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“PEACE FRIEND” A Social Action/Kids for Peace Project

“PEACE FRIEND”
A Social Action/Kids for Peace Project

Kids for Peace ( a Social Action Committee partner organization) is starting a library for children in the rural Migori region of Kenya. Representatives from Kids for Peace will travel to Kenya with paperback or soft cover, new or gently used books for 175 students, (pre-school through 3rd grade) ages 4 to 8.

Collections on May 17 and May 24 in the core area between and after services.

Contact Irving Himelblau for more information: socialaction@uufsd.org

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UUFSD Directory Photos

Every Sunday – 10:00 – 11:00 AM

Steve Bartram will be taking “Passport” type photos that will go into the UUFSD Directory. Simple black and white, no frills, smiles only pictures. There will be a camera on a tripod and an “X” for you to stand on. No children, just adults.

Here is a sample of our own Vicky Newman:

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Annual SAC Backpack Project

Annual SAC Backpack Project

Sundays, June 7th – August 9th

38468X-2Our goal to provide 60 backpacks filled with supplies for children and teenagers in need at the Community Resource Center in Encinitas for the children in the Battered Women’s Shelter, Stand-Up for Kids a homeless teen program in Oceanside, and Colonia Carrettas in Tijuana Mexico.

Your $20 donation will provide supplies for a backpack – $25 donation will provide one backpack$45 donation will provide one filled backpack. Bring your donations of new and gently used backpacks, school supplies, cash/check or gift cards to the core area on Sundays, June 7th – August 9th.

Types of Supplies: pens, pencils, note pads, crayons, markers, rulers, calculators, paper clips, scissors, etc. For Homeless Male and Female Teens: toothbrushes, toothpaste, socks, combs, brushes, make-up, shampoo, soap or body wash, and deodorants.
For more information contact: Livia Walsh at livwalsh1@gmail.com or Liz Young at thefouryoungs@sbcglobal.net

Commit2Respond Day 31: An End and a Beginning

In support of the 30 Days of Love/Commit2Respond – Climate Justice

Day 31

As we reach the end of our Climate Justice Month, we have reflected on Rejoicing, Reckoning, Reconnecting, and Committing.

These are complex ideas on which we will be continually reflecting in our rapidly changing world. But while our internal reflections continue, we must engage with the outer world to create climate justice. Even if we feel like we still have a lot of work to do on our own selves, we have to push our imperfect selves into action. Even if we make mistakes, our imperfect actions will deepen our reflections as we continue the cycle of praxis.

This is the time to take our commitments beyond ourselves and our congregations and support the development of the next generation of spiritually grounded activists. This is the time to make real the insight and inspiration that we have received over the past four weeks.

We hope these reflections of Climate Justice Month can be like trail mix to sustain you while on the move. The road ahead is full of promise and challenge, and we will travel it together in faith.

Your Commit2Respond Resource Team,
Rev. Sofía Betancourt
Rev. Peggy Clarke
Tim DeChristopher
Kat Liu
Jennifer Nordstrom

Today, Earth Day, is the end of Commit2Respond’s Climate Justice Month, a transformative spiritual process leading to long-term commitments to climate justice. Now is the time to commit to respond to climate change. How will you SHIFT to a low carbon future, ADVANCE human rights, and GROW the movement?

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Commit2Respond Day 30: The Courage to Commit

In support of the 30 Days of Love/Commit2Respond – Climate Justice

Day 30

As we make our commitments of how we will take a stand for climate justice, it’s worth reflecting on the courage that will be required to hold on to those commitments.

There are always plenty of reasons to abandon our commitments to justice. Sometimes it’s inconvenient; sometimes we’re tired; sometimes we forget.

But mostly it’s scary. We might be scared of losing our reputations, our financial security, our institutional stability, or our personal safety. Committing to stand up for climate justice implicitly means standing up against not only the fossil fuel industry, but the forces of capitalism, patriarchy, and white supremacy that are at the root of the climate crisis. To stand against that kind of structural evil, we must be standing on solid rock.

Edward Abbey said that “Without courage, all other virtues are worthless.” Never has that been more true than now, as our virtues direct us to let go of the false securities of the past and move toward a bold and unknown future. Where will we find the courage to match our virtues?

We might find courage in our love for one another, courage in our communities, courage in our relationship to God, courage in our sources of wisdom and courage in our traditions of justice making. We need spiritual practices of building courage and drawing closer to what gives us courage in order to build our resilience to fear.

Let us commit to being courageous enough to stand by our virtues even in a scary future.

Tim DeChristopher is a climate justice activist and a student at Harvard Divinity School.

Today’s practice is to make your new commitments for climate justice. We’ve spent the last month together moving through a spiritual process leading to discernment of what our next steps are, no matter how much or how little we feel we have contributed up to now. Now it is time to stretch ourselves and commit to our next actions to shift, advance, and grow.

Make your commitments now. If you’ve already made commitments, take time today to invite others to join you.

We are nearing the close of Commit2Respond’s Climate Justice Month, a transformative spiritual process leading to long-term commitments to climate justice. Now is the time to commit to respond to climate change. How will you SHIFT to a low carbon future, ADVANCE human rights, and GROW the movement?

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