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Loss—Holding On and Letting Go

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Moving together through these challenging times, we find ourselves confronted by loss in so many dimensions. What … read more.


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 February 8, 2021



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. In the spirit of caring for our earth all year, not just on Earth Day, Emerson’s Environmental Justice Ministry Team has compiled actions we can each take in the lead up to Earth Day, April 22nd.

Each week, we’ll be making recommendations in the areas of knowledge, personal actions & spiritual reflections, and advocacy.

We invite you to join our Eco Challenge and take action with us each week!  

Let us know what you do: email Rhonda ( and Anna (

Week 4: 

Learning – Watch these brief videos about climate solutions: Project Drawdown Climate Solutions 101 “Putting It All Together” and “Making It Happen”

Spiritual reflection – Pray. Reflect on your experience this last month. How might you more fully devote your life towards caring for our earth? Take one action, and then keep going! Join Emerson’s EJM group, which meets the 2nd Sunday of each month!  (Except next meeting will be the 3rd Sunday of May, May 16th, so that families may spend Mother’s Day together.)

Personal sustainability – Fast from silence. Talk to at least 1 person about your ecospiritual journey these 4 weeks – here are tips for talking about the climate crisis in an effective way. Reflect on ways you can take action.

Advocacy – You choose! Find an organization that fights for something YOU care about (suggestionshere). Join their efforts by taking online action, volunteering or donating.



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.”  While the wording may change, the current proposed 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.”

To learn more about the 8th Principle and explore what these phrases mean to you and others, join us at our 8th Principle Discussion on May 2nd at noon and our video and discussion on May 11th, with video starting at 6:30 pm and Discussion at 7:30 p m.  You may also learn more at


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: For a list of topics, see the Inquirers Series page under either the About us or the Community page, HERE.  



Small Group Ministry Theme for April: Mindfulness

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. 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,, 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.





Join us for Sunday morning worship followed by Coffee Hour
via Zoom:

Zoom Meeting ID: 858 109 2800;
Password: chalice

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

This Week:
(You may find brief descriptions of these events in “Ongoing Groups”, further below, and longer descriptions in the Community menu, above. )

THURSDAY, April 22nd at 7:30 PM
Emerson Choir
Zoom Meeting ID: 343 977 3791
Password: chalice
OR Call (669) 900-9128 and Enter
the Zoom Meeting ID
343 977 3791

SUNDAY, April 25th at 10:30 AM
Sunday Morning Worship Service
Followed by Coffee Hour and Inquirers Series
Via Zoom:
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, April 25th at 12:00 PM
Inquirers Series: Social Justice & Service
Via Zoom:
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.

TUESDAY, April 27th at 2:00 PM
Community Time with Rev. Matthew
Or Enter Zoom Meeting ID: 858 109 2800; Password: chalice
Or call: (669) 900-6833 and enter
the Meeting ID:
 858 109 2800

TUESDAY, April 27th at 7:30 PM
Book Club
Discussing The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro.
Zoom Meeting ID: 343 977 3791
Password: chalice
OR Call (669) 900-9128 and Enter
the Zoom Meeting ID
343 977 3791

THURSDAY, April 29th at 7:30 PM
Emerson Choir
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


Fourth Sunday of each month: 12 to 1 PM
Third Thursday of each month:  7 to 8 PM
Via Zoom (link: )
Introduction to Emerson and to Unitarian Universalism. For more information, see: 

Thursdays – 7:30 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 HERE

First & Third Sunday of each month – 3 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 the month – 1 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 the month – 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 the 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:

Fourth Tuesday of each month – 7:30 PM
Our April 27th  selection is The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro.
For more information, click here:



Everyone’s help is needed to support our church!


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!