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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.

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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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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Celebrating Our Legacy

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.


What If…?

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.


Being Yourself When Others Don’t Want You To Be

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?


Restoring Wholeness

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.


Looking for Fools

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.


Being Whole, not Perfect

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.


Chalice Players

CVUUF us designated as a Welcoming Congregation which supports the LGBTQ community. This original Chalice Players presentation is the story of James Stoll, the first gay Unitarian Universalist minister, as told by his friend, Reverend Leland Bond-Upson. The iconic music of the 1960’s will take us back to that revolutionary time.


The Great Wound

Services at 9:15 & 11:00 Slavery inflicted a wound on America that has never healed. The poison it drips into the bloodstream of this nation is called white supremacy and racism. Trying to cure white supremacy without addressing its foundation in slavery is like trying to treat TB with cough drops.


Joy of the Journey

Services at 9:15 & 11:00 Everyone goes through a journey in their life, but often people put more emphasis on the goal rather than the path they are on. When you reach that goal, what do you remember of how you got there? Please join the teens from YRUU to learn of their own adventures and what it means to enjoy the process before reaching your final destination.


Many Spiritual Journeys, One Humanity

Services at 9:15 & 11:00 Recently, Reverend Nica attended the Parliament of World Religions and found that our many different religious journeys had so much in common. Join us to hear stories from diverse spiritual traditions that point us all to our common humanity and the search for a more loving and just world.


Coming to America

Services at 9:15 & 11:00 In his book “A Nation of Immigrants” John F Kennedy described the waves of immigrants that came to America in the first three centuries of our country’s history. They were sturdy and adventurous folk, looking for a better life for their families. But they also suffered from discrimination just as our current immigrants are experiencing. Immigration in the US is fraught with complexity and stories of colonization, courage and perseverance. This morning we will draw...


Trusting Each Other

Services at 9:15 & 11:00 Our society can lead us to be very suspicious of one another. Yet, our faith calls us to be in Beloved Community with one another. Our Covenant of Good Relations asks us to assume good intentions and lays out a clear way for us to be in community together. Explore with us what it might look like to practice trust in each other and community.


Trusting Yourself

Services at 9:15 & 11:00 Brené Brown says “Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.” Learning to trust yourself is one of the great kindnesses you can give yourself. It engenders deep knowing and confidence. Sharing your real self builds intimacy, kindness, and deep abiding love. It is the ultimate offering of trust to present yourself wholly real and...

Trusting Life

Services at 9:15 & 11:00 When everything around us is changing so rapidly, how can we let go of our expectations and trust in the flow of life? When things seem chaotic and unfamiliar, do we seek to control or is there a way to surrender to trust. Join us for this exploration on riding the rollercoaster of life.

Letting God

Services at 9:15 & 11:00 Making space for the mystery to move in our lives is a radical act of trust. To find that balancing act between what is practical to do now and practicing non-attachment to outcomes moves this act from trust to faith. Gather with us for a service that invites us to identify how we might let go and let mystery move in our lives.

The Future of Church

ONE SERVICE only that day at 9:15 with a Congregational Meeting at 11 afterward Unitarian Universalists are theologically progressive, but often considered ecclesiastically conservative. How do we move with the times to co-create relevant, engaging church, to avoid the attendance decline that so many denominations are experiencing? How do we befriend the possibility of change, when change is so hard for many people. These times are unprecedented. Join us to explore new possibilities.

Over the Rainbow

Services at 9:15 & 11:00 Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the most inspirational, visionary leaders of our modern times. He spoke of a world of possibility in which all are treated with dignity and respect. How do we realize possibilities that at times can seem impossible? Join us to explore whether the possibilities and dreams envisioned by visionary leaders lay somewhere over the rainbow, or they are achievable realities?


Aligning our Habits with our Values

Services at 9:15 & 11:00 After her Community Forum the night before, Amy Halpern-Laff will join Reverend Nica to explore the possibility of aligning our habits with our values. If we are serious about honoring the interdependent web of all existence and stemming climate change, what habits might we consider shifting? Join us to explore how to make the world a little healthier for all.


Remembering the Good

On this Sunday before Thanksgiving, in the midst of all the turmoil in the Conejo Valley, we turn our attention to the good in our lives. It's easy to feel overwhelmed by the challenges we face, especially at this time. It can feel like a daily onslaught, a constant uphill struggle, juggling disasters, illness and stress. So this Sunday, we'll intentionally shift our perspective to remember all the good we share - the good that has been, is now and is yet to come. Join us to celebrate...