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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 […]

February 19, 2016

Canvass 2016 Introduction

Canvass 2016 Introduction

By now you have likely received Rev. Lissa’s letter regarding our annual pledge drive, which will run for four short weeks, from February 21 through March 13. I guarantee we won’t interrupt Sunday morning worship every 10 minutes for the next month to bug you about your pledge… but we will reach out to you to […]

January 29, 2016

The Wild Truth

The Wild Truth

Lately, I’ve reflected that “truth” seems to be losing its credibility to surprisingly low standards.  Whether it’s in our criminal justice system where false confessions are part of the gold standard of police training, or in our politics where perceptions get more airtime than realities and facts – what does it mean to us as […]

December 23, 2015

Letting Go & Letting In

Letting Go & Letting In

This past Sunday, I was reminded of something I lost in 2015.  My pagan community, Temple of the Goddess, disbanded after the sudden death of one of its lead priestesses back in February.  2015 was such a busy year, I haven’t possessed the attention needed to grieve the loss finally and properly.  But with the […]

December 16, 2015

Now More Than Ever

Now More Than Ever

Since shortly after 9/11/01, Neighborhood UU Church has laid an immensely valuable foundation of strong relationships with our Muslim neighbors.  Recently Rev. Lissa asked me to list all of them and we found that we have over 25 contacts we call friends.  Because we are already plugged in, we are called upon when they need […]

December 9, 2015

The Alternative Gift Market

The Alternative Gift Market

This holiday season, instead of giving your mother that “Dancing with the Stars” instructional video on Tango that you think she is pining for, what about giving her something that will really make her dance? Like, say, eye glasses for a struggling local kid? Or a bike for healthcare workers in Kenya?  Or even a […]

December 2, 2015

HIV in the San Gabriel Valley

HIV in the San Gabriel Valley

Yesterday was World Aids Day.  As Unitarian Universalists, we work 365 days of the year for a more just world.  Neighborhood Church member Aaron Saenz, President of our community partner the Pasadena Pride Center, provides an important update on the ongoing fight against HIV/AIDS. 2015 has turned out to be a game-changing year in the fight […]

November 18, 2015

Give Thanks

Give Thanks

I’ve experienced a special window into giving and generosity as a prior chair of our annual pledge drive. At Neighborhood, our annual pledge drive isn’t just about raising money, though that is certainly important. It’s also about members sharing how the church has sustained and deepened their lives. In the pledge drive I led, some […]

November 13, 2015

An Amplified Existence

An Amplified Existence

 The title of my sermon this Sunday comes from Elizabeth Gilbert’s latest book, “Big Magic.”  She writes, “While the paths and outcomes of creative living will vary wildly from person to person, I can guarantee you this:  A creative life is an amplified life.  It’s a bigger life, a happier life, an expanded life, and […]

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