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Mar 10, 2023, 5:00:42 PMMar 10


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March 10 - Middle School Hangout - 6pm Social Hall

March 11 - Citizens’ Climate Lobby - 9am  Social Hall

March 11 - CCAT - Sign Making  - 11 am  Social Hall

March 11 - Community Forum - Addressing Anti Semitism - 7 pm online

March 12 - SiteVisioning Families Meeting - 11:30 Sanctuary

March 12 - Crossing Paths - Paganism 1 pm Social Hall

March 12 - OWL - 1 pm

Grades K-1 in Innovations room

Grades 7-9 in YRUU room

March 13 - Monday Night Book Club - 7:30 pm online

March 17 - YRUU Hangout - 6 pm 

RSVP here: by March 16th 

March Hangouts: 

Middle School - March 10th  6-8 pm in Social Hall

YRUU Hangout on March 17th - Please RSVP no later than the day before the hangout you plan to attend:

RSVP here:

Saturday, March 11th – 7:00 p.m. PT (via Zoom)

Rising Anti Semitism and How We Address It


Dan Meisel, Regional Director

Mark Goldstein, Board Chair

Anti-Defamation League, Santa Barbara/Tri-Counties

Antisemitism in the US has risen by 34% since 2021. As more news agencies are reporting these disturbing incidents, we struggle to find ways to address them. Join us for a discussion of some unique aspects of contemporary antisemitism, factors contributing to their recent resurgence, and how to wield truth in response to antisemitism’s various iterations.

Dan Meisel serves as the Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League, a leading anti-hate organization that counters antisemitism, extremism, and all forms of bigotry. It’s nearly 110 year-old mission is to “stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.” Dan was previously a First Amendment and general litigation attorney, and has written and produced the feature film “All She Can.”

Mark Goldstein, Chair of the ADL Santa Barbara/Tri-Counties Regional Board, is an intellectual property attorney at SoCal IP Law Group. Among his many volunteer activities, Mark is active at Temple Etz Chaim in Thousand Oaks, participates in local interfaith activities, and guest lectures at UCSB and CLU.

Please register for the forum in advance here:

In Person & Online Service - 10 am

Reverend Anne Hines

The Most Important Prayer

If you had only one prayer to raise to God or the Universe, what would/should that be? The 13th century Catholic mystic, Meister Eckhart, had an answer, and it ties in to generosity.

Join us in person or for the Zoom Meeting at 10 am 

Meeting ID: 209 555 249

Phone: 16699009128

Password: 2020

This Week’s offering will be a special collection to benefit 

Earthquake response in Turkey and Syria

The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee and our community are in solidarity with the people of Turkey and Syria impacted by the devastating earthquake on February 6th. Contributions will be made to the Global Fund for Human Rights earthquake response where 100% of donations will be distributed to local civil society groups on the ground and the White Helmets supporting the earthquake response in Syria.

Crossing Paths for Adults:  Paganism!

Sundays  1pm 

Social Hall



Sundays - 1:00 pm

Grades 7-9 in YRUU room

Grades K-1 in Innovations room

Please address any communications or questions to:

THIS week 

 Sunday, March 12th after the service in the Sanctuary

Chalice Lighting

To start your day, a meeting, or before a meal

We light this Chalice today because it's dark out here in the world and we need to see what it is that we are doing and what remains to be done.

We light this Chalice in the hope that it will shine forth our principles so we might work and dwell in the wisdom of those sources that inspire our faith. 

And now, having lit this flame, we look around and see one another. And in seeing you, I am comforted that I am not alone. My prayer is that you are comforted also. 

~ Rick Wells

Monday Night Book Group - Dinners with Ruth

Monday March 13th at 7:30PM on zoom

The next selection of the Monday night book group is Dinners with Ruth, by Nina Totenberg.

The author describes her long term friendship with Ruth Bader Ginsberg, dating from 1971.

A loving tribute as well as an insight into Totenberg’s career.

Zoom link for the meeting:

Living Dharma Connection

3rd Monday of every month

Monday March 20th

7:30 to 8:30 pm

NOW Hybrid: in Social Hall and zoom:

This informal Buddhist meditation and Dharma discussion group is open to everyone. To join and receive monthly meeting details/readings, please contact Frédérik Sisa by email at

Join Loretta J. Ross and Loan Tran to learn about CALLING IN!

Begins March 28th

March 28 is the start of a four-week ZOOM class with people across the country. Background, lectures and Q/A are on Tuesdays. The option to practice in guided, confidential, small groups is on Thursdays. Several of us from Chalice have attended past sessions. They are a great help in the ongoing work of building a personal “toolbox” to find meaningful responses to conflict – especially around racial justice. “Calling In” is about creating change without cancel culture. If you have questions, please contact Randall Edwards or Barbara Leighton.

To sign up or learn more visit:

Lectures & QA

FOUR Tuesdays | 7pm-9pm EST; 4-6pm PT | March 28 and April 4, 11, and 18

Learning Labs

FOUR Thursdays | 7pm-8:30pm EST; 4-5:30pm PT | March 30 and April 6, 13, and 20


$5 for the first session or $20.00 total for the full Course (includes Learning Labs)


Now Open

This year’s assembly will be held at the beautiful congregational facility, Unitarian Universalists San Luis Obispo. Join us to share what’s going on in your congregation and to enjoy meaningful keynote topics, an assortment of workshops, youth con activities, worship, meals and more! Keynote Speakers will  include Speaker Chairwoman Violet Sage Walker of the Northern Chumash Tribal Council (NCTC) and Mona Olivas Tucker of the Northern Chumash Tribe. 

We have 6 delegate spots, and people can attend virtually for only $50 to see speakers in the main hall, and attend and vote for deBenneville Board members

Full Details about the event available here:

Registration Is Open for the Assembly:

They are  offering a self-selecting registration fee scale. Level 1 covers the minimum cost of the event and Level 2 will help support others who need financial assistance to attend.

In person attendance (Level 1) = $75

In person attendance (Level 2) = $100

Virtual Attendance (Level 1) = $50

Virtual Attendance (Level 2) = $75

Financial Assistance request: Click here for online request form

 And for Youth Con (grades 8-12):

Youth Con is open to youth ages 14-18 who will be involved in their own programming during the weekend. They will have the opportunity to foster relationship building, expand leadership skills, and develop a deeper faith identity. 

If you have further questions about the Youth Con please contact our director of religious education, Sam Dickerson at

Starting Point Journey Circle 

Begins Sunday, April 16th, 1 - 3 pm

In person @ Chalice 

Do you want to explore Unitarian Universalism and your Spiritual Path more deeply?  

Sign up for our next Starting Point Journey Circle 

For newcomers to Chalice and existing members 


We invite you to join our UU journey program called 'Starting Point’. 

Starting Point is a three session series, led by Rev. Nica, designed to deepen your spiritual understanding of Unitarian Universalism and to connect newcomers with members, creating a web of interconnection at Chalice. Additionally, newer people will experience Chalice’s small group culture, thereby deepening your spiritual engagement with our community.


All are welcome to this class by prior registration. 

A commitment to all three sessions is requested.


  • Sunday, April 16  - 1-3 pm - Session 1 will explore our personal spiritual journeys.

  • Sunday, May 21 - 1-3 pm - Session 2 will examine UU and Chalice’s history.

  • Wednesday, May 31 - 6:30 to 8:30 pm- Session 3 will look at our UU Theological journey.

For more information, you can email

Chalice Goes to the Hollywood Bowl!

It’s finally my favorite time of the year: Hollywood Bowl Season! This is a great way to join in fellowship with your Chalice community and other music lovers. Arrive early for a picnic dinner and then enjoy a world class summer concert under the stars. (Pack your own picnic.)

If you’re interested, please reach out to the music director, Anthony, at Tickets will be purchased 4/5/23, so all decisions and payments must be made prior. Tickets generally range from $15-45 per person. Go to for more information. (FYI, John Williams is 91, and likely won’t continue conducting much longer, and Dudamel is moving to the NY Phil in 2026.)

July 7 - 8:00pm Maestro of the Movies: John Williams w/Dudamel

July 11 - 8:00pm Verdi’s Requiem w/Dudamel

July 25 - 8:00pm Rhapsody in Blue & Dvorak Symphony 9

July 30 -7:30pm Everybody Rise! A Sondheim Celebration

August 3 - 8:00pm A Live Presentation of 2001: A Space Odyssey w/LA Phil & LA Master Chorale

August 16 - 8:00pm Gladys Knight

Anthony Concepcion music director

Families with elementary age kids - 

Summer camp Registration to open this month

SAVE THE DATES!  Plan ahead for summer 2023 camps 

(registration will open in March):

Elementary camp: July 9-15

Middle School camp: July 16-22

Sr High School camp: July 23-29

Family Camp: July 30-Aug 5th

General Assembly June 21- 25, 2023

Information can be found here:

And registration is available here:

Please let us know if you plan to attend in-person or on zoom! We can have 6 delegates and one could be you! Contact 

Consider joining the Chalice Social Justice Facebook group. To learn about latest events supporting Black Lives Matter, Climate Justice and other concerns, click  on:  

UU the Vote will be gearing up soon for more opportunities to get into “good trouble”! Stand by, more democracy-saving postcarding opportunities are coming up VERY SOON!

Citizen’s Climate Lobby

Meets Saturday, March 11th  at 9am in person or via zoom

Meetings are open to anyone interested in saving our planet! 

Here is the sign-on info: 


Meeting ID: 822 7475 2266

Passcode: 271577 


March 11 @ 11 am in Fellowship Hall

Climate Action Sign-making 

and National Day of Action (March 21):


“The climate crisis poses a grave threat to every aspect of our economy and our everyday lives, which is why our entire banking system needs to divest from the fossil fuel industry and reinvest resources into a clean, just, renewable economy.” 

WHAT:  The Chalice Climate Action Team (CCAT) is preparing to join a National Day of Action to publicize how banks are making our climate crisis worse.  Chase, Wells Fargo, Citibank and Bank of America are major investors in fossil fuels.  We’ll ask people to consider moving their money to other banks or credit unions which do not invest in oil, gas or pipelines.

WHEN: Saturday, March 11, at 11am Sign-making - bring friends, energy, and creativity to Chalice Fellowship Hall.  We’ll have snacks as we plan and make signs with positive messaging for the day of action.

March 21 National Day of Action - people across America will hold signs outside banks to let communities know how bank investments drive future fossil fuels and our climate crisis.

WHY: Money in the bank may be the largest part of a person’s carbon footprint. Chase, Wells Fargo, Citibank or Bank of America are the largest U.S. banking investors in fossil fuels.  People who move their funds to more responsible institutions help send the message that we prioritize a livable future.

According to, a $62,500 deposit loaned by the bank for pipelines, frack wells, coal, and oil exploration produces more carbon than all the driving, cooking, heating, cooling, and flying an average American will do in 6 months! Please act with us!

For more info contact or see also:

Chalice has many Social Action groups 

to engage with on a monthly basis! 

Racial Justice Team: 2nd Wednesday of Each Month - 5:30 - 7 pm 

BIPOC UU Tri-County Collaborative: 2nd Thursday of the month - 6 pm 

The Citizen’s Climate Lobby Meeting: 2nd Saturday of the month - 9 am 

Chalice Climate Action Team Meeting: 4th Sunday of the Month -12:30 pm 

Community Forum Team Meeting: 4th Monday of the month

Friday, March 10

6:00pm Middle School Hangout

Saturday, March 11

7:30am AA Meeting

9:00am Citizens Climate Lobby 

10:00am OA Meeting

11:00am Sign Making with CCAT

7:00pm Community Forum: Rising Antisemitism and How We Address It (zoom2)

Sunday, March 12

10:00am Chalice Worship Service (Zoom 2)

11:15am Family Meeting with Site Visioning Team (hybrid in Sanctuary and on zoom)

1:00pm OWL 7-9

1:00pm OWL K-2

1:00pm Crossing Paths - for adults

5:00pm Newcomer AA Meeting

Monday, March 13

7:00pm 2nd Monday Chalice Circle (zoom2)

7:00pm COSM (ZoomB)

7:00pm Women's Evening Group

7:30pm Book Club (zoom2)

Tuesday, March 14

10:00am Gardenia Group (zoom)

6:00pm RE Committee Meeting (zoom2)

Wednesday, March 15

3:00pm 3rd Wednesday Chalice Circle (zoom)

5:00pm Finance Committee Meeting (ZoomD)

6:00pm Overeaters Anonymous

6:30pm Sitevisioning meeting (zoom2)

7:00pm Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, March 16

10:30am Jonquil Women's Group (zoom)

7:00pm Book Club: My Grandmother's Hands (zoom2)

Friday, March 17

6:00pm YRUU Hangout

Other ways to get involved or stay connected:

Or reach out to us here:

Chalice Office # (805) 498-9548 - Messages will be checked regularly.

Rev. Nica Eaton-Guinn, Minister, is on Sabbatical until May

Explore our website to learn more about everything we are doing.

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