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The Current Status of Our Services
We’re OPEN!

We are welcoming people into the meetinghouse for Service on Sunday mornings. For the sake of the health of our entire Beloved Community, we ask that all eligible persons be fully vaccinated AND boosted before entering the meetinghouse. As of September 11, 2022, the meetinghouse is mask-optional. We continue to encourage masking for the health of the community. 

Livestreaming from the meetinghouse to YouTube began Sunday, August 22, 2021. There is an entire library of services that you can enjoy at your convenience on our YouTube channel (see below or CLICK HERE). 

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November 27th 10:30am
In Person and
Livestreamed from the Meetinghouse on YouTube

Click here to watch the service on Sunday morning.

The Advent of the Holiday Season: Living the Present                 Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano 

It’s the season of Advent, of waiting, of anticipation, of longing—also, the countdown to the end-of-year holidays begins, the consumerist madness creeps up on us, and, as if in a flash, it’ll be 2023. This Sunday, we will reflect on moving from a preoccupation with presents to a focus on the present. We’ll try to slow down, breathe, and take in the presence of our congregational community for the extraordinary gift it is.

Music: Dr. Louise Chernosky, Just Folk

 

Services Available to Watch on YouTube:

November 20, 2022

Wake Up Grateful: A Multigenerational Service of Thanksgiving
Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano and CDFM Michelle McKenzie-Creech

Our lives, just as they are, are full of reasons for gratitude. Not that being thankful is necessarily the first thing on any of our minds first thing in the morning! What would it mean to, in writer Kristi Nelson’s words, wake up grateful? One thing’s for sure: whenever we gather as a multigenerational community, we are all blessed. Click here to enjoy the recorded service.

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

 

November 13, 2022

Everything Must Change                                   Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano        

On this Sunday, the first after the midterm elections, we will reflect on change, both for the good (change desired, change worked for, change achieved) and for the not so good (unexpected change, hard change, painful change). Whatever the election results, this covenanted congregational community will remain a powerful vehicle for change in our own lives and in the world. Come be inspired all over again. Click here to watch the recorded service.

Music: Dr. Louise Chernosky, Karen Geer, Rev. Craig

 

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 30, 2022

We Remember Them: A Service of All Souls        Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano 

Join us in this annual service of recognition and remembrance of those who have died this year, as we celebrate and grieve those who have joined the ancestors. Click here to watch the service.

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

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

October 16, 2022

Courageous Together                                       Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano

This morning, we will delve more deeply into our monthly theme of “courage.” Courage is more than brave acts of daring-do: as important, or more so, are the courage to persevere, the courage to work for change, and perhaps most difficult of all, the courage to be fully and gloriously oneself. In all of these, congregational community is a great source of strength. Click here to watch the service.

Music: Dr. Louise Chernosky, UU Singers

October 9, 2022

A Time of Harvest: The Lessons of Sukkot            Rev. Craig Rubano

The Jewish seven-day festival of Sukkot brings the High Holy Days to a close that began last month with Rosh Hashanah. In this harvest time, Sukkot (also known as the Festival of Booths or Tabernacles) is observed by building outdoor temporary structures underneath which families and friends can eat, and remember times of hardship and times of joy, all while being in nature, underneath the stars. This morning, we will learn about Sukkot and the lessons it teaches all of us about community. Click here to watch the service.

Music: Evan Schwartzman, Joel DeWitt

October 2nd 10:30am

Congregational Democracy: Understanding the Contract-to-Call Process in Calling a Minister  The Contract-to-Call Task Force

For just the fourth time in our congregation’s 65-year history, we are embarking on the process of calling a settled minister. This service will be dedicated to explaining the Contract-to-Call process. Come join us and listen to the members of the Task Force explain this democratic process–one that is conducted by the congregation under its lay leadership, and focuses on involving the whole congregation. Several small group gatherings, both in person and virtual, will follow, including two after the service that day. Click here to watch the service.

Music: Dr. Louise Chernosky, Paul Vallin, PJ Casbar

September 25, 2022

Apology, Forgiveness, Renewal: The Days of Awe            Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano

At the heart of the ten “days of awe” that stretch between the head of the year, Rosh Hashanah, and the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, is a time of turning one’s life over, and seeing where things might be mended so that one can enter into a renewed state of being oneself. To seek and grant forgiveness is key, so knowing how to make and recognize a proper apology is in order. Today, we will celebrate the Jewish High Holy Days and learn, from Aaron Lazare’s short book on the subject, the elements of an adequate apology. Click here to watch the beautiful service.

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

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!

August 28, 2022

Sing and Rejoice! Honoring Our Women Composers: A Hymn-Sing
Music Director Emerita Elaine Held

An opportunity for our community to get to know and to sing the beautiful music written by women found in our two hymnals. Who are they and how have they contributed to our singing tradition?! Click here to watch the recorded Service.

Music: Elaine Held and Sister Singers.

August 21, 2022

Ordinary Miracles                                               Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano

The definition of the word “miracle” is, perhaps unexpectedly, quite approachable: “Something that has a surprising outcome, in a good way, different from what was expected.” There is nothing necessarily supernatural about effecting miraculous outcomes: all it takes is collective will and a surfeit of love. This morning, we will hear music and stories about, and find inspiration for the effecting of, miracles in our world. Click here to enjoy the recorded Service.

Music: Dr. Louise Chernosky and Rev. Craig.

August 14th 10:30am

Rights vs. Obligations                                          Rev. Rosemarie Newberry

Rev. Newberry found this quote on Facebook a few months ago that inspired her to consider a different way of looking at her life and her purpose. Let’s look at this together: “The single biggest thing I learned was from an indigenous elder of Cherokee descent, Stan Rushworth, who reminded me of the difference between a Western settler mindset of ‘I have rights’ and an indigenous mindset of ‘I have obligations.’ Instead of thinking that I am born with rights, I choose to think that I am born with obligations to serve past, present, and future generations, and the planet herself.” Click here to watch the Service.

Music: Joel DeWitt

August 7, 2022

Archery Practice                                                  Rev. Charlie Dieterich

College? New job? Eventually they leave home This week we will revisit Kahlil Gibran’s words about children, or friends or colleagues. What is our role in their lives? Where did we learn that role? How were we taught it? Click here to enjoy the recorded Service.

Music: Brian Gilmore

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. He was an intern and chaplain resident in New Orleans after attending Starr King School for the Ministry, in Berkeley, California. Since retirement he’s become involved in history and in ham radio.

July 31, 2022

Rehumanizing the Other                                   Pauline E. Nijander

It can seem pretty difficult to build Community in a world where society tends to dehumanize the “other.” Is this particular pattern of dehumanization new, or has it been around for a while? Join us on this Sunday as we explore the dangers of dehumanization and how we can rehumanize those that are different from us. Click here to watch the recorded Service.

Music: Helen Benham and Richard Grossman

Pauline E. Nijander just completed her fourth year as a student at the Drew University Theological School in Madison, NJ where she is studying for the Unitarian Universalist ministry, and where she was just awarded the Dorr Diefendorf Award for excellence in homiletics. Pauline has been a member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton since 2013, where she has served in various leadership roles, including being the ministerial intern in the 2019-2020 academic year, and now, as the Seminarian. As a proud transwoman and lesbian, Pauline has spoken often to different community and student groups about her perspective and life in hopes of educating people through honest and engaging conversation about trans* life and issues. For this work, she was awarded the 2017 Triad House LGBTQ+ Champion Award from LifeTies. Along with her wife, Michelle, and their sweet pitbull, Ingrid, Pauline resides in Ewing, NJ.

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 17, 2022

The Getting of Wisdom                                      Rev. Julie Newhall

If you have spent any time around children, you know they like to ask questions, lots of questions. Especially, “Why?” How do you answer? For example, what do you say when asked, “Why is the sky blue?” Click here to watch the recorded Service.

Music: Helen Kho

Reverend Julie Newhall was ordained at UUCMC and has been speaking at and serving UU congregations since 2001. She has been leading worship at the UUOCC in Murray Grove for the past eight years. When not in a pulpit, Julie walks in Thompson Park, talks to her cat, and works her way through crossword puzzles in The New Yorker. Sometimes she completes them.

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.

July 3, 2022

Supporting our Democracy                              Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano

This morning, we will celebrate the United States of America, one of the world’s shining stories of imperfection in an always striving movement toward a more perfect union. As we begin to steel ourselves for the journey toward midterm elections in the fall, we will hear passages from Frederick Douglass’s searing 1852 speech, “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” and experience Searches for Meaning from voices on Reproductive Justice as well as the UU the Vote contingency of our Social Justice Committee. Click here to watch the recorded Service.

Music: Elaine Held (Music Director emerita), Joel DeWitt

June 26th 10:30am                Livestreamed from the Meetinghouse on YouTube

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 19th 10:30am                Livestreamed from the Meetinghouse on YouTube

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 12th 10:30am                Livestreamed from the Meetinghouse on YouTube

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

June 5th 10:30am                Livestreamed from the Meetinghouse on YouTube

Exploring Gender: A Service of LGBTQ+ Pride          Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano

Gender is much more complicated than it may seem to persons whose biological/anatomical sex, gender identity, gender expression, and/or attraction lines up with societal norms—in actuality, we are all somewhere on continua of each of those four matrices. In finding ourselves participating in gender’s complexities, we celebrate the blessing of all our genders, and kick off Pride Month in Beloved Community. Click here to enjoy the recorded Service.

Music: Dr. Louise Chernosky, Elaine Held and Rev. Craig

May 29th 10:30am                Livestreamed from the Meetinghouse on YouTube

A Memorial Day Service: Remembering      Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano

The capacity for memory is one of the essential threads holding together communities, and yet daily stressors can impede the very creation of memories, leading to a paucity of treasures to savor over time. We can take memory for granted, but it is an enormously complex and wondrous thing of beauty that can haunt as much as bring joy. Click here to watch the Service.

Music: Dr. Louise Chernosky, Joel DeWitt, UkUlele Orchestra

May 22nd 10:30am                Livestreamed from the Meetinghouse on YouTube

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 15th 10:30am                Livestreamed from the Meetinghouse on YouTube

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 8th 10:30am                Livestreamed from the Meetinghouse on YouTube

Gratefulness for Caregivers                             Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano

On this Mother’s Day, we will broaden the scope of things a bit and draw upon the stories of those persons who have given us the beauty of care. We will explore deploying a practice of gratefulness for the gift of connection. Who are the caregivers who have been most special to you? Click here to watch the Service.

Music by Dr. Louise Chernosky and Rev. Craig.

May 1st 10:30am                Livestreamed from the Meetinghouse on YouTube

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 24th 10:30am                Livestreamed from the Meetinghouse on YouTube

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.

April 17th 10:30am                Livestreamed from the Meetinghouse on YouTube

Click here to watch the Service on Sunday morning.

Sing Songs of Freedom: A Multigenerational Celebration of Passover and Easter
Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano and Michelle McKenzie-Creech

Join us for a multigenerational celebration of Passover and Easter, complete with the return of an in-person Easter egg hunt! Click here to enjoy the recorded Service.

Music by Dr. Louise Chernosky, Elaine Held, ImpromptUU Singers, Rev. Craig, Paul Vallin.

April 10th                    Livestreamed from the Meetinghouse on YouTube

Waking up to Justice                                           Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano

Memorialized in the story of Jesus of Nazareth riding a donkey into Jerusalem at Passover time, his followers waving palms, Palm Sunday celebrates the living out of one’s values in the public square. This morning, we celebrate our social justice ministries. Click here to watch the Service recording.

Music by Helen Kho.

April 3rd                      Livestreamed from the Meetinghouse on YouTube

Awakening                                                              Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano

As Spring brings nature “back to life” before our eyes, it is almost as if the earth itself is asking us to see things anew, urging that we awaken to new possibilities, fresh perspectives, nascent wisdom. How are you awakening to the world around you these days? How might you? Click here to watch the recorded Service. 

Music by Dr. Louise Chernosky and Roots and Wings Drum Choir.

March 27th                 Livestreamed from the Meetinghouse on YouTube

If Not You Then Who?                                        Rev. Latasha D. Milton

Our new neighbor minister offers us a call to action, a call to being involved in your community.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”  Hebrews 12:1 NIV

As the Great cloud of witnesses that has stood against injustice and oppression before us, we are called to continue the work to be agents of love. We are all interconnected within the fabric of love, called to bear each other’s struggles. If we do not take the mantle to continue the work, then who will stand? Click here to watch the recorded Service.

Music by Dr. Louise Chernosky and Paul Vallin.

Rev. Milton is the Senior Pastor at Hamilton United Methodist Church in Neptune, NJ. She has served in various ministry contexts over the years. She is passionate about God’s people being liberated to authentically serve God in the fullness of their gifts and talents. She desires to preach a transformative truth that reveals the heart of God to transform the world. She is passionate about standing against injustices to children and youth and being a voice for education equity. She received a M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary with an emphasis in Black Church Study. She has a M.S. in Counseling and Early Childhood from the University of South Miss. She has a B.S. in Pre-Med. Biology with a minor in Chemistry. Prior to establishing residence in New Jersey, she called St. Louis home. She is a licensed Zumba and Zumba Strong (combat) instructor. When she is not teaching Zumba, she enjoys photography, reading, playing golf and tennis, and watching sports.

Music by Dr. Louise Chernosky and Paul Vallin.

March 20th                Livestreamed from the Meetinghouse on YouTube

Draw the Circle Wide: “Spring into Stewardship” Sunday            Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano

We celebrate our Annual Stewardship Campaign with a reminder that our relationship to money need not be constricting, but liberating, one that allows us to push outward the boundaries of our concern, drawing ever wider the circles of our lives. The 2022–23 congregational year will be one of deep renewal, in line with our monthly theme for March: “Renewing Faith.” Bring your pledge forms in-person to the service as, together, we draw the circle of UUCMC wide, and wider still. Click here to watch the Service recording.

Music by Dr. Louise Chernosky, UU Singers.

March 13th                 Livestreamed from the Meetinghouse on YouTube

Congregational Ministries Equal Community
Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano and members of the Committee on Congregational Ministry (CoCM)

This morning, we will explore the concept of “ministry,” and how we all contribute in different ways to create Beloved Community. Whether our participations are through dance, music, social justice activities, worship services, book discussions, or even vacuuming the halls, the needs are many, and the community is enriched by our shared ministries. Click here to enjoy the recorded Service.

Music by Elaine Held (Music Director emerita), Helen Kho

March 6th                   Livestreamed from the Meetinghouse on YouTube

Annual Dr. Myra Zinke Service*

Reproductive Health in the Garden State: How does a Beloved Community address reproductive health inequalities?
Dr. Jennifer Howard, MD, MPH

Racial and other disparities persist in New Jersey for reproductive health. The problem is ancient and mentioned in Luke 8:43 –” And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any.” How can we dismantle such systems of inequalities? Click here to watch the recorded Service.

Music by Dr. Louise Chernosky and the UkUlele Orchestra.

Dr. Jennifer M. Howard has been the President of the League of Women Voters of NJ since May, 2021, after serving on the Board. She is a member of the Princeton LWV. Jennifer is a practicing OB/GYN physician in NYC and previously practiced in NJ. She has been a Vice President for the African American Parent Support Group (a parent advocacy organization with over 25 years of addressing racial disparities and educational achievement gaps in African-American students), a preceptor to medical students and residents, a medical director of a reproductive health organization and a former Board of Trustee for a reproductive health organization. She went to Harvard/Radcliffe for an undergraduate degree, Howard University’s College of Medicine for her medical school degree, and Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health for her Master’s.

*Dr. Myra Zinke left UUCMC an endowment to fund an annual guest speaker on a topic of concern and interest to women.

February 27th              Livestreamed from the Meetinghouse on YouTube

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

February 20th           Livestreamed from the Meetinghouse on YouTube

Celebrating Black History Month: A Multigenerational Worship Service                 
Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano and Michelle McKenzie-Creech, CDFM

The first “Black History Month” was held at Kent State University in 1970 as a way of remembering important events and people in the history of the African diaspora. While the isolation of one month out of a year for celebrating African-American History has had its critics, the opportunities it presents for learning and exploration, akin to that in other month-long identity-based commemorations, can serve to bring us together across generational lines. Let’s bring in the whole family for a morning of discovery and wonder.  Click here to enjoy the recorded Service.

Music: Dr. Louise Chernosky

February 13th            Livestreamed from the Meetinghouse on YouTube

Doing What Must Be Done                                Charles Loflin, Executive Director UU FaithAction NJ

Social justice work is integral to Unitarian Universalism but sometimes a source of tension among and within congregations. UU theologian James Luther Adams suggests freedom of belief demands social justice action. How do we collectively determine where to put our energies? What is the “work that must be done”?  Click here to watch the Service on Sunday morning.

Music: Dr. Louise Chernosky and Roots and Wings Drum Choir

Charles Loflin serves as the Executive Director of UU FaithAction NJ. He is a 2021 graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School having earned a Masters of Divinity degree. He also holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting from the University of Louisville. Charles served the Morristown Unitarian Universalist Fellowship from 2019-2021 under the supervision of Rev. Alison Miller. A member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair, he calls Montclair home. 

February 6th             Livestreamed from the Meetinghouse on YouTube

The Limits of Empathy                                        Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano

The definition of “empathy”—“the ability to understand and share the feelings of another”—leads to widespread questions about anyone’s ability truly to “understand” or “share” another’s feelings. But the limits of empathy are a good place to start in the worthy quest to enter into relationships with those different from ourselves. Click here to enjoy the recorded Service.

Music: Evan Schwartzman

January 30th             Livestreamed from the Meetinghouse on YouTube

Living with Intention: The Artist’s Way            Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano

Living with intention, our monthly congregational theme, begins with pathways for a good orderly direction in our creative lives. In tandem with the Adult Religious Education Committee’s January Common Read, we will use insights from Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way to discover possibility, abundance, and connection. Click here to watch the recording of  the Service.

Music: Dr. Louise Chernosky and UU Singers

January 23rd             Livestreamed from the Meetinghouse on YouTube

Hands Across America: Healing Community Trauma        Dr. Mary Early-Zald

In the United States, we are a people of trauma: it is revealed in the hostility and reactivity of our discourse. From her own experiences, clinical psychologist, hospital chaplain, activist, and about-to-be-ordained UU minister Dr. Mary Early-Zald brings stories of healing. Click here to watch the recorded Service.

Music: Dr. Louise Chernosky

January 16th              Livestreamed from the Meetinghouse on YouTube

The Sum of Us: A Multigenerational Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano and Michelle McKenzie-Creech, CDFM

In The Sum of Us, political commentator and strategist Heather McGhee exposes the most consistent fallacy of racism—that it benefits most white people. McGhee demonstrates that racism hurts everyone, and urges us toward what she calls the “solidarity dividend” resulting from everyone working together to dismantle racism’s hold on the American body. We will celebrate the MLK legacy by looking forward, as we discover ways to be of service. Click here to enjoy the Service.

Music: Dr. Louise Chernosky, Rev. Craig

January 9th                Livestreamed from the Meetinghouse on YouTube

We Three Kings?                                                    Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano

In part two of the Christmas story according to the gospel of Matthew, the child Jesus gets involved in a geopolitical plot that includes Magians, migration, murder, and mayhem. Rounding off the 12 Days of Christmas, the feast of Epiphany celebrates new insights, new directions. How might we move more fully into community in 2022? Click here to watch the recorded Service.

Music: Brian Gilmore

January 2nd               Livestreamed from the Meetinghouse on YouTube

Click here to watch the Service on Sunday morning.

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.

December 26th 10:30am              Livestreamed from the Meetinghouse on YouTube

Holiday Sing-along                                               Elaine Held, Music Director Emerita and Joel DeWitt

Music: Elaine Held, Joel DeWitt, Sister Singers and Friends

December 24th 8pm              Livestreamed from the Meetinghouse on YouTube

Lessons and Carols Candlelight Service      Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano

Candles and stories join beloved carols to tell the tales of Christmas—both of them! Click here to watch the recorded 8pm Service.

Music: Dr. Louise Chernosky, UU Singers, Sister Singers, Elaine Held, Rachel Sweet, Rev. Craig

December 24th 4pm              Livestreamed from the Meetinghouse on YouTube

Click here to watch the Service 4pm on Friday evening.

Family Candlelight Service                              Michelle McKenzie-Creech, CDFM

This service of songs and stories includes our pageant, “Christmas in the Barn,” with a part for every child. In the UU tradition, we believe that every child is the hope of this world. Click here to watch the recorded 4pm Service.

Music: Dr. Louise Chernosky, UkUlele Orchestra, Maya Kimmel (cello)

December 19th                   Livestreamed from the Meetinghouse on YouTube

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

On this day, we honor the lights of many faiths as we gather to celebrate the dawning of new light following the longest night of the year. If you would like to be one of our candle lighters for the Litany of Lights, please contact Rev. Craig (craig@uucmc.org). Click here to enjoy the recorded Service.

Music: Dr. Louise Chernosky, Elaine Held, UU Singers, Skip Leib & Friends

December 12th                   Livestreamed from the Meetinghouse on YouTube

Ode to Joy – for Whom and When?                Rabbi Marc Kline

We are here to rejoice and celebrate. Far too many will never know this joy. We need to rethink our celebration so that it can impact more people. For all that divides us, we need to reset humanity, rethink our bias, and return to human—so that each of us can turn to joy—not just for the season—for life. Click here to watch the recorded Service.

Rabbi Marc Kline serves as senior clergy for Monmouth Reform Temple in Tinton Falls and in leadership and advocacy roles locally, nationally, and internationally.

Music: Dr. Louise Chernosky, Sarah Fischell and the UkUlele Orchestra

December 5th                   Livestreamed from the Meetinghouse on YouTube

Opening to Joy                                                      Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano

Sometimes, opening to joy means moving from fear and scarcity—asking for nothing so as not to be disappointed—to calculated risk and experiences of sufficiency: choosing to commit with faith to the loving truth that there is enough, that we are enough. This morning, blessed by a service full of Bach at the hands of pianist Helen Benham, we will open to joy! Click here to watch the recorded Service.

Music: Helen Benham.

November 28th                   Livestreamed from the Meetinghouse on YouTube

The Advent of Hanukkah                                 Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano

On the first Sunday of the Christian season of Advent, and with Hanukkah beginning Sunday evening, this service will celebrate a time of year when we are asked to slow down and dedicate our attention to our lives together in community, as we gather inspiration from beloved stories of old. Click here to watch the recorded Service.

Music: Dr. Louise Chernosky, Dr. David and Sarah Fischell.

November 21st                   Livestreamed from the Meetinghouse on YouTube

The Way of Gratitude: A Multigenerational Service of Thanksgiving
Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano and Michelle McKenzie-Creech, CDFM

In The Way of Gratitude, former Intern and Interim minister of this congregation Galen Guengerich urges us to ground ourselves in a spirituality of gratitude. All ages are invited to live into a spirit of thankfulness as the holiday season begins. Click here to enjoy the recorded Service. Happy Thanksgiving!

Music: Dr. Louise Chernosky, Elaine Held (organ), Paul Vallin, Eva Mehri.

November 14th                   Livestreamed from the Meetinghouse on YouTube

Building Community through Trees—the Great Connectors
Ann Sherwood, Social Justice Committee Co-Chair

Many cultures have recognized trees as social organisms that connect the living world through time, space, and relationships. Now scientists are just beginning to understand how these connections happen. This morning we will discuss how embracing our part in the interconnected web of all existence can be a source of awe and hope. Click here to watch the Service.

Music: Dr. Louise Chernosky.

November 7th                   Livestreamed from the Meetinghouse on YouTube

Holding Our UUCMC History                         Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano and Voices of UUCMC
(Lee Rossbach, Liz Dean, Barbara and Irwin Schpok, Irene Gibson)

We begin a monthly theme of “Holding History” by looking at, and hearing from, our own. Featuring living UUCMC history holders, this service will look to our past as we engage as a congregation in looking forward to our future. Click here to enjoy the recorded service.

Music: Elaine Held, Karen Christiana, Edna Larsen, Jennifer Thomas, and Rev. Craig.

October 31st                   Livestreamed from the Meetinghouse on YouTube

The Thinnest Veil: A Multigenerational Service of All Hallows Eve and All Souls
Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano and Michelle McKenzie-Creech, CDFM

In the Celtic world, October 31st is the Gaelic festival of Samhain, a harvest celebration halfway between the equinox and the solstice, when the veil between the physical and spiritual worlds is thought to be at its thinnest, and communion with souls of the departed is most possible. We will enact Hallowe’en’s trick-or-treat visitation and invite All Souls memories of the past year’s dead, discovering the hospitality at the heart of both traditions. Service includes scenes from our Hallowe’en celebration (10/24/21).  Click here to enjoy the Service.

Music by Dr. Louise Chernosky and Joel DeWitt.

October 24th                   Livestreamed from the Meetinghouse on YouTube

NJ Together Monmouth County: Listening as Organizing
Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano and the UUCMC NJTogether team

There is a new group in our midst: NJ Together, an IAF (Industrial Areas Foundation)-affiliated multi-faith, multi-issue, strictly non-partisan broad-based coalition of congregations, non-profits, neighborhood organizations, and parent groups. NJ Together seeks to develop leaders, strengthen communities, and seek justice by identifying problems in our county. The first step in any community organizing is to listen. This morning, we will hear from members of the UUCMC NJ Together team…what problems rise to the surface in your neighborhoods, and to whom might you listen to organize for change? Click here to watch the recording of the Service.

Music by Dr. Louise Chernosky and UU Singers.

October 17th                   Livestreamed from the Meetinghouse on YouTube

Which, Not How                                                   Michelle McKenzie-Creech, CDFM

There’s lots of advice out there about how to cultivate relationships, but what about the challenge of deciding which relationships to nourish? We live in a society that distracts us from the relationships that matter most, and certainly the relationships that could feed us the most. We will lean into the work of noticing and listening to the longings for deeper connection. What relationships need your attention right now? Click here to enjoy the recording of the service.

Music by Dr. Louise Chernosky and PJ Casbar.

October 10th                   Livestreamed from the Meetinghouse on YouTube

Gender Creative Resilience                              Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano

Resilience, the ability to bounce back from setbacks, is especially crucial for persons already at the receiving end of cultural aspersion. This morning, we will examine the self-reported resilience needs of transgender and gender nonconforming—gender creative—persons in this country, finding resilience commonalities among all genders, and identifying ways that congregations are well-placed to offer sustenance and community. Click here to enjoy the recording of the Service.

Music by Helen Kho and Steve Knowlton.

October 3rd                   Livestreamed from the Meetinghouse on YouTube

The Promise of Family Ministry                          Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano

For a long time in our Unitarian Universalist faith movement, religious education has been at the forefront of creatively inculcating values and religious awareness in next generations. Though the strategies for accomplishing these goals have shifted and morphed over time, at the heart of those efforts has been the family, broadly defined. This morning, we will look back, as we look forward to the always present promise of Family Ministry. Click here to view the Service.

Music by Sarah and David Fischell, and Dr. Louise Chernosky.

September 26th           Livestreamed from the Meetinghouse on YouTube

Emergent Possibilities                                        Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano

Social justice facilitator adrienne maree brown urges us to notice the many relatively simple interactions in the natural world that give rise to complex systems, and to awaken to the harvest of adaptations available to us when we acknowledge our unity with that world. On this first Sunday of autumn, we delve further into our monthly theme of “embracing possibility.” Click here to view the recording of the Service.

Music by Joseph and John DeMasi.

September 19th           Livestreamed from the Meetinghouse on YouTube

Possibility and Brokenness                              Rev. Rosemarie Newberry

You may hear something like “we are all broken.” If we are broken, then isn’t possibility just impossible? Let’s explore together our brokenness, and how we may live into possibility. Click here to view the recording of the Service.

The Rev. Rosemarie Newberry is a long time member of this congregation. She is currently serving the UU Congregation of Queens in Flushing, NY.

Music by Dr. Louise Chernosky and Karen Christiana.

September 12th           Livestreamed from the Meetinghouse on YouTube

A Multigenerational Service of Ingathering
Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano & Michelle McKenzie-Creech

At our annual service of Ingathering, marking the beginning of a new congregational year, we will acknowledge our losses, be thankful for our gains, and live into the sense of adventure that this new chapter in our lives represents. Click here to view the recording of the service.

Music by Dr. Louise Chernosky, PJ Casbar, Rev. Craig, and UU Singers.

September 5th           Livestreamed from the Meetinghouse on YouTube

Return Again: High Holy Days                         Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano

In the urging of a popular song often performed at High Holy Days, “Return to who you are, return to what you are, return to where you are born and reborn again.” Rosh Hashanah begins the evening of Labor Day; this Sunday, we will contemplate what “returning” means in our current context. Click here to view the recording of the Service.

Music by Dr. Louise Chernosky, Dan Chernosky, Paul Sherman, and Joel DeWitt.

August 29th           Livestreamed from the Meetinghouse on YouTube

Spirituality Speaking, The Power of Singing Spirituals                          Roosevelt Credit

A spiritual is a type of religious folk song closely associated with the enslavement of African people in the American South. Roosevelt Andre Credit will join us in exploring the spiritual healing and traditions in singing spiritual and gospel music.  Together we will walk down history lane and discover our inner spiritual voices.  Roo says “Let the music do its work for you!” Let’s learn together in song – Let’s find the voice within. Click here to watch the recording of the Service.

Roosevelt Credit lives in New York City and is a singer, conductor and composer. He is well known to UUCMC members for his magnificent performance as one of the Wiseman of “Amahl and the Night Visitors”.

Music by Roosevelt Credit and Elaine Held.

August 22nd           Livestreamed from the Meetinghouse on YouTube

Back to the Future                                              Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano

And, we’re back!…but not where we left off when we vacated the building 17 months ago. Instead, we launch into a new congregational reality: hopefully soon live in the room, livestreaming “on the air,” and on-tap through video. There’s a lot about the future that remains unclear, but I do know we will discover our future together. I’m certain that we will be transformed. And I trust we will continue to transform the world. Click here to watch the recording of the Service.

Music by Dr. Louise Chernosky, Liz Tortorella, and Elaine Held.

August 15th           Shared Summer Service Series: Renewing Together

Showing Up Today for the Community of Tomorrow             

Beacon (UU Congregation in Summit), Rev. Dr. Robin Tanner & Rev. Emilie Boggis

In the last 16 months, showing up has taken on new meaning as we connected virtually. Some of us are even deepening and renewing our commitments in community. There are always ample reasons to show up…or not! As life shifts again, how do we discern as UUs when to show up and for whom? Click here to view the Service.

August 8th             Shared Summer Service Series: Renewing Together

Regeneration                   

Morristown UU Fellowship, Rev. Alison Miller

Central Unitarian Church in Paramus, Rev. Andrée Mol

Turning to the monarch butterfly as our guide and teacher, we’ll examine both its individual transformation from larvae to butterfly and its multi-generational transformation as a species migrating across an entire continent each year. We’ll consider the ways in which such transformations play out in our individual lives and collectively across generations. Click here to view the Service.

August 1st

When Things Fall Apart:  Buddhist Principles and Practices               Cheryl Bartholomew

Buddhism is the fastest growing of all religions. Its practices are used in schools throughout the world, with marines, and in psychotherapy contexts.  Buddhist teachings help us to remain peaceful and grounded when we are faced with life’s challenges. Click here to view the Service.

Dr. Cheryl Bartholomew is a psychologist and professor who has taught at SUNY/Upstate NY, George Mason, and Monmouth Universities. She has received the Chancellor’s award for excellence in teaching, the Martin Luther King Humanitarian award, Outstanding Women in Virginia, and the National Curriculum and Development award (AERA). Her curriculum has been adopted throughout the US and in four foreign countries. Dr. Bartholomew is also a textbook author who has appeared on CBS News with Dan Rather, and NPR, “All Things Considered”. She is cited in “Megatrends for Women”: How Women are Revolutionizing American Society. She has been a member of UUCMC since 2018.

Music by Elaine Held, Kirsten Norberg, Sister Singers, and Louise & Dan Chernosky.

July 25th                Shared Summer Service Series: Renewing Together

Guardians and Gatekeepers                       

UU Congregation at Montclair: Rev. Anya Sammler-Michael & Rev. Scott Sammler-Michael
UU Congregation of Somerset Hills & First Unitarian NJ (Fanwood): Rev. Ann Marie Alderman

A shared Summer Service with the minister from First Unitarian (Fanwood) and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Somerset Hills and the Co-Ministers from the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair. This service weaves their own personal stories of guardians (those who protect and preserve) and gatekeepers (those who block and prevent.) Click here to view the Service.

July 18th

Moving into a Different World                       Rev. Julie Newhall

Our lives have been changing in unexpected ways since early 2020. Some say that nothing will ever be the same. The same as what? Today we take some time to quietly think about what is new and to consider what we’d like to see in our new reality. Click here to view the Service.

Reverend Julie Newhall is our guest minister today.  From September through June, she leads worship twice a month at the UU Ocean County Congregation and twice a month at the UU Society of South Suffolk.

Music by Helen Kho, PJ Casbar, and Louise Chernosky.

July 11th

Do You Hear What I Hear?                              Janet Freed

If you said to me, “I feel like I just got hit by a bus” and I responded by saying, “Did you get the license plate number?”, would you feel like I got your message? This talk about Deep Listening will help us hear the thoughts and feelings behind the words we say so that we can respond to others in a compassionate and empathetic way. Click here to view the Service.

Janet Freed is a clinical chaplain and bereavement counselor offering spirit-centered care and support to patients and their loved ones. She is an ordained Buddhist priest and is ending her tenure as co-chair of CoCM.

Music by Helen Benham.

July 4th          Shared Summer Service Series: Renewing Together

The Sacred Ground of Interdependence

UU Congregation of Monmouth County (Lincroft), Rev. Dr. Craig Rubano 
The Unitarian Society (East Brunswick), Rev. Karen Johnston

Our 7th Principle reminds us to respect, perhaps even to show reverence for, our interdependence. All existence is connected, and we, as human creatures, are not above or below or apart, but wonderfully woven as part of a greater whole. The ministers and worship teams from the UU Congregation of Monmouth County in Lincroft and The Unitarian Society in East Brunswick kick off a Shared Summer Services series bringing together UU congregations across the mid-to-upper stretches of New Jersey. Click here to view the Service.

Music: Louise Chernosky, Ruby Chernosky, Robert Shumway (Lincroft); Nick Place (East Brunswick)

June 27th

Live from the UUA General Assembly: Sunday Morning Worship

This year’s virtual General Assembly offers us all a unique opportunity to share worship with thousands of other UUs. Click here to enjoy the Service.

Until Love Wins                                                      First Universalist Church of Minneapolis

Today’s challenging times require a nimble and resilient spirituality. We need a demanding, inspiring faith and a love strong enough that it will not let us go. Join us as we draw the circle wide, gather our strength, and promise to stay in the struggle and joy until love wins.

Each year, the last weekend in June, UUs gather from across the country and around the world, to do the business of the UU Association of congregations, and to learn and celebrate together. We are so pleased to share the Sunday morning worship service from GA with you.

June 20th

A Summer Solstice Service                               Sister Circle

The SisterCircle Summer Solstice Ritual/Service will honor the relationship between all creatures and will touch on the impact of humans on their existence. It is adapted from the writings of Joanna Macy, an environmental activist and author. We hope to offer a positive view of our relationship with our “ship’s companions.”  Click here to view the Service.

SisterCircle is a women’s group that has been active since Yule, 1993. They are analogous to a covenant circle and enjoy friendship and creativity together. They follow the “Wheel of the Year” to celebrate each season’s gifts.

Come celebrate with us as we turn the Wheel once again and welcome the joys of summer.

Music by Tom McCormack.

June 13th

Blessings and Flowers: Our Annual Flower Communion Multigenerational Service
Rev. Craig Rubano, Rev. Virginia Jarocha-Ernst, and Michelle McKenzie-Creech, CDFM

If you could share your best blessing with another congregant, what would it say or look like? Now more than ever, we need one another’s blessings. As we say our final farewell to Rev. Virginia in her last Sunday Service, she asks you to give away your most precious blessing to one another. Click here to view the Service.

Music by Elaine Held, Joel DeWitt, David Fischell, Edna Larsen, UU Singers Virtual Choir, Core of Fire, and Louise Chernosky.

June 6th

First and Last Words                                          Rev. Virginia Jarocha-Ernst 

Today we celebrate our graduating High Schoolers as they bridge into adulthood. In these years together, what have we said, and what have we left unsaid? There are a few things you need to know! Click here to view the Service.

Music by Just Folk, Louise and Dan Chernosky, and Thomas Cannizzaro.

May 23rd

Faith Through Crisis: Coming of Age           Coming of Age Group & Michelle McKenzie-Creech 

What has it been like to be a teenager during a historic pandemic? Time spent quarantining this last year has meant many teens have missed the milestones that ordinarily mark coming of age.

Our 8th and 9th grade youth will reflect on how they are coping in real time and with the crisis likely to shape their generation for decades to come. To commemorate this Coming of Age service unlike any other, the youth invite you to attend this live Zoom service in your best shirt and most comfortable pajama pants or your robe. Click here to view the recording of the live service.

Music by Louise Chernosky and Eva Merhi.