Speaker: Rev. Julia Hamilton

To Thrive, Not Just Survive

You’ve heard of a “Dystopia” – a bleak future where everything has fallen apart – but what about a “Protopia”? That’s the word for imagining a possible future in which people thrive. But to imagine a Protopia, we must occasionally step outside the present … read more.

A Living Tradition

The Unitarian Universalist Association has been asking UUs around the country to articulate the core values of our faith, and here is what emerged: Justice, Equity, Transformation, Pluralism, Interdependence, Generosity – and at the center, Love. In just a few months, delegates at our annual … read more.

Sorrow is Not My Name

One possible meaning of Easter: Abundant joy is just as real as death and loss. Another possible meaning: Spring returns, and new growth from a bare branch is happening all around us. Come and celebrate stories of life resurgent with us this Easter morning.

Kids and … read more.

The Now and Not Yet

The distance between who we are and who we want to be has been described by philosophers, theologians, politicians and artists in many different ways. It’s a “divine dissatisfaction” (Martha Graham) “a tragic gap” (Parker Palmer) “…never has been yet, and yet must be.” (Langston … read more.

What if the Skies Were Blue?

After all the storms we’ve endured, it’s time to do some “Blue Sky” thinking about the future of the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara, including the physical space we occupy. But USSB is more than just the buildings, of course. The purpose of any “brick … read more.

The Heresy of Free Public Education

“The Unitarians…Through unrelenting propaganda, social fervor, and political action they were able to enact laws that formed the foundation of centralized, state-owned and controlled education throughout America.” – By Sam Blumenfeld, Printed in Practical Homeschooling #30, 1999.  Minister’s note: Mr. Blumenfeld, the author of the … read more.

Abre la Puerta

With Rev Julia Hamilton, Charla Bregante, Keir Zecher, and YoUUth Group members

“In the midst of a world marked by tragedy and beauty, there must be those who bear witness …” – Rebecca Parker

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“One Great Bundle of Humanity”

In 1866, addressing the Eleventh National Women’s Rights Convention in New York City, Francis Ellen Watkins Harper said, “We are all bound up together in one great bundle of humanity, and society cannot trample on the weakest and feeblest of its members without receiving the … read more.