Events This Month

October 13, 2020 - 6:45pm

October 14, 2020

LOVE NEEDS YOU to write letters to irregular voters to let them know that elections matter and they matter as voters. UUSM has all mailing materials and postage, along with contactless pickup from 20th and Pico in Santa Monica. We are also phone banking in English and Spanish (independently and with fellow UUS0. Sign up at tinyurl.com/uusm2020vote. This is a nonpartisan effort to encourage Americans to participate in our democracy, but we are focusing on geographic areas where there's a clear opportunity to #defeathate and #votelove. Thank you! - Jacki Weber, Santa Monica UU the Vote

October 14, 2020 - 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. 

 

 

 

October 15, 2020

LOVE NEEDS YOU to write letters to irregular voters to let them know that elections matter and they matter as voters. UUSM has all mailing materials and postage, along with contactless pickup from 20th and Pico in Santa Monica. We are also phone banking in English and Spanish (independently and with fellow UUS0. Sign up at tinyurl.com/uusm2020vote. This is a nonpartisan effort to encourage Americans to participate in our democracy, but we are focusing on geographic areas where there's a clear opportunity to #defeathate and #votelove. Thank you! - Jacki Weber, Santa Monica UU the Vote

October 15, 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 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, Sept. 3, 2020 is:  "How are you handling your aging? What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of growing older? Consider things like the evolving meaning of life, how you want to be remembered, and of course, how you and your mate are handling the usual aches and pains of aging that all couples encounter, and how you are handling that dark fact, "Everything has an expiration date?"                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   The topic for Thursday, Sept. 17 is:  Men generally do not like to admit to fear, but was there a time in your life when you were immobilized or driven by fear?                                                                                                                                                        For more information about joining the Zoom meeting please contact Richard Mathias at 310-645-1070 or richmathias2@yahoo.com.

 
 

  

                                                 

For more information about joining the Zoom meeting please contact Richard Mathias at 310-645-1070 or richmathias2@yahoo.com
 

October 16, 2020 - 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. 

 

 

 

October 18, 2020 - 10:00am

October 18, 2020 - 11:15am

This is for children 3-4 years old.

We will be using the curriculum created by UU Charlottesville.

Registration required. register here. Zoom link will be sent to you upon completion of registration form.

 

October 18, 2020 - 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.

Everyone is invited to join us!

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

 

October 18, 2020 - 12:45pm

This is for children in Grades K-2

We will be using the curriculum created by UU Charlottesville.

Registration required. register here. Zoom link will be sent to you, upon completion of registration form.

 

October 18, 2020 - 1:45pm

This is for Grades 3-5.

We will be using the curriculum created by UU Charlottesville

Registration required. register here. Zoom link will be sent to you upon completion of the registration form.

October 20, 2020 - 7:30pm

Science Non-Fiction Book Group: Tuesday October 20, 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 “Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies,” by Jared Diamond. Although this book was published some time ago, it contains some very interesting ideas as to why some cultures have so much “cargo,” and why only certain animals, from limited locations, have been domesticated – and much more. All are welcome. 

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

October 21, 2020 - 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. 

 

 

 

October 23, 2020 - 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. 

 

 

 

October 25, 2020 - 10:00am

October 25, 2020 - 11:15am

This is for children 3-4 years old.

We will be using the curriculum created by UU Charlottesville.

Registration required. register here. Zoom link will be sent to you upon completion of registration form.

 

October 25, 2020 - 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.
 
 The topic of this month’s AAHS Freethinker Forum:

AAHS Freethinker Forum: The Humanistic Legacy of Justice Ginsburg

Join AAHS (Agnostics, Atheists, Humanists & Secularists) for a conversation about the legacy of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg — feminist icon of the Supreme Court, transformative intellect for human, women’s and LGBTQ+ rights in modern history, champion of church/sate separation, and a pop culture phenomenon unto herself. We will reference recent commentary from feminist and Humanist sources, and consider what a paradigm shift to the right for the highest court could mean for Ginsburg’s legacy and for the endangered progressive values that we cherish.

Please email aahs@uusm.org for Zoom link.

 

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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: 
 

October 25, 2020 - 12:45pm

This is for children in Grades K-2

We will be using the curriculum created by UU Charlottesville.

Registration required. register here. Zoom link will be sent to you, upon completion of registration form.

 

October 25, 2020 - 1:45pm

This is for Grades 3-5.

We will be using the curriculum created by UU Charlottesville

Registration required. register here. Zoom link will be sent to you upon completion of the registration form.