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Community News - March 22-29, 2015


Morning Worship                                                    \ March 22, 2015

11 a. m.                                                                                                        

“Common Sense – Prayer”

Rev. Bruce Southworth

Prayer… Meditation… Centering… Mindfulness… overlapping disciplines of the spirit at times.  

This morning I shall be looking again at prayer – some of those that work and some that don’t. Along the way, I’ll revisit Rev. Lon Ray Call’s insight: “Prayer does not change things.  Prayer changes people, and people change things.”


Morning Worship                                                    March 29, 2015

11 a. m.                 Palm Sunday

“Common Sense Jesus”

Rev. Bruce Southworth

Jesus: Mystic, militant, prophet, teacher… savior?! What still might be worthy of us and worthwhile amid pervasive, hurtful superstitions and dogmas?


This morning when much of the Christian faith celebrates Palm Sunday, I return again to the teachings of Jesus, which are sometimes quite different from many of the religions about Jesus.


See you at Community!



Congregational Annual Meeting – Sunday, March 29, 2015 – 1 p.m. Assembly Hall

Elections for the Board of Trustees, Church Council, and Nominating Committee


Sunday School 

Our childrens and teachers begin 

in the Chapel at 11 a.m. 


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

Please join us after worship.


Anti Racism – Film

Sun., March 22, 1 pm


Yoga with Nafisa Degani

Tues., Mar. 24, 6:00 pm


GSC/Sierra Club Beyond Coal

Tues., Mar. 24, 6:30 pm


Henry George School

Wed.,  Mar. 25, 6:00 pm


Henry George School

Thrs.,  Mar. 26, 6:00 pm


Yoga with Nafisa Degani

Sat.,  Mar. 28, 12:30 pm


Green Sanctuary Book Study

Mon., Mar. 30, 6:30 pm


Studying Humanism

Mon., Mar. 30, 6:30 pm


Social Tea

Tues., Mar. 31, 2:00 pm


Yoga with Nafisa Degani

Tues., Mar. 31, 6:00 pm


Secular Humanist Book Club

Thrs., Apr. 2, 7:00 pm


Antiracism Team – Film

Fri., Apr. 3, 6:30 pm


First Saturday Feeding

Sat., Apr. 4, 10:45 am


Yoga with Nafisa Degani

Sat., Apr. 4, 12:30 pm


Annual Community Seder Dinner

Sat., Apr. 4, 5:00 pm



Don’t place our music on all black programs. We can do that for ourselves, for our own people.  Place our music on programs with Beethoven, Mozart, Schoenberg, Copland, and the contemporary avant-gardists. – Hale Smith

Fred Alston, former first bassoonist with the New Jersey Symphony and choral director, reminded us at a recent Social Tea, of the importance of embracing the universality of music, otherwise we miss the point of the music. His Lecture, Invention and Creativity: Exploring the Genius of a People was accompanied with musical excerpts from Black and African-American composers in classical music, and in-between, he wove in the lives of African-American inventors who have improved the welfare of humanity. “Why hadn’t we heard of composers such as Samuel Coleridge Taylor, George Walker, Ignatius Sancho, William Levi Dawson and Joseph White?” was a common response. It will take a faithful effort and commitment from all of us so that these unique talents and contributions are heard and not forgotten.          Paz, Esther



SUNDAY– March 22

  9:30 am               Choir Rehearsal

11:00 am              Worship Service

11:00 am              Sunday School

12:15 pm              Fellowship Hour

12:45 pm              Volunteer Choir Rehearsal

WEDNESDAY– March 25 

6:00 pm Board of Trustees

SUNDAY– March 29

11:00 am              Worship Service

11:00 am              Sunday School

12:15 pm              Fellowship Hour

  1:00 pm               CONGREGATIONAL MEETING


6:30 pm Gallery35

FRIDAY– April 3 

  7:30 pm               Tenebrae Service               

SUNDAY– April 5

  9:30 am               Choir Rehearsal

  9:45 am               UNGA Meeting

11:00 am              Worship Service

11:00 am              Sunday School

12:15 pm              Fellowship Hour



Rev. Bruce Southworth

will be preaching.


SUNDAY–April 12

Rev. Dr. Orlanda Brugnola

will be preaching.


Minister’s Corner ~ A Moral Movement

Rev. Dr. William Barber II is pastor of the Greenleaf Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Goldsboro, NC, President of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP, and co-founder of the Forward Together Moral Monday movement.


Over the past two years, he has helped organize rallies, demonstrations, and protests across his state with tens of thousands of participants and over 1000 arrested for engaging in nonviolent civil disobedience in Raleigh.


In speaking to those of us at the Living Legacy Re-Visiting Selma Conference for Unitarian Universalists a couple of weeks ago (commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday at the Pettus Bridge), he argued that we should address pressing social issues from a moral foundation.  Some things are fair, equitable, and just and need to be argued for under a moral banner as we denounce extremism for what it is.


Voting rights, healthcare for all, adequate funding for public education (without substituting taxpayer subsidies for private education), marriage equality, and workers’ rights – these and other issues are moral issues.


He dismissed rubrics and simplistic divisions in these matters, which are too often described as left vs. right, or as Republican vs. Democrat, or as liberal vs. conservative. “Some things are just wrong, extreme, and immoral, and constitutionally inconsistent, morally indefensible, and economically insane.… It’s extreme and immoral to hurt millions of people.”


What is the right thing to do in our democracy? 


What policies and programs are good for all citizens, including the poor, not just the privileged and middle class?


Drop the usual labeling, narratives, and either/or politics that mask our common, shared humanity, worth, and dignity.  


Join together as moral agents and celebrate that path to the Beloved Community.


He invites us into moral conversations, organizing, and nonviolent action, and how can we not do our part?  One important resource for us in NY State is Interfaith Impact NYS (“a statewide coalition of congregations and individuals from mainline Protestant, Reform Jewish, Unitarian Universalist and other faith traditions. Our 

mission is to work for the common good through progressive religious advocacy.” http:// www.interfaithimpactnys.org)


Dr. Barber’s powerful, uplifting keynote address, “How to Build a Movement and Wake Up Call”, is available on-line http://www.uulivinglegacy.org.

                                                Faithfully, Bruce



She had never been at home 

in all the years of her life. She wouldn’t know how to begin.

But the shade of the cottonwoods and the shimmer of their leaves and the trill of the cicadas were comfort for her. The pasture smell. Elderberries grew in the ditches by the road, and they picked them and ate them as they walked.

Lila, Marilynne Robinson


Now we need each other,

not only for the carnation’s sake,

not only to look for honey – 

we need our hands

to wash with

to make fire.

So let our difficult time

stand up to infinity

with four hands and four eyes.

                With her, Pablo Neruda


Our appointment with life is in the present moment.

                                Thich Nhat Hanh


“Until the killing of Black mothers’ 

sons becomes as important to 

the rest of the country as the killing of White mothers’ sons, we who believe in freedom cannot rest.” 

 “May God grant … [us] good health and increased courage to continue the fight for human 

justice and freedom for all [hu]mankind.”

                Ella Baker (1903-1986)



Sermon Brief – March 15, 2015

… Ella Baker (1903-1986) was either one of the leaders, or one of the founders and organizers of four of the most significant civil rights organizations of the 20th century, as well as a local NY activist along the way. (NAACP; SCLC: the Southern Christian Leadership Conference; SNCC:  the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee; and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party)

This morning’s sermon is another in the occasional series of theology and spiritual growth through biography.  Ella Baker’s spirit was at times cantankerous to those of more established, or sexist, or racist ways, but more than that she was a witness to the divine spark come aflame….

Her vision was of collective, shared leadership, not of powerful personas. In using her gifts, she witnessed to Life, just as greater Life awaits us whenever we use our gifts…


A life such as hers, for me, lifts up some questions – as she might hope:

                o  Are there lessons to draw on from your family – your upbringing that give you power and strength?  Stories of                                                 courage, or an ethic of sharing or ?

                o  Do you know your own capacity for violent anger, and are you finding ways to capture it and use it more 


                o What gifts do you offer to others just as she developed hers – the listening, the questioning, the walking 


                o  If you are one of those people who loses your hats, do you give up or try to get them back?  

                o  How do you respond to obstacles and claim your power?

                o  Do you have a faith in something bigger than yourself that makes you bigger and gives you hope and courage?


… “We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes.” (Bernice Johnson Reagon, Ella’s Song)

Rev. Bruce Southworth

Full text: Ella Baker