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“The Third Way”

WORSHIP: Rev. Rick will lead our congregation in an exploration of a third way to respond to change — moving forward into a future of transformation.

LEARN: After a time for all ages children and youth will go to their classrooms to continue conversations around Principle 4 – a free and responsible search for truth and meaning — examining their own belief systems through a story titled, “The Apple Tree: A Modern-Day Cherokee Story.

Secret Pals Letter Exchange Begins NEXT Sunday, February 24!
For more than 20 years now we’ve celebrated our UUCLB community through our annual Secret Pals program! Here’s how it works:
1. If you didn’t get a chance to register and would still like to participate, please email ASAP. It may not yet be too late, but it’s very close!
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!
This month our children and youth will begin an exploration of our Unitarian Universalist Principle 4: Free and responsible search for truth and meaning. When I read that principle two words popped out: free and responsible. For me, this means that we not only have the freedom to search for truth and meaning, but we also have the responsibility. With that in mind, here’s the plan for February:

February 4, Youth Chapel: Last Sunday, children and youth explored the origins of religion and heard from a variety of folks from our congregation who have found truth and meaning in Earth Centered traditions, Christianity, Atheism, and Islam, but who are deeply rooted in Unitarian Universalist Principles and identity.

February 11, Curricular: This week, children and youth will divide into various classrooms, and through a book titled The Everything Seed will explore their connection to and place in the universe and will get to plant a seed in the garden with Ramon and Anita. The children are in the garden once a month now, so they’re able to plant, nurture, learn, harvest, and taste the “fruits” of their labor.

February 18, Curricular: This Sunday, the theme of seed planting and potential will be further explored alongside a look at living indigenous religious traditions. The children will use the book, The Apple Tree: A Modern Cherokee Story while the youth will consider the faith practices of indigenous peoples to open conversations about how a search for truth and meaning motivates us to live justly, courageously, and in community.

February 25, Faith in Action: Back by popular demand! Laura will lead our children and youth into service to fur friends!

Through the month of February, Debbie Rodriguez’s art show, “Meditations on Love” is accompanied by an invitation to our congregation! Everyone is invited to bring items that reflect their idea of love each Sunday in February.  Please keep items lightweight and no larger than an order of service.  They may be handmade, ephemera, notes, photos, or other items that reflect our ideas of love.  An altar will be created with the items and will continue evolving as love-tokens arrive. We’ll keep the altar throughout February in Wylder Hall and will find a place to keep it up beyond that.
(If you would like your items for the altar to be returned, please mark them with your name and contact information. Thank you for sharing and participating in this gift of love to our congregation! Contact Debbie Rodriguez with questions at or 562.673.7042.)
We’re still taking registrations for 2017-18!

In an effort to get all of our children and youth registered for Religious Ed, we’re starting an “RE Rock Garden,” because as Laura says, “Registration ROCKS!” Upon registration, students are invited to write their name on a rock, and soon we’ll place the rocks together somewhere on our campus. If you haven’t already registered your child for Religious Education, please take a moment to complete the registration form and the media release form today or Sunday. We have hard copies at church, or you can email a form to

We’re looking for a snack host for Sunday, February 24.
Can you help? email

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 or by visiting the LRE cart, where you’ll find more detailed information.

LRE Overview of Children and Youth Sunday Programming


February: Principle 4 — “A free and responsible search for truth and meaning,” or “Search for what is true.” + Secret Pals! (See above for details.)

March: Principle 5 — “The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large,” or “All people need a voice.” Through Principle 5, we’ll study the democratic process, empowerment and and using our voices for justice.

April: Principles 6 and 7 — “The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all,” or “Build a fair and peaceful world.” AND “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part,” or “We care for our planet Earth.” In April, we’ll first look at kid liberators and uncover ways our actions can effect change – even making our own “Social Justice Banners.” Then, we’ll learn about Earth traditions and caring for the earth on our Youth Chapel Sunday.

May: In May we celebrate Beltane, LGBTQI Pride, and Memorial weekend, and we also begin preparations for LRE Sunday in June.

June: In June we prepare to lead LRE Sunday (June 3), then lead LRE Sunday (June 10), and then celebrate our High School Seniors (June 17), and then Chalice SUUmmer begins (June 24)!

Sundays at 9:00 a.m.
All ages learning together
Sundays at 11:00 a.m.
Students grouped together by grade

Both Waverly and Peter are Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists!
This class begins Monday, February 19.
Final Death Cafe Class,
Thursday February 22, 7:00 p.m., Lounge

Topic: Dying as Spiritual Event
Childcare available upon request.
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.
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.

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
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 Join us for 2 hours of fun and encouraging improv games!
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 coming next week!

“A Walk in the Woods” a Winter Camp for Elementary Age Children and Families Saturday, February 17 – Monday, February 19, 2018 with Deans Bill and Shannon Stoker

Do you prefer a quiet, contemplative stroll in the trees, or a more boisterous exploration of the natural winter world?  Both adventures await you at Camp de Benneville Pines. Join us for the President’s holiday weekend for snow play, indoor games, crafts, and kid-focused worship. Take some time to experience the beauty of the winter forest all  fights,  fort  building  and  “snowpeople” making are on top of the schedule of fun. And if we happen to have a winter camp without any snow, well then, we just turn our attention to other outdoor delights like hiking, capture the flag, and scavenger hunts. We will take full advantage of all that nature has to offer—no matter the weather!

This wonderful weekend of winter camp has been designed for kids in elementary school. Campers in grades 2-6 can come to camp on their own and stay in cabins with trained counselors. Children may also attend with their families and stay  with  parents  in  the  family  cabins.  Younger  children (grades K—1) must stay in family cabins and be accompanied by parents at all times.

Camper Child ages 0/2      free
Camper Child ages 3 years to Pre Kindergarten  $85
Camper Child Kindergarten through Grade 6  $145
Adult Camper $145
Staff Accompanying Child $85

For more information, please contact Janet James:

Winter Retreat at de Benneville Pines Camp
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 opens THIS Sunday, January 7, 2018

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

The Pacific Southwest District Youth Board is excited to announce, Spring Con 2018 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura, California, March 2-4!
For more information:
Visit their website at
Send them an email at
Or give them a call at 805-231-1552
Not one, but TWO UU Youth Leadership events are being held in
sunny, southern California this summer!
1) Goldmine, July 7-12 in San Diego
2) Thrive West, August 1-5 in LONG BEACH!
That’s right, UUCLB is hosting Thrive West! If you’d like to be part of the
planning/welcoming/hosting committee, please email What
an honor for our church!

Click the links above to learn more and to register. Scholarships available!

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:
  • 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

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

Contact: Katie Covey, PWR Mission Trip Lead at

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