Events This Month

May 16, 2021

Dining for Dollars, Sunday, May 16, 2021, through Sunday, May 23, 2021, Zoom events. There will be wine tastings and trivia contests and artwork to bid on. Bidding begins May 16th.

Contact auction@uusm.org for more information.                                               

Remember: this is our Spring church fundraiser, so bid HIGH and bid OFTEN!

Got Questions?  Join us in Coffee Hour after Worship Service on Sunday, where Karl, Greg and Pat will be on hand to help you navigate the website.  

May 16, 2021 - 10:00am

May 16, 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.

 

May 16, 2021 - 2:30pm

BLURB FOR NATURE JOURNALING SESSION 12
Dandelions/Thistles/Daisies/Sunflowers
May 16, 2021 2:30pm-4pm

The Sunflower Family is big and (relatively) new evolved and differs from
other flowers in many ways. Last month we examined the structure of more typical flowers. This month we will look at the more complicated structure of members of the sunflower family that includes dandelions, thistles, daisies and many, many more species. You don’t need any botanical skill or knowledge to participate. Just come with a flower from this massive family, pencil and paper (colored pencils are helpful) and a magnifying glass and we will explore the complex workings together.

A lifelong lover of the outdoors, Dorothy Steinicke has more than twenty
years experience encouraging people to a love of the natural world. She
leads hikes for children and for adults in Topanga Canyon, Ballona
Wetlands, and Dockweiler State Beach.

Contact Dorothy Steinicke for registration and zoom link.

 

 

May 18, 2021 - 7:30pm

Science Non-Fiction Book Group: Tuesday May 18, 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 “Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past,” by David Reich. Now that geneticists are getting so much better at extracting DNA from ancient bones, it is much more possible to trace human migrations through the ages. This, along with anthropology, has allowed us to better understand our connections. All are welcome. 


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

May 19, 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. 

 

 

 

May 20, 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. 

The topic for Thursday, May 6 is:  “Are you approaching a crossroads or a fork in the road in your life’s journey? If not, then keeping with the 'road' analogy, are you approaching a change in the pavement or the speed limit?"

The topic for Thursday, May 20 is:  “Great joke tellers are prized but seem to be few and far between. Have you known one or two especially talented ones? Do you have one or two good jokes that you can tell and do you remember where you heard them?” 

 

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.

                                                 

 

May 21, 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. 

 

 

 

May 23, 2021 - 10:00am

May 23, 2021 - 1:00pm

 
 
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 Earth Sunday Forum: “Journey of the Universe” with the UU Humanist Association” 1PM-3PM

This Earth Sunday, all are invited to join the UU Humanist Association for a special screening of the Emmy Award-winning documentary “Journey of the Universe,” a scientific and spiritual odyssey of cosmic, biological and cultural evolution that offers insight for our present planetary challenges. “Journey” is based on the life’s work of Fr. Thomas Berry, an influential environmentalist, religious scholar and eco-theologian who proposed a New Story of the world combining empirical knowledge of Earth’s origins with insight from the world’s spiritual traditions. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, the film has expanded into a multi-disciplinary project including podcasts, books, and a series of online courses via the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology. Discussion will be moderated by James Witker.                                                           

Email aahs@uusm.org for Zoom link or see more info here.

 

Our Private Facebook Group:
 
Our Meetup Group:
 
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: 
 

May 24, 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. 

 

 

May 26, 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. 

 

 

 

May 28, 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. 

 

 

 

May 30, 2021 - 10:00am

May 31, 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. 

 

 

June 2, 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. 

 

 

 

June 3, 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. 

The topic for Thursday, May 6 is:  “Are you approaching a crossroads or a fork in the road in your life’s journey? If not, then keeping with the 'road' analogy, are you approaching a change in the pavement or the speed limit?"

The topic for Thursday, May 20 is:  “Great joke tellers are prized but seem to be few and far between. Have you known one or two especially talented ones? Do you have one or two good jokes that you can tell and do you remember where you heard them?” 

 

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.

                                                 

 

June 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. 

 

 

 

June 5, 2021 - 1:00pm

June 6, 2021 - 10:00am