What’s New

Community Town Hall Meeting On the California Values Act

Community Town Hall Meeting On the California Values Act, Thursday, September 7 Come learn more about SB54, a bill on its way to Gov. Brown that will ensure state and local resources are not used to fuel mass deportations in California. The Interfaith Sanctuary Alliance (of which USSB is a member) is hosting a forum… Read more »

This is the Church of the Helping Hands

This week our families will respond to the crisis in Houston. We will learn about the flood, consider what might be needed by children whose families are the victims of flooding and prepare Kids Kits. Parents, please show these photos to your children and begin the discussion at home. Ask your child: what would you… Read more »

Sign Up for a Connection Circle

Connection Circles are small groups that meet twice a month, September through May, to practice structured sharing and deep listening on the monthly themes. The theme this month is Welcome. Over the eight-month period, Circle members get to know one another on a deeper level by sharing what is important to them. Sign-ups continue in… Read more »

Sermon Writing Workshop Announced!

SermonCraft: A Sermon Writing Workshop Led by Rev. Julia Hamilton Wednesdays, August 16 to September 6 (4 sessions) 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Parish Hall and the Sanctuary “In our Unitarian Universalist tradition, we speak of shared ministry – the embodied belief that everyone, not just the ordained minister, takes part in the ministry of… Read more »

Women’s Empowerment Fund

You have until Sunday, October 15 to get in your application to fund your project. Applications are available in the office, or contact Rachel Aarons with your questions. You can make a difference for women. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by. Are you a woman in our congregation with a project benefiting other women?… Read more »

2017-18 Board Nominations Announced

CANDIDATES FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION AT THE USSB ANNUAL MEETING, JUNE 4, 2017 The Nominating Committee is charged by the congregation’s bylaws to submit a slate of candidates for vacancies on the USSB Board of Trustees prior to our Annual Meeting. We are very pleased to present the following candidates for your vote on June 4…. Read more »

Send Us a Picture! Of You!

We’ve got two great things going on right now, and we need you to help make the magic happen. Please send us a photo – your favorite picture of yourself. First, we are creating our new membership database, and it will include pictures in the directory – but only if you give us a photo!… Read more »

Help the Shower Trailer!

The Showers of Blessings shower trailer is serving more people than ever, and many wait in line for up to two hours before they can bathe. Organizers are asking for donations of individually-wrapped granola bars or Rice Krispie treats, they really give people a lift while they wait. Other needs: disposable razors, men’s boxer briefs… Read more »

Children’s RE Needs Your Donations!

One of the things I love most about being part of this loving community is that I can take pride in our capacity to welcome and support friends and members of USSB. Unfortunately, the Santa Barbara rat community caught word of this and set themselves up in our RE supply storage. We lost nearly everything! All… Read more »

A Message from Rev. Julia in the Wake of Orlando

Dear Friends and Members of USSB, It has been a hard weekend, processing the news about the terrible attack on the LGBTQ community in Orlando, Florida. I have seen many of you with tears in your eyes, but no words to express the pain, anger and grief caused by such an act of violence. I… Read more »