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

SBUF  Telephone Information:  (310) 374-1451

President:  Penny Hendricks     Newsletter:  Penny Hendricks      Programs:  Penny Hendricks



August  2008  Newsletter

“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.”                                                                                By Mark Twain


                                             SUNDAY PROGRAMS


August 3 – BEING A UNITARIAN    Last Sunday two Unitarian Universalist churches joined together for a special service and performance of a play by the young people.  This was interrupted by angry man with a shotgun.  It is believed that he chose this church because of their liberal view---the view we share as Unitarians.  Come and listen to a message written by Reverend Jon Dobrer and then let’s talk about how we feel about what happened in Tennessee.  More information about this tragedy is available at Hendricks will lead the program. 


August 10 – SURVIVAL OF THE COOPERATIVE     The popular understanding of Darwin is competition--"survival of the fittest."  However that is more Darwinism than Darwin.  Indeed, Darwin and other scientists have shown that cooperation contributes as much or more than competition to survival; a much-needed lesson in our competitive world.  Reverend Jim Grant (a UU minister in San Diego and PSWIRL Theme Speaker in August 2008) will be presenting this topic.  Peter Landecker will moderate.


August 17 – SPIRITUAL PRACTICES    Dee Masters will return to share more regarding the spiritual practices of the big religions and how we can use some of these practices in our lives.  This time there will be time for discussion.   Among other things Dee studied comparative religion.  Dee is a member of the Pacific Unitarian Church.  He is also a teacher and a friend to SBUF.   Penny Hendricks will moderate.


August 24 – ANNUAL LUNCHEON   (No meeting at Mathews Cottage.)  This year for our Annual Luncheon we are going to the Szechwan Restaurant in Manhattan Beach at 926 N. Sepulveda Blvd. (at  9th Street).   We will gather at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.  The cost is only $10 per person including tax and gratuity.  Please pay ahead of time if possible.  John Simpson (our treasurer) will write one check from the fellowship.  You may write a check to SBUF and give it to Claire Aukerman or John Simpson.  If you have a question you may call Claire.  Special thanks to Claire for setting up this day!


August 31 LABOR DAY WEEKEND   No meeting at Mathews Cottage. Have a happy holiday!


September 7 - Program to be announced.


September 14 - Barbara Reinhart is the speaker.


                                                VOLUNTEER SCHEDULE






John S.

  August 3

Claire Aukerman


Beth P.

Bob J.

  August 10

Eleanor Thrane


John S.

Les B./Beth

  August 17

Eric LaScala


Thom K.


 August 24





  August 31




John S.

  September 7

Bob Johnson


Beth P.

Bob J.

  September 14

Penny Hendricks


John S.

       *****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*************


August 10 - The SBUF Board will meet at 12:30 p.m. after fellowship at Mathews Cottage.

August 24ANNUAL LUNCHEON (see details above)

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

HURRAY!!!  We have a new board member, Claire Aukerman.  She was nominated and voted in unanimously at the July board meeting.

NEW FRIENDS.     In June, we had the pleasure of meeting Shirley Bennett and her longtime partner, Terri.  They came partly looking for information about Unitarians and were especially interested in finally having the opportunity to officially marry.  It was 31 years ago that the relationship began on July 10th.  So on July 10, 2008, John Morehouse performed a ceremony at their home before a gathering of their friends and family.   We congratulate them and hope they will continue to participate in our fellowship and let us get to know each other.


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.  


SBUF PROGRAMS   If there is a particular topic you would like to see presented on a Sunday morning, or an organization you want to know more about, or a good book you would like to share, or any other ideas for Sunday morning programs, please call Penny Hendricks. Your input is valuable!  Thank you for your help.

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