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Community News - Summer Issue, 2015



SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP SERVICES – 11:00 A.M.         Summer 2015


June  14      Everything is Possible ~ RE  Sunday, Celebration and Picnic. Esther Rosado, Director of Lifespan Religious Education, The Community Church of New York


June 21      With, Without, and Beyond God: Embracing our Theological Diversity  ~Emily DeTar, Intern Minister, Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association


June 28      Music Sunday ~ Gerald A. Brown, Director of Music, The Community Church of New York with members of the Music Committee and the Volunteer Choir


July 5      O Say Can You See ~ Rev. Dr. Orlanda Brugnola, Affiliate Minister, The Community Church of New York


July 12       A Journey of Hope ~ Rev. Daniel Gregoire, Director of Faith Development, Unitarian Society of Germantown


July 19       The Heart of Volunteering ~ 

Dr. Janice Marie Johnson, UUA Director of  Multicultural Ministries and Leadership and Community Church Member


July 26        Ida B. Wells ~ Rev. Dr. Orlanda Brugnola, Affiliate Minister, The Community Church of New York

August 2      The Hottest Thing on Ice ~ Rev. Dr. Hope Johnson, UU Congregation of Central Nassau, Garden City, NY and Community Church Member


August 9      Waking Up Our Unitarian Universalist Values ~ Rev. Dr. Orlanda Brugnola, Affiliate Minister, The Community Church of New York


August 16     Are Our Minds (and Souls) Really Just Our Brains? ~ Rev. Dr. Heidi Swarts, UU Community Minister   

August 23             Living in the Layers ~ Rev. Frank Hall, Minister Emeritus Westport, CT  

August 30             Spirituality for the Skeptic ~ Rev. Dr. Heidi Swarts, Unitarian Universalist Community Minister

Sept.  6  The Religious Impulse ~ Rev. Frank Hall, Minister Emeritus Westport, CT       

Sept. 13 Homecoming Sunday, Rev. Bruce Southworth, Senior Minister, The Community Church of New York


SUMMER ministry                                    

Rev. Orlanda Brugnola, our Affiliate Minister, will be our Summer Minister. She is  available for pastoral care and may be 

contacted through the church office.  She welcomes your calls. 



  Our summer worship services will be downstairs in the air-conditioned Assembly Hall.

 Summer office hours will be 9:00 am to 5:30 pm Mondays to Thursdays. The Church building will be closed on Fridays July 3 through August 28.

During July and August, Rev. Bruce Southworth will be taking time for vacation, study and planning for the next Church year.



We are always delighted to welcome new members into our church family.


Every Sunday following the worship service, the Membership Book is available, and a member of the Membership Committee will be there to assist you. We invite all who feel at home in our church community to sign the book.



The Volunteer Choir again 

will provide music for Sunday Worship Service this summer. Sunday rehearsals: June 14, 21,  August 23, 30, September 6, 12:45-2 pm. 

For more information, please contact our Music Director, Jerry Brown, 212-683-4988 ext. 33.



Our Shelter will be open throughout the summer, 7 days a week – thanks to the dedication and caring of our wonderful volunteers. Can you help us? Contact the Coordinators if you can volunteer even for one night (as part of a team). 


June       Bruce Foster – 917-653-5483         

July­         Fred Corden –  917-623-1064         

August   Lisa Gluck – 917-887-4212              

September           George Garland – 917-796-5388



The plant gracing our pulpit is given by Odella Washington in loving memory of her sister, Mildred N. Hardy.


Summer Programs – Visit our Web Page at ccny.org


RE Celebration/Picnic

Sun., June 14, 12:00 pm

Everyone is invited to celebrate the conclusion of the Sunday School year and the beginning 

of summer.


Resistance Cinema

Sun., June 14, 1:15 pm

Film: Citizen Four


Social Tea

Tues., June 16, 2:00 pm

(note change)


Yoga with Nafisa Degani

Tues., June 16,  6 pm

 most Tues. through Aug. 25


UU Christian Fellowship

Thrs., June 18, 7:30 pm

Summer Break – July/August.



Fri., June 19, 5:30 pm


Esperanto Society

Fri., June 19, 7 pm 


Yoga with Nafisa Degani

June 20, 12:30 pm  

most Sats. through Aug. 25


Henry George School

Wed., June 24, 25, 6:00 pm


Gallery35 – Closing Reception

Sat., June 20, 5:00 pm


Studying Humanism 

Mon., June 29, 6:30 pm


Secular Humanist Book Club 

Thurs., July 10, Aug., 7, 7 pm


First Saturday Feeding of the Hungry in the Bowery

Sats, July 4, and Aug., 1, 

10:45 am, Off-Site


Midsummer Messiah  

Sun., Aug. 2

Refreshment in the 

Assembly Hall, 12:30 pm

Singing starts promptly at 

1:00 pm ending 3:00 pm.

For more information contact our Music Director, Gerald A. Brown 212-683-4988 ext. 33.


MINISTER’S CORNER – What It Means to Build the Beloved Community

What does it mean to be part of a religious community—a liberal 

religious community? Answers are as varied as each member, but themes emerge.

Celebration of Life   Life is a gift.  Our days are brief.  Give Thanks! Together we celebrate with joy and humility – wanting to give something back – to heal, to help, to serve.

Interdependence – Connection – celebrating the web of Life – interconnection:  Serving purposes beyond ourselves underlies what we each can become with the fullest flowering possible.

We seek connection and personal wholeness (traditionally called salvation). These are inextricably linked. Sometimes it’s a tough balancing act for some of us – for each of us at times. 

Such wholeness is a perennial challenge in our individualistic tradition.  The poet Mary Oliver puts it this way – a centering prayer for me these days:

  “Love yourself.  Then forget it.

 Then love the world.” 

In our religious tradition, honoring the principle of the “interdependent web of existence” blesses.  In embracing the freedom to be who we are – to discover our best selves, and to grow our souls – we also honor the spark of the divine we share. We honor our kinship with, and our obligations to, each other (and to everyone, everywhere!)  

Yes, to everyone, everywhere! The summons to be servants of justice beckons.

Spiritual Curiosity We seek principles to guide our living. Religious traditions from around the world inform our lives, and we weave them with the lessons of history, science, art, and literature—all realms of human endeavor and daily experience.

Meaning-making anchors our daily lives, even if not always with certainty. Questions are welcomed rather than scorned.

The searching, critical, appreciative mind leads to self-understanding and affirms core values of caring, compassion and just action. The result:  paths to spiritual health and a better world – and a less lonely world with kindred spirits close at hand.


Shared Strength Here kindred spirits work at trusting Life's goodness and beauty.  In some good measure, we realize we can overcome our fears of its pain and heartache.  We offer each other comfort and hope.  Here we help transform the world. We reclaim the health within us.

For me, these elements of religious community (which are by no means exhaustive) distinguish the liberal religious adventure. For me, they are absolutely essential for my life.  

Living them is not always easy. Spiritual health is a challenge in our world of seductions and distractions. Yet, out of such community arise courage, hope and vision. I share with you again words of my colleague, Rev. Greta Crosby:

Ultimately our trust is in the spirit that will not be quelled forever, that rises up in people from some mysterious source, energy that comes again to affirm that people matter, their needs and aspirations matter, and that the conditions of people's flourishing is the cultivation of Truth and Love.

The Cultivation of Truth and Love  In embracing our vision, we plant and tend the seeds of truth and love, and thus truly, with joy we shall grow in spirit and help build the Beloved Community. 

Faithfully, Bruce


IF YOU ARE . . .

If you are looking for a religious community in which to seek spiritual growth. . .

If you are eager to consider religious questions with others who are not always certain they have all the answers, but who are determined to keep searching for them…

If you would like the fellowship of others for celebration and worship, discussion and education, friendship and mutual support…

If you want children to be helped to develop their own religious beliefs. . .

If you wish to preserve and extend the traditions of personal freedom, and social justice and human dignity against the dangers they face today…


You should get to know us.  Let us get to know you!






SUMMER SERVICES 2015 — Sundays at 11:00 A.M.

PRELUDE              (Our worship service begins with the prelude. We invite you to enjoy and add to the quiet out of which the music arises.)



AFFIRMATION (Spoken in unison)

Unto the Church Universal, which is the depository of all ancient wisdom and the school of all modern thought; which recognizes in all prophets a harmony, in all scriptures a unity, and through all dispensations a continuity; which abjures all that separates and divides and always magnifies humanity and peace: which seeks truth in freedom, justice in love, and individual discipline in social duty; and which shall make of all persons, sects, classes, nations and races, one Beloved Community – unto this Church and unto all its members, known and unknown throughout the world we pledge the allegiance of our hands and hearts.


                From all that dwell below the skies,

                Let words of love and peace arise; 

                Alleluia, Alleluia

                Let joyful songs of praise be sung

                Through every land by every tongue.

                                                Alleluia.... Amen