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May 26th, 10:30am
In-person and livestreamed

Music Sunday 2024                              Dr. Louise Chernosky, Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano, and Friends

Click here to watch the service on Sunday.

Join us for a Sunday celebrating UUCMC’s many musicians and ensembles. As we engage with our monthly theme of pluralism, let us listen for the many voices, musical styles, and musical expressions that—together—create UUCMC’s joyful noise!

Music by Dr. Louise Chernosky, Just Folk, Roots and Wings, UkUlele Orchestra, Sister Singers, Elaine Held, UU Singers, Joel DeWitt, Craig Sunada, Karen Geer, and Rev. Craig

Services Available to Watch on YouTube:

May 19, 2024

What Time Is It?                                                   Rev. Julie Newhall, guest minister

While sentient species are aware of the seasons, we humans are the species that obsesses about the specific dimensions of time itself. Have you ever lived through an entire day without knowing the time? Click here to watch the service.

Music by Helen Kho and PJ Casbar

Reverend Julie Newhall was ordained at UUCMC twenty years ago.  She has served as a settled minister, a consulting minister, a hospital chaplain, a teacher at Brookdale Community College, and as a guest speaker at fellowships and congregations in Florida, New Jersey, New York, New Zealand, and North Carolina.

May 12, 2024

A Multigenerational Celebration of Caregivers’ Day
Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano Sari Alburtus

On this Mother’s Day, we will broaden the scope of things a bit and draw upon the stories of those caregivers in our lives. Who are the caregivers who have been most special to you? Click here to watch the lovely service.

Music by Tom McCormack and Rev. Craig

May 5, 2024

Partnering for Justice                                        Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano Rev. Tom Rosiello

As Unitarian Universalists, we partner with one another and with organizations doing important justice work in local and global communities. Following up on Rev. Craig’s visits to Mexico this past fiscal year and anticipating future cooperation, this morning is a unique opportunity to partner in worship with our sibling UU congregation in San Miguel de Allende. Our May share-the-plate organization is Libros para todos (Books for All), an organization we partnered with last year that promotes literacy and books in Guanajuato province. ¡A todos, la bienvenida!  Click here to watch the service.

Music by Dr. Louise Chernosky, Malcolm Halliday, Rev. Craig

April 28, 2024

Spirituality as Communion: Interdependence and Volunteerism
Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano

As we stressed last month, UUCMC is only as strong as its members and friends make it through their talent, time, and treasure. This morning, we celebrate the time and treasure aspect of our giving, with an emphasis on volunteerism. Our spirituality is centered in communion—in our being in community with one another. Let us gather, once again, to create a sacred space in which to thrive together. Click here to watch the service.

Music by Sarah and Dr. David Fischell & Friends

April 21, 2024

Community and Renewal: A Multigenerational Celebration of Passover and Earth Day
Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano and Michelle McKenzie-Creech, CDFM

The celebrations of Passover and Earth Day aren’t as separate as one might imagine, for the Jewish festival had its origins in harvest rituals associated with the emergence of Spring, and both involve communal gatherings with promises made for an interdependent future. This morning, all ages will profit from the lessons of the seasons of the Earth. Click here to watch the service.

Music by Dr. Louise Chernosky, UU Singers, Karen Geer

April 14, 2024

Cycles in Life                                                          Rev. Kerwin Webb, Guest Minister

Seed. Time. Harvest. These are three c components that are part of the cycle in our lives. Based on Matthew 13:3-9 (HCSB), this message will explore the parable that Jesus spoke to his disciples and how the lessons of the parable can be applied to our lives. Click here to watch the service.

Music by Elaine Held, UkUlele Orchestra, Sarah & David Fischell

Reverend Kerwin Webb is an ordained Baptist minister currently serving as a Visiting Minister at Martin Luther King, Jr. Presbyterian Church in Neptune, NJ. Rev. Webb earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Alabama State University (2004) and a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary (2019). Rev. Webb’s guiding scripture is Romans 12:2: “And do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable, and perfect will of God.” (NKJV)

April 7, 2024

The 2024 Myra Zinke Lecture
Hopes and Prayers for SCOTUS: United States v. Rahimi
Karen Geer; Jay Blotsky, Guest Worship Coordinator

This significant Supreme Court case wrestles with the intersection of domestic violence and Second Amendment gun rights. We will look briefly at the court case and the issues presented, and visit a glimmer of hope as the Court searches for a new standard to evaluate gun issues. The Unitarian Universalist Association joined in a brief with other religious leaders to support the government’s ability to limit domestic violence perpetrators possessing guns. Click here to watch the service.

Music by Dr. Louise Chernosky, ImpromptUU Singers

A congregant of UUCMC, the late Dr. Myra Zinke, a Holmdel internist and psychiatrist, recognized very early how cultural issues impinged on women’s physical and mental health. She held a steadfast ethical vision and left a bequest to us for an annual speaker on women’s issues and to promote gender equality.
Karen Geer is a member of UUCMC, the Worship Committee, and the UU Choir. Karen received her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and received the Keith Miller Award and other Senior Prizes. She also has an L.L.M. from Pace University in Environmental Law. Karen is licensed to practice law in New York. She practiced at Harris Beach, LLP in the Science and Medical Devices Unit and served as National Coordinating Counsel in various Multi-District Litigations. The firm was located in Two World Trade Center and, after the terrorist attack, Karen transitioned to non-profit management and is a non-profit consultant specializing in Restructuring and Turnaround Management. Karen served as the Interim Executive Director for a large domestic violence center in New Jersey until March, 2024.

March 31, 2024

A Multigenerational Celebration of Easter
Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano and Michelle McKenzie-Creech, CDFM

Whatever our religious or nonreligious path, we can all learn to appreciate the lessons of Easter, a holy day named for the goddess of Spring, and featuring one of the most dramatic stories of transformation ever recorded. This will be a time to be present with all ages, to be UUCMC in all its dimensions, together, in our beautiful Earth Room. Let us rise to the occasion of our own rebirth as a congregation: it happens every time we gather with intention! Click here to watch the service.

Music by Dr. Louise Chernosky, UU Singers, Elaine Held

March 24, 2024

Spring is in the Air                                             Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano

In the northern hemisphere, we have crossed over the vernal equinox, and the world around us gives us daily lessons in rebirth, change, growth, and hope. On this final in a series of Stewardship Sundays, let’s celebrate the lessons we find in the gardens of our lives while being inspired by the lessons of the Jewish festival of Purim and the Christian celebration of Palm Sunday. Click here to watch the service.

Music by Helen Kho and Elaine Held, Music Director Emerita

March 17, 2024

Barbie: The Quest for Truth                            Michelle McKenzie-Creech, CDFM

This Women’s History Month, join us for a service inspired by the surprising wisdom found in the unlikeliest of places: the world of Barbie! The Barbie movie was co-written and directed by Greta Gerwig, who grew up immersed in the values of a Unitarian Universalist congregation. Prepare to be surprised, laugh, and reflect as we explore the unexpected depths of the movie and discover how her plastic world reflects profound truths about our own. Click here to watch the service. 

Music by Dr. Louise Chernosky, PJ Casbar, Dan Chernosky

March 10, 2024

Transformation: Women’s History Month           Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano

It’s Women’s History month, and this morning we will hear from women authors, composers, and artists as they teach us about change and transformation, our congregational theme for March. Come be a part of the change, as we live into being UUCMC for a hopeful future. Click here to watch the service.

Music by Dr. Louise Chernosky, UkUlele Orchestra

March 3, 2024 10:30am

Planting Seeds of Love: The Gardeners of our Future        Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano

We unveil our Annual Stewardship Campaign theme for the 2024–25 Fiscal Year: “Seeds of Love.” March will feature testimonies and inspiration for a rebirth of who we are as UUCMC. No one is coming to do it for us. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. And we know that All Things Grow with Love. UUCMC needs every one of us. Please make it a priority to be at this service. Click here to watch the service.

Music by Dr. Louise Chernosky, UU Singers and Friends, Thomas Cannizzaro, Kirsten Norberg

February 25, 2024

Love Is the Key                                                    Guest Speaker

How do we respond to the divine love flowing through us and all creation, which calls us to love our neighbors as ourselves? Join us as we explore ways to tap into this river of love and help it transform us and the world. Click here to watch the service.

Music by Dr. Louise Chernosky, Roots & Wings Drum Choir

February 18, 2024

Random Acts of Kindness Day: A Multigenerational Service
Michelle McKenzie-Creech, CDFM and Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano

Begun in New Zealand in 2004, Random Acts of Kindness Day is celebrated in the United States on February 17th, urging people to “pay it forward” in random acts that demonstrate six concepts related to kindness: respect, caring, inclusiveness, integrity, responsibility, and courage. In this service, all ages will explore how kindness embodies Unitarian Universalist values and brings us closer to a Beloved Community with justice and equity for all. Click here to watch the service.

Music by Dr. Louise Chernosky, UkUlele Orchestra, Rev. Craig

February 11, 2024

Love at the Center of our Values                   Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano

Every 15 years, the Association of UU Congregations takes a new look at the second article of its Bylaws: its Purposes and Covenant. In the Covenant have been the Seven Principles (to which UUCMC voted to add an 8th on dismantling oppressions). This year, the Commission in charge of revising Article II has proposed (for General Assembly delegates’ approval vote in June)  a new way of thinking about what it calls our values. The flower graphic for the proposal has six petal values with Love at the center for, “we live our shared values through the spiritual discipline of Love.” As Valentine’s Day approaches, let us strive to understand Love as that powerful force that holds us tight and will not let us go. Click here to watch the LOVEly service.

Music by Dr. Louise Chernosky, UU Singers

February 4, 2024

Continuing to Live Our 8th Principle           Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano

As we begin Black History Month and open exploration of our monthly congregational theme of Justice and Equity, we know that there always is antiracist work to do. This Sunday we’ll garner some insights from some recent publications to see how we might take next steps in living into our vowed 8th Principle of dismantling oppressions within ourselves and our institutions. Click here to watch the service on YouTube.

Music by Dr. Louise Chernosky

January 28 2024

Change and Growth                                            Pauline Nijander, guest speaker

One of life’s constants is that things will always change. The question then, is what do we do with things when they change in ways we were not expecting? That’s where the opportunity for growth comes into our lives, giving us a potential gift toward betting ourselves. Join us on this Sunday as we dive into change, and the possible growth from it. Click here to watch the service.

Music by Elaine Held, Music Director Emerita; PJ Casbar

January 21, 2024

10 Years Ago …                                                     Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano

It was ten years ago to the day that Rev. Craig first walked through the meetinghouse doors (and he was late for his appointment, as it turns out!). He will look back over an internship, a co-ministry, a contract ministry, and, now, a settled ministry, to see what lessons stand out for him. What have you learned these past ten years? Click here to watch the delightful service.

Music by Dr. Louise Chernosky, Ruby Chernosky, Rev. Craig

January 14, 2024 

“And Service Is Our Prayer”: A Multigenerational MLK Day of Worship and Service
Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano 
and Michelle McKenzie-Creech, CDFM

The words of Universalist minister L.Griswold Williams are among the most quoted in UU congregations: “Love is the doctrine of this congregation, the quest for knowledge is our sacrament, and service is our prayer.” Today, in honor of the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we examine how service can be our prayer, and we live into service—for our own community and beyond. Click here to watch this moving service.

Music by Dr. Louise Chernosky, UU Singers, Karen Geer

January 7th, 2024

Let It Be a Dance We Do                                   Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano

A dance between two people is a kind of covenantal bond, with leading and following or just sharing, but with interconnected interest, and, hopefully, some love thrown in for good measure! Last year, our “Dancing in the New Year” was such a big hit, we’re going to do it again. As we inaugurate our monthly congregational theme of Liberating Love, let’s start a new calendar year with as much respect for one another and for our beloved UUCMC as we and it deserve.  Click here to watch the lovely service.

Music by Dr. Louise Chernosky, Core of Fire Interfaith Dancc Ministry, Yamê Bado and Krizia Celeste, Roots and Wings Drum Choir, and Rev. Craig

Yamê Bado is a RYT® 200 Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher, a YOGABODY® Breathing Coach, a Middle Eastern dance teacher with over 16 years’ experience, and a professional mermaid/underwater performer. She has a passion for learning, teaching, and empowering clients with the tools they need to create peace and joy for themselves, from the inside out.
CORE OF FIRE is an interfaith dance ministry of mature women, who use the healing power of dance to combine spiritual connection and creative movement into choreography that speaks to one’s deepest longings to express awe, wonder and anguish of the life experience.

December 31, 2023

Service of Carols and Words                         Elaine Held, Music Director Emerita

This morning is a chance for you to sing the Christmas carols of your choice from our hymnal. Just call them out!! Also some beautiful seasonal words and vocals to end your holiday with delight and fond remembrances. And of course Auld Lang Syne to ring in the new year! Click here to watch the service.

Music by Elaine Held, piano and organ; Sister Singers; Jennifer Thomas, and Peter Casbar

December 24, 2023 8pm

The Thrill of Hope                                                 Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano

We celebrate the light born in the darkness, symbolized in the face of a newborn child, the heart of the celebration of Christmas. With music, candles, and singing, we bring the story of the season to life, together, as a community that understands the thrill of hope in the face of life’s many mysteries. Click here to watch the gorgeous service.

Music: Dr. Louise Chernosky, Music Director; String Quartet (Joel DeWitt, violin 1; Shaina Carinha, violin 2; Rosalie Dumas, viola; Craig Sunada, cello); Karen Mockoviak, clarinet; UU Singers; Elaine Held, Music Director Emerita; Sister Singers; Karen Geer; and Rev. Craig

December 24, 2023 4pm

Christmas in the Barn: Family Candlelight Service
Michelle McKenzie-Creech, CDFM and Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano

This service of songs and stories includes our pageant, “Christmas in the Barn,” with a part for every child. Arrive a little early to collect your costume. In the UU tradition, we believe that every child is the hope of this world. Click here to watch the joyful service.

Music: Dr. Louise Chernosky; UkUlele Orchestra; Dante and Alex Kanterezhi-Gatto (woodwinds), Maya Kimmel (cello)

December 17, 2024

This Little Light: A Multigenerational Litany of Lights
Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano and Michelle McKenzie-Creech, CDFM

One of the favorite services of UUCMC’s year, this Sunday we bring many faith traditions together onto a common table of dedication, lighting candles of joy as we near the longest night of the year. In the face of the darkening shadows of mystery, let there be light. Click here to watch the joyful service.

Music: Dr. Louise Chernosky, UU Singers

December 10, 2023

Only Courage                                                         Rev. Mary Tiebout, guest minister

These times, winter’s darkness, old stories, and the mysteries of life call us to find our courage…and, perhaps, to let it find us. Click here to enjoy the service.

Music: Brian Gilmore

The Rev. Mary Tiebout has served as part-time minister for UU congregations in New Jersey and beyond since 1993. Her most recent other work includes calligraphy, being a nurse for foals in the ICU of an equine hospital, and helping to edit books. Her family’s home is an old schoolhouse in Bucks County, PA, though she now spends most of her days taking care of her 98 year-old dad at his home in Princeton.

Special thanks to the UUCMC Endowment for supporting this service.

December 3, 2023

Rededicating Ourselves to Peace                  Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano

On this first Sunday in the Christian season of Advent, we stop to celebrate, alongside our Jewish siblings in Spirit, the festival of rededication known as Hanukkah, which begins Thursday evening, December 7th. Both Advent and Hanukkah look toward a time when things will be better, when people will feel that they have value, and when peace will reign: let us hold these values in our intentions as the holiday season commences. Click here to watch the recorded service.

Music: Dr. Louise Chernosky, UU Singers, Karen Geer, Just Folk

November 26, 2023

Tie-Dye and Transformation                          Rev. Alia Shinbrough, guest minister

What sacred lessons might summer camp have to teach us? Sometimes we must move out of the typical rhythm of our days to notice what is holding us back, and what still pushes us forward. In this service, Rev. Alia will offer reflections from their recent experience serving as a Camp Minister, and the myriad ways they learned to encounter the sacred in the most unexpected places. Click here to watch the service on YouTube.

Music: Dr. Louise Chernosky, UkUlele Orchestra

The Rev. Alia Shinbrough (they/them) is a life-long Unitarian Universalist and recently ordained minister based in New Jersey. Their passions for social justice and community building have led them to pursue a life of service through ministry. Outside of ministering in a variety of places and liminal spaces, they can often be found reading science fiction, traveling to connect with friends and family, fighting for a more just world, and spending time in the great outdoors.

November 19, 2023

Cultivating Generous Gratefulness: A Multigenerational Service of Thanksgiving
Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano &  CDFM Michelle McKenzie-Creech

Our monthly congregational theme of Generosity is deeply related to the Gratefulness we summon up each year at Thanksgiving: with more gratitude comes the ability to be generous; with more generosity comes the awareness of gratitude. This morning, we celebrate the generous gratefulness that is a core value we need to celebrate every week in our multigenerational UUCMC community. Click here to watch the joyful service.

Music: Elaine Held, Music Director Emerita; Sister Singers; Rev. Craig; Paul Vallin

November 12, 2023

Generous Hope: Changing the Narrative
Michelle McKenzie-Creech, CDFM

Bryan Stevenson, founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative and 2017 Ware Lecturer, told Unitarian Universalists there are four essential things that we must do to create a more just and equal world: get proximate to people experiencing poverty, the excluded, neglected, and abused; change the narratives that underlie racism and other inequalities; stay hopeful about creating justice; and be willing to do uncomfortable things. Join Michelle for stories and lessons from her recent experience working with Trinity Episcopal Church’s Social and Food Justice programs in Asbury Park.

We will also hear from Derek Minno-Bloom and Jennifer Lewinski, two of the founders of this month’s Share the Plate organization the Asbury Park Transformative Justice Project and David Anderson, a member of the Asbury Park community. Click here to watch the service.

Music: Dr. Louise Chernosky, Thomas Cannizzaro

November 5, 2023

Mga Kwentong Paglaya: Filipino Stories of Liberation
Erol Delos Santos, guest speaker

Centuries of Spanish colonization and annexation in the Philippines nearly saw the end of indigenous Filipino culture. Even though this story is one of heartache, it is also a story of resistance, resilience, and liberation. Click here to watch the service.

Music: Jon Sousa, Dr. Louise Chernosky

Erol Delos Santos (he/him) is a Filipino-American, a Unitarian Universalist, and a 3rd year Master of Divinity student at Union Theological Seminary. He is also an aspirant with the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, preparing for ministerial fellowship.

October 29, 2023

A Multigenerational Service of All Souls and Hallowe’en
CDFM Michelle McKenzie-Creech and Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano

At this time of year, when the veil between this world and the next is said to be at its thinnest, we honor our heritage by remembering those who have gone before us, and we celebrate the harvest festival of Samhain with traditional UUCMC Hallowe’en spirit. A Trunk or Treat festival follows the worship service, so come in your costume! Click here to watch the recorded service.

Music: Dr. Louise Chernosky, PJ Casbar, Jennifer Thomas, Joel DeWitt, UU Singers

October 22, 2023

A History We Can Live With
Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano and Rev. Virginia Jarocha-Ernst, Minister Emerita

History exists in many different versions, and part of our job as humans—as a congregation, a nation, a world—is to make peace with, live into, revise, and challenge histories as they are being made and remembered, converting them into the heritage we pass on to others. Certainly part of the heritage I embrace as your minister is the example, wisdom, and compassion given by your previous settled minister, so I am excited to welcome her back for a very special Sunday morning. A benefit soup luncheon will follow the worship service. Click here to watch the service.

Music: Dr. Louise Chernosky, UkUlele Orchestra, Rev. Craig

October 15, 2023

Harvesting Our Heritage                              Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano and members of CoCM (Denise Addonisio, Bonnie Dietz, Rich Held, Donna Oberer, Jane Reskof, and Tim Zebo)

What is UUCMC’s heritage—its ongoing story within the congregation and beyond—if not the collective energy and wisdom of this covenantal body’s members and friends? The Committee on Congregational Ministry (CoCM) helps to assess, shape, moderate, and curate our UUCMC heritage as it happens. This morning, we will hear from its members, as we harvest our heritage together. Click here to watch the service.

Music: Elaine Held, Just Folk

October 8, 2023

Heritage and Hope                                              Rev. Anthony P. Johnson, guest minister

Heritage is more than biography or history. It is an impetus to future possibility and ethical decision-making. It can be a source of hope. This sermon is not a history lesson. It is about living into the future. Click here to watch the recorded service.

Music: Dr. Louise Chernosky

The Rev. Anthony P. Johnson is a Unitarian Universalist parish and community minister and an affiliated minister with the Community Church of New York. He has history with UUCMC and looks forward to this return visit.

October 1, 2023

A Heritage of Love                                               Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano 

During the Jewish festival of Sukkot, temporary structures (sukkahs) are built, underneath which rituals of community are celebrated with family and friends: relative safety can best be created through intentional and loving support. In a world where many do not have widespread access to places where they can exist in full authenticity, how can we embrace a “sukkah” mentality all year round, living into an ongoing heritage of love? In honor of LGBTQ+History Month, there will be a special “Fifth Sunday” collection taken for Make It Better for Youth, a Monmouth County consortium pooling resources to “make it better” with education, outreach, and social opportunities for LGBTQ+ youth. Click here to watch the service.

Music: Dr. Louise Chernosky, UU Singers, Dr. David Fischell, Rev. Craig

September 24, 2023

Storytime for Justice-Seeking Souls             Emily Parker, UUFANJ, Guest Speaker 

What do a UU minister, an itinerant rabbi, and a vagabond soup-maker have in common? Come listen to Emily Parker (UU FaithAction NJ) tell three stories of hunger and serve up some hope. Click here to watch the service.

Music: Dr. Louise Chernosky, Nicole Kennelly

Emily Parker serves as Communications Coordinator at UU FaithAction New Jersey. Emily is also a seminarian, completing her M.Div. with a specialization in Public Theology at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. Emily is a lifelong UU who grew up in the old stone walls of Hunterdon UU in New Jersey.

September 17, 2023

The Jewish High Holy Days of Awe              Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano 

The Days of Awe stretch from the “head of the year,” Rosh Hashanah, to the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur. These are days to begin again, to “return to the home of your soul,” to forgive and to be forgiven,  a time to make a new start. So, in keeping with our monthly theme of Welcome, let us welcome in the new year together, hear the shofar blow, sing the traditional songs, and “worship” (a shaping concern for all that is of worth) together. Click here to watch the service.

Music: Dr. Louise Chernosky, Karen Geer, Paul Sherman

September 10, 2023

Multigenerational Ingathering Water Communion Sunday w/ Backpack Blessing
Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano & CDFM Michelle McKenzie-Creech

We gather in the waters this multigenerational Sunday as we welcome and are welcomed—welcomed back, welcomed home, welcomed in. Bring your hope for this New Chapter in UUCMC history, and bring a little water (from wherever is meaningful to you) to add to a communal bowl symbolizing the community we create together. Also, bring a dish to share for our potluck picnic following the service. And bring your backpack, bag, briefcase, purse—whatever will carry you through this new season—for a blessing. The congregational year begins in full with all of us in attendance. Let us gather in! Click here to watch the joyful service.

Music: Dr. Louise Chernosky, UU Singers, Paul Vallin

September 3, 2023 10:30am

Rest is Resistance                                         Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano

On this weekend set aside to honor and recognize the contributions of American Labor to our country’s development, we dive into Tricia Hersey’s Rest Is Resistance: A Manifesto to examine rest as, itself, part of the same kind of resistance that gave rise to the workers’ rights movements. We are blessed to be joined by gifted pianist Helen Benham. Click here to watch the service.

Music: Helen Benham, piano

August 27, 2023

Celebrating the 8th Principle…               Elaine Held, Music Director Emerita and Friends

…through music, words, appreciation, and respect.  Click here to watch the service.

Music: Elaine Held, Helen Kho, Joel DeWitt, PJ Casbar, Craig Sunada and Sister Singers

August 20, 2023

The Spiritual Practice of Milking Goats                 Rev. Rosemarie Newberry, guest minister

Rev. Kendyl Gibbons developed an initial list of 5 spiritual practices for Unitarian Universalists. They provide a great framework for our faith. Rev. Newberry started training as a goat milker in June. She will share how milking goats contributes to her spiritual practice of undoing racism. Click here to watch the service.

Music: Dr. Louise Chernosky

Rev. Rosemarie has been a member of the congregation for over 30 years. She has now started her second retirement this year, after serving as a chaplain and a UU congregational minister in NJ, NYC, Long Island and Ohio.

August 13, 2023

The Interdependent Web—UU 7th Principle through Song       Rev. Elaine Silver, guest minister

Click here to watch the service on Sunday morning.

We are One Human Family and “there is only One of us.” Rev. Elaine discusses the UU 7th Principle and demonstrates through song, using different angles of the Interdependent Web. Click here to watch the service.

Music: Rev. Elaine Silver

Rev. Faerie” Elaine Silver is a highly acclaimed musician, performing and recording artist (22 CDs and counting) with a thriving Music Ministry. She is a Trans-denominational minister and Divinity Priestess who has garnered much attention in progressive churches and centers due to her unique method of delivering Music-inspired lessons, messages, workshops, and concerts. Also a Licensed Science of Mind Practitioner (RScP), she shares Truth Principles and Universal Law using lecture, songs, and audience participation, which bring about connectedness and a sense of ONENESS in many. She has worked with wonderful authors and speakers including Deepak Chopra, don Miguel Ruiz, Neale Donald Walsch, Marianne Williamson, Brené Brown, Alan Cohen, Wayne Dyer, and more. By the way, Elaine is originally from New Jersey and was well-known in the 80s and 90s as The New Jersey Folk Music Queen. She is delighted to be making her debut at UUCMC.

August 6, 2023

On the road to Afghanistan…and what happened after that
Rev. Julie Newhall, guest minister

Click here to watch the service on Sunday morning.

In 1971 a road trip from Antwerp ended in Kabul. There were surprises along the way, surprises there, and 30 years later the biggest surprise of all. And then a lot of grief. Click here to watch the recorded service.

Music: Helen Koh, Betsy and Craig Sunada.

Reverend Julie Newhall was ordained in our Earth Room in 2004.  She serves as Minister for the Unitarian Universalist Ocean County Congregation which was launched in the 1980’s by UUCMC members.  She has been a guest speaker and minister at numerous fellowships and congregations, as well as at the Auckland (NZ) Unitarian Church. When not in the pulpit, Julie watches the moon go by, talks with her cat and her daughter, reads voraciously and follows the Tour de France religiously. She lived in Sweden as a child and in Afghanistan and the Netherlands as an adult.

July 30, 2023

Addition for a Spiritual Community: Awaken An Untapped Power of UU
Dr. Calvin Chatlos, guest speaker

Our UU commitment to the worth and dignity of every person has an untapped power for spiritual transformative experience beyond the general spirituality of our UUCMC community. Psychological exploration of an unseen order of human experience awakens mystical powers of certitude, agape love, creativity, clarity of thought, universal morality, unshakeable faith, and cosmic purpose. Come, explore, and enjoy this opportunity for personal transformation. Click here to watch the service.

Music: James Lubrano and PJ Casbar

Calvin Chatlos is a Professor of Psychiatry at the Rutgers- Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and a child & adolescent and addiction psychiatrist. His beginnings with Ethical Culture and training as a lay leader in the Humanist Institute, NYC have led to being a formal member of UUCMC since 2013. His religious and professional interests combine in his exploration of spiritual and other non-ordinary experience. A surprising discovery of its relationship to UU will be the topic of his “Reflections.”

James Lubrano is a Collaborative Pianist and Vocal Coach in the US and abroad. His local work includes performances and rehearsals with the Eastern Wind Symphony, Encore Orchestra of New Jersey, Grammy-nominated Rutgers Wind Ensemble & Symphonic  Winds, Rutgers Symphony Orchestra and the Monmouth Symphony Orchestra; as well as Ridge High School Choirs, The College of New Jersey Chorale, Celebration Singers Adult Chorus, and Rise Up Adult Chorus. He is also the Music  Director at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in New Providence, NJ.

July 23, 2023

Everyday Miracles in Poetry and Music
Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano, Jan Boyarin, MLS; Liz DeBeer, EdD; and Friends

The miraculous way that poetry and music transport us to places we’ve never been, captivate us with storytelling, as well as express our innermost feelings, hopes, joys, and sorrows, will be on full display this morning as we hear from several congregants, as well as from superb pianist Evan Schwartzman. Click here to watch the beautiful service.

Music: Evan Schwartzman and Rev. Craig

July 16, 2023

Moving in and out of Faiths                            Rev. Julie Newhall, Guest Minister

As Unitarian Universalists we are encouraged to pursue an ongoing search for truth and meaning.  Where have you come from?  Is this your final destination?  Click here to watch the service.

Music:  Helen Kho

Reverend Julie Newhall was ordained in our Earth Room in 2004.  She serves as Minister for the Unitarian Universalist Ocean County Congregation which was launched in the 1980’s by UUCMC members.  She has been a guest speaker and minister at numerous fellowships and congregations, as well as at the Auckland (NZ) Unitarian Church. When not in the pulpit, Julie watches the moon go by, talks with her cat and her daughter, reads voraciously and follows the Tour de France religiously. She lived in Sweden as a child and in Afghanistan and the Netherlands as an adult.

July 9, 2023

Beautiful Survivor: The Story of the Lotus      Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano

Many commented on the lotus imagery that accompanied my Installation service, including on the beautiful stole that was the congregation’s gift to me that evening. This morning, we will look to lotus wisdom for the journey of our lives together. We are joined by the exquisite talents of Richard Grossman and Helen Benham, who will share the music of Mozart and Robert Schumann’s “Three Romances.” Click here to watch the beautiful service.

Music: Richard Grossman, clarinet; Helen Benham, piano; Rev. Craig.

July 2, 2023

The Buddha’s Smile                          Rev. Allen Wells, Guest Minister

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A peek into the role of humor in religion, philosophy, and life. Click here to watch the service recording.

Music: Brian Gilmore

Rev. Allen Wells is a Buddhist Unitarian Universalist serving as Affiliated Community Minister of The Morristown Unitarian Fellowship. He maintains a mindfulness based psychotherapy practice in Morristown, N.J., and teaches meditation at Buddhist sanghas. Allen likes to cross disciplines and is particularly interested in the interplay between neuroscience and classical Buddhism. He strives to bridge our internal world of personal, spiritual aspiration with activist oriented work for social justice and environmental sustainability. You can find him both on a safu and on a picket line. For two decades, Allen directed The Allen Wells Center for Psychotherapy and Healing in Morristown, and he previously served as psychotherapist at the DiMele Center for Psychotherapy in NYC. Allen has served as minister of UU congregations in Weymouth, MA., Hollis Queens, and The First Unitarian Church of Brooklyn; he served as Director of Religious Education at the Morristown UU fellowship, as well as for two years at UUCMC in the 1970s! Most recently, he served as minister of the First Unitarian Society of Rockland County, NY. He loves poetry and dance and presents at the UU Fellowship of St. John, USVI each winter. He acknowledges that he hasn’t written any books because he says he would rather spend the time ballroom dancing!

June 25, 2023

UUA General Assembly 2023

Sunday Worship: Ever Willing: Becoming the People Our World Needs
Rev. Manish Mishra-Marzetti and Others

The pandemic has wrought change and created uncertainty for institutions, like our Unitarian Universalist congregations, and our wider world. Who and what are we becoming, individually and collectively? Our GA Sunday service explores these themes as we gather in community to celebrate the best of who we UUs are. Click here to watch the service

This week we encouraged people to enjoy the Sunday Service from the Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly, the largest annual gathering of UUs in worship.

June 18, 2023

Unitarian Laura Towne and the Port Royal Experiment: Education in the Sea Islands during the Civil War                                                           John and Cori Hoffman (Guest presenters)

In this service we will explore the life of the enslaved peoples of the South Carolina Sea Islands during and after the Civil War with particular emphasis on their education and the part played by Unitarian, Laura Towne, and her Quaker friend, Ellen Murray. The legacy of their efforts on behalf of the Gullah peoples of the Sea Islands continues to be felt today. Click here to watch the service.

Music: Elaine Held (Director of Music Emerita)

Cori Hoffman is a life -long Unitarian Universalist.  She holds a Master’s degree in education and spent her entire career as an educator including eight years as a Director of Religious Education, six of them at UUCMC. John has been attending UU service since 1969.  His career was as a trial lawyer. John and Cori have two grown children and have been Members of UUCMC since the early 1990s and are also members of the Beaufort, South Carolina UU Fellowship.

June 11, 2023

A Multigenerational Service of Bridging, Welcoming, and Flower Communion
Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano and CDFM Michelle McKenzie-Creech

100 years ago, at the Unitarian Fellowship of Prague, the Rev. Norbert Čapek inaugurated what we know as Flower Communion, when we impart blessings to one another in the form of flowers given and flowers received. As we finish out the congregational year, honoring our new Members, bridging our youth into adulthood, and participating in our annual Congregational Meeting, please bring a flower with you to the service to add to bouquets symbolic of us all.  Click here to watch the service.

Music: Dr. Louise Chernosky, UU Singers, Karen Geer, and Nicole Kennelly

June 4, 2023

Experiencing Delight                                          Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano

During LGBTQ+ Pride Month, when our thoughts are with people of all affectional/sexual orientations and gender identities, we lean into our monthly congregational theme of “delight.” How is a congregation primed to be a place in which we can delight in one another, as well as what is perhaps more difficult yet, delighting in ourselves? Click here to watch the service.

Music: Dr. Louise Chernosky, UkUlele Orchestra

May 28, 2023

Atheism – Beyond the Bickering                               Tim Geiselman

Too often atheism is couched in polar terms. The conventional emphasis is on the disbelief of God’s existence and the dismissal of spirituality. This service looks to get past that lazy definition. Atheists tend to live in questions rather than answers, so we will spend the service exploring some of those questions. Click here to watch the service.

Music: Dr. Louise Chernosky

May 21, 2023

To This, I Give My Heart: Coming of Age
Coming of Age Teens, CDFM Michelle McKenzie-Creech, Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano

Coming of Age is an important rite of passage that recognizes the transition from childhood toward young adulthood. Our 8th and 9th grade youth will share reflections on their journeys of discovery, growth, and transformation in this worship service designed by them. They will offer their hearts to the world, expressing their hopes and dreams for a better future. This is a special moment for our community as we come together to celebrate the spirit of resilience, creativity, and possibility that lives within each of us. Click here to watch the wonderful service.

Music: Dr. Louise Chernosky, Cole Harbison, and PJ Casbar

May 14, 2023
In Person and Livestreamed

The End of Mother’s Day                                              Rev. Rosemarie Newberry

Traditionally, Mothers’ Day has a very large church attendance. People donned their best outfits, put on big smiles and made Mom queen for the day. It is not religious and was created to honor a sexist role.  Now it does not meet the needs of the ethics and reality of current society and families. It is time to end Mothers’ Day. Click here to watch the service.

Music: Dr. Louise Chernosky, PJ Casbar and Karen Geer

May 7, 2023

We Sing the Stories of Who We Are: Music Sunday
Dr. Louise Chernosky, Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano, UUCMC Music Ensembles

Come enjoy a morning of creative musical expressions, as UUCMC’s ensembles “sing the stories of who we are.” Click here to watch the service.

Music: Dr. Louise Chernosky, UkUlele Orchestra, UU Singers, Just Folk, Sister Singers, Roots & Wings Drum Choir, Corealis Trio, and Friends

April 30, 2023

Joy as Resistance: Rock ’n’ Roll Sunday                  Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano

“Rock and Roll” is many things to many people, but perhaps at its essence it is a sense of living vibrantly into one’s own space, undergirded by a sense of joy. In what may be a first for UUCMC, we present “Rock ’n’ Roll Sunday,” and are grateful to be joined by musicians from Asbury Park’s Lakehouse Music Academy. Are you ready? Click here to watch the fun service!

Music: Dr. Louise Chernosky, Lakehouse Music Academy Rock ’n’ Roll musicians (Asbury Park)

Lakehouse Music Academy (LHMA) is a progressive music school committed to the development of comprehensive musicianship for every student, at every level, at every age. It is their mission to engage and enrich their students’ lives through access to complete, life-long music education. They value creativity, diversity, community, and music’s ability to improve the human condition.

April 23, 2023

Compassion, Hope, and Climate Change: An Earth Day Service
Blair Nelsen, Guest Speaker

As we celebrate the climate action work of many in our congregation over more than 20 years, we recognize that the climate crisis poses a threat to our physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. Climate emotions like eco-anxiety and climate grief are rational responses to this existential threat. By honoring and moving through climate distress, we can practice radical community care and keep ourselves engaged in actions for the long haul. Click here to watch the service.

Music: Dr. Louise Chernosky, Karen Geer

Blair Nelsen is the Executive Director of Waterspirit, spiritual ecology nonprofit, currently located in Rumson. Blair holds an MA in Religion from Yale Divinity School. Prior to attending Yale, Blair lived and worked in the Amazon and Atlantic forests of Brazil for 11 years, where she was engaged in grassroots ecological and spirituality work. Blair has been hoping to attend a service at UUCMC, but something always seems to get in the way. She is delighted for the opportunity to join us.

April 16, 2023

Reading as Opportunity: Libros para todos           Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano

Sometimes resistance means the creation of new opportunities. The gift of reading is one such powerful forger of possibilities, and this service will center one of Rev. Craig’s favorite things to do in the world—reading. All proceeds from the offering will go to Libros para todos (Books for All), a group that changes the lives of under-served children in Mexico’s Guanajuato state. Click here to watch the recorded service.

Music: Elaine Held (Music Director Emerita), Marel Hidalgo

Marel Hidalgo is 14 years old and has been playing guitar since the age of four. He has played in multiple venues, festivals and TV shows including The Day of Rock in Denver, Harry Connick, Jr. show on Fox, and multiple times at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Marel will be going to Spain this summer to study guitar. He lives in Bradley Beach with his parents, Mahonrry and Islen, who own the vegan Mexican restaurant, Luna Verde.

April 9, 2023

Practicing Resurrection: A Multigenerational Celebration of Easter
Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano

The last line of Wendell Berry’s powerful poem, “Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front,” is an exhortation to “practice resurrection.” This Sunday, we’ll explore living into the Easter story of resistance, death, and resurrecting love…with some help from Berry. For our youngest congregants, the yearly Egg Hunt will follow the service! Click here to watch the recorded service.

Music: Dr. Louise Chernosky, Dante Kanterezhi-Gatto and Alexandra Kanterezhi-Gatto, UU Singers, Elaine Held

April 2, 2023

Leaving “Egypt”: A Celebration of Passover          Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano

And, so, we come to the yearly telling of the story of deliverance of the Israelites from oppression in Egypt, surely one of the seminal accounts of resistance in a sacred text. What “Egypts” have you left (or are you trying to leave) behind?  Click here to watch the service.

Music: Dr. Louise Chernosky, UkUlele Orchestra

March 26, 2023
In Person and
Livestreamed from the Meetinghouse on YouTube

2023 Myra Zinke Lecture: Geraldine L. Thompson, New Jersey’s First Lady
Professor Jane Scimeca, with Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano

How many times have you driven past Thompson Park, Thompson Middle School or the Geraldine L. Thompson Care Center and wondered about the person behind the name? Professor Jane Scimeca will describe the life of Geraldine L. Thompson, with special focus on her dedication to social reform. Please join us for a discussion of the important work of the amazing life of New Jersey’s “First Lady.” She was dedicated to humanitarian and institutional reform and founded social service organizations that addressed health, prison reform, mental health reform, child welfare, nursing, and much more. Click here to watch the service.

Music: Dr. Louise Chernosky, UU Singers

A congregant of UUCMC, the late Dr. Myra Zinke, a Holmdel internist and psychiatrist, recognized very early how cultural issues impinged on women’s physical and mental health. She held a steadfast ethical vision and left a bequest to us for an annual speaker on women’s issues and to promote gender equality.

Jane Scimeca teaches at Brookdale Community College where she holds the rank of Professor of History. She earned a Master’s degree in History and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from Rutgers University. Prof. Scimeca is a master teacher and loves teaching and working with students. She teaches a variety of courses including Women’s History, World Civilization I and II, and New Jersey History. Most recently, she is writing a biography of Geraldine L. Thompson, titled Mrs. Thompson Saves the Day.

March 19, 2023

Vulnerability and Resilience: The Aging Process
Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano and Friends

Among the treasures in our congregational midst are the stories from those Members and Friends going through the aging process. How does facing vulnerability help, in fact, to create the personal resilience to live vibrantly in the face of loss? And how can we—all of us—learn from one another and live more appreciatively into gratitude and love, together? Click here to watch the service.

Music: Dr. Louise Chernosky, PJ Casbar

March 12. 2023

Our Bodies, Our Choices                                   Rev. Dr. Tracy Sprowls, guest minister

January 22nd marked the anniversary of Roe v Wade and so this morning we consider how views of our bodies affect the work of reproductive justice. Click here to watch the service.

Music: Elaine Held, Sister Singers

Rev. Dr. Tracy Sprowls is the Transition Minister at the UU Fellowship of Centre County in State College, PA. This is her 24th year serving our congregations as a minister. She holds a Master of Divinity degree and a Doctor of Ministry degree from the New York Theological Seminary. In addition to her work in Centre County, Tracy is a writer with several published articles and several unfinished novels. She loves reading, knitting, writing, riding her bike, yoga, and the beach. She lives in Summit, NJ, with her husband, David, and their two dogs, Jova and Macy, when she isn’t in PA.

March 5, 2023

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A New Chapter for UUCMC: For Such a Time as This
Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano, CDFM Michelle McKenzie-Creech, Stewardship Task Force

On this multigenerational inaugural day of the Stewardship campaign that will lead UUCMC vibrantly into A New Chapter, we take inspiration from Member testimonies, and from the Jewish festival of Purim: the story of Queen Esther, who learned that she was, as are all the members and friends of this Beloved Community, “born for such a time as this.” Click here to watch the joyful service.

Music: Dr. Louise Chernosky, UU Singers, UkUlele Orchestra, Roots and Wings Drum Choir

February 26, 2023

Celebrating Humanity: A Sikh Perspective on Universal Love
Sarbmeet Kanwal, PhD, guest presenter

Love does not arise from delighting in our commonalities; it gets its power from affirming the shared humanity that underlies the shallow differences that we find so daunting. It was the awakening to this fundamental truth that spawned Sikhism, some 500 years ago. Its teaching is as relevant today as it was then. Click here to watch the recorded service.

Music: Dr. Louise Chernosky; Diljit Singh, Jas Kaur, Harnidh Kaur (musical guests)

Sarbmeet Kanwal, PhD is an award-winning educator and a pioneer in novel ways of teaching quantum physics and astronomy. He holds a PhD in Theoretical Physics from the California Institute of Technology. Sarbmeet has an aptitude for explaining intricate scientific concepts in easy-to-understand ways. He speaks and writes on topics that lie at the intersection of science and spirituality, and is the author of a TEDx talk on our cosmic story of origin, titled Chaos to Cosmos.

Sarbmeet is a follower of the Sikh religion and a long-time board member of the Monmouth Center for World Religions and Ethical Thought where he helped initiate several interfaith projects including the founding of an award-winning youth leadership program called MOSAIC, which stands for: Mobilizing our Students for Action to build Interfaith Community.

More recently he has been assisting in teaching courses at Deeptime, an organization that believes that understanding our deep past is foundational to solving our current problems. Sarbmeet hopes that scientific revelations about our origin can bring some healing and harmony to our deeply fractured world.

February 19, 2023

A Sunday Kind of Love                                       Rev. Charlie Dieterich, guest minister

250 years ago early Universalists distilled the Bible down to three words from the New Testament letters: “God is Love.” Back in 1960 Etta James sang “I want a Sunday kind of love…a love that’s on the square.” In 2023, what sort of love do you look for on Sunday morning? Click here to watch the service.

Music: Dr. Louise Chernosky, UU Singers

Rev. Charlie Dieterich is a retired Minister living in Kingston, NJ. Rev. Charlie has served congregations in Erie, Pennsylvania, in Norfolk, Virginia, and in Pomona, New Jersey.  In retirement he continues volunteer work with the UU Trauma Response Ministry and has become involved in local history and in ham radio.

February 12, 2023

Love at the Center: A Multigenerational Service
Michelle McKenzie-Creech, CDFM

The Board of the Unitarian Universalist Association believes that one core theological value, shared widely among UUs, is love. As we end the 30 Days of Love campaign, we will reflect on how love has been the center of our faith from the beginning and how it will lead us into the future. On this Sunday, we recommit to practices of personal and community action rooted in love and debut UUCMC’s Multigenerational Love Art installation that celebrates love in all its forms and serves as a visual reminder of the power of love. Click here to watch the service.

Music: Dr. Louise Chernosky, Betsy and Craig Sunada

February 5, 2023

Being an “8th Principle” Congregation
Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano, 8th Principle Thinking Group, Committee on Congregational Ministry, and Rainbow Coalition

Two years ago, we adopted and added an 8th Principle to the seven already widely-known throughout Unitarian Universalism, one that set us on a course to dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and in our institutions with a goal of journeying toward the spiritual wholeness of Beloved Community. This Sunday, we’ll explore how it’s going and be inspired by testimonies from our own community. Click here to watch the service.

Music: Helen Kho

January 29, 2023

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The Way of the Philosopher                            Rev. Seth Fisher, guest minister

The New Jersey portion of the UU Ministers Association’s Metro NY Chapter engages this morning in a pulpit swap, with each minister taking up residence in the pulpit of another. We are lucky to have with us the Rev. Seth Fisher, minister of the First Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hunterdon County, in Frenchtown, NJ. Rev Seth writes about his topic: “We’re all philosophers in some sense. What’s your philosophy?” Click here to watch the service.

Music: Dr. Louise Chernosky, UkUlele Orchestra

The Rev. Seth Fisher serves First Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hunterdon County, NJ. He previously served churches in Chicago and Evanston, IL as well as Annapolis, MD. He received a Master of Divinity degree from Loyola University Chicago in 2013 and was ordained to Unitarian Universalist ministry in 2015. He is grateful for this opportunity to visit the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth County!

January 22, 2023

Being Our Selves                                                   Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano

Although being our selves can be a relatively reliable source of delight, allowing ourselves to experience that delight can be a more difficult endeavor. As our bodies and minds shift over time, being ourselves can be, or become, a struggle. This morning, we practice embodying gratitude for our selves, finding kinship with one another in the process. Click here to enjoy the service.

Music: Dr. Louise Chernosky and Karen Geer

January 15, 2023

Thirty Days of Love: A Multigenerational MLK Day of Worship and Service
Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano and CDFM Michelle McKenzie-Creech

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, and in collaboration with Side with Love, we enter a multigenerational celebration of Thirty Days of Love: nurturing our spirits, deepening our understanding, and taking action on our values for collective liberation. In keeping with our monthly theme of Finding Our Center, our community will center the needs of others in service projects after worship. Click here to watch the service on YouTube.

Music: Dr. Louise Chernosky, UU Singers and Rev. Craig

January 8, 2023

Dancing in the New Year                                  Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano

Joining us for this service are the Core of Fire Interfaith Dance Ministry, a women’s modern dance ensemble, and UUCMC member Yamê Bado, who will perform raqs sharqi, a Middle Eastern form of dance. Together, we will dance our way into what will be a banner year for UUCMC, and, we hope, a year of blessings for all of us. We may be “dancing in the dark,” but “we will face the music together.” Click here to enjoy the recorded service.

Music and Dance: Dr. Louise Chernosky, Core of Fire, Yamê Bado, and Rev. Craig

Yamê Bado is a RYT® 200 Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher, a YOGABODY® Breathing Coach, a Middle Eastern dance teacher with over 15 years’ experience, and a professional mermaid/underwater performer. She has a passion for learning, teaching, and empowering clients with the tools they need to create peace and joy for themselves, from the inside out.

Led by Dr. Carol Penn, the Core of Fire Interfaith Dance Ministry is a diverse group of socially conscious women of a certain age creating an intentional community of faith and spirituality. Through the creativity of dance, they deeply express and celebrate all that gives life meaning, seeking to bring greater consciousness, compassion, and social justice to our world.

January 1, 2023

Holiday Sing Along
Elaine Held, Angie Morfogen, Pam Adams, and Joe Donahue, readers

The wonder of the old and the new…words and music for a New Year. Join in on a hymn-sing…old favorites and maybe new ones, and words to ring in the change to 2023. Click here to watch the recorded service.

Music: Elaine Held, Music Director Emerita 

December 24, 2022 4:00pm

A Christmas Tale: Family Candlelight Service
Michelle McKenzie-Creech, CDFM and Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano

This service of songs and stories includes our pageant, “Christmas in the Barn,” with a part for every child. Arrive a little early to collect your costume. In the UU tradition, we believe that every child is the hope of this world. Click here to enjoy the recorded service.

Music: Maya Kimmel, Chalice Singers, UkUlele Orchestra, Thomas Cannizzaro, Dr. Louise Chernosky

December 24, 2022 8:00pm

“Good Tidings of a Great Joy”: Lessons and Carols Candlelight Service
Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano

Come and experience the wonder of the season, centered in the experience of the shepherds as told in the Gospel according to Luke. Candles, stories, and beloved carols tell the tales of Christmas. Click here to watch the recorded service.

Music: Dr. Louise Chernosky, UU Singers, Elaine Held, Sister Singers, Karen Geer, Rev. Craig

December 18, 2022

A Multigenerational Celebration of Hanukkah, Solstice, and The Litany of Lights
Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano and CDFM Michelle McKenzie-Creech

On this day, we ring in Hanukkah and we honor many faiths as we gather to celebrate the dawning of new light which follows the longest night of the year. Click here to watch the service.

Music: Dr. Louise Chernosky, UU Singers, Just Folk, Karen Geer

December 11, 2022

Delighting in Wonder                                         Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano

Bringing our congregational theme for the month front and center, we will explore practices of developing our capacities for felt wonder. If congregational community is meant to do anything, it is surely to remind us of the beauty at the heart of our being together and of our responsibility for caring for the ecosystems that contain us all. Let us delight in one another and in our world. Click here to watch the recorded service.

Music: Dr. Louise Chernosky, UkUlele Orchestra, Rev. Craig

December 4, 2022

What’s Awe Got to Do with It?                         Michelle McKenzie-Creech, CDFM

The experience of awe is a fundamental part of being human. Awe alters the way we process information and see the world. On this day, we will explore the transformative power of awe from two different perspectives, science and spirituality. Click here to enjoy the service.

Music: Dr. Louise Chernosky, PJ Casbar

November 6, 2022

“A Healing for the World”                                 Worship Service with Jim Scott        

Jim mixes songs and stories in a message of peace and reconciliation for a wounded world and our struggling society. Amid wars, cataclysmic weather events, and an economic collapse, any long term visions of sustainability have lately been obscured if not abandoned. In this season of optimism and renewal of spirit for the work we have before us, our charge is nothing less than a job of healing, the earth and ourselves. Click here to watch the recorded service.

Music: “All words and music by Jim Scott unless otherwise noted.”

This worship service funded in part by the Endowment Committee.

October 23, 2022

The Stories We Tell: A Multigenerational Hallowe’en Service
Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano and Michelle McKenzie-Creech, CDFM

Midway between the September equinox and the December solstice, when the veil between the physical and spiritual worlds is said to be at its thinnest, we tell stories of the ancestors—to salve our fears about death, and to remember. This year, we give All Hallows Eve its due: all are invited to come dressed for a multigenerational service including a costume parade! Afterwards, we celebrate with a Trunk or Treat gathering outside in the front parking lot. You don’t want to miss this one! Click here to watch the recorded service.

Music: Dr. Louise Chernosky, ImpromptUU Body Percussion group, Joel DeWitt

September 18, 2022

Let There Be Peace              Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano & Members of The Monmouth Center for World Religions and Ethical Thought: Dr. Rao Andavolu, Dr. John Calvin Chatlos, Jennifer Lieberman

In celebration of the Sept 17th planting of a peace pole (it was on display in the lobby in July) at the Sarva Dharma Service Center in Farmingdale, and in anticipation of the United Nations’ observance of International Peace Day on the 21st, members of the Monmouth Center for World Religions and Ethical Thought (MCWRET) reflect on peace alongside ruminations provoked by a summer of reading Wayne Teasdale’s The Mystic Heart. With human violence so prevalent around the globe, let’s join together with UUCMC’s vital adjunct organization and call upon peace for our world. In this service, we covenant with our faith development teachers as Family Ministry small groups begin. Click here to watch the recorded Service.

Music: Dr. Louise Chernosky

Dr. John Calvin Chatlos is a child and adolescent and addiction psychiatrist by profession and a Humanist by choice as a member of Ethical Culture and Unitarian Universalism. He is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Rutgers University where he is director of an outpatient addiction and mental health treatment program. His father was a Protestant minister, and Calvin grew up near Gettysburg in a small town where Catholic Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton based her religious order. He has developed the “Human Faith Project” designed to empower the worth and dignity (wisdom/compassion/courage) of all religious/spiritual and ethical traditions to work toward Unity of purpose in expressing our spiritual core as part of Gaia awareness. Calvin is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Monmouth Center for World Religions and Ethical Thought (MCWRET). 

Dr. Rao Andavolu, MCWRET Co-President, is a physician by profession, Hindu by birth, born in India. He came to the US at age 24 and specialized to become a pathologist with subspecialty training in blood banking. He believes that all of creation is an expression of the divinity and in the commonality of all religions. He has been a member of Sri Sathya Sai Organization of US and of Sarva Dharma Service Center, both spiritually oriented service organizations, for more than 25 years.

Jennifer Lieberman draws comfort, inspiration, and meaning from various faiths and religions, but she was raised with a fairly strong Jewish upbringing and celebrated her Bat Mitzvah at age 13. Born and raised in Long Branch, New Jersey, she feels blessed to have lived near and attended school with people from diverse backgrounds and was raised to accept and embrace those differences. One of her most treasured accomplishments was earning her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Rutgers University in 2015, becoming a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) the same year, and will soon be a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Her strong belief in spirituality, as well as the belief that everyone deserves an equal chance at living life to their highest potential, is the foundation of both her career in the mental health field, and her personal vision for the world. Being a MCWRET Board member is a perfect way to work towards that vision.

September 11, 2022

Welcome Home: A Multigenerational Ingathering (Gathering In for a New Congregational Year!)
Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano and Michelle McKenzie-Creech, CDFM

On this day of holy remembrance, the 21st anniversary of a deep wound to our consciousness, we remember that one of the strongest of salves is to embrace one another just as we are. We welcome you back—you of all ages and genders and affectional orientations and races and ethnicities and socioeconomic statuses and yes, of all religiosities and belief systems—welcome home to a place of radical belonging (“belonging” is our monthly congregational theme). In this first in-person Ingathering service in three years (!), children and youth will participate in a Blessing of the Backpacks for a new year of learning and adventure. Click here to watch the joyful service.

Music: Dr. Louise Chernosky, UU Singers, Roots and Wings Drum Choir

September 4, 2022

Consciousness Karma and Climate Acceptance               Rev. Allen Wells, guest minister

Albert Einstein famously proclaimed that “We cannot solve a problem with the same thinking that created it.” How does his wisdom along with that of The Buddha explain our climate crisis and reveal the possibility for surmounting it? Click here to watch the recorded Service.

Music: Elaine Held, Music Director Emerita

Rev. Allen Wells is a Buddhist Unitarian Universalist serving as Affiliated Community Minister of The Morristown Unitarian Fellowship. He maintains a mindfulness based psychotherapy practice in Morristown, N.J., and teaches meditation at Buddhist sanghas. Allen likes to cross disciplines and is particularly interested in the interplay between neuroscience and classical Buddhism. He strives to bridge our internal world of personal, spiritual aspiration with activist oriented work for social justice and environmental sustainability. You can find him both on a safu and on a picket line. For two decades, Allen directed The Allen Wells Center for Psychotherapy and Healing in Morristown, and he previously served as psychotherapist at the DiMele Center for Psychotherapy in NYC. Allen has served as minister of UU congregations in Weymouth, MA., Hollis Queens, and The First Unitarian Church of Brooklyn; he served as Director of Religious Education at the Morristown UU fellowship, as well as for two years at UUCMC in the 1970s! Most recently, he served as minister of the First Unitarian Society of Rockland County, NY. He loves poetry and dance and presents at the UU Fellowship of St. John, USVI each winter. He acknowledges that he hasn’t written any books because he says he would rather spend the time ballroom dancing!

July 24, 2022

One of the UUCMC Writers’ Groups will offer up stories, fables, adventures, and even personal interests for your insight and enjoyment. This Writers’ Group has been meeting for 20 years, exchanging thoughts on selected topics. Won’t you join us to see what we are about and share in our musings on sundry topics? Who knows?…there may even be a chuckle or two in the midst of more serious writing. Click here to watch the recorded Service.

Music: Helen Kho

July 10, 2022

All Who Come                                                       Rev. Carol S. Haag

Let’s explore together some of the meanings of our Unitarian Universalist commitment to inclusion. How do these commitments show up in practice? What are the challenges to our commitments? And what can we bring to the table? Click here to watch the recorded Service.

Music: Darrell and Mary Courtley

Rev. Carol retired after 13 years as the religious educator (DRE and MRE) with The Unitarian Church in Summit, NJ. Since then, she has served on the Murray Grove board, as member, President, and currently chairing its Development Committee. She is a strong advocate for Universalism as the central, vital force in our Unitarian Universalist movement. She believes that Universalism embodies the critical message of inclusion for our time.

Universalism: Love that won’t let you down
Love that won’t let you go
Love that won’t let you off.

June 26, 2022

Our Children are Watching                             John and Joseph DeMasi

We will all be judged by future generations. What will our legacy be? Join award winning UU contemporary folk singers Joseph and John DeMasi for this inspiring and thought provoking  musical service.

Award-winning twin brothers Joseph and John DeMasi are contemporary folk singers, songwriters, and recording artists whose songs are imbued with their Unitarian Universalist beliefs of love, inclusion, tolerance, understanding, and worth and dignity for all. With Joseph on guitar and John on guitar and fiddle, the DeMasi Brothers bring a unique musical experience full of wit, humor, intellect, and poignancy to every concert and service they present. Click here to watch the recorded Service.

Music: the DeMasi Brothers

June 19, 2022

It’s Been a Long Time Coming                         Lorraine Stone and Dr. Carol Penn

“Bittersweet.” The very essence of the word relays the reality of June 19th, or Juneteenth, as it became known to the enslaved Africans living in Texas in 1865. And so far away from the rest of the settled, eastern, United States was Texas, that freedom became an afterthought to the men wielding the power to grant it. “Oh by the way, the war is over. And there was an emancipation proclamation, too! Yeah. No more war. No more slaves. YOU’RE FREE!!” And what to the slave is your emancipation? Where will he live? How will she eat? The freedom to be homeless and hungry. With nothing to your name. June 19th. Freedom has come. Wither shall thou goest? Click here to watch the Service.

Music: Vel Johnson, Saxophone, Elaine Held

June 12, 2022

The Blessing of Diversity: A Multigenerational Celebration of Flower Communion    
Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano and Michelle McKenzie-Creech, CDFM

In the ritual of Flower Communion, we impart blessings to one another in the form of offered flowers: flowers given, flowers received. In this, we partake of a ceremony originating in post WWI Czechoslovakia, at the Unitarian Fellowship of Prague, soon to become the largest Unitarian congregation in the world. Please bring a flower with you to the service to add to the bounty that symbolizes each and every one of us in all of our diversities. Click here to enjoy the recorded Service.

Music: Dr. Louise Chernosky and UU Singers

May 22, 2022

Celebrating Our Faith: Transitions and Milestones
Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano, CDFM Michelle McKenzie-Creech, and members of the Coming of Age for Adults class

This Sunday will be a celebration of recent new members and of our staff milestones, all in the context of hearing Statements of Faith from participants in the recent five-session Coming of Age for Adults class led by Michelle and Rev. Craig. Click here to watch the Service.

Music: Ken Lipkowitz

May 15, 2022

Imagination – A Tool and a Gift                      Tim Geiselman

History has shown that those who realize change have vivid imaginations. They work through the short term setbacks by holding onto long term visions. How can we better utilize the gift of imagination to see past the grind of daily headlines and breaking news stories? This service will key on imagination and how it has shaped who we are, who we can become. Click here to watch the recorded Service.

Music by Dr. Louise and Ruby Chernosky.

May 1, 2022

Nurturing Beauty – All Music Sunday
Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano, Dr. Louise Chernosky & UUCMC’s Musicians

We step into May’s theme of “nurturing beauty” by taking time to celebrate the music in our congregation. Please join us for a morning of music and movement, brought to you by UUCMC’s performing ensembles. As Eric Whitacre writes, “May our singing be music for others, and may it keep others aloft.” Our first live All Music Sunday since 2019! Click here to enjoy the recorded Service.

Music by Dr. Louise Chernosky, UU Singers, UkUlele Ensemble, Sister Singers, Just Folk, Roots and Wings, Joel DeWitt, Elaine Held, Core of Fire Dance Ministry.

April 24, 2022

Earth Day – Together We Can Save Our World
Pat and Steve Miller and members of Climate Action Team (CAT)

Earth Day honors the 7th Principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. This service will highlight the steps UUCMC has taken from the early 2000s and continuing to the recent innovations in 2021-2022 to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions from the Meeting House, and what we as individuals can do and must do in our own lives so that we together provide a livable world for our children and grandchildren. Click here to watch the Service.

Music by Dr. Louise Chernosky, UkUlele Orchestra.

February 27, 2022

Love Letters to UU                                              Michelle McKenzie-Creech, CDFM

I’ll never forget how I fell in love with Unitarian Universalism and its saving and life-giving message of love and hope. I wanted to scream about it from the highest mountains and the tallest peaks until someone told me we don’t do that sort of thing because it is evangelism. Evangelism is simply the act of telling the good news, and I believe we have a lot of that to share. What’s your UU love story? Click here to watch the Service.

Music: Dr. Louise Chernosky and UU Singers

January 2, 2022              

See, Speak, Live                                                    Minister Kerwin Webb

The first Sunday of the new year is the ideal time to cast a vision and set the tone for the remainder of the year. This service will encourage the congregation to be purposeful and intentional as they begin creating and living into their desired futures. Click here to enjoy the recorded Service.

Minister Webb currently serves as the Associate Pastor of Youth and Young Adults at Second Baptist Church of Asbury Park, the President of the Greater Red Bank branch of the NAACP, coalition liaison for the New Jersey Social Justice Remembrance Coalition, and Board Chair of the T. Thomas Fortune Foundation. In 2012, Kerwin founded the RMW Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on child development, youth outreach, and adult empowerment. Minister Webb is an organizational coach and a training and development consultant, with a focus on helping individuals and organizations achieve personal and organizational goals. More info at kerwinwebb.com.

Music: Core of Fire Dance Ministry and Dr. Louise Chernosky

Core of Fire are women of significance who have created an intentional community of faith and spirituality, working in the area of social justice through dance. It is their tradition to dance “Let it Be” on the first Sunday of the year at UUCMC. All who know the movements are invited to join in.