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March 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. 

 

 

 

March 3, 2021 - 7:00pm

 

New Year Resolution Workshop

Increase your ability to follow-through and achieve success with New Year Resolutions - A 3 session workshop on Zoom

 

The New Year is the time we typically set out our list of things we want to do, change, see and accomplish. If you've had problems keeping those resolutions in the past, this workshop is where you want to start. Over the course of three sessions, Norm Richey, MSW and Certified Life Coach will introduce you to new skills that will help you achieve your resolution and goals for 2021.  

Limited to 12 people, the class will meet on the 1st Wednesday of the Month; Jan 6th, Feb 3rd, and March 3rd, from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm. 

 

Please email Teri Lucas at uusmreassist@uusm.org to reserve your spot.

 

March 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.                                                                                                                 

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, March 4 is:  “What were the hardest truths you eventually came to learn about the world and/or about yourself?  Did life become better for you as a result or did this knowledge prove dispiriting?”

The topic for Thursday, March 18 is:  “If time travel were possible, what era and place would you want to visit for a day or longer, and why?”  

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.

                                                 

 

March 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. 

 

 

 

March 7, 2021 - 10:00am

March 7, 2021 - 11:15am

Many visitors come to UUSM with a host of questions ranging from "What is Unitarian Universalism?" to "What do UUs believe?" Our Inquirers Series for vistiors, new members and current members is designed to help answer these questions and many others.

The Series consists of nine sessions that are presented consecutively from January 10th through March 7th. You may attend any session at any time; it is not necessary to attend them in sequence nor is it necessary to attend them all, although we hope you do so. The following is a list of Sessions:

1.  1/10/21 - Session 1: UU History & sources & The 7 Principles

2.  1/17/21 - Session 2: Campus Tour, Orientation and Church History

3.  1/24/21 - Session 3: Worship and the Liturgical Year

4.  1/31/21 - Session 4: Q & A with the Minister

5.  2/7/21   - Session 5: Faith Development for Children & Our Whole Lives (OWL)

6. 2/14/21  - Session 6: Adult RE: Personal, Intellectual & Spiritual Development Groups & Programs

7. 2/21/21  - Session 7: Faith in Action

8. 2/28/21  - Session 8: Pastoral Care & Chalice Circles

9. 3/7/21    - Session 9: Membership 101

Please send an email to visitormeetup@uusm.org to register. You will then be sent the zoom link.We lool forward to seeing you.

Norm Richey - Co-Chair, Membership

March 7, 2021 - 11:30am

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. 

The Green Living meeting will be held at 1130 on Sun Jun 7 online with guest speaker from Citizens Climate Lobby Steven Kwok. Please rsvp to greenchair@uusm.org for Zoom link.

 

 

March 9, 2021 - 6:45pm

March 10, 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. 

 

 

 

March 12, 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. 

 

 

 

March 14, 2021 - 10:00am

March 14, 2021 - 2:30pm

Nature Journaling with Dorothy Steinicke

Sunday, March 14 from 2:30pm-4pm

Birds—part 2

In this nature journaling session we will continue to consider birds.  In the last session we focused on drawing from memory and from photos.  In this session we invite you to bring an object relating to birds; feathers, a blown down nest or even an egg, to have a physical object with you that you can explore and journal about.  We will also plumb our memories for bird encounters to journal about.  

The nature journaling group has been meeting monthly for most of this pandemic year.  It is a great way to focus our minds on the gifts we receive from the natural world and the fact that, even if we are stuck at home, the natural world is all around us, we are part of it.  

In the group we write and draw and consider aspects of nature.  No skill, experience or talent is required.  New participants are very welcome.

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

 

March 14, 2021 - 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
 
 

 

March 16, 2021 - 7:30pm

Science Non-Fiction Book Group: Tuesday February 16, 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 “Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race,” by Margot Lee Shetterly. During the labor shortages of WWII, a group of black math teachers from the South were recruited into the space program. These human computers played a big role in getting us into space. A Keck Communications Award winner – always a good sign. All are welcome.

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

March 17, 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. 

 

 

 

March 18, 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, March 4 is:  “What were the hardest truths you eventually came to learn about the world and/or about yourself?  Did life become better for you as a result or did this knowledge prove dispiriting?”

The topic for Thursday, March 18 is:  “If time travel were possible, what era and place would you want to visit for a day or longer, and why?”  

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.

                                                 

 

March 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. 

 

 

 

March 21, 2021 - 10:00am

March 21, 2021 - 12:30pm

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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.

 

March 24, 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.