You and your family are invited to join us on Sunday mornings! It is a weekly opportunity to come to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Santa Cruz County (UUFSCC) and step into a time of connection, creativity and compassion. Our children’s Religious Exploration (RE) program holds these qualities as important ways of being, and we strive to exercise these ideals in our community.
Unitarian Universalism (UU) recognizes many Principles and Sources that inspire. With the Children we keep the language simple: Respect all people, Be fair to all, Learn all you can, Find your truth wherever it may call, Believe you are always good enough, want peace, and Nature is our friend.It is our goal to teach and model these, and other UU understandings, so that we may support our children’s growth in what it means to be a compassionate, mindful, self-knowing, and justice-oriented person in their day-to-day life.
A typical Sunday morning begins with being greeted at the door
Our childcare providers and RE teachers are part of the welcoming team who meet you at the door between 9:45 and 10AM to help you settle in. Early Childhood age children (0-5) are welcome to go immediately with the care provider to the Rose Blossom space. If children would like to start with you in Service and transition later or remain with you the entire time, we welcome you to do what feels most comfortable for everyone.
We join each other and adults in the Sanctuary so that we may Sing the Opening Hymn, Light the Chalice,and participate in aStory for all Agestogether. Those young of years and young at heart are welcome to participate in the story for all ages if they would like to. Kids are then sung out in English and Spanish to their RE rooms, escorted by their teachers. Parents are always welcome to attend RE with their children or join in Nursery care as desired.
Please note that there are occasional exceptions to this schedule; for instance when we have an All Ages/Intergenerational service. To be updated on the RE program schedule and activities,click the “Sign Up Now” button to subscribe to our REmail, which usually comes out twice monthly.
Our children’s Religious Exploration Program is served by:
Minister, Rev Russ Menk
Teachers: Juan Oliverez, Megan Jacobsmeyer, Kelly Overduijn, Shams Cohen
RE Team: Sarah Marschall, Ben Sandel, Dawn Castello
We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to our
Blessing of the Animals
Rev Russ Menk
A service for all ages and all species! All pets who are friendly with other pets and all people are welcome, on leash or in a carrier. For those pets overwhelmed by such events, their person can bring a picture. We will take a moment to remember pets who are no longer with us if you would like to bring a picture of them as well. For our younger generations, if you have a special stuffed toy animal who needs a blessing, please bring them as well.
50th Anniversary Celebration
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