USSB Mission & Vision
Our Mission Statement
The Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara, a loving community of seekers:
- Living with integrity
- Nurturing wonder
- Inspiring action
Adopted by the congregation in November 2013
Living with integrity, we:
- 1. Support each other in life and life’s transitions with loving care, joy, celebration and gratitude.
- 2. Care for the earth and its rich web of life for current and future generations.
Nurturing wonder, we:
- 3. Experience the transcendent that opens us to deep connection and life’s mystery.
- 4. Cultivate spiritual practices and engage in lifelong learning, utilizing our hearts and minds.
Inspiring action, we:
- 5. Shift the larger culture toward justice and compassion through bold individual and congregational endeavors.
- 6. Welcome and connect with people across differences of identity and lived experience.
Adopted August 2013, revised January 2020
Covenant of Healthy Relationships
Being mindful of how we communicate with and about others, we will:
- Listen actively
- Seek to understand the perspectives of others
- Attend to the impact of our intentions, words, and actions
When conflicts arise, in order to pursue a peaceful and constructive path to resolution, we will:
- If possible, communicate directly with the person(s) involved. If safety is a concern or if help is needed, consult the Committee on Shared Ministry as a resource to support communication and resolution
- Stay engaged with the process of addressing harm, repairing relationship, and establishing a resolution to the conflict
- Explore solutions through mutual learning and respect, trusting in others whose truths are based on their own lived experiences
Celebrating the diversity within our community, we will:
- Recognize and honor the variety of beliefs and spiritual paths within our community, including the words and ways others express their spirituality
- Honor the contributions of those who have been historically marginalized in the larger world and in our congregation
This Covenant of Healthy Relationships, grounded in the principles and values of this congregation and our Unitarian Universalist tradition, upholds the foundation of our community at the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara and our commitment to one another as members of this community. Our goal is to be a safe and inspirational place in which we, as individuals and as a congregation, can live out our spiritual journeys.
Adopted October 2022
Timeline of the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara
|1872-1876||Meeting in a private residence|
|1877||Rev. George Young forms Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara congregation|
|1890||Stone church built at the corner of Arlington Avenue and State Street|
|1921-1928||Dr. Lewis C. Carson, minister|
|1925||Earthquake destroys stone church building|
|1929-1932||Rev. Edward P. Daniels, minister|
|1930||Present Spanish-style church building completed|
|1933-1958||Rev. Berkeley Blake, minister|
|1949||Sarah Foot School opens (Starr King Parent Child Workshop)|
|1957||Blake Building completed and dedicated to Rev. Berkeley Blake|
|1959-1977||Rev. John Alexie “Lex” Crane, minister|
|1962||Jefferson Building added|
|1978-1990||Rev. Tony Friess Perrino, minister|
|1979-1982||Rev. Maren Hansen, associate minister|
|1982-1986||Rev. Frank Robertson, minister of religious education|
|1987-1994||Rev. Carol Edwards, minister of religious education|
|1990-1991||Rev. Jack Mendelsohn, interim minister|
|1991-1999||Rev. Sarah Moores Campbell, senior minister|
|1999-2001||Rev. James E. Grant, interim minister|
|2001-2008||Rev. Kenneth Collier, minister|
|2008-2009||Rev. Joy Atkinson, interim minister|
|2009-2014||Rev. Aaron McEmrys, minister|
|2011-2015||Rev. Julia Hamilton, associate minister|
|2014-2015||Rev. Lee Bond-Upson, interim minister|
|2015-||Rev. Julia Hamilton, lead minister|
|2015-2018||Rev. Caitlin Cotter Coillberg, assistant minister|