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May your life preach more loudly than your lips. William Ellery Channing


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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.

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

Good Fences, Good Neighbors
October 26, 2014 (two services, at 9:30 am and 11:00 am)
Rev. Darcy Baxter

What makes a good fence? And why are fences so important in being a good neighbor?
Music: Elizabeth Coard, piano.
Pathway to Membership
Are you interested in learning more about Unitarian Universalism, our Fellowship, or the membership process? Join the Membership Committee and Rev. Darcy Baxter for an informal, hour-long question-and-answer session October 26 after the second service in the Conference Room in the Block Building. We'll provide childcare and a light snack.
Read more about orientation Meetings.

Nature's Compass
October 19, 2014 (two services, at 9:30 am and 11:00 am)
Avonelle Tomlinson

Pagans follow an earth based path, recognizing the changing seasons in their rituals. Samhain (pronounced SOW wen) is the end of the Pagan year, like New Year's Eve is for others. We consider this the time of the year that the veil is thinnest between this world and the spirit world. We recognize and honour our beloved dead (ancestors, friends, etc) at this time as well ... Join with us as we celebrate the Pagan New Year!

Building A Relationship
October 12, 2014 (two services, at 9:30 am and 11:00 am)
Rev. Darcy Baxter and Josh Searle-White

Rev. Darcy Baxter and our UUA District Executive, Josh Searle-White, will share the pulpit, reflecting on what it takes to build a robust, soulful, and healthy relationship.
Workshop on Shared Ministry
Join both Rev. Darcy and Dr. Josh after the second service, 12:30 - 2:30, for a workshop on how to partner with our newly settled minister for a successful shared ministry.

The Soul of Religious Liberty
October 5, 2014 (two services, at 9:30 am and 11:00 am)
Rev. Darcy Baxter

In a multi-religious world with so many world views, what does religious liberty mean? How can we be a soulful people respectful of difference and claim moral authority?
Music: Elizabeth Coard, piano.

On Beauty and Forgiveness
September 28, 2014
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
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.
Read the sermon.

Stumbling is Just Another Way of Moving Forward
September 14, 2014
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
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.

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

Questions about our fellowship? Go to our Staff Page for all the e-mail addresses you'll need.
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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: October 01, 2014