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UUFSD Joins Commit2Respond!

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Climate Action & Environmental Justice at UUFSD

In 2015, UUs everywhere are being asked to be a part of Commit2Respond, which will be the focus of the Standing on the Side of Love campaign. Commit2Respond was inspired in large part by the success of Thirty Days of Love, and the question: What if we can bring together the UUSC, UUA, and UUs all over the country and our partners to work on one justice issue? Climate justice is already affecting marginalized people all over the globe, and with the Commit2Respond initiative we will stand on the side of love with all those affected. We invite you to embrace this new program with open arms as it, too, has the potential to change hearts.

The campaign will begin on March 22, World Water Day, and extend until April 22, Earth Day.

The UUFSD CAEJ Task Force is planning on hosting a series of talks and events leading up to and through the 30 days of Commit2Resond. These events are designed to inform, engage and educate the Fellowship and the larger community about the nature of the challenge that confronts us, and actions we can take to address them.

View our new Green Reading List containing book reviews, links to blogs and climate-related books and novels. The CAEJ Task Force is working with the Dream Builder’s Task Force to assure that our capital improvements will be sustainably designed and use best practices for energy and water conservation. We are also investigating whether UUFSD should participate in UUA’s Green Sanctuary program.

Climate change is a moral and ethical issue, not simply a scientific fact. Indeed, it is the moral issue of our times. What we do – or don’t do – in this generation, will shape the future for thousands of years to come. Humanity – for good or ill – has become a force of nature, fully equivalent to natural cycles. How we respond to this new status will determine what kind of world we bequeath our children and the generations that follow.

If you’re interested in joining the Task Force, contact Scott Thatcher or John Atcheson.

Climate Action Report

The Climate Action and Environmental Justice Group discussed events for March 22 – April 19th at its last meeting. We have started planning Sunday services during this month, called Commit2Respond, reflecting efforts at the UUA to address climate change.

The group meets next on Thursday, Feb 12th at 5:30 pm. Please join us. Contact Scott Thacher for more information.

Special activities at the planning stage include a ‘Eating for Personal & Planetary Health’ Lecture and Discussion and an Eco-bike Ride & Beach Clean-Up.

Here are ideas for the Sunday services–come and contribute thoughts at the next meeting on Thursday Feb. 12th at 5:30.

  • March 22nd: Set up the problem
  • March 29th: Voices of the Affected
  • April 5th: Easter Flower service
  • April 12th: Voices of Response, personal & political
  • April 19th: Assessment. Where do we go from here?

Jan 25-Feb 1: Interfaith Shelter Volunteers Needed

Interfaith Shelter Volunteers Needed
Jan 25- Feb 01

UUFSD will partner with St. James in Solana Beach to sponsor a week of the Interfaith Shelter Network. This will occur the week of Sunday January 25- Sunday February 01. We will need roughly 40 volunteers to help prepare and serve dinners, as well as 10-14 volunteers to serve as overnight chaperons during the week we host the shelter. Volunteering a night at the shelter can be a very humbling and enlightening experience as you engage and connect with the guests over dinner and conversation. If you have questions about the Interfaith Shelter program, or would like to get involved, please contact Kevin West at kevingwest@gmail.com

Location of Shelter: St. James Catholic Church 625 S Nardo Ave, Solana Beach, CA 92075
Dinner Volunteer Times: Arrive 6pm and leave by 7:30pm
Overnight Chaperon Volunteers: Arrive 7:30pm and Close 7am the next morning.
Signups: Contact kevingwest@gmail.com or 315.525.8180

Feb 5: Volunteer at the Food Bank!

Food Bank Volunteer Night

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 PManyone 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.

Last month we our team filled bags for 760 families who will need help to make it through the long weekend. Each bag contained a bag of beans, a box of pasta, a can of tomato sauce and a can of chicken….If you let this sink in it’s hard to believe this sort of small portions is so needed by so many who live in our neighborhoods here in San Diego….we can’t solve the world problems but we can make a difference right here, right now, one small effort at a time.

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: sara@saraohara.com

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Feb 8: Creating a Community of Caring

Creating a Community of Caring

Join together on Sunday, February 8th, as the UUFSD Pastoral Care Team launches our Community of Caring Initiative. Sunday’s activities will include, a free luncheon, a Community Forum after the 2nd service on Being in Mindful Relationships, and the commencing of our Community of Caring Teams.

Contact Kellly Kelsoe for more information: Pastoralcare@uufsd.org

Feb 8: Lecture-Oceans Under the Ice

OCEANS UNDER THE ICE AT THE END OF THE EARTH
Why does the Southern Ocean (Antarctic) matter to Earth’s climate?

Sunday, Feb 8, Founders Hall 10:00 AM

Our own Climate Researcher, UCSD SIO Professor Lynne Talley, will give an OCEANS lecture!

There are TWO fossil fuel CO2 problems: heating the Earth and acidifying the ocean. UCSD’s new ocean monitoring network (robotic buoys) for watching it happen and improving models that predict the future of the climate system.

Read more at soccom.princeton.edu – click on the Blog to see our Antarctica work as it happens.

Jan 15: Food Bank Update

We did some GOOD!

Our team filled bags for 760 families who will need help to make it through the long weekend.
Each bag contained a bag of beans, a box of pasta, a can of tomato sauce and a can of chicken….If you let this sink in it’s hard to believe this sort of small portions is so needed by so many who live in our neighborhoods here in San Diego….we can’t solve the world problems but we can make a difference right here, right now, one small effort at a time.

January 15 – Food Bank Volunteer Night

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 PManyone over 6 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.

Last month we bagged 2500 lbs of apples and prepared 202 Friday Take-Home bags for kids! – in just 2 hours!

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: sara@saraohara.com

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April 10: de Benneville Pines Family Camp

de Benneville Pines Family Camp

Fri, April 10 – Sun, April 12

Explore the magic of the mountains with family and friends.
Enjoy hiking, crafts, singing, dancing, yoga, games, workshops and more.

•    Nourishment for the mind and body
•    Activities for all ages
•    Comfortable cabins
•    Homet Lodge a great place to gather around the fire

Online Registration Now Available!!!
Register HERE

For more information contact:
Phyllis Hauptfeld- phauptfeld@yahoo.com or call/text 760.525.8355
Chris Faller – cfaller5@gmail.com or call/text 858.344.0227
Susan Pernia – susan.b.pernia@gmail.com

Make Checks payable to ‘UUFSD deBenneville Weekend’. Drop in the DeBenneville Pines box in the office at UUFSD or mail payment to: 5174 Camino Playa Malaga, San Diego, CA 92124