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September 24th Yom Kippur: Honoring Hurt and Holding Forgiveness Accountable with Rev Steve.  This year Rosh Shoshanna takes place this year on Thursday, Sept 21st.  This coming Friday night Sept 29th is Yom Kippur.  It is a millennia old period of time where the opportunity to pause, reflect, repent, and set yourself straight meets some pressure to do so.  In the season of setting things straight, let’s take a 21st century look at this ancient religious priority.  


This Friday, September 22 at 7:00pm in the Library Our Third Friday’s Justice Film Night Series, opens its doors for Greg Pallast’s Film, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy.  We are accepting suggestions for films, and would like to use this monthly event as one of the pillars of a revived SJ@PUC Coalition.  Please come and invite your friends.  Helen Norton and Bruce Lewis are accepting suggestions for some of your favorite documentaries.  This will always be a free admissions event.

Saturday September 30th from 9am-4pm Multi-Cultural Transformation Workshop:  PUC has been selected to host a workshop designed to help congregations throughout So Cal better understand race relations and how PUC can better reach out and engage a multi-cultural world. I (SW) see this could be an excellent opportunity for me, and us to be better prepared to minister to and attract the world around us  

  We UU’s ask ourselves all the time how can we move toward a more inclusive and diverse beloved community.  We all know our world is becoming more multicultural.  We always ask how we can grow, and how we can really better serve the world.  Here’s a day that might help.  Come!  I’m looking at it as a day of fitness for my psyche.  I am very curious at all I will hear and fee1.

Please see Vivian Hao or Steve Wilson for news on how to sign up.  Again, we are hosting this event, so it would be great if we could be here.

$20 per person (includes breakfast and lunch) with scholarships available upon request. Please contact Vivien Hao or 323-893-4743.  DON’T LET THE MONEY BE A FACTOR IN ATTENDING.


We are hosting members of congregations across So Cal. We need volunteers for home hospitality or kitchen help even if you cannot make the workshop yourself. 


New to the church, or to Unitarian-Universalism:  "If you would like to learn more about our church and Unitarian Universalism, please sign up at the Welcome Table or contact Judi Carter and attend the New UU 1 and 2 sessions October 1st and 8th right after brunch."


7pm Friday September 22nd We kick off the SJ@PUC Coalition Movie Night at Church. The Best Democracy Money can Buy, snacks will be provided.  The Film will be shown in the Library.  

Just a heads up.  Oct 1st is a “Bring a Friend to Church Sunday.”  It is also a day when we will bless the animals.  So bring your two legged, and four legged friends for a celebration of us, and show off to your people and your pets our beloved community in our beautiful spot. This is a good day to invite anyone who you think would benefit from our community.  Friends will have the opportunity to get a post church overview of Unitarian-Universalism in general after church at our first New UU Class.

The passing of one of our own.  As you probably know, long-time PUC member Don Dawson has sadly, recently passed away.  His daughter is considering plans for a Celebration of his life but has not yet decided on a particular place or time for that Memorial Event.  Cards of Condolence can be mailed to his home address at 857 Rincon Ln. Palos Verdes Estates, California 90274

Notes from the emerging Pastoral Care Team:

Last week, Joannie Thompson reached out and called former PUC regular, Hope Foye, who now lives in Las Vegas.  Although Hope is disgruntled that she is forced to use a walker, she is still mentally sharp at 96, and is soon off to sing at her great-granddaughter’s wedding.  Hope is still singing, and reminisced with Joannie about the days when she was friendly with Maya Angelou, Harry Belafonte.  Joanie, said that Hope lamented the lack of sharing at joys and sorrows, and wants to say hello to send her best.  Come back and visit us Hope.  For those who don’t know her-or want to hear her sing- I have attached a link to a you tube of her crooning.  You can find her by following this link.  

Jim Michaels is still recovering from hip surgery, and expected to be home in a few weeks.  However, for the next two weeks he will be at the Seacrest Facility at 1416 W. 6th Street, San Pedro, CA 90732  He is receiving visitors there.  Cards can be sent to his home at 6525 Via Sienna in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90274.

Gloria Nussbaum has just crossed the half year mark in her recovery from heart surgery.  I wanted to share one of the many poignant poems she writes in a spontaneous “automatic” way.

This one is called Hope and Despair


My hands hold the reins of a team of horses.

They are called “Hope” and “Despair”,

They pull apart each other going his separate way.

I crack the whip even harder punishing only myself

As they will not behave as one.


First there is Hope out in front.

But he cannot keep up the lead.

And though I whip more, it is to no avail.

Then his pace slackens as Despair gains and overtakes.

But neither horse will change his course

And forever I will ride between them


Gloria Nussbaum 2014.





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