Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race


Join Rev Meghan Cefalu for a discussion of Debby Irving’s book, Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race, on Saturday, June 17 at 5pm in Palmer Library. Free event open to the public. Members are encouraged to attend. Bring a friend!

This book sheds light on why America’s racial divide continues to deepen. Author Debby Irving encourages readers to bring more nuance, historical knowledge, and personal reflection to the issue.

Irving uses her own life to explore the everyday systemic racism that goes largely unnoticed yet perpetuates long-held racialized belief systems. Waking Up White functions as both a “Racism 101” for white people and a rare exposé on whiteness for people of color. By sharing her sometimes cringe-worthy struggle to understand racism and racial tensions, she offers a fresh perspective on bias, stereotypes, manners, and tolerance.

Dinner and a Movie on Sat, June 24

Dinner and a Movie!
Free if you’re under 35 $5 donation suggested for others!
6/24/17 at 6:30 pm, Founders Hall

Critics call Touched with Fire an extraordinarily sensitive, nonjudgmental exploration of bipolar disorder and creativity. The film stars Katie Homes and Luke Kirby as two poets whose art is fueled by their emotional extremes. They pursue their passion which breaks outside the bounds of sanity, swinging them from fantastical highs to tormented lows until they ultimately must choose between sanity and love.

Dinner Discussion: John M. Kelsoe, Jr., MD, a UCSD psychiatrist, researcher and professor shares insight on current research associated with bipolar disorder. Dr. Kelsoe is known for his longstanding focus on the genetics of psychiatric illness and bipolar disorder in particular.

Volunteers Wanted for Food Distribution Center

Do you have some free time this summer? If so, please join other UUFSD volunteers at the Community Resource Center (CRC) food distribution center, 656 Second Street, Encinitas on Thursdays, 10am-12:30pm. June is covered, but we could use your help in July, August and/or September.

Activities include helping CRC clients “shop” for food from the pantry shelves, unloading/sorting incoming donations of food and household items, and re-stocking pantry shelves. Details at our Sign Up Genius page: or contact Susan Miller at No experience necessary!

Wanted: Coordinator for LGBTQ Social Justice Action Program

UUFSD Social Justice Action (SJA)

The SJA is looking for a coordinator for our LGBTQ program. The coordinator communicates with LGBTQ partner organizations to identify ongoing programs for fellowship participation. The coordinator encourages other fellowship members to join in local and national LGBTQ events.
Interested parties should contact Irving Himelblau at

The SJA Human Rights Task Force is looking for a co-coordinator (to join Irv Himelblau) for the Immigration Reform and Education program. Coordinators plan action items including, but not limited to legal clinics, voter registration, bearing witness at border events, etc. They also outreach to partner organizations in an effort to widen the scope of projects in which members and friends of the fellowship can participate.

Interested parties should contact Irving Himelblau at

Annual Congregational Meeting on Sunday, June 11 at 10:00 am

All members please plan to attend the Annual Congregational Meeting on Sunday, June 11 at 10:00 am, in between services.

At this meeting we will vote on the congregational budget for the next fiscal year, approve the minutes from the January congregational meeting, vote on the nominations for the Board of Directors, and vote on nominations for Board President and Vice President.

This year’s nominees for the Board of Directors are Linda Giannelli Pratt and Swagatam Mukhopadhyay. The nominee for Board President is Mark Tuller, and for Vice President is Bob Quick.

According to our bylaws, we need at least 20 percent of our voting members present to constitute a quorum to conduct business.