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.
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.
Do you know someone who is well-organized, enjoys meeting people and helping them make connections with others and in activities that nurture their spirit? UUFSD is looking for a Membership Coordinator to help us grow and deepen our membership engagement.Current members are ineligible for paid positions on UUFSD staff, but we'd love it if members would help us find the right person for this position!
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