Feb 19 – Big Picture Inspiration for Chaotic, Challenging Times

Connie Barlow and Rev. Michael Dowd, will be speaking on “Big Picture Inspiration for Chaotic, Challenging Times” at UUFSD on Sunday, February 19, at both the 9:00 AM and the 11:00 AM services.

This couple, known affectionately as America’s “evolutionary evangelists,” live permanently on the road, teaching and preaching an awe-inspiring, inclusive, science-based message of hope and possibility in churches and schools all across North America.

Since April 2002, Connie and Michael have delivered talks for more than 400 UU congregations, summer camps, and minister retreats, as well as for other religious and secular groups. Their work was featured as the cover story of our national membership magazine, UU World, in the spring of 2006.

February Food Bank Report

This month we bagged over 8,500 pounds of veggies that went to local people who need just a bit extra. So proud of this group who put Service is our Prayer IN ACTION each month!

Contact if you’d like to help sometime. It’s always the 1st Thursday of each month, from 6:00 – 8:00, and anyone over 10 years of age can help!

Mar 4 – Sip and Savor Piano and Violin Concert


Enjoy your favorite wine, homemade treats, and lovely music featuring UUFSD’s own Monique Kunewalder and Lynne Talley, with Jorge Roman Kurth. Sip and Savor Piano and Violin Concert will be held in Founder’s Hall on March 4, 2017, from 7:30 to 9 pm. Come early for wine and snacks. Doors open at 7 pm. Proceeds from the concert benefit the UUFSD Concert Fund.

You can purchase tickets discounted early bird tickets at Or, you can pay $20 at door. Childcare is available.

Monique started her musical career early, playing with Arthur Fiedler and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra at age 12. Both Monique and Lynne have undergraduate degrees in music from Oberlin College & Conservatory followed by graduate piano studies in the US and abroad. Jorge studied violin at the Catholic University in Santiago, Chile, and has performed in Chile, France, Italy, and the US. Both Lynne and Jorge combine art and science. Lynne holds a PhD in physical oceanography, and is a professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (UCSD). Jorge is an engineer, has a Masters degree from Carnegie Mellon University, and works for Qualcomm.

Interested in Becoming a Member?

UUFSD is a thriving, growing community and we welcome you with open minds and hearts. Becoming a member is an exciting commitment – one that we hope will enrich your life.
UUFSD encourages all members to:

  • Attend Sunday services and/or events regularly,
  • Share time and energy in graceful service to the church,
  • Connect with other UUFSD members; and
  • Support UUFSD with financial contributions.

Step 1: Attend a Newcomer “New to UU” Orientation

Learn and ask questions about Unitarian Universalism and UUFSD. This informal session lasts about an hour. All are welcome to attend these orientations, which are offered once a month after the second worship service. Attendance does not constitute a commitment to join UUFSD.

Next scheduled ‘New to UU’ Orientation dates: Sunday, January 29th 12:30-1:15, Sunday, February 19th, 12:30-1:15

Step 2: UUFSD New Member Workshop

This session, offered several times throughout the year, provides prospective members with the opportunity to learn more about Unitarian Universalism, UUFSD history and programs, and what being a member means. Hosted by Reverend Meghan Cefalu and the Membership Engagement Team, this two and half hour workshop is a wonderful way to deepen connections at the fellowship.
At the end, they may sign the Membership Book, make their pledge of financial contribution, and have their picture taken for the member directory.

Next scheduled session is Saturday, March 4th 10:30 am-1:00 pm.

Step 3: New Member Recognition Sunday

New members are introduced and formally welcomed to the community through an ingathering ceremony during a Sunday service.

For more information, contact

From the Kitchen

Have you ever notice how much fun folks are having in the kitchen on Sundays–well guess what, you can join in on the fun. Just follow this link, enter and you’re almost there.

From preparing the snacks, to refreshing between services, to clean up (and yes there are people who enjoy even doing that), we have something for you. The Sign Up Genius website describes the few easy task for each shift. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask anyone in the kitchen, or use the e-mail above. Also remember even if you don’t sign up–walk-ins are always welcome.

Pass by the Social Justice Action Table and Support SB54


It is incredibly important that we stand in support of all immigrant communities–now more than ever given the national political climate. The California Values Act will uphold our core values of equal treatment, community, family unity, and common humanity, and send a powerful message of inclusion across the nation.

The California Values Act will do the following:

  1. State and local law enforcement agencies and school police and security departments will not engage in immigration enforcement. No state or local resources will be used to investigate, detain, detect, report, or arrest persons for immigration enforcement purposes.
  2. State and local resources will not be used to facilitate the creation of a national registry based on religion or other protected characteristics
  3. State agencies will review their confidentiality policies in order to ensure that eligible individuals are not deterred from seeking services or engaging with state agencies. State agencies shall not collect or share information from individuals unless necessary to perform agency duties.
  4. California schools, hospitals, and courthouses will remain safe and accessible to all California residents, regardless of immigration status. Each shall establish and make public policies that limit immigration enforcement on their premises to the fullest extent possible consistent with federal and state law.


Sat Feb 4 Post-Election Indivisible Group Forming

If you are upset about the recent election results and interested in taking action, please come to an Indivisible Group formation meeting on Saturday, February 4 at 11:00 am in Palmer Library. Let’s utilize the democratic process to promote our UU values of equality, diversity and social justice.

Please review the Indivisible Guide at prior to the meeting, if possible. E-mail Karen Reimus at with any questions.