Rev. Joe Cherry
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A liberal religious voice in the Central
Valley since 1953.
We have three FAQ pages. Start with the one that fits you best:
General questions about Unitarian Universalism;
Specific questions about visiting our church;
A page for people who found us by accident.
(Our most common accidental visitors want a map of Modesto or news of Modesto.)
We copied our most popular* questions here:
When do you meet?
Sunday mornings; the exact time varies with the season:
Two services, at 9:30 and 11:00 am, starting September 15, 2013.
ONE service, at 10:00 am during the
holidays this winter; December 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, in 2013; and January 5, 2014.
Back to two services, at 9:30 and 11:00 am, starting January 12, 2014.
One service, at 10:00, starting May 18, 2014.
Where do you meet?
2172 Kiernan Avenue, in Modesto, California. We're about 3 miles east of
Highway 99. Kiernan Avenue is exit 233 from Highway 99 and the signs
say"Riverbank" and "Salida". Our Map and directions
page has complete details.
What do adults wear?
You are welcome to come in whatever makes you comfortable. If you are a
gentleman who feels most comfortable when he looks like the rest of the guys,
then navy blue Dockers and a dress shirt (no tie) will put you right in the
middle of the crowd.
Most, not all, of our ladies wear a dress or dressy pants and a nice
blouse. On any given Sunday at least six men and women will be in jeans
and two men will be in a coat and tie.
Will I be pressured to join or to be saved?
No. In fact, people sometimes think we are being aloof because we don't
approach our visitors as if we were selling used cars. We'll welcome you
at the door. We'll send you our newsletter for a while, if you ask for it.
We'd be happy to have you join us, but we won't try to push ourselves
onto you. We'll never pressure you to be saved, either. We don't believe
in salvation by grace. That is where the "Universalist" part of
"Unitarian-Universalists" comes in. You can read more about
our beliefs or a personal anecdote about
Does your congregation have diverse beliefs?
We have some mild differences of opinion. Most of us started out
as Jewish, Catholic or Protestant. Some of us are still Christian
or Jewish. Some of us are agnostics or atheists. Some of us believe
in an earth-based spirituality. Some of us are Buddhists. We all
believe in the search for truth and a deeper meaning in life. We
asked our members to answer the question "What do you believe?"
in 30 words or less. You can see the responses on our
You may also enjoy
The Morality of Atheism, by one of our atheists;
Zen, UU and Me, by one of our Buddhists, or
Sacred Ground, our earth-based spirituality group.
How can an agnostic go to church?
By private automobile, bicycle or on foot.
Seriously, this is one of the things about us that puzzles people.
Why would an agnostic (atheist, humanist...) go to church? We give
people a place to explore and grow spiritually. We teach their children
to respect all religions. We give people a chance to work for social
justice in a group. An agnostic working alone would have a hard time
feeding 120 homeless people. We have a team of two dozen who do it
in 8 hours, once a month. Finally, there is the social aspect.
Even agnostics like potlucks.
Did you ordain Carson Kressley, star of "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy"?
No. He meant the Universal Life Church.
* Popularity measured by how many visits they trigger, how important
they are or how many other UU web sites have used them.