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Harmony in a
Time of Change

This month’s theme is Harmony, a concept with numerous definitions.  Reflecting on the past few months at PUC and picturing the next two years, I find myself contemplating a variation of the musical definition: At PUC Harmony is the combination of simultaneously interacting ministries to produce environments & situations having a profoundly positive effect.

All around us positive forces are at work – the excitement & promise of Pacific Sage Preschool, the return of Soulful Sundown on the beach on Friday evenings, a rambunctious family event last Sunday at a trampoline park, the transformation of the campus adjacent to the classrooms from one big chain link sandbox to a cluster of areas that adults, teens & children can all use for spiritual exploration, a renewed interest in Social Justice making a difference in our community and beyond, and last, but most definitely not least, a balanced budget that includes hiring a half-time administrator.

At the same time, we are just starting to navigate a sea of challenges that come with the transitions of the past few months – finding & welcoming a new Interim Minister, leaning hard on Rev Kim Gosney for the three months between Rev John’s departure and James’ arrival and even after James is in place (recall that James is our Interim Minister for ¾ time), finding our next settled minister, and ensuring that our new Director of Religious Education, Vicki Gavel, and our new Pacific Sage Preschool Director, Sylvia Lawrence, have all of the professional and volunteer support they need.  While these are challenges, they are also great opportunities if we choose to make them so.  

Last Monday, five of our trustees rotated off the board and three new trustees joined.  We all owe our gratitude to Clay Bosler, Janet Kissner, Judy Shaffer, Ali Oberoi & David Kane for their years of contribution to PUC as trustees.  I have no doubt that each will continue to significantly contribute in a variety of new ways.  Just six days later, the new board conducted a retreat and got to know our new trustees Dee Masters, Mike Buttitta & Ben Cowen as well as our new Interim Minister James.  We quickly saw that we won the Interim Minister lottery when we chose James.   Together we outlined priorities for the new fiscal year.  I will send a separate missive in the next couple of weeks that summarizes the substance of our wonderful retreat.  

And so, I circle back to my vision of Harmony at PUC - the combination of simultaneously interacting ministries to produce environments & situations having a profoundly positive effect.  I hope you’ll join me, the other board members, & our staff in contributing to one of PUC’s many interacting and interdependent ministries. We all have an opportunity to “do our thing” at PUC while contributing to a much broader, deeper and more effective church.  I am very excited about the possibilities in front of us.  Kind of feels like taking a flying leap into a pile of wood chips - exhilarating.  What a wonderful thing it is to be a PUC member, friend, professional staff or visitor.  

John Einhorn
Trustee President

Who's That?
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Photo from KPCC Off Ramp story 7/10/15.
Camp de Benneville Pines Update

Camp Director Janet James was interviewed about what happens after a forest fire on KPCC's program Off Ramp.  You may read or listen to this very interesting story here.

Picnic at the Farm
6:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 8
San Pedro

Rachel Bruhnke's urban farm is so abundant she brings a portion of her weekly harvest to the San Pedro farmer’s market!  Experience what Rachel has created at the third annual vegetarian potluck in the garden.  Come, enjoy dinner and fellowship and see how Rachel’s garden has grown and improved over the years.  Bring vegetarian dish to share from your garden or local farmers market. 

Please RSVP to Betty Saunders.  Betty’s phone number and email address, as well as Rachel’s address are in the PUC Directory.  

Religious Education

Summer RE continues with Dr. Seuss and Dr. Who this coming Sunday.  If you can help teach a class, please contact me at  Kids will start in the service and be “sung out” after the story for all ages.  Our summer volunteers have been great at dealing with fluctuating attendance, missing DVD's, etc., and have enjoyed their time with the kids.  (You could be so lucky!)

If you have the latest Dr. Who (series 8) on DVD, can you please share them with RE?  Ours have gone missing, and it is much more fun to watch on the big screen than on my little laptop.

Finally, we need volunteers for teaching next fall.  Please.  Soon.  I'll probably email you if you don't email me.  I promise to try to find an age and co-teacher that you are comfortable with, and will give you detailed, interesting, easy curriculum and have all your materials gathered for you ahead of time.  I am planning an orientation for all RE teachers and childcare workers for August, and you will definitely feel more comfortable going into the year with the strategies and information I will offer, plus you will get a great meal served to you on the day of training.  Please get signed up soon.  I have one volunteer at each level.  They are all amazing and experienced.  They deserve your help!  I also will need subs.  Regularly scheduled teachers will only be teaching on the second and fourth Sundays of the month, so you will still be able to keep up with adult worship on the first, third, and sometimes fifth Sunday of the month.  Come to RE, where your efforts will be appreciated, and live on in our children.

Love and Wonder,
Vicki Gavel, DRE

Strengthening Spirituality

At Home

Strategy #3: Compassion

As with other components of spirituality, children are often among the more compassionate.  Giving them outlets for their natural feeling of compassion, and respecting their feelings of compassion can help validate their natural tendencies.  Be careful that you don't inadvertently ignore a statement your child makes out of compassion.  I often hear children told to ignore their concern for animals or people by adults who are well-intended, but don't want the child to worry or feel uncomfortable.  It is okay to feel uncomfortable when we see a stray, or a wounded animal, or a homeless person.  Supporting your child's concerns tells them that their feelings are normal.  Sensitive children may need to be given more information about the situation, in kid language, and be told something like, “Usually wild animals are best being left alone a bit when they are wounded so that they can rest and recover,” or “I don't think we can safely pick up that stray right now, but when we get home we will call and report this to someone who can help,” or “It is so hard to imagine what it must be like not to have a home.  We should try to find a way to help people who don't have homes,” or, hopefully, “That is why we helped our church by….”

Compassion springs from seeing the pain or suffering of another and empathizing with it.  Enemies of compassion are feelings that keep us separate from others, like jealousy, un-healthy competition, or judgement.  For example, if we believe that those of a different heritage are truly different from us, we are less likely to be sensitive to their trials.  Racism, sexism, elitism, and so on, are all tricks the human mind plays on itself which separate us from our fellow human beings.  The old adage to not judge until we have walked a mile in someone's moccasins is true, and we all know it, but judging is human.  If “isms” sneak into your mind, your child will pick them up.  Confront judgmental thinking by educating yourself.  Educate your child.  If your child is really mad at a classmate, acknowledge, but then ask, “I wonder how so and so feels, why he would do or say that.  Do you have any idea?”  Even if they don't, it plants the seed of thought that the other person has their own story, also.  Talk to others who feel differently from you and see what you can learn from seeing the situation through their eyes.  Fighting the temptation to be “separate and better” is hard work, and I suspect life-long for most of us, but necessary for us to be compassionate, and ultimately content.  We are never too young to start practicing feeling sameness; oneness, rather than separateness.

There are so many great stories for children of all ages which can both build and affirm compassion for others.  Spending relaxed time together enjoying such a story is a great way to nourish yourself and your child.  Television and movies can be good, if you take the time to talk about them with your child.  Spending time with frail or sick relatives or neighbors with an objective of working with your child to meet their needs is another easy thing to do.  Make it clear ahead of the visit that this will be a work time, not a play time.  Have them brainstorm things that they might be able to do to help, from fluff a pillow, to sing a song, to wash some dishes, and then check in and ask what the recipient truly needs.  Sometimes just having a hand to hold, or someone to listen is the needed act of compassion.  At the same time, do not force your child to do something which is highly uncomfortable for them.  If he hates to sing, singing a song is not the thing to do.  Too shy to say hello?  Hand her the pillow to fluff, or help her get a healthy snack.  Acknowledge efforts at compassion, and acknowledge that compassion cannot solve every problem.  But, it is key to our happiness, and ultimately, to building a better world.

Finally, try a daily mantra or prayer for compassion with your child.

     “May my tears remind me that others have pain.  May seeing their pain remind me that I can have compassion.”  Or make up your own.  Change it up.  Let your child decide.  

Soulful Sundown

Intergeneration Service on the Beach

This Friday
July 17
7:00 p.m.
On the beach at Avenue G and Esplanade in Redondo Beach

Unwind from the week with your PUC friends.  Come wiggle your toes in the sand and pause to watch the sunset together. Family Religious Education presents an active service at 7:00 p.m. on our theme this month - Harmony.  

The activities will be fun with lots of animated participation.  The planned portion of the evening will last about 45 minutes.  Park your car where Avenue G intersects with Esplanade in Redondo Beach.   Walk down the stairs and meet up on the sand, just a few yards from the walkway.  Look for the blanket, likely the only one. 

It’s always relaxed and very family friendly - there's no right way to be. Come try it! 

Playing in the Sage
“What the work really needs
is more love and less paperwork.”
Pearl Bailey

They say it takes a whole village to raise a child and I would add because it takes a whole village to fill out the paperwork! The Pacific Sage Preschool project has now entered the ‘filing the application’ phase.  This would seem like an exciting time, but anyone familiar with government agencies will understand (and shudder) at the quantity of paperwork involved in the process. The stack of forms and required supporting documentation seem endless…which I am convinced can only mean that without constant supervision, parts of the application are reproducing during the night.

My gratitude to all the brave and fearless souls who are helping to find the answers to what the Department of Social Services – Community Care Licensing is REALLY asking.
Pacific Sage Preschool

Women's Reading and Responding
Book Club 

Third Mondays
NEXT: July 20
11:00 a.m.
PUC Library

July: Cokie Robert's Capital Dames 
August: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah
September: Laurie King's To Play the Fool

Please join us to discuss and to chat.
Questions? Contact Robin Arehart.

Create Meaning Center logo

Gentle Yoga Class for All
11:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m.
No Class on the Following Dates:  

July 15 & 22
Henriksen Hall

A Class designed for all levels, shapes, and ages.  We will focus on a gentle practice through movement:

To help unblock your flow of energy Increase your mental and physical flexibility while releasing stress and enhancing body awareness

Poses and exercises to build strength, relieve pain and stress, and improve balance

Suggested Donation: $15/class.  Taught by Debi Robinson


July 16, 2015
Our Theme This Month Is
Sunday Service
10:30 a.m.

Child care is available starting at 10:00 a.m.

Join us for some radical hospitality after the service!
Candle Lighting
This Week
Putting on the Gold Coast

Are we defined by what we do?  And what does that say about inherent worth and dignity?  Popular guest speaker and oncology chaplain, Michael Eselun will explore these questions.

Michael Eselun,
Inspirational speaker, Chaplain for the Simms-Mann/UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology, and a favorite guest in our pulpit 

Next Week

Everyone Will Love Something

It has been said that how we spend our hours, are
how we spend our days, is how we spend our lives.
What choices do we make and where do these
lead us … closer or farther from our dreams?

Rev. Lee Marie Sanchez

In August
Our Theme Will Be

Tree of Life
The Tree of Life in Palace of Shaki Khans, Azerbaijan,17th-century

Craig Block is now able to accept visitors, and looks forward to the prospect. Please call him to arrange a time.  Whether he’s in hospital or at home he has his cellphone with him. 
He is scheduled to be home this week.

Come join friends in the PUC Library on Sunday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 and join the Joys and Sorrows Circle.  The Circle gives a compassionate space for sharing and listening.  Orgainized by Sandy McNeil.  
To have your joy or concern appear here send it to
or call the PUC office - contact information is at the end of The View.

If you have a pastoral concern, or know of someone in need, please contact Rev Kim Gosney or email

PUC's calendar of events can be found here.

It takes many hands to make a Sunday.  Special thanks to all of our volunteers!


Welcome Table:

Elizabeth Drake
Brittany Manning

Top Chef:
Margo Meikle

Office Volunteer:

Brad Shreve
This Sunday's Flowers 
Consider expanding your horizons.  What is growing in your garden this summer?  Show off your botanical bounty.  Let us all enjoy your creative fruit and/or veg display!

Please sign up for your turn to bring Sunday's Flowers on the Flower Calendar inside the door of the PUC Office.

Next Open Date:

The rest of July &
all of August


Our Seven Principles

This is what binds us together

  1. The inherent worth & dignity of every person
  2. Justice, equity & compassion in human relations
  3. Acceptance of one another & encouragement  to spiritual growth in our congregation
  4. A free and responsible search for truth & meaning
  5. The right of conscience & the use of the democratic process within our congregation & in society at large
  6. The goal of world community  with peace, liberty, & justice for all
  7. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part
Unitarian Universalism in Our Area

Pacific Southwest District UUA
The Pacific Southwest District of the Unitarian
Universalist Association consists of 50 Congregations in Arizona, Southern California and Southern Nevada. The PSWD is also part of the Pacific Western Region of the UUA.

Camp de Benneville Pines
Affiliated with the Pacific Southwest District of the Unitarian-Universalist Association and welcoming people of all faiths for programming compatible with the UU philosophy of respect for the interconnected web of life and for the worth and dignity of all human beings.

Unitarian Universalist Church in Anaheim
511 S. Harbor Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92805

First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles 
(213) 401-1191
2936 West 8th Street
Los Angeles, CA   90005

UU Church of Long Beach 
(562) 597-8445
5450 East Atherton Street
Long Beach, CA   90815

Neighborhood Church 
(626) 449-3470
301 N Orange Grove Blvd
Pasadena, CA   91103

South Bay Unitarian Fellowship 
(310) 374-1451
2603 Matthews Avenue
Redondo Beach, CA   90278
SBUF's July Newsletter

UU Community Church of Santa Monica 
(310) 829-5436
1260 18th Street
Santa Monica, CA  90404

Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura
(805) 644-3898
5654 Ralston St
Ventura, CA 93003

Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.

For Sunday morning announcements contact Clay Bosler at

5621 Montemalaga Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Office Hours

                Sunday            9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 
                                        The office is closed during the service from 10:30-11:30.

                Monday           Closed

                Tuesday         10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.           

                Wednesday    10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

                Thursday        10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

                Friday             10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

               Saturday         Closed

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