Volunteers Wanted for Food Distribution Center

Do you have some free time this summer? If so, please join other UUFSD volunteers at the Community Resource Center (CRC) food distribution center, 656 Second Street, Encinitas on Thursdays, 10am-12:30pm. June is covered, but we could use your help in July, August and/or September.

Activities include helping CRC clients “shop” for food from the pantry shelves, unloading/sorting incoming donations of food and household items, and re-stocking pantry shelves. Details at our Sign Up Genius page: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/409054fa8a823ab9-volunteering or contact Susan Miller at susan3733@gmail.com. No experience necessary!

Annual Congregational Meeting on Sunday, June 11 at 10:00 am

All members please plan to attend the Annual Congregational Meeting on Sunday, June 11 at 10:00 am, in between services.

At this meeting we will vote on the congregational budget for the next fiscal year, approve the minutes from the January congregational meeting, vote on the nominations for the Board of Directors, and vote on nominations for Board President and Vice President.

This year’s nominees for the Board of Directors are Linda Giannelli Pratt and Swagatam Mukhopadhyay. The nominee for Board President is Mark Tuller, and for Vice President is Bob Quick.

According to our bylaws, we need at least 20 percent of our voting members present to constitute a quorum to conduct business.

Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race


Join Rev Meghan Cefalu for a discussion of Debby Irving’s book, Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race, on Saturday, June 17 at 5pm in Palmer Library. Free event open to the public. Members are encouraged to attend. Bring a friend!

This book sheds light on why America’s racial divide continues to deepen. Author Debby Irving encourages readers to bring more nuance, historical knowledge, and personal reflection to the issue.

Irving uses her own life to explore the everyday systemic racism that goes largely unnoticed yet perpetuates long-held racialized belief systems. Waking Up White functions as both a “Racism 101” for white people and a rare exposé on whiteness for people of color. By sharing her sometimes cringe-worthy struggle to understand racism and racial tensions, she offers a fresh perspective on bias, stereotypes, manners, and tolerance.

Beloved Conversations Forum Sunday, June 4

The Beloved Conversations Forum will be held after the Music Sunday service on SUNDAY, JUNE 4th in Founder’s Hall. The BC team is looking forward to introducing this anti-racism/anti-oppression curriculum to you and hopes that you will sign up for the full program which begins with a weekend retreat on Sept. 22-23, and then 8 consecutive Sundays from 3-5 pm from Oct. 1-Nov. 19. Childcare provided. Light lunch offered with gratitude. Please join us.

Music Sunday, June 4, 9:00 and 11:00 AM

Many have long held space for peace, working for it in their own way. On Music Sunday we’ll lament our place in history where peace is a dream and conflict remains. And we will vision and affirm our united purpose — a world of peace.

All over the world and throughout history, parents have expressed hope and intention for a peaceful world for their children. The choir will sing two lullabies accompanied by cello from the song collection “Lullabies From the Axis of Evil”, including one from Iraq titled, “Peace to the world, peace to my country, my love” and a traditional Sufi song with text by mystic and poet Abu Abdillah Muhammad. Other selections include “Learn War No More” and a Hebrew folk song

From American John Mayer, the UUFSD Band will perform”Waiting for the World to Change,” which speaks of our frustration over barriers to changes we desire. Another selection, from Keb’ Mo’ and Taj Mahal, makes the celebratory statement, “There’ll be peace and understanding all around the world.”

We look forward to sharing this musical worship experience with you.

Bid on Auction Items on Sunday, May 21 after Each Service

Forgot to bid on something at the auction?

Would you like to take another peek at what you missed?

Here is a second chance to look at what is still available.

Availability is limited, so please take a look at the number under Max#.

You can also bid on limited time opportunity until June 4, 2017.

Contact Patricia Cofre-Stone at auction@uufsd.org if you have any questions.

Screening of the Documentary “13th” on Friday, June 2

Join Rev. Meghan on Friday, June 2nd for a screening of the documentary 13th followed by a discussion. Palmer Library 6:30-9:30. Pizza will be served.

Seating is limited. Please RSVP.

The title of Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing documentary refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.”

The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry is laid out by DuVernay with bracing lucidity.

Please RSVP via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Unitarian-Universalist-Fellowship-of-San-Dieguito-210458910209 or email office@uufsd.org or call 858-755-9225.

For more about Ava DuVernay’s work and to see a trailer for this film click here.

Announcing Candidates for the UUFSD Board Beginning in July 2017

The Leadership Development Council (aka Nominating Committee) is pleased to announce our candidates for the UUFSD Board for three year terms beginning this July. They are Swagatam Muhklopadyay and Linda Giannelli Pratt. We very much appreciate their willingness to serve.

Many thanks to Clint Stoddard and Heather Stroud, who are stepping off the board, for their work on behalf of our community.

Nominations from the community are also open and only require that the nominee has been a member for one year and is willing to serve for three years.

Your LDC: Marta Giri, Alejandra Hoffman-Chan, Christie Turner

Save the Date: Brunch on May 21

Dear wonderful UUFSD members and friends:

You are invited to participate in “Brunch Team 6 and 7 combined” to help make the UUFSD May 21th FUNdraising Brunch a success! You will have received an email invitation if your last name is between A-E. If you have not participated this year and want to help and didn’t receive an email invitation, that’s ok. We are all volunteers and maybe we got your email wrong. Everyone is of course welcome to EAT at the brunch and donate funds the day of the brunch. The Brunch program benefits committees and programs. Anyone is welcome to help in the kitchen:

SAVE THE DATE: The brunch is scheduled for May 21, 2017. Help is needed to bring potluck food, to help set out food, clean up, or take turns greeting and collecting donations.

Summary of the two Services Brunch day:
Drop off of potluck items by 9:30 am. Set up team helps from 9:30 – 10 am.
Gathering Hour Brunch runs from 10 am – 11 am.
Second Shift team puts out potluck dishes for Second Service at 12:15
Final Clean up team starts to clean up around 1 pm.

If you have questions, concerns, or do not wish to participate, please let Alison know. Your “no” is as sacred as your “yes.”

Many thanks to the choir who hosted the last brunch in March and to Debbie and volunteers who threw together a beautiful Easter brunch in lieu of a fundraiser for April. The Choir put together a helpful signup sheet and for their event had so many helping hands which made such a beautiful day that we decided to do the last May brunch as a combined team of 6 and 7 (basically these are last names from A to E in the Fellowship Directory). Many hands make light work!

We hope everyone from A-Z has had an opportunity to help at a fellowship brunch at least once this year and we look forward to another year of fellowship and FUN-draiser brunches next year. If you would like to help with this program then contact brunches@uufsd.org; kitchen@uufsd.org. (Does gathering around delectable dishes in fellowship for fundraising light your fire?) If so, we love your enthusiasm and we would love to hear from you about next year!


Alison Schlick
UUFSD Board member liaison to Sunday Brunch Fundraiser Program