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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APRIL THEME: “Giving”
This month we explore Giving from diverse angles: the gifts that forgiving gives to ourselves and others; what both UU of SCV and Mother Earth give to us – and what we might give in return; and Religious Exploration youth giving to Heifer International to help end hunger, and care for the earth.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.
Apr 1: Easter: Forgiveness as Resurrection
Rev. Peter Farriday
In the traditional Christian story, God sent Jesus to be sacrificed as the price of forgiving humanity’s sins. But the “Universalism” of Unitarian Universalism professes universal salvation – all souls are ultimately forgiven – so this atonement isn’t necessary. Yet earthly forgiveness within and between humans is so essential to our spiritual health that figuratively speaker it can resurrect the dead. So this Easter Sunday we dig into the age-old spiritual question, “How do I forgive?”
Apr 8: At the Heart of Our Faith
Rev. Maggie Yenoki
Looking through the lens of our seven Unitarian Universalist principles, it’s no surprise we can find our grounding coming from the center, the heart -- that place where the 4th principle lures us to embrace the responsible search for truth and meaning. Let’s look into this central principle and find our best way forward at the heart of our faith.
Rev. Maggie Yenoki is Intern Minister at Monte Vista UU Congregation. She served as Minister to the Sepulveda UU Society (fondly known as ‘The Onion’) and before that served in HealthCare Ministry work in hospitals. Rev. Maggie enjoys cooking, writing, knitting, hiking, and reading.
Apr 15: Our Fair Share
Rev. Peter Farriday
UU of SCV strives to give people valuable things not easily found elsewhere: a welcoming spiritual community that supports diversity within unity; thoughtful, soulful, growth-promoting Sunday services; opportunities for both enjoyable socializing, and energizing social activism in the service of inclusive love. All of these and more are supported by congregants who give time, talents and money in exchange for the benefits they receive. This Sunday helps us answer the question, “Am I giving my fair share?”
Apr 22: Keepers of the Earth/Faith
Rev. Peter Farriday
It sounds contradictory, but sometimes to be a “keeper” is to be a “giver.” Because to be a keeper—of an animal, a lighthouse, or a threatened planet—is to be a caretaker or guardian, which means giving of yourself for its sake. This Earth Day we celebrate Flower Communion to recall that Unitarian Universalism explicitly calls us to be keepers of the fragile “interdependent web” of all life—and by so doing also be “giving keepers” of our great faith heritage.
After-Service Prayer Circle -- Rev. Farriday leads a Prayer Circle after the service.
Apr 29: In Search of a Prophet
Based on a book by this title, Rich will portray the life of Khalil Gibran, a writer and artist who moved beyond religion to the core of universal spirituality and was a unique blend of East and West. Gibran’s voice is timeless, appealing to heart and mind, faith and reason – a much needed guide for our times.
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