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Musical Notes

I want to thank the choir for a great year of music. The highlight for me came in May with our performance of a major portion Schubert’s Mass in Eb.  Completed only three months before his death at the age of 31, this piece was a real challenge for our group.  It was a milestone in terms of difficulty and subtlety of expression. It was one of Schubert’s last pieces of a huge output – he had already completed some 1,500 works by this point in his short career. It was a real honor to perform such a moving work. 

We also performed a section of Julio Montero’s folk-opera The Immigrant Song. Julio has performed at our church a number of times. My goal is to perform both of these works next season in their entirety. 

The choir plays an important role. It is a great example of what can happen if we are able to work together toward a single goal.  I hope that we can expand our presence into a dynamic and powerful voice for our community. 

Keep Singing,

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Family Religious Education

Time to Sign Up for Summer FRE

This Sunday, June 14, kicks off Summer with the Doctors.  Incoming grades K to 6 begin our Summer with Doctor Seuss program by exploring Bartholomew and the Oobleck.   Incoming grades 7 to 12 launch Summer with Doctor Who with Episode 1 of Series 8, "Deep Breath".  Childcare will be provided for younger children and offers planned activities for those old enough to participate.

We ask that you take a minute as you read this to send an email and sign up for the summer. Register by sending an email to our Director of Religious Education Vicki Gavel at with the following:

  • each child's name
  • birthdate
  • grade next year
  • any relevant information about health status, allergies, etc.  

Also, please include:

  • the names of parents or any other adults who may be caring for the student
  • address/es 
  • phone/s
  • email/s  

We are still looking for special people (that's you!) to sign up for co-teaching or subbing.  You do not have to commit to every Sunday, we will be glad for any Sunday you are able. Lesson plans and materials will be supplied and prepared for you, all you have to give is your time and caring and you will receive back lots of appreciation and moments of joy.  Please contact me soon if you are interested.  Our RE Committee is hoping to be able to plan some fun field trips. 

Playing in the Sage

In every real man a child is
hidden that wants to play. 

Friedrich Nietzsche

With everything we create, we leave a little bit of ourselves.  People, places and things filled with emotional memories for those that come after.  Pacific Sage Preschool is no exception. Every volunteer, young and old alike, who has come to help assemble furniture, knock out walls and transform the yard has brought and left kindness, community and a very playful sense of wonder.

In the Reggio philosophy, environment plays an important part in the learning process.  It is one side of a triangle that includes the children and the adults that work with them. 

As the environment comes together and is filled with interesting and natural materials,
we know we are on the right track
when we hear adults say: 
I want to play here!

Remember you are invited to join us and play on Saturday, June 20 from 9:00 a.m. to noon when the preschool hosts a Summer Solstice Celebration and our Second Public Open House.  There will be activities for children (and children disguised as adults), music and the chance to tour all the completed classrooms.  Copies will be available this Sunday to take out into the world and leave with friends and neighbors.

Call the preschool at (424) 241-0308 for more information.

Director, Pacific Sage


We Believe in Social Justice

Immigration Day:
UUs Take to the Capitol 

I joined about two dozen UUs and several hundred people from all over California at our State Capitol to participate in lobby day on May 18.  We met with legislators to advocate for several key pieces related to immigrant rights:

AB 622 (Hernandez ) will strengthen the California Labor Code's protection for all workers by limiting the use of E-Verify.

AB 952 (Weber) aims to curb the harmful and unjust practice of racial and identity profiling.

SB 4(Lara) Health For All - would allow low-income undocumented immigrants to enroll in Medi-Cal and those with higher incomes to purchase coverage through Covered California.

Last week SB 4 passed out of the State Senate 28-11 with a historic bipartisan vote. It's a great first step.

Sandy McNeil
PUC/UUSC Ministry

Immigration Justice
A Message from Pamela Sparr, Associate Director Justice Building Program
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

This is a critical time for immigration justice. We need to urge Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) director Sarah Saldana to end the indefinite detention of nearly 100 refugee women, many whom are mothers, and allow them a fair chance to seek asylum in the U.S.

An article in the L.A. Times featuring a statement from UUSC on the failures of for-profit detention centers, reveals that a federal court decision regarding the detention of migrant children and their mothers is imminent. We must keep up the pressure to end this harmful practice.

Let's send a powerful message to Saldana in support of releasing these women and children by signing the petition today.  A link is provided here.

Walking the Walk 2015
Justice Summit & Family Camp

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


You Are Invited

Morehouse Farewell
Saturday, June 13

6:00 p.m.
Henriksen Hall

You can see the evite here, but for some reason it is not accepting RSVPs.  Please make your RSVP of Yes to Tracy Blender.

Celebrate the time we have shared with Reverend John and Frances Morehouse as they embark upon the next part of their journey.   The suggested donation is $15 per person or $30 per family.  Donation receptacles are in the PUC Office and by the doors at Sunday services.   Cocktail attire.   You can RSVP to or call the PUC Office at (310) 378-9449; leaving a message is fine.

Do you have a tribute story about Reverend John and/or Frances?  Please put it to paper so we can present these memories to them.  Paper and envelopes will be provided at near the donation receptacles, and you can deliver your completed tributes, in your unsealed envelope, in the same spot. ​

At the Same Time, Game Night Forges On

Child care has been arranged, and there will be pizza for the kids. Carols Angeles has  volunteered to facilitate board game play for our children ages six and up.  If you are planing on coming and bringing your child, please let Carlos know so we can have an idea of how many children we will have and how many adults we'll need.  Depending on the length of the party, parents may be asked to come and volunteer for 30 minutes to make the evening run smoothly.


Women's Reading and Responding
Book Club 

Third Mondays
NEXT: June 15
11:00 a.m.
PUC Library

Please join us to discuss and to chat.
June: Peter Heller's The Painter
July: Cokie Robert's Founding Mothers
August: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah 
Laurie King's Play the Fool

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:  

June 24, July 8,15 & 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


June 11, 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

June 14

Compassion & Hope 

The Reverend Doctor
 John T. Morehouse's
Final Sermon at PUC


June 21

Sting of Pearls

Each of us had our own evolution of life, and each one of us goes through different tests which are unique and challenging.  But certain things are common.  And we do learn things from each other's experience.  On a spiritual journey, we all have the same destination.
~A.R. Rahman,
Indian composer,
music producer,
musician & philanthropist

In our Unitarian Universalist tradition, it is almost heretical to suggest we "all have the same destination".  It is more than likely we are on differing paths toward differing destinations.  But if there is a common destination, maybe it is kindness.  Compassion.  And if "the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step", then the first step is self-compassion.
Missy Rogers,
PUC Membrer
In July Our Theme
Will Be

Tree of Life
The Tree of Life in Palace of Shaki Khans, Azerbaijan,17th-century
It is with deep sadness that we report the death of
Pat Lyon.  
Please join Frank Lyon and family in
 a celebration of Pat's life, and share memories following the service over light refreshments.

Saturday, June 20
2:00 p.m.
Henriksen Hall, PUC 
Frank Paulsen Memorial and Celebration of Life

THIS Saturday, June 13
12:00 p.m.
Henriksen Hall, PUC 

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 you may complete one of the Joys and Concerns slips in the back of the Hall and place it in the box, or send it directly to Betty Paieda at joysandconcerns@

If you have a pastoral concern, or know of someone in need, please contact Rev. John or email pastoralcare@

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:
Lora Childers

Kevin Gallagher &
Alana Guaragues with Olga & Sylvia Morimanno

Top Chef:
Andy Kissner

Office Volunteer:

Trish Botsko

This Sunday's Flowers 

are brought to you by 


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 Dates:

All of June


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.

UU Church in Anaheim 
(714) 758-1050
511 S. Harbor Blvd
Anaheim, CA   92805-4525

First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles 
(213) 401-1191
2936 West 8th Street
Los Angeles, CA   90005-1588

UU Church of Long Beach 
(562) 597-8445
5450 East Atherton Street
Long Beach, CA   90815-4099

Neighborhood Church 
(626) 449-3470
301 N Orange Grove Blvd
Pasadena, CA   91103-3599

South Bay Unitarian Fellowship 
(310) 374-1451
2603 Matthews Avenue
Redondo Beach, CA   90278-3303
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UU Community Church of Santa Monica 
(310) 829-5436
1260 18th Street
Santa Monica, CA   90404-1296


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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