November 2022 Worship Services

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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. 

Update: We are trying to keep our members and visitors as safe as possible while following new recommended information and guidelines. Vaccinations are required and masks are strongly recommended while attending services or events inside the Sanctuary, Forbes Hall, or the cottage. If you or someone in your household are 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. Thank you for helping us keep our congregation safe. Safety Policy

Parking at the UCLA parking structure at 1311 16th St. is available to UUSM attending 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 available onsite, via the alley west of 18th St.

Worship Online:  We live-stream our service from the sanctuary. Join us on YouTube, or join us on Facebook where the video is pinned to the top of the page starting at 10:20 am. You don’t need to have a Facebook or YouTube 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.

Sunday Worship: Best Day of the Year

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What will you do with your extra hour? How might you prioritize this precious gift of more time? Rev. Dr. Kikanza Nuri Robins, preaching; Chela Metzger, Worship Associate

Sunday Worship: Antidotes to White Supremacy Culture

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

We explore the anti-racist and counter-oppressive cultural transformation happening throughout society and in our liberal congregations. Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae; Cassie Winters

Sunday Worship: Thanksgiving/Thanxgrieving

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

We practice the "both/and" thinking that holds space for the complex realities and many emotions stirred by the holiday season. Rev. Jeremiah Lal Shahbaz Kalendae, preaching

Sunday Worship: Mindful Living

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

Join us as we journey with Jesus and the Buddha this Sunday and consider what it means to "wake up." Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae, preaching; Cassie Winters, Worship Associate


5 people at a dinner table, plus autumn leavesNovember Generous Congregation Recipient: UUSC Guest at Your Table

Our practice here at UUSM is to dedicate half of our non-pledge Sunday Offering to support the life of our church; the other half goes to organizations doing work in the world that advances our Unitarian Universalist principles. This month, half of our Sunday Offering will go to Guest at Your Table, a program of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC).

The Youth RE Team and the children and youth of UU Santa Monica ask you to join them in their efforts to raise funds for UUSC through the Guest at Your Table program. The youth will be handing out collection boxes and asking the congregation to bring these home and put at their dinner table as we contemplate those who are food insecure. Please give what you can, as 100% of the funds from collection boxes will go to UUSC.

Thank you for your generous support of our beloved community and UUSC Guest at Your Table. To give $10 right now, text “$10 GCC” (or another amount) to 844-982-0209. (One-time-only credit card registration required.) Or visit


November 2022 Theme: The Path of Change

We’ll explore in our worship, small groups, and personal reflection this month’s theme, The Path of Change. Did you believe anyone who said that change was easy?

  • All that you touch, you Change. / All that you Change, Changes you. / The only lasting truth is Change. / God is Change. ~ Octavia Butler, author of the groundbreaking novel Parable of the Sower
  • Faced with the choice between changing one’s mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof. ~ John Kenneth Galbraith, economist and diplomat
  • We need an ecological approach to justice that includes inner work, interpersonal work, and intercultural systemic work — meaning, working within ourselves and between ourselves, and then working to change the systems that we’re living in. ~ Rhonda Magee, mindfulness teacher, Professor of Law, author of The Inner Work of Racial Justice
  • We explicitly open ourselves to the possibility of change, even opening our Principles and Sources to the possibility of revision, because we know that no single formulation or understanding or articulation of our purpose will serve for all times and places. ~ Rev. Rod Richards
  • And I wonder, particularly in a time where everything seems urgent, what the role of pause and breath is, in this season, to help us gear up for whatever this transformational moment we find ourselves in is. ~ Rev. Jen Bailey, Founder and Executive Director of Faith Matters Network
  • You know you’ve changed your whole mental image about companionship and commitment when you use the pronouns “we” and “our” to describe items that were previously described by “my” and “I.” ~ Jason Merchey, author of Values of the Wise


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