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Community News -October 26-November 2 , 2014


Morning Worship                                                                               October 26, 2014

11 a. m. Divali Sunday

“Good and Evil”

Rev. Bruce Southworth

This morning, as part of our celebrations of Universal Religion, we return again to Hinduism’s Festival of Lights, Divali.

Good, evil, fulfilling our duties, the illusions with which we live, 330 million gods, the light within, soul-force (Gandhi’s Satyagraha) – all these and more are part of Hinduism’s riches, challenges, and provocations.

See you at Community!


Morning Worship               November 2 , 2014

11 a. m.

“Hands Up! Don’t Shoot!”

Rev. Bruce Southworth

The custom of an Election Sermon dates back to colonial times in New England (beginning with the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1634 and ending also in Massachusetts in 1884). A member of the clergy was invited annually to offer moral instruction about the responsibilities of elected officials. The Ministers (often Unitarian) might also discuss issues of common welfare, the commonweal.

This morning I shall reflect upon some of the issues affecting the common good and our personal values and responsibilities.

See you at Community!


Sunday School 

Our children and teachers begin in the Chapel 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, please join us after worship.


Congregational Quarterly Meeting

Sunday, November 2 – 1 pm – Assembly Hall


Halloween Party

Sun., Oct 26., 12:15 pm


Jean Krampner Memorial Service

Sun., Oct. 26, 1:00 pm


Antiracism Film Forum

Sun. Oct. 26, 1:00 pm


Social Tea

Tues., Oct. 28, 2:00 pm 


Yoga with Nafisa Degani

Tues., Oct. 28, 6:00 pm


Genius of the World’s Religions I

Tues., Oct. 28, 6:30 pm


Henry George School

Wed., Oct. 29, 6:00 pm


Henry George School

Thrs., Oct. 30, 6:00 pm


Arabic Class

Sat., Nov. 1, 10:00 am


First Saturday Feeding

Sat., Nov. 1, 10:45 am


Yoga with Nafisa Degani

Sat., Nov. 1, 12:30 pm


Hellenic Greek Class

Sat., Nov. 1, 4:00 pm


Gallery35 Closing Reception

Sat., Nov. 1, 4:00 pm


Yoga with Nafisa Degani

Tues., Nov.4, 6:00 pm



I have been spotting Jack-o’laterns, it must be the season of mirth and mischief A team of ghosts and goblins will invade the RE rooms this weekend. Those who are courageous will be rewarded with tricks, as well as treats. Anyone of any age is welcome to enter the classrooms in costume or mask, so do not be surprised as to who shows up on our doorsteps.

During chapel we will be discussing what common human needs are, and some of the work UNICEF focuses on such as education, water, vaccines, and why we collect money for the United Nations Children’s Fund(UNICEF).

The children will be given UNICEF boxes and during fellowship hour one of the goblins from RE/FM might as request a donation. We will continue to collect UNICEF boxes and donations until November 2nd. If you are unable to contribute, please encourage the children to be good world citizens – it's scary how much good you can do!       Paz, Esther



SUNDAY–October 26

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

SUNDAY–November 2

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

1:00 pm                 Congregational Quarterly Meeting

MONDAY–November 3

6:00 pm                 Buildings & Grounds


Minister’s Corner ~ Congregational Polity in Action

On the back of our newsletter, in describing ourselves, we state that The Community Church of New York is “An Independent Congregation Affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Association.”

Our church governance reflects our independence from any hierarchy. It draws upon the democratic model of the New England town meeting. Our tradition reflects congregational decision-making regarding 

                o defining our Vision (to help build the Beloved Community), 

                o proclaiming our Mission (“to grow as a caring, justice-making, anti-racist, diverse spiritual community”), 

                o  electing lay leadership, 

                o  calling ministers, 

                o  ordaining individuals into ministry,

                o  providing programs, activities and space for all that we do,

                o  raising and spending funds,

                o  taking stands on social issues, and

                o  appointing delegates for UUA meetings,among the major responsibilities.


Some of this is accomplished through the Board, Church Council, committees, groups and staff, and some by direct vote of the Congregation.

Upcoming are two examples of Congregational Polity in action.


The first is our quarterly congregational meeting on November 2. A major item of business is consideration of a proposal to divest ourselves of endowment funds of companies engaged in production of fossil fuels – a resolution initiated by our Green Sanctuary Committee that reflects concerns about climate change and the negative effects of carbon-based fuels.


Last June in Providence, RI, delegates to the Annual General Assembly of the UUA overwhelmingly passed such a resolution that also supported continued shareholder activism that forces changes in companies’ policies. For over thirty years, we at Community have offered long-standing, distinguished leadership for and with the UUA and other religious groups as part of socially responsible investing. Shareholder resolutions have often made significant impact, and I hope we continue to embrace that tactic with congregational support on November 2.


The other date to save is Sunday, November 9. At 4:00 pm, we shall exercise our right and privilege to ordain Daniel Gregoire as a minister, following congregational action last June to do so. 


Daniel has served us as a Sunday School teacher for our high schoolers, a student minister, summer minister, and a guest preacher during the past six plus years. He graduated from Union 

Theological Seminary in 2012, served his internship at the UU Church of Annapolis, and has received preliminary ministerial fellowship from the UUA. He currently serves as Director of Faith Development at the Unitarian Society of Germantown.


It will be a joyous celebration, and I am glad indeed that we continue to be a teaching congregation with such wonderful candidates for ministry.  Please plan to be part of the afternoon ordination service!                                 Faithfully, Bruce


The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you; don't go back to sleep. You must ask for what you really want.


Don't go back to sleep. 

People are going back and forth across the doorsill where the two worlds touch. 


The door is round and open. Don't go back to sleep.



Why should I seek? I am the same as

God. God’s essence speaks through me.


I have been looking for myself!      




“Lessons from Islam”

Sermon Brief – Sunday, October 19, 2014

"No one is a true believer unless you desire for your neighbor that which you desire for yourself."                                                                                                                                             Muhammad


… As a Unitarian Universalist, I have differences with some of the faith convictions of Islam.  For one, I believe in continuous revelation, not that it was completed with Muhammad.  Take a Gandhi or a King or a Dorothy Day or Starhawk or you or me.  We each can experience the holy and teach one another about how to live and love and serve.

Islam’s attitude toward gays and lesbians remains discriminatory for the most part. Cultural patriarchy has often obscured Muhammad’s own affirmation of women’s rights in many, if not all, instances.

Yet, many elements of Islam do resonate within me.

Islam declares itself ultimately to be a way of life, not a religion of the mosque alone, not a matter only of creed or ritual.  Good deeds and daily righteousness beckon to us.

Islam says, "Give something of yourself away so that you may have meaning to your life.  Give of yourself to others."

Islam says we are all sisters and brothers.  There is none higher, none lower; there is a family of humanity.  The pilgrimage to Mecca in my mind is a powerful image of equality and humility.  And because we are sisters and brothers, there must be justice for all.

Again, original sin in Islam is a matter of forgetfulness.  So often, we forget, I forget, what is important, precious, and trustworthy – the Source of Life, and Love and Beauty, the wonder of creation, to take it for granted.  Each day also offers abundant opportunities – to seek balance, to offer gratitude, to live with humility and deep connection to Life, to the sacred, to God – while honoring our sacred, ethical obligations.

Finally, with clarity, what we want in our spiritual lives: “Let the beauty of what you love be what you do."         

Rev. Bruce Southworth

To read entire sermon - click here Lessons from Islam