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A liberal religious voice in the Central
Valley since 1953.
Please leave a message when calling, as there are times when we are
between buildings or unavailable to answer the phones. E-mails are
always the best form of communication when at all possible, as the
Minister, DRE and Office Assistant all have different working hours
within the days of the week.
Minister Rev. Joseph Cherry is our Interim Minister.
One of his jobs will be to help us find a permanent minister.
Read more on the Minister's page.
Office Phone: (209) 548-9070
Director of Religious Education: That little "Image Missing"
isn't a goof. We have a DRE as of October 2012, but getting a mini-bio
and picture takes a bit of time.
Office Assistant Brenda Gorsuch has lived in Modesto since 1959,
when her family moved here from Pennsylvania. She managed the office
of a non-profit building trades union for many years, until they closed
in mid 2009. She volunteers as a Supervisory Committee member at her
credit union. She loves spending time with her four grandchildren. She
runs a glass pendant and necklace business with her daughter. Topping her
list of interests are art, gardening and boating.
Lin Myers has been a Unitarian Universalist since 2002, when she also
became a member of UUFSC. She jumped right in and volunteered to work on the
annual auction, eventually chairing the committee for two years. Lin was elected
to the Board of Trustees after two years at the Fellowship and served for four
years, two as Secretary. She is now in her second term of service on the Board
and was Vice-President last year.
Lin has been a professor at California State University, Stanislaus, for 22 years
in the Department of Psychology and has a longer career as a sex researcher. She
also has a private practice in Turlock, with specialties in relationship and
sexuality counseling. She has a Ph.D. from the Uniformed Services University of
the Health Sciences. Lin also is a Vietnam-Era veteran of the U.S. Army.
Two of her favorite things to do, along with her husband, Branislav Jovanovic, are
cooking and travel. They frequently donate meals for the annual auction, and Lin uses
her talents as a mosaic artist to offer mosaic classes.
Elizabeth Coard has been with us since 2006. She has played since childhood
and graduated with honors in music. She has held positions as a church pianist,
organist, and Choir Director beginning in 1970. She also teaches piano and her
students are guest performers during the year. She has played as accompanist for
the Townsend Opera Players, Modesto Performing Arts, the Modesto Symphony, and
our choir. She is a gourmet cook and loves horses.
Elizabeth's web site: www.modpiano.com
Ted Pack has plain but regular features and a rapier wit. He graduated
from UC Berkeley and spent two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer
in Sarawak, on the island of Borneo. The rest of his life was rather dull.
He has been a member of the UUF of SC since 1974, and web master since 1999.
He enjoys being the web master and chief pundit for a non-prophet organization.
(Sometimes after he answers a question it takes two or three seconds to realize
he's ... punned it.) Read more: Adventures as a UU Web Master Inside the web site
These are people who coordinate specific interests.
Sharon Arpoika manages the e-mail distribution list for people
interested in UUA and PCD affairs. She forwards messages from the UUA and
PCD to everyone on the list.
Bob Santos manages information that will appear in the "In FocUUs"
Newsletter relevant to the task force on homelessness.
To give you an idea of what we are like, we asked all of our members
to describe themselves in a few lines. We asked for things they had
done that they were proud of and reflected the teachings of our faith.
Not all of them answered.
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stanislaus County
2172 Kiernan Avenue
Modesto, California See a map
We have no mail service on Kiernan;
PO Box 1000
Salida, CA 95368
We are a liberal church and the only UU congregation in Stanislaus county.
We serve Ceres, Denair, Escalon, Hickman, Hughson, Keyes, Manteca, Modesto,
Oakdale, Patterson, Ripon, Riverbank, Salida, Turlock and Waterford.
We welcome Agnostics, Atheists, Buddhists, Christians, Deists, Free-thinkers,
Humanists, Jews, Pagans, Theists, Wiccans, and those who seek their own spiritual
path. We welcome people without regard to race, physical ability, ethnicity or