Congregation News and Events

Rev. Hannah Petrie

Congratulations Rev. Hannah Petrie! 
On June 24 members of UUCSC voted to call Rev. Hannah Petrie to be our settled minister. This means that rather than renewing a contract each year, there is now one contract into the future. We are very excited to be taking this affirmative step into the future of our congregation.  Rev. Hannah shares her thoughts about her new role in her Minister's Blog.

Rev. Hannah Petrie

Chalice Circle Signups are Underway 
Chalice Circles, UUCSC's Small Group Ministry program, is a spiritual practice group that meets monthly from September through June. They emphasize deep listening and sharing within the group.  Participants must commit to all ten meetings.  Sign-up sheets are posted on the bulletin board just outside the Sanctuary.

The available days and times are: third Monday, 5:00 - 6:30 PM; third Wednesday, 7:00 - 8:30 PM; and third Thursday, 7:00 - 8:30 PM. For more information, contact Rev. Hannah,

Songs Beyond Imagination

6/18 - 9/03/18
7:00 - 9:00 PM

Choir Rehearsals for "Songs Beyond Imagination"
Rehearsals have begun for “Songs Beyond Imagination.”  We commissioned Dan Cragan, a talented local composer and tenor in the UUCSC Choir, to compose this beautiful three-movement work, which is based on UU texts about acceptance and risk.  It will enjoy its world premiere at the Gala Celebration of the 75th Anniversary of UUCSC on October 6.

Two hour rehearsals are on Mondays in the Sanctuary beginning on June 18, and continue through September 3. Our one hour rehearsals will resume on September 10 from 8:00 - 9:00 PM until the performance on October 6.  For more information, please contact Nancy Holland, UUCSC Music Director at

Songs Beyond Imagination

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75th Anniversary Commemorative Journal
To celebrate our 75th Anniversary, we are publishing a full-color Journal filled with your pictures and memories!  This will be a major fundraiser, membership builder, and source of pride for our community.   Were you married here? Did you attend our RE program? Place a photo ad and share your memories. Promote your business with a tax-deductible ad. Buy low-cost booster listings for the kids. Remember loved ones on our memorial page.  The deadline for submitting your content has been extended to August 22, so please submit your ads as soon as possible. The Journal will be distributed at the 75th Anniversary Celebration on October 6.

Ad information and order form 
View sample Journal online 

Songs Beyond Imagination

7:30 - 11:00 AM

Playground Clean-up
Please join us in upgrading our wonderful playground. The Buildings and Grounds Committee, in partnership with the Religious Exploration Team, is holding a Work Party to clean up and reorganize the playground.
We’ll start at 7:30 AM to beat the heat, but feel free to come when you can.  Please bring work gloves. Supervised children are welcome to help. For questions contact 
Mary Sager McFadden, Buildings and Grounds Committee Chair

Pachinko Min Jin Lee

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Social Justice Council of UUCSC
Do you have a vision of what justice looks like? At our next meeting, we’ll explore what real equality and inclusion can be both within our church and in the greater community. We'll also vote on an upcoming community project for the Fall.

All are welcome at our monthly meetings! Join us on the fourth Sunday of every month for discussions on justice issues within the greater community of Los Angeles and beyond. Each month will center around a different “Soul Matters” theme. For more information, contact Antoinette Scully,

Pachinko Min Jin Lee

10:00 - 11:00 AM

Religious Exploration: Geshe Tenzin Chophel Rinpoche
We are having a very special Religious Exploration (RE) visitor who will help our children and youth gain a deeper appreciation for Buddhism. Geshe Tenzin Chöphel Rinpoche, a young, highly accomplished Buddhist teacher resident at Land of Compassion Buddha in West Covina, will help our students understand offering practices and the development of compassion by way of the Buddhist practice of water bowl offerings. This will allow the children and youth to participate more fully in our special intergenerational Water Communion ceremony the following Sunday. Teens are also welcome to join us that day. Because this is a special opportunity, please consider making a special effort to help children and youth join us for RE activities during the service on this day. We’re looking forward very much to this exciting new year in RE and hope to see all of our families participate in these events and the full programs offered in the coming year. Don’t forget to register for August 18th here!

The Last Days of Cafe Leila

7:00 - 8:30 PM

UUCSC Women's Book Discussion Group
The next meeting will be at the home of Margery Pope. The group will be discussing The Last Days of Cafe Leila by Donna Bijan. For more information, contact Margery Pope,

The Last Days of Cafe Leila

11:30 AM

Get Out the Vote
Voting is more important than ever. With the upcoming election, there is a real opportunity to "flip the House" so that both houses of Congress and the White House are not controlled by a single party. Gun Violence Prevention Promise (GVPP) is providing opportunities to register to vote at UUCSC on two Sundays (9/30 and 10/21). If you are 16 to 17 years old you may pre-register to be automatically registered to vote when you turn 18.

The annual March and Rally to honor victims of gun violence has been moved from December to October 14 to tie in with the voter registration effort. Details will be provided soon by GVPP.

UUCSC 75th Anniversary

6:30 - 9:30 PM

UUCSC 75th Anniversary Gala
Save the Date
Mark your calendar for this special event celebrating the 75th anniversary of the founding of our church. The evening will begin with the world premiere of “Songs Beyond Imagination,” composed by our own Dan Cragan and performed by the Studio City Choir under the direction of Nancy Holland. The performance will be followed by a special program presenting our history, highlights of special events over the years, and plans for the future. The celebration will include hors d’oeuvres, desserts, wine, and nonalcoholic beverages. Childcare will be available. For more information, contact Rev. Hannah at or Terry Hassman-Paulin at

Pachinko Min Jin Lee


LA Valley Cluster Camp
de Benneville Pines
Save The Date 
This fun weekend will include workshops and hikes, activities for children and teens, relaxing by the fire or in the hot tub, a Saturday night talent show, and Sunday morning worship.  Enjoy homestyle meals together in the lodge.  Details and registration info are available here. For more info contact