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


April 2009  Newsletter

“There’s a Buddhist metaphor that says all religions, gods, saviors, sages, and teachings are so many fingers pointing to the moon.  The object, of course, is to see where they’re pointing, not to worship the finger.”                        Rev. Davidson Loehr, “The New F-Word?” UU World (October 21, 2005)

                                         SUNDAY PROGRAMS

March 29 - THE TYRANNY OF DEAD IDEAS    In this new book Matt Miller argues that "dead ideas" are the political orthodoxies that constrain action.  He says we need pragmatic solutions. John Simpson will report on the book and moderate a discussion.


April 5 - REASON VERSUS EARLY CONDITIONING  Which one influences our social, political, ethical beliefs and behavior, and our personality more strongly?  What part does child hood play in determining a more conservative or liberal view?  Jerry Parker will present this topic and lead the discussion.  Jerry Parker is a Philosopher and Humanist and friend to our fellowship.  He has been a member of the Pacific Unitarian Church.  John Simpson will be moderator.


April 12 – THE SECRET INNER SANCTUARY OF YOUR HEART    Ila Friend will share her thoughts, ideas, and experiences of meditation and lead us in a meditation experience.  Ila has practiced Inner Divine Communion Meditation as taught by Reverend Maitreya for over 20 years.  Penny Hendricks will moderate.


April 19 - WHO MOVED MY CHEESE   Thom Kilpatrick recounts the tale of "Who Moved My Cheese?" with lessons for responding to change along the twisting, turning path of life.  (Based on a best-selling book by Spencer Johnson, M.D.)  Thom Kilpatrick will present the topic.  Claire Aukerman will moderate today.


April 26 - HOW COULD WE HAVE DONE THIS?  Tracing American slavery and racism from the Constitution to the Civil War, through Reconstruction to Redemption, into the emergence of Jim Crow and the Civil Rights Movement, and now, to this, the election of 2008 – how could we have perpetuated so much damage to ourselves as a nation and a people over so many decades and with so much grief?  Rev. Jim Conn is our friend and will be our speaker this morning.  He has been a Methodist minister, Mayor of Santa Monica, and currently working for the Methodist Ministry in another capacity.  Several years ago he led PSWIRL as the guest Theme Speaker. Bob Johnson will moderate.



                                                VOLUNTEER SCHEDULE






John S.

 April 5

Claire Aukerman


Beth P.

Bob J.

 April 12

Thom Kilpatrick


John S.


 April 19

Bob Johnson


Thom K.

Pen /Chuck

 April 26

Eric LaScala


Claire A.

John S.

 May 3

Linda Klein


Penny H.

Bob J.

 May 10

Peter Landecker


Beth P.


 May 17

Dave Miller


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


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

April 5 - The Concert Singers are presenting their spring concert, Jubilant Songs, Songs of Love and Nature at the Westchester United Methodist Church, 8065 Emerson Avenue, Westchester. The Concert will start at 4:00 p.m., and ticket prices are $15. Included in the concert will be selections from Brahms Libeslieder (love songs) and Pinkham's Wedding Cantata. See Bob Johnson for more information and tickets.


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

The SBUF Board is happy to announce that Bea Schwartz is resuming her job as reminderer of the person designated to bring refreshments next.  Thanks, Bea.  Your calls have been missed!!!


PROJECT NEEDS   Please find information about this community effort that operates at our back door.  In fact, part of their effort takes place right here in Mathews Cottage.  Project needs is run by St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, our landlord.  If you are interested and able to contribute time and energy, or to donate food, clothing, etc. there are many opportunities really close to our fellowship home.  We just have to walk across the parking lot!   Over the years many of us have made a monetary donation to Project:  NEEDS for the spring collection of funds that are matched (partially) by the Feinstein Foundation.  See for more details



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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