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First Things, June 2015

June 1, 2015

Did you know that there are more than a dozen Unitarian Universalist congregations in the Greater Los Angeles area? Here is some news from some of our nearby sister churches.

Palos Verdes. Rev. John Morehouse has taken a new position with our congregation in Westport, Connecticut. Rev. James Ishmael Ford will be the interim minister. Rev. Ford is a long time UU minister, and also a Zen Buddhist Priest.

Santa Monica. Rev. Rebecca Bijur has had a new baby, born May 25. Benjamin is her third child. She is on maternity leave this summer and then will take a sabbatical. Nica Guinn is the summer minister. Rev. Tera Little will provide sabbatical coverage in the fall.

Throop Church. Speaking of Rev. Little, the Throop congregation is increasing her hours to two-thirds time next year. Throop is becoming known as a leader of the environmental sustainability movement in Pasadena.

Neighborhood Church. Rev. Jim Nelson retired earlier this year. The congregation has called Rev. Lissa Anne Gundlach, formerly of the All Souls Church in Manhattan. She starts this month. Rev. Hannah Petrie continues as Associate Minister. Rev. Sara LaWall, who had led the religious education program at Neighborhood, has accepted a call to be our minister in Boise, Idaho.

La Crescenta. Rev. Betty Stapleford retires this year. The Verdugo Hills church has called Rev. Gordon Bailey from the New York area. He has a strong background in pastoral care and psychotherapy work.

Sometimes it feels like we are an entirely independent church. It’s good to remember that we are part of an interdependent association of churches serving a shared Unitarian Universalist faith.

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