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A liberal religious voice in the Central
Valley since 1953.
We asked our members why they joined the fellowship, in 100
words or less.
members; this is just a sample.
In the fall of 1967 I saw a news item that college librarian Dean Galloway would do a
Sunday talk for UUs on "Censorship and the Tropic of Cancer." Months later I
came back for Rev. Boyd Tucker reviewing a "green" book by Stuart Udall. Finally
hooked, I found a forum for ideas, a conduit for saving the world and a home for
spiritual fruitcakes like me. I came to Unitarianism unchurched, while most of us
came when they finally rejected old creeds and dogmas.
I'm an agnostic. This is the only church in town that would have me. I get
to explore spiritual matters, socialize with a great bunch of people and
work with a team to prepare and share dinners with 150 homeless people once
I joined the fellowship because there was a warm and witty and wonderful woman
there who subsequently became my wife!
"Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our
congregations." In the winter of 2008, I was alone and searching for
something. When I came here, the convivial and inclusive nature of the
environment and people of the Fellowship drew me initially. The open acceptance,
from the minister to the newest of members, felt like I was a valued member of
the group from the inception of my time here. Finally, the warmth of the
reception from all quarters was genuine and unstudied; there were no pretensions
or counterfeit displays. The Fellowship became my spiritual home and family.
UUF allows me to express some of the same values I felt during the 60's, particularly
as they relate to civil rights and social justice. Concepts of respect for the
rights of others, tolerance, and equality are basic to the church, and easily apply
to such issues as homelessness and sexual orientation. I enjoy the building and
grounds projects, and the many opportunities to relate with others either in church,
on planning committees, or at socials.
I was born and raised Universalist and during my college years I explored a number
of other churches frequented by various friends. I found them all way too restrictive
and exclusive. Here at UUFSC I have to check neither my brain nor my sensitivities
at the door. My liberal religious beliefs are clearly stated in the Purposes and
Principles of UUism. I am constantly encouraged to keep an open mind and to search
for truth and peaceful ways of living as a human being.
Modesto is far more conservative than I ever imagined, leading my husband and I to
consider the need to find a liberal church for our family. My primary spiritual
path is Wiccan (seasonal/earth-honoring ceremonies) and I felt uncertain about
joining a church. We decided to visit the UU Fellowship and found a small, warm,
welcoming community of religious liberals that were only a little freaked out
about my being Wiccan. They needed to hear more about the Earth-honoring path
and we needed a circle of people to call our extended family. We decided to
make the Fellowship our family's religious home.
Dorothy Schmidt: Long ago when I was in college, I met a friend who introduced me
to a Unitarian Youth group. I liked it and joined the large old Unitarian Church of
Brooklyn, NY. Then I met my husband Roy, who preferred the Friends, (Quakers) but we
compromised and were married in the Brooklyn Unitarian church. When we moved to
California we joined the Modesto fellowship, which was different from the long-established
Brooklyn church. We became active in the church. Roy served as Treasurer. We met most
of our lifelong friends at the fellowship and have felt very lucky to have found them.
[Ed. Note: We put the answers in the order received, not by name, so
please don't write to the web master about his alphabetizing skills.]
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stanislaus County
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