Rev. Jennifer Kelleher

In our annual multi-generational Thanksgiving service we celebrated the shared love found in all combinations of family relationships.

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Rev. Jennifer Kelleher

Inspired by the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20, our service explored gender diversity. Unitarian Universalism recognizes that there are more than two genders, and an infinite variety of gendered experience in the world.

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Rev. Jennifer Kelleher

What are the signs of needing renewal? How do we engage in renewal? How do we make time for activities that are renewing when our plates already feels full to overflowing?

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Rev. Jennifer Kelleher

"Don't you know that a midnight hour comes when everyone has to take off his mask?" said Søren Kierkegaard. Do you fear that midnight hour? And/or do you find yourself looking forward to the time of day when you can take off the mask(s) you wear?

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Rev. Jennifer Kelleher

There are moments so engrained on our hearts and minds they stay with us, perhaps buried deep, only to re-appear after our waking hours. Some of these thoughts and feelings are not serving us; they are not letting us grow. How do we release our grasp? How do we keep experiences and memories from dragging us back?

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Rev. Jennifer Kelleher

This reading was delivered on Sunday, October 4, 2015, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Somerset Hills in Somerville, New Jersey by Rev. Jennifer Kelleher.

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UUCSH Men's Group

These personal reflections were shared at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Somerset Hills in Somerville, New Jersey by members of the UUCSH Men's Group.

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Christopher D. Sims

This sermon was delivered on August 9, 2015 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Somerset Hills in Somerville, New Jersey by guest speaker Christopher Sims.

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Rev. Kim D. Wilson

This sermon was delivered on August 2, 2015 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Somerset Hills in Somerville, New Jersey by guest minister Rev. Kim D. Wilson.

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Rev. Jennifer Kelleher

This sermon on American Universalist history was delivered on July 26, 2015 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Somerset Hills in Somerville, New Jersey.

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UUCSH Green Team

These words were delivered on July 12, 2015 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Somerset Hills in Somerville, New Jersey.

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Mark Allison & Ann Perry

These words were delivered on June 28, 2015 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Somerset Hills in Somerville, New Jersey.

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Rev. Jennifer Kelleher

Rev. Jennifer invited us to reflect together on this past year—in shared life and in shared ministry—and naming some of our shared hopes as we strive to build a brighter world together.

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Rev. Jennifer Kelleher

We continue reflecting together on our worship theme: “What is the meaning of my death?” by discovering how it is we wish to live and how we might communicate those wishes to our loved ones. Five Wishes, from organization Aging With Dignity, was inspired by the work of Mother Teresa. The focus: getting the care we want when we need it the most, providing peace of mind to ourselves and our families, and maintaining human dignity. This Sunday, be a part of creating a safer space in which we may explore these important discussions that can often be difficult to begin.

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Sam Gugino

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus once said that “The only thing that is constant is change.” And for many of us, change often means loss—the death of a loved one, getting laid off from a job, the end of a relationship. However, while we may lose when change occurs, we may also gain, perhaps something even more significant to our lives. We can (and should) grieve when we experience loss. But we should also open our hearts and minds to what good things may lie ahead.

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Rev. Jennifer Kelleher

Latest reports predict that the recent earthquake in Nepal may result in as many as 10,000 lives lost. A city just to our south rages in pain and anguish after the news of yet another African American man's death in police custody. Our family members and friends struggle with life threatening disease; some will leave this earth soon. How do we make sense of it all, this heartbreak on so many levels? Unitarian Universalist minister Forrest Church says "religion is our human response to the dual reality of being alive and having to die." We reflect on the deep importance of spiritual community as we grapple with our living and loving. And as we accompany one another on the journey of our lives -- lives we affirm living with love, hope and compassion.

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Chris Buja, Director of Lifespan Faith Development

Do you feel “called” to run a marathon? To run…period? No? Chris Buja, Director of Lifespan Faith Development, has felt that call–and continues to work toward answering the call–to qualify for and run the Boston Marathon. And while you may not feel the same call to run, the journey of faith is something all are called to–runner and non-runner alike. Mr. B’s sabbatical provided a unique opportunity for him to reflect on both his journey of running and his journey of faith- discovering how the two can be intertwined. This worship service explored how some lessons and wisdom from running can apply to our faith journeys- with encouragement to take the next step in your “spiritual marathon” training!

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Green Sanctuary Team with Rev. Jennifer Kelleher

People across the globe, including our own country, struggle for access to clean water. This fight is becoming even harder as climate change affects our communities. Unitarian Universalists and other people of faith and conscience are coming together to take action on global climate change. This Earth Day Sunday, our dedicated and inspirational Green Team shared stories of the problems people face regarding water, and how and why they are committing to respond. Rev. Jennifer reflected on spiritual stewardship of our one and only precious earth, and its inhabitants.

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Rev. Jennifer Kelleher

The work of our hands mixed with the warmth of our hearts can be powerful. We hold a great deal in our hands in the care of others and ourselves. As a congregation, we often join with others to give back to our community through the shared actions of our many hands. In this service of renewal we honored how much we embrace with these hands.

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Rev. Jennifer Kelleher

In this holy week, of two significant holidays, one Jewish and one Christian, we’ll reflect together on calling. While honoring the separate heritages of Passover and Easter, we explored how the stories of those times continue to speak to us today about living lives of purpose.

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Rev. Jennifer Kelleher

It was the Persian fairy tale, The Three Princes of Serendip, which inspired the word serendipity. Sometimes, and with surprise and happiness, things fall together in a way we could not have expected. In this service, we reflected on serendipity and how it may relate to the great mystery.

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Rev. Jennifer Kelleher

This service celebrated our dedication to UUCSH’s future: one we envision as bright, strong & growing. We lift up the present good works and future goals of our shared ministry. Together we are embracing our community within a message of hope, love and healing. It is a presence we are striving to continue for many years to come.

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Rev. Bob Janis-Dillon

Whether or not there is something we are meant to do with our lives, the idea of calling: the mysterious ways in which the universe tugs at our lapels - is a fascinating one to explore. We'll take a look at one of the great stories about calling, the book of Jonah, and whether there is a "holy tug" in the universe towards our truest selves.

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Rev. Jennifer Kelleher

Who or what is in charge of time? Sometimes it feels like there is never enough of it. Does it feel sometimes like our days control us? If so how does that affect us physically, emotionally, spiritually? How might we contribute to our time together so that we make the most of what we share?

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Rev. Charlie Dieterich

This sermon was delivered on February 22, 2015 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Somerset Hills in Somerville, New Jersey by Rev. Charlie Dieterich.

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Rev. Carol Haag

Knowing what we know is a slippery business – words have varying meanings to different people and in different times. The fourth Principle of our Unitarian Universalist faith is A Free and Responsible Search for Truth and Meaning. But how can we know if what we know is true?

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UUCSH Social Action Committee

This service highlighted the work of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) through its Guest at Your Table program. Guest at Your Table teaches us about real people engaged in struggles for justice in the United States and around the world. It also teaches us about our own power to change the world and inspires us to share our blessings to support the many amazing people the UUSC partners with. This service shared with the congregation the truth that the UUSC has discovered in its work throughout the world.

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Rev. Jennifer Kelleher

When we are met with challenges: should we, could we, can we get to YES?!?!

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Rev. Jennifer Kelleher

What we say is only matched by what we do. On this Sunday in which we recognized the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., our service reflected on themes from Mark Morrison-Reed’s newest book, The Selma Awakening. Morrison-Reed is the foremost scholar of African-American Unitarian Universalist history. Selma represented a turning point for Unitarian Universalists. How might our history of placing faith in action inform our future?

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Louis Sapirman

A word can tell a thousand pictures. We explored the power of using only six words to capture the meaning and purpose in a person’s life.

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Rev. Jennifer Kelleher

The service reflected on one of our biggest of big questions: Who Am I?

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