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  • Stevie’s Love Knows No Borders Blog

    By Stevie K. Carmody, Intern Minister  Many months have passed since this protest, but the learnings have stuck with me, and the urgency of this call has not abated. Because of my short (3 hour) detention and the ensuing Federal Misdemeanor charge, I waited to offer something to this blog until after my court date had passed.

  • Kathleen's Love Knows No Borders Blog

    Love knows no borders. Not only is this a truth in the reality of people’s lives and experience today – it has always been a truth – we’ve been loving beyond and across barriers and borders since we knew we could love. And earlier this month, Love Knows No Borders was also a campaign, organized by the American Friends Services Committee – a campaign to draw attention to what has been happening to migrant families, to people living in dangerous circumstances and crip...

  • Kathleen at a Press Conference about the Border Wall

    Good afternoon, 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.

  • Christmas Eve Homily 2017 – from Rev. Kathleen Owens

    When times are their darkest, when the light of hope flickers as small as a tea light, when despair rules the day, we human beings turn to poetry and story for the hope we seek, for the reminder that we are not alone and that there is a reason for moving on, despite what is happening beyond our control. This is what columnist Roger Cohen did when writing his Op-Ed column that was printed in the New York Times yesterday. (Saturday.) He turned to Kipling’s poem ‘If’ and, using Ki...

  • A Message from your Ministerial Team about the UUA and our Anti-Racist Work

    Friends, many of you have heard or read about the changes happening at the Unitarian Universalist Association and the continuing conversation about hiring practices and issues of racism and privilege in our denomination.In short, the recent hiring of another white, male minister for the position of Regional Lead led many people of color in our denomination to share their anger and painful experiences of the ways in which our denomination has currently and historically systemically privileged whi...

  • Rev. Kathleen Comments on County Board of Supervisors Pay Raise Plans

    After the Union Tribune’s editorial regarding the recent news about the San Diego County Supervisors’ raise, Kathleen submitted the following letter to the Editor.“Supervisors’ Pay – I am shocked that the Supervisors, who could not find any money in the County’s budget for Families of San Diego earlier this year, despite a large ‘rainy day fund’, could find money for their own raises. That this has happened without discussion and without public com...

  • Pray at Vigil for Alton Sterling and Philandro Castile

    This prayer was offered by Rev. Kathleen Owens at an Interfaith Vigil honoring Alton Sterling and Philandro Castile, Friday, July 15, 2016Spirit of Life…God of many names and no names…we are here today in grief, in mourning for the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philandro Castile – two African American men who are tragically representative of so many African Americans who have been killed by excessive police force…killed by questionable means…dead due to systemic ...

  • A Statement from our Ministers on the Killing of African American Men

    A Statement from our Ministers:We are shocked – again – by the unprovoked killing of yet another African American man, most recently in Minneapolis, MN. Our hearts are broken for his family and his community. And we know many of us do not have the luxury of begin shocked by an event like this one.

  • Speaking Truth to Power at the San Diego County Board of Supervisors

    I had the privilege of being one of 31 speakers at Wednesday night's budget meeting...the first budget meeting County Supervisors have ever had in the evening. It was a meaningful experience and I was proud to stand in partnership with SDOP and others in the coalition of Invest in San Diego Families. The three minutes they gave me to speak went quickly so here are my full comments. Hello – I am Rev.

  • Reflection on Orlando Shooting

    One more time we publicly mourned gun violence in our country. As I prepared myself to participate in a vigil I wrote: Once again we stand on the side of Love with the victims of the shooting, with the families mourning their dead. We also stand on the side of Love with our Muslim kin and will not let one person's action define a whole group or religion.

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Our Ministers

First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego has two ministers, both of whom are active writers, theologians and travelers. We invite you to learn about their latest thoughts and adventures and engage with them by adding your comments. 

Rev. Kathleen Owens

“We are committed to offering bold and engaging worship and programs that stir the heart and mind, inviting people to explore more deeply how community, justice, care and joy can live more fully in our lives.” When Kathleen is not at church, she and her wife Jan are either walking and hiking in San Diego, traveling, enjoying movies and theatre or spending time with their family at home.

Rev. Ian W. Riddell

Rev. Ian Riddell’s ministry calls him to the work of re-building the world shaped by justice, kindness, and humility — participating in and guiding and ministering with a community that has covenanted to walk together in the task of healing self and the world—to sing and listen and speak and act and teach against separation and for the flourishing of life.

Rev. Tania Márquez

I joined the First UU Church of San Diego as the Assistant Minister in 2017. On Sundays, you are more likely to see me in our South Bay campus. I am South Bay´s part time minister and I am also in charge of our Caring Ministry, the People of Color group, coordinating our Wisdom Circles, and overseeing the Young Adult ministry at our church. I am excited about the work that a border church can engage in and happy to be a team member of First Church. I am inspired by the work of its members and the commitment to multicultural growth and social justice. It is an honor to serve this one as a minister.