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Universalists Welcome New Minister

The Rev. Donald J. Cameron
The Rev. Donald J. Cameron

The Rev. Donald J. Cameron recently became minister of Laguna Beach’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

He succeeds the Rev. Kent E. Doss, who relocated from the fellowship at 429 Cypress Drive.

Raised in North Carolina in the Episcopal Church, Cameron enrolled at Duke University, graduating with a comparative religion degree. After attending Starr King School for the ministry in Berkeley, Cameron interned at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Carmel.

He previously served as a Universalist minister at churches in three states.

“There are days I am an agnostic, days I am a theist, days I am an atheist, but every day I am a mystic,” Cameron said in a statement, explaining his personal theology.

“Our strength as a religious people is we are not afraid of differences, nor afraid to change our minds. This is the cornerstone of our faith,” he said.


Media Veteran to Lead PBS Station

Robert G. Magnuson
Robert G. Magnuson

           The PBS SoCaL board elected Laguna Beach resident Robert G. Magnuson as its chairman at a meeting last month. S. Paul Musco was chosen as vice chair.

Magnuson, founder of a communications firm, also teaches on the subject at Chapman University. He has served on the Costa Mesa-based station’s board since 2009. Over the air, viewers can watch station programming on channel 50.1, though Cox cable carries it locally on channel 10.

A native Angelino, Magnuson graduated from UC Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in political science and earned master’s degrees in economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and in journalism from Columbia University.  He has worked in the media business for more than three decades, as a former business editor of the Los Angeles Times, as president of the Times’ Orange County edition and as a consultant.

“Since PBS SoCaL is now the PBS station for the entire Los Angeles area, there are big challenges and opportunities for us to grow, and I am excited to be a part of it,” he said in a statement.

He succeeds co-chairs JoEllen Chatham and Musco.

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