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From the Minister

As part of my 14-year ministry as senior minister at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock (Long Island), I served on our Veatch Board of Governors which made annual grants totalling approximately $12 million to social justice organizations throughout the country. One segment of grant making important to us was faith-based community organizations which…

From the Minister

Last Sunday I ended my sermon encouraging participation in our upcoming capital campaign with a quote from the late Rev. Dr. John B. Wolf, for 35 years senior minister of All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa. At the virtual coffee hour after the service I agreed to share it again in the newsletter. So here it is. I share a more complete rendition I have found of the quote…

From the Minister

The issue of “truth” has become a deeply significant issue in our country during the Trump presidency and its aftermath.  I take counsel from Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962) in his poem “Advice to Pilgrims.”  I share them with you not as being the definitive word on the subject but as containing some helpful suggestions.  Most importantly I suggest that you…

From the Minister

We are coming up to the anniversary of the most emotionally challenging year in my life. Perhaps it has been so in your life as well. The challenge of the worst pandemic in a century together with a tragically inept federal response, persistent presidential prevarication across the board until January 20, concern for personal safety and that  of family and friends, police…

Letter from The President

The UUCJ Board has been busy this year. In January, we have met on two occasions to plan for 2021.  The first session was to discuss the UUCJ governance structure and the roles and responsibilities of each board member.  We have organized an excellent group dedicated to working closely with the congregation. The second session was to discuss goals and…

From the Minister

I was pleased with the good-sized group which joined me for “Unitarian Universalism—Then and Now” on Sunday afternoon, February 7. The intent of the presentation was to show how our seven core principles have drawn on mystical traditions, humanist teachings, Judaism, Christianity, prophetic traditions, world religions, and nature-based religions to create current…

From the Minister

Last fall I delivered a sermon on “What About God” in response to suggestions made in the meet the minister sessions.   A request was made for a written copy of the sermon which I did not have readily available but I did send on a copy of a paper entitled “God and Evil” which covers the same ground.  The suggestion was made that I distribute it…

Message from the Minister

As we embark on a new year I want to share with you an ancient reading from the Sanscrit  poet Kalidasa which is found in our hymnbook (#419). I have memorized it and often say it to myself during my morning walk. Look to this day!For it is life, the very life of life.In its brief course lie all the verities and realities of your existence:The bliss of…

From the Minister

The last report I received from Virginia, our administrator, put the total of  pledges for the coming year at about $189,000, which leaves us $11,000 below the amount necessary to receive a challenge grant of $41,000 from a generous anonymous donor. If we don’t make this goal by December 31, the finance committee and board will have to significantly reduce the…

Minister’s Letter

The day after Thanksgiving the holiday lights and other decorations were installed by the management of the complex where Carol and I live. Something deep within me registered a note of delight and joy. Hindu Diwali, Christian Christmas, Jewish Hanukkah, Pagan Solstice, and African American Kwanza all feature light as a symbol of deep-seated virtues and aspirations this…