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                                       MEETINGS: 11:00 a.m. SUNDAY at 2603 Mathews, Redondo Beach, CA


               SBUF  Telephone Information:  (310) 374-1451        President:  Les Berg       

               Newsletter:  Penny Hendricks                                    Mailing:  Chuck Hendricks

    August - 2001 - October


    “Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must…undergo the fatigue of supporting it.”                                                                          By Thomas Paine




    August 19.  DO YOU BELIEVE IN GOD?  "The Guy in The Sky," the transcendent ground of being, the community of sentient creatures.  What does God mean to you?  Bill Nunan will lead a discussion of this intriguing and controversial question.


    August 26. GENERAL DISCUSSION.   Evolution.  Moderated by Rich Johnson.


    September 2.  LABOR DAY WEEKEND POTLUCK at the Ted and Marilyn Doty’s home.  Gather at 1:00 p.m.  This is not a barbecue.  Please call with information on what you will bring.   Bring a card table if you wish.  (No meeting at Mathews Cottage this morning.)


    September 9.  WHERE IN THE WORLD HAVE YOU BEEN?  Think about why you travel or maybe why you don’t.  Have you ever visited someplace that made an impact on your life in some way?  Come and share--- not the where, so much, as the what, why, or how your experience was meaningful to you.  Bring a picture or memento if you want.  Penny will moderate.


    September 16.  GENERAL ASSEMBLY.  Les Berg reports on the U.U. convention lasting five days in Cleveland, Ohio.  Come and learn what is going on in the UUA.  There are interesting new trends that we need to know about, including our new president, Bill Sinkford.  Les will moderate.


    September 23.  SUNSET HALL.  Phillip Way, executive director of Sunset Hall, will speak of Retirement Living Options.  Sunset Hall is the U.U. retirement home in Los Angeles.  Ted Doty will moderate.


    September 30.  POETRY.  Do you have a favorite poet?  Jackie Berg will lead a program of poetry sharing.  Bring your favorite poems and share your love of poetry.  Jackie will moderate.


    October 7.  REVISIT CARL JUNG.  Rich Johnson will present a program retelling the story of Carl Jung and his concept of the Collective Unconscious, and of the Archetypes of the Mind.  This was the next big step beyond Freud's rather limited concepts.  Rich will moderate.


    October 13.  NO MEETING AT MATHEWS COTTAGE  following the Libra Party and General Meeting on October 13 (Saturday).  See Calendar below.



                                           VOLUNTEER SCHEDULE




    Les B.

    August 19

    Jackie Berg

    Miles T.

           August 26

    John/Carol Simpson


     September 2


    Beth P.

     September 9

    Marilyn/Ted Doty

    Les B.

     September 16

    Ada Furth

    Miles T.

     September 23

    Lee Aukerman

    Peter L.

     September 30

    Penny Hendricks

    Lorna Mc.

     October 7

    Bob Johnson


     October 14


         *****ATTENTION: For Openers and Refreshment persons:  *****

    OPENERS arrive at 10:30 a.m., unlock doors, cabinet, put out sign, start water, put on tablecloth, set up cups, coffee, etc. for the refreshments.  Please display the fellowship candle.

    REFRESHMENTS need to arrive by 10:45 a.m..  Please arrange a trade if you cannot attend or clean up on the day assigned.  When you bring refreshments, it is your turn to be responsible for the  clean up of the entire refreshment table including the coffee water and supplies.  If you need help, just ask.  By the way, thank-you very much!!!

    If you cannot bring refreshments on the date listed in the newsletter, you may call someone and trade with them for another date that is more convenient.


    ********************CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS*********************


    September 2.  LABOR DAY WEEKEND POTLUCK at the home of Ted and Marilyn Doty.


    September 8.  SPECIAL POTLUCK.   Linda and Bob are hosting a potluck to honor Art Schwartz who will be visiting from the Seattle area.  Art is Bea Schwartz’ brother and past member of this fellowship.  We look forward to seeing him again.  Plan to come at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, and bring a dish to share.  Please call to RSVP whether or not you will attend. 


    September 9.  SBUF BOARD MEETING at Mathews Cottage after fellowship.


    October 13.  LIBRA PARTY and General Meeting.   Saturday at 7:30 p.m.   Come to Beth Perkins'

             and share a potluck dessert party and discuss the future of the Fellowship. Call Beth to tell what you intend to bring. 


    *************************COMMUNICATION CORNER*******************         


    Special kudos to Eve Ahlers (married to Bill Nunan) who has been vital to the evolution of the fellowship kids’ program.  She has ordered books, developed the curriculum, etc.  Thanks to Jackie Berg, too, for help, support, and refreshments. 

    The SBUF “Sunday School” is now meeting in a room of St. Paul’s education building on Sunday mornings during the adult meeting.  Many thanks to Eve, Bill, and Jackie for the energy and effort required to get this program going.



    Hurrah, SBUF is growing!  Take time to introduce yourself to John and Carol Simpson of Hermosa Beach.  They joined the fellowship membership in May. 


    Other people you can hope to meet at fellowship have visited us or joined us since January:  Lury Cooper, Russell Jones, Steve Jillson, Marilyn McEvers, Lealenn King, Michael Hess, Leslie Zeiss, Hy and Sybil Sabath, Charles Foley, Mike and Paula Hurt, and Harry Andrroschak.  Come to fellowship and see some new faces.




    From the desk of Bill Nunan:


    SBUF Values Statement


    One key element in the planning of the future of our fellowship is the articulation of our defining values. At a meeting on Dec. 10, 2000 we made lists of some of those values, and sorted out some that applied to almost everyone.  The following covenant encompasses the values we listed.



    The South Bay Unitarian Fellowship is a caring and loving extended family that embraces diversity in nature, and diversity of persons, ideas, beliefs, and spiritual practices.  We affirm the Principles and Purposes of the Unitarian Universalist Association. We joyfully cultivate our spirits, and seek simplicity in our lives.


    We freely exchange ideas in a lifelong, honest, logical search for truth that informs the personal values upon which we base our actions.  We are committed to peaceful resolution of conflicts and a friendly, respectful reach for consensus.  We strive to treat others as we wish to be treated, and to expand principles of social justice to the wider community.



    SBUF Vision Statement


    A second element in planning the future of our fellowship is the distillation of a vision statement that describes what we would like to see in the SBUF in three years.  At a meeting on Jan. 28, 2001, Rev. Robert Klein of PUC helped us to define our individual visions, and then to draw out some common threads which were:


    * More Visibility

    * Growth to 50 Members

    * More Diversity of Age and Ethnicity

    * More Music, Ritual, and Spirituality in Sunday Programs

    * Religious Education

    * At Least One Social Justice Program

    * Paid Staff


    In October we will look at the Values and Vision statements and decide among us what our

    Mission will be.




    SBUF BOARD OF DIRECTORS for July 2001 - June 2002


    President - Les Berg

    Vice President - Ted Doty

    Treasurer - Claire Aukerman

    Secretary - Richard Johnson

    Religious Education - Bill Nunan

    Programs - Co chaired by Beth Perkins and Rich Johnson

    P.S.W.D. Rep. - Beth Perkins

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