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Community News - Summer, 2017

 

Morning Worship  11 a.m. Assembly Hall

June 18              The Power of Story ~  Rev. Dr. Heidi Swarts, UU Community Minister

 

June 25               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 2               Right to Left Wing, Patriot’s Rebellion ~ Julio Torres, Summer Minister, The Community Church of New York  

 

July 9               Let Your Life Speak ~ Anna Irene Jenkins, Spiritual Care Counselor, Visiting Nurse Service of New York

 

July 16             Awakenings: Perspectives on Grace ~ Dr. Janice Marie Johnson, UUA Director of Multicultural Ministries and Leadership and Community Church Member

 

July 23             Downsizing for Growth ~ Rev. Dr. Hope Johnson, Minister UUCCN, Garden City, NY and UUA Central East Regional Consultant, Community Church Member

 

July 23                         Mid-Summer Messiah, 12:45 pm

 

July 30             Daoism and Lessons From East Asian American Theologians ~ Julio Torres, Summer Minister,  The Community Church of New York 

 

August 6                      Already Love ~ Emily DeTar Birt, M. Div., UU Ministry Candidate 

 

August 13        A Vision of Welcome ~ Rev. Daniel Gregoire, Unitarian Universalist Society of Grafton and Upton, in Grafton, MA   

 

August 20        Detours ~ Greg Jones, UU Ministry Candidate and M. Div. Candidate, Andover Newton Theological School

 

August 27        What Matters Most ~ Greg Jones, UU Ministry Candidate and M. Div. Candidate, Andover Newton Theological School

 

Sept. 3             The Karma, Good Works, and Labor Movement ~ Julio Torres, Summer Minister, The Community Church of New York 

 

Sept. 10                       Homecoming Sunday, Rev. Carlos R. Martinez, Interim Minister, The Community Church of NY UU 

 

SUMMER MINISTRY

Julio Torres, will be serving as Community’s Summer Minister.  He will be assisting with worship most Sundays, preaching occasionally, and offering some wonderful new activities on Sundays as well as weekdays. 

 

WELCOME REV. MARTINEZ

We are excited to welcome Rev. Carlos R. Martinez as our Interim Minister. He will be settling in during August, and his first Sunday service is Homecoming, Sept. 10.

                        

SUMMER SCHEDULE

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 Monday, July 3, Tuesday, July 4, and Fridays July 7 through September 1.

 

THINKING OF JOINING? 

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.

 

MUSIC IN THE SUMMER

Sunday, June 25, will be the annual Summer Music Service. 

The Volunteer Choir will be rehearsing for that service on Sunday, June 18, at 12:45 pm 

in the Hall of Worship. Rehearsals for the Homecoming service in September will be 

 August 20, 27, and September 3, at 12:45 pm. 

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

 

HELENE & BJ’s HOMELESS SHELTER  

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.

 

June     George Garland – 

            914-923-5120

July­      Christie Jeffers –

            212-641-3079 

August             Fred Corden – 

            917-623-1064 

September      Austin Publicover –

            917-671-6197

 

Summer Pulpit Art Work

Pulpit Art given as a gift to Community Church from Onna Johnson, from West Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, Glendale  Arizona.

 

Summer Plant

In memory of Odella Washington.

 

Summer Programs – Visit our Web Page at ccny.org

 

Looking forward to GA

Sun., June 18, 12:30 pm

 

Yoga with Nafisa

Tues., June 20, 27

July 11, 18, 25

Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 6:00 pm

 

Yoga with Nafisa

Sat., June 24, 

July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 

Aug. 12, 19, 26, 12:30 pm

 

Speech Support Group

Tues., June 20, July 18,  

Aug. 1, 15 11:00 am

 

Henry George School

Wed., June 21, 6:00 pm

 

GA Reflections

Sun., July 9, 12:45 pm

 

Studying Humanism 

Mon., June 26 & July 31, 

Aug. 28, 6:30 pm 

 

Spirituality Workshop

Tues., June 27, 6:00 pm

 

First Saturday Feeding of the Hungry in the Bowery – Off-Site

Sat., July 1 & Aug. 5, 10:45 am 

 

Reframing Patriotism BBQ

Sun., July 2, 12:30 pm

 

Secular Humanist Book Club 

Thrs., July 6 & Aug., 3, 7:00 pm

 

Book Study

Sun., July 16 & Aug. 20, 12:30 pm

 

Popcorn Theology

Wed., July 12 & Aug. 9, 6:00 pm

 

Sipping and Searching

Tues., July 18 & Aug. 15, 6:00 pm

Constructive White Conversations

Mon., July 24, & Aug. 28, 6:00 pm

 

Pathways Intro to UU

Sun., July 30 & Aug. 13, 12:30 pm

 

Midsummer Messiah  

Sun., July 23

Refreshment in the 

Assembly Hall, 12:30 pm

Singing starts promptly at 

12:45 pm ending 3:00 pm.

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

 

Social Tea

Tues., July 25 & Aug. 29, 2:00 pm

 

Worship Reflections

Sun., Aug. 27, 12:45 pm

 

Art and Religion

Tues., Aug. 29, 6:00 pm

 

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

 

Thank you more than I can say!  

With my final sermon as Senior Minister on June 4, plus some hugs and tears, and the honor upon retirement of becoming Minister Emeritus, what a wonderful day!!

 

After the UUA General Assembly in New Orleans at the end of the month, I will continue to do all I can to have things in good order. Interim Minister, Rev. Carlos R. Martinez will be settling in during August.

 

With forty-one years of ministry – thirty-eight of them serving with you, I share again some of my thoughts and learnings about fundamentals of Congregational life and what it means 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: People are precious. Caring counts ultimately.  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 is 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, 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, as we embrace the Spirit of Life, we realize we can overcome our fears of pain and heartache. We offer each other comfort and hope.  Here we help transform the world. We reclaim the health within us. We need one another and the world needs 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.

 

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. 

    With Love, Bruce

 

P.S. Whatever we can do or dream we can do, let us begin it this day.     

Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.

 

May we be bold in our living and in our loving, in our giving and in our forgiving, so that the world awaited becomes more nearly the world attained.  Amen.

 

THE COMMUNITY CHURCH OF NEW YORK UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST

SUMMER SERVICES 2017 — 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.)

 

LIGHTING THE CHALICE AND OPENING WORDS

 

HYMN

 

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.

 

Doxology

            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

 

GREET YOUR NEIGHBOR

 

WELCOME

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS and OFFERTORY

 

READINGS

 

MUSIC

 

SERMON

 

MUSIC

 

PRAYER/MEDITATION

 

HYMN

 

CLOSING WORDS

 

POSTLUDE

 

Following the service, please join us for Fellowship Hour.

 

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