Chalice News and Notes 3.31.23

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Mar 31, 2023, 5:01:26 PMMar 31


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Who Transform the World through 

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April 2 - Families Care - after service in Social Hall

April 2 - OWL - 1 pm

Grades 7-9 in YRUU room

April 6 - My Grandmother’s Hands book club - 7 pm on Zoom

April 14 - Middle School Hangout - 6-8 pm in Social Hall

Please RSVP no later than Apr. 13

April 14 - Community Forum - 7 pm on Zoom

Register at:

April 15 - Adult Play Day - 12 -4 in Social Hall

Register Here:

In Person & Online Service - 10 am


Grenda David & Ayanna Gaines

Of Course We’re Afraid

At the center of resistance is fear.  Yet, it makes perfect sense for us to be afraid.  After all we are tiny beings standing on a giant blue ball spinning in outer space in the midst of an infinitely expanding universe.  If the goal of life is not to be fearless, then what is it?

Join us in person or for the Zoom Meeting at 10 am 

Meeting ID: 209 555 249

Phone: 16699009128

Password: 2020


Crossing Paths for Adults will return in May  

When we will explore Buddhism!


We have a lot of great events coming up in April and will not be holding a Crossing Paths for the month of April. Crossing Paths will return in May when we will explore Buddhism! May will be the final month of Crossing Paths for this church year. 

OWL - Grades 7-9 in YRUU room


Through April 30th

No meeting on Easter (April 9th)

Sundays - 1:00 pm


Please address any communications or questions to:

Chalice Lighting


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

Fire consumes, and casts a bright light.

May our chalice flame consume our regrets for the past,

Our fears about the future and our worries about today.

May it light for us a path of joy and peace. 

~ Debra Burrell

Families Care will have a new Format

Starting in April

April 2 -  11:30 am in Social Hall

Sign up for  donation:


Families Care will be held on the first Sunday after service in the place of RE. This gives our families a chance to live our value of love in action by creating care kits for the unhoused followed by some time in community. First Sundays of the month at 11:30 am youth and adults will be together in Social Hall to assemble kits. After the assembly of kits we will spend time together, bring your own lunch and share in community. 

Middle School Hangout 

April 14 ~ 6-8 pm

Please RSVP no later than Apr. 13

Youth Con 

April 21-23

Register for youth con


Youth Con is open to youth ages 14-18 who will be involved in their own programming during the weekend. They will have the opportunity to foster relationship building, expand leadership skills, and develop a deeper faith identity. 


Friday, April 14th – 7:00 p.m. PT (via Zoom)

Defending Public Education

and a Diverse Democracy



Betsy Connolly, DVM, Past CVUSD School Board Member

Lauren Gill, CVUSD School Board President

Michelle Nelson-Schmidt, Author, Illustrator, Public Speaker

John Rogers, Ph.D., Professor of Education, Director of

UCLA Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access

From book banning to curriculum white-washing, educators across the U.S. are being newly censored. Since 2021, more than 2/3 of states have introduced bills limiting what can be taught about race and diversity. “These attacks are undermining the role public schools play in educating for our democracy,” says John Rogers, Director of UCLA IDEA. Come hear Dr. Rogers talk about the national impact of censoring education, our school board representatives speak about the local effects, and children’s author Nelson-Schmidt share her first-hand account. Together they’ll address what can be done.

Please register for the forum in advance here:

Adult Play Day 

April 15 12-4pm in Social Hall

Register Here:


Site Visioning Congregational Meeting!

April 16 ~ 11:30 (after service) in the Sanctuary




This year’s assembly will be held at the beautiful congregational facility, Unitarian Universalists San Luis Obispo. Join us to share what’s going on in your congregation and to enjoy meaningful keynote topics, an assortment of workshops, youth con activities, worship, meals and more! Keynote Speakers will  include Speaker Chairwoman Violet Sage Walker of the Northern Chumash Tribal Council (NCTC) and Mona Olivas Tucker of the Northern Chumash Tribe. 

We have 6 delegate spots, and people can attend virtually for only $50 to see speakers in the main hall, and attend and vote for deBenneville Board members. Please let Annie know at: if you plan to attend!

Full Details about the event available here:

Registration Is Open for the Assembly:

They are  offering a self-selecting registration fee scale. Level 1 covers the minimum cost of the event and Level 2 will help support others who need financial assistance to attend.

In person attendance (Level 1) = $75

In person attendance (Level 2) = $100

Virtual Attendance (Level 1) = $50

Virtual Attendance (Level 2) = $75

Financial Assistance request: Click here for online request form

 And for Youth Con (grades 8-12):

Youth Con is open to youth ages 14-18 who will be involved in their own programming during the weekend. They will have the opportunity to foster relationship building, expand leadership skills, and develop a deeper faith identity. 

If you have further questions about the Youth Con please contact our director of religious education, Sam Dickerson at

Starting Point Journey Circle 

Begins Sunday, April 16th, 1 - 3 pm

In person @ Chalice 


Do you want to explore Unitarian Universalism and your Spiritual Path more deeply?  

Sign up for our next Starting Point Journey Circle 

For newcomers to Chalice and existing members. 


We invite you to join our UU journey program called 'Starting Point’. 

Starting Point is a three session series, led by Rev. Nica, designed to deepen your spiritual understanding of Unitarian Universalism and to connect newcomers with members, creating a web of interconnection at Chalice. Additionally, newer people will experience Chalice’s small group culture, thereby deepening your spiritual engagement with our community.


All are welcome to this class by prior registration. 

A commitment to all three sessions is requested.


  • Sunday, April 16  - 1-3 pm - Session 1 will explore our personal spiritual journeys.

  • Sunday, May 21 - 1-3 pm - Session 2 will examine UU and Chalice’s history.

  • Wednesday, May 31 - 6:30 to 8:30 pm- Session 3 will look at our UU Theological journey.

For more information, you can email


Helping Hands Appreciated 

For our Spring Cleaning!


We are planning a special Spring Cleaning on Saturday, April 29th

We hope you’ll join us for community building, taking care of our sacred spaces, 

and preparing to celebrate Nica's return. Please join us as we celebrate our spiritual home and enjoy one another’s company. Many hands make light work. We have various time slots available between 10 am and 4 pm.

Sign up here:

Beltane Celebration!


Who is ready for some Spring frivolity?

Come celebrate May Day! Beltane! The irrepressible holiday!

Come together to honor the dance of life as represented by the maypole, to sing joyfully, to enjoy Spring and mostly to remind ourselves that our bodies are the essence of our selfness.

  • When: Sunday, April 30 at 1pm after DOT Sunday

  • Where: Chalice, 3331 Old Conejo Rd

  • Who: All are welcome! This will be a fun and lighthearted event for the whole family!

We will be making flower and ivy crowns. Bring a sack lunch and enjoy some community as we gather together for this Celebration!

Chalice Cabaret 2023! 

June 17th 7:00pm


Chalice’s Cabaret is a spectacular evening of entertainment that showcases our community’s many talents. Musicians, comedians, dancers, artists and more are invited to share their art for a captivated audience. During the intermission, be sure to enjoy the fellowship, hors d’oeuvres and beverages. Tickets will be sold for a suggested donation of $15. All proceeds go to sustaining Chalice UU Fellowship. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. 

If you’re interested in signing up to perform, please contact the Music Director, Anthony, by email at

Chalice Goes to the Hollywood Bowl!

Sign Up by April 19th!


It’s finally my favorite time of the year: Hollywood Bowl Season! This is a great way to join in fellowship with your Chalice community and other music lovers. Arrive early for a picnic dinner and then enjoy a world class summer concert under the stars. (Pack your own picnic.)

If you’re interested, please reach out to the music director, Anthony, at Tickets will be purchased 4/19/23, so all decisions and payments must be made prior. Tickets generally range from $15-45 per person. Go to for more information. (FYI, John Williams is 91, and likely won’t continue conducting much longer, and Dudamel is moving to the NY Phil in 2026.)

  • July 7 - 8:00pm Maestro of the Movies: John Williams w/Dudamel

  • July 11 - 8:00pm Verdi’s Requiem w/Dudamel

  • July 25 - 8:00pm Rhapsody in Blue & Dvorak Symphony 9

  • July 30 -7:30pm Everybody Rise! A Sondheim Celebration

  • August 3 - 8:00pm A Live Presentation of 2001: A Space Odyssey w/LA Phil & LA Master Chorale

  • August 16 - 8:00pm Gladys Knight

Anthony Concepcion music director

Families with elementary age kids - 

Summer camp Registration to open this month


SAVE THE DATES!  Plan ahead for summer 2023 camps 

(registration will open in March):

Elementary camp: July 9-15

Middle School camp: July 16-22

Sr High School camp: July 23-29

Family Camp: July 30-Aug 5th


General Assembly June 21- 25, 2023

Information can be found here:

And registration is available here:

Please let us know if you plan to attend in-person or on zoom! We can have 6 delegates and one could be you! Contact 


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


UU the Vote will be gearing up soon for more opportunities to get into “good trouble”! Stand by, more democracy-saving postcarding opportunities are coming up VERY SOON!

Chalice has many Social Action groups 

to engage with on a monthly basis! 

Racial Justice Team: 2nd Wednesday of Each Month - 5:30 - 7 pm 

BIPOC UU Tri-County Collaborative: 2nd Thursday of the month - 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 

Community Forum Team Meeting: 4th Monday of the month


Saturday, April 1

7:30am AA Meeting

10:00am OA Meeting

Sunday, April 2

10:00am Chalice Worship Service (Zoom 2)

11:30am Families Care

1:00pm OWL 7-9

5:00pm Newcomer AA Meeting

Tuesday, April 4

5:00pm Community Life Meeting (zoom2)

7:00pm Chalice Circle Facilitator's Meeting (Zoom)

Wednesday, April 5

6:00pm Overeaters Anonymous

6:30pm Sitevisioning meeting (zoom2)

7:00pm Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, April 6

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

4:30pm Stewardship Meeting (zoom2 )

7:00pm Book Club: My Grandmother's Hands (zoom2)

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-Guinn, Minister, is on Sabbatical until May

Explore our website to learn more about everything we are doing.

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