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Thoughts from RE
Why Religious Education?

Children are spiritual beings. They have natural senses of wonder, enthusiasm, and inventiveness which they use to make meaning of the world around them, and their place in it. The desire to create meaning is universally human, (and in fact, may extend to our fellow animal species, as well). Children do not have experience on their side, but they do have the ability to be present, which is the essence of spiritual experience.

Religious education gives children the chance to 
explore different ways of being spiritual. In the Unitarian Universalist Faith, we do not teach dogma or creeds to which a child must adhere. Instead, we teach children to listen to their own wisdom, and to trust it. We share experiences of others, and affirm possibilities. We not only allow Wonder, we encourage it.

Life offers many challenges which are easier to face when one is able to draw on the strength of spiritual groundedness. Children are as bombarded as adults with pressures and injustices in their lives. They don't get many opportunities other than church to build their spiritual “muscle”, to develop a toolkit to dig into when the going gets rough. When we truly understand that we are part of something larger than ourselves, as is every other living being, and when we have a faith community that offers compassion and love even when we are feeling least capable of returning it, we can see beyond temporary setbacks and through terrible grief. Children are not young long.

RE is a place where they can explore coping skills and experience receiving and giving care and concern in a broader context of community. Of course, there are many things families can do at home to encourage spirituality. Starting next week, check out my weekly View article for practical ideas and simple practices to encourage spiritual growth.


We welcome Sianna Bethune to our childcare team. She is a thoughtful 17 year old who will be a senior this fall. She volunteers at The Science Center every week, and is already loved by several of our PUC youngest. She, Zoey, and Luccia make a great team! 

Much love and gratitude to the volunteers who are stepping up to teach “Summer with the Doctors”, to date, volunteers who have signed up and or served have included Melissa Garcia, Wendy Clancy, Michele Bethune, Lora Childers, Victor Paieda, Dale Osborne, and Phyllis (Missy)  Rogers. We are looking for more help! Please let me know by email if you can help. You will love our kids!

With love and Wonder,

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Playing in the Sage

“In wildness is the preservation of the world.”
Henry David Thoreau

As the Preschool Project moves forward, the changes to the environment have been amazing.  The classrooms are complete and the patio off the garden has now become a peaceful, calm and even more inviting space.  We cannot wait to begin the children’s garden and will be working with the Green Sanctuary to set the foundation to develop good practice with the children who will be attending Pacific Sage Preschool. 

Visitors on Saturday at our Solstice Celebration and open house were entranced and enchanted by the space inside and outside the classrooms.

This week, work begins on a meditation deck along the side of the Voyager Room.  For young and old, it will be a place to pause and reflect.

Thank you to all the volunteers who continue working tirelessly to bring this wonderful opportunity to the community.

Our next step is now getting through the licensing process.

Pacific Sage Preschool


General Assembly

This Week - Be There Virtually

General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association and it is happening June 24-28 in Portland, OR.  Maybe you cannot get there, but you can attend Virtual General Assembly!

Live-streaming GA video will start on Wednesday with the Opening Celebration. The Ware Lecture (which is the event keynote) is being delivered this year by Dr. Cornel West.

Cornel West is a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual. He is best known for his classic Race Matters and appears frequently on television on subjects ranging from racial justice and queer rights to climate justice. He has recently been deeply involved in the Black Lives Matter protests and was among those arrested in Ferguson in 2015. Cornel West has a passion to communicate in writings and orations, through music and film, and in solidarity with groups and faith communities  committed to justice in order to keep alive the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.—a legacy of telling the truth and bearing witness to love and justice. Connect with the national and international movement by streaming or watching archived sessions of General Assembly. See to see which events you can watch. 

Women's Reading and Responding
Book Club 

Third Mondays
NEXT: July 20
11:00 a.m.
PUC Library

Please join us to discuss and to chat.

NEW TITLE  July: Cokie Robert's Capital Dames 
August: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah
September: Laurie King's To Play the Fool

Questions? Contact Robin Arehart.

I Go Among Trees and Sit Still
by Wendell Berry

I go among trees and sit still.

All my stirring becomes quiet

Around me like circles on water.

My tasks lie in their places

Where I left them, asleep like cattle…


Then what I am afraid of comes.

I live for a while in its sight.

What I fear in it leaves it,

And the fear of it leaves me.

It sings, and I hear its song.


Create Meaning Center logo

Gentle Yoga Class for All
11:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m.
No Class on the Following Dates:  

June 24, July 8,15 & 22
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


June 25, 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
June 28

Borrowing Hope

Sometimes there is no hope inherent in what life has dealt us. To keep going, we need to borrow hope from someplace else. 

Robin Arehart,
PUC Membrer
July 5
The Roundabout to Harmony
Rev Kim Gosney,
Minister of
Congregational Life
In July Our Theme
Will Be

Tree of Life
The Tree of Life in Palace of Shaki Khans, Azerbaijan,17th-century

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; contact information is at the end of The View.

If you have a pastoral concern, or know of someone in need, please contact Rev Kim Gosney or email

PUC's calendar of events can be found here.

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


Welcome Table:
Pam Harris

(Our High School Students)

Top Chef:
Debi Robinson

Office Volunteer:


This Sunday's Flowers 

are brought to you by 


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


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.

Unitarian Universalist Church in Anaheim
511 S. Harbor Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92805

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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