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February 11, 2016
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Sunday Service 10:30 a.m.                                            Child care starts at 10:00 a.m.
Join us for a delicious brunch and terrific fellowship after the service!


In my opinion the only great Unitarian Universalist theologian, that is the only great religious thinker produced by our consolidated denomination, the Unitarian Universalist Association so far is James Luther Adams. I love that Adams was teased by his colleagues for believing in “salvation by bibliography.”

I suggest that reading is indeed a part of our Unitarian Universalist spiritual discipline. For us that means reading widely in the religious and the scientific world. So, I suggest we very much should read texts from the world’s faiths. Here are a few shorter ones: First, from the Hebrew Scriptures I recommend the Psalms of David and my favorite the Book of Job. If you haven’t yet read it, I recommend the Gospel According to Mark. Among Hindu classic the Bhagavad Gita is both brief and compelling. I think any religiously literate person should have read the Confucianist classic the Analects. We should all have read the Taoist classic the Tao Te Ching. I also believe we should read the Koran. Preached a sermon on that one not long ago. And if you want an example of a scientific spiritual classic, at least in my opinion, you might try Edward O. Wilson’s Biophilia. (For a longer text, Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species is a literary masterwork…)

As we undertake this discipline of reading the world’s religious texts, at least the short ones, I believe we don’t find one faith necessarily completes the other, but that each completes all. We don’t have to believe any of them were dictated by God but rather all we need is to think maybe, possibly, somewhere within them, they do contain pointers on the way, hints at what we might find as we look within our own hearts. We need only read humbly, with open hearts.

So, for instance, I found as I read the Koran that way I was challenged, constantly. There were parts that deeply offended me. And I found profound resonances with parts of my heart I barely knew existed. I was particularly moved by the constant refrain calling us to a God that is love and power and joy. Did I believe it? Well, maybe just a little bit. But that little bit was something wondrous. For me it spoke to that saying of Mohammed that if we take a single step toward God, he will run toward us. I read the Koran and I got a little bit of what that might mean.

And you might, as well. But, the joy of taking on this discipline of salvation by bibliography is that it will take you on a journey into your own depths, point you on your own way, and take you to, well, only you will know.

Kind of cool.

See you in church,


February 14th Sermon 


James wants to explore some aspects of love, a most powerful and dangerous thing.

Reverend James Ford
February 21st Sermon

Acceptance Without Bookkeeping

A modernized version of "The Prodigal Son," which would be better titled, "the Loving Father." The sermon will focus on "You Are Accepted," the famous Tillich quote.

Guest Preacher, Jim Grant
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Sunday Hospitality

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

Jean Tordella
Peggy Tigerman

Welcoming Trustee

Welcome Table
Kris Williamson

Top Chef
Naresh Deo

Kevin Gallagher
Melissa Tyrell
The BLACK AND WHITE CONCERT is this weekend – Saturday, Feb. 13th at 7:30 pm. This is a fun annual benefit event that features piano music by our own members and special guests. Everyone is encouraged to dress in black and white formal attire. Dig out that tux or sequin-studded black dress that hasn’t seen the light of day for years gone by. Extravagant headgear is also encouraged. After the concert we treat ourselves to a potluck of exclusively black and white finger food. Remember to bring finger food – nothing that needs a fork or other utensil. Tickets are reasonably priced $25 at the door, but you can always give more!
Keep Singing, Severin  

Senior's Pow Wow
NEXT Thursday February 18, 2016
Third Thursday of each month
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. in the PUC Library

This on-going support group offering fellowship and friendship in hope that our meeting will develop close and helpful bonds among us. Come, participate, and get to know other seniors.

Your Dream Budget!
It is that time of the fiscal year when your Finance Committee begins work on the operating budget for next fiscal year (July1, 2016 to June 30, 2017).  See a committee chair or staff member if you want to influence their budget input. Don’t know who’s on committees?  Check in the office or contact the Finance Committee at finance@pacificunitarian.orgCommittee chairs - the budget request forms have been emailed to each of you and are available in the church office in the Finance Committee mailbox - completed forms are due back by February 21st. Contact a member of the Finance Committee if you have any questions: Randy Ripley, Trish Botsko, Ben Cowan, Ann Bailey, Claire Moss, Missy Rogers or Judy Shaffer.

This Sunday, the youth choir will be singing before the kids leave the service for classes. They have a special song for Valentine's Day and they sound great!  I hope everyone can come enjoy the music and the message. Secret Pals will meet each other and eat lunch together, and love and friendship will be in the air.

Think about signing up for our annual PUC weekend at Camp DeBenneville Pines, June 10-12. Those who have attended in the past know what a great time we have.  If you have not come with us before, talk to people who have. It is a great weekend with planned activities for everyone to enjoy, great meals with vegetarian and vegan options for those of us who need them, and plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful mountain location. You can enjoy commeraderie, personal time, activites ranging from physically challenging to sedentary, music, crafts, swimming... the choices are many and the limitations few. One of the many highlights is the talent show, which last year featured some serious musicianship as well as some lighthearted foolery. DeBenneville is a special place to UU's in our district.  You can check it out online at  If you want to be on the list so you get your spot at this fantastic event, get in touch with our hardworking coordinators, Janet and Andy Kissner. Keep an eye out for sign-ups on the patio coming soon.

Please contact me if you are interested in having your youth, 7-9, attend our comprehensive sexuality education program, Our Whole Lives (OWL) this spring. The curriculum we use was collaborated on by the UUA and UCC, and is highly regarded as the “gold standard” of sexuality education. We are currently working out the details, and would love to get a good idea of how many folks are interested.

Love and Wonder, 

Religious Education Calendar


Feb.  7 Multigen Service

Feb. 14 RE Classes

Feb. 21 RE Classes

Feb. 28 RE Classes


March 6   RE Classes

March 13 RE Classes

March 21 RE Classes

March 28 Multigen Easter Service




April 3 RE Classes

April 10 RE Classes

April 17 RE Multigen Blessing of the Animals

April 24 RE Classes


May 1 Solve It Sunday (Kimberly and Co.)

May 8   Mother's Day (Kim and Vicki)

May 15 RE Classes

May 22 RE Sunday

May 29 Memorial Sunday (TBA)

Practice Your Spanish

A Spanish language conversation group will be forming soon. We will meet in the Library on the 1st and 3rd Satrurdays at 10:00 a.m. (alternating with the French group which is on the 2nd and 4th). For Further Information contact Kimiko Miwa or Barbara Paulsen.

Women Reading and Responding Book Club
Third Monday of Each Month - 11:00 a.m. PUC Library    
February: The Boys in the Boat -Daniel James Brown
March: All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr
April: A Tale for the Time Being - Ruth Ozeki
May: The Jane Austen Bookclub - Karen Joy Fowler

Contact Robin Arehart if you have any questions.


Gentle Yoga Class for All
Wednesdays 11:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m. - 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 and increase your mental and physical flexibility while releasing stress and enhancing body awareness. Poses and exercises build strength, relieve pain and stress, and improve balance. Questions: Suggested Donation: $15/class. 


This Sunday's Flowers 

Sign up to bring Sunday's Flowers on the Flower Calendar
inside the door of the PUC Office.


PUC's calendar of events can be found here.

Congregational Meetings & Town Halls

Additional details on the specific topics will be distributed prior to the meetings. 

April 3, 2016
Town Hall - Making PUC Work for You – PUC’s Organizational  Structure & Governance Part III

May 1, 2016
Town Hall - Annual Business Meeting Preview & Dialogue

June 5, 2016
Congregational Meeting - Annual Business Meeting

Pacific Unitarian Church Board of Trustees

                     John Einhorn -President 
                     Bruce Lewis -Vice President
                     Randy Ripley -Treasurer
                     Trish Botsko -Secretary

              Mike Buttitta
              Ben Cowan
              Dee Masters
             James Ford – ex officio

Ways to Contact Your Trustees
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John Einhorn, President
Randy Ripley, Treasurer
All other Trustees can be found in the Member Directory.

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Office Hours

Sunday             8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.                             
Monday            Closed
Tuesday           Closed   

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Thursday          12:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m
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Saturday           Closed

Hours for Reverend James Ford, Interim Minister
Appointments are always recommended.
Tuesday         11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday    11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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