With Dr. Zanaida Robles, Music Director and Matt Vasko, Director of Religious Education
After a long, hot summer, come be refreshed and renewed as the congregation gathers together for the Water Communion, a Unitarian Universalist ritual. Join Dr. Zanaida Robles for a fabulous first Sunday leading the choir and congregation as our new Director of Music. Please bring a small sample of water to contribute from a meaningful place to you and your family, whether from your summer travels or your own home. Water will also be available in both worship services. The services are family friendly; Religious Education resumes Sept. 16th.
Our Sunday morning offering will be dedicated to
No More Deaths, No Mas Muertes, a humanitarian organization affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson. Unitarian Universalist clergy recently joined over fifty religious leaders for "
Faith Floods the Desert," a powerful public witness against the criminalization of immigrants and their defenders. The funds will support the organization's direct humanitarian aid efforts on the border and legal funds for immigrants and volunteers.
Upcoming Worship Services
Rev. Lissa Gundlach, Senior Minister
Secrets reveal what we hold sacred by safeguarding what we wish to protect and at what cost. Swedish philosopher Sissela Bok has pointed out how secrets "guard intimacy and creativity, yet tend to spread and invite abuse." In this service we explore the ethics of personal and institutional secret keeping, overcoming shame, and the freedom to choose to forgive.
This Sunday marks the start of the Religious Education year for children and youth, with classes and Senior High youth group beginning in full session. Children and teachers will begin in the sanctuary. Don't forget your backpack for a special blessing!
There Is Nothing Wrong With You
Rev. Arvid Straube Guest Minister
Unitarian Universalists don't believe in original sin. But like many in our achievement driven culture, we often suffer from perfectionism. Is there a way out?
Rev. Dr. Arvid Straube has been a parish minister for 33 years before retiring to devote himself to teaching, and to a ministry of spiritual direction. He has served congregations in Washington State, North Carolina and California. He has been an adjunct faculty member at Duke Divinity School and Starr King School for the Ministry
This Sunday's Offering will be donated to Esperanza International. Esperanza International seeks to cultivate global citizenship through services experiences in working towards a better world. Esperanza partners with Fundación Esperanza de México, a Mexican NGO, who believe that all people deserve safe and dignified housing. Together, they offer service-learning immersion trips where volunteers help build homes in communities across Tijuana and have the opportunity to authentically engage in the unique border culture of Tijuana, Mexico, through the eyes of its own residents. For more information about our congregation's border trips this fall happening October 26-28, email Esperanza co-leaders Tres Izzard or Wendy Wilson. Donate online HERE.
Dare to Understand!
Rev. Lissa Gundlach, Senior Minister
"Dare to Understand! Have the courage to use your own understanding." Philosopher Immanuel Kant first used this slogan as a kind of motto for the Enlightenment, the 18th century intellectual movement whose principles influenced the founding of our Unitarian tradition. Come join Rev. Lissa for a critical reflection on the contemporary need for Enlightenment values and the necessity of a return to reason in the public square.
Don't miss out on all three concerts for a great price! Neighborhood Members get a special discount for season tickets - $50 for all three concerts! Tickets can be purchased online HERE or on the patio on Sunday mornings.
September 16, 5:00 p.m.
2 Plus 1/ Perez & Medeiros plus Shaheed
The Jazz 'N Paz Series, always on Sundays at 5PM, returns this Fall for another exciting series of concerts beginning September 16, 2018 with the duo 2 + 1 - Jamie Perez, vocals and Lyman Medeiros, bass, joined by the legendary jazz trumpeter, Nolan Shaheed. Highlighting jazz standards and originals with textural improv and interpretation. Filling out the ensemble will be familiar sax and piano favorites, Martin Mathews and Chad Edwards, respectively.
Sunday, October 7
Lolly Allen & Friends
Lolly Allen, vibes
special guest, Rickey Woodard, saxophone
Mike Alvidrez, bass
Gary Fukushima, piano
Sunday, November 4
Will Brahm and Homenaje
Will Brahm, guitar
Ahmet Turkmenoglu, bass
Diego Alvarez, percussion
We're working with InSpirit, the UUA Bookstore, to bring them here to you! Our Marketplace Committee has been working hard to revamp the marketplace experience and selection and we will now be holding 1-Day Book Fairs a few times throughout the year instead of the weekly marketplace on the patio.
Our first Book Fair will be held on September 30th in Ross Chapel before and after services. Featuring top sellers from the UUA Bookstore, Equal Exchange coffee, and more!
We will also have a limited number of Singing the Living Tradition hymnals for sale.
All proceeds will benefit Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church.
Dear Neighborhood Church Members, Visitors, and Friends,
A welcome chill is in the morning air and our campus is once again filled with the youthful energy of Sequoyah High School's incoming class. While I always hate to say good bye to summer, I am so excited for what's happening at Neighborhood this fall. If you missed any of the services this summer, please take a look on our website for all of the inspiring sermons and timely messages. Be sure to check our calendar for all of the upcoming programs and activities for all ages, including registration for Religious Education programs for children and youthand the Chalice Circle program for adults. We also have volunteer opportunitiesfor you to get involved on Sundays and beyond!
CLICK HERE to continue reading Rev. Lissa's letter
Hello Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church!
My name is ZaNyaa Lee and I am the new Membership and Community Coordinator for Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church. I am so excited to be here, and very much looking forward to learning more about all of you!
I was first introduced to Unitarian Universalism when I replied to a posting for a Nursery Supervisor position with Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica. I remember googling it thinking, "What is a Unitarian Universalist?" It was brand new to me. I liked what I read, accepted the position, and stayed with the church as staff for nearly three years. During my time at Santa Monica I met many wonderful people and thought that maybe one day I would find my way back to learn a little more about Unitarian Universalism outside of the nursery.
The summer is speeding by and as we get ready to begin our new church year, you might want to take a moment to think about signing up for a Chalice Circle. Chalice Circles bring groups of 8-10 members and friends of Neighborhood together in a regular spiritual practice. While reflecting upon topics such as "gratitude", "God?", "hope" and "forgiveness", you examine your own beliefs and feelings. By sharing these beliefs and feelings you connect with other members of your Circle on a deeper level than can be achieved through casual conversation. A willingness to think about the monthly questions, a commitment to being at every meeting of your Circle, and a readiness to share will reap rewards that far exceed your expectations.
Signups will be on the patio after both services on September 9 and September 16. Online signups will also be available starting on September 9. Chalice Circle available times are:
When you sign up, please make sure that you select a day and time when you know you'll be able to attend since missing meetings diminishes your experience and alters the dynamics of the group. We look forward to having you as part of this enriching program.
Please join the Board of Trustees on Sunday, September 16, at 12:45 pm in Ross Chapel for coffee and conversation. The Board will offer some updates and then take questions, suggestions and any thoughts you would like to share.
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 Lyn Munro, 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?
Greetings! I am thrilled to be launching into a season of newness as your music director at Neighborhood Church. My summer was all about discernment, transitions, good-byes, hellos, stay-cations, and relaxation. My summer was also about being refreshed and uplifted as a presenter at the 99th annual national convention of the National Association of Negro Musicians. And it was about being inspired and challenged as a first-time attendee at the annual conference of the Unitarian Universalist Musicians Network.
On the home front, my daughter Felicity was accepted into the California School of Arts - San Gabriel Valley to study musical theater. Both she and her younger sister Natalie started at new schools this fall in the Duarte Unified School district close to our home. I began a new year as choir director at Harvard Westlake Upper School. And my husband prepares to sing his 9th professional season with the Los Angeles Master Chorale. My family looks forward to becoming a part of the Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church community.
Though the the first 4-6 weeks of the new church year can be notoriously stressful, the newness all around us adds an element of hope and excitement that can propell us forward. I am excited for the journey that awaits us in this new season of music ministry at Neighborhood Church. We've hired 5 wonderful new folks to our music staff to aid us on our musical journey of newness and inspiration:
Vincent Lynch, collaborative keyboardist
F. Thomas Simpson, bell choir director
Amy Waters, soprano soloist and section leader
Gloria Palermo, mezzo soloist and section leader
Michael Fausto, tenor soloist and section leader
Adrian Banuelos, baritone soloist and section leader
Choir rehearsals have already begun (new singers are always welcome on Thursday nights at 7:15 p.m.!). And our bell choir, under the direction of Thomas Simpson, rehearses at 7 p.m. on Mondays beginning Monday, September 10.
Please join me in welcoming our new artists to our community over the next several weeks. We look forward to making music with you throughout the year.
Rise for Climate Action Los Angeles
September 8, 11:00am--2:00pm (leave 8:30 from NUUC)
Esperanza Community Housing, 801 W. 23rd St., Los Angeles, CA
This Saturday September 8, the national Rise for Climate Day of Action is bringing people together for Climate, Jobs, and Justice, calling on state and local elected officials to take aggressive action on climate change, protect frontline communities, and create good jobs in the clean energy economy. Some Neighborhood Church members will carpool from our parking lot at 8:30 am; contact Terry Krueger, email@example.com.
Ready, set, go-and they're off! Registration officially opens for the October 26-28 home-building trip to Tijuana. Last time it sold out so don't delay! Download the forms online
HERE or fill them out at the Social Justice table. Registration fee is $105, payable to Neighborhood Church. No refunds for cancellations within 14 days of trip.
A year ago, several Neighborhood Church members entered into an collaboration with Orange Grove Friends (Quaker) Meeting. Based on a UU curriculum, the Small Group Social Change Ministry (SGSCM) is a support network to prevent activist burnout while weaving spirituality into social justice. It uses an "accompaniment model", lifting up the powerful work already going on and led by communities most impacted by injustice. As its official project, SGSCM chose to visit undocumented immigrants at Adelanto Detention Center. To learn more about the project, check out our blog
Interested? Luckily, SGSCM is about to open the group to new members! In addition to Adelanto trips (encouraged but not required), the group gathers twice monthly to plan actions, debrief our experiences, check in personally, and share spiritual practices. Meetings are on 1st & 3rd Tuesdays 7-9 pm. Location alternates between Neighborhood and OGFM, a mile east on Orange Grove Blvd. We always include snacks or potluck dinner. Sometimes immigration experts are invited to speak. If this project resonates with you, please let us know! Stop by the Social Justice table for a conversation with current members.
Webinars on Accessibility and Inclusion Issues in Congregational Life
Opening our doors to people of all abilities is the less talked about test of inclusion in our congregations. This webinar will discuss "disability etiquette" and will explore the many ways in which our congregations can be more accessible and more welcoming to people with a variety of disabilities.
Did you know there will be 11 state measures on the November 6 ballot? League of Women Voters to the rescue! Their informed speakers will present unbiased information--background on each measure, fiscal effects, and arguments on both sides. So mark your calendar for the first Monday evening in October to learn all the Pros & Cons before your mail-in ballot arrives.
Yes, even if you registered last year. :)
To find out more about our Religious Education Programs for this year and to register for classes, CLICK HEREor bring the forms you received in the mail to the R.E. Table on the Patio
OWL is our age-appropriate, inclusive, sex ed program. Classes are starting up for grades K-1, 4-5, and 8. To find out more and register
Neighborhood Author Book Talk
Sunday, September 23, 12:45 p.m.
The Question of Empathy - Have you ever wondered about empathy? What it is, why it matters and how it may be related to spiritual practice? Author and NUUC member Carol Jeffers will discuss these questions and more in a talk about her new book The Question of Empathy: Searching for the Essence of Humanity in Ross Chapel, on Sunday, September 23, at 12:45 pm. Light refreshments will be served and Carol will be available to sign copies of her book. Contact Matt Vasko DRE at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LA Zoo Trip! On Saturday, September 29th, join Neighborhood families for a fun trip to the LA Zoo. We will meet in front of the main entrance to the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens at 9:45 a.m. Please either pack a lunch or bring money to buy lunch there. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes, a hat, and sunscreen. Admission is $21 for ages 13 - 61, $18 for Seniors ages 62 and older, and $16 for ages 2 through 12. Children under 2 are free. Neighborhood church member Jay Marx, a zoo docent, will be our guide. Everyone is welcome! Please RSVP to DRE Matt Vasko with the number in your party at
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. This is our second year participating in the walk to help raise funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). Together, we are saying that suicide cannot be ignored and that those who have struggled and still struggle are loved. We are starting early to have plenty of time to reach our team goal of $2000 to support the important work of AFSP. You can join our team as a Virtual Walker if you are not able to participate in person. Help us reach our goal of 35 team members! Sign up to join our team at https://afsp.donordrive.com/team/175967 . Contact Matt Vasko DRE at email@example.com