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First Unitarian Universalist Church of Essex County

Calendar Archive: 2017-18

tiny rainbow chaliceSunday, September 17th, 5 PM -- FAITH + WORKS: Evolving Consciousness -- Rachel E. Diken

Rachel E. Diken is a poet and playwright whose work focusses on the intersection of the ancient and the modern, which she believes to be the location of the timeless. She writes a monthly theatre column at The Atticus Review and a daily haiku via Twitter @haikuavenue. Visit for projects and events.

tiny rainbow chaliceTuesday, September 26th, -- Board of Trustees meeting, venue and time TBA.

tiny rainbow chaliceMonday, October 16th, 7 PM - 9 PM -- Potluck at the HUUB: Asset-Based Community Development

Join us for an Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) refresher. We will discuss what ABCD is all about and what the HUUB is up to, plus musical reflections with Music City, art making, and more.

tiny rainbow chaliceWednesday, October 25th, 10-11 AM & 5-6 PM -- Informational Grant Workshops for HANDS/HUUB Neighborhood Project Grants (Round 2) See Flyer.

tiny rainbow chaliceSunday, October 29th, 5 PM -- "Marigold Bakes a Cake" -- Michael Malbrough

[NOTE: This service was canceled on account of a severe rainstorm, and rescheduled for Feb.25,2018 ]

tiny rainbow chalice Tuesday, October 31st, 10-11 AM & 5-6 PM -- Informational Grant Workshops for HANDS/HUUB Neighborhood Project Grants (Round 2) See Flyer

tiny rainbow chaliceFriday, November 3rd, 10 AM to 12:30 PM -- Learn to Control Your Diabetes

First session of a free six-week Diabetes Self-Management Program workshop, by the Everyone with Diabetes Counts organization, on Fridays, Nov.3, Nov. 10, Nov. 17, Dec.1, Dec.8, and Dec.15 - all from 10 AM to 12:30 PM. Register by contacting Jarmaine Williams, (732) 955-8168. For more information see Workshop flyer.

tiny rainbow chaliceSunday, November 12th, 5 PM -- Faith in an Urban Ministry -- Charlie Wirene

Charlie is a builder, urban ecologist, and social justice advocate. His practice is focused on making communities more inclusive, responsible, and sustainable. To celebrate the second anniversary of The HUUB and his role as its founding Managing Director, Charlie will talk about his unexpected introduction to Unitarian Universalism, building a successful urban ministry, and how his work has been bringing the UU principles to life since before he had even heard of them.

tiny rainbow chaliceMonday, November 27th, 6 PM (doors open at 5:30 PM) -- Building Solidarity Potluck, in Parish Hall.

We will have a planning session for the HUUB's campus, art activities, and discussions about anything else on your mind. Please bring a dish to share! The Facebook event page can be found here:

tiny rainbow chaliceFriday, December 1st, 6:30 PM -- Remembering Rosa: A Concert for Peace

A free community concert for peace to commemorate Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott; hosted by the University of Orange, at The HUUB, 35 Cleveland Street, Orange. Featuring performances by student groups, church choirs, and musicians from Orange NJ. Performers include: Sonic Explorations, Ebenezer Baptist Church Gospel Choir, Lincoln Avenue School Choir, Rosa Parks Community School Choir, and more...

tiny rainbow chaliceSunday, December 10th, 5 PM -- Protagonists of Hope -- Robert Sember   Flyer

On June 6, 1976, school students in Soweto refused to participate in a system that was educating them to be oppressed. This uprising set in motion the forces that would eventually topple the Apartheid system. That year, our presenter, Robert Sember, was 13 years old - the same age as many of the students who led the struggle. What he witnessed that year taught him that while we might not have chosen the histories into which we are born, we can be protagonists of the future. Robert will discuss what he has learned from his experiences in South Africa and the US about what it means be a protagonist of hope.

Robert Sember is Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts at The New School’s Eugene Lang College and a Senior Associate at the Center for Social Innovation where he focuses on how changes to the U.S. health care system affect the lives of people with mental health and addiction needs. Born in 1963 in South Africa and raised under Apartheid system, he was active in the war resistance and gay rights movements. After arriving in the United States in 1989, he joined social movements here, and contributed to public health interventions and research concerned with the HIV/AIDS crisis. Robert has taught at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, where he also served on the Center for Evaluation and Technical Assistance and the Secretariat for the International Working Group on Sexuality and Social Policy. He is also currently on the faculty of the University of Amsterdam’s Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture, and Society and is a member of the international art collective, Ultra-red, founded in 1992 in Los Angeles by AIDS activists, sound artists, and musicians. As a member of Ultra-red, he has worked with museums, art and educational institutes, and community organizations across the world.

tiny rainbow chaliceMonday, December 18th, 6 PM to 9 PM (doors open at 5:30 PM) -- The HUUB's Holiday Building Solidarity Potluck, in Parish Hall.

We will be crafting holiday cards, decorating cookies, button making, origami, and reflecting on the past year. Please bring a dish to share! Facebook event for Holiday Potluck:

tiny rainbow chaliceMonday, January 15th, 6 PM (doors open at 5:30 PM) -- Building Solidarity Potluck at the HUUB, in Parish Hall.

Join us as we celebrate Martin Luther King Day and recommit to our resistance and solidarity. Please bring a dish to share! Facebook event page for this Potluck:

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."

Neighborhood Project Grant Workshops:

tiny rainbow chaliceMonday, February 12th, 6pm -- Solidarity Potluck at the HUUB (doors open at 5:30 pm)

We will be reading excerpts from Howard Zinn and Anthony Amove's Voices of a People’s History of the United States as a way to address America's past and present inequalities, and reflect together over a delicious potluck dinner.

The facebook event page can be found here: