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Every Person is a Puzzle

Rev Russ Menk

People are notoriously inconsistent, mysterious, and unpredictable. At what price is our living out justice, equity, and compassion with such creatures?

Fellowship Film to Table Series

At the Fellowship on Saturday, February 10, 2018
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 $45

Deadline to make a reservation: February 4, 2018.
Register after the service at the Fellowship starting on January 7 or click here to register online.

February Social Justice Shared Plate Collection

Unitarian Universalist Principle Focus:“Justice, equity and compassion in human relations.”

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship has selected the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) as our beneficiary organization for the shared plate collection in February. NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI provides education programs, advocacy, a toll-free helpline, and public awareness events and activities.

Throughout the month, we will share information and stories about the mission and work of NAMI.

More information here.

New Small Group Ministry Program begins week of February 5

I believe we can change the world if we start listening to one another again…Simple, truthful conversation where we each have a chance to speak, we each feel heard, and we each listen well. — Margaret Wheatley
If you signed up to join a new group, you will be notified by the facilitators about the date, time and location of your first meeting.  Any questions, please call Ann at

Thoughts from Rev Russ

  • Hunkering Down January 17, 2018

    Since 2017 has ended, I’ve been pondering about the emotional state of our nation, our state, our Fellowship, and myself. The bizarre Twilight Zone events created by our government each week are disorienting. The news of a bogus missile attack alert in Hawaii, the Russian Investigation into election meddling, the New Tax Bill, the vulgarity used to describe African Nations during Immigration meetings, the inconsistencies in words/deeds/actions of our elected officials, the “discovery” of widespread sexual harassment in so many ...

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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.


Time, Talent, and Treasure: My Gifts to this Fellowship

The guiding principles of Unitarian Universalism provide partial answers to my deep questions about living a moral life. Being a part of this Fellowship has allowed me to take another step toward acting on my principles.

Equally as important, you who have gotten to know me, especially in Small Group Ministry, have listened to me with open hearts. I want to thank you for being judicious about offering advice. Read the full testimonial.