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The Role of Hope & Faith

Rev Russ Menk

Angela Davis said “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.” What role does hope and faith have in changing things we cannot
accept? Is progress measured in baby steps enough? How do we choose between revolution or reformation or readjustment or re-planning?

Fellowship Film to Table Series

New Film to Table Benefit in February. More
information to come soon – watch this space!

December 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 Second Harvest Food Bank as our beneficiary organization for the shared plate collection in December. Founded in 1972, Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County was the first food bank in California and is the second oldest in the nation. Their mission is to end hunger and malnutrition in our county by educating and involving the community. They reach people in need through a vast network of partner agencies and non-profits and directly through food distribution and nutrition education at dozens of program sites. Every month, 55,000 local residents count on Second Harvest Food Bank to avoid missing meals, empty stomachs, and impossible choices between food, housing, medicine, and other necessities.
More information 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.