Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stanislaus County
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A liberal religious voice in the Central Valley since 1953.
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We provide free child care in our Nursery (picture) for toddlers and infants during the service. Children in Kindergarten and older take part in the first part of the service, then go out to their Sunday School classes. During the "Church Year", September to June, when we have two services, we have supervised play for the children at our 9:00 service and classes for children at our 11:00 service. Most people with children come to the 11:00 service. During the summer, when we have just one service at 10:00, they are in the service for the first part, then go out to their Sunday school classes.
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This church year, the children will be doing Tapestry of Life.
This is what Unitarian Universalists believe about religious education. William Ellery Channing wrote it in 1833. It rings down through the ages. Even back then our denomination didn't put much emphasis on memorizing the Bible. Like many goals, we don't always reach it. We try. Not all joggers run a marathon and not all little league pitchers go on to play in the majors. See below for an editorial opinion about goals.
The great end in religious instruction is:
[This is responsive reading 652 in our Hymnal.]
There's a young man in our little town who was born with a rare bone defect. His legs are withered and twisted. They slow him down, but he doesn't let small things stop him. For years he was on our town swim team. He entered the 50-yard freestyle race at every meet. He would roll his wheel chair to the starting block and clamber up; then, when the buzzer went off, jump in and flail away with his arms alone. He always finished last. To a man, woman and child we considered the first three words of that sentence - "he always finished" - to be 412 times more important than the word "last". No one ever had to put DNF (Did Not Finish) next to his name. They never had to mark him ATT (Afraid To Try), either. I think of him whenever someone on a committee mentions writing a mission statement.
Keep your head above water, do the best you can with what you have and never, never, never give up; there's a mission statement for you!
Channing's goals are noble. If we succeeded completely with everyone who came to our Sunday School, we'd end up with children who could discuss obtuse points with learned theologians - over Happy Meals. ("Well said, Rev. Merton. Can I have your toy?") We don't always succeed completely with our goals. We do the best we can with what we have. Our volunteer RE teachers know our children are each special. They come from different economic, religious and ethnic backgrounds. We cherish each one. We try to encourage them to think for themselves.
A list of links for kids - either things in Stanislaus County to visit in person, or web sites to visit from home.
Great Valley Museum of Natural History
Hubble Space Telescope Pictures
M A P S
Our Whole Lives (OWL) This is a human sexuality curriculum created by a joint task force of the UUA and the UCC. Our church uses it. This link is for parents.
The Tuolumne River Trust gives talks about the Tuolumne River and local habitat restoration projects going on there. Our youth have been participating. TRT has lots of family friendly activities as well.
2172 Kiernan Avenue
Modesto, California See a map
We have no mail service on Kiernan;
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.