Attention Visitors and Potential New Members

On Sunday, September 27 from 12:15-2:00 pm, in Palmer Library there will be a UUFSD ORIENTATION. Please plan on attending if you are interested in learning more about our fellowship or becoming a member. ORIENTATIONS take place 3 times annually.
In addition to the Orientation there are two other steps involved on the path towards membership. Attendance at the New Member Circle which will be held on Saturday, October 3rd 10:00-12:00, in Founders Hall, and Recognition Sunday, when the minister and congregation welcomes new members. Recognition Sunday will be on October 4th during the 11:00 service.

A light lunch will be provided during the ORIENTATION. If childcare is needed please contact Alison Crotty at who will make those arrangements for you.


UUSC/UUA Joint Statement on the Global Refugee Crises

The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) and Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) issued a joint statement about the global refugee crisis by  announcing two new initiatives:

  1. A special UUSC-UUA Refugee Crisis Fund, ( with the goal of raising $250,000  by September 26, 2015.
  2. A petition drive to pressure the Obama administration to substantially raise the number of refugees admitted into the United States to 200,000.

In the next two weeks the UUFSD Social Action Committee will circulate a petition asking Secretary of State John Kerry to raise the FY2016 refugee ceiling to 200,000; it is a moral imperative.  Please pass by the Social Action table in the core area to sign the petition and for more information on the UUSC/UUA call to action.


Food Drive for Hunger

Thanks to everyone who has contributed food items and/or a monetary donation to our annual UUFSD Food Drive For Hunger. Every year we endeavor to provide the Community Resource Center with critical items, that they identify, needed in their food center. Our goal is to provide at least six (6) months of product for distribution. This year we were asked to donate peanut butter, cooking oil, tuna, and toddlers pull-ups.

This is the last week of our three week collection drive and we are critically short of our goal. Please consider donating either goods or making a monetary donation to this effort this Sunday, September 20. Generosity and compassion are two of our Fellowships guiding principles. May we be generous and compassionate in this our final week of our FOOD DRIVE FOR HUNGER.

Attention Visitors Contemplating Membership or Just Curious

UUFSD Orientation Class, Sunday, September 27th, 12:15AM-1:45PM, Palmer Library

This class is an opportunity for those interested in Unitarian Universalism to learn more about UU history, philosophy and world view. Also, Fellowship members will be on hand to tell you a little about our own Fellowship history and operation. A light lunch will be served and childcare is available upon request.

On Saturday, October 3rd from noon-2:00PM there will be a New Member Circle. At this event, those wishing to become members will sign the membership book and complete the membership process. Again, a light lunch will be served and childcare will be available upon request. Then, on Sunday, October 4th, new members will be recognized during the Sunday service. Those interested in membership, please note these dates on your calendar. The next opportunity to participate in these events will be in January. Please call or email Betsy Gilpin (760-230-2515, for more information and to sign up/request childcare.

October 25th — The Global Environmental Crisis: What Is It and How We Can Respond

Our two speakers will discuss science and citizen action: Jeff Severinghaus, Professor of Geosciences at the Scripps Inst. of Oceanography and expert on prehistoric climate; and Todd Elvins, Ph.D., entrepreneur and organizer for the Citizen’s Climate Lobby (CCL). Severinghaus speaks widely on the current climate challenge. Elvins will discuss the rapidly growing global grass roots advocacy of a carbon fee and dividend by CCL.

Snacks provided. No registration required: all are welcome.

A forum on: The Global Environmental Crisis: What Is It and How We Can Respond.
Location: Founders Hall
Date: Sunday October 25th, 12:15 pm.

Contact: Scott Thacher at

Gun Violence Prevention (GVP)

The GVP sub committee meets each Sunday between services to keep abreast of GVP issues. We plan and conduct continuing events that support Gun Violence Prevention initiatives. These include a December Candlelight Vigil, in conjunction with Faiths United, the Brady Campaign, and the Newtown Foundation, as part of the Sabbath Weekend in support of GVP. We keep the Fellowship aware, on a monthly basis, of issues and action items related to legislative campaigns on GVP. We plan and bring issues to the Fellowship, in solidarity with our partner organizations, in support of GVP actions. Our “Everytown for Gun Safety” campaign with an image-supported message to members of congress is an example of that activity. Our partner organizations are the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, The Newtown Action Alliance and Everytown for Gun Safety.

Know Your Rights Forum — Immigration Reform and Education, September 22, 2015

The UUFSD Social Action Committee, Immigration Reform and Education Task Force is the coordinating sponsor of a legal information workshop for undocumented workers on Tuesday, September 22 from 6 to 8 pm, at the Encinitas Community Center. The forum will be conducted in Spanish. Our partner organizations are the ACLU, North County Immigration Task Force, UURISE, and the Encinitas Library. Attendees will learn about their legal rights, the DACA and DAPA programs, and California AB60, (Drivers License Program). An information table with social, medical and legal literature will be set up.

ARTS (A Reason to Survive)

October Recipient of the UUFSD Generosity — Sunday, September 13, 2015 

A Reason To Survive (ARTS) is a nationally recognized organization based in National City of San Diego County that believes in the power of the arts and creativity to literally transform lives – especially those of kids. They believe in the therapeutic powers of the arts, but they are not clinical art therapists. ARTS uses all forms of art as a vehicle to create positive, long-lasting change and transformation in children and youth facing major life challenges. By providing a sequential program model of therapeutic arts programs, arts education, and college & career preparation, they provide a one-stop-shop for youth to move from crisis to college or career. ARTS provides direct services to youth, support services to like-minded individuals and organizations, and advocacy to community stakeholders and leaders about the importance of arts programming for youth.