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A liberal religious voice in the Central Valley since 1953.
(Written by William Channing Gannett. Adopted 59 to 13 by the Western Unitarian Conference in 1887 to accommodate non-Christians among the Unitarians. "Western" was anywhere west of Massachusetts back then. Even in 1887 we were not unaminous in what we believed about the nature of God.)
We believe that to love the Good and to live the Good is the supreme thing in religion.
We hold reason and conscience to be final authorities in matters of religious belief.
We honor the Bible and all inspiring scripture, old and new.
We revere Jesus, and all holy souls that have taught men truth and righteousness and love, as prophets of religion.
We believe in the growing nobility of Man.
We trust the unfolding Universe as beautiful, beneficent, unchanging Order; to know this order is truth; to obey it is right and liberty and stronger life.
We believe that good and evil invariably carry their own recompense, no good thing being failure and no evil thing success; that heaven and hell are states of being; that no evil can befall the good man in either life or death; that all things work together for the victory of the Good.
We believe that we ought to join hands and work to make the good things better and the worst good, counting nothing good for self that is not good for all.
We believe that this self-forgetting, loyal life awakes in man the sense of union here and now with things eternal - the sense of deathlessness; and this sense is to us an earnest of the life to come.
We worship One-in All -- that life whence suns and stars derive their orbits and the soul of man its Ought, -- that Light which lighteth every man that cometh into the world, giving us power to become the sons of God, -- that Love with which ours souls commune.
William Channing Gannett, 1840 - 1923, Unitarian clergyman and social reformer, lived in upstate New York. He worked for women's suffrage. The Rochester Regional Library Council has a one-page biography of him.
2172 Kiernan Avenue
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PO Box 1000
Salida, CA 95368
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.