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SBUF Newsletter for July 2003





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

July and August 2003


“…in the small matters, trust the mind; in the large ones, the heart.”

                                                                                Sigmund Freud




July 13 - ARE YOU A PROGRESSIVE?  Some people believe that God made a perfect world that has been getting worse ever since.  Others believe that the universe began in a chaotic explosion, and that order and beauty have emerged naturally, over time.  Do you believe that, in the long run, human societies degenerating, or progressing?  Bill Nunan will share his thoughts, and moderate the always lively discussion.  Bill will moderate.


July 20 - THE HEART REMEMBERS.  Is the human heart merely a miraculous mechanical pump?  Is the brain the sole center of human intelligence?  What happens when someone’s heart is transplanted into the body of another person?  What else is “transplanted” by this life-saving procedure?  Penny Hendricks will share some of the amazing true life experiences found in The Heart’s Code by Paul Pearsall.  Penny will moderate.


July 27 - BUILDING YOUR OWN THEOLOGY.  History—An Honest Backward Look.  Ted Doty will present Session 5.  “Heritage is always about passivity.  It is something we receive along with our ancestry, or our place of birth, or our presumed race, a result of who we are, not of anything we do.   Heritage is not the same as history; but neither is it just entertainment.  In essence, heritage is about the search for an attractive, usable, and above all profoundly reinforcing past.”  Come to participate in this discussion.  Ted will moderate.


August 3 - GOOD HUMOR POEMS AND STORIES.  Beth Perkins will present this program, but bring along your own favorite (if you have one) and come to enjoy what is shared.  Beth will moderate.


August 10 - GETTING ON THE ROAD TO CHANGE.  Dale Osbourne is a seminary student at Claremont.  He is on the path to becoming a Unitarian minister.  He returns to speak to us.  Les Berg will moderate.


August 17 - RESPONSIBILITY TO OURSELVES AND OTHERS. This program will be a taped sermon that Claire was impressed by.  Claire Aukerman will present the tape and lead the discussion.  Claire will be moderator.


August 24 - BUILDING YOUR OWN THEOLOGY. Ethics as Unenforceable Obligations---The Importance of Being Good for Nothing.  Carol Simpson will present Session 7 in the BYOT series.  Everyone is welcome to participate.  Carol will moderate.


August 31 – PATRIOTISM. When you hear the word, what comes to mind?  Do you have a positive reaction?  What does it mean to you to hear someone referred to as patriotic or unpatriotic?  Beth Perkins will lead the discussion and moderate.  (Happy Labor Day, Sept. 1)


September 7 - DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES?  Marilyn Doty will lead this discussion.  Have you experienced a miracle?  Come and share.  Marilyn will moderate.


September 14 - BUILDING YOUR OWN THEOLOGY. We are the Meaning Makers.  A final and critical dimension of a liberal religious theological stance has to do with human meaning.  Dick Radl will present Session 8 of the BYOT series.


                                          VOLUNTEER SCHEDULE




Beth P.

July 13

Ted Doty

Les B.

          July 20

Chuck Hendricks

Miles T.

    July 27

Peter Landecker

Lorna Mc.

    August 3

Lorna McClellan

Beth P.

    August 10

Linda Klein

Les B..

    August 17

Davis Miller

Miles T.

    August 24

Dick Radl

John S.

    August 31

Beth Perkins

Lorna Mc..

    September 7

Carol Simpson

     *****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 10:50.  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*********************


August 10 - SBUF BOARD MEETING at Mathews Cottage after fellowship at approximately 12:30 p.m.


July 27 - GOT THAT SWING   Come to an Ice cream Social and performance of vocal jazz and swing by the Concert Singers, on Sunday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.  Come to the Covenant Presbyterian Church 6323 W. 80th Street (at Sepulveda) in Westchester.  $12 for tickets in advance; $15 at the door.  See Bob Johnson or Rich Johnson for advanced ticket purchase.



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


The new South Bay Unitarian Fellowship BOARD OF DIRECTORS was selected by those attending the General Membership meeting on June 8.  Then at the SBUF Board Meeting  on July 6, the following responsibilities were assumed.  President:  Les Berg, V. Pres.:  Ted Doty, Secretary:  Richard Johnson, Treasurer:  Carol Simpson, Program Committee Chair:  Marilyn Doty.  John Simpson will continue as Facilities Committee Chair.  Beth Perkins will be District Representative.  Penny Hendricks continues with the Newsletter.  Linda Klein has joined in to add a helping hand. 

           The board adopted the following:

SBUF Budget 2003-2004












Cash on hand





 PAX Fund





 Touchstone Fund






























Paid minister



$200/month, (10)


















Breeze advertising







UUA dues







District dues







Speaker honorariums



five speakers




Social concerns




























KEEP IN TOUCH  a previous member of the fellowship, Sharon Spurlock, sent a note.  She now lives in Texas.  Here’s the information for reaching her.

5850 Belt Line Rd., #2105, Dallas, TX 75254





            If you wish to offer your books for loaning, please stamp or write you name inside the front.  The envelope and rotating card will be handled by Marilyn.  Please take care of the borrowed books and return them for others to enjoy.

From Marilyn, our trusty librarian:  Our library needs to grow in books and borrowers.  If there are books not there, but desired, please leave a note in the little wooden box.  Shall I put novels???  What kind do you like?

(By the way, thank you, Marilyn!)

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