Upcoming Services
Sundays at 10:00 AM

Rev. Hannah Petrie

February 10
Rev. Hannah Petrie

UU Day!
We call this annual service UU Day because it’s an ideal Sunday for newcomers, making it also the perfect Bring a Friend to Church Day.  Plus we will be adding 11 new members in our New Member Ceremony.  Please bring a friend to church, with the thought that they might find the community to be as welcoming and warm as you have.  This year, we are featuring UU “elevator speeches,” that succinctly describe what UU means.  A free chili lunch follows the service, so stay for fellowship and learning more about UU and the Studio City UU community.

February 17
Rev. Hannah Petrie

Making the Age of Mercy Part One
Once again I am pleased to be working with Antoinette Scully, Social Justice Chair, on the theme of Mercy for Black History Month.  Of course, we believe every month is Black History month. But rather than just considering history, we are focusing on how we might bring more mercy to the lives of people of color.  I will be looking at how difficult it still is to be Black in our modern, American world, drawing on the work of the poet Ross Gay and journalist and author Ta Nehisi Coates.

February 24
Antoinette Scully

Making the Age of Mercy Part Two
The second part of Making the Age of Mercy focuses on our relationships as parents and community members toward the children in our lives. Antoinette Scully will take the pulpit to discuss how adults can bring the ideas of anti-racism and restorative justice into their homes. Although we make use of these systems to heal and build trust between adults, the relationships between children and the adults in their lives should also be nurtured.

March 3
Rev. Hannah Petrie

History Series, First Journeys:  First Nations

With March's theme of the month being Journeys, we will take a look at the history of our country and the truth of our first journeys.  The liberal religious value of truth is corroding in today's society, and uplifting the truth of our history is a way to counter this trend.  First we look at First Nations, using the texts of “Facing East from Indian Country,” by Daniel K. Richter (2001), “An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States,” by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (2014), and “The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee,” by David Treur (2019).

March 10
Rev. Hannah Petrie

First Journeys:  The Middle Passage
Moving on from what Indigenous forbears faced at the dawn of our country, we will look at some early experiences of captive Africans brought to “our land” in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, commonly known as The Middle Passage.  My reflections will be interwoven with my personal experiences as a 20 year old student at Fourah Bay College, 1993 - 1994 while living for six months in Freetown, Sierra Leone, West Africa.