Communication Committee Survey

Communication Committee Survey

UUFSD wants to make your life easier by knowing how to best keep you in the loop.

  • Are you overwhelmed by email or do you rely on it to stay in-the-know?
  • Do you feel like you’re always the last to hear about things — or do you strive to be one of the first?
  • Do you have ideas for how to improve fellowship communications?

You can find a 10-question survey about our current communications approach and some proposed changes HERE. The survey will be open through Oct. 8. Members of the Communications Committee will make hard copy surveys available on Sundays, September 28 and October 5. The results will be used to guide the fellowship in future communications and publicity, so we encourage you to participate. THANKS!

Sept. 26: Sacred Circles Pot Luck!

Join us for FREE PIZZA, SALAD and DRINKS as we explore “Sacred Circles”
(previously known as Spiritual Growth Circles)

Friday, September 26 from 6:30-8:00 PM at Fellowship Hall, UUFSD

What the heck is a Sacred Circle? 

Growth in congregational life can happen when we come together to create safe and sacred spaces and seek to understand ourselves, our boundaries, our gifts and our limitations in relation to others. The solo practitioner can only grow as far as they can imagine.  When others are introduced into our sacred space, we gain a broader and deeper understanding of the world and our place in it.

On September 26th from 6:30- 8:00 PM, you will have a chance to “test drive” the new format for the Sacred Circles and decide if you would like to participate this year. The commitment is meeting with your Sacred Circle ONCE per month at one of three locations (UUFSD, Encinitas, Rancho Bernardo) from October 2014 to May 2015.

RSVP no later than Sept 25th for this event so we can be sure to have enough food.

Email Linda Pratt
If you will need a babysitter, let us know before Sept. 19th.



The Sacred Circle facilitators (Vicky Newman, Glen Bowen and Linda Pratt) will be available after each Sunday Service in September. Sign-up opportunities will end on September 28th.

This is a wonderful opportunity and we hope that you will join us as we grow individually and collectively in our congregational life at UUFSD.

I am looking forward to beginning the new congregational year of Sacred Circles with you!

Sept. 6: Annual All Fellowship Beach Party

Come one, come all to the Annual Beach Party to be held this year on Saturday, September 6th 4:00 PM to dark at South Carlsbad State Beach (aka Ponto Beach). The fare will include hamburgers, turkey burgers, hot dogs (turkey and beef) and vegie bergers with a variety of salads, drinks and deserts. Niel Lynch is the chef assisted by Betsy Gilpin and Bev Conner. We begin cooking at 4PM and stay until dark. $10/person or $25/family (whichever is less). You may have already paid at the time of the auction. If not, pay at the event, but be sure to call or email Betsy Gilpin to sign up so we know how much food to provide: 760-230-2515 or

Thanks UUFSD for helping at the Food Bank!

John & Judy Sherman & Betsy bagged 866 lbs of pears for distribution for those in need in San Diego – in just 2 hours!

Our group also bagged 3,464 lbs of plumbs!

20140807_194100Anyone over 6 years old can help! Our next volunteer night will be Wednesday Oct. 22. 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 if you’re interested in joining us.



Aug 23: A Taste of UU BBQ

August 23
BBQ: 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Music: 6:00 – 8:00 PM

San Diego UU Network (SUUN) BBQ — Join UUs from across the county at this summer celebration at UUFSD. There will be great food and live music with Chalice’s Grunnion Run. Childcare will be provided. Event is free of charge, but registration is required, so we can plan for food, beverages, and childcare.

No Admission Charge but please register at EventBrite.
Questions? Contact Vicky

Download a Flyer to share HERE.

UUFSD’s Recycling Campaign!

Announcing UUFSD’s Recycling Campaign

Have you noticed the bright blue recycling bins that have popped up at various locations on UUFSD’s grounds? After months of research and planning, the Design Review Committee has brought our waste disposal system up to date. With UUFSD’s goal of ecological sustainability in mind, we ask our members to participate actively in recycling the waste that we produce on our campus.

If EDCO is the waste management company that serves your home, you can recycle at the Fellowship exactly what you recycle at home. For those of you who aren’t familiar with EDCO’s regulations, we are posting signs by the blue bins to guide you. In a nutshell, DO RECYCLE plastic and glass bottles/jars, metal cans, and aluminum foil (all emptied or rinsed of food), and clean paper and cardboard. DON’T RECYCLE paper plates, cups, napkins, paper towels, tissues, cardboard soiled by food, food waste, or plastic bags. KEEPING NON-RECYCLABLE TRASH OUT OF THE BLUE BINS IS AS IMPORTANT AS PUTTING RECYCLABLES INTO THEM. More detailed information is available at EDCO’s website,

RE Director Alison Crotty has eagerly agreed to bring the children into our recycling campaign by teaching them what to toss in the blue bins. If you bring children to UUFSD, please guide them until they learn how to separate waste materials correctly.

Thank you, members, for joining our campaign to make UUFSD’s grounds as sustainable and beautiful as possible!

August 10: Backpack Prep Volunteers Needed

Backpack Project

Volunteers are needed at the Fellowship on Sunday, August 10 at 11:15 to assemble the backpacks. Thanks to all of your generous contributions we will have many backpacks to assemble. Please sign up at the backpack collection table in the core area or contact Liz Young or Livia Walsh

Oct. 18: Peter Mayer Concert!


Peter Mayer Concert

October 18th in Founders Hall!
7:30 – 9:00 PM

Renowned Minnesota singer-songwriter Peter Mayer (‘Blue Boat Home’) “writes songs for a small planet—songs about interconnectedness and the human journey; about the beauty and the mystery of the world. Whimsical, humorous, and profound, his music breaks the boundaries of “folk”, and transcends to a realm beyond the everyday love song, to a place of wonder at the very fact of life itself.” Visit for more on his music.

Advance Tickets are $15 by October 15
and $22 at the Door

Tickets are available for purchase
For concert questions, contact: Vicky at

Peter Mayer

July 13: Sunday Service at Friendship Park (SD/Tijuana Border)

Sunday Service at Friendship Park (SD/Tijuana Border) 

 Sunday, July 13, 1 to 2 pm.

We will be joining the Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry (UUJM) of California and UUs from across the State on the San Diego side of the SD/Tijuana border wall (Friendship Park)  for an Interfaith Sunday Service. We will share our compassion and concern for the refugee children and families escaping violence and poverty in their homelands. This is our opportunity to Stand on the Side of Love, and show our care for this important issue. We will car pool from the Fellowship at Noon.

Directions to the  Friendship Park
Take Hwy 5 South, exit at Dairy Mart Road.
Turn right (west), Dairy Mart Road will curve to the right and turn into Monument Road. Keep following this winding road until see an entrance gate and, further ahead, a kiosk. This is the entrance to Border Field State Park. There is a $5 parking fee.