We donated $1,185.00 to doctors Without Borders. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization created by doctors and journalists in France in 1971. MSF provides independent, impartial assistance in more than 60 countries to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe, primarily due to armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, exclusion from health care, or natural disasters. MSF provides independent, impartial assistance to those most in need. MSF also reserves the right to speak out to bring attention to neglected crises, challenge inadequacies or abuse of the aid system, and to advocate for improved medical treatments and protocols. Contact: http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org
Rev. David A. Miller: Stories from the summer and other sources on challenges and how things can change when we answer our call for loving transformation through engagement.
The new UUFSD Quarterly Magazine, a collaborative effort by the Publicity Committee, is a beautiful, full-color, multi-page, e-Magazine. It is a forum for expanded articles on topics of interest to our members. Additionally, each issue will spotlight the efforts, accomplishments, and passions of different members of our fellowship. If you have a topic you want to see explored or have a yen to share your mission and passion with the membership, contact Irv Himmelblau.
If you have an interest or expertise in adult-education and/or are interested in taking part in the PLANNING and IMPLEMENTATION of the following program, please come to the first strategy meeting scheduled on this Thursday, September 15th, at 7:30PM in David’s office.
Starting on October 29th, the Social Action Committee is planning to offer a series of eight, two-hour long adult-education workshops centered around the theme of “Building the World We Dream About.” The curriculum, developed by the UUA, seeks to interrupt the workings of racism and transform how people from different racial and ethnic backgrounds understand and relate to one another. Each session will be open to all interested congregation members and will be accompanied by reflections, readings, and suggested “Taking It Home” activities which can be easily incorporated into ongoing SAC projects.
This is an article by Reverend Miller in the electronic magazine: Standing on the Side of Love dated 9 September 2011. The campaign for Standing on the Side of Love is made possible by the generosity of individual donors and gifts to the Annual Program Fund and Friends of the UUA. His article illustrates the work and actions of this wonderful program that is part of our fellowship. Here is the link to his article.
This is Reverend David’s article in Sign On San Diego (the on line version of the San Diego Union Tribune) reminding us of common ground we share. His quote is the essence of his message.
“We add our voices to these remembrances by saying that this day of despair was a rip in our interconnection, a moment in time that continues a decade later to call us into a renewed urgency to work together to heal this world.”
Here is the link to this poignant message from the 9 September 2011 Sign On San Diego.
Wenda Alvarez: A Historical Look at Today – From factories to fields to flashmob, song is a powerful messenger.
We are looking back and celebrating over 50 years as the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Dieguito. It is also a time we must look forward and begin to imagine what our future will hold. Before charting that future course, we are creating a shared vision that will guide our decisions, actions, and growth.
Why does it matter? Because our joint vision, about who we are as a congregation and where we want to go, informs some of our most important decisions, including:
• Membership Growth/Outreach/Diversity of Membership
• Capital Improvements
• The Work of Social Justice
To create our shared vision and strategic plan, we are engaging in a structured process modified from the book: Holy Conversations: Strategic Planning as as Spiritual Practice for Congregations.