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Family Ministry


Here, people live out what it means to be part of a wider family of humanity. In its most common definition, "family" is thought of as a group of individuals living under one roof or a group of persons of common ancestry or common stock (clan or race.) A family is also recognized as a group of people united by certain convictions or a common affiliation, as in fellowship. Family is where we flourish.

First UU Church of San Diego is home to a rainbow of families, perhaps more types than anywhere else in San Diego. Here you'll find a community built of single parent families, blended families, multi-racial families, adoptive families, families without children, families with two moms or two dads, couples seeking to birth, foster, or adopt children, surrogate mothers, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender families, bi-national families, mom-dad-two-kids-and-a-dog families, elder families, displaced families, intentional families, families of friends, and families of one person.

Family Programs

We offer many opportunities designed particularly for families with children (but open to all families) to connect and create community. Please join us!

Family Dinners:

 We gather on the second Friday of the month for a dinner and activities designed to get us playing and working together. Dinners are from 6 to 8 pm at our Hillcrest campus. Bring a dish to share and a playful spirit! All ages are welcome.

Mark Your Calendars: Upcoming Family Dinners: 

October 14, 2016 

November 11, 2016

January 13, 2017

February 10, 2017

March 10, 2017

PJs, Pancakes, and Social Justice 

Spring 2017

This fun, multigenerational event gives families with children (and other adults who are interested in multigenerational social justice work) a chance to play, dream, and plan together as week seek ways to live our values to help heal the world. Come in your PJs and enjoy some delicious pancakes. We then work together to set out our priorities and plans for continuing to engage in service and social justice together over the next months.

E-mail Dr. Melissa for more information.

Parent Programs

Parents’ Lounge
You are invited to participate in the Parents' Lounge on the first Sunday of every month at 10:45 am!This is a time for parents to get together for community, discussion, and support. Childcare is available in the nursery.

Parents’ Night Out
Families with children 12 and under are welcome to join us for our quarterly Parents Night Out. This cooperative program is offered by the families of the congregation and gives parents a chance to have time to themselves while their child(ren) have a fun, safe, and engaging place to meet other children. Kids can be registered and signed in starting at 4 pm. Parents must pick up their children by 8 pm.

Parents’ Facebook Group
Parent Facebook Group: Parents with children 6th grade and under are invited to join our closed Facebook group which serves as a forum for parents to connect and share information. This group is monitored by Dr. Melissa

Family Ministry Blog

Here you will find out the information about Family Ministry at First UU, reflections from our Director of Children and Family Ministry, and resources that may be of interest to you and your family. We want to hear from you! Please feel free to add your thoughts by clicking the "Comments" link at the bottom of each article.

  • Family Orientations 2016-2017

    The fall is here! We are very excited about our rich programs for the fall. At least 1 adult from each family is asked to attend a parent/guardian orientation to learn about the programs (new and old) and procedures, meet other families, and get their questions answered.   Read More...

  • Now is the time to consider being a part of our children's journey!

    Sign up to be in a Sunday classroom with our Children's Religious Education program!   We have two great options: Summer Children's Religious Education (June-August): This is an excellent opportunity for those who would like to try out leading religious education or know they love it but can only commit to a couple of Sundays. You do not need to have a child in the program to lead a class! However, we ask that all participating families sign up for at least 1 Sunday over the summer.   Read More...

  • Guest Post from our Leadership Academy (5th and 6th graders)

    Helping The Homeless Do you want to help the homeless? Well, we are a group of 5th and 6th graders in the Leadership academy of the 1st Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego who are teaming up with Uptown to provide food and other resources to the homeless. You can help us by providing:   Hygiene items - unopened/preferably travel size when possible Toothbrushes, toothpaste Shampoo, conditioner Soap Lotion Sunscreen Razors, shaving cream Deodorant Tampons, pads Combs, brushes Tiss...  Read More...

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A place to nurture and enhance

We are a home for many different types of families. 

For more information about Family Ministry at First UU Church San Diego or to find out how you can get involved, please contact:

Melissa James, Ph.D.

Director of Family and Lifespan Ministry




Stay in touch!

Stay up-to-date on all of our Children and Family Ministries through our weekly CFM Newsletter! 

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Children and Family Ministry Guide

This guide is intended to give you families a one-stop place for information about our programs. 

Children and Family Ministry Calendar First UU San Diego

FebruaryMarch 2017April
Family Dinner6:00 PM
Music For All Ages10:45 AM

Does Your Group or Meeting Need Childcare?

Please download and read the Childcare Requests and Procedures document. Then contact your event coordinator or Ministry Team Leader to schedule childcare. General childcare questions can be directed to Dr. Melissa James, Director of Children and Family Ministry.