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  • Summer service experiment 2015

    Summer Worship Attendance Blog             This summer we experimented with having one worship service at 10:00 a.m. and then an engagement activity at 11:30 at our Hillcrest campus. Our South Bay campus continued its regularly scheduled worship service at 9:30 a.m.

  • More news about staff transitions

    Dear Members and Friends, I want to share with you that Abby Koch, our Executive Administrator and Office Manager is leaving her position with us to take up a position at another institution to become the Pool Manager for two pools in the San Diego area. Abby has been an important part of the staff for ten years and we will miss her a great deal. However, she will still be a member of First UU Church and looks forward to engaging in programs and events as a church member.

  • Standing Up for Racial Justice

    This morning I had the privilege of being on a conference call with 400 clergy and faith leaders who are engaged in Standing Up for Racial Justice. As I understand it, just this week alone seven Black churches have been burned in seven days. This is an act of terror in our own country.

  • Staff Transitions

    Staff Transitions are happening here at First and I want to ensure you as members and friends are kept informed about our process and what's happening.  Kristen Kuriga is taking a sabbatical from her position as Social Justice Ministry Team Coordinator to complete her Clinical Pastoral Experience (CPE) through the summer and fall months. She will remain the part-time South Bay Ministry Team Coordinator, supporting worship services, lay leaders and outreach efforts.

  • Some Lessons Learned

    Some Lessons LearnedI have been amazed at how travel can warp one’s sense of time. Because this is the first time I have ever been away from home or church for longer than a month, the last two months have both crawled and flown by. I say “crawled” because it seems like San Diego and September 4th feel so much longer ago than 8 weeks and yet I say “flown” because the time also feels like it has flown by and already, two out of three months (the first part of my five month sabbatical) are over.

  • Crowds, Museums and Ruins, Oh My!

    Crowds, Museums and Ruins, Oh My!On October 1st, we left the relatively peaceful and relaxing Greek islands and spent a week in Athens…and then moved on to Rome…hence the title of this blog, Crowds, Museums and Ruins. And we often said to one another, “Oh my!” to the crowds, to the largess of these two incredible cities (Athens and Rome), to the crowds, to the rush and crush, to the museums, the crowds, the ruins, the crowds and, yes, all the people. In these cities we sometimes felt over-run, i...

  • Ferrying Through the Aegean

    Ferrying through the AegeanIn the sermon before I left on sabbatical I quoted from Phil Cousineau’s book The Art of Pilgrimage regarding “5 Excellent Practices of Pilgrimages”. Given that Jan and I have just spent time on five Greek Islands, I thought it would be good to review the five practices against the five islands including Rhodes, Kos, Santorini, Mykonos and Delos.Practice one: Practice the arts of attention and listening – while I hope to practice these everywhere, the islands of Rhodes...

  • Travels in Turkey

    What a gift of time this sabbatical is and again, I thank you, the Congregation for understanding the need for a sabbatical. The first few days were busy with final preparations for our three months abroad. Read More.

  • My Chick-fil-a response

    Regarding Mr. Hall’s article “Chick-fil-A stance feeds crowd’s zeal”Just as Mr. Hall prefers his lunch “Hold the politics." Read more.

  • Comic Con Reflections

    Attending Comic Con has the feeling like you have really accomplished something – especially given how time consuming it was to try and get tickets. I truly felt like one of the lucky ones that got a 1-day ticket. My wife Jan got one too (it was her first time). Read More

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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.