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First Unitarian Universalist Church of Essex County

Calendar Archive: 2013-14

Sunday September 8th, 10 AM Ingathering, and 11 AM Special Congregational Meeting

This year, our annual Ingathering service will be a little different. Please come for our traditional cookies & lemonade on the front lawn (weather permitting) at 10 AM. Please see The Celebration Space article on Page 5 for details. Immediately following the service, there will be a Special Congregational Meeting in the Parish Hall at 11 AM. This will set a course for the future of our congregation for the foreseeable future. We encourage all Members who can attend to please attend.

The Special Congregational Meeting concerns the ministerial vacancy, pursuant to Bylaws Art.XIII. Sec.5.


tiny rainbow chalice Sunday September 15th, 11:15 AM - East-West Sunday - Wayne Eastman & Darcy Hall

Welcome to the inaugural session of the bold experiment at our church. Led and coordinated by long-time members Wayne Eastman and Darcy Hall, we encourage members to attend and invite those they know who might find the topics presented interesting.


tiny rainbow chalice Sunday September 22nd, 10:30 AM - When Things Don't Measure Up - Rev. Allen Wells

How can we live wih what we've got? We might make things worse by searching for meaning through complex theologies and philosophies. Rev. Wells will explore how we can avoid such pitfalls.

When asked for "occupation" on an application form, Allen writes "student".

Allen currently serves The Morristown Unitarian Fellowship as Affiliated Community Minister, and has a private, mindfulness-based psychotherapy practice in Morristown. Formerly, he directed The Allen Wells Center for Psychotherapy and Healing in Morristown, NJ. He also served as a psychotherapist at the DiMele Center for Counseling and Psychotherapy in Manhattan. A native of Virginia, he has served as minister of the UU Congregation of Rockland Country NY and, before that, at UU congregations in North Weymouth, MA, Queens and Brooklyn, NY. He has also directed the religious education program for the UU Congregation of Monmouth County in Lincroft, NJ and The Morristown Unitarian Fellowship. In 2009, he graduated from an intensive Integrated Study Practice Program at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and he is presently preparing for a six weeks silent meditation retreat at the Insight Meditation Society in MA.

Allen's interest lies in integrating our internal, personal, psychological world that we commonly call spiritual with our external, social, economic, environmental world, that we usually consider material. You can find him teaching meditation or on the picket line. He is an earth-centered, Buddhist, UU, or as he says more informally: a "Gaia Bu U". He acknowledges that he hasn't written any books because he says he would rather spend the time ballroom dancing.


tiny rainbow chalice Sunday September 29th, 10:30 AM - Round Table Discussion of Proposed Merger with Montclair Congregation

Premiering last year, these unstructured gatherings will be scheduled on the fifth Sunday of the month for Members to meet and discuss ideas and issues that concern them, both inside the church and out.

Portion of message from President Darcy Hall concerning this Sunday's Round Table:

This coming Sunday, September 29, begining at 10.30AM, our church will hold a Round Table Discussion. The focus will be continuing dialogue on the proposed merger of our church with the Montclair Congregation. Coffee will be served. Members are invited to bring snacks and other food to share.

To facilitate and structure our ongoing dialogue on this important topic, three committees have been formed, each of which will be co-chaired by one (or two) of our members AND one Montclair member. We are seeking participation from church members to serve on one of these committees. If you are interested, please send an email directly to me.

Orange Church Co-Chairs

The Montclair Co-Chairs are currently in the process of being appointed.

Based on our shared goal of moving quickly to initiate dialogue between our two congregations, Reverend Charles Ortman and I hope to call a meeting of the Orange and Montclair Co-Chairs next Thursday, October 3 for a first meeting.

See also the September 22nd sermon by Rev. Ortman, If There Were No Limits, What Would You Choose?


tiny rainbow chalice Sunday, October 6th, 10:30 AM -- Beloved Community Sunday

This is NOT a worship service! This is NOT a political meeting! Beloved Community Sunday is a time when ALL people of all backgrounds who are interested in the future of Orange can gather to get to know each other, and work together.

Beloved Community Sundays are the first Sunday of every month from October through May. For more information and directions, call 973-674-0010 or email minister [at] essexuu.org.


tiny rainbow chalice Sunday, October 13th, 10:30 AM -- Report From GA -- Georgiana Hart

Church member Georgiana Hart will bring us highlights from this year's General Assembly, held in Louiswille, KY last June. Aming those will be a workshop on the promises and limitations of the Roe v. Wade, and how they relate to one of the successfully passed Actions for Immediate Witness: Stop and Frisk policies.


tiny rainbow chalice Wednesday, October 16th, 7:30 PM -- Board of Trustees meeting, Sonen Room.


tiny rainbow chalice Sunday, October 20th, 11:15 AM* -- East-West Sunday: Confucius -- Wayne Eastman & Darcy Hall

*Take the eastbound train to Orange arriving at 11:04 or drive.

We encourage members to attend and to invite people who might be interested. We'll continue to create an informal, café atmosphere conducive to an "all ages together" (babies and toddlers are most welcome!) alternative spiritual experience. This month will focus on China and on Confucius as a boy. We had a good roll-out last month, and are hoping for an even better follow-up this time. Tell your friends, especially if they have young children!


tiny rainbow chalice Sunday, October 27th -- There will be NO SERVICE at the Orange church; we are invited to attend the service at the UU Congregation at Montclair (10 a.m., with sermon entitled "Who Do You Think You Are?" by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman.)


tiny rainbow chalice Sunday, November 3rd, 10:30 AM -- Beloved Community Sunday

This is not a worship service, and not a political meeting. Beloved Community Sunday is a time when all people of all backgrounds who are interested in the future of Orange can gather to get to know each other, and work together.


tiny rainbow chalice Tuesday, November 5th, 6:30 p.m. -- Farewell Dinner for Darrell and Kathleen -- at Hat City Kitchen; if you can attend please tell Darcy Hall, president [at] essexuu.org.


tiny rainbow chalice Sunday, November 10th, 10:30 AM -- The Very Hardest Thing -- Rev. Dr. Edward Frost

The faith of a young woman in the 18th century the village of Braintree, Massachusetts would have been built by simple Sunday School lessons. She would learn first that there is a God and that God is good never mind the complications of evil yet. She would learn Bible verses by heart. She would learn the basic rules of the Christian life: live by the Beautitudes, the Golden Rule, and the Ten Commandments. Only gradually would truths be discovered and come to bear on this simple faith in God’s goodness and loving care for his children. Then, as John Adams’s daughter said, comes “the very hardest thing.”

Dr. Edward Frost is the Senior Minister Emeritus of The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, where he served from 1989 to his retirement in 2005. Following graduation from seminary, Dr. Frost earned degrees from Boston University and the Doctor of Ministry degree from Meadville/Lombard at the University of Chicago. He is the author of “With Purpose and Principle,” a history of the development of the Principles and Purposes and “Coming Alive,” a book of sermons and short writings. He is the father of three adult children,and has three grandsons (and another on the way).


tiny rainbow chalice Tuesday, November 12th, 7:30 p.m. - Celebrations & Music Committee meeting, Sonen Room.


tiny rainbow chalice Sunday, November 17th, 11:15 AM -- East-West Sunday: Buddha

Led and coordinated by long-time members Wayne Eastman and Darcy Hall, we encourage members to attend and invite those they know who might find the topics presented interesting. We’ll continue to create an informal, café atmosphere conducive to an “all ages together” (babies and toddlers are most welcome!) alternative spiritual experience. This month will focus on Buddha. We had a good roll-out last month, and are hoping for an even better follow-up this time. Tell your friends, especially if they have young children!


tiny rainbow chalice Wednesday, November 20th, 7:30 p.m. -- Board of Trustees Meeting, Sonen Room.


tiny rainbow chalice Sunday, November 24th, 10:30 AM-- [Homecoming] Sagra Della Castagna - The Chestnut Harvest in Southern Italy -- Rev. Phil Passantino

Those roasted chestnuts on our Thanksgiving table come from somewhere... they come from Italy! Phil shares the wild story of his cultural adventure in search of his roots in Calabria during their October harvest festival, with some funny Italian folk songs and a folk tale.

Phil Passantino has officiated weddings on TV (Style Network's "Glam Fairy") and radio (WPLJ-FM's "Scott & Todd Morning Show"). He's spoken at UU fellowships from Ireland to Louisiana. He presents educational kids' programs to schools and libraries. He's also a songwriter who plays a mean accordion, African mbira, and guitar. His website is www.PhilSings.com.


tiny rainbow chalice Sunday, December 1st, 10:30 a.m. -- Beloved Community Sunday

This is not a worship service, and not a political meeting. Beloved Community Sunday is a time when all people of all backgrounds who are interested in the future of Orange can gather to get to know each other, and work together.


tiny rainbow chalice Sunday, December 8th, 10:30 a.m. -- Gratitude Revisited -- Rev. Gordon Clay Bailey

In her poem, entitled "otherwise," the poet Jane Kenyon reflects on her blessings:

"I got out of bed on two strong legs. It might have been otherwise. I ate cereal, sweet milk, ripe, flawless peach. It might have been otherwise. I took the dog uphill to the birch wood. All morning I did work I love. . . . It might have been otherwise. I slept in a bed in a room with paintings on the walls, and planned another day just like this day. But one day, I know, it will be otherwise."

May we look to this day as an invitation to living fully and completely in the now, the world of love, loss and hope for better tomorrows.

Reverend Gordon Clay Bailey graduated from The University of the District of Columbia with a dual BA in Anthropology and Sociology, and earned a Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary in the District of Columbia specializing in Urban Ministry. He is presently the Consulting Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Pomona, NY, and has served Unitarian Universalist congregations in Garden City, NYC, Washington DC, Utica and Oneonta NY in various ministry positions. A Board Certified Clinical Chaplain and Pastoral Counselor with the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy, he is also a candidate at the Harlem Family Institute for certification in Psychotherapy. Additionally, Rev. Bailey has a small Consulting, Counseling and Coaching practice with institutions, individuals and families and is Founder/President/CEO of New York Interfaith Associates, Inc., a new not-for-profit organization devoted to Interfaith Dialog, Clinical Pastoral Education and practical training (CPE/T) as well as Spiritual Care. He is married to Lisa Stiffler Bailey and they have four children (Jennifer, Devin, Ethan, Darien) between them and one grand daughter (Kai). They currently live in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan.

tiny rainbow chalice Sunday, December 15th, 10:30 a.m. -- Special Congregational Meeting (in lieu of regular service)

Agenda includes: hiring of a new part-time Consulting Minister; approving a revised budget; further action with regard to merger with Montclair congregation.


tiny rainbow chalice Wednesday, December 18th, 7:30 p.m. -- Board of Trustees Meeting, Sonen Room.


tiny rainbow chalice Sunday, December 22nd, 10:30 a.m. -- The Fear Of Dark And Light Of Love -- Rev. Allen Wells

On this first full day of winter with the longest night only one day past, let's consider the gifts the night may bring us if we're not too afraid to experience the dark. You are also invited to bring along your favorite Christmas story to share.

Rev. Allen Wells is currently Director of Allen Wells Counseling in Morristown, N.J. a holistic mind/body, congregations in Weymouth, Mass., Hollis Queens and at The First Unitarian Church of Brooklyn as well as Director of Religious Education for the UU Congregation of Monmouth County and the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship. He graduated from the Religion and Health in NYC. Formerly a therapist of the DiMele Center for Counseling & Psychotherapy in Manhattan, Allen's life long interest has been in unifying the internal, personal, psychological world, commonly called "spiritual", and the external political, social, economic, environmental world, -- the material world. He defines himself as an earth-centered, Buddhist, UU.

tiny rainbow chalice Sunday, December 29th, 11:00 A.M.- Roundtable: Home-cooked Breakfast plus New Year, New Beginning for First UU

Church members will be preparing and serving a breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon and mimosas to share as a celebration of the season. Discussion will center around important changes in the life of the church: our new minister, Gordon Clay Bailey; plus updates on and continuing discussion of First UU's progress towards merging with Montclair.


tiny rainbow chalice Sunday, January 5th, 2014, 10:30 A.M. Beloved Community Sunday

Beloved Community Sunday is a time when people of all backgrounds who are interested in the future of the City of Orange, NJ can gather to get to know each other, and work together.


tiny rainbow chalice Tuesday, January 7th, 7:30 P.M. -- Celebrations & Music Committee meeting, Sonen Room.


tiny rainbow chalice Sunday, January 12th, 10:30 a.m. -- A New Season, A New Lease on Church -- Rev. Gordon Clay Bailey

As we step into a new year we have an opportunity to alter the course of our lives and the trajectory of this congregation's life. The New Year and all of the hoopla about leaving the bad behind and stepping into the new gives us both the audacity to dream ourselves anew along with the justifications to do so. Please join us for a service about the future of this congregation, you and how you can make real steps this year towards our best selves and a better UU.


tiny rainbow chalice Tuesday, January 14th, 7:30 P.M. -- Board of Trustees meeting, Sonen Room.


tiny rainbow chalice Sunday, January 19th, 10:30 a.m. -- Universalism, Our Best Hope For A Peaceful World -- Rev. Gordon Clay Bailey

Our world has fought many wars over religions. We in fact continue to be plagued by religious intolerance and dare I say a lack of acceptance of other beliefs to this very day and in this very community. This service is about what I think is the greatest idea known to religiosity, Universalism! Join us for an engaging theoretical and philosophical experience.


tiny rainbow chalice Sunday, January 26th, 10:30 a.m. -- Langston Hughes - In Poetry, and Jazz -- Rev. Ben Bortin, with Dave Braham on piano, Ray Johnston on woodwinds, Hassan Shakur on bass, Greg Buford on drums

Langston Hughes would often go to jazz night clubs to write what turned out to be timeless poetry. His aim was to transmit in words what he heard in the sounds and rhythms of jazz. His was an uncommon eye into the African American experience, but beyond that, into life itself. The results led him to be known as the Black poet laureate of the twentieth century. A look at the life, the spirituality, and the poetry, with jazz backdrop, of Langston Hughes.

Rev. Ben Bortin served UU congregations in Duluth, Minnesota for eight years, and Staten Island, NY for 21 years. A graduate of Starr King School for Religious Leadership, he currently serves as Membership Coordinator at the UU Congregation at Shelter Rock, in Manhasset, NY. He serves on the Board of Project Hospitality in Staten Island (which assists homeless and low-income people), and is past President of the UU United Nations Office.


tiny rainbow chalice Sunday, February 2nd, 10:30 a.m. -- Beloved Community Sunday -- Discussion Leader - Mindy Thompson Fullilove

Beloved Community Sunday is a time when people of all backgrounds who are interested in the future of the City of Orange, NJ can gather to get to know each other, and work together.


tiny rainbow chalice Sunday, February 9th, 10:30 a.m. -- Remembering Kemet/Egypt and All We Owe Her! -- Rev. Gordon Clay Bailey

Kemet, the jewel of the Nile! Kemet the place where monotheism begins and the Egyptian Book of the Dead takes place. Kemet home of the first physician and medicine begins in earnest. Join us as we look closely at the history and spiritual gifts of this most amazing African nation.


tiny rainbow chalice Sunday, February 16th, 10:30 a.m. -- A Nation Without Us -- Rev. Gordon Clay Bailey

What would the United States be without Africans? For that matter what would the Americas be without them? This service during Black History month will explore the possibilities of how our country and the world would have been shaped radically differently without this historical set of circumstance.


tiny rainbow chalice Tuesday, February 18th 7:30p.m. -- Board of Trustees meeting, Sonen Room.


tiny rainbow chalice Sunday, February 23rd, 11:15 a.m. -- East-West Sunday: The Ramayana -- Discussion Leaders - Wayne Eastman & Darcy Hall

Our East-West session spiritual education session this month will be devoted to the Ramayana, an epic story for the ages and for all ages that blends animals, love, action, adventure, and multiple spiritual meanings. Long-time church members Wayne Eastman and Darcy Hall will lead the session.