The Green Boat: Reviving Ourselves in Our Capsized Culture

An inspiring fast-read that serves as a grassroots how-to guide and cultural reflection.
Wenda Alvarez

The book review excerpt that follows is from a book review by Susan Gardner, published in the Daily Kos. You can read the complete Review HERE.

The Green Boat is definitely not a book that throws statistics at the reader in hopes of convincing her of the reality change. It also is not a primer on persuading the undecided. Ultimately, The Green Boat is a handbook of hope for those fighting the climate fight. Pipher brings a deep compassion to and understanding of the strains of being committed to a political movement, and an optimism and clear-eyed resilience sorely needed in political activism. Besides her own brand of strength and full-hearted commitment, she shares advice from other activists and philosophers throughout the ages.

I can think of no better way to close the review than quoting one of her favorites, Frederich Buechner: ‘God calls you to the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.

That place is here, Planet Earth, the green boat that carries us all.

Purchase this book HERE.

Oct. 22: Food Bank Volunteer Night

October Food Bank Volunteer Night

Wednesday October 22

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 – 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! Check out the pictures.

Email Sara Ohara for more information:

Oct. 26: SAC-CRC Special Food Drive

Let’s Help Our Neighbors!

SUNDAY, October 26

The Encinitas CRC has identified three items that are in very short supply
DETERGENT; COOKING OIL; OATMEAL. We half way to reaching our
goal. Please drop off donations at the Social Action Table in the Core
Area. Monetary donations also appreciated. THANKS!

Nov. 9: Pastoral Care Workshop

Founders Hall
7:00 – 8:30 PM

“Happiness Is……….”

Dr. Ansar Haroun, Professor of Psychiatry at UCSD, will present a lecture on the biological, social, psychological, and religious underpinnings of the concept of “happiness”.

For the last 25 years, Dr. Haroun has been a psychiatrist in San Diego, practicing the conventional biomedical model of treating unhappiness / depression, but also studying alternative models, which incorporate the wisdom of the great Masters (Buddha, Jesus, Ghazali and Farabi etc).

He will synthesize the wisdom of the sages, and explain where the western biomedical model should or should not be applied.

Dessert and Coffee will be served!!

Contact David Naimark for more information:

Calling all UUFSD Artists and Crafts Persons

UUFSD Crafts’s Fair Sunday

November 16

This year, our Art Fair will be held on Sunday, November 16, between the services and following the second service. This is a chance to exhibit your work before the congregation and even sell some of it, with 35% of your proceeds going to the Fellowship.

To sign up, please download the Application HERE or contact Betsy Gilpin: before September 29th or after October 22nd and she will send you an application.

The application fee is $20, but this will be rebated from the 35% of your sales that goes to UUFSD. The deadline for submitting your application is Thursday, November 6th. Hanging art will be put up in Founders’ Hall on Saturday, November 15th from 1:00 to 4:00pm. All artists should arrive by 8:00AM on November 16th to set up their tables. There will be monitors during the services to watch over the exhibits.

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.

  DATE NIGHT – Childcare Provided!
Join us early for refreshments on patio beginning at 7PM

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