You Are Invited

July 23, 2018 - 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
 

July 24, 2018 - 7:00pm

Religious Exploration for Adults presents this since-session class and discussion with James Witker, adapted from a Freethinker Forum held by AAHS this past Spring…
 
EMERGENCE (Emergent Properties) is a cross-disciplinary idea in science, philosophy, and art dealing with complex systems arising from -- and having properties not merely defined by -- their simpler component parts. Some examples include snowflakes, fractals, galaxies, and life itself. 
Whether by blind chance, the whims of quantum spacetime, the Multiverse, or something more deeply mysterious about the nature of Reality, we live in a universe whose internal dynamics are geared toward the development of complex structures -- otherwise we wouldn’t be here at all! Mathematical Cosmologist Brian Swimme says: “This is the greatest discovery of the scientific enterprise: You take hydrogen gas, and you leave it alone, and it turns into rosebushes, giraffes, and humans.” (https:// en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emergence) 
 
Emergence seems to be a synergy of the laws of the universe that allows for what systems biologist and MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient Stuart Kauffman calls “ceaseless and explosive creativity” under the right conditions. There is much that we don’t understand about it, and it is an exciting new frontier in science. Some would suggest that what we are coming to understand about emergent complexity defies the “reductionism” that has been a hallmark of scientific thought since Galileo and Newton.
And where might a concept of God fit in? For most of human history, people have seen a divine hand or some kind of animating intelligence behind the workings of our world and its creative properties. But the steady march of science has revealed a universe obedient to fixed natural laws and chaotically governed by chance. These days, most atheists will say that there is no reliable evidence for anything in or beyond the cosmos that can be called “God.” Meanwhile, newer movements in religion and spirituality, such as Pantheism, Panentheism and some Religious Naturalists, have sought to re-define God as something akin to nature itself, or the inherent creativity within it. 
J
oin us for an exploration of Emergence in a humanistic frame. We will try to understand this concept better, ask some questions to get at what is still mysterious, and grow our appreciation of nature’s awesome self-organizing dynamics.
Contact: jwitker@mac.com
 

 

July 27, 2018 - 10:00am

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.

Classes at no charge for UUSM Members.

July 29, 2018 - 10:00am

Parking is provided at the UCLA structure on Sunday mornings.

July 29, 2018 - 12:30pm

July 30, 2018 - 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
 

August 2, 2018 - 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 Thursday of the month from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the NE room of the Cottage.

The topic for July 5 is: What one or two most important things to you did you try to teach to your children, by discussion and/or by example? Was there anything that you only realized later that you were inadvertently teaching them and wished that you hadn’t? Were these the same or different major lessons that you learned from your parents? The topic for July 12 is: What is the oldest historical event or story about life that you can remember having been told to you by someone who lived through it? Are there any such stories that you have told to your children or younger people more than a couple of times?

For further information contact Richard Mathias.

 

August 3, 2018 - 10:00am

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.

Classes at no charge for UUSM Members.

August 5, 2018 - 10:00am

Parking is provided at the UCLA structure on Sunday mornings.

August 5, 2018 - 11:00am

 
July Art Wall Opening Reception: Sun, July 1st, 2018, 11 am to 12:30 pm. Forbes Hall.
 

The tradition continues! This annual event, hosted by Diana Spears, includes art created by our own UUSM members. Come down and see some of the amazing talent we have within our own community!

A variety of mediums will be on display, some for sale and some not. From paintings to ceramics to photographs, there will be whole lot of talent on display!

Confirmed artists for this year’s UUSM Member Art Wall include: Jeremy Arnold, Bettye Barclay, Ralph Martel, Tom Peters, Carol Ring and Greg Wood.

For more information about our UUSM  members art show, please contact:

Diana Spears, dianaspears3@gmail.com. 

                     

 

 

August 5, 2018 - 11:30am

Sun, October 1, 2017: 12:30am-1:30pm. Cottage NE. Come learn all there is to know about UU Santa Monica! From our youth programs to Super Seniors, community outreach to internal social gatherings, there is a lot happening! New to Unitarian Universalism? We will also cover general topics such as what being a UU means, and go over a brief history. Contact: Jackie Schwab, office@uusm.org.

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. 

Green Committee Meeting: Sun, June 4. Please note instead of our regular meeting we will be participating in the Faith In Action Fundraiser, see you there! Contact: Alison Kendall, Alison@kendallplanning.com

 

August 6, 2018 - 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.

August 7, 2018 - 10:00am

Want more personal and spiritual growth? Want to be with other women who can relate to what you are going through? Then this group is for you! We look forward to seeing you as we kick off this new group in April.

August 10, 2018 - 10:00am

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.

Classes at no charge for UUSM Members.

August 11, 2018 - 1:00pm

Imagine the light that could come into our community and the world, if we could live more fully, without being held back by self-criticism or self-doubt. 
In this introduction, we will be looking directly at our Inner Critic and learning to discriminate it from our deepest inner truth. Taking this workshop could be a first step in turning these judgmental voices into allies. 
 

August 12, 2018 - 10:00am

Parking is provided at the UCLA structure on Sunday mornings.

August 12, 2018 - 5:00pm

[updated for December, 2017]

Sun, Dec 10, 2017: 5pm-5:45pm. Sanctuary. *new topic!* Please join us in December for a special service, “Reflecting on Kwanzaa.” Services are led by Rev. Kikanza Nuri-Robins, Joyce Holmen, and Karen Hsu Patterson. With singing and instrumental music, poetry, statements and questions, silence and sharing, we explore monthly worship themes. Contact: Joyce Holmen, mort4@earthlink.net.

 

August 12, 2018 - 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
 
 

August 12, 2018 - 7:30pm