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October 1, 2015
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A Church Year Begins

Great Spirit of Life,

As a new year begins, we turn inward to reflect about the state of our lives:

What lessons have we learned in the past year and which new ones now call us forward?

To whom do we still owe an apology or expression of thanks?

And with whom must we draw fresh boundaries?

As we pause from our regular rhythms of rush-rush-rush, we open ourselves to new perspectives and possibilities. We give thanks for these moments and for the wisdom they afford us. May they help bring us together in the sacred dynamics of life so that we—as individuals and as members of this community--mightmreach our full potential.

As we step across this threshold, let this new year be a year of greater awe and gratitude,

Of deeper kindness and acceptance,

And more courageous acts of conviction.

For a kinder, more equitable and sustainable world is not only possible, she is on her way. And in the quietness of this sacred community, we can ever hear her breathing.


~Kate Lore,
Minister of Social Justice
First Unitarian Church of Portland


News of increasing poverty and homelessness has dominated much of our recent media.  According to the LA Times, homelessness  "jumped 12% in the last two years in both the city and county of Los Angeles.  The number of tents, makeshift encampments and vehicles occupied by homeless people soared 85%, to 9,535, according to biennial figures from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.  Countywide, more than 44,000 homeless people were tallied in January, up from more than 39,000 in 2013...  Experts blame soaring rents, low wages and stubbornly high unemployment."  As we heard last Sunday, poverty and homelessness are not about inadequate resources, but about distribution and, ultimately, about power.

During his recent, historic visit to the United States, Pope Francis declined lunch with the power brokers in Congress and instead, opted to share lunch with the homeless.  According to Msgr. John J. Enzler, the chief executive of Catholic Charities in Washington, “The pope is saying with this visit, you need to get involved with the poor… You can’t just go to church and say, I’ve done my duty. He says, ‘Go to the edges, go to the peripheries,’ He’s saying to all people, ‘Get out in the streets, get dirty, and be a church on the street.’ ”  That is a tradition and philosophy embraced by Unitarian Universalists the world over.  PUC is working to be just such a “church in the street."

Three Cheers for the Peanut Gallery!
Hip, Hip, Hooray!  In September, PUC collected more than 140 pounds of peanut butter to help feed the clients of Harbor Interfaith Services in San Pedro and to highlight our work with HIS.  PUC has long partnered with Harbor Interfaith, which, in 2014, assisted over 31,000 homeless and working poor people in the San Pedro area by providing the comprehensive services they need to lift themselves out of poverty and onto the road of self-sufficiency.  We are always collecting nonperishable food and toiletries — Look for our brightly painted box in the courtyard! 

Service is a Warm Blanket
Last Sunday, Kim Gosney shared with us the symbolic importance of the blanket and quilt in many societies.  Today, a warm blanket can make a world of difference to one person on a cold night.  PUC will be collecting new and clean, gently used blankets throughout the month of October for distribution to the homeless of the San Pedro area.

More to Come
PUC’s Season of Service will continue to highlight volunteer opportunities throughout the remainder of the year.  Join the Social Justice Committee when we meet at PUC on Wednesday, October 7th from 6:30 to 8 pm to fulfill our Season of Service and to begin to plan for future social justice actions.

The Social Justice Committee will meet on
Wednesday, October 7 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m
Join us if you want to help organize our Season of Service and
begin to brainstorm an agenda for the coming year!

This Week's Sermon
The Passion of Elizabeth Palmer Peabody
The Peabody sisters were remarkable figures in early nineteenth century Boston culture. None more important than Elizabeth. Today James will reflect on aspects of the American origins of Unitarian Universalism.

Reverend James Ishmael Ford,
Interim Minister

Next Week's Sermon
Secrets of a Unitarian Universalist Buddhist

Unitarians and Universalists and since 1961 Unitarian Universalists have all engaged Buddhism. Today James will try to assess where it has been, where it is, and where it looks to be going. 

Reverend James Ishmael Ford,
Interim Minister
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 recovering 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. You may know that her husband Will Nussbaum has been of fragile health for over half a year and that her son Paul has been a quadriplegic since 1987. Recently her son, Scott, contracted a virus and has been hospitalized for a month. Doctors have recently discovered more, potentially serious complications. No visits for the Nussbaum family, but cards are appreciated.

Those at home who would enjoy cards and visits:
Craig Block and Pat Shull.

Gerry Howie was recently diagnosed with lung cancer.  Cards are welcome.

Member Shuja Oberoi is home healing after being assaulted at his store.  The family would treasure and appreciate cards of well-wishes.

For those non-members who might like to send a card to any of our people, you may give your cards to the office and we will route them accordingly.

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!

Bill Karg 

Welcoming Trustee
Trish Botsko

Welcome Table
Greg Garcia

Carlos Angeles
Brad Shreve

Top Chefs

Andy Kissner/Margo Meikle

This Sunday, Oct. 4, we start a new program called “Solve It Sunday”. This program was the result of an RE Committee meeting during which members wanted to come up with thoughtful programming for Sundays we let our teachers enjoy the service with their families. This Sunday has been planned and will be led by Michele Bethune, and will provide challenging discussion as well as a lot of information (including a video) on UNICEF. Kids, you won't want to miss it!

Many thanks to our wonderful classroom teachers, who have gotten the year off to a great start. If you see them, be sure to thank Cindy Paieda, Linda Shehain, Carlos Angeles, Alana Garrigues, Robin Arehart, Kimberly Storr, Rachel Brunke, Maurice Chavalier, Gregory Garcia, and Victor Paieda. They are all dedicated to teaching and ready to have fun with our kids.

This Sunday, children of all ages are invited to Room 1 between noon and 1 PM to make crafts and arts for a sale with proceeds to benefit Tobermann Center, as well as some of our own members who have limited ability to come to church. This special class will be manned by our childcare providers, Zoe Zupon and Sianna Bethune, and myself. Any adults who want to help are welcomed. Please remember to sign your children back in after lunch. We want to be sure that we avoid a situation where you think we have your child, and we think you have your child, resulting in certain anxiety for all.

Remember to talk to James or me soon if you are interested in having your child dedicated. In fact, an email is in order, because if you talk to me on a Sunday and I don't write it down right away, it is not at all sure I will remember. James would probably appreciate the thoughtfulness also. His email is and I am

Love and Wonder,
Vicki, DRE

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.


Pacific Sage Preschool is Open for Business!

At 9:00 a.m. this morning, October 1st, Pacific Sage Preschool officially opened its doors for business as Chloe, Benjamin, Joya and Henry - the first wave of brand new students – were signed in and placed their belongings in their very own cubbies. 

 My how time flies.  Just a little more than 14 months ago, the Board of Trustees commissioned a team to investigate the feasibility of starting our own PUC preschool to replace the former tenant preschool that closed in 2013 with the retirement of its director.  Godfrey Pernell hosted a lunchtime meeting near LAX at the Proud Bird and the rest, as they say, is history.  

 The team’s next seven months were filled with research - demographics, benchmarking, education philosophy, touring neighboring preschools and developing an Internet presence.  With relevant data in hand as well as a generous gift from Lenore Snodey, in February the Board approved the startup of a PUC preschool for the fall of 2015.  

 The next 227 days to follow would require significant effort and coordination to make required capital upgrades and modifications to the physical plant, develop policies, generate forms, pass inspections and successfully complete a daunting State of California licensing process.   Maximizing synergy with our previously awarded Spirit Level Grant, the South portion of our facility was transformed into a Reggio-inspired preschool campus that provides a more spiritual surrounding for the congregation and upgraded classrooms for our RE program while increasing curb appeal. 

 In the next few months, we will increase marketing, expect enrollment to continue to climb, we’ll hire more teachers, and actively seek out opportunities for PSP to benefit family RE and vice versa. 

 In the meantime, School is in Session!


UUSC: 75 Years Advancing Justice

UU Service Committee's grand tradition is returning for its 41st year. It's Guest at Your Table.....the annual intergenerational human rights education and fundraising program that supports the work of UUSC and our grassroots partners around the world.
 PUC will have a kickoff in November to do our part in advancing awareness of Human Rights.  Watch for more information coming each week in The View.
Sandy McNeil


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, Poet 

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
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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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