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How to Age Gracefully

Join us In-Person (bring a mask to wear) or
on Zoom via
or call: (669) 900-6833
Meeting ID: 858 109 2800
(Pacific Standard Time)

Todd Covert, Worship Associate

Aging is inevitable. As we grow older, finding new meaning and purpose can help us live … read more.


Emerson UU Board Meetings
(Open to All):
2nd Monday of each Month at 7:30 pm (Zoom 1)
Next Meeting:
March 11th, 2024
March Agenda TBA
January 2024 Board Minutes (final)

The Teach-In on Palestine

Palestine Teach-In, Sunday, March 3rd at 1 PM:  This will be an opportunity to learn about the historical context behind the conflict, and what is happening today in Gaza from local Muslim and Jewish leaders, including Sheikh Suhail of ISWV and Rabbi Aryeh Cohen, Professor of Rabbinic Literature at American Jewish University. Our first Sunday after church potluck beginning at Noon will precede the event. All are invited to come early and break bread together, as a way of building community. Register here, so we know to expect you either at church or on Zoom.  Zoom link is available when you sign up

If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to be involved, please feel free to reach out to me. Rev. Matthew,
New Temporary Office Hours!
Tuesdays & Thursdays 2 PM – 6 PM 
Our administrator will now be in the office on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, and as needed. She will still be responding to calls and emails throughout the week. To schedule an appointment outside of regular office hours, email Rebecca at
End of Year 2023 Tax Statements – Update!
2023 tax statements have been emailed. If you would like yours to be mailed instead, please email our office Admin Rebecca, at In your email please include the address that you would like to have it mailed to and if this is the correct address we should have in the system for you, so we can update our records if needed. Thank you!
Contact the Event Host to sign up! All proceeds go to Emerson.

Bowling & Pizza: To be rescheduled.  Contact Tracy Watson

Bagel Brunch & (optional) Hike: Join Andrea and Ron at their house in Northridge for a brunch of bagels, cream cheese, lox, eggs, vegetables, fruit and beverages. And after brunch join us for an optional easy hike/walk.
Sunday, March 16, 10:00 AM    $20
Andrea Reuter (818) 792-1763

Autry Museum & Lunch: The Autry Museum offers an inclusive view of the west featuring native voices, film memorabilia, and women’s art.
Saturday, March 23, 10:00 AM   $30
Tracy Watson (818) 620-9451

Open Mic Night: Bring your spoken word, 3-5 minute comedy routine, song, dance, instrumental…or just sit back and enjoy this opportunity for community to get together and share our talents! Spread the word! $10 entrance at the door, light refreshments provided.
Saturday, April 6, 4:00 PM    $10 donation
Melissa & Dave Marote (740) 541-0214

Dungeons & Dragons with Rev. Matthew: Ever wanted to be a wizard, an elf, or face off against the menace terrorizing the local village? Whether you’ve never played before or are a seasoned adventurer, join experienced Dungeon Master Matthew for an afternoon of adventure, fantasy & fun playing Dungeons & Dragons. Snacks provided.
Saturday, April 13, 1:00 PM    $25 donation
Rev. Matthew  (562) 754-8756

Cocktails & Vinyl: Enjoy a variety of handcrafted cocktails from Dave the mixologist while listening to some interesting vinyl selections. Feel free to bring a vinyl to share.
Saturday, April 13, 6:00 PM    $25
Melissa & Dave Marote (740) 541-0214

Harvest the Power:  Leadership Development Class
Next session: Sunday, March 10th, (Zoom 1).

We are excited to announce the Harvest the Power Leadership Development class. This class asserts that leadership in a congregational setting can and should be a deeply spiritual experience. This program offers opportunities to enrich and deepen leadership skills as well as spiritual growth, in a way that honors the gifts that each of us brings.​ Harvest the Power is designed for adults of all ages and stages, young adults through elders, who currently hold or are considering accepting a congregational leadership position. We currently have participants from Emerson, Sepulveda, and Santa Clarita Valley congregations.

Led by Rev. Matthew McHale & Rev. Rebecca Bijur, Affiliated Community Minister, this program will take place across four Sundays from 1:30-3:30 pm, on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month beginnning February 11thIf you’re interested and want to know more, you can still sign up by emailing Rev. Matthew at




On the fourth Friday of each month, we watch a movie, and then explore its themes and meanings in our Sunday service.

Our next Sacred Cinema screening is on Friday, March 22nd, doors open at 7:00 pm, screening at 7:15pm (Sanctuary)
Movie title: Defending Your Life, a romantic comedy-fantasy about a man who finds himself on trial in the afterlife. Rated PG (151 min.)


Upcoming Event at Camp de Benneville Pines
April 5th – 7th: Rainbow Family Camp

Come join us for CampOUT!, a weekend camp retreat experience for families with LGBTQIA+ parent or parents and families raising LGBTQIA+ children and youth. Camp de Benneville Pines offers a safe and caring environment where families gather together in the fresh mountain air, adults openly share and network, and youth enjoy the freedom to play and build lasting friendships with other like-minded campers. This camp usually sells out fast!

For full information and to register, click HERE. For more events, visit the De Benneville Pines website.


Touchstone Theme for March: Transformation
For more information about Touchstones and Small Group Ministry, see the SGM webpage:  LINK HERE (in this website’s Community Activities and Groups menu).

  • This Day in Unitarian Universalist History March 4

    1864 – Thomas Starr King, a Unitarian minister and missionary on the West Coast, died at age 39 of diphtheria. Born the son of a Universalist minister in New York City, King settled as minister of the First Church in San Francisco and made evangelizing tours up and down the West Coast. A strong abolitionist, King also used these trips to lead the fight to keep California in the Union during the Civil War. Read more about Thomas Starr King at: - the digital library of Unitarian Universalism.The post March 4 first appeared on Harvard Square Library.

  • This Day in Unitarian Universalist History March 4

    1864 – Thomas Starr King, a Unitarian minister and missionary on the West Coast, died at age 39 of diphtheria. Born the son of a Universalist minister in New York City, King settled as minister of the First Church in San Francisco and made evangelizing tours up and down the West Coast. A strong abolitionist, King also used these trips to lead the fight to keep California in the Union during the Civil War. Read more about Thomas Starr King at: - the digital library of Unitarian Universalism.The post March 4 first appeared on Harvard Square Library.

(Pacific Standard Time)


Teach-In on Palestine
Sunday, March 3rd at 1 PM (Sanctuary) To attend in-person or on Zoom, RSVP via THIS LINK.
To contact with questions & concerns or to volunteer, contact Rev. Matthew

Pacific Southwest UU Assembly

April 26-28 (Details to Follow)
Host: UU Church of Ventura

THIS WEEK: (More information below for details in Ongoing Events)
Sunday, March 3rd, 11:45 am:  First Sunday Potluck at church.
Sunday, March 3rd, 1:00 pm:  Teach-in on Palestine
To attend in person or zoom, RSVP via THIS LINK.
Monday, March 4th, 7:00 pm:  Racial Justice Ministry:  Widening the Circle. 
Zoom 2
Tuesday, March 5th, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm:  Gardening with Rev Matthew
(Church Grounds, weather permitting)
Tuesday, March 5th, 7:00 pm:   Exploratory Pagan Group (Zoom 2)
Tuesday, March 5th, 7:00 pm
Improv for Your Soul  (Sanctuary)
Wednesday, March 6th, 11:45 am:  Veggie Lunch (Jinky’s Cafe, 22818 Vanowen Street, West Hills)


First Sunday of the month, after the service (Pavilion)
Friends, please join us after our Sunday Service to share food, drink, and companionship at our Potluck Lunch. You’re welcome to bring a dish to go around. Drinks will be provided. Be ready to fill out a card describing your dish. If you forgot to bring something, don’t worry – we will share.  And be sure to stick around afterwards to help clean up; we could always use a few hands to make light work.  It’s a great way to get to know people at church.
Second Sunday of the month, after the service
(Sanctuary – Online by Request.)

Emerson’s Environmental Justice Ministry team meets once a month to take action for climate justice. Whether it’s local clean energy initiatives, national or global campaign projects with environmental movement partners, or writing letters to encourage voters to support environmental justice – there’s something we can each do to build a better future. Whether a new or longtime member – you are welcome and your action is needed!  For more information, see the Environmental Justice Ministry page in this website and contact co-chairs Rhonda ( and Anna ( for more information. Thanks! – Anna & Rhonda

First Monday of the month at 7:00 pm  (Zoom 2 )
Over the past year, the Anti-Racism/Racial Justice group has been studying the UUA’s report as to how to dismantle racism and oppression within ourselves and Unitarian Universalism so that we can “widen the circle” at Emerson.  We are now turning our focus towards Widening Emerson’s circle through diversity, equity, inclusion and racial and social justice.  See this website’s Racial Justice page in the Community menu for more information.  Please contact LindaBeth if you would like to learn more and perhaps join us.

Second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm (Zoom 2)

Thank all of you who participated in our January 15, 2024 book group meeting. Following our thought-provoking discussion of Humankind, we reviewed and recorded the many selections you all promoted for our 2024 reading calendar, which I will separately forward. 

We selected John Le Carre’s final work, Silverview, recommended by Rebecca and other Le Carre fans, and described as having “an exquisitely calibrated sense of moral ambivalence“ for our next meeting on February 27, 2024, at 7:00 pm.

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://


Tuesdays, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm –> Winter Hours! (Church Grounds, weather permitting)
Join Rev. Matthew in the garden at Emerson: planting, weeding, digging, tending, mulching, and doing whatever could use doing that week. For a couple of hours each week, Rev. Matthew would love to have your help and company in the garden. 
Rev. Matthew would love to pass on the wisdom he’s learned from his 15 years of experience growing fruits, vegetables and California natives, and learn what wisdom you have to teach him. Wear some comfortable clothes and we’ll see what grows!

Tuesdays, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm (Sanctuary)
Join us for community, laughter and growth.
Classes are free but donations are appreciated. No need to sign up, just show up!

Led by Katie Kirkpatrick

First Tuesday of the month, 7:00 pm (Zoom )
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 (CUUPS). For more information, see the Pagan Chat & Study Group page in our Community menu.

1st Wednesday of the month, 11:45am – 2pm
Next Gathering: March 6th
Jinky’s Cafe, 22818 Vanowen Street, West Hills, 818-912-6895
April 3rd Gathering Location:
Garden Wok, 6117 Reseda Blvd., Tarzana, 818-881-8886

Join with friends, old and new, to explore the advantages of a vegetarian lifestyle with the Mostly Veggie Lunch Club.   All are welcome.  Contact Tracy Watson: or 818-620-9451 (text or call)

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. See the Music & Choir page in the Community menu for more information.

4th Friday of the month,
doors open at 7:00 pm, film starts at 7:15 pm
On the fourth Friday of each month we watch a film in the Sanctuary and then explore its themes and meanings in that Sunday’s service.  Bring a favorite movie snack and Rev. Matthew will make some gourmet popcorn! Check the Current News column or your weekly eBlast for details. If you are unable to attend the film at Emerson, check Canopy at the public library or you can rent or buy it on Amazon, iTunes or Google Play.  You can also search for other places online.

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:
*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 call (669) 900-6833 and
enter ID #
858 109 2800 and
Password: chalice
Zoom 2 is used for most groups
(if link doesn’t work, enter into your search engine (Google, Safari, etc.)
Zoom ID:
343 977 3791
OR call (669) 900-9128 and
enter ID #
343 977 3791 and

Password: chalice



Here are the links to make Your ANNUAL PLEDGE or DONATION online.  Go to our “Donate” page to find out different ways you can donate; and to our “Pledge” page to learn about Pledging.

Share the Plate Sunday Collection:   As part of our commitment to serve our community, we share half our offering with local organizations whose work furthers our mission.  March Share the Plate Recipient: Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund. Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund’s “Gaza Relief and Recovery” campaign aims to address urgent humanitarian needs and support long-term recovery efforts in Gaza. The funds raised will primarily focus on immediate relief, providing essential medical supplies, food, medical treatment, clean water, and other necessities for families affected by the war. The campaign will also support rebuilding healthcare facilities and offer trauma counseling and mental health support for children.

Emerson also partners in other ways with the West Valley Food Pantry.  The West Valley Food Pantry is serving more people who are food insecure, including people who are homeless, families and elderly people living on a fixed income; providing them not with just food, but basic necessities as well as infant supplies, school supplies, hygiene items and toys. They also have a mobile shower for those who don’t have access to water.  They also host vaccination clinics, mobile pet clinics and family holiday parties. Most needed: cash donations and single serve, ready to eat, UNEXPIRED food items. You may bring your donations to Emerson or to the Food Pantry (it is a few miles to the southwest of Emerson and typically open weekday mornings – check their website for updated times).  Home page of West Valley Food Pantry’s website:

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2023 Bear Hugs From Camp de Benneville Pines
to Donate Please Click Here

We believe in the power of love, community, and the transformative impact of nature. Camp de Benneville Pines has been a sanctuary for campers of all ages, providing a space where friendships are forged, spirits are renewed, and lasting memories are created. We are asking you to join us in this heartfelt appeal to ensure that Bear Hugs From Camp continues to be shared for generations to come.

Why Your Support Matters:

  1. Balancing the Budget: Like many organizations, camp faces financial challenges. Your contribution will help us maintain our operations, ensuring that we can continue to provide a safe and welcoming space for all who seek solace and connection in nature.
  2. Erosion Control in the Fire Area: Our camp, nestled in the heart of nature, requires constant care and preservation. We must continue to improve our erosion control measures, especially in the fire-burn areas, to protect the natural beauty that surrounds us and ensure the safety of our campers.
  3. Facility Repairs: Over the years, our facilities have provided countless campers with shelter, comfort, and a sense of belonging. To ensure that these facilities remain safe and welcoming, we need to make essential repairs and updates.
  4. Scholarships for Happy Campers: Every year, we are honored to welcome campers from diverse backgrounds who may not have the means to experience the magic of camp. Your support will fund scholarships, allowing even more individuals to join our community, fostering growth and connection.

For More Information on How You Can Help or to Donate Please Click Here



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 are familiar with PowerPoint, or live online meeting platforms, and would like to help with presenting Sunday services, contact our office at