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January 23, 2022 - 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).
 
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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
 
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January 24, 2022 - 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. 

 

 

January 26, 2022 - 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. 

 

 

 

January 28, 2022 - 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. 

 

 

 

January 30, 2022 - 2:30pm

Nature Journaling on Local Sea Shells and Their Former Occupants                                           

January 30, 2022, 2:30pm-4pm

Sea shells are the former homes of sea creatures, usually mollusks. The
shells that they leave behind are often beautiful and intriguing. We will
spend this nature journaling session considering some of the sea shells of the
Santa Monica Bay and learn a little about the animals that used to occupy
them.

If it is possible, I ask that you come to our session with a local shell or shells
to journal on. If it isn’t possible, I will have photos that you can work from.
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.org

 

January 31, 2022 - 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. 

 

 

February 2, 2022 - 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. 

 

 

 

February 3, 2022 - 7:00pm

 

 
"The Unthinkable Mind" from Lynda Barry's book "Syllabus" 

with Judith Martin-Straw

Interested in seeing things from a new perspective? Drawing an unexpected conclusion? Feeling the future in a whole new way? Join us for a zoom class using exercises from Lynda Barry’s book “Syllabus” to explore brain functions, perception, memory and creativity.

Judith Martin-Straw has been writing and teaching for decades. She has been a member of the church since 1999, and this is her first time using Lynda Barry's book as a text for a creativity class. Sign-up limited to 15 people.
 
Here is your chance to work with Judith if you missed her recent class on The Artist's Way. If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact her at jmsxroads@gmail.com
 
Email AdultRE@uusm.org for the zoom link.
 
 
 
 

 

February 3, 2022 - 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.                                                                                                                 

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.

                 The Men's Discussion Group provides a special opportunity to the men of the congregation and other like-minded men to join in thoughtful and stimulating discussion and meet others with UU perspectives. We hold these meetings via Zoom from 7:30 to 9:00 PM on the first and third Thursdays of the month. To request more information or to join us, please ask the church office for information about how to contact Richard Mathias.

                2/3/22: If you were 18 years old right now in 2022, would you make the same educational and career choices that you did long ago? Why or why not? If not, what would you do instead? If you were more of a risk-taker than you are, what might you try?

                2/17/22: What is your very earliest memory and what is your best childhood memory? How have you come to understand and interpret their significance to your life?

 

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.

                                                 

 

February 4, 2022 - 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. 

 

 

 

February 6, 2022 - 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. 
 
 UUSM Green Living Committee members invite you to learn more about how you and your community can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, build community resilience, and improve Climate Justice. Please RSVP to greenchair@uusm.org for Zoom link. We encourage you to sign up for the UU Drawdown 2021 Team and select the action you will take to protect our shared future. Use this link for the UU DD 2021 Team and join UUs across North America in committing to take Climate Action. The results will be reported at General Assembly in June. 
                                                                                                                                                           Please rsvp to greenchair@uusm.org for Zoom link.

 

 

February 6, 2022 - 12:00pm

On Sunday February 6, at 3 pm ET, join a discussion about “Soldier on the Roof,” a documentary on how settlers live in Hebron.

Register free, watch the film, then join the salon. Go to tinyurl.com/February2022VFHL.

Panelists are Esther Hertog, Liat Berdugo, Lubna Alzaroo, and Adin Dobkin is moderator.

Please contact: Roberta Frye  at robertaf420@gmail.com for more information.

 

February 8, 2022 - 6:45pm

February 9, 2022 - 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. 

 

 

 

February 9, 2022 - 7:00pm

SIGN UP NOW - CLASS SIZE LIMITED TO 12…

 

Only 8% of people continue their New Year Resolutions after the first month.  Be one of the 8%!

Increase your ability to follow-through and achieve success in this New Year Resolution Workshop.  The workshop will consist of three 1.5 hour sessions on Zoom and a check in at 6 months. 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 identifying and or keeping those resolutions or goals in the past, this workshop is where you want to start. Over the course of the Workshop, Norm Richey, MSW, and Certified Life Coach, will introduce you to new skills that will help you achieve your resolutions for 2022.  The Workshop will meet on the 1st Wednesdays of the month beginning on Jan 12th, from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

 

Email adultre@uusm.org  to reserve your spot.

 

 

 

Writing For Discernment 

Participants will be invited to explore through writing their responses to questions based on the ministry

theme of the month. It will offer opportunities for self-discovery, being witnessed by others,
and for spiritual discernment. 
Ideas and questions will be sent prior to each meeting that will serve as
impetus for writing that will be read during the meeting. We will also do some brief writing
from prompts during the meeting each month. There will be time to share your
writings and people will be able to share what was most meaningful for them
from the meeting. It is based very much on the format of a chalice circle, but the sharing is
done by reading what has been written.

 

Bettye Barclay worked for many years as a psychotherapist and led a variety of

workshops including career choice, stress management, journal writing, and meditation.

 

This is a recurring meeting with members expected to register in advance and attend each month. Please email

Adult RE at AdultRE@uusm.org for the zoom link.

 

February 10, 2022 - 7:00pm

 

 
"The Unthinkable Mind" from Lynda Barry's book "Syllabus" 

with Judith Martin-Straw

Interested in seeing things from a new perspective? Drawing an unexpected conclusion? Feeling the future in a whole new way? Join us for a zoom class using exercises from Lynda Barry’s book “Syllabus” to explore brain functions, perception, memory and creativity.

Judith Martin-Straw has been writing and teaching for decades. She has been a member of the church since 1999, and this is her first time using Lynda Barry's book as a text for a creativity class. Sign-up limited to 15 people.
 
Here is your chance to work with Judith if you missed her recent class on The Artist's Way. If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact her at jmsxroads@gmail.com
 
Email AdultRE@uusm.org for the zoom link.
 
 
 
 

 

February 11, 2022 - 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. 

 

 

 

February 12, 2022 - 1:00pm

Introduction to SoulCollage®: An Intuitive Artmaking Process
SoulCollage® is a collage art endeavor founded by art therapist Seena B. Frost, MA, MDiv, in which the participants create a personal deck of cards. The method of creating cards develops one’s creativity, encourages self-discovery, and provides personal guidance. Using the cards can help access those inner and outer resources in difficult times, access the sacred, strengthen our awareness of our dynamic lives, make decisions mindfully, and help resolve personal or interpersonal conflicts. Community is also very important to the process as we explore our group’s imagery together. People who have done this program before, claim that the creation and usage of these self-crafted cards is transformative. This process is being shared across the world, in many languages, and enjoyed by people of all ages, genders, and cultures. So bring your curiosity, your wonder, your wisdom, your imagination and a beginner’s mind to this introductory workshop.
This workshop is led by Adrienne Sumpter, who is a trained facilitator for SoulCollage®. We will meet on two Saturdays in the cottage: January 15 1-4PM and February 12, 1PM – 4PM. It is okay to just attend only one workshop.
Please note that there is a 10-person maximum for groups held in the cottage. All participants need to be fully vaccinated, and people need to stay masked. Please sign up ahead of time.
 

 

February 14, 2022 - 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.