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In June 2017 UUCLB changed our primary calendaring to PowerChurch. PowerChurch updates a Google calendar and that will be our public calendar.

 

 

 
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Minister

reverend_rahnemaOur Minister, Reverend Mitra Rahnema, is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist who grew up in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura, California. She attended Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies, with an emphasis on biblical interpretation. She remained in Portland for ten years where she began a career in social research at the University of Oregon, working with projects focused on parenting, adolescent transitions, peer relationships, and family development. She continued this social research work at the University of California, Berkeley working on a parent involvement study focused on couple relationships while also attending Starr King School for the Ministry where she earned her Masters of Divinity in 2007.

Her Unitarian Universalist activities have included serving as Vice President of DRUUMM (Diverse and Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries), being a part of the JUUST Change Consultancies of the Unitarian Universalist Association, and chairing the UUWF (Unitarian Universalist Women’s Federation) Justice and Equity Granting Panel.

Before settling in Long Beach, Rev. Mitra served congregations in Kansas City, Missouri (Where she was ordained in 2008,) Mission Viejo, California and Grosse Pointe, Michigan.

Rev. Mitra is strongly committed to the deepening and growth of Unitarian Universalism and is humbled and grateful for the tasks of ministry.

Please feel free to contact Rev. Rahnema at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
Director of Lifespan Religious Education

Kendra Fredrickson-Laouini

Kendra Fredrickson-Laouini is a twenty-year church leadership veteran serving in religious education, and youth and children’s ministries in Missouri and California; and is currently seeking a PhD in Practical Theology and Interreligious Education at Claremont School of Theology. Before moving to California in 2011, Kendra lived most of her life in north, south and central Missouri. Born in Kansas City and growing up in one of its suburbs, she is mid-westerner who was quite surprised to find herself at home on the west coast. She earned her BA in Communications from Truman State University and her MA in Interreligious Studies from Claremont Lincoln University; her present research interests include: religious education, interreligious engagement, narrative pedagogy, post-colonial studies, religious practices, Christian history, and American Islam.

In addition to her role as Director of Lifespan Religious Education, Kendra is working on a dissertation about the effects on congregations when religious leaders are active in interreligious engagement; and teaching a World Religions online course for Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles. She lives in Claremont with her husband Montassar (a compassionate and adventurous, soccer-loving Tunisian, who speaks three languages); her mother, Linda (a courageous and strong, book-loving Gemini, who never met a stranger); and her niece, Ariel (a talented and hilarious, life-loving rock star, who plays drums in a Whittier-based band called ViceVersa).

Kendra is deeply committed to peace-building, interreligious education, and to creating learning spaces where people are free to be fully and wholly themselves. And, in the midst of all of this, she fancies herself as a crafter, a scrapbooker, and a small furniture up-cycler. 

 

Contact her at   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

 
Church Administrator

 

kathy-200x267Kathy Weibelt is our Church Administrator.

Her primary duties are to manage the church office and facilities, promote communication and support the business affairs of the church. She collaborates with the Building Usage and Office Committee (BU&O) and the Administrative Council.

Kathy started with us October 6, 2013.  She brings with her a wealth of experence in Human Resources, office administration and organization along with payroll and accounting skills. 

Kathy is a mother of two adult children and lives with her four dogs here in Long Beach in her childhood home.

 
Director of Music

Allen Ronk Lafoe

Allen Ronk Lafoe

Allen Ronk LaFoe is a Long Beach musician and event coordinator. He plays piano, organ, harpsichord, percussion, flutes, harmonium and crumhorn. His musical tastes are extensive, but he has special interest in Middle Eastern, Colonial Latin American and Early & 20th-century music.

 Allen began his piano studies at the age of 5, then playing professionally at 14.

 He received his degree in Composition & Theory from the University of Maryland, College Park, studying with Lawrence Moss; he has studied organ with Diane Lewis Heath, Dale Krider and Frances Nobert.

 As the executive assistant at the Arts Council for Long Beach, he has directed and produced events with the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, Museum of Latin American Art, scholars from the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and various local arts organizations.

 

 
Membership Coordinator

dianejDiane Julian had been attending the Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach off and on for about 10 years when, five years ago, she decided to commit to the church and become a member. The church satisfied what her life needed—a sense of community and a safe place to explore her spirituality.

As Membership Coordinator, she helps new and old members discover their own relationship with the church and with fellow congregants. She feels honored to help people become comfortable in their new home at UUCLB.

Look for her between services if you have any questions about the church, about things to do at the church and how to become connected.

 
Assistant Director of Music

douglas_lawDouglas Law a.k.a Cris Lawa Natural male alto/countertenor who has made his operatic debut as the title role in Handel's Giulio Cesare and Arnalta in Monterverdi’s L'incoronazione di Poppea. Highlights of appearance includes the Corona del mar Baroque Festival, the OC Performing Arts Center and the Hollywood Bowl. Mr. Law has toured around United States with the Boston Pops and with Andrea Bocelli. Mr. Law is a graduate of CSUF, USC & currently attending Claremont Graduate University for his Masters in Vocal Performance.

As for his “day job”, Mr. Law works extensively as a performer, voice teacher/coach, accompanist, and choral director throughout Southern California.