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?"


Tuesday, February 20 at 7:00 pm

“Song & Silence: Taizé Style” For anyone who needs a break, a breath, a chance to go deep into the quiet within: give yourself the gift of a Taizé-style service. This is a candle-lit evening of meditative singing, a few reflective words, and deep, nourishing silence. The songs are simple and no singing talent is needed, and the Sanctuary is transformed with a warm and welcoming glow as the darkness settles around us and peace settles within us. All are welcome and childcare will be available.

Sunday, February 25 : "We Get Knocked Down, but we get up again"

Resilience and perseverance—we got ’em! Any organization that has been around for 146 years has gone through its ups and downs. Sometimes literally! Our first building got knocked down in the earthquake of 1925, but we came back stronger. Where does this resilience come from? What allows us to renew ourselves, individually and collectively, time and time again? This is Heritage Sunday, which means a special invitation to you long-time members: come and be recognized! This service will be led by Rev. Julia Hamilton.
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Emma's Revolution: Saturday, April 14

Refresh your resistance!

Saturday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets: $20 in advance/$25 at the door Advance tickets available at USSB and online

Click to hear “Sing People Sing” from Emma’s Revolution’s latest release, “Revolution Now” and special release, “Vote (The Trump Rewrite)

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For more information, contact Al Melkonian.


All are welcome to attend. 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. We will be showing the first program of the Discovery Life series, "Challenges of Life." Read more>>


To lean more about the Great Decisions foreign policy discussion group, visit our Great Decisions page.


Children's religious Education

Potluck Game & Family Fun Night Friday, February 23

Board games, pizza, beer, soda, music, and minor mayhem. The fun will begin at 6:00 p.m. in Parish Hall featuring USSB member Treasa McGettigan and her Irish band, The Broken Circle. So grab your kids, your friends, and your friends’ kids (and their friends . . .) and have fun learning Irish songs and jigs. Cost is $5.00 per person and includes a slice of pizza and a beverage. Bring a potluck salad or desert to share. Music and mayhem included, but beer and additional pizza slices are extra. To pay in advance, 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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    ARE Looks to the Future

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    Upcoming Auctions Events Still Have Room!

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  • Jan 25 Thursday
    Women's Empowerment Fund Grant 2018 Applications Now Available

    Start thinking about your project proposal for the 2018 grant. Applications will be... Read All...

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    Emma's Revolution April 14: Save the Date

    Saturday, April 14 at 7:00 pm #Resistance Concert from Award-winning Activist Duo Emma's... Read All...

  • Jan 14 Sunday
    Listen: "I Can't Keep Quiet"

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  • Dec 14 Thursday
    Gun Violence Vigil Postponed

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  • 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...


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Nathaniel Hawthorne

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