You Are Invited

May 25, 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. 

 

 

 

May 25, 2022 - 7:00pm

CareRing Committee invites all in the UUCCSM community to a virtual facilitated circle of caring. Zoom link will be sent after registration. The goal of this gathering is to re-connect, catch up and share personal thoughts, feelings, and strategies for dealing with a challenging time. We hope you will join us for this connection time.

 Please RSVP to: pastoralcare@uusm.org.

May 27, 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. 

 

 

 

May 28, 2022 - 9:00am

 The hiking group will be gathering together at the church May 28th, 2022, Saturday at 9 AM to prepare to carpool to Solstice Canyon for an easy 2.1 mile round trip hike.  The trail is a paved/dirt road with plenty of room for social distancing and good conversation. 

 For more info or questions please email Greg Wood at hiking@uusm.org

 

May 29, 2022 - 10:30am

May 29, 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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

May 29, 2022 - 12:30pm

As we begin to think about how we want to be in community together as we emerge from the pandemic, you are invited to a “Victuals and Visioning” session around ministry that centers community who identify as women, genderfluid, genderqueer, and non-binary. 

We’ll meet in the shade structure, share scrumptious salads, and take stock of all the ways we’ve been gathering in ministry over the past few years. We’ll also consider how the eight elements of effective ministry figure into current and imagined offerings. This is a “get (re)acquainted gathering and brainstorming session.” Everyone and all ideas are welcome. Bring a salad if you can, or pick up a baguette or beverage to bring with you. 

 For more information, contact: Carol Ring, carol.ring@uusm.org.

May 30, 2022 - 9:00am

Join in a weekday morning meditation and check-in session on Zoom May 9-20 and May 30-June 10. We’re following along with Insight Timer’s Karen Anderson as she leads a course on Fostering an Undefended Heart. It's a 30-day course, and we are in days 11-20, but you will benefit from even one day of participation.

 

As Karen Anderson says, “Many of us wait for conditions to bring about enjoyable emotions such as love or peace. But wisdom traditions teach that we can in fact practice cultivating these states, as they are at the core of our true nature but often get obscured by fear and confusion. This course invites you on a profound exploration of daily 'heart practices', drawn from various traditions, to comprehensively promote positive emotional states. These pro-social attitudes- called the 'abode of the gods'- include loving-kindness (founded on forgiveness), compassion, joy and equanimity.” Although you may want to complete this course, it is recommended to repeat a given heart practice until it takes root in your heart and mind.

 

For these brief 30 minute sessions, we will sign on at 9 AM, settle in for a brief lesson and meditation, and close by a 10 minute checking in and sharing what’s on your heart and mind as you launch your day. Contact AdultRE@uusm.org for further information.

May 30, 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. 

 

 

May 31, 2022 - 9:00am

Join in a weekday morning meditation and check-in session on Zoom May 9-20 and May 30-June 10. We’re following along with Insight Timer’s Karen Anderson as she leads a course on Fostering an Undefended Heart. It's a 30-day course, and we are in days 11-20, but you will benefit from even one day of participation.

 

As Karen Anderson says, “Many of us wait for conditions to bring about enjoyable emotions such as love or peace. But wisdom traditions teach that we can in fact practice cultivating these states, as they are at the core of our true nature but often get obscured by fear and confusion. This course invites you on a profound exploration of daily 'heart practices', drawn from various traditions, to comprehensively promote positive emotional states. These pro-social attitudes- called the 'abode of the gods'- include loving-kindness (founded on forgiveness), compassion, joy and equanimity.” Although you may want to complete this course, it is recommended to repeat a given heart practice until it takes root in your heart and mind.

 

For these brief 30 minute sessions, we will sign on at 9 AM, settle in for a brief lesson and meditation, and close by a 10 minute checking in and sharing what’s on your heart and mind as you launch your day. Contact AdultRE@uusm.org for further information.

May 31, 2022 - 7:00pm

June 1, 2022 - 9:00am

Join in a weekday morning meditation and check-in session on Zoom May 9-20 and May 30-June 10. We’re following along with Insight Timer’s Karen Anderson as she leads a course on Fostering an Undefended Heart. It's a 30-day course, and we are in days 11-20, but you will benefit from even one day of participation.

 

As Karen Anderson says, “Many of us wait for conditions to bring about enjoyable emotions such as love or peace. But wisdom traditions teach that we can in fact practice cultivating these states, as they are at the core of our true nature but often get obscured by fear and confusion. This course invites you on a profound exploration of daily 'heart practices', drawn from various traditions, to comprehensively promote positive emotional states. These pro-social attitudes- called the 'abode of the gods'- include loving-kindness (founded on forgiveness), compassion, joy and equanimity.” Although you may want to complete this course, it is recommended to repeat a given heart practice until it takes root in your heart and mind.

 

For these brief 30 minute sessions, we will sign on at 9 AM, settle in for a brief lesson and meditation, and close by a 10 minute checking in and sharing what’s on your heart and mind as you launch your day. Contact AdultRE@uusm.org for further information.

June 1, 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. 

 

 

 

June 2, 2022 - 9:00am

Join in a weekday morning meditation and check-in session on Zoom May 9-20 and May 30-June 10. We’re following along with Insight Timer’s Karen Anderson as she leads a course on Fostering an Undefended Heart. It's a 30-day course, and we are in days 11-20, but you will benefit from even one day of participation.

 

As Karen Anderson says, “Many of us wait for conditions to bring about enjoyable emotions such as love or peace. But wisdom traditions teach that we can in fact practice cultivating these states, as they are at the core of our true nature but often get obscured by fear and confusion. This course invites you on a profound exploration of daily 'heart practices', drawn from various traditions, to comprehensively promote positive emotional states. These pro-social attitudes- called the 'abode of the gods'- include loving-kindness (founded on forgiveness), compassion, joy and equanimity.” Although you may want to complete this course, it is recommended to repeat a given heart practice until it takes root in your heart and mind.

 

For these brief 30 minute sessions, we will sign on at 9 AM, settle in for a brief lesson and meditation, and close by a 10 minute checking in and sharing what’s on your heart and mind as you launch your day. Contact AdultRE@uusm.org for further information.

June 2, 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 June via Zoom on Thursday the 2nd from 7:30 to 9:00 PM and our second meeting of June on Saturday the 18th 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:

            6/2/22 (Thursday): Aristotle: "Anybody can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not within everyone's power and is not easy."  How do you handle anger?  Have you ever regretted your actions when angry?  Has your temper become 'shorter' or more patient/nuanced with age?

            6/18/22 (Saturday): What one or two attributes or personality characteristics stand out most in your memory about of each of your parents? Is there an especially fond memory you can share about something they did with you or for you? What do you think your own children, or nieces and nephews if you have no children, will most remember about you?   

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.

                                                 

 

June 3, 2022 - 9:00am

Join in a weekday morning meditation and check-in session on Zoom May 9-20 and May 30-June 10. We’re following along with Insight Timer’s Karen Anderson as she leads a course on Fostering an Undefended Heart. It's a 30-day course, and we are in days 11-20, but you will benefit from even one day of participation.

 

As Karen Anderson says, “Many of us wait for conditions to bring about enjoyable emotions such as love or peace. But wisdom traditions teach that we can in fact practice cultivating these states, as they are at the core of our true nature but often get obscured by fear and confusion. This course invites you on a profound exploration of daily 'heart practices', drawn from various traditions, to comprehensively promote positive emotional states. These pro-social attitudes- called the 'abode of the gods'- include loving-kindness (founded on forgiveness), compassion, joy and equanimity.” Although you may want to complete this course, it is recommended to repeat a given heart practice until it takes root in your heart and mind.

 

For these brief 30 minute sessions, we will sign on at 9 AM, settle in for a brief lesson and meditation, and close by a 10 minute checking in and sharing what’s on your heart and mind as you launch your day. Contact AdultRE@uusm.org for further information.

June 3, 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. 

 

 

 

June 5, 2022 - 10:30am

June 5, 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.

 

 

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.