Rev. Rick Hoyt-McDaniels


I want to talk this summer about the stuff you’re not supposed to talk about, in church, or anywhere. The sensitive stuff that gets you in trouble. In this time, near the beginning of the 2020 Presidential Campaign, let’s look at the candidates and their vision for our country.

It is Good

At the end of each day of creation, according to Genesis, God looked at what God had made and pronounced it good. It’s healthy to take pride in good work. And even if we haven’t done all, or the best, that we could, it’s still important to make an end, and a rest, before we start again.

Making Connections through Music

Making music, listening to music, dancing to music, music brings people together like nothing else. In worship, music connects us in community and connects our spirits to the divine. For this year’s Music Sunday we celebrate the
connective quality of music.

50th Anniversary of Stonewall

Our church’s enthusiastic support of Long Beach Pride each year, is an expression of our value of helping every person live fully from their true self. Well that, and it’s a lot of fun – which is also a UU value.


Our UU value of world community puts us in partnership with people feeling violence, poverty, and persecution in their home countries. The accident of a person’s place of birth should not define the scope of their lives.


Our lifting up of community partners begins today with a look at organizations furthering our UU values of caring for children and families. We mark the traditional beginning of summer with a family-friendly celebration.

From the Ground Up

For the Sunday Worship at the close of District Assembly (DA), UUCLB presents two worship services at 9am and 11am. The two services are separate and self-contained, but also fit together to form one long worship service with an “Intermission” in the middle. Both services are inspired by the DA theme “From the Ground Up.”

“From the Ground Up” consists of:
    Part One: “A Flower Blooming at Your Door”
    Part Two:  “In Us the Earth is Knowing”
    Part  Three: “The Ground Below Us”

With Love and Hope

Spiritual health lives in the tension between embracing what is and imagining something better. Between reality and vision. Between the constraints of material existence and the freedom of the spirit. Between mortal lives and ever-new creation.