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August 29, 2014

We need YRE teachers!

We need YRE teachers!

You have been hearing it from the pulpit for several weeks now and many of you have already stepped up to be part of our incredible Youth Religious Education (YRE) program—thank you! And we still need more teachers. Here are the cold facts: to support our vibrant and thriving RE program, we need 35 volunteer […]

August 12, 2014

Within You and Without You

Within You and Without You

These passages are an excerpt from C Reed’s recent sermon. Please click HERE  for the full narrative. I ask you to join me on a journey of discovery – on a rather free-wheeling Unitarian Universalist-style search for truth and meaning. And when I say truth, I am not using the word as a synonym for facts. […]

July 23, 2014

How to Help the Children

How to Help the Children

I’ve been getting inquiries about what Unitarian Universalists can do to respond to the crisis of so many Latin American children arriving at our border.  Here is a message from our District Executive Ken Brown: People have been asking how they can help out with the refugees coming into the states in our District and […]

July 16, 2014

The Frozen Phenom

The Frozen Phenom

What can I say, I’ve decided it’s worth blogging about.  Prolly won’t make it into a sermon, so here we go. I wake up, there is a song from the Frozen soundtrack in my head.  I go to sleep, with Elsa and Anna serenading me, whether I want them to or not.  Here’s the thing […]

July 10, 2014

Neighborhood Church Helped Make it Happen

Neighborhood Church Helped Make it Happen

Back in early May, church member Joe Pardee set up a lobbying visit to speak to US Congresswoman Judy Chu, about the egregious conditions at  Adelanto Detention Center near San Bernardino.  Along with myself, another church member Guy Tower, and our friend Carlos Hidalgo, a former detainee at Adelanto, we laid out our case to […]

July 2, 2014

Why be in a Chalice Circle?

Why be in a Chalice Circle?

Whether you’re new to Neighborhood Church or not, deepening your connection to this community and to your faith is always a good idea.  Chalice Circles is our small group ministry offering where, for nine months, a facilitated group of 8 – 10 people commits to meeting once a month to discuss topics relevant to practicing […]

June 18, 2014

Of Oppression and Oppressor

Of Oppression and Oppressor

Chester Nez died recently at the age of 93. He was the last surviving member of the 29 original Navajo code talkers from World War 2. The Navajo language, which was exclusively a spoken language, was used as the basis for code to relay messages in the Pacific theater of World War 2. Mr Nez […]

June 11, 2014

9/20

9/20

Please read this short and compelling piece by Bill McKibben, published last month – click HERE. It has convinced me that I need to be in New York September 20th for the demonstration and march that will demand action on climate change.  I’m blogging about it now, in case others might want to plan to […]

June 1, 2014

Still I Rise

Still I Rise

Charles Blow is perhaps my favorite newspaper columnist at present and he begins his latest column with these words: “The news of Maya Angelou’s death arrived with the abruptness of a great twister — violent, without warning, tearing things up and flipping things over. I ached the way the soul aches in the world when […]

May 29, 2014

“The Students Were Amazed”

Consider this photo something of a “before shot” at our Big Saturday event a few weekends ago.  Come fall, I will submit a blog with the summer’s full growth behind us. It is a HUGE school garden we helped to install at Wilson Middle School in Pasadena on May 17th, as well as other beautification […]

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