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February 27, 2017

Our UU Village

Our UU Village

Over the past few weeks, we have heard testimonials from some of our members, hearing why they give to this congregation. What is so interesting to me is that while all of us share many things in common, many of us are also here for diverse reasons. That diversity of reasons for being here is […]

February 23, 2017

Showing Up

Showing Up

Canvass Moment by NUUC Member Randy Hall. One of the most important things I’ve done was to serve as foreman of the jury for a murder trial, with gang allegations.  The circumstances were shocking, and the weight on the jury to decide the fates of the accused was immense.  Even more shocking was how the […]

November 18, 2016

The Search Has Begun!

The Search Has Begun!

As Gregory Boyd announced earlier this month, Neighborhood Church has begun the process of hiring our next Director of Religious Education (DRE).  To assist in this process, Rev. Lissa Gundlach has appointed a five-person search committee, on which I am pleased to serve. Religious education is an important topic for me.  As a multiyear member […]

November 17, 2016

Teaching English to a Syrian Refugee

Teaching English to a Syrian Refugee

  My best social justice experiences have always been face-to-face, one-on-one.  Doing something for someone has always been more fulfilling than writing letters or joining a picket line.  So when Neighborhood Church decided to aid a Syrian refugee family, I signed on.  My first task was to take the mother and her baby to the […]

October 20, 2016

Widen Our Circle of Welcome

Widen Our Circle of Welcome

July 26, 2015 marked the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This event coincided with another significant event of the disabled community:  the XIV Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles.  These simultaneous events empowered the disabled community to take charge of their own lives and celebrate who they are as they are. […]

October 18, 2016

Jericho Road Pasadena

Jericho Road Pasadena

  One day, the whole Jericho Road must be transformed so that men and women will not be beaten and robbed as they make their journey through life.  True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it understands that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring. – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., […]

September 7, 2016

Why A Safety Team?

Why A Safety Team?

Earthquake! Hurricane! Fire! Flood! Tsunami! Tornado! Violent people! Disaster: a large emergency that overwhelms first responders (firefighters, ambulances, EMTs, police, hospitals) and emergency services such that help cannot reach residents for several days or longer. We must prepare to take care of ourselves and be on our own, without government resources, during this time. Calamity: […]

August 11, 2016

Making a Difference

Making a Difference

As you know, Neighborhood Church has been an active participant of Adopt-a-Child-Abuse-Caseworker (ACAC) for more than a decade.  We support two social workers from the Pasadena-based office of the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) who care for children who have been neglected and/or abused. This summer Lynn Miyamoto and I, in conjunction with […]

March 9, 2016

Why We Pledge

Why We Pledge

Hopefully most of you have been in church for one or both of the past two weeks and heard the marvelous messages from Gillian Symonds & Cesareo Perez and Delphine, Matt, Abby, & Zach Vasko about what the Neighborhood Church community has meant to them.    However in case you didn’t, we are reproducing parts here.    We hope you […]

March 2, 2016

Have You Proclaimed This As Your Church?

Have You Proclaimed This As Your Church?

A shared belief in the Seven Principles is an important part of what binds us as a congregation. But those beliefs alone are not enough to sustain Neighborhood Church. Once a year we turn our attention to a second and important shared belief; financially supporting our Church through an annual pledge. This is also an […]

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