Upcoming Services & Other Events
last updated May 30, 2019
us this day to bring and plant flowers on the beautiful border of our new walkway! Please gather in the Parish Hall for a brief ceremony before proceeding to the front lawn. Please dress comfortably and bring a trowel, if you have one! Donations of plantings welcomed (perennials preferred!)
The service title — Active Hope — is taken from the 2012 book by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone. The complete title of the book is Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re In Without Going Crazy and you are highly encouraged to add this to your summer reading list! As the authors state in their introduction “We can no longer take it for granted that the resources we’re dependent on — food, fuel, and drinkable water — will be available. We can no longer take it for granted even that our civilization will survive or that conditions on our planet will remain hospitable for complex forms of life.” The book tackles the question of how does one not feel completely overwhelmed by that reality? This service will explore how the understanding three narratives (Business As Usual, The Great Unraveling, and The Great Awakening) might help answer that question in a way that can resonate here in this community at this time.
Charles Loflin was born and raised in Yazoo City, MS. Although his family was religiously unaffiliated, he attended a Southern Baptist church and was very active through high school. Feeling a call to ministry, he attended Mississippi College (a Southern Baptist affiliated school) and earned a degree in Religion and a minor in Communications/Theatre Studies. Charles served as a minister for a small congregation in rural Mississippi, and had planned to attend seminary after college but found himself increasingly uncomfortable with the theological and political leanings of evangelical Christianity. He embarked instead on a career in the arts and earned a MFA in Acting from the University of Louisville, Kentucky. He moved to New York City where he split his time working as an actor/director/producer and paying the bills by working in the field of technology as a programmer and developer. He and his family moved to New Jersey in 2001. Charles “discovered” Unitarian Universalism sometime around 2008 and found the religious home that spoke to his values, politics, and theology and has been an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Montclair. In 2018, feeling a persistent sense of call, Charles began pursuing a Master of Divinity degree from Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago. As part of his first year Community Studies, Charles served as intern here at the HUUB @ First UU Essex. This summer he will be fulfilling his CPE requirement at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in New Brunswick and will begin a two-year congregational internship at the Morristown Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in the fall. He’s on track to graduate in May of 2021. He lives in Montclair with his amazing wife and together they have three children — Connor, Morgan, and Lauren — too many cats and an English bulldog named Rose.
Every Wednesday, 12 noon to 1 PM — HUUB: Singing With Friends, 35 Cleveland – Worship Space.
HUUB/EssexUU/University of Orange: Margaux Simmons, Aubrey Murdock, Doug Farrand, Charlie Wirene and others singing together for an hour each week! Open to anyone who’d like to join!