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These long, warm summer days have been busy ones around Pacific Unitarian Church! We’re making terrific strides forward on the Spirit Level Grant improvements to the south end of the campus, our garden is in a glorious state of fecundity, and we’re getting close to being licensed to open our preschool. We have seen the Morehouses off with a wonderful farewell event, and we are enjoying having a steady stream of excellent Sunday services, in which we are hearing from some familiar voices, and from some new ones.

Meanwhile, Rev James Ford and his wife Jan have said their goodbyes to their congregation and Zen group in Providence, RI, and have completed their cross country trip, arriving safely at their new home in Long Beach. James assures me that many of the boxes are unpacked, and that most everything fits! They’ve even indulged in hanging a few pictures already. And they seem to be quite enjoying their new home 'neath the palm trees. Even though he doesn’t start with us officially until September, James has not been able to stay away from PUC. I hope that you had a chance to meet him when he showed up to attend a Sunday morning service, and then joined your Trustees for their annual kickoff/retreat. But, if you didn’t get a chance to meet him then, we have another opportunity coming up in August. On August 16, James will again be joining us for the service, for lunch, and then for a “Meet the Minister” event after lunch. Please plan to join us as we welcome and get to know our new minister!
Clay Bosler
Transition Team Lead
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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.”


6:00 p.m.
Next Saturday August 8
Classrooms 1 & 2

PUC's Game Night is a favorite PUC event for some some folks.  Come join us for an evening of fun and fellowship.  It's a great time for adults and kids.  Bring a favorite game or two. Children under 12 years old must bring their adult.
Playing in the Sage
“To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower. Hold infinity in the palms of your hand and eternity in an hour.”
                                                                                                   William Blake
I believe it is in human nature to dig.

We dig in our heels…we dig deep for strength and resolve…and we dig for the truth of things…

For young children, a digging place touches on so many areas of their development…language, physical, emotional and cognitive…
It is a very important part of the learning environment.

 The sandpit for the Pacific Sage Preschool children is done. In keeping with our Reggio-inspired philosophy, it is a ring of beautiful tree slices and stumps to surround a community of young builders, diggers and imaginers… 

It is now just waiting for some cleansing and much, MUCH more sand. Sand to create mountains for dinosaurs, tunnels for trucks and buckets and scoops for those delicious sand cakes. 

Thank you to the volunteers who “dug deep” to make this happen!
Director, Pacific Sage Preschool

Dinner at the Farm
6:00 p.m.
Next 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

Top 5 Reasons to join the RE Teaching Staff

Number 5:  You like being praised.
Number 4:  You smile when you hear kids laugh.
Number 3:  You don’t want kids to be running through the canyon because there is no one to teach them.
Number 2:  You are embarrassed to tell friends that we lost all our kids to the church down the road.
Number 1:  You want to give something to our community that will impact our future.

RE continues to look for those special people who will help teach our wonderful children next year.  We still need at least one person for each level except Voyagers, and could even use a third teacher for each group, so that teachers would only have to teach three times each two months.  Please consider whether you are the person who can commit to being with children on the second and fourth Sundays of each month.  You will be given plans and materials, and be working with an experienced and dedicated co-teacher.  

Please plan to attend our special, one and only multigenerational service of the summer on August 9.  Our youth are working hard to plan a meaningful and fun service.  During the service, we will be honoring youth spreading their wings to go on to college this fall with a Bridging Ceremony.  The entire PUC community is a part of this ceremony celebrating roots and wings.  Come see our youth create Sabbath.

See you at the beach Friday nights!

Love, Wisdom and Wonder!
Vicki Gavel
Director of Religious Education


Strengthening Spirituality

At Home

Strategy #6: Silence

To practice silence with your child, think first of a good time that you can spend 10 to 15 minutes regularly.  You do not want this to come across as any sort of punishment or something that your child does to get a reward when it is over.  Silence gives us the space to hear our innermost selves, but needs to be practiced often for us to shut off our noisy minds.  Sitting in silence while thinking of our schedule, grocery list, or fury at Congress, is not silence that will bring us closer to our spirit.  
So, follow these steps:

1. Turn off phones, televisions, etc.

2. Put pets in another room.

3. Wear comfortable clothes.

4. Explain that we are trying not to have any special thoughts or words in our mind.

5. Use a signal to begin (deep breaths, light candle, ring small bell). 

6. Breathe slowly and comfortably.  Be still.

Be quiet for as long as you both feel comfortable.  If s/he talks, reassure that you will listen as soon as you have had some quiet time together.  For some people, closing eyes is very helpful.  Let your child make the choice for himself/ herself.

Don’t give up.  It is a practice.  Model.  Enjoy.


Soulful Sundown

Intergeneration Service on the Beach

This Friday
July 31
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! 

Beach Wonder!
The Bruhnke family enjoys the afternoon  before Soulful Sundown.


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.

Create Meaning Center logo

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 30, 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

and the Self

Sometimes the best way to renew ourselves and grow as individuals is to step
“out of the box.”

Robin Arehart, PUC Member


Next Week

Interactions with Sabbath

Brought to you by our high school students

In August
Our Theme Will Be

Tree of Life
The Tree of Life in Palace of Shaki Khans, Azerbaijan,17th-century
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.  Organized by Sandy McNeil.  
To have your joy or concern appear here, send it to
or call the PUC office.  For information on how to reach the PUC office scroll down to 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:
Lee Ann Hart

Carlos Angeles &
Brad Shreve

Top Chef:
Andy Kissner
& His All American Breakfast

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 Dates:
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

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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