Announcements and Upcoming Events E-mail


Update from the Ministerial Search Committee


The Ministerial Search Committee has met a few times and we wanted to let everyone know that we are committed to nominating a candidate for Minister that best matches the needs and wishes of the congregation.  We are taking a thoughtful and careful approach to the process as laid out by the UUA and have met with their representatives. Our approach over the coming months will be to gather as much relevant information as possible from the congregation in order to be able to articulate what we, as a congregation, want to attract in terms of the best possible candidate for the position.  We are determining the most effective ways to gather this information through Focus Groups, Surveys, and One-on-one Interviews which will occur during the month of September. The Search Committee will continue to work with the UUA utilizing their best practices and the information from the congregation in order help nominate the best possible candidate.  As we meet and more information is available, we will continue to share our progress.  Thank you for your trust and support.

Auction Planning Meeting
July 24, 5:30pm, Blake Lounge

Come and share your ideas and dreams for this year's Auction and Celebration. Bring memories of what you found successful in last year' Auction, and your ideas for how we can create even more fun this year! The annual auction is our largest fundraising event. We celebrate
and socialize while filling our calendars with fun events and treating ourselves to exquisite and practical services.This year's auction will take place on October 11.


Meditation for Busy People with Active Minds
and Crazy Lives

Free Talk with
Vedic Master James Brown
Thursday, July 24, 7pm
Jefferson Hall

Vedic Meditation is an effortless mental technique that's good for dealing with stress and quieting the mind. So you can be more present for the things that really matter. It's not a religion and there's no chanting. You don't have to sit in uncomfortable positions for really long times. It doesn't have to be dark or quiet. That's because Vedic Meditation was designed for multi-tasking people with active minds. Those interested in learning the practice of Vedic Meditation will be able to sign up for a simple, 4-session course that will
start on Friday evening.

7th Principle Action Network Presents

Years of Living Dangerously Series

Friday, July 18, 7-10pm, Blake Lounge

USSB Seventh Principle Action Network

"Years of Living Dangerously" is a new documentary series that tracks Hollywood's brightest stars and today's most prominent journalists as they explore the issues of climate change and bring you intimate stories of triumph and tragedy. Join us for a viewing and discussion.


Schedule of Friday showings: 7-10pm, Blake Lounge

July 25 Aug. 1

For information about the series please contact Cheryl  and





Blue Gold Series
Why is
Ocean Acidification
as Problematic as
Climate Disruption?
July 25, 7pm, Blake Lounge

The USSB Seventh Principle Action Network (SPAN) continues its series on the rapidly escalating local, state, national, and world-wide water crisis entitled "BLUE GOLD."  The fifth meeting will focus on ocean acidification.  View clips from the Natural Resources Defense Council and the new Emmy-nominated series "Years of Living Dangerously" to understand why ocean acidification has been called "climate change's evil twin." Stop by the SPAN table for details, educational materials, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it '; document.write( '' ); document.write( addy_text13450 ); document.write( '<\/a>' ); //-->\n This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you would like to get involved! Further events in the series: Aug 22, Sept 26, Oct 24 and will include speakers from UCSB.


USSB Women's Group

July 27, 7pm, La Paz Lounge

"USSB Women's Group is starting a new book, New York Times bestseller

"The Power of Habit:  Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business," by Charles Duhigg. New members and even interested drop-ins are welcome. We are more than just a book discussion group; in fact reading the book is somewhat optional, as the ideas from the books stand on their own and serve us for discussion purposes. I think of us mostly as a women's support group. For more information, contact Charlene Little.



Shen Zhen Gong Classes
Week-day classes in Parish Hall

Sheng Zhen Gong (shung jen goong) is a unique system of Qigong, an ancient form of healing movement and meditation that has been practiced for thousands of years. Sheng Zhen Gong is unique in that it naturally opens the heart. Love and qi are seen to be original, universal energies that are intertwined. As one's heart opens through regular practice, love and qi flow easily, naturally. One is able to settle into a state of ease, the qigong state, the peaceful state of "merging into all." These simple movements can improve health, balance emotions, open the heart, elevate the spirit, and more. For more information and to view the class schedule, please visit

Yoga Classes at USSB
Yoga classes at the Unitarian society are on Monday and Wednesday nights from 5:30-6:30 pm in Jefferson Hall!  These vinyasa (flow) and Iyengar influenced classes suitable for all ages and experience levels. Right now the cost is $10 for a drop-in or $50 per month.  If you are a member of USSB, payment is optional, but encouraged since 50% of the proceeds go to support USSB.

We Agnostics (AA), every Monday, 5:30-6:30pm, Blake Lounge. The Addictions Ministry of USSB sponsors a weekly meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous, titled "We Agnostics". If you think you have a problem with alcohol and have a desire to stop drinking, you are welcome to attend this meeting. Confidentiality and anonymity are strictly maintained. For more information feel free to contact Megan Moyer, 805-452-1957.


Pastoral Care E-mail

“Nurturing a spirit of connection and support during times of need.”

When a crisis hits or a major life transition happens, sometimes we need a little extra support. “Pastoral Care” is the term used to describe the kind of care that we offer one another during these hard times.  It may mean a visit from the minister, a bouquet of flowers or a hot meal, or simply sitting down with a cup of tea and another member of the congregation who is willing to listen.

The goal of Pastoral Care is to offer a supportive presence, to help in transition, to provide an environment of hope and growth, and to offer support on the spiritual journey.  If a member has a more serious concern or an ongoing need for support, we can help with a referral to outside resources.

Members, please login for more information.

Office Volunteers E-mail

Office volunteer jobs are a great way to get insight into how USSB accomplishes the many and varied tasks at hand and meet the staff, fellow members and friends of USSB. There is always something that needs to be done and much gratitude for those who are willing to help get it done!

Helping get mailings out in a timely fashion, keeping our website current, maintaining the organization of our storgage areas, computer data entry and coordinating special projects are examples of office volunteer opportuities.

We always welcome a smiling face and cheerful voice willing to help at the reception desk. The USSB reception office is open from 9 AM to 4 PM, Monday through Friday and Sunday mornings 9 AM to 12 noon.

Contact Anna in the office to find out what might best work for you.

Women's Group E-mail
The USSB Women’s Group meets the 2nd and 4th Sunday at 7 PM in LaPaz Lounge. All women are invited.  Contact  Kathy Eastman, 682-1950.
Online Donations E-mail

The Unitarian Society has contracted with Vanco services to make possible online payments of pledge gifts as well as donations to the many programs and causes the congregation supports. This secure method of payment reduces risks of clerical errors, staff time and the usage of paper.

Payments may be made as a one time offering or on an ongoing (weekly,monthly, quarterly) basis. This method of payment is available for pledge commitments, our special bi-monthly Sunday service collections or for any other purpose you wish to give.

By setting up an additional and secure Vanco login and online profile we believe you will find this a quick, easy and accurate way to offer you financial support.

Please feel free to contact the office with any questions.

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