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Community News -September 28-October 5 , 2014


Morning Worship                                                                               September 28, 2014

11 a. m. High Holy Day Sunday                                      

“No Regrets – New Life” 

Rev. Bruce Southworth

In this season – Judaism’s New Year and the Days of Awe – we are invited into its perennial themes of quiet personal reflection and self-assessment, reconciliation, forgiveness, renewal, and rededication.

What blessings and joys have come your way in the past year? Do you carry grudges, regrets, and wounds that still knock you off balance?  

Are you in need of forgiveness, perhaps for some unkind word or deed that you would rather forget or ignore? 

Stuart Seltzer will sound the shofar for us, as we embrace one of our celebrations of  Universal Religion. See you at Community


Activities And Committee Fair – 12:15 Pm – Fellowship Hour

Memorial Service for Nancy Ruckes – 1:15 pm 


Morning Worship               October 5 , 2014

11 a. m.

“A New Community”

Rev. Bruce Southworth

In 1919, The Church of the Messiah (officially the 2nd Congregational Church in the City of New York founded in 1825) became The Community Church of New York.

Over the past 95 years, much has changed, yet much continues that nurtures and sustains. This morning I revisit the story of our church, no longer a chapel for the rich. What next?


See you at Community!


Sunday School 

Our children and teachers begin in the Hall of Worship at 11 a.m., and then 

will go to their classes.


Fellowship Hour 

Assembly Hall – 12:15 pm

If you are visiting with us this morning, we welcome you! 


Activities & Committees Fair

Sun., Sept. 28, 12:15 pm


Nancy Ruckes Memorial Service

Sun., Sept. 28, 1:15 pm


Social Tea

Tues., Sept. 30, 2:00 pm


Yoga with Nafisa Degani

Tues., Sept. 30, 6:00 pm


Henry George School

Tues., Sept. 30, 6:00 pm


Secular Humanist Society 

Book Club NY

Thrs., Oct. 2, 7:00 pm


Antiracism Team

Film and Discussion

Fri., Oct. 3, 7:00 pm


First Saturday Feeding

Sat., Oct. 4, 10:45 am


Yoga with Nafisa Degani

Sat., Oct. 4 , 12:30 pm


Hellenic Greek Class

Sat., Oct. 4 , 4:00 pm 


Pathways 1, Let’s Get Acquainted

Sun., Oct. 5, 12:45 pm


Action For Justice

Sun., Oct. 5, 1:00 pm


Introduction to Humanism

Mon., Oct. 6, 6:30 pm


Yoga with Nafisa Degani

Tues., Oct. 7, 6:00 pm



Have a bias toward action—let's see something happen now. You can break that big plan into small steps and take the first step right away.         — Indira Gandhi

On September 21 our church family participated in the People’s Climate March. The children and families from RE/FM came to understand and feel the power in marching for climate justice with the hundreds of thousands of people from around the country, as well as abroad. 

Our children will continue to share in the experience of the People’s Climate March as we discuss our Seventh Principle which calls us to honor the interdependent web of which we are a part.  We will mention some of the power sources that do not contribute to climate change and consider how we might change our own habits and those of our friends to slow the climate change which threatens the world's ecosystems. We will take small steps and take the first step right away!

Paz, Esther



SUNDAY–September 28

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


6:30 pm                 Gallery35

THURSDAY–October 2

5:30 pm                 Doolittle Committee

SUNDAY–October 5

9:30 am                 Choir Rehearsal

9:45 am                 UN Global Affairs Meeting

11:00 am              Worship Service

11:00 am              Sunday School

12:15 pm              Fellowship Hour


6:00 pm                 Church Council Potluck

6:30 pm                 Church Council Meeting


Minister’s Corner ~ 300,000 Call for Climate Action Now


“Yesterday 300,000 of us gathered unarmed, unarmored, open to sun and wind. We were, we are, an ocean of Davids [challenging Goliath]. We celebrate the Breath of Life, and we must act to end its being choked and strangled by the burning Carbon Pharaohs of today….

Shalom, salaam, peace; Earth, Earth, Earth!”  

– Rabbi Arthur Waskow, The Shalom Center, 9/22/14

The Climate March was a spectacular witness and call for action.  After worship here, a group of us joined many others from our congregation and 10,000+ who had assembled on 58th Street as Communities of Faith and Spirit. The numbers assembled (reaching to 86th Street) were so large that it took more than two hours for this subgroup to join the march itself.

The Unitarian Universalist Association reports that more than 1500 UUs from across the country participated as part of its collaboration with the UU United Nations Office and the UU Service Committee.

An article about the march was on the front page of the NY Times.   

Public witness like this march is important.  The efforts of Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for new 

climate initiatives at the UN (beginning with heads of state this week) reflect stunning new leadership. New mayoral initiatives here in our city seek to reduce carbon emissions dramatically by 2025. In November, here we will be discussing divesting our endowment fund of fossil fuel companies.

Connections are made slowly, as Marge Piercy suggests, but they are growing. The symbol of the whole earth powerfully illumines our shared fate as “riders on the earth” (MacLeish). An understanding grows that we are the same stuff as the stars. The carbon of our bodies, the oxygen we breathe, the hydrogen and helium and myriad elements – all are the products of the same cosmic creation… all part of the interdependent web of existence. 

The Kentucky farmer, poet and essayist Wendell Berry includes in one of his poems the admonition to "be joyful although you have considered all the facts" – his being a theology and faith in creation's beauty and in human co-creativity.

We are blessed by our vision, our moral energy, and our ability to adapt, to change and to do the right thing. All these are renewable resources.

We are not alone. After us, if and only if, we care for this planet, there will be others. There will be others after us, if we heed the warning of “the fierce urgency of now”. (M. L. King, Jr.)        




We are told the vested interests of the oil companies must be carefully protected so as to not hinder our slowly recovering economy. 

As a neighbor, I have a “vested interest” that those trains rolling by our farm fields do not accidentally blow up my neighbor’s children. 

As an environmentalist, I have a vested interest in a planet that will support future generations much the same as it has so far—(even better, if it can be done more equitably). 

And as a person of conscience, I have a vested interest in refraining from putting in someone else’s backyard what I would not put in mine…. 

The bottom line is that … all creation is groaning. … 

Destroying the planet to preserve the economy is nuts.

Katherine Preston

Sojourners magazine


… A dozen make a demonstration.

A hundred fill a hall.

A thousand have solidarity and your own newsletter;

ten thousand, power and your own paper;

a hundred thousand, your own media;

ten million, your own country.

It goes on one at a time,

it starts when you care 

to act, it starts when you do 

it again after they said no,

it starts when you say We

and know who you mean, and each

day you mean one more.

Marge Piercy, “The Low Road”


“Welcoming Each to the Service of All – The Beloved Community”

Sermon Brief – Homecoming Sunday, September 14, 2014

   The image of Alexander Papaderos with his small mirror – his metaphor for his own life’s meaning… shining light, reflecting light, bringing light however he can into the caves of distrust, hatred, fear, and division… is one that I find…  illuminating. (See R. Fulghum, It Was On Fire When I Lay Down on It, Random House, 1988)

His ability to bring together islanders of Crete and Germans, following their bitter enmity, is good work… transcendent healing.

We too are to be bearers of light in our hearts, in our minds, in our spirits, and in our deeds…

From Chilean poet and activist Pablo Neruda:

                My duty moves along with my song: /... I exist not if I do not attend to the pain/ of those who suffer: they are my                                               pains.../ I am told:  you belong to the darkness. / Perhaps, perhaps, but I walk toward the light.


Neruda and Papaderos offer images of light…. They witness that the rumors of transcendence are true. There truly is something enlightening and sustaining when we walk toward the light… when we share the pain of others and the world and move toward the light and move toward each other….

I also think of comedian, activist Dick Gregory who said, "I'm not into isms or asms.  There isn't a Catholic moon and a Baptist sun.  I know the universal God is universal.  I feel the same God-force that is the mother and father of the pope is the mother and father of the loneliest wino on the planet." … 

Radical hospitality builds community. We need one another and the world needs us…. In our diverse paths, here we celebrate that spirit: Moving toward light…sharing light within and around us…

 “Knowing not sect, class, nation or race, welcoming each to the service of all.”

To whom?... To all…         

Rev. Bruce Southworth, Senior Minister

To read entire sermon - click here Welcoming Each to the Serice of All