Unitarian Universalists of the South Bay is a thriving, multi-cultural campus of the First Unitarian Universalist Church. We are two campuses, one church and share the mission to create community, to nurture spiritual growth, and to act on our values to help heal the world.
The South Bay Campus is located in Chula Vista and offers a variety of ways to engage meaningfully with our congregation and the larger community. Below you can find out more about the different areas of ministry at the South Bay Campus. We hope you’ll visit and become involved in this beloved community!
The South Bay Campus comes together each Sunday morning at 9:30 am for a Multi-generational Worship Experience. Our services are bi-lingual, with simultaneous interpretation from English to Spanish. Several Sundays a month, our Lead or Assistant Ministers preach live, often followed by a coffee conversation on the topic of the sermon. Our services also feature dynamic contemporary music. Sunday morning worship is the best way to experience the South Bay Campus and to get a feel for the community.
Spiritual Growth & Religious Education
During the service there will be a story for all ages and opportunities for children to participate. Children will also receive an order of service with activities related to the sermon & worship theme.
Adult Religious Education is scheduled at various times during the week. On Thursdays at 9 am we have a weekly Qi Gong class, and on Sunday mornings from 9-9:20 am you can meditate in a quiet, facilitated space. Once a month we host Spiritual Saturdays, which is a morning of experiential education focusing on different spiritual practices. Throughout the year there are also small groups that meet monthly, including Wisdom Circles and Conversation Groups. Please see the South Bay Newsletter to find out about Adult RE opportunities
Social Justice & Service
Acting on our values to help heal the world is a central part of our mission as a congregation. We do this work in a variety of ways, including:
--Building partnerships with organizations
--Advocating for immigrant’s rights
--Participating in monthly service projects
--Giving away our generosity offerings
--Supporting the Interfaith Homeless Shelter
--Responding to needs for immediate witness
Through our partnerships with local organizations, we also participate in several annual events: Day of the Child, South Bay Pride, and Earth Day.
The South Bay Campus is the meeting place and home of SOLACE: Souls Offering Loving & Compassionate Ears, our Interfaith Detention Center Visitation Project. Through SOLACE, volunteers visit with immigrants in detention to end their isolation and participate in monthly reflection & training.
After service, Social Hour is a great place for members and visitors to get to know one another over coffee, tea and light snacks. For visitors, there’s also an opportunity to ask questions and get oriented at our Welcome Table each Sunday. If you’ve been attending for a while and are considering making First UU your church home, you can find out more about membership by speaking with the South Bay Coordinator or Intern Minister.
Every other month, the South Bay Neighborhood Group meets and has a potluck at a different member’s home. This is a great way to get to know UUs that live in the South Bay. Look for details in South Bay Newsletter for the next potluck.
Throughout the year, we also honor the holidays and seasons with different community activities, including: our annual Tamalada, building the Day of the Dead Altar, Resurrection Art at Easter, and Caroling in the winter.
The South Bay Caregivers Network supports the caregiving needs of our members & friends. Services we may provide include:
--Rides to church or medical appointments
--Emergency meals & grocery shopping
--Homes visits, phone calls and supercards
--Loan of medical equipment
--Referrals to community resources
Trained lay ministers are also available as a listening presence after service each Sunday.