Minister's Blog


How We Can Help the Refugees in Tijuana

November 29, 2018

A few days ago, I received this email from my colleague, Rev. KC Slack, who serves the UU Church of the Verdugo Hills in La Crescenta: As you all know, the situation at the border has recently been escalated by US law enforcement, and refugees are struggling in hard conditions. Some very trusted activist friends of mine have been gathering ...

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Season of Advent

November 21, 2018

I both love and hate this time of year.  I love it because Advent traditionally asks us to prepare for the sacred to enter our lives.  Metaphorically, we are told to not sleep, but rather be watchful for how we might let the saving power of love enter our lives.  If we fall asleep, we might miss it.  I love ...

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It’s Here! Our 75th Anniversary

October 4, 2018

I feel like I have been getting ready for a wonderful wedding taking place this Saturday night!  Food, entertainment, music, what am I going to wear . . . ?  Our 75th Anniversary Gala is finally going to happen and I am SO excited.  For many months the Anniversary Planning Team has worked hard on the details of properly acknowledging ...

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September Sermon Series Part 2 of Kindred Spirits: Octavia Butler’s Afro-futurism & Beyond

September 27, 2018

Guest blogger and preacher Antoinette Scully . . . I discovered Octavia Butler in 2016 when I started my book blog and my Black author experiment. That year, I dedicated myself to only reading books written by Black writers and sharing my thoughts on those books at I've been a longtime reader but I had never heard of this Pasadena ...

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Our First Sermon Series of the Year

September 20, 2018

Back in January of this year, I attended the UU Ministers Association professional development seminar with Marcia McFee that focused on worship.  She introduced the concept of a sermon series, as a way to try something new.  She shared her view that, "you can't deliver a one-hit wonder every Sunday of the year!"  Although that's what I usually try to ...

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Is Depression Always Depressing?

August 23, 2018

This Sunday Lexi Bagheri, our last lay-preacher of the summer season, is sharing her meditation on the prevalence of depression and suicide in our culture. She will also offer suggestions of ways we can look for signs to help people who are struggling. De-stigmatizing mental illness has always been one of my overarching missions throughout my career as a UU ...

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Hajj, Muslim Women, and the End of Summer

August 16, 2018

It's so exciting to see that a Muslim woman may soon be off to Congress.  Please see this article about Rashida Tlaib from Democracy Now! Hajj, or making a pilgrimage to Mecca, is one of the five pillars of Islam, and the culminating date of Hajj happens to be this Sunday, when we will be so fortunate to welcome Esma Ali ...

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Summer Postcard

August 2, 2018

Happy August!  Summer is my favorite time of year because it's a chance to travel, reflect, and enjoy the gifts of life:  time with friends and family, being outdoors with nature, and time to sit deep with a few good books. I have been reading several wonderful new books in preparation for my sermons over the course of the year.  ...

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My Trip to General Assembly 2018

July 26, 2018

By UUCSC member Rachel Bennett Steury. In June, I attended General Assembly in Kansas City Missouri in my role as Administrator of UUs for a Just Economic Community (UUJEC). While there, I helped to coordinate our Annual Meeting, Board Retreat, Poster and Networking Session and our advocacy on two AIWs. Here are several highlights from General Assembly.  I included links ...

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We Are Just Getting Started

July 19, 2018

Please welcome guest blogger, lay leader and Social Justice Council Chair, Antoinette Scully! I was drawn to the Unitarian Universalist faith because of their commitment to justice. I didn't have to roam far to find UU Studio City. In my seven years here, I've been the committee chair for Religious Exploration (RE), volunteered in the classrooms, taught the sex-ed program ...

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A New Era Has Arrived!

June 25, 2018

On June 24th, the UU Church of Studio City voted to call me as their settled Minister.  This means that rather than renewing a contract each year with the board, I will now have one contract into the future that is between me and the church's membership.  A contract held in sacred covenant of our right relations, the UUA, and ...

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Memorial Day One Week Later

June 1, 2018

Wasn't Memorial Day last week?  Yes, but we were working around our high school seniors' schedule so we could do their very important bridging ceremonies into UU adulthood last Sunday - congrats grads and new UU adults! I'm a little stubborn when it comes to Memorial and Veterans' Day, so we are observing this national holiday one week late.  I'm ...

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