Sept. 1 — Food Bank Volunteer Night

Join Us! 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. In August we bagged 3,700 lbs of nectarines which were handed out the next day at the Summer Fun Cafe. This SD Schools program provides a little extra food to take home after the free school lunches given to our kids-in-need. – 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!

For more information and to Register you MUST contact Sara Ohara for the special UUFSD Group code: sara@saraohara.com

League Of Women Voters – Voter Registration Orientation

WHEN: Sunday, September 18, 12:20-1:45 pm,
WHERE: Founders Hall

Light lunch will be provided

The Social Justice Action Group (SJA) is sponsoring the League of Women Voters to train members of the congregation in Voter Registration. The SJA will follow up with registration opportunities in the San Dieguito and North County communities prior to the November elections.

August Day Laborers Lunch Program

August represented the last Day laborers Lunch distribution for the remainder of 2016. Preparing and distributing the lunches were Nancy & Roger Harmon, Sharon Weld, Livia Walsh, Alejandra Huffman Chen and Irv Himelblau. During the distribution, we became aware of a day laborer who was studying for an AB 60 drivers license and wanted to pursue political asylum for himself his wife and daughter. We supplied him with names and phone numbers of a Spanish speaking drivers license teachers and immigration attorneys, the North County Immigration Task Force, and the ACLU.

GOES TO SHOW THAT WE CAN HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE, EVEN WHEN IT’S ONE FAMILY AT A TIME.

Food Bank Update

We bagged 3,700 lbs of nectarines this month which were handed out at the Summer Fun Cafe, a program by the SD Schools to provide a little extra food to take home after the free school lunches given to our kids-in-need. THANKS all! We always volunteer the 1st Thursday of each month from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Anyone 6 and over can help but you MUST email me for the Group Code: sara@saraohara.com

2016 Backpack Project

Our UUFSD 2016 Backpack Project exceeded expectations!!! Our goal was to fill at least eighty (80) backpacks and we ended up filling one hundred and seven (107). The backpacks were distributed to the Encinitas CRC Battered Women’s program, Tijuana Colonias, disadvantaged and homeless children in the Encinitas Unified School District and Stand Up for Kids (a homeless teen program) in Oceanside.

Special thanks to Elizabeth Young and Livia Walsh, our Backpack Project coordinators and to everyone in the Fellowship that made this happen.

Aug. 14 — Voices for Children

Voices for Children (VFC) transforms the lives of abused children by providing them with volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) who spend time getting to understand the child’s needs personally. They review and monitor the court files, write court reports, provide recommendations to the judge, and work closely with a professional Advocacy Supervisor to advocate for their case child’s best interest in the Court, the classroom, and the community. At this time, VFC advocates for 3,000 children in foster care in SD. It takes $2500 to provide a CASA for a year. The collection on Sunday will go towards providing a CASA for a needy child.

* For the Order of Service – there will be two VFC representatives – Sarah Adams (speaker) and Karen Reimus (CASA volunteer)
** Reminder: for the Order of Service we need to mention that if you are writing a check be sure to put Generosity Sunday in the note area of the check.

Time/place: Generosity Sunday during the service

Aug. 4 — Food Bank Night

Join Us! 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. In July we bagged 3,200 lbs of potatoes which were handed out the next day at the Summer Fun Cafe. This SD Schools program provides a little extra food to take home after the free school lunches given to our kids-in-need. – 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!

For more information and to Register you MUST contact Sara Ohara for the special UUFSD Group code: sara@saraohara.com

In the News: Tibetan Buddhists teach lessons of impermanence

The Tibetan Monks of Gaden Shartse Phukhang Monastery are touring the U.S. to give blessings and to create sand mandalas for teaching lessons of impermanence and compassion to Western Buddhists and like-minded people interested in multi-cultural exchanges. The sand mandala was on display at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Dieguito in Solana Beach, which hosted the event for five days.

They have traveled with their tour director, Lobsang Wangchuk since 1989, also a former monk, student and a westerner. The tour has been designed to assist with raising funds for their school of 5,000 monks.

“They sorely need more bathrooms – 500 monks share three bathrooms,” UUFSD worship associate, Livia Walsh said.

The five monks created a colorful two-dimensional sand mandala that was intricately detailed with Tibetan metaphysical symbols and elements. The literal translation of mandala means “that which extracts the essence.” The mandala is normally used during the initiation of a monk into a high form of meditation. This sacred initiation is referred to as an empowerment ceremony.

As explained in Sacred Arts of Tibet website, “Each sand mandala represents the architectural layout of the entire palace of a specific deity. There are multi-layered symbolic images throughout the ‘palace,’ where iconography, placement and color all have significance. Additionally, to the learned Tibetan Buddhist monk, the mandala represents his vision of the entire universe.”

On Sunday (the fifth day), as witness to the dissolution of this stunning work of art, the murmur of the crowd resounded above the chanting prayers of the monks when the mandala was artistically disassembled in six strokes of a dry paintbrush. Sweeping it up into a little mountain, additional sand (crushed marble stone) was added.

Geshe Lama Phunsho (received full ordination from His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama) said, “This sand was brought from India and has been blessed by a 1,000 monks. It can be used anywhere you need protection, or if you would like to give a blessing of healing to a special place on earth.”

The monks then placed the sand into tiny packets, which were distributed to everyone present. With heads nodding all around in understanding and acknowledgment, open palms – young and old – reached out in anticipation. All that remained was a blue table with a faint permanent geometric template drawn upon it.

Adhering to the Buddhist principle that life is transient (“all things are impermanent”) the monks concluded their lesson by inviting all to join and place the sand in the ocean as an offering to purify the surrounding environment.

Among the surfers, boogie boarders and sunbathers at Seaside Beach, Geshe Lama Phunsho, Lobsang Khamchuk Rinpoche and Geshe Karma Yeshi released the mandala to the wind and sea.

Interested local residents can still see the monks in downtown San Diego through July 24 before their return to India. Visit www.sacredartsoftibettour.org.

Article written and published by Jeanne Ferris in Del Mar Times.

July 7 — Food Bank Night

Join Us! 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. In June we bagged over 9,000 lbs. of oranges and potatoes that were given to those-in-need the very next day – 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!

For more information and to Register you MUST contact Sara Ohara for the special UUFSD Group code: sara@saraohara.com