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 8 at 9:15 and 11:15 am

“Natural Disasters and other myths”

Worship Leader: Rev. Julia Hamilton

Two years ago, the Thomas Fire and Debris Flow woke us up to the awe-inspiring power of nature and our own vulnerabilities. Fire, flood, hurricane, heat – these are the new normal. Yet nature is not the source of our suffering; the real disaster is the way we humans have contributed to the situation. We must reclaim a sense of awe, wonder and humility for the powerful forces that surround us in order to get clear about what we do (and don’t) have control over.

And join us during Middle Hour for our annual Holiday Craft Fair. We provide the materials, you provide the fun!


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Sunday services at 9:15 and 11:15 am

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  • 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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