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    Connection Circles, Journaling Hour, Auction, and “Starting Point” a New Membership Group

    Greetings! Thank you for subscribing to the weekly e-news from USSB.
    Sunday, September 26
    Live online service at 10:00 a.m.
    on Zoom and Facebook
    “The Shift”
    The Autumnal Equinox, when night and day are balanced.
    But what about us?
    Please join us!
    Watch the Zoom service: here
    Watch on our Facebook Page: here
    Log in early to make sure you’re connected!
    After the service, join us for Coffee Hour on Zoom
    Starting Point: New to USSB
    Are you new to the Unitarian Society? Or perhaps you’ve been here for a little while and are ready to explore membership and meet some new people? This two-session class is for you! Join Rev. Julia and DRE Charla Bregante to dive into a little UU theology, learn a little UU history, share some of your own journey, and connect with others as we explore what it means to be a part of this congregation. Tuesdays, October 12 & 19, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Class is offered both in-person and online! RSVP to
    Do you have an October birthday?
    Send your photo to Stephanie at today and be a part of our October Birthday Blessing on Sunday, October 3.
    Sign Up for a Connection Circle
    Sign-ups are now open for Connection Circles! These small structured groups allow participants to share about what is important to them, building trust and creating community. Groups meet twice a month for an hour and a half.Both in-person and Zoom groups are available. The session starts the first week of October and runs through January. Themes for the coming months are Cultivating Relationships, Holding History, Opening to Joy, Living with Intention.
    Sign up by Sunday, September 26 by going here:
    For questions, please contact Carol Schwyzer, or Becky Blake.
    Auction Theme 2021: Bluegrass!
    Donation Deadline: Thursday, September 30
    Week of Bidding: Sunday, October 3 to Saturday, October 9
    Celebration Event and Raffle: Saturday, October 9 at 5:00 p.m.
    Our theme this year is ‘Bluegrass’ and our celebration event will include a live (virtual) bluegrass performance. Dust off your fiddles, tune up your banjos, and get ready to celebrate in folksy style.
    As with each annual fundraiser, the goal is to raise money to support the programs and actions of the Unitarian Society while providing opportunities for community and connection. Like last year, our auction will be held online, with bidding taking place over the course of a week.
    We are soliciting donations now. All the fun and safe auction items inspired us last year, and we hope to continue this new tradition of creative offerings… 
    NEW! USSB Journaling Hour
    Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom beginning October 5
    Adults and teens are invited to join DRE Charla Bregante for an hour a week dedicated to personal journaling. We will start the hour with a chalice lighting and centering meditation. An optional writing prompt will be offered and then we’ll turn off our cameras and just write together. A brief opportunity to share a few sentences or insights will be offered before we close out the hour by extinguishing our chalice. Sign-up to receive the zoom link HERE
    Religious Education Updates
    Children’s Religious Education Classes
    Sunday, September 26 at 10:00 a.m. in Jefferson Courtyard
    Join teachers Christina Boardman and Janey Madlani for a hands on exploration of the September worship theme, Embracing Possibility. Not registered yet? Register your children and youth for RE right HERE:
    CRE Family Chapel
    Sunday, October 3 at 10:00 a.m. in Jefferson Courtyard
    CRE families are invited to our first Family Chapel of the new church year. Parents and children will gather together for rituals, stories, and hands-on activities once a month to explore the worship theme together. We will be exploring the theme Cultivating Relationship at this first service.
    Church Warming – Helping Hands Needed
    Staff are looking for a few sets of helping hands to assist us in organizing our facilities. After almost a year and a half of irregular use, the facilities need a little loving care to ready us for a fuller presence on campus. Volunteers are needed to help us strategize and organize the work room, kitchen, and basement for staff and congregational use. This work can be done on your own schedule, and households are encouraged to work together, if possible. We’d love your help getting our facilities ship shape! Contact Erin if you are able to assist.
    USSB Events This Week
    1. Friday at 10:00 a.m. Discuss the justice issues of the day and organize for action! Join our Justice & Equity Call.
    2. Friday at 1:00 p.m. It’s an open discussion hour with a different theme every week at the Friday Salon: Meeting With Ideas.
    3. Saturday at 3:00 p.m. Connect with other solo folks during this difficult time in Solo Connections.
    4. Sunday at 10:00 a.m. Worship Service and Coffee Hour and Children’s Religious Education.
    5. Sunday at 11:30 a.m. Eighth & Ninth Grade OWL meeting (Our Whole Lives sexuality education program).
    6. Monday at 1:00 p.m. Arts and crafts show and tell with Dana Zurzolo: Arts & Crafts Zoom Meetup.
    7. Monday at 7:00 p.m. Join a discussion about how the laws of physics imply that we are all one in the Quantum Consciousness Affinity Group.
    8. Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. is our monthly Board of Trustees meeting.
    9. Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. The Alliance for Living and Dying Well offers a weekly Advance Directive Workshop.
    10. Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. beginners and experienced meditators are welcome to our Midweek Meditation Group.
    11. Thursday at 6:00 p.m. Drumming Group in Parish Courtyard, all are welcome!
    View our full events calendar here.
    Apply for Music Director by September 27
    In Our Community
    Zoom Chat with Salud Carbajal
    ECOFaith of Santa Barbara would like to invite any interested members of this congregation to join with them for an online chat with Congressman Salud Carbajal. The intent of this conversation is to get a personal update on the highlights of the Infrastructure and Social Spending bills recently passed by the House, as they relate to climate change, the environment and sustainability. The Congressman will also share with us his views on how faith based groups can best support this pending legislation as well as ways to protect the environment, promote sustainability, and address climate change.
    Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at 2:00 pm
    Closed Captioning (Live Transcript) During Zoom Services
    Did you know that Zoom has a feature that allows for closed captioning during the service? Please be aware it may work differently depending on your device. On a computer, click on the “Live Transcript” button to turn it on. From that same button, you can also adjust your subtitle settings as you see fit.  
    If you do not see a “Live Transcript” button, look for the three dots button (next to the “Leave” button) at the bottom of your screen. Click the three dots and then click “Show Subtitles.” Automatically generated subtitles should then appear on your screen.
    Note that this is an automatic computer generated feature, so sometimes the captions will not be accurate. Please visit the Zoom website at for more information on this feature and for any troubleshooting.
    “Text to Give” to USSB
    If you’re watching our service from home you can still add a donation to the Sunday plate! Donate via text to give, it’s easy – simply text a dollar amount to 844-409-8397 and follow the prompts. Your donation will get included in the plate offering that day. You can also add money to the plate using a credit or debit card through our online portal here.
    Log in to Realm
    Our new online directory is here! Log in to update your profile, join a group, connect with another USSB member, and much more. Or go here for our Realm FAQ.
    The Kaleidoscope
    To subscribe or read the latest issue of our monthly newsletter online, please click here.
    Tech Support Helps You Connect to USSB 
    Our volunteer Tech Support group can help you get onto Zoom and use Realm. If you know of a congregant who needs help to connect with USSB, please email
    Care Team Warm Line (805) 265-3681
    Are you going through a tough time? In need of support and/or assistance? Do you know someone who needs support and/or assistance? Please call the USSB CARE TEAM at (805) 265-3681, or e-mail We will respond to your message within 24 hours.
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