November 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 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 ( 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.

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

Services now at 10:30 amSince September our worship leaders have been livestreaming from our sanctuary and courtyard at 10:30 am. We’ve made significant investments to enhance our technological infrastructure and staffing to allow us to broadcast live on Sunday mornings! And we have reopened the sanctuary! We are limiting members’ participation to 10 people on a first-come-first-served basis. If you would like to RSVP, use this form. You will need to either upload your vaccination card or email it to Cyndee at in order to attend. Please note: Reservation deadlines are Thursdays by noon prior to the Sunday service date.

Sunday, November 7, 2021

“Unitarian Universalist History 101

Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae, preaching
Chela Metzger, Worship Associate

ONE SERVICE AT 10:30 am online      Daylight Savings ends (Fall back)

Last month we took a good look at our Unitarian Universalist principles. Our liberal religious history has roots in the Jewish and Christian traditions, and it was deeply influenced by the many diverse sources of our faith. Come learn a bit more about some important moments in the evolution of our liberal faith tradition!

Sunday, November 14, 2021

“The Danger of a Single Story”

Rev. Kikanza Nuri-Robins, preaching
Sue Bickford, Worship Associate

ONE SERVICE AT 10:30 am online

“Any one person’s story can change the way we think — and in changing the way enough people think, it can change our world. But what of the stories that cannot be told by one person alone? What of the stories that touch many people, all of whom have different perspectives and points of view?” Stephen Bradley’s quotation is a cautionary tale for us to explore today.

Sunday, November 21, 2021

“Honoring Thanksgiving/Thanxgrieving”

Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae, preaching
Charles Haskell, Worship Associate

ONE SERVICE AT 10:30 am online

We honor this holiday with gratitude and grief as we count life’s many blessings and we also remember the brutal legacy of colonialism in the United States. Let us offer thanksgiving together and reaffirm our commitments to justice and wholeness for Indigenous Peoples. I will share the traditional story of the first Thanxgrieving from my late spiritual teacher, Ibrahim Baba.

Sunday, November 28, 2021

“8 Elements of Effective Congregational Ministries Revisited”

Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae, preaching
Michael McCormack, Worship Associate

ONE SERVICE AT 10:30 am online

We are a ministry of all people. Participation in the life of our congregation provides you with opportunities to practice the arts of ministry. Come learn about some of the ways you can make a difference in our Beloved Community! It’s been two years since we first considered these “8 Elements“: Spirituality, Fellowship, Education, Pastoral Care, Leadership Development, Anti-Racism/Anti-Oppression/Social Justice, Invitation, Stewardship. How are they relevant as we move forward?


November Generous Congregation Recipient: Community Services Unlimited (CSU)

We come together for more than ourselves. 50% of our Offering in the month of November will go to Community Services Unlimited. Recent events and the pandemic underscore the extreme inequalities which impact the health and lives of black and brown communities in Los Angeles. UUSM’s Faith in Action Committee has supported the ongoing health and environmental justice efforts of CSU to provide healthy organic food, preventive health services while building community capacity to address issues of unsustainable resources and unequal impact.

Volunteers from our congregation helped CSU refurbish their Veggie Bus classroom and seed library and remodel the nonprofit’s headquarters in the Paul Robeson Community Wellness Center. The Center includes a produce market, café, catering kitchen, and community center promoting environmental and social justice and health. Please join us in a generous contribution to CSU, so they can continue their important work to help South LA communities. Thank you for your generous support of this beloved community and of Community Services Unlimited.

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


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