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January 5, 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!
From the Interim Minister:
 
January takes its name from Janus, the Roman god of the doorway. Two-faced, he became the god of beginnings; hence, January. Janus looks backward to the year past and forward to the year ahead. In the hope that the coming year is a good one, we and our forebears have for generations made New Year’s resolutions: how can we be more loving, wholesome, fair, honest, kind? How can we more responsibly provide for our loved ones? More integrally impact our community, our nation, our planet? How can we be healthier? More genuine? More prosperous? More successful?
 
As we make personal resolutions so, sometimes, we make collective ones. How can the Pacific Unitarian Church become more welcoming—to the young, to more non-Europeans, and to a broader spectrum of the community? How can we be more loving and supportive to those of us already here? Better-natured and more fun-loving? Can we be more widely known across the area as a voice of progressive religion? Are we a religion of activists? Or are we, rather, a religion that affirms and encourages activism for those whose religious values are so inspired, but that also encourages other forms of spiritual practice?
 
As the rise of Trumpism and allied interests on the Right makes clear, America’s progressive tradition is threatened. Our Unitarian Universalist faith has a historic connection and commitment to America’s democratic institutions. Most of us—most people probably—have a tendency to reduce these institutions, in our minds, to civics book diagrams. And to reduce our democratic activity, in terms of commitment, to voting and making contributions. Democracy, however, is much more than that. It’s bigger than that; it’s an organic, living passion for self-determination. And a willingness to share that passion.
 
The exact same insights that inspired our 17th and 18th century forebears to establish free churches like ours later informed our national mission, a mission most fully enshrined (it’s always seemed to me) in the Declaration of Independence. Later still—1787—many of those same insights became the foundation of our Constitution. But if liberal “city on a hill” hope for a “more perfect union” is one engine driving America, commercial quest for profit has been another. From the beginning, American history has been driven by both: idealism and commerce. Historically, Unitarian Universalists have tended to embrace the spirit of both. When forced, however, to choose one over the other (as during the years immediately preceding and including the American Revolution and the Civil War) we’ve also tended to go with our idealism.
 
Of Janus, it is said that his temple in the Roman Forum faced both east and west; it was open in time of war and closed in time of peace. Needless to say, it would be open today. However one feels about the current global situation and our government’s determined, all-but-unilateral hand in shaping it, we can all agree, it seems to me, on a few things. First, we can agree that the democratic process is a good thing. And that maintaining it, sometimes, requires more than only voting and contributing funds. Democracy is never something that once established is secure. Democracy is always up for grabs. It’s always up to the current generation to insist on it. And make it happen. I believe that whatever one’s political inclinations, it’s a duty of citizenship to consider the critical issues confronting our communities and our country, to consider these matters in light of Unitarian Universalism’s tradition of religio-political idealism, and to participate.
 
We can also agree that democracy begins at home. We need to make strides to ensure that—throughout the coming year and the incoming Administration—our congregation is a place of care and kindness to everyone, whatever their particular political views. People don’t attend church because they’re looking for correctly-thinking like-minded defenders—at least not in our tradition. They attend because they’re looking for a community of full hearted and open-minded would-be friends. Friends with whom we like to agree, but whom we like—better yet love—whether we agree with them or not.
 
Finally, we can agree that passion is a good thing. Tempered by our reason, our wholesome tradition, and our care for one another. Let 2015 be a wonderful year for each of you! And for PUC!
 
                                                            Happy New Year,       Steve
 
"Breakthrough"
 
A sermon on the relationship between the 1st and the 7th UU Principles, with notes on Blaise Pascal ("The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing."), Plato's Myth of the Cave (The Republic), UU humanist Ken Patton, falling through winter ice, author Anna Quinlan, and more.... Prose by Barbara Rohde and poetry by D.H. Lawrence.

Reverend Dr. Stephen H. Furrer
“Have We a Dream, Too?”

Reverend Furrer on the Life and Legacy of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.  In the years since his murder, Martin King has become sort of an icon. In fact, he was a complex person involved in many more political efforts than racial integration alone. As is true for our Unitarian Universalist faith as well….
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.
 
January 15th at 12:15pm New to UU1 in Voyagers Room
January 22nd at 12:15pm New to UU2 in Voyagers Room

 


Daniel Osborne
    
Barbara Paulsen
    
Yoko Monnier

Susan Owen
    
Janet Lutkenhouse-Kissner

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


Greeters 
Jean Tordella
Peggy Tigerman

Welcome Table
Kris Williamson
Pam Harris

Top Chef
Margo Meikle

Usher
 
Kevin Gallagher
Amin Damji
Round two of input for PUC’s new logo. We took the input from the last round and came up with three new choices. If you would like to provide feedback, please do so by January 23rd. You can send an email to [email protected], write comments on a form in the PUC office, or talk to Tara Unverzagt.

We appreciate everyone’s input. The more input we have the better we can represent ALL of us! Thanks!
 
Hey, Party People! 

Do you love to plan parties but don’t have enough opportunities? We are looking for you!  Our PUC community loves to get together at various events at church and it would be great to have a team of folks who like to work from time to time on special events. This is the kind of job for those of you who don’t want to attend monthly committee meetings!  The next big, fun event will be our 60th anniversary, March 17th.  

Contact Judy Shaffer for details.
The Connectors Team:  Judi Carter, Betty Paieda, Barbara Paulsen, and Judy Shaffer.
 
Religious Education
 
Sunday 1/15/17 - Religious Education Classes
 
February 18th-20th, 2017 is Winter Camp for families at Camp DeBenneville Pines. Contact Claire Moss, DRE if you are interested. It would be fun to have a group of PUCers up there!
 
From the camp website: "Get to Platform 9 & 3/4  on time or you'll miss the express train to the Wizarding World of Camp de Benneville Pines!  Come help harness magic to transform ourselves and our world. Classes include magical dueling at the forts, riding broomsticks at the sled run (weather permitting), wand-making and other magical crafts, and the raising of magical energy through fun, student-centered worship."
 
Parent Information Session Sunday January 29th, from 12:15pm-1:15pm - Learn about what your children are discussing in PUC’s Religious Education programs, find out about upcoming events, get to know other RE parents. RSVP to [email protected]
 
Teacher Training Session TBA - Get involved with RE by becoming an assistant or fill-in teacher. Volunteer one or two Sunday’s per month, and be part of nurturing the next generation. Interested? Contact Claire Moss at [email protected]
 
Would like to enroll your child in OWL for 7-9th graders?
 
Are interested in being trained as an OWL program facilitator?
 
Do you want to help organize the OWL session?
 
Email PUC Director of Religious Education, Claire Moss at [email protected] 
(include your child’s name and grade).
 
Artistic/Tech Savvy Person Wanted

PUC's 60th Birthday Celebration is coming in March, and we're looking for someone to put together a visual history of those sixty years to present at the Annual Dinner/Birthday Celebration. Lots of photos from very nearly our beginnings up to the present are available in year-labeled albums and boxes, many with names of those pictured on the back. Please call the Church Office or Betty Paieda (phone number and e-mail address in the PUC Directory) if you're interested. Betty, one of our Church Historians, will work with you to assemble a DVD. 
Catch the 2012 video, PUC Outreach Food Garden, in the library this Sunday after lunch.  Just 8 minutes long, you likely will find yourself building the garden.  Or you may be curious.  The regular Green Sanctuary Meeting follows.  Please email agenda items to me at [email protected].
Carolyn Waters
 
OUR MISSION
 
We stand together in solidarity for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families — recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.

We support the advocacy and resistance movements that reflect our multiple and intersecting identities. We call on all defenders of human rights to join us. This march is the first step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up. We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all.
 
                                WOMAN’S MARCH LA
 
Social Justice is organizing a group of people to attend the human rights march to be held in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday January 21, 2016 at 9:00 am.The group will gather at Pershing Square, walk to City Hall, and return to Pershing Square.
 
Women’s March LA states: “Our mission is to stand together in solidarity for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health and our families ~ recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.” For more information go to: 
 womensmarchla.org

We encourage you to join us !
Please contact Helen Ciriello ~ [email protected] 
if you are interested. We would like to get a feel for the number of people
planning to attend. Bring friends along if you like. We will gather at PUC to carpool together.

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. 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.
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
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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 
                    Dee Masters -Vice President
                    Trish Botsko -Treasurer
                    Ben Cowan -Secretary

              John Einhorn
              Randy Ripley
              Tara Unverzagt 

Ways to Contact Your Trustees

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

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

 

Mike Buttitta, President      [email protected]
Trish Botsko, Treasurer     [email protected]
Phone numbers and individual email addresses for all other Trustees can be found in the Member Directory.

To request a Sunday morning announcement contact Gaberiel Gaynair
[email protected]

Please send View submissions to [email protected] 
by noon on Wednesday.

 

We are located at
5621 Montemalaga Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275


 

Office Hours

Sunday             9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.                             
Monday           8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
Tuesday           8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  

Wednesday      9:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.
Thursday          8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  
Friday               Closed
Saturday           Closed

 

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