June 2020 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, June 7, 2020

“Civil Awakening”

Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae, preaching
Cassie Winters, Worship Associate

ONE SERVICE AT 10:00 am online

Our congregation proudly declared “Black Lives Matter!” and we commit ourselves to the difficult soul work of dismantling white supremacy within ourselves and in our society. Join us for a special service exploring the liberatory power being unleashed in the world as we transform LGBTIQ Pride Month into an intersectional call for racial justice.
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Sunday, June 14, 2020


Rev. Kikanza Nuri-Robins, preaching
Leon Henderson-MacLennan, Worship Associate

ONE SERVICE AT 10:00 am online

Are you having fun yet? This spring has been a time of high anxiety — and crisis management. We have experienced the Flight, Fight, Freeze response to the unknown and unwelcome, and now we are moving into a different mode of interaction. We didn’t celebrate Pride Sunday, the last two weeks in the world has been extraordinary, summer is coming. Most of us are still cloistered, we all need a break, and I don’t think any of us is going on vacation. How are you caring for your spirit? Even if it means just taking small moments to breathe, we need to find ways to laugh and play as we work to change the world.

The Rev. Dr. Kikanza Nuri-Robins is a consultant to people and organizations in transition. She works with non-profits and faith-based organizations around the country helping them address issues of leadership, communication and cultural competence. Her most recent book is Fish Out of Water, and she is currently collaborating on a book about Gender Identities. She is a member of our UUSM community. www.KikanzaNuriRobins.com

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Sunday, June 21, 2020

“Our Bright Flame”

Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae, preaching
Kikanza Nuri-Robins, Worship Associate

ONE SERVICE AT 10:00 am online

We’ve managed to thrive as a community as we lived into our liberal religious mission in the world this church year. This morning we will celebrate the many accomplishments of the past nine months as we prepare for a period of slowing down, rest, and restoration in July and August. Come celebrate this church year and explore what our bright future holds.
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Sunday, June 28, 2020

“General Assembly 2020 Worship”

ONE SERVICE AT 10:00 am online

Rev. Joan Javier-Duval

Join us for the largest annual gathering of Unitarian Universalists gathering for worship.

This powerful, communal worship experience, a highlight of our denomination’s General Assembly, will stream on uua.org/ga at 10:00 am PDT — and we will host the service as a watch party for our Santa Monica congregation.

The Rev. Joan Javier-Duval, minister of the Unitarian Church in Montpelier, VT, will preach, the Rev. Mykal O’Neal Slack will serve as a worship leader, and Benjie Messer will be the music director for this special national UUA service. The worship service will include a collection for the Tomaquag Museum, an indigenous museum featuring an extensive collection and archive of Southern New England tribal communities.

For information about the full General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association, visit uua.org/ga. The program will be held online; you can register to be a Virtual GA Participant for an exciting array of meetings, lectures, and workshops June 24 to 28. Registration is not required for several events, including the Sunday morning worship.
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ANNUAL MEETING AT 12:00 noon online

The GA service will be followed by our Annual Meeting Presentation at noon by church leaders on Facebook and YouTube. Details will be emailed and mailed to members of the congregation.  Plan to join in online as we gather on June 28 for our 93rd anniversary. More information at this link.

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Generous Congregation Recipient: NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

We come together for more than ourselves.  This month 50% of the Sunday offering will be donated to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans. LDF also defends the gains and protections won over the past 75 years of civil rights struggle and works to improve the quality and diversity of judicial and executive appointments. Thank you for your support.



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