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A liberal religious voice in the Central Valley since 1953.
Circle dinners are our most popular (100+ of 135 members participate) and longest-running (since 1973) social program. In a nutshell, eight people meet for a potluck dinner once a month for four months, then we form new circles.
The numbers are left over from the days when everyone was married, had 2.3 children, a golden retriever named "Rover" and lived in a house with a white picket fence: Four couples made a circle of 8; four dinners, once a month, gave each couple a chance to host. Today the circles may have singles or a same-sex couple, but the idea is the same. In August, January and April our coordinator divides everyone into circles. They meet for four potlucks, then the coordinator makes up new circles.
[Ed note: The ladies are Carol and Pam. You can tell Carol, on the left with the silver hair, is a fun-loving woman. She coordinated our circle dinners for years and wrote the FAQ below.]
The Circle Dinner list always has a list of people who are willing to substitute on short notice. Substitutes don't have to make a four-month commitment. People sign up for the substitute list if they have difficulty getting a baby sitter, if one or both is out of town frequently or if they have something else in their lives that would make four potlucks in a row difficult.
Circle Dinner FAQ
Do I have to be a member of UUFSC to participate?
Do I have to be a gourmet cook?
Do I have to be a wine connoisseur?
Do I have to be a brilliant conversationalist?
Do I have to have a spacious home, fine china, good silver and
glasses that match?
Do I have to help create an atmosphere where people can learn
more about each other?
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.