Day of the Dead
November 1 - Rev. Peter Farriday
This Sunday marks the observance of Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. This coincides with the Christian tradition of All Saints Day, and All Souls’ Day follows on Monday. In this autumnal spirit of remembering that all living beings die, we gather to remember, mourn, honor and celebrate our departed loved ones. You are warmly invited to bring photos or other mementos for our altar, and any Jack O’Lanterns you or your young ones carved for Halloween.
Century of the Living
November 8 - Rev. Peter Farriday
On Day of the Dead we remember our loved ones. It’s also important to remember that as a percentage of world population in each century, conflict-related deaths in the twentieth occurred at a rate nearly three times that of the nineteenth. Some of these were U.S. soldiers — and as we honor Veteran’s Day, we also ask how we can make the twenty-first century the Century of the Living.
Rediscovering Henrik Ibsen
November 15 - Elinor McGrew
Searching to find that single self I once was, I go back to my Scandinavian roots and rediscover Henrik Ibsen, famous Norwegian dramatist, to share with you. He gave us a fresh dramatic view that changed the world stage.
So Thankful for Our Faith
November 22 - Reverend Peter Farriday
Unitarian Universalism is one island of religious tolerance in what sometimes seems a sea of religiously motivated intolerance. It begins with blessing instead of sin, and encourages people to grow into their fullest potential rather than shaming them into conformity and the denial of their authentic personhood. This is sacred work — and as Thanksgiving draws near, we rejoice and offer thanks for our life-affirming faith.
Once Upon a Time - Again
November 29 - Michael Eselun
Popular guest speaker and UCLA Oncology Chaplain, Michael Eselun, will explore the meaning and hidden gifts that may lie in our stories, just waiting to be told again.