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, NOVEMBER 24 at 9:15 and 11:15 am

“Why I Love Thanksgiving Even Though It's a Mess”

Worship Leader: Rev. Julia Hamilton

Thanksgiving is complicated. Personally and politically, Thanksgiving can be a minefield: tricky family dynamics, national politics, our cultural love/hate relationship with food, and a bit of colonialism thrown in just to keep things interesting. But buried underneath all of this mess is a holiday about gratitude for family, friends, and the bounty of the earth. Join us as we break bread together and celebrate the gifts of this messy, glorious world.


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  • Sep 26 Thursday
    A Call for Stories

    This past spring, our first "Live from the Heart" evening of stories was... Read All...

  • Jan 9 Wednesday
    Solidarity and Compassion Project Comes to USSB!

    The second Wednesday of every month from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in Parish... Read All...

  • Jan 2 Wednesday
    Drop-in Weekly Meditation

    Meditation Group Join us Wednesday evenings in the Sanctuary from 5:15 to 6:00 p.m.... Read All...


Generosity is the flower of justice.
Nathaniel Hawthorne

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