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- or call/text 760.525.8355
Chris Faller – or call/text 858.344.0227
Susan Pernia –

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

April 2: Food Bank Volunteer Night


Food Bank Volunteer Night – Thursday April 2

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 our team packed 16,200 lbs of food which equates to feeding 540 Seniors who need a bit extra each month – 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:


March 29: The Science of Climate Change Forum

UUFSD is holding a Public Forum
on The Science of Climate Change & the Art of the Citizen Response

Sunday March 29th
12:15 pm in Fellowship Hall
Snacks will be provided

Speakers are:
Lynne Talley, Professor at Scripps Inst. of Oceanography and contributor to the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). IPCC won the Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore in 2007.

Marshall Saunders, Founder and President of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL). CCL has 240 chapters in the US and internationally and supports citizen action to create the political will for a stable climate.

Join Us!

The UUFSD is located at 1036 Solana Drive, Solana Beach CA.  Directions: HERE

UUFSD Joins Commit2Respond!

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 Commit2Respond. 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.

Repurposing with a Purpose

Casas de Luz is an ongoing UUFSD Social Action program, that brings volunteers together with families in need to build houses in Mexico.

Repurposing Donations
Just about every week, Casas de Luz brings donations to families around Tijuana, Mexico.  We get these “in-kind” donations from people all over San Diego, and in some cases, outside of San Diego.

Ktahybigdonationsload-300x225If you are about to throw something away that could be used by someone else and live in the San Diego area, contact us today!  We will make good use out of it, saving the environment by keeping it out of the landfill and helping a family in need.  We call this “Repurposing with a Purpose”, as we are giving (“Repurposing”) unused items to people who will use them much more while keeping the items out of the landfill (“with a Purpose”). Read more HERE

Study Finds Rising Levels of Plastics in Oceans

Some eight million metric tons of plastic waste makes its way into the world’s oceans each year, and the amount of the debris is likely to increase greatly over the next decade unless nations take strong measures to dispose of their trash responsibly, new research suggests.

The report, which appeared in the journal Science on Thursday, is the most ambitious effort yet to estimate how much plastic debris ends up in the sea.

Jenna Jambeck, an assistant professor of environmental engineering at the University of Georgia and lead author of the study, said the amount of plastic that entered the oceans in the year measured, 2010, might be as little as 4.8 million metric tons or as much as 12.7 million.


Indian fishermen pushed their boat through plastic waste last month in Mumbai.

The paper’s middle figure of eight million, she said, is the equivalent of “five plastic grocery bags filled with plastic for every foot of coastline in the world” — a visualization that, she said, “sort of blew my mind.”

By 2025, she said, the amount of plastic projected to be entering the oceans would constitute the equivalent of 10 bags per foot of coastline.

The researchers, from the United States and Australia, derived their estimates through a complex calculation that began with the overall mass of waste produced per person annually in 192 nations that have coastlines, worked through the proportion of that waste likely to be plastic, and how much of the plastic could end up in the ocean because of each nation’s waste management practices. The researchers then projected the amount of waste going forward based on population growth estimates.

“This is a significant study,” said Nancy Wallace, director of the marine debris program at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, who saw the paper before it was published.

Ms. Wallace applauded what she considered the sophisticated use of available data to estimate the amount of plastic entering the marine environment, both collectively and country by country. “Of course we know these aren’t absolute numbers, but it gives us an idea of the magnitude, and where we might need to focus our efforts to affect the issue,” she said.

The research also lists the world’s 20 worst plastic polluters, from China to the United States, based on such factors as size of coastal population and national plastic production.

According to the estimate, China tops the list, producing as much as 3.5 million metric tons of marine debris each year. The United States, which generates as much as 110,000 metric tons of marine debris a year, came in at No. 20.

While Americans generate 2.6 kilograms of waste per person per day, or 5.7 pounds, to China’s 1.10 kilograms, the United States ranked lower on the list because of its more efficient waste management, Professor Jambeck said.

Plastics have been spotted in the oceans since the 1970s. In the intervening decades, masses of junk have been observed floating where ocean currents come together, and debris can be found on the remotest beaches and in arctic sea ice.

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The problem is more than an aesthetic one: Exposed to saltwater and sun, and the jostling of the surf, the debris shreds into tiny pieces that become coated with toxic substances like PCBs and other pollutants.

Research into the marine food chain suggests that fish and other organisms consume the bite-size particles and may reabsorb the toxic substances. Those fish are eaten by other fish, and by people.

Cleaning up the plastic once it is in the oceans is impractical; only a portion of it floats, while most disappears, and presumably what does not wash ashore settles to the bottom.

Any collection system fine enough to capture the smaller particles would also pick up enormous amounts of marine life. So the best option, Professor Jambeck and others suggest, is to improve waste management ashore.

But prodding developing countries to spend money on waste management is difficult, she acknowledged. “You’ve got critical infrastructure needs first, like clean drinking water,” she said. “It’s kind of easy to push waste to the side.”

Over the years she has pursued this line of research, Professor Jambeck said, she has seen a strong, even visceral response from the public.

“You can see waste,” she said. “Not that people want to.”

By JOHN SCHWARTZFEB 12, 2015 New York Times