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The Mission of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno is to:
Love Inclusively
Grow Spiritually
Serve Gratefully
And Work for Justice


Love Inclusively


Fall Gala October 21st at 5:30 PM Celebrate the Summer of Love with a catered dinner, a concert, four different auctions, and groovy activities!  Tickets are on sale now at the gala table in the breezeway!  We are still in need of donations.  Contact Marlene Masten, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or Valerie Johnson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Circle Suppers and Brunches are a fun way to get to know fellow UUs.  They are normally held on the fourth Saturday of the month. Upcoming dates are October 28, January 27, February 24, March 24, April 28, and May 26.  For more information, contact Gail West at 683-6408 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bring a Friend Sunday, October 8. Which of your friends might be interested in our Unitarian Universalist beliefs? Invite at least one of them to come to church with you on Sunday, October 8. Rev. Tim’s service for that day, entitled “Evolutionary Religion,” is specifically designed to be enjoyable and welcoming for newcomers.

I am a blind retired counselor seeking volunteer readers at my home near Sierra and Maroa.  The coffee is always on, my guide dog gives kisses and my cat may share your lap during the reading session.  Please call Toni Eames 446-1080.  Reading material includes animal, disability and social justice related newsletters, magazines and books.

Bev Horsley is currently at San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation recovering from recent knee surgery.  She is doing well and would appreciate cards sent to her at 7173 N. Sharon Avenue, Fresno CA 93720.


Grow Spiritually


U.U. Seniors will meet on Tuesday, September 19th in our Sanctuary from 10 am. until noon. The first hour will center around a check-in period when we will share our experiences over the past two summer months. The second hour topic will be: "Are seniors being left out of the current culture? if they are, what are the consequences?  Saul Eskin, Co-Chair U.U. Seniors This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A Journey Through Two Thousand Years of Unitarian Universalist History 6-Class series Thursday, September 21, 28 and October 5, 12, 19, and 26.  Thursday Morning Class (10 am – noon). Thursday Evening Class: (7 pm – 9 pm). Join Rev. Tim and explore the history of our living tradition from the early roots of liberal religious thought to what we know today as Unitarian Universalism.  Registration is required (minimum twelve per class) by September 17. Childcare is available upon request.  Call or email Katie Hymans at (559) 322-6146 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Raging Grannies are hosting a musical event for International Peace Day, September 21 at Pat Wolk’s home, 6661 N. Forkner, at 6:00 pm.  The event is free.  Refreshments will be provided.  If you are a musician or singer and would like to perform, please contact Pat at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 304-4695.

Changes in Yoga classes! Beginning 9/25 thru 11/20, Tennille Tunnell will lead the Monday Nite class with an occasional appearance from Rev.Tim teaching Kundalini yoga. Thursday evening yoga will be on hiatus after 9/21, returning 11/30. Please call Jenny Rohan (559-281-7972) or Tennille Tunnell (after 9/23) for questions (619-507-6101).

All Church Read, October 1 at 12:30 in the sanctuary: Darkening the Doorways.  This discussion will focus on Unitarian and Universalist histories (Preface-149). To guide our conversations, we ask that you reflect on the following:  What startles you the most? Where do you see White Supremacy at work? How can ensure all who want to embrace our faith have the opportunity to do so?  A space for our People of Color Caucus will be available after the discussion. Questions: Ruth Jenkins, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 237-3655.

New Member Sunday, October 1. Is it time for you to sign the membership book to join the congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno? For membership information contact Patty Bennett, Member Services Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

THE WAIT IS OVER!!!  The Used Book Sale begins this Sunday, you will have to climb up the steps to the pulpit and go back into our carefully guarded secret space where you will be rewarded w tables and tables of used books, all donated by our well-read, eclectic and generous congregants.  Take a look before or after services!  Susie Parker, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 Serve Gratefully


Third Sunday Food Offering Please bring your donations listed on the paper strips for the community in need surrounding Wesley United Methodist Church and the families staying at Valley Children's Hospital.  Or check out this link for items needed: http://www.uufresno.org/index.php/adults/social-justice/food-pantry.  Thanks for helping to make the world a better place! -- from Your Social Justice Coordinating Committee


And Work for Justice


Join Rev. Tim for an Interfaith Service planned for Tuesday, September 19th at 10am. We will be gather in front of Nunes’ office in Visalia at 113 N Church St, Visalia at 9:45am. This is a faith leader-led service at Congressman Nunes’ Visalia office (during the Congressional Recess that week), to urge his support for legislation to provide deportation relief for DACA individuals and all 11 million undocumented immigrants (and to support clean bills for these that are not tied to militarizing the border and ICE) and to oppose current attempts to slash health coverage for millions of Americans through the budget process (being finalized in the next few weeks). We will also demand that he grant an in-person meeting to directly speak with clergy and his constituents who are deeply impacted by these policies. 

Wearing our new Yellow UU Baseball Caps, UUCF will live out our Principles at the "Standing on the side of Love" protest on Friday, September 29, outside TorNino's, Blackstone and Shaw from 5 to 8 pm. Supporters are celebrating former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, infamous for his racist Concentration Camps. Stand together with Reverend Tim to say NO to racism, bigotry, and scorn for our Constitution and the rule of law. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

California Teachers Association is encouraging others to “Stand Up for Dreamers” -  Call Congress now, tell them to pass the bipartisan Dreamers Act of 2017.  You will be connected to your representative.  It takes one minute.  855-764-1010 


Message to Congregation


Since assuming the full-time role of Director of Lifespan Religious Exploration one year ago, Katie Hymans has been busy attending trainings to learn more about her role and work toward the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Religious Education Credential. In the past year, she’s completed eight trainings: both levels of Our Whole Lives (OWL, our sexuality and relationship health curriculum), Family Ministry, Unitarian Universalist Identity, UU History, Curriculum Planning, Teacher Development, and Philosophy of Religious Education. She has been implementing many of the ideas she’s gleaned from these trainings into the life of the church here in Fresno.

Increase the visibility of UUs at community events! Bright yellow baseball caps imprinted with the Unitarian Universalist logo will be available for sale on Sunday, September 24 prior to and following services for $10 each.  48 hats available, with priority sales going to the attendees of the September 29 Sheriff Arpaio Protest. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


UUCF Legacy and Gifts


In a world where fear and oppression cloak themselves as religious truth, Unitarian Universalism offers love, compassion, democracy, and justice. We hope you will include a gift to this congregation in your will or trust.