Community. Courage. Love. Diversity. Generosity. Joy. These are the cornerstones of our congregation. Since 1876, the Unitarian Society has been a beacon of progressive religion in Santa Barbara. If you are seeking a religion that speaks to your mind as well as your heart, a spiritual community with doors wide open to the world, you are welcome here. To quote the poet Mary Oliver, "What will you do with your one wild and precious life?"


Warming Center Volunteer Signups 2019-20

Winter (and hopefully rain) is right around the corner, and that means that on cold and wet nights there will be people who need shelter. So we are asking you – yes, you! - to volunteer to join a Hospitality Team. Sign up here! There is nothing quite like the feeling of being able to do something concrete and tangible to help our community. Cooking a good meal and sharing it with our guests at the Warming Centers is now a part of our culture of caring here at the Unitarian Society. We need about 80 volunteers each year to make this happen!  Click here for more information.

Next Sunday

Sunday, December 15 at 9:15 and 11:15 am

“The Star of Bethlehem”

Our Annual Holiday Pageant

Let's wonder, laugh, sing, and maybe even cry together at our holiday pageant! We will discover if we have room in our hearts and in the stable for one more. children will be performing and singing as we re-enact the story of Christmas together. Chancel Choir will sing.


Our three services on Christmas Eve are each a little bit different, but all of them end with candlelight as we sing Silent Night together.

5:00 pm – Joy to the World: A Family Christmas. Lots of love will light up the sanctuary as we tell stories and sing our favorite carols. All ages are welcome at this fun and festive service. Featuring selections from The Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten. Treble Choir will sing.

7:00 pm – Heaven and Nature Sing: Lessons & Carols. Come and hear the words of the Christmas story accompanied by beautiful music from the choir and Christmas carols for everyone. We will reflect together on what it means to make room for joy in a heartbreaking world. Chancel Choir will sing.

9:00 pm – A Joyful Jazz Christmas. A jazz combo will provide the music for us we put a little swing into our carols and reflect on the spirit of peace, love, and joy that is at the heart of Christmas. Music by members of the USSB Music Ministry.


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Sunday services at 9:15 and 11:15 am

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    Solidarity and Compassion Project Comes to USSB!

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    Drop-in Weekly Meditation

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Nathaniel Hawthorne

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