Climate Action Report

The Climate Action and Environmental Justice Group discussed events for March 22 – April 19th at its last meeting. We have started planning Sunday services during this month, called Commit2Respond, reflecting efforts at the UUA to address climate change.

The group meets next this Thursday, Jan. 29th at 5:30 pm. Please join us.

Special activities at the planning stage include a Sustainable Dinner and an Eco-bike ride

Here are ideas for the Sunday services–come and contribute thoughts at the next meeting on Thursday Jan. 29 at 5:30.

  • March 22nd: Set up the problem
  • March 29th: Voices of the Affected, organizing by Laura Colban
  • April 5th: Easter Flower service
  • April 12th: Voices of Response, personal & political (needs organizer)
  • April 19th: Assessment. Where do we go from here?

Jan 25-Feb 1: 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

Jan 15: Food Bank Update

We did some GOOD!

Our team filled bags for 760 families who will need help to make it through the long weekend.
Each bag contained a bag of beans, a box of pasta, a can of tomato sauce and a can of chicken….If you let this sink in it’s hard to believe this sort of small portions is so needed by so many who live in our neighborhoods here in San Diego….we can’t solve the world problems but we can make a difference right here, right now, one small effort at a time.

January 15 – 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 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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Pacific Garbage Patch Video

A photographic documentary about the effect of plastic on an isolated bird population in the Pacific.

The MIDWAY film project is a powerful visual journey into the heart of an astonishingly symbolic environmental tragedy. On one of the remotest islands on our planet, tens of thousands of baby albatrosses lie dead on the ground, their bodies filled with plastic from the Pacific Garbage Patch. Returning to the island over several years, our team is witnessing the cycles of life and death of these birds as a multi-layered metaphor for our times. With photographer Chris Jordan as our guide, we walk through the fire of horror and grief, facing the immensity of this tragedy—and our own complicity—head on. And in this process, we find an unexpected route to a transformational experience of beauty, acceptance, and understanding.

We frame our story in the vividly gorgeous language of state-of-the-art high-definition digital cinematography, surrounded by millions of live birds in one of the world’s most beautiful natural sanctuaries. The viewer will experience stunning juxtapositions of beauty and horror, destruction and renewal, grief and joy, birth and death, coming out the other side with their heart broken open and their worldview shifted. Stepping outside the stylistic templates of traditional environmental or documentary films, MIDWAY will take viewers on a guided tour into the depths of their own spirits, delivering a profound message of reverence and love that is already reaching an audience of tens of millions of people around the world.

Please go to midwayfilm.com for more information.

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!

UUFSD Joins Commit2Respond!

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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 14: Holiday Baskets Distribution Event

Holiday Baskets Distribution Event

Join UUFSD volunteers helping prepare for the annual Holiday Baskets distribution event, organized by Community Resource Center, at Del Mar Fairgrounds on . Volunteer with your friends after UUFSD services at either one of two shifts: 10:30am-12:30pm or 12:30pm-2:30pm. We’ll be sorting or packaging food, inventorying coats and blankets, or possibly even maintaining bicycles for 1,500 low-income families. Go HERE for more details or to sign up. Questions? Email susan3733@gmail.com.

National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence

Today is the day we are joined by families from 18 states and the District of Columbia, faith leaders and a coalition of gun violence prevention groups at the Washington National Cathedral to honor the 26 innocents who lost their lives at Sandy Hook Elementary School and the 60,000 other Americans who will have died from gun violence in the two years since the Newtown tragedy.

Please take out your kleenex before viewing our beautiful memorial video.