Oct. 18: Peter Mayer Concert!


Peter Mayer Concert

October 18th in Founders Hall!

Renowned Minnesota singer-songwriter Peter Mayer (‘Blue Boat Home’) “writes songs for a small planet—songs about interconnectedness and the human journey; about the beauty and the mystery of the world. Whimsical, humorous, and profound, his music breaks the boundaries of “folk”, and transcends to a realm beyond the everyday love song, to a place of wonder at the very fact of life itself.” Visit for more on his music.

Tickets are available for purchase
For concert questions, contact: Vicky at

Peter Mayer

July 20: Generosity Sunday Recipient

Prison University Project, San Quentin Prison, CA
is the July 2014 Generostiy Sunday Recipient

More information:

Provide excellent higher education programs to people incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison; create a replicable model for such programs; and stimulate public awareness and meaningful dialogue about higher education and criminal justice in California.

Correctional education programs have been shown to save dollars, and greatly decrease recidivism rates, which means they increase public safety. It’s smarter to use education to provide incarcerated individuals the best possible shot at a second chance.

Prison University Project provides college preparatory classes and college credit courses that go towards an AA degree from Patten University. Courses are ongoing: 3 semesters per year, 6 days a week.

Anyone who is classified as “general population” at San Quentin and holds either a GED or high school diploma. Cognitively, culturally, and emotionally diverse inmate students come from all counties in California. In 2013, over 400 students took part. Many more are on the waiting lists.

Training Initiative
Prison University Project will “train teachers on how to identify, accommodate and encourage students with learning differences, so that we can offer these students more support; we will also seek out experts to advise us on the most effective interventions and approaches to ensure each student reaches his potential.”

What is Generosity Sunday?
One of the ways our congregation participates in outreach and social justice work is to designate one Sunday in each month as a Generosity Sunday. On these Sundays, we donate the offering to an organization or project that serves the community or the cause of social justice.

July 13 Service: Can I Get a Witness?

Pain needs a witness. We can heal ourselves by allowing others to witness that pain and we can heal others by giving them an opportunity to express empathy and compassion for our pain. If we can share our pain, it helps us to avoid getting caught up in suffering.

Tiffany Fox

This sermon is available in the following formats:

Click here to watch it as a video on Vimeo.
Click here to listen to it in MP3 format.

July 6: Children and Families on the Bus


The UUFSD Social Action Committee is responding to a call for action, from Border Angels and the interfaith ministries in California, in support of the children and families seeking refuge in the US. UUFSD has been asked to be one of the drop off centers for donations of clothing, toiletries etc.. for the San Dieguito area.

Beginning Sunday, July 6th a designated area in Founders Hall will be set up by the double doors on the EAST side of the Hall. The Hall will be open on Monday through Friday from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm.  Our plan will be to collect donations through Sunday July 13th, but we might extend the deadline should conditions require that we do so. During the week, (Monday-Friday) monetary donations can be brought to the office and placed in an envelope marked CHILDREN ON THE BUS PROJECT which will be on the Administrators desk.
Please make checks out to the UUFSD with a memo line: Children on the bus. On Sundays, we will have the donation envelope at the Social Action table in the core area.
List of Items Needed:

  • Baby Wipes
  • Baby Formula
  • Baby Bottles
  • Baby Food (plastic if possible)
  • Diapers in all sizes
  • Anti-bacterial lotion/dispensers
  • Coloring books
  • Crayons
  • Soft toys for small children
  • Playing cards for older children and maybe puzzles
  • Balls for children of various ages
  • Small Towels Small Soaps
  • Juice boxes
  • Sealed snacks

If you have any questions contact Livia Walsh at: or Nancy Harmon at:

July 13: Sunday Service at Friendship Park (SD/Tijuana Border)

Sunday Service at Friendship Park (SD/Tijuana Border) 

 Sunday, July 13, 1 to 2 pm.

We will be joining the Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry (UUJM) of California and UUs from across the State on the San Diego side of the SD/Tijuana border wall (Friendship Park)  for an Interfaith Sunday Service. We will share our compassion and concern for the refugee children and families escaping violence and poverty in their homelands. This is our opportunity to Stand on the Side of Love, and show our care for this important issue. We will car pool from the Fellowship at Noon.

Directions to the  Friendship Park
Take Hwy 5 South, exit at Dairy Mart Road.
Turn right (west), Dairy Mart Road will curve to the right and turn into Monument Road. Keep following this winding road until see an entrance gate and, further ahead, a kiosk. This is the entrance to Border Field State Park. There is a $5 parking fee.

Thanks UUFSD for helping at the Food Bank!


John & Judy Sherman & Betsy bagged 866 lbs of pears for distribution for those in need in San Diego – in just 2 hours!

Our group also bagged 3,464 lbs of plumbs!

20140807_194100Anyone over 6 years old can help! Our next volunteer night will be Wednesday Oct. 22. Usually we just put food in boxes on an assembly line – really easy, no lifting, no bending, great camaraderie. 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 at if you’re interested in joining us.



June 15-Aug 10: Backpack Project


June 15 – August 10, 2014

The Social Action committee conducts a yearly “Back to School Backpack Project” which will be launched on Sunday, June 15. Please bring your donations of backpacks, school supplies, or cash/check to the Core Area on Sundays from June 15th through August 10. Our goal is to collect at least 50 backpacks and fill them with supplies. Backpacks are distributed to the Encinitas Community Resource Center for children in the Battered Women’s Shelter, the Stand-Up For Kids homeless teen program in Oceanside and to the Colonia Carrettas in Tijuana, Mexico. Cash donations will be used to purchase supplies as needed to fill the backpacks.

For further information contact Livia Walsh at or Liz Young at