Volunteer at CRC Dec. 18-21

Thanks to all UUFSD members who volunteered at
Community Resource Center’s Holiday Baskets program last Sunday!

CRC reached out again to let us know they’re actively looking for volunteers THIS Thursday through Sunday (Dec. 18-21) during their distribution days at the Del Mar fairgrounds. If you’re interested, please call the CRC office at 760-753-1156, email Sara Hunt at shunt@crcncc.org, or simply sign up via VolunteerSpot here: http://vols.pt/xE8XBf where you can view available dates/times.

CRC can’t make Holiday Baskets happen without volunteers, and this year they have over 1,500 families to support with food, warm clothes, blankets, and toys. Thanks so much for your help!

Jan 15: Food Bank Volunteer Night

January 15 – Food Bank Volunteer Night
Join Us!

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 PManyone over 6 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.

Last month we bagged 2500 lbs of apples and prepared 202 Friday Take-Home bags for kids! – in just 2 hours!

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! Check out the pictures.

Email Sara Ohara for more information: sara@saraohara.com

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Interfaith Shelter Volunteers Needed

Interfaith Shelter Volunteers Needed
Jan 25- Feb 01

UUFSD will partner with St. James in Solana Beach to sponsor a week of the Interfaith Shelter Network. This will occur the week of Sunday January 25- Sunday February 01. We will need roughly 40 volunteers to help prepare and serve dinners, as well as 10-14 volunteers to serve as overnight chaperons during the week we host the shelter. Volunteering a night at the shelter can be a very humbling and enlightening experience as you engage and connect with the guests over dinner and conversation. If you have questions about the Interfaith Shelter program, or would like to get involved, please contact Kevin West at kevingwest@gmail.com

Location of Shelter: St. James Catholic Church 625 S Nardo Ave, Solana Beach, CA 92075
Dinner Volunteer Times: Arrive 6pm and leave by 7:30pm
Overnight Chaperon Volunteers: Arrive 7:30pm and Close 7am the next morning.
Signups: Contact kevingwest@gmail.com or 315.525.8180

UUFSD Joins Commit2Respond!

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Climate Action & Environmental Justice at UUFSD

In 2015, UUs everywhere are being asked to be a part of Commit2Respond, which will be the focus of the Standing on the Side of Love campaign. Commit2Respond was inspired in large part by the success of Thirty Days of Love, and the question: What if we can bring together the UUSC, UUA, and UUs all over the country and our partners to work on one justice issue? Climate justice is already affecting marginalized people all over the globe, and with the Commit2Respond initiative we will stand on the side of love with all those affected. We invite you to embrace this new program with open arms as it, too, has the potential to change hearts.

The campaign will begin on March 22, World Water Day, and extend until April 22, Earth Day.

The UUFSD CAEJ Task Force is planning on hosting a series of talks and events leading up to and through the 30 days of Commit2Resond. These events are designed to inform, engage and educate the Fellowship and the larger community about the nature of the challenge that confronts us, and actions we can take to address them.

View our new Green Reading List containing book reviews, links to blogs and climate-related books and novels. The CAEJ Task Force is working with the Dream Builder’s Task Force to assure that our capital improvements will be sustainably designed and use best practices for energy and water conservation. We are also investigating whether UUFSD should participate in UUA’s Green Sanctuary program.

Climate change is a moral and ethical issue, not simply a scientific fact. Indeed, it is the moral issue of our times. What we do – or don’t do – in this generation, will shape the future for thousands of years to come. Humanity – for good or ill – has become a force of nature, fully equivalent to natural cycles. How we respond to this new status will determine what kind of world we bequeath our children and the generations that follow.

If you’re interested in joining the Task Force, contact Scott Thatcher or John Atcheson.

December 14: Victims of Gun Violence Vigil

Candlelight Vigil Service
of Mourning and Remembrance for Victims of Gun Violence

Sunday 14 December 2014 6 to 7 PM
UUFSD 1036 Solana Drive, Solana Beach CA 92075

In commemoration of the second anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, as well as the 30,000 American victims of gun violence since December 2012, UUFSD is joining the Newtown Foundation, Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, States United to Prevent Gun Violence and the Washington National Cathedral in a nationwide candlelight vigil service of mourning and remembrance for all those who have fallen victim to the ongoing epidemic of gun violence in America. We will mark this as a step from moving from the audience to the stage.

For information call UUFSD during working hours at 858 755-9225

Please print and share this flyer if you wish.

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December 4: Food Bank Volunteer Night

December 4 – Food Bank Volunteer Night
Join Us!

One of our volunteers just responded with this:
“What a great break from the hustle-bustle of commercial Xmas!” SO TRUE!

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 PManyone over 6 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.

Last month we bagged 2000 lbs of pears and prepared 272 Friday Take-Home bags for kids! – in just 2 hours!

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! Check out the pictures.

Email Sara Ohara for more information: sara@saraohara.com

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December 9: Pastoral Care Workshop

Pastoral Care Workshop

Founders Hall
December 9 • 7:00 – 8:30 PM

“Happiness Is……….”

Dr. Ansar Haroun, Professor of Psychiatry at UCSD, will present a lecture on the biological, social, psychological, and religious underpinnings of the concept of “happiness”.

For the last 25 years, Dr. Haroun has been a psychiatrist in San Diego, practicing the conventional biomedical model of treating unhappiness / depression, but also studying alternative models, which incorporate the wisdom of the great Masters (Buddha, Jesus, Ghazali and Farabi etc).

He will synthesize the wisdom of the sages, and explain where the western biomedical model should or should not be applied.

Dessert and Coffee will be served!!

Contact David Naimark for more information: office@uufsd.org

November 16: Crafts Fair

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: membership@uufsd.org 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.

November 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 PManyone over 6 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.

Last month we prepared 468 boxes of food for Seniors and 384 Friday Take-home bags of food for children – in just 2 hours!

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! Check out the pictures.

Email Sara Ohara for more information: sara@saraohara.com