Neighborhood Weekly News
June 28, 2018
Summer Services held at 10:00 A.M.

July 1
With a Lion at Her Feet
Rev. Meghann Robern

The story of Saint Thekla tells the tale of a woman who carved out her own life of faith and claimed her autonomy despite numerous attempts to silence her. One of the sources of her strength was the love and support from her religious community. Join us as the Rev. Meghann Robern returns to Neighborhood, her home congregation, to speak to us about loving each other into being.

The Rev. Meghann Robern was a member of Neighborhood from 2009 to 2015, singing in the choir, volunteering in RE, and serving on the Nominating Committee. When her path to professional ministry became clear she was proud to be sponsored for fellowship by this congregation. Last year she was ordained by First UU Nashville and called to First UU Winnipeg as their settled minister.

Sunday's service will also feature guest musicians Carla Jamie Perez, Martin Mathews, Chad Edwards, & Cary Belling

Upcoming July Worship Services

July 8 
Learning Resilience
Rev. Christina Shu, Affiliated Community Minister

Every day we witness stories of trauma and suffering, some from the national news, some from structural injustice in our country, some from our own lives. How can we learn to practice and sustain resilience while facing these traumas? How can we build a spiritual community that nurtures resilience?

Guest musician: Wendy Hunter

July 15 
Rev. Lissa Gundlach, Senior Minister

July 22 
Chalice Circle  Service  on Death and Loss

J uly 29 
Rev. Lissa Gundlach, Senior Minister
Want to catch up on previous services?
Text and audio can be found HERE
Upcoming Events

June 28 - July 1 
  • Friday, June 29: Creative Meditation, 7:00 p.m., Room 23
  • Sunday, July 1: Sunday Worship, 10:00 a.m., Sanctuary
  • Sunday, July 1: New to Neighborhood, 11:30 a.m., NH Living Room
  • Sunday, July 1: GLOBE Forum, 11:15 a.m., NH Dining Room
  • Sunday, July 1: Young Adults Group, 11:30 a.m., NH Upper Room
  • Sunday, July 1: Writing as a Spiritual Activity, 11:30 a.m., Music Library
July 2  - July 8  
  • Wednesday, July 4: Church offices closed
  • Friday, July 6: Creative Meditation, Room 23
  • Sunday, July 8: Sunday Worship, 10:00 a.m., Sanctuary
  • Sunday, July 8: Writing as a Spiritual Activity, 11:30 a.m., Music Library
  • Sunday, July 8: Green Council Meeting, 11:15 a.m., NH Dining Room
  • Sunday, July 8: Shakespeare Group, 11:30 a.m., NH Living Room
July 9 - July 15
  • Wednesday, July 11: Social Justice Knitting Group, 7:00 p.m., NH Dining Room
  • Friday, July 13: Creative Meditation, 7:00 p.m., Room 23
  • Sunday, July 15: Sunday Worship, 10:00 a.m., Sanctuary
  • Sunday, July 15: Single & Over 60 Group, 11:30 a.m., NH Dining Room
  • Sunday, July 15: Writing as a Spiritual Activity, 11:30 a.m., Music Library 
  • Sunday, July 15: Young Adults Group, 11:30 a.m., NH Upper Room
July 16 - July 22
  • Tuesday, July 17: Sailors of Sadness, 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 19: White People for Racial Justice, 7:00 p.m., NH Living Room
  • Friday, July 20: Creative Meditation, 7:00 p.m., Room 23
  • Sunday, July 22: Sunday Worship, 10:00 a.m., Sanctuary
  • Sunday, July 22: Neighborhood People of Color Meeting, 11:15 a.m., NH Dining Room
  • Sunday, July 22: Writing as a Spiritual Activity, 11:30 a.m., Music Library
  • Sunday, July 22: Bridging Class, 11:30 a.m., NH Living Room

Visit our  web calendar  for more upcoming events.  
Music Search Committee
After seven months of working steadily, Neighborhood's Music Director Search Committee is pleased to announce Dr. Zanaida Robles as Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church's newest Music Director!

Dr. Robles holds a Doctor of Music Arts degree from USC's Thornton School of Music, a Master of Music degree from Cal State Northridge, a Bachelor of Music degree from Cal State Long Beach, and she is a graduate of the L.A. County High School for the Arts.

Dr. Robles is currently the choral director at Harvard-Westlake Upper School and is coming to us from her soon-to-be former position, as Music Director at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica.

Dr. Robles is a highly regarded professional musician. She came to us, recommended by Rev. Lissa's Unitarian Universalist colleagues, and our own Stephen Grimm. Her resume and references were impressive. From the start, with only her credentials, several members of the Search Committee believed that she was a candidate who demonstrated true potential to partner with us, synergistically, to build upon our classical foundation, and to take us beyond to create an exciting musical future for our congregation.

CLICK HERE to read more

Dr. Robles, Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church welcomes you with open arms!

From Our New Music Director, Dr. Zanaida Robles

I am thrilled to be joining the team at Neighborhood Church! Many thanks to the search committee and to Stephen Grimm whose encouragement and support were instrumental in my decision to seek employment here. When someone believes in you, you start to believe in yourself. Stephen believed in me, and now I'm coming here, back home to the San Gabriel Valley, preparing to embark on the next chapter of an incredible journey, following a call to music ministry that began 17 years ago right here in Pasadena. I am eager to get to know you. I look forward to hearing your stories and to sharing mine. Most of all, I can't wait to make music with you! See you in September!

Congregational Life

With an overwhelming majority, delegates at the 2018 Unitarian Universalist Association's General Assembly adopted an Action of Immediate Witness calling for the abolition of ICE and the end of family separation and detention of asylum seekers. The resolution calls for the "Abolition of Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the implementation of a system that understands the causes for migration, provides a non-carceral solution while asylum seekers await a decision on their case, and has a fundamental commitment to keeping families together."

The Unitarian Universalist Association is also amplifying the call of Mijente  to #AbolishIce by joining Mijente's Day of Action in San Diego on July 2.

Read the Full Action of Immediate Witness HERE

As part of our faith, it is our duty to answer these calls to action and to rise up for the continued injustices that are occurring. These are some actions that Neighborhood members are participating in. This is not a comprehensive list and details will be updated as we get more information. Please visit our websiteFacebook page, or Twitter for more information and to communicate with members and friends! 

CLICK HERE  to read Rev. Lissa's statement and call to action.

Day of Action Rally
Thursday, June 28 (TONIGHT) 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
LA City Hall, 200 N. Spring St 

On June 28, Women's March Los Angeles is planning a Day of Action Rally at City Hall to help support the Families Belong Together March. 

Rally to kick off National Movements for Families who have been separated and detained. We call on politicians, activists, and citizens to rise up and demand that children not be separated from their families and housed in inhumane conditions while their parents are prosecuted and deported.

CLICK HERE for more information. 

Families Belong Together Rally
Saturday, June 30, 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. 
Pershing Square 

On June 30, we're rallying in Los Angeles to say  #FamiliesBelongTogether .

Stand with immigrants and our allies from across Los Angeles County as we SAY NO to family separation.

This event will highlight the voices of immigrants and refugees and represent a show of support from native-born allies who reject the Trump Administration's racism and xenophobia.

We will be meeting at Union Station at 10:30 a.m. and departing to head to Pershing Square together at 10:45 a.m. Meet us at  Starbucks near the ticketing area of the Main Lobby.

We will have some Neighborhood Church #FamiliesBelongTogether/Side with Love signs available or you can PRINT YOUR OWN and join us at the rally.  Communications may be limited during the march, but you can reach Taylor at (626) 387-3991.

CLICK HERE for more information

This will be a large, nonviolent march and rally. CLICK HERE for tips on staying safe. 

JOIN US on July 2nd in San Diego for a direct action
to  #ShutDownSessions #AbolishICE  #FreeOurFuture

Buses coming from LA, OC, PHX, Tucson and the bay! Contact for details.

This is the day that mass criminalization of parents and migrants detained at the border is supposed to ramp up with Operation Streamline. Actions will be all day. Come when you can. Everyone is welcome who aligns with this call, more details to come.

More information can be found HERE

Donations for Detainees

CLICK HERE for a list of items that are needed and will be taken to 6 facilities throughout the LA and San Diego area. You can bring items on Sunday, July 1st and they will be delivered to organizers on Monday afternoon. Please place items by the fireplace in Taylor's office in the Neighborhood House.

New to Neighborhood
Sunday, July 1 11:30 a.m.
NH 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.  Contact: Liz Murphy, Membership and Stewardship Assistant,
July 4th Picnic & Fireworks
Tuesday, July 4, 7:00 p.m.
Church Lawn
Join us for an old-fashioned picnic. 

Bring your own picnic, drinks, blanket, folding chairs, etc. 

At dark, about 9:00 p.m., we'll walk down the street for a great view of the Rose Bowl fireworks.
Pathway to Membership: Bridging Groups
Classes held on July 22 and 29 (2 Sundays)

If you are ready to make Neighborhood Church your spiritual home and explore membership, this two-part class - July 22 and July 29 - 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.

Contact  Liz Murphy , Membership and Stewardship Assistant, to register.
Summer Camp at deBenneville Pines Spots Available

Surprising but true. A few openings remain for this year's Summer Camp Weekend at deBenneville Pines, August 24 to 26. Dreams do come true.  You can rub elbows with veteran and new campers at 7,200 feet. We don't know why you would want to rub elbows with others, but our campers are so mellow, they will allow it. Your first step in finding a space for you and your loved ones is writing Michelle Shechtman at .

 The Floral Committee seeks your help in finding this vase!
If you have seen this missing church vase please tell Taylor at the church office at 626-449-3470 or or Irene Burkner at 626 319-1969 or

You can return the vase to the Sanctuary kitchen. Thank you.

Chalice Circles 

Chalice Circles bring groups of 8-10 members and friends of Neighborhood together in a regular spiritual practice. They provide a means of fostering a small-church feel for the congregants of our large church and draw members into mutual ministry. While sharing their thoughts and feelings related to monthly themes, members connect with their fellow participants at a deeper level than can be achieved through conversation over coffee on the patio. Many have reported the joy of getting to know other members that they might never have met outside of their Circle and of getting to know long-time acquaintances in ways that can't be achieved in casual discussions.

Circles meet once a month at a specific day and time and it's important to choose one that you know you'll be able to attend regularly. Hope you can join us.

Stay tuned for more information on how to sign up for Chalice Circles!

Out of the Darkness Walk

Saturday, November 3, 8:30 a.m.


Join Team Lukas! Neighborhood Church is coming together as a community to participate in the 2.4 mile Out of the Darkness walk at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 3rd. We are walking in honor of Lukas Pender, who our community lost to suicide in 2012. Sign up to join our team at Contact: Matt Vasko,

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 minister, Rev. Lissa, is also available for pastoral care visits and counseling sessions for members. 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? 
Social Justice
Green Council Action

Whether you live, work, play, or pray in Pasadena, Pasadena Water and Power wants your opinion about renewable energy. The NUUC Green council encourages you to take the PWP Integrated Resource Plan survey at or stop by the Social Justice table on Sunday to complete a survey.

We also encourage you to attend community meetings on Wednesday July 18, 2018 6:00 pm at the Pasadena Central Library, or Thursday August 23, 2018, 6:00- 8:00PM at the Hastings Branch Library. Together we can reduce and reverse climate change and pollution! 
Deadline Extended!

The deadline to get signatures for the Reform Jails and Community Reinvestment Initiative was moved. LA County voters may stop by the Social Justice table on 
July 8  for the last chance to sign this petition. The petition is to get it on the Fall ballot so we the people have a say in how $3.5 billion is spent. Do we want more jails - or more rehabilitation and prevention programs?
Green Council Blog 
by Cary Belling

Hello planet guardians,

Since March I have been serving in an advisory panel to Pasadena Water and Power as a representative of our Green Council, Neighborhood Church, and the Pasadena community. The panel is officially called the Stakeholders Technical Advisory Group (STAG). Our mission is to provide public input as PWP makes choices regarding its future energy sources. PWP will propose a 20 year energy plan to the city council for approval in a document called the Integrated Resources Plan (IRP). By state law this must be approved by early 2019.

CLICK HERE to continue reading this article. 
Religious Education

Creative Meditation for Beginners 
Fridays at 7:00 p.m.
Room 23
Join Mindful Change Educator and Life Coach Christine Jary for meditation. 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
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