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Lost and Found

By Jon Sievert

The Rev. Rebecca Benefiel Bijar discusses the process of commitment to liberal religion at this week’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship service.

UU Service
By Rev. Rebecca Benefiel Bijar
Sun, Oct 18, 10:30am
La Posada de la Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15

Many religious liberals describe themselves as “seekers,” and seem to prefer to stay on the road rather than settle down, spiritually speaking. Perhaps this is why the latest UU hymnal is called “Singing the Journey!” Although J.R.R. Tolkien told us “not all who wander are lost,” much can be gained by coming home to liberal religion for good.

Rev. Bijar was called to the pulpit of the UU Community Church of Santa Monica at age 29. She previously served the First Parish Church of Stow and Acton under the supervision of Rev. Tom Rosiello and First Parish in Cambridge, Massachusetts with Rev. Fred Small. She was born in Tokyo, Japan, and has lived in Japan, India, Israel, and the United States. She holds degrees from Yale University and the Harvard Divinity School and lives with her husband and three children in Santa Monica, California.

Renowned San Miguel classical guitarist Severo Barrera, who studied at the Madrid Royal Conservatory, provides special music. Service music is by Liz Stone.

The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am at La Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15, and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Visitors are invited to attend the service and then join the UUs for coffee and snacks afterwards. The room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our website at


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