Upcoming Services


May 27, 2018

"The Promise and the Practice Of Our Faith For Black Lives Of Unitarian Universalism"

Marissa Fehler

"The Promise and the Practice" is a turning moment; a choice to listen deeply to the stories in our movement that have not been heard, and taken to heart, by all Unitarian Universalists. It’s a lamenting of what our Unitarian Universalist tradition and congregations have lost by being unable – or unwilling – to center people of color (or even, at times, to merely include them). The Promise and the Practice is a celebration of our shared commitment to live into a new chapter in the story of our UU faith.

Marissa joined SMUUF as a Children's RE teacher in 2008, and became a member in 2011. She currently serves as Secretary of the SMUUF Board of Trustees, administrative assistant, and frequent worship associate. Marissa lives in Wimberley with her husband, Ben, and two children, David and Harrison.


1987 - 2017

30 Years of SMUUF

Honoring the Past, Building for the Future


December 8, 1946 - October 26, 2017

In Memoriam

Rev. Scottie McIntyre Johnson




Adult Religious Exploration

9:30-10:30 a.m.
UCM Fellowship Hall

Justice Forum: African-American Religious Music & Liberation

Mark Rockeymoore will guide a sprawling conversation, round-table style, on the importance of African-American religious music in the United States, & its crucial role in Black liberation. This past week, San Marcos City Council passed a resolution supporting the creation of a Dunbar Cultural Arts District, recognizing the vitality of our city's historic African-American neighborhood, where for a century and a half glorious praise music has enriched lives. What contributions has Black religious music made to U.S. & global culture? How does African-American religious music inspire & innovate? Join us for an enlightening conversation.

Visit https://www.facebook.com/dunbarartssmtx/ to follow updates about the Dunbar Cultural Arts District.


Upcoming... Book Talk on Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson - Sunday, June 3

There are few weeks left to read Just Mercy and join the Social Justice Forum on June 3. The book is available at book retailers and libraries, and there will be a few copies at service this Sunday, if you'd like to borrow one.

All are invited to attend. Coffee and childcare is available. Please pick up your children (age 3 and older) following RE to join us in the worship service.

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Bobcat Pride Scholarship Fund's mission is to support LGBTQ Texas State students, inclusive of all minority sexuality and gender identities, by providing scholarships and financial support in order to promote the retention of an underrepresented community.

SMUUFs donated funds will go into the Jeremy O. Torres Emergency Stabilization Fund. LGBTQIA Bobcats apply for this financial assistance when unexpected emergency expenses arise. Many recipients might not receive financial assistance from back home, which can be a distinct barrier to staying enrolled in classes and graduating.

Madi Tabersmith, Director of Student Programming, and Amber Sarker, Director of Marketing, will be at our Sunday Worship Service to tell us more about Bobcat Pride Scholarship Fund and how the donation will be used. Write your checks to SMUUF with Bobcat Pride on the Memo Line. Please give generously.

Fantastic UU Diners (FUUDies)Italian Garden

Every Sunday at various restaurants

This week: Italian Garden, 415 N LBJ Dr, San Marcos

The Fantastic UU Diners eat together after church at a different local restaurant almost every Sunday. They love to have new folks join them! See Jeannie Lewis or Lee Bricker after worship. They’ll save you a seat!Canned tomato products (diced tomatoes, pasta sauce, etc.)

UPCOMING... SMUUF Annual Congregational Meeting

Sunday, June 3, after service
UCM Sanctuary
All are invited to attend. Members will vote on the 2018-2019 budget, new Board officers for the 2018-2019 year, and the new endowment document. If you will not be able to attend, members may send their vote via email to Board Secretary Marissa Fehler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The exact items for vote will be sent via email.


Please click here to view the Endoment Document, the proposed budget, and the slate of officers for your consideration at the annual meeting.
Contact Board President Jeanne Garthwaite (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


Childcare is provided for all during Adult Religious Education, beginning at 9:45 a.m.

Sunday Classes are held during the Worship Time

We continue to need volunteers to assist with childcare during the service on Sunday mornings. Contact Laura Haygood if you are available and willing.

At SMUUF, our Children’s RE occurs during service, after the “Time for All Ages”. Children are asked to sit with their parents until the “Time for All Ages” when they will go up to the front to hear a story. They will then be ‘sung out’ by the fellowship and escorted by teachers to their classrooms. Children 3 and under can be taken downstairs for child care before service or remain in the service. SMUUF welcomes the children in service, delighted by their energy and sounds.

Please bring your children to church, as they are learning a song this month to sing on Mother's Day, and will lead service on Sunday, May 20.


 “The Bunnies”

Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers are cared for in the Beatrix Potter Room. The Bunnies teacher is Robyn Kendrick.

"Chalice Children" 

Children in K through 2nd grade have class in the Dr. Seuss Room. The Chalice Children teachers are Deana Pinales and Dayann Pazmino.


Children in 3rd through 5th grade have class in the Susan B. Anthony Room. The Susan B. teacher is Monica Rasco.



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All students in Middle School and older are invited to come and bring their friends!
Youth Advisor is DRE Laura Haygood

Upcoming Schedule:

May 20th YUUTH led Service- YUUTH and children will meet at 10:30AM and prepare to lead the service.

Looking Ahead- JEDI ACADEMY Summer Church Camp held Sunday Mornings June 17-July 8. All children welcome!!


A few YUUTH announcements:  

Day Camps this Summer at First UU Austin

CampUU/Hogwarts registration is NOW OPEN for returning campers (ages 6-11 or rising 1st-6th graders) and all prefects (ages 12-17).

First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin continues the annual tradition of transforming into a magical castle of fun and adventure from July 23-27, 2018.

Students will have the opportunity to play Quidditch and Wizard Chess, as well as pursue studies of Herbology, Potions, Magical Creatures, and more! Afternoon activities include social action projects and field trips to local muggle sites. Most importantly, we will relate and practice our UU values and traditions to the rich story of bravery, loyalty, and love in the Harry Potter series.

Due to construction at the church, camp enrollment will be smaller than in past years. Registration for new campers will open March 8.

UBarU Summer Camps

UBarU Camp & Retreat Center has 4 weeks of summer youth camp for kids ages 8-18. Our mission is to provide a welcoming, peaceful place for spiritual, educational and recreational purposes in harmony with our Unitarian Universalist Principles. During their week at camp, they live inclusion. They live covenant and learn how to return to their covenant. They learn leadership and conflict-resolution from their camp chaplain, adult counselors and each other. Youth camps offer opportunities for formal spiritual growth with interactive worship, small group ministry, and by living our Principles while learning about the stars, bees, the land and themselves.

2018 Summer Youth Camp Dates:

June 17-23: Sojourner, rising grades 3-5
June 24-June 30: Olympia, rising grades 6 & 7

July 1-7: Seeger, rising grades 8 & 9
July 8-14: Reeb, rising 10th grade through 2018 high-school graduates

August 2-5: Youth Astronomy Camp
UBarU is proud to offer its first youth astronomy camp! Over this long weekend campers ages 12-18 will be immersed in a variety of astronomy- related activities including nightly observing and star parties, learning how to recognize constellations to navigate the night sky, an introduction to imaging with smaller telescopes, solar viewing, and sky lore. Cost of the camp is $275 per camper if registered by June 1; $300 per camper after June 1st.


A week of camp at UBarU is a time to make new friends and reconnect with old friends. We swim in our beautiful limestone pool, ponder the Milky Way on clear evenings, do some community service, walk the labyrinth, and even learn a little about beekeeping. We will take a trip or two within the glorious Texas Hill Country and of course, we spend lots of time having FUN while we deepen our UU faith​.

Upcoming OWL Training

Live Oak UU is planning an OWL Training in late August or early September. Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a series of sexuality education curricula that helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about sexual health. Please talk to Laura Haygood if you are interested in this facilitator training.

For information about any of our Children’s RE offerings, contact DRE Laura Haygood (512-757-2773; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)



Week of Friday, May 18 - Thursday, May 24

Check the SMUUF Calendar for current listings of activities


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Sewing Guild

Wednesday, May 23 (and every Wednesday)
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Allen Family home in Martindale
Contact: Ann Allen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


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Wednesday, May 23 (final rehearsal until August)
7:00 p.m.
UCM Sanctuary

We will have our final rehearsal of the spring on May 23rd. Following a break in June and July, we will resume rehearsals in August.

All singers and musicians are invited to become a part of the choir, which sings for worship about twice a month.

Contact: Gayle Gaston (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


Friday "Talk, Then Walk"

10:00 a.m.
Friday, May 25 (and every Friday)
Meet at Redbud Roasters Coffee Shop
169 S LBJ Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666

Enjoy good company, conversation, refreshments and a healthy walk.

We meet at 10 am, at Redbud Roasters, where we will begin for coffee. Then we head out on different trails and/or routes for about an hour walk.

Join us for walks we plan around the San Marcos River, Lower Purgatory, Ring Tail, Spring Preserve and other nature trails. Hope to see you there! For more information, contact Garrie Borden (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

SMUUF Board Meeting Minutes available

The SMUUF Board of Trustees meet (most often) on the 4th Sunday of each month, and are open to all. If you would like to stay informed on what happens at board meetings, you are invited to access the Board Meeting minutes at any time. Please click here to access the 2017-2018 minutes on Google Drive. If you have trouble accessing Google Drive, please email Board Secretary Marissa Fehler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and she can assist or send to you directly.

Hospitality Teams get it done every Sunday!

A great way to get involved at SMUUF is by joining a Hospitality Team. For one month approximately every 7 months, each team provides the refreshments for the SMUUF service, sets up the building, and cleans everything up afterward. Then on the last Wednesday of that month, the team prepares and serves dinner for diners at the Southside Community Center. It's a wonderful way to meet other SMUUF members and get right into service with us.

You may click here to download a copy of the Hospitality Team duties.

For information about how to join, contact Chris Rambo at (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Podcast Icon 75  Sermon Podcasts

Our most recent sermons are available on the website under the Past Sermons tab, and as podcasts from iTunes and Stitcher. Click the links to go to the SMUUF channels and subscribe. If you would like to listen to a past service not in the list of podcasts, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Automate Your Pledge

Tired of writing checks for your pledges? There are three ways you can avoid check writing, and never miss a monthly gift.

  1. If your bank has bill pay, you can set up an automatic monthly check to SMUUF directly from your bank. It's simple, and it costs you and SMUUF nothing, it should be a free service if offered by your bank.
  2. You can authorize a regular withdrawal (known as ACH) directly from your bank to ours.
  3. You can authorize a regular charge on a credit card that SMUUF can process.

For the latter two options, use our donation app to set up recurring payments either by credit card or direct deposit. It's painless!

Legacy Society


Leg·a·cy (lĕg′ə-sē) n. pl. leg·a·cies
1. Money or property given to another by will.
2. Something handed down from an ancestor or a predecessor or from the past.
If you are interested in learning how you might include SMUUF in your estate planning, whether it be large or small, contact Ivri Messinger (830-832-3572; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


Invitation to hear Sailesh Rao speak THIS SUNDAY in Austin

Sunday, May 20
7:00 p.m.
Wildflower Church, 1314 E Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704
Parking Information: https://wildflowerchurch.org/visit/

Sailesh Rao, Ph.D. will be in central Texas Sunday evening!

For those on FB, search "Inspiring the Great Transition". Our UU religious education group read his first book, Carbon Dharma: The Occupation of Butterflies and found it thought provoking. For those who cannot access FB, here is the invitation:

We are fortunate to have Sailesh Rao, Ph.D., founder and CEO of Climate Healers and an inspirational speaker on climate change and sustainability come to Austin. After hearing "An Inconvenient Truth", he has worked with other researchers to find solutions to global warming. He has spoken about climate solutions to the European Union Parliament and at the 2015 and 2016 Climate Change Conferences. He is both an inventor and author, and has received many prestigious engineering awards. Also notable, he is the Executive co-producer of the following award winning documentaries: The Human Experiment, Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret and What the Health!

What an honor it is to host Dr. Rao! I assure you, you won't want to miss this event!

RSVP or for any questions contact Becky Allen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Senate Bill 4 Update and Next Steps

Tuesday, May 29
6:30 p.m.
Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos, 211 Lee St, San Marcos, Texas 78666

Lots has changed since Senate Bill 4 passed a year ago, including what the law is and means for our community. Join Mano Amiga Tuesday, May 29 at Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos (211 Lee St. San Marcos, TX) for a community forum on Senate Bill 4 and potential solutions to protect our community.

Priscila Martinez, Texas Coalition Organizer with the Workers Defense Action Fund, and Carolina Canizales, with the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, will join us to examine how Senate Bill 4 affects San Marcos community and present potential policy options to protect the immigrant community.

Refreshments and food provided!
Click here to view the event on Facebook.

Art Exhibit Opening at Price Center / Calligraphy Class

Michael Hannon will also be hosting a Calligraphy class at the Price Center titled 'Beginning Gothic calligraphy with Illumination'. The class will be held on Wednesdays, May 9th through June 13th. The cost is $35, and you may register through the Price Center. Phone: 512-392-2900.

Benefit Dinner & Music Party for School Fuel San Marcos

Friday, June 1, 6:00 p.m.
At the home of Jim Berry - 610 Eden Estates Dr, New Braunfels, TX
The event is FREE, but RSVP is required, no later than May 20, 2018 - email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sponsored by Hill Country Freethinkers Association

A dinner of BBQ Brisket, macaroni and cheese, beans, soda or beer is free, and the musicians are donating their performances, but it is a FUNDRAISING PARTY. We will be accepting donations. We suggest that you consider a donation for at least as much as you would pay for a dinner and evening's entertainment - but then think of all the hungry school children you could help and consider giving more. Currently, it costs $215 for School Fuel to feed one child for the entire school year. School Fuel is managed entirely by volunteers (there is no paid staff) so 100% of the money you donate goes directly to feeding local children. Please see the School Fuel website at www.schoolfuelsanmarcos.com for more information.

You should bring folding chairs to the party. If you want something else to drink, please bring it. If you like, you may bring a salad, side dish or dessert to share - things that don't require heating (sort of a modified potluck meal). Come meet other civic minded citizens, enjoy a shared meal, have fun and help our San Marcos school children.

The Point - UU Family Retreat

July 22-27, 2018
Lake Murray, OK

The Point is a customizable Unitarian Universalist retreat for all ages.

Imagine five days of UU covenant and community in a resort-like setting on the shores of Lake Murray in Oklahoma. The Point offers personal growth, faith renewal, learning opportunities, spiritual practices, community worship, music, excellent cuisine, sustainable practices, social gatherings (trivia, bingo, talent show, game night, star-gazing, s'mores and sing-alongs), outdoor activities, programming for all ages and interests, and an engaging theme speaker. Each day begins with worship and ends with a sunset talk, but how you spend your day is completely up to you!

We hope you can join us at Lake Murray, July 22-27, 2018!

UBarU Camp & Retreat Center Upcoming Events for all ages!

For more information and to register, visit www.ubaru.org and look under “events.”

Meaning Makers program for 18-24 year old UUs
June 5-9, 2018

It begins with a retreat at UBarU June 5th-9th and continues with 6 small group meetings focused on a particular area of our faith. We’ll close with another retreat in January. If you know any young folks who grew up in your congregation or live nearby, do encourage them to sign up before the April 1st deadline!

We’re running low on travel subsidy money but we do have some special scholarship money for young folks of color. So people who are local, can afford their own travel, or folks of color are especially encouraged to register. Registration form: https://uua.wufoo.com/forms/rcimcx31amx7ze/

UBarU Summer Camps for ages 8-18
2018 Summer Camp Dates:

May 25-29: Multigenerational Family Camp for kids and parents!

June 17-23: Sojourner, rising grades 3-5

June 24-June 30: Olympia, rising grades 6 & 7

July 1-7: Seeger, rising grades 8 & 9

July 8-14: Reeb, rising 10th grade through 2018 high-school graduatesAugust 2-5: Youth Astronomy Camp ages 12-18

August 31- September 3: UBarU Labor Day Weekend Star Party 

A week of camp at UBarU is a time to make new friends and reconnect with old friends. We will swim in the beautiful limestone swimming tank, ponder the Milky Way on clear evenings, do some community service, walk the labyrinth, and take field trips to enjoy the gorgeous Texas Hill Country. And of course, we spend some time having fun while we deepen our UU faith.

Unitarian Universalists for a Just Economic Community - Webinars

Unitarian Universalists for a Just Economic Community (UUJEC) is a vibrant progressive organization committed to economic justice for all. Our philosophy is rooted in the UU liberal religious tradition - to create a world of justice, equity, and compassion. UUJEC hosts regular webinars on various topics related to seeking justice. Visit http://uujec.com/webinars for more info or click here to join their mailing list.



Harvest ChallengeSMUUF's Donation to the Food Bank's Spring Harvest Healthy Food Drive Challenge

Last Monday Bev Stokes delivered our last donation of 8 pounds of fresh produce and other healthy foods to the Food Bank for the Spring Harvest Healthy Food Drive Challenge. We have donated a total of 88 pounds of fresh produce and other healthy foods to distribute to the food insecure in Hays County. Addressing food insecurity is one of the SMUUF Social Justice missions. We also fund the two Food Bank plots at the Alamo Community Gardens. All purchased materials and supplies to take care of the gardens are submitted to SMUUF Social Justice for reimbursement. SMUUF gets credit for all the fresh produce donated to the Food Bank from the two Food Bank plots at Alamo Community Gardens.

Thank all of you who donated fresh produce or other healthy foods to the Food Bank's Spring Harvest Healthy Food Drive Challenge. Your generosity helps alleviate the hunger of the food insecure in Hays County. We appreciate your participation!
Submitted by Jeannie Lewis, SMUUF Social Justice Chair


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