Pastoral Care Mission Statement
As your pastoral care team at UUFSD, we seek to create a community of caring by responding to and nourishing each other in time of need. Through compassionate listening, crisis support, and personal growth educational opportunities, we support a spiritual path to health and happiness for our congregants.
We are committed to responding to emergencies affecting our community by mobilizing our neighborhood care teams to assist with meals, transportation, and memorial services when needed. As an extension of our minister’s pastoral care presence, we identify and respond to situations in need of caring attention and are available to visit members in the hospital or other facilities, or who are unable to attend services.
Each Sunday, we offer confidential listening to those adjusting to change, loss, illness or death, or those who want to share in moments of joy and celebration. Through our care and commitment, we strive to build a beloved community of strength and compassion with meaningful and lasting bonds among our members.
Pastoral Care Request Form
At UUFSD we are available to respond to the emergency needs of our community, such as meals, transportation, and caring attention. Please just ask.
Pastoral Care Team Bios
Renae is a native of Delaware and has lived in San Diego County for 29 years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and a Master’s degree in School Counseling. Renae has been married for 27 years and has two children: Michelle (24) and John (21). In addition to her children, she has two dogs and a cat. Traveling, hiking, entertaining, trivia, and reading are among her favorite activities. She’s an active volunteer for Hospice by the Sea plus the New Village Arts and North Coast Repertory theaters. Recently she’s also gotten involved in the group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Renae is grateful to be a part of the UUFSD community and has enjoyed being a part of the Pastoral Care Team.
Candace was born and grew up in a Chicago suburb in northwest Indiana. She has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English from Indiana University, a Master’s degree in business from Indiana Wesleyan University, and a law degree from Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis. She spent the first 20 years of her professional career in the computer field, with the highlight being the work she did on the first Space Shuttle at NASA Langley Research Center in Virginia. Candace’s second career began at age 50 when she became an attorney. She practiced civil appellate law in Indianapolis for 11 years before moving to the San Diego area in 2008. Candace married her partner of 30 years in August 2008 in San Diego; however, her wife died in 2011. Candace has a daughter, Jaime, who lives with her husband John in Boulder, Colorado, along with her grand-dog Stewart and grand-cat Charlie. Candace has lived in Indiana, Puerto Rico, Virginia, and California (currently Carlsbad). She is retired from the practice of law. Candace has been a Unitarian Universalist for more than 20 years, and a member of UUFSD for the last 10. She has served on the membership committee and the Committee on Ministry, and is currently on the Worship Committee (presently as Chair). She is also a Worship Associate, a Sacred Circle facilitator, and a Pastoral Care Listener. Her passions include live theatre, vocal music (especially a cappella choruses), and the Chicago Cubs baseball team.
Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Kelly migrated to the west coast in 1989. She is a graduate of San Diego School of Social Work as has worked as a licensed clinical social worker with the Scripps Healthcare System for the past 28 years. Kelly raised her two children at UUFSD, Katy (26) and Jake (24), both currently living in San Diego. Kelly met her partner, Clint Stoddard, at UUFSD and enjoys biking and hiking adventures with him and sharing the responsibilities of owning a home together. Kelly taught Religious Education at UUFSD for many years and has been on the UUFSD Pastoral Care Team for the past five years. When she is not working at the hospital, she enjoys gardening and doing pilates and yoga.
Ernie was born and raised in Stockton, CA. He has lived on the East coast in New Jersey, Maryland, and Delaware. He served two tours in Korea and one in Germany in the Army, as well as being stationed in Texas, Hawaii, and San Francisco. He has a Bachelor’s in Social Work from Sacramento State and a Master’s in Social Work from University of Southern California. He was in an advanced program in Child and Family Studies at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, studying family and play therapies. He is an Our Whole Lives program facilitator for K-12 through Adult curriculums. His wife of 30+ years is from China. They have a daughter (27) and a son (23). He enjoys Religious Education work, especially meeting with teens. He also enjoys photography and maintaining a healthy life style. He has lived in Oceanside since 2014.
Kerry has spent 35 years in San Diego, and has also lived for roughly 20 years in both Massachusetts and Washington DC. She worked back East in strategy consulting for Price Waterhouse, Coopers and Lybrand, and American Institutes for Research. She has a Bachelor’s in history from Williams College and an Master’s in international affairs from Tufts and Harvard Universities. She has a recent certification in parent coaching and is the CEO and founder of College Strategy Experts, a private college consulting firm for high school students and their families, in operation since 2014. Her husband of 25+ years is an attorney here in San Diego, and they have a daughter (22) at Tulane University in New Orleans, a son (20) at Tulane University, and a daughter (16) at Canyon Crest Academy (who plays flute at UUFSD occasionally). Kerry loves reading, hiking, theater, and dancing, and has lived most recently in Del Mar Heights since 2003. She is honored to be on the UUFSD Kitchen, Usher, and Library teams, as well as the Pastoral Care Team, and considers the UUFSD Friday meditation group to be her spiritual home.
Ruth was born in northern Michigan, raised in East Tennessee, and has lived in San Diego County (Encinitas and Carlsbad) since 1988. She was an Air Force wife for 20+ years. During that time she and her family lived in Alabama, Texas, Tennessee, Virginia (DC area), and Colorado (Air Force Academy). She has a Bachelor’s in sociology from Auburn University and a certificate in Gerontology from University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. She has worked as a counselor for Meals on Wheels San Diego and in sales/marketing at Brookdale Place San Marcos. Ruth has two children: Rachel Burnett who is married to Barry and has two teenagers, Christopher and Elizabeth. Rob Gregory, who has two children, Caden and Caroline. Both families live in Knoxville, TN. Ruth has been attending UUFSD since 1997 and has served on the membership committee, coordinated Greeters, and was secretary to the Board. She enjoys Thursday mornings at the Community Resource Center food bank, her friendships made at UUFSD, finding humor in every day things, and helping friends in time of need. She is honored to be serving on the Pastoral Care Team.