Why Do We Stay Alive?
August 2 - Michael Hart
Disappointment, heartbreak, disease: Before it's over, we or somebody we love will experience it and feel severely tested by the experience. Michael Hart, a member of the First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles, will talk about what separates those of us who are felled by tragic circumstances from those who rise above disaster and find new meaning in their lives as well.
Atheism & Spiritual Practice
August 9 - Richard Wade
Mr. Wade will speak about what atheism is and what it is not, as well as how people like himself who do not believe in any supernatural things, can and do have spiritual practices. The term “spiritual” is soidiosyncratic to each person who uses it, and rather imprecise, so he will introduce a human trait that is foundational for many people, both believers and nonbelievers.
Mr. Wade is a retired family counselor, a member of the Santa Clarita Atheists and Freethinkers, and Vice President of the Santa Clarita Valley Interfaith Council. Both in person and online, he works to promote understanding, respectful dialogue, and constructive cooperation between believers and nonbelievers.
A Poetry Service
As is well known, the success of a poetry service depends on the participation of members. If you are moved to write a new poem, or if you have a folder full of your poems from which to choose, we would like to hear from you. Also, if you have a poem in mind that you did not write, but that you feel relates well to a UU principle or source, please bring it to the attention of pulpit host John Cooper or Erik Felker of the Worship Team.
What Would You Carry?
August 23 - Reverend Peter Farriday
NOTE: This will be a participatory service – please see description:
A photograph from the 1960s shows a Catholic nun walking in a civil rights march. Her left arm is linked with the person next to her. Her right hand grips a Bible. While many religions rely on a single source of guidance, Unitarian Universalism asserts that there are numerous fonts of spiritual and ethical wisdom. But since these aren’t the same for all UUs, the question arises: “What would you carry?” In partial response, you are invited to bring a symbolic item, reading / poem, or short personal story on this Sunday. We may not have time to share them all but surely will some. Your minister will also tell of what he has carried, let go of, and what guides him now.
An Evolving Notion of Liberty
August 30 - Reverend Peter Farriday
On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court legalized marriage for same-sex couples in all 50 states. This prompted constitutional law expert Adam Winkler to comment that with this ruling, the court clearly affirms that "the due process clause protects an evolving notion of liberty." Our service will survey and celebrate how this same notion is deeply embedded in Unitarian Universalism both historically and today, and ask how we can carry this legacy of expanding liberty into emerging cultural challenges.
Fifth Sunday Forum – Stay after the service for a special speaker from the National Alliance on Mental Illness Santa Clarita Branch, sponsored by the UU of SCV Social & Environmental Justice Team.