May 11: Mother’s Day-A Cry for Justice

Mother’s Day was originally founded as an antiwar rallying cry by Unitarian Julia Ward Howe.

Mother’s Day can be more than a day for flowers and pancakes. With “Mamas Day”, we hear a call to honor all those who mother, especially those who bear the brunt of hurtful policies or who are weighed down by stigma in our culture. We celebrate trans mamas, immigrant mamas, single mamas, lesbian mamas, young mamas, and others. It’s opportunity to take action to create the conditions so that all families can thrive.

Strong Families is a national initiative, of which the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is a part, to change policy and culture in support of all families. Their annual Mamas Day Our Way campaign lifts up and celebrates the magic and heartbreak of being a mama. For Mamas Day 2014, we draw attention to the community, collaboration, and context that mamahood occurs within. We are interdependent. What systems support mamahood and make it possible, and what constrains mamahood and makes it more difficult?

Through these worship resources, poetry, an original line of beautiful e-cards; a blog series sharing the hopes, dreams, and needs of mamas; and opportunities to take action on critical policy issues—(all created primarily by women of color)—Mamas Day is a rallying cry for justice.

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May 1: Food Bank Volunteer Night

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Last month we bagged 8000 lbs of oranges for those locally who need a bit of assistance – in just 2 hours! Join us at the next Food Bank Volunteer night on

Thursday May 1 from 6 – 8 PM

Anyone over 7 years old can help! It’s always the 1st Thursday of each month. 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 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 at sara@saraohara.com if you’re interested in joining us.

San Diego Food Bank

April 3 Food Bank Volunteer Night

In March we bagged 8000 lbs of oranges for those locally who need a bit of assistance – in just 2 hours! Join us at the next Food Bank Volunteer night on Thursday April 3rd from 6 – 8 PM. Anyone over 7 years old can help! We meet the 1st Thursday of each month. 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 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 at sara@saraohara.com if you’re interested in joining us.

March 6: Next Food Bank Volunteer Night

In February we bagged 4800 lbs of oranges for those locally who need a bit of assistance – in just 2 hours! Join us at the next Food Bank Volunteer night on Thursday March 6th from 6 – 8 PM. Anyone over 7 years old can help! We meet the 1st Thursday of each month. 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 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 at sara@saraohara.com if you’re interested in joining us.

Interfaith Shelter Social Action

For 25 years members of the UUFSD have been part of the Interfaith Shelter; 60 Congregations of ALL denominations that provide housing, meals and transportation for homeless families. On January 27th Kathy, Kathryn, Renae, Barbara, Gene, Mike, Sara, Karen, and Charles volunteered by providing dinner and fellowship to these brave families. A big Thanks to Kathy Faller and Kevin West for organizing this.

1.26 Generosity Sunday

Generosity Sunday Recipient - January 26, 2014

NAMI North Coastal San Diego’s “In Our Own Voice” Program

 NAMI-North Coastal San Diego is an all-volunteer organization of nearly 300 member families and individuals serving hundreds more in North San Diego County. Simply, we are families and individuals helping and advocating for families and individuals who happen to be touched by a major brain disorder such as bipolar, depression, schizophrenia, etc.

Program: The chapter’s “In Our Own Voice”
The program is a powerful resource that helps reduce stigma and educate the community, including health care and law enforcement providers. “I.O.O.V.” is a collaborative effort of recovering individuals who share compelling and personal testimonies of coping with mental illness while reclaiming rich and meaningful lives.

Generosity Sunday contributions from UUFSD members will be used to operate the 2014 program, including a small stipend to In Our Own Voice presenters, travel expense reimbursement and training materials. The program’s 2014 goals include:

  • training at least four more presenters
  • providing 8 presentations per month

 Who is NAMI North Coastal?
NAMI-North Coastal San Diego is a grass-roots, all volunteer organization and affiliate of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) national organization founded in 1979, headquartered in Arlington VA It offers free monthly educational meetings, attended by 50 – 100, support groups and NAMI’s signature 10- and 12-week education programs for those with major brain disorders and their families, friends, caretakers and the community. Membership is not required for any of our programs or services.

Contact Wenda Alvarez for more information: wenda@wsamarketing.com