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


 November - December  2005  Newsletter


“I do not want the peace which passeth understanding, I want the understanding which bringeth peace.”                                               Helen Keller



November 20 - WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES.   Just one year ago, liberals were at a loss to explain the outcome of the presidential election, and concerned about how President Bush would spend his political capital.  Who would have imagined that scandals, indictments, incompetence and hubris would bring the Bush regime to its lowest point ever, just one year into his second term?  Carol Simpson will lead a discussion about where we are now, and what progressives can hope for in the next three years.  Penny Hendricks will moderate. 

November 27 - INTELLIGENT DESIGN   Last August George Bush publicly stated his support for this alternative to the theory of evolution to be taught in science classes. We will watch a short video taped from Nightline that explains what intelligent design is, will show the skillful marketing campaign taking place to promote it, and will include interviews with the chairs of biology departments at some of our top universities.  Discussion to follow.  Moderator: Linda Klein


December 4 - THE COLLAPSE OF THE CIRCLES   Our speaker, Reverend Jim Conn, will explore the fading capacity of Americans to form effective associational patterns while our public life feels dominated by institutions over which we have no control.  Is this a construct forced upon us or is it a construct of consciousness?  Are we doing this to ourselves?  And how will it matter?  Penny Hendricks will moderate.


December 11 - SINGING THE JOURNEY   Rev. Teri Masters and (musical friends) will present this program.  We are blessed with the most amazing new hymnal supplement!  It is full of fresh hymns, chants, and songs for marking the seasons of our lives within a myriad of musical styles.  These pieces will encourage your laughter, tears, comfort, and commitment to justice along with a deep sense of compassion and gratitude for all that contributes to our free faith.  Our denomination is vibrant, joyful, and thriving - and the music between the covers of Singing the Journey reflects this amazing good news. Come to sing, come to listen, come to celebrate!  Carol Simpson will moderate.


December 18 - FREEDOM FROM ASSUMPTION   Barbara L. Reinhart, M.A., will discuss how Unitarian Universalist principles and values may be enhanced by integrating some of the wisdoms of Buddhist philosophy and psychology.  Barbara, a lifelong Unitarian and former SBUF member, also became a practicing Buddhist in 1996. Her private practice focuses on consulting in conflict management, stress and burnout, team building, and personal growth dynamics.  The moderator will be Beth Perkins.


December 25 - A UU CHRISTMAS - Come and hear the UU message on Christmas Day, sing Christmas carols and remember Christmases past.  Moderator - Les Berg 

January 1 - WHAT’S HAPPENED TO PROP 71?   California voters overwhelming approved an initiative that would provide $3 billion in bonds to fund stem cell research.  The proposition said the research would benefit all Californians.  It may turn out that most of the benefit goes to the biotech firms.  The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights is fighting to make sure the public's money actually benefits all of us.  John Simpson will present this subject and lead the discussion..


                                                VOLUNTEER SCHEDULE




Les B.

      Nov. 20

Les Berg

Miles T.

      Nov. 27

Ted Doty

Penny H.

      Dec. 4

Ada Furth

John S.

      Dec. 11

Chuck Hendricks

Les B.

      Dec. 18

Rich Johnson

Miles T.

      Dec. 25

Thom Kilpatrick

John S.

      Jan. 1

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 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*************

November 20 - SBUF BOARD MEETING at Mathews Cottage after fellowship at approximately 12:30 p.m.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

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

We extend our love and sympathy to John and Carol Simpson for the loss of John’s mother, Mary.  She passed away on October 19, 2005 with John at her bedside.

 Our hearts go out to Dick Radl.  Dick’s wife passed away in her sleep in their home on Sunday, November 6, 2005. 

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