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First Things, March 2015

March 9, 2016
Did you know that there are 14 Unitarian Universalist congregations in Los Angeles County? Eleven of them employ a minister. Ten of the congregations own buildings and property. There are well over 2000 Unitarian Universalists in Los Angeles County who count themselves as members of a congregation.

That’s a lot of resources for Unitarian Universalism to be a strong presence in our region. We have people. We have professional leadership. We have places to meet. We have money. We have ideas and passion. We have faith values that lead us to imagine a better Los Angeles. And we have a theology that holds that human beings are good enough, strong enough, and powerful enough to make the changes we seek.

There is much to work on in Los Angeles County. Homelessness is not just an issue for downtown Los Angeles. Living Wage laws make more sense if every community abides by the same rules. The Sheriff’s Department polices throughout the county. The Los Angeles River flows nearly 50 miles, from Canoga Park to Long Beach.

I’m excited about many opportunities to extend the strength of our Unitarian Universalism outside of our individual churches. Urban Partners Los Angeles is developing a vision of neighborhood services located at all of our area churches. A new UU Justice Group is bringing together social justice leaders from congregations across the region. In April we have our annual District Assembly, just up the coast in Santa Barbara.

I hope you’ll discover ways you can get involved in the larger Unitarian Universalist movement. We are the First Church in Los Angeles – but look how many more have come after us!

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