Upcoming Events

Great Decisions Climate Change Lecture Sunday 2/19

The companion to our discussion series is our Sunday Afternoon Lecture Series which brings outstanding professors to speak and lead discussions on climate change once a month. Join us in Parish Hall from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Join us Sunday, February 19 and hear UCSB Professor Bjorn Birnir speak about new science in measuring climate change. He will discuss his work computing the rate of global climate change through the study of the migration of fish in the oceans. Come hear about Bjorn’s scientific work and use of mathematical models to predict changes in ocean temperatures which are directly related to global warming. This is the first of a new series at USSB and we expect to have a strong turnout! Click here for more information about the Great Decisions program.

USSB Book Discussion Group

Meets the third Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in La Paz Lounge. The next meeting will be February 21.

Science Night

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. Join us in Blake Lounge Tuesday, February 21 at 7:30 p.m. 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.”

Transcending the Times to Live Our Values: A Curated Series of Embodied Spiritual Practices

Wednesday, February 22 is the next meeting of our new spiritual practices drop in series. We meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of ever month at 7:00 p.m. in Parish Hall and the Sanctuary for a time of creative rejuvenation.

Meditation for Activists

Led by Minister Emeritus Rev. Ken Collier, February 22 in the Sanctuary

This is a sitting practice Rev. Collier brings to us from the Buddhist tradition, and is designed to help those overwhelmed by the current political events to re-center and rejuvenate.

Movement Meditation

Led by Jean John, February 22 in Parish Hall

Jean writes, “Dance is a great mood regulator.  It lifts us up and helps us feel good.  Let’s come together to “move the mood”, gently, authentically, safely.  I will provide the music and guidance.  Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and preferably bare feet.”

Forum on the Refugee Crisis Thursday 2/23

Thursday, February 23 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in Jefferson Hall. Join the Refugee Response Team and Robin and Robert Jones to learn more from their firsthand experiences of the humanitarian refugee crisis in Greece. There will be a Q&A as well as an in-depth presentation about the crisis and the humanitarian response.

Game Night Potluck! Friday 2/24

What could be more UU than board games and a potluck dinner? Join us in Parish Hall from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. for Game Night! Bring a dish to share and your own tableware. We’ll have games for all skill levels ranging from “Apples to Apples” to “Pandemic,” but we love trying new games so feel free to bring your own! Mark your calendars…we’ll be playing on the last Friday every month! For more info contact John Pagano.

USSB Women’s Group

This group meets on the second and fourth Mondays of every month. Join us for our next meeting on Monday, February 27, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in La Paz Lounge.


Friday, March 3 at 2:00 p.m. in Parish Hall. Join us the first Friday of each month 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.

Monthly Movie Night Sunday 3/5

Rev. Caitlin presents a movie series on the first Sunday of each month in Parish Hall on February 5 at 4:00 p.m.

Monthly Vegan Potluck Sunday 3/12

Our USSB monthly vegan potluck is a safe space in which to explore the pleasures of a completely plant-based meal. People with all eating styles are warmly welcomed. The commitment for participation is to contribute food that is totally plant-based, i.e., totally vegan. Click here for more information.

“This Is Us!” Concert Sunday 3/19

A community outreach concert/potluck presented by USSB Music Ministry. March 19 at 4:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary (concert) followed by a community potluck in Parish Hall. Hear songs from services over the past three years; the music will continue during the potluck. We need as much help as possible with food and service. Contact Ken Ryals for concert issues; for potluck questions e-mail Laraine Gray. This is a free event, but love offerings will be split between the USSB Music Ministry and the USSB General Fund.

Girlfriends! The Fashion Fling is April 8-9

Join the women of our congregation to exchange clothing, eat goodies, and share the joy of Girlfriend Fun on Saturday, April 8, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. in Jefferson Hall. Go through your closet and find the clothing, jewelry, hats, purses, and shoes that don’t give you pleasure anymore  and bring them to the Fling, where you will find lots of new-to-you replacements. To join the set-up team (and get first choice of the clothing) e-mail Sally Hamilton. The Fling will be extended and opened to the public the next morning, Sunday April 9, from 10:00 to 1:00. We do NOT accept advance donations; bring everything with you to the Fling.

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

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