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 October 6, 2016
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!

From the Interim Minister:

The upcoming presidential election has captured the world’s attention. This is a good thing. As a boy, my paternal grandmother—descended from early Pilgrims and Puritans—would regale me about “the democratic experiment” and our responsibility to keep it alive and well. She was a rock-ribbed Republican, but times have changed; I wonder what she would make of the current race.
A reading of The Scarlet Letter reveals the New England tradition of The Election Sermon, wherein clerics would share their thoughts on the moral and ethical issues underlying the choices voters were facing, usually without coming right out and endorsing candidates. On October 30th and November 6th, I hope to follow suit. November 30th coincides with the Hindu holiday of Diwali. I will use the legend behind Diwali as a mythic lens to help us better understand the burgeoning post WWII American Empire and how its maintenance affects all aspects of American prosperity and social life. On November 6th, I will look at the election in more traditional economic and political ways. But in both I will do my best to analyze the underlying ethical issues at stake on November 8th.

See you in church!                    Stephen
Love Is As Love Does

A consideration of the extraordinary scientific research of the late Dr. Evelyn Hooker and its effect on the lives and opportunities of LBGTQ people.

Reverend Dr. Stephen H. Furrer

Report from the Search Committee
Gary Hart

Religious Education
Upcoming Calendar
October 9th: RE Classes
October 16th: RE Classes
October 23rd: Children’s Chapel 
October 30th: Special Program 
November 5th: Harvest Festival at PUC, 1pm-5pm
Supplies and Library
We have an Amazon Wishlist! Help us add to our library and make our space more welcoming to young children. We’re looking for:
  • A pack and play or circle gate
  • Toys for children ages 0-2
Help with Special Programs
We are looking for fill-in assistants and people to help with special programs, such as Day of the Dead (October 30th) and Children’s Chapel (monthly on the 4th Sunday, this month it’s October 23rd). Contact Claire Moss, Director of Religious Education, dre@pacificunitarian.org.
See the bulletin board for updates and information! RE has the left third of the board. 
Enroll for Fall RE by clicking on this link


Gloria Nussbaum
Elaine Mannick
Amara Portland
John Einhorn

Been coming to PUC for a while and interested in becoming a member? Or maybe you're new and want to find out more. We have a two sessions schedule to find out more about UU, PUC, the people that hang out here, and introduce yourself to us.

October 9th at 12:15pm New to UU2 in Classroom 1
November 13th during the Sunday Service, New Member Ingathering

To RSVP, please contact the office at 310-378-9449.

Sunday Hospitality

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

Jean Tordella
Peggy Tigerman

Welcome Table
Kris Williamson
Pam Harris

Top Chef
Vivien Hao

Kevin Gallagher
Amin Damji

Survey Due this Friday, October 7th
If you have not yet completed the Minister Search online survey, the deadline is Friday, October 7th. (Hard copies available in the PUC office.) Your insights and feedback regarding our new minister are critical to PUC’s overall success and future.
Please click on the link below to begin the survey.
Congregational profile survey
Attend the Sat, October 8th Beyond Categorical Thinking Workshop
All PUC Members and friends are invited to join the highly recommended "Beyond Categorical Thinking" workshop on Sat, October 8th, 9:00am-12:00pm.
This 3-hour conversational workshop is facilitated by a UUA trainer who will help us examine together how to avoid letting prejudice be part of our search process and potentially overlook someone who might be the best match for PUC. This opportunity allows the entire congregation to explore together our hopes and concerns for a new minister, learn more about the search process, and see how our own history (both personal and congregational) might interfere with our search efforts.
Everyone is encouraged to attend this UUA led workshop to help us hone the search for the best minister to meet PUC's needs. Child care will be provided if requested by Thurs, October 6th. -- emailDRE@pacificunitarian.org
This is yet another opportunity to put our faith into action and improve the odds that regardless of identity, we will find a minister who is a best match and will serve PUC well. 
If you have questions, please contact the Ministerial Search Committee at msc@pacificunitarian.org.

Playing in the Sage…  
“Speak my name and I will live forever.”
---African Proverb

A big part of Pacific Sage Preschool’s “One Year Anniversary” on Saturday Oct. 1st was to honor Lenore Snodey and tell the story of how the school came to be for all the friends and families that attended. 

Though the preschool exists because of the skills and labor of many people from PUC, it would not have been possible without first -  the love, generosity and resources that Lenore Snodey gave to her Pacific Unitarian Church community. 

Her wish: “Do something good.”

And as Martha Stewart would say…“Pacific Sage Preschool – it’s a good thing!”

Pacific Sage Preschool

Be a Part of a PUC Tradition
It’s time for the 2016 Los Angeles AIDS Walk and there are two ways you can help. You can help raise funds and join us walking on Sunday, October 23rd , or you can donate money to this important cause. Why not do both? Our special web address is https://la.aidswalk.net/PUC That link will take you to a page where you can make a donation. If you’d like to join us, all you have to do is click on the red “Join Our Team” button.
If you have questions, please contact Brad Shreve or Maurice Chevalier. Emails and phone numbers are in the church directory.
John Hocutt to Speak at “Eat Clean & Green” Group

The Torrance Memorial Medical Center hosts a Plant-Based Living Group (PBLG) twice a month (2d & 4th Tuesdays). This coming October 10th, PUC member, John Hocutt, will speak to the group about his journey of discovery from omnivore to egg-milk vegetarian to whole-food plant-based eating and his experiences with the medical system after his heart attack and turning to a plant-based dietstyle. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. and runs till 8 p.m.

If you’re interested in attending this meeting, or any of their other meetings, please RSVP via the link below:


From their webpage, “The PBLG is a welcoming environment for anyone inspired by the Forks Over Knives, Plant Pure Nation and Food Choices documentaries to embrace whole foods, plant based diet. The group will share ideas, resources and strategies for eating out in public, grocery shopping, recipes and other obstacles that members may be experiencing. No matter where you are on your journey towards adopting whole foods, plant based diet, this group will meet you where you are and help you along the way.”

If you have questions for John, you can e-mail him at jhocutt[at]GaTech[dot]edu or call him at 310.666.9431.


Chef AJ to Speak at South Bay Adventist Cooking School

The second of the four Cooking School presentations will be held, at the South Bay Adventist Church, 401 S. Prospect Ave, Redondo Beach, CA, this Tuesday, 11 Oct, 7 - 9 p.m.

The Lecturer will be Chef AJ who is a bit of a star in the whole-food, plant-based community. She is a professionally trained chef who reversed inoperable colon polyps by switching from a junk-vegan diet to a whole-food plant-based diet. She’s written a book, runs the Ultimate Weight Loss Program support group, hosts a series of free heathy cooking videos as well as the annual Healthy Taste of L.A. in Redondo Beach.

If you’re interested in listening to her presentation, please RSVP at the following link:  http://www.southbaychurch.net/South_Bay_Church/Cooking_School_2016.html.

If you missed Tuesday’s first presentation, you can view an archived copy of it, and all four presentations, at the link below:

You can also livestream the remaining three presentations at the same link.

If you have any questions about the SB Adventist Cooking School, e-mail John Hocutt at jhocutt[at]GaTech[dot]edu or phone him at 310.666.9431.

Women Reading & Responding Book Club
Third Monday of Each Month
11:00 a.m. 
PUC Library

October 17thThe House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
November 21stThe Road to Character by David Brooks

Come and check out a discussion even if you haven’t  read or finished the book.

Contact Lisa Sites if you have any questions.

BUDDHIST MEDITATION GROUP meets at PUC Library Tuesday evenings, 7:30-9:00 pm.
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. 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.
To have your joy or concern appear here, send it to
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.

Who's That?
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.

This Sunday's Flowers 

Please sign up for your turn to bring Sunday's Flowers on the Flower Calendar inside the door of the PUC Office

Today’s flowers are donated by Karen Merickel in memory of Ben and Bob Brytan.

PUC's calendar of events can be found here.
The PUC Board of Trustees

                    Mike Buttitta -President 
                    Dee Masters -Vice President
                    Trish Botsko -Treasurer
                    Ben Cowan -Secretary

              John Einhorn
              Randy Ripley
              Tara Unverzagt 

Ways to Contact Your Trustees

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

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


Mike Buttitta, President      mikebuttitta@gmail.com
Trish Botsko, 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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