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Come Camp With Us!

I am looking at the PUC calendar. It is laden. Laden with good-bye gatherings, memorial services, meetings, meetings, meetings, and more meetings. Lots of moving parts, many needs. The PUC calendar demonstrates our complex web of interconnection - it tells a story of our community through which we live, move and have our being.
We are saying an unusual amount of good-byes at present. And some significant hellos. And much re-shuffling. And then, there is camp.
One may feel too busy for camp. Like it is a luxury or that it asks too much of us to coordinate getting there. It may not register with us that the invitation to breathe is ever-present at camp.

I have worked in the camping ministry at various stages of my life. I began while still in college as a volunteer camp counselor for high school students. In seminary, I served as chief of staff for a summer. I served on the board of trustees for a camping ministry for over 10 years and most recently was the development director of a marine science camp off of Catalina Island. I guess camping won me over as a powerful way to fold a cadence and rhythm of peace and growth into our lives. Camping offers liminal space and time to connect with nature, self and others. I always recall one camper that left a review of her experience and said something to the effect that... When I am at camp I am totally at ease because of the constant fun, activities, and the emphasis on self-discovery. I feel totally comfortable. We urban dwellers often do not feel that comfort. I invite you to come into the peace of wild things...
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives
with forethought of grief.
I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light.
For a time I rest in the grace
of the world,and am free.
A selection from
The Peace of Wild Things,
by Wendell Berry

Our annual Camp de Benneville Pines weekend is  FridaySaturday, and Sunday June 5, 6 & 7 - Sign up on the patio with Andy Kissner!
Kim Gosney,
Director of Congregational Advancement
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Hearts of the Harbor
BIG Success

On the evening of Saturday, May 9, PUC’s annual auction themed Hearts of the Harbor was held. Over 80 people enjoyed one another’s company among floating jellyfish and sea-themed, candle lit tables.  Delicious appetizers, dinner, and dessert were served by PUC’s Food Ministry. Barbara Paulsen was honored for all she has contributed to PUC’s many auctions over the years.  Attendees bid on fun get-togethers and events during the silent auction, won raffle prizes, and out-bid each other during the live auction. Thanks to the generous donations and the generous bids of so many members, the event raised over $12,000 for PUC, a portion of which will be shared with faith partner Harbor Interfaith Services.

Thank you to the following volunteers for sharing their time and talent the evening of the event:

Greeter/Check-In: Val Richards
Raffle and Auction Assistants: Chris Bechtol, Lacey Gallagher, Linda Jenson, Tracy Lewis, Jill Mueck, Deb Ripley, Brad Shreve, Janet Steinberg
Live Auctioneers: Gary Hart, Andy Kissner
Wine and Beer Donations: Danielle Weinstock
Bartending: Eric Hayes, John Hocutt, Jill Mueck, Deb Ripley, Danielle Weinstock
Food Ministry Top Chefs: Naresh Deo, Andy Kissner and Margo Meikle led by Debbie Robinson
Photography: Vicki Gavel
Music and Lighting: John Hocutt
Audio Visual: Maurice Chevalier
Transportation Coordinator: Brad Shreve

Thank you to the following volunteers for the planning and oversight of the event:

Auction Committee: Kim Gosney, Jennifer Hocutt, Janet Kissner, and Missy Rogers

Bid Sheets and Check-Out: Kevin and London Gallagher

A special thank you to Kim Gosney for her creative and innovative ideas, leadership, and caring spirit with which she led the committee.

And a very special thank you to all those who generously donated fun events, services, and items to the auction and to all those who so generously bid

Memories Made Here

Camp de Benneville Weekend in 2 Weeks
Friday, Saturday & Sunday
June 5, 6 & 7
Camp de Benneville sign

This Sunday is the final day for registration. Payments are due NOW to ensure adequate room assignments.  
We also need volunteers to host activities at camp.  Examples of previous activities include wine tasting, a kids’ hike, building fairy houses, viewing a movie in the coffee house and enjoying a facilitated discussion afterward, a chocolate tasting, jewelry making, and much more.  What's your idea? Contact Andy Kissner as soon as possible to volunteer.   

Questions?  Interested in facilitating an activity?  See Andy Kissner on the patio Sunday morning, or at or 213-595-2093.

This is Andy Kissner’s final year as our de Benneville camp dean.  PUC needs someone, or a pair of someones, to carry on the tradition.  Please talk with Andy about what is involved.  Our trip to de Benneville would be a great time to learn the ropes.
Family Religious Education

Time to Sign Up for Summer FRE

Our Summer program, Summer with The Doctors will begin on June 14.  Take a minute as you read this to send an email and sign up.

  • Students who will be in Kindergarten through 6th grade next fall are invited to register for Summer with Doctor Seuss.  
  • Students who will be attending 7th through 12th grade are invited to register for Summer with Doctor Who
  • Childcare will be provided for younger children, and will offer planned activities for those old enough to participate.  

Register by emailing Director of Religious Education Vicki Gavel at with each child's name, birthdate, grade next year, and 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, and all contact information: address(es), phones, and emails.  

We are looking for special people (that’s you!) to sign up for co-teaching summer RE.  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 also. 

May 31  FRE Sundae Sunday

Our FRE 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


You Are Invited

Morehouse Farewell
Saturday, June 13

6:00 p.m.
Henriksen Hall

If you haven't received your invitation, please consider this to be it.  If you haven't sent your RSVP yet please do so here.

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. ​



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.
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 28, 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

May 31

Sundae Sunday: The Rich Flavors of Learning

Join DRE, Vicki Gavel and Rev. John as we celebrate our year as a teaching congregation. There will be presentations from our kids on what they learned this year, we will honor our teachers, Rev. John will preach and after the service ice cream Sundaes, naturally.

Rev. John T. Morehouse,
Lead Minister


June 6

Living with Compassion 

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

Frank Paulsen Memorial and Celebration of Life

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

It is with deep sadness that we report the death of Frank Paulsen, who passed last Saturday. Please join Barbara  and her family at PUC for a memorial service to celebrate Frank’s life. Luncheon will follow. 


Marian Mueck Memorial and Celebration of Life

THIS Saturday, May 30
10:00 a.m.
Henricksen 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!

Jean Tordella 

Welcome Table:
Lora Childers

Linnea Eades
Carrie Pobre

Top Chef:
Debi R.

Office Volunteer:

Brad Shreve

This Sunday's Flowers 

are brought to you by 

Jill Mueck

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


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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