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Widening the Circle

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Widening the circle of our faith is something that Unitarian Universalists aspire to—greater diversity, radical inclusion—yet sometimes it’s … read more.

CURRENT NEWS

Emerson UU Board Meeting:
2nd Monday of Each Month
Next Meeting:  May 10th, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Everyone is invited to attend via Zoom.
Meeting Agenda
Board Minutes of April 12, 2021

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SHOULD UU’S ADOPT AN 8TH PRINCIPLE?

At our June Congregational meeting, Emerson UU members will vote on whether or not to endorse the proposed 8th Principle.  A “kid’s version” of this principle is “We must work together to make sure each and every individual is cherished.”  The current proposed “adult” version is “We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant 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.”  The wording of this principle may change, but the underlying concepts are important to understand.

To learn more about the 8th Principle, go to https://www.8thprincipleuu.org/

Recommended Viewing:  “In This Delicate Turning,” the powerful worship service from the 2019 UUA General Assembly (our annual national gathering). In her sermon, the Rev. Marta I. Valentín calls us to get free by planting faithful seeds of change and together turn to free the faith we love.  You can watch the service (or just Rev. Marta’s sermon).

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See our “News Page” to learn about this year’s online General Assembly in June, or go directly to the UUA website, https://www.uua.org/ga

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NEW PROGRAM!  – The Inquirers Series is an introduction to Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church and to Unitarian Universalism in general. Seven topics are covered, one per session, and the sessions are cycled throughout the year. 

Participants are invited to join at any time, and all are welcome! The sessions are led by lay leaders in our congregation. Those who are considering Emerson membership are invited to attend these classes before deciding to join.

The Inquirers Series is a great space for newcomers and friends, as well as new and old members to explore our church community and to share their journeys with one another.

Classes are held on the fourth Sunday of the month from 12:00-1:00 p.m. after the service, and on the third Thursday from 7:00-8:00 PM on Zoom (link: live.emersonuuc.org). For a list of topics, see the Inquirers Series page under either the About us or the Community page, HERE.  

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Small Group Ministry Theme for May: Acceptance

For more information about Small Group Ministries and Touchstones, see our Small Group Ministries page under this website’s Community Menu, HERE. 

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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. Upcoming events include a Women’s Virtual Spring Retreat April 30 through May 2nd, and virtual UU Youth Summer Camps (Elementary ages week of July 11th and Junior HIgh week of July 11th).  To learn more about Camp Connect, go to Events for the Camp Connect page on the Camp de Benneville Pines website, https://www.uucamp.org, HERE.

For updated news about Camp de Benneville Pines and the impact of the El Dorado Fire please visit here. For more information on how to donate to their emergency fund please visit here.

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ADDITIONAL COVID-19 RESOURCES CAN BE FOUND HERE

FOOD BANK GUIDE CAN BE FOUND HERE

UPCOMING ONLINE EVENTS


SUNDAY SERVICES – 10:30 AM
Join us for Sunday morning worship followed by Coffee Hour
via Zoom: https://tinyurl.com/emersonuuc

Zoom Meeting ID: 858 109 2800;
Password: chalice

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

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This Week:

SUNDAY, May 16th at 10:30 AM
Sunday Morning Worship Service
Followed by Coffee Hour
Via Zoom: https://tinyurl.com/emersonuuc
Or Enter Zoom Meeting ID: 858 109 2800 – Password: chalice
Or call: (669) 900-6833 and enter
the Meeting ID:
 858 109 2800 with Password chalice.

SUNDAY, May 16th at 1:00 PM
Environmental Justice Ministry
https://tinyurl.com/emersonuuc2
Zoom Meeting ID: 343 977 3791
Password: chalice
OR Call (669) 900-9128 and Enter
Zoom Meeting ID
343 977 3791

SUNDAY, May 16th at 3:00 PM
Plant-Based LA
https://tinyurl.com/emersonuuc2
Zoom Meeting ID: 343 977 3791
Password: chalice
OR Call (669) 900-9128 and Enter
Zoom Meeting ID 343 977 3791

TUESDAY, May 18th at 2:00 PM
Community Time with Rev. Matthew
Via live.emersonuuc.org
Or Enter Zoom Meeting ID: 858 109 2800; Password: chalice
Or call: (669) 900-6833 and enter
the Meeting ID:
 858 109 2800

TUESDAY, May 18th at 6:30 PM
Pagan Chat and Study
https://tinyurl.com/emersonuuc2
Zoom Meeting ID: 343 977 3791
Password: chalice
OR Call (669) 900-9128 and Enter
Zoom Meeting ID 343 977 3791

THURSDAY, May 20th at 10:30 AM
Elders’ Circle
Via Zoom: https://tinyurl.com/emersonuuc
Or Enter Zoom Meeting ID: 858 109 2800 – Password: chalice
Or call: (669) 900-6833 and enter
the Meeting ID:
 858 109 2800 with Password chalice.

THURSDAY, May 20th at 7:00 PM
Inquirers Series:
Pastoral Care & Small Groups

Via Zoom: https://tinyurl.com/emersonuuc
Or Enter Zoom Meeting ID: 858 109 2800 – Password: chalice
Or call: (669) 900-6833 and enter
the Meeting ID:
 858 109 2800 with Password chalice.

THURSDAY, May 20th at 7:30 PM
Emerson Choir
https://tinyurl.com/emersonuuc2
Zoom Meeting ID: 343 977 3791
Password: chalice
OR Call (669) 900-9128 and Enter
the Zoom Meeting ID
343 977 3791

Link to Monthly Calendar HERE
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ONGOING GROUPS – Open to All

INQUIRERS SERIES
Fourth Sunday of each month: 12 to 1 PM
Third Thursday of each month:  7 to 8 PM
Via Zoom (link: live.emerson.org )
Introduction to Emerson and to Unitarian Universalism. For more information, see: http://www.emersonuuc.org/about-us/inquirers-series-all-are-welcome/ 

EMERSON CHOIR
Thursdays – 7:30 to 8:30 PM 
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 HEREhttp://www.emersonuuc.org/community/music-and-choir/

PLANT BASED LOS ANGELES
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:   http://www.emersonuuc.org/community/plant-based-los-angeles/

PAGAN CHAT GROUP
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: http://www.emersonuuc.org/community/pagan-chat-study-group/

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE MINISTRY
Next Meeting:  Sunday, May 16th at 1 PM
(We usually meet on the Second Sunday of the month, but are postponing a week this month due to Mother’s Day.)

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: http://www.emersonuuc.org/community/just-web/

RACIAL JUSTICE AND ANTI-RACISM GROUP
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: http://www.emersonuuc.org/community/racial-justice-anti-racism-discussion-group/

ELDERS’ CIRCLE
Third Thursday of each month – 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: http://www.emersonuuc.org/community/elders-circle/

EMERSON BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP
Fourth Tuesday of each month – 7:30 PM
Our May 25th selection is A Different Kind of Daughter: The Girl Who Hid from the Taliban in Plain Sight  by Maria Toorpakai. For more information, click here: http://www.emersonuuc.org/community/book-club/

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SUPPORT EMERSON UU

Everyone’s help is needed to support our church!

SUNDAY OFFERING AND PLEDGE PAYMENT

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

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ONLINE DONATIONS AND PLEDGES

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.

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DONATIONS NEEDED

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.

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TECH ASSOCIATES NEEDED!

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 (revmatthew@emersonuuc.org).

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CONTRIBUTE TO SUNDAY WORSHIP!

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 tcovertops@aol.com.

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HELP HOST EVENTS FOR ONLINE CONNECTIONS

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 office@emersonuuc.org 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!

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