offerings of our Community
Sun02Jan202210:30 amHybrid Service - in our Sanctuary and Online via Zoom
"Go With the Flow"
Ven. Kusala Bhikshu
Catherine Rowlee, Lay Leader
Lily Popova, Pianist
A key concept in Buddhism is impermanence.
Ven. Kusala will be speaking about the importance of acceptance in an ever-changing world.
Sun09Jan202210:30 amHybrid Service - in our Sanctuary and Online via Zoom
The sense we need renewal often comes with a longing for wisdom.
In this Service, we’ll welcome the gifts wisdom brings
Sun16Jan202210:30 amHybrid Service - in our Sanctuary and Online via Zoom
Join Rev Maggie and Lily Popova, Music Director as we continue to explore our theme of Renewal for January!
Let's see the ways that our Unitarian Universalist faith is "A Faith That Refreshes"
Sun23Jan202210:30 amOnline via Zoom (link shared via email)
Catherine Rowlee will be our Lay Leader as we Join our own Dr Erin Questad, Professor at Cal Poly Pomona for this engaging, informative, and timely Service.
Sun30Jan202210:30 amOnline via Zoom (link shared via email)
The harshness of our days leaves us weary and longing for a bit more kindness.
Join Rev Maggie on Our Quest For Kindness,
and bring your compass! We'll be looking for our true north...
Sun13Feb202210:30 amHybrid Service - in our Sanctuary and Online via Zoom
Sun27Feb202210:30 amHybrid Service - in our Sanctuary and Online via Zoom
Join Rev Maggie and Lily Popova as we pull on those things pulling at our hearts and find the faith that brings meaning to the mess...
Sun06Mar202210:30 amHybrid Service - in our Sanctuary and Online via ZoomInternational Womens Day
Dr. Gwyn Kirk, Peace Activist, will introduce the 25 year old connection amongst women across the Pacific addressing the impacts of US military bases on their communities.
Julie Steinbach will be our Lay Leader
Sun13Mar202210:30 amHybrid Service - in our Sanctuary and Online via Zoom
Join Rev Maggie Burbank Yenoki and Lily Popova for this Sunday Service as we celebrate the many ways that our Spiritual Community is "Rooted & Growing."
Sun20Mar202210:30 amHybrid Service - in our Sanctuary and Online via Zoom
Join our CUUPS (Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans) Group for this Celebration of Spring!
Ostara is the Pagan Goddess of Spring and this Holiday marks her arrival with the Vernal Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. Ostara is the half-way mark between the Winter and Summer Solstice.
Sun20Mar20223:00 pmHybrid Service - in our Sanctuary and Online via Zoom
Our Community is so very happy to gather for our Installation Celebration of Reverend Maggie Burbank Yenoki as Settled Minister
Sun27Mar202210:30 amHybrid Service - in our Sanctuary and Online via Zoom
After our Service today we are all invited to engage with our children and build "Bat Houses" that will be hung on our trees to invite bats to come reside on our MVUUC Campus.
How might we also be talking about ways to prepare for human newcomers to find a place of belonging in our Community?
Sun03Apr202210:30 amHybrid Service - in our Sanctuary and Online via Zoom
In our UU Singing the Journey (STJ) hymnal, we find an Indigenous American chant taught to Environment Educator and Musician Hawk Hurst when he visited the Hoopa Tribe in the Northwest of our beautiful state of California. The song is aptly named "The Earth is Our Mother" as its lyrics remind us of our obligation to care for Mother Earth as she cares for (and nourishes) each of us.
Join Rev Maggie as we celebrate Earth in our Sunday Service this week and open our Worship theme for the month of April.
Sun10Apr202210:30 amHybrid Service - in our Sanctuary and Online via Zoom
Come celebrate our Partnership Church in the Philippines this Sunday!
Sun17Apr202210:30 amHybrid Service - in our Sanctuary and Online via Zoom
Easter Sunday will be a good time for exploring the path that is best when we are seeking lives of wholeness.
We will enjoy the MVUUC Choir and sing some of our favorite hymns together (masks still on indoors please!)
Join Rev Maggie and Lily Popova at 10:30am as we continue to embrace our free and responsible search for truth & meaning
Sun24Apr202210:30 amHybrid Service - in our Sanctuary and Online via Zoom
Join us In-person (masks please when indoors) or Online via Zoom for this Multi-Generational Service. After worship we will plant the Oak Tree that the Children's RE presented to Rev Maggie and the Congregation at our Installation Celebration.
Sun01May202210:30 amHybrid Service - in our Sanctuary and Online via Zoom
Join Rev Maggie Yenoki and Lily Popova with the MVUUC Choir
as we open up May's theme of "Courage" with this Sunday's Message:
Sun08May202210:30 amHybrid Service - in our Sanctuary and Online via Zoom
Join us in-person (masks while inside please) or Connect via Zoom for our very special Mother's Day Sunday Service
Catherine Rowlee, Lay Leader
Sun15May202210:30 amHybrid Service - in our Sanctuary and Online via Zoom
We are fortunate to welcome Michael Eselun for this deeply meaningful Sunday Service.
Sun22May202210:30 amHybrid Service - in our Sanctuary and Online via Zoom
Join Rev Maggie for a time of worship and wonder as we explore our capacity to laugh in these days that are filled with unprecedented difficulty.
Sun29May202210:30 amHybrid Service - in our Sanctuary and Online via Zoom
Join Rev Maggie as we mark Memorial Day together exploring our theme of Courage as we honor and remember...
Sun05Jun202210:30 amHybrid Service - in our Sanctuary and Online via ZoomConfronting prejudice, fear, and the housing crisis.Gene Boutilier is an activist resident of Pilgrim Place and on the Board of Housing Claremont. His career included pastoring and organizing in farm labor, anti-poverty, anti-hunger, shelter, sanctuary, refugee and asylum, ecumenical, interfaith, and other justice related projects. He was the founding executive of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.Guest speaker: Gene Boutilier
Lay Leader: Catherine Rowlee
Piano: Matie Scully
Sun12Jun202210:30 amHybrid Service - in our Sanctuary and Online via Zoom
Join Rev Maggie as we explore our longing to grow as a Congregation of Justice-Seekers. Let's look within together and find meaning in our UU roots as the strength of our well-being and the gifts we offer to the world.
Sun19Jun202210:30 amHybrid Service - in our Sanctuary and Online via Zoom
Join Delores Burris and Rev Ellen Livingston for a celebration of the truth and meaning within the newest of our National Holidays: Juneteenth
Sun26Jun202210:30 amHybrid Service - in our Sanctuary and Online via Zoom
Sun03Jul202210:30 amHybrid Service - in our Sanctuary and Online via Zoom
Join Rev Maggie and Lily Popova with the Choir as we explore the ways we all depend on the well-being of all of life for the well-being of our own.
Sun10Jul202210:30 amHybrid Service - in our Sanctuary and Online via Zoom
How might we see our gifts to the community in a fresh way? Is holding old patterns tightly the best we have to offer in a world that is changing so quickly? Maybe new ways will open us to truly bring out best! Let's dig in to this idea...
Sun17Jul202210:30 amHybrid Service - in our Sanctuary and Online via Zoom
A Report on the 2022 UUA General Assembly in Portland. Laura Mulroy will speak of her online experience attending this years GA (General Assembly) in Portland, Oregon as our MVUUC Delegate. It will be good to hear all the updates and learn about events and movements that are happening in our denomination!
Sun31Jul202210:30 amHybrid Service - in our Sanctuary and Online via Zoom
Using the lens of Rev Tom Owen Towle’s 2004 book “Growing a Beloved Community” Rev Maggie will lead a look at the 12 aspects of a healthy congregation and explore our own beloved identity...
Sun14Aug202210:30 amHybrid Service - in our Sanctuary and Online via Zoom
In our Service on July 31st, Rev Maggie led us through the first 6 of 12 hallmarks of a healthy congregation explored in the book "Growing Beloved Community" by Rev Tom Owen-Towle. This Sunday we'll finish up with the second 6 and look as the ways we can grow a bit more and the aspects we've mastered...
Sun21Aug202210:30 amHybrid Service - in our Sanctuary and Online via Zoom
Let's keep celebrating our wonderful community as we gather for worship with
Rev Maggie and Lily Popova on our 70th Birthday Weekend!
Sun28Aug202210:30 amHybrid Service - in our Sanctuary and Online via Zoom
Even though we know that school's reopened and the figs are ripe,
it's hard to believe that Summer is drawing to its end.
Let's celebrate our coming season together in our annual Ingathering Service!
We will share in a Water Communion during this service too,
with a focus on our drought conditions that continue...
Sun04Sep202210:30 amHybrid Service - in our Sanctuary and Online via Zoom
Join Ben Williams for this look at today's Unions and how they reflect our UU values.Catherine Rowlee will be our Lay Leader
Lily Popova provides our Music!
Sun11Sep202210:30 amHybrid Service - in our Sanctuary and Online via Zoom
Join Reverend Maggie and Lily Popova with the MVUUC Choir for our exploration of the First Unitarian Universalist Principle.
Sun18Sep202210:30 amHybrid Service - in our Sanctuary and Online via Zoom
Our first Unitarian Universalist principle is filled to the top with new ways to expand our perspective and grow into greater purpose in the world. Join Rev Maggie and Lily Popova as we dig deeper into our embrace of the inherent worth and dignity within us that we too often minimize.
Sun25Sep202210:30 amHybrid Service - in our Sanctuary and Online via Zoom
Join us for our Autumnal Equinox Celebration with Jeanne Coats and Liquid Moon CUUPS & Friends
Sun02Oct202210:30 amHybrid Service - in our Sanctuary and Online via Zoom
Join Reverend Maggie as we begin to explore our worship theme for the month of October:
Sun30Oct202210:30 amHybrid Service - in our Sanctuary and Online via Zoom
Rev Maggie will be back!
and our MVUUC Choir will be presenting fun Halloween Songs
We will be creating an Ofrenda for Day of the Dead
so please bring your items for our altar
Costumes welcomed (and encouraged!)
Following the Service we will enjoy a Spooky Coffee Hour sponsored by our RE Program
Sun06Nov202210:30 amHybrid Service - in our Sanctuary and Online via Zoom
Join Rev. Maggie & Lily Popova
for our Sunday Service to celebrate the impact of our vote!
Sun20Nov202210:30 amHybrid Service - in our Sanctuary and Online via Zoom
Sat24Dec20227:00 pmHybrid Service - in our Sanctuary and Online via Zoom
Join us for a delightful Christmas Eve service.
7pm in our sanctuary.
Sun25Dec202210:30 amHybrid Service - in our Sanctuary and Online via Zoom