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Congregational Conversations

Our group facilitates clear and open communication in the congregation around important issues concerning the whole church.

Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS)

We are an organization for those who wish to explore earth-based spirituality, the seasonal rotations, and the cycle of life.

Labyrinth Committee

Our committee instructs members and friends about the labyrinth and holds services celebrating the changing of the seasons.

Ministry Circles

These are small groups led by trained facilitators. Their purpose is to encourage spiritual growth and to establish close ties among participants through heartfelt sharing.

Religious Education

Religious Education for children and youth offers a variety of ways adults can volunteer. In collaboration with staff and our Senior Minister, Rev. Roger Jones, volunteers provide leadership for education programs. Volunteer opportunities vary throughout the program on Sunday mornings. New energy and bright ideas in the form of volunteer support are always welcome in order for our program to continue flourishing.

Spiritual Deepening Circles

These are are small groups led by a trained facilitator. The curriculum is designed by our ministers to deepen your connection with yourself and others.

Sunday Morning Spiritual Practices

We offer a chance to reflect and center yourself with a different practice each Sunday before the service - at 9:45 a.m.

All Ages Camp

Our annual camp is a special opportunity for church members and friends to get to know each other better and have fun.

Gen X Boomers

Gen X Boomers (GXB) is a social group for people born between the mid-1940s and early-1980s (give or take). We gather to enjoy a wide range of fun outings and get-togethers.

Generation Y (20s / 30s)

We are a group of and for individuals in our congregation aged 18-39. We have regular gatherings, and work to ensure that our age group has a strong and active presence in all aspects of congregational life.

Men’s Group

We are a peer group that meets twice a month to promote bonding and share concerns, feelings and experiences in a confidential, supportive environment.

Senior Fellowship

Our group is for all members of the congregation 65 and more, or there about, who enjoy learning, sharing, soaring, socializing and just having fun. You are invited to come to one event or come to all.

Soup Sunday

Soup Sunday Lunch is held the first two Sundays of the month from October to March. Suggested donation is $5.

UUSS Social & Potluck Group

Members, friends and guests meet about six times a year for conversation, activities and sharing food at each other's homes or the Fahs room. All are welcome!

Women’s Support Group

Our group is open to all women. The group shares individual joys and sorrows and open discussions follow.

Adult Enrichment

We provide courses and workshops on a wide variety of topics throughout the year. Come by the Adult Enrichment table after services to check out our latest offerings.

Alliance

We gather for lectures and presentations on a wide variety of topics, such as travel to exotic places, health issues, history, unusual vocations,and entertainment. We meet September through May.

Betty Ch’maj Annual Event

We plan and arrange an annual live performance or informational talk for the benefit of our UUSS community. New members are always welcome.

Betty Nash Memorial Crafts

Our group hand-crafts items to sell in support of the church.

Bridge Club

Our group features Monday night bridge, usually once a month. New members are welcome!

Games Night

This is a monthly social event for all ages to bond over a fun activity with fellow UUs. All kinds of families are welcome and encouraged to come. Visit our webpage to check out this month's potluck theme and featured game.

Mah Jongg Players

Our group meet once a week to play Mah Jongg and socialize with others who love the game. Contact us to join or learn how to play.

Out and About

This is a group for members and their guests who enjoy sharing outings to special places in Sacramento and Northern California. Members plan and coordinate the outings.

Party Bridge Group

Come join a social Bridge group that plays for fun. The people in the group have various skill levels and are always willing to accept newcomers whatever their skills. Party Bridge scoring is used. We meet each Monday from 1:30 to 4:15 PM in our UUSS Room 7/8. Please email us at for a reservation. Treats are provided. A small donation is appreciated.

Ted’s Web

A group that meets weekly to discuss politics and foreign affairs. We have solved most of the problems of the US and the world, but others remain, and more seem to spring up needing our attention!

UU Beginning Ukers

We provide support sessions for people starting a self-directed program of learning to play the ukulele. We gather to exchange resources, and encourage and support one another.

UU Readers Book Discussion

Our group meets for a lively discussion of notable books chosen by members. Members lead the discussions.

UU Saturday Stitchers

UU Saturday Stitchers provides an opportunity for stitchers of all ages and abilities to teach, learn and share. We meet the first Saturday of every month from 10 AM to 1 PM in the Fahs Room.

UUrth Song CommUUnity Garden

We have a year-round organic garden with plots planted by the youth for the congregation's Produce Stand. Plots are also available for individuals to rent.

Walkin’ Boots

We are a group of walkers and hikers. We hike interesting trails and pathways, meet others, get exercise and appreciate nature's bounty. Many of the walks are local and of relatively short distance (3-5 miles) but some hikes are longer and farther afield.

American River Parkway Stewards

On the second Saturday of each month, we perform cleanups of a mile of the American River Parkway which was adopted by UUSS.

Confronting Economic Inequality

Our social justice theme for the year is confronting economic inequality. We will engage with this theme in sermons, study groups, book groups, and in religious education activities for adults, children, and youth - wherever our vision takes us. We will build on all the great work now being done at UUSS and in the Sacramento region. Economic inequality touches on many issues that fill our open hearts and use our helping hands: poverty, homelessness, immigration, wage fairness, class disparities - and many more. We welcome your energy and ideas as we address this important topic.

Earth Justice Ministry

Our group focuses on environmental justice, sustainable living, worship and celebration, and earth education for adults and children to promote a sense of reverence, gratitude and care for our living Earth. To quote Tim deChristopher," We're going to start from what we know is necessary...we're going to work for what we want...bring us in alignment with our values."

Family Promise

Family Promise is a program to help homeless families become sustainable. Four families are housed at UUSS for four weeks during the year. We rely on UU volunteers to host, bring meals, and stay overnight at the church.

Immigrant Justice

A belief in “the inherent worth and dignity of every person” is core to Unitarian Universalism: every person, no exceptions. As religious people, our Principles call us to acknowledge the immigrant experience and to affirm and promote the flourishing of the human family.

Interfaith Earth Justice

We seek to be a force for healing in the world by engaging with other members of the faith community for a multi-faith exploration of our spiritual and moral response to climate change and the degradation of our Earth. We will join forces with them to work for Earth Justice, consistent with our 7th principle affirming the interdependent web of which we are a part.

Loaves and Fishes

We provide helping hands to prepare (7:30 a.m.) and serve food (10:30 a.m.) to homeless people on the fourth Monday of the month.

Refugee Support Program

We raise awareness of the global and growing refugee crisis and of the needs of newly resettled refugee families in our Sacramento area. With open hearts, UUSS volunteers welcome and support refugee families, providing friendship and assistance toward empowerment and self-sufficiency. The team provides and promotes volunteer opportunities to UUSS members, families and friends. We solicit donations of money, goods and services of direct aid for refugee families and to fund our events and work at UUSS. The team coordinates our volunteer efforts with programs of the local office of the International Rescue Committee.

St. John’s Program for Real Change

Our volunteers provide and prepare a set dinner menu at St. John's Shelter once a month.

Together We Share

We are a food gathering service at UUSS. Teams take turns picking up food and other items donated by our members and friends in the red cart that you’ll find near the Welcome Hall on Sunday mornings. Team members deliver the donations to food bank distribution points around the area.

Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East (UUJME) – Sacramento Chapter

UUJME is the Sacramento Chapter of Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East, a UUA related social justice organization of concerned UUs working to educate ourselves and our fellow UUs and citizens about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its legal, moral and ethical issues in an effort to bring about peace and justice in Israel-Palestine, including a settlement of the conflict affirming the equality, dignity, freedom and security of all peoples involved.

UU-UNO at UUSS

We are a social justice group working toward shared goals of the United Nations Association.

Art Exhibits Committee

We seek to enhance the aesthetic experience within the UUSS Main Hall by presenting high quality exhibits of excellent works of art by local artists.

Choir

The UUSS choir is an enthusiastic group of more than 30 amateur singers. They rehearse Wed. evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the Fahs classroom from mid-Aug. through May, and sing twice a month in Sunday services from September through May, and at occasional special events like multi-choir festivals and Christmas caroling. There are no auditions; all are welcome to join this group of congenial musicians (both music and non-music readers) who enjoy, fun, fellowship, and serving UUSS through this vital ministry. Contact Music Director Keith Atwater at or meet him on Sunday mornings!

Music Program

Our Music Program is dedicated to making music an integral part of the worship experience and creating a common ground for diverse beliefs through the universality of music.

Theater One

Theater One is open to those who are interested in any aspect of theater: acting, directing, backstage, publicity. No experience is required to participate, just a desire to have fun and help out our community theater productions.

Administrative and Property Management Team (APMT)

Our team provides leadership in the areas of administration, personnel, and property management. The APMT is appointed by the board and includes two Board members and 3-4 members of the congregation who have skills and expertise in the areas of the team’s responsibility. The minister with the lead responsibility for administration is part of the team, and staff attend the meetings when appropriate.

Aesthetics Committee

Our purpose is to assure that any permanent or semi-permanent addition or change that affects the visual aspect of the church building or grounds is attractive and appropriate for the campus.

Beacon Bookstore

We offer used books, books from UUA and Beacon Press, and congregational authors.

Coffee Hospitality

We set up, serve, and clean up after coffee hour each Sunday.

Endowment Trust

The Endowment Trust was established in 1980 to improve and benefit UUSS and strengthen our congregation's long term vitality. Each year a percentage of the Trust's income is spent for special, nonrecurring needs of UUSS.

Finance Committee

We regularly review financial statements; track investment balances, make financial policy recommendations, and submit an annual budget proposal to the Board of Trustees. The Congregation votes to approve or reject the budget proposed by the Board. Monthly meetings are open to members and friends.

Fundraising Strategy Team (FRST)

We are an ad-hoc committee appointed by the Board in 2015 to oversee and promote coordination of the fundraising activities and programs that support and sustain the UUSS mission. Activities include scheduling and recruiting leadership for fundraising dinners, service auctions, special appeals, building donations, the annual stewardship campaign, and encouraging members and friends to remember UUSS in wills, estate plans and investment beneficiary designations. We develop a yearly and 5-year calendar and recruit and support volunteers for various activities and make recommendations to the Board of Trustees. Members with experience or inspiration in any of these areas are invited to contact us with your ideas and interest in participating.

Grasshoppers

We are a group of volunteer groundskeepers who work in teams to maintain the outdoor campus. Each team usually works once a month for several hours to mow lawns, collect leaves, etc. as the season requires.

Kitchen Committee

We assist in various food-related events: Soup Sundays, Auctions, Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinners, and fundraising; and we monitor the kitchen after rental use.

Membership Committee

Our committee serves the congregation by welcoming visitors, helping to integrate new members and supporting activities that make all members of the congregation feel welcome.

Memorial Reception

We provide light refreshments and hospitality at Memorial Services for UUSS members, friends and their families.

Monthly Landscape Upkeep Team

We take care of weeding, pruning, maintenance of irrigation emitters, etc. See our page for contact info if you want to help out!

Nominating Committee

Our committee members are elected by the congregation. This Committee enlists candidates to fill Board of Trustees, Program Council and other leadership positions each year.

Program Council

Our council members are elected by the congregation. Our mission is to promote the vitality of our UUSS community by nurturing current programs and activity groups, and encouraging new ones. UUSS members who wish to form a new activity group should submit a new group application to the Program Council. We sponsor an annual Activity Groups Fair and a Volunteer Appreciation event. The Program Council also works with the Board of Trustees to establish budgets.

Religious Services Committee

Our committee works closely with the ministers in planning and presenting Sunday services, and helps arrange for guest ministers and speakers. The lay leaders from this committee (known as Worship Associates) take on specific roles and duties as participants in each service.

Stewardship / Annual Pledging

The Stewardship team offers the congregation inspiration for faith based generosity and gratitude on a regular basis. The team also plans and implements a pledge drive annually for members and friends to update their pledges for donations that fund the Operational Budget of UUSS.

Sunday Office Volunteers

Support the staff and congregation by performing general office duties.

Unigram

Our editors are responsible for preparation of our monthly newsletter from articles that are submitted by members.

Website Team

Our team maintains and updates the UUSS website. It also develops policies and procedures regarding the use and maintenance of the website.

Welcome Team

We arrive before Sunday services, distribute hymnals, greet people as they arrive, hand out Orders of Service, and help with seating as needed. Newcomers are encouraged to join; it's a great way to get acquainted.