Moments of Connection and Love
Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutesFive hundred twenty-five thousand moments so dearFive hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutesHow do you measure — measure a year?
Standing on the Side of Love
Scheduled to begin Tuesday, May 30, in Santa Ana. Support these anti-racists by demonstrating in front of the courthouse. More info at the FIA Table.
Monday, May 1, Downtown LA, time and location TBA
Sunday, June 11, West Hollywood.
The Joy of Generosity - Thank You to Those Who Pledged for 2017
Stepping Up to Help a Fellow Congregant
Right Relations Task Force Report
I had been attending this church for several years before I finally joined (in 2014, I believe). For some reason, I could never take that final step towards committing to the church. One Sunday, Rev. Rebecca spoke about the topic of membership in her sermon and it was as if she were speaking directly to me. She voiced exactly the concerns I had that made me hesitate. She spoke about her own reluctance to commit to joining the church she’d been attending (I believe it was the first UU church she attended). Finally, she said, she realized “I can have this.” She (and, by extension, I) were deserving of this community we’d been rather bashfully observing from the sidelines. It felt as if she were speaking directly to me, inviting me into the center, away from the sidelines and into this community.—Sheila Cummins
Core Values are “the essential and enduring tenets of an organization. A small set of timeless guiding principles, core values require no external justifications; they have intrinsic value and importance to those inside the organization.”(Collins & Porras, Harvard Business Review, 96501)
The next part of the Right Relations process is to share stories of conflicts we have faced with others where these were turned into opportunities to strengthen and transfom relationships, even if we continue to disagree on the issues. Starting mid-month, we will be offering several occasions to Share Stories of Conflict Transformation. These include open groups which you may sign up for at the Right Relations table or by using the Google form at http://tinyurl.com/right-relations-share-stories.
We encourage you to participate by sharing a conflict you experienced and were able to resolve while maintaining and deepening relationships. With this collection of stories, the Right Relations Team will begin to develop our Covenant of Right Relations, to be presented to the church and affirmed at a future meeting.
A Covenant of Good (Right) Relations is a brief set of agreements made between members of a congregation about how they would like to live and work with one another, in good times and in difficult times. Covenants, unlike legal agreements, acknowledge our humanity and provide forgiveness and room to begin again if and when mistakes are made. Because of the historical religious significance of covenants these agreements are highly relevant in church communities.
A Little hUUmor
Update on Developmental Ministry
Quotations Related to Risk
Helen Brown Still Flying High at 95
Congregational Meeting March 5 to Decide on Hiring of Developmental Minister
Newsletters and Websites and Facebook, Oh My!
Support UUSM Through the Ralphs Community Contribution Program
Are You Aware? (Transportation)
March and April, 2017 - Climate Justice Month
Seeds of Change
Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed. Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.
-- Henry David Thoreau
Join Rev. Rebecca, Green Living committee leaders , and special guests for Seeds of Change, a five-week exploration of personal and social transformation through the lens of climate justice. The journey begins on March 19, with Reverend Michael Dowd, eco-thologian, preaching in honor of World Water Day on March 22. Our Climate Justice Month will conclude with our participation in the March for Science in Los Angeles on April 22 and then celebration with the Earth Sunday sermon on April 23.
Application for Developmental Minister Submitted to UUA
ADULT RELIGIOUS EXPLORATION AND AAHS PRESENT MICHAEL DOWD’S 2017 MULTIMEDIA PRESENTATION:
MARCH ADULT RE GROUPS