Affinity Group

Social and Climate Justice

The Climate and Social Justice Affinity Group will not meet on September 3rd as it is Labor Day. Our next meeting will be October 1.

However there are two important events happening that same week:

Friday night September 7th is the showing of I Am Not Your Negro at UU, cosponsored by UU and ISD. No charge, donations welcome, come at 7:00. There will be time for discussion after the film.

And Saturday September 8th is the Rise For Climate

March being held world wide, starts at 10AM in San Diego (see Facebook page:

The Social and Climate Justice Affinity group welcomes anyone who would like the opportunity to explore, through relevant readings and contemplative practices, the deep connections between insight meditation and Buddha dharma practice as a whole, and social and climate justice. Specific readings, group activities, and participation in social and climate justice activism will be decided upon by the group based on member interests and desires. The group will meet on the first Monday of each month from 6:30-8pm, at First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4190 Front St., San Diego, in room 323.

Steven Alper, a long time social and environmental activist and insight meditation practitioner, will facilitate the group. Questions about the group can be directed to Steve at (619) 463-6387 or at

Steven has been an ardent mindfulness meditation practitioner for over 35 years, in both Buddhist and secular mindfulness practice traditions. Having pioneered the first Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programs in Southern California hospitals (UCSD Department of Psychiatry in 1994 and Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines in 1995), he was the Director of the Scripps MBSR program from 1995-2005. Steven became a social activist while attending a Quaker elementary school in New Jersey in the early 1960s just as the civil rights movement came to national prominence and the United States escalated its military involvement in Vietnam War. His dedication and passion to social and climate justice continues.

Steven is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker/Psychotherapist in private practice in Sorrento Valley, CA and teaches mindfulness to healthcare, mental health and other interested professionals.


Following a 2,500 year tradition in which the community financially supports the offerings provided, the teachings and meditation sessions in this group are offered on a generosity (Dana) basis.  No one is turned away because they cannot give. We are encouraging members to give what their budget and hearts of generosity allow, and/or to sign up for monthly giving on Donations page.

We look forward to seeing you! We also encourage bringing a guest.

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