Chalice News and Notes 11.10.23

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Nov 10, 2023, 5:02:02 PM11/10/23


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Who Transform the World through 

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November 10 - TONIGHT: Community Forum Concert: “The Year to Save the Earth” with Jim Scott - 7pm hybrid

Please see here for more information and tickets:

November 11 - Citizens Climate Lobby - 9 am Social Hall

November 12 - Pancake Breakfast - after service in Social Hall

November 13- UU Book Discussion - Love Songs of W.E.B. DuBois, by Honore Jeffers - 7:30pm Zoom:

November 19 - Open Mic Nite - 5:30 sign-ups, 6-8 pm Sanctuary

November 22 - Interfaith Thanksgiving Service with Rev. Nica and others - 7pm St. Jude Catholic Church, 32032 W. Lindero Cnyn Rd.

In Person Concert and Livestream Options

TONIGHT!  Friday, November 10 ~ 7pm 

Mixing powerful songs and beautiful projected images, Scott takes us to a positive vision for the planet.


Prolific composer guitarist Jim Scott brings a warmth and humor with his jazz and world music influenced songs. Formerly a member of the Paul Winter Consort, Jim was composer of their celebrated Missa Gaia/Earth Mass and sang their anthem song Common Ground. He has toured the world, recorded nine CDs of original music, published a growing line of choral works, and was one of the originators of the “Green Sanctuary” program.

Please see here for more information:


In person event location at Chalice – 3327 Old Conejo Rd., Newbury Park, CA


In Person and Online - 10 am Sunday

Reverend Nica Eaton

Generous with our Faith: 

New Member Service with Pancake Breakfast to Follow!

UUs are often shy to share Unitarian Universalism with others, lest we proselytize. However, on this New Member Sunday, we witness how many newcomers are excited by what we have to offer and how important it was for them to discover Unitarian Universalism. Today we'll talk about how we might be generous with our faith, so we don't keep this beautiful gift to ourselves. Join us as we welcome new members to our fellowship and stay after service when our children will be preparing a pancake breakfast for everyone to enjoy.

Link for the Zoom Meeting at 10 am: 

Meeting ID: 209 555 249

Phone: 16699009128

Password: 2020

You can also view our Livestream on FB:

Meet Our New Members!

Pam Bage

Renee Chiucchiarelli

I was born and raised outside of the motor city (Detroit). I lived on a lake when I was young and loved everything about water.  I was a competitive figure skater and thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of skating. I ended up going to college for international trade and teaching ice-skating for 20 years.  I was married and then unfortunately divorced and became a single mother in my mid 30’s.  My daughter and I moved to Thousand Oaks/Newbury Park when she was starting middle school.  I started surfing, working hard, living and loving the California lifestyle while doing my favorite job of being a mother. 

My career path in trade led me to be the Director of global customs at Raytheon technologies.  However, the last three years I’ve been having quite a few spiritual awakenings which were new for me.  I got the original Covid in 2020 and sometimes we have to be brought to our knees to make changes.

Thankfully, I met Jill Schlauss and she introduced me to the UU’s.   I remember the first service I attended, I cried because I felt a warmth that I had not felt in so long. I am looking for a community, more in depth spiritual connections and opportunities to grow in service and personally.  I now work in a trade training capacity and I am healing both inside and out. Thank you for welcoming me here.

Katie Cottier Ryan Cottier

Hi! We are Ryan, Katie, Claira, & Alice Cottier. We moved to Camarillo 6 years ago from Texas. Ryan is a scientist, and Katie teaches yoga and takes care of their two daughters. Claira is 7 years old and enjoys art and music. Alice is 4 years old and loves playing with friends. We’re happy to meet you!

Patrick Gerety

Homer Khorram

Joanna Mackie

Enne Michael

My family and I moved to Newbury Park about a year ago and are loving the decision. I'm a native of Pacific Palisades but have lived in many different places. I'm a former entertainment industry and advertising creative but left to pursue my bigger passions and purpose through a nonprofit venture. I love cycling, sailing, cartwheels, and spontaneous adventures that bring out my wild. 


Vanessa Otto

Vanessa Lee Otto was born in England, but came to Canada then America as a child. She went to college in California and married her college sweetheart.  Her natal family kept moving and now all live in Australia. 

Vanessa worked many years for Xerox in El Segundo, as a manager of Integration and Test, and later as their software process improvement guru.  In retirement, she gained an additional college degree at the new CSUCI, but is too busy with her volunteer jobs to get a real job in Biology. At this time she is active with the AAUW and the Somis Thursday Club and serves as Treasurer for four organizations.  They know her well at the bank!

Vanessa has three children and seven grandchildren, and was recently widowed.  Her gift to the future is all the scientists and engineers that she has nurtured.  In the meantime, she enjoys reading, gardening and knitting and would love to share those interests with new friends.

The Shojaei Family (Bo, Emily, Olivia, Charlotte & Catherine)

We are the Shojaeis (Show-jai), established in the central coast in 2016. Emily grew up in Colorado, was raised in the Catholic Church, and led an adventurous young adult life. Before moving to LA she was warned she would go out to CA, fall in love and never return to God's country (CO). Bo immigrated to the States from Iran at the age of 2. He was raised in a non-religious, probably implicitly atheist, family. He gravitated toward science and technology in his education and career.  As he gets older life continues to teach him how much he doesn't know, and he appreciates that. We welcomed our first child, Olivia in 2017. Eighteen months and eight days later Charlotte was born. Eighteen months and eight days after that Catherine was born. Teddy, whom you have not met, is our good dog and completes our family. We are excited to find a spiritual home; a place through which we can serve our community, and our daughters can be exposed to different beliefs and their questions and curiosities will be encouraged. We like that no matter where one is on their personal spiritual journey our family can spend time together each week at Chalice to worship, reflect, and practice gratitude.

We welcome all of our new members with open arms!

Chalice Lighting

To start your day, a meeting, or before a meal

This light we kindle

is set in the lamp of our history.

We inherit this free faith

from the brave and gentle, fierce and outspoken

hearts and minds that have come before us.

Let us be worthy inheritors of this faith

and through our good works, pass it boldly to a new generation.

May it be so!

~ Rev. Audette Fulbright Fulsom

Pancake Breakfast 

November 12th after service

Suggested donation $5

NEWCOMERS - We invite you to stay after service on December 3rd, take some time to get to know Rev. Nica and Chalice members, ask questions and take part in our community! 

RSVP Here:

Join Zoom Meeting at 7:30 pm with this link:

Please join us for our Bread Ritual and Harvest Celebration Service next week!

Open Mic Nite  

November 19 - 6-8 pm Sanctuary

Last one of 2023… (there will be no Open Mic in December)

Join Reverend Nica and our Interfaith Chalice Choir 

At the annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service!

November 22 ~ 7 pm @ St. Jude Church

Friends of Fieldworkers

 Adopt-a-Family holiday program 

Deadline is November 15th

End of the year holidays are almost here. It's the perfect time to show some love and appreciation to the folks that keep fresh, wholesome fruits and vegetables on our tables all year round. The Friends of Fieldworkers Adopt-a-Family holiday program offers you the opportunity to play Santa to a local farmworker family. Imagine the smiles on the kids’ faces when you make their holiday wish list dreams come true. Your kindness and generosity are gifts of appreciation that will last forever. For more information and to sign-up visit . NOTE: Last day to sign-up to adopt a family is November 15th. Thanks!

We’re planning an Intergenerational Choir for people of all ages for one of our holiday celebrations (either Christmas Eve service or the Holiday concert). We will hold 30 minute rehearsals either on Sundays after service or Wednesday evenings. Please let us know your interest and availability by contacting Anthony at

Holiday Concert/Singalong 

December 16th - 7pm

Your holiday season wouldn’t be complete without some holiday music, so be sure to mark your calendars for Chalice’s annual Holiday Concert/Singalong! Chalice is blessed with an abundance of talent, and it will be on full display as we celebrate the end of 2023. After the concert, enjoy some sweets, hot chocolate and fellowship!

After extensive engagement with UUs across our faith tradition, the Article II Study Commission have completed their Final Proposed Revision to Article II of the UUA Bylaws. Links to the text and additional important information are below, including a deadline of 5pm ET on February 1, 2024 for submitting any new amendments. The Commission's letter that follows lifts up all of the creative energy around the process, reflecting generations of UUs actively shaping our faith.   

As your congregation prepares to review the language describing Unitarian Universalist shared values, it’s worth noting that this process began in 2020, when the Article II Study Commission was charged by the UUA Board to review that section of UUA Bylaws that includes the Principles, Purposes, and Sources. The Commission was to propose revisions that will enable our faith tradition to be a relevant and powerful force for spiritual and moral growth, healing, and justice. Learn more about the history of this process in the Article II section of

The Commission held thousands of conversations with UUs and developed a proposal that went before a vote at the 2023 General Assembly. Delegates voted to move forward with a process to discuss further changes and approved several amendments to the Commission’s proposal. In the months since GA 2023, the Commission has worked to incorporate those amendments into a final document for congregations to review. That document, the Final Proposed Revision to Article II, is now available.  

At GA 2024, we will come together and vote on whether to adopt this revision as the new Article II of the UUA Bylaws. This email shares links to the proposed revision, information on submitting amendments, and resources to support engagement with this important opportunity to connect more deeply with what it means to be UU.

The UUA invites all UUs to review the Final Proposed Revision to Article II and absorb what it means to you and your congregation or community. To help you engage deeply with the text, we offer multiple formats of the Final Proposed Revision: an online webpage, a PDF version linked from the webpage, and a PDF version with line numbers linked from the webpage, to support the work of proposing amendments.

Article II Final Proposed Revision

Check out this New Book in the Chalice Library!

Barbara Leighton and Gordon Clint heard Javier Zamora speak at CSU Channel Islands and were so moved and impressed that they have donated a copy of his book, Solito, to the Chalice Library. It is the true story of his journey at age nine from El Salvador to the United States. The book can be found on the library shelves downstairs in Social Hall. While there, check out other new additions. Access the library’s catalog at the Chalice Website ( and click on Members.

Chalice has many Social Action groups 

to engage with on a monthly basis! 

Racial & Cultural Justice Team: 1st Monday zoom meetings at 5:30pm each month. 

BIPOC UU Tri-County Collaborative: 2nd Thursday of the month once a quarter - Next meeting December 14th 6 pm 

The Citizen’s Climate Lobby Meeting: 2nd Saturday of the month - 9 am 

Chalice Climate Action Team Meeting: 4th Sunday of the Month -12:30 pm

Contact for more information

Consider joining the Chalice Social Justice Facebook group. To learn about latest events supporting Black Lives Matter, Climate Justice and other concerns, click  on:  

Citizens Climate Lobby

Meets Saturday, November 11 at 9am

Meetings are open to anyone interested in saving our planet! 

Here is the sign-on info: 


Meeting ID: 822 7475 2266

Passcode: 271577 

Want to make a special collection suggestion?


Chalice members are invited to submit a Special Collections Request Form for non-partisan, non-profit organizations whose work is consistent with UU values and principles and is not known to engage in activities which would conflict with UU values and principles.  Requests are reviewed quarterly by the Special Collections Review Team.

Friday, November 10

7:00pm Community Forum: Jim Scott concert: "The Year to Save the Earth"

Saturday, November 11

 Veterans Day

7:30am AA Meeting

9:00am Citizens Climate Lobby

10:00am OA Meeting

Sunday, November 12

10:00am Chalice Worship Service (Zoom 2)

11:15am Pancake Breakfast

5:00pm Newcomer AA Meeting

Monday, November 13

7:00pm Women's Evening Group (zoom)

7:30pm Chalice UU Book Discussion Group (zoom2)

Tuesday, November 14

10:00am Gardenia Group (zoom)

6:00pm RE Committee Meeting (zoom2)

Wednesday, November 15

6:00pm Overeaters Anonymous

6:30pm Finance SVT 1 & 3rd wed. meeting (zoom2 )

7:00pm 3rd Wed. Chalice Circle (Zoom2)

7:00pm Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, November 16

10:30am Jonquil Women's Group (zoom)

6:00pm COSM (zoomN)

7:00pm Moonflower Women's Group (Zoom)

Other ways to get involved or stay connected:

Or reach out to us here:

Chalice Office # (805) 498-9548 - Messages will be checked regularly.

Rev. Nica Eaton, Minister,

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