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A liberal religious voice in the Central Valley since 1953.


Sunday Service Times:
One service, at 10:00, starting May 18, 2014.
Two services, at 9:30 and 11:00 am, starting September 7, 2014.

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.

We shift to TWO services, at 9:30 am and 11:00 am, on September 7, 2014.

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

On Beauty and Forgiveness
September 28, 2014 TWO services, 9:30 am and 11:00 am
Rev. Darcy Baxter

Our Jewish brother, sisters, and siblings began their Days of Awe this week with Rosh Hashanah, a time of introspection and reflection. How have we lived the past year? Where have we missed the mark?
Music: Elizabeth Coard, piano.

The UN International Day of Peace
September 21, 2014 TWO services, 9:30 am and 11:00 am
Mary Randall

This Sunday, we honor the United Nations' International Day of Peace, when nations, communities and individuals are called upon to renounce conflict and promote harmony. The UN urges every peace-loving person to engage with their friends and neighbors, their community organizations and governments to demand the right of peoples to peace.
Our service will be led by Worship Associate Mary Randall, with congregational assistance.
Music: Matthew Mason, piano.

Stumbling is Just Another Way of Moving Forward
September 14, 2014 TWO services, 9:30 am and 11:00 am
Rev. Darcy Baxter

Progress is such a clean and tidy word for a process I find to be messy and bumbling. What does progress mean and how can we learn to appreciate the stumbling we do in our efforts to progress?
Music: Elizabeth Coard, piano.

Return Again
September 7, 2014 TWO services, 9:30 am and 11:00 am
Rev. Darcy Baxter

You return again to another church year together, while I begin with you all for the first time. We will honor this time of (re)beginnings with an annual water communion ritual -- please bring a little water from someplace special or just your kitchen sink!
Music: Elizabeth Coard, piano.
We'll have a potluck after the last service.
Potluck dish assignments.

Diversity Shouldn't Imply Adversity
August 31, 2014 (One service, at 10:00)
Isaac Godsey

Unitarian Universalists, as well as the rest of our ever growing polarized society, can learn something from Claude Levi-Strauss' view of culture and the importance of diversity in a given culture's survivability. Cultures which meet and don't try to dominate the other grow stronger. We UU's too, by embracing differences in theology, can strengthen our own spirituality and the spiritual well-being of the community as a whole.
Music: Kathryn Swain, piano.
Read the sermon.

Oh my Goodness
August 24, 2014 (One service, at 10:00)
Darcie Lenz

Darcie reflects: "I began attending UU services in the fall of 2011 and became a member of this church in January of 2012. When I was asked by another member about my religious beliefs I shared with him my abstract version of what I think God is. He then told me 'Unitarian Universalism is more like a philosophy than a religion.' This concept sat very well with me because in 2010 I took a philosophy class in which we discussed the origin of Goodness while disregarding religious teachings. It is my belief that there is goodness innately in each of us. The Seven Principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association are worded in such a way that Doug Muder writes '...I don't think of them as beliefs at all. I think of them as visions.' I will expand on this idea of Unitarian Universalism as a philosophy and the origin of Goodness."
Music: Matthew Mason, piano.

Wilderness Backpacking as a Spiritual Path
August 17, 2014 (One service, at 10:00)
Jerry Jackman

Jerry says: "Backpacking into mountain wilderness is a demanding sport. So it is not surprising that in this time of easy everything backpacking has faded in popularity. On my first backpack, over 60 years ago, there was little to suggest that it would become a lifelong hobby of mine. But there was something about going out, into the wilderness, that was for me, going in. Going onto the trails gradually took me into a path which is, in part, spiritual. Now I better understand how and why this happens. This is literally a path which has been recognized and written about for centuries. It is revealed to us personally through committed time and effort. There are multiple rewards. But it is not a sport for old men or women. So I am coming near the end of my backpacking summers. Today I will be looking backwards, reflecting on the riches of those places and these memories."
Music: Sue Cotter, guitar.
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Living on the Side of Love
August 10, 2014 (One service, at 10:00)
Elaine Arnold, Pat and Leroy Egenberger and Mari Martelli will share tales and songs from this year's UU General Assembly held in Providence, Rhode Island in June. This year’s GA focused on the UUA’s vision of a future where "Love Reaches Out" to share our faith both within and beyond our congregations' walls.
Music: Matthew Mason, 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: September 16, 2014