February 13, 2018 News:

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you’re not alone

This week our Lifespan Religious Education Spring courses for adults begin! It it is our hope that these classes and workshops will fill your minds with new knowledge, your hearts with hope, your spirits with a renewed sense of wonder, and also serve to remind you that in this challenging, beautiful, heartbreaking, and wonderful world, you are not alone.

Over the next few months we’re offering classes on relationship building, death and dying, navigating race and power, vegan cooking, UU history, co-resistance with our Muslim neighbors, improv and rediscovery, Spanish language, and activism for the America we want. See below for details and register for any class at church on Sundays or be emailing adultre@uuclb.org. (Be sure you “display images” to see course information.)

Couplehood 2.0, begins in 6 days! Monday, February 19, 2018
Waverly and Peter are both licensed marriage and family counselors who are convinced in the life-giving, nurturing power in this class.
Final Death Cafe Class, Thursday February 22, 7:00 p.m., Lounge
Topic: Dying as Spiritual Event
Childcare available upon request.

Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity and Power in Ministry, edited by our past minister, Reverend Mitra Rahnema, has been selected as one of two books for the 2017-2018 UUA (Unitarian Universalist Association) Common Read program.  The Common Read program invites participants to read and discuss the same book in a given period of time. A Common Read can build community in our congregations and our movement by giving diverse people a shared experience, shared language, and a basis for deep, meaningful conversations.

Centering includes nine essays by different authors, each one a religious professional of color. The authors share their stories, analyses and insights from providing professional religious leadership within the historically white culture of Unitarian Universalism.  Though written by and for UU Religious Professionals of Color, the book’s nine thought-provoking essays provide UU congregations, such as ours, a timely opportunity to read and reflect on some of the important insights offered in the essays.

Nez Echegaray and Kevin Ford will facilitate UUCLB’s Common Read about the book.  The classes will be held during TWO, 3-week class offerings on Tuesdays, February 27, March 6 and 13, from 1:30-3:00 p.m., or 7:00-8:30 p.m.  Members and friends who are interested in attending the classes are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible at the LRE Cart after Worship or by emailing adultre@uuclb.orgIt is hoped that all attendees will have read the book prior to the first class.  The book may be purchased through Skinner House Books or on Amazon.

Sponsored by our Green Team, Vegan Cooking Classes! Beginning Monday, February 19 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. in the Wylder Hall Kitchen and alternating every other Monday: 2/19, 3/5, 3/19, and 4/2. Register at church.

March 4 will be here before we know it, and 7:45 a.m. nearly always comes before we’re ready. But some things in life are worth waking up for. Join veteran teacher and long-time UU, Julie James on Sunday mornings at 7:45 a.m. in the Lounge for a long strange trip through UU history.

From the first session’s discussion guide a poem by American Universalist poet, Edwin Markham (1852-1940):

He drew a circle that shut me out
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
But love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle that took him in.
The Racial Justice and Lifespan Religious Education teams are pleased to invite you to an evening with Imam Tarek Mohamed at our March 8 Thoughtful Thursday to explore a partnership for coresistance. Sign up at the LRE Cart on Sunday mornings just outside the west doors of Wylder Hall or by emailing adultre@uuclb.org.
Spanish for Beginners is a course offered for anyone who would like to learn Spanish—whether for your advocacy work or for simply talking with friends. Nelson Mandela once said, “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”

Facilitator: Eduarda Diaz-Schwarzbach; March/April 2018


Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want, facilitators Norma Chinchilla and Ginger Hemingway, dates pending.
Saturday, April 21, 2018, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Improv in the Afternoon With Darren Held
  • Discover the laughs and joy improv comedy brings to the soul.
  • Learn how to think on your feet.
  • Increase confidence.
  • Rediscover the playful side of yourself.
Darren Held is the CEO and creator of Held2gether, Improv For Life and a graduate of NYU. For more than twenty years, Darren has been in the entertainment industry teaching people the art of improvisation comedy. His group has appeared in many venues over the years including at Second City and the Long Beach Playhouse. Darren is immensely talented as both a performer and a teacher. More information about Darren and his troupe can be found at held2gether.com. Join us for 2 hours of fun and encouraging improv games!
Do you want to participate in our Secret Pals Letter Exchange?
Were you unable to register this past Sunday?
If so, it’s not too late YET…but almost. So hurry and send an email to dlre@uuclb.org, and we’ll tell you how to get in on the fun. Hurry!
For more than 20 years now we’ve celebrated our UUCLB community through our annual Secret Pals program! Here’s how it works:
1. Complete and submit a registration form (email us right now for more infor)
2. Watch your U.S. mail for your secret pal’s info (received by 2/20)
3. Write to your secret pal each Sunday for three consecutive Sundays
(2/25, 3/4, 3/11)
4. Receive a letter from your secret pal each week (2/25, 3/4, 3/11)
5. Celebrate at a Reveal Picnic by bringing your lunch, a treat to share,
and a small, thoughtful gift (3/18)
Lifetime friendships have formed through this  program,
and we encourage whole family participation!
We’re looking for a snack host for THIS Sunday, February 18!

If you or your UUCLB group would like to be in community with our children and youth, please consider signing up to be a snack host following our Sunday morning RE. Each week, our children gather at the picnic tables for a snack and time on the playground. By having a variety of folks volunteer to host, our children and youth connect with more adults, and more adults get to experience the joy and laughter and wisdom of our students. You can become a member of our Snack Hall of Fame by signing up to host snack time in our Outdoor Classroom by emailing dlre@uuclb.org or by visiting the LRE cart, where you’ll find more detailed information.

Winter Retreat at de Benneville Pines Camp
in beautiful San Bernardino Mountains, March 2 – 4, 2018

It’s a peaceful, fun, renewing weekend for singles, couples and families.
Cost includes 5 meals, accommodations for two nights, use of all facilities, a group photo, and all activities and workshops.

Adult- $175/205        Teen – $135/145       Child- $110/115
(higher price is for premium rooms)
Registration open now!

If you are interested in attending and/or helping with supporting this event please contact: Steve McCord at steveiam1988@gmail.com  or (562) 522-3308.

Regional Mission Trip for Youth and Adults Next Summer
If you or a teen you know are interested in forming a group from UUCLB to participate, let’s talk! Email: dlre@uuclb.org
  • Do you have a passion for environmental justice?
  • Have you been interested to partner with grassroots organizations to create a lasting partnership in solidarity with local communities?
  •  Have you ever wanted to make a real difference while learning hands on skills and concepts?
Pacific​ ​Western​ ​Region​ ​Justice​ ​Journey:​ ​Roots,​ ​Reflections​ ​and​ ​Relationships​ ​-​ ​ ​An Environmental​ ​Justice​ ​Journey.​ ​ ​A​ ​week​ ​long​ ​immersion​ ​experience​ ​focusing​ ​on Environmental​ ​Sustainability​ ​through​ ​service,​ ​learning,​ ​and​ ​through​ ​a​ ​meditation​ ​practice designed​ ​to​ ​be​ ​reflective​ ​and​ ​to​ ​sustain​ ​future​ ​justice​ ​work.

WHO: 25 multigenerational participants – youth (rising 9th – rising 12th graders), YA’s and adults. Families with youth, YA’s and adults welcome.

WHAT: The Pacific Western Region Mission Trip provides an opportunity to practice environmental sustainability in the unique permaculture urban garden at Throop, as well as a variety of community projects and events. In addition, the group will engage in centering meditative UU and Buddhist practices as developed by Rev. Jae Scott’s Mutuality Movement as a way to build a lifelong foundation for justice work and compassionate understanding.

WHEN: Saturday night, July 14 – Sunday afternoon, July 22, 2018

WHERE: Throop Unitarian Universalist Church, 300 S. Los Robles Ave. Pasadena, CA 91101

HOW: Register at https://register.pwruua.org/event-registrations/pwr-mission-trip/

Cost: $550.00 per person for 8 days.
All meals, lodging at the church, local transportation. (Air and ground Transportation to the Throop Church is not included.)

Leadership: Eric Bliss, PWR Youth Specialist, Rev. Jae Scott, Buddhist minister and UU Religious Educator, and Katie Covey

More Info: Visit https://www.uua.org/pacific-western/calendar/pswd/rore2-pwr-justices-journey?month=2018-07

Contact: Katie Covey, PWR Mission Trip Lead at katiecovey@gmail.com.