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October 5th, 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!

Sunday Oct 8th
 

Sermon:  Manifest Destiny:  The Doctrine of Discovery, and Channing

New UU Meeting:  We have the 2nd of our consecutive New UU meetings. About 12:15 in the Voyagers room, all are invited to come join us for a chance to be known, know others, and hear the history of this particular little church you are considering calling a spiritual home. This class, and or a meeting with our Minister Steve Wilson, or membership Chair Judi Carter are required to join the church.

Sunday Oct 15th Hinduism & Diwali. 

Democratic and diverse, …progressive, and archaic, …cutting edge and neo-lithic.  Today we use the Holiday of Diwali to explore one of the most colorful, open-minded, and least understood of all the World’s Major Religious traditions, and Unitarian-Universalism’s unique connections to it.

The Minister’s Corner

The last few days have has left us with some tragic images to digest.  Familiar, tragic, images that seem only a slightly unique version of a living disaster film we have seen before.
Enough ink and enough video images have been spilled out about the lost children of the Sandy Hook elementary school; the kids in Columbine; the people in a night club in Orlando; and as you well know, …I could go on for a long time before I get to Las Vegas.  Enough ink and video images to mark those towns as places where we pause and need to breathe before speaking.  They are tragedies that cause us to pause about what humans can be.  The trouble is, we are running out of places where such tragedies seem unique.  That’s the real tragedy.

Nearly every month, there is a new news story of a person doing a new and improved nasty thing.  We see enough that we just may be tempted to re-envision what we think human nature is. It seems that each new story lowers the cellar of what we are capable of and headed towards.  It is a game I encourage you not to play.

Humans are simply capable of the horrendous.  Always have been, always will be. I don’t want to, or feel the need to, make a list of the awful things that challenge our imaginations about what we can be.  It is simple.  Just like some of us are capable of a triple flip off a balance beam, some of us are capable of firing a gun into a crowd.  It’s how we are.  It won’t change.  The only thing that might change is our access to the guns.  But, even that is not my point here.

I will plead no contest to anyone who might feel the need to stop reading the following list of the predictably amazing things we in the collective have accomplished over the last hundred years to say, ‘oh yeah, but what about this horrible thing?’

You win!  The nasty stands out.

Living here at the edge of the new millennium we rarely get to miss news of what the worst of us have done.  However, as you tune into the news every day please remember this … living here at the edge of the new millennium we forget two things that don’t generally warrant headlines, and for that reason need remembering. 

One, most people are normal, just, and decent. Pause for a minute and think about that. 
It is simply a fact that most people love their kids, pay their taxes, obey the laws, and keep their cars on the correct side of the road.  Mostly….  Mostly…..  Mostly…. people have enough good will in their hearts to not do the wrong thing that crosses all our minds.

And, two, we as a species are on an amazing journey, and capable of nearly anything.  Lest you need some shoring up this week, remember the following…

In roughly the last hundred years, we have - in no particular order - or order of importance -  
Taught ourselves to drive; taught ourselves to talk with each other around the world.  We first did this on phone lines, and now we do it from metal satellites floating magically overhead.  While you are watching the news from Vegas, and envisioning a dire future of more tragedies.  Yes, there will be more, don’t forget we taught ourselves to fly. 

My goodness, we have taught ourselves how to fly off the planet. We have taught ourselves how to see millions of miles back into space. We have taught ourselves how to see millions of years back into time. We have crept closer to seeing all people of all colors and genders as equals. We have provided quality health care, if not enough, for more and more people. We are creeping closer to seeing the inherent dignity in all sexual preferences and identities. We are now teaching ourselves that we need renewable energy sources and systems.  The idea that girls can ride a bicycle is actually spreading fast.  More people can read than ever before, per capita, less people than ever before go hungry.

Don’t lose faith.  Don’t let the gunmen, terrorists, bullies, and mean-spirited win.  Mostly they are losing.
Don’t lose the deep truth that, although the world can be made a horrible place by the act of a few sick souls-imperfectly, incrementally, the real moral majority of us imperfect decent people are making the world a better and safer place.

Sure, there is work to do getting rapid fire guns out of the hands of almost anyone with a couple hundred bucks, and that should be a cultural and legal task, but while we are fighting the NRA, please stop to breathe and remember that in the grand scorecard of history, progress, ingenuity, and goodness is winning.  

Mostly, goodness, and human ingenuity is winning.

Steve

PACIFIC SAGE PRESCHOOL
“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” ---Albert Einstein


I don’t believe humans start out in this world seeing themselves as separate from other things in the universe. I watch young children experience everything (animal, mineral or vegetable) and see their reflection in those things. Sharing similar feelings and circumstances. Children just can’t seem to help taking an anthropomorphic view of the world.  They see “rolly polly” families with mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters. Plants get sad and lizards get lost and scared. How do we know this isn’t true and what purpose does it serve to make them believe otherwise? Looking for those similarities helps to guide them to be empathetic, gentle and kind. Taking another perspective is a cognitive milestone. “Knowing how someone or something else might feel.”
 
Would adults treat the world, or each other, more kindly and gently, if we could still see ourselves reflected in the world around us? Is it too hard to believe that birds worry about getting food to their young at the end of the day or skunks and raccoons are concerned about what is happening to the neighborhood? Humans like to feel they are unique in the world, but we can still be different…and the same. We can still be in it together.
 
Warmly,
Sylvia
Director, Pacific Sage Preschool
Sunday Hospitality
Volunteers

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


Welcome Table
Kris Williamson

Greeters 
Jean Tordella & Peggy Tigerman


Ushers
Amin Damji

 Top Chef
Margo Meikle

Green Sanctuary

This Sunday after lunch we will meet in the gazebo and do some fall planting (so bring your gloves).  If you are able, bring a few started plants.  We will plant legumes such as peas, snowpeas, fava beans, etc.  Also bring plants from the broccoli guild like kale, broccoli, beets, and, from the roots & greens guild, chard, carrots.  Flowers, too, Please only organic plants. We will find places for all the plants you bring.  

We will also talk about our UUA GS re-accreditation and we have some water leaks to sort.

Lisa Sites suggests a project in the 'celebration' category, a readers theater.  Sound fun?

See you Sunday,
Carolyn and Ray

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

You will always be directed to the right person if you email
pastoralcare@pacificunitarian.org.
 


Sunday Flowers

This weeks flowers are brought to you by
Joani Thompson

October Birthday

Amy Fields

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach
invites you to the
2017 Halloween Fellowship Party & Dance
Saturday, October 28, 2017 ::: 4:30 pm to 10 pm
Unitarian-Universalist Church of Long Beach,
5450 E. Atherton St, Long Beach, CA 90815
 
Open to all ages of UU members & friends for a fun fellowship evening of spooky games, activities, & dancing!  Costumes encouraged. 

Trick or Treat, Balloon Tag, Dragon’s Flight slingshot, Pumpkin Curling, Scream Queen contest, Photo Booth, and much more!

Music from the 1940s to today.
 
RSVP to  "https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-2017-halloween-fellowship-party-dance-tickets-38402940228" https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-2017-halloween-fellowship-party-dance-tickets-38402940228

Singles Support Group will convene on Monday Oct 9 th at 7pm. When we ran our Committee Fair about 2 weeks ago we put out a sheet of those who might be interested in attending a singles support group.  This is an evening designed to see what interest there really is, and if so, when that group might best meet.  If you are interested, but cannot make the meeting, please communicate with me about your desires and or needs. This 2nd Monday night date will be the default date until we discover a better date is available.
We Still Need Your Photo
We would love to see your shining face on our bulletin board. If you haven't brought in your picture yet, see the office volunteer.

Religious Education
Registration is open for 2017-2018

Why register? Families who have attended at least 3 times are encouraged to register their children, whether or not they are members. This allows the RE program to know more about children and youth to provide a safe and fun environment.

Register here

Read over our Safety Policy and Family Covenant 

Download the October-December Calendar

October RE Schedule

October 8: RE Classes

October 15: AIDS WALK, Children’s Chapel

October 21: Game night at PUC, 6pm-8pm

October 22: RE Classes

Save the Date
October 28th adult Halloween Party at PUC
Childcare available, with crafts, games and food for kids. $15 per child, $30 per family
Costume contest, food and bring alcohol to share. 
Contact Claire Moss for more information
Dre@pacificunitarian.org

October 29: Intergenerational Halloween service

Host an Our Whole Lives (OWL) Facilitator 

October 13-15

PUC is hosting a training for adolescent OWL sexuality education facilitators. 

Do you like within 20 minutes of PUC? Do you have an extra bed that someone could use? Are you interested in hosting and getting to know a UU
from another area?

There are several people attending the training looking for home stays. 

Send Claire Moss an email if you are interested and/or want more information! dre@pacificunitarian.org

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There are excuses to not join the AIDS Walk, but lots of good reasons.

AIDS Project LA provides 20 different services from 15 locations throughout Los Angeles County, including: medical, dental, and behavioral health care; health education and HIV prevention; and STD screening and treatment. For people living with HIV, they offer housing support; benefits counseling; home health care; and the Vance North Necessities of Life Program food pantries; among several other critically needed services.

Please join us and Walk the Walk. If you can’t make it, then please give generously. You can join the walk or donate by going to:
https://la.aidswalk.net/puc

Brad Shreve and Maurice Chevalier will also be on the patio every Sunday until the walk, and can accept your donations and help you sign up to join us.

NORTH KOREA FORUM

After Church Sunday Oct 15th from 12:15 to 1:30 we are hosting an informative, alternative forum on North Korea. In this extensive post church talk we will hear from journalists who have recently spent time in the country both more isolated from the world stage and on it than any other. I (SW) think this is a rare chance to hear what life is like in the country we are having very serious and dangerous relations with.
Learn More About Church
Sunday, October 8
12:30 pm
Voyagers Room


You can sign up at the Welcome Table on the patio or email Judi Carter at judicarter@hotmail.com.  We hope to see you there.

Spiritual Memoir Writing Groups
Tuesday, October 10
7:00 pm
&
Wednesday, October 11
10:00 am


This on-going adult ed course begins are right around the corner.  We will begin the gathering of lay writers who will sit and share stories from their life.  There is no writing assignment required as we enter the first class.  The two sessoins are independent of one another. Just come if you are interested.

 
The 450th Anniversary of the Edict of Torda
 

On January 13, 1568, in the city of Torda, a gathering of religious leaders and politicians presided over by Unitarian King John Sigismund proclaimed religious freedom in the Edict of Torda. Through this act, Unitarianism was officially recognized for the first time in the history of the world. It also signals the beginning of the UU legacy to be a spiritual tradition that resists hatred, oppression, and the narrow view that there is only one way to be faithful, to be religious, to be free. Join the year-long 450th Anniversary Celebration through worshiptheological reflection, and pilgrimage. Add your anniversary celebrationto the global map of special events. Visit Torda450.org for resources and ideas.
 
   

SJ@PUC Coalition Movie Night
Friday, October 20
PUC Library

Last Friday the Social Justice Coalition kicked off the SJ@PUC Coalition Movie Night at church. We watched the powerful film, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy. This movie and the nearly 20 people who filled the library was a promising showing for a first night.  We will be back in that same room, on October 20 for another political documentary. All of these movies will be free of charge.

Camp de Benneville Pines 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:
Website: pineconsite.wordpress.com
Register
Twitter:@Pine_con
Facebook: facebook.com/pineconconvention

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. 


Seniors POW WOW
Third Thursday of each month
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.
BUDDHIST MEDITATION GROUP
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.

Nutrition Focus Group


1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Sunday, October 22

PUC Library


You are invited to join in a nutrition focus group supported by the National Science Foundation on October 22  from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in the PUC Library. We are looking for 10 participants with one or more of the following health conditions: Pre diabetes, Type II diabetes, High Blood Pressure/ Hypertension, Heart Disease, High Cholesterol, Stroke or Heart Attack in the past, and Weight Management. You will be asked to spend one and a half hours in a small group. Your participation is completely voluntary. You can withdraw at any time prior to our gathering.  At the completion of the focus group, you will receive $50 for your participation. Contact Constance Jackson, MPH, CEIO at 310-366-4996 or email to Constancejackson@mycaremedia.com.  RSVP no later than October 15.

Focus group is being coordinated by former member Constance L. Jackson, MPH, CEIO of MediaHealth Technologies.

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.
 
CALENDAR
 
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

board@pacificunitarian.org
This email is forwarded to the trustees, Lead Minister, Director of Religious Education, and Pacific Sage Preschool Director.

trustees@pacificunitarian.org
This email is forwarded to the trustees & Lead Minister (ex-officio.)

 

Mike Buttitta, President      mikebuttitta@gmail.com
Naresh Deo, Treasurer     treasurer@pacificunitarian.org
Phone numbers and individual email addresses for all other Trustees can be found in the Member Directory.

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