Rev. Julia Hamilton
(805) 965-4583 ext. 222
“The world is too dangerous for anything but truth and too small for anything but love.” -William Sloane Coffin
I am thrilled to be serving the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara as your Lead Minister. I joined this wonderful congregation in 2011, starting as the Assistant Minister and now finding myself settling here and extending our horizons together. Prior to arriving at USSB, I served as the Executive Director of the Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of New Jersey. A lifelong Unitarian Universalist, I earned my Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School in 2008, completing a trajectory that started when I led my first worship service at the age of 13, at my home congregation in New Orleans. I am passionate about bringing our values to life in the world and have co-authored two adult education curricula focusing on justice and our tradition: UU Tapestry of Faith “Resistance and Transformation: UU Social Justice History,” and the UU College of Social Justice “Study Guide for Service Learning.”
Before ministry, I lived in New York City and Los Angeles, working in theater and television – and a few restaurants along the way. I received my B.A. in 1998 from UCSB with a degree in Theater Arts. My husband, Adam, my daughter, Cassia, and a dog named Luna are the others in my household.
I am continually inspired by the smart, caring, dedicated and delightful people in our congregation, and I am honored to walk with you on this journey through life. Please let me know if you would like to set up an appointment for coffee (or tea!) and conversation – I have office hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Rev. Lora Young
Rev. Lora Young is a community minister affiliated with the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara. She is currently serving the community with VNA Health at Serenity House as a chaplain. She also enjoys working on social justice issues related to climate justice and anti-racism and serves as a board member to PFLAG, which advocates for justice and inclusivity for LGBTQ people and their families.