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November 21, 2017 News:

THIS SUNDAY
“A Harvest of Gratitude”
This week, Rev. Judy will lead us in a lesson on gratitude as spiritual practice.
After a Time for All Ages, Children and Youth are invited to the Lounge for a special Youth Chapel with life-long UU, Samantha Lynne Gupta. While there won’t really be free puppies, Samantha will lead us in an engaging, student-led insta-drama that will help to solidify and build upon the great work our students and teachers have been doing for the past seven weeks! 
Samantha is a life-long UU, an interfaith chaplain-activist, and a PhD student in Depth Psychology. A former non-profit director and youth organizer, Samantha’s work includes spiritual care and restorative justice with individuals and in non-profits, hospitals, jails and prisons, as well as with community organizing at the intersections of racial, economic and ecological justice in the Los Angeles area. Learn more about Samantha’s work and scholarship at www.decentered.org.
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. Upon completion, please email to dlre@uuclb.org or drop it off in the office on Sunday.
YOU + SNACKS + CHILDREN =
NOURISHMENT for the SOUL and COMMUNITY-BUILDING for UUCLB

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.

LRE Student Focus for November and Beyond
November: Principle 2, part B — “Justice, equity and compassion in human relations,” or “Be kind in all you do.” Last month, we focused on kindness, compassion and empathy. This month, we build on that with a focus on justice and equity through the lens of power and privilege. This is a big topic, but we are confident that our children can understand it, live it, and teach us through it.
  • THIS Sunday: Youth Chapel, Interactive Justice work with special guest, Samantha Lynne Gupta, MDiv
COMING UP:
December 3: Pageant and pageant music rehearsal (See Holiday info below)
December 9: Faith in Action Saturday at the All Church Decorating Party
December 10: Pageant, The Polar Express
(Adapted by Leslie Koons, Directed by Kai Yoshida)
December 17: Students will spend time in our garden with Anita and Ramon and learn about coin collecting with Jay!
December 24: Christmas Eve intergenerational worship, 10 a.m., 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
December 31: New Year’s Eve intergenerational worship, 10 a.m., ONE Service onlyJanuary: Principle 3 — “Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations,” or “We’re free to learn together.” In January we will focus on Spiritual growth, self-care and encouragement.

February: Principle 4 — “A free and responsible search for truth and meaning,” or “Search for what is true.” This month we’ll focus on interreligious engagement, indigenous religious traditions, the origin of religion, and meaning making. AND Secret Pals!

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 Chalice SUUmmer begins with Tie Dye Sunday (June 17)!

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

This year’s Holiday Pageant will be The Polar Express a classic tale about doubt, hope, believing, and the magic of Christmas! Held on December 10, we invite the entire congregation to join in the fun by wearing pajama’s to church, enjoying fresh-made popcorn, and supporting our children and youth. This program was adapted by Leslie Koons, and will be directed by high school senior, Kai Yoshida! If you or your child would like to participate in the program, please contact Leslie Koons or Naomi Yoshida in person or electronically at dlre@uuclb.org.

The Holiday celebrations continue Christmas Eve services on Sunday, December 24 with one worship service at 10:00 a.m. and two evening services at 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. At our evening services we will tell stories, read the Gospels and sing carols – focusing on the meaning of Christmas, especially in the Unitarian Universalist tradition.
5:00 p.m., designed especially for children, families and the young at heart
7:00 p.m., designed to be more reflective

Cakes for the Queen of Heaven, a curriculum in Feminist Thealogy, explores the relationship between women’s religious history and the personal issues that arise in women living in patriarchal society.
Facilitator: Julie James; Sunday mornings in January and February 2018Long Strange Trip, a six-part video series that explores the history of Unitarian and Universalist thought and practice, from the beginning of the Christian era to what we know today as Unitarian Universalism.
Facilitator: Julie James ; Sunday mornings in March and April 2018

Couplehood as Spiritual Path is an invitation for you to explore the sacred in your relationship, learn to speak dialogically, see conflict as opportunity, bring joy and energy into your relationship, and to discover that your primary relationship is one of your highest spiritual paths.
Facilitator: Waverly Farrell; Mondays, Feb. 19 and 26, March 12 and 19, April 2 and 9; Room 1, 7:00 p.m.

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

UUA COMMON READS

Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want, facilitator and dates pending.

Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity and Power in Ministry,
facilitator Kevin Ford, 2nd facilitator and dates pending.

Regional UU Opportunities

December 27-January 1: PSWD Senior High Camp at DeBenneville Pines, Camp IngenUUity where “campers will have the opportunity to enjoy a week of individual, creative exploration; and will discover how creativity can lead to self-empowerment.”

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.

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