Events This Month

January 19, 2019 - 10:00am

 
 Please join us for “Conversations and Connections” this fall:  Saturday, September 15, Saturday, October 20, and Saturday, November 17.
This program will provide our church community the opportunity to develop meaningful connections, two people at a time.  Within the context of small group gatherings, we will break into two, encouraging conversation between us that deepen our connections.  Each meeting will offer an opportunity for these one-to-one conversations with at least 3 people.  We will meet once a month in 3 month cycles.  The third meeting of each cycle will be a potluck for those who have attended one or more of the Conversations and Connections meetings.
Our guiding intention is to provide structure and opportunities for meaningful connections between individuals in our congregation.  We believe as the number of one-to-one connections grows over time there will be an expanding web of connections in our community based on trust and acceptance.  
We hope you’ll join us.
Please sign up at the RE Table in Forbes Hall after services.  
If you have any questions you can contact us:  Bettye Barclay (bfbarclay@earthlink.net – 310.393.7017) or Sue Stoyanoff (sue.stoyanoff@yahoo.com – 310.202.1720).   
 

January 20, 2019 - 10:00am

Sundays, 10:00 to 11:00 am in the fall and spring;  Forbes West (by the couches). Contact: Linda van Ligten. Please join us for fellowship in between services on Sundays. You are welcome to bring any project currently in the

January 20, 2019 - 12:10pm

Super Seniors will be meeting on the 3rd Sunday beginning October 16, 2016

January 20, 2019 - 12:30pm

January 20, 2019 - 12:45pm

Join Rev. Greg for the next three Sundays, all men are invited to attend a class for men about gender inequity.  We will explore what makes a man a man and what are kind of social conditioning goes into making a man that grants privilege and what goes in that is painful and even dehumanizing (for men as well as women).

Next dates: January 20 & January 27.

Contact Rev. Greg at revgreg@uusm.org. Read the Men #MeToo Class Note

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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 Dierdra Deitel. If you do not have email, please stop by the Faith in Action table in Forbes Hall. 

 

January 20, 2019 - 4:00pm

4-6pm at the Neighborhood Church in Pasadena

Performance will feature the choirs of UU Los Angeles, Studio City, Long Beach, Santa Monica, the Neighborhood Church, and others.

Contact Saunder Choi at music@uusm.org for more information

 

January 21, 2019 - 7:00pm

The Fiction Reading Group meets the 3rd Monday of each month, from 7 to 8:30 pm., in upstairs Classrooom 1 of Forbes Hall.  For more information, contact Lucy Hahn.
 
Upcoming books:
 
Mon. Jan. 21, 2019 Pachinko by Min Jin Lee (480 pages)
A chronicle of four generations of an ethnic Korean family, first in Japanese-occupied Korea in the early 20th century, then in Japan from the years before World War II to the late 1980s. 
 
Mon. Feb. 18, 2019 Warlight by Michael Ondaatje (304 pages)
A story set in the decade after World War II, seen through the lives of a small group of unexpected characters and two teenagers whose lives are indelibly shaped by their unwitting involvement.
 
Mon. Mar. 18, 2019 An American Marriage by Tayari Jones (308 pages)
A profoundly insightful look into the hearts and minds of three people who are at once bound and separated by forces beyond their control.
 
Mon. Apr. 15, 2019 Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout (272 pages)
Nine linked tales about overcoming miserable childhoods, severe losses, disheartening marriages, and war trauma to experience moments of amazing grace, resulting in comfort and reassurance.
 
Mon. May 20, 2019 Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (231 pages)
In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people find themselves cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. A story of love, loyalty, and courage.
 
Mon. June 17, 2019 Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward (245 pages)
The effects of racism and injustice on this fractured family, and the ways its members punish themselves for how they’ve chosen to cope.
 
Mon. July 15, 2019 The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri (340 pages)
An idealistic student in Calcutta in the 1960s is drawn into Mao-inspired revolutionary politics. After his violent death his devoted, dutiful brother marries his pregnant widow, and brings her to America in hopes of giving her a
new start in a new country.
 

January 21, 2019 - 7:30pm

Bill Blake will present an enjoyable dive into the who and what we are. This on-going, twice a month classon the 1st and 3rd Monday 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 will develop and enjoy a regular meditation practice.

January 24, 2019 - 7:30pm

January 25, 2019 - 10:00am

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.

January 26, 2019 - 10:00am

Collage Group with Stan Bemis
 
  • Do you wish to express yourself creatively in art, and yet may feel inadequate or              untrained?
  • Do you yearn to make an artistic statement, yet not sure how?
  • Do you have too many catalogs, magazines, and advertisements, and haven't a clue      what to do with them?
 
We welcome you to create your own collages with Stan Beemis!
 
Stan works to bring joy and peace into people's lives through creating art.
 
He has taught many who didn't realize they had creative talent, from all across the world - from California to Palestine/Israel.
 
He welcomes any age, from youths to older adults.
 
The goal of this group is to help foster personal worth and empowerment, entering into that holy place within and having sacred fun. The objectives are 1) to create works of art and 2) possibly create cards for events or celebrations.
 

January 26, 2019 - 4:00pm

Is God a White Racist?
 
In January, Humanist Voices will read and discuss the book, “Is God a White Racist?” By Rev. William R. Jones, an African American UU minister, theologian, and professor. The work was originally published by Beacon Press (UUA) in the 1970s. Some copies of the book will be available at the RE table in Forbes or can be purchased in paperback or Kindle version from Amazon or other sellers.
 
In this powerful examination of the early liberation methodology of James Cone and others, Jones questions whether their foundation for black Christian theism—the belief in an omnibenevolent God who has dominion over human history—can provide an adequate theological foundation to effectively dismantle the economic, social, and political framework of oppression.
 
Seeing divine benevolence as part of oppression's mechanism of disguise, Jones argues that black liberation theologians must adopt a new theism that is informed by humanism and its principle of the functional ultimacy of wo/man, where human choice and action determine whether our condition is slavery or freedom.
 
Contact: jwitker@mac.com
 

January 27, 2019 - 10:00am

Sundays, 10:00 to 11:00 am in the fall and spring;  Forbes West (by the couches). Contact: Linda van Ligten. Please join us for fellowship in between services on Sundays. You are welcome to bring any project currently in the

January 27, 2019 - 10:15am

Please join the Hunger Task Force as we assemble bagged lunches for the homeless under the courtyard shade structure.

January 27, 2019 - 12:30pm

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.
 
The Disability Support Group will be promoting a dialogue on a selected topic at each of its meetings throughout this church year. There is a different theme for each month. All church members interested in the topic are invited to attend. We hope these topics are of interest to you. The dates and topics are as follows:
 
November 25, 2018. - Dating Opportunities and Challenges
December 23, 2018. - Positive Self Definition
January 27, 2019. - Sports Activities and Opportunities
February 24, 2019. - Governmental Programs
March, 24, 2019. - Seeking Employment
April, 28, 2019. - Interactions with Local, State, and Federal Government
May 26, 2019. - Self Empowerment
 
Contact Michael Young for more information
 

 

January 27, 2019 - 12:45pm

Join Rev. Greg for the next three Sundays, all men are invited to attend a class for men about gender inequity.  We will explore what makes a man a man and what are kind of social conditioning goes into making a man that grants privilege and what goes in that is painful and even dehumanizing (for men as well as women).

Next dates: January 20 & January 27.

Contact Rev. Greg at revgreg@uusm.org. Read the Men #MeToo Class Note

January 27, 2019 - 1:00pm

For our January Freethinker Forum, AAHS (Agnostics, Atheists, Humanists & Secularists) will look at the unsung legacy of atheists and humanists in the civil rights movement, which is well-known for its religious overtones and the participation of many progressive clergy members. Has history overlooked the influence of Humanism in this struggle for freedom, which overlapped with the work of many decidedly unorthodox thinkers and radical labor organizers such as A. Philip Randolph?
 
We will also consider the radical theology of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., which remains largely unknown outside of academic circles. Recent scholarship from writer Be Scofield illuminates the religious and philosophical thought of King, who communicated in high oratory using classical religious imagery and Biblical references -- but his substantive beliefs about God, Jesus and the arc of justice, from his own writings, might really surprise you.
 
Presenting and Facilitation by James.
 
*Parking Info
 
If you come to the 11AM service at UU Santa Monica, free parking is available in the UCLA medical center structure on the SW corner of 16th and Arizona (enter on 16th St.). Ample street parking is available during the afternoon at meters (free on Sunday) along Santa Monica and Wilshire.
 
Contact: aahs@uusm.org
 
Our Private Facebook Group:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/467213783350025/
 
Our Meetup Group:
https://www.meetup.com/AAHS-Atheists-Agnostics-Humanists-Secularists/
 
AAHS is a local group of the UU Humanist Association (huumanists.org).
 
More info:
 
AAHS (Atheists, Agnostics, Humanists & Secularists/Skeptics) is a group that meets monthly (4th Sundays) for discussion and fellowship at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica (www.uusm.org). All are welcome!
 
The term Humanism (sometimes known as secular humanism, modern humanism or scientific humanism) was first used as a moniker for a non-theistic, compassionate philosophy or worldview by Rev. John Dietrich of the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis in 1916, over 100 years ago! The early Unitarian Humanists wrote the original "Humanism and its Aspirations" manifesto and co-founded the American Humanist Association, helping to begin an international movement. 
 
"The time has come for widespread recognition of the radical changes in religious beliefs throughout the modern world. The time is past for mere revision of traditional attitudes. Science and economic change have disrupted the old beliefs. Religions the world over are under the necessity of coming to terms with new conditions created by a vastly increased knowledge and experience. In every field of human activity, the vital movement is now in the direction of a candid and explicit humanism."
-Humanist Manifesto 1, 1933
 
 
Contact: aahs@uusm.org
 
 
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January 28, 2019 - 7:30pm

We gather twice a month to sit together quietly for 20 minutes, to walk with gentle awareness for seven minutes, and to explore the integration of meditation with ordinary life through reading and sharing. Anyone who senses they would benefit from 20 minutes of silent, non-guided sitting is welcome to join us. 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.

If you have questions, speak with either Beverly Shoenberger or Carol Ring at coffee hour, or contact Beverly at 424-235-9002, openmeadowcoaching@gmail.com  or Carol at 310-310-2539, carol.ring.la@gmail.com