May 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 ( 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, May 3, 2020

“The Beloved”

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

ONE SERVICE AT 10:00 am online

The Queen of Months — Ramazan — has arrived! Muslims around the globe are observing this lunar month as a time of intensified fasting, prayer, and charity. These spiritual exercises help the followers of this path to draw near to their Beloved. Join us for this special service celebrating and exploring this sacred month.
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Sunday, May 10, 2020

“Motherhood’s Revolution”

Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae, preaching
Alison Kendall, Worship Associate

ONE SERVICE AT 10:00 am online

Wisdom from the world’s religions encourages us to honor the revolutionary power of motherhood. This Mother’s Day, we will reflect upon the mothers of all forms in our lives and explore the divine feminine in the world’s great wisdom traditions.
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Sunday, May 17, 2020

“Liminal Space”

Rev. Kikanza Nuri-Robins, preaching
Natalie Kahn, Worship Associates

ONE SERVICE AT 10:00 am online

When you are finished with where you are, and not yet where you are going, and not entirely clear about why you are where you are, you are in Liminal Space. Resting in the arms of ambiguity might become a spiritual practice for you. Join us as we consider how we might take greater advantage of the grey areas in our lives.

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.

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Shabbat Shalom –
Traditional Jewish Sabbath ritual

Sunday, May 24, 2020

“Our Sabbath”

Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae, preaching
Sue Bickford, Worship Associate

ONE SERVICE AT 10:00 am online

Sundays are a sacred time for worship, rest, and play in our tradition. That is perhaps especially true in this time of quarantine. How did it come to be that we gather like this for a time of Sabbath? This week we will explore the Jewish and Christian origins of our sacred day and its relevance to our lives.
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Sunday, May 31, 2020

“What Do We Need to Live?”

Rev. Judith Meyer, preaching
Aubrey Sassoon, Worship Associate

ONE SERVICE AT 10:00 am online

While it may be too soon to draw durable lessons from the pandemic, it still prompts us to ask ourselves what we need to live. Our awareness of suffering and uncertainty, combined with the challenge and sameness of our days, may offer some new answers.

The Rev. Judith Meyer served as the Minister of UUSM for 15 years, from 1993 to 2008. Upon her retirement, the congregation voted her Minister Emerita. She now lives in Knoxville, Tennessee, with her husband, David Denton.  We’re excited that she can join us for this service.

Please read and view Worship Associate Aubrey Sassoon’s preface to today’s service.

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Generous Congregation Recipient:  UUA’s COVID-19 Pandemic Response

Supporting Our People and Our Communities

Let’s keep raising funds for the UUA Covid-19 Fund. Small congregations and UU religious professionals are going to need as much support as medium and large congregations can muster.  In this time of national crisis, the Unitarian Universalist Association is working alongside our congregations, and supporting our UU religious professionals and administrative staff, who are tirelessly leading our communities through the COVID-19 pandemic. The impact is widespread, but some will be hit harder than others.

Gifts to the UUA’s COVID-19 Pandemic Response allow our UU faith community to financially support those religious professionals and communities for whom the pandemic will create the greatest need.

Grants will be awarded via the Disaster Relief Fund to congregations and UU entities partnering with local organizations to provide assistance in their community to people who are at significant risk to health and livelihood because of COVID-19. Grants to meet the extraordinary financial needs of ministers, religious professionals, and congregational staff impacted by COVID-19 will be disbursed through the Living Tradition Fund.

Please donate today and join in our appreciation for those who are being impacted even as they continue to lead. Your support of the COVID-19 Pandemic Response is a concrete way to show your support and love to the staff and communities that are being most impacted by this health emergency.

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