October 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, October 4, 2020

“Blessing of the Animals”

Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae, preaching
Cassie Winters, Worship Associate

ONE SERVICE AT 10:00 am online

We gather on the Feast of Francis of Assisi — patron saint of animals and the environment in the Christian tradition — to celebrate and digitally bless our non-human animal companions and the natural world.  Our Seventh UU Principle is “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.”  And our Six Sources affirm and promote many ways that this world is so much more than just the humans in it.

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We believe...Love is LoveSunday, October 11, 2020

“Keep Turning the Pages”

Mylo Way, preaching
Chela Metzger, Worship Associate

ONE SERVICE AT 10:00 am online

What do we do when the truth is hard to face and the outcome is frightening? How do we stay in community and get ourselves through the hard truths, together?

We welcome to our pulpit Mylo Way, a lifelong UU who has served as a chaplain in congregational, conference, and hospital settings. Mylo studied at Starr King School for the Ministry and is transmasculine genderqueer.

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Sunday, October 18, 2020

“Listening with the Heart”

Rev. Kikanza Nuri-Robins, preaching
JoAn Peters, Worship Associate

ONE SERVICE AT 10:00 am online

Have you ever wished that someone would just stop talking and LISTEN to you?  Have you ever felt you were listening to someone but even though you understood the words, you were missing the meaning?  Sometimes rather than listening with your ears and processing with your brain, you need to listen with your heart and take in the meaning of the message THERE.  Heart Tones.  Heart Songs.  Heart Sounds.  When should you shift from the head to the heart?  How can you use both head and heart?  Approaching the speaker with the appropriate Listening Attitude is the key to listening as a spiritual practice.  Listening with your heart.  Wholly Listening.  Holy Listening.

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Sunday, October 25, 2020

“Requiem for Hope: A Tribute”

Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae, preaching
Saunder Choi, Director of Music
Alison Kendall, Worship Associate

ONE SERVICE AT 10:00 am online

2020 has been quite a year. Between the pandemic, fires and climate catastrophes, and the general political landscape, there is no doubt that we have lost many lives.  This year, the choir presents its Requiem to pay tribute to all that is lost and what we have gained. We would like to dedicate this service to our healthcare workers; justice leaders Ruth Bader Ginsburg and John Lewis; the countless Black lives that we lost to systemic brutality, to get the discussion of equality on the table, George Floyd and Breonna Taylor among them; lives lost because of COVID-19, to natural disasters. We also honor the souls in our own community that have moved forward from this earth to join the ancestors; we will dedicate new bricks in our beautiful Memorial Garden. May the music offered in this service be meditative, reflective, and healing, ushering us to a more hopeful tomorrow.

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Generous Congregation Recipient:  UUA Disaster Relief FundUUA logo

We come together for more than ourselves. This month 50% of the Sunday offering will be donated to the UUA Disaster Relief Fund. The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Disaster Relief Fund is part of a covenant — a covenant between the UUA and congregations, between congregations who give generously and those in need, and with our community partners. Through aiding our congregations, their members, and their community partners, we are able to embody our faith and values.

Disasters impact our congregations and their communities with increasing rapidity. From natural disasters like wildfires and hurricanes to human caused disasters, UU congregations, people, and communities sustain the impact. Your donation allows our national organization to respond flexibly on your behalf to tragedies that overtake us.

Grants can be used for damage to congregations’ buildings, and relocation to temporary locations; damage to members/friends homes, and relocation expenses; donations to local partner organizations that serve the community at large, particularly those who would not be eligible for other funding; and certain expenses related to the COVID-19 Pandemic. For details, visit UUA Disaster Relief Fund.  Thank you for your generous support.

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