You Are Invited

December 17, 2017 - 9:30am

The Meditation Class for the 3rd Sunday in December (12/17) has been cancelled.  Bill Blake, who has authored a book on the subject, facilitates the classes.  The class meets in the courtyard at 9:20am. The group will re-convene on the 1st Sunday in January (1/7) and will return to the 1st and 3rd Sunday mornings every month.

Come and establish the healthy skill of meditation with us and make meditation a part of your life.  Meditation has been shown to reduce stress, slow aging and increase happiness.  And establishing this habit  with Bill is easy and fun.

Bill Blake & Dave Watson will present an enjoyable dive into the who and what we are. This on-going, twice 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.

December 17, 2017 - 10:00am

December 17, 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. 

 

December 17, 2017 - 4:00pm

Join Faith In Action and Rev. Greg To Remember Victims of Gun Violence:                           Sun, Dec 17, 4pm-5pm. UUSM/Offsite. 

Come with us and join other members of our community at an interfaith vigil for all victims of gun violence, part of the nationwide Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath from Dec. 15-17th. We will meet at 4pm outside our church and coordinate rides.The vigil will be at St. Monica’s Catholic Church from 4:30pm-5pm inside the church, which is located at 725 California Ave., Santa Monica.

There will be a brief program and bell ringing ceremony to remember all victims of gun violence as well as discussion about how citizens can act to stop or reduce all of the senseless killing.

Stop by the Faith In Action Table or contact James Witker, jwitker@mac.com.

December 18, 2017 - 7:00pm

The Fiction Reading Group meets the 3rd Monday of each month in Forbes Hall.  For further information contact Melinda Ewen.
 
Please join us this month as we read and discuss "The Golden Bowl" by Henry James. Set in England, this novel explores complex relationships, marriage and adultery.

 

December 19, 2017 - 7:30pm

The Science Non-Fiction Book Group will meet on Tuesday, December 19, 7:30 pm, Forbes Hall.  We will discuss “The Invisible History of the Human Race: How DNA and History Shape Our Identities and Our Futures” by Christine Kenneally. Now we can use DNA to find out the truth about some of those family legends. 

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

December 20, 2017 - 7:00pm

Join church members and friends for a contemplative gathering to celebrate the longest night of the year. Readings, meditation, music, and candle lighting will help us honor the dark, welcome the return of light and prepare us for the year to come. 

December 21, 2017 - 2:30pm

December 21, 2017 - 6:30pm

December 21, 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 Dec. 7th is appropriate to the anniversary of Pearl Harbor/WWII: With that war, and later, came the duty of military service. As a citizen of the U. S. we only have two obligations (besides obeying laws): jury duty and paying taxes. Should there be any other obligations as a citizen such as voting and/or performing some kind of public service? The topic for Dec. 14 is: As Christmas is upon us once again, and since both Unitarians and Universalists began as Christian faiths, what is the significance of Christ's birth and life to you, if any?

For further information contact Richard Mathias.

 

December 22, 2017 - 9:50am

Weekly Senior Exercise Class: (Body-Mind Tune Up). Forbes. Bruno Lacombe is conducting exercise classes for seniors, super-seniors and people with physical difficulties for UUSM members. Classes are no-charge for UUSM members; non-members suggested donation $10 per class to UUSM. Contact: Bruno Lacombe, (310) 666-7387.

Classes at no charge for UUSM Members.

December 24, 2017 - 10:00am

December 24, 2017 - 4:00pm

.Our Holiday pageant “Would You Like to Hold the Baby?” will take place at our 4pm Christmas Eve service this year. 

 
The pageant will showcase all the characters you know and love including the Friendly Beasts! 
Join us for a Christmas Nativity pageant in word and song by Joyce Poley and Frank Henning. 
This is the timeless story of Mary and Joseph, the Kings and the Shepherds, with the addition of a new character - a young stable girl. As Mary invites the girl to hold her Baby, so we are invited to embrace the deepest meaning Christmas holds for each one of us. We know this is different from what we have done in the past, so we want to give you the opportunity to step up sooner this year to help. We need Beasts! We also need many helpers to make this a success! Sign up at the RE table in Forbes or contact Kathleen Hogue, dre@uusm.org.
 
Parking is provided at the UCLA structure for this special family friendly event!
 
 

December 24, 2017 - 6:00pm

UUSM welcomes all as we gather for candlelight services on Christmas Eve. At 6:00 pm, Music Director Dr. Zanaida Robles will conduct the adult choir.

Minister Greg Ward will deliver a message evoking the spirit of the season at these moving services of candlelight and song. 

Our traditional candlelight services will be led by our minister, Rev. Greg Ward, and the adult choir is led by Music Director Dr. Zanaida Robles. There will be stories, carols and music to draw us deeper into the truest meaning behind the original journey to Bethlehem. This moving service culminates in a candlelit singing of “Silent Night.”

Parking is provided at the UCLA structure for this special evening.

 

December 24, 2017 - 8:00pm

UUSM welcomes all as we gather for candlelight services on Christmas Eve. At 6:00 pm, Music Director DR. Zanaida Robles will conduct the adult choir.

Minister Greg Ward will deliver a message evoking the spirit of the season at these moving services of candlelight and song. 

Our traditional candlelight services will be led by our minister, Rev. Greg Ward, and the adult choir is led by Music Director Dr. Zanaida Robles. There will be stories, carols and music to draw us deeper into the truest meaning behind the original journey to Bethlehem. This moving service culminates in a candlelit singing of “Silent Night.”

Parking is provided at the UCLA structure for this special evening.

December 29, 2017 - 9:50am

Weekly Senior Exercise Class: (Body-Mind Tune Up). Forbes. Bruno Lacombe is conducting exercise classes for seniors, super-seniors and people with physical difficulties for UUSM members. Classes are no-charge for UUSM members; non-members suggested donation $10 per class to UUSM. Contact: Bruno Lacombe, (310) 666-7387.

Classes at no charge for UUSM Members.

December 31, 2017 - 10:00am

December 31, 2017 - 11:00am

Sunday, December 31, Only One Service at 11:00 am

All These Words Mean Happy Kwanzaa

Ministerial Candidate Greg Boyd and the adult choir under the direction of Dr. Zanaida Robles explore some of the principles that are part of Kwanzaa and discover why these principles are relevant today.

Kwanzaa was created in 1966 to offer Black Americans an alternative to the consumerism (and lack of capital returning to Black communities) found at Christmas. Research for the holiday was partially provided by our Unitarian Universalist Association through a fund created to support Black Empowerment. Join Gregory C. Carrow-Boyd for a lively musical dialogue on the meaning of Kwanzaa in Unitarian Universalism and its significance to Black Unitarian Universalists.

Parking is available at the UCLA structure for this special Sunday service. 

January 4, 2018 - 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 Dec. 7th is appropriate to the anniversary of Pearl Harbor/WWII: With that war, and later, came the duty of military service. As a citizen of the U. S. we only have two obligations (besides obeying laws): jury duty and paying taxes. Should there be any other obligations as a citizen such as voting and/or performing some kind of public service? The topic for Dec. 14 is: As Christmas is upon us once again, and since both Unitarians and Universalists began as Christian faiths, what is the significance of Christ's birth and life to you, if any?

For further information contact Richard Mathias.