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September 14, 2017
Sunday Service 10:30 a.m.
Child care is available starting at 10:00 a.m.
Join us for our delicious brunch after the service.
We welcome guests!
Hurricane Irma—the most powerful Atlantic hurricane ever recorded—barreled across Florida after devastating parts of the Caribbean, leaving significant damage similar to what Hurricane Harvey inflicted. We know that long after the initial clean-up, real recovery can take months or years. The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) stands with its congregations which have been impacted by natural disasters such as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

The UUA has established a Hurricane Irma Recovery Fund to assist congregations in repairing any damage, and to respond to the needs of their members' and their community's efforts to get back on its feet.

UUA staff is working closely with leaders in the Association's Southern Region, to ascertain where the need is greatest and distribute funds efficiently.
To donate to the Hurricane Irma Recovery Fund, please click here.
You may also direct checks to UUA Gift Processing, 24 Farnsworth St Fl 3, Boston, MA 02210; please make your check payable to the UUA with "Irma Recovery Fund" on the memo line. Follow along on UUA social media to stay up to date as the situation develops.
We are heartened by the generous response we have already received for Hurricane Harvey Recovery. Contributions to the Harvey Recovery Fund can still be made at


Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 7pm in Henriksen Hall

Do you love to hear Terri Masters sing?
How about a duet with Caitlin about love triangles?
Have you heard Robin Paterson play a beautiful piece on the grand piano?
How about the dulcet tones of our own master tenor Abraham Cervantes?
Severin on the 88?
Gary on the 6-string?
The master voice of Dee as the master of ceremonies? (Masters - get it?)

Well, have I got a deal for you...

The LOVE NOTES concert will be here on Saturday, September 30th at 7pm.

A huge thanks to all of you who bid on this at the last auction.  You are all set.
If you did not get a chance to bid on this at the auction, additional tickets ($20) are available in the PUC Office, or see Teri Masters.
Sunday Hospitality

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

Welcome Table
Melissa Garcia

Ray Waters

Greg Garcia,
Melissa Tyrell

 Top Chef
Naresh Deo

Long time member and exuberant personality Don Dawson died Friday, September 8 comfortably at home with his daughter by his side.  Cards can be sent to Cameron Wolfe at Don’s address (in the directory).  Arrangements for a gathering to celebrate his life will be announced soon.

To have your joy or concern appear here, send it to 
or call the PUC office.  For information on how to do so,
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 end of The View.


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Want to Learn More About Our Church?

Register to attend two information sessions, New UU 1 and New UU 2, on two Sundays, October 1 and 8, at 12:30 pm in the Voyagers’ Room.  The minister and Connections/Membership leaders will meet with you to get to know you better, to inform you of our UU history and how you might become a member of our congregation.  The sessions are different, so attendance at both is best.  You can sign up at the Welcome Table on the patio or email Judi Carter at  We hope to see you there.

We Need Your Photo

If you haven't had your photo taken for our directory, please see
the office volunteer as soon as possible.


News from Debenneville Pines

All summer long we have quietly been raising money to add a new water tank at Camp de Benneville Pines. Now we need your help to keep the water flowing. Contribute today and your dollars will be matched.

Why do we need a new tank? Our 55 year-old tank is just not cutting it in 2017. It’s not big enough. It’s not up to earthquake standards. And it’s not even accessible for firefighting, which has proven a problem.

This summer there have been three fires on our mountain: one up in Big Bear and two down the hill. While they were contained without the need for evacuation, they serve as an important reminder that we need to be fully prepared to fight a fire at Camp if and when the time comes.

More than 160 donors from 20 UU congregations, have already stepped up to help secure our water storage future and we are pretty close to our goal. But we need your help to finish the job! 

And right now, generous donors from First UU Church of San Diego are matching every donation you make.
Please contribute online today. It's easy and secure. You can use your credit card or donate straight from your bank account.
And every penny you contribute will be matched!
Thanks so much for your help in continuing to improve the camp you love.
From the mountaintop!
Janet James, Executive Director

Environmental Priorities Network's Fall Forum
Saturday, November 4
9:00 am to 1:30 pm
St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church
Rolling Hills Estates

Environmental Priorities Network’s (EPN) Fall Forum is titled Our Solar Powered Future is Here and  How You Can Take Part. The media is filled with human-interest footage of the storm named Harvey. Naomi Klein in her Intercept article posted Monday, says she has a message for the media, “Talk About Climate Change . . . The records being broken year after year — whether for drought, storm surges, wildfires, or just heat — are happening because the planet is markedly warmer than it has been since record-keeping began.” Climate scientist Dr. Jim Hansen on the Democracy Now show today says, “The question people are asking is what is the impact of humans on this hurricane?  And there are substantial impacts on sea level, the amount of water vapor in the atmosphere therefore the amount of rainfall and on the strength of storms.  Humans are already impacting all of those . .. .”

The upcoming EPN forum is the appropriate conversation.  The Forum will be held on Saturday, November 4 at St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church, Rolling Hills Estates 9:00 am to 1:30 pm.  Please save the date. 

Camp de Benneville Pines for a Gaming Retreat
October 20 to 22

Come play tabletop board, card, and role-playing games with us at camp! Games such as Apples to Apples, Dungeons and Dragons, Magic The Gathering, Settlers of Catan and many more! Sign up to run games or just bring some games to share and play in the Lodge. Registration includes meals and lodging for the weekend.

For more info:

Volunteer Fair
Sunday, September 17
After Church

Find out what the various committees and groups do. While you are learning, see if you would like to jump in and join the effort, and the fun. It’s the best way to connect with our church community. 

If you are part of a group that hasn’t been contacted, please reach out to Tara Unvezagt and she’ll be sure you get a space on the patio.

Join in! The more you give the more you get.

 Intercultural Transformation Workshop

When: Saturday, September 30, 2017 | 9-4
Where: Pacific Unitarian Universalist Church, 5621 Montemalaga Dr, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
Cost: $20 per person (scholarship available upon request to, includes continental breakfast and lunch
For More Info: Contact Vivien Hao (
Our world is becoming more multicultural, yet according to The Pew Research Center, 78% of Unitarian Universalists still identify as White or Euro-American and 53% are considered upper middle class. How can we move toward a more inclusive and diverse Beloved Community more reflective of the community we find ourselves in? How can we cross cultural barriers without creating World War III or be left feeling guilt and shame? How can we frame this sacred work theologically grounded in our Principles and rich faith tradition?
Join The Rev. Dr. Jonipher Kupono Kwong and The Rev. Tera Klein in exploring culture defined broadly by increasing both our intercultural competency and humility. Learn some tools and exercises to communicate across culture and handle conflict cross-culturally when (not if) it arises.
Registration Link
Playing in the Sage
“Mathematics expresses values that reflect the cosmos, including orderliness, balance, harmony, logic, and abstract beauty.”
---Deepak Chopra

“Early Learning” is nothing new.
It was there with the children living in caves, or following their clans or tribes across deserts and plains…no flash cards…no worksheets, just rocks, shells, and sticks.
Children free to manipulate the natural materials in their environment begin on their own to explore and understand complex concepts. They seem to innately want to represent those values of order, balance, harmony and logic. The big friends talk with the little friends about their ideas to learn about their thinking.
As I thumb through catalogs of “early learning” materials, I wonder (and worry) where are the sticks and stones?
Pacific Sage Preschool

AIDS Walk participation has been a long tradition at PUC, and the date is coming soon. This Sunday we’ll have laptops on the patio for you to give quick and easy donations to your credit card. We’ll gladly accept cash donations too.
This Sunday we’ll have laptops on the patio again, for you to give quick and easy donations to your credit card. We’ll gladly accept cash donations too.
Look for us on the patio, where the picnic benches are, both before and after service.
If you’d like to join us on the walk, we’ll be very happy to help set you up for that too.

Thank you in advance for your participation.
Religious Education
Sunday Classes

September 17th RE classes begin
September 24th RE classes
October 1st Animal Blessing and RE classes

Seniors POW WOW
Third Thursday of each month
Next:  September  21
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 am
PUC Library

This on-going support group offers fellowship and friendship in hope that our meeting will develop close and helpful bonds among us. Come, participate, and get to know other seniors.

Reading and Responding Book Club
Third Monday of Each Month
11:00 a.m.
PUC Library

The book for September is Zookeepers Wife by Diane Ackerman.  

Rev. Steve

7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
PUC Library
Learn meditation and the purpose of meditation in the Buddhist wisdom tradition. Developing our love and compassion for all beings, we can find joy and meaning in life. Give yourself the gift of presence!

Newcomers welcome anytime, no experience required. Just bring an open mind and a kind heart - we can even help you find those! While meditation instruction is free, donations ($10-$20) to support our activity are gratefully accepted.  

Dan Dempster has been authorized by Khenpo Migmar Tseten (Buddhist chaplain at Harvard University and Director of the Sakya Institute for Buddhist Study, Cambridge) and is a certified meditation instructor.
PUC Member Directory
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.
PUC's calendar of events can be found here.
The PUC Board of Trustees

                    Mike Buttitta -President 
               Tara Unverzagt -Vice President
                    Naresh Deo -Treasurer
                    Ben Cowan -Secretary
                Asst. Secretary - Jennifer Hocutt

      Dee Masters 
    Judi Carter 
       Dan Dempster 
   Gary Hart

Contact Your Trustees
This email is forwarded to the trustees, Lead Minister, Director of Religious Education, and Pacific Sage Preschool Director.
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Mike Buttitta, President
Naresh Deo, Treasurer
Phone numbers and individual email addresses for all other Trustees can be found in the Member Directory.

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5621 Montemalaga Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275


Office Hours

Sunday  10:00 am to 1:00 pm; closed during service
Monday  1:00 am to 3:00 am
Tuesday 11:00 am to 1:00 am
Wednesday  11:00 am to 1:00 am
Thursday   9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Friday Closed
Saturday Closed

All hours approximate.

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Office: (310) 378-9449    Fax: (310) 378-1508 

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