The UU Santa Monica Covenant
Love is the doctrine of this church.
The quest of truth is its sacrament,
And service is its prayer.
To dwell together in peace;
To seek knowledge in freedom;
To serve humankind in fellowship;
Thus do we covenant with each other.
Our covenant is the thread that binds Unitarian Universalism, UU Santa Monica, and the individual groups and members of our congregation together. It is the promises we make to one another and the ways we commit to walk together.
Seven Principles that Guide Us
As a congregation affiliated with the national Unitarian Universalist Association, we affirm the seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism, drawn from sources as diverse as science, poetry, scripture, and personal experience.
- 1st Principle: The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
- 2nd Principle: Justice, equity and compassion in human relations.
- 3rd Principle: Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations.
- 4th Principle: A free and responsible search for truth and meaning.
- 5th Principle: The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large.
- 6th Principle: The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all.
- 7th Principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
History of UU Santa Monica
The Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica was originally known as All Souls Unitarian Church of Santa Monica when in 1927 the Rev. Lawrence Hayward began hosting services at his home. The nascent congregation purchased land at 18th and Arizona, and dedicated our beautiful sanctuary, designed by architect John Byers, in 1930. During the hard times of the Great Depression, the Women’s Alliance served as the backbone of the church. Then in the Post-War boom, the Sunday school program and the congregation grew substantially.
A Time of Recommitment
UU Santa Monica has entered an extended period of Developmental Ministry, a type of transitional ministry that propels us forward between long-term, settled ministers. First under the guidance of the Rev. Greg Ward, and now with the Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae, we are recommitting to our shared principles and reenvisioning our shared work, with an immediate focus on addressing white supremacy. Today we acknowledge that the land we inhabit was once known as Tovaangar. It was the home of the Gabrielino/Tongva people, the stewards of this land before we came to live and worship here.
Currently, Rev. Kalendae and the congregation’s elected Board of Directors are emphasizing leadership development both in worship and in governance. This develops the skills and gifts of lay leaders who will carry us into the future, and strengthens personal connection during Sunday services.