UUFSD Weekly Newsletter for May 7, 2021
Welcome to the UUFSD Weekly Newsletter

Inspired by our UU principles, we are a vibrant, intentionally diverse congregation that models and promotes both locally and globally: love, spiritual growth, service, right relations, and sustainable living.

NOTE: Newsletter Submissions

Submissions to the Weekly Newsletter must be made via the UUFSD website at https://uufsd.org/news/submission and are limited to 100 words. Please use regular paragraphs and avoid special formatting. Your listing will be published only once unless you indicate otherwise on the submission form. The deadline for submissions is Wednesdays at 10:30am for publication in the following Friday's newsletter. All submissions are subject to the Communications Committee's approval.

*If you don't receive an email confirmation of your submission please contact the administrator at office@uufsd.org.
Upcoming Services
We are holding a Single Service on Sundays from 10:00am-11:15am
The Service will be Live-Streamed over Zoom and YouTube

Click HERE to link to the Zoom Service
Meeting ID: 952 2706 0986, Passcode: 618961

Watch on YouTube

The Latest OOS

Click here for more information and help accessing our Sunday format


May 9, 2021
"Mother Pie"
Rev. Jo Green
Worship Associate: Patricia Cofre-Stone

What makes someone a mother and do all of us have those qualities within us? Are we all included in pieces of the pie? On this Mother’s Day, let us look at how, especially during this pandemic year, we have been able to nurture each other and care for each other during tender times.

May 16, 2021
"Beauty"
Special YRUU Service

May 23, 2021
"Stories of the Pandemic"
Cluster Service
Worship Associates: San Diego Ministers

In this theme of “Story” this month, our San Diego Cluster will conduct the service this morning, exploring how within endings there are components of appreciations, regrets, resentments, and learnings. Join the ministers of our San Diego congregations in this Cluster Service this morning.

May 30, 2021
Mental Health Month
Worship Associate: Wenda Alvarez

From the Minister
Ministerial Musings

We’re getting closer to opening!!  Our Re-opening Task Force has been meeting and planning when we will be able to meet in person for Sunday services. We are already able to meet in small groups on our campus now and that is progress. I know that there are some small groups meeting at private homes which is exciting. It feels like the end is near for all the social distancing we have been doing for over a year.

And yet, I myself am experiencing some apprehension on being in person once again. And I’ve been talking to others who are feeling the same way. It has been a traumatic year for all of us. For those living alone especially, we have created new habits, done everything alone, and are somewhat comfortable staying at home and never leaving. Or we’ve been extremely lonely and need others around us. This seems to also pose a problem for when we return to social gathering; how will we react in the presence of other people when it’s been so long since we’ve all been in that situation? I’m experiencing a fear of being with others that I never felt before and I’m what you would call an extreme extrovert. So what must people who are introverts or those who are in between be experiencing?

This will be another transition that we need to construct and move forward that’s different than all the others we’ve experienced. Many people are so excited to be with others again, and yet there are those who are apprehensive and maybe even frightened. Let us be aware of this new transition and how it may be affecting others in our lives. It could take a while for some to get back to what we consider a state of normalcy in a social context. Some may need more time, some may dive in head first, and others may be cautiously in between.

Remember that everyone reacts differently to change and we can give each other all the space we need. We are entering a new era just as we did last year. We are slowly bringing our community together again once more. Let us bring our best selves to this new social world and bring kindness and love to all around us. We have been, and still are, a Unitarian Universalist community.

Blessed be.
Rev Jo

Please feel free to contact me:
By email: revjo@uufsd.org
By phone: 858-755-9225
Cell phone: 818-489-2055
Flower Communion Sunday
Flower Communion Sunday, June 6th
How You Can Participate

Flower Communion Service will take place on Sunday, June 6th. While we will not be meeting in person at that point, we want to invite our members and friends to take part in the service by creating a video of yourself “passing” a flower to another person in the Fellowship. It’s a simple idea but difficult to put into words so we have made an example video for you to watch which demonstrates what we have in mind.

Please be sure to film yourself in “landscape” mode and send your video to our AV Specialist, Joe Cantrell, at joe@joecantrell.net by Friday, May 28th.

We look forward to virtually sharing this special day with you.
Board/Committee News
Notice of UUFSD Board Meeting
Thursday, June 20th, 7:00-9:00pm

Please contact Board President Dale Gottdank at board@uufsd.org if you would like to be put on the agenda.
UUA General Assembly – June 23-27, 2021
Are You Attending as a Delegate?

If you would like to attend this year’s General Assembly, which will be a virtual GA, you can access the Registration web page here:

When you attend GA as a Delegate, you may participate in debate and vote on business items in the agenda, playing a bigger role in representing our Fellowship at GA. More information is available here:

In addition to the two Religious Professional Delegates (Minister, Director of RE), UUFSD is allowed five Member Delegates.

If you plan on attending GA and/or wish to be named as a Delegate, please notify Tracey (office@UUFSD.org or 858-755-9225) so that we have a sense of how many members will be attending and serving as UUFSD Delegates.
Serving Many Generations
Looking ahead, we see great promise, progress, pandemic considerations and, frankly, important decisions for many generations that call UUFSD their faith community. Will you consider contributing your talents and wisdom to a leadership role. The teams are partially assembled.

The UUFSD Nominations Committee is responsible for identifying candidates for the Board of Directors and Nominations Committee. At our June Congregational Meeting, we’ll elect a total of seven congregation members.

Board of Directors
UUFSD volunteers have oversight responsibility and authority for UUFSD’s ministry and operations. In June, we’ll elect four new directors to serve with,
• Angie Knappenberger
• Liora Kian-Gutierrez
• Duane Kiddy
• Sarah Miller, treasurer (non-voting member)

New Board Member Opportunities:
• Two one-year terms: July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022
• Two three-year terms: July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2024

Nominations Committee
Three individuals will be elected in June for two-year terms. July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2023

Let us know how volunteerism currently fits your life and what activities you might enjoy in the future. Please give 5-10 minutes to the UUFSD Volunteerism survey.

Contact: nomcom@uufsd.org

YRUU 2010: 'The Circle Game'
Racial/Social Justice
Racial Justice Book Read
Sunday, May 23rd, 4:00-5:30pm via Zoom
Please Note New Date!

Please read There, There by Tommy Orange and join us for a discussion May 23rd 4:00pm.

From Good reads: Tommy Orange's wondrous and shattering novel follows twelve characters from Native communities: all traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, all connected to one another in ways they may not yet realize. Together, this chorus of voices tells of the plight of the urban Native American--grappling with a complex and painful history, with an inheritance of beauty and spirituality, with communion and sacrifice and heroism.

Zoom info to follow in a future newsletter. Any questions, contact Julia Darling at jvdarling@roadrunner.com.
Wear Orange
June 4, 2021

I am submitting the following to request the support of all UUFSD Encinitas residents.

I will be submitting this Recommended Proclamation to the Encinitas City Council. The proclamation honors the efforts of all Gun Violence Prevention Advocates on the National Gun Violence Awareness Day created by Everytown for Gun Safety. This day kicks off Wear Orange Weekend, a nationwide campaign to raise awareness about this epidemic and pay tribute to the victims and survivors of gun violence.

My request is to ask for your endorsement to this request by sending me your name via email IF you are a resident of Encinitas.

Steve Bartram blackbart7562@gmail.com.

If you want to support this and are a resident of another city please contact Stephanie Wells at her address: ms.sicily@gmail.com. She is the North County MOMs contact person for this event.
8th Principle Survey

In planning for our upcoming vote on adoption of the 8th principle in June, we would like you to take a brief survey about your knowledge and thoughts about this plan. We hope to get ideas about more information and/or discussions that are needed before the vote occurs. Please complete the survey even if you are not a voting member as we would like to reach as many as possible in collecting data. Parents and youth are invited to participate. Responses are confidential.

Monthly Call To Action for May

The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021, (H.R. 1280) proposes the most comprehensive reforms to policing in over 50 years. Among its provisions, it would: (1) Mandate training on racial bias and the duty to intervene; (2) Establish a National Police Misconduct Registry to track police misconduct and thwart officers from switching jurisdictions to avoid accountability; and (3) Reform qualified immunity for police officers to allow individuals to recover damages when their constitutional rights are violated.

Affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person by calling your US Senators and asking them to support this legislation. (The House passed H.R. 1280 and it has now moved to the Senate for consideration). Sample call script: “Hi. My name is [NAME] and I am a constituent from [CITY, ZIP CODE]. I am calling to ask Senator [NAME] to support H.R.1280, The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021, (H.R. 1280). Thank you.” Senator Alex Padilla (202)224-3553/(619)239-3884; Senator Dianne Feinstein (202)224-3841/(619)231-9712.
Campus Improvements Update
The Operable Partition project in Founders Hall is nearing completion!

All equipment, materials, and finishes are in place now and the general contractor is waiting only for delivery and installation of the actual partition panels and closure doors by the manufacturer. We anticipate this will occur during the week of May 10. Carlsbad’s White Construction is the contractor responsible for the project delivery.

Following a final check of the operation the panel system will be fully operational and the Fellowship can expect to have two new, sound-isolated spaces within the Hall when desired.

Considerable effort was made to retain the aesthetic of the Hall with material and finish selections, and to minimize the visual impact of the substantial track system in what was originally designed as a symmetrical interior space. The niches on either side of the fireplace will have matching closure panels. When safe re-opening occurs Founders Hall can once again become our cherished meeting space, but with a new added flexibility. 
Building and Grounds Update
Dear B&Grs,
 
Ed Mlakar was at the Tuesday, May 4th and worked on a few path lights. 
 
Betsy Gilpin was also there. She watered plants and filled the dumpster half full of weeds and dead branches.
 
Ed will be on site next Tuesday, May11th to continue our task list (all volunteers are welcome):

  1. Apply weather strip to the Sandy Hill office door  (the materials are in Founders' Hall)
  2. Power wash the amphitheater stage and steps -  Done by Jim Hagen  
  3. Clean out the drain sump pit and removed mud and pine needles around Founders' Hall  
  4. Repaint the new bridge deck boards  
  5. Fix path lights
  6. Touch up the paint and re-glue some of the safety strips to the front steps  
Thanks,

Ed Mlakar
Cell : (760) 805-4636  
Book Clubs and Community Life
2nd Monday Book Club
May 10th, 6:30-8:00pm

We will next be discussing the surprising rise and ignominious fall of Theranos with Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup (2018) by John Carreyrou.

Join us over Zoom:

Meeting ID: 939 7497 1914
Passcode: 955299

Send questions through email to bookclub@uufsd.org or call/text Cathy Leach-Phillips at 650 224-1974
All Fellowship Campout – May 28th-31st , 2021
Burnt Rancheria – Pinyon Loop – Mount Laguna

The campground is heavily wooded, pines and oaks, and it is surrounded by an open oak grove with spectacular desert views. Elevation is 6,000 ft.

Check-in is Friday, May 28th at 2:00PM and Check-out is Monday, May 31st at 1:00PM. Day area use and overflow parking available.

Directions: From San Diego: drive east on the I-8 about 50 miles to the Laguna Junction exit for the Sunrise Highway. Continue on Sunrise Hwy to Mile 23. Entrance to campground on the right (East). GPS: Lat 32° 51' 41.0000" N Long. 116° 24' 58.0000" W

Email or Call Patricia Cofré-Stone (OutdoorAdventures@UUFSD.org or 858-731-6454) if you have questions or to get your name on the camper list.

Click here for additional information including cost and driving directions.
Casas de Luz

The latest issue of the Casas de Luz Newsletter is now online!

Go here to read more about our amazing partners and their wonderful work.
Spiritual Activities
Wednesday Mindfulness Meditation Group

The Mindfulness Meditation group, facilitated by Livia Walsh, is offered each Wednesday morning from 9:00-10:30 via zoom. If you would like to participate on any given Wednesday please send Livia an email by Tuesday so she can send you the Zoom link. Contact Livia at: livwalsh1@gmail.com or liviawalsh.com
Camp de Benneville News and Updates
News from The Mountain Top

Dear Campers and Camp Supporters:
 
Spring is on the mountain top, and green leaves are budding on trees, colorful wildflowers are popping up, and Daisy Doodle is going crazy chasing lizards. The snow is gone, and it is wonderful to see new vegetation. Our earth has amazing restorative energies and we all must continue to be protective stewards of its wellbeing and abundance.
 
Please click here to read the full letter from Janet James, Executive Director, and to access the Camp de Benneville Pines newsletter.
Good News and Other Items of Interest
“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
UU's May Be Interested
Energy choice program launches in North County

A new community choice energy program encompassing three North County cities — Carlsbad, Del Mar and Solana Beach — begins enrolling the first of about 58,000 customers today, offering an alternative to San Diego Gas & Electric when it comes to purchasing sources of energy.

For decades, utilities have done it all when it comes to electricity. They have put up poles and wires, purchased the power (natural gas, wind, solar, etc.), delivered it through transmission lines and handled customer service and billing issues.

But in the wake of the rolling blackouts seen during the California energy crisis of 2000 and 2001, state policymakers gave local governments the ability to make their own choices when it comes to buying electricity. All the other responsibilities are still shouldered by the traditional utility in a given area, so the power companies do not go away.

Click here to read the full article.
And Here's Your Weekly Chuckle
Note for those who use the Le Port School parking lot on Sundays: the gate code is 253
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Dieguito
1036 Solana Drive, Solana Beach, CA 92075
Phone: 858-755-9225