Upcoming Events

Women’s Group Meets Monday, October 23

Women’s Group meets the second and fourth Monday of each month from 1:30-3:00 p.m. in La Paz Lounge. We focus on a wide range of general interest issues and topics that are also of interest to women. As well as developing a small group community, we have speakers; members present topics; we read and discuss the occasional book or article, discuss USSB and current events.

Monday October 23: Sylvia Casberg will discuss her new book “Preserving Our Family Stories” and the meaningfulness of the history of families.

Halloween Ball and Auction Saturday, October 28

It’s our biggest fundraiser of the year and we want you to be a part of it. Click here to find out more.

No Potluck Game Night in October

Due to the USSB Halloween Ball and Auction, Potluck Game Night for October has been cancelled. We’ll be back in November!

Alliance Meets Friday, November 3

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, November 3 at 2:00 p.m. in Parish Hall when we will hear from Simone Rusknap, a UCSB graduate dedicated to investing and uplifting marginalized groups. As a volunteer she facilitates Santa Barbara’s Black Lives Matter group and leads a monthly women’s circle that empowers women to lead in community organizing. She currently supports adults with developmental disabilities and mental health diagnoses to work towards independence and vocational opportunities. In addition, Simone is a regional board member of Just Communities and El Centro (Lower Westside Community Center). Current projects include supporting El Centro’s free summer program for Westside youth, and reforming the Santa Barbara Police Department’s current use Use of Force policy. She believes everyone is needed to create the community we deserve.

Celebrating our Beloved Dead Sunday, November 5

In two weeks we are celebrating All Souls Sunday here at the Unitarian Society. On this Sunday we invite you to bring photographs or mementos of those you have loved who have died, anything from a picture your child drew of them, a china cup they left you, or a framed shot from their wedding day. We know many of you also remember beloved pets who were part of your family and we invite you to bring something to honor them as well. We will have an altar of remembrance during the service in the sanctuary, and (EXCITING NEW THING!) during Middle Hour we will have small groups where you are invited to share about the objects you brought and who you are remembering and celebrating.

Advance Care Directive Workshop Wednesday, November 15

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.

Quantum Field Theory and Consciousness Affinity Group Meets Monday, November 20

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. Note: There will be no meeting in December.

Science Night Tuesday, November 21

Come join us at 7:30 p.m. in Blake Lounge. We meet on the third Tuesday of every month 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.”

USSB Book Discussion Group Tuesday, November 21

Meets the third Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in La Paz Lounge. For information about what books are being read, contact Al Melkonian.

Monthly Vegan Potluck Meets Thursday, November 23 for Thanksgiving

Our Thanksgiving Day USSB vegan potluck will start at 315 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.


Under Construction: Knowing and Transforming our Unitarian Universalist Theological House.

We are postponing this Adult Religious Education class until later in the church year. If you are interested in this opportunity to explore your beliefs and learn about what other Unitarians, Universalists, and Unitarian Universalist believe, please contact Rev. Caitlin at caitlin@ussb.org.

“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.

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

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  • Sep 29 Friday
    Continental Imperialism and the U.S. Way of War

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  • Sep 14 Thursday
    September is National Recovery Month

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  • Sep 7 Thursday
    Community Town Hall Meeting On the California Values Act

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  • Aug 30 Wednesday
    This is the Church of the Helping Hands

    This week our families will respond to the crisis in Houston. We will... Read All...

  • Aug 24 Thursday
    Sign Up for a Connection Circle

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