Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Visalia

Where freedom, reason, and tolerance create our sacred space

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DIRECTIONS TO OUR SUNDAY SERVICES

 

From Visalia, head east on Hwy 198 about 5 or 6 miles, take the Farmersville exit (Exit #111).  Yes, the Farmersville Exit from Highway 198 is now open!
You will need to navigate TWO roundabouts, to turn left and cross over Hwy 198 to the north, then turn right (east) on the frontage road, and proceed approximately one mile east to its end.

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September, 2016 (PDF)

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The gift of you: Service Opportunities at UU Visalia

There are still a few things we need help on!  Pleae see our current list of service opportunities here:

The Gift of You - Service Opportunities at UU Visalia

 

 

Blog Posts

A calm mind has great power

Posted by Harold Wood on August 18, 2016 at 2:14pm 0 Comments

Our new minister Kathleen Scott shared the following, which seems really important to remember right now!

   "A calm mind has great power.  It generates calm around it -- a field of peace in which anger, fear, and violence can subside.  By learning to calm the mind, each of us can become an instrument of peace."  

- Eknath Easwaran
    This quote is particularly appropriate to this time of pre-election rhetoric, so full of upsetting venom and divisiveness.  It is…
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Our SHARES PROGRAM REQUIRES ACTION FROM YOU!

Posted by UUVisalia on June 30, 2016 at 8:29am 0 Comments





The SaveMart S.H.A.R.E.S Program is changing and will now be known as SHARES powered by eScrip! Save Mart will donate up to 3% of qualified* purchases to the non-profit 501(c)3 of your choice.  Our Fellowship has participated in this program for several years. With the proceeds, we have sponsored a raffle with gift certificates to the Visalia Farmers Market, and made donations to FoodLink.…



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Serving is different from fixing...

Posted by UUVisalia on August 24, 2015 at 11:06am 0 Comments

“Many times when we help we do not really serve. . . . Serving is also different from fixing. One of the pioneers of the Human Potential Movement, Abraham Maslow, said, 'If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.' Seeing yourself as a fixer may cause you to see brokenness everywhere, to sit in judgment of life itself. When we fix others, we may not see their hidden wholeness or trust the integrity of the life in them. Fixers trust their own…

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Not missing your wole life...

Posted by UUVisalia on August 23, 2015 at 1:25pm 0 Comments

“Most people miss their whole lives, you know. Listen, life isn't when you are standing on top of a mountain looking at a sunset. Life isn't waiting at the altar or the moment your child is born or that time you were swimming in a deep water and a dolphin came up alongside you. These are fragments. 10 or 12 grains of sand spread throughout your entire existence. These are not life. Life is brushing your teeth or making a sandwich or watching the news or waiting for…

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Welcome!

Welcome!

For regular reminders of our weekly programs, please join our Meetup.com website.

If you're searching for a spiritual home that is guided by a quest for truth and meaning, not by a set creed or dogma, we invite you to discover Unitarian Universalism. 

Whether you have roots within one of the world’s major religious traditions, or identify with paganism, atheism, agnosticism, mysticism, or Unitarian Universalism, whether you describe your faith journey as “it’s complicated,” whether you do not yet have fulfilling religious and spiritual language to describe your path - if you are seeking to explore your questions and the fullness of your life within affirming community … Rev. Dara and all our Fellowship members welcome you!

To learn more about our current programs, see our monthly newsletter and the links below (and the tabs above).

Join us on Meetup!

 

Worship Services

 
"First Hour" and Worship Service Topics

See our Newsletter for each Sunday's topics for these programs.


SPECIAL SUMMER SERIES CONTINUES IN AUGUST

Join us for our Fellowship's summer discussion series.  Each Sunday in July and August, we will explore "the ABC's of spiritual experience in everyday life" through egalitarian readings and open discussion.  Based on the book Spiritual Literacy: Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat.
4:00 - "First Hour Fellowship" (Rotating Yoga, Drum Circle, and Meditation)

4:45 - Quiet time of music and contemplation in the Sanctuary.  

5:00 - Worship service begins

6:00 - Guests, members & friends invited  to buffet supper
           and fellowship.

  

We meet every Sunday at 5 PM at the beautiful Quaker Meeting House (Society of Friends) at which is located between the scenic Kaweah Oaks Preserve and lovely walnut orchards, at 17208 Avenue 296, about six miles east of Visalia and north of Highway 198.

August 7

4:00-4:45 pm -  Family Yoga with Quita Payne

5:00 pm - Spiritual Literacy: "Nature" Both historical and primal religions emphasize the importance of the natural world as a reservoir of spiritual meaning. Spiritual literacy enables a new appreciation of the wonders of nature, helps direct us to personal wholeness, a deep respect for the mysteries of life and time, and attentiveness to compassion and Earth etiquette. Facilitated by Harold Wood.
Childrens' RE: Coconut crabs are the inspiration for this weeks lesson. Students will consider the qualities of honesty, perseverance and courage.

August 14

4:00-4:45 pm - Drum Circle with Buddy Jones

5:00 pm - Spiritual Literacy: "Leisure"  Irish poet Thomas Moore says “It does no good to think moralistically about how much time we waste. Wasted time is usually good soul time.” This session considers how the sacred can be found through leisure activities. Our sabbaths, days off, and vacations help to reveal the spiritual benefits of letting go. The service will include selections of William Blakes poetry and musical accompaniment by Earl Cruser. Facilitated by Kathleen Parker.

Childrens' RE: Our students will learn facts about crows and make a connection between a crows reputation and the way people sometimes label each other or makassumptions about others.

August 21

4:00-4:45 pm - Mindful Meditation with Arthur Ogawa

5:00 pm- Spiritual Literacy: "Community" Throughout our lives, we are nourished and sustained by communities. They fulfill our yearning for support, solidarity, and meaning. This session explores how by holding up the ideal of unity we can break down the walls that separate us from both other humans as well as the natural world. Facilitated by Arthur Ogawa.

Childrens' RE: This week we will learn interesting facts about cuttlefish and their amazing camouflage skills. We will draw analogies between the cuttlefishadaptability and people who adapt to new situations.

August 28

5:00 pm - Spiritual Literacy: "Things"  Many of us have a hard time loving, honoring, and caring for things. However, the spiritual practices of love, beauty, gratitude, imagination, and compassion all get a workout when we live consciously with things.  In this session we explore how things can be an essential component in our quest for a deeper connection to our spiritual selves.globally. Facilitated by Janet Wood.

Childrens' RE: Dandelions are our topic this week. We will compare dandelions’ quick spread with human behavior that can grow out of control.

September 4

5:00 pm - Spiritual Literacy: "Relationships" Relationships with others form the spiritual web of our lives. Our deepest values are expressed through these essential bonds.  The readings for this session reveal that relationships are some of the best practice drills to help polish our spiritual literacy skills by deepening these essential bonds. Facilitated by Sandy Beals.

Directions:
From Visalia, head east on Hwy 198 about 5 or 6 miles, take the Farmersville exit (Exit #111).  Yes, the Farmersville Exit from Highway 198 is now open!
You will need to navigate TWO roundabouts, to turn left and cross over Hwy 198 to the north, then turn right (east) on the frontage road, and proceed approximately one mile east to its end. In the grove of trees, you'll see signs for the Friends Meeting House and Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Visalia.

 

Our Sunday School program for Children & Youth features UU values. See a Greeter upon arrival for information or contact us in advance at Info@uuvisalia.org or (559) 472-4214

 

Please Note - Service topics and First Hour Topics are subject to change.

 


 

 

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We offer a regular Sunday School program.  See a Greeter upon arrival for information or contact us in advance at
info@uuvisalia.org
or (559) 472-4214.

 Please Note - Service topics and meetings are subject to change.

Forum

Religious Worldview Questions

Started by Harold Wood in Religious Worldview Questions. Last reply by Harold Wood Feb 2, 2013. 1 Reply

I recently received these interview questions from a student. What are your answers?Interview QuestionsIf you are not Christian with what group do you associate yourself with?ie.,…Continue

How can we best use this Ning site? See what another church is doing...

Started by Harold Wood in General Discussion. Last reply by Harold Wood Jul 30, 2011. 1 Reply

There is an interesting article in this month UUA InterConnectionsnewsletter (in case you missed receiving it - it is attached), about howanother UU church uses Ning for their website:…Continue

Tags: Ning, Using

Part 1 of 6 - New UU Orientation Class - Who You and We Are

Started by Harold Wood in New to UU Orientation Class. Last reply by UUVisalia Aug 11, 2010. 1 Reply

PART 1 of 6:Who You and We Are This section will allow you to introduce yourself and your particular religious journey, as well as  providing an introduction to Unitarian Universalism, and to our…Continue

Tags: Class, Orientation, UU, New

Part 6 - Getting Involved

Started by Harold Wood in New to UU Orientation Class Jul 24, 2010. 0 Replies

Part 6 of 6 - Getting InvolvedGetting Involved as a Voting Member or Non-Voting Friend1.  Along with the benefits of belonging to a UU congregation, comes just a few responsibilities.We do ask…Continue

Tags: Class, Orientation, UU, New

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Our new minister Kathleen Scott shared the following, which seems really important to remember right now!   "A calm mind has great power.  It generates calm around it -- a field of peace in which anger, fear, and violence can subside.  By learning to calm the mind, each of us can become an instrument of peace."  - Eknath Easwaran    This quote is particularly appropriate to this time of pre-election rhetoric, so full of upsetting venom and divisiveness.  It is important for those of us who…See More
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Our SHARES PROGRAM REQUIRES ACTION FROM YOU!

The SaveMart S.H.A.R.E.S Program is changing and will now be known as SHARES powered by eScrip! Save Mart will donate up to 3% of qualified* purchases to the non-profit 501(c)3 of your choice.  Our Fellowship has participated in this program for several years. With the proceeds, we have sponsored a raffle with gift certificates to the Visalia Farmers Market, and made donations to FoodLink.Formerly, the SHARES program worked by using a special SHARES card.  Now, it will instead be tied to your…See More
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