From the Minister

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 […]

Violence against APIA people

Beloved Chalites,

If you are not aware, a white man in Atlanta shot and killed eight people yesterday, including six Asian women. The shooter is in custody.

This violence comes as violence against Asian and Pacific Islander Americans (APIA) is on the rise. As President Biden noted in his address to the nation last week, “Asian Americans…have […]

Minister’s Message for February 2021

This past September, I added a component called “land acknowledgment” to our Sunday worship. The words I use have been evolving; these are the words I have used most recently:

We begin our service by acknowledging that wherever each of us is watching, if we are in what is now called the United States, then we […]

Please Join in Our Water Ritual

In this pandemic time, you are invited to participate in a communal but solitary water ritual. Bring a small amount of water from your home.

Where?

If you live outside Escondido or are otherwise unable to get to the Chalice campus, simply find a spot of earth near your home.
At our Chalice campus in Escondido, find the […]

Job Opening: Congregational Administrator

Open Position Posted: July 22, 2020

Position Title: Congregational Administrator

Reports To: Senior Minister

Status: Half-time Hourly (22 hours)

Start Date: August 10, 2020 (negotiable)

Application Deadline: August 5, 2020

 

JOB SUMMARY

The Congregational Administrator is the primary person responsible for ensuring that the business affairs of the congregation are conducted in an effective and ethical manner, is responsible for the smooth operation […]

Rev. Sharon Wylie – Minister’s Message – July 2020

I am writing this just as our annual General Assembly has come to a close. The full name of this event is the General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) of Congregations, but we mostly just call it “G.A.”

This year, for the first time ever, the entire G.A. was held online. Fortunately, G.A. has […]