In order to live our faith into action in a humane and faithful response to help people in need on both sides of our border we are sharing several different ways you can plug in with our community partners to help make a difference in the lives of people. There are multiple opportunities to fit a wide range of involvement both here in San Diego and also with two organizations in Tijuana. Whether you can volunteer time or donate, your help can make a big difference. Thank you for living out our mission and helping to make San Diego a more just, fair and equitable region.
From a rally at the border in San Ysidro in March 2018, in response to President Trump’s visit.
I’m the Rev. Kathleen Owens, Lead Minister at First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego answering the call of Love. We are here to speak the truth – that unless we are of Indigenous Native American or Mexican heritage, we are all immigrants on this land.
We’re here to name the truth that immigrants have always made this country better, that we need bridges, not walls. Walls divide people from their families and loved ones, interrupt the natural flow of water, keep animals crossing from one side to the other. Walls divide and we know that divisions never add to an environment, a country, or a people. Walls and division only bring less; division encourages fear, only serves the elite in power, never the people.
Greetings from your Cluster Social Justice Coordinator! I have been traveling to each of the congregations to meet folks and learn more about what you are already engaged in and I am impressed by the breadth and depth of the justice work that you are doing. As a cluster, we are now in the swing of Pride season, which began with our annual participation in the Hillcrest Pride Parade. We were represented at South Bay Pride in Chula Vista on September 8th, with volunteers and participants from Summit and both campuses of First Church and we’ll conclude with Pride by the Beach in Oceanside on October 13th which will bring together folks from Chalice, Palomar and San Dieguito. Now that the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) has released the Welcoming Congregations Five Pillars of Welcome Renewal program, we are looking at ways that our congregations can support one another in this renewal process and work together to ensure that we remain “current” across the cluster.
Angela Fujii is your Cluster Social Justice Coordinator. She serves all five UU congregations in San Diego County (Chalice – Escondido, First – San Diego & Chula Vista, Palomar – Vista, San Dieguito – Solana Beach and Summit – Santee), which constitute the Cluster. In this role, she hopes to facilitate connection, communication and collaboration between congregations, encourage shared learning and information exchange, and contribute to leadership development to increase our collective engagement and impact.
Angela is relatively new to Unitarian Universalism and just celebrated her first anniversary on staff at First Church, where she is the Social Justice Coordinator. She is a social worker by nature, nurture and training. She engages in this work because of her deeply-held belief in the inherent dignity and worth of all people.
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.
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