Events This Month

July 30, 2021 - 12:00pm

Open Meditation Wellsprings: Wednesdays and Fridays - Online

These are drop-in groups. You are welcome to join us when it feels right to you.  If you come in late or need to leave early, just do so quietly. These are exceptional times, and we trust each person to use the group in the way that fits their need. 

We listen to brief readings, sit together quietly for twenty minutes, journal and share with each other what's on our hearts. This time of quiet meditation and sharing can help sustain and ground us during these difficult days - supporting us to pause and rest in our embodied experience, as it is. We simply sit together in our shared humanity. We call off the struggle to become other than we are.  

NEW:  We meet every Wednesday and Friday afternoon from 12:00 to 1:00 pm.

Taking this time for quiet meditation and sharing in the intimacy of having sat in silence together can help sustain and ground us during these difficult days. 

Please email Meditation@UUSM.org for the zoom link and directions for using zoom. 

 

 

 

August 4, 2021 - 12:00pm

Open Meditation Wellsprings: Wednesdays and Fridays - Online

These are drop-in groups. You are welcome to join us when it feels right to you.  If you come in late or need to leave early, just do so quietly. These are exceptional times, and we trust each person to use the group in the way that fits their need. 

We listen to brief readings, sit together quietly for twenty minutes, journal and share with each other what's on our hearts. This time of quiet meditation and sharing can help sustain and ground us during these difficult days - supporting us to pause and rest in our embodied experience, as it is. We simply sit together in our shared humanity. We call off the struggle to become other than we are.  

NEW:  We meet every Wednesday and Friday afternoon from 12:00 to 1:00 pm.

Taking this time for quiet meditation and sharing in the intimacy of having sat in silence together can help sustain and ground us during these difficult days. 

Please email Meditation@UUSM.org for the zoom link and directions for using zoom. 

 

 

 

August 5, 2021 - 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 Thursdays of the month at 7:30 PM in the NE room of the Cottage.                                                                                                                 

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. Normally we meet the first and third Thursdays of the month at 7:30 PM in the NE room of the Cottage, but while we are staying home we are meeting via Zoom. 

            Here is the notice for the Men's Discussion Group dates and topics for August, 2021:

            The Men's Discussion Group offers a special opportunity to the men of the congregation and other like-minded men to join in provocative and stimulating discussion our welcoming group and to get to know others with UU perspectives in a more meaningful way. We meet the first Thursday of the month at 7:30 PM via Zoom and in person at 1:30 PM the Saturday following the third Thursday of the month at a location to be announced.  To request more information or to join us, please ask the church office for information about how to contact Richard Mathias.

           Thursday 8/5/21:  What it means to be a man and the ideals of manhood have changed significantly since most of us were young. How would you define “toxic masculinity”? What “manly” qualities did you respect or aspire to most when you were a child, as a young adult, and now? Which of these attributes have helped and which have harmed your domestic and work relationships?

            Saturday 8/21/21:  Which historical figure do you most identify with? Who have been your real life “heroes”?

Please contact Richard Mathias or Norm Richey in order to be included in the permitted attendees list and to acquire the Zoom link for the meeting.

                                                 

 

August 6, 2021 - 12:00pm

Open Meditation Wellsprings: Wednesdays and Fridays - Online

These are drop-in groups. You are welcome to join us when it feels right to you.  If you come in late or need to leave early, just do so quietly. These are exceptional times, and we trust each person to use the group in the way that fits their need. 

We listen to brief readings, sit together quietly for twenty minutes, journal and share with each other what's on our hearts. This time of quiet meditation and sharing can help sustain and ground us during these difficult days - supporting us to pause and rest in our embodied experience, as it is. We simply sit together in our shared humanity. We call off the struggle to become other than we are.  

NEW:  We meet every Wednesday and Friday afternoon from 12:00 to 1:00 pm.

Taking this time for quiet meditation and sharing in the intimacy of having sat in silence together can help sustain and ground us during these difficult days. 

Please email Meditation@UUSM.org for the zoom link and directions for using zoom. 

 

 

 

August 7, 2021 - 8:30am

Gifts of Imperfection Zoom Book Study, starting July 10: It's been 10 years since Brene Brown published The Gifts of Imperfection. Now she's doing a 6-week 10th anniversary deep dive into the ways that we can transform the gifts of imperfection into a deeply fulfilling life. Saturday mornings at 8:30 a.m. beginning July 10 on Zoom. Everyone is welcome. 

Visit https://brenebrown.com/thegifts-hub/ for more info. Then grab the book, take the Wholehearted Living inventory, check out the podcast and join us online! Register by zoom (link to come). Hosted by Jacki Weber and Beth Brownlie.

August 9, 2021 - 7:30pm

 

Open Meditation Wellsprings:   Mondays - Online

These are drop-in groups. You are welcome to join us when it feels right to you.  If you come in late or need to leave early, just do so quietly. These are exceptional times, and we trust each person to use the group in the way that fits their need. 

We listen to brief readings, sit together quietly for twenty minutes, journal and share with each other what's on our hearts. This time of quiet meditation and sharing can help sustain and ground us during these difficult days - supporting us to pause and rest in our embodied experience, as it is. We simply sit together in our shared humanity. We call off the struggle to become other than we are.  

NEW:  We meet every 2nd and 4th Monday evenings, from 7:30 to 9:00 pm.. 

Taking this time for quiet meditation and sharing in the intimacy of having sat in silence together can help sustain and ground us during these difficult days. 

Please email Meditation@UUSM.org for the zoom link and directions for using zoom. 

 

 

August 10, 2021 - 6:45pm

August 11, 2021 - 12:00pm

Open Meditation Wellsprings: Wednesdays and Fridays - Online

These are drop-in groups. You are welcome to join us when it feels right to you.  If you come in late or need to leave early, just do so quietly. These are exceptional times, and we trust each person to use the group in the way that fits their need. 

We listen to brief readings, sit together quietly for twenty minutes, journal and share with each other what's on our hearts. This time of quiet meditation and sharing can help sustain and ground us during these difficult days - supporting us to pause and rest in our embodied experience, as it is. We simply sit together in our shared humanity. We call off the struggle to become other than we are.  

NEW:  We meet every Wednesday and Friday afternoon from 12:00 to 1:00 pm.

Taking this time for quiet meditation and sharing in the intimacy of having sat in silence together can help sustain and ground us during these difficult days. 

Please email Meditation@UUSM.org for the zoom link and directions for using zoom. 

 

 

 

August 13, 2021 - 12:00pm

Open Meditation Wellsprings: Wednesdays and Fridays - Online

These are drop-in groups. You are welcome to join us when it feels right to you.  If you come in late or need to leave early, just do so quietly. These are exceptional times, and we trust each person to use the group in the way that fits their need. 

We listen to brief readings, sit together quietly for twenty minutes, journal and share with each other what's on our hearts. This time of quiet meditation and sharing can help sustain and ground us during these difficult days - supporting us to pause and rest in our embodied experience, as it is. We simply sit together in our shared humanity. We call off the struggle to become other than we are.  

NEW:  We meet every Wednesday and Friday afternoon from 12:00 to 1:00 pm.

Taking this time for quiet meditation and sharing in the intimacy of having sat in silence together can help sustain and ground us during these difficult days. 

Please email Meditation@UUSM.org for the zoom link and directions for using zoom. 

 

 

 

August 14, 2021 - 8:30am

Gifts of Imperfection Zoom Book Study, starting July 10: It's been 10 years since Brene Brown published The Gifts of Imperfection. Now she's doing a 6-week 10th anniversary deep dive into the ways that we can transform the gifts of imperfection into a deeply fulfilling life. Saturday mornings at 8:30 a.m. beginning July 10 on Zoom. Everyone is welcome. 

Visit https://brenebrown.com/thegifts-hub/ for more info. Then grab the book, take the Wholehearted Living inventory, check out the podcast and join us online! Register by zoom (link to come). Hosted by Jacki Weber and Beth Brownlie.

August 15, 2021 - 12:00pm

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The Peace & Social Justice Committee (PSJ) puts our Unitarian Universalist principles of justice, human rights and sustainability into action in our local community and beyond. Our ongoing work is to organize activities and programs for the congregation and support external campaigns in the areas of labor and economic issues; anti-racism, police reform, and mass incarceration; immigration and immigrant detention; and resisting war. This year we are helping to #UUtheVote! We work with community partners such as CLUE (Clergy & Laity United for Economic Justice), Black Lives Matter: Los Angeles, OFA (Organizing for Action), ACLU, the Sunrise Movement and others. We also collaborate with the UUSM Green Committee on issues relating to environmental justice and the climate crisis. During the pandemic we are keeping the work going remotely.

This month's topic:

This Sunday we will take time to respond to the recent horrific attacks on the U.S. Capitol and the ongoing threat of white supremacist violence to democracy and to peace and justice.

Everyone is invited to join us!

For more information, contact: justice@uusm.org and follow UU Santa Monica Peace & Justice Team on Facebook.

 

August 17, 2021 - 7:30pm

Science Non-Fiction Book Group: Tuesday August 17, 7:30 pm, via Zoom. To receive the link, you will want to be on the group email list. Contact: Rebecca Crawford, sci-nonfiction@uusm.org

We will discuss “Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Climate Change,” by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway. It would be nice if science were pure, but when high-level scientists have deep connections to politics and industry, a true sense of reality can be delayed by decades. All are welcome.



Contact Rebecca Crawford at sci-nonfiction@uusm.org for more information.

August 18, 2021 - 12:00pm

Open Meditation Wellsprings: Wednesdays and Fridays - Online

These are drop-in groups. You are welcome to join us when it feels right to you.  If you come in late or need to leave early, just do so quietly. These are exceptional times, and we trust each person to use the group in the way that fits their need. 

We listen to brief readings, sit together quietly for twenty minutes, journal and share with each other what's on our hearts. This time of quiet meditation and sharing can help sustain and ground us during these difficult days - supporting us to pause and rest in our embodied experience, as it is. We simply sit together in our shared humanity. We call off the struggle to become other than we are.  

NEW:  We meet every Wednesday and Friday afternoon from 12:00 to 1:00 pm.

Taking this time for quiet meditation and sharing in the intimacy of having sat in silence together can help sustain and ground us during these difficult days. 

Please email Meditation@UUSM.org for the zoom link and directions for using zoom. 

 

 

 

August 19, 2021 - 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 Thursdays of the month at 7:30 PM in the NE room of the Cottage.                                                                                                                 

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. Normally we meet the first and third Thursdays of the month at 7:30 PM in the NE room of the Cottage, but while we are staying home we are meeting via Zoom. 

            Here is the notice for the Men's Discussion Group dates and topics for August, 2021:

            The Men's Discussion Group offers a special opportunity to the men of the congregation and other like-minded men to join in provocative and stimulating discussion our welcoming group and to get to know others with UU perspectives in a more meaningful way. We meet the first Thursday of the month at 7:30 PM via Zoom and in person at 1:30 PM the Saturday following the third Thursday of the month at a location to be announced.  To request more information or to join us, please ask the church office for information about how to contact Richard Mathias.

           Thursday 8/5/21:  What it means to be a man and the ideals of manhood have changed significantly since most of us were young. How would you define “toxic masculinity”? What “manly” qualities did you respect or aspire to most when you were a child, as a young adult, and now? Which of these attributes have helped and which have harmed your domestic and work relationships?

            Saturday 8/21/21:  Which historical figure do you most identify with? Who have been your real life “heroes”?

Please contact Richard Mathias or Norm Richey in order to be included in the permitted attendees list and to acquire the Zoom link for the meeting.

                                                 

 

August 20, 2021 - 12:00pm

Open Meditation Wellsprings: Wednesdays and Fridays - Online

These are drop-in groups. You are welcome to join us when it feels right to you.  If you come in late or need to leave early, just do so quietly. These are exceptional times, and we trust each person to use the group in the way that fits their need. 

We listen to brief readings, sit together quietly for twenty minutes, journal and share with each other what's on our hearts. This time of quiet meditation and sharing can help sustain and ground us during these difficult days - supporting us to pause and rest in our embodied experience, as it is. We simply sit together in our shared humanity. We call off the struggle to become other than we are.  

NEW:  We meet every Wednesday and Friday afternoon from 12:00 to 1:00 pm.

Taking this time for quiet meditation and sharing in the intimacy of having sat in silence together can help sustain and ground us during these difficult days. 

Please email Meditation@UUSM.org for the zoom link and directions for using zoom. 

 

 

 

August 22, 2021 - 12:00pm

 
 
Freethinker Forum is a monthly interactive meeting sponsored by AAHS: Agnostics, Atheists, Humanists & Secularists of UU Santa Monica. All are welcome to join in a lively discussion where a diversity of viewpoints are
encouraged and respected.
 
 Please email aahs@uusm.org for Zoom link.

 AAHS Freethinker Forum Sunday May 23rd - Revisiting EMERGENCE, Complexity, and Creativity. The cross-disciplinary science of Emergence (emergent properties and complexity) attempts to describe how complex patterns of organization and evolution arise from simpler components -- such as galaxies, snowflakes, and life itself. Emergence gives rise to chemistry from physics, psychology from biology, and consciousness from organic matter. A wondrous but partly mysterious feature of our universe, some scientists and theologians alike think Emergence is the key to reconciling science and religion.

 

                                                      

 

 

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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. 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
 
Facebook Link: 
 

August 23, 2021 - 7:30pm

 

Open Meditation Wellsprings:   Mondays - Online

These are drop-in groups. You are welcome to join us when it feels right to you.  If you come in late or need to leave early, just do so quietly. These are exceptional times, and we trust each person to use the group in the way that fits their need. 

We listen to brief readings, sit together quietly for twenty minutes, journal and share with each other what's on our hearts. This time of quiet meditation and sharing can help sustain and ground us during these difficult days - supporting us to pause and rest in our embodied experience, as it is. We simply sit together in our shared humanity. We call off the struggle to become other than we are.  

NEW:  We meet every 2nd and 4th Monday evenings, from 7:30 to 9:00 pm.. 

Taking this time for quiet meditation and sharing in the intimacy of having sat in silence together can help sustain and ground us during these difficult days. 

Please email Meditation@UUSM.org for the zoom link and directions for using zoom. 

 

 

August 25, 2021 - 12:00pm

Open Meditation Wellsprings: Wednesdays and Fridays - Online

These are drop-in groups. You are welcome to join us when it feels right to you.  If you come in late or need to leave early, just do so quietly. These are exceptional times, and we trust each person to use the group in the way that fits their need. 

We listen to brief readings, sit together quietly for twenty minutes, journal and share with each other what's on our hearts. This time of quiet meditation and sharing can help sustain and ground us during these difficult days - supporting us to pause and rest in our embodied experience, as it is. We simply sit together in our shared humanity. We call off the struggle to become other than we are.  

NEW:  We meet every Wednesday and Friday afternoon from 12:00 to 1:00 pm.

Taking this time for quiet meditation and sharing in the intimacy of having sat in silence together can help sustain and ground us during these difficult days. 

Please email Meditation@UUSM.org for the zoom link and directions for using zoom. 

 

 

 

August 27, 2021 - 12:00pm

Open Meditation Wellsprings: Wednesdays and Fridays - Online

These are drop-in groups. You are welcome to join us when it feels right to you.  If you come in late or need to leave early, just do so quietly. These are exceptional times, and we trust each person to use the group in the way that fits their need. 

We listen to brief readings, sit together quietly for twenty minutes, journal and share with each other what's on our hearts. This time of quiet meditation and sharing can help sustain and ground us during these difficult days - supporting us to pause and rest in our embodied experience, as it is. We simply sit together in our shared humanity. We call off the struggle to become other than we are.  

NEW:  We meet every Wednesday and Friday afternoon from 12:00 to 1:00 pm.

Taking this time for quiet meditation and sharing in the intimacy of having sat in silence together can help sustain and ground us during these difficult days. 

Please email Meditation@UUSM.org for the zoom link and directions for using zoom. 

 

 

 

August 28, 2021 - 8:30am

Gifts of Imperfection Zoom Book Study, starting July 10: It's been 10 years since Brene Brown published The Gifts of Imperfection. Now she's doing a 6-week 10th anniversary deep dive into the ways that we can transform the gifts of imperfection into a deeply fulfilling life. Saturday mornings at 8:30 a.m. beginning July 10 on Zoom. Everyone is welcome. 

Visit https://brenebrown.com/thegifts-hub/ for more info. Then grab the book, take the Wholehearted Living inventory, check out the podcast and join us online! Register by zoom (link to come). Hosted by Jacki Weber and Beth Brownlie.