Neighborhood Blog

Rev. Lissa Anne Gundlach
August 31, 2017

A Season of Change

A Season of Change

Dear Members and Friends of Neighborhood Church: It’s hard to believe, but even in Los Angeles, the land of endless summer, the slower pace of July and August is rapidly drawing to a close with Labor Day around the corner and school back in session. It’s been an unusual summer for me in many regards.  […]

February 16, 2017

A Beacon of Peace and Justice

A Beacon of Peace and Justice

In this time of great uncertainty, the need for moral courage is critical.  With new injustices threatening the rights and freedoms of our nation on a daily basis, our religious community is not only a vital need, it is a valued resource. Your gifts and pledges fuel our church’s mission to “proclaim justice in its […]

November 10, 2016

A Pastoral Note from Rev. Lissa

A Pastoral Note from Rev. Lissa

Dear Friends: On election night, many gathered together in anticipation of an historic new era of leadership for our country. Instead, the collective enthusiasm and excitement turned to grief as we watched the returns trickle in. The celebratory mood turned to one of a solemn vigil as the once bright path to the future narrowed […]

September 8, 2016

Our Homecoming

Our Homecoming

Dear Neighborhood Church family, How I am looking forward to seeing you on Sunday! With a chill in the morning air it feels as if fall is on its way as we resume our regular worship schedule and our programs once again. Neighborhood has enjoyed a fabulous summer of inspiration and community building, with deep […]

December 11, 2015

The Season of Advent

The Season of Advent

Several years ago, I asked a child of the church what she would say if she had a chance to offer a Christmas message to the church. “Christmas is fun!!!” She said. I laughed. And I agreed. Christmas IS fun! We decorate our homes with evergreen and light and color and go out of our […]

December 4, 2015

The Guest House

The Guest House

The Guest House – Rumi This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes As an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still treat each guest […]

November 20, 2015

Gratitude and Generosity

Gratitude and Generosity

This is the day we are given, let us rejoice and be glad in it. This benediction punctuated my Sunday morning every week for my years of service at All Souls in New York. The words were always spoken at the close of the service by the leading minister directly before the chalice was extinguished. […]

October 30, 2015

The Fall of the Year

The Fall of the Year

Dear Neighborhood members and friends, Yesterday I awoke to the unfamiliar feeling of the wind tugging at the trees in my neighborhood. By midday, palm fronds and other tree debris filled the street. While leaves are still their persistent shades of green and leathery brown, I am starting to understand the rhythms of Southern California fall […]

October 23, 2015

With Faith and Solidarity to Black Churches in St. Louis

With Faith and Solidarity to Black Churches in St. Louis

Dear Neighborhood members and friends, Over the last two weeks, five Black churches in St. Louis County, Missouri have been attacked in incidents of arson. Unitarian Universalist Ministers have written a letter to the members and friends of the impacted congregations. We are standing on the side of love in support of congregations in St. Louis […]

October 16, 2015

The Circle of Caring

The Circle of Caring

Come into the circle of caring, Come into the community of gentleness, of justice and love. Come, and you shall be refreshed. Let the healing power of this people penetrate you, Let loving kindness and joy pass through you, Let hope interfuse you, And peace be the law of your heart. In this human circle, […]

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