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Unitarian Universalist Church of Cambria

Unitarian Universalist Church of Cambrian

Unitarian Universalist Church of Cambria


The Unitarian Universalist Community of Cambria is a church where people from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds can come together in a safe and welcoming environment to share their search for truth and meaning. 

Unitarian Universalism is a caring, open-minded religion that encourages you to seek your own spiritual path. Our Faith draws on many religious traditions, welcoming people with different beliefs. We are united by shared values, not by creed or dogma. Our congregations are places where people gather to nurture their spirits and put their faith into action by helping to make our communities (and the world) a better place.


                      Our Mission Statement
"We strive to build community through love, support spiritual growth, and promote social and environmental justice.
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Pledge and Donate!!


Choices!  You now have many options to pledge or donate to UUCC.


  • Pledge or Donate on              - service fee of 2.9% + $.30 per transaction will be deducted from your payment unless you opt to pay it

  • Pledge or Donate on Pay Pal-service fee of 1.99% + $.30 per transaction will be deducted from your payment unless you opt to pay it 


  • Mail a check to UUCC P.O. Box 64, Cambria CA 93428 (please do not send mail to the Arlington address)


Please make sure to indicate what your payment is for, such as Pledge, Donation, 4th Sunday, Scholarship, etc.

Unitarian Universalist Church of Cambria

Come Join Us for Sunday Service

Our regular services are 10:00 am every Sunday. We are located at 786 Arlington Street, in West Village, Cambria. You can click on the map to the right for a larger view and directions.

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Speaker Schedule


To join the Sunday 10:00am Zoom Service



January 15, 2023
Martin Luther King, Jr., Faith and Radical Nonviolence
Peter Muste will speak about his grandfather, A.J. Muste, a radical Gandhian peace activist, labor leader and Civil Rights activist of the 20th Century. Peter is a lifetime UU and a member of the Board of the A.J. Muste Institute. He will focus on A.J.’s relationships with MLK, Bayard Rustin, John Lewis, and other prominent figures of the Civil Rights Movement, and the role he played in the movement’s commitment to nonviolent direct action.
Peter Muste

To see our Unitarian Universalist Community of Cambria calendar of services and events coming up                  or on the events calendar picture.

A big Thank You to Mary Anne and Ames for a wonderful concert. If you did not get to join in for the concert and would like to see a recording of it click on the button below.


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Thanksgiving Basket Collection
Every year, in the UUCC collects food to be distributed to Cambria families the week before Thanksgiving.
This is our 7th year working with Danilda Reyes and LINK Family Resources!

We will be filling 40 baskets this year, up from 30 that we did last year and 20 that we started with. Truly a sign of the times.

We are accepting checks this year if you don't want to shop. Please make checks out to Unitarian Universalist and then add in the memo that it’s for the Thanksgiving baskets. 

Our congregation donates a check to help pay for larger items, and everyone helps supply some of the additional food going into the baskets. 
7th Annual UUCC Thanksgiving Food Drive
Help Make a Family Happy This Thanksgiving We are collecting the following items:
Potatoes                                       Walnuts and Pecans Onions                               
Pine Nuts Garlic                          Pumpkin Seeds Winter Squash                   
Canned Fruit Sweet Potatoes    Jams and Jellies Canned Corn             

Canned Green Beans                  Dried Fruit
Cookies and Crackers Dried or Canned Beans
Collection dates are on Fridays, November 4th, 11th and 18th at the church from 10:30 to 12noon.
We will have a volunteer staffing the front door.(Arlington side) Please have your items in a sturdy bag.
Be sure that none of the food is past its due date.
For fresh food like potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, or squash, we recommend bringing it on November 18th—closer to our distribution date.

If you would like a volunteer to do a pickup,  Call Catherine Lekich at 805-909-2599 or Rebecca Hendricks 408 307 9616.

This is one of the few congregation-wide activities we do.
We hope you will join the SEJC in making this food drive a success!

Unitarian Universalist Church of Cambria

        Day of the Dead Service

Honoring the Mexican holiday known as the Day of the Dead is an annual tradition at the UUCC.  For the Day of the Dead service, we gather to honor and remember family and friends who are no longer with us. This year a potluck was held after the service with attendees bringing a dish from a favorite recipe or a special type of food enjoyed by a deceased loved one. Photographs, mementos and stories were shared during the service to honor the memories of our dearly departed.

Unitarian Universalist Church of Cambria

     Music at the UUCC

The UUCC is very grateful to have amongst our members and friends a number of talented musicians and performing artists who regularly share their musical abilities with us during Sunday services and special events.  Our Music Director, Mary Schwalbe, and Jan Callner, our multi-talented pianist, both add mystery, celebration and wonder to our services with their beautiful music selections. We have a part-time choir that is called on to perform on special occasions. All enthusiastic singers are welcome to join.  No audition necessary.

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Tie Dye Picture Day

Who doesn't love brightly colored tie dyed shirts? Having fun together is definitely an important part of community building.  On this particular Sunday, we all wore our favorite tie-dyed outfits and took this group photograph after service as a memento of one of our more colorful gatherings.

        Deepening Your Nature

         Connection Workshop

This nature exploration workshop was led by Sue Davis starting at the San Simeon point. The workshop was designed to awaken ones senses to the natural world and form a deeper connection to nature with activities that included: Storytelling, Sit Spot, Deer Ears, Peripheral vision, ephemeral art, tasteful eating and touch connection. This was a 4 hour workshop with a walk along the beach and on to the point trail to experience the sounds and beauty of nature. It was a wonderful day for all who participated.




On Sunday June 5th, ten outstanding High School students received college scholarships from the Unitarian Universalist Church, chosen by the scholarship committee, under the leadership of Jan Callner. The committee worked diligently to choose the ten recipients, who had all - unknowingly perhaps - exhibited UU qualities in their essays and extra-curricular activities: compassion, environmental concern, and the desire to “Build a Better World” - the theme for the service. Each one talked about their college choices, ranging from Cuesta’s Promise program as a stepping off point, to U.C. Berkeley and Cal Poly. They highlighted their Interests including medicine, social work, immigration law, teaching, aeronautical engineering, and the inspiring appointment of the first Supreme Court woman of color Ketanji Brown Jackson.

Some of the proud parents attended as well, eyes wet with pride, meeting and shaking hands with the UU congregation. A few students joined in via Zoom, but most of them took front row seats in this delightful ceremony with uplifting music and smiles galore.

The scholarship committee, founded by Bobra Tahan, has been in operation for over the eight years, and has awarded tens of thousands of dollars from donations to deserving students. One Cambria family has had two of their children win awards. A very special former winner, Martha Gomez Morra, started out at Cuesta, transferred to UCLA, and is now on her way to Harvard Graduate school in the Fall.


The UU congregation would like to present the following winners:


Jannah Al Defaaei

Alexandra Aguilar

Elise Happel

Andy Garcia

Melissa Orbe

Emiliano Peña

Cecilia Romero



Jean-Alexandre Maddeaux

Lily Smith 

                      by Mary Anne Anderson, UU Scholarship committee member.

Unitarian Universalist Church of Cambria
Putting Our Values To Work

For the past several years, the UUCC has sponsored the 4th Sunday program which sets aside offerings collected on the fourth Sunday of the month for donations to local charitable organizations.  In 2016, the congregation sent checks to the Food Bank, Cambria's Anonymous Neighbors (CAN), the Cambria Educational Foundation and the Homeless Animal Rescue Team (HART). In the past, the congregation has donated to Headstart, Cambria Adult Resources (CARES)  Cambria Connection/Teen Center, Friends of the Fiscalini Ranch, and Friends of the Library.

      Congregational Workshop

Our UU District representative Jan Christian visited us for a workshop about conversation that help allow us to better communicate our congregational mission among ourselves. We were asked to consider five questions:  How are we living out our stated mission? How does being a UU congregation shape our overall identity, our Sunday services, and how we approach our mission? What do we hope is possible for our congregation in Cambria? What are the current challenges to achieving what we hope is possible? It was an informative workshop for us all.

Unitarian Universalist Church of Cambria

   UUCC Donates to YMCA

As a part of our ongoing commitment to support our local schools, the UUCC recently donated $1,500.00 to the YMCA after school program. Judy Butler, Pat Lakin and Janet Cooper are shown with the director of the YMCA presenting the check. The local YMCA program is offered at Santa Lucia Middle School and teaches students how to develop informational or advertising campaigns and how to design and create promotional material, including videos. The students filmed the open house at our church on Arlington St. and created a wonderful video of the event. To see the video









Every year, our congregation supports the good work of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee through the Guest at Your Table (GAYT) Program.

For 2019-2020 we raised $435.

The GAYT program raises support for and awareness about critical human rights issues. This year the focus is on the theme Women Leaders, Strong Communities.

As UUSC Congregational Liaison, Andy Feigin led the fundraiser and keeps the congregation informed of UUSC programs and activities. Thank you to all those members and friends who contribute to the program. To learn more about the UUSC and the GAYT program, you can visit their website at 

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         Craft Day Fundraiser

A fun craft day was had by all creating their own driftwood and seashell mobiles for one of our fundraising projects.

Committee Chairs  
Congregational Life:  

Music Director: Mary Schwalbe
Nominating and Elections: Wayne Attoe
Operations:  Sue
Religious Education: Diane DeMarco and Andy Feigin
Social & Environmental Justice: Catherine Lekich
Worship:  Randy Schwalbe

2023 UUCC Board of Trustees
President: Dolores Miera
Vice President: Andy Feigin
Treasurer: Janet Cooper
Secretary: Randy Schwalbe
Members-at-Large: Cat Lekich, Sue Davis, Nancy Tholen

Contact E-Mails:

General  e-mail:
Calendar/Admin email (Andy Feigin) -
Newsletter/Webmaster: Laurie Napoli -

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