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December 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. 

 

 

 

December 4, 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.

 

December 4, 2021 - 10:30am

TOUR BALLONA WETLANDS, SATURDAY DECEMBER 4.

One of the few remaining coastal wetlands in Southern California

 

There are unique plant habitats and interesting birds to view.  Binoculars will be available to borrow.  The tour will involve about a mile of flat walking.

 

We will meet at 10:30am.  Park in the dirt parking lot behind Gordon's Market in Playa Del Rey (303 Culver Blvd. 90293 for finding on GPS)  Take Culver Blvd. almost to the ocean and turn into the dirt parking lot behind Gordon's Market.  In the northeast corner of the parking lot will be a gate entrance to the wetland.  

 

Los Angeles Audubon requires that all participants be vaccinated and remain masked throughout their visit even though we will be outdoors.

 

Please RSVP to Adult RE so that we can get a head count and would be able to contact you in the unlikely event that the tour would be canceled. AdultRE@uusm.org.

December 4, 2021 - 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 December on Saturday the 4th at 1:30 PM at an outdoor location to be announced and our second meeting via Zoom on Thursday the 16th 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.

            12/4/21: During the next two years what aspect(s) of your life do you anticipate will give you the most joy and happiness? What do you see as your biggest concern or challenge for this same period?

            12/16/21:  Do you have a hobby?  What first stimulated your interest in it? Has your interest in it changed over the years?

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.

                                                 

 

December 5, 2021 - 10:30am

December 5, 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. 
 
 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.

 

 

December 8, 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. 

 

 

 

December 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. 

 

 

 

December 12, 2021 - 10:30am

December 12, 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
 
 

 

December 13, 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. 

 

 

December 14, 2021 - 6:45pm

December 15, 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. 

 

 

 

December 16, 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.                                                                                                                 

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 December on Saturday the 4th at 1:30 PM at an outdoor location to be announced and our second meeting via Zoom on Thursday the 16th 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.

            12/2/21: During the next two years what aspect(s) of your life do you anticipate will give you the most joy and happiness? What do you see as your biggest concern or challenge for this same period?

            12/16/21:  Do you have a hobby?  What first stimulated your interest in it? Has your interest in it changed over the years?

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.

                                                 

 

December 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. 

 

 

 

December 18, 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.

 

December 19, 2021 - 10:30am

December 19, 2021 - 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. 

This month's topic:

This Sunday: Reproductive Rights are under attack! How will we support the work to resist the fundamentalist agenda in Texas and elsewhere and affirm the bodily autonomy of all people?

Everyone is invited to join us!

For more information, contact: justice@uusm.org and follow UU Santa Monica Peace & Justice Team on Facebook.

 

December 21, 2021 - 7:30pm

Science Non-Fiction Book Group: Tuesday, December 21, 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

 

CWe will discuss “The Undoing Project: A Friendship that Changed Our Minds,” by Michael Lewis. Kahneman and Tversky took a different look at the decision-making process and created the field of behavioral economics. All are welcome. 

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

December 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.