February 2022 Worship Services

Join us each Sunday ONLINE as we celebrate and worship as a community.

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We as Unitarian Universalists look forward to being with you online/in spirit on Sunday morning. We continue to develop our new hybrid spiritual practice of co-creating beloved community together in the midst of a global pandemic. We’re finding ways to spiritually prepare and fortify ourselves and to support others in uncertain times. If you need help getting to the online services, please contact board member Eileen McCormack for assistance.

Join our live online Sunday service broadcast on the church’s Facebook or YouTube pages on Sunday mornings and join the conversation. You can also watch it live on the UUSM website on the main page (uusm.org). You don’t need to have a Facebook or YouTube account or be logged in to watch on any of the websites. You do have to be logged in to comment and chat with other members of the congregation. The video will also be archived on our YouTube channel and website after the end of the service, so tune in anytime to catch up and worship with your community.

Please join us for a Zoom Coffee Hour Check-In and Conversation after the service, from 11:30 am-12:30 pm. Email zoomcoffee@uusm.org for the Zoom link or find it in our private UU Santa Monica Facebook Group. Ask to join.

Services now at 10:30 amSince December 31st, congregational attendance in the sanctuary on Sundays is temporarily suspended in light of the rapidly spreading COVID variant. For everyone’s safety, only staff and worship leaders will be permitted in the building.

Sunday, February 6, 2022

“Widening the Circle of Healing

The Rev. Matthew Cockrum, preaching
Natalie Kahn, Worship Associate

ONE SERVICE AT 10:30 am online only      

What does it mean to expand our understandings of healing and how it occurs? How can our efforts to decolonize include our experiences and practices of medicine and end of life care?

The Rev. Matthew Cockrum (Honored Guest Minister) is a Unitarian Universalist minister currently serving as a hospice chaplain in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Rev. Matthew has served in congregations and hospitals, has also worked as a yoga teacher, and has a private practice in spiritual direction and somatic companioning and healing. His interest has also recently been piqued by the use of entheogenic and plant medicines in healing and end of life care.

Sunday, February 13, 2022

“Real Love”

The Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae, preaching
Sue Bickford, Worship Associate

ONE SERVICE AT 10:30 am online only

We side with love, we fight for it, and we live it. Our liberal religious faith calls us to put love into action. What exactly is it? What does religious wisdom have to teach us about it? Join us this Valentine’s Day Sunday as we consider real love.

Sunday, February 20, 2022

“Widening the Circles of Love”

The Rev. Kikanza Nuri-Robins, preaching
Amy Brunell, Worship Associate

ONE SERVICE AT 10:30 am online only

As we journey through life, we surround ourselves and those we care about with circles of connections. Many of the circles intersect. Most of the circles change over time. Some of the circles shrink as you age and friends and family die. Given who you are and how you are in the world, do you have enough circles? Are your circles expansive enough? How is it possible to widen our circles — and is it really necessary?

Sunday, February 27, 2022

“Mahashivaratri: The Bhakti Poet-Saints”

The Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae, preaching
Michael McCormack, Worship Associate

ONE SERVICE AT 10:30 am online only

Mahashivaratri — “the Great Night of Shiva” in the Hindu tradition — has arrived once again! For the past two years we’ve honored this important Hindu festival with a special service. This year we will hear from the great devotional poet-saints and progressive reformers of this tradition. Join us for this holiday service marking the removal of ignorance and the sacred cosmic dance of creation and destruction.


February Generous Congregation Recipient: Equal Justice Initiative

We come together for more than ourselves. This month, half of our Sunday Offering will go to Equal Justice Initiative. Founded in 1989 by Bryan Stevenson, a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer and bestselling author of Just Mercy, EJI is a private nonprofit providing legal representation to people who have been illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced, or abused in state jails and prisons. Just Mercy has also become an award-winning film. The organization challenges the death penalty and excessive punishment and provides re-entry assistance to formerly incarcerated people. EJI supports the Legacy Museum and Memorial in Montgomery, AL. Working with communities that have been marginalized by poverty and discouraged by unequal treatment, EJI is committed to changing the narrative about race in America. Thank you for your generous support of this beloved community and Equal Justice Initiative.

To give $10 right now, text “$10 GCC” (or another amount) to 844-982-0209. (One-time-only credit card registration required.) Or visit uusm.org/make-a-donation.


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