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Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Conejo Valley "CVUUF" At CVUUF we are people of many beliefs and backgrounds: people with a religious background, people with none, people who believe in a God, people who don’t, and people who let the mystery be.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Conejo Valley "CVUUF" At CVUUF we are people of many beliefs and backgrounds: people with a religious background, people with none, people who believe in a God, people who don’t, and people who let the mystery be.
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Newbury Park, CA

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Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Conejo Valley "CVUUF" At CVUUF we are people of many beliefs and backgrounds: people with a religious background, people with none, people who believe in a God, people who don’t, and people who let the mystery be.

Language:

English

Contact:

(805) 498-9548


Episodes

What can we expect from Unitarian Universalism?

9/7/2019
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Many people call Unitarian Universalism the religion of the future. What are some of the things that differentiate Unitarian Universalism from other religions? What expectations can we have of our faith tradition? As we gather to celebrate our Ingathering with our annual water ceremony, we look at what binds us together as a faith tradition, and what we can expect. Join us as we return to 2 services at 9:15 and 11.

Duration:00:28:10

Hidden Labor: The Work That Americans Won’t Do

8/31/2019
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One service at 10 am George W. Bush once noted that immigrants in the United States often do the labor that "Americans won't do." These jobs often include menial labor such as picking strawberries, cleaning hotels, bussing tables and mowing lawns. However, it is not only immigrants that do this work; other non-majority peoples such as African Americans and indigenous people do this work, often without recognition or thanks. This service will look into the importance of invisible labor,...

Duration:00:13:00

Beloved Conversations

8/24/2019
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One Service at 10:00am only Conscious conversations around race and the role it plays in our society are vital especially these days. Issues of race confront us in our politics, our daily lives and in this country’s history since its founding. This past spring 14 members of our congregation participated in a program called “Beloved Conversations” to gain greater consciousness around the role race plays in our lives. Join us as we share our spiritual realizations why it is so important to be...

Duration:00:25:52

Jazz Basketball and Other Keys to Happiness

8/17/2019
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One Service at 10 am ONLY Jazz basketball is a term from author, activist, and basketball great Kareem Abdul Jabbar and it refers to the creative interplay of the individual player and the team, like a soloist in a jazz ensemble. It is one more way of understanding what it means to live a whole and happy life in balance with Nature, the Universe, the Tao, or Way, as the Taoists call it. Finding harmony of ego and the greater self and our community is the challenge and the opportunity this...

Duration:00:30:30

How do you love?

8/10/2019
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One Service Only Service at 10:00 am If the main way we can change the world is by opening our hearts to one another and loving more, how do you do that? How does your unique call to bring more love to this world express itself? Can we bring more love to our families and friends, to our community and those we don’t know? How might we love those who are difficult to love? Join us to explore how Unitarian Universalism calls each of us to grow and express our love, so we may help heal the world.

Duration:00:25:40

The Spiritual Sweet Spot

8/3/2019
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Service at 10:00am only This week, Rev. Nica returns from her study leave and summer break. Today she shares the fruits of her reflections and insights with us. Join us for our minister’s musings.

Duration:00:22:05

The Unconventional Hero’s Journey

7/27/2019
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Service at 10:00 am A hero’s journey? Do we all have the opportunity? I know nobody feels like a hero at the beginning, but what if you still don’t feel like a hero at the end? What do you do with the sense that you just did what anyone else would have done? And in the end, isn’t it all less about facing our enemies, seizing the sword, and returning home changed forever and more about letting go of false notions, letting go of our ego, and letting go of what others think and embracing our...

Duration:00:19:12

“You Should be Grateful!”

7/20/2019
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1 Service at 10 am A thoughtful examination of the idea that gratitude isn't just being thankful for what you have, but taking it to the next step and empowering yourself and others to make the world better.

Duration:00:18:22

This I Believe

7/13/2019
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1 Service at 10 am “This I believe” has been a long-time traditional service, one in which members share a core belief they hold. We will hear from 4 members whose life history with Unitarian Universalism varies from newly found, to long-time members.

Duration:00:24:26

The Theology of Neil Gaiman

7/6/2019
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1 Service at 10 am ONLY Author Neil Gaiman is a prolific author in several genres. Yet a common thread in many of his works is the idea of good and evil, and whether there exists an ineffable Plan. What is good? What is evil? Can they be differentiated? Is there a Heaven and Hell? What is the great Plan? Ayanna Gaines will explore these questions through the lens of some of Gaiman’s writings.

Duration:00:16:48

BACK TO JUNIOR HIGH

6/22/2019
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Services at 9:15 & 11:00 Oncology chaplain and popular guest speaker, Michael Eselun will share some deeply personal reflections about junior high school-- a pivotal and often painful time that leaves indelible memories for many of us. In dialogue with some of those 13- year old's perceptions, what might be discovered about inherent worth, dignity, and compassion?

Duration:00:22:42

A More Beautiful World

6/15/2019
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Services at 9:15 & 11:00 We live in a world with so much pain, heartache, and destruction. On this Father’s Day, we look at how we can harness our better natures to create a world we can all be proud of, a world of kindness, respect, interdependence, and beauty. How can fathers play a role … Continued

Duration:00:20:43

From Reaction to Creation

6/8/2019
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ONE SERVICE ONLY at 9:15 Most of us react to the circumstances and situations life presents us, especially during these incendiary times. Today we explore how we could take greater control of our lives and live differently by moving the ‘c’ from reaction to the front of the word. What if we could become more aware of our power to create life, rather than simply react to it? How do we move more consciously from reaction to creation? Join us to learn more about this vital transition in our way...

Duration:00:24:31

The Curiosity of our Creation Stories

5/25/2019
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Services at 9:15 & 11:00It is in the nature of humans to be curious about the unknown and search for answers. At the foundation of nearly every culture is a creation myth that explains how the wonders of the earth came to be. Today we will explore some of these myths and wonder at the curiosity and creativity that human beings have brought forward in their stories.

Duration:00:11:50

Celebrating Our Legacy

5/11/2019
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Services at 9:15 and 11:00 Today we honor those in our community who have built our congregation, the ‘mothers’ of our Fellowship who have nourished and cared for this congregation for 25 years or more. Join us to hear stories of transformation, of being a long time UU, and spiritual growth during their time at CVUUF. What has inspired their commitment and generosity to this community for so many years? Join us for the special Mother’s Day celebration.

Duration:00:27:18

What If…?

5/4/2019
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Services at 9:15 & 11:00 What if money were used to Heal, Empower, Link and Provide (HELP) rather than control, acquire and divide? What if money were used to connect us rather than separate us? Today we explore renewed definitions of generosity and money, guided less by scarcity thinking and more by love and possibility. Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate our community's interconnectedness, our generosity and our vision for our future.

Duration:00:24:56

Being Yourself When Others Don’t Want You To Be

4/29/2019
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Services at 9:15 and 11:00 Ayanna Gaines and Monika Ramirez Wee will chat with each other about their experiences as women of color living, working, and worshiping in predominantly white communities. Of particular focus will be an examination of Wholeness. How can you be yourself when others don't want you to be? What does it mean to be Whole, individually, spiritually, and as a church community?

Duration:00:39:05

Restoring Wholeness

4/20/2019
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Services at 9:15 & 11:00 On this Easter Sunday, we will celebrate our traditional UU Flower Communion. Please bring a flower or two to share with the congregation. This service is a chance for us to find ways to restore our wholeness after times of brokenness, struggle, and pain. Join us for a festive day of music, beauty, and celebration.

Duration:00:22:07

Looking for Fools

4/13/2019
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Services at 9:15 & 11:00 This service, based on Lynn Ungar's poem "Looking for Fools" takes a Lectio Divina approach to discerning spiritual lessons. She invites us to "journey in a cloud of laughter" and keep "incompatible ideas simultaneously aloft" as we search for our wholeness by embracing the fool within all of us. Join us to celebrate the delightful gifts of fun, frivolity and laughter together.

Duration:00:25:20

Being Whole, not Perfect

4/6/2019
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Services at 9:15 & 11:00 What if instead of aiming to achieve perfection we could accept that we are actually perfectly imperfect? Join us to explore how to be whole human beings by embracing our imperfections and struggles. Uncover the rich spiritual lessons and sense of wholeness that come with accepting ourselves and others just the way we are.

Duration:00:24:04