NEW:  The Order of Service for Sunday’s Worship Service is available in this website’s Worship menu.  

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

September 12, 2022

Minutes July 11, 2022


Camp de Benneville Pines
My Heart is in the Mountains
2022 Summer Break Camp for Adults
Relax and Reconnect
Friday, August 12 to Tuesday, August 16, 2022
Dean: Randy Kokal

Attend Summer Break—a summer camp for adults — where UUs and like-minded friends commune with nature and each other. Our keynote speaker, author Laila Ibrahim, will lead us on her path of Living Our Faith Out Loud: Personal Journey from de Benneville Pines Camper to Successful Activist-Author.

For more info please contact:
Executive Director Janet James (909)435-6298
Registrar Laura Chamberlin (305)389-4755
Camp Champ Jack MacPhee (909)495-7826

AUGUST 13, 2022
Emerson UU Church Presents
A Fundraising Screening of
Invisible Children of LA

With Special Performance
Violinist, Tony Selvage 

A documentary about young children who are homeless in Los Angeles.

This is a personal story about their daily lives – their feelings about being homeless, their hopes and dreams for the future, and things that interest them in their current lives. Their stories are interwoven with homeless advocates who let us know the systemic reasons for homelessness, the statistics regarding homeless children and what needs to be done to eradicate this horrific tragedy on our streets.  This is an honest, intimate, dark, sometimes joyful and inspiring film about resilient children who we come to love, who are the invisible children of LA.


Suggested Donation $15-$30
No One Turned Away for Lack of Funds.

Get Out the Vote Made Easy & Fun
Emerson’s Environmental Justice Ministry invites you to join a postcard/letter writing event to get out the vote for the 2022 congressional elections. So many issues that are core to our UU values are at stake.  Let’s take action together! 
Supplies, instructions, light refreshments and warm conversation will be provided.  Feel free to bring your own lunch and/or a snack to share.  We will gather right after church. RSVP to Anna Wagner.
Puzzles and Pasta and People, Oh My!
On Sunday, August 28, at 12:30 pm, all are invited to gather for a light lunch of pasta outside the Pavilion, and afterward team jigsaw puzzles in A/C comfort to challenge your mind and connect with friends, old and new. Please contact Tracy Watson for questions and comments, or
818-620-9451 (text or call).

Read the Unitiarian Universalist Service Committee’s Statement on the War in Ukraine and find links to additional ways to help Ukraine and other areas in need. The UUA also recommends making donations to the United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR at

Small Group Ministry Theme for August:  Ambiguity/Paradox

For more information about Touchstones and Small Group Ministry, see the SGM webpage HERE (in our Community Activities and Groups menu).
Anti-Racism and the 8th Principle:   See our Racial Justice Task Force page to learn more about Emerson’s efforts to “Widen our Circle of Concern”, to make Emerson and Unitarian Universalism a more diverse and inclusive beloved community.

Sing with Emerson’s Choir!   Teenagers and children are invited, as well as adults.  For more information, see our Music and Choir page in the Community menu.


  • This Day in Unitarian Universalist History August 10

    1531 – Michael Servetus published On the Errors of the Trinity. He was arrested three days later in Switzerland and imprisoned for heresy. Read a biography of Earl Morse Wilbur, an historian who wrote prominently about Michael Servetus.The post August 10 first appeared on Harvard Square Library.Read more at: - the digital library of Unitarian Universalism.

  • This Day in Unitarian Universalist History August 10

    1531 – Michael Servetus published On the Errors of the Trinity. He was arrested three days later in Switzerland and imprisoned for heresy. Read a biography of Earl Morse Wilbur, an historian who wrote prominently about Michael Servetus.The post August 10 first appeared on Harvard Square Library.Read more at: - the digital library of Unitarian Universalism.


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

See our “Ongoing Groups” below for regularly scheduled events.


For more information about these events see Current News (column on left)

Friday, August 12 to Tuesday, August 16th
Camp deBenneville Pines
Summer Break Camp for Adults

Saturday, August 13th
Fundraiser: Movie & Music
at Emerson

Sunday, August 14th, 12 – 2 pm
Postcard/Letter Writing Event
Help Get out the Vote!
at Emerson after worship service


Sunday, August 28th at 12:30 pm
Puzzles and Pasta and People, Oh My!
at Emerson
Contact Tracy Watson


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. 

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.   

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”.   In August we will discuss two chapters, Living Our Values in the World and Religious Professionals in the Widening the Circle report, using the Study/Action Guide Session 5 & 6 for our agenda.  (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.)

1st Wednesday of the month, 11:45am – 2pm
Next Gathering:  9/7/22
at Jinkys Cafe, West Hills

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)  

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:

3rd Friday of each month, 7 – 8:30 pm in the Pavilion 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.

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

4th Tuesday of each month at 7:30 PM on Zoom 2*,
Next Meeting: August 23, 2022 to discuss: A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage

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://

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:

Thursdays from 7:30 to 9:00 PM, In-Person – (On Summer Hiatus)
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. 

*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




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