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

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

Newsletter:  Penny Hendricks                           Mailing:  Chuck Hendricks


May  2004


“A mind that is stretched to a new idea never returns to its original dimension.

                                                                                                          Oliver Wendell Holmes           


May 9 - OF SAILS AND RUDDERS, a celebration of all those who, with gifts of love and guidance have nurtured us and made our spirits strong.  The speaker, Reverend Dori Jeanine Somers, has been in the Unitarian ministry since 1971, serving in Bangor, Maine, Fullerton, and Whittier, California.  Rev. Somers is an author, graphic artist, seminar leader, former journalist, a successful parent and active grandparent.  Les Berg will moderate.


May 16 - THE SUBJECT IS GOD.   So what does this “three letter word” mean to you?  Has your idea of “God” changed?  Come together to think about it, and share your thoughts.  Rich Johnson will lead this topic from Building Your Own Theology.  Rich will moderate.  


May 23 - LAUGHTER FOR THE SOUL.  Bring your funniest jokes, limericks, stories, poems and observations of life to share.  Carol Simpson will lead a “shorter” program.  Following the program we will enjoy special refreshments and meet briefly to vote in our new SBUF Board of Directors.  This GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING is a quarterly meeting and all members and others are encouraged to attend.  This is also an opportunity to bring up any concerns or desires you may have (pertaining to SBUF). 


May 30 - MEMORIAL DAY POTLUCK on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 at the home of Linda Klein & Bob Johnson, El Segundo. RSVP's welcome by phone: or email:, or in person.  NO MEETING AT MATHEWS COTTAGE.


June 6 - FIVE TYPES OF DECISION MAKING.   Come learn about psychologist/philosopher William James’ suggested tools for making life’s major decisions.  Our own in-house philosopher Dick Radl will present this program and moderate.


 June 13 - Minister Emeritus Ernie Pipes will speak.  Subject to be announced in the next newsletter.


                                             VOLUNTEER SCHEDULE




Beth P.

          May 9

Carol Simpson

Les B.

          May 16

Beth Perkins

Miles T.

          May 23



          May 30


Lorna Mc.

          June 6

Miles Thompson

Beth P.

          June 13

John Simpson

Les Berg

          June 20

Les Berg

Miles T.

          June 27

Claire Aukerman

     *****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 on the circular table.

REFRESHMENTS need to arrive by 11:00 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!!! 


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

May 22 - UUSC HUMAN RIGHTS FORUM at Throop Memorial Church in Pasadena.  Keynote speaker:  Dr. Charlie Clements, President of UUSC.  Workshops:  Organizing to Protect Civil Liberties and Mobilizing the Vote.  The conference runs 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  For more information call Melosa Granda (213) 389-1395.


May 23 - SBUF BOARD MEETING at Mathews Cottage after fellowship at approximately 12:30 p.m.


May 28 - BEACH CITIES SYMPHONY Friday night at 8:15; pre-concert lecture, at 7:30. At the Marsee Auditorium at El Camino College.  The concert and parking are FREE.


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THE READING ROOM      by Linda

            We have 5 new arrivals in the library; 4 donated by Lorna McClellan:  “Dreams on Fire/Embers of Hope” from the pulpits of L.A. after the riots, “A Season for Justice” by Morris Dees, a lawyer’s own story of victory over America’s hate groups, “Exercise of Conscience”, by Harry R. VanDyck, a W.W.II objector remembers, and “The Selected Poems of John Holmes.  And Les Berg has donated a book he is passionate about:  “Plan B” by Lester R. Brown, Rescuing a Planet under stress and civilization in trouble.  Thank you for these new additions to the library.


Many thanks to all those who contributed to Project:  NEEDS.


THE ANNUAL SBUF AUCTION held on May 1 was a success to the tune of $1,432.  The success was due to the hospitality of Carol and John Simpson, the skill of auctioneer Peter Landecker, the accounting skills of treasurer Carol Simpson, and most of all, the generosity of all of those who contributed auction items and made purchases of the many offerings.                                                                                             


In September, 1972 we attended SBUF for the first time.  We met Lee Aukerman.  Lee passed gracefully from our lives on April 10, 2004.  Lee will be remembered and missed by all who knew him.


The following have consented to serve on the SBUF Board from July 1, 2004 to June 30, 2005:  Les Berg, Ted Doty, Marilyn Doty, Penny Hendricks, Bob Johnson, Linda Klein, Beth Perkins, Carol Simpson, John Simpson.  If you would like to add your name, call Lorna McClellan.  Thank you, Lorna, for gathering the list of nominees.  



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