Minister’s Message December

“Listen to your life. See if for the fathomless mystery that it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness…because in the last analysis all moments are key moments and life itself is grace.” Frederick Buechner As our Soul Matters collective shares, Unitarian Universalists love puzzles. We … Continued

Social Action Updates

We can’t put November behind us or wish the bad things away. The shooting and the fires will have a continued impact on us. But I hope that you also experienced some healing, some renewal, some warmth and support from your families and friends through the little Thanksgiving holiday. Please continue to remember and use … Continued

Fire News and Links

VC Emergency For the latest on wildfires in Ventura County go to This site has current fire maps and evacuation notices, as well as links to other resources. County of Ventura Human Services Agency The County of Ventura Human Services Agency is making rental assistance and other help available to eligible local residents who cannot return … Continued

November Religious Education News

Breathe. Hold each other and breathe. You have all been on my mind and in my heart for the past week. I have seen your faces and heard your voices around every corner. I have sent out prayers, both silent and vocal. I have waited with bated breath to hear that we are all safe … Continued

President’s Message Nov. 2018

Our theme this month is memory, and this seems to be quite appropriate in the month of Thanksgiving. There are obviously many different family events, and different ways to celebrate or honor them. For me, Thanksgiving has always been my favorite. If there was ever any doubt that memories could be olfactory, and not just … Continued

Minister’s Message November 2018

Theme – Memory As I write this, I am preparing to head out the door to join more than 10,000 persons of faith and conscience from 80 nations and more than 200 unique spiritual traditions at The Parliament of World Religions.  The Parliament only gathers every 3 – 4 years in different parts of the world … Continued

Identity Workshops and Process

Join us for our Identity Workshops and Process Save the Date!   Choose one: Saturday, November 17th from 2 – 4pm or Sunday, December 2nd from 12:30 – 2:30pm RSVP to Last month, the Share Team introduced the idea of exploring the possibility of an additional or alternate nickname for our congregation, in the spirit … Continued

Religious Education News

When ever someone mentions ‘sanctuary’, I often conjure images of the Hunchback of Notre Dame. A person who was shunned, hunted, and damned found solace in a church. This was the one place he felt safe, the one place he knew he was free from the harm inflicted by those who saw him as less … Continued

President’s Message October 2018

There are lots of things going on this October at CVUUF. Chalice Circles are back and will begin in the next couple of weeks, our new LGBTQ+ Teen Drop In had their first meeting just a few nights ago, and of course YRUU is getting their annual Haunted House ready. But I really wanted to … Continued

Minister’s Message October 2018

       Minister’s Newsletter Column – Sanctuary As we begin our month focused on the theme of Sanctuary, I am reflecting on how we repeatedly offer sanctuary to one another as friends, as family, as a community and as a spiritual home for difficult times. This month we begin our new LGBTQ youth group, offering … Continued