Presented by the League of Women Voters
Sat., February 22nd at 10 AM
Free. Everyone invited!
A bit of background and information: two members of the current SJET have terms that expire this year and will rotate off. Are you looking for a way to meaningfully engage in social justice here at First UU?
1/30/20 Ware Lecture speech by Krista Tippet
Kathleen Swift and Rev. Kathleen Owens would like to share this impassioned speech by renowned writer and broadcaster Krista Tippet, delivered at General Assembly in 2016. Watch the full video.
Friday, January 10, 12 pm, Meeting House. Hailed for his "powerful and eloquent" playing (New York Times), as “a gifted musical presence with a high sense of pianistic fantasy” (Salzburger Nachrichten) and “capable of the utmost in virtuosity” (Fanfare Magazine), John Blacklow is a pianist of unusual versatility, as a soloist, as a collaborator with many ensembles and recital partners, and as an interpreter of repertoire both past and current. The concert will be approximately one hour long. The program will feature the works of famous classical composers, including Bach, Chopin, and Rachmaninoff. The concert is open to the public. A suggested donation of $10 per person will be gratefully accepted.
For people who worshiped at our Hillcrest campus on 12/22/19, we apologize that the names of the read poems were not included in the order of service. Here they are in the order they were read in the service:
Rhiannon Smith read “Starlings in Winter” by Mary Oliver
Rev. Kathleen included these in her sermon:
"What Can I Say?" by Mary Oliver
"Eagle Poem" by Joy Harjo
"Anacostia River" by El’Jay Johnson
"Yes! No!" by Mary Oliver
For people who worshiped at our Hillcrest campus on 12/15/19, we apologize that the authors’ names of the read poems were not included in the order of service. Here they are in the order they were read in the service.
“A Ritual to Read to Each Other” by William E. Stafford
“For Calling the Spirit Back from Wandering the Earth in its Human Feet” Joy Harjo
“Between Autumn Equinox and Winter Solstice, Today” by Emily Jungmin Yoon
“Shaking Hands” by Padraig O Tuama
View the latest VTF Real Estate Sub-committee Forum video video.
This year has seen a great deal of work from our Journey Towards Wholeness (JTW) team, Board of Trustees, and Ministerial team as we continue to address the concerns we have around inclusivity. Some of this work has been behind the scenes including a budget review to align with centering our anti-racism/anti-oppression work, and creating a Staff Hiring and Management Process that centers inclusivity and includes an inclusion competency tool for staff and lay leader awareness and growth just to name a few pieces of our work. Some of the work has been visible, including more intentionality of worship co-leaders within our worship services and including more reflections from people within our congregation.
Saturday, December 14, 1 pm — 4 pm, Border Field State Park. 1 pm — 2 pm Walk and talk to park. 2 pm Orientation. 2:30 pm Programming begins. 4 pm Return walk. For information please contact Karla@firstuusandiego.org.
Sunday, December 8, 9 am, Bard Hall. Shop local and handmade for your holiday gifts, in turn raising money for Young Adult and Campus Ministry Program scholarships and supporting church members and friends who are artisans and craftpersons. Vendor registration is now open to UU community. If you wish to participate or have any questions, please contact Eva Garcia-Mayers at (619) 905-5651 or email@example.com.
Friday, December 6, 6 pm, Bard Hall. Join us for community, crafting, and merriment at this family friendly tree decorating party and sing-along!
Cantemos por nuestras vidas / We Are a Gentle, Angry People
Cuando el Pobre / When the Poor Ones
De Colores / All the Colors
Fuente de Amor / Spirit of Life
Hemos de triunfar / We Shall Overcome
La lucecita mia / This Little Light of Mine
Los barandales del puente
Ven, ven, alégrate hoy / Enter, Rejoice, and Come In
Ven, ven, cual eres, ven / Come, Come, Whoever You Are
Sunday, December 1, 5:30 pm, Bard Hall.
You are welcome to explore waiting, the ancient Advent theme. Topics will include "Why Wait or the folly of impatience" and "What are we waiting for (How we are enriched by waiting.)" In addition to presentation and discussion we will enjoy singing some traditional Advent songs. You are invited to bring finger foods to share. Paper products and beverages will be provided. “Advent is a time to slow down the hectic pace of life and get in touch with our longings, hopes and dreams.”
Notes from the meeting of the Stay subcommittee forum. Download the meeting notes.
We had a great turnout for our first forum as we vision the future. Rhiannon Smith, Board President led the forum and shared key points about our process. She gave a brief background of why we’re discussing this by sharing that we’re continuing the process that started two years ago, when UCSD approached us with their master plan which will have major implications for our Hillcrest campus. This, as well as their offer to buy some or all of our campus and the likelihood that the decline in our parking revenue will continue, led the board to start discussing ways to determine our options and inform the congregation so that you could eventually come to a decision. Rhiannon also shared how the Visioning the Future groups came to be, stating we formed four subcommittees to research and present information in the following areas: Go, Stay, Real Estate, and Negotiations; as well as the Core Team (which oversees the process as a whole).
We made a huge push for volunteers for these subcommittees through an e-blast, The Window, pulpit announcements, our website, appeals to small ministry groups, etc. Chairs were chosen based on interest and relevant experience. The leaders of the sub-committees were introduced and then we had time for questions and answers. A reminder: the recording of the 11/3 forum will be available until 11/11. On Tuesday, 11/12 the recording of the 11/10 forum will be available to watch. Stay tuned.
Nov. 3rd Core Team forum: Come and meet the members of the Core Team and hear about their work and get an update of our process in Bard Hall.
Nov. 10 Stay Sub-Committee: Come and hear reports about the work of this sub-committee and some of the implications of what staying would mean in Bard Hall.
Nov. 17 Go Sub-Committee: Come and hear reports about the work of this sub-committee and some of the implications of what going would mean in Bard Hall.
Nov. 24 Real Estate Sub-Committee: Come and hear reports about the work of this sub-committee and considerations of potential areas in Bard Hall.
Dec. 1 Stay Sub-Committee: NOTE: this meeting will not be in Bard Hall but will be in the Clark Chapel.
Dec. 8 Go Sub-Committee: in Bard Hall.
Dec. 15 Real Estate Sub-Committee: in Bard Hall.
*Forums will resume in January and February. Please note that these forums will be focused solely on their areas of work. Any questions or comments outside the scope of the presenting sub-committees will be given to the chair of the appropriate sub-committee.
Please read this quick summary of why we are doing this important work now. Download the Visioning the Future Summary.
For information about the Native Truth & Healing California Genocide Conference 2019 download the flyer.
Rev. Kathleen shared some notes on the Visioning process in her meeting with the Living the Homestretch group. Download Living the Homestretch notes from 9/21/19.
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