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Unitarian Universalists Celebrate SCOTUS Ruling
with #JustMarriage

By Lauren Walleser
July 2, 2015

On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court issued their 5 to 4 ruling in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, establishing federal recognition of same-sex marriage. With this decision, marriage equality for same-sex couples has become the law of the land nationwide, after decades of legal battles and hard fought victories by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) activists and allies.

“I applaud the court’s ruling as a major step in recognizing full civil rights for LGBTQ people. The ruling is cause for celebration,” the Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) said in a statement. “I am grateful for the unwavering dedication and commitment by Unitarian Universalists in support of marriage equality.”

Unitarian Universalists (UUs) have a long history of supporting equal rights for LGBTQ individuals. In 1996, the UUA was the first religious denomination to pass a resolution in support of the right to marry for same-sex couples. The UUA has signed on to amicus briefs in all the major court cases regarding the freedom to marry, including Obergefell v. Hodges.

In celebration of this historic victory for equal rights, UU ministers and congregations will offer free weddings for same-sex couples nationwide on July 11 and 12, in an event called #justmarriage. Many ministers have signed up for the event, offering their services and congregation’s space for free. To view the full list of those signed up and to register, visit the #justmarriage page.

“Marriage equality illustrates that love has no boundaries,” said President Morales. “And while today we celebrate this victory in the name of love, tomorrow we rededicate ourselves to achieving full legal protection for LGBTQ people in all spheres of our society.”

Indeed, while marriage equality has been an important LGBTQ issue and victory for UUs, we know that it is just a small part of the fight for equality. While celebrating this milestone, the UUA also commits to ongoing witness for equality for all as we work to continue expanding the rights of LGBTQ people—with recognition of people who are disproportionately impacted by systemic oppression like transgender, gender non-conforming, and queer people of color. As such, UUs and others are invited give to the Freedom to Live Drive for Standing on the Side of Love, which will support the important work we are still called to do. 

For more information on how to get involved, email

We are looking for the names and contact info on all graduating high school seniors who are affiliated with our church.  We are planning a special celebration and ceremony for them in the evening on July 25.  There will be more info to come as soon as we know who is interested in being acknowledged.  Please email Vicki Gavel  if you are interested or know someone you think may be.  Thanks!
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Last Call
Justice Summit & Family Camp

Walking the Walk 2015

PUC's Social Justice Committee is enthusiastically looking for congregants to attend this camp to get ideas for our congregation, to build skills around justice leadership and to deepen understanding of Beloved Community. 

  • powerful worship
  • multigenerational engagement
  • children's programming

Come to plan next steps on important issues and leave with tools and ideas to take home and put into action. We seek people that will go, get fired up and return to engage the church in deepening our social justice commitments!

We are also looking for benefactors to create partial scholarships and fundraising opportunities for scholarship development.

Visit for more information.

Starts August 8 2015, 10:00 a.m.
Ends August 12 2015, 11:00 a.m.

Camp de Benneville Pines
41750 Jenks Lake Rd W
Angelus Oaks, CA 92305

How Much?
$275.00 (Early Bird) Regular Adult 
(ends June 25th!)
$325.00 Adult (not Early Bird)
$165.00 Child ages 2 to17


Religious Education

Summer with the Doctors continues, and we continue to be amazed by our wonderful volunteer teachers. It is not too late for you to sign up to help out. You can work often or only once, just let me know what you think would work for you.

Several of our teachers from last year's program have volunteered to teach again this year, but we are looking for new talent from those who are willing to give their time in the fall. We try to provide our kids with at least two teachers they know will be their class each session (the second and fourth Sundays of the month). If you think you might be the person who can get excited about working with our amazing kids, please contact me at If you are set on a certain age, or not sure what age you would like, we will try to work something out for you. Of course, if you cannot commit to second and fourth Sundays, you might be willing to be on our sub ­list, to provide help when one of our teachers cannot make it due to illness or some other emergency. Lesson plans are provided, materials will be laid out for you. All you need is a caring spirit and willingness to share.

Thanks in advance for your email to volunteer. Our youth deserve our best efforts. They truly are our future!
Love and wonder,

Strengthening Spirituality

At Home

Strategy #2: Cultivate Wonder  

When you hear the dreaded words “I'm bored”, they signal that it is time to find ways to appreciate the simple wonders that are all around us. Too often our children get the message that their moments need to be planned with special activities or things in order to be happy.  If we place too much emphasis on the newest toy, electronic gadget or game, or trips to expensive places for entertainment, children get the message that these expensive luxuries are necessary to feel good.  In fact, nothing is further from the truth.  We want our kids to begin to notice the smaller, always available awesomenesses around them.

Again, modeling is powerful.  When you take the time to nourish yourself through wonder, you are showing your child the importance of  feeding your soul.  Experiencing wonder happens through our senses.  Beautiful music can give us chills, we look forward with great anticipation to the fragrance of special flowers or freshly mown grass, standing near a waterfall and feeling the pounding in our chest can overwhelm us with wonder.  Sitting or laying in the grass in your backyard or local park and being still for several minutes can be an easy way to practice. Tell your child to focus on everything they can sense.  Think about what you see (beautiful skies, clouds, trees, flowers), hear (birds, rustling leaves, children playing in the distance, cars), smell (grass, your own skin, sunscreen, earth), and feel (hot sun, breezes, grass).  After several minutes, ask your child what she noticed.  Repeat this in different places.  Try laying on your stomach and listening to the earth.  

Young children operate in a world dominated by their senses.  As they get older, it can be a bit harder to access that physical response.  Accept whatever your child senses.  There is no right or wrong.  Share what you sense.  Do this exercise again and again.  It takes practice to practice spirituality.

We all get overwhelmed by stimulation from the material world where slick advertisers work hard to grab us with the shiny and novel.  Take time out for things that are truly nourishing of our connections with our amazing universe.  Observe the moon, and then find a way to simply celebrate the moon.  When I walk my dogs, I stop and sing a special moon song I learned as a child.  Sounds silly to some, but for me it is a reminder of all that is vast and amazing and wondrous, keeping me grounded in a world which, after all the man-made trials and frustrations of the day, is there to nurture me.

Family RE
On the Beach

Fridays July 10 & 17
7:00 p.m.
On the beach at Avenue G
and Esplanade

in Redondo Beach

Friday evening at the beach is back!  Families, come unwind from the week on the beach this Friday, July 10, and next Friday, July 17th. Family Religious Education presents a service at 7:00 p.m. on our theme this month - Harmony.  

The activities will be fun with lots of active participation.  The planned portion of the evening will last about 45 minutes.  Meet up on the beach where Avenue G intersects with Esplanade  in Redondo Beach.

Last summer many PUC families found joy and relaxation in ending the week together with our toes in the sand and the surf rumbling in the background.  It’s always relaxed - it is the beach after all.  Come try it!  

RE Meet Up at
Sky Park Indoor Trampoline Park in Gardena

Sunday July 12
2:00 p.m.
1625 West 190th St
Gardena, CA 90248

Meet up at Sky Zone next Sunday afternoon and have a blast with your PUC friends.  Perfect for everyone from Pixie to YRUU.  What’s Sky Zone?  Just ask them:

We’re the world’s first indoor trampoline park. You’ll find trampolines as far as the eye can see. It’s one of the greatest workouts ever combined with awesome, healthy fun. We’ve been voted the number one “out of the box” workout and the “best party ever.” Experience WOW – the weightlessness of bouncing, flipping and landing in a pit filled with 10,000 foam cubes.  Learn more here.

Buy your tickets and fill out your Sky Zone waiver ahead of time here


Get to Know Our New Member

Barbara Marriott found PUC 13 years ago when she joined a dream group that met at the church.  It is because of those loyal PUC dream groupers that she decided to return and join PUC.  She thanks Sue Cutler, Olga Slavich, Ann Bailey and Susan Owen for this introduction to PUC.  She considers herself spiritual and has explored a number of traditions.  Barbara looks forward to connecting with a community of like minded folk to engage in discussions and help her grow spiritually.

Barbara went back to school in her 40s, studying Early childhood development, then special education, then art and finally receiving a master's degree in special education and administration.  She retired in 2008 as an assistant principal.

Today she enjoys anything creative: oil and watercolor painting, needlepoint, knitting, ceramics.  She loves to walk the beach and visit her knitting shop in Riviera Village.  She is also passionate about  conservation. She lives in a home she adores in Redondo Beach and loves that she can smell the ocean from her windows.

She has three grown sons and reports that each is full of love and integrity - all three excellent husbands and fathers.  They have given her five grandchildren with another due in August.  

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 9, 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!
Pardon Please

The View apologizes for creating confusion about last week's sermon.  From now on sermons will be labeled "This Week" and "Next Week" to avoid this problem.  Your forbearance is appreciated.
Candle Lighting
This Week
Wisdom from Black Canyon
Rev Jim Grant,
Guest Minister
Next 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
In August
Our Theme Will Be

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

Craig Block continues to receive chemotherapy. You can brighten his day by sending him bad jokes, simply horrible puns, and healing energy.

Kathryn Loseff, member since 1967, is currently staying at The Transitional Care Center in Torrance.  She is receiving physical therapy to regain strength after a short hospital stay.  While she is a little too tired to receive visitors right now, she would appreciate cards sent to her at her home address: 5147 Elkmont Drive, RPV, CA 90275, or send texts or call via Patricia Hart at 310-658-1074.

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:

Kevin Gallagher

Top Chef:
Andy Kissner
Presents a crowd favorite
Andy's All American Breakfast

Office Volunteer:

Gary Hart

This Sunday's Flowers 

are brought to you by 

Debra Cucci

Flowers in our sanctuary

  • can bring joy,
  • can be a way to share your celebration or memorial,
  • can be a focal point of meditation,
  • can be a point of relief from a long week. 
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:

July 19 & 28


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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