Humboldt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is a thriving liberal religious community of close to 150 members. We work and play together to meet our individual and group needs - be they spiritual, intellectual, or social. We welcome all who seek a religious home, free of creeds and based on love, reason, and conscience. We first met over 60 years ago as a small lay-led fellowship and have grown with the help of strong leadership - both lay and ministerial - to a dynamic fellowship serving Humboldt County and the Northern coast of California. We invite you to browse through our website to learn more about our Sunday services, our programs, social action activities, and religious education.

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Upcoming Events at HUUF - June - August 2015

Starting June 28th Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. every Sunday.

Childcare is provided during the service. 

Sunday, June 7, 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.  Celebrating Youth Religious Education with Jillian Mooney and the Religious Education Teachers - Originally our religious movement was not one of much ritual, but we have grown to realize the importance of rituals in our lives. They are ways that we can make meaning of what is important to us, what is sacred and special. We created our Milestone Ceremony as a way of acknowledging and celebrating our children’s spiritual exploration during their year in our Religious Education cooperative.

At the 11 a.m. service, each class will briefly share what they did, and the children, moving to a new class, will cross over a bridge to signify their continued journey on their spiritual path. We will end the day with a favorite tradition: Sundae Sunday. R.E. will provide the ice cream, and everyone is asked to bring toppings.

At the 9 a.m. service, the topic will be “Now that's Religious Education." We will explore real-life situations that touch our spirit and inform us about what is most important in life. 

Sunday, June 14, 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.  Thoughts on the Nature of Being: A Sufi Perspective with  Dr. Scott Sattler - The Unitarians and the Sufis have much in common, so it is easy to see why HUUF has been home to the Garden of the Heart Sufi community for the past 20-plus years. Both groups offer spiritual community open to those of all religions, free of imposed creeds and based on love, tolerance and conscience. Both share a deeply ingrained longing to continuously become better human beings. This talk will explore some of the ways we deal with this longing from the Sufi perspective.

Scott Sattler, M.D., graduated from Stanford Medical School in 1973, and he has practiced as a family physician in Humboldt County for 42 years. He currently provides medical services at HSU’s Student Health Center.

Dr. Sattler has been a student of Universal Sufism for more than 30 years and is active in Humboldt County’s Garden of the Heart Sufi Community, in teaching the Dances of Universal Peace and in directing multiple Sufi choirs. He has taught Universal Sufism for the Religious Studies department at HSU for the past 14 years. He also travels extensively in this capacity, sharing this eclectic attunement throughout the United States, Europe, Central America and New Zealand.

Friday June 19 at 6:30 Waging Peace Potluck and Discussion   Come have a great meal with friends (and Friends (Quakers) and Veterans For Peace.  Come listen to the presentation by David Hartsough, a life-long advocate for peace, non-violence and a deep listening, deep consensus process

Sunday, June 21, 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.  Good Fathers We Have Known with Rev. Bryan Jessup - Many of us were fortunate enough in life to have good fathers.  And those of us who didn’t were often fortunate enough to know men who were good fathers and    inspired them by their example.  In this service, Rev. Bryan Jessup and others from the congregation will reflect on good fathers they have known, and what it was that made them good.

Sunday, June 28 at 11:00 a.m.  Inspiration and Art with  HUUF’s Artists - "Inspiration becomes Art/Art becomes Inspiration." How do visual artists and musicians tap into their source and then bring it forth as their unique expression? Fellowship members will discuss and illustrate their practices."

Sunday, July 5, 11 a.m. Lemonade Sunday  Celebrate summer and the Fourth of July weekend as Jana Kirk-Levine poses the question, "What is a True Patriot?" Share your own thoughts and ideas on patriotism, whilst enjoying a glass of lemonade.

Sunday, July 12, 11 a.m.  The GA Experience: Building a New Way – Valerie Gizinski   Every June, Unitarian Universalists from all over the United States gather at General Assembly (GA) to worship, witness, learn, connect and make policy for our Association through a democratic process. The theme for the 2015 GA in Portland, Ore., was Building a New Way. Attending GA with thousands of like-minded friends can be a thrilling experience. In this service, Valerie, a longtime member of HUUF, will lead those of us who made the trek to GA in an effort to impart some of the thrill and inspiration they experienced.  

Sunday, July 19, 11 a.m.  Songs in the Key of Life (with apologies to Stevie Wonder) – Jeff Thomas   Popular music has long been used as an effective means of delivering powerful messages to the masses, and many of these songs reflect values shared by Unitarian Universalists. We invite you to join us in this musical celebration as we explore the power of popular music though performances by fellowship members, as well as a group sing-along. If you’ve got a song in your heart that you would like to perform for the fellowship, please contact Jeff Thomas at

Sunday, July 26, 11 a.m.  Poetry for the Heart and the Spirit – Wendy Rowan  Poetry is the language that can often express what our constructed arguments and everyday conversations fail to do. Participants are encouraged to bring poems that warm the heart and affirm the spirit of our lives – poems that receive the “ah” or “that's it”' upon reading. A group poem will also be created and shared within the service.

Friday, July 31 at 6:00 pm POTLUCK AND PEACE PILGRIMAGE - You are invited to a Fellowship potluck followed by a seminar-conversation with Roy Tamashiro entitled ”My God, What Have We Done: The Nuclear Age & the Rise of Peace Consciousness.” Roy will recall his first Peace Pilgrimage to Hiroshima, and link this experience to other Peace Pilgrimages, including the recently launched Veterans for Peace - Golden Rule Project in Humboldt Bay. Roy is passionate about reawakening the call to abolish nuclear weapons and to inspire the cultivation of global “peace consciousness.” Roy is my long-time friend and I vouch that anevening with Roy is not to be missed. Vets for Peace, Quakers, SERVAS members and the general public are all invited.

If you have any questions contact Kate McClain at

Sunday, Aug. 2 11 a.m.  Emanating the Gift of Peace – Dr. Roy Tamashrio  Professor and peace activist Dr. Roy Tamashiro, a third generation Japanese American, will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. His presentation will be part of his "Coming Full Circle" peace pilgrimage marking the 50th anniversary of his first visit to Hiroshima.

Dr. Tamashiro shares the narratives of the Hiroshima citizens, including several hibakusha (A-bomb survivor-witnesses). By listening to their profound suffering, unbearable pain and never-to-be recovered losses, we paradoxically find healing for ourselves. Dr. Tamashiro will guide us in meditation and communion, assisting us to find and practice peace. He is chairman of the International Studies Committee of the Multidisciplinary Studies Department/School of Education at Webster University in St. Louis, Mo.

A Friday night potluck on July 31 will offer an opportunity to converse with him in a more informal environment.

Sunday, Aug. 9, 11 a.m.  How a Book Changed My Life – Valerie Gizinski  We come together again to tell about a dearly loved book that transformed the way we look at the world. It could be something read to you when you were small or a book you read this year. We would love to hear about it. The service will be led by Valerie Gizinski, a long-time Fellowship member and avid reader.

Sunday, Aug. 16, 11 a.m.  The Frog at the Bottom of the Well – Barbara Madaras  Barbara Madaras, our new vice president and a HUUF member since 1999, shares a
local story in which enlarging individual perspectives led to a trusting, and subsequently a creative relationship, one that is benefitting our community with a magnificent grove of old-growth redwoods. Since wisdom begins when we see that our own view is limited, perhaps we will all leave a little wiser.

Sunday, Aug. 23 11 a.m.  Credos in a Non-creedal Religion – Chris Chapin & Berti Welty  While Unitarian Universalists do not have a common set of beliefs, we each have struggled to decide for ourselves what we individually believe, or don't believe, about spiritual matters. Participants of the recent Building Your Own Theology class will share their experiences and insights gained.

Sunday, Aug. 30, 11 a.m.  Homeless or Houseless: The Politics of Scarcity – Edie Jessup  Edie Jessup will explore the concept of food, shelter and health care as human rights, and the spiritual imperative to stand up for the common good in our interdependent web. The presentation will also delve into ways in which the fellowship can get involved.

Edie is working on two projects with our homeless neighbors: Affordable Homeless Housing Alternatives and the Humboldt Edge newspaper. In Maine, she worked for years with the York County Shelter Programs, and in Fresno she worked with homeless advocates.


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