Neighborhood Weekly News
February 8, 2018
This Sunday's Services
9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

February 11th
Black Futures Sunday
Rev. Nikia Smith Robert, Guest Preacher 

Rev. Nikia Smith Robert, affectionately known as "Reverend Daughter," enthusiastically embraces her divine purpose to preach, teach and engage in social activism. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems and Finance from Fairfield University (Connecticut). Rev. Robert also earned a Master of Divinity degree in Systematic Theology and Social Ethics from Union Theological Seminary (New York). She completed her master thesis with distinction entitled, "Penitence, Plantation and the Penitentiary - A Liberation Theology for Lockdown America," which is published in the 2017 Harvard Graduate Journal.  Rev. Robert has matriculated post-graduate studies in Homiletics at the University of Oxford (England, UK) and Economic and Community Development at Harvard University (Cambridge, MA). She is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Philosophy degree at Claremont School of Theology where her scholarly interests focus on the religious and political intersections of race, gender and class as it pertains to Black women and mass incarceration.  

Rev. Robert's ministry is catapulted by the prophetic mandate to do justice, love kindly and walk humbly. She
is a native New Yorker and currently resides in California with her loving husband and three children. Rev. Robert
can be found on Facebook at Reverend Daughter Ministries or at

The service will also feature a performance by Ngozi Messam as well as performances by the Bells of Neighborhood!

Special Offering Spotlight:

In recognition of Black History/Futures Month, the February 11 special offering goes to Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism, aka "BLUU". Formed in 2015, BLUU provides information, resources, and support for-and boosts the role and visibility of--Black UUs. It is led by Black women and queer Black folks in particular, and includes over 500 members who make decisions collaboratively.
An Executive Director position was established to maintain collective operations, vision, and resource management-and Lena K. Gardner serves as the first ED. Rev. Mykal Slack is its first Community Minister. Your contribution this Sunday will strengthen the power and capacity of this collective, and ultimately expand justice-making and liberation through our faith. To learn more, visit BLUU's official website
Upcoming Services

February 18th 
Richness Through Giving
Rev. Rebecca Benefiel Bijur, Parental Leave Consulting Minister

Rev. Rebecca helps us kick off Neighborhood's 2018 Stewardship Campaign with an inspiring service about the spiritual values of generosity and good stewardship.

February 25th
When Hope and History Rhyme
Revs. Rob and Jan Eller Isaacs, Guest Ministers 

How do we equip ourselves and each other when we need to move in common rhythm? Daniel Brown's The Boys in the Boat tells the remarkable story of a University of Washington rowing team that, against all odds, ended up representing the United States at the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin. The story provides some powerful and even useful analogies to congregational life. The 11:30 a.m. service will include a special Child Dedication service for Livia "Liv" Grace Rypinski, Rev. Lissa Gundlach & Sam Rypinski's new daughter. Our pulpit guests are Rob and Janne Eller-Isaacs, co-ministers of Unity Church Unitarian in St. Paul, MN. 
Upcoming Events:

February 5 - February 11
  • Wednesday, February 7: Social Justice Knitting, 7:00 p.m., NH Dining Room
  • Friday, February 9: Creative Meditation, 7:00 p.m., Room 23
  • Sunday, February 11: Sunday Worship, 9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m., Sanctuary
  • Sunday, February 11: Green Council Meeting, 10:30 a.m., NH Dining Room
  • Sunday, February 11: NPOC &  WP4RJ Brunch, 10:30 a.m., NH Living Room
  • Sunday, February 11: Writing as a Spiritual Activity, 12:45 p.m., Music Library
  • Sunday, February 11: Young Adult Group, 1:00 p.m., NH Upper Room
  • Sunday, February 11: Shakespeare Club, 1:00 p.m., NH Living Room
  • Sunday, February 11: Parenting Session, 1:00 p.m., Room 4
  • Sunday, February 11: OWL Parent Orientation, 1:00 p.m., Ross Chapel
February 12  -  February 18
  • Monday, February 12: Harry Potter Discussion Series, 7:00 p.m., Sanctuary
  • Thursday, February 15: White People for Racial Justice Meeting, 7:00 p.m., NH Living Room
  • Friday, February 16: Creative Meditation, 7:00 p.m., Room 23
  • Sunday, February 18: Sunday Worship, 9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m., Sanctuary
  • Sunday, February 18: Writing as a Spiritual Activity, 12:45 p.m., Music Library
  • Sunday, February 18: YRE Teacher Coffee, 1:00 p.m., Ross Chapel
  • Sunday, February 18: AIM Meeting, 1:00 p.m., NH Dining Room
  • Sunday, February 18: Young Adult Group, 1:00 p.m., NH Upper Room
February 19 - February 25
  • Monday, February 19: Harry Potter Discussion Series, 7:00 p.m., Sanctuary
  • Tuesday, February 20: Sailors of Sadness, 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 21: Social Justice Knitting, 7:00 p.m., NH Dining Room
  • Friday, February 23: Creative Meditation, 7:00 p.m., Room 23
  • Sunday, February 25: Sunday Worship, 9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m., Sanctuary
  • Sunday, February 25: Writing as a Spiritual Activity, 12:45 p.m., Music Library
  • Sunday, February 25: Neighborhood People of Color Meeting, 1:00 p.m., NH Living Room
  • Sunday, February 25: Young Adult Group, 1:00 p.m., NH Upper Room
  • Sunday, February 25: The Ladies of Mozart Concert, 7:00 p.m., Sanctuary

Visit our web calendar for more upcoming events. 
Congregational Life
Report on Dr. Robert Millikan

Dear fellow church members,

As you might recall, Irene Burkner provided words at a recent service on the life and work of Dr. Robert Millikan, a co-founder of our church for whom the Cole House Dining Room was long ago named. The Board of Trustees will be voting on February 27 on the request to have Dr. Millikan's name removed from the Dining Room, based on his assocation with a eugenics organization. The Board asked Ned Racine, who heads the NUUC history project with Lee Brainerd, to provide a detailed report on Dr. Millikan's life and career. Ned worked with Brenda Dillon and Kevin Kroeker in putting this together. We are making this report available to the church membership at this link: (CLICK HERE). The Board welcomes your thoughts on this issue prior to February 27; please email me at and I will share your email with the full Board.

Many thanks,

Clyde Derrick
Mozart Concert Celebrating the work of Girls On the Run
Feb 25, 2018 4:00 PM
HIDDEN TREASURES ~ The Innas, Ettas, Annas & Donnas of Mozart's Operas 

Whether track stars, opera Stars, engineering stars - Every Girl's an All Star. 

Performances a la Carte in Association with Girl's on the Run presents  a sublime afternoon concert of arias and duets featuring a variety of singers including our own Julia Metzler (recent winner of the Western Regional Metropolitan Opera Auditions) and Carla Jamie Perez among other stellar singers focusing on the female characters from some of Mozart's most popular operas with narration by author and music historian, Kristi Brown Mantesano. The program of exquisite music serves to highlight the juxtaposition of the restricted and predesignated role of women in the 18th century with the expanding egalitarian role of women and girls today. A special introduction to the internationally recognized Girls On The Run organization will act as overture to the concert.  TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW online at 

For more information contact 

Jazz 'N Paz Spring 2018 Series 
Tickets go on sale next week for the 2nd series of jazz concerts produced by Performances a la Carte in association with Neighborhood UU Chucrch in Pasadena, ( ). This series is a fundraiser for our church and members will receive $10 off each Series Ticket with reserve seating. 

Jennifer Leitham Trio, featuring the outstanding bassist and singer, will open the Spring Jazz 'N Paz Concert Series beginning on Sunday, March 11th at 5 pm. 

Award winning Vibraphonist, Lolly Allen & Special Guest Artist, Sax wonder, Rickey Woodard will follow on Sunday, April 8th.with vocalist, Jamie Perez, bassist, Jordan Richards and renowned jazz pianist, Josh Nelson. 

The third and final installment in the series will be on Sunday, May 13th with jazz ensemble, 2 + 1 ( bassist, Lyman Medeiros and jazz vocalist, Jamie Perez) with featured artist, Trumpeter, Nolan Shaheed, presenting a special Mother's Day Concert of the songs of Burt Bacharach  Special gift for all mothers in attendance. Players will include, Nick Mancini on drums, our own Martin Mathews, sax and Chad Edwards on piano. 

Wine and light beverages will be available before each concert beginning at 4:15 PM. Tickets are available on the patio between services and online at  (starting February 15th)  for questions or further information contact or call 626-296-9843   


Music Director, Stephen Grimm, will be retiring at the end of June. The Music Search Committee has been charged with the task of finding a new director to guide our music program into the future.
The Committee's formal congregational information gathering via the Roundtable and online/paper surveying processes are now complete. The Committee is now reviewing and tabulating results.
IMPORTANT: Regarding the Roundtable sign-up process, we regret not making clear that due to space and facilitator limitations, our process was informed by planning for a fixed number of participants. We apologize for any confusion, or disappointment related to this process.  In addition, while the Roundtable was a remarkable, eye-opening event, due to the labor intensity required, a second Roundtable is not possible.  
As children are our future, in the coming weeks, the Committee will visit RE classes to meet with Neighborhood UU's children and youth to learn what they would like to see, hear and feel in a musical experience.  
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Music Search Committee at .
We thank you for your ongoing support.  
Winter Camp at Camp de Benneville Pines 

March 2 - 4, 2018

Winter is Coming and so is Neighborhood's Winter Camp: March 2 - 4, 2018. This is a fun time to relax and recreate with other Neighborhood Church members at beautiful Camp deBenneville Pines in the San Bernardino Forest. Sign up on the patio after services.  

CLICK HERE for registration forms! The mountains are calling!

Pathway to Membership: Bridging Groups
March 18 and 25 (2 Sundays)

If you are ready to make Neighborhood Church your spiritual home and explore membership, this two-part class is the next step on your journey. Our Bridging Groups explore the theological history of Unitarian Universalism, our seven principles and sources of inspiration, and the idea of covenant, a central part of our faith. Connecting with lay leaders and our ministry team, you will also spend time exploring your own spiritual path and how it has led you to Neighborhood. The Bridging Groups are the best way to create an important foundation to be meaningfully involved in the Neighborhood community. Whether you are new to our faith or a longtime member, you are welcome and encouraged to attend. Childcare available.
To register and for more information contact  Liz Murphy , Membership and Stewardship Assistant:

Pacific Western Regional Assembly
April 27-29, 2018
Portland, Oregon

The four districts of the UUA's Pacific Western Region will gather April 27-29 in Portland, OR for the 2018 Regional Assembly. Speakers include civil rights activist, the Rev. Dr. William Barber; Washington Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, advocate for women's, immigrant, civil, and human rights; and the Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, newly elected UUA president. Programming includes workshops, worship, district meetings, and an optional social justice activity. A day-long Professional Day designed for religious professionals is planned for Friday, April 27, before the start of Regional Assembly. Discount lodging is available at the Portland DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, site of the Regional Assembly. Childcare and youth programming will be available. Registration will open by January 4. Watch the PWR website ( for full details to be posted soon.

Neighborhood Church is a caring congregation. The Pastoral Care Team and minister are here to help you in times of crisis or need and to rejoice with you in times of celebration. We can provide meals, rides, run errands, and offer one-on-one support.  Please contact Sue Iri , Pastoral Care Coordinator, if you or someone you know needs assistance.

Our parental leave minister, Rev. Rebecca Benefiel-Bijur, will be available for pastoral care visits and counseling sessions for members on a limited basis. Sunday worship is a time when we witness the joys, sorrows, and life-transitions of the congregation. Do you have a life event (birth, marriage, illness, death, milestone or celebration) which you would like shared in the order of service or lifted up in the prayer? Email Rev. Rebecca at:

Religious Education

Creative Mediation for Beginners 

Creative Mediation for Beginners - Join Mindful Change Educator and Life Coach Christine Jary for meditation on Fridays at  7PM . Creative Meditation for Beginners is designed for people who find it hard to stop their minds from thinking or to sit in the Lotus pose (cross-legged) for an extended time. The class provides alternatives to both these beginner challenges and help you learn to develop a practice that brings peace, clarity, and the much needed pause to modern life. No experience necessary. For more information contact Christine Jary at

Social Justice
February is Black History/Futures Month

Take advantage of the countless events around Pasadena to learn more about Black culture. Here's a sampling:
Friday, Feb. 9, 7 PM at Rosebud Coffee -- Hear stories of mass incarceration at a new venue in Pasadena, that employs and empowers at-risk youth  
Saturday, Feb. 10, 10:30 AM at Pasadena Community Center--The State of Black Pasadena. Hosted by Eta Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
Sunday, Feb. 11, 2 PM at Jackie Robinson Community Center--I Am Not Your Negro film and panel discussion
Monday, February 12, 7 PM at Altadena Library--Presentation on sci-fi author and Altadenan Octavia Butler
Tuesday, Feb. 13, 7 PM at Friends Meeting House - Panel on Police Surveillance
Opens Feb. 15 at ArcLight Cinema-Black Panther action film. First weekend may be sold out already.    (Donate $20 for one youth in northwest Pasadena to enjoy a night at the movies )
Opens Feb. 15 at Boston Court Performing Arts Center--A Streetcar Named Desire. This new production reveals themes of class, race, and gender, by placing the 1940s-era Blanche within a contemporary and multicultural environment.
Saturday, Feb. 17, 10 am - 4 pm--Pasadena Black History Parade and Festival. Starts at Altadena's Charles White Park and ends at Jackie Robinson Park.

Net Zero @ Neighborhood - Volunteers Wanted!
Green Council is making terrific progress in developing a plan towards the Church's commitment to become a Net Zero carbon-emitting congregation.  We hope you are as excited as we are to see this long-held dream unfold! At this point in our planning, we could use assistance in a few specific areas--primarily research and communication. Technical knowledge is not required, although an eye for detail and/or design is helpful. Please review the list below and let us know which task you can lend a hand with. Thanks, and we look forward to hearing from you!
The Net Zero @ Neighborhood Team needs volunteers to develop:
1.      A cost and capacity estimate for installing solar panels on the church campus
2.      A cost and capacity estimate for creating--or participating in--a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA)
         energy project in Pasadena
3.      A list of potential funding sources for capital projects related to our Net Zero effort
4.      A series of informational/educational posters for communicating our Net Zero effort to the congregation
5.      And finally, test and train fellow congregants in the use of a carbon footprint tool.
Direct inquiries to Frank Colcord (
Your Neighborhood Church Green Council

Easter Bunnies wanted!  Neighborhood Church's ACAC (Adopt a Child Abuse Caseworker) program brightens the lives of local foster kids!  You can put a smile on the face of a child by filling an Easter basket.  Come to our table on the patio on February 18th  and take home an Easter basket for a specific child.  Fill it with a book, toys, fun toiletries or other non-food items and bring the basket back on Sunday February 25 or March 4.  We have age appropriate ideas if you need them.  
Rapid Response Training
Wednesday, February 28,  10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Neighborhood House

Do you feel called to respond when ICE shows up in the community? Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE) established a RR network and seeks those with flexible schedules to join. The idea is to deploy immediately during a raid, witness it safely, surround the frightened immigrants with love, and collect any information helpful in preventing their deportation or detention. No charge for the training but space is very limited. RSVP to Katherine Gavzy at
Organizer position created at POP!
POP! is a multi-issue organization seeking to make Pasadena a more just, fair, and inclusive city. It was founded in 2016 by community activists who led the successful movement for a $15 minimum wage. POP! is expanding into other social justice issues (worker rights, immigrant rights and protections, affordable housing and tenant rights, police practices, public education reform) and needs staff to do this work. For job details see Requires Spanish. Deadline to apply is next Tuesday 2/13/18.
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