Community. Courage. Love. Diversity. Generosity. Joy. These are the cornerstones of our congregation. Since 1876, the Unitarian Society has been a beacon of progressive religion in Santa Barbara. If you are seeking a religion that speaks to your mind as well as your heart, a spiritual community with doors wide open to the world, you are welcome here. To quote the poet Mary Oliver, "What will you do with your one wild and precious life?"


Due to the Thomas Fire, many USSB staff are working offsite at this time, including the front office staff. Thank you for your patience.



10:00 a.m. – only one morning service!

“A Solstice Celebration” with Rev. Julia Hamilton

Tonight may be Christmas Eve, but this morning is all about the Winter Solstice! Once more the earth is turning toward the sun, once more the light is increasing. Join us for a chance to reflect on this moment, when the balance shifts and the days begin to grow long.


5:00 p.m.: Family Service

Rev. Caitlin Cotter Coillberg

Join us for this joyful, family-friendly service complete with carols, stories, and candle lighting. The Women’s Chorale will sing.

7:00 p.m.: Lessons and Carols

Rev. Julia Hamilton

This traditional service for all ages includes our favorite carols and a reading of the Christmas story – joins us and let the peace of this candlelit night warm your heart. All USSB choirs will sing.

9:00 p.m.: Jazz Christmas

Rev. Julia Hamilton

As the cool night settles over the town, come and warm your heart at our jazz-inspired service. We will put some swing into our favorite carols and offer up some time for reflecting on the peace of the season. Featuring a guest jazz ensemble.

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This year alone, over 38,000 lives have been lost to gun violence. That is why we invite you to join the National Vigil and Day of Action Against Gun Violence on December 14, 2017, the fifth anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. Read more >>

BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP will not meet this month

Our next meeting will be in January.


All are welcome to attend our next meeting on January 16. Come for the interesting presentations and the thoughtful discussion that follows. You don’t need to be any kind of expert on science to enjoy this. Read more >>


What could be more UU than board games and a potluck dinner? Bring a dish to share and your own tableware.  Read more >>

Children's religious Education

Where do your children learn values? Where do they practice their values? And where do parents learn to nurture these qualities in their children? Right here, at the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara. Enroll here. Come for your children, stay for your family. For more information, click here.
All USSB Members and Friends are invited to join REALM, our new database. For more information, click here.

Statement of Conscience on the issue of Sanctuary

The Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara resolves to affirm the principals of our faith, in both private and public forum, by providing a single voice against unjust policies and practices that target and discriminate against immigrant communities. We the members commission our Board of Directors and Ministry to speak for the Society as one voice in opposition to public policies and action that threaten the human rights of all immigrants. Additionally we resolve to join with other organizations in the pursuit of justice, dignity and compassion for immigrant communities and to provide support both real and moral as we go forth. We adopt the covenant proposed by the emerging Interfaith Sanctuary Alliance here in Santa Barbara: “As people of faith and people of conscience, we believe that every person is sacred. We will work to ensure respect for the dignity, safety, and human rights of all people, while resisting unjust policies and practices that target and discriminate against immigrant communities.”
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  • Dec 7 Thursday
    Chancel Choir Canceled December 7

    THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2017 REHEARSAL CANCELED! Due to the air quality and everyone's... Read All...

  • Dec 14 Thursday
    Gun Violence Vigil Postponed

    Postponed: GUN VIOLENCE VIGIL THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14 This year alone, over 38,000 lives... Read All...

  • Jan 5 Friday
    New Class: Taking Custody of Our Dying

    January Class: Taking Custody of our Dying We are mortal beings; we are... Read All...

  • Nov 2 Thursday
    Women's Empowerment Fund Announces 2017 Pick

    ANNOUNCING!! [Drum Roll Please] The Winner of the  Women’s Empowerment Fund of 2017... Read All...

  • Jan 21 Sunday
    “Religions and Other Worldviews” Begins January 21

    If you are interested in examining different religious and humanist worldviews as a... Read All...

  • Oct 1 Sunday
    DACA Congressional Postcard-writing Event

    Come join the Unitarian Society Immigration/Refugee Response Team (IRRT) in a call to... Read All...

  • Sep 29 Friday
    Continental Imperialism and the U.S. Way of War

    Lecture by Professor Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. Reception to follow. Friday, Sept 29, 7:00 PM... Read All...


Generosity is the flower of justice.
Nathaniel Hawthorne

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