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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?

2018 Stewardship Campaign

“It’s Up to Me”.
March 18 to April 8

The 2018 stewardship campaign is an invitation to consider how each member of the congregation can support the UU Fellowship. The title of the campaign is quite simply, “It’s up to me”. As we shape future of the Fellowship and define how we will grow and make a difference in the next five to ten years, it truly does depend on each and every one of us to step up with our financial and volunteer commitments. This is our Fellowship, and we are the stewards of this vitally important place for now and for the future.

The campaign officially launches on Sunday, March 18 with a lunch and program after the service. In the following weeks, members will host a series of intimate and informative cottage meetings throughout the county. These gatherings will provide an opportunity to ask questions about the campaign, share personal testimonies about the Fellowship, and contribute ideas for realizing the UUF vision and mission. You will be invited to consider your contributions for the coming year, both financial and volunteer. Please click here to sign up to attend a cottage meeting or sign-up after service at the Fellowship starting on February 25.

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

  • Making Meaning–Making Sense February 17, 2018

    It is a confusing world. Too many times, it is an unfair world. Too many times, it is violent, damaging, and hateful. Too many times, it just doesn’t make sense. The recent shootings and deaths at the high school in Parkland, Florida make no sense. While analysts and statisticians argue over how many school shootings have occurred in 2018 so far—my heart does not cry out for data analysis, but screams out “how many more times?” While our elected officials ...

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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.