December 2022— News from Naomi

Naomi Yoshida, Director of Religious Education

It seems like Autumn has barely been here treating our senses to spices, colors, and gratitude, and yet we look ahead to the coming Winter season of appreciation and giving!

October wrapped up with the return of our multigenerational Halloween “Trunk or Treat” event which filled the entire west parking lot starting, of course, with Laura Scully’s classic automobile complete with skeletons, and running the gamut from friendly to scary! There was a costume parade with children, youth and families, craft acivities, Halloween story telling, and lots of candy!

The next day, Rev. Lissa Gundlach, Francisco Ruiz and myself offered the “Dia de los Muertos” Worship service.

Dia de los Muertos held all of the beautiful, traditional elements and story replete with butterflies, dedicated to Eduarda, and accentuated Widening the Circle by incorporating Francisco Ruiz’s cultural observations from Ecuador, along with inspirational music.

The calling of the names by Rev. Lissa was a gentle building of the sacred space.

For November’s Faith in Action, our children and youth prepared one hundred Snack Sacks for the homeless in Long Beach! Thank you for the donations. The snack sacks were assembled and delivered for distribution all on that same day! Also during November, hopefully many of our UUCLB congregants participated in the “Guest At Your Table” (GAYT) program sponsored by our greater UUSC (UU Service Committee) that fosters social justice and works toward a world free from oppression.

We continue to reframe the end of November holiday as one of gratitude. We honor the Tongva people upon who’s land our chuch and ground sits. I am delighted to share a story told by indigeneous peoples across our continent for hundreds of years. The Three Sisters is a tale that enfolds not only responsible stewardship of the land, but invites each of us to welcome the sisters into our own harvest celebrations.

A head’s up for December’s schedule.

Our holiday pageant takes place on Dec. 18 and I’ll be doing as much pre-casting as possible. This service will be recorded and re-broadcast on Sunday, Dec. 25. Also, please note that the on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, there will be only one service at 5:00 pm, capturing the best from each service.

Let us all be in community together!

Most of you are aware that our Nursery Caregiver, Alegria Zuluaga, is on a leave of absence while she completes her final semester of college before graduation! For now, we’ll be covering Room 4 with caring, vetted volunteers. We look forward to her return in January!

Please contact me at and inquire how you can volunteer within various areas of Religious Education and also help contribute to making UUCLB a Safer Congregation!

Blessed be,


Sunday Mornings for Children and Youth

December 4 — Time For All Ages and Curricular Day
December 11 — Faith in Action
December 18 — Multigenerational Holiday Pageant “Christmas Unwrapped”
December 24 — 5:00  pm, Christmas Eve Service for All
December 25 — Reprise video of “Christmas Unwrapped” – No RE classes – Teacher Break

If you, or if you wish your children to be notified to attend, register below or send an email to our Director of Religious Education. 

To register your child(ren) or youth for 2022-23 Religious Education, download, fill out the form below and drop it into the mail OR Download the Religious Education Registration Form (pdf)  

Or, click here to Register On-line.

Contact the Director of RE: Email