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Community News - April 16-23, 1017

 

 Morning Worship  11 a. m.   Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017

“Alive Again Today” 

Rev. Bruce Southworth

Our Unitarian Universalist Easter service is always one of great joy.  Although our heritage has its roots in Judaism and Christianity, we do not rest there. My Easter faith embraces Life’s everyday miracles that surround us and that we create, rather than ancient supernaturalisms.  

This Sunday we shall be welcoming new members who have joined us.  It is also a good one to introduce us to friends who have a spiritual hunger, yearn for community, and seek companions on the path of growing a soul and creating a more just world. 

See you at Community!

 

After worship, please join us for Fellowship in our Assembly Hall.

 

Morning Worship 11 a.m.      Sunday, April 23, 2017

 

"Recognizing the Evil of Sexism, Reclaiming the Feminine Divine"

Julio Torres

As we recognize sexism in its multitude of forms as an evil plaguing society, let us recognize the cycle of violence. Let us embark on a path to reclaim the feminine divine as a way to end sexism in ourselves and in the world.

 

BALLOONS! BALLOONS! ~ Easter       Conference Room – 9:30 a.m.

If you would like to assist with inflating the balloons, please come to the 

Conference Room.

 

Fellowship Hour – Assembly Hall – 12:15 p.m.

 

Balloons, Balloons

Easter Sunday

Sun., Apr. 16, 9:30 am

 

Young Adult Gathering

Sun., Apr. 16, 1:00 pm

 

Facebook 101

Facilitator: Julio Torres

Sun., Apr. 16, 2:00 pm

 

Yoga with Nafisa

Tues.,  Apr. 18, 6:00 pm

 

Esperanto Society

Fri., Apr. 21, 7:00 pm

 

Yoga with Nafisa

Sat., Apr. 22, 12:30 pm

 

Gallery35 Scapes: Land/

City/Nature Artists’ Reception

Sat., Apr. 22, 6:00 pm

 

Classical Vocal Arts for Children

Sun., Apr. 23, 12:30 pm

 

Faith in New York Discussion

Facilitator: Julio Torres

Sun., Apr. 23, 1:00 pm

 

Michael Orzechowski 

Memorial Service

Sun., Apr. 23, 1:00 pm

 

Studying Humanism

Mon., Apr. 24, 6:30 pm

 

Social Tea

Tues., Apr. 25, 2:00 pm

 

Yoga with Nafisa

Tues.,  Apr. 25, 6:00 pm

 

FROM YOUR MEMBERSHIP COORDINATOR

Hi Friends, 

What a wonderful visit this has been!  It was great to see so many of you at the Community's Annual Meeting. The spring retreat… oh the retreat… was wonderful in so many ways. First was the warm welcome and delicious dinner upon our arrival at Stony Point Center.  The worship, the creative endeavors facilitated by Kevin Maxwell and Ellen Mandelbaum and the yoga sessions with Nafisa Degani all were inspiring and relaxing. Joel Mandelbaum and Lois Ross helped with music. The comradery and conversations were so rich. I encourage everyone to join us next year.

As I write this, I am looking forward to the Seder, which I have missed a few times, and the Easter Service when we welcome the new members who have joined this church year. To all who have joined recently, I hope you can be present at this worship service and Fellowship Hour so we can celebrate together!

Thank you for being a part of Community Church.  I hope to see you again soon.

                Yours in Community,

            Valerie

 

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

EASTER SUNDAY– April 16

9:30 am           Choir Rehearsal

11:00 am         Worship Service

11:00 am         Sunday School

12:15 pm         Fellowship Hour

WEDNESDAY–April 19  

  6:00 pm                     Finance Committee   

SUNDAY–April 23

  9:30 am         Choir Rehearsal

11:00 am         Worship Service

11:00 am         Sunday School

WEDNESDAY–April 26

  6:30 pm                     Board of Trustees

SUNDAY–April 30

  9:30 am         Choir Rehearsal

11:00 am         Worship Service

11:00 am         Sunday School

12:15 pm         Fellowship Hour

  1:26 pm                     Jerry Brown Concert

 

SUNDAY–April 30

Rev. Bruce Southworth will preach.

 

WESAK SUNDAY–May 7

Rev. Bruce Southworth will preach.

 

Minister’s Corner ~ “Dear Earth, Dear Life”

Why be a part of a spiritual community? Why come on Easter Sunday and give some notice to the possibilities of our lives even though the ancient bodily resurrection makes no sense to us today?

The answer lies in the incorrigible religiosity of the human species. We by our presence give honor to the self-transcending power of the human spirit where hope springs eternal.

A poem by Wendell Berry describes in part the geography of the spiritual journey that we undertake in a place such as this – a congregation that celebrates the Graciousness, Beauty and New Life available in the world and in our souls. Berry writes,

            I was walking in a dark valley

            And above me the tops of the hills

            had caught the morning light.

            I heard the light singing as it went out

            among the grassblades and the leaves.

            I waded upward through the shadow

            until my head emerged.

            My shoulders were mantled with the light,

            and my whole body came up...

            ...and stood on the shore of the day.

            Where I had come was home,

            for my own house stood... (fresh)

            where the river wore the earth.

            The sheen of bounty was on the grass.

            and the spring of the year had come.

We too tread the dear earth up from the 

valleys – aching and searching for the beauty, and the dearness of life appears and unfolds about us.

Along the journey we discover both the comic and tragic dimensions. The sources of strength within them are part of the gracious. Incomplete, self-completing, self-transcending, we come again this day – especially to celebrate the Spirit of Life.

We also gather with grief for this war-torn and heart-wounding world. Yet we remain “prisoners of hope” knowing that courage and Creativity bring forth new possibilities.

We yearn to become what the world needs and our hearts still seek: potent and fiercely loving agents of Beauty and Grace and New Life bringing hope and courage to the world by the weight of our acts of love and justice.              

Faithfully, Bruce

 

In these first beginnings of the new life of the world, renew in us the resolution to persist in the good work we have begun. Give us strength of body and strength of mind and the unfaltering determination to carry out that which we know to be good and right. Forgive all wavering in the past service of Thy cause and make us strong to go forward in spite of the doubts of our friends and our enemies and in spite of our own distrust in ourselves. Out of the death of winter comes ever and again the resurrection of spring: so out of evil bring good, O God, and out of doubt determination. Amen.            W. E. B. DuBois

 

O Living Source of Power, 

Beautiful is your dawning. 

           Akhenaten (1300s BCE)

 

Why it was wonderful; Why, all                     

            at once there were leaves,

Leaves at the end of a dry                 

            stick, small, alive

Leaves out of wood. It was                

            wonderful,

You can’t imagine. They came                      

            by the wood path

And the earth loosened, the earth

                        relaxed, there were

flowers

Out of the earth! Think of it!             

            And oak trees

Oozing new green at the tips of

            them and flowers

Squeezed out of clay, soft 

            flowers, limp

Stalks flowering. Well, it was like                  

            a dream.

It happened so quickly, all of a 

            sudden

It happened.   

Archibald MacLeish

 

Do you love this world?

Do you cherish your humble and silky life?

Do you adore the green grass,

with its terror beneath?

Mary Oliver

 

Nature

The woods are drugging. They are too powerful. I can’t describe the grandeur of it all. Nature has upended her horn of plenty here.

Zora Neale Hurston

 

Great Spirit, fill us with light...

Teach us to walk the soft earth

as relatives to all that live.

Sioux Prayer

 

Dear lovely Death,

Change is thy other name.

Langston Hughes

 

“Creation Spirituality – Faith for Today”

Sermon Brief – Sunday, March 12, 2017

One of my spiritual teachers is novelist Alice Walker.  She begins the final chapter of her novel The Color Purple with thanksgiving, humility, and reverence:  “Dear God … Dear stars, dear trees, dear sky, dear people.  Dear everything.”

This is part of the liberating, powerful counter-cultural story of Creation Spirituality. It invites an awareness of Original Blessing. One of the most sparkling of contemporary theologies, Creation-Centered theology is often associated with former Dominican brother Matthew Fox, who was silenced in 1993 by Cardinal Ratzinger, who later became Pope Benedict…. 

We live and move and have our being in the cosmic context of a blessed Creation… not as depraved sinners, but as co-creators…. This emergent liberation theology has powerful radiant kinship with our own religious path now 200 years in the making….

In contrast to the despicable teachings of Original Sin (one of the most pernicious and destructive declarations of religious teaching to wound the world), we have boldly celebrated the possibilities of goodness in the human heart. With awareness of our ability to make mischief and miss the mark, we foremost proclaim our bold, spirited, and liberating faith in human dignity, Creativity, and possibility.…

To encourage means to put heart into, to put love into…. That is certainly what Jesus was trying to do when he said to the so-called nobodies of the world, the outcasts, the lowly, to everyone, “You are the light of the world.”  He said, “You are precious, whoever you are.”…

… Pete Seeger adds, “I guess … [this is] my religion.  I walk out of here and I feel like yodeling when I see the sun come up.”

Creation Spirituality… affirming the shared Original Blessing within us and about us and beyond us.  The beauty within and around us and in each other….     Rev. Bruce Southworth

http://images.acswebnetworks.com/1/1791/31217CreationSpiritualityFaithforTordaySermon.pdf

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