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?"


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Sunday, OCTOber 1

services at 9:15 and 11:15 am


Yom Kippur (on September 30) is perhaps the most important holiday on the Jewish calendar. Part of Yom Kippur is the idea of Teshuva – the opportunity for repentance. Teshuva means “turning” – turning away from transgressions, turning towards goodness and reconciliation. It takes great courage to truly make amends when things have gone wrong, but Yom Kippur reminds us that we all have the opportunity to begin again.

Seeking Sunday Morning Nursery, Childcare, and Preschool Teachers


We are looking for several loving, outgoing, compassionate, creative individuals to provide care in our nursery, our Sunday child care rooms, and to teach lessons in our preschool Children’s Religious Education classroom. Please explore our website to learn about the Unitarian Society and our values. The hours are 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. on Sundays. Salary is commensurate with experience, $15-18 an hour. Experience in child care or teaching is a requirement. Students in early child care or elementary education are encouraged to apply. A background check is required.


Email your resume and cover letter to Sara Sautter, sara

Women’s Group Meets Monday, September 25

This is an opportunity to share with others that really interesting article or book you just read, or a show or exhibit you've seen, or a great concept you have just become aware of. Read more >>

Quantum Field Theory & Consciousness Affinity Group Monday, September 25

Gatherings open with an understandable video describing quantum mechanics and consciousness by leading physicists and metaphysicists, followed by intellectual discussion. Read more >>

Under Construction: Knowing and Transforming our Unitarian Universalist Theological House.

Are you curious about Unitarian Universalist theologies and eager to dive into the work of theological reflection? Sign up for this six-session course. Read more >>

Community Gathering Friday, September 29

Free talk and reception for Professor Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz: "Continental Imperialism and the U.S. Way of War." Read more >>

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.”


Join us for Sunday services at 9:15 and 11:15

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  • 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...

  • Sep 14 Thursday
    September is National Recovery Month

    September is National Recovery Month and this year’s theme is “Strengthen Families and... Read All...

  • Sep 7 Thursday
    Community Town Hall Meeting On the California Values Act

    Community Town Hall Meeting On the California Values Act, Thursday, September 7 Come... Read All...

  • Aug 30 Wednesday
    This is the Church of the Helping Hands

    This week our families will respond to the crisis in Houston. We will... Read All...

  • Aug 24 Thursday
    Sign Up for a Connection Circle

    Connection Circles are small groups that meet twice a month, September through May,... Read All...

  • Aug 16 Wednesday
    Sermon Writing Workshop Announced!

    SermonCraft: A Sermon Writing Workshop Led by Rev. Julia Hamilton Wednesdays, August 16... Read All...


Generosity is the flower of justice.
Nathaniel Hawthorne

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