September 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.

Starting Sunday, September 5th at 10:30 am (please note the time), our worship leaders will begin livestreaming from our sanctuary and courtyard. We’ve made significant investments to enhance our technological infrastructure and staffing to allow us to broadcast live on Sunday mornings! We had hoped to be able to reopen our sanctuary to everyone this weekend, too, but that is not possible at this time.

im-possibleSunday, September 5, 2021


Rev. Kikanza Nuri-Robins, preaching
Alison Kendall, Worship Associate

ONE SERVICE AT 10:30 am online

What does it take to break out of what is, to embrace what is possible? Have you ever surprised yourself by doing something you thought was impossible? Let us consider together the mindshift created by a spiritual practice of possibilities.

Jewish High Holy DaysSunday, September 12, 2021

“Jewish High Holy Days”

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

ONE SERVICE AT 10:30 am online

The Jewish New Year — Rosh Hashanah — and the Sabbath of Sabbaths — Yom Kippur — arrive as we are about to set out on our new church year. This is a time of introspection, mending relationships, and seeking forgiveness in the Jewish tradition. Please join us for this special annual holiday service honoring this sacred time.

TBDSunday, September 19, 2021

“Developmental Ministry”

Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae, preaching
Eileen McCormack, Worship Associate

ONE SERVICE AT 10:30 am online

Let’s take another look at our theme of “Possibilities.” We continue to make progress on our ambitious developmental goals! Come learn more about developmental ministry, the principles and objectives that are guiding our work together, and the progress we’re making in developmental ministry.



Water CommunionSunday, September 26, 2021

“Ingathering and Water Communion”

Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae, preaching
JoAn Peters, Worship Associate

ONE SERVICE AT 10:30 am online

Our new church year has arrived! We will gather together virtually as beloved community once again with our annual Water Communion Ceremony. Let us bring the blessings of our lives to our congregation as we name our intentions, hopes, and dreams for the church year before us. What is stirring in your heart?


International Rescue Committee logoSeptember Generous Congregation Recipient: The International Rescue Committee in LA

We come together for more than ourselves. 50% of our Offering in the month of September will go to The International Rescue Committee in LA to support resettlement of Afghan and other refugees and SIV recipients. The International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Los Angeles is working alongside communities and partners to support Afghans living in Southern California and ensure a warm welcome for those soon to arrive in the coming weeks. The IRC has resettled more than 16,000 Afghan Special Immigrant Visa recipients since Congress established the program in 2006, and is committed to ensuring that these families are given a chance to seek safety and rebuild their lives in the United States. In recent months, The IRC in Los Angeles has welcomed more than 90 Afghan newcomers, with more on the way, and many families are arriving in our community on very short notice.

Thank you for your generous support of this beloved community, The International Rescue Committee in LA.

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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