From the Minister

Minister’s Message for June, 2022

The following are excerpts from Rev. Sharon Wylie’s sermon “Recovering from the Pandemic” offered on May 22, 2022. You can watch the full sermon on Chalice’s YouTube channel.


I have three ideas to share with you, three affirmations, three teachings. Use these like a mantra, over and over again, to get yourselves through the hard times.

The […]

Minister’s Message for May 2022

Minister’s Message – May

From Rev. Sharon Wylie


My four-month sabbatical begins on July 4th. On the one hand, that is two months away, which feels like a long time. On the other hand, it’s just around the corner!


This will be the second sabbatical for me in my 10 years of serving Chalice (my first sabbatical—also four […]

Minister’s Message for April, 2022

Minister’s Message – April

From Rev. Sharon Wylie


We are in a new phase of the pandemic. I call it: You’re on your own.

Overnight, the “trigger dashboard” on the County of San Diego’s website has disappeared. We are no longer receiving information about how many community outbreaks are occurring or where.

Masks are no longer required indoors in […]

Minister’s Message for March, 2022

The following is an excerpt from Rev. Sharon Wylie’s sermon “Sharing the Good News of Unitarian Universalism” offered on February 20, 2022:


A 2020 report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine points out that for adults aged 45 and older, more than one-third feel lonely and for adults aged 65 and older, nearly […]

Minister’s Message for February, 2022

When we gathered at Felicita Park on August 15, 2021, for our first in-person worship service since March 8, 2020, we invited congregants to place stickers on your clothing to indicate your comfort level in getting close (or not) to others. At that time, we defined the stickers this way:

Red = Let’s wave hello at […]

Most Recent Covid Information

Beloved congregants,

I was fortunate to attend a COVID briefing from the County of San Diego for religious leaders yesterday (these briefings have happened periodically throughout the pandemic). We are in a very serious time of the pandemic:

San Diego County is experiencing the highest number of COVID cases we’ve had during the entire pandemic
Many people are […]

Rev. Sharon Wylie – Minister’s Message for December, 2021

The following is an excerpt from Rev. Sharon Wylie’s sermon “Our UU 8th Principle” offered on November 7, 2021:


When we travel somewhere different, not everything makes sense there because the norms and traditions of another culture are foreign to us. And we, the travelers, are slightly uncomfortable, right? Outside our comfort zone, unsure, uncertain. That’s […]

Rev. Sharon Wylie – Minister’s Message for September 2021

One of the things I will always remember about the pandemic is what it is like when what we want to know is still unfolding. Over and over again we’ve said, “we’ll know more soon” and “we’ll know more in a month.”

Last month I wrote that there was talk of booster shots. One month later, […]

Minister’s Message for August, 2021

In early June, I emailed the congregation (members, friends, and others who attend regularly) to ask about your vaccination status, Of the 230 people I emailed, I got 143 responses, some of whom answered for themselves and people not on my email list (so the numbers don’t add up exactly, as you’ll see).

Of the 143 […]

Rev. Sharon Wylie – Minister’s Message for July, 2021

For over a year, I have been living with fear and anxiety as a constant presence in my life. Now, the fear and anxiety are lessening. Which should be wonderful, yes?

But now there is an emptiness where the fear and anxiety were. And the emptiness feels unpleasant.

This is why people drink, I think. Or gamble […]