Speaker: Rev. Julia Hamilton

The Jefferson Window: A Troubling Legacy

This Sunday is Juneteenth, the holiday commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States. It seems fitting that we take time on this Sunday to reflect on the window in our sanctuary with the most troubling legacy: Thomas Jefferson. How do we … read more.

Passionate Advocacy: The Howe Window

“Ambitious people climb, but faithful people build.”

– Julia Ward Howe

Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910) was a poet, abolitionist, suffragist, and peace activist, who threw her talents into the work of building a better, freer world.

This is the sixth installment of our “Window Series” — taking a … read more.

The Bold & the Beautiful

The Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara is beautiful, but not just because we have a nice building across the street from a gorgeous park. The radiance comes from within – from the human beings gathered here who shine their love out for all to … read more.

Building a New Way: The 8th Principle

We humans seem to have a spiritual longing for wholeness in a broken-hearted world. Approaching our anti-racism work as an outgrowth of that longing for wholeness transforms it from a “task for a sub-committee” into a spiritual practice for the whole congregation. UUs across … read more.

Kinship

In our response to the climate crisis, we are moving from “conservation” towards an environmental justice model. As we celebrate Earth Day, how do we move beyond a simple appreciation of the beauty of our environment and into a deeper awareness of our kinship with … read more.

The Hard Road to Hallelujah

Easter is here—Springtime, renewal, bunnies and eggs, birds and flowers . . . but these arrive after winters of loss, hibernation, and self-reflection. How do we resurrect a Hallelujah?

The April 17 service will take place both in-person and online.

Masks are required in the sanctuary. … read more.

Beneath Vine & Fig Tree

“And every one ‘neath their vine and fig tree

Shall live in peace and unafraid.”

This is the Passover vision—of a liberated world, where everyone feels at home and at peace. How can we be inspired by this vision of peace in a war-torn … read more.

Nothing Less Than Joy

March 31 is Transgender Day of Visibility, and with all the recent political attacks against trans lives, it is more critical than ever that we affirm loudly and proudly that people of all genders and gender expressions are beautiful and sacred. We will not … read more.