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It was my blessing to see the Tibetan Buddhist Monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery recently as they spontaneously stopped by PUC to simply say hello on the way to fly out to Colorado. They send their blessings to you all!

Upon arriving, they offered me a white scarf--called a kata. The color symbolizes purity of intention and aspiration. An ancient Tibetan tradition, this is an offering when visiting a temple or teacher. I will wear it the next time I preach because it will illustrate reverence, which the monks are teaching me about as I interact with them.

So, all is looking excellent for their arrival. I would like to give you some advance dates to add to your busy calendar. 

Split Plate Giving Opportunity
September 13 
For Rev James Ford's first Sunday we will take a split-plate offering for the monks. Please give generously to their work of bringing the message of reflection and peace to everyone they visit.

Mandala Theology Classes
7:00 p.m.
September 29 & October 6
Professor Christopher Chapple from Loyola Marymount University will be teaching 2 classes to help prepare us for the monks and the mandala.  A free-will offering is requested. 

Sand Mandala Creation and Ritual
October 5 through 11
The monks create their beautiful mandala in our sanctuary. The service on Sunday will include the very moving activity of sweeping away the sand of the mandala. Last time the service was standing room only.

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The monks are also available to come and do house blessings, animal blessings and other types of sacred blessings for you on a donation basis.

For those not with us for their previous visit in 2012 - and even if you were -  House of Cards video production had a beautiful and haunting film of the mandala process; you can watch it here.

I am thrilled that we have this opportunity to deepen and widen our work of love and compassion in the world by hosting the monks.

Kim Gosney
Minister of Congregational Life

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Unique Book Discussion
7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 3 & 17
Redondo Beach

Incoming Interim Minister Rev. James Ishmael Ford has written a number of books, including If You're Lucky, Your Heart Will Break.   PUC members who have started reading it find it a delightful and  accessible book that communicates religious concepts in a down-to-earth way.  Come and discuss the first two parts with our friendly small group. 

Contact Lori Geittmann for location and details.  Her contact information is in the PUC directory. 

From Amazon
“Using vignettes and anecdotes from his own life - as well as quotations drawn from sources as varied as the Bible, Yiddish aphorisms, and stand-up comedy - Zen teacher and Unitarian Universalist minister James Ishmael Ford shares the gifts won over his lifetime of full-hearted engagement with the Zen path. ‘I've found myself broken open,’ Ford says, ‘and found in that opening my fundamental connection to the whole world.’”

What's more, If You're Lucky, Your Heart Will Break breathes new life into the Buddhist ideas of karma and rebirth - as well as the Buddhist precepts of ethical action - and finds for them kinship in other spiritual endeavors. Even the most cynical of hearts will find resonance in Ford's compassionate presentation of basic human truths.”


John Reith in Concert
3:00 p.m.
This Saturday July 25
PUC’s Henriksen Hall

John was the staff pianist at our services for many years, and a favorite soloist at our Black and White Concerts.  He was even one of the pianists who chose our piano.  A graduate of the Curtis Institute, he teaches piano in the South Bay and is in demand as a soloist in the area. He is quite personable and his background commentaries are an added feature of his recitals. He will be performing the music of Handel, Mozart, Chopin and Liszt.

Tickets are $20 and are available through Diane @ 310-514-7580 or at the door.

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

Come and tour Rachel Bruhnke's abundant vegetable beds and fruit trees at her third annual potluck dinner in the garden.  Enjoy dinner and fellowship, share tips for sustainable cultivation, and see how Rachel’s garden has grown and improved over the years.  

Bring an earth friendly dish to share with organic produce from your garden or farmer’s market and responsibly raised and obtained animal products.  

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 News

Welcome aboard to Rachel Bruhnke, who will be teaching the Voyagers along with Robin Arehart in the fall. And, a big thank you to Payal Kadakia, who will be taking the lead in pulling together a group for young adults, 18 – 35ish for us. Our hope is that they can have a social event at least once a month, and will stay connected through Religious Education so that they are aware of social justice events and projects.

Mark Sunday, August 9 as a “must attend” service here at PUC. The service will be led by our Coming of Age graduates (you heard their credos and were amazed) and will include a Bridging Ceremony for us to welcome our high school graduates into the larger adult community. Come show all the kids that PUC continues to be a place for them to engage in community and be supported in their spiritual journeys.

Love and Wonder,
Vicki Gavel
Director of Religious Education

Strengthening Spirituality

At Home

Strategy #4: Imagination

Imagination is natural to children, and important to develop in order to access our spiritual nature. When we can use our imagination to create art, we are flexing the right side of our brain. Both our rational and concrete brain, and our imaginative brain are useful to us.

Include myths and fairy tales in your child's reading. These fanciful stories appeal to a child's sense of fun, and also give them practice with analogy and symbolism, important brain skills. Give them an odd assortment of materials and challenge them to make something beautiful. Have them invent a board game with rules and a story

Soulful Sundown

Intergeneration Service on the Beach

This Friday
July 24
7:00 p.m.
On the beach at Avenue G and Esplanade in Redondo Beach

End the work week by seeing how our UU principals compliment building a big sand castle, and sharing a beach sunset with your PUC friends.  Family Religious Education presents an active service at 7:00 p.m. 

It’s very relaxed and appropriate for all ages.  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 PUC group at the blanket - likely the only one.

Come try it! 


Remembering Lenore Snodey

Lenore Snodey, member of PUC until her passing, was among those recognized at the UUA’s General Assembly this year.  She is listed about a minute into the video which you can viewed here.

Women's Reading and Responding
Book Club 

Third Mondays
NEXT: August 17
11:00 a.m.
PUC Library

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.

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Gentle Yoga Class for All
11:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m.

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 23, 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

Everyone Will Love Something

It has been said that how we spend our hours,
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


Next Week

and the Self

Stepping out of boxes can lead to reCREATion that renews and enriches the self

Robin Arehart, PUC Member

In August
Our Theme Will Be

Tree of Life
The Tree of Life in Palace of Shaki Khans, Azerbaijan,17th-century
Larry Paulson, a Unitarian in spirit and long ago member of our Singles Group, passed away on July 15.  He and his wife Filomena met at PUC and have been married for 25 years.  Filomena continues to live at Palos Verdes Shores 

Craig Block is home and ready to be social. Uber fun! Contact him via Facebook or phone to set up an outing. Help with shopping would be appreciated.

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:

Dee Masters

Top Chef:
Debi Robinson

Office Volunteer:

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

August Art Wall Opening Reception

 Artist Joyce Lieberman 
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 2 
Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica

The show is open to the public Sundays 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and on week days by appointment.  For this special exhibit, “Wall of Steals & Deals”, Joyce Lieberman has created a salon style show of samples of her works from 1991 to the present. Works include florals, abstractions, and many other styles.

Lieberman has been the solo exhibitionist in dozens of shows throughout the L.A. area, including 10 solo shows at the iconic Seidman Gallery; her paintings and collages are well known in hotels, corporate residences, and galleries throughout the country.

Attached is a one page flyer with pictures (suitable for a bulletin board).

For more information contact Nancy,, 310-829-5436 ext. 102.

Free parking is available on Sundays in the structure on 16th Street just south of Arizona (look for signs).  Go to parking pass.  Handicap parking is available behind the church. 

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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