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Community News - May 28-June 4, 1017


Sunday, May 28, 2017            Morning Worship  11 a.m.

Memorial Sunday

“Precious Memories”

Rev. Bruce Southworth

On this Memorial Day Sunday, my focus once again is the Life of the Heart amid heartaches. The themes are living and dying, loss and memory, and grief and gratitude, as well as honoring the tragic losses that come at time of war. 

As is our custom, we shall have a roll call of names of those members of our congregation who have died in the past year.  We hold these in our hearts and memories: 

                        Karen Ethelsdatter Lind          Roger Pugh      

                Anita Monick                           George Rainer

                        Michael Orzechowski             Odella Washington                    

And, there are many others from other years and other circles whom we carry with us.  

See you at Community!



Sunday, June 4, 2017 Morning Worship  11 a.m.

“Eyes the Color of the Sea”

Notes on 38 Years of Ministry 

Rev. Bruce Southworth

My final sermon as Senior Minister! I hope to see you as I revisit a few themes that have preoccupied me for more than forty years: faith, hope, community… love, rational spirituality, grace and growth… 

service and justice.

See you at Community!


June 4 – Congregational Budget Meeting, Elections, and Recognition 

12:45 p.m. – Assembly Hall


Sunday,  June 11, 2017           Morning Worship  11 a.m.


Religious Education/Family Ministry Sunday

Esther Rosado and RE/FM Team

We shall gather for intergenerational worship in the Assembly Hall.

The Enduring Spirit of Dissent

12:15 p.m.  Religious Education Picnic ~ All Welcome


Sunday School 

Our children and teachers begin

in the Chapel at 11 a.m.


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

Please join us after worship.


Social Tea

Tues., May 30, 2:00 pm


Yoga with Nafisa 

Tues., May 30, 6:00 pm


Secular Humanist Book Club

Thrs., June 1, 7:00 pm


1st Saturday Feeding Program

Sat., June 3, 10:45 am


Yoga with Nafisa 

Sat., June 3, 12:30 pm


Classical Vocal Arts 

for Children

Sun., June 4, 12:30 pm


Studying Humanism

Mon., June 5, 6:30  pm


Yoga with Nafisa 

Tues., June 6, 6:00 pm


Yoga with Nafisa

Sat., June 10, 12:30 pm


Gallery35 Closing Reception

Sat., June 10, 6:00 pm


RE Celebration

Sun., June 11, 12:00 pm


Classical Vocal Arts 

for Children

Sun., June 11, 12:30 pm


Art and Card Making Circle 

Sun., June 11, 1:15 pm


Juneteenth Celebration

Fri., June 16, 5:30 pm



The end of our church year is just weeks away. Sunday, June 11 is RE/FM Sunday and it is also the last  such Sunday Service that Bruce will be in attendance as Senior Minister.  We will sing, listen, eat, and dance.

The theme, The Enduring Spirit of Dissent, will present historical figures and some bite-size wisdom. The children will be joined by Cheryl Warfield and the Classical Vocal Arts Class – More Opera.

Afterwards we will enjoy our potluck picnic, beverages, cake and celebrate Bruce’s ministry. Most importantly, as a church family we will be reminded why it is we gather together each Sunday, and have an opportunity wish Bruce well as he moves into retirement. Plans are underway for a formal celebration, that the Board will give more details in the coming weeks. 

Friday, June 16 we will are delighted to have Reggie Harris for the Juneteenth celebration. He is steeped in the tradition of African American spirituals, folk, gospel, rock and the music of civil and human rights. 

During the summer services Religious Education and Family Ministries provides childcare, arts, crafts, stories and games for at least four Sundays between June 19 – August  27. Contact me at erosado @ccny.org or (212) 683-4988 x 23 and let me know your child/youth will be attending, or if you have any questions or concerns.            Paz, Esther




  9:30 am         Choir Rehearsal

11:00 am         Worship Service

11:00 am         Sunday School

12:15 pm         Fellowship Hour


Memorial Holiday Church Building Closed   


  9:30 am         Choir Rehearsal

11:00 am         Worship Service

11:00 am         Sunday School

12:15 pm         Fellowship Hour

12:45 pm                     CONGREGATIONAL QUARTERLY MTG.


   6:30 pm        Gallery35 Meeting

SUNDAY–June 11  

  9:30 am         Choir Rehearsal

  9:30 am                     Shelter Meeting

11:00 am         Worship Service

11:00 am         Sunday School

12:15 pm         Fellowship Hour

12:45 pm                     Volunteer Choir Rehearsal

  1:00 pm                     UN & Global Affairs

MONDAY–June 12

  6:00   Buildings & Grounds


SUNDAY–June 11

Esther Rosado and RE Sunday.


SUNDAY–June 18

Summer Issue


Minister’s Corner ~ Gratitude

As I contemplate this Minister’s Corner and my final Sunday preaching as Senior Minister, it is hard to find adequate words.

Foremost is gratitude for this privilege of serving in ministry with you since 1979, first as colleague-successor with Dr. Harrington and then as Senior Minister since 1982.

So many lives have blessed mine with those who have shared caring hearts, deeds of service and action, and spiritual wisdom (plus needed nudges on occasion, as well as support).  Along the way, many of you have been a minister to and for me. Thank you!

In addition to members, friends of our great church, and fellow staff members, I am grateful for numerous colleagues and friends within the UUA and beyond in interfaith and social justice circles.

To Kay, Michael, and Kayla, your love and support sustain me each day and provide joy beyond measure.

Together, through these years, as a congregation we have expanded radical hospitality and honored our Vision to help build the Beloved Community.  While falling short on occasion, we have always re-centered and recommitted to the audacious mission to “grow as a caring, justice-making, anti-racist, diverse spiritual community.”

We are blessed by strong and wise leaders in these times of ministerial transition, and, as the Board reported at the budget hearing, the UUA-supported search for an interim minister is nearing completion.  I have great confidence that Community shall flourish in these new chapters of congregational life.

Kay and I shall remain in the city and as members of the church, and she plans to continue as University Chief Architect for CUNY (City University of New York) and as a volunteer here and elsewhere.

However, my role in retirement appropriately changes with both interim and settled ministers to come, who shall have the responsibilities of pastoral care, rites of passage (Naming and Dedication Ceremonies, Weddings, and Memorials), worship leadership, preaching, and teaching; any requests for my participation should be directed to them. 

In addition to abundant gratitude, I feel a certain sadness, knowing there is much I shall miss in daily, ministerial duties.  At the same time, I am looking forward to a bit of personal time for spiritual renewal, as well as organizing and digging into several writing projects. (And denominational wisdom suggests that a lower profile for a while for retired ministers is a good thing.)

I hope to see many of you on June 4 for my last sermon as Senior Minister (and I know some have prior commitments that you have mentioned to me).

I appreciate more than I can say all the kind words from so many.

                With ongoing thanks and love, Bruce



            "Life is just a chance to grow a soul."

A. Powell Davies (1902-1957) 


            “Tell the truth, have you ever found God in Church? I never did.  I just found a bunch of folks hoping for…  (God) to show.  Any God I ever felt in Church I brought in with me.  And I think all the other folks did too.  They came to church to share God, not find God.”

Alice Walker


            “I seek change for the beauty of itself. Everything will change.  The only question is growing up or decaying.  We who are human have a great opportunity to grow up and perhaps beyond that.  Our grasp is not limited to our reach.”

Nikki Giovanni


            "The meaning of life is fulfilled only by those who enter into the struggle for justice in history and community.”           

            James Luther Adams (1901-1995)


"A Song in A Weary Throat:  Pauli Murray"

Sermon Brief – May 21, 2017 – Freedom Sunday

… A civil rights activist, a feminist, an internationalist, a scholar, attorney, poet, author, university professor, and priest, Pauli Murray (1910-1985) had many careers as she reached out to help others and help make this a better world….         

Once upon a time, in the summer of 1974, for eleven weeks, Pauli Murray and I were thrown together by chance day by day at Bellevue Hospital in a chaplaincy training program.  We met and talked and got to know each other a little, but we each had our different paths….”

How little we may know one another, and while few of us may reach Pauli Murray's accomplishments, we each have a story of hope and struggle.  How much richer our lives are when we do discover one another!?

… Like Martin Luther King, Jr., she professed a sense of cosmic companionship in the struggle for justice.  It is holy work.  How simple, how important!  ?

… Where does that come from?   How can we share it, get it?  Her faith helped her; her faith that change was Life's way; that growth and loss and new beginnings were God's way.  

The stories of our lives may remain hidden from each other, and often paths cross only at a tangent like my brief encounter with Pauli Murray.   I now know that in that short period in 1974, I had met one of the stubborn ones, one laboring to bring forth a new creation, a better world.  Someone who reveals once again the humanly possible, the glory that leaves us just slightly lower than the angels.?

Her legacy is vast and includes the renaming last year of an undergraduate residence at Yale. Calhoun College is now Pauli Murray College.

”She liked to say:  ‘I speak for my race and my people, the human race and just people.’”  (Jane Crow: The Life of Pauli Murray, Rosalind Rosenberg)                                                   

                                                                         Rev. Bruce Southworth

A Song a A Weary Heart


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