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)
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.
National Standing on the Side of Love Month kicked off on Martin Luther King Day and ended on Valentine’s Day. Our children, under the guidance of DRE Alison Crotty, participated by making Valentines Day “thank you” cards to the organizations and lawyers that fought hard against Prop 8. You can read more about it here (search on UUFSD – you’ll find us about 3/4ths of the way down). On the same day, the whole Fellowship wore Standing on the Side of Love t-shirts and Rev. David Miller preached a sermon entitled “Is God Love?”
UUFSD kids and their Valentines for the lawyers that fought Prop 8.
(Credit: Alison Aguilar Lopez Gutierrez McLeod Crotty)
In the early morning hours on Friday, Dec. 9, our fellowship was vandalized with spray paint and what was apparently intended to be hateful words. It is unclear whether the person or persons who did this meant these words to be specifically against Unitarian Universalism or perhaps just a rant against some sort of religious institution. No matter how they were intended, it is clear that when these acts occur the fabric of civil society tears a little more.
Read the full article, written by Reverend David Miller, that was published in Letters to the Editor in the Del Mar Times and Solana Beach Sun.
On October 15, 2011, nine members and friends of UUFSD marched in support of the Occupy San Diego movement. Members and friends marching in downtown Encinitas included Karen Freeman, John Gilles, Livia Walsh, Irv Himelblau, Dave and Deborah Ploesner, Angela Knappenberg, Ed Mlakar, and Bev Conner.
The Encinitas march was an adjunct to the march in downtown San Diego at which the Rev. David Miller and Ruth Gregory were present. Lisa Shaffer, Steve Bartram, Christie Turner and Laura Colban also participated in the ongoing Occupy demonstrations.
On October 24, Reverend David participated in leading an interfaith service in downtown San Diego outside the Civic Center for the Occupy San Diego protesters. You can find his sermons on the Occupy movement here and here.
And on October 31, the UUA released a statement on the Occupy protests, which can be read here.
This is an article by Reverend Miller in the electronic magazine: Standing on the Side of Love dated 9 September 2011. The campaign for Standing on the Side of Love is made possible by the generosity of individual donors and gifts to the Annual Program Fund and Friends of the UUA. His article illustrates the work and actions of this wonderful program that is part of our fellowship. Here is the link to his article.
This is Reverend David’s article in Sign On San Diego (the on line version of the San Diego Union Tribune) reminding us of common ground we share. His quote is the essence of his message.
“We add our voices to these remembrances by saying that this day of despair was a rip in our interconnection, a moment in time that continues a decade later to call us into a renewed urgency to work together to heal this world.”
A compelling story about how John Atcheson walked the walk to demonstrate his level of support for environmental issues. On August 25th 2011 he was arrested for his peaceful demonstration to bring attention to the impending disaster should the Keystone XL Pipe Line be approved. His story is told at Common Dreams (Commondreams.org), a 501(c)3 nonprofit U.S. based progressive news website. Click here to read his article.
On May 8, 2011 Loraine Reitman and Margorie Cohn gave a lecture at UUFSD, Just What is Cruel and Unusual Punishment?, sponsored by Activist San Diego for Networking for Social Justice. This lecture was in support of U.S. Army Pfc Bradley Manning, he has been accused of leaking classified information to Wiki leaks. For information about Activists San Diego go to: activistsandiego.org