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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 January 16, 2018

tiny rainbow chaliceSunday, January 28th, 5 PM -- Gatherings of the Good People: A Journey -- Jim Gilbert

A child of turbulence – a high school dropout, dope fiend, alcoholic and ex-con, Jim Gilbert began a journey of hope in 1969 by way of safety net experiences (that are no longer available in the twenty-first century). The transition from utter despair to peace of mind was a redemptive experience, made possible by many gatherings of good people - which include peace activists, educational mentors, a Twelve Step community, and UU congregations. Beginning his life’s work as an assistant counselor in the Narcotic Addiction Control Commission and then proceeding to embark on a Social Work career - GED, City University, graduate and post graduate studies, he worked for thirtyfive years in the South Bronx, where he was privileged to meet a young man named Kalief, who was an exceptional person, destined for greatness.

Jim speaks of the end of that time, "Kalief took his life in 2015 and as a 'corrective action', my employers terminated my job. Kalief's passing and the forced retirement left me in a state of grief and anger. My good friend, Mindy Fullilove, has been suggesting for years that I write a memoir. In that unemployment provides much discretionary time, Mindy suggested that I join her and a group of writers in monthly discussions and begin writing. This group provided an important addition to ‘gatherings of good people’ - resulting in a life’s story that thematically produced parallels between Kalief's life and mine, which added much clarity to the burning question of why Kalief died and I survived. I would be honored to share an overview of this story with fellow UU’s."

tiny rainbow chaliceSunday, February 25th, 5 PM -- Black History Month - Voices of A People's History

Join us for this special celebration of Black History Month. Participants will read selections from Voices of A People's History, an anthology edited by Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove.

tiny rainbow chaliceSunday, March 25th, 5 PM -- -- Darcy Hall

Long-time member and church Trustee Darcy Hall will be presenting. Details to be announced.

(For past events, see Calendar Archives.)