Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race


Join Rev Meghan Cefalu for a discussion of Debby Irving’s book, Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race, on Saturday, June 17 at 5pm in Palmer Library. Free event open to the public. Members are encouraged to attend. Bring a friend!

This book sheds light on why America’s racial divide continues to deepen. Author Debby Irving encourages readers to bring more nuance, historical knowledge, and personal reflection to the issue.

Irving uses her own life to explore the everyday systemic racism that goes largely unnoticed yet perpetuates long-held racialized belief systems. Waking Up White functions as both a “Racism 101” for white people and a rare exposé on whiteness for people of color. By sharing her sometimes cringe-worthy struggle to understand racism and racial tensions, she offers a fresh perspective on bias, stereotypes, manners, and tolerance.

Wear Orange on June 2 – Demand to Be Seen

Watch the video regarding this program to raise awareness on National Gun Violence Awareness Day:

Gun violence kills more than 90 Americans every day and injures hundreds more. That’s why this June 2nd on National Gun Violence Awareness Day, Americans across the country will Wear Orange–a color that demands to be seen–to send the powerful message that there is more we can do to end gun violence. Join the #WearOrange movement.

We will have information and orange ribbons at the Social Justice Table on the Patio on Sunday, June 4. Please wear orange as much as you can during the entire month of JUNE and help us raise awareness on this important issue. Check out the Bulletin Board with information about Gun Violence so you can educate yourself on the issue and the daily tragedies.

Also – TBD – an ASK Program follow up meeting for parents and interested community members will be scheduled for this month. We hope to have information on this meeting at the info table as well. THANK YOU!

Beloved Conversations Forum Sunday, June 4

The Beloved Conversations Forum will be held after the Music Sunday service on SUNDAY, JUNE 4th in Founder’s Hall. The BC team is looking forward to introducing this anti-racism/anti-oppression curriculum to you and hopes that you will sign up for the full program which begins with a weekend retreat on Sept. 22-23, and then 8 consecutive Sundays from 3-5 pm from Oct. 1-Nov. 19. Childcare provided. Light lunch offered with gratitude. Please join us.

Music Sunday, June 4, 9:00 and 11:00 AM

Many have long held space for peace, working for it in their own way. On Music Sunday we’ll lament our place in history where peace is a dream and conflict remains. And we will vision and affirm our united purpose — a world of peace.

All over the world and throughout history, parents have expressed hope and intention for a peaceful world for their children. The choir will sing two lullabies accompanied by cello from the song collection “Lullabies From the Axis of Evil”, including one from Iraq titled, “Peace to the world, peace to my country, my love” and a traditional Sufi song with text by mystic and poet Abu Abdillah Muhammad. Other selections include “Learn War No More” and a Hebrew folk song

From American John Mayer, the UUFSD Band will perform”Waiting for the World to Change,” which speaks of our frustration over barriers to changes we desire. Another selection, from Keb’ Mo’ and Taj Mahal, makes the celebratory statement, “There’ll be peace and understanding all around the world.”

We look forward to sharing this musical worship experience with you.

Bid on Auction Items on Sunday, May 21 after Each Service

Forgot to bid on something at the auction?

Would you like to take another peek at what you missed?

Here is a second chance to look at what is still available.

Availability is limited, so please take a look at the number under Max#.

You can also bid on limited time opportunity until June 4, 2017.

Contact Patricia Cofre-Stone at if you have any questions.

June 1st Food Bank Volunteer Night!

Join us on June 1st – its a wonderful way to help those in need LOCALLY, put SERVICE IS OUR PRAYER in ACTION, and strengthen our UUFSD community as well.

In May 2800 lbs. of corn was bagged for those in-need – Wow! Yhanks everyone! LOVE, when we’re able to give fresh food to San Diegans!

The San Diego Food Bank distributes more than 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! PLUS it’s fun!

Our Food Bank Volunteer Night is always the first Thursday of each month from 6 – 8 PM, and just 20 minutes from UUFSD. Anyone over 10 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, and great camaraderie. In April we husked 2500 pieces of corn – in just 2 hours!

For more information and to register, you MUST contact Sara Ohara for the special UUFSD Group code:

Screening of the Documentary “13th” on Friday, June 2

Join Rev. Meghan on Friday, June 2nd for a screening of the documentary 13th followed by a discussion. Palmer Library 6:30-9:30. Pizza will be served.

Seating is limited. Please RSVP.

The title of Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing documentary refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.”

The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry is laid out by DuVernay with bracing lucidity.

Please RSVP via Facebook: or email or call 858-755-9225.

For more about Ava DuVernay’s work and to see a trailer for this film click here.

Announcing Candidates for the UUFSD Board Beginning in July 2017

The Leadership Development Council (aka Nominating Committee) is pleased to announce our candidates for the UUFSD Board for three year terms beginning this July. They are Swagatam Muhklopadyay and Linda Giannelli Pratt. We very much appreciate their willingness to serve.

Many thanks to Clint Stoddard and Heather Stroud, who are stepping off the board, for their work on behalf of our community.

Nominations from the community are also open and only require that the nominee has been a member for one year and is willing to serve for three years.

Your LDC: Marta Giri, Alejandra Hoffman-Chan, Christie Turner