Events This Month

January 26, 2020 - 11:00am

January 26, 2020 - 11:30am

Visitors and prospective members are encouraged to attend this informal get-together held on each Sunday of the month in the NE Cottage Room.  It is a time to learn more about Unitarian Universalism, our Church Community, and the opportunities of growth and connection through many of our Adult programs.  There will be time for any questions you may have, and information about the steps to membership.  Come, let us get to know you, and you to get to know us.  Everyone is welcomed.  Looking forward to meeting you.  Norm Richey & Sarah Robson, Co-Chairs, Membership Committee.

January 26, 2020 - 11:45am

January 26, 2020 - 12:00pm

The Peace & Social Justice Committee (PSJ) puts UU principles of justice, human rights and sustainability into action in our local community and beyond. We organize activities and support campaigns in the areas of labor and economic issues; anti-racism, police reform, and mass incarceration; immigration and immigrant detention; and resisting war. We work with community partners such as CLUE (Clergy & Laity United for Economic Justice), OFA (Organizing for Action), the ACLU, and the Sunrise Movement. We also collaborate with the UUSM Green Committee on issues relating to environmental justice and climate change. Everyone is welcome to join us in working to heal our world, and newcomers are encouraged. 

 For more information, contact: or visit us at the FIA table in Forbes Hall.

Do you have a good Humanist or UU “elevator speech?” You know, a quick summary that explains a complex subject to someone who only has time for a brief exchange of words… such as might occur during an elevator ride? 

Our next AAHS Freethinker Forum is a fun chance to bring, test, or create your best elevator speeches in time for the next issue of UU Humanist Association’s journal. All are welcome, and if you would prefer just to listen to others’ ideas, that’s perfectly fine! More details below:

The Journal of Religious Humanism would like to challenge you to be creatively brief.   
So, if you were asked, upon entering an elevator: “Hey, what is Humanism, anyway?”  
And you had to reply before exiting, what would you say?

In one floor?  In 10-15 seconds? No more than a dozen words?
In four floors?  20-30 seconds?  No more than 50 words?
In twelve floors?  45 – 60 seconds?  100 words, tops?

The Journal editors would love to include your positive description in our next issue.  Please pick one of the elevator-ride durations as described above, and submit before January 31, 2020, along with your name, phone number, connection to Humanism, and other succinct and relevant information.  
We’ll try to include as many entries as we can, but reserve the right to edit, with your permission. We select and edit on a rolling basis, so earlier submissions have a better chance of being included.

Have a burning need to say more?   To a four-floor speech you may optionally add up to 250 words of biography and details of what inspired you.  To a twelve-floor speech, up to 750 words (also optional).         

Secular Humanism.  Religious Humanism.  Plain ole’ humanism.  Whatever you call it – tell us and our members/subscribers what it means to you.    

Some unsolicited advice: perfection is rare and takes too long.  We accept diamonds in the rough.  Think fast, write just a little slower, revise sparingly, and send it in.  Who knows?  You could make us proud and we might make you famous (within a limited Freethinking universe). 

If you can’t make Sunday’s meeting but still wish to submit your elevator speeches to the UU Humanist Association by Jan. 30th, please email them to

Need some examples?   Here are some Humanist Elevator Speeches from a number of perspectives:  

One-floor elevator speeches:  

“Belief and trust in human effort.”   
-John Dietrich, Minister, First Unitarian Society, Minneapolis, 1930s.

“Wonder, imagination, fulfillment, creativity, meaning:  available to everyone – religious or not.”
-Marilyn Westfall, Humanist spokesperson and published poet, in “How to Thread a Needle,” Journal of Religious Humanism, 2015  

“Religious Humanism celebrates individual rational choice in loving community.”   
Roger Brewin, UU Humanists Association Board member, 2019.

Four-floor elevator speeches:  

“Engaged in the flow of life, we aspire to this vision: our informed conviction is that humanity has the ability to progress towards its highest ideals.  The responsibility for our lives and the kind of world in which we live, is ours.”   
-Stephanie Downs Hughes, DuPage UU Church, on Humanist Manifesto III, Journal of Religious Humanism, 2003.

“Humanism tells me human life is … worthy of respect and care.  Environmentalism tells me: to be human is to be part of an interdependent circle of all life.  Environmental Humanism compels me to work to reduce human practices that threaten the survival of life on earth.”  
-Carol Hepokoski,  Meadville Lombard Theological School, in “Being Human on a Warming Planet,” Journal of Religious Humanism, 2016

Twelve-floor elevator speeches:  

“A humanist accepts the scientific worldview, its explanations of the origins of the universe and the evolution of humankind as a natural part of that universe.  We believe those things for which we have found evidence, reflected on and refined by the use of reason and critical thought.  It is through human will and human work that the ills in our lives can be overcome. That which we revere and find sacred is manifest in our human freedom to choose the good, our quest for truth, love of justice, practice of compassion, and creation and appreciation of beauty.”   
-Kathleen Korb, minister of the UU Congregation of Greater Naples, FL., UUHA General Assembly workshop: If Not God, What?,  2003

“As a Humanist I accept and rejoice in the reality of our world and our lives here and now.  To me the idea of Heaven pales in comparison to the grandeur and majesty of this delicate planet on which we find ourselves. How can any notion of an afterlife be more compelling than the drama of our human experience: human emotions, sensations, struggles, triumphs, opportunities gained and lost?  What could be more glorious than just being alive for whatever time we have, and how could we ever appreciate being alive without the sure knowledge of our eventual death?” 
-Susanne Werner, DuPage UU Church, in “Nature ‘N Us,”  Journal of Religious Humanism, 2003 



January 26, 2020 - 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:
Contact Michael Young for more information


January 26, 2020 - 1:00pm

January 26, 2020 - 1:30pm

January 27, 2020 - 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,  or Carol at 310-310-2539,

January 30, 2020 - 7:00pm

February 1, 2020 - 12:30pm

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.

February 2, 2020 - 11:00am


I’m a cityscape oil painter in love with intense color and deep contrast. The fluid light, dramatic vistas, stark landscapes and energized urban neighborhoods of the Los Angeles provide endless inspiration for my work. I paint with a vibrant palette and expressive brushstrokes to share my vision of an essence of the urban experience.

I’m drawn to the tension between nature and the hand-of-man on the city. I ask the viewer to observe situations so common that we experience them unconsciously; to see places and objects in a new light, and to consider that they are rich in meaning and beautiful.


Earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Lambert was a professional actress for nearly two decades. Her theatrical background lends natural drama and mystery to her work as well as joy and celebration.

She studied art for two years at The Art Center School of Design in Pasadena, California, before she met her mentor, museum-collected artist Margaret Garcia in 2009. Since Lambert’s first exhibit in 2011, she has participated in more than 85 shows and exhibitions, including solo exhibits at the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum (2017, Mesa, AZ), The City of Burbank Creative Arts Center Gallery (2016), ChimMaya Art Gallery (2016, Los Angeles), and the Jean Deleage Art Gallery (2014, Los Angeles). Group exhibitions include, among many others, The Lines Gallery (Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, 2017) and the TAG Gallery (2020, LA Open Exhibition).


“I was an actress for many years and always felt electrified when I performed in front of a live audience,” Bonnie Lambert said. “Now I’m an oil painter, and my years on stage are one of my greatest influences.”

Lambert’s world revolves around gridlocked rush-hour traffic, edgy boulevards turning electric under neon, and power-lines and telephone poles slicing the sky into geometric shapes. She has captured Los Angeles vistas from the Arroyo Secco to Lincoln Park and beyond in a different light. 

“My actors are a vibrant palette and expressive, impasto brushstrokes,” She said. “I hope viewers will be moved to see how beautiful this wonderful world is.”

Lambert studied at the Art Center School of Design. She has attended Margaret Garia’s painting workshop since 2009, and teaches oil painting at Plaza de la Raza.

Her work has been shown at the Southwest and Forest Lawn museums Los Angeles, the Pasadena Museum of History, Latino Museum of Art in Pomona, and Contemporary Arts Museum in Mesa, Arizona.

February 2, 2020 - 11:30am

Visitors and prospective members are encouraged to attend this informal get-together held on each Sunday of the month in the NE Cottage Room.  It is a time to learn more about Unitarian Universalism, our Church Community, and the opportunities of growth and connection through many of our Adult programs.  There will be time for any questions you may have, and information about the steps to membership.  Come, let us get to know you, and you to get to know us.  Everyone is welcomed.  Looking forward to meeting you.  Norm Richey & Sarah Robson, Co-Chairs, Membership Committee.

February 2, 2020 - 11:45am

Brave Spaces: Mindful Social Practice and Authentic Allyship


Please join the Healthy Congregation Council in welcoming Jeremy Arnold, son of Board member Abby Arnold, to our church for a workshop on the topic of Microaggressions. Derald Wing Sue, Ph.D., defines these as “brief, everyday exchanges that send denigrating messages to certain individuals because of their group membership.” The persons making the comments may be otherwise well-intentioned and unaware of the potential impact of their words. Jeremy will share tools for navigating fraught conversations, around marginalization, and maintaining positive relationships with fellow community members.

Jeremy, who was raised in our church, is currently Program Director at Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE), an interfaith worker-justice nonprofit. At Tulane University, he studied critical perspectives including Critical Race Theory, Feminist Studies, Queer Theory, Marxist Analysis, New Media Theory, and New Historicism, and was the Community Outreach Director for the Tulane chapter of Amnesty International. Throughout his time in college, he worked in the restaurant and bar industry as well as with the local hotel workers’ union, Unite Here Local 23. In his role at CLUE, he supervises a team of community organizers who educate, organize, and mobilize religious communities to support workers and immigrants in Los Angeles and Orange counties.

We will meet on Sunday, February 2 at 11:45 a.m. in the Warren Mathews Conference Center.

For further information, please contact

February 2, 2020 - 12:30pm

To inform others of the simple changes that can be made to decrease their carbon footprint, and to implement social action to green our community. 

Green Committee Meeting: Sun, June 4. Please note instead of our regular meeting we will be participating in the Faith In Action Fundraiser, see you there! Contact: Alison Kendall,


February 2, 2020 - 2:00pm

AAHS (AAHS: Agnostics, Atheists, Humanists & Secularists) is thrilled to welcome Rabbi Adam Chalom to UU Santa Monica to talk about his work as Rabbi of Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation and share his wisdom on humanistic approaches to historic religious traditions in today's changing landscape of faith and practice. 

Many humanists, agnostics, or the otherwise non-religious are emotionally attached to family and cultural traditions, from Passover seders to “holiday” trees, but can struggle to celebrate their heritage with philosophical integrity. What experience can 50 years of Humanistic Judaism offer towards open yet rooted cultural identities and communities?

Rabbi Adam Chalom has served as Dean for North America of the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism (, the leadership and rabbinical training institution of the world-wide movement of Secular Humanistic Judaism, since 2007. He has also served as Rabbi of Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in suburban Chicago, where he lives with his wife and two children. He is on the editorial board of the journal Humanistic Judaism and has served on the Advisory Council of The Humanist Institute.

Rabbi Chalom was raised as a Humanistic Jew at the Birmingham Temple in suburban Detroit, Michigan, the founding congregation of Humanistic Judaism. He earned his B.A. from Yale University in Judaic Studies, a Master’s Degree at the University of Michigan in Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies, Rabbinic ordination from the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism, and his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan in Near Eastern Studies. His dissertation was titled “Modern Midrash: Jewish Identity and Literary Creativity.”
Rabbi Chalom has previously helped organize and spoken at conferences on theism and public policy, young adult children of intermarriage, the future of Jewish peoplehood, and more. He has contributed to several published volumes, most recently “Humanistic Judaism and Secular Spirituality” in Religion: Beyond Religion (MacMillan, 2016) and the entry “Humanistic Judaism” in The Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception. Rabbi Chalom has also edited two books: Jews and the Muslim World: Solving the Puzzle (IISHJ, 2010) and Rabbi Sherwin Wine’s A Provocative People: A Secular History of the Jews (IISHJ, 2012). He also developed a 50-session adult education curriculum, Introduction to Secular Humanistic Judaism (IISHJ).


February 3, 2020 - 7:00pm

February 3, 2020 - 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.

February 6, 2020 - 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 topics for Thursday, Feb. 6 are: If your father were alive today, what would he think of our advancements in technology.  Is new tech improving our lives or is it distracting and isolating us?  How can we fix this?  

The topics for Thursday, Feb. 20 are:  If you could send a message back to yourself as a kid, what would you say?  And what's the best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?                                                                                           

For more information contact Richard Mathias at 310-645-1070 or

February 8, 2020 - 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 Bemis!
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) create cards for events or celebrations.
Contact: Stan Bemis, 310-395-1546 
Or Sarah Robson,