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July 29
Brian Bielanski

What's a UU? 

What do you say when you tell someone you are a Unitarian Universalist and they give you that look like you have three heads? It's sometimes hard to find a simple way to explain what we are and why we love being UUs, so join us as we try coming up with our elevator pitches. Brian Bielanski and his family have been members of UUCSC for several years.  Brian serves as Vice-President on our Board of Trustees.

August 5
Tim Fargo

From Anger to Love:  Russian Trolls and Desert Fathers

Tim Fargo will explore the Russian trolling of the 2016 election and the divisive effects of social media, looking to Evagrius Ponticus, of the monastic Desert Fathers of Egypt during the late fourth-century, for how to resist anger through love. The sermon will touch on concepts from Buddhism and Jainism, as well as Gandhi’s philosophy of satyagraha.  

Tim and his family are new to UUCSC, but Tim has attended UU services for 20 years in cities across the country. He has a Ph. D. in geography from UCLA, and currently works as a city planner for the City of Los Angeles.  

August 12 
Rev. Hannah Petrie

200 Years of Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau's 200th birthday was almost exactly one year ago, on July 12, 2017. Unitarians like to claim this naturalist, writer, political activist, and visionary via his relationships to other luminaries of his day, such as Emerson and Channing.  How has Thoreau influenced liberal religion specifically?

August 19
Esma Ali

A Hajj Experience

This time of year Muslims all over the world may make a hajj, or a pilgrimage to Mecca.  This significant event may take place only once in the lifetime of a Muslim.  Last year, Esma Ali made the hajj with her mother, and will share her experience with stories and images.

Esma Ali is a member of the Masjid Gibrael in San Gabriel, CA and serves as their Public Relations leader.  She lectures and presents educational opportunities to learn about the diverse religion of Islam.

August 26
Lexi Bagheri

Mental Health:  What Can We Do to Help?

Lexi Bagheri, church member and social worker, will lead us in a reflection about depression, the staggering statistics of suicide, and what we can do to prevent it.