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Reggio Philosophy and the Unitarian Principles

“The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children
all our lives.”
~ Albert Einstein

During the process of imaging the preschool, one of the most fundamental questions to arise was “What kind of a school should it be?”  There were many options when looking at the educational philosophy for Pacific Sage Preschool…academic, Montessori…Waldorf?  Whatever it would be, it was important to keep current theory and practice in mind and adopt something that would not be at odds with the Unitarian Universalist Philosophy. 

A Reggio inspired philosophy was a beautiful fit. The philosophy comes from schools developed in Reggio Emilia, Italy after WWII. Parents and educators believed that a more progressive and cooperative system of education would help in the reconstruction and building of community after the devastation and destruction of the war.

Looking at the guiding principles of the Unitarian Universalist Philosophy and the Reggio Philosophy, it is wonderful how they reflect and compliment each other.
The Seven Unitarian Principles as defined for children are:

1st Principle: We believe that each and every person is important.

2nd Principle: We believe that all people should be treated fairly and kindly.

3rd Principle: We believe that we should accept one another and keep on learning together.

4th Principle: We believe that each person must be free to search for what is true and right in life.

5th Principle: We believe that all persons should have a vote about the things that concern them.

6th Principle: We believe in working for a peaceful, fair, and free world.

7th Principle: We believe in caring for our planet Earth, the home we share with all living things.
The Reggio Emilia philosophy is based upon
the following set of principles:

1. The Image of the Child:
It is a belief that all children are capable, passionate and creative thinkers, who construct their own knowledge of the world. 

2. The Role of the Teachers:
It is a belief that teachers are co-learners and collaborators with the children. Through careful observation, extensive documentation and thoughtful questions, the teacher’s work and play in partnership with the children. 

3. Documentation: 
Through notes, photographs, and artifacts, the teachers reflect on the children’s experiences and analyze their work to gain a deep understanding of the theories and concepts the children are exploring. 

4.The Environment as a Third Teacher:
It is a belief that multi-layered, rich and complex environments support the children’s learning.  The indoor and outdoor spaces are created with intention, contain an abundance of beautiful materials and are transformable, changing as the children explore their ideas and theories.

5.  The Hundred Languages of Children:
The encouragement of children to express their understandings of the world through many symbolic languages, including drawing, sculpture, dramatic play, dance, movement, mathematics, poetry and writing.

6. The Role of the Parents:
It is a belief that the parents are partners in developing and sustaining a vital, caring community. Their participation supports the richness of the daily life of the school and their collaboration contributes to the creation of a unique program.

7. The Role of the Community: 
And it is a belief that extending learning outside of the walls of the school encourages the children to become more connected to their community and our community to become more connected to our children…i.e. Exploring diverse local environments, such as beaches, canyons, farms and gardens, as well as museums and cultural events and developing on-going relationships with naturalists, farmers, gardeners and many different types of artists and crafts-people.
With these Guiding Principles, how can Pacific Sage Preschool be anything but a place for growth, wonder and friendship in our community?
Director, Pacific Sage Preschool
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Family Religious Education
Needs Your Help This Summer

 In fact, we need your help for this coming Sunday.  As I’ve mentioned in previous View articles, I am so very excited to be leading our wonderful Religious Education program.  The RE program calendar is designed to run from fall through spring, but unlike most school systems, we do not take the summer off.  We are committed to continue a creative and robust family RE program throughout the summer. 

Last week, we kicked off Summer with The Doctors, an educational and engaging series built upon the likes of Dr. Seuss & Dr. Who.  Executing a thoughtful syllabus like this takes volunteer teachers and assistants – many of them.  You don’t need to be a teacher by profession to lead a class – you simply need to bring your enthusiasm & enjoy participating in the wonder of children having fun & learning. 

This is where you come in.  Summer can be a challenging time for fully staffing our family RE program because of vacation travel, visiting family & routines going out the window for the wonderful chaos that is summer.  We need enthusiastic volunteers to teach or simply provide an extra pair of hands this summer, including this coming Sunday.  You’ll get to help the kids make Ooblek (a non-Newtonian fluid that has properties of both liquids and solids – did I mention that the syllabus was educational & engaging?)  It will be amazing!  

Lesson plans are provided for you.  All you need to do is read the lesson ahead of time & lead the children through the lesson plan.  It couldn’t be easier!  Because of these typical summer conflicts, Melissa Garcia had a very large Dr. Seuss group last week – and she did an outstanding job and got rave reviews from the kids.  Thanks Melissa!

Please contact me immediately if you can help –  310-503-2085 or  We need your help now for this Sunday - at the moment there is no one to work with our older students - but also have many opening for later in the summer. 

Finally, we are making plans for at least two field trips this summer.  I hope to have places and dates firmed up next week.  I will be asking for parent drivers and chaperones.

With love and wonder, 
PUC Director of Religious Education


Wednesday, June 17, 2015 08:10PM
A fire burned about 100 acres and forced the evacuations of several campgrounds in the San Bernardino Mountains Wednesday, officials said.

The Lake Fire, which is burning in timber east of Camp de Benneville Pines, south of Jenks Lake Road, began around 4 p.m.

Eleven fire engines, five air tankers, two crews, two water tenders, one dozer, one air attack plane and five helicopters were deployed at the fire's peak.

One person has been evacuated from Camp Ta Ta Pochon, which is owned by the YMCA of the West San Gabriel Valley. A total of 177 people from Camp de Benneville Pines, Alpine Meadows, Camp Edwards and Camp Tulakes have also been evacuated.

Children from the camps were bused to Citrus Valley High School in Redlands and the County Office of Emergency Services (OES) has sent representatives to meet with parents. The American Red Cross has also opened a shelter for evacuees at the high school.

No injuries have been reported. As of 8:30 p.m., the fire was 15 percent contained.

Jenks Lake Road remains closed, but Highway 38 is open. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Andy Kissner, PUC member and member of the Camp de Benneville board, received an email from Camp Director Janet James at about midnight last night.  As of that time:

  • No buildings damaged
  • 12 staff, including Janet James, are still at the camp
  • The fire was heading east, away from the camp

Janet asks that please, do not call or email the camp in the near term.  As you can imagine they are swamped.  Donations will be needed.  For more information about donating to Camp de Benneville click here.  Currently that page talks about donating to their regular annual drive, but the information will work for donating toward fire recovery.

General Assembly

Be There Virtually

General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association and it is happening June 24-28 in Portland, OR.  Maybe you cannot get there, but you can attend Virtual General Assembly!

Live-streaming GA video will start on Wednesday with the Opening Celebration. The Ware Lecture (which is the event keynote) is being delivered this year by Dr. Cornel West.

Cornel West is a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual. He is best known for his classic Race Matters and appears frequently on television on subjects ranging from racial justice and queer rights to climate justice. He has recently been deeply involved in the Black Lives Matter protests and was among those arrested in Ferguson in 2015. Cornel West has a passion to communicate in writings and orations, through music and film, and in solidarity with groups and faith communities  committed to justice in order to keep alive the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.—a legacy of telling the truth and bearing witness to love and justice. Connect with the national and international movement by streaming or watching archived sessions of General Assembly. See to see which events you can watch. 

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


Women's Reading and Responding
Book Club 

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

Please join us to discuss and to chat.

NEW TITLE  July: Cokie Robert's Capital Dames 
August: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah
September: Laurie King's To 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 18, 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 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
June 28

Borrowing Hope

Sometimes there is no hope inherent in what life has dealt us. To keep going, we need to borrow hope from someplace else. 

Robin Arehart,
PUC Membrer
In July Our Theme
Will Be

Tree of Life
The Tree of Life in Palace of Shaki Khans, Azerbaijan,17th-century
Memorial and Celebration of Life for Pat Lyon

THIS Saturday, June 20
2:00 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:
Melissa & Greg Garcia

Elizabeth Drake &
Brittany Manning

Top Chef:
Margo Meikle

Office Volunteer:


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.

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   90005-1588

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

UU Community Church of Santa Monica 
(310) 829-5436
1260 18th Street
Santa Monica, CA   90404-1296


Communion Circle
By Mark L. Belletini

The earth.

One planet.

Round, global,

so that when you trace its shape

with your finger,

you end up where you started. It's one. It's whole.

All the dotted lines we draw on our maps

of this globe are just that, dotted lines.

They smear easily.

Oceans can be crossed.

Even the desert can be crossed.

The grain that grows on one side of the border

tastes just as good as the grain on the other side.

Moreover, bread made from rice is just as nourishing

to body and spirit as bread made from corn,

or spelt or teff or wheat or barley.

There is no superior land, no chosen site,

no divine destiny falling on any one nation

who draws those dotted lines just so.

There is only one earth we all share,

we, the living, with all else that lives

and does not live.


everything,  for good or ill,

is part of the shared whole:

sky, earth, song, words and now, this silence.


Source: "Sonata for Voice and Silence"


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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