The Third Annual Women’s Chorus Concert to benefit the women supported by Women’s Empowerment International, WE PERSIST!, will take place on Saturday, May 19 at 7:00 pm in the Meeting House, followed by a wine and dessert reception in Bard Hall at 8:00 pm. This year, the Chorus is honored to be joined by Congolese singer Matrida David and members of her Umoja Band. Matrida, driven from her homeland by war, grew up in the Nyarugusu refugee camp in Tanzania. She started singing and performing gospel music at age 7. By the time she was 17, she was the leader of the refugee camp’s 100-member church choir, writing music and performing both at the camp and around the country.
In April we bagged 9,800 lbs. of carrots that went out to those in need the very next day. Thanks all! Want to help out? You are heartily invited to join us every 1st Thursday each month. To get started, email Sara Ohara at email@example.com. Pre-registration with our group code is required. Hope to see you there!
First UU San Diego is pleased to announce that on March 25, 2018 it's members voted to declare the congregation a Sanctuary church. The total number of votes cast was 286, and approval of the measure was 93%. A press conference was held Tuesday, April 3rd 2018 with coverage by many local media outlets including Telemundo (great video), San Diego Union-Tribune (interview with Rev. Kathleen Owens), Channel 8 News (video), KPBS (video interview). For more information about the program visit the First UUSD Sanctuary page
50 years ago, American boys, most under 20 years of age, committed unspeakable acts against a civilian hamlet in Vietnam. Over 500 women, children (yes! there were babies!) and old men were slaughtered by American soldiers. Civilian “collateral damage” is a tragic cost of any war; the My Lai massacre only exemplified it at a highly public level. The San Diego Chapter of Veterans For Peace (VFP) is named after Hugh C. Thompson, the courageous US Army helicopter pilot who landed his chopper and, along with fellow crewmen, intervened against fellow American troops to end the carnage at My Lai. Thompson reported the “incident” up the chain of command but was met with indifference and ridicule by authorities.
Obedience is important in many circumstances and situations—traffic laws are better obeyed than not. They help keep us safe and avoid accidents that could have dire consequences if not obeyed. Most religions promote obedience—to a creed, to certain commandments, to certain teachings or dogmas of the institution. Unitarian Universalists choose to promote and affirm, instead of promote obedience. We affirm and promote our principles; we are a covenantal faith tradition—promising to trust and support one another.
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