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This group facilitates clear and open communication in the congregation around important issues concerning the whole church. The leader holds an elected position, Communications Facilitator; and the current leader is Colene Schlaepfer. She welcomes your ideas, suggestions, concerns, and questions regarding UUSS.
CUUPs (Covenant of UU Pagans) is an international organization associated with the UUA, promoted by the 7th UU principle, which studies and practices respectfully in earth-based and feminine spiritualities, including ancient indigenous European, Native American (North and South, Alaskan and Hawaiian), African, Asian (East, Mideast or West), Australian, and Wiccan. We promote women's history, sustainable lifestyles, and peace, and are looking into getting UUSS an official chapter and banner. UUSS CUUPs generally celebrates at least the equinoces and solstices with pot luck, indoor labyrinth walk, and ceremony on site. All welcome.
Religious Education for children and youth offers a variety of ways adults can volunteer. In collaboration with staff and our Senior Minister, Rev. Dr. 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.
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. Circles open in the fall and meet twice a month, October through May.
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.
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.
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.
A group that meets weekly to discuss politics and foreign affairs problems. 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! (We leave the solving of those problems to others. ;-)
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.
We have gardening plots available year-round to rent to grow organic vegetables and/or flowers. Plots, filled with top soil and compost, have irrigation to them. Great way to meet other gardeners or share growing tips! Come dig in dirt!
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.
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 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.
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.
We seek to be a force for healing in the world by engaging with the Sacramento Inter-faith community to be a powerful voice for advocacy and responsible stewardship of our Earth and to support the building of healthy communities for all people. Our actions for Earth Justice are consistent with the UU 7th principle which affirms the interdependent web of which we are a part.
As members of a Unitarian Universalist congregation, we affirm and work to promote the worth and dignity of every person. Our racial justice activities include everything from speakers, open forums, and book discussion groups to support of local groups working to bring the transforming power of love to racism, a pathological system of thought and oppression which continues to devalue and marginalize people of color.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our team provides leadership in the areas of administration, personnel, and property management. The APMT is appointed by the board and is made up of 5-6 members of the congregation who have skills and expertise in the areas of the team’s responsibility.
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.
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.
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, on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m., are open to members and friends.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our 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.
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.