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


January 2011  Newsletter

"Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance." -- Robert F. Kennedy, Jr

                                         SUNDAY PROGRAMS    

January 2 HOLIDAY PARTY at the Johnson-Klein home.  Mark your calendars for a festive time, starting at 4:00 p.m. It's time for the annual Fellowship and friends Holiday Party and Potluck. Bring a wrapped 'white elephant' (see below) for the gift game to follow dinner (optional). Please RSVP and let Linda and Bob know what pot you are bringing. So bring your good cheer, your white elephant, and your pot for an evening of fun and good eats. According to Webster’s Dictionary: WHITE ELEPHANT

1. An abnormally whitish or pale elephant, usually found in Thailand; an albino elephant.

2. A possession entailing great expense out of proportion to its usefulness or value to the owner.

3. A possession unwanted by the owner but difficult to dispose of. (For this party, please refer to # 3.)

See for more information.


January 9RESOLVED:  LOOKING FORWARD, LEARNING FROM THE PAST   Traditionally, we think about the new year as an opportunity to set goals for the coming year.  And yet, nearly 60% of us discard those well intended resolutions within the first three weeks of January.  Join our friend, Ronda Thomas, M.A. in a discussion about the coming year, learning from our past, and  achieving an unstuck future.  We have enjoyed Ronda Thomas (Native American) on several occasion.  She is a counselor at Beach Cities Health District.  Linda Klein will moderate.


January 16PERSON OF THE YEAR    Near the end of each year Time Magazine pictures the Person of the Year on its cover.   If you were to pick the POY of 2010, who would you pick and why?  Come to share and discuss your choice. See for more information.  Penny Hendricks will moderate.


January 23THE COURAGE TO DOUBT   For many centuries, free thinking people have been dedicated to open minded religious inquiry.  One of the primary commitments of the UU denomination is to question and explore the concepts of faith.  The historical Buddha taught a mindfulness that encouraged doubt and that primarily relied upon our personal experiences.  There is a climate present in the U.S. for some rigid theological attempts to indoctrinate by intimidation.  We need to honor our precious freedom to doubt.  Barbara Reinhart presents this topic and will lead our discussion.  Moderator will be announced.


 January 30TAIWAN, REPUBLIC OF CHINA    Peter Landecker recently spent 18 days in Taipei (in the north), Kaohsiung (in the southwest) and Hualien (in the east). Highlights of the trip included two home-stays as part of a Friendship Force exchange  as well as a visit to Taroko National Park and its spectacular Marble Gorge. Relations between ROC and the Peoples Republic of China are warming from cultural and interchange points of view. Exotic local customs were experienced and foods sampled. Our group was included in a very elegant marriage engagement party as well as took a 200 mph bullet train. Peter will share his experiences, both verbally and with beautiful and interesting photographic images he captured. Lenore Snodey will moderate.



                                                VOLUNTEER SCHEDULE






January 2



Bob J.

January 9

Claire Aukerman

Penny H.


January 16

Thom Kilpatrick

Thom K..


January 23

Peter Landecker

Claire A.


January 30

Eric La Scala

Les B.

John S.

February 6

Chuck Hendricks

John S.

Bob J.

February 13

Meron Castain

Penny H.

       *****Attention: For Openers and Refreshment persons:  ***** 

Openers arrive at 10:30 a.m., unlock doors, cabinet, put out sign, start water, put on tablecloths, make the coffee, start the water, set-up cups, etc. for the refreshments.  Please display the fellowship candle on the circular table. Place the Guest Book, name tags, and offering basket on the long 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*************


SBUF Board Meeting  -  The board meeting will be in January.


February 4 – Beach Cities Symphony concert starting 8:15 p.m. at El Camino College Marsee Auditorium.  “A Night in Old Vienna” featuring Demetra George, Soprano.   Free Admission, and on campus parking, $2. Free pre-concert lecture starting at 7:30 p.m. See for more information, or ask Peter.

       ***************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.  


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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From the SBUF PresidentJust to say “ thank you” to the people who handle the Opening and Closing of Mathews Cottage month after month.  When you attend on a Sunday morning you may notice how everyone pitches in to help put away and clean up.  The refreshments have been great, too.  Thanks to everyone---your attendance and energy are appreciated.

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