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A liberal religious voice in the Central Valley since 1953.


Sunday Service Times:
Two services, at 9:30 and 11:00 am, September 7, 2014 - May 2015.
November 30, 2014: One service, 10:00 am
December 28, 2014: One service, 10:00 am
January 4, 2015: One service, 10:00 am

We leave some previous sermon topics here, to give you an idea of the things we talk about. It is easier to show "eclectic" than to spell it. We have several sermon collections as well.

Kiernan Avenue is now a 4-lane expressway. Avoid an accident.

Topic TBA
Januaey 4, 2015 (ONE service, at 10:00 am)
Speaker TBA too

We put this here to remind you - ONE service, at 10:00 am, back-to-back on the Sunday after Christmas and the Sunday after New Year's Day.

Remembering the, Past, Looking to the Future
December 28, 2014 (ONE service, at 10:00 am)
Kathryn Swain

Ms. Swain will lead the congregation in a "forum" style worship service, the style of worship this congregation did for many years early in its life. At the end of 2014, we will honor our past to rebuild the future.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 (6:30 pm)
Rev. Darcy Baxter

Join us for music, meaning, singing and celebration!

Leaning Again Towards the Sun
December 21, 2014 (two services, at 9:30 and 11:00)
Rev. Darcy Baxter

On this Winter Solstice, let us appreciate the darkness and prepare for the Earth leaning again towards the sun.
Music: Elizabeth Coard, piano.

Living In the Story
December 14, 2014 (two services, at 9:30 and 11:00)
Rev. Darcy Baxter

The Christian tradition teaches us to embody, to incarnate the divine, so embody we will!
At the 9:30 am service, we will do a participatory reading of Dylan Thomas' A Child's Christmas in Wales.
At the 11 am service, we will do a multigenerational pageant of Margaret Brown's Christmas in the Barn.
Music: Elizabeth Coard, piano.

Luminous Darkness
December 7, 2014 (two services, at 9:30 and 11:00)
Rev. Darcy Baxter

We live in a culture that demonizes darkness. What does it mean to embrace darkness, to find it luminescent?
Music: Elizabeth Coard, piano.

That Teal Hymnal
November 30, 2014
Ted Pack

Ted Pack has a couple of things he loves about our teal hymnal, "Singing the Journey", and a couple of things he doesn't like. He feels the same way about our congregation. He'll discuss both, with special attention to his favorite hymn, "Comfort Me".
Music: Elizabeth Coard, piano.
Read the homily.

Our Only Prayer: Gratitude
November 23, 2014 (two services, at 9:30 am and 11:00 am)
Rev. Darcy baxter

"If the only prayer you ever say in your whole life is 'thank you,' that would suffice" medieval theologian and mystic Meister Eckhart tells us. And so we will "pray," offering our gratitude to the many people whose labor makes this congregation possible.
Music: Elizabeth Coard, piano.

Yonder Come Day
November 16, 2014 (two services, at 9:30 am and 11:00 am)
Rev. Darcy baxter

Unitarian Universalism was founded on a hope for a better future, yet we often hear how we should stay 'present' in the here and now. How we can work for a better future while staying present?
Music: Elizabeth Coard, piano.

On The Threshhold
November 9, 2014 (two services, at 9:30 am and 11:00 am)
Jessica Clay

Ms. Clay is the student body president at the Starr King School of the Ministry. She writes: "That feeling of standing in a doorway, on the threshhold between two stages of life, can be exhilarating, but also confusing; and scary the urge is to rush on to the next sure thing, missing what we might learn from this 'space between.' Come let us worship together as we explore where the divine is in the space and how to meet these times of change with grace and openness".
Music: Matthew Mason, piano.

Day of The Dead
November 2, 2014 (two services, at 9:30 am and 11:00 am)
Rev. Darcy Baxter

We will celebrate the Latin American Day of The Dead. It is a joyous yet solemn ritual, honoring those who have passed on by decorating altars with flowers, candles, and mementos of their favorite things, in the hopes their spirits will visit at this time. Please join us on this special day by bringing a memento of a loved one to place on our altars.
Music: Elizabeth Coard, piano.

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.

Visits since April 17, 1999
Page updated: November 30, 2014