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

SBUF Telephone Information:  (310) 374-1451        President:  Carol Simpson

Newsletter:  Penny Hendricks                         Mailing:  Chuck Hendricks


July – August 2004


“Generosity brings joy; honesty brings peace.”




July 11 – METAPHYSICS.   What does Metaphysics mean to you?  The voyage of Chi-ops—a ship full of people traveling to Greece, Egypt, Israel and Turkey, with a staff from UCLA.  All were on board with an interest in the Metaphysics of different religions.  Beth Perkins will share her experience from this trip.  Discussion of Metaphysics to follow.  Beth will moderate.


July 18 - HAPPY SECULAR HUMANISM!   Did you know that July 18 is Secular Humanism Day?  It’s a day to celebrate all life-affirming humanist, rationalist, and scientific belief systems.  Let’s celebrate together!  Rev. Teri Masters, Interfaith Minister, Hospice Chaplain, and 24 year UU will speak to us today.  Penny Hendricks will moderate.


July 25 - ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF SBUF (formerly known as the annual dinner).  Join together this year for BRUNCH at the Alpine Village Inn, at 833 W. Torrance Blvd., in Torrance. Come together at 11:00 a.m.  The cost is $l4 per person.  Please call Penny at to make a reservation and send a check to her, but made out to South Bay Unitarian Fellowship.  No business today; -- just food, fellowship and fun.  There will be NO MEETING AT MATHEWS COTTAGE today.


August 1 - HEAL THE BAY.   Our guest speaker from this non-profit environmental group will talk about the causes and consequences of marine pollution and what we can all do about it.  Moderator:  Linda Klein.


August 8 - LEARNING TO LET GO   We grow attached to many things, people, and activities that we enjoy, but the Buddha teaches that such attachment causes suffering.  Can we strike a balance between the austere path of a monk and the self-indulgence that pop culture encourages?  How do we get past the pain when we have no choice but to let go?  Bill Nunan will present the program and will moderate.


August 15 - “THE JESUS FACTOR”.   Frontline aired this documentary on President Bush’s Fundamentalist background and its influence on his presidency.  Come watch portions of this program with discussion to follow.  Bob Johnson will moderate this morning.


August 22 - BEING LIBERAL IN AN ILLIBERAL AGE.   In an era a resurgent conservatism and Bible-thumping fundamentalism, religious liberals can feel overwhelmed.  Come share in a reaffirmation of why we chose our path, and share strategies for countering the influence of the right.  Carol Simpson will lead this discussion and will moderate.


August 29 - HOW NOT TO POSE ENEMIES.   Simone Maud’hui currently teaches classes on growth of our Spiritual Being.  She will talk about the underlying oneness of the earth and the great design of the universe among the chaos of our world.  Marilyn Doty will moderate today.



                                             VOLUNTEER SCHEDULE




Beth P.

          July 11

Marilyn Doty

Les B.

          July 18

Jackie Berg


          July 25


Lorna Mc.--

          August 1

Dick Radl

Beth P.

          August 8

Ada Furth

Les B.

          August 15

Penny Hendricks

Miles T.

          August 22

Ted Doty

John S.

          August 29

Bob Johnson

     *****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. 


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


July 18 - SAY IT WITH MUSIC.   The CONCERT SINGERS will perform at the annual Ice cream Social and jazz concert, Sunday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.  Come to the Covenant Presbyterian Church, 6323 W. 80th Street (at Sepulveda) in Westchester.  $10 in advance; $12 at the door.  See singers Rich Johnson or Bob Johnson for advanced ticket purchase.


July 25 - SBUF BRUNCH AT 11.00 a.m.  See details under Sunday Programs.


August 1 - SBUF BOARD MEETING at Mathews Cottage after fellowship at approximately 12:30 p.m.


August 22-27 - PSWIRL   Pacific South West Institute for Religious Liberals will hold the annual gathering at DeBenneville Pines.  This relaxing week long adult camp provides food for thought and nourishment for the spirit in a beautiful mountain setting.  For information and registration, see or write or call Marcia Taylor, Registrar, at (909) 597-1037. 



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THE READING ROOM      We have a new “librarian” Lorna has offered to handle the book situation.  Take time to check it out and maybe “check out” something for your reading pleasure!



Sharon Spurlock was married on May 29, 2004, to Edward Purcell.  Their address as Mr. and Mrs. Purcell is 5850 Belt Line Road, Apt. 2105, Dallas, Texas 75254.


The following is from the announcement of their wedding:


Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter to the other.

Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other.

Now there is no loneliness for you.

Now you are two persons, but there only one life before you.

Go now to your dwelling place, to enter into the days of your togetherness,

And may your days be good, and long together.

                                       Apache prayer of benediction




Your new SBUF Board President is Carol Simpson.  Carol has been an excellent Treasurer for several years.  She has the energy, determination and plenty of smarts to lead our fellowship to new heights.

                                                          From Les Berg, past President (and new Treasurer)




As a longtime member of this fellowship (September, 1972), I would just like to mention that never in the history of the fellowship, has anyone put in so much time, energy, and caring as Les Berg, in his role as fearless leader.  Many, many, many, many, many thanks to you, Les Berg!!!!!

                                                                                                                                      From Penny


OFFICERS OF SBUF BOARD OF DIRECTORS for fiscal year July 2004 thru June 2005:

                               President:  Carol Simpson

                          V. President:  Ted Doty

                               Secretary:  Rich Johnson

                               Treasurer:  Les Berg

                          District Rep.:  Beth Perkins

           Other Board Members:  Bob Johnson

                                                  Marilyn Doty

                                                  John Simpson

                                                  Linda Klein

                   Newsletter Editor:  Penny Hendricks


Program Committee:  Carol, Linda, Beth, Marilyn, and Penny.  PLEASE let the committee know of any ideas, likes, desires (even dislikes) for future programs.  Your input is valued!



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