Lifespan Religious Education
Coming of Age

Coming of Age

Coming of Age is an innovative, year-long expedition for eight graders to reflect on their lives. The primary purpose of this program is to help youth discern for themselves what is means to be a Unitarian Universalist--individually and as part of the larger faith community. It involves workshops, sleepovers, campouts, social justice activities and a vision quest weekend.  Coming of Age begins with a parent and youth orientation brunch.


  • To encourage youth to explore what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist;
  • To help youth move into the adult role of identifying and acting on personal beliefs and values;
  • To recognize and publicly honor the movement of a youth from childhood to adolescence within the Unitarian Universalist tradition;
  • To integrate our youth into Unitarian Universalism for the continuation of our heritage;
  • To provide parents with support and opportunity to help in their children’s faith development;
  • To provide adults in our congregation the opportunity to explore their own values and put them into practice by being instrumental in the development of our youth.
For more information click below for the program brochure.

Read more in the Coming of Age Brochure.pdf


YRUU (High School Group)

YRUU (Young Religious Unitarian Universalists) is our High School youth group that meets weekly in Blake Lounge on Sunday afternoons from 4-6:30. Any youth in grades 9th-12th is welcome to attend.

The purpose of YRUU is to provide our youth with a safe place to express themselves and explore new ideas. A covenant will be prepared at the beginning of the year that youth and adults in the group agree to respect. The progam is a balance worship, leadership delvopment, social justice and just plain fun!

For more information contact LeeAnn Williams, Director of Lifepsan Religious Education at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Wellspring Wednesday

Spring 2014

What are you doing on Wednesday evenings this spring?

Come join many of your fellow congregants and friends in fostering your own lifelong learning and spiritual growth – and having fun in community.  Each Wednesday evening for 6 weeks beginning April 16 and ending on May 21 we will meet according to the following schedule:

What are you doing on Wednesday evenings this spring?

Come join many of your fellow congregants and friends in fostering your own lifelong learning and spiritual growth – and having fun in community.  Each Wednesday evening for 6 weeks beginning October 2 and ending on Nov. 6, we will meet according to the following schedule:

Evening Schedule

5:30 pm Dinner and Community Time
6:30 - 6:45 pm Brief Worship
6:45 - 8:15 pm Class Time


Join us for dinner-- A dinner of main course, salad and dessert is included in your course fee.  Childcare is also provided upon request.  Please register for childcare in advance at the Adult RE table or contact the RE office.  Scholarships are available.



Registration is now open at the Adult RE table in Parish Garden during community hour. Each class offering is $35.

Course Offerings

Walking the Labyrinth
Megan Moyer and LeeAnn Williams

This workshop will acquaint participants with the history, types, and uses of labyrinths. Blending ancient wisdom with meditation in a calming, spiritual atmosphere the walker will be guided through activities to assist them in identifying  their purpose and spiritual goals. We will draw/create our own mini-labyrinths, walk a couple of local labyrinths, and reflect on the experience. This workshop meets for a series of three weeks 5/7-5/21. Cost: $25.

The Energetics of Food

Cathy Albanese, Ph.D.

Four classes—one lecture and three cooking classes—will explore the different energies that foods give us, with particular attention to how energy creates mass-- that is, how what we eat can give us strong bones, flexible bodies, and enduring strength.  We’ll also talk about how our food choices affect our planet. Lecture class on 4/16.  Cooking classes in Parish Kitchen on 4/30, 5/ 7, and  5/14.  You get to eat what we cook! Cost: $35. Note: This class is from 7-9 PM.

Stories of our Building

Rev. Ken Collier

Ever wondered about the names printed below our stained glass windows in the Sanctuary? Who are some of those people anyway?  And what about that quote printed above the main door entering into the church? And the quote printed on the pulpit? Who was our bell tower named after? And  what about those angels that at one time were painted on the back wall of the chancel? Join our former minister Rev. Ken Collier for an evening of stories and history about our Sanctuary and campus. This is a very special offering so don’t miss it! This class will meet for one evening on Wednesday, April 16. Cost: $10.


Discover Your Sacred Money Archetypes

Dr. Minette Riordan

Are you struggling to make money in your business? Or perhaps you are always worried about money or have a difficult relationship with money from past experiences? Perhaps you love money and hold onto it too tightly. In this interactive workshop, Dr. Minette Riordan will help you pinpoint money blind spots and brainstorm opportunities for empowering your financial decisions and your personal growth. Learn key areas where you may be giving away your power with money, and identify steps you can take to own your value, with confidence and clarity. You will learn specific ways to Clear Your Money Clutter and to make peace with your relationship with money. There will be lots of journaling, discussion and some creative play with your archetypes. This workshop meets for a series of four sessions, 4/16-5/7. Cost: $35.

Understanding the Bible Workshop

Rev. Julia Hamilton

This workshop is designed to help empower skeptics, seekers, nonbelievers, and those of a liberal and progressive outlook to reclaim the Bible from literalists. In making accessible some of the best contemporary historical, literary, political, and feminist readings of the Hebrew and Christian scriptures, it encourages all who would find in the biblical heritage an ally and not an enemy in the quest for a more just and humane world. Participants will need to obtain a copy of Understanding the Bible: An Introduction for Skeptics, Seekers, and Religious Liberals by John Buehrens. Copies may be purchased through This workshop is four weeks long, 4/30-5/21. Cost: $35.

One Year to Live

Suzanne Retzinger, Ph.D.

What would you do if you had one year to live? Based on Stephen Levine’s book  A Year to Live, Dr. Suzanne Retzinger will host a one-evening introduction to her new program (of the same name), exploring how to live life more carefully and mindfully, to increase our awareness of what matters most, to savor each moment and to change what we might regret. Opportunity to join an on-going yearlong group (starting probably in the summer) will be offered to those who are interested. Optional text: A Year to Live by Stephen Levine. This class will meet for one session on 4/23. Cost: $10.




If you have any questions contact LeeAnn at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone 965-4583 x 224


Our Whole Lives (High School) Sexuality curriculum

Our Whole Lives Offered this Winter
This winter the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara is offering a very important opportunity and class for youth who are 14–17 years of age and in the 9th to 11th grades—Our Whole Lives: Sexuality and Our Faith program. Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a values-based, comprehensive sexuality education curriculum developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ. There will be a mandatory parent orientation offered in January. If you are interested in your youth participating in this program, contact LeeAnn in the Religious Education office.

Our Whole Lives is a series of sexuality education that helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. It equips participants with accurate, age-appropriate information in six subject areas: human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health, and society and culture.
Children's Religious Education Program

At USSB Children and Youth are Front and Center!


Welcome to the Children’s Religious Education program at the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara.  Here we believe that our children are the future of our congregation, our faith, and our world.


We want to support our children and youth and encourage them to be the unique and special individuals that they are.


Our Educational Approach:

· Recognizes the individuality of each child or young person

· Provides an opportunity to interact and learn from peers and others

· Uses age-appropriate curriculum, stories, and activities

· Creates a nurturing, safe, and fun environment

Our Religious Education program exists to:

· Provide our children with a religious identity and a sense of meaning and worth

· Promote religious and spiritual exploration, and growth

· Create a sense of belonging and community for parents and children

We expose our children to many different religious traditions and provide a safe place for them to ask questions. We do not force our beliefs on our children but rather encourage them to explore ideas and come to thoughtful conclusions.



It is often said that it takes a whole village to raise one child.  USSB intends to be that village for the children in our midst. Come join us and help us create a village that meets your needs and supports all parents in raising their children.


For detailed information about your child’s religious education class, please contact Jena Foster at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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