You Are Invited

May 26, 2019 - 10:00am

May 26, 2019 - 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. 
 

Today's Topio - Freethinker Forum: Theocracy vs. Reproductive Rights
 
Join us for a discussion of the politics, theology and ethics of abortion bans and their opposition. In light of the latest pointed assaults on reproductive freedom in several states, we will turn a critical eye toward the ideology behind the legislation. We will also consider a range of pro-choice responses from Humanist and progressive religious voices. Contact: aahs@uusm.org

Contact: aahs@uusm.org
 
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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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May 26, 2019 - 12:30pm

Come and join us as we share stories, inspirations and find community with each other.  The group offers a forum in which members can feel the benefit of its mutual support. Previous topics include: how to improve the quality of one’s life overall and how to use structure, aides and devices more successfully/productively/efficiently in one’s life.
 
The Disability Support Group will be promoting a dialogue on a selected topic at each of its meetings throughout this church year. There is a different theme for each month. All church members interested in the topic are invited to attend. We hope these topics are of interest to you. The dates and topics are as follows:
 
November 25, 2018. - Dating Opportunities and Challenges
December 23, 2018. - Positive Self Definition
January 27, 2019. - Sports Activities and Opportunities
February 24, 2019. - Governmental Programs
March, 24, 2019. - Seeking Employment
April, 28, 2019. - Interactions with Local, State, and Federal Government
May 26, 2019. - Self Empowerment
 
Contact Michael Young for more information
 

 

YAETTI meet on the 4th Sunday of the month.

May 27, 2019 - 7:30pm

We gather twice a month to sit together quietly for 20 minutes, to walk with gentle awareness for seven minutes, and to explore the integration of meditation with ordinary life through reading and sharing. Anyone who senses they would benefit from 20 minutes of silent, non-guided sitting is welcome to join us. We have found that this time of quiet meditation and shared exploration can be deeply nourishing – a time of simply “being” amidst all the “doing” of our lives.

If you have questions, speak with either Beverly Shoenberger or Carol Ring at coffee hour, or contact Beverly at 424-235-9002, openmeadowcoaching@gmail.com  or Carol at 310-310-2539, carol.ring.la@gmail.com

May 31, 2019 - 10:30am

Weekly Senior Exercise Class, Body-Mind Tune Up, Forbes. Bruno Lacombe is conducting exercise classes for seniors, super-seniors and people with physical difficulties for UUSM members. Classes are no-charge for UUSM members; non-members suggested donation $10 per class to UUSM. Contact: Bruno Lacombe, (310) 666-7387.

June 2, 2019 - 10:00am

June 2, 2019 - 11:00am

June 2, 2019 - 11:15am

June 2, 2019 - 11:30am

We welcome all newcomers and drop-in visitors to our Visitor Meetup, usually held on the first Sunday of the month at 12:30 after the second service. Check the Order of Service for any updates. We also have informal Visitor Meetups in Forbes Hall during our inter-hour, on the right-hand couch area. If you come late, ask for Sarah Robson. We will answer your curious questions as best we can – what is Unitarian Universalism, what is our mission, what are our ethical principles, the history of our church, our programs, and how to become involved. Along with our own stories, you will also be given the opportunity to share with us your story, what you are searching for, and how you found us. Refreshments will be provided.

Contact Nina Emerson at nina.emerson@gmail.com and Sarah Robson at seraphima23@gmail.com, co-chairs of the Membership Committee.

What: Lets create a new vision of our Lifespan Religious Exploration Program together!  Let our collective voices be heard with heart, spirit and compassion.

Join the LRE Program Task Force, The Board of Directors, and our UUA Regional Staff, Sarah Gibb Millspaugh to collaborate on our new vision of what our LRE Program could be.  

We will ask the great questions:

How can we encourage more families and youth to be part of our Community?

How can we do more exciting and fun faith formation out in the community doing cool FIA projects?

What does a successful LRE program look like for UU Santa Monica?

 

June 3, 2019 - 7:00pm

Summary

Update from Laura Matthews

Book Group: How To Be Less Stupid about Race: Skipping a week for this discussion group because of Memorial Day, so the third and final meeting will be on Monday, June 3 rather than May 27. How to Be Less Stupid about Race: Book Group. Come explore this important new book in three weekly 2-hour sessions, in Forbes Hall at 7:00 pm. Register for this series either at the RE table or by emailing discussion facilitators Audrey Lyness or Laura Matthews. 

How to Be Less Stupid about Race: Book Group. Come explore this important new book in three weekly 2-hour sessions ending Monday, June 3, 7:00pm, in Forbes Hall. Register for this series either at the RE table or by emailing discussion facilitators Audrey Lyness or Laura Matthews.

For details, scroll down.

How to Be Less Stupid about Race: Book Group. Come explore this important new book in three weekly 2-hour sessions starting Monday, May 13, 7:00pm, in Forbes Hall. Register for this series either at the RE table or by email. 

From the UUA website: “How to Be Less Stupid About Race is your essential guide to breaking through the half-truths and ridiculous misconceptions that have thoroughly corrupted the way race is represented in the classroom, pop culture, media, and politics. Combining no-holds-barred social critique, humorous personal anecdotes, and analysis of the latest interdisciplinary scholarship on systemic racism, sociologist Crystal M. Fleming provides a fresh, accessible, and irreverent take on everything that’s wrong with our national conversation about race.” Come explore this important new book with Audrey Lyness and Laura Matthews in three weekly 2-hour sessions ending Monday, June 3, 7:00pm, in Forbes Hall. We’ll discuss how the ideas speak to us (if at all), what the ideas might mean in practical application, and how they are or are not useful in our fight against racism. Everyone is welcome to audit the discussion; if you’d like to participate, please be sure to have read the Introduction and the first two chapters for the first session. Please also register for this series either at the RE table or by emailing Audrey Lyness or Laura Matthews. Copies of the book are available online or for $17 at the RE table after the Sunday church services. Our hope is that the discussion will be informative, positive, and practical, with all of us learning from the book and from the perspective of others.iling discussion facilitators Audrey Lyness or Laura Matthews.

Summary

Update from Laura Matthews

Book Group: How To Be Less Stupid about Race: Skipping a week for this discussion group because of Memorial Day, so the third and final meeting will be on Monday, June 3 rather than May 27. How to Be Less Stupid about Race: Book Group. Come explore this important new book in three weekly 2-hour sessions, in Forbes Hall at 7:00 pm. Register for this series either at the RE table or by emailing discussion facilitators Audrey Lyness or Laura Matthews. 

How to Be Less Stupid about Race: Book Group. Come explore this important new book in three weekly 2-hour sessions ending Monday, June 3, 7:00pm, in Forbes Hall. Register for this series either at the RE table or by emailing discussion facilitators Audrey Lyness or Laura Matthews.

For details, scroll down.

How to Be Less Stupid about Race: Book Group. Come explore this important new book in three weekly 2-hour sessions starting Monday, May 13, 7:00pm, in Forbes Hall. Register for this series either at the RE table or by email. 

From the UUA website: “How to Be Less Stupid About Race is your essential guide to breaking through the half-truths and ridiculous misconceptions that have thoroughly corrupted the way race is represented in the classroom, pop culture, media, and politics. Combining no-holds-barred social critique, humorous personal anecdotes, and analysis of the latest interdisciplinary scholarship on systemic racism, sociologist Crystal M. Fleming provides a fresh, accessible, and irreverent take on everything that’s wrong with our national conversation about race.” Come explore this important new book with Audrey Lyness and Laura Matthews in three weekly 2-hour sessions ending Monday, June 3, 7:00pm, in Forbes Hall. We’ll discuss how the ideas speak to us (if at all), what the ideas might mean in practical application, and how they are or are not useful in our fight against racism. Everyone is welcome to audit the discussion; if you’d like to participate, please be sure to have read the Introduction and the first two chapters for the first session. Please also register for this series either at the RE table or by emailing Audrey Lyness or Laura Matthews. Copies of the book are available online or for $17 at the RE table after the Sunday church services. Our hope is that the discussion will be informative, positive, and practical, with all of us learning from the book and from the perspective of others.iling discussion facilitators Audrey Lyness or Laura Matthews.

June 3, 2019 - 7:30pm

Bill Blake will present an enjoyable dive into the who and what we are. This on-going, twice a month classon the 1st and 3rd Monday is presented to help participants master specific meditation skills. We endeavor to answer the questions Who am I? (attitudes and beliefs) and What am I? (essence or true nature). This class will include meditations that explore participants' spiritual goals. The monthly group meetings will also focus on insights gained throughout the month. It is expected that participants will develop and enjoy a regular meditation practice.

June 6, 2019 - 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 topic for May 16 is: What 1 or 2 person or persons whom you have lost touch with (due to time, geographic, death or other) do you most wish you could be in touch with now?

The topic for June 6 is: Decorating our homes with pictures and other objects is something we generally do for reasons other than artistic merit. What do you have on the wall or on shelves in your home, other than family photographs, that has special meaning for you? The topic for June 20 is: Even the best of relationships typically have some never-resolved subjects of conflict, disagreement, or not being in sync. What is one of yours and how do you deal with it? For more information contact Richard Mathias at 310-645-1070 or richmathias2@yahoo.com.

We meet from 7:30-9:00 pm in NE Cottage.

June 7, 2019 - 10:30am

Weekly Senior Exercise Class, Body-Mind Tune Up, Forbes. Bruno Lacombe is conducting exercise classes for seniors, super-seniors and people with physical difficulties for UUSM members. Classes are no-charge for UUSM members; non-members suggested donation $10 per class to UUSM. Contact: Bruno Lacombe, (310) 666-7387.

June 8, 2019 - 10:00am

Collage Group with Stan Bemis
 
Do you wish to express yourself creatively in art, and yet may feel inadequate or untrained? Do you yearn to make an artistic statement, yet not sure how? Do you have too many catalogs, magazines, and advertisements, and haven't a clue what to do with them? We welcome you to create your own collages with Stan Bemis!
 
Stan works to bring joy and peace into people's lives through creating art. He has taught many who didn't realize they had creative talent, from all across the world - from California to Palestine/Israel. He welcomes any age, from youths to older adults.
 
The goal of this group is to help foster personal worth and empowerment, entering into that holy place within and having sacred fun. The objectives are 1) to create works of art and 2) create cards for events or celebrations.
 
Contact: Stan Bemis, 310-395-1546 
Or Sarah Robson, seraphima23@gmail.com
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

June 8, 2019 - 12:00pm

June 8, 2019 - 7:00pm

The UUSM Choir presents "Divas and Drag Queens," a musical fundraiser celebrating Pride and Empowerment. We will be showcasing a variety of pieces ranging from classy to camp; arias from Donizetti, to tunes by Whitney Houston, Lady Gaga, Christina Aguilera, and showstoppers from Priscilla Queen of the Desert! The event will be hosted by the lovely Ms. Beverly Luxe and we will be playing bingo through the night. You are welcome to dress up in your campiest, most colorful attire. Tickets are $20 at door or online through www.uusm.org/make-a-donation (choose Program Support > Dining for Dollars > choir concert) Contact Saunder Choi at music@uusm.org for more information.