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.
Sunday Mornings at 10:30 a.m.
Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center
22900 Market Street
Santa Clarita, CA 91321
Sept. 24: TBA
Oct. 1: The Three Faces of Spirit
Human beings inevitably hold perspective, outlooks, points of view that in some ways inform us—and in others blind us. This applies to conceptions of the single Sacred Presence that goes by many names: Great Spirit, God/Goddess, the Divine…. So this week we’ll expand our heart-minds by applying three different perceptual lenses, which by turn will illuminate three different “faces” of Spirit.
Oct. 8: Mending the Sacred Circle
Unitarian Universalists draw wisdom from many spiritual sources, six of which are explicitly named as parts of our “Living Tradition.” The sixth source is, “Spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.” On this day before Columbus Day, we’ll explore how Western culture has strayed from this harmony, and how we can help restore it.
Oct. 15: TBA
Oct. 22: The Only Way Out is Through
In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the title character speaks, "I am in blood Stepped in so far that, should I wade no more, Returning were as tedious as go o'er." Meaning that if we’re struggling through a tough challenge (Macbeth’s river of blood), returning to your starting point requires as much effort as getting to the other side. So looking at the sorry state of the world today, if “the only way out is through,” how might we press on to a new and better place with fortitude, magnitude… even gratitude? Come find out.
Oct. 29: On Living and Dying
Written by Buddhist master Sogyal Rinpoche in1992, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying was highly praised and spent weeks atop bestseller lists. A quarter-century later its universal wisdom on the interplay of life and death remains profound, and will form the heart of our annual autumnal gathering to remember, mourn and celebrate our dear departed. You’re invited to bring photos or mementos of deceased loved ones/ancestors for our altar, and any Halloween pumpkins (carved or not) you may have.
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