New Year's Resolutions - December 30, 2012

Doug Ford

In this service, Doug Ford shared his thoughts on New Year's resolutions and how they have evolved over time.

Direct download: UUCSH_2012.12.30.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Seasonal Silliness in Stories and Songs - December 16, 2012 +++ Video +++

UUCSH

In this service, the children, youth, and adults of UUCSH performed the traditional holiday pageant. This year's pageant drew inspiration from many sources. These included the books "The Runaway Latkes" by Leslie Kimmelman and Paul Yalowitz, "Hanukkah Ha-Has" by Katy Hall and Lisa Eisenberg, and the Central Baptist Church of Wayne, Pa. and its "Inclusivity Nativity." Music was provided by UUCSH's youth musicians, the children's choir, and the adult choir.

Direct download: Holiday_Pageant_2012.mp4
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Seasonal Silliness in Stories and Songs - December 16, 2012

UUCSH

In this service, the children, youth, and adults of UUCSH performed the traditional holiday pageant. This year's pageant drew inspiration from many sources. These included the books "The Runaway Latkes" by Leslie Kimmelman and Paul Yalowitz, "Hanukkah Ha-Has" by Katy Hall and Lisa Eisenberg, and the Central Baptist Church of Wayne, Pa. and its "Inclusivity Nativity." Music was provided by UUCSH's youth musicians, the children's choir, and the adult choir.

Direct download: UUCSH_2012.12.16.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Matters of Principle - December 2, 2012

UUCSH Music Committee

This service was hosted by the UUCSH Music Committee and organized and written by Nancy Brungard. All readings and musical selections reflected and celebrated our seven UU principles, affirming and promoting the inherent worth and dignity of every person; justice, equity, and compassion in human relations; acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations; a free and responsible search for truth and meaning; the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large; the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all; respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

Direct download: UUCSH_2012.12.02.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Why Does Peace Have to Be So Hard? - November 11, 2012

Rev. Dr. Heidi Swarts

Guest minister Rev. Dr. Heidi Swarts has lead this service about peace, consistent with the Coalition for Peace Action's 33rd Annual Interfaith Service and Conference on Peace which was held in Princeton later that day. UUCSH was a co-sponsor of this event.

Direct download: UUCSH_2012.11.11.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Beyond Categorical Thinking - November 4, 2012

Jacqui Williams, Allyson Diane Hamm

As we dream about our next minster, we might unconsciously be narrowing the field. This service set the tone for the afternoon workshop titled, Beyond Categorical Thinking. Jacqui Williams and Allyson Diane Hamm (Representatives from the UUA) shared information from their lives as a way of helping us understand what it is like to be among marginalized identities. The purpose of the day was to promote inclusive thinking and help prevent unfair discrimination in the ministerial search process.

Direct download: UUCSH_2012.11.04.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

The Rights of All Our Children - October 28, 2012

Carol Levin

Some of us may remember trick or treating for UNICEF. It is less common today, but the needs of children throughout the world are still striking. This service looked at the hopes and dreams and current realities of the world's children. In the second part of the service Melanie Davis and Linda Lovero-Waterhouse introduced our new UUCSH website and discussed ways to use social media to reach out to our community and beyond.

Direct download: UUCSH_2012.10.28.mp3
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What Does It Mean to Be Human? - October 14, 2012

Rev. Rosemarie Newberry

Have you considered what characteristics are needed in order to be a human? Is it just a body, or is the ability to communicate, think, rationalize necessary? The Rev. Rosemarie Newberry expanded the definition and told us about people that have helped her understand the answer to this question.

Direct download: UUCSH_2012.10.14.mp3
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International Peace Day Celebration - September 23, 2012

Dr. Tulsi Maharjan

In this service, Rev. Marcia Marino was joined by Dr. Tulsi Maharjan, President of the Somerset County Cultural Diversity Coalition, along with members of the Coalition as they join together in unity to celebrate International Day of Peace.

Direct download: UUCSH_2012.09.23.mp3
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Growth: Let Me Count the Ways - September 16, 2012

Ann Perry, UUCSH President

When we think of growth we tend to focus on numerical growth only. There is so much more to the growth of a healthy spiritual community than numbers. UUCSH has joined a 3-year growth initiative entitled "Growing Stronger", specifically designed for congregations of our size, who have the commitment and motivation to grow in strength, in influence and in numbers. This service reviewed this program, the areas of growth, our goals and priorities in each growth area, and what you can expect to see over the coming year. Learn about Maturational Growth, Organic Growth, Incarnational Growth, Associational Growth, as well as Numerical Growth and how growing our congregation in each of these areas will strengthen our community and spiritual home.

Direct download: UUCSH_1212.09.16.mp3
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Folded Flag - May 27, 2012

Rev. Dr. Anthony P. Johnson

It is customary to fold the flag on a veteran's coffin into a triangle and present it to the family. The late veterans whose funerals Rev. Johnson has conducted have been a varied lot, ranging politically from Communist to Republican and religiously from Unitarian Universalist to Baptist. Rev. Johnson has shared his thoughts on seeing the folded flag as representative of often complex lives in difficult times.

Direct download: UUCSH_2012.05.27.mp3
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Mothering as Misunderstood, Mystifying, Miraculous Metamorphosis - May 13, 2012

Rev. Linda Goonewardene

How can we honor and celebrate the people in our lives who function as mothers on various levels? Can we learn from other people such as Hildegard of Bingen, Margaret Sanger, and Alice Walker? Guest minister Rev. Linda Goonewardene shared these Mother’s Day reflections with us.

Direct download: UUCSH_2012.05.13.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:34pm EST

"RE"-vival: Religious Education for 15 More Years - Apr 29, 2012

Chris Buja, Director of Lifespan Faith Development

Religious education for children and youth at UUCSH has been a tremendous source of pride and attraction for many over the past 15 years. The interim time is an opportunity to reflect, revive, and recommit to RE as an integral part of UUCSH's service to the wider community. This service explored what about RE is so important to children, youth, and adults and how to grow this ministry for another 15 years.

Direct download: UUCSH_2012.04.29.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

...and Justice for ALL - Mar 25, 2012

Jon Galluccio, Vice Chair, Garden State Equality

During this service we will hear about Jon's work for gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and transgender (GLBT) equality and for Marriage Equality. We will learn about what needs to happen next to override the veto in NJ and how we all can make a difference.
Direct download: UUCSH_2012.03.25.mp3
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