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August 24, 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!

What Hurts?

What hurts? This simple two-word sentence might be the most truly intimate question one can ask or be asked.  “What hurt’s” asked earnestly and with empathy shows “What’s up, …What’s really up!  Today we dig in to ask this ultimately un-rhetorical question. 

Reverend Steve Wilson

Kris Williamson
Lilli Damji
Jean Tordella
Virginia McCulloch-Ramos
Bettina Oster
Michelle Bethune
Ali Oberoi
Sunday Hospitality

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

Welcome Table
Amy Fields & Judy Shaffer


Top Chef
Margo Meikle, Goddess of the Kitchen

Jennifer Hocutt & William Koelsch

Dangerous Fall for Long Time PUC Member

Early this week, Jim Michaels fell and broke his left hip.  In the shock from the fall, he suffered a heart attack.  Thankfully, he survived the fall and recovering from having two stints put in.  As he stabilizes the doctors and family are strategizing about the plan moving forward, in particular whether he is a good candidate for hip surgery or not.  Jim is coherent and in only a manageable amount of pain.  Rev. Steve has been visiting him at the Little Company of Mary Hospital and says he remains the coherent and the reasonable sober man you have loved for years.

Jim and the family will be grateful for cards of concern to his home, and Reverend Steve and the church will keep you up to date, with news.  Jim Michaels 6525 Via Siena Rd. Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275.


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Calendar Night/All Church Gathering
NEXT WEEK Wednesday, August 30
7:00 pm

Child care is available

We will be holding both our first choir practice of the year, (at 7:00 pm) and at the same gather to plan the dates and activities that will largely fill out our church year.  You know that time in the wedding when they say, speak now of forever hold your peace.  This is a little like that. If you got a regular thing you want to ensure we do, or a new idea for what we might even should do, try to come Wednesday or at least grab Reverend Steve’s ear 

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

To help Rev. Steve learn everyone's names, please bring in a photo of yourself and/or family (w/ name below) to post on the bulletin board just outside the office door. This way, he'll be able to connect faces and names easier and get better acquainted with his new PUC Family. And we will all  be able to appreciate your shining smiles, even when you're not in church!

Pacific Sage Preschool

“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice.
Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice.
Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice.
Whatever choice you make makes you.
Choose wisely.” 

---Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

We admire when the children create amazing things together. It is no small trick to share ideas, reach compromises or consensus. It requires collaboration and conversation about our choices…choices made based on our personal needs.

Inside this beautiful and elaborate structure are some of the children’s favorite “matchbox” cars. The friends talked about their process with each other describing and explaining what they were adding and why. There were rooms for eating and sleeping and places for the cars to play together. There was a racetrack for racing and a ring of fierce dinosaurs to keep them safe.

Abraham Maslow believed there is a hierarchy of needs that motivate all human behavior. From basic survival, which includes food, shelter, and safety, to love and belonging, the children, on their own, had created a dazzling representation of this hierarchy for their cars. Humans also have needs of esteem, such as the need for being respected, which I’m sure would be taken care of on the racetrack. 

The final need in the hierarchy is the need to fulfill one's potential. Choosing to become the best we can be is a lifelong process and the children’s innate understanding of these needs tells us it’s never too soon to start the journey.

Pacific Sage Preschool 

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

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

PUC Has Reached 25%

PUC has raised $775, which is 25% of our $3,000 goal. Outstanding, but we can do better. 

If you'd like to make a donation or join us on the walk, please go to and follow the instructions. The walk is on Sunday, October 15 and is a 10k (6.2 miles) We always have a great time.

Come help us reach our goal...and beyond. BIG Thank You's to the many who've donated and signed up to come along on the 15th.

If you have any questions, please call Brad Shreve or Maurice Chevalier. Our numbers are in the church directory. 

Habitat LA 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance Interfaith Build Days

Friday, September 8 and Saturday, September 9
Volunteers arrive at 8:00 am and will be done by 3:30. pm
1950 Henderson Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90806
Must be 16 and older
A FREE lunch will be provided.
RSVP to by September 5. Build spots are limited so act soon.   
Religious Education
Sunday Classes

August 27
Voyagers (grades 6th-8th) Continue their sessions on World Religions
Pixies/Hobbits/Sojourners (preschool-5th grade) Meditation with Randy Goff. 
September 3
Childcare available, no Religious Education classes
September 10th
September 10th Intergenerational Water Communion Service. No Religious Education classes. Childcare available.

September 17th
First day of Fall Religious Education classes
Special Fall Event - Save the Date!
Join us on Saturday, September 9th for a movie, Moana, and a potluck.
Seniors POW WOW
Third Thursday of each month
Next:  August 17th, 2017
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. in the 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.

UUJEC’s Work for Healthcare Justice

UUs are resisting on the side of love.  The Reversing Inequality Conference in April in Washington DC focused on healthcare justice as a UU value. Sponsored and organized by UUJEC and UUs for Social Justice, the conference enabled UUs to visit Senate offices, both Republican and Democrat, to talk to Senators and staff about the need for Healthcare Justice. UUs from all over the nation wrote letters we delivered to Senators expressing their outrage at a bill that would take healthcare away from the most vulnerable.

We want to thank all the UUs who participated in this conference and wrote letters to support universal healthcare. This work was part of a larger movement that stopped this cruel bill from advancing. And even though securing universal healthcare will require persistent resistance in solidarity, the defeat of the Senate Bill last month was a major victory for UU values and the thousands who would have lost access to care if the bill had passed. 

Your actions mattered!!!  UUJEC remains committed to moving our society toward universal healthcare and greater equity. We hope you too will remain active to ensure our healthcare system expands care rather than shrink it.  UUJEC is organizing webinars, conferences and other actions on healthcare and other social justice issues.  Please join us in this struggle and transform our values into action.

Michael Teasdale and Terry Lowman
Co-Chairs, Unitarian Universalists for a Just Economic Community


Interested in Learning More?

Coming Soon! UUJEC Sponsored Webinar “NOW IS THE TIME”
Sept 14
8:00 pm EST  

Save the date for a compelling discussion with Terry Sterrenberg & Laurie Simons; UU’s, healthcare advocates and transformative documentarian filmmakers who brought us “The Healthcare Movie” and “Now is the Time.”  Terry and Laurie will share their journey to explore what’s happening at the state and national level to realize healthcare equity for all.   “Now is the Time” has been screened by progressive congregations and community organizations since its release, bringing inspiration and information to promote positive systemic change.

Time: Thursday, September 14, 2017 8:00 pm Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: 
Dial: +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll) or +1 646 876 9923 (US Toll)
Meeting ID: 163 972 779

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

There will be no book or meeting in August. We will resume in September. We welcome one and all to a lively discussion in September.

September book is TBD.

Lisa Sites

Tuesdays 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

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


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


Office Hours

Sunday            9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Closed during service.                       
Monday           1:00 p
.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
Tuesday          11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday     11:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m.
Thursday          9:00 a.m. to noon
Friday               Closed
Saturday           Closed


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

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