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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 - 10:00am

Please join us for our Sunday services.
 
Parking is available at the UCLA structure on Sunday mornings.

February 2, 2020 - 11:00am

ARTIST STATEMENT

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.

BIO

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).

ARTICLE WRITTEN ABOUT BONNIE LAMBERT BY STEVE WEINGARTEN FOR THE MAGAZINE “1VOICE.”

“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 rightrelations@uusm.org.

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, Alison@kendallplanning.com

 

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 (https://iishj.org/), 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 - 7:30pm

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 richmathias2@yahoo.com.

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, seraphima23@gmail.com
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

February 8, 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 9, 2020 - 10:00am

Please join us for our Sunday services.
 
Parking is available at the UCLA structure on Sunday mornings.

February 9, 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.

“The Children and Youth Religious Exploration Committee will meet today for its monthly meeting in the Pre-School Room in the Cottage from 11:30-1:30.  Anyone who is interested is welcome to attend.”

February 9, 2020 - 6:00pm

Second Sunday Suppers are informal social events for all ages held in Forbes Hall on the second Sunday of each month at 6:00 p.m.   Initial set up time is followed by communal meal. Attendees should bring a main dish, side dish, salad or dessert to share. Please join us!  Children are absolutely welcome! To save on waste and promote green living, we kindly ask that you bring your own plates, cups, utensils, and cloth napkins. We will have extra dishes if you cannot bring your own. 

Happy hour begins at 5:45 pm.

You can also help by joining our Kitchen Cabinet and help with cooking (the day before), setup, or cleanup. You know that the most fun at any party is in the kitchen! Sign up at tinyurl.com/kitchenministry
 
 

 

February 10, 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, openmeadowcoaching@gmail.com  or Carol at 310-310-2539, carol.ring.la@gmail.com

February 11, 2020 - 6:45pm

February 12, 2020 - 7:00pm

Week One:  Rev. Jeremiah will share the history of prayer beads in various cultures and religions--

Rosary, Tasbih, Japamala,  Catholic, Anglican, Islamic, Pagan, Buddhist.  

Types of prayer and ways to adapt them to fit various UU beliefs.

 

Week Two: Keeping in mind what we have learned about the purpose, intention 

and symbolism of materials in prayer beads, we will make our own prayer beads.

 

For further information Bettye Barclay at bfbarclay@me.com or Sue Stoyanoff at sue.stoyanoff@yahoo.com

Sign up at the RE table.

February 15, 2020 - 10:00am