Worship

Worship Services are onsite and online. LIVE broadcasts are streamed with a 5-10 minute countdown before the beginning of Service. 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. Closed captions and podcasts available afterward. Also aired on NSTV. Watch live with other members and newcomers at the Sunday Morning Experience on Zoom (uucsr.org/calendar). Closed captioning is available on services approximately 24 hours following live streamed broadcasts. Please click "cc" in the lower right section of a video to enable closed captions.

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.

VIDEOS OF WORSHIP SERVICES AT UUCSR

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