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October 8, 2015
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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!

This Is What You Shall Do

This is what you shall do;
Love the earth and sun and the animals,
despise riches,
give alms to every one that asks,
stand up for the stupid and crazy,
devote your income and labor to others,
hate tyrants,
argue not concerning God,
have patience and indulgence toward the people,
take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men,
go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families,
read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life,
re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book,
dismiss whatever insults your own soul,
and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.

Walt Whitman, from the preface of Leaves of Grass

This Week's Sermon
Secrets of a Unitarian Universalist Buddhist

It looks like more and more Unitarian Universalists consider Buddhism a significant part of their spirituality. Today James will explore what it means to him to be a Unitarian Universalist Buddhist. 

Reverend James Ishmael Ford,
Interim Minister

Next Week's Sermon
Child Dedication Sunday
Sunday the 18th is Child Dedication Sunday. In our tradition infants and younger children may be dedicated within the embrace of a Sunday service. It is a simple and dignified service. The heart of it is an exchange of words between the family and the congregation expressing how we live and share together in the raising of our families. If you want to participate, please let Vicki or Kim know as soon as possible. Roses are involved and we want to make sure
we have all we need!
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.  The phone number and office hours are listed each week at the very bottom of The View.

Beverly Fridley is asking for privacy at this time as she is recovering from a fall. Beverly is requesting no calls, no cards and no visits. She is making good progress as she recovers from a broken hip and neck. She would like, as she states,
“loving thoughts through the air waves.”

Gloria Nussbaum is dealing with numerous health concerns in her family. As you may know, her son Paul has been a quadriplegic since 1987. Her son Scott has been moved to City of Hope on Monday, October 5 and is in serious condition.
No visits for the Nussbaum family, but cards are deeply appreciated.

Brad Shreve has traveled back east due to the passing of his sister, Stephanie.  Kindly hold him and the family in your loving thoughts and prayers.

Craig Block, Pat Shull, Gerry Howie and Shuja Oberoi
would treasure and appreciate cards of well-wishes.

After weeks of recuperation, Shuja Oberoi is reopening his store! Join us for the joyful and much-anticipated reopening. Use this as a chance to show our support for Shuja, Ali, and the rest of their family as members of our community. Reopening is: Monday, October 12 at 10AM at Golden Lion Liquor Store - 2325 Palos Verdes Dr W, Palos Verdes Peninsula. 

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 do so, scroll down to the
end of The View.
If you have a pastoral concern, or know of someone in need, please contact our Minister of Congregational Life Kim Gosney at (310)504-4919 or email

Sunday Hospitality

It takes many hands to
make a Sunday.  Special thanks
to all of our volunteers!

Jean Tordella
Peggy Tigerman

Welcoming Trustee
Dee Masters

Welcome Table
Lee Ann Hart
Michele Bethune

Kevin Gallagher
Alana Garrigues

Top Chefs

Naresh Deo

Indigenous Peoples Day
Monday, October 12

The Unitarian Universalist faith calls us to fully understand the legacy of Christopher Columbus, just as it calls us to respect and learn from indigenous peoples and support their struggles for social justice and religious freedom. Join Unitarian Universalists across the United States in honoring Indigenous Peoples Day.

Indigenous Peoples Day reimagines Columbus Day and changes a celebration of colonialism into an opportunity to reveal historical truths about the genocide and oppression of indigenous peoples in the Americas, to organize against current injustices, and to celebrate indigenous resistance.

The idea of replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day was born in 1977, at a U.N.-sponsored conference in Geneva, Switzerland, on discrimination against indigenous populations in the Americas. Fourteen years later, activists in Berkeley, CA, convinced the Berkeley City Council to declare October 12 a "Day of Solidarity with Indigenous People." Henceforth, there has been a growing movement to appropriate "Columbus Day" as "Indigenous People's Day"; states such as South Dakota, Hawai’i, and Alabama have changed the holiday’s name and many more cities have taken similar action. Read more about the history of Berkeley’s Indigenous Peoples Day here.

Unitarian Universalist Association

PUC Game Night
THIS WEEKEND: Saturday, October 10
6:00 p.m.
Classroom 1


PUC's Game Night is a favorite for 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 and, if you like, snacks to share.  Children under 12 years old must bring their adult.  Classroom 1 is the one closest to the Library.

Besides the regular fun games that our friends bring we will set up a Spanish Speaking game table for you to practice your Spanish while having fun. We also encourage our Senior members to join the fun. Game Night is a great opportunity for intergenerational interaction. Hope to see you there!


PUC, the Social Justice Committee and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee offer us all many opportunities to be of service this fall and into the holiday season.


Service is a Warm Blanket

With temperatures predicted in the 90’s this weekend, the need for a warm blanket may seem remote.  But when the inevitable cold, and possibly rainy, weather does come, the homeless and working poor clients of Harbor Interfaith will be desperately in need of the warmth of that blanket.  PUC is collecting new and clean, gently used blankets and comforters throughout the month of October.  Look for our box on the patio.


Season of Giving

Many upcoming donation and volunteer activities will offer you and your family the opportunity to focus your holiday season on service and giving.  In November, PUC will be collecting food items to fill Thanksgiving baskets for the clients of Harbor Interfaith.  On Saturday, November 21, all will be welcome to volunteer to assemble food baskets at Harbor Interfaith in San Pedro.  Families with children are welcome!  This is a great opportunity to raise our kids’ awareness of the needs of the homeless and working poor in our own community.  More volunteers will be needed on Tuesday, November 24 to help distribute those food baskets at Harbor Interfaith. 

In December we will participate in Harbor Interfaith’s Adopt-a-Family program and support their Christmas Block Party and we will again assemble food boxes at One Voice in Santa Monica.   

Guest at Your Table

In partnership with the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), PUC again will participate in this valuable program to raise money for and awareness of the humanitarian needs of people throughout the world.   

Thanks to all for the peanut butter and the blankets we already have collected! 


RE has committed to providing Christmas gifts for Toberman Neighborhood Center in San Pedro.  This has been a tradition for RE.  The way we are raising funds to help others this year is by selling crafts and arts made by our RE kids.  We are making items for the sale from 12:00 p.m to 1:00 p.m. on Sundays.  Please bring your youngster back to RE after lunch so that they can participate.  We have lots of fun and creative possibilities for them, and they can use our projects or do their own unique thing.  Some of our items will take more than one session to create, so come on in and get to work.  We plan to continue our crafts class into November in order to help us buy gifts for people in our congregation who have a hard time getting to church due to differing abilities.  Sianna, Zoe, and I will be in Room 1 ready to help and supervise, so that you get extra time with friends on the patio.  Of course, you are welcomed to join us if you like crafts and art.

I have not had confirmation from anyone that they would like their child to be dedicated on Oct. 18.  This is a traditional Unitarian Universalist dedication, and basically allows the congregation to covenant to be a community for your child.  It is a lovely service and done in most UU churches every fall.  Please consider enjoying this with your child, birth to 10 or so.  It is a beginning point for their journey with us, and a nice photo opportunity, so they can always remember that there are folks here who will always care.  Email our minister, James ( or me ( and let us know of your interest, the name of your child or children, and their ages.  It is a short ceremony, and then the kids will be off to RE, so the chances are that even the reluctant will enjoy.

A special thanks to Michele Bethune who planned and led our first “Solve It Sunday” last week.  The kids learned about children in Nepal and how difficult it is for many of them to get an education.  They used their 7 UU Principles to decide that helping people less fortunate is what we are called to do.  If you agree and have signed, they will get a Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF box which they can collect money in as they go from house to house on Halloween.  (Don't worry, you can still get candy!)  Michele will be at the Welcome Table this Sunday.  If parents prefer, this box can be kept at home and family can through spare change in between now and Halloween.  Of course, you could do both.  

Love and Wonder,
Vicki Gavel
Director of Religious Education

Sign up your children up for our Youth Choir. It is a great way for children to give something to the church, and provides our community such joy and fun! 
See Severin on Sunday to learn more.

Religious Education Fall Calendar*  


Each Sunday in October there will be a special craft making class staffed by your DRE and Child Care Providers that will meet from noon until 1:00 p.m.  Children must be signed in. Parents and others welcomed to participate.

October 4: “Solve It Sunday” with Michele Bethune
October 11: RE Classes
October 18: Class with Vicki & Child Dedication
October 25: RE Classes

Our post-service craft sessions continue through mid November.

November 1: Multi­generational Service for Day of the Dead
November 8: RE Classes
November 15: Class with Vicki Gavel, DRE
November 22: RE Classes
November 29: Assembling gift baskets for PUC members who are unable to attend church.

December 6: “Solve It Sunday” led by Michele Bethune
December 13: RE Classes
December 20: Solstice Celebration with Vicki

*Adjustments are always a possibility.


Autumn Journey to Membership Sessions
Sunday October 4
Sunday November 8
12:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

Prospective members may attend either.  Following these classes we will host a
New Member Ceremony:  Sunday, November 15 at 10:30 a.m.
Sign up, and you will receive the packet to read and to fill out before the session. Get information at the Welcome Table or email Kim Gosney at  We so look forward to getting to know you better!

Sustainable Food Forum
October 24
9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
PUC Campus

The Environmental Priorities Network (EPN), a local South Bay volunteer organization, is presenting a public forum on how we can help create “good” food systems to replace our current industrial food system that is harmful to people and planet. The “Creating Healthy, Just and Sustainable Food Systems” public forum will take place on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at Pacific Unitarian Church. 

9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  
You are invited to enjoy light refreshments and drinks as you visit tables with information from local groups involved in creating these food systems.

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Speakers will discuss these two systems of food production, why we need to transition to better ones, and how we can be part of that transition. Jim Montgomery from, DW Ferrell from Slow Money Southern California and Localism, Inc. and Rishi Kumar from The Growing Club will be speaking.

12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Continue visiting tables, networking with others and enjoy a healthy, organic lunch for purchase from “Green Truck,” a local, sustainable business whose mission is Healing our Planet One Meal at a Time.

Cosponsors include the PUC Green Sanctuary Committee and the South Coast Interfaith Council. Admission is free, but contributions are welcome. For more information, contact Jim Montgomery at or at 818-257-0879.


For directions to the concert venues or for other additional information about the South Bay Chamber Music Society, please consult

 As is our custom, these South Bay Chamber Music Society concerts are presented entirely free of charge. The funds needed to bring you this series come from a combination of public and private sources and the generosity of our patrons.

 See you at the concerts!


Women Reading and Responding Book Club
Third Monday of Each Month
Next Up: October 19
11:00 a.m.

PUC Library

Looking forward to having you join us! Contact Robin Arehart if you have any questions.

If You're Lucky, Your Heart Will Break: Field Notes from a Zen Life
by James Ford, our new interim minister

Paris by Edward Rutherfurd, a novel about Hemingway

The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx


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 and increase your mental and physical flexibility while releasing stress and enhancing body awareness.  Poses and exercises build strength, relieve pain and stress, and improve balance.  Questions:

Suggested Donation: $15/class.  Taught by Debi Robinson.


This Sunday's Flowers 

Deep in their roots,
all flowers keep the light.

~Theodore Roethke 

Please sign up for your turn to bring Sunday's Flowers on the Flower Calendar inside the door of the PUC Office.

This Sunday's flowers will be provided by 
by Bill & Marty Knipps in honor of
Linda and Joy Knipps.

PUC's calendar of events can be found here.
The PUC Board of Trustees

                     John Einhorn – President 
                     Bruce Lewis – Vice President
                     Randy Ripley – Treasurer
                     Trish Botsko - Secretary

              Mike Buttitta
              Ben Cowan
              Dee Masters
             James Ford – ex officio


Ways to Contact Your Trustees
This email is forwarded to the trustees, Lead Minister, Director of Congregational Advancement, Director of Religious Education, and Pacific Sage Preschool Director.
This email is forwarded to the trustees & Lead Minister (ex-officio.)


Phone numbers and individual email addresses can be found in the Member Directory.

For Sunday morning announcements contact Kim Gosney

We are located at
5621 Montemalaga Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275


Office Hours

The office hours will shift as Gaby, our new administrator, continues her training.

In the near term the office will be open:

                Sunday            8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.                       

                Monday           Closed

                Tuesday           Phone messages are checked during the day.      
                Wednesday     10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

                Thursday        12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

                Friday              Phone messages are checked during the day.    

                Saturday          Closed


Hours for Reverend James Ford, Interim Minister
Appointments are always recommended.

               Tuesday         11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

               Wednesday    11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

               Thursday        11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


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