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August 24, 2017 News:

10:00 a.m. Rev. Mitra leads us in an exploration of the act of co-creation of things like love, hope, the meaning we make, our communities, and even the natural world.
Children and Youth will meet directly in the Chalice Building as we finish up our 16th Annual Backpack Project by sorting and assembling all of our donations.
You won’t want to miss our FIRST LRE Registration Fair this Sunday at 11:00 on the lawn. There will be information about our upcoming programming for all ages, snacks, a “S’more Cookie Making Station,” and registration! Look for the balloons!
THIS Sunday at 8:45 a.m. Teacher Orientation and Bagel Breakfast

If you’re teaching, assisting or interested in teaching or assisting on Sunday mornings, you’re invited! We’ll be rolling out our curriculum, community building, calendaring, and talking logistics.

Our 2017-18 Children and Youth LRE Program is designed as an exploration of social justice using our Seven Principles as a guide.

Our Backpack Project benefits some of the 3,000 homeless students identified and served by the Long Beach Unified School District annually

Final Sunday, August 27, 2017: Sort and Assemble Backpacks

UPCOMING O.W.L. Classes:

10-12 graders: Starts TOMORROW, Friday 8/25 and continues through the weekend (Saturday 8/26 & Sunday 8/27), then resumes Friday 9/8 through Saturday 9/9

5-6 graders: Sunday 9/24 parent orientation; Sundays 10/8, 10/22, 10/29, 11/12, 11/19

K-2 graders: Sunday 9/10 parent orientation; Sundays 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19
For more details contact one of our coordinators: Cheryl Kessler and Leslie Koons.
At UUCLB, lifespan means lifespan — which means Lifespan Religious Ed isn’t just for kids!  Check out our upcoming offerings and visit with folks from the LRE Committee at the LRE Fair this Sunday!
Feeling depressed because the US has withdrawn from the Paris Climate Accord? Take heart! Real solutions to the climate crisis are happening now in California and all over the world. Come learn how you can take part in this progressive movement, and how–withdrawal or not–we’ll always have Paris!

In partnership with Lifespan Religious Ed, Green Team has invited two speakers from Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps to help us sort out the post-Paris prognosis. Marjorie Robertson PhD: Public Health Research Scientist, and Wendy Griffin PhD: Professor Emerita, Cal State University Long Beach, Women and Gender Studies, will present the positive ways that people are using their voices and making everyday choices to tackle the climate crisis.

Additionally, Annie Buchanan and Kevan Velazquez, members of Long Beach 350 and the Long Beach Community Choice Energy Working Group, will explain how an innovative renewable energy plan, authorized by the State of California, will be coming to Long Beach in the very near future.

See below for more information on our 3-Part Non-Violent Communication Workshops, and watch for details about our October Thoughtful Thursday focused on Violence and Teen Dating, and our Interfaith Worship service.

Multicultural Transformations Within Our Congregations

Our world is becoming more multicultural, yet according to the Pew Research Center, 78% of Unitarian Universalists still identify as White or Euro-American and 53% are considered upper middle class. How can we move toward a more inclusive and diverse Beloved Community more reflective of the community we find ourselves in? How can we cross cultural barriers without creating World War III or be left feeling guilt and shame? How can we frame this sacred work theologically grounded in our Principles and rich faith tradition?

Join the Rev. Dr. Jonipher Kupono Kwong and the Rev. Tera Klein in exploring culture, defined broadly, by increasing both our intercultural competency and humility. Learn some tools and exercises to communicate across culture and handle conflict cross-culturally when (not if) it arises.

WhenSaturday, September 30, 2017 | 9:00-4:00
Where: Pacific Unitarian Universalist Church, 5621 Montemalaga Dr, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
Cost: $20 per person (scholarship available upon request to jkwong@uua.org), includes continental breakfast and lunch
For more info: Contact Vivien Hao (prvivien@gmail.com)

Register here