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When “Sorry” Isn’t Enough

Nancy Watanabe, Worship Associate

Today marks the beginning of Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year in Judaism, also known as the Day of Atonement. In the days leading up, one repents for the wrongs or “sins” committed during the last year. Atonement requires more … read more.



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




Our nearby congregation, Throop UU is organizing a regional effort to boost voter turnout in this November’s election — and we need your help! Inspired by the national “UU the Vote” efforts, Throop, based in Pasadena, CA, is inviting UUs from across the Southern California region to join them in this online campaign. We will meet online weekly to write letters to potential voters in key states and districts across the country, encouraging them to go vote in November. Sign up to join the online campaign today!

We are teaming up with Vote Forward, a partner of the national UU the Vote campaign, to streamline the process. We will meet every Thursday at 5 pm PST via Zoom for letter writing parties through Election Day. These gatherings will also make space to reflect on our values as UUs — specifically highlighting the importance of our 5th UU principle in this work — and to create connections with one another.

Sign up today to get involved and learn more about this effort! If you have any questions, please email Liz Murphy, Throop’s Ministerial Intern, at



The Emerson UU Website now has a team to manage our very important website.  Jacqui Tolin has been teaching the team WordPress, which is the program that runs the website.  We are so grateful that these amazing members have stepped forward.  The team leader is LindaBeth Nelson, and team members include Louise Rovner, Linda Morris, Frances Young, and Jacqui Tolin.  If you would like to join our team, or have suggestions for the website, please contact LindaBeth Nelson.



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!



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.



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

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.

Following the service is our “Virtual Coffee Break” when those who wish to remain may join others for conversation in Zoom Breakout rooms.  


Every Thursday from 7:30 – 8:30 PM (Zoom)

Join us via:
Zoom Meeting ID: 343 977 3791
Password: chalice
Or dial: (669) 900-9128 and enter Meeting ID: 343 977 3791

Join the Emerson Choir every Thursday at 7:30 pm virtually on Zoom – 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. If you are interested in participating in Emerson’s Choir virtually, please send an email to Eloise, Choir Director, at Remember to leave Thursday’s open on your calendar from 7:30pm to 8:30pm.


Sunday, September 20 from 3 – 4 PM (Zoom)

Join us via:
Zoom Meeting ID: 343 977 3791
Password: chalice

Or dial: (669) 900 9128  and enter the Meeting ID: 343 977 3791

We will share recipes for snacks 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. Contact: Leslie Reuter and Phil Davis at



Tuesday, September 22, at 6:30 PM (Zoom)

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

Join the Emerson Pagan Chat & Study Group for an online ritual honoring the Autumn Equinox on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 6:30PM. We’ll celebrate the coming of Autumn and the end of the harvest season, and offer our respect to the balance of light and dark with the occasion it brings with it!

Please have a beverage and bread or cracker on hand as well as your chalice candle. Also, have a glass or cup of water and a small piece of paper and something to write with.

We look forward to seeing you!


Tuesday, September 22 at 7:30 PM (Zoom)

Join us via:
Zoom Meeting ID: 343 977 3791
Password: chalice

Or dial: (669) 900 9128  and enter the Meeting ID: 343 977 3791

Emerson’s Book Group has selected  for our September fiction read Laila Lalami’s The Other Americans, a finalist for the 2029 National Book Award. This  story, written in several voices,  masterfully combines a “riveting police procedural with a sensitive examination of contemporary life in California’s  Mojave Desert region.” (NPR review by Bethanne Patrick). Please join us on Zoom on September 22nd at 7:30. If you are lucky enough to have already read it and wish to comment please share at



Hello Environmental Justice Ministry Friends!

Here are ways you can take action for our earth that were discussed in our recent EJM meeting. Some are 1 minute actions, like signing petitions. Others are more in depth, like get out the vote efforts. Everything you do matters!

  • Encourage people you know to vote in key states here 
  • Get customized ways you can take action for the climate here
  • Mail letters to infrequent voters in key states here
  • Make calls to support down-ballot progressives in key states here
  • Petition to Newsom to stop fueling forest fires here
  • SunValley gas leak. Petition with Food and Water watch. Sign here
  • Pledge to vote and help with the election with Union of Concerned Scientists here
  • Ask Newsom to protect San Onofre state beach – sign here

Anna & Rhonda


Exploratory Pagan Group

Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month
Next Meeting, October 6, at 6:30 PM (Zoom)

Join us via:
Zoom Meeting ID: 343 977 3791
Password: chalice

Or dial: (669) 900-9128 and enter Meeting ID: 343 977 3791

This new Chat & Study Group will look at Paganism from a UU perspective with the potential to grow into a local chapter of the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans.  We will travel through the Wheel of the Year, examining life milestones and other holidays, and creating rituals with our UU principles.  If you are new to Paganism we welcome you to join in and see if this is something you might be interested in.

Have ready for each meeting: A candle (in a chalice, cup or other vessel), something to drink, and bread or cracker (or the like).


Thursday, October 15 at 10:30 AM (Zoom)
Join us via Zoom:
Zoom Meeting ID: 858 109 2800
Password: chalice
Or dial: (669) 900-6833 and enter the Meeting ID: 858 109 2800 
We will continue our discussion from last month.  If you need assistance connecting, please contact the office at to see if we can assist you. Looking forward to seeing you! – Heather Medvitz/E.C. Team



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.