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August 1, 2015: Mindful Self Compassion — A Half Day Introductory Workshop

Learn to Offer Yourself Kindness, Ease and Encouragement vs. Harsh Criticism

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is a research-based cutting edge program developed by Kristen Neff, PhD and Chris Germer, PhD.

The full 8 week program has been found to:
*DECREASE Depression
*INCREASE Relationship Satisfaction
*INCREASE Healthy Habits
*INCREASE Well-Being

When & Where: Saturday, August 1st, 9:00am-12:00pm - Palmer Library
Fee: $30.00 – This is a UUFSD Auction Item. All proceeds will be donated to the UUFSD General Fund

Livia Walsh, RN, and Licensed Psychotherapist, has been trained by Neff and Germer and authorized to teach this program. She offers the full 8 week program in both her private practice in Encinitas as well as at UC San Diego’s Center for Mindfulness where she is a senior teacher.

For more information on this workshop or the 8 week program, please contact Livia Walsh at:

August 6, 2015:  Food Bank Update

This week we bagged 7,200 lbs. of plums which will be enjoyed by children who would otherwise not have any fresh fruit most days. Thank you all so very much! Our next Volunteer Night is Thurs. August 6th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.

Join us at the San Diego Food Bank in the Miramar area; 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.

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 TO REGISTER and for more information:

2015 Summer Youth Camps at Camp de Benneville Pines

Family Camp – “Creating Joy!”, July 26-August 1

For more information and to register, visit

Annual SAC Backpack Project


The Social Action Backpack Group will assemble backpacks for the CRC, Stand Up For Kids, and the Colonia Carretas on Sunday, August 2, 2015, at 11:15 a.m., in Founders Hall. WE REALLY NEED HELP!!! PLEASE SIGN UP THIS SUNDAY, JULY 26 AT THE BACKPACK TABLE IN THE CORE AREA OR CONTACT LIVIA WALSH AT

Our goal to provide 60 backpacks filled with supplies for children and teenagers in need at the Community Resource Center in Encinitas for the children in the Battered Women’s Shelter, Stand-Up for Kids a homeless teen program in Oceanside, and Colonia Carrettas in Tijuana Mexico.

Your $20 donation will provide supplies for a backpack – $25 donation will provide one backpack$45 donation will provide one filled backpack. Bring your donations of new and gently used backpacks, school supplies, cash/check or gift cards to the core area on Sundays, June 26th – August 2nd.

Types of Supplies: pens, pencils, note pads, crayons, markers, rulers, calculators, paper clips, scissors, etc. For Homeless Male and Female Teens: toothbrushes, toothpaste, socks, combs, brushes, make-up, shampoo, soap or body wash, and deodorants.
For more information contact: Livia Walsh at or Liz Young at

August 21-27, 2015:  Professional Artists Lead “Art Groove” Adult Summer Workshops at de Benneville Pines

This will be the eighth time around for de Benneville Pines annual art camp, but this year exciting changes will make it an even better and more enriching experience. The week long program’s new name, “Art Groove,” reflects expanded opportunities for learning, creativity…and fun! Five main class subjects will be offered: life drawing, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. Each camper will choose an area of study, receiving expert instruction from a highly recognized artist within that field. Materials are provided, and teaching accommodates all levels of experience from beginner to advanced. Attendance for each class is limited to 16, so instructors can give individual attention to each student.

Following these daily morning sessions and lunch in the lodge, campers will be free to experience a variety of afternoon workshops led by experts: calligraphy, acrylic painting, anatomy for artists, canvas stretching, shadows and shading techniques, photography, art book construction and more. Early each evening, an instructor from one of the five class disciplines speaks on the subject, “My Life as an Artist.”

The Art Groove experience is customizable to each camper’s preferences. Attendees may also blend art instruction with classic de Benneville summer pleasures such as hiking, swimming, yoga, dancing and, or course, relaxation under the pines. Dinner in the lodge offers a time to discuss the day’s activities, and evening “Art Jams” feature movies, discussion groups, and even more outlets for artistic expression. Throughout the six days of camp, art will be displayed in a spirit of sharing and learning, culminating in a special exhibit on the final evening.

Visit for more information, including instructor profiles, scenes from prior art camps and samples of student art. Early registration is recommended to reserve a space in this popular adults-only “learning vacation.” Dates are from August 21-27. The cost of $950 includes instruction, workshops, materials, food, lodging and all standard activities available at de Benneville Pines. To register, go to and click on “register for camp” or email For questions or to register by phone, please call (909) 794-1252. Get in the Art Groove this summer!

​For brochures and mor​e details, contact Greg Brown:,  mobile 760-994-5317. Tuition discount available until the end of June!

September 8, 2015: The Pleasures of Poetry

“The Pleasures of Poetry,” a writing workshop, will meet again at UUFSD on Tuesdays starting September 8, 2015 from noon to 3:00 pm. We may have one or two openings for poets who want to join the 10-week fall term. We’ll consider writers with any level of experience. If you write and can meet on Tuesdays, noon to 3 pm, this may be for you. To apply send 2 or 3 of your best poems to Harry Griswold ( as soon as possible. Ask Mark Tuller of the Fellowship about his workshop experiences.

September 12, 2015: A Taste of UU – Food & Music Festival

A Taste of UU – Food & Music Festival, September 12, 2015 from 4-8 PM — Join UUs from across the county at this summer celebration at UUFSD sponsored by the San Diego UU Network (SUUN). There will be great food and live music with Chalice’s Grunnion Run + other great UU musicians. Childcare will be provided (for ages 5 and younger). Registration is required — Questions? Contact Vicky at

September 12, 2015:San Diego UU Network (SUUN) Joint Board Meeting

San Diego UU Network (SUUN) Joint Board Meeting–Board members from UU congregations around San Diego will gather at UUFSD in Founders Hall on 9/12/15 from 3-4 PM for a short meeting facilitated by Rev. Frank Placone-Willey. This is an opportunity to meet and get to know better those with similar Board responsibilities, as well as to learn more about SUUN’s mission of “Advancing Our Common Values Through Cooperation.”

The purpose of SUUN is to help the UU congregations of San Diego County to:
• Coordinate and publicize their programs and resources
• Provide mutual encouragement, aid, and support
• Strengthen their relations with one another and
• Affirm, promote, and practice the Principles and Purposes of Unitarian Universalism.

Board members are encouraged to register at

November 7, 2015: CABARET & CABERNET

Please join us for CABARET & CABERNET Concert featuring two of our well-loved and talented UU musicians, Chris Hassett & Drew Massicot. Enjoy a glass of wine and homemade treats while visiting with friends before the concert in Founders Hall (7:30 – 9:00 PM). The concert is jointly sponsored by UUFSD and SUUN (the San Diego UU Network). Order discounted early bird tickets ($15)  HERE $20 at door. More information to follow. View the Flyer HERE.

February 13, 2016: Carrie Newcomer

UUFSD & SUUN (San Diego UU Network) are co-sponsoring a concert with Indiana singer-songwriter-poet, Carrie Newcomer ( at UUFSD on February 13, 2016 at 7:30 PM in Founders Hall. Carrie has been described as “a soaring songstress” by Billboard, a “prairie mystic” by the Boston Globe, and Rolling Stone wrote that she “asks all the right questions.” In the 2009 and 2011, Newcomer toured India as a cultural ambassador for the American Embassy. In 2011, she released her interfaith collaborative benefit album “Everything is Everywhere” with world master of the Indian Sarod, Amjad Ali Khan. This recent PBS interview provides a glimpse of her talent and an insight into why she has been described as “a prominent voice for progressive spirituality, social justice, and interfaith dialogue.”

Third Friday of Every Month: DAYTIMERS Mens’ Group

Meets the third Friday of every month to share lunch and conversation. All topics and flexible format.  Roundtable Pizza, 1321 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas. All you can eat pizza and salad bar. For further info call Ben Platnik at 858-794-5324 or cell 619-987-5324.