Our thriving South Bay Food Pantry recently went through a major transition. While church activities were solely virtual during the first years of the pandemic, we were fortunate to be able to use two large FUUSD South Bay campus suites to store the dry goods, bread, meat and period products we distribute to the local community every Saturday morning, as well as diapers on Sunday mornings. With the upcoming re-opening of the South Bay campus, we needed to relocate to suite 105, a smaller space than either of the ones we’d been using. Having grown to accommodate some 300 households seeking food each week, how could we adapt our operations to work from this smaller space? And how could we make that move quickly, so that the South Bay worship and social spaces could be restored for in-person use ASAP? Read more on the First UU Hillcrest blog.
Watch (or re-watch) the Sunday, October 6, Message “Reflections on Discomfort” presented by Beloved Conversations Retreat Leader, Rhonda Brown, & our own Pat Gordon & Scott GrantSmith firstuusandiego.org/beloved-conversations-reflections-on-discomfort-by-rhonda-brown-pat-gordon-scott-grantsmith-10619. After reflecting on the message, consider signing up for the February/March 2020 Beloved Conversations session. Information & session days/times are on the Journey Toward Wholeness webpage.
Change is hard and institutional change—building a plane while flying it—is daunting. We did it when we transitioned to Policy Governance and we’re doing it again as we work to become more inclusive, anti-racist, and anti-oppressive. Why are we (and the UUA) doing this? Rev. Leslie Takahashi of the UUA’s Commission on Institutional Change answers that question: https://www.uua.org/uuagovernance/committees/commission-institutional-change/blog/why-institutional-change.
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