Our Minister and Staff
Rev Meghan Conrad Cefalu
Rev. Meghan grew up among the rolling green hills north of San Francisco where her late father, a United Methodist minister, served congregations. Her first area of interest and study was psychology. She graduated from University of California at Davis with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1994. Rev. Meghan then immersed herself in a Doctor of Psychology program at John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, CA before realizing midway through the graduate program that her true calling was to the ministry. As a queer woman who found traditional Christianity to be too limiting for her broad theological understandings, she was delighted to have discovered Unitarian Universalism. Grateful for this denomination’s wide theological umbrella and the welcoming stance to the LGBTQI+ community she began seminary at one of only two UU seminaries in the country, Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley. Rev. Meghan graduated Starr King with her Master’s in Divinity in 2005 and was ordained at All Souls Unitarian Church in Kansas City in 2006. She served congregations in Missouri and Kansas, Northern California and the Boston suburbs before joining us at UUFSD in August of 2015.
In 2013 Rev. Meghan Cefalu and her husband and life-long love, Chris Cefalu, embarked on the challenging, transformative and deeply gratifying journey of polyamory. The couple live in Del Mar with their now elder pup, Libby – possibly the sweetest dog who has ever lived.
Alison Aguilar Lopez Gutierrez McLeod
Alison Aguilar Lopez Gutierrez McLeod has been serving this congregation since March 2007. She was born and raised Unitarian Universalist and has experienced Unitarianism across the country, including All Souls in Washington D.C., UU’s of the Palouse in Moscow, Idaho, and First Church in San Diego.
While earning her M.Ed. and Bachelors at Washington State University, Alison served as an elected official on the City Council of Pullman, Washington. Her service was continued as a teacher for Eclipse Alternative High School, was the JV Tennis coach at Pullman High school, and served on numerous boards for organizations that addressed issues faced by women of color, civil rights and social justice. She continued that work across the country working for various non profits that focused on youth and child empowerment through community involvement and reaching beyond social and economical constraints. Directly before coming to UUFSD, Alison served for three years as a Disaster Response and Recovery coordinator for the 2003 Wildfires. Her service to others was recognized recently with an honor as a finalist for San Diego Woman of the Year Award in 2016, nominated by some of our congregation members.
Alison is thrilled to be a part of the UUFSD “family” as she calls it. A congregation that encourages and empowers children to find their own religious paths. She endeavors to provide a well-rounded liberal religious education for our children in an environment where they feel safe, accepted, respected and heard. Alison develops remarkable, special connections with our children, youth and emerging adults, encouraging them to grow spiritually, develop a sense of personal and social responsibility and experience joy as a central part of a loving Unitarian Universalist community.
Music Director, Christine Lehman, seeks to encourage broad intergenerational participation in the music program, which includes a 33-voice choir, a 7-piece band, instrumental and vocal small groups and soloists, congregational singing, and concerts for the congregation and the broader community. She is passionate about making music which enhances worship and community building. Here at UUFSD, this means making music from a wide variety of genres and traditions, expressing a broad range of intellectual, spiritual, and emotional content. The adult choir sings bi-weekly and the band plays monthly. Together these groups offer two all-music Sundays per year based upon a theme, such as recent service, “Love is a Light,” featuring songs about the nature of love and justice. The Coastal Concert Series helps to convey our Unitarian Universalist message to the broader community. Regular performers have included Carrie Newcomer and Peter Mayer.
As Choir Director, Chris brings 24 years of choral conducting experience with San Diego North Coast Singers, San Marcos Lutheran Church, and previously at UUFSD. As a soprano soloist, she has performed with the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus, Palomar Chorale and Orchestra, the Mendocino Music Festival and others. She has served as piano accompanist for Palomar College, Mission Hills High School, and Coast Kids Theatre. Currently, Chris teaches piano and voice privately. She holds a certification in Kodaly Music Education, a B.A. from Macalester College, and a Master of Social Work degree from Washington University. Previously, Chris worked as a clinical social worker with children and families.
She attended Ventura College and Grossmont College and has worked as an administrator most of her life, with a sojourn into commercial voice acting in the mid-1990’s when she worked for Cox Media. She has been a staff volunteer for San Diego Comic Con since the mid 1980’s, is an avid paper crafter and cross-stitcher, and is a NASCAR fan.
She loves working at UUFSD and tells her friends and family that this is the job she wishes to remain at until retirement.
Kay Bolden is a blogger, speaker and community organizer. She grew up near Chicago during the 1960’s, the daughter of civil rights activists. For 26 years, she directed the Warren-Sharpe Community Center and its social enterprise, Green Sprout Urban Farm, in Joliet, Illinois. The Center works to eradicate social inequalities, to build an equitable food system, and to empower marginalized youth and families. After retiring, she moved back to her favorite city in the world—San Diego.
Kay has published numerous articles on community development, women’s empowerment and personal growth. You can find her work at KayBolden.com and on Medium.com. She saves her political rants for Twitter.