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?"
Sunday, June 4
At our 9:15 and 11:15 a.m. services we will be celebrating our annual Flower Communion. This year we are honoring the 95th anniversary of this uniquely Unitarian ritual by joining congregations around the world who will be having their flower communion on this same Sunday. So bring a flower to share, and take home a beautiful bloom!
At 12:30 p.m. we will gather in Parish Hall for our annual meeting. This is your opportunity to participate in the democratic process that governs our congregational life. We will be celebrating the past year and looking ahead to next year, and honoring the people who make this congregation what it is. Members of the congregation will be asked to elect two new Board members, adopt the annual budget, and adopt a Statement of Conscience on the issue of sanctuary for immigrant members of our community, proposed by the Immigration and Refugee Response Team (The full text of the Statement of Conscience is below.) Childcare will be available during the Annual Meeting!
Share a meal with members of IDEAS
IDEAS is the undocumented student group at UCSB: at 2:00 p.m., we will transition from our annual meeting into a community gathering! Our Immigration and Refugee Response Team (IRRT) has been meeting with IDEAS to find out how we can build a stronger community together – but we need to get to know one another better! Please join us for a potluck celebration of their graduation weekend. Come and learn about IDEAS and meet some terrific people! Want help with the event or get involved with the IRRT? E-mail Bjorn Birnir or Gary Welterlen. Bring some food to share. There will be cake!
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.”
Children's Religious Education Teachers
Love children? Love Harry Potter? Love exploring big questions? We are looking for two dynamic, outgoing, compassionate, creative, justice-oriented individuals to provide leadership in our Children’s Religious Education classrooms. If that sounds like you, click here to find out more.
Transitions Into and From “The Evening of Life” Weds. May 24
This class, led by USSB member Sue Fisher, continues on Wednesday, May 24. Click here for more information.
Potluck Game Night Friday, May 26
What could be more UU than board games and a potluck dinner? Bring a dish to share and your own tableware. Click here for more information.
Town Hall Meeting Sunday, May 28
Alliance Meeting Friday, June 2
Join us for the final Alliance meeting before the summer break, where we will revisit the Hopi through the eyes of Adam Shive and Rob Brown. Rob's photos and Adam's descriptions will carry us through our USSB friendship with those with whom we have become specially connected. Click here for more information.
Annual Meeting Sunday, June 4
IDEAS Potluck Sunday, June 4
USSB’s Immigration Refugee Response Team (IRRT) would like to invite you to a recognition and celebration of students and families participating in the UCSB’s IDEAS program. Please join us for a potluck celebration, following the Annual Meeting. Click here for more information.
More Events to Look Forward To:
Gaviota: The End of Southeast California, movie showing Friday, June 16
Vegan Potluck Sunday, June 18
Quantum Field Theory and Consciousness Affinity Group meets Monday, June 19