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March, 2014

Planning Ahead - May Coming Soon


 

Calendar of Events - April, 2014

Here are the programs and activities scheduled for April, 2014.

Check back occasionally for Updates!  Occasionally room locations need to be changed - Check the door signs upon arrival.

Room Location Notes:
Hall of Worship, Assembly Hall, Conference Room and Chapel – 40 E 35th Street (Church Bldg)
Gallery, Front and Rear Lounges, 3rd Floor Classroom – 28 E 35th Street – Look for Red Door/ring buzzer


 

Weekly Programs:


Yoga with Nafisa Degani

Tuesdays, through June 24, 6-7:30 pm, Rear Lounge and

Saturdays, through June 30, 12:30-2 pm, Rear Lounge 

Hatha Yoga is a branch of yoga which concentrates on physical health and mental well-being. Hatha yoga uses bodily postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama), and meditation (dyana) with the goal of bringing about a sound, healthy body and a clear, peaceful mind. There are nearly 200 hatha yoga postures, with hundreds of variations, which work to make the spine supple and to promote circulation in all the organs, glands, and tissues. Hatha yoga postures also stretch and align the body, promoting balance and flexibility with very slow controlled movements. Flyer

 

AARP Tax Assistance

Thursdays, April 3 and 10, 10 am-2 pm, Assembly Hall

 

Greek Language Class -Final Sessions

Saturdays, April 5 and 12, 3-6 pm, 3rd Fl Classroom 

Another opportunity to learn a new language and about another culture! Yannis Tziligakis a seasoned educator, a native speaker and a friend of Community Church, will facilitate this weekly course. Instruction will be personalized according to the level of each individual student. Important Texts spanning 3,000 years of history will be used as basis for instruction!

 

Gallery35 Spring Art Shows – Saturdays, Gallery

Sanctuary

Open by Appointment - April 5 and 12, Closing Reception – April 19, 6-8 pm, Gallery 

In a show titled “Sanctuary,” the work of artist members of Gallery35 will again return to the walls. Our artists will offer—in varying styles and media—personal interpretations of what constitutes places of sanctuary for them. In addition, a “Gallery Shop” will feature cards and gift items created by the artists of Gallery35. Proceeds from the receptions will be donated to the New Sanctuary Task Force for the benefit of immigrant families. Flyer

 

Hellenic (Greek) Culture and Civilization – Final Sessions

Tuesdays, April 1, 8 and 15, 6:30-8:30 pm, Conference Room 

A series of lectures followed by moderated discussion on the history, meaning and significance of the cornerstones of our humane civilization. Yannis Tziligakis, a Physicist/Economist/Educator and a friend of Community Church, will lead this weekly interdisciplinary college level course.

 

Faith like a River: Themes from Unitarian Universalist History –Series 2

Wednesdays, Aril 10, 17 and 24 and May 1, 6:30-8 pm, Chapel

Emily DeTar, our Student Minister, will be teaching a class on the development of the American Unitarian Universalist Church This series will focus on the developments leading up to the consolidation of the UUA and what things we face now. No sign up required. Any questions?  Contact  Emily (edetar@ccny.org) or Esther Rosado, Director of Lifespan Religious Education (erosado@ccny.org) or 212-683-4988.

 

Peoples Voice Cafe – Most Saturdays, 8 pm, Assembly Hall – www.peoplesvoicecafe.org
April 5: The Ray Korona Band

April 12: Pete Seeger Celebration Sing-Along 

April 19: No Show

April 26: Irthlingz: Sharon Abreu & Mike Hurwicz and Colleen Kattau & Some Guys

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Action for Justice Special Event - Initiation of the Anti-Drone Campaign

Wednesday, April 2, 6:30-9 pm, Assembly Hall

Forum with Nick Mottern - More Information

 

Secular Humanist Society of New York Book Club 

Thursdays, April 3, 7-9 pm, Front Lounge

April 3: Who's In Charge? Free Will and the Science of the Brain by Michael S. Gazzaniga

Some of us have dinner together afterwards at a nearby (inexpensive) restaurant.  Join us even if you haven't finished reading. The book club is open to all ... and free!

 

Anti-Racism Team

First Fridays, April 4 and May 2, 6:30 pm, Gallery

Eyes on the Prize (Part 3).

 

 

First Saturday Feeding of the Hungry in the Bowery 

Saturdays, April 5, 10:45 am offsite

We invite you to help the Sai Baba Group feed the hungry on the First Saturday of each month. We meet on Forsyth, just south of Houston at 10:45 am. Please bring vegetarian food to share with the over 100 people who come. This is an outdoor event so dress for the weather. For more information contact Valerie Lynch at vlynch@ccny.org or 212-683-4988, ext. 19.

 

UN and Global Affairs Committee Meeting– Sunday, April 6, 9:45-10:45 am, Conference Room

 

Young Adult Brunch - Sunday, April 6 - Gather at 12:30 pm by the elevator.

Young adults are invited to enjoy a brunch and conversation together at a nearby (reasonably priced) restaurant.

 

Memorial Service for Justin Vranek – Sunday, April 6, 12:30-1:30pm, Chapel

 

Resistance Cinema – Sunday, April 6, 1:15 pm, Gallery

UNMANNED: AMERICA'S DRONE WARS 
Director Robert Greenwald investigates the impact of U.S. drone strikes at home and abroad through more than 70 separate interviews, including a former American drone operator who shares what he has witnessed in his own words, Pakistani families mourning loved ones and seeking legal redress, investigative journalists pursuing the truth, and top military officials warning against blowback from the loss of innocent life.  Flyer

 

Joel Mandelbaum Concert - Sunday, April 6, 2 pm, Assembly Hall

 Joel is bringing a wonderful chorus to the Assembly Hall to present a concert mostly of his works. 

 

Buildings and Grounds CommitteeMonday, April 7, 6 -7:30 pm, Conference Room

 

Life Line Screening Coming to Community - Tuesday, April 8, Assembly Hall

Life Line Screening, a leading mobile health screening organization, offers painless and non-invasive health screening. For appointments and fee information, call 877-792-8479 (www.lifelinescreening.com)

 

Memoir Group

Tuesday, April 8, 2 pm, Gallery

A  Memoir Group with a wonderful leader, Elizabeth Rowe, meets on the 2nd Tuesdays, January-May.  For more information contact Reena Kondo 212-724-0438 or reenakondo1@gmail.com.

 

Great Questions

Second Tuesdays, 6:30-7:45 pm, Conference

April 8:  What Does Renewal Mean For the Spirit? - Facilitated by Rev. Orlanda Brugnola

 

Church CouncilWednesday, April 9, 6 pm Potluck/6:30- -7:30 pm Meeting, Gallery

 

Life and Death Café

Thursdays, April 10 and 24, 3:30 – 5:30 pm, Assembly Hall (2nd and 4th Thursdays) 

It’s not a support group, or a counseling session, but rather gathering of people in a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere, sharing respectful, thought provoking and life affirming conversation – and yes, sipping coffee/tea and treats.  What is Death? How does thinking about death improve my life?  How can we prepare for our own death?  What are some essential documents before you die? What’s a green burial?  And much more! The class fee will be $5 per session. Questions? Contact Esther Rosado, Director of Lifespan Religious Education – erosado@ccny.org or 212-683-4988, ext. 

 

Spring Retreat at Stony Point

The retreat will be held Friday, April 11 – Sunday, April 13

Register now.  Also, we are now looking for volunteers to help with the planning and/or to facilitate  classes/workshops/hikes. Contact Esther Rosado, Director of Lifespan Religious Education at erosado@ccny.org or Valerie Lynch, Membership Coordinator, vlynch@ccny.org or call us at 212-683-4988.

 

Gallery35 Spring Art Show - Sanctuary

Open by Appointment - April 12, Closing Reception – April 19, 6-8 pm, Gallery 

In a show titled “Sanctuary,” the work of artist members of Gallery35 will again return to the walls. Our artists will offer—in varying styles and media—personal interpretations of what constitutes places of sanctuary for them. In addition, a “Gallery Shop” will feature cards and gift items created by the artists of Gallery35. Proceeds from the receptions will be donated to the New Sanctuary Task Force for the benefit of immigrant families. Flyer
 

Action for Justice Sunday Forum

Sundays, April 13, 1-3 pm, Assembly Hall

Details soon.

 

Community Women Play Reading

Sunday, April 13, 1-3 pm, Gallery

Inherit the Wind

 

Finance Committee –Wednesday, April 16, 6-8 pm, Gallery

 

UU Christian Fellowship

Third Thursdays, April 17, 7:30-9 pm

Moving Beyond Doubting Thomas is the topical focus for our 2013-2014 meetings.   Together we will be discussing the Nag Hammadi discovery of The Gospel of Thomas, using religious scholar Ron Miller’s text The Gospel of Thomas: A Guidebook for Spiritual Practice, Elaine Pagel’s Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas and Hal Taussig’s A New New Testament. Our inquiries into this material will be kept open-ended, so people can explore personal concerns as well as religious matters at the MNY-UUCF chapter meetings.

 

Esperanto Society

Third Fridays, April 18, 7 pm, Third Fl. Classroom 

Everyone is welcome. Come immerse in a new language

 

Passover Seder – Saturday, April 19, 5 pm, Assembly Hall

Plan to join us for a wonderful time of fun and fellowship.  Tickets are now available on-line or from Rachel Stone and Bill Rothfarb on Sundays. Please call Rachel or Bill at 718-472-0102 or email rsongbird@gmail.com to be part of the Seder Team.


Gallery35 Spring Art Shows – Saturdays, Gallery

Sanctuary

Open by Appointment - Closing Reception – April 19, 6-8 pm, Gallery 

In a show titled “Sanctuary,” the work of artist members of Gallery35 will again return to the walls. Our artists will offer—in varying styles and media—personal interpretations of what constitutes places of sanctuary for them. In addition, a “Gallery Shop” will feature cards and gift items created by the artists of Gallery35. Proceeds from the receptions will be donated to the New Sanctuary Task Force for the benefit of immigrant families. Flyer
 

Young Adult Activity

Sunday, April 20 - Gather at 12:30 pm by the elevator

4th Sundays: Young adults will meet to work on a community service project. Contact Emily DeTar, Student Minister, edetar@ccny.org for more information.

 

Moving the Mind and Heart 

Tuesday, April 22 (Fourth Tuesdays), 6:15-7:45 pm, Chapel

Discussions about the meaning for our lives from a few scenes from movies. Facilitated by Rev. Orlanda Brugnola  April: Water

 

Board of Trustees – Wednesday, April 23, 6 pm, Gallery

 

Life and Death Café

Thursday, April 24, 3:30 – 5:30 pm, Assembly Hall (2nd and 4th Thursdays) 

It’s not a support group, or a counseling session, but rather gathering of people in a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere, sharing respectful, thought provoking and life affirming conversation – and yes, sipping coffee/tea and treats.  What is Death? How does thinking about death improve my life?  How can we prepare for our own death?  What are some essential documents before you die? What’s a green burial?  And much more! The class fee will be $5 per session. Questions? Contact Esther Rosado, Director of Lifespan Religious Education – erosado@ccny.org or 212-683-4988, ext. 

 

Green Sanctuary – Solar Salon Series

Friday, April 25, 6 pm, Gallery
Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency &  RE-Finance - Flyer

 

UNGA and Resistance Cinema -  Film and Luncheon

Sunday, April 27, 1-3  pm - The Man Who Stopped the Desert - Flyer

 

Introduction to Humanism

Monday, April 28, 6:30 pm, Rear Lounge

A monthly study group facilitated by John Rafferty of the Secular Humanist Society of New York.

April 28 Topic: The Sleep of Reason in America: From UFOs to Birthers
May Meeting rescheduled to June 2: Topic be announced

 

Social Tea

Last Tuesdays, April 29, 2-3:30 pm, Assembly Hall

Join us for conversation, light refreshments and guest speakers. Guest speaker will be Frank Craven – Food and You - Flyer

 

Spiritual, Religious, Both, Neither? – Wednesday, April 30, 6:30-8 pm, Gallery

Rev. Dr. Tony Johnson returns to Community for a spring lecture/discussion - Spirituality has a long history within Western religion. In the 19th century, the idea of spirituality apart from a specific religion developed in India and North America and provided a meeting space among faiths. Over the past 30 to 40 years spirituality has come to signify watered-down religion or a practice disconnected from any tradition, i.e., people have talked about being spiritual but not religious. This lecture will include clear definitions of the terms – spirituality and religion – and how they manifest themselves in the 21st century, concluding to a description of how individuals can determine where they might fit within this framework. The lecture draws on Dr. Johnson’s DMin thesis (2010) and more recent reading and analysis. There will be time for discussion. Flyer

Volunteer Opportunities


Office Volunteers

Community Church needs you!  Do you have a few hours to spare during the week?  We are looking for several office volunteers.  This is a wonderful way to help your Congregation reach its financial goals and be a welcoming presence in the church.  If you are comfortable answering phones and doing other light office work, please call Bob Martin, Business Administrator at 212-683-4988 ext. 20 or rmartin@ccny.org
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BJ's Place, our men's shelter, needs additional volunteers to serve as overnight hosts.  Even if you can only offer a night or two, please contact George Garland at 
gagarland@gmail.com for more information. Thank you!

Greeting and Hospitality Volunteers
We are looking for volunteers to help greet at worship services and serve after-service refreshments.  Please see Valerie Lynch, Membership Coordinator, during Fellowship Hour or call 212-983-4988, ext. 19.

First Saturdays at the Bowery
Community members and friends are invited to help at the Sai Baba’s feeding of the hungry in the Bowery on first Saturdays of each month at 10:45 am, on Forsyth just south of Houston.  Children are welcome to come help too!  Bring a vegetarian item (such as chips, veggies, juice, pasta casserole or PBJ sandwiches). Pre-packing snacks or sandwiches in small plastic bags is very helpful and makes it easier to distribute to the over 200 people who come for this meal. This is a rain or shine event so dress for the weather.  RSVP to Valerie Lynch at
vlynch@ccny.org or 212-683-4988, ext. 19.

 

Volunteer Choir Rehearsals


The Volunteer Choir provides music for several of the Sunday Worship Services. The Messiah Choiir performs the Christmas Portion of Handel's Messiah on Christmas Eve. New people are always welcome. Contact Jerry Brown, Director of Music - jbrown@ccny.org or 212-683-4988, for more information.



2013-2014 Volunteer Choir Dates

Sunday Worship

Rehearsals on Sundays  -   12:45 - 2 pm - Chapel

September 15, 22 & 29

October 13 & 20

November 3 & 17 (I'll work around Jonathan's recital)

January 12 & 19

February 2, 9 & 16

March 16 & 23

April 6 & 13

May 4 & 11
 

Extra Rehearsals for "They Called Her Moses" Sunday
to be announced

Sunday Service Participation on

September 8 (Homecoming) - Rehearsal 9:30 am
October 6 - Rehearsal at 9:30 am
October 27 - Rehearsal at 9:30 am
November 24 - Rehearsal at 9:30 am
January 26 - Rehearsal at 9:30 am
February 23 - Rehearsal at 9:30 am
(Music Service)
March 30- Rehearsal at 9:30 am (Tubman Cantata)
April 20 - Easter - Rehearsal at 9:30 am

May 18 - Rehearsal at 9:30 am
July 14 - Mid-Summer Messiah - Rehearsals TBA
July 21 - Music at Community - Rehearsals TBA

 

 

Christmas Eve Messiah Rehearsal Schedule

MANDATORY REHEARSAL
  Thursday, December 19, 6:30 PM

Optional Rehearsals

Sunday, December 1 - 12:45-2 pm
Saturday, December 7 - 12:45-2 pm
Sunday, December 8 - 12:45-2 pm
Saturday, December 14 - 12:45-2 pm
Sunday, December 15- 12:45-2 pm

Saturday, December 21 - 12:45-2 pm

SERVICE
Tuesday, December 24  
Call       7 PM
Service     7:30 PM