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"A Community of Conscience and Compassion"

4451 Dunsmore Avenue, La Crescenta, CA 91214 ~  818.248.3954
March  2017

Worship Services and Fellowship
10:30 AM Sundays

February 26
Africans In Our Midst
Rev. Gordon Clay Bailey

Since 1865 there have been millions of Americans that have lived and contributed to this society.  A good number of them have been African American.  In fact our Unitarian and Universalist faith has been enriched by the stories and theological gifts of this community.  Join us this Sunday as we remember those black ministers and others that have helped make Unitarian Universalism the faith best positioned to serve a multicultural multiethnic world.


March Worship Theme: MEANING
1.  What is meant by a word, text, concept, or action.
1.  Intended to communicate something that is not directly expressed.
“For man to be able to live he must either not see the infinite, or have such an explanation of the meaning of life as will connect the finite with the infinite.” 
Leo Tolstoy on Finding Meaning in a Meaningless World

March 5
Take Me To Church
 Rev.  Gordon Clay Bailey

Have you ever been to a Unitarian Universalist revival? Join us this Sunday as we lift up Woman’s History month with a rousing sermon dealing with the history, impact and wisdom of women in ministry.

March 12
Life Purpose
Rev. Gordon Clay Bailey

It’s been said that you don’t have to know the keys to success to have a good life, but the key to failure is attempting to please everyone.  Join us for an excursion into discerning how to understand success on your own terms with the highs and lows along the way.

March 19
Moving Towards Something Great
 Rev. Gordon Clay Bailey

This is the season of great expectations, for things are growing inside and out.  The sun is returning and the days seem longer.  The children are outside more and more and many of us are dreaming about the next season.  Join us as we explore and engage the longings of the heart, mind and spirit of spring.

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Vision and Leadership

Continuing Conversations
Rev. Gordon Clay Bailey
Women, if the soul of the nation is to be saved, I believe that you must become its soul.
                                                                                          Coretta Scott King
As we celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day in the month of March the words of Mrs. King speak to me about how we can take inspiration from the wise women who came before us.  Coretta King’s vision of the role of women in making our country and world a better place remains a challenge to which we all should respond.  I think we need to face the fact that, though the UU feminist foremothers provide a positive legacy, we all have fallen short of completing the mission they and Coretta King imagined for us.

Unitarian Universalist women have often lead and shaped the struggle for equality.  In 1863 Olympia Brown became the first women to complete formal theological training and earn ordination as a Universalist minister. Suffrage leader Elizabeth Cady Stanton gained inspiration from her association with the Unitarian Church of her time.  We can take pride that the UU heritage includes so many of the feminist foremothers while knowing that much that still needs to be done to realize true equality.
Sadly, women remain the victims of discrimination and abuse.  I am the proud son of a strong mother, the brother of a powerful sister, the husband of an activist for justice, the father of young women on the move and the grandfather of a girl that has the right to be who she wants to be free from male dominance or aggression. Yet I know the struggle continues.
I look to my faith, my spiritual home, and our congregation full of dynamic women, to lead and guide me in my quest to be a better ally and advocate for equality.  I want to hear and understand your voices, your witness, and your power so as to strengthen me and other men to be equal partners in the march towards a world free from oppression.
Coretta Scott King was right.  Creating change requires all of us to strive for the ideal of one world, with one destiny, joined together from material and spiritual necessity.  Let’s work together as sisters and brothers, parents, teachers, students, partners and friends, all committed to a positive human enterprise, with lives committed to love. 
For info about UU women in history see Notable Universalist and Unitarian Women:
For info on women’s history - The National Women’s History Museum:


President’s Column
Gary Clark

We are moving into spring.  As the seasons evolve, so does the Church.

Last Month, VP David Hostetter lead the effort, and a group of UUCVH-ers to a visit to the Japanese American National Museum, in Little Tokyo, downtown.  The Museum uses memorial space to bring attention to the detention during World War II of Japanese-American citizens in “relocation camps” (from which they were not relocated for 3-4 years), while their homes, businesses, and bank accounts were seized. The impact on Japanese-Americans of FDR’s Executive Order 9066 is akin to what was done to the Jews in Germany in 1936-38 and other efforts at ethnic cleansing.  The trip proved to be an enriching experience.  Thanks to the social Action Committee for organizing the trip.  I hope we do something like it sometime soon.

Plans to begin tutoring people in English as a Second Language (ESL) are moving forward led by Terry Richman, who is already involved in these efforts at Glendale Public Library.  This may be a way to make fuller use of our facilities and increase interaction with the surrounding community.

Kudos to the kids, led by Elizabeth, who made the Friendship Salad.  I know it is a lot healthier than yummy chocolate cake.   Max Silver is serving as co-chair of the Social Action Circle, and great things are in the future.  May we all have a great Spring going forward.  Enjoy spring!

Respectfully yours,
Gary N Clark, Congregational President 

Feb. 11: Deane, Gordon, Gary, Francis, Vicki, Adrienne, and Suni at the Japanese American National Museum.  A fieldtrip to the Watts Towers is planned for May 6.  The March Social Action Bulletin will be delivered in a spate email.


Veep's View
David Hostetter

In order to see where we are going, we not only must remember where we have been, but we must understand where we have been.

Ella Baker, civil rights activist (Learn more about Baker at:
March is Women’s History Month because International Women’s Day is celebrated on March.  The tradition of holding Women’s Day began over a century ago when women in the pre-World War I socialist movement garnered support for a special day to recognize and honor the role of women in building a better world. 
As a historian, I have had the good fortune to be trained, to teach and to write at a time when women have been included and emphasized by historians working today.  It isn’t easy to write women back into the stories and circumstances of the past because, until recent centuries, women were not in a social position to preserve their own records, nor were they recognized in the official annals and archives from which most history is written.  A broader recognition of sources, including oral traditions and social history, has foregrounded the lives of women through the work they did and letters, diaries and other records that have been preserved.  Women and men involved with the teaching of history are now motivated to tell all of the human story in their teaching and writing, which means that the contributions and complications of the lives of women are finally being given their due.
Ella Baker knew that knowing and understanding where we’ve been is essential to the establishment of equality and justice for all.  At the March 7 Movie Night (6 pm, as listed in the calendar) we will be showing Suffragette (2015), which tells the story of the struggle for women’s rights and enfranchisement in Britain.  Please join us then to celebrate women and the work of the suffragettes in the struggle for justice.


Congregational Life

We are drifting there because nations are caught up with the drum major instinct.
"I must be first." "I must be supreme." "Our nation must rule the world."
And I am sad to say that the nation in which we live is the supreme culprit.
And I'm going to continue to say it to America, because
I love this country too much to see the drift that it has taken.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
from “The Drum Major Instinct,”
the sermon Gerald Rivers presented 2/12.
For full text click HERE.
For audio:
The SA Circle is still collecting holiday cards to send to the St. Jude’s Ranch for Children greeting card recycling program.  A grocery bag for the cards is located on the Social Action table in Fellowship Hall. For more info on the program see: 
Our next collection will be wine corks, so, if you imbibe, drink up!

Saturday Feb. 11 ten people from UUVerdugo toured the new exhibit about the Tuna Canyon Detention Station currently on display at the Japanese American National Museum.  The “Only the Oaks Remain” exhibit tells the story of the Detention Station that stood on the grounds of what is, for the moment, the Verdugo Hills Golf Course. Frances Kuraoka, whose father was detained for several months at Tuna Canyon, pointed out his name on the Honor Roll portion of the exhibit. Her face told the story of a sad, avoidable tragedy in our national history.  It seems that we haven’t learned the lessons of past tragedies as once again racism is being imposed by executive fiat.  “Only The Oaks Remain” will be on display at the JANM through April 9.  It can be viewed again this summer at Bolton Hall July 9 – August 9.  For more information see: 

Frances Kuraoka points to her father’s name on the Tuna Canyon Honor Roll


Amy Starbin, knitter extraordinaire, is glad to make you a hat for marching! Pink hats were abundant at the recent Women’s March some members attended.  Amy is glad to make hats appropriate to up coming demonstrations.  You can find her contact info in the directory.   For more ACTION items please click here.                          

The Annual Burns Whisky and Poetry Evening, hosted by our very own Vivienne Payne, took place January 28. This date is close to the birthday of Robert Burns, widely regarded as Scotland's national poet and celebrated worldwide. 
UUVerdugo Calendar
Sun, Feb 26 - 12:00pm               New Member Orientation
Sun, Mar 5   -  10:30am              New Member Ceremony
Sun, Mar 5  - 11:30am                First Sunday Potluck, Community Hall
Sun, Mar 5  - 12:00pm                Building Your Own Theology, Community Hall
Sun, Mar 5  -  12:15pm               Religious Education Committee, Classroom
Tue, Mar 7 -  6:00pm                  Movie Night, Community Hall
Wed,Mar 8  -  7:00pm                 Board Meeting, Community Hall
Fri, Mar 10 - 12:00pm                 Women's Group Potluck Luncheon,
                                                   Community Hall
Fri, Mar 10 - 2:00pm                  Guest Chef @ Ascencia,
                                                   1851 Tyburn St Glendale, CA 91204
Sat, Mar 11 - 10:00am                Art & Spirituality: Developing Your Personal
                                                   Theology, Neighborhood UU Church
Sat, Mar 11 - evening                 Friendship Dinners
Sun, Mar 12 - 9:00am                 Membership committee
Sun, Mar 12 - 12:00pm               Youth Group
Wed,Mar 15 - 7:00pm                 Committee on Ministry, Community Hall
Mon,Mar  15 -                              Newsletter Deadline
Thu, Mar 16 - 7:00pm                  White People for Racial Justice,
                                                     Neighborhood UU Church
Sun, Mar 19 - 12:30pm                Social Action Committee, Community Hall
Interfaith Calendar-MARCH   2017
March 1
St. David of Wales - Christian
Ash Wednesday - Christian
March 2 - 20
Nineteen Day Fast * - Baha'i
March 5
Orthodox Sunday - Orthodox Christian
March 12
Purim - Jewish
Magha Puja Day ** - Buddhist
March 13
Holi ** - Hindu
Hola Mohalla - Sikh
March 17
St. Patrick's Day - Christian
March 19
St. Joseph's Day - Christian
March 20  Equinox
Ostara * - Wicca/Pagan northern hemisphere
Mabon * - Wicca/Pagan southern hemisphere
March 21
Norooz (New Year) - Persian/Zoroastrian
Naw-Rúz (New Year) * - Baha'i
March 25
Annunciation of the Virgin Mary - Christian
March 27
Great Lent begins - Clean Monday - Orthodox Christian
March 28
Hindu New Year ** - Hindu
Khordad Sal (Birth of Prophet Zaranthushtra) ** - Zoroastrian
March 28 - April 5
Ramayana ** - Hindu
Click here for a Printed Calendar
Building Your Own Theology II
Adult Religioius Education

March 5, 2017, 12:15pm
Community Hall
Contact: Rev. Gordon Clay Bailey

“Building Your Own Theology II” a six session RE program begins on Sunday March 5 from 12:15-1:00pm and ends June 4.  The class consists of four Sundays and two afternoon or evening sessions

Come with your questions about life's big issues. Come with your answers to the perplexing issues of faith.  Come and expand your own personal theology.  This is a continued opportunity for more reflection, and a time to explore life’s big questions. Rev. Gordon will guide you as you take a tougher more focused look at the UU principles and purposes, introduce spiritual practices, and help guide your immersion into the path. 
Max Silver will be participating in the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) Spring Lobby Weekend in Washington, DC, March 18-21.  
Max will bring back valuable information and experience to share with the congregation.  
At it’s February meeting the board decided to support Max by gathering second collections to support Max. 
If you wish to support Max please make your check out to UUCVH, memo “Max’s DC Trip.”  
We would like to raise at least $500 to help Max defray the cost of the trip.  $306 was raised at the Feb. 19 service.
For more info on the training Max will attend see:
Suffragette Movie Night
March 7, 2017, 6:00pm
Community Hall
Contact: Paula Hallowell

Mothers  Daughters  Rebels
Suffragette is the story of the early feminist movement in Britain. Women who had seen peaceful protest achieve nothing became radicalized and turned to violence as the only route to change.  They risked their jobs, homes, children and lives to fight for equality. Suffragette is as heart-breaking, inspirational and gripping as any thriller.    (106 minutes)                                  
Ladies Luncheon
Community Hall
March 10, 2017, 12:00pm
The Women’s Group meets monthly on the second Friday of the month for an informal potluck luncheon and lively conversation.   It is a time when members who may not be able to regularly attend Sunday services and those of us who spend most of our time running around during the Sunday fellowship hour can relax and enjoy being together.  All are welcome to join us.
Guest Chef
Ascencia, 1851 Tyburn St, Glendale, CA 91204
March 10, 2017, 2:00pm
Contact: Rev Gordon Clay Bailey

Each month we come together to share of ourselves with the homeless in our community.  Please join us in preparing food for the community at Ascencia. Food preparation begins at 2:00pm for meal service at 6:00pm.
Friendship Dinners!
Friendship Dinners will be held in members’ homes on Saturday evening, March 11!

Be sure to put your name on the sign-up sheet during coffee hour if you’d like to be included. Please note if you can be a host—guests will be divided among host homes.

These are always enjoyable evenings where we share a potluck dinner and get to know each other better.
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