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First Unitarian Universalist Church of Essex County

Calendar Archive: 2019-20

tiny rainbow chalice Monday, September 24th at 6pm -- Building Solidarity Potluck

We will be catching up after the summer off, creating a fall community calendar, and making art with HUUB Fellow Stephen Batiz.

tiny rainbow chaliceSunday, September 29th, 2019 at 4 PM (note new time) — FAITH + WORKS — Dr. Edgar Rivera-Colon of St. Peter’s College in Jersey City NJ will give the presentation.

Sunday, October 20, 2019, 6 PM at Riverside Church, New York City — FAITH + WORKS: Stolen Hands, Stolen Lands: From 1619 to a Just Future.

The First Unitarian Universalist Church of Essex County will hold its October FAITH+WORKS on October 20, 2019. For this special occasion, we will travel to Riverside Church in New York City for “Stolen Hands, Stolen Lands: From 1619 to a Just Future.” This is an observance in honor of the 400th anniversary of the first Africans to arrive in North America and sold into bondage. Rev Dr William J. Barber II, leader of the Poor People’s Campaign, will give the homily on this occasion. The doors will open at 5 PM and the service will begin at 6 PM. Ministers are invited to come with their robes and participate in the procession and recession.

Please RSVP at this link. Members & friends who wish to carpool, please contact Mindy Fullilove.


Mindy Fullilove, MD President of the Congregation

Monday, October 21st, Solidarity Potluck - 6-8pm in the Parish Hall at the HUUB

We have gotten together one Monday a month since the election of Donald Trump to share good food and great company, two important building blocks to a healthy community. Bring a dish and a friend!

Friday, October 25th, Black Maria Film Festival = 7pm in the Parish Hall at the HUUB

We're excited that as part of the HUUB's observation of the 400 Years of Inequality Remembrance, the Black Maria Film Festival will return to First UU of Essex with a selection of award-winning shorts including animation, narrative, and documentary films focusing on issues of social justice curated with input from the Thomasberger Fellows.

We will have refreshments and light snacks. The event is free but we are asking for a suggested donation of $5-10. Check out the Facebook event page for more info and to RSVP.

Monday, November 11th, Solidarity Potluck


Doundoun Dance Workshop, 3-4:30pm Unique, fun style of African Dance from Guinea integrating stick drums and song. Djembe Drum Workshop, 5-6:30pm Technique, traditional rhythms for the djembe drum.

Adults and mature teens of all levels are welcome!

Find out more information and RSVP on their facebook page.

HUUB Member price: $15 (per person, per workshop) + $5 drum rental (per person, per workshop) * This special price is available with Pre-Payment by 11/15 * via Paypal or Venmo Paypal: OR Venmo: Lara-Gonzalez-6 Email or call 877-904-2362 with any questions.

Sunday, November 17th, 4PM: FAITH + WORKS — The Importance of Faith — Myrna Williams Smith

Myrna has a BS from Seton Hall University and an MS and Doctorate from LaSalle University, both in Education and Administration. A resident of Orange NJ and a proud parent of four successful sons, she has worked in Early Childhood Administration, taught History and English in an elementary school setting, and has also taught in middle and Adult school. Myrna holds certifications in Early Childhood, PreK – 8, Education and Business, as well as Health Education. In addition, she has been a curriculum writer, school administrator, a past PTA President, served of the Democratic committee, a member of the Oranges/Maplewood NAACP, and on various school committees. She volunteers at VA Hospital in Orange, the Orange Interfaith Council, Tuto, the Essex County Green Party, and various senior groups. Although retired from the public sector, Myrna currently works as Education and Business Consultant. She joined the First UU of Essex in 2018.

Sewing Angels – Wednesdays, 4-6pm, October 9 – November 13

The Sewing Angels have been meeting at the HUUB since summer 2018 to teach the basics of sewing to members of the Orange community. Topics covered include threading, winding bobbins, stitch variety, fabric choices, and proper cutting techniques. The class is Free and sewing machines are provided, but space is limited. If you are interested in joining for the rest of this session, please contact Charlie at The HUUB and he will connect you with the organizers!

Sunday, December 8th, 4 PM: FAITH + WORKS: Faith in Forotten Places — Aubrey Murdock

About her presentation, Aubrey says.

"I grew up in a place people call the 'middle of nowhere.' They say 'there isn’t anything there.' When I graduated from high school and left, which I felt I was supposed to do, I started hearing this about other places, too – 'there's nothing there.' But when I’d meet people from these ‘nowheres’ I knew the stories weren’t true, just like they weren’t true about my home. When I started working with University of Orange as a graduate student, I learned about the power of place attachment. I learned more about the policies and practices that cast places as 'nowheres.' Through University of Orange I have had the extreme privledge of meeting dedicated people from all over the world, working hard for the places they live and love. Their work and care has become my faith. Honoring and contributing to this mighty constellation of hope is my work. "

Aubrey Murdock is an artist, filmmaker and educator from Wyoming and now New Jersey. In her work she looks at the stories that connect these places. Murdock has had the pleasure of working with the University of Orange, a free people’s school and community organization for six years. In that time she has been fortunate enough to meet dedicated people from all over the world, working hard for the places they live and love.

Monday, December 16th, 6PM to 8 PM – Building Solidarity Potluck

We have gotten together one Monday a month since the election of Donald Trump to share good food and great company, two important building blocks to a healthy community. Bring a dish and a friend! Set up starts at 5:30pm if you want to help.

Friday, December 20th, 9-11am -- Community Census Meeting

We’re hosting a Census meeting at the HUUB to talk with our elected officials, community partners, and neighbors about how we can help get an accurate count in Orange and New Jersey. Join us there and help us spread the word about the importance of the 2020 Census!

Sunday, January 19th, 2020, 4 PM: FAITH + WORKS -  "Work With the Oranges: engaging and retreating to do what you LOVE!" - Dominic Moulden 

The Oranges are a community rich in history, culture, parks, and people. He will lead us to explore a reflective journey on how to engage our community in faithful work and at the same time balance our work with healthy living in the form of retreating for rest, relaxation, and wellness. We can work with the Oranges and experience a life of full engagement, and then retreat with nature in the Oranges. Dominic T. Moulden is a longtime resource organizer at Organizing Neighborhood Equity (ONE DC), a collectively-led organization that builds people power and economic and racial equity in Washington, DC. He is a frequent lecturer at various universities and conferences regarding equitable revitalization, cooperative economics, affordable housing, workplace democracy, community development, and public policy. As 2018 Urbanist in Residence at the University of Orange (UofO), Moulden incorporates ONE DC’s People’s Platform in his political and popular education sessions for UofO’s “400 Years of Inequality: Observing the Anniversary of Jamestown, Disrupting the Ecology of Inequality” project. At the Maryland Institute College of Art he recently co-teaches “Making Art in Community,” which focused on art-making, critical theory, and community organizing strategies. Moulden is also a community-accountable photographer and social justice documentarian. His work has been exhibited most recently in MICA Place’s “Portraits Of People We Love” exhibition curated by Sarah McCann. A native of east Baltimore, his images celebrate Black love and resilience while providing uncompromising witness to the ongoing displacement of Afrodiasporic people in Baltimore and elsewhere in the Americas. His creative practice and organizing work are both dedicated to fostering a culture of health that includes art, joy, and radical resource redistribution. .

Monday, January 13, 2020, at 6pm-- Building Solidarity Potluck

We’re planning to fire the Earth Oven that day, so come check out the bread and pizzas we're going to make!

Monday, January 20th, 11am-4pm  -- MLK Day of Service

Prompted by our friends at Montclair State University, we're organizing a Martin Luther King Day of Service at HUUB.  We've got a laundry list of projects that need to be done around the HUUB and we're asking as many friends and allies to help as possible. We'll have the Earth Oven up and running by then as well, so you'll get to enjoy pizzas and other refreshments to show our appreciation for your help! Let us know if you are coming so we can make sure to have enough supplies and food!

Sunday, February 9th, 4 pm — FAITH + WORKS – Jazz Service — Ray Johnston

With 55 years of music being the driving force of his life, Raymond Johnston is a consummate sideman, band leader, woodwind specialist, instrumental music teacher, and composer. He began playing clarinet and became infatuated with the saxophone. He started his first band at age 15. His training at Berklee College of Music, 31 years as a public school and private instrumental music teacher, and 27 years as an Army bandsman supports his specialty. A highly sought-after musician, Ray plays a wide variety of genres. His career boasts playing with Amiri Baraka, Alicia Keys, Ike Brown and the Jazz Prophets, Jay Black/Jay & the American, guitarist “King” Solomon Hicks, Al Green, Jerry Butler, Philadelphia Biblical University Orchestra, The Delfonics. Irene Reid, Ali Ryerson, Paterson Musicians’ Union Hall rehearsal bands, and Steve Turay to name a few. Ray has toured with the Count Basie Orchestra (Scotty Barnhart, Director). He has also played on Broadway in “Shuffle Along.” Moreover, he has had a 13-year, Monday night residency with the famous New York City Cotton Club All Stars band. Raymond Johnston is looking forward to expanding his musical playing and teaching nationally and internationally.

Monday, February 17th, 6 PM – Building Solidarity Potluck, Parish Hall

Friday, February 28th, 7:30-9:30pm – Soundscapes –Hale House Living Room

This music series is organized by HUUB Fellow Cesar Presa and curated to be diverse and inclusive of less mainstream musical styles.

Friday, March 6th, 2020, 6-8pm -  Don't Drop the Mic -

Thomasberger Fellow Ray Sykes is putting together another showcase of the best local talent in this forum for self-expression in the community.

Updates on March events at HUUB:

Gregory Giacobe Memorial (originally scheduled for March 15th): postponed to the fall

Building Solidarity Potluck (originally scheduled for March 16th): canceled

Healthy Orange Coalition Meeting (originally scheduled for March 19th): TBD

Census Information Day (originally scheduled for March 21st): TBD