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How Do You Cope with What Won’t End

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Todd Covert, Worship Associate

A few months ago, we were ready for the pandemic to be over—really, it’s been longer, but that’s when it finally seemed like it was ending. But this summer that all … read more.


Emerson UU Board Meeting:
2nd Monday of Each Month
Next Meeting: September 13, 2021
Everyone is invited to attend via Zoom.
Meeting Agenda

Board Minutes July 12, 2021

Fundraiser for Hybrid Worship Services. Contribute to better online quality through our Special Fundraiser for Multi-Platform Technology:  See HYBRID WORSHIP FUNDRAISER (in “Give” menu above).

Upcoming Class: The Big Questions: UU Theology (for parents and other adults)
Do your children ask big questions that stump you? Do you have big questions of your own? This five-week course looks at the big questions of life. For more information, see “The Big Questions” under the Community menu, above.


Emerson’s Choir is Back! Teenagers and children are invited, as well as adults.  Still remote for now, on Thursday evenings (see Upcoming Events).  For more information, see Music and Choir page in the Community menu.

The Inquirer Series is on hiatus until Fall.

When can we get back together as a congregation?

Emerson’s “Back Together Team” has been making plans for in-person gatherings, following guidance and research from the UUA, CDC, and state and local authorities.  Watch the “Back Together” announcements in in our e-news and website for the most recent recommendations.

We had hoped to celebrate our first in-person congregational service on September 12th, but the Delta variant surge dashed that hope. Emerson’s Board of Trustees has decided to wait at least another month before making final decisions on re-opening.   (See August 12, 2021 Update from Clinton Bench, our Board President under the News menu.)

The matching technology grant we received will help us to have multi-platform (a.k.a. hybrid) services so that anyone can join either in-person or online.  Please donate what you can so we can match the grant (see FUNDRAISER ).

Other changes will depend on the status of the virus and scientific findings. In the meantime, please follow LA County Department of Public Health guidelines found at 
for those who are fully vaccinated can be found at THIS LINK.  



Our planet is in crisis – and to create a life sustaining future, it’s going to take all of us to do all we can. The good news is that YOUR actions make a difference – and there are solutions at our fingertips.  See a variety of action choices you can take in our Environmental Justice Ministry page in our Community menu above.


Emerson Endorses the 8th Principle. In a unanimous vote of members present at our Congregational meeting on June 27th, 2021, Emerson UU approved  “the spirit and intent of the proposed 8th Principle of the Unitarian Universalist Association to ‘affirm and promote journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions’, recognizing that our denomination’s goal of promoting sustained action to eradicate racism and other oppressions may evolve into new language or revisions such as making this a preamble to our Principles.”  

To read the full resolution and more about the 8th Principle, see this website’s News Page or our Racial Justice Group page

Learn more about the 8th Principle from the UUA:


Small Group Ministry Theme for September:  Reason
For more information about Small Group Ministries and Touchstones, see our Small Group Ministries page under this website’s Community Menu, HERE.

CAMP DE BENNEVILLE PINES: Camp Connect events are one-to-two-hour Zoom-hosted workshops, presentations, performances, and discussion groups. Sessions vary from month to month.  To learn more about Camp Connect, go to Events for the Camp Connect page on the Camp de Benneville Pines website,, HERE.



Back to Emerson Zoom!
Join us for Sunday Morning Worship

Phone Number is still (669) 900-6833
Enter Zoom ID # 858 109 2800
Password: chalice

Upcoming Events:

Thursday, September 16th, 7:30 – 8:30 pm
Emerson Choir

Zoom Meeting ID:  343 977 3791
Password:  chalice
Or Call:  (669) 900-9128 and
Enter Meeting ID:
343 977 3791

SUNDAY, September 19th at 10:30 am
Sunday Morning Worship Service
Followed by Coffee Hour
Join via
Phone Number is still (
669) 900-6833
Enter Zoom ID #
858 109 2800

SUNDAY, September 19th at 3:00 pm
Plant-Based LA

Or Call:  (669) 900-9128 and
Enter Meeting ID:
343 977 3791

Tuesday, September 21st at 2:00 PM
Community Time with Rev. Matthew

Zoom Meeting ID:  858 109 2800
Password: chalice
Or call: (669) 900-6833 and
enter Meeting ID:
858 109 2800

TUESDAY, September 21st at 6:30 pm
Pagan Chat & Study Group

Or Call:  (669) 900-9128 and
Enter Meeting ID:
343 977 3791

Thursday, September 23rd, 7:30 – 8:30 pm
Emerson Choir

Zoom Meeting ID:  343 977 3791
Password:  chalice
Or Call:  (669) 900-9128 and
Enter Meeting ID:
343 977 3791

Link to Monthly Calendar HERE


On hiatus.  For more information about the Inquirers Series, see the Inquirers Series webpage HERE, or look under the Community menu above.

Thursdays – 7:30 to 8:30 PM – Back on Zoom 2.
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, click HERE

First & Third Sunday of each month – 3 to 4 PM
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, click HERE:

First & Third Tuesday of the month – 6:30 PM
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, click HERE:

Second Sunday of Each Month at 1:00 PM
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:

Second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 PM
Join us for a discussion of racial justice issues in order to deepen our commitment to anti-racism. For more information, click HERE:

Third Thursday of each month at 10:30 AM
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:

Fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:30 PM

BOOK GROUP – Talking to Strangers
Next Meeting: Tuesday, September 28th  at 7:30 PM
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Zoom Meeting ID: 343 977 3791
Password: chalice

Or call: (669) 900-9128 and
enter ID:
 343 977 3791

Emerson’s non-fiction selection for our September 28th meeting is Malcolm Gladwell’s Talking to Strangers. Published in September 2019 and met with at best mixed critical reviews, Gladwell continues his observations and explanations of human social behaviors. Talking to Strangers is certainly a timely subject and should produce a lively discussion.

Our fiction selection for October 26th is Sue Monk Kidd’s The Book of Longings, the story of the fictional Ana, a young, wealthy, and well-educated Jewish would-be writer, living in first century Galilee, who just happens to fall in love and marry Jesus. But the story is Ana’s, and Kidd has compellingly re-imagined the possibility of such a woman living at that time. Hmm.

Check out our page on Emerson’s website under Community.

Questions?  818-621-9628

For more information, click here:

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:


Everyone’s help is needed to support our church!


Help us purchase new video and sound equipment so that when we return to in-person services we can offer those unable to attend in-person worship a high-quality experience.  To learn more about this fundraiser, see Hybrid Worship Fundraiser in our Give menu.  


If you regularly placed checks in the offering basket, please put those checks in an envelope and mail them in to Emerson (address below) for the next several months. Or, this might be a great time to set up automatic Bill Pay with your bank or credit union. To donate or pledge online, please click on “Give” in the top right corner of the page or HERE.

Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church
7304 Jordan Ave.
Canoga Park, CA 91303



Emerson UU has made it simple for anyone to make an ONLINE DONATION through Vanco.
Note:  when using this service, there is a fee of about 3-4%, which Emerson pays, and you can also choose an amount to offset these fees on the form.    CLICK HERE  to make a Donation or Pledge Payment.



The West Valley Food Pantry needs our help. They need baby diapers, size 2-6 and pet food for dogs and cats. Any donations will be greatly appreciated. For a list of most needed items, click HERE.



If you’ve attended Emerson Sunday Worship in Zoom, and you no doubt have 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 stepping 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 Rev. Matthew (



Emersonians, here’s an opportunity to contribute to our Sunday worship services in an easy and fun way.  We’re looking to create a video of multiple Emerson members saying one or two lines each of our Covenant, both in English and Spanish.  Members with Spanish fluency (or at least confident pronunciation) are especially needed.  If you’d like to take part, please email Todd Covert at



Calling all Emersonians!  Are you interested in helping your community keep in touch and connected by hosting/organizing an online event? It could be a yoga class, a song circle, a creative writing workshop, an informative lecture, or just a time to chat and hangout. It could be an ongoing event or one-time only. We invite you to contribute and help maintain our sense of connection during this time of physical distancing. You may use the church Zoom account to hold your event. Please contact the office at or (818) 887-6101 in order to arrange. We look forward to all your wonderful and creative ideas to keep us entertained, grounded and create connections with your fellow Emersonians!