Attention Visitors and Potential New Members

On Sunday, September 27 from 12:15-2:00 pm, in Palmer Library there will be a UUFSD ORIENTATION. Please plan on attending if you are interested in learning more about our fellowship or becoming a member. ORIENTATIONS take place 3 times annually.
In addition to the Orientation there are two other steps involved on the path towards membership. Attendance at the New Member Circle which will be held on Saturday, October 3rd 10:00-12:00, in Founders Hall, and Recognition Sunday, when the minister and congregation welcomes new members. Recognition Sunday will be on October 4th during the 11:00 service.

A light lunch will be provided during the ORIENTATION. If childcare is needed please contact Alison Crotty at who will make those arrangements for you.


Attention Visitors Contemplating Membership or Just Curious

UUFSD Orientation Class, Sunday, September 27th, 12:15AM-1:45PM, Palmer Library

This class is an opportunity for those interested in Unitarian Universalism to learn more about UU history, philosophy and world view. Also, Fellowship members will be on hand to tell you a little about our own Fellowship history and operation. A light lunch will be served and childcare is available upon request.

On Saturday, October 3rd from noon-2:00PM there will be a New Member Circle. At this event, those wishing to become members will sign the membership book and complete the membership process. Again, a light lunch will be served and childcare will be available upon request. Then, on Sunday, October 4th, new members will be recognized during the Sunday service. Those interested in membership, please note these dates on your calendar. The next opportunity to participate in these events will be in January. Please call or email Betsy Gilpin (760-230-2515, for more information and to sign up/request childcare.

ARTS (A Reason to Survive)

October Recipient of the UUFSD Generosity — Sunday, September 13, 2015 

A Reason To Survive (ARTS) is a nationally recognized organization based in National City of San Diego County that believes in the power of the arts and creativity to literally transform lives – especially those of kids. They believe in the therapeutic powers of the arts, but they are not clinical art therapists. ARTS uses all forms of art as a vehicle to create positive, long-lasting change and transformation in children and youth facing major life challenges. By providing a sequential program model of therapeutic arts programs, arts education, and college & career preparation, they provide a one-stop-shop for youth to move from crisis to college or career. ARTS provides direct services to youth, support services to like-minded individuals and organizations, and advocacy to community stakeholders and leaders about the importance of arts programming for youth.

A Taste of UU — Food & Music Festival

A Taste of UU – Food & Music Festival, September 12, 2015 from 4-7 PM – Join UUs from across the county at this summer celebration at UUFSD sponsored by the San Diego UU Network (SUUN). There will be great food and live music starting at 4:00 PM with our own UUFSD Band first up on the concert schedule. Other musical groups featured include Project Harmony (Chalice), Eklectic GrUUve (Palomar), Singchronicity (Friends of UUFSD), Apostles of Vibe (Palomar), and Kensington(Friends of Chalice’s Grunnion Run). Childcare will be provided (for ages 5 and younger).

Event is FREE, although donations are gladly accepted to defray cost of food.

IMPORTANT–Registration is required –

Questions? Contact Vicky at

Taste_of_UU Flyer (PDF)

Generosity Sunday & Social Action Forum — August 23, 2015

Border Angels is an all volunteer, non profit organization that advocates for human rights, humane immigration reform, and social justice with a  special focus on issues related to issues related to the US-Mexican border. Border Angels engages in community education and awareness programs that include guided trips to the desert to place water along migrant crossing routes as well as to the border to learn about the history of US-Mexico border policy and experience the border fence firsthand. Border Angels also conducts a day laborer outreach and a free legal assistance program.

Enrique Morones, Director of Border Angels will conduct a forum on “Before we were us, we were them” following the service, in Founders Hall, at 11:15


Annual Beach Party

It’s not too late to sign up to attend the annual Beach Party offered at the May auction. So we can plan on the appropriate quantity of food, please RSVP to Betsy Gilpin ( 760-230-2515). We will serve hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, salads, soft drinks and dessert. $10/person or $25 max/family. This year the party is at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas.

Aug. 6 – Food Bank Volunteer Night

Join us at the San Diego Food Bank in the Miramar area; just 20 minutes from UUFSD! It’s always from 6:00 – 8:00 PM – anyone over 7 years old can help! Mostly we just put food in boxes on an assembly line or bag fresh produce – 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 TO REGISTER and for more information:


Change of Date for Backpack Assembly

New Date: AUGUST 2, 2015 AT 11:15 am

The Social Action Backpack Group will assemble backpacks for the CRC, Stand Up For Kids, and the Colonia Carretas on Sunday, August 2, 2015, at 11:15 a.m., in Founders Hall.


Mindful Self Compassion — A Half Day Introductory Workshop

Learn to Offer Yourself Kindness, Ease and Encouragement vs. Harsh Criticism


Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is a research-based cutting edge program developed by Kristen Neff, PhD and Chris Germer, PhD.

The full 8 week program has been found to:
*DECREASE Depression
*INCREASE Relationship Satisfaction
*INCREASE Healthy Habits
*INCREASE Well-Being

When & Where: Saturday, August 1st, 9:00am-12:00pm - Palmer Library
Fee: $30.00 – This is a UUFSD Auction Item. All proceeds will be donated to the UUFSD General Fund

Livia Walsh, RN, and Licensed Psychotherapist, has been trained by Neff and Germer and authorized to teach this program. She offers the full 8 week program in both her private practice in Encinitas as well as at UC San Diego’s Center for Mindfulness where she is a senior teacher.

For more information on this workshop or the 8 week program, please contact Livia Walsh at: