Pastoral Care Committee
Pastoral Care Mission Statement
UUFSD covenants to be a religious community of caring by offering compassionate support to members and friends in our Fellowship in times of need. Through compassionate listening, crisis support, and relevant workshop, we support a path to feeling cared for in a meaningful way consistent with our UU covenant and principles.
We respond to emergencies/urgencies that affect our congregants by mobilizing our UUFSD members and friends to assist with meals, transportation to healthcare appointments, and memorial services when needed. As an extension of our minister’s Pastoral Care presence members of the committee identify and respond to congregants in need of care and support and provide resources as needed. We also visit members in their home, hospital or other facilities as much as possible.
Each Sunday, a member of the Pastoral Care Committee offers confidential listening to those adjusting to change, loss, illness and other significant life stressors, or who wish to share in moments of joy and celebration. Through our care and commitment, we strive to build a beloved community of strength and compassion with meaningful and lasting bonds among our members.
Pastoral Care Email Address
At UUFSD we are available to respond to the emergency needs of our community, such as meals, transportation, and caring attention. Please email Pastoral Care Committee at PastoralCare@uufsd.org.
Pastoral Care Committee
Ernie was born and raised in Stockton, CA. He has lived on the East coast in New Jersey, Maryland, and Delaware. He served two tours in Korea and one in Germany in the Army, as well as being stationed in Texas, Hawaii, and San Francisco. He has a Bachelor’s in Social Work from Sacramento State and a Master’s in Social Work from University of Southern California. He was in an advanced program in Child and Family Studies at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, studying family and play therapies. He is an Our Whole Lives program facilitator for K-12 through Adult curriculums. His wife of 30+ years is from China. They have a daughter (27) and a son (23). He enjoys Religious Education work, especially meeting with teens. He also enjoys photography and maintaining a healthy life style. He has lived in Oceanside since 2014.
Ruth was born in northern Michigan, raised in East Tennessee, and has lived in San Diego County (Encinitas and Carlsbad) since 1988. She was an Air Force wife for 20+ years. During that time she and her family lived in Alabama, Texas, Tennessee, Virginia (DC area), and Colorado (Air Force Academy). She has a Bachelor’s in sociology from Auburn University and a certificate in Gerontology from University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. She has worked as a counselor for Meals on Wheels San Diego and in sales/marketing at Brookdale Place San Marcos. Ruth has two children: Rachel Burnett who is married to Barry and has two teenagers, Christopher and Elizabeth. Rob Gregory, who has two children, Caden and Caroline. Both families live in Knoxville, TN. Ruth has been attending UUFSD since 1997 and has served on the membership committee, coordinated Greeters, and was secretary to the Board. She enjoys Thursday mornings at the Community Resource Center food bank, her friendships made at UUFSD, finding humor in every day things, and helping friends in time of need. She is honored to be serving on the Pastoral Care Commmittee.
Alison A.L.G. McLeod
Alison Aguilar Lopez Gutierrez McLeod is the Lifespan Religious Education Director for the Fellowship. She has served in this position for 14 years and has been pastorally caring for Fellowship members of all ages since the start of her position. While a lot of her pastoral work centers on children, youth, young adults and families, she is available to all age groups. She is Our Whole Lives (OWL) trained, which is the Sexual Health curriculum from kindergarten to elders in our congregation, and she is heavily involved with Anti-racism/ Anti-oppression efforts. She is available for phone conversations, online via zoom, and in some cases, in person pastoral listening. Please don’t hesitate to reach out.