Upcoming Worship Services

Join us Sundays in-person or online as we celebrate and worship as a community.

We as Unitarian Universalists look forward to being with you in person or in spirit on Sunday mornings. We continue to develop our new hybrid spiritual practice of co-creating beloved community together in person and online in the midst of a global pandemic.

Come to the Sanctuary or join our live online worship service broadcast on the church’s Facebook or YouTube pages on Sunday mornings and be part of the conversation. 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, available 24/7, on our Sermons page. So 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.

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

UUSM has decided to reopen our historic sanctuary to vaccinated members and friends. Vaccinations, well-fitting masks, and social distancing are still required, but at this time reservations are not.

September 2022 Theme: Belonging

“Belonging is a fundamental human need. The pandemic has played havoc with our mental health, and a significant factor in our malaise is that we’re missing our people – terribly. We long for friends, family and colleagues. We are hardwired for connection, and with the need for social distancing and the reality of being away from the workplace – and everything else – for such a long period of time, we are struggling.” ~ Tracy Bower, sociologist

“We are all androgynous, not only because we are all born of a woman impregnated by the seed of a man but because each of us, helplessly and forever, contains the other – male in female, female in male, white in black and black in white. We are a part of each other. Many of my countrymen appear to find this fact exceedingly inconvenient and even unfair, and so very often do I. But none of us can do anything about it.” ~ James Baldwin

“{Since the 1970s,} the women with whom I circled were eager to sing, especially to sing songs that honored our experiences as women – words, images, values. Women loved to sing together. All that we had thought would change quickly, instead entrenched and bore down on us, and we found hope, sustenance, inspiration, tenacity, clarity in singing. We bore witness to our time through song. For nearly 30 years I have continued to circle with women singing our lives, living our song. I hope that we can engender beyond us the act of singing together as a profound power and heritage – singing as authentic community. To be a group of people is not enough. We need to know why we come together, how far down we must dig to come upon a common bedrock from which our lives are raised. We need to know how we differ and value this difference. This means understanding conflict as well as consensus. This means leaning into honest exchange, being willing to look at the ways we cause suffering and oppression in another’s life, and to let this change our own. … I now name myself simply a woman of faith seeking with others to touch what matters.” ~ Carolyn McDade, composer of several beloved songs in our UU hymnals.

Let’s explore in our worship, small groups, and personal reflection the theme of Belonging.

Sunday Worship: Sounding the Shofar

The Yamim Noraʾim — the Days of Awe — arrive proclaiming the Jewish New Year and inviting all to take inventory of their lives. What forgiveness might you offer to another this year? What forgiveness do you seek? Join us as we reflect upon these important religious holidays and their transformative wisdom. • Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae, preaching • JoAn Peters, Worship Associate.