Neighborhood Weekly News
February 1, 2018
This Sunday's Services
9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
February 4th
Peace, Salaam, Shalom
Rev. Rebecca Benefiel Bijur, Parental Leave Consulting Minister

In his recent book, Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America, Muslim American activist Eboo Patel argues that rising Islamophobia and religious totalitarianism are threatening the futures of all of us-- including those of us who believe in religious pluralism. What unique contributions can UUs make to turn back this tide?

Upcoming Services

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

R ev. 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

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
Revs. Rob and Jan Eller Isaacs, Guest Ministers 

Upcoming Events:

January 29  -  February 4
  • Friday, February 2: Family Game Night, 6:30 p.m., Sanctuary
  • Saturday, February 3: Church Energy Audit, 9:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, February 3: Senior High Night, 7:00 p.m., Sanctuary
  • Sunday, February 4: Sunday Worship, 9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.
  • Sunday, February 4: GLOBE Forum, 10:30 a.m., NH Dining Room
  • Sunday, February 4: Building Bridges Task Force, 12:45 p.m., Room 5
  • Sunday, February 4: Writing as a Spiritual Activity, 12:45 p.m., Music Library
  • Sunday,February 4: Young Adult Group, 1:00 p.m., NH Upper Room
  • Sunday, February 4: New to Neighborhood, 1:00 p.m., NH Living Room
February 5 - February 11
  • Wednesday, February 7: Social Justice Knitting, 7:00 p.m., NH Dining Room
  • 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: 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
February 12  -  February 18
  • 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: Young Adult Group, 1:00 p.m., NH Upper Room
Visit our web calendar for more upcoming events. 
Congregational Life
New to Neighborhood
Sunday, February 4, 1:00 p.m.
Neighborhood House Living Room

Join us for an overview of Unitarian Universalism and Neighborhood Church. You'll learn more about the tenets of our faith, opportunities and activities for church involvement, information about membership, church stewardship and governance, and have an opportunity to meet other newcomers.  Childcare available.  

Building Bridges
Sunday, February 4, 12:45 p.m.
Room 5

Monthly meeting of this vital and growing group, engaged in undocumented-immigrant and Muslim solidarity activities. Come and help plan an Islam class in spring, a rapid-response network to deploy during ICE raids, and more. Info: Bonnie Blustein, .


The Music Search Committee's online surveys have LAUNCHED!

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.

If you did not have a chance to participate in last Sunday's Roundtable discussions, you still have a chance to communicate what you find moving, purposeful and meaningful in a church musical experience by participating in our survey process. You can complete the survey online, via the e-Newsletter link, or by completing a paper-format survey.

To access the online survey, CLICK HERE.

Committee members will make paper surveys available on the patio, after both services, on January 28th and February 4th.

Your input is vital to our process and will guide the Committee's efforts.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Music Search Committee at

Thank you!
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 

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



Senior High Night - On Saturday, February 3rd from 7 p.m. to 10p.m., our high schoolers will be hosting their first annual Senior High Night! This festive evening will be filled with food, art, and entertainment. Come visit with our Senior High teens, view their artwork, and enjoy some food and entertainment. All proceeds benefit their social justice projects. For more information contact DRE Matt Vasko .

Social Justice

Energy Audit
Saturday, February 3, 9:00 a.m.
Neighborhood Church

The first step on the path to reaching Net Zero goals is a campus walk-through energy analysis to identify cost-effective measures to cut energy use. Checklist in hand, we'll walk the entire property and take notes on ways to reduce energy usage in each room, identifying what can be done easily (i.e. changing bulbs) and what needs professionals (i.e. replacing HVAC equipment and windows).

No experience necessary, but especially helpful would be environmental engineers, heating and cooling experts, general contractors, etc. Also, anyone who knows campus history, activities, and daily operations. Contact Evan Nuckles at

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
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