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August 31, 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!

Meeting the Monstrous Beast

“The monstropolous beast had left his bed. The two hundred miles an hour wind had loosed his chains. He seized hold of his dikes and ran forward until he met the quarters; uprooted them like grass and rushed on after his supposed-to-be-conquerors, rolling the dikes, rolling the houses, rolling the people in the houses along with other timbers. The sea was walking the earth with a heavy heel.”

— Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

There they are, by the hundreds, by the thousands, wading in chest-high water, holding backpacks and babies and plastic bags aloft. Rescues in bass boats and small drenched dogs and soaked teenagers piggy-backing grandmothers down what is usually a street, the current strong enough to create white-water ripples past their thighs.

What are we watching, when we see this? What makes this make sense?

There will be explanations offered, and they will be familiar. Greenhouse gases throttling the winds and waves whose patterns we had begun to be able to predict. Governments that had abandoned their people, politicians and those who voted for them taking the high ground and leaving the rest to drown. Racism and classism and ableism and ageism and sexism washing any away who aren’t deemed worthy of rescue.

What are we watching? What earns the unblinking fierce of our gaze? On what truths are our eyes fixed, focused? Whose eyes do we meet, as equals, as partners, help-mates and friends?

There is no reprieve yet, for Houston. The rain still comes. The levees do not hold. The thousand years is up and this is the one the likes of which no one living has seen.

There. There it is. There it is, again. Where you train your attention, there you will find your place in this story-in-the-making, in creation-on-the-move. Pray, if you pray. Send love and money, too. Ask questions in your own community, questions on which your own fate may not rest, but which surely pertain to others. And for goodness’ sake, vote next year for science and democracy and civil rights.

We will be rolled and covered, but we will rise and carry others with us. Watch for the opportunities to rise and carry. Watch for the holy moments where some people see God.

Holy, Mighty, Fierce, and Fearless One, we don’t need a sign. We see You. We’re watching. Let us be what this terrible time calls for. Let us be the ones who make love real in the world. Don’t worry about parting the seas; we’ll wade out to meet you.

 Written by Teresa Honey Youngblood for UUA blog


Gandhi, Globalization, & Work

On Labor Day weekend, we stop for a hard but loving, prophetic but fair look at some of the unsaid truths of our present economic lives.  Looking deeper than a burgeoning Stock Market, and what we think of as a post-recession economy, we stop to examine our consciousness about work.  In this service our consciousness, blindness, power, and inequality will all be on trial.  This service will wed the real challenges we as a world face, and the alternatives that are emerging.   

Reverend Steve Wilson

Hope Foye

Judy Shaffer
Sunday Hospitality

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

Welcome Table
LeeAnn Hart & Nina Reeder

Amy Fields & Susan Owen

Dee Masters & Brad Shreve

 Top Chef
The Eclipserific Chelsea Sites

Jim Michaels, one of our beloved seniors is recovering from a heart attack and hip surgery. He has been transferred to Little Company of Mary Transitional Care on Monday afternoon. The address is 4320 Maricopa St. Room 44C in Torrance, cards are OK to send there, or to his home address 6525 at Via Siena, Rancho Palos Verdes.   Rev. Steve is checking in on him about every other day.  The phone number there is 310 303 5900 for anyone who might wish to call.

One additional request.  The family is seeking advice and suggestions for good care givers, for when Jim Michaels returns home, which he eventually, hopefully will.


It’s a girl!  

Gaby had her baby this week. We’ll pass on more information when we have it.


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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.

While our office manager Gaby is away on maternity leave, and dedicated team of Office Volunteers have are covering her duties. Gaby is slated to return January. Until then, our new office hours are as follows.

Sunday  10:00 am to 1:00 pm; closed during service

Monday  1:00 am to 3:00 pm

Tuesday 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Wednesday  11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Thursday   9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Friday Closed

Saturday Closed

All hours approximate.

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!

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. 

Special Fall Event - Save the Date!
Join us on Saturday, September 9th for a movie, Moana, and a potluck. The potluck starts at 5:00 pm and the movie starts at 6:30 pm. Bring a side, salad or dessert to share. Popcorn, hotdogs and veggies burgers and fixings will be provided.

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

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

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.

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

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
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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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We are located at
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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