June 2023 Worship Services

Mother's Day Flower Communion on May 14
Mother’s Day Flower Communion on May 14

Join us in-person and online on Sundays at 10:30 am. All are welcome! We as Unitarian Universalists look forward to being with you.

COVID Update May 2023: The congregation’s Pandemic Policies and Protocols were adopted specifically in response to the pandemic. So given that the state of emergency has been lifted, they are no longer in effect. If you or someone in your household is not feeling well or have tested positive for COVID, please stay home; you can still join us via our Facebook or YouTube live-stream worship. 

Parking at the UCLA parking structure at 1311 16th St. is available to people attending Sunday services. The entrance is from 16th St. between Santa Monica Blvd. and Arizona Ave., on the SE corner of Arizona and 16th; ask the attendant for a UUSM parking permit. For those with a handicap parking tag, several spaces are also available onsite, via the alley west of 18th St., as well at in the UCLA structure.

Worship Online:  We livestream our service from the sanctuary. Join us by clicking the WATCH NOW button above where the video is live every week beginning at 10:20 am, or watch on YouTube or Facebook. You don’t need to have a YouTube or Facebook account, or be logged in, to watch the service. You do have to be logged in to comment and chat with other members of the congregation. 

Explore past services on our Sermons page, available 24/7. Tune in anytime to catch up and worship with your community. We encourage you to light a chalice or candle at home, mediate, and sing along. 


Event Series Sunday Worship

Sunday Worship: Your Heart’s Delight

Sanctuary 1260 18th Street, Santa Monica, CA, United States

Rev. Dr. Kikanza Nuri-Robins, preaching; Chela Metzger, Worship Associate. Your Heart's Delight. Pride Sunday. As Howard Thurman said, “Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that...”



June Generous Congregation Recipient:
Transgender Law Center  

Our practice here at UUSM is to dedicate half of our non-pledge Sunday offerings to support the life of our church and the other 50% to organizations doing work in the world that advances our Unitarian Universalist principles. This month, half of our Sunday Offering will go to the Transgender Law Center (TLC). 

Transgender Law Center changes law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression. This is the largest national trans-led organization advocating for a world in which all people are free to define themselves and their futures. Grounded in legal expertise and committed to racial justice, TLC employs a variety of community-driven strategies to keep transgender and gender nonconforming people alive, thriving, and fighting for liberation.

Thank you for your generous support of our beloved community and Transgender Law Center. 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/donate.


June 2023 Theme: Delight

We’ll explore in our worship, small groups, and personal reflection this month’s theme, The Path of Delight. 

Every day, I see or hear something
that more or less kills me with delight, that leaves me like a needle
in the haystack of light.
It was what I was born for –
to look, to listen,
to lose myself inside this soft world –
to instruct myself over and over in joy and acclamation. ~ Mary Oliver, excerpt from “Mindful”

 And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. ~ Khalil Gibran

On Rest as the Requirement for Delight: There is a strong connection between rest and delight; When we are exhausted and harried it is almost impossible to find delight in even the most wonderful things. ~ PastorsInExile.org

Rules of This Delightful Game:
Kick the ball. Dance in the rain. Get lost on purpose.
Play fetch with the dog. Fly the kite. Smell the flowers.
Jump in the puddle. Pull out the paints. Throw the dice.
Learn the two-step. Let life take you by the hand.
Lean back and let the wind mess up your hair.
Be where you are. Open to what’s before you.
Behold delight. Win the prize. And share it. ~ Rev. Scott Taylor

We’re only here for a minute. We’re here for a little window. And to use that time to catch and share shards of light and laughter and grace seems to me the great story. ~ Brian Doyle

Whether success or failure: the truth of a life really has little to do with its quality. The quality of life is in proportion, always, to the capacity for delight. The capacity for delight is the gift of paying attention. ~ May Sarton


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Our service in the world continues.