March 2021 Worship Services

Our worship theme for March is Commitment.

Join us each Sunday ONLINE as we celebrate and worship as a community.

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We as Unitarian Universalists look forward to being with you virtually and in spirit on Sunday morning. We continue to develop our new spiritual practice of co-creating beloved community together in the midst of a global pandemic. We’re finding ways to spiritually prepare and fortify ourselves and to support others in uncertain times. If you need help getting to the online services, please contact board member Eileen McCormack for assistance.

Join our online Sunday service broadcast on the church’s Facebook page @UUSantaMonica on Sunday mornings and join the conversation on Facebook. You can also watch it live here on the UUSM Newsletter site on the main page (news.uusm.org). You don’t need to have a Facebook account or be logged in to watch on Facebook or here. The video will also be available on our YouTube channel shortly after the end of the service, so tune in anytime to catch up and worship with your community.


Sunday, March 7, 2021

“Spiritual Armor”

Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae, preaching
Leon Henderson-MacLennan, Worship Associate

ONE SERVICE AT 10:00 am online

The wisdom scriptures hold that faith can be worn as spiritual armor in difficult circumstances.  With growing threats of domestic terrorism, fascism, and white supremacy in our culture, how can our liberal religious faith equip us to be successful in the struggle for justice and beloved community?  We will also honor the Hindu holiday Mahashivaratri this week, so be sure to join us for worship!

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Sunday, March 14, 2021

“Making Promises”

Rev. Kikanza Nuri-Robins, preaching
Sue Bickford, Worship Associate

ONE SERVICE AT 10:00 am online   Daylight Savings Time begins

Promises feed hope.  Commitment is fed by passion.  Covenants are sustained by love.  What does it mean when you break a promise or make a commitment?  Are the criteria you are using serving you and your relationships?  This morning we will explore how your word nurtures, sustains, or erodes your relationships and spotlights your character.

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Love Is The Spirit

Sunday, March 21, 2021

“Higher Love”

Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae, preaching
Natalie Kahn, Worship Associate

ONE SERVICE AT 10:00 am online

Universalism declares love has the power to restore and transform all things. Our religious ancestors believed a great compassion would someday save all souls. Today we explore our historical theological doctrine in greater depth and its potential impact on our faith and the world.

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Sunday, March 28, 2021

“Transgender Day of Visibility”

Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae, preaching
Kikanza Nuri-Robins, Worship Associate

ONE SERVICE AT 10:00 am online

Today we celebrate transgender people everywhere and explore the beautiful diversity of gender identities and expressions in our world.  We also mark Passover and Palm Sunday and consider what our Jewish and Christian heritages really teach about gender and queerness.  Don’t forget your Bibles this Sunday!

The Transgender Pride Flag was first displayed in 2000.  Designer Monica Helms describes it:  “The light blue is the traditional color for baby boys, pink is for girls, and the white in the middle is for those who are transitioning, those who feel they have a neutral gender or no gender, and those who are intersexed. The pattern is such that no matter which way you fly it, it will always be correct. This symbolizes us trying to find correctness in our own lives.”  For some UU perspectives, consider the resources on a page that begins with “10 Ways to Be More Welcoming and Inclusive of Transgender People.”

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Generous Congregation Recipient:   Trans Lifeline

We come together for more than ourselves. Our collection this month will be shared with Trans Lifeline, a peer-support crisis hotline that also provides financial support to trans people in crisis. The hotline is the only service in the country in which all operators are transgender. The Trans Lifeline came to recognize that the epidemic of suicide in the trans community is inextricably tied to the economic justice issues trans people face at alarming rates, and that meaningful emotional support often requires financial support as well. In 2017, Trans Lifeline merged with the Trans Assistance Project, which became their Microgrants program. Microgrants offer low-barrier grants to trans people for legal name changes and updated government identification documents, as well as specialized support for incarcerated and undocumented trans people. With your support, we can help keep these vital services available to those in our community who need them most. Thank you for your generous support of this beloved community and the Trans Lifeline.

 

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