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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
The February Generosity Offering at First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego's Hillcrest campus will go to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Choir of San Diego. This all-volunteer choir is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Since 1997 the MLK Choir has been performing gospel concerts to raise funds for educational grants to give to San Diego County high school seniors pursuing a college degree in visual or performing arts. Their inspirational and uplifting music celebrates the history of the negro spiritual with a season that runs from September through June. This year marks their 20th anniversary of awarding grants to San Diego County students who will pursue their studies in the visual and performing arts. For more information about the choir and the full concert schedule, visit the website: www.mlkccsd.org or listen online.
Did you know that UU congregations directly fund the work of other community organizations? Every week at the Sunday service an offering is accepted with the proceeds being distributed in various ways. One of those ways is to go directly to community organizations who have demonstrated a high degree of legitimacy and effectiveness. This article is the first in a series sharing the stories of these community partners. On 1/28/18 UUFSD is supporting Public Watchdogs with it's Generosity Sunday. From the organizer: "Public Watchdogs is a California nonprofit. We are working to prevent the burial of deadly radioactive nuclear waste at San Onofre State Beach Park. We are the only organization that has an active lawsuit to stop the burial on behalf of the Public. Your tax-deductible donation provides the support we need to pay legal expenses, attend meetings, monitor government agencies, conduct research, and provide public outreach. It also funds travel, equipment costs, and staff time to protect your interests, and to monitor and publicly expose malfeasance and corruption. You can learn more about us at www.publicwatchdogs.org." Please join us any Sunday and check the order of service to see if your donation is going to one of these worthy groups. The good we do is amplified by every donation and reaches far wider than just our UU congregations!
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