As of now, Sunday worship service is a weekly YouTube video. Sunday morning coffee hour begins at 10:30 am via Zoom.

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We invite you to watch our virtual services. Each week our service is pre-recorded and is available typically by 5pm on Saturday evening. You can enjoy them at your convenience on our YouTube channel (CLICK HERE).

We extend a special invitation to you to join us in loving community on Sunday mornings for a virtual community “happy” hour at 10:30am using Zoom. (Please note Zoom requires a password.) The weekly service link, community hour link and password are sent out via email each week. In addition our weekly eblast that comes out on Thursday mornings has loads of information about UUCMC happenings. If you are not already on our email list, click the button in the footer to sign up. Follow us on Facebook (click here) to keep in touch.

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November 29th

Check here to view the Service, available Saturday evening.

Healing                                                                    Rev. Elizabeth Congdon, guest minister

We experience healing all the time – in times of sorrow, anxiety, distress and stress; a job loss, loss of a friend, a love, a child, a relationship, a marriage, a home, a disappointment; an injury, an illness and surgery – organizational stresses, job stress and especially zoom fatigue. We will be talking about personal healing of many different varieties including some basic parameters.

The Reverend Elizabeth B. Congdon is the retired Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Trenton. Prior to being called into ministry she did hospital nursing for 17 years and then for the State Department of Health for 25 years. She has been on mission trips to the Philippines, Haiti, Rwanda, Egypt, Lebanon, Malaysia, Thailand, the Navajo and Hopi nations in the American Southwest and the Republic of Georgia. Liz is currently the Co-President of the Monmouth Center for World Religions and Ethical Thought  and is on the steering committees for both MOSAIC, the teen interfaith education, leadership and community service project and the Civil Discourse project. She is the mother of four daughters and grandmother to one granddaughter and three grandsons.  She gets together with all of them on zoom, as we all try to get through this pandemic.

Music by Tom McCormack and Louise Chernosky.

Services Available to Watch on YouTube:

November 22nd

Let Gratitude Heal You: A Multigenerational Service of Thanksgiving
Rev. Craig Rubano & Michelle McKenzie-Creech

On gratitude, the poet David Whyte writes, “being unappreciative might mean we are simply not paying attention.” In shifting our attention, in being present to everything that comes together each time we draw breath, we open ourselves to a gratitude that can heal us. Let us gather in an expressly intergenerational way and live, together, into our thankfulness. Click here to view the Service.

Music by Louise Chernosky, Virtual Uke Project, Elaine Held, Edna Larsen, Paul Vallin.

November 15th

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Humor Might Help                                               Rev. Virginia Jarocha-Ernst

Do you know a really good joke or funny story, or has Covid stolen your sense of humor? We will share some good ones and reflect on the role humor has in our health and healing. Join me in bringing a bit of that lightness to our community today.

Music by David Fischell and Louise Chernosky.

November 8th

Post Election Sunday: Now What!?                Rev. Craig Rubano & Rev. Virginia Jarocha-Ernst

There is no way to know what to expect on this post election Sunday as we write this mid-October. We do know that we all have taken responsibility for this democracy by voting and making our voices heard. We do know that we will gather together LIVE ON SUNDAY MORNING to make sense of the results. As always, we do know that this community will show up with love and commitment to our values whatever the day may bring. We’ll see you there! Click here to view the recording of the live service.

Music by Virtual UU Singers, Thomas Cannizzaro, Rev. Craig and Louise Chernosky.

November 1st

Adopting an “8th Principle” on the Road to Beloved Community
Rev. Craig Rubano & the 8th Principle Task Force

At the heart of what Unitarian Universalists believe about our interactions with our world and one another are the, so far, 7 Principles. At this critical moment, however, there is an uprising of support across our faith movement to bring a new commitment and accountability to dismantling the systems of oppression that have harmed historically marginalized persons. Congregational adoption of an “8th Principle,” which would bring a new level of dedication to our anti-racist work in order to give teeth to our Principled intentions, embodies this move toward creating Beloved Community. Click here to view the service.

Music by Music Director Emerita Elaine Held, Kirsten Norberg, Louise and Dan Chernosky.

October 25th

Remembering All Souls                                      Rev. Craig Rubano & Rev. Virginia Jarocha-Ernst

Join us in this annual service of recognition and remembrance of those who have died this year. We will meet live at 10:30am in Zoom for this interactive service of listening and of remembering those who have joined the ancestors. In the words of poet Birago Diop:

Those who have died have never, never left
The dead are not under the earth
They are in the rustling trees
They are in the groaning woods
They are in the crying grass
They are in the moaning rocks
The dead are not under the earth

Click here to watch the recording of the live service.

Music by UU Singers Virtual Choir, UUCMC Music Video “Remember Me,” Craig Rubano, and Louise Chernosky.

October 18th

The Unheard                                                          Rev. Virginia Jarocha-Ernst

Whether we cannot not hear them or are just not listening for them, the unheard do have something to say. Our service today will focus on those who are silenced and those who remain silent, all vital witnesses to life, who deserve to be heard. Click here to watch the service.

Music by Craig Sunada, Liz Tortorella, and Louise Chernosky.

October 11th

Deep Listening at the Heart of Connection             Rev. Craig Rubano and Louise Chernosky

To American composer Pauline Oliveros, listening—if engaged in enough depth—is a full-bodied attending to oneself and to the surrounding world that is necessary before directed, socially-conscious action. This morning we will be inspired by Oliveros to stop, and truly hear, moving toward an openness of communication that builds community. Click here to watch the service.

Music by Rev. Craig Rubano and Louise Chernosky.

October 4th

250 Years of Universalist Heritage and its Meaning for Our Time                Rev. Justin Schroeder

This year, we are celebrating 250 years of Universalism in North America. The anniversary celebrates a sermon by Rev. John Murray, September 30, 1770, right here in NJ. Murray Grove Retreat & Renewal Center exists as a living memorial to the meeting between Murray and Thomas Potter, a local farmer, and the resulting sermon. Click here to watch the service.

Rev. Justin Schroeder, senior co-minister of the First Universalist Church of Minneapolis, will present a virtual worship service zoomed directly from Minneapolis to individuals and congregations across the continent.

September 27th

Awesome Days                                                      Rev. Craig Rubano

The holy days from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur on the Jewish calendar are known as the Days of Awe, a time when the human ability to make change is front and center as a spiritual strength. We have been learning over the past months that, sometimes, “coming together” in a common cause can happen even when we are physically separated from one another…this week, we will pause to take some lessons from our Jewish siblings in spirit on the power of renewal. Click here to view the service.

Music by Jan Dash, Liz Tortorella, Paul Sherman, Rev. Craig, Louise and Dan Chernosky.

September 20th

The Fix: On Breaking and Mending               Rev. Virginia Jarocha-Ernst

With some fresh experience in the realm of accidents and brokenness (this summer’s bicycle accident and broken bones), I will reflect on the meaning of fixing, healing, and mending, and all we can and cannot do to make it so. Check here to view the service.

Music by Jennifer Thomas, Louise and Dan Chernosky.

September 13th

Ingathering Sunday: In Search of Good News        Revs. Craig and Virginia; Michelle, and Louise

Welcome back to an UUCMC Ingathering unlike any other we have known! In this multigenerational service, we will celebrate the good news to be found in this strange time and place. We look forward to seeing you online and Sunday afternoon at our annual Ingathering picnic at Thompson Park with masks and social distancing. Seeing you there will be the good news we need! Click here to view the service.

Music by UU Singers, Thomas and Aengus Cannizzaro, Skip Leib, Louise and Dan Chernosky, Bob Shumway.

September 6th

This Finite Earth                                                  Jim Scott, UU singer/songwriter                             

We are pleased that Jim Scott will present a full service of music and musings. His extensive experience and UU tradition are sure to contribute to a meaningful service. Don’t miss it! Click here to view the service.

“For more than three decades, Jim Scott has made it his business to create and perform music that celebrates the earth.”  Find out more here: https://jimscottmusic.com/bio-resume/

August 30th

Plant Love                                     Eileen Ellis, MSW, Native American Healing, LLC, guest speaker

Spiritual guidance, Divine inspiration and amazing synchronicities always seem to find their way to me when I need it the most. It is truly one of the greatest gifts of paying attention with an open heart. I invite you to join in my 2020 summer lesson to plant love around you. Click here to view the service.

Eileen Ellis is a full-blooded Mohawk Native American with ancestral healing roots with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Rutgers University. She is a retired NJ public school administrator with 25+ years of educational experience, and since 2006 has been a practicing shaman and spiritual/energy consultant, teaching and facilitating classes in meditation (breathing, mindfulness, guided imagery, shamanic journeying) as well as varied topics in energy healing.

Music by Helen Kho, Dan and Louise Chernosky.

August 23rd

Suppose is a Beautiful Word                       Rev. Kim Wildszewski, guest minister

In this season of unrelenting endings, what might come to be born? Suppose is a beautiful, co-creative, word. Click here to view the service.

Since 2014, Rev. Kim has served as the settled minister at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Washington Crossing. A lifelong UU from eastern Long Island, Kim holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and Religion from Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania, and a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Before serving UUCWC, Kim was the Minister of Congregational Life at Beacon UU Congregation in Summit, NJ. Kim and her wife, Tara, live in Titusville, NJ. Their son Tobias was born in 2015. Their son Malcolm, born in 2018, died in 2020.

Music by Louise Chernosky, Thomas Cannizzaro, Sarah and David Fischell.

August 16th

In Search of Oneness                                     Sarbmeet Kanwal

The breadth and depth of the world-views from which we live our lives has not kept pace with the technologies that make it easier to magnify our differences. This has brought our nation to the brink of an existential crisis. What will it take to bolster the feeling of oneness, so crucial for the further advancement of our species? Click here to view the service.

Sarbmeet Kanwal teaches astronomy and physics at Brookdale Community College. He speaks frequently to the public on topics related to science and spirituality including a TEDx talk in 2019. He is a strong contributor to interfaith activities in Monmouth County and cofounded an award winning youth leadership program called MOSAIC.

Music by Louise Chernosky, Jan and Lynn Dash.

August 9th

In This Together                                                 Rev. Craig Rubano & Rev. Virginia Jarocha-Ernst

We are fairly new to co-ministry here in Monmouth County.  As two very different ministers sharing one position, we have learned a few lessons about partnership—its beauty, fragility, power, and pitfalls. One thing is clear—partnership matters. What does a broader partnership mean to Unitarian Universalists these days? Does our theology really encourage collaboration? Can we survive without it? Click here to view the service.

August 2nd

Liberating Lost Souls: Tending a Local Wound of White Supremacy
Rev. Karen Johnston, guest minister

In 1818, a corrupt Middlesex County judge sold 150+ African Americans into permanent slavery in the Deep South when they should have been free in New Jersey. A history that was whitewashed and largely forgotten. No more. As our nation grapples with the ongoing presence of white supremacy, as well as which monuments to tear down, and which to build up, let us pledge to liberate the Lost Souls and to re-member them home. Click here to view the service.

Rev. Karen G. Johnston is the settled minister at our sibling congregation in East Brunswick. Ordained into the Unitarian Universalist ministry in 2016, she was a clinical social worker for twenty years prior to becoming a minister. She identifies as white, bisexual, middle class, and cisgender and hopes that we can dismantle white supremacy. A Buddhist meditation practice sustains her, especially when she sustains it.

July 26th

Nourishing Music and Poetry                         Elaine Held, Jan Dash, and Joel Dewitt

A special service of soul-filled words and music, with Joel DeWitt, violin; Jan dash, piano and voice; and Elaine Held, piano.  The poems are graciously read by members of the Music Committee. Click here to view the service.

July 19th

We welcome Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, sharing one of their virtual services with us this week.

Keeping Vigil                                                         Rev. Alison Miller

This spring and summer have been filled with marches, protests, teach-ins, and vigils as we bear witness to racial disparities laid bare by police brutality and the pandemic. We must not allow ourselves to desire a return to normalcy, but instead to recommit our hearts and lives to fueling the revolution of love. Click here to watch the service.

“Morristown Unitarian Fellowship is a vibrant multi-generational liberal religious home that believes in walking alongside each other in our separate spiritual journeys while covenanting to create community and striving to make a more just world.”

July 12th

We welcome Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Summit, sharing one of their virtual services with us this week.

How to Light a Chalice                                     Rev. Dr. Robin Tanner and Rev. Emilie Boggis

Spiritual practice for Unitarian Universalists is often the experience of continuous revelation or evolution. Our spiritual practices have changed over these decades. What is the role today of spiritual practice as a UU? What sustains us? Click here to watch the service.

Our Mission is to be a radically inclusive religious community that feeds the human spirit and heals the world.

“We are committed to being a Beacon in our world by ministering to our members and friends, reaching out to those in need, partnering with allies and advocates for transformation and joining our voices and actions in the chorus of justice.”

July 5th

We welcome The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair, sharing one of their services with us this week.

The Color of Law                                           Rev. Scott Sammler-Michael

This week’s service examines systemic racism. Many appeal to “The Rule of Law” in efforts to discourage people from protesting for their rights. But the Law has a bias, just like the human heart. Join Rev. Scott as we explore how racist tyrannies like the Confederacy, Nazi Germany, and Apartheid in South Africa all perverted the Law to legitimize hatred. Click here to watch the service.

“The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair, now in its 118th year, enjoys a rich history of spiritual exploration and social justice activism. For us, it’s difficult to tell those elements apart because we find them to be two aspects of the same human, religious impulse. It’s much like breathing in and breathing out.”