Adult Programs

Exploration is an important continuing part of our adult lives as Unitarian Universalists. By learning, discovering new perspectives, and working towards deeper understanding of ourselves, one another, and our world we become part of a greater whole working for peace and justice.

Each class represents one or more of our seven core exploration areas:

  • Unitarian Universalism
  • Jewish and Christian Heritage
  • World Religions
  • Personal and Spiritual Growth
  • Spiritual Practice
  • Peace and Justice
  • The Interdependent Web

If you are interested in facilitating your own class or discussion group related to one or more of these core areas, please fill out a UUSM Adult Programs Proposal. The Adult Programs Subcommittee will review it and, if approved, work with you to schedule and promote your program

Wherever your interest leads you, we welcome you to a new year of personal and spiritual exploration at UU Santa Monica.

Adult RE Offerings for March 2018

 “An Enjoyable Dive into 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 which explore participants’ spiritual goals. The bi-monthly group meetings will also focus on insights gained throughout the month.  It is expected that participants have a regular meditation practice.

Location: Room 4 (the Mural Room)

When: First and Third Mondays (March 5th, 19th)

Time: 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Contact Facilitator: Bill Blake

“Open Meditation Group”

Our group gathers twice a month to sit together quietly for 20 minutes, to walk with gentle awareness for 7 minutes, and to explore the integration of meditation with ordinary life through reading and sharing. It is an ongoing drop-in group, so feel welcome to join us whenever it feels right to you. We have found that this time of quiet meditation and shared exploration can be deeply nourishing – a time of simply “being” amidst all the “doing” of our lives.This group is designed for people who have some experience with meditation, as we are not teaching any particular technique or method for meditation. However, having said that, we believe meditation is a deeply natural human process. Anyone who senses they would benefit from 20 minutes of silent, non-guided sitting is welcome to join us, whether they have experience or not.

Location: Room 1, with walking in the courtyard so bring warm clothes in cool weather

When: 1st Friday afternoon, (March 2) from  1 to 2:30 pm

             3rd Friday Afternoon, (March 16) from 7 to 8:30 pm

If you have questions, speak with either Beverly Shoenberger or Carol Ring at coffee hour, or contact Beverly at 424-235-9002,  or Carol at 310-310-2539,

“Humanist Voices in Unitarian Universalism.”

Join me as we read and discuss this new and remarkable little volume of provocative, inspiring, and heart-warming essays that just might challenge your view of Humanism -- whether you consider yourself a Humanist or not. Contributors include luminaries of Secular Humanism and Unitarian Universalism such as EddDoerr, Michael Werner, Chris Stedman, Rev. David Bumbaugh, Rev. Kendyl Gibbons, and Rev. William Murry.

From the publisher:

“In this highly anticipated collection, Unitarian Universalist Humanists present their faith perspectives in 23 engaging and thought-provoking essays. The contributors, both lay and ordained, demonstrate why Humanism has been one of the bedrock theologies of Unitarian Universalism for the last hundred years. They reflect on what it means to be a religious Humanist today and how they see the movement evolving in the twenty-first century. They explore Humanist history, beliefs, approach to life, social justice, community, and religious education. Together, these voices proclaim a passionate affirmation of a rich and dynamic tradition within Unitarian Universalism.”

We’ll meet for 3-4 sessions. Dates, times, and locations will be decided by the group participants at the meetings. Sign up and purchase the book at the Adult RE table and/or contact me --

“Building Your Own Theology: Ethics meets the 5th UU Principle”

Over two workshops, we have focused on 8 dimensions of moral decision-making: authority, motivation, responsibility, situation, intention, relationships, values, and character. In this workshop, we strive to discuss the 5th Principle of Unitarian Universalism in the context of these dimensions.   

The 5th Principle stresses the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large. Let us explore this principle in the context of the elements of moral decision-making both in the abstract and in specific scenarios generated by BYOT’s author, coverage and interpretations of current events, and workshop participants!

Don’t worry if you have not participated in past BYOT Ethics workshops – the only prerequisite for this gathering is interest. 

FacilitatorLeon Henderson-MacLennan at

Scheduled for Sundays March 4, 11, 1-3pm

Location:Room 3


  • Heart to Heart Circles - Heart to Heart Circles offer an opportunity to connect with others in the church who wish to explore their values and their ideas of spirituality in an intimate setting and who wish to make a difference through service to the church and to the larger community.  Sign-ups for Heart to Heart (Small Group Ministry) are going on now. Groups begin in January.  Further questions? Please contact