Service Information

We return to two services, at 9:15 and 11:15 a.m., starting Sunday, September 9.

Sunday, September 2 at 10:00 am

“Work and Identity” | Rev. Julia Hamilton

The author David Whyte defines work as “the place where the self meets the world.” On this Labor Day weekend, let us consider how our work in the world shapes and defines us.

Summer Singers will sing.

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

“Ingathering: Homecoming at the Shore” | Rev. Julia Hamilton

Here in Santa Barbara, we live in an intimate relationship with the vast and powerful ocean at our doorstep. This Ingathering Sunday, let us gather in joyful community as we reflect on what is means to live in the tides of life together. Don’t forget to bring some water with you to this special, all-ages service, for our annual Gathering of the Waters Ceremony!

Chancel Choir will sing.

Sunday, September 16

“Days of Awe” | Rev. Julia Hamilton

In the Jewish tradition, the ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are called the “Days of Awe.” It is a time for reflection and reconciliation, a time for getting in touch with the deep longing within us all to turn toward the good and move away from that which does us harm, individually and collectively.

This Sunday we will also be welcoming our Intern Minister, Nic Filzen, and his family!

Sunday, September 23

“Reclaiming the Horizon” | Rev. Julia Hamilton

These days it can be tempting to define ourselves by who we are not: we are against hate, we are against tyranny, we are against injustice. But we must do more than just resist. We must reclaim a moral horizon, a star toward which we are sailing together. To put it simply, what is our vision for the Beloved Community?

Sunday, September 30

“What is Your Future?” | Charla Bregante and Ken Ralph

The future is what will happen in the time after the present. Its arrival is considered inevitable due to the existence of time and the laws of physics. Predicting precisely what shape the future will take has always been elusive due the chaotic nature of natural and social processes. But this does not mean that the future is empty. We inevitably fill the future with assumptions and intentions in our attempts to mold it to our will. How has that worked out for you? Is it possible to overcome the chaos that is life and truly mold our future?

Women’s Chorale will sing.

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