You Are Invited

October 19, 2021 - 7:30pm

Science Non-Fiction Book Group: Tuesday, October 19, 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 “Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World,” by David Epstein. We sometimes think that all sports greats follow a path like Tiger Woods, but, in fact, most have explored several sports before settling on their passion. Groups with wide ranges of knowledge are much better at problem solving. Epstein explores the data. All are welcome. 


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

October 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. 

 

 

 

October 21, 2021 - 7:00pm

The Artist's Way - a new Thursday evening class is opening with an eye towards cultivating your creativity - Judith Martin-Straw will be facilitating The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron. This ten week class will be using the popular workbook The Artist's Way, so you are encouraged to get a copy and give it a look to see if you would be interested in taking this on with a group of like minded adventurers. It is a closed class, so you'll need to sign up before we begin. Judith has done the class as a student and a teacher on multiple occasions, and loves using the workbook as a way to break through blocks and create fun.  Join us for a fresh perspective on art, creativity and the meaning of life (Really).

Thursday nights 7-9pm September 23 - December 4 (no class November 25)

Contract AdultRE@uusm.org for the zoom link.

October 21, 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.                                                                                                                 

ion 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. During the pandemic we have been meeting the first and third Thursdays of each month via Zoom.

 However, in October we will hold our first meeting on Saturday the 9th at 1:30 PM at an outdoor location to be announced and our second meeting via Zoom on Thursday the 21st at 7:30 PM. To request more information or to join us, please ask the church office for information about how to contact Richard Mathias.

            The topic for 10/9/21 is: What was the single greatest challenge you have faced so far in your life? How did you fare and what did you learn from it?

            The topic for 10/21/21 is: “Fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth.”--- Albert Camus.  Do you have a favorite novel or movie?  How old were you when you first read or saw it?  Why do you think it resonated with you?  Was there a “truth’ that ran through the story or that was revealed by the ending?

       

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.

                                                 

 

October 22, 2021

October 22, 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. 

 

 

 

October 24, 2021 - 10:30am

October 24, 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: 
 

October 25, 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. 

 

 

October 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. 

 

 

 

October 28, 2021 - 7:00pm

The Artist's Way - a new Thursday evening class is opening with an eye towards cultivating your creativity - Judith Martin-Straw will be facilitating The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron. This ten week class will be using the popular workbook The Artist's Way, so you are encouraged to get a copy and give it a look to see if you would be interested in taking this on with a group of like minded adventurers. It is a closed class, so you'll need to sign up before we begin. Judith has done the class as a student and a teacher on multiple occasions, and loves using the workbook as a way to break through blocks and create fun.  Join us for a fresh perspective on art, creativity and the meaning of life (Really).

Thursday nights 7-9pm September 23 - December 4 (no class November 25)

Contract AdultRE@uusm.org for the zoom link.

October 29, 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. 

 

 

 

October 31, 2021 - 10:30am

October 31, 2021 - 2:30pm

Nature Journaling on Bats

October 31, 2:30pm-4pm

Spend some of Halloween Day contemplating bats. Bats are fascinating
animals that tend to both intrigue and repel people. We will spend some
time learning about some of the many species of bats and then spend some
time drawing them from photographs. We may recall some encounters or
associations that we have had with bats. We will definitely go into
Halloween evening more familiar with these amazing animals.
This session will be facilitated by Dorothy Steinicke, a member of UUSM
and a lifelong lover of nature and the outdoors. Dorothy has spent years
encouraging people to experience the natural world.
To receive the Zoom link for this program contact AdultRE@uusm.o

November 3, 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. 

 

 

 

November 4, 2021 - 7:00pm

The Artist's Way - a new Thursday evening class is opening with an eye towards cultivating your creativity - Judith Martin-Straw will be facilitating The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron. This ten week class will be using the popular workbook The Artist's Way, so you are encouraged to get a copy and give it a look to see if you would be interested in taking this on with a group of like minded adventurers. It is a closed class, so you'll need to sign up before we begin. Judith has done the class as a student and a teacher on multiple occasions, and loves using the workbook as a way to break through blocks and create fun.  Join us for a fresh perspective on art, creativity and the meaning of life (Really).

Thursday nights 7-9pm September 23 - December 4 (no class November 25)

Contract AdultRE@uusm.org for the zoom link.

November 4, 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.                                                                                                                 

ion 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. During the pandemic we have been meeting the first and third Thursdays of each month via Zoom.

 However, in October we will hold our first meeting on Saturday the 9th at 1:30 PM at an outdoor location to be announced and our second meeting via Zoom on Thursday the 21st at 7:30 PM. To request more information or to join us, please ask the church office for information about how to contact Richard Mathias.

            The topic for 10/9/21 is: What was the single greatest challenge you have faced so far in your life? How did you fare and what did you learn from it?

            The topic for 10/21/21 is: “Fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth.”--- Albert Camus.  Do you have a favorite novel or movie?  How old were you when you first read or saw it?  Why do you think it resonated with you?  Was there a “truth’ that ran through the story or that was revealed by the ending?

       

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.

                                                 

 

November 5, 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. 

 

 

 

November 6, 2021 - 9:30am

The History of God

facilitated by James Witker & Sarah Robson

How and why have concepts of God changed over time and across cultures, yet remained resonant and important? How have the three great monotheistic religions — Judaism, Christianity and Islam — shaped the image of God in their own ways? How have these faith traditions influenced each other? Join us for a theological and historical exploration of monotheism in its myriad forms and possibilities, guided by Karen Armstrong’s classic, “A History of God.” Contact: AdultRE@uusm.org for the zoom link.

 

November 7, 2021 - 10:30am