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Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stanislaus County

Sacred Ground

The earth is our mother. Respect and love Her.


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   Rev. Darcy Baxter


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A liberal religious voice in the Central Valley since 1953.


When humans first wandered the Earth and looked up to the stars, they began to ask the enduring questions. "Paper or plastic?" was not among these important questions. "Why does the moon appear and disappear?" "Why do females bleed but not die, and why do they give birth?" are closer to the reality. In searching for explanations, our ancestors told stories to explain the changes of season and natural phenomena. They also revered a great Mother Goddess as the source of all life. Some cultures also honored the Gods.

Millennia before the beginning of monotheism, many of the cultures of the earth lived in harmony with the Earth, their Divinities and each other. There is archeological evidence that supports the existence of peaceful, partnership paradigm, Earth-honoring cultures.

If you are looking for "That Old Time Religion" as our originating ancestors may have once followed, Sacred Ground might be for you. We are a group of Earth-based spirituality seekers and celebrators: a mixture of Earth-honoring Unitarian Universalists, pagans, neo-pagans, searchers, and other interested persons. By using seasonal metaphors to celebrate the rhythms of the Earth, we honor the spiral dance of birth, death and rebirth, the divine presence within each of us of the Goddess and God and the power of the elements of life. Our circles meet on an irregular basis. Please check with Bernadette. Or, if you have an idea of a celebration you'd like to offer, contact Bernadette also.

We post event information on this website; a short blurb on the Calendar page and a longer description here. If you want to be included in Sacred Ground e-mails messages, please send your e-mail address to our Web Master. (Address in the navigation bar to your left, at the bottom.) He will forward it.

Sacred Ground celebrations are open to members and non-members of the UUF of SC. There may be a nominal fee.

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.

Page updated: July 01, 2015