- May 1: Intro
- May 8: Emerson & the Rise of American Spirituality.
- May 15: Why Religion?
- May 22: The Heart of Islam.
Join us at First UU Hillcrest Meeting House on the first four Mondays in May, 7 pm to 9 pm, as the UU Men’s Fellowship welcomes professor Peter Bolland.
A call for volunteers: you can make a big impact with SOLACE - Souls Offering Loving And Compassionate Ears
By Yousra El Hachimi as told to Kathy Smith
(Yousra was held at the Otay Mesa Detention Facility before winning her asylum case. She recently shared her story with SOLACE’s Kathy Smith, one of the volunteers who visited Yousra while she was detained there) I am 26 years old. I grew up in Northern Morocco, across the Mediterranean Sea from Spain. I was born in the State of Tangier. I have five sisters and one brother. I love to learn and am curious about the world. My mother also taught me to stay busy in whatever task was in front of me. I wanted to go to University in Morocco, which is free in my country as I was a good student, but I could not make this decision on my own. The conservative culture I grew up in valued my being a wife and mother before being a college student. But as a teenager, I became known as an independent young woman. Therefore, I was declined as a marriage prospect. Finally, my father agreed that I could go to University, as it is free in Morocco. I had a Major in Hotel Management. I had also been studying English in school, and learned some Spanish along the way, in addition to my Moroccan French. My emphasis in high school was accounting.
"In my contact visits I was able to meet with Karen, Kay, Jane, Kathy and Chole. VISITATION MEANT EVERYTHING TO ME because I had no family or other friends that I could safely contact here. SOLACE visitation was so good for me, as I had a chance to meet someone who did not have a uniform or carried a radio pager. I felt happy when I had contact visits, and signed up weekly. This helped me to not feel so alone helped me feel that I had support in the outside world." ~ Yousra El Hachimi
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