Imagine a religion that embraces many different beliefs... including yours.

We are people of all ages, people of many backgrounds, and people of many beliefs. We welcome Atheist, Agnostic, Buddhist, Christian, Earth-Centered, Hindu, Humanist, Jewish, Muslim, or those who identify with other philosophical or religious traditions. Unitarian Universalism affirms and promotes seven Principles, grounded in the humanistic teachings of the world’s religions.


Nurture Your Spirit. Help Heal Our World.

Unitarian Universalism is a caring, open-minded religion. We are united by shared values, not by creed or dogma. Our congregations are places where people gather to nurture their spirits and put their faith into action by helping to make our communities—and the world—a better place. We create spirituality and community beyond boundaries, working for more justice and more love in our own lives and in the world.


We welcome the LGBTQIA community

Each of us has worth and dignity, and that worth includes our gender and our sexuality. As Unitarian Universalists (UUs), we not only open our doors to people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, we value diversity of sexuality and gender and see it as a spiritual gift. We create inclusive religious communities and work for LGBTQIA justice and equity as a core part of who we are. All of who you are is sacred. All of who you are is welcome.

Sunday Services start at 10:30am, unless otherwise noted.

Sept. 24, 2017

Climate Change and the Importance of Being Real

Several years back, Roz Galtz had a simple idea. She wanted to publish one good, open-ended question about climate change each week that people could use as conversation starters with friends, family, coworkers, neighbors—anyone they thought they could have a decent conversation with. 
She knew, of course, that more talk itself wouldn’t do much to solve climate change. But, as she explains, “I was riveted by the persistent gap between what we know to be true of climate change and how we experience it. And one simple way we make difficult, seemingly intolerable situations feel more real is by talking about them with people we trust and turning them over, from different angles, until we’ve got a sense of what we need to do.” She called the project the Green Card. The tag line?  “Climate change is real. The conversation should be too.”
Then, on her way to getting started on the Green Card, she took a life detour and learned a series of tough, personal lessons on what being real means. In her sermon, she’ll talk about how those lessons have made her a better person and a stronger one, and how they’ve moved her to embrace an ethic of the real in daily life. She’ll also talk about how they have returned her to the Climate Card—because she believes that if we could get a little more real with ourselves and one another on the issue of climate, we might find our way to a more focused and resilient kind of response.
Roz Galtz, J.D., Ph.D., is a former Fulbright-Hays scholar, professor of sociology, and environmental attorney who now works as an academic editor. Her writing has appeared in Common Dreams, Greener Ideal, and The Rumpus, as well as in several scholarly and legal venues. Currently she’s working on a nonfiction book.

Sept. 17, 2017

Sharing Personal Stories to Support Equity & Justice

Hendel Leiva and Eliana Fernandez speak on the importance of using one’s story to support the effort for equality and justice.

Stay after for a showing of Hendel’s film, From One Mistake, from 12:30pm – 2:00pm.

With the news that the Deferred Action (DACA) program was cancelled last week, Long Island immigration activists Hendel Leiva and Eliana Fernandez join us to premiere their new documentary, and speak to the importance of becoming engaged with the issues that affects more than 800,000 DACA recipients, and 11 million undocumented immigrants, who also live in our local communities.

From One Mistake is a first hand account from Hendel Leiva, about the factors that led him to target day laborers as a high school student, despite having an undocumented father, and the connection to the rise in today’s hate incidents in America. From One Mistake is a film about the journey to self-awareness, empowerment, and action, in today’s hostile political atmosphere.

(Runtime:  1 hr 7 min)

Sept. 10, 2017

“Water Communion”

— Presented by UUGSB’s, Damon Governa, MDiv.

Unitarian Universalist tradition since the 1980’s, this ritual is enacted to symbolize our coming together as individuals to form a sacred community. Each person attending this service is encouraged to gather up, between now and Sept. 10th, a small amount of water that is from a source which holds some special significance for you. Water may be collected on a day special to you, gathered from places you might travel, or from the ocean, a favorite pond, your backyard pool, a garden hose, even your own kitchen sink!

July 2–Sept 3, 2017

Summer Schedule is in effect.  During the Summer, we will not be holding Sunday Services.

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