Neighborhood Weekly News
April 5, 2018
This Sunday's Service
9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

April 8
A Singular Way
Rev. Lissa Gundlach, Senior Minister

In her new book of poems, In June the Labyrinth, Cynthia Hogue writes "Everything looped, spiraled, circular. But the labyrinth's not a maze but a singular way to strike "the profoundest chord." This Sunday, we consider the "singular way" of the labyrinth as a spiritual practice to bring mindful clarity to uncertain and chaotic times. Come early and walk the labyrinth before or in between services and be sure to join us again 3 pm for the dedication of our courtyard in honor of former Senior Minister Rev. Dr. Jim Nelson.


April 15
Me and We
Rev. Rick Hoyt-McDaniels, Guest Minister

We live in the tension between longing to be recognized as unique, and needing to be included as one of many.  If we stand too far away from others we are lost.  If we stand too close to others we are still lost.  How are we found?

Rev. Rick Hoyt-McDaniels earned a Masters of Divinity degree from the Claremont School of  Theology in May, 1998 and was fellowshipped and ordained to the Unitarian Universalist ministry later that year.  He has served congregations in La Crescenta, Santa Clarita, Los Angeles a nd, currently, the  Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach as Interim Minister. He currently serve as President of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association Pacific Southwest Chapter, and has served as a UUMA "Coach" to other ministers.  Rev. Hoyt-McDaniels is recognized for his social justice commitment, serving on the Resource Council for CLUE-LA (Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice) and having served on  the Board of the UUJM-CA (Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry).  He is a passionate mentor to future ministers having supervised several interns, as well as helping found and lead our District "In Care" program and consulting with the UUMA to develop the nationwide Ministerial Formation Network.  He and his husband live in downtown Los Angeles.

April 22
Earth Sunday
with Neighborhood's Green Council and Rev. Lissa Gundlach

Building on the wisdom from the congregation's participation in the Pachamama Alliance workshops and our ongoing work to become a Net-Zero carbon emitting campus, Rev. Lissa and the Green Council lead a service asking the question: What will it take to bring forth an enfironmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet?

April 29th
My House Being Now All Stilled
A Musical Tribute to Music Director Stephen Grimm  
Join us for a musical celebration of retiring Music Director Stephen Grimm, with a special performance of two works by the contemporary composer Ola Gjeilo interpreting the evocative spiritual texts of St. John of the Cross.

Want to catch up on previous services?
Text and audio can be found HERE
Upcoming Events
April 5  -  April 8
  • Friday, April 6: Creative Meditation for Beginners, 7:00 p.m., Room 23
  • Sunday, April 8: Sunday Worship, 9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m., Sanctuary
  • Sunday, April 8: Dining for Dollars Auction Starts, after services, Patio
  • Sunday, April 8: Proposed Bylaw Forum, after both services, Ross Chapel
  • Sunday, April 8: Green Council Meeting, 10:45 a.m., NH Dining Room
  • Sunday, April 8: Writing as a Spiritual Activity, 12:30 p.m., Music Library
  • Sunday, April 8: Developing a Daily Spiritual Practice, 12:45 p.m., Room 23 
  • Sunday, April 8: Parenting Group w/ Jeremy O'Brien, 12:45 p.m., Room 4
  • Sunday, April 8: Shakespeare Club, 1:00 p.m., NH Living Room
  • Sunday, April 8: Courtyard Dedication Ceremony, 3:00 p.m., Courtyard 
April 9 - April 15
  • Tuesday, April 10: Islam for Inquisitive Minds, 6:30 p.m., Ross Chapel
  • Friday, April 13: Creative Meditation for Beginners, 7:00 p.m., Room 23
  • Friday, April 13 - Sunday, April 15: Esperanza Trip
  • Sunday, April 15: Sunday Worship, 9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m., Sanctuary
  • Sunday, April 15: Dining for Dollars Auction, after services, ends at 1:00 p.m., Patio
  • Sunday, April 15: Proposed Bylaw Forum, after both services, Ross Chapel
  • Sunday, April 15: Writing as a Spiritual Activity, 12:30 p.m., Music Library 
  • Sunday, April 15: Developing a Daily Spiritual Practice, 12:45 p.m., Room 23
  • Sunday, April 15: Trauma Informed Care, 1:00 p.m., NH Living Room
  • Sunday, April 15: AIM Meeting, 1:00 p.m., NH Dining Room
  • Sunday, April 15: Young Adult Group, 1:00 p.m., NH Upper Room
April 16  -  April 22
  • Tuesday, April 17: Islam for Inquisitive Minds, 6:30 p.m., Ross Chapel
  • Tuesday, April 17: Sailors of Sadness, 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 18: Social Justice Knitting, 7:00 p.m., NH Dining Room
  • Thursday, April 19: White People for Racial Justice, 7:00 p.m., NH Living Room
  • Friday, April 20: Creative Meditation for Beginners, 7:00 p.m., Room 23
  • Sunday, April 29: Stephen Grimm & Audrey Vaughn Retirement Celebration
  • Friday, May 4: Annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, Sanctuary
  • Sunday, May 20: Annual Meeting, Sanctuary

Visit our  web calendar  for more upcoming events.  
This Sunday Groups & Events

Courtyard Dedication Ceremony
3:00 p.m.

Please join us for a special ceremony unveiling a plaque in the NUUC Courtyard honoring Rev. Dr. Jim Nelson. There will be an unveiling ceremony led by members of the NUUC Community, members of the Board, and Rev. Lissa Gundlach along with a performance by Stephen Grimm & members of the NUUC Choir followed by light refreshments.  You can still RSVP to

Spring Dining For Dollars Auction Starts THIS Sunday!

Bidding on Dining for Dollars items will take place after both services on April 8 and April 15. The auction closes at 1:00 p.m. after the second service on Sunday, April 15. All items will have a Buy It Now price, so don't delay if you see an item that you really need to have! CLICK HERE for more information and for the Spring 2018 event list!

Questions? Contact Toni LeBel at

Proposed Bylaws Forum
After Both Services
Ross Chapel
Dear Congregational Members,
The Board of Trustees would like to invite members to provide input on two new bylaw proposals in advance of the annual meeting.  Let your voice be heard at forums being held at 10:45 and 12:45 at Ross Chapel on April 8 and 15.  The first proposed bylaw change includes the addition of inclusivity language into existing bylaws.  A second proposal would permit the use of electronic communications to provide members with communications regarding bylaw changes and annual/special meeting notices.  Members could opt to continue to receive postal mailed notices.   CLICK HERE for the draft text of these proposals.
  Hard copies are also available in the church office
Important Dates for Bylaw Proposals - 2018 Annual Meeting


April 8 & 15  Church forums to discuss-board proposed bylaw changes in Ross Chapel at 10:45 and 12:45.

April 20         Last date that a congregation-proposed bylaw can be submitted for consideration at the annual meeting. (See bylaws for specific process).

May 10          Deadline for members to receive wording of bylaw proposals.

May 20          Annual Meeting  

If you have any questions or bylaw suggestions, please contact me at

Thank you,
Clyde Derrick, Board President
Teaching Your Children and Teens to Resolve Differences 
12:45 p.m.
Room 4

Let's Talk Parenting! Please join Child and Family Therapist Jeremy O'Brien for a vital session entitled "Teaching Your Children and Teens to Resolve Differences." $5 cash or check payable at the session. Parents only. Childcare available upon request. Contact DRE Matt Vasko to schedule childcare at

Developing a Daily Spiritual Practice 
Four Sundays beginning April 8th, 12:45 p.m.
Room 23

"A free and responsible search for truth and meaning" is the Fourth Principle of Unitarian Universalism. It sounds great, but what does it actually mean? Join us for a four week course exploring some elements of a daily spiritual practice including reading, writing, meditation and prayer. Each week you'll leave with options for building your own sacred routines. Contact Jennifer MacLean with questions at
Congregational Life

Dear Friends at Neighborhood UU Church,
Many of you are aware of our Board's recent decision to remove a co-founder's name from a room in Cole House because of his involvement with a eugenics organization in Pasadena in the 1930s.
Eugenics and involuntary sterilization were a matter of practice throughout the state of California for several decades. A newly proposed bill in the state senate, SB-1190: "Eugenics Sterilization Compensation Program," would offer reparations to those people and their families who were affected by this terrible and unethical practice. To read the proposed bill, please CLICK HERE.
We encourage you to become familiar with SB-1190. If you agree with us that this bill merits wider support, please join us in doing the following:
1) Make your friends aware of the bill through email and social media, including Facebook.
2) Contact your state representative, and encourage your friends to contact their state representatives to support the bill. Your representatives by district may be found here:
For additional information, please see Irene Burkner at the Social Justice table after services.
Thanks very much,
Stephanie Ballard
Asia Bribiesca-Hedin
Irene Burkner
Clyde Derrick
Eugene Hutchins
Elizabeth Sadlon
Maria Zuccarello

We are actively looking for two important members of the Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church team - Director of Finance & Administration and the Director of Music. We are excited for qualifying applicants to be coming in and want to find the right fit for both of these essential positions. Please distribute the listings to your network. 

The mission of Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church is to create and grow an inclusive religious community connected by love, spirit, and service. Neighborhood Church is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and does not discriminate against any person because of age, religion, race, ancestry, culture, sexual orientation, gender, physical ability, or socio-economic level. People of Color/ Indigenous and members of other historically marginalized communities are encouraged to apply.

Please CLICK HERE for more information and to apply.

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
Islam for Inquisitive Minds Six-Part Series
Tuesday, April 10, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Ross Chapel

The 4th in this 6-session course features Dr. Laila Al-Marayati, a long-time activist in the American Muslim community. She writes and speaks extensively on issues of concern to Muslim women such as women's rights in Islam, reproductive health and sexuality, stereotyping, and violence against women of Palestinian-American descent, 

Dr. Al-Marayati is the chair of KINDER USA (Kids in Need of Development, Education and Relief), a humanitarian organization that provides assistance to Palestinian children and their families in the West Bank, Gaza, and refugee camps in Lebanon. Dr. Al-Marayati has participated in medical missions abroad serving refugees in Europe, indigent populations in Mexico and Peru, and others in the Middle East.

UUJM-CA Regional Justice Training 2018: Love Resists!
Saturday, April 14, 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
UU Church of Studio City
UU Justice Ministry of California is bringing its this no-cost Regional Justice Training back to SoCal. Last year Neighborhood Church hosted this event-and this year UU Church of Studio City has the honor. Regional Justice Training supports UU justice-makers by providing them with useful skills, issue and advocacy updates, and connection to other justice makers. Free but registration required. 
CLICK HERE to register.
Healing of Memories Workshop
May 17-19
Neighborhood House
Registration is now open! This three-part workshop is an experiential process of deep listening, reflecting, creativity, and sharing. Healing of Memories breaks the cycle of suffering, anger, and violence--by acknowledging the emotional and spiritual wounds carried by individuals, communities, and nations. A truly special workshop which Neighborhood Church is fortunate to host. Due to its cumulative nature, participants must commit to attending ALL THREE sessions: Thursday and Friday evenings, and all day Saturday. Cost is $195 which includes meals, materials, and 4+ facilitators. Limited to 20. 

CLICK HERE  to r egister. 

Please direct questions to Jennifer Van Hyning at
Religious Education

Holocaust Survival Story For All Ages 
Saturday, April 14th, 5 p.m. 

Join us for a very special event. Holocaust Survivor Leon Prochnik will share his story entitled  Milka  and Me: How a chocolate tub helped me survive the Holocaust. Leon's is an important message for all ages to hear during this time of xenophobia and marginalization of minorities in the United States. We must learn from the lessons of the past so that histories' mistakes are not repeated. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Food and drinks will be provided. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets in advance. Contact DRE Matt Vasko with questions at
Trauma Informed Care
Sunday, April 15, 12:45 p.m.
Living Room

If you have children in your life, or were once a child yourself, come hear about the landmark research on ACE's (Adverse Childhood Experiences). Science now tell us that exposure to extreme stress in childhood can alter our brains, our behaviors and our long term health outcomes. No one is immune---but hope and healing IS POSSIBLE. Mary Donnelly-Crocker, Executive Director of Young & Healthy and Neighborhood Church member will present on this science and speak about what Young & Healthy is doing to increase that hope and healing. Sunday, April 15th at 12:45 p.m. in the living room of Neighborhood House. Contact DRE Matt Vasko with any questions at
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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