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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!