Who We Are
By Rev. Peter Farriday
Centuries ago in Europe, many religious scholars concluded that the Divine was a single Unity (not a three part trinity). They called themselves Unitarians. Others determined that a truly benevolent Spirit would universally love all souls despite their failings, not punish them for eternity. They became Universalists. In 1961 in the U. S., these traditions united.
Today Unitarian Universalism still honors these roots. It has also grown beyond them to draw spiritual wisdom and inspiration wherever it’s encountered: in writings and poetry ancient and modern; in nature and art; in human acts of compassion and justice. View our Six Sources.
Our “free faith” doesn’t subscribe to a static creed, because human understanding is ever-evolving. This allows us to fully embrace modern knowledge, and at the same time open our hearts to the one sacred force that animates all religious expressions.
This unfolding quest broadens our minds. It helps us to live loving lives and deal with life’s hardships. And it stirs our desire to create a more harmonious and sustainable world. View our Seven Principles.
If you resonate with these values, we hope you will grace us with a visit to a Sunday service or a social event. It’s quite possible that you will be very glad you did.
At this extraordinary time in our nation’s history, we are called to affirm our profound commitment to the fundamental principles of justice, equity and compassion, to truth and core values of American society.
In the face of looming threats to our environment, immigrants, Muslims, people of color, and the LGBTQ community and the rise of hate speech, harassment and hate crimes, we affirm our belief in the inherent worth and dignity of every person. Read more and sign the Declaration of Conscience.
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Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center
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Santa Clarita, CA 91321
MARCH THEME: “Lenses On Light”
This month we’ll look at light through several lenses: the imperiled light of liberty; the annual UU holiday celebration of light, Luminescence; and the lengthening light of the life-giving sun as winter turns to spring.
Mar. 4: Daring Principled Democracy
Rev. Peter Farriday
Frances Moore Lappé and Adam Eichen’s Daring Democracy exposes the synchronized efforts of an “antidemocracy movement” that’s undercutting democratic processes and institutions to benefit America’s super-wealthy elite. But not all who can profit from its wisdom could join our February Religious Exploration investigation of the book. So today we’ll highlight some key concerns and suggested solutions, and connect these to our UU Principles and our tradition of being torchbearers for justice.
Mar. 11: Luminescence
Let’s celebrate the light that resides within ourselves and within all that is, at our annual Luminescence celebration. We will honor the power of diversity, explore the value of self-reflection, and reiterate the need to refocus, empower, and act. Our special guest singer will be Natalie Mendoza
Mar. 18: Giving Snakes a Break
Rev. Peter Farriday
Legend says Saint Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland. But the snake is a Pagan symbol, and scholars consider the tale an allegory for St. Patrick’s purge of Pagan beliefs, and Christian subjugation/conversion of the Celts. Flanked by St. Patrick’s Day and the Pagan celebration of nature’s rebirth at the vernal equinox, we’ll have fun sifting fact from fiction, and honor the ancient spiritual richness of the Celtic tradition.
Mar. 25: Plan B
Rev. Hannah Petrie
Author Sheryl Sandberg has written about grieving at the unexpected death of her husband. Using that information, Rev. Petrie will help us learn about our own grieving and how to help others through that process.
Rev. Hannah Petrie is minister at the UU Studio City congregation.
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