Congregation News and Events
Various days and times
Meal Train for Cynthia and John Toussaint-Garrett
Many in our congregation know that our dear friend Cynthia is undergoing chemotherapy. While she and her beloved life partner John focus on her current health challenges, we can lighten their load by helping out with meals. Good food is powerful medicine! Here is a link to participate in a meal train. Let’s surround them with love while they navigate this tough road. Thank you for your support and friendship.
11:30 AM-1:30 PM
"Transforming Hearts Collective" Series
To support our efforts to be recertified as a Welcoming Congregation, the Welcoming Congregation Committee is offering a series of six courses from the Transforming Hearts Collective. Each session will include approximately 45 minute video presentation by Rev. Mykal Slack and Zr. Alex Kapitan, reflection questions, and resources to take the conversation deeper.
Session 1: Introduction to Beloved Community: Welcome as a Spiritual Practice
Being welcoming isn’t something we are, it’s something we do. Welcome is a spiritual practice. In order to be fully affirming of the full spectrum of gender identities and experiences, we need to think differently about the purpose of our spiritual communities and what it means to truly practice welcome. We welcome you to review the supporting materials outlined below before we meet and discuss Beloved Community together. Lunch will be served and childcare can be requested.
Session 1 Resources
- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s philosophy of Beloved Community, as summarized by the King Center.
- After reading the resource above, read the beginning of the same page: King’s “Triple Evils,” “Six Principles of Nonviolence,” and “Six Steps of Nonviolent Social Change.”
- “The Welcoming Congregation,” a 2013 sermon by Alex.
- Slides from “Another Paradigm for Activism: Beloved Community,” by Hilary Allen, Meck Groot, and Rev. Deborah Holder for Be the Love.
- “The Spiritual Practice of Hospitality” by David Rynick, UU World.
- “Religious Community is Not Enough” by Rev. Tom Schade, UU World.
For questions, please contact Barbara Allen, Chair, Welcoming Congregation Committee, email@example.com
7:00 - 9:00 PM
"We Laugh, We Cry"
Auditions: February 10, and 17, 5:00 – 7:00 PM, Fellowship Hall and Sanctuary. To sign up for auditions, complete this online survey or contact Terry Hassman, firstname.lastname@example.org.
PERFORMANCE: Saturday, March 14, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Tickets are available to purchase online or at the door: Adults and Teens: $20; Children up to age 12: $10
The theme of Cabaret 2020 is “We Laugh, We Cry.” Life is always a mixture of laughter and tears. We often use comedy and laughter to move us through the hard times, whatever they may be.
5:00 - 7:00 PM
Online survey needed for all performances
Singers, dancers, and comics: it’s time for Cabaret 2020 auditions! The auditions are open to UUCSC members and friends. You do not have to be a choir member to audition. This year’s theme is “We Laugh, We Cry,” so we’re looking for both comedy and tragedy acts. We’re especially interested in ensembles, duets, trios, quartets, or other combinations, so find some partners you’d like to perform with. Mix it up, try something different and surprise yourselves!
After you complete this online survey, you will be sent a date and time for your audition. After your audition, Nancy or Anthony will let you know who will accompany your act. Looking forward to a fantastic Cabaret this year!
--Terry Hassman and Karen Juday, Co-Producers.
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Serve Meals to Homeless Folks in North Hollywood
You’re invited to get involved in a great new project! A new homeless drop-in center is opening at MCC United Church of Christ in the Valley, 5730 Cahuenga Blvd., North Hollywood. The center will be open Fridays, 8:00 AM-12:00 PM. Skills needed are love, compassion, caring, and understanding. Bring an open mind and open heart. For more information, contact Terry Hassman at email@example.com. This is an outreach by the Homelessness Ministry of UUCSC.
UUCSC Women's Book Discussion Group
The book for February is Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth, by Sara Smarsh. According to Goodreads, “Combining memoir with powerful analysis and cultural commentary, Heartland is an uncompromising look at class, identity, and the particular perils of having less in a country known for its excess.” The meeting will be offsite, at the home of Stephanie Prather. For more information, contact Margery Pope, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Men of UU Studio City
Where are our blind spots in our relationships? Where do they come from? Whatever type of relationship we are in, friendship, parental, professional, romantic, straight, gay, and otherwise, Lisa Cefalu will help us look for them and give us tips on helping us succeed in our relationships. For more information, contact Bill Weber, email@example.com.
2nd Sunday of the month
11:30 AM Sanctuary
Social Justice Support Meeting
Are you looking for clarity and honest conversations around tough social issues? The Social Justice Support Meetings provide a safe space to ask questions, vent frustrations, and gain understanding around justice issues both big and small. We are also having an ongoing discussion of the UUCSC’s Common Read: Sissy, by Jacob Tobia. No prior justice work is needed to attend, just an open heart and the ability to give each attendee respect. Please contact the Committee Chair, Antoinette Scully, with any questions. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Like to Sing? Join the UUCSC Choir! Regular rehearsals are Mondays 7:00 – 9:00 PM, with the last hour devoted to Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna, which we will be performing for our Fall Concert in September with orchestra. We also meet on Sundays at 8:45 AM to prepare for the service. For more information, contact Nancy Holland, Choir Director, at email@example.com.
Gentle Yoga with Bonnie Burroughs
Do something soothing for your mind and body. Join "Gentle Yoga with Bonnie" in the Fellowship Hall Sundays. Suggested donation $10. For more information, contact Bonnie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caring Committee Cares About You
Are you going through a challenging time? Maybe experiencing a serious illness, coping with a death in the family, or a new baby? The UUCSC Caring Committee members are ready to lend a hand. They will provide meals, transportation for doctors appointments, and compassionate ears to listen. The committee also has room for more care volunteers. To receive or give help contact Dorothy Balisok email@example.com.
North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry
NHIFP needs dog and cat bags
Homeless folks often have pets for comfort and security. You can help by donating dry pet food, cans of moist food, flea collars, pet treats and anything else that homeless folks can use to better care for their pets. For more information, contact Terry Hassman, firstname.lastname@example.org, Homelessness Ministry. Thank you.
North Hollywood Food Pantry
Homelessness and hunger never take a holiday. The need goes on. To help the homeless and food-insecure in our own area, donations this Sunday morning of the following items are especially needed: protein bars, ramen soup packages, tea, popcorn, nuts, chips, candy, baby diapers in all sizes, baby wipes, and baby food. Thank you for your generosity. It does make a difference. Terry Hassman, Homelessness Ministry, email@example.com.