Events This Month

March 19, 2019 - 7:30pm

On Tuesday, March 19, we will discuss “How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-extinction,” by Beth Shapiro. How would one decide what species to bring back from extinction? What likelihood is there that we could bring a long-dead species? What effect would it have on the environment? All are welcome.

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

 

March 21, 2019 - 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 February will be reporting on your favorite book.  Four men will report on Feb. 7 and four more will report on Feb. 21.

We meet from 7:30-9:00 pm in the NE Cottage. Contact: Richard Mathias.

 

 

 

 

 

March 22, 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.

March 23, 2019 - 10:00am

March 23, 2019 - 7:00pm

They say that dancing is combining fun with exercise and friends! Learn international folk dancing with instructors Sandy Helperin and Teri Hoffman. Folk dancing is for anyone who loves to move to traditional music. New dancers are welcome – there are no partners required. Donations accepted.

March 24, 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

March 24, 2019 - 10:15am

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

March 24, 2019 - 12:15pm

Plan to attend the UUSM Earth-Moving Financial Meeting on March 24 at 12:15 to get your financial hardhat and flashlight!  Our pledge drive is over, and this event will look at how we did and some options for next steps that we can think about.  
 
Following the meeting there will be the
Young Adult Brunch and Tax event
Are you new to doing your taxes? Do you want to know difference between standard and itemized deductions, or what "write it off" means? And what really is an audit anyway?  Come to the young adult brunch in Forbes on March 24th after the Early Warning event for our long awaited bagels from Bagel Nosh, and hear Gar and Nina have a chat about tax basics just in time for the filing date on April 15!  We are asking everyone to chip in 5 dollars to help cover the cost of the bagels.  
 

March 24, 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
 

 

March 24, 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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March 24, 2019 - 1:15pm

Are you new to doing your taxes? Do you want to know difference between standard and itemized deductions, or what "write it off" means? And what really is an audit anyway? Come to the young adult brunch in Forbes on March 24th after the Early Warning event for our long awaited bagels from Bagel Nosh, and hear Gar and Nina have a chat about tax basics just in time for the filing date on April 15!  We are asking everyone to chip in 5 dollars to help cover the cost of the bagels.  
 
 

March 25, 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
 

March 28, 2019 - 7:30pm

March 29, 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.

March 31, 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

March 31, 2019 - 1:00pm

March 31, 2019 - 3:00pm

Join us for the 2018-2019 UUA common read, Justice on Earth: People of Faith Working at the Intersections of Race, Class, and Environment, edited by Manish Mishra-Marzetti and Jennifer Nordstrom (Skinner House Books, 2018).
 
As we kick off Climate Justice Month (World Water Day to Earth Day), Alison Kendall and James Witker will facilitate a three-part discussion on the intersectional challenges of combating today’s environmental crisis and its many interconnected ills. Together, we will read and respond to this engaging anthology of essays from diverse authors within our greater UU movement. We will also consider recent developments like the proposed Green New Deal, Los Angeles’ decision to shutter natural gas power plants, and the latest international climate news.
 
We plan to meet for the first session on Sunday, March 31, 3 pm to 5 pm.
 
More about the book:
At a time when racial justice, environmental justice, and economic justice are seen as issues competing for time, attention, and resources, Justice on Earth explores the ways in which the three are intertwined. Those on the margins are invariably those most affected by climate disaster and environmental toxins. The book asks us to recognize that our faith calls us to long-haul work for justice for our human kin, for the Earth and for all life. It invites us to look at our current challenges through a variety of different perspectives, offers tools to equip us for sustained engagement, and proposes multiple pathways for follow-up action.
 
Justice on Earth is available at inSpirit: UU Book and Gift Shop and copies will be avaialable for purchase at the RE table in Forbes Hall.
Any questions? Contact justice@uusm.org.
 
 
 
 

April 1, 2019 - 7:00pm