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First Unitarian Universalist Church of Essex County

35/47 Cleveland Street, Orange, New Jersey 07050, (973) 674-0010.   (Just off Main Street, just a block from Scotland Road.   Off-street parking.   Directions )

Upcoming Services & Other Events

last updated March 23, 2017

tiny rainbow chaliceFriday, March 24th, 6 PM -- Your Rights + Your Home: A Forum on the Foreclosure Crisis

Are you having trouble paying your mortgage? You aren't the only one. New Jersey leads the nation in foreclosure rates and Essex County leads the state. We all feel the pain of foreclosures and evictions - they tear at the fabric of our community. Come share your story with others, find out what you can do to get on track, and support an immediate 2017 Foreclosure Moratorium in New Jersey. Let's stop the bleeding in our communities and keep our families in their homes.

This townhall meeting event is hosted by the Congressman Payne and the HUUB. Event Flyer

tiny rainbow chaliceSunday, April 2nd, 5 PM -- FAITH + WORKS: The Spider and the Lion -- Khemani Gibson

Khemani Gibson was born in Kingston, Jamaica before his parents migrated and settled in Orange, NJ in the early 1990s. Growing up, Khemani always loved storytelling and history ranging from the Anansi stories his mother told him and his siblings to learning about notable black figures such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Billie Holiday, Jackie Robinson and others during black history month which he looked forward towards every school year. In high school, Khemani participated in the murmur oral history project where he interviewed orange residents and learned about the rich history that existed in his hometown. Prior to the project, Khemani viewed Orange negatively and couldn't wait to go to college and leave. However, the project taught Khemani the beauty of uncovering lost histories about people and place taken for granted. For this reason Khemani studied history at Drew University where he began to apply the lessons he learned from murmur and his love for good storytelling to uncover the history of his own family's migratory history in Panama during the construction of the Panama Canal. He also served a consultant on the hidden treasures project working with students from the Humanities core at the scholars Academy as they also learned about the richness of Orange's history. Currently khemani is a history PhD Candidate at New York University where he studies the lives and communities of black immigrants in twentieth century Panama as well as a community organizer in Orange that seeks to increase youth civic and social participation in his hometown.

tiny rainbow chaliceMonday, April 17th, 6 PM -- Solidarity Potluck.

tiny rainbow chaliceMonday, May 15th, 7 PM -- Board of Trustees Meeting, Sonen Room.

tiny rainbow chaliceSunday, May 21st, 1 PM -- FLOWER COMMUNION --Leader, Mindy Thompson Fullilove

In this new iteration of Dr. Čapek's idea, we encourage everyone to join us this day to bring and plant flowers on the beautiful border of our new walkway! Please gather in the Parish Hall for a brief ceremony before proceeding to the front lawn. Please dress comfortably and bring a trowel, if you have one! Donations of plantings welcomed (perennials preferred)! This will be followed by our Annual Congregational Meeting at 3 PM in the Parish Hall. The agenda for this meeting includes:

tiny rainbow chaliceSunday, June 4th, 5 PM -- Doug Farrand

Douglas Farrand is a composer, musician, educator, and learner. Having lived in and around Nottinghamshire (UK), He directs and teaches with Sonic Explorations, a K-4 daily, free music program at the Oakwood Avenue Community School, and works with the music department of the University of Orange, a free people's urbanism school. Douglas' primary interests are in music and teaching that invite us to explore our myriad processes of listening and embody a collective investigation of place, community, and personhood. His work has been realized in the USA, Canada, Belgium and Switzerland, and includes close collaborative work with fellow composers, performers, artists, educators, & students. Douglas studied composition privately with Craig Shepard and at Oberlin Conservatory with Josh Levine and Ashley Fure. He has received additional mentorship in composition, improvisation, musicianship, and education from Christopher Fox, Tim Feeney, and Vic Rawlings.

(For past events, see Calendar Archives.)