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UUFSD continues to be in the news for our stand on gun control.
May 1st update:
April 30th update:
April 7th (Original Post):
UUFSD was featured in the Union Tribune today (April 7, 2013) for our work on gun control. Below are links to some of the coverage of the March 16th’s gun violence vigil held in Encinitas, including UUFSD members in the background.
April 16th (Original Notice to UUFSD Members):
Gun Violence Vigil – Saturday, March 16: Just a reminder that if you are coming and have a Standing on the Side of Love T-shirt, please wear it for we are the LOVE PEOPLE!!!
Candlelight Vigil for all Victims of Gun Violence
Saturday March 16, 2013 6:30 pm
In front of Encinitas City Hall at Civic Center
505 S Vulcan Ave, Encinitas, CA 92024
The Mayor of Encinitas will be hosting!
Bring: Candles, pictures of victims, signs promoting gun safety laws
Sign-up at: facebook.com/EncinitasVigil
For More Info Call: (619) 742-9555 Organized by: Organizing for Action (OFA)
MAKE A DIFFERENCE right here in our own community! Join members of the fellowship in helping out at the San Diego Food Bank on Tuesday, February 12 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. 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 those in need and strengthening our UUFSD community as well. Anyone 7 and older can help. Get on the monthly email list! Contact Sara Ohara at firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you know the story of the Black Empowerment Controversy in the Unitarian Universalist Association?
At the 1968 General Assembly, delegates voted for $1 million for programs to support black empowerment in the Unitarian Universalist Association over four years. A controversy over the funding began at the 1969 General Assembly in Boston, and many Unitarian Universalists walked out of the Assembly. By 1970, the funding was reduced and eliminated.
Many black Unitarian Universalists left the denomination following these events. Since then, for the most part, we have carefully not talked about what happened in 1968-69. “The Black Empowerment Controversy” is treated as a family secret that we simply don’t discuss.
Please join in a Black Empowerment Controversy Discussion on Saturday, February 2nd, from 10:00-1:00 p.m. in Founders Hall. We will view Wilderness Journey: The Struggle for Black Empowerment and Racial Justice within the Unitarian Universalist Association, 1967-1970, a video documentary of the Black Empowerment Controversy (75 minutes). A facilitated discussion will follow.
Open to all. RSVP to Katy Swanson, email@example.com or 562-346-4787 to reserve space.
“Silences and the telling of partial truths…have clogged our spiritual and relational arteries.” – Rev. William Sinkford, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association, 2001–2009
One of the ways our congregation participates in outreach and social justice work is to designate one Sunday in each month as a Generosity Sunday. On these Sundays, we donate the offering to an organization or project that serves the community or the cause of social justice.
A Generosity Sunday Working Group has been formed representing both the Social Action Committee and the Worship Committee. Our goal is to serve a variety of needs and organizations.
The Generosity Sunday Working Group knows there are many non-profit organizations near and dear to congregation members. We are launching a formal beneficiary selection process and reaching out to let you know so that UUFSD members, Committees or staff may encourage their favorite organizations to apply.
Beneficiary consideration begins with the submission of a request.
Downloadable request forms are available here.
The request form serves the following purposes:
1. Confirms an organization’s 501 (c) (3) status.
2. Provides an overview of the organization’s mission, financial status and intended use of funds.
3. Provides a point of contact.
4. Provides information for use in UUFSD communications related to Generosity Sunday beneficiaries.
Completed request forms/applications can be emailed to the Work Group at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or mailed to UUFSD Generosity Sunday, P.O. Box 201 , Solana Beach , CA 92075
On Saturday, June 9th, about 20 volunteers from the UUFSD community joined a few friends from outside the fellowship to participate in Project Facelift. Project Facelift is a City Heights community project, organized by Community Housing Works, in which hundreds of volunteers come together to revitalize a community, one block at a time. The event was a complete success in so many ways! It brought adults, young adults, and YRUU together to live our faith through action. In addition, the homeowner whose house we worked on has generously offered to donate 30 gallons of paint to UUFSD-sponsored community projects in Tijuana. The generosity of this homeowner, as well as the connection he has now forged with UUFSD are two examples of how living our faith through action inspires those around us to create a better world through community.
The June Generosity Sunday offering will be donated to My Library. This non-governmental, non-profit organization is located in Laos, a small country landlocked between Thailand, Vietnam, and China. My Library enables highly motivated Hmong and other Laotian youth to enhance their school studies, learn English and Japanese, use computers, borrow cameras, and display their photographs.
Founded in 1999 by American Carol Kresge, The Language Project began setting up small reading libraries for the novices and monks in Luang Prabang temples. Since 2003, this study and resource centre has been operating in town and in outlying provinces and is open and free to all. For more info, see TheLanguageProject.org.
Laos is one of the poorest countries in the world and is rebuilding after neglect during the French colonial era and major devastation caused by the US-led Secret War in Laos in the 1960s and 1970s. Projects like My Library makes available books, tapes, and computers with CD Rom that are not readily available in Laos. My Library thanks you for your support.
From left, Nancy Harmon, Roger Harmon, Irving Himelblau and Bob Montgomery stand in front of a Hmong story cloth. Photo: Claire Harlin at the Del Mar Times
May 6, 2012:
The Exhibit Life Becomes Art: Story Cloths and Photographs of Southeast Asia’s Hmong People, is currently displayed in Founders Hall. Join us at a guided tour with Roger and Nancy Harmon after the May 13th service. Save the date of Monday, May 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. when we will hold a forum, free to the public, with presentations and discussions of the topic in Founders Hall. Mr. Bob Montgomery, Director of the San Diego Branch of the International Rescue Committee, will join Roger and Nancy Harmon as our speakers for the evening.
May 15, 2012
The forum is promoted by the Del Mar Times, with interesting background on the history of the Hmong and Hmong tribal life.
May 17, 2012:
The Hmong Story Cloths Exhibit is written up in the Coast News in a beautiful article about the exhibit and the Hmong people. It includes interviews with Roger Harmon and Bob Montgomery.
May 31, 2012:
The Hmong story cloth collection owners, Nancy and Roger Harmon, express their appreciation at the coverage the exhibit received in the Del Mar Times.
Have you recently moved to CA or changed your address? Are you going to be 18 by Election Day? Do you want to change your political party or have you changed your name? If so, it’s time to register or re- register to vote. I will have voter registration materials in the Core Area after service on Sunday, May 13, so you can stop by to update your voter information. The CA primary is June 5 and updated materials must be mailed 15 days before this election day, so don’t delay!
For anyone planning to attend the General Assembly 2012, there will be GA planning meeting on Saturday April 14th, from noon to 1:00 in the Library. We will discuss the experience of GA, delegates, getting together while in Phoenix, the GA agenda and what to expect. For those of you who cannot go to Phoenix and would like the flavor of meeting with many other UU’s in conversation and shared purpose, please consider coming to District Assembly held April 27-28 at First Unitarian Church in Los Angeles, CA.
For more information, contact Rev. David Miller at email@example.com
On Saturday, March 24, at 7:00 p.m. in Founders’ Hall, join the UUFSD Women’s’ Players for a riotous night out. They will be performing the Vagina Monologues, which are based on author Eve Ensler’s Vagina Interviews conducted with women around the world. This is a hilariously witty collection of lusty, outrageous, poignant brave and human stories. This performance is a Social Action fundraiser for Carol’s House Community Resource Center and El Nido Interfaith Shelter for victims of domestic violence. It’s goals are to raise awareness and seek to end violence against women and girls.
For more information and tickets, contact Kathy Faller at firstname.lastname@example.org