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This is a guide to our adult groups who meet on a regular basis. Some of these are one-time classes or workshops. Some are groups who have been meeting for years; Explorations in Art, for instance.

Day Timers
Explorations in Art
Fellowship Circles / Small Group Ministry
Mindfulness Meditation (Opens new page.)
Nature's Compass (Our Pagan group)

We have a small Adult Education program. Some of our classes are religious, some are not. There is a separate page for Children's Religious Education.

Our courses and groups are open to members and non-members alike. You may register by calling the leader, if you know him / her, or by calling our office at (209) 545-1837 Monday through Thursday, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm.

Day Timers

Also known as the "Wednesday Lunch Bunch", this is an informal mid-week get-together with a program. We meet Wednesday from 11:30 to 1:00. No fee, but bring your own lunch. The programs range, from one of our own members speaking about his or her personal odyssey to community leaders speaking about their organization's goals to DVDs on historical or current events.

Topics are usually in the weekly E-Blast or monthly Newsletter. If you don't subscribe, you may call the office administrator and ask.

Explorations in Art

We began this class under the title The Artist's Way and later Vein of Gold when we were following the guidance in the books of Julia Cameron. We are now book-less, relying on our own resources.

We have used many media in this class, sharing our resources and creative ideas. These media include sculpture from recycled materials, working with clay such as Sculpty, papier maché, acrylics, water color, pastels, and collage.

The group is open to new members. We meet in the Johnson Room from 10 to 1 on all Fridays except the third. (And we take a break in the summer.) Since we already have many supplies we now only take collections when we run out of something or choose to buy something new. We do ask a donation of $3 a session from members and $5 from non-members to the Fellowship to help cover the cost of utilities, etc.

We begin with a sharing time and end by looking at what we have produced that day. Bring a notebook for journaling.

Helen Million and Pat Egenberger are the facilitators.

See the Calendar Page for meeting dates.

Fellowship Circles / Small Group Ministry / Covenant Group Ministry

Fellowship Circles are our version of small group ministry. Groups of 6-10 meet with a trained facilitator at least once a month from October through May. Meetings follow a definite pattern, with a chalice lighting, check-in, readings, a topic for consideration and a closing reading. Sometime during the year, each circle chooses and carries out a service project, either for the church or in the wider community. Fellowship Circles aim for "Intimacy and Ultimacy." Circle members get to know each other in more depth than most social interaction allows, and develop their ideas and understanding of significant life questions. Circles are not therapy or problem-solving groups, but seek spiritual depth and connection with others.

Here's a brochure (PDF, 156 KB) with more information and an application.
Coordinator: Coleen Sparkman

Nature's Compass (Our Pagan group)

Nature's Compass meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month, from 6:15 - 8:30 in the classroom building, next to the water tank. We learn about and discuss earth-based spirituality in a safe, respectful environment.

We welcome all; you need not be a member of the UU Fellowship. The only age requirement is that you be old enough to sit through a two-hour meeting. We have no dues and do not take a collection.

For more information, write to Avonelle,

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stanislaus County

2172 Kiernan Avenue
Modesto, California     See a map
(209) 545-1837

We have no mail service on Kiernan; please use:
PO Box 1000
Salida, CA 95368

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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 sexual orientation.

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