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August 17, 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. 

 

 

 

August 19, 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. 

 

 

 

August 20, 2022 - 1:30pm

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 will hold the first meeting of August via Zoom on Thursday the 4th from 7:30 to 9:00 PM and our second meeting of August on Saturday the 20th from 1:30 to 3:00 PM under the outdoor pavilion on the grounds of UUSM. To request more information or to join us, please ask the church office for information about how to contact Richard Mathias. The discussion topics will be:

           8/4/22 (Thursday evening via Zoom):  Most of us are old enough to remember that playing card games with friends was a common social activity of our parents. Did your parents or did you play any card games socially? With whom did you play and what was especially enjoyable about the experience? What element of the game is most interesting to you?

            8/20/22 (Saturday afternoon in person): What makes/made you most successful at your work? What about your nature impedes/impeded you most? Did you develop a strategy to help you overcome it?

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.

 

August 21, 2022 - 10:30am

August 21, 2022 - 11:30am

Sunday, March 13 at 11:30  - Join us under the shade structure after the service as we prepare brown bag lunches for our homeless neighbors. We'll pack sandwiches, fruit, chips, beverages, and desserts for as many as we can. Afterward, we'll deliver them to Turning Point - a 55-bed temporary housing shelter for homeless people in Santa Monica.                                                      
 
Contact hunger@uusm.org for more information. If you're unable to join us, you can support the Hunger Task Force by choosing Hunger Fund under Program Support on our Online Donation webpage.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

August 21, 2022 - 12:00pm

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The Peace & Social Justice Committee (PSJ) puts our UU principles of justice, human rights and sustainability into action in our local community and beyond. Our ongoing work is to organize activities, programs, and support for support external campaigns in the areas of labor and economic issues, anti-racism, police reform, mass incarceration, immigration and detention, LGBTQIA+ rights, reproductive justice, and resisting war. 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.

 

August 22, 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. 

 

 

August 24, 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. 

 

 

 

August 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. 

 

 

 

August 28, 2022 - 10:30am

August 28, 2022 - 11:30am

Sunday, March 13 at 11:30  - Join us under the shade structure after the service as we prepare brown bag lunches for our homeless neighbors. We'll pack sandwiches, fruit, chips, beverages, and desserts for as many as we can. Afterward, we'll deliver them to Turning Point - a 55-bed temporary housing shelter for homeless people in Santa Monica.                                                      
 
Contact hunger@uusm.org for more information. If you're unable to join us, you can support the Hunger Task Force by choosing Hunger Fund under Program Support on our Online Donation webpage.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

August 28, 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).
 
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
 
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August 28, 2022 - 2:30pm

Nature Journaling – Leaves
August 28, 2022 2:30pm-4pm
We will devote this session of nature journaling to leaves. Participants are
requested to come to the on-line session with a variety of leaves to observe
and journal on. Having colored pencils and a magnifying glass may enhance
the experience but are not required. We’ll take the time to take a close look
and record our observations by writing and drawing.
A lifelong lover of the outdoors, Dorothy Steinicke has more than twenty
years experience introducing people to a love of the natural world. She leads
hikes for children and for adults in Topanga Canyon, Ballona Wetlands, and
Dockweiller State Beach.

August 29, 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. 

 

 

August 31, 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. 

 

 

 

September 1, 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 will hold the first meeting of August via Zoom on Thursday the 4th from 7:30 to 9:00 PM and our second meeting of August on Saturday the 20th from 1:30 to 3:00 PM under the outdoor pavilion on the grounds of UUSM. To request more information or to join us, please ask the church office for information about how to contact Richard Mathias. The discussion topics will be:

           8/4/22 (Thursday evening via Zoom):  Most of us are old enough to remember that playing card games with friends was a common social activity of our parents. Did your parents or did you play any card games socially? With whom did you play and what was especially enjoyable about the experience? What element of the game is most interesting to you?

            8/20/22 (Saturday afternoon in person): What makes/made you most successful at your work? What about your nature impedes/impeded you most? Did you develop a strategy to help you overcome it?

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.

 

September 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. 

 

 

 

September 4, 2022 - 9:30am

September 4, 2022 - 10:30am

September 4, 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.