Upcoming Events

Women’s Group Meets Monday, June 26

Join us on from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in La Paz Lounge, all interested women are welcome to attend. Women’s Group focuses on a wide range of general interest issues and topics and activities that are also of interest to women and meets on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month.

On June 26, we will have our final discussion of Dream Tending with USSB member Diana Platt. Newcomers welcome – you don’t need to have attended previous sessions to participate and enjoy this discussion.

New book discussion: Starting on the July 10 meeting and continuing with the July 24 meeting, we will be discussing the book, Caleb’s Crossing, a New York Times bestseller by Pulitzer prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks. This is a “Book Bag” selection from the SB Public Library, so copies are available for the group. They can be checked out at the USSB office and at the next meeting on June 26 also, or contact Karen Bradstreet. Newcomers are welcome to join us explore this intriguing book.

A bestselling tale of passion and belief, magic and adventure from the author of The Secret Chord and of March, winner of the Pulitzer Prize.  Bethia Mayfield is a restless and curious young woman growing up in Martha’s vineyard in the 1660s amid a small band of pioneering English Puritans. At age twelve, she meets Caleb, the young son of a chieftain, and the two forge a secret bond that draws each into the alien world of the other. Bethia’s father is a Calvinist minister who seeks to convert the native Wampanoag, and Caleb becomes a prize in the contest between old ways and new, eventually becoming the first Native American graduate of Harvard College. Inspired by a true story and narrated by the irresistible Bethia, Caleb’s Crossing brilliantly captures the triumphs and turmoil of two brave, openhearted spirits who risk everything in a search for knowledge at a time of superstition and ignorance.

Imagine the Possibility of Connection and Freedom

5Rhythms dance is a movement awareness practice, diving into the ways we move, play, and be with our breath and presence, using the 5Rhythms: Flowing, Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical, and Stillness. We use the rhythms to practice surrender, learning to be open and to grow. Movement is medicine!  Join Kiaora Fox, a certified 5Rhythms teacher, on Friday, July 7 at 7:00 p.m. in Parish Hall. That’s 7-7-7.  Mark your calendars. Cost is $15.00. Have questions?  E-mail Laraine Gray, or visit www.kiaorafox.com.

PFLAG Meeting Monday, July 10

Join us at 7:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church 305 E. Anapamu St. at Garden. This is an especially important time for us to show up as allies, please attend. Special Panel: Faith Communities and the Journey to Embrace LGBTQ People With Rev. Frank Schaefer & Rev. Mark Richardson Our special panel will include two pastors working within the church for inclusion of the LGBTQ community. They will be joined by members of the LGBTQ community who have struggled with their faith in the coming out process. Faith communities have been the source of real pain and harm but they are also a source of healing, reconciliation and advocacy. What does it take to move from one to the other? What are the obstacles? What really changes hearts and minds? And how can we support those communities open to change as well as those already inclusive, toward greater awareness and advocacy? There will be time for sharing and support. Newcomers always welcome! Our monthly meetings are at the heart of what we do.  We are committed to creating a safe space for support, education and advocacy. If you are: LGBTQ , a parent, a family member, a friend or ally, or in any stage of the coming out process, you are welcome at our meetings.  If you are new and need support you are welcome.  If you can provide support for someone else, you are welcome. We are an all-volunteer, non-profit organization and not affiliated with any religious or political institutions. For more information contact USSB member Nancy Edmundson or visit www.pflagsantabarbara.org

Monthly Vegan Potluck Sunday, July 16

Our next USSB vegan potluck will be Sunday, July 16 at 6:15 p.m. in Blake Lounge. The commitment for participation is to contribute food that is totally plant-based, i.e., totally vegan. Please bring a dish that serves 10-12 people, and bring utensils, dishes, cups, and napkins. Space is limited to 20-25 people, so be sure to RSVP if you plan to come, and update your RSVP if your plans change. Click here to visit the Vegan Potluck web page, or email Cathy Albanese for more information and to RSVP.

Quantum Field Theory and Consciousness Affinity Group Meets Monday, July 17

Join us promptly at 7:15 p.m. in Blake Lounge. Gatherings will open with an understandable video describing quantum mechanics and consciousness by leading physicists and metaphysicists, followed by intellectual discussion. We meet the third Monday of each month.

USSB Book Discussion Group Tuesday, July 18

Meets the third Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in La Paz Lounge.

Advance Care Directive Workshop Wednesday, July 19

The Alliance for Living and Dying Well continues with its monthly Advance Care Directive workshops. It’s all happening the third Wednesday of each month from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in Parish Hall. These free workshops provide trained facilitators and all the materials you need to get the job done. Click here for more information and to register or call the Alliance for Living and Dying Well at (805) 845-5314.

Potluck Game Night Friday, July 28

What could be more UU than board games and a potluck dinner? Bring a dish to share and your own tableware. Potluck Game Night is in Parish Hall on the fourth Friday of every month, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. All are welcome!

Science Night Tuesday, August 15

Meets the third Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in Blake Lounge to view and discuss DVDs on science, nature, space, and more. 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 are enjoying the series from the History Channel entitled, “The Universe: The Mega Collection.” PLEASE NOTE: THERE IS NO SCIENCE NIGHT IN JULY.


Join us the first Friday of each month from October to June for a stimulating presentation and the tea which follows. All are welcome: USSB congregants, friends, neighbors, men and women of all ages. Your contribution of some goodies to share make our tea a delicious afternoon treat. We look forward to welcoming you at our next meeting on Friday, October 6 at 2:00 p.m. in Parish Hall.

Click here for a basic calendar of each month’s events at USSB.

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