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

SBUF  Telephone Information:  (310) 374-1451

President:  Carol Simpson     Newsletter:  Penny Hendricks      Programs:  Linda Klein


April and May  2005 Newsletter

“You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.”        Carl Jung




April 17 - PASSOVER SEDER.   Every year on the 14th day of Nisan, Jews all over the world gather after sunset for Passover Seder to commemorate their freedom from slavery in Egypt in the thirteenth century B.C.E.  Linda Klein will lead a short Seder to demonstrate some of the main points of this service. Everyone is welcome to participate but it is optional.  Linda will moderate.


April 24 - WITH DIGNITY AND RESPECTWhen you become ill, who will you trust to maintain your dignity?  Who will make the decisions when you can’t?  When does the patient lose the right to refuse extraordinary life extending procedures?  Penny Hendricks will present this topic and a brief look at the Hemlock Society and Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act.  Penny will moderate.


May 1 - AIDS IN TANZANIA.   Peter Glenn, who spent two years in Tanzania with the African branch of the International Jesuit Volunteers, returns to SBUF to talk about the documentary film he hopes to make exploring the AIDS crisis from an African cultural perspective. Peter's goal is to return to Tanzania in June to launch his film project, funds permitting.  Moderator: Claire Aukerman


May 8 - HOW DEMOCRATS AND PROGRESSIVES CAN WIN.   Language is a powerful political tool, and George Lakoff, a UC Berkeley linguist and author of "Don't Think of an Elephant," has put together a useful video for teaching us how to "reframe" the conservatives' language to our advantage.  John Simpson will moderate and lead the discussion following the video.


May 15 - MADAGASCAR: A WORLD APART.   Our speaker today is Jade Sasser who served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Africa.  She will present a comparative discussion on the social and cultural aspects of living in Madagascar, as compared to continental Africa.  Specific topics will include ethnic makeup, historical ties to Indonesia, the unique biodiversity of the island, and more.  Penny Hendricks will moderate.


May 22 - PEACE PILGRIM.   She walked from January 1, 1953 until her death in 1981. She fasted until offered food and slept on the ground until offered shelter. She wore a tunic with "Peace Pilgrim" on the front and "Walking for Peace" on the back. Rich Johnson will show a video of her pilgrimage, read some of her writings, and tell part of her story. 


May 29 - TURKEY, THEN AND NOW.   Lenore Snodey and Peter Landecker recently spent three weeks in western Turkey, an area rich in religious traditions and which was a seat of world power in the Greek, Roman and Ottoman eras.  Trip highlights include a visit to an underground city in scenic Cappadocia, and a Greek cat house in Ephesus. Video highlights will be shown.  Moderator: Peter Landecker



June 5 - Rev. Jim Conn will be our speaker.


                                                VOLUNTEER SCHEDULE




Les B.

      April 17

Ted Doty

Miles T.

      April 24

Ada Furth

Lorna Mc.

      May 1

Penny Hendricks

Beth P.

      May 8

Bob Johnson

Les B.

      May 15

Richard Johnson

Miles T.

      May 22

Thom Kilpatrick

John S.

      May 29

Peter Landecker

Lorna Mc.

      June 5

Eric La Scala

Beth P.

      June 12

Lorna McClellan

     *****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.  


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

April 17 - SBUF BOARD MEETING at Mathews Cottage after fellowship at approximately 12:30 p.m.

 May 14 – ANNUAL SBUF AUCTION  on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.  Mark your calendars for this fund raiser that allows us to support the fellowship in a creative way.  We can offer services of various kinds, offer dinners, breakfasts, desserts, a trip, etc.  We can offer items (new or slightly used).  See if you can come up with something to offer and plan to attend.  Peter Landecker will auctioneer; it is always a fun afternoon and any money you spend helps the fellowship meet expenses.  Come to the home of Bob Johnson and Linda Klein at 1:30 p.m..  Optional:  Bring some finger-food to share.  (This is not a potluck dinner.)  If you have a question, ask Bob or Linda. Please call or email Peter to offer goods or services. Click here for more information about the auction.

***************Communications Corner*****************************


How do I become a member of the South Bay Unitarian Fellowship??  Membership is open to all persons 15 years of age or older who sign a membership card expressing agreement with the purpose of the Fellowship.  Members become eligible to vote and hold office three months after signing membership cards.

Members are expected to participate in SBUF activities and to provide a helping hand and financial support when needed.

If you didn’t have a chance to donate to Project NEEDS, it is not too late.  Get your donation (of any amount) to Penny and be included with other fellowship members.  

PROJECT NEEDS is a program sponsored and administered by our “landlord” Methodists who serve dinner to over 100 hungry people every Tuesday evening.  Currently they are collecting donations that are then increased by a donation from the Feinstein Foundation.  The church across the parking lot continues to meet the needs of people in our community.  All of this effort is accomplished through volunteers and donations.  If you would like to donate, an effort is being made to present the donations from SBUF members, as an effort to show the church support from the fellowship.  Penny Hendricks is collecting the checks made out to:

Project NEEDS.  

(Donations of any amount will be enhanced by funds from the Foundation.)

If you have any questions, call Penny.  Thank you.

Please get your check to Penny by April 17.


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