Worship

Worship Services are onsite and online. The placeholder image below allows one to login early or click for a notification when the Service goes live. Onsite mask wearing is encouraged. Masks are required when singing. Livestreams are available on uucsr.org/worship, on Facebook, and YouTube. Podcasts available afterward. Also aired on NSTV. Watch live with other members and newcomers at the Sunday Morning Experience on Zoom (uucsr.org/calendar).

Settle the Sands, Erol Delos Santos, Student Minister on November 27, 2022. When faced with change, we often feel like we are standing at the edge of a precipice, looking out into uncertainty. One way to help adapt to change is to lean on the things that provide stability in unstable times. Join Erol Delos Santos, Student Minister, to reflect on identifying spiritual resources and how to use them to soften moments of transition.

A Great Plenty, UUCSR Ministers on November 20, 2022. Our Annual Multigenerational Celebration of the Thanksgiving Holiday
This annual celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday is a family Service. We will have music from the Young Peoples Choir, Jazz Ensemble and Adult Choir. We will once again have a time to come together and tell about the bread which nourishes us.
Please bring bread to share in the Social Hall after the worship service. Guest at Your Table Boxes from the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee will be distributed.

The Same Ax Twice, Rev. Jaye Brook on November 13, 2022. Change is remarkable in the way it leaves us different and yet at heart still the same person. But human change is also complex—the way anything is complex when human beings are involved. Howard Mansfield’s insightful 2001 book, The Same Ax, Twice, explores how the restoration of things—like an old ax with a new handle—involves both change and stability. What about people? How do we retain stability while allowing change to equip us for better, values-based living? An Order of Service is available HERE.

Soulful Sundown LIVE is a monthly collaboration between UUCSR ministers and live musicians. On November 11, 2022, Erol Delos Santos, Student Minister, weaves spoken word with music from the Cosmic Orchestra, onsite and online. Onsite-only Coffee House follows with special Guest Musical Artist Jesse Terry. Masks encouraged. Soulful Sundown…where music resides at the heart of the religious experience.

Change the Story, Rev. Dr. Natalie Fenimore on November 6, 2022. This month we will celebrate Thanksgiving and many people will tell the story of the "Pilgrims and Indians." The story is based in truth but has gained mythic status. There is, of course, more than one perspective in the story and more than one way to tell any story. How can we/should we change the story to be more inclusive?

That Which Shelters All, Erol King Delos Santos, Ministerial Student on October 30, 2022. In a time when information is available to us in an instant, we often don't dwell in the uncomfortable space of the unknown. The truth is that there are limitless possibilities in 'not knowing'. Imagination thrives in the fertile grounds of mystery. There is something sacred in the secrets of the world around us. Join Student Minister Erol Delos Santos to reflect on the courage required to be curious, to be contemplative, and to remain lost but seeking.

 

How Annoying, Rev. Jaye Brooks on October 16, 2022. One of the hallmarks of social life in America today is how many things out there are annoying. Confronting the myriad annoyances without losing it takes a remarkable level of centeredness. And maybe courage, which may be a strange character trait to associate with the ability to meet incoming annoyances with serenity. Even so, today's worship service explores the strange quality of courage in the face of annoyance.

Soulful Sundown LIVE is a monthly collaboration between UUCSR ministers and live musicians. On October 14, 2022, Rev. David Carl Olson wove spoken word with music from the Cosmic Orchestra. Coffee House follows with Guest Musical Artist kj Denhert. Onsite and online. Masks encouraged. Soulful Sundown…where music resides at the heart of the religious experience.

Listening to My Gingko Tree, Rev. David Carl Olson on October 9, 2022. The notion of taking responsibility for “the seven generations yet to come” comes from a Native American aphorism that became quite popular in both the New Age and ecology movements. But it is sometimes read in a very linear way that can make it feel burdensome. There is another way of thinking that asks us to create the conditions today for living a rich and full life. We’ll think together and hold a space for imagining the fullest life that we may offer to many generations around us now.

Courage, Rev. Dr. Natalie Fenimore on October 2, 2022. Courage is the ability to do something that frightens you. It is not actually having no fear at all. From where comes the courage of this community? From the Jewish tradition of Yom Kippur we are asked to have the courage to examine our actions, reflect and repent – atone and begin again.

A New Year, Rev. Dr. Natalie Fenimore on September 25, 2022. In the Jewish tradition, Rosh Hashanah commemorates the creation of the world and marks the beginning of Days of Awe, a 10-day period of prayer and reflection which culminates in Yom Kippur. How would you celebrate the birthday of the world? How would you begin anew? An Order of Service is available HERE.

Homecoming, led by the Ministry Team on September 18, 2022. Everyone is invited to our Homecoming Service. A welcome back after our summer adventures. Come see friends who have been away. See how children have grown-listen to the choir. Homecoming is a Family Service and RE classes begin the following Sunday on September 25. Annual Homecoming Picnic follows this Service. Please register at uucsr.org/homecoming22.

Twice as Many Stars as Usual, led by Rev. Sarah Skochko, Guest Minister on September 11, 2022. Humans seem to have an innate need for belonging. This Sunday, we'll talk about what it means to be mortal under a sky full of stars, and to find companionship and belonging throughout the days of our lives. An Order of Service is available HERE.

Soulful Sundown LIVE is a monthly collaboration between ministers and live musicians. On September 9, 2022, Rev. Jaye Brooks weaves spoken word with music from The Cosmic Orchestra in a Soulful Sundown Service titled Belonging. Coffee House follows with Guest Musical Artist Abbie Gardner. Onsite and online. Masks encouraged. Beneficiary: ABBA Leadership Center. (ABBA) The Able Body of Believers Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Soulful Sundown…where music resides at the heart of the religious experience.

Call of the Elder was led by by Rev. Anthony Mtuaswa Johnson, Guest Minister on September 4, 2022. Times of tumult, like these, of great uncertainty, can initiate an acceleration of a calling. This call may include an awakening of the elder and the sage within each of us. In many old wisdom traditions, elders were considered to have one foot firmly planted on the ground of presence and of survival, and the other in the realm of great imagination. This sermon will explore the Call of the Elder in each of us as a resource of resiliency, endurance, and renewal. Led by Rev. Anthony Mtuaswa Johnson, Guest Minister. An Order of Service is available HERE.

The Fig Tree was led by Rev. Jaye Brooks on August 28, 2022. The image of a tree—roots, trunk, branches, and leafy canopy—resonates with humans in so many ways. It’s a family tree, with the history of our ancestors. It’s a tree of life, showing the interrelationships among all species. And it’s often a symbol of community. In Ross Gay’s poem, “To the Fig Tree on 9th and Christian,” a tree on a Philadelphia street corner becomes a real-life, non-metaphorical experience of community. We need more of that.

A More Perfect Union, led by Rev. Julie Conrady, Guest Minister Depending on where we live, describing ourselves as Unitarian Universalists can complicate our relationships, our responses to social issues. How does geography play a role in our identity as UU's? How do we bring together Unitarian Universalists, across state lines, among cultures and backgrounds, to work together for the common good? An Order of Service is available HERE.

The Sycamore, led by Rev. Jaye Brooks One of life's challenges is to cope and even thrive despite the accidents and unplanned consequences that beset us. Wendell Berry's poem "The Sycamore" offers a glimpse of how we might gather all accidents into our purpose. In a time when we need hope, a sycamore signals that hope is possible.

Soulful Sundown LIVE is a monthly collaboration between ministers and live musicians. On August 12, 2022, Rev. Jaye Brooks weaves spoken word with music from the Cosmic Orchestra in a Soulful Sundown Service titled Finding a Way Home. Coffee House follows with Guest Musical Artist Robinson Treacher. Onsite and online. Masks encouraged. Beneficiary: NY Coalition for the Homeless, A 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Soulful Sundown…where music resides at the heart of the religious experience.

Sunday Worship - Reinterpreting and Rethinking: Rituals and Rosaries, led by Cassandra Montenegro What does it mean to reengage religious and spiritual practices that we grew up with, that meant something to our ancestors, and, might mean something to us? In the words of biblical scholar Micah Kiel, “Rather than jettison, we must reexamine and rethink those traditions that have formed us” (Apocalyptic Ecology, xxi, relying on Lynn White). An Order of Service is available HERE.

How often have we been denied the wisdom and creativity which come from marginalized voices/expressions? How might we make ourselves and our community more open? The Annual Summer Orchestra Concert followed the Worship Service. The Concert celebrated the “unheard voices” of three women composers for orchestra on Sunday, July 31, 2022.

Summertime and the Living is Interesting  "Summer has a flavor like no other. Always fresh and simmered in sunshine."—These words of Oprah Winfrey reminds me that the sixty summers I’ve lived or the fifty five of them I can recall each has a flavor and excitement; a narrative and memories filled with highs and lows, barbecue and sweet corn that fills my heart with joy and the blessings of life. Come join us at UUCSR as we unpack, reflect and remember how interesting the summers of our lives have been. Rev. Gordon Bailey returns to Long Island to celebrate Summer as Guest Minister on Sunday, July 24, 2022.

On July 17, 2022 at 11 AM, we asked, "What does it take to maintain wilderness within an urban or suburban setting?" Members of Shelter Rock's Green Sanctuary team shared stories of our woods and coyotes, our community garden, and the native plants in these hundred acres protected from development. In addition to the re-wilding of our local ecosystem, as individuals our members and friends can reduce plastic pollution and become part of the citizens climate lobby. Protecting planet Earth begins in our own backyard.  

 

In the Sunday Service on July 10, 2022, we explored a Social Gospel for the 21 Century that asked what our response might be to the inequities exposed by the recent pandemic and the social unrest that has evolved during this time of uncertainty. It was led by Rev. Aaron Payson, Guest Minister.

Soulful Sundown on Friday evening July 8, 2022 was led by Rev. Dr. Natalie Fenimore with music from the Cosmic Orchestra. Coffee House followed with Guest Musical Artist Crys Matthews. Where music resides at the heart of religious experience.

Rev. Dr. Natalie Fenimore led the Service, titled "Spiritual Democracy" on July 3, 2022. The Fourth of July holiday celebrates the American Revolution and the beginning of US political democracy. UU Principles also celebrate the democratic process but as something more than a political system. How do we understand the spiritual democracy which surrounds our congregational life? An Order of Service is available HERE.

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