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“We need the tonic of wildness...At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.” 

Henry David Thoreau
Walden: Or, Life in the Woods

Camp de Benneville Pines
Who's That?
To contact people named in The View please see the PUC Directory which is available in the Members' Section of the PUC website.  If you need the password for the Members' Section, or if you do not have access to a computer, contact the PUC Office for help accessing it online.  The phone number and office hours are listed each week at the very bottom of The View.

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Pride Parade
The Long Beach Pride Parade is almost here and we have a great group of youth and adults who will be there to represent PUC, but we can always use more. There's still time if you'd like to walk with us this Sunday, May 17.  To join in the fun, please call or email Brad Shreve or Maurice Chevalier.
Walking for justice with pride.

We Remember

PUC's Memorial Wall Dedications

The annual dedication ceremony of the tiles on the Memorial Wall will be after the service on Sunday, May 24th. The tiles being dedicated this year are:

Georgia Ferderber
Johanna S. Lytle 
Shirley Mokren 
Mariann Rock Mueck 
Lenore Yoder Snodey 

We are seeking some shade for the seating area this year. Anyone with a portable pop-up shade canopy, please contact Jennifer Hocutt at  (area code three, one, zero) 480-7280.

PUC's Pacific Sage Preschool Work Party 9am-3pm
  • GREAT way for new folks to come and meet some other PUCers.
  • GREAT way for our youth, age 12 and above,  to practice being of service (along with the rest of us).
  • GREAT way to support Pacific Sage Preschool which will be promulgating UU friendly principals to over 40 families.
  • GREAT way to support Pacific Sage Preschool, a very important income generator for our PUC mission.

PUC’s new Pacific Sage Preschool has an important upcoming licensing inspection and Open House - important because we are looking to fill our preschool with new students.  We are looking for help this Saturday doing painting, painting prep and assorted light carpentry tasks, plumbing if you have the skills, and possibly a lot of furniture assembly if it arrives in time.

Child care may be available with enough notice - so let us know if you have the need.  To arrange contact Sylvia Lawrence, Director of our Pacific Sage Preschool at  (424) 241-0308.

If you plan to come RSVP to John Einhorn at einchild1(at)

Memories Made Here

Camp de Benneville Weekend in 4 Weeks
Friday, Saturday & Sunday
June 5, 6 & 7
20 slots remain and
they are filling up fast.

Come and join Pacific Unitarian Church and the UU Church of Anaheim for our annual Camp de Benneville Pines weekend - a wonderful time for singles, couples, and families, for old hands as well as those new to PUC.  Learn more about Camp de Benneville Pines here
  • Adult $130
  • Teen $100
  • Children ages 2 to 12 $80
  • Age 2 and under are FREE 

See Andy Kissner on the patio Sunday morning, or at or 213-595-2093.

If you've reserved your spot the time to pay is NOW.  See Andy on the patio or drop a check in the de Benneville mail box in the PUC office.

The Human Right to Water

Detroit Is the New Selma

Water is a human right, yet today thousands of families in Detroit, MI have no water in their homes.  The mass water shutoffs the Detroit Water and Sewerage Dept. began last year are back, and low-income communities, including mothers and children, veterans, and people living with disabilities are again facing risks to their health and family stability. Imagine facing the pressure of choosing between paying a water bill that is twice the national average and meeting other basic needs. This doesn't end with Detroit. Baltimore, MD recently sent 23,000 water shutoff notices to low-income residents.

To learn more about this issue from the UUA look here.  Please sign the UUSC/UUA petition to call on President Obama to stand up for families in Detroit and defend the human right to water here.

Family Religious Education

May 17  

  • Intergenerational Service- Flower Communion 
  • Long Beach Gay Pride Parade  

Childcare available for those young folks who do not enjoy the service, but the service is designed with those three and older in mind.  If in doubt, feel free to try.  You can leave to sign in for childcare and be back to the service in a flash, if necessary.

Coming of Age participants will be at the Pride Parade with an amazing float to demonstrate their commitment to justice!  If you would like to walk with them, or if you need one of the seats in the truck cab, let Brad Shreve, Maurice Chevalier, or myself know.

May 24  Memorial Day Weekend  

No Religious Education this week.  Child care is available.

May 31  RE Sundae Sunday

Our RE classes will have short presentations to the congregation.  Please attend with children if possible.  After the service, there will be the makings for your perfect ice cream sundae.

June 7  

  • Church Retreat at de Benneville Pines
  • Youth Choir at de Benneville

For questions about PUC's Family Religious Education program contact Vicki Gavel,
Director of Religious Education at



Morehouse Farewell
Saturday, June 13
6:00 p.m.
Henriksen Hall

We will gather to celebrate the time we have been given with Reverend John and Frances Morehouse as they embark upon the next part of their journey.  Please mark your calendars for this cocktail dress soiree. RSVPs will be appreciate once you receive your formal invitations.

We Gather Together

Women's Reading and Responding
Book Club 

Third Mondays
NEXT: May 18
11:00 a.m.
PUC Library

Please join us to discuss and to chat:
May: Brenda Remmes's The Quaker Cafe
June: Peter Heller's The Painter
July: Cokie Robert's Founding Mothers
August: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah 

Questions? Contact Robin Arehart

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


May 14, 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!

May 17

"Flower Communion" 

Krista Weber,
Intern Minister

May 24

"The Memory of Trees" 

Rev. John draws a connection between a life well lived and the interdependent web
of all life.  

Our Memorial Tile Dedication will immediately follow the worship service. 

Rev. John Morehouse,
Lead Minister
Next Month Our Theme Will Be
The Tree of Life in Palace of Shaki Khans, Azerbaijan,17th-century

A major Joy this past Sunday was hearing ten of our UU teens voice their personal credos from the pulpit, and then watching them each sign the PUC Membership Book. What a remarkable group of young people they are! 

Marie Hoffman is recuperating, restricted to her home for awhile.

Lou Sutherland is at Torrance Memorial Hospital. No visits, please, but cards and caring thoughts are always welcome.


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!

Jean Tordella 

Welcome Table:
Betty Hanner

Elizabeth Drake &
Brittany Manning

Top Chef:
Andy Kissner

Office Volunteer:

Lora Childers

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:

The calendar is 
wide open!


Both Town Hall and Congregational Meetings are held in Henriksen Hall about half an hour after the end of the Sunday morning worship service.  Members are encouraged to attend.  Friends of the congregation as well as visitors are welcome to attend.

Sunday, October 5, 2014 
Town Hall Meeting
Improving our Covenantal Democratic Process at PUC

Sunday, November 9, 2014
Town Hall Meeting

Making PUC Work for You - PUC’s Organizational Structure and Governance  

Sunday, December 7, 2014
Congregational Meeting
Report to the membership of where we stand financially

Sunday, January 4, 2015
Town Hall Meeting:
PUC's Purpose and Vision

Sunday, February 1, 2015
Town Hall Meeting:
Member Roles, Rights and Responsibilities

Sunday, April 12, 2015
Town Hall Meeting
Pacific Sage Preschool and Spring Canvass Updates

Sunday, May 3, 2015
Town Hall Meeting:
Annual Congregational Meeting preview and discussion

Sunday, June 14, 2015 
Annual Congregational Meeting & Elections


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

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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