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Love is the Spirit of this Church, and Service is its Prayer.


"When Legacy Propels Boldness"
Sunday, April 28, 10:50 am, 2024
Rev. Vanessa Rush Southern, Senior Minister, preaching

The word "legacy" always draws for me images of things past: heavy, anchoring, a little dusty, and old. But in reality, they are just as often more like a sail for covering fast oceans or a ballast for weathering storms than a heavy anchor somewhere fixed and forgotten. This Sunday, I will talk about some of the legacy of the UU Service Committee (UUSC) and its living legacy as I return from a trip to Poland with its Board to meet with organizations doing the work to protect human rights and serve war-torn lands as boldly as that which launched the organization over 70 years ago. Moreover, this Sunday we will talk about our own legacy in this church with our Allyne Circle and those we honor and name this Sunday who are added to our plaque.

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"Oh, the days dwindle down to a precious few.” - No, wait. That’s a song about September, and it’s only Spring at UUSF!

Yet, the lyrics are on point because our Annual Pledge Canvass days are indeed dwindling. And we still have a big chunk of money to raise.

Many members and friends have already expressed their support through their pledges. If you have not done so already, please submit your pledge form this week. For financial planning purposes, it is very important to get all pledges soon. Will we be able to afford to do all the things we enjoy about UUSF next year?

Please join with us to make sure the answer is a resounding YES.

Thank you,

Jack & Sherry Delo
Co-Chairs, Annual Pledge Canvass 2024


UUSF Weekly Newsletter
April 24, 2024

The Flame, our weekly newsletter, is published every Wednesday! We cover Sunday services as well as recent UUSF news and upcoming events. On Fridays, we also send a brief email outlining the weekend's events. If you send us an email at The Flame will be sent directly to your inbox.

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Friday, April 26, 6:30 pm, TSK Room

Join us in celebrating freedom, exploring the connection between ancient ritual and modern liberation struggles, singing, and enjoying a delicious potluck dinner. All ages are welcome!

We will provide chicken, wine, and traditional Passover food, including matzo and matzo ball soup. Please help us make this event a success by volunteering to help with set-up, clean-up, and/or bringing a dish to share. There is a suggested donation of $10-20 to cover wine, food, and other costs, but no one turned away due to a lack of funds.

Want to help organize this year's seder? Have new ideas or just want to lend a hand? Please email Mia at

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Karaoke Version!!

Friday, May 10, 6-8:30 pm

Join us for the final Extravaganza of Joy on Friday, May 10!

We will have a hosted Karaoke Night with Tami Gosnell, whom Revs. Shennum and Southern got to see in action last summer during their retreat! Tami is a hoot and knows how to bring people out of their shell! All ages, singing abilities, and talents are encouraged to attend! Attendees will provide a joyful potluck dinner.

Let's wrap this year up with some good food and a joyful time! To register and let us know you are coming, use the link provided



Under Construction

In an effort to make the world a better place, we support each other’s journey to seek truth with openness, curiosity and respect for different perspectives and paths.

As love is our spirit, we commit to respect, accept, listen to and support each other.

We hold ourselves and each other accountable by continually assessing our individual and community actions toward living into our covenant. This will include speaking up when someone’s actions are not aligned.

We commit to be in community with openness and loving kindness, acknowledging our own biases and differing perspectives.

We welcome the newcomer, we commit to building trust with each other, we celebrate differences and make space for repair when harm occurs.

Watch A Conversation with Rev. Cheryl M. Walker about Article II (HERE)

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“… and Service is our Prayer.”

UUSF relies on all of us to offer our time and ideas in order to build the church that we all know and love! To see a list of volunteer opportunities, classes, and ministries, visit the "Finding Your Ministry" form below. For additional questions, or if you are interested in finding other ways to get involved at UUSF, feel free to contact the UUSF Nominating Committee at

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Sunday, May 5, 12:30 pm, Faz Room

Newcomers are welcome to join us in the Faz Room after the service to meet some of our members and learn more about our congregation and Unitarian Universalism.


It's a great chance to meet other folks in the community, ask any questions you might have, and find out how to get involved in our programs and ministries.


We look forward to meeting you!


A Guide for Newcomers

We will address inquiries such as: When are services held? Where are the services? Does attending the service require signing up? May I bring my children? And many more. To learn more, click the button below.



Upcoming! & Watch Now!

Jenin Freedom Theater Fundraiser

Sunday, April 7, 1:00 pm, 2024


Ukraine & Russia: On the Brink of World War III?

Sunday Forum, April 14, 9:30 am, 2024


"Perspectives on Earth"

Sunday, April 14, 10:50 am, 2024


The Men’s Story Project: Masculinities, Health and Social Justice

Sunday Forum, April 21, 9:30 am, 2024


"Understanding Autism, Each Other, and Ourselves"

Sunday, April 21, 10:50 am, 2024


Animal Rights and the Law

Sunday Forum, April 28, 9:30 am, 2024


"When Legacy Propels Boldness"

Sunday, April 28, 10:50 am, 2024


"Barbara Conahan Celebration of Life"

Saturday, May 4, 12:00 pm, 2024


Update on Israel and Palestine

Sunday Forum, May 5, 9:30 am, 2024


"Youth Worship Service"

Sunday, May 5, 10:50 am, 2024



Please check out this brand-new page on our website. Explore the vast collection of worship service reflections that we have compiled, as well as our Worship Associates. Being thoughtful and introspective is necessary to create meaning.

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Stay up to date with what is happening for our families and Sunday School program by subscribing to the Thursday weekly emails. To be put on the email list, please contact Rev. Laura Shennum at



Recommendation for close contacts of cases.

  • If you have new COVID-19 symptoms, you should test and mask right away.

  • If you do not have symptoms, and are at higher risk of severe COVID-19 infection and would benefit from treatment, you should test within 5 days. 

  • If you do not have symptoms and have contact with people who are at higher risk for severe infection, you should mask indoors when around such people for 10 days. Consider testing within 5 days after the last exposure date (Day 0) and before contact with higher-risk people. For further details, see CDPH COVID-1​9 tes​​ting guidance​.​


If you have questions, suggestions, resources or want/need clarification, please reach out to our Covid Advisory Team at




While we meet live every Sunday morning at 10:50 am PT, worship certainly isn’t restricted to those moments! Anytime you need a comforting word, a song that will help you with your life, visit our video archives or listen to one of our podcasts.

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