Within this church community, there are people who are deeply involved in supporting the structure of the church and there are people who are dedicated to healing the world through programs and activities. There are people who tend the fires of relationship, and people who nurture the hearts and minds of our young. There are also people who quietly partake of the energy and wholeness that is created here, whether member, visitor, or friend. There are several paths to finding meaningful activities and people with whom to connect. Here are some suggestions to get started:
Join a Spiritual Friendship Group
A spiritual friendship group is a small group made up of six to twelve people who meet regularly in which one can experience a relational individuality that affirms the inherent worth and dignity of every person. People experience themselves, and each other, as a part of the interdependent web of existence of which we are all a part. Together, people establish communities that embody the values of justice, democracy, and human dignity. Each person is treated equitably. Each has a voice and is heard. And each person is respected for his or her own intrinsic humanity. The defining purpose of a covenant group is to bring people into right relationship with each other and with the larger world. For more information, go here
Visit a Neighborhood Group
These groups strive to deepen the bonds among members and friends of the church, and help newcomers connect with others in our church community. Church members and those friendly to UU principles meet in their neighborhood area for social mixing, conversation, food and activities. For more information, go here
Attend an Adult Religious Education Class
The purpose of the Adult Religious Growth & Learning Program is to nurture and stimulate the religious and personal growth of the adult church community and the community at large, by offering a varied and cohesive program within the context of the larger Unitarian Universalist tradition and religious community. For more information, go here
Volunteer in the Children & Youth Religious Education Program
The Mission of the Children's Religious Education Program is to nurture and stimulate our children's spiritual and personal growth and to teach and model the values that hold us together as Unitarian Universalists. Classes follow a curriculum and are taught on Sunday mornings. Programs for Junior High and Senior High are run by the youth and their adult advisors, with help from the Youth/Adult Committee and the Director of Religious Education. For more information, go here
Help Put on a Play with Looking Glass Theatre
Our church theatre company is dedicated to presenting theater which reflects UU beliefs and values. For twenty years, this group has been entertaining, inspiring, and educating local audiences. There are always children, youth, and adults working together in our productions. Recent productions include: "Fiddler on the Roof," "A Christmas Carol," Shaw's "Androcles and the Lion," "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," and many more. For more information, go here
Help Create Sunday Morning
Doing Sunday volunteer work is more like volunteer play! There are many people "behind the scenes" that make Sunday happen. Once a month, for less than an hour, is usually all it takes to help create the magic and the meaning. This kind of volunteering makes an important impact on the way visitors, guests, and new members experience our faith community.
Join the Choir
Our wonderful adult choir adds its glorious voice to church life. The choir performs twice a month at Sunday Services and rehearses each Wednesday evening, except during the summer. Twice a year the choir performs a major choral work with instrumental accompaniment: a Service of Music prior to Christmas, and a formal evening Concert in the late spring. Auditions for choir are held each September.
Attend Leadership Training School
Anyone who has a desire for personal growth and who wants to help strengthen their participation and grow in their personal life should attend the Leadership Training School weekend.
Attend a Concert
Since 1978, the Music Committee of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego has sponsored the Concert Series as an extension of cultural outreach to the community. We present monthly concerts from September to June, featuring a wide variety of musical traditions and styles in a chamber music setting. Unitarian Universalists believe in a Living Tradition that includes the "direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures." It is the Music Committee’s firm conviction that the lively arts open us to that mystery and wonder.
Get Involved in a Ministry Team
A Ministry Team is a collection of church volunteers who work and play together in groups to heal our planet, create positive, progressive change, and live out our liberal religious values in meaningful community with one another. A Ministry Team is like a smaller "tribe" within a larger church village. All the activity that goes on in the life of First Church happens through the hearts, hands, and minds of the Ministry Teams.