Calling all UUFSD Artists and Crafts Persons

UUFSD Crafts’s Fair Sunday, November 16

This year, our Art Fair will be held on Sunday, November 16, between the services and following the second service. This is a chance to exhibit your work before the congregation and even sell some of it, with 35% of your proceeds going to the Fellowship.

To sign up, please download the Application HERE or contact Betsy Gilpin: before September 29th or after October 22nd and she will send you an application.

The application fee is $20, but this will be rebated from the 35% of your sales that goes to UUFSD. The deadline for submitting your application is Thursday, November 6th. Hanging art will be put up in Founders’ Hall on Saturday, November 15th from 1:00 to 4:00pm. All artists should arrive by 8:00AM on November 16th to set up their tables. There will be monitors during the services to watch over the exhibits.

Sept. 26: Sacred Circles Pot Luck!

Join us for FREE PIZZA, SALAD and DRINKS as we explore “Sacred Circles”
(previously known as Spiritual Growth Circles)

Friday, September 26 from 6:30-8:00 PM at Fellowship Hall, UUFSD

What the heck is a Sacred Circle? 

Growth in congregational life can happen when we come together to create safe and sacred spaces and seek to understand ourselves, our boundaries, our gifts and our limitations in relation to others. The solo practitioner can only grow as far as they can imagine.  When others are introduced into our sacred space, we gain a broader and deeper understanding of the world and our place in it.

On September 26th from 6:30- 8:00 PM, you will have a chance to “test drive” the new format for the Sacred Circles and decide if you would like to participate this year. The commitment is meeting with your Sacred Circle ONCE per month at one of three locations (UUFSD, Encinitas, Rancho Bernardo) from October 2014 to May 2015.

RSVP no later than Sept 25th for this event so we can be sure to have enough food.

Email Linda Pratt
If you will need a babysitter, let us know before Sept. 19th.



The Sacred Circle facilitators (Vicky Newman, Glen Bowen and Linda Pratt) will be available after each Sunday Service in September. Sign-up opportunities will end on September 28th.

This is a wonderful opportunity and we hope that you will join us as we grow individually and collectively in our congregational life at UUFSD.

I am looking forward to beginning the new congregational year of Sacred Circles with you!

Oct. 18 Death Cafe

Attend a Lively Conversation about Death

Meet in the UUFSD Core Area
2:00 – 4:00 PM

5735398056_cac68851ae_zDeath Cafe is a non-profit international movement that brings people together to eat cake and have a lively conversation about death. Death Cafes offer an open, neutral and confidential space. This event is free, open to all and is offered with no intention of leading participants toward any conclusion, product or course of action. The sole objective of the Death Café experience is to increase awareness of death, while helping people make the most of their lives. Refreshments — including cake! — will be served. Registration is helpful for the event planner, but not mandatory. Email Tiffany to register.

Aug. 31: Generosity Sunday

Building Clean Water Projects Fights Diseases

UUFSD Generosity Sunday contributions on August 31 benefit Quaker Bolivia, which will support community-level water projects in Bolivia. Most families in these villages lack access to clean water. This lack of clean water causes health problems such as skin infections and diarrhea, which is one of the leading causes of death for children under five in developing countries.

QBL will fund the materials necessary to build community-wide water systems or family water pumps. QBL also teaches families about hygiene and provides technical expertise and training for community members, who build and maintain the projects and administer the local resources required for project sustainability.

QBL is an international, non-sectarian development organization guided by Quaker principles and dedicated to reducing poverty among the indigenous peoples of Bolivia. Since 1995, we have been working alongside the indigenous Andean people to fund, construct, and monitor community-based projects to secure food sources, promote better health, and generate income.
•    QBL works to raise awareness of Bolivian culture and society.
•    QBL seeks to include men and women equally in the planning and leadership of projects.
•    QBL does not fund projects that have a religious purpose and neither includes nor excludes communities because of their religious beliefs

Generosity Sunday
Learn how UUFSD supports social justice in local and global communities.

Sept. 6: Annual All Fellowship Beach Party

Come one, come all to the Annual Beach Party to be held this year on Saturday, September 6th 4:00 PM to dark at South Carlsbad State Beach (aka Ponto Beach). The fare will include hamburgers, turkey burgers, hot dogs (turkey and beef) and vegie bergers with a variety of salads, drinks and deserts. Niel Lynch is the chef assisted by Betsy Gilpin and Bev Conner. We begin cooking at 4PM and stay until dark. $10/person or $25/family (whichever is less). You may have already paid at the time of the auction. If not, pay at the event, but be sure to call or email Betsy Gilpin to sign up so we know how much food to provide: 760-230-2515 or

Thanks UUFSD for helping at the Food Bank!

John & Judy Sherman & Betsy bagged 866 lbs of pears for distribution for those in need in San Diego – in just 2 hours!

Our group also bagged 3,464 lbs of plumbs!

20140807_194100Anyone over 6 years old can help! Our next volunteer night will be Wednesday Oct. 22. Usually we just put food in boxes on an assembly line – really easy, no lifting, no bending, great camaraderie. This is a wonderful way of helping locally those in need and strengthening our UUFSD community as well. The San Diego Food Bank distributes over 20 million pounds of food annually to individuals, families and a network of nonprofit organizations that work to alleviate hunger throughout San Diego county. They need our help! Email Sara Ohara at if you’re interested in joining us.



Aug 23: A Taste of UU BBQ

August 23
BBQ: 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Music: 6:00 – 8:00 PM

San Diego UU Network (SUUN) BBQ — Join UUs from across the county at this summer celebration at UUFSD. There will be great food and live music with Chalice’s Grunnion Run. Childcare will be provided. Event is free of charge, but registration is required, so we can plan for food, beverages, and childcare.

No Admission Charge but please register at EventBrite.
Questions? Contact Vicky

Download a Flyer to share HERE.

UUFSD’s Recycling Campaign!

Announcing UUFSD’s Recycling Campaign

Have you noticed the bright blue recycling bins that have popped up at various locations on UUFSD’s grounds? After months of research and planning, the Design Review Committee has brought our waste disposal system up to date. With UUFSD’s goal of ecological sustainability in mind, we ask our members to participate actively in recycling the waste that we produce on our campus.

If EDCO is the waste management company that serves your home, you can recycle at the Fellowship exactly what you recycle at home. For those of you who aren’t familiar with EDCO’s regulations, we are posting signs by the blue bins to guide you. In a nutshell, DO RECYCLE plastic and glass bottles/jars, metal cans, and aluminum foil (all emptied or rinsed of food), and clean paper and cardboard. DON’T RECYCLE paper plates, cups, napkins, paper towels, tissues, cardboard soiled by food, food waste, or plastic bags. KEEPING NON-RECYCLABLE TRASH OUT OF THE BLUE BINS IS AS IMPORTANT AS PUTTING RECYCLABLES INTO THEM. More detailed information is available at EDCO’s website,

RE Director Alison Crotty has eagerly agreed to bring the children into our recycling campaign by teaching them what to toss in the blue bins. If you bring children to UUFSD, please guide them until they learn how to separate waste materials correctly.

Thank you, members, for joining our campaign to make UUFSD’s grounds as sustainable and beautiful as possible!