JUNE Generosity Sunday offering is for Kids For Peace – Used Paperback Books for Children

The UUFSD has recently partnered with Kids for Peace in a successful campaign to collect used paperback books for school children in rural Kenya.

MISSION: To cultivate every child’s innate ability to foster peace through cross-cultural experiences and hands-on arts, service and environmental projects.

MISSION: A safe and peaceful world where all people respect and care for each other and our planet. Kids for Peace serves as a model and inspiration for creating this reality with children leading the way, not only for today, but for generations to come.

Social Action Committee Meeting

Sunday, June 28, 11:15-12:45, in Founders Hall

SAClogoOur UUFSD Social Action Committee meets quarterly. The meeting is open to all members and friends interested in social justice work at UUFSD. Come as an observer or consider becoming a member of this dynamic committee and help implement existing projects and design new programs. Our goal for this meeting is to review past actions and prepare a social action agenda for the remainder of calendar year 2015. Our projects include immigration reform and education, Commit2Respond, an environmental justice project, mental health initiatives, gun violence prevention, Casas de Luz Home build, repurposing, homeless shelter, book collection for a village school library in Kenya, CRC pantry and the San Diego Food Bank, yearly backpack project, Generosity Sunday offerings, several very well attended forums on social justice topics, and more. Please join us on Sunday, June 28, 11:15-12:45, in Founders Hall.

Contact Irv for more information:

June 4: Food Bank Volunteer Night

Food Bank Volunteer Night – Thursday June 4

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.

In the words of one of our very wise young helpers, Cameron, we did “Amazingly Well” in May: 480 boxes – 14, 400 LBS of food was prepared – in just 2 hours! Each box contained a bag of beans, a box of pasta, a can of tomato sauce, a can of chicken and tuna, a bottle of juice and a box of cereal….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!

Email Sara Ohara TO REGISTER and for more information:

Mental Health Matters Forum & Dinner

UUFSD Wisdom Wednesday: “Mental Health Matters”

What: Dinner and program
When: Wednesday, May 27, 6:30 p.m.
Where:  UUFSD: 1036 Solana Drive, Solana Beach, CA  92075

Register by Tue., 5/26 (We need a meal preparation head count)

Do you love someone who lives with mental illness?

To fight stigma, and share coping and caregiving strategies, parents and mental health professionals from our UUFSD community celebrate Wisdom Wednesday with food for the body and mind. May is Mental Health Awareness month!  Join us for a powerful, information-packed program and for dinner, prepared by Rev D.

Living with Mental Illness:
Personal and Parental Perspective

  • Glenn Bortnick, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist, School Psychologist, Vista Unified School District
  • Sandy Washington, Registered Medical Assistant (retired), living with Bipolar disorder

Crisis: How to prepare and what to expect in a hospital emergency department.
Kelly Kelsoe, LCSW, Scripps Hospital Emergency Department

Treatment Options, Finding Providers
Robin Sales, LCSW, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center

Anne Clarkin, LCSW, Psychotherapist, UCSD Eating Disorders Research and Treatment Center

Introduction by
Christie Turner

Exotic UU Auction was truly the BEST!

photoThe Best Exotic UU Auction team was truly the BEST! We had a great party, wonderful food, lovely music, Indian dancers, and our preliminary tally suggests that we will net at least $17,000 and possibly more. Be assured that in the next week or two you will be receiving email confirming what you purchased, notifying you of who purchased an event you offered, and/or a request to pay for what you won and information about where to pick up any gift cards or certificates you are due.

It took a lot of people to make this event the Best Exotic UU Auction. The core team included Caroline DeMar, Judy Sherman, Charlotte Wilson, Betsy Gilpin, Tiffany Fox, Maria Penny, and Kim Douwes. Special thanks to our wonderful auctioneers, Candice Nguyen and David Kelly, both members of our very own Fellowship. Many other people helped with decorations, cooking, cleanup, check in and check out, and more. We are grateful for all who gave and all who attended.

There are still a few events that are not completely full. We will post those soon to give everyone an opportunity to join the fun and support the Fellowship.

With gratitude,
Lisa Shaffer and the Auction Team


8th Grader’s Yo Mama Jokes for UU’s

Yo Mama Jokes for Unitarian (Universalist)s
by Jack Killilea

Presented at the Coming of Age Service
at the First Unitarian Church of Providence
May 17, 2015

  • Yo mama so Unitarian, she feels guilty about her Prius
  • Yo mama so Unitarian, she buys junk food at Whole Foods
  • Yo mama so Unitarian, she brings vegan lasagna to a barbecue
  • Yo mama so Unitarian, she knows how to sing Shalom Haverim. IN ENGLISH
  • Yo mama so Unitarian, she tells you to take out the compost
  • Yo mama so Unitarian, you didn’t know that radios could play anything besides NPR until last year
  • Yo mama so Unitarian, she’s offended that these jokes don’t include “Universalist”
  • Yo mama so Unitarian, she thinks that Super Bowl Sunday is the Home Coming water communion
  • Yo mama so Unitarian, every year for your birthday you get a goat…that lives in an African village
  • Yo mama so Unitarian, even though she doesn’t find these jokes funny, she respects my decision to tell them
  • Yo mama so Unitarian, she made you switch school 6 times so that you could have 7 principals