Next Service

Sunday Worship Service: Awe

Multi-Platform Service:  
In-Person:  Bring vax card, masks, & follow Health & Safety Covenant.
OR Join us on Zoom via live.emersonuuc.org
Or call: (669) 900-6833  and enter Meeting ID: 858 109 2800
Password: 
chalice

 


CURRENT NEWS

Emerson’s Board of Trustees would like YOUR input regarding Emerson’s health and safety protocols,  including our requirement for vaccinations and masking to attend in-person activities.  See  our Pandemic Response Updates page in our News menu.
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Emerson UU Board Meetings
(Open to All):
2nd Monday of the Month at 7 pm
Next Meeting:

October 10, 2022
Agenda

Minutes July 11, 2022
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Get Out the Vote Made Easy & Fun: Now Every Other Sunday following our Worship Service! 

Emerson’s Environmental Justice Ministry invites you to join our biweekly 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.  If you are unable to attend in person, you can sign up to write as few as 5 letters (or more!) to encourage people in swing states to vote at https://votefwd.org  You may also pick up pre-printed letters from Anna after Sunday worship service.
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Camp de Benneville Pines
Channel Islands Cluster Retreat Weekend is back!!!

October 14-16, 2022

Commune, worship, hike, create, bring music and life experiences to the mountain and return home refreshed, relaxed and alive with the mountain air. Register.
For the health and safety of all, there are only 77 spaces available to those fully vaccinated (including children), and with a negative rapid test the day they leave for camp.

Questions?  Email sharon.damerell@gmail.com.
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100th Anniversary Flower Ceremony UU-wide Celebration:
2023 will be the 100th anniversary of Norbert Čapek’s first flower ceremony and a group of UU professionals are undertaking the planning of a commemoration. This will likely include the creation of ritual, liturgy, and worship elements to share with UU congregations worldwide, that we may all celebrate this momentous anniversary together spiritually. The elements are just starting to take shape but could include readings, stories, poetry, music, audio and video. Although in the initial stages, we are looking to include in some manner, the church in Prague where the original ceremony was held, the Unitarian Church in Cambridge, MA where Mája Čapek held the first American ceremony, as well as iterations of the ceremony across the world. Other potential elements of the celebration may include a planting of seeds ritual in which congregations participate in preparation for the anniversary as well as the production of a commemorative video which will include recordings of completed celebrations worldwide. To learn more about the planning, please contact Pastor Joshua Berg (joshua@heartmindspiritministry.com).
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Emerson Choir Rehearsals Begin!

New and old members welcome!
For more information, see our Music and Choir page in the Community menu.
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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 https://www.unhcr.org/en-us/
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Small Group Ministry Theme for October:  AweFor more information about Touchstones and Small Group Ministry, see the SGM webpage HERE (in this website’s Community Activities and Groups menu).
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After a long 2-1/2 years, we’re all looking for more opportunities for connection and community. So with the beginning of our new church year, we’re starting Friday Fun & Fellowship on September 23rd.

On the second and fourth Friday of each month, we’ll gather for meals and activities. Doors open at 5:30 with a potluck meal at 6:00, followed by activities around 7 pm. Each evening will feature 2-3 activities, classes or discussions to choose from.
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Anti-Racism and UU’s proposed 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.
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  • This Day in Unitarian Universalist History October 3

    1802 – George Ripley was born in Greenfield, Massachusetts. After graduating from Harvard Divinity School, he settled at the Purchase Street Church in Boston. In 1836, he joined Ralph Waldo Emerson and Frederic Henry Hedge in forming the Transcendental Club. Ripley wrote frequently for the Christian Examiner and edited the Boston Observer and Religious Intelligencer. He withdrew in 1841 to form the Brook Farm Association in West Roxbury, which disbanded in 1847, when he went to New York. Read more about George Ripley at: www.HarvardSquareLibrary.org - the digital library of Unitarian Universalism.The post October 3 first appeared on Harvard Square Library.

  • This Day in Unitarian Universalist History October 3

    1802 – George Ripley was born in Greenfield, Massachusetts. After graduating from Harvard Divinity School, he settled at the Purchase Street Church in Boston. In 1836, he joined Ralph Waldo Emerson and Frederic Henry Hedge in forming the Transcendental Club. Ripley wrote frequently for the Christian Examiner and edited the Boston Observer and Religious Intelligencer. He withdrew in 1841 to form the Brook Farm Association in West Roxbury, which disbanded in 1847, when he went to New York. Read more about George Ripley at: www.HarvardSquareLibrary.org - the digital library of Unitarian Universalism.The post October 3 first appeared on Harvard Square Library.

UPCOMING EVENTS

The Order of Service for Sunday’s Worship Service may be found in this website’s Worship menu.  

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

SPECIAL UPCOMING EMERSON COMMUNITY EVENTS:

For more information about:
these special events; see Current News (column on left).
regularly scheduled events; see “Ongoing Groups” further below.

Zoom addresses/links are at the bottom of this column.

SAVE THESE DATES:

Sunday, October 9 at 12:30 pm
Get out the Vote Postcard/Letter Writing
at Emerson

Wednesday, October 5, 11:45 am – 2 pm
Vegetarian Dining Club
Woodlands Indian Cuisine
9840 Topanga Canyon Blvd. 

Camp de Benneville Pines
Channel Islands Cluster Retreat Weekend
October 14 – 16, 2022

Friday, October 30th at 7 pm
Sacred Cinema:  The Wizard of Oz

at Emerson

Saturday, November 19:  2 to 5 pm
Emerson’s Annual Fall Festival & Auction!
A Celebration of our Emerson Community with Friends, Fun, and Opportunities for More!  Check this space for more information in the coming weeks.

ONGOING GROUPS – Open to All:

PLANT BASED LOS ANGELES
First & Third Sunday of each month from 3:00 to 4:00 PM on Zoom 2*,  live2.emersonuuc.org
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. 

EXPLORATORY PAGAN GROUP
First & Third Tuesdays each month at 7:00 PM
Currently online only via Zoom 2*:  live2.emersonuuc.org

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.   

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE MINISTRY
Second Sunday of Each Month at 1:00 PM on Zoom 2*,  live2.emersonuuc.org
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 TASK FORCE
First Monday of Each Month at 7:00 PM on Zoom 2*, live2.emersonuuc.org 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”.   (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.)

VEGETARIAN DINING CLUB!
1st Wednesday of the month, 11:45am – 2pm
Next Gathering: October 5th at Woodlands Indian Cuisine (all vegetarian), 9840 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Chatsworth, CA 91311

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: tracyj.watson@yahoo.com or
818-620-9451 (text or call)  
 

ELDERS’ CIRCLE
Third Thursday of each month at 10:30 AM on Zoom 1*, live.emersonuuc.org
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: http://www.emersonuuc.org/community/elders-circle/

MEDITATIVE DRUM CIRCLE w/ BURL BOLERJACK
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.

This is not an official Emerson UU Church event; however, donations are shared with Emerson.

$10 Suggested Donation. No one turned away for lack of funds.
Burl Bolerjack
blsb@verizon.net

EMERSON BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP
4th Tuesday of each month at 7:30 PM on Zoom 2*, live2.emersonuuc.org
Next Meeting: September 27, 2022 to discuss The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles

Join us via: live2.emersonuuc.org
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://www.emersonuuc.org//community/Book-Group.

SMALL GROUP MINISTRY 
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: http://www.emersonuuc.org/community/small-group-ministry/

EMERSON CHOIR
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. 

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*Zoom “Rooms”:
Zoom 1 is used for worship services and most church meetings:
live.emersonuuc.org
(if link doesn’t work, enter live.emersonuuc.org 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)
live2.emersonuuc.org
(if link doesn’t work, enter live2.emersonuuc.org into your search engine (Google, Safari, etc.)
Zoom Meeting ID: 343 977 3791
Password:
chalice
Or call: 
(669) 900-9128 and
enter ID: 
343 977 3791 and

Password: chalice

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SUPPORT EMERSON UU COMMUNITY

SUNDAY OFFERING AND PLEDGE PAYMENT:

  • Place your donations in the offering basket;
  • Mail them to Emerson:
    • Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church
      7304 Jordan Ave.
      Canoga Park, CA 91303;
  • Set up automatic Bill Pay with your bank or credit union; or
  • Donate online HERE.

ONLINE DONATIONS AND PLEDGES:

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. 


DONATIONS NEEDED

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:  https://www.westvalleyfoodpantry.org/


TECH ASSOCIATES NEEDED!

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 office@emersonuuc.org

SPECIAL FUNDRAISER FOR MULTI-PLATFORM SERVICES TECHNOLOGY:
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.
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