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…And Justice for All

Join via Zoom:
Or dial: (669) 900-6833 and enter Meeting ID: 858 109 2800

Join us for Sunday service where our returning speaker, Mathew P. Taylor, asks us, “What would the world look like if police brutality ended tomorrow? If we all had the … read more.

Emerson UU Church ~~ News


All are invited to gather online on Zoom to celebrate the life of Meredith Graham, longtime Emerson member and former UU Justice Ministry of California President, on Saturday, July 11th at 2:00 PM.

Join us for the Memorial Services via Zoom at:
Or dial: (669) 900-6833 and enter the Meeting ID: 858 109 2800

Meredith’s husband, Richard, requests that donations in Meredith’s memory be made to Emerson (  Richard also asked me to emphasize another important way to honor what was most important to her:

“These days, people can donate something more valuable than money: time. Meredith’s modus was to identify a problem or a need and focus on resolution…anything which gets the community a little further down the road.”


White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
NEW DATES:  Thursdays, JULY 9, 23 and AUG 6, from 7:30 – 9 PM

Join us via Zoom:
Or dial: (669) 900-6833 and enter the Meeting ID: 858 109 2800 

Join Rev. Matthew for an online (zoom) discussion about Robin DiAngelo’s book, “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism.” As UUs we are urged to do ongoing work to dismantle racist systems and educate ourselves about our own unconscious racial biases; this book is particularly recommended as an initial way to begin understanding white supremacist systems and how we cannot help but be part of such systems. Please RSVP to Rev. Matthew ( by Tuesday, July 7 if you plan to attend. Participants are encouraged to read the book in advance or along with the sessions.

About the book:
The #1 New York Times best-seller explores the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality. In this “vital, necessary, and beautiful book” (Michael Eric Dyson), antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and “allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to ‘bad people’ (Claudia Rankine).

Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.

Online Events and Activities at Emerson UU


Join us for Sunday morning worship via Zoom: 

Or by phone: (669) 900-6833 and enter the Meeting ID: 858 109 2800

A few notes on the worship service: Everyone is invited to light their own chalice.

If you have a joy or sorrow, you would like to have shared aloud during the worship service, you can write it in our Virtual “Book of Life”: HERE 

There will also be an opportunity for people to write in the chat.



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.

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




Community Time with Rev. Matthew
Or call (669) 900-6833 and enter Meeting ID: 858 109 2800


TUESDAY, JULY 7th – 6:30 PM

Pagan Chat & Study Group
Or call (669) 900-9128 and enter Meeting ID: 343 977 3791



THURSDAY, JULY 9th – 7:30 PM

White Fragility Book Discussion
Or call (669) 900-6833 and enter Meeting ID: 858 109 2800




Meredith Graham’s Memorial
Or call (669) 900-6833 and enter Meeting ID: 858 109 2800


Meet Our Minister

Reverend Matthew McHale began his Ministry at Emerson UU Church in August, 2016.
He was raised as a Unitarian Universalist and has been an active leader in the denominations as youth and young adult, particularly in work around racial and climate/environmental justice, which are two of his deep passions.

Rev. Matthew grew up in Long Beach, CA and has also called Oakland, Berkeley, Cleveland and England home.
Rev. Matthew attended seminary at Starr King School for the Ministry, and has a BA and an MA in American Studies.

Rev. Matthew loves creating worship services that touch the head and the heart, and brings a compelling prophetic vision grounded in history of justice work in UUism and the wider world.
He believes that a church should serve those within and beyond its walls, and help people live lives of meaning and purpose.