You Are Invited

October 16, 2017 - 7:00pm

The Fiction Reading Group meets the 3rd Monday of each month in Forbes Hall.  For further information contact Melinda Ewen.

The book for our September 18 meeting is "It Can't Happen Here"by Sinclair Lewis. The only one of Sinclair Lewis's later novels to match the power of Main Street, Babbitt, and Arrowsmith, It Can't Happen Here is a cautionary tale about the fragility of democracy, an alarming, eerily timeless look at how fascism could take hold in America. Written during the Great Depression when America was largely oblivious to Hitler's aggression, it juxtaposes sharp political satire with the chillingly realistic rise of a President who becomes a dictator to save the nation from welfare cheats, rampant promiscuity, crime, and a liberal press. Now finally back in print, It Can't Happen Hereremains uniquely important, a shockingly prescient novel that's as fresh and contemporary as today's news. 

Books for the rest of 2017 include Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (October 16), To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf (November 20), and The Golden Bowl by Henry James (December 18).

 

October 17, 2017 - 7:30pm

The Science Non-Fiction Book Group will meet on Tuesday, October 17, to discuss "The Triumph of Seeds: How Grains, Nuts, Kernels, Pulses and Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shaped Human History," by Thor Hanson. Seeds are not only important in our diets and economy, but also utilize many tricks in order to carry on their species. 

Next, on Tuesday, November 21, we will discuss The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness, by Sy Montgomery. The naturalist author offers a very readable blend of personal experience, scientific knowledge and philosophic opinion about what is known and unknown about octopuses. 

We will meet in Forbes Hall at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome. Contact: Rebecca Crawford. 
 

October 19, 2017 - 7:30pm

The Men’s Group offers a special opportunity to the men of the congregation and other like-minded men to join our welcoming group in provocative and stimulating discussion and to get to know others with UU perspectives in a more meaningful way. We meet the first and third Thursday of the month from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the NE room of the Cottage.

The topic for October 5 is: “What do you see as being, or having been, the most important thing that you did as a father for your children? What element of your father’s parenting was or is the most important to you?” The topic for October 19 is: “What relative other than your parents had the biggest influence on your life and why? If no relative, was there any other influential person in your life?”

For further information contact Richard Mathias.

 

October 20, 2017 - 7:00pm

 You are cordially invited to a new monthly group called “Open Meditation.” Whether you are a beginner who is just curious about meditation or whether you have been meditating for many years – you are welcome. At its root, Meditation is a natural and deeply human practice. We are not teaching a particular form of meditation or doctrine. You don’t need to know anything, do any particular activity or believe in anything. We will have brief readings, one 25-minute period of sitting with walking meditation, and time for journaling and sharing. You can drop in when it serves you, or come regularly. If you are late, just come in quietly and join us. If you have questions, speak with one of us at coffee hour on Sunday, or give us a call.

We will meet beginning in October every third Friday in Forbes Hall. Facilitators: Beverly Shoenberger (424-235-9002) and Carol Ring (310) 310-2539. 

October 21, 2017 - 5:00pm

October 22, 2017 - 12:30pm

Discussion and Support Group for Persons with Disabilities: Second and fourth Sundays, 12:30 to 2 pm, Cottage
NE. Come and join us as we share stories, inspirations and find community with each other.  The group offers a forum in which members can feel the benefit of its mutual support. Previous topics include: how to improve the quality of one’s life overall and how to use structure, aides and devices more successfully/productively/efficiently in one’s life. Contact: Mark Christiansen for more information. 
 

October 22, 2017 - 1:00pm

October 27, 2017 - 7:00pm

 

Last Hours of Life: It's All About Love

 

 

 

 

 

It’s all about love. Be inspired and uplifted, as you learn to guide another through the last hours of dying, to reassure, and make safe the passage. Receive a variety of ideas to draw upon that you may be at the bedside with deep respect and love.

Friday evening there will be a talk and small group discussion. Gain comfort and ease to be there for another through interactive, hands-on experience and sharing at the workshop on Saturday .

Most of us will have this powerful opportunity to be present for someone at the transitional moment of death. Having skills and understanding to apply at that time helps everyone involved.

We invite you to one or both of this two-part event presented by Beth Rendeiro and Cassandra Christenson, who is an RN in transitional nursing.

Friday, October 27,7-9pm RSVP here:  http://evite.me/Wy6xqZrq37

Suggested Donation for Friday: $5 (No one turned away)

Saturday October 28, 10-4pm RSVP Here: http://evite.me/aVsjzqj2xY

Suggested Donation for Saturday: $25 (No one turned away)

Childcare is available without charge with prior request, Parking availabe on Friday, October 27th at the UCLA Structure located at 1311 16th Street (Tell them you are attending an event at the UU Church of Santa Monica)

More information: Cassandra and Beth will take your through this evening of inspiring, reassuring exploration of what to do and say to gentle another through the process of letting go. Come be with us in sacred space, learn of this profound, often tedious, and extraordinary time of life that you and the one dying, need not be alone.

In the morning we will gather in a circle of 12 to find our own personal way to be there for another.  Begin to heal, be encouraged.  Bring your journals, and book of blank paper, two favorite markers to write with, and food to share for lunch. Pizza will be ordered.

Together we will create a warm, loving environment to more fully understand what we personally would wish to do for someone we love at one of their most times of life. 

 

October 28, 2017 - 10:00am

Last Hours of Life: It's All About Love

It’s all about love. Be inspired and uplifted, as you learn to guide another through the last hours of dying, to reassure, and make safe the passage. Receive a variety of ideas to draw upon that you may be at the bedside with deep respect and love.

Friday evening there will be a talk and small group discussion. Gain comfort and ease to be there for another through interactive, hands-on experience and sharing at the workshop on Saturday .

Most of us will have this powerful opportunity to be present for someone at the transitional moment of death. Having skills and understanding to apply at that time helps everyone involved.

We invite you to one or both of this two-part event presented by Beth Rendeiro and Cassandra Christenson, who is an RN in transitional nursing.

Friday, October 27,7-9pm RSVP here:  http://evite.me/Wy6xqZrq37

Suggested Donation for Friday: $5 (No one turned away)

Saturday October 28, 10-4pm RSVP Here: http://evite.me/aVsjzqj2xY

Suggested Donation for Saturday: $25 (No one turned away)

Childcare is available without charge with prior request, Parking availabe on Friday, October 27th at the UCLA Structure located at 1311 16th Street (Tell them you are attending an event at the UU Church of Santa Monica)

More information: Cassandra and Beth will take your through this evening of inspiring, reassuring exploration of what to do and say to gentle another through the process of letting go. Come be with us in sacred space, learn of this profound, often tedious, and extraordinary time of life that you and the one dying, need not be alone.

In the morning we will gather in a circle of 12 to find our own personal way to be there for another.  Begin to heal, be encouraged.  Bring your journals, and book of blank paper, two favorite markers to write with, and food to share for lunch. Pizza will be ordered.

Together we will create a warm, loving environment to more fully understand what we personally would wish to do for someone we love at one of their most times of life. 

 

October 29, 2017 - 12:45pm

Please note our meeting scheduled for October 15, 2017 has been postponed until October 29, 2017.

 

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Our church’s program for integrating peace and social justice concerns into the life of the congregation. The Peace & Social Justice Committee (PSJ) focuses many activities in the areas of labor and economic issues; racism, police brutality, and mass incarceration; immigration and immigrant detention; and peace and alternatives to war. It also collaborates with the Green Committee on activities focusing on climate change.

The Peace & Social Justice Committee meets on the 3rd Sunday of every month after second service. New members are welcome and needed. For more information please email Sarah Mae Harper, Cathie Gentile or Roberta Frye. If you do not have email, please stop by the Faith in Action table in Forbes Hall. 

 

October 29, 2017 - 1:00pm

November 2, 2017 - 7:30pm

The Men’s Group offers a special opportunity to the men of the congregation and other like-minded men to join our welcoming group in provocative and stimulating discussion and to get to know others with UU perspectives in a more meaningful way. We meet the first and third Thursday of the month from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the NE room of the Cottage.

The topic for October 5 is: “What do you see as being, or having been, the most important thing that you did as a father for your children? What element of your father’s parenting was or is the most important to you?” The topic for October 19 is: “What relative other than your parents had the biggest influence on your life and why? If no relative, was there any other influential person in your life?”

For further information contact Richard Mathias.

 

November 5, 2017 - 12:00pm

Sun, Oct 8, 2017: 12pm-1:30pm. Forbes.  Zach Ridings Presents the Romantic Surrealism in “The Art of Life.” Ridings has created striking and stylistic art pieces, celebrating nature, life and love. Some of his works are as large as 6 feet by 4 feet, bringing new definition to the phrase, “larger than life!” Ridings describes his inspirational process, “It all started with the way the wind moves, the [way] trees sculpt the mountains and guide the soul…using what I call a Simple Romantic Surreal style…We end up with a beautiful figure or a face turned into a tree or resting on the ground as a mountain. The kind of things that are both enticing and calming, a true vision of Mother Nature.” Gaia enthusiasts would certainly agree! Contact: Beverly Alison, balison@aol.com.

 

 

November 5, 2017 - 12:30pm

Sun, October 1, 2017: 12:30am-1:30pm. Cottage NE. Come learn all there is to know about UU Santa Monica! From our youth programs to Super Seniors, community outreach to internal social gatherings, there is a lot happening! New to Unitarian Universalism? We will also cover general topics such as what being a UU means, and go over a brief history. Contact: Jackie Schwab, office@uusm.org.

To inform others of the simple changes that can be made to decrease their carbon footprint, and to implement social action to green our community. 

Green Committee Meeting: Sun, June 4. Please note instead of our regular meeting we will be participating in the Faith In Action Fundraiser, see you there! Contact: Alison Kendall, Alison@kendallplanning.com

 

November 5, 2017 - 6:00pm

Featuring selections from Mozart's Requiem

November 6, 2017 - 7:00pm

Bill Blake & Dave Watson will present an enjoyable dive into the who and what we are. This on-going, once a month class is presented to help participants master specific meditation skills. We endeavor to answer the questions Who am I? (attitudes and beliefs) and What am I? (essence or true nature). This class will include meditations that explore participants' spiritual goals. The monthly group meetings will also focus on insights gained throughout the month. It is expected that participants have a regular meditation practice.

November 10, 2017 - 7:00pm

Reunion for October 28 Workshop attendees.

November 11, 2017 - 7:00pm

Presented by Faith in Action and Organizing for Action (OFA):

“A conversation about dismantling and understanding racial politics in America. Our speakers will be answering questions that range from debunking stereotypes, assessing and understanding micro-aggressions, the current state of racial politics in our community and a chance to understand how to be allies to black and brown communities."

Reception in Forbes Hall to follow.