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Spiritual Growth: Internal or External?

Rev Russ Menk

Is “Promoting spiritual growth in our congregations? an individual or collective endeavor?  How is spiritual “growth” measured?  Why bother?

Film to Table Benefit for the Fellowship

Saturday, November 18, 2017

5:00 to 8:30 pm

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Santa Cruz County

As part of our year-long theme to explore and deepen our understanding of the UU Principles, the Fellowship will host a topical film screening and dinner benefit. The evening will begin with hors d’oeuvres and drinks at 5 pm, then the screening followed by dinner and a curated discussion about the film.

Dinner $35 – $50 sliding scale

Deadline to make a reservation: November 13, 2017. 

Register after the service at the Fellowship starting on October 15 or click [here].

Unitarian Universalist Principles in Action

For the month of October, the Fellowship has selected the Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County Immigration Project (SCCIP) in conjunction with our exploration of the first part of the third UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST Principle “acceptance of one another…”  SCCIP’s mission is to promote the well-being of the immigrant community in Santa Cruz County and the Pajaro Valley

More information about SCCIP here.


Thoughts from Rev Russ

  • Waiting for Life to get back to normal October 17, 2017

    “Waiting for Life to get back to normal.”
    I heard this phrase recently and it resonated with my feelings—this really captures how I have been feeling. I suspect that I’m not alone in this sentiment. It seems that any semblance of normalcy has retreated far away from my daily experiences. It is difficult to begin to list all that is not “normal”: There’s
    –the political divide in our country and
    –our leader who cannot be defined nor understood and
    –the ...

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Invitation to explore Unitarian Universalist liberal religious values

Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations affirm and promote seven Principles and hold these as strong values and moral guides. We aim to live out these Principles within a “living tradition” of wisdom and spirituality, drawn from sources as diverse as science, poetry, art, scripture, and personal experience.  Our seven Principles can be found here.

Beginning in September 2017 and through July 2018, the UU Fellowship of Santa Cruz County’s annual theme for worship, religious exploration and social justice will be “Living Our UU Principles”.  Visitors and seekers are welcome to join our congregation in deeply discerning and considering how to live a life of meaning and purpose based on our Principles.

Click here for list of our monthly worship themes for 2017-18.


When I started attending the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, I hadn’t realized that I had been missing a spiritual home. And over the first few months of my regular attendance, as I came to think of the Fellowship as a place that was helping to fulfill me spiritually, I remember a distinct thought: I want to just exist in the spiritual safety net of this place. I didn’t want to “do” anything. Read the full testimonial.