January 2021 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 virtually and in spirit on Sunday morning. We continue to develop our new 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 online Sunday service broadcast on the church’s Facebook page @UUSantaMonica on Sunday mornings and join the conversation on Facebook. You can also watch it live here on the UUSM Newsletter site on the main page (news.uusm.org). You don’t need to have a Facebook account or be logged in to watch on Facebook or here. The video will also be available on our YouTube channel shortly after the end of the service, so tune in anytime to catch up and worship with your community.

Sunday, January 3, 2021

“Loss — Holding On and Letting Go”

Michael Eselun, preaching
Charles Haskell, Worship Associate

ONE SERVICE AT 10:00 am online

Moving together through these challenging times, we find ourselves confronted by loss in so many dimensions. What might be there for us? Do we hold on or let go? UCLA Oncology Chaplain and popular guest speaker Michael Eselun will share reflections on these questions.

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Sunday, January 10, 2021

“Hope Is on the Horizon”

Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae, preaching
Natalie Kahn, Worship Associate

ONE SERVICE AT 10:00 am online

Let us pause and take inventory of the good work of this church in the past year and chart a course for our ministry together in 2021. Join us as we explore the new ways we are called to minister to each other, our developmental priorities, and what might be born of the global experience of surviving a pandemic together.

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Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with readings of “Letter from Birmingham Jail” on January 17, 18, and 19. (PRNewsFoto/Eastern State Penitentiary)

Sunday, January 17, 2021

“A Prophet for Our Times”

Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae, preaching
Robbert Schalekamp, Worship Associate

ONE SERVICE AT 10:00 am online

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Baptist minister, theologian, and a luminary of the movement for civil rights. His prophetic legacy was largely whitewashed to make him more palatable to mainstream culture. In seminary, I had the privilege of studying his life and writings and discovered a liberal religious prophet for our times. Join us as we encounter Dr. King anew and his radical message of liberation.

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Sunday, January 24, 2021

“Just Imagine”

Rev. Kikanza Nuri-Robins, preaching
Cassie Winters, Worship Associate

ONE SERVICE AT 10:00 am online

Our theme for community reflection this month is “Imagination.” What role does imagination play in creating a world that works for us?

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Sunday, January 31, 2021

“A Multireligious Bouquet”

Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae, preaching
Chela Metzger, Worship Associate

ONE SERVICE AT 10:00 am online

A church of Atheists, Agnostics, Humanists, Secularists, and Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, and other spiritual seekers!? One of the most unique features of Unitarian Universalism is the expansiveness of our religious and philosophical embrace. It distinguishes us from every other religious tradition and yet is reflective of the world in which we live. It presents its own challenges and opportunities in creating beloved community. Join us as we explore our uniquely beautiful multireligious bouquet.

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Generous Congregation Recipients: UNICEF, then the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)

We come together for more than ourselves. On Sunday, January 3, 50% of the offering will be donated to the United Nations Children’s Fund. UNICEF works in the world’s toughest places to reach the most disadvantaged children and adolescents – and to protect the rights of every child, everywhere. Across more than 190 countries and territories, UNICEF does whatever it takes to help children survive, thrive and fulfill their potential, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines, it supports child health and nutrition, safe water and sanitation, quality education and skill building, HIV prevention and treatment for mothers and babies, and the protection of children and adolescents from violence and exploitation. Before, during and after humanitarian emergencies, UNICEF is on the ground, bringing lifesaving help and hope to children and families. Created in 1946, non-political and impartial, UNICEF is never neutral when it comes to defending children’s rights and safeguarding their lives and futures.

For the rest of January, 50% of the Sunday offering will be donated to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). As the COVID-19 pandemic, SCLCa renewed focus on voting rights, and widespread protests of racist policing shine a spotlight on the lack of fairness and equity in our communities, the SCLC continues its work to ensure economic justice and civil rights; and to eradicate racism wherever it exists. An outgrowth of the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955–56, SCLC today is a non-sectarian, interfaith advocacy organization that is committed to nonviolent action to achieve social, economic, and political justice.

Local chapters and affiliates throughout the country work in their respective communities to implement national programs, such as voter registration, improvement in education, and direct action against any form of injustice or inequitable treatment. SCLC stands as an advocate for those on the margins of society.

Thank you for your generous support.


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