This Sunday is the first of our winter holiday services, and we will reflect on the Christian practice of Advent. What does it mean to wait in expectation, not alone, but in a community? How do we hold Hope (the first candle on … read more.
Speaker: Rev. Julia Hamilton
What is it like to live here in Santa Barbara when you move through the world in a different way? Rev. Julia and USSB member Allison Andrews have been talking about the challenges of living in Santa Barbara as a person with disabilities. How can … read more.
Laughter and tears, memories and mementos. What we keep and what we let go. Love is the thread that binds us to those who have died but live on in our hearts. Our ancestors and beloved dead are always with us – let … read more.
Our Sunday services take place both in-person and online at 10:00 a.m.
The news from Israel and Gaza has left many of us feeling awash in fear and uncertainty. This Sunday, let us come together to grieve the violence and suffering as we renew our call … read more.
In recognition of Indigenous People’s Day, how do we approach the concept of “repair” when it comes to the legacy of colonialism and genocide against the indigenous peoples of the Americas? What is the USSB Indigenous Reparations Fund all about, and why does it matter … read more.
“Can we develop the skill of remembering the future? Can we commit to build the community that will extend into a time that we only know by memory because it will outlast us? Memorize the compass points of the day yet to come: the truth, … read more.
We are at the beginning of the Jewish High Holy Days: Rosh Hashanah started at sundown last Friday, and Yom Kippur ends on September 25. In between are the “Days of Awe,” a time of renewal and repentance, where “awe” can refer to things that … read more.
In the center of California, a giant lake has reappeared after decades of absence: Tulare Lake, the largest body of freshwater west of the Mississippi. As we gather for our annual Water Ceremony, to refresh and recharge our spirits for the fall, what can we … read more.
As the Hollywood Strike continues through Labor Day, what can this moment teach us about what counts as “labor” in today’s world? Rev. Julia has been speaking to friends on the picket line in Los Angeles and will share some of their reflections on the … read more.