Next Service

Bread Communion

Join us In-Person (masks required)
on Zoom via
or call: (669) 900-6833 Meeting ID: 858 109 2800

Julie Border, Worship Associate

The ritual of communion began as a time set aside to welcome everyone to a communal table to share food and give thanks. … read more.


~Holiday Office Hours~
Thursday, November 24th – Thanksgiving Holiday
Friday, November 25th – Closed
Monday, November 28th – Closed
In honor of Native American Heritage Month, and recognition of the painful history of Thanksgiving for Indigenous peoples, consider these steps to Decolonize Thanksgiving.

Honest, accurate information about sexuality changes lives. It dismantles stereotypes and assumptions, builds self-acceptance and self-esteem, fosters healthy relationships, improves decision making, and has the potential to save lives. That’s why Emerson is excited to be offering Our Whole Lives (OWL) for 7-9 grades. The OWL class will likely be on Sunday afternoons starting in late January or early February, and running for several months.

Our Whole Lives, helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their relationships, sexual health and behavior. With a holistic approach (PDF), Our Whole Lives provides accurate, developmentally appropriate information about a range of topics, including relationships, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, sexual health, and cultural influences on sexuality.

We already have a team of facilitators, but would be happy to add someone else to the team. There is a required OWL Facilitator Training December 2-4th in Santa Monica. Registration for the teacher training closes on 11/18. If you might be interested in being an OWL facilitator, please contact Rev. Matthew. Emerson can help cover the cost of the training.

Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.

Get out the Vote letter and postcard writing after Sunday service continues.  Bring your writing pens!  Check the weekly eBlast for dates.


Meet our new Administrator, Rebecca LaScala!

Rebecca is originally from Kansas City. She lives in Simi Valley with her husband, 2 step-children and dog. She enjoys hiking, the beach, watching sports, adventure vacations, arts/crafts and supporting her community.

GARDENING TIME WITH REV. MATTHEWRev. Matthew in his garden
Every Tuesday, 10:30 – 12:30

Join Rev. Matthew in the garden at Emerson: planting, weeding, digging, tending, mulching, and doing whatever could use doing that week. For a couple of hours each week, Rev. Matthew would love to have your help and company in the garden.
Rev. Matthew would love to pass on the wisdom he’s learned from his 15 years of experience growing fruits, vegetables and California natives, and learn what wisdom you have to teach him. Wear some comfortable clothes and we’ll see what grows!


100th Anniversary Flower Ceremony UU-wide Celebration:
2023 will be the 100th anniversary of Norbert Čapek’s first flower ceremony and a group of UU professionals are undertaking the planning of a commemoration. This will likely include the creation of ritual, liturgy, and worship elements to share with UU congregations worldwide, that we may all celebrate this momentous anniversary together spiritually. The elements are just starting to take shape but could include readings, stories, poetry, music, audio and video. Although in the initial stages, we are looking to include in some manner, the church in Prague where the original ceremony was held, the Unitarian Church in Cambridge, MA where Mája Čapek held the first American ceremony, as well as iterations of the ceremony across the world. Other potential elements of the celebration may include a planting of seeds ritual in which congregations participate in preparation for the anniversary as well as the production of a commemorative video which will include recordings of completed celebrations worldwide. To learn more about the planning, please contact Pastor Joshua Berg (

Emerson Choir Welcomes New Members!

For more information, see our Music and Choir page in the Community menu.


Emerson UU Board Meetings
(Open to All):
2nd Monday of each Month at 7 pm
Zoom 1
Next Meeting:

December 12, 2022

Minutes July 11, 2022

Small Group Ministry Theme for November:  Remembrance

For more information about Touchstones and Small Group Ministry, see the SGM webpage HERE (in this website’s Community Activities and Groups menu).

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    ~Holiday Office Hours~
    Monday, November 21st – 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    Tuesday, November 22nd – Closed
    Wednesday, November 23rd – 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    Thursday, November 24th – Thanksgiving Holiday
    Friday, November 25th – Closed
    Monday, November 28th – Closed

    The Order of Service for Sunday’s Worship Service may be found in this website’s Worship menu.  

    For more information about our COVID protocols, please see our Back Together pages within our News menu.


    For more information about:
    these special events; see Current News (column on left).
    regularly scheduled events; see “Ongoing Groups” further below.

    Zoom addresses/links are at the bottom of this column.

    Alternate Sundays after church
    Get Out the Vote
    Letter writing at Emerson

    Tuesdays, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
    Gardening Time with Rev. Matthew
    (Weather permitting)
    Emerson UU Church grounds

    Tuesday, November 29th at 7 PM
    Book Group – Date change this month
    Zoom 2

    Friday-Sunday, December 2-4
    OWL Facilitator Training
    Contact Rev. Matthew

    Wednesday, December 7th; 11:45 – 2 PM
    Vegetarian Dining Club
    Veggie Grill, 6316 Topanga Canyon Blvd.

    ONGOING GROUPS – Open to All:

    First Sunday of every month, after the service

    Friends, please join us after our Sunday Service to share food, drink, and companionship at our Potluck Lunch. You’re welcome to bring a dish to go around, drinks will be provided. Be ready to fill out a card describing your dish. If you forgot to bring something, don’t worry – we will share.
    And be sure to stick around after, we could always use a few hands to make light work.  It’s a great way to get to know people at church.

    First & Third Sunday of each month from 3:00 to 4:00 PM on Zoom 2*,
    We share recipes and answer questions about a Whole Food Plant-Based diet without added salt, oil, or sugar. Making us and the planet better one meal at a time. For more information, see the Plant-Based LA page in our Community menu. 

    Second Sunday of Each Month at 1:00 PM on Zoom 2*,
    The work of creating a sustainable way of life is central to our Unitarian Universalist view of a just and compassionate world. For more information, click HERE:

    First Monday of Each Month at 7:00 PM on Zoom 2*, The Anti-Racism/Racial Justice group has re-formed into a task force charged to develop recommendations for how Emerson could better dismantle racism and oppression within ourselves and our congregation and “Widen Our Circle”.   (See this website’s Racial Justice page in the Community menu for more information.  Please contact LindaBeth if you would like to join us on Zoom 2, first Mondays of the month from 7 to 8:30 pm.)

    Next Meeting: Tuesday, November 29 at 7:30 PM to discuss Bewilderment by Richard Powers

    Join us via:
    Zoom Meeting ID: 343 977 3791
    Password: chalice
    Or call: (669) 900-9128 and
    enter ID: 343 977 3791

    For more information go to this website’s Book Group page in the Community Activities and Groups menu; Http://

    Every Tuesday, 10:30 – 12:30
    (Weather permitting)

    Join Rev. Matthew in the garden at Emerson: planting, weeding, digging, tending, mulching, and doing whatever could use doing that week. For a couple of hours each week, Rev. Matthew would love to have your help and company in the garden.  Rev. Matthew would love to pass on the wisdom he’s learned from his 15 years of experience growing fruits, vegetables and California natives, and learn what wisdom you have to teach him. Wear some comfortable clothes and we’ll see what grows!

    First & Third Tuesdays each month at 7:00 PM
    Currently online only via Zoom 2*:

    A chat and discussion group looking at Paganism from a UU perspective with the potential to grow into a local chapter of the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans. For more information, see the Pagan Chat & Study Group page in our Community menu.   We are currently meeting via Zoom only.   

    1st Wednesday of the month, 11:45am – 2pm
    Next Gathering: November 2nd.

    Members and friends are invited to meet and join like-minded vegetarians and vegans as we explore the advantages of a meat-free  lifestyle and to connect with friends, old  and new.   Enjoy great food and great company!  All are welcome.
    Contact Tracy Watson: or 818-620-9451 (text or call)    

    Thursdays from 7:30 to 9:00 PM, In-Person
    A place where you can connect, listen, and sing. All are invited to participate, even those who are not currently members of Emerson’s Choir.  For more information, see the Music & Choir page in our Community menu.

    Third Thursday of each month at 10:30 AM on Zoom 1*,
    Available via Zoom 1.  Watch eBlast and the website’s Upcoming Current Events to see if we will ALSO be meeting In-Person at Emerson (Masks & Vaccinations Required). 
    This is a space to talk about issues around aging and to find support to help navigate the challenges that come with age. For more information, click HERE:

    2nd & 4th Fridays
    Doors Open:  5:30 pm; Potluck:  6 pm;
    Activities:  7 pm
    After a long 2-1/2 years, we’re all looking for more opportunities for connection and community. Join us for this wonderful time spent with friends old and new during Friday, Fun & Fellowship.
    On the second and fourth Friday of each month, we’ll be gathering for meals and activities. Doors open at 5:30 with a potluck meal at 6:00, followed by activities around 7 pm.

    2nd Friday of each month, 7 – 8:30 pm in the Sanctuary at Emerson
    Please join us as we focus on listening, allow our bodies to find and express our own individual rhythm, and let the group rhythm carry us into the stillness. Come for the relaxation, shared connection, and a respite from the chaos and craziness of our world.

    This is not an official Emerson UU Church event; however, donations are shared with Emerson.

    $10 Suggested Donation. No one turned away for lack of funds.
    Contact: Burl Bolerjack,

    One of the best ways to get connected in this congregation is by joining one of our small group ministries, which meet once or twice a month. Learn more on our Small Group Ministry page under our Community menu, or by selecting THIS LINK:
    *Zoom “Rooms”:
    Zoom 1 is used for worship services and most church meetings:
    (if link doesn’t work, enter into your search engine (Google, Safari, etc.)
    Zoom ID # 858 109 2800
    Password: chalice
    OR Phone (669) 900-6833
    Enter Zoom ID #
    858 109 2800
    Password: chalice
    Zoom 2 is used for most groups (except Elders’ Circle)
    (if link doesn’t work, enter into your search engine (Google, Safari, etc.)
    Zoom Meeting ID: 343 977 3791
    Or call: 
    (669) 900-9128 and
    enter ID: 
    343 977 3791 and

    Password: chalice




    • Place your donations in the offering basket;
    • Mail them to Emerson:
      • Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church
        7304 Jordan Ave.
        Canoga Park, CA 91303;
    • Set up automatic Bill Pay with your bank or credit union; or
    • Donate online HERE.


    Emerson UU has made it simple for anyone to make an ONLINE DONATION through Vanco.  There is a fee of about 3-4%, which Emerson pays, although you can choose an amount to offset these fees on the form. You may download the Vanco Mobile Faith Engagement app for free (from the Google Play or Apple App stores) or CLICK HERE  to make a Donation or Pledge Payment. 


    The West Valley Food Pantry is serving more food insecure and unhoused clients.  Most needed: cash donations and single serve, ready to eat, UNEXPIRED food items.  For a list of most needed items, click HEREHome page of West Valley Food Pantry’s website:


    If you’ve attended Emerson Sunday Worship on Zoom, you have no doubt noticed the many different elements –both live and recorded– that come together to make up the service.  The Tech Associate is key to presenting a professional and worshipful online service. Emerson’s Tech Associates are volunteers who step up when guest speakers take to the virtual pulpit to produce the service, coordinating the sequence of elements, including live video and PowerPoint slideshow.  If you have had exposure to PowerPoint, or live online meeting platforms, and would like to help with presenting Sunday services, contact our office at

    Help fund our video and sound equipment that allow us to provide multi-platform services.  To learn more, see Hybrid Worship Fundraiser in our Give menu.