Upcoming Events

Seats Available for Magic Show Saturday, January 20

An afternoon of real magic for the whole family featuring professional magician Mark Collier. Mark was voted the strolling magician of the year by the members of the world-famous Hollywood Magic Castle. Up close and personal in Jefferson Hall! Includes warm-up acts by our very own budding UU magicians. USSB children 12 and younger admitted free with winning ticket. Family friendly! Saturday, January 20, 2018, at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $20. Contact Eden in the front office for more information.

“Religions and Other Worldviews” Begins January 21

If you are interested in examining different religious and humanist worldviews as a source of ethical and spiritual inspiration as a Unitarian, then the new program on Religions and Other Worldviews is for you. This novel USSB program will be led by our own Ann Taves, a UCSB Professor of Religious Studies. Each session will build on a chapter from the book God Is Not One by New York Times best-selling author Stephen Prothero. Ann will bring UCSB graduate students to help present overviews of teachings and practices before we break into small, guided discussion groups. Religions and Other Worldviews will meet weekly from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. starting Sunday, January 21 and ending Sunday, March 11. If interested please contact Ben Senauer, or speak to Ben when he’s available at Middle Hour in the Courtyard.

Women’s Group Meets Monday, January 22

Join us on Monday, January 22 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. in La Paz Lounge. In the last couple of months, there have been so many unprecedented events and trying life experiences. This Monday, the power of group discussion will be there to help us find clarity and comfort. During our meeting there will be time for us to reflect and discuss recent traumatic events, and to share any issues that have come up. There will be light refreshments. Newcomers welcomed.

Fashion Fling Planning Meeting Wednesday, January 24

Girlfriends! Bring a brown bag lunch to the Fashion Fling Planning Meeting in Parish Hall, Wednesday, January 24, at 12:00 p.m.  Get in on the fun for this March 24 event.

Potluck Game Night Returns FRIDAY, January 26

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

Alliance Meets Friday, February 2

Friday, February 2 at 2:00 pm in Parish Hall join us to for our program, “More Than Showers,” a deeper look at what Showers of Blessings actually does, featuring our very own speaker extraordinaire, Ken Ralph. Ken has been, and still is, a very important contributor at USSB over the years.
1. Worship Committee 6 years
2. Facilities Manager USSB 5 years
3. USSB Heart and Soul Award 2009 for coordination of 2008 Capital Campaign Project
4. Coming of Age Facilitator 12 years
5. Vision Quest leader 12 years
6. Pacific SW District Youth Advisor 2004.
7. Chautauqua Series Committee
8. Buildings and Grounds Chair
9. Welcoming Committee Chair
10. YRUU facilitator
11. Ministerial Search Committee
12. Board of Trustees
13. Nominating Committee

March is Women’s History Month and 2018 is the Year of the Woman. Our very own Marty Blum, whose many accomplishments include mayor of Santa Barbara, will speak about women in leadership on Friday, March 2 at 2:00 p.m. in Parish Hall. Be part of this women’s “Revolution.” Bring your friends.

Join us the first Friday of each month from October to June for a stimulating presentation and the informal talk and delicious afternoon treat that follows. All are welcome: USSB congregants, friends, neighbors, and men and women of all ages. Contributions of some goodies to share is appreciated. We look forward to welcoming you.

Monthly Vegan Potluck Meets Saturday, February 3

Our next vegan potluck will be Saturday, February 3 starting at 4:15 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.

The Great Decisions Books have arrived!

Check with John Warnock and team members in the garden today to pick up your book if you ordered one and have paid the cost of $30.  Anyone who wants to learn more about the Great Decisions program and look over the book is welcome to drop by the table. Sixty books were purchased and that includes SEVERAL EXTRAS so come see if this fits your interests!

The first meeting will be on Wednesday, February 7 at 7:00 p.m. in Parish Hall. The program leader is Adam Shive and the topic is the impact of Trump’s withdrawal from the progressive, liberal leadership that the U.S. has provided since the end of WW II.

The first meeting will be on Wednesday, February 7 at 7:00 p.m. in Parish Hall. The program leader is Adam Shive and the topic is the impact of Trump’s withdrawal from the progressive, liberal leadership that the U.S. has provided since the end of WW II. Which countries will benefit most from the retrenchment, and what added risks now confront the U.S.?

The program continues through May 16. Questions? Email John. Or visit our Great Decisions page.

Quantum Field Theory and Consciousness Affinity Group returns Monday, February 19

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 meets Tuesday, February 20

This group meets the third Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in La Paz Lounge. For more information, contact Al Melkonian.

Science Night meets Tuesday, February 20

We meet on 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. This month we continue working our way through “The Universe: The Mega Collection.”


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