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The Pope on Panhandling

Rev Russ Menk

In March 2017, Pope Francis gave an interview to a Milan magazine. His guidance on giving to the needy is kind and compassionate—and likely difficult for most of us to practice. What is your belief in giving to a stranger? How do you react when someone asks “can you spare a dollar?”

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.

January Social Justice Shared Plate Collection

Unitarian Universalist Principle Focus: “The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all”

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship has selected  Pajaro Valley Shelter Services (PVSS) as our beneficiary organization for the shared plate collection in January. Their mission is to assist homeless women, children, and families to obtain stable housing through temporary shelter and services. By lifting their dignity, identifying their barriers, and helping to set their goals, homeless families will develop the skills and attitudes necessary to move on to stable housing and improved economic self-sufficiency.

Throughout the month, we will share information and stories about the mission and work of Pajaro Valley Shelter Services.

More information here.

New Small Group Ministry Program

Starting in February 2018

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

Small Group Ministry provides an opportunity to explore deeper spiritual questions and to express our Unitarian Universalist principles and values in the congregation and in the larger community. Within the framework of groups of 8 to 10 people, Small Group Ministry allows us to be present in each other’s lives in an open, supportive, and nurturing environment.

About the groups:
• Meet once a month for a one-year commitment in a private home or at the Fellowship.
• Have a trained facilitator and use a regular format.
• Participants covenant how to relate to each other, how to serve the congregation and how to serve the community.
Groups will begin meeting the week of February 5, 2018 . Registration will take place after Sunday Services beginning January 7 or online here. The final date to register is Sunday, January 28. Questions? Please call Ann 831-359-8096 or Sangye 831-345-2004.

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.


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.