This Sunday’s service: “What’s New in News?”

Please join us for our service this Sunday, October 19. Our guest speaker will be longtime church member Dan Kennedy, a journalism professor at Northeastern University, who will talk about his book The Wired City.

Technological and cultural upheaval has upended the business of news, resulting in skimpy coverage of communities and hastening the decline of civic engagement. The Wired City tracks the rise of the nonprofit online-only New Haven Independent and other innovative news projects that have sprung up to fill the gap created by the decline of traditional media. After the service Dan will be signing copies.

The slideshow above is based on a talk Dan gave at a TEDx event last spring at the invitation of another church member, UMass Lowell student Nathaniel Swanson.

The service will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by coffee and fellowship at about 11:30. Religious education classes are offered, and visitors are always welcome.


This Sunday’s service: “3-2-1 Blast Off”

Betsy Mead Tabor, a candidate for the Unitarian Universalist ministry, will speak at our service this Sunday, October 12, on the topic of faith and time. The title of her talk will be “3-2-1 Blast Off.”

Summer is over. School, jobs, due dates and deadlines are in full swing. Crisp days remind us of winter to come. How much time until the first frost? What will this winter bring? Oh dear, how many shopping days are left ’til the holidays? Countdowns to the future can fill our minds!

Meanwhile, our faith calls us to consider how to use the time we have. How long before we have a sense of clarity about what matters? When will we figure out how to live full, realized lives? And the ultimate spiritual countdown: How do we want to spend the days of our lives?

The service will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by coffee and fellowship at about 11:30. Religious education classes are offered, and visitors are always welcome.

Art show by church members opens this Friday

The Northshore UU Church is exhibiting a group show for 13 of the church members. The show is an eclectic mix of oils, watercolors, acrylics, photography, and crafts. The exhibit opens October 3 and will remain up until the end of November.

Those who are exhibiting their work are our Minister Emeritus, the Reverend Ed Lynn, and Jean Koulack-Young, Dick Lundgren, Marcia Lassar, Peter VanDeBorgert, Marion Frost, Fred Bougas, Astrida Cutter, Brian Orr, Barbara Reeder, Donna King, Audrey Merkle, and Shirley Guerriero.

This Sunday’s service: “E Pluribus Unum”

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

Please join us for our service this Sunday, October 5, when the Reverend Karin Peterson, a former Northshore Church member, will speak on the theme “E Pluribus Unum.”

This is not a politically oriented sermon, but is a nod to a carefully crafted national motto put forward to Congress in 1776 by three Unitarian or Unitarian-inclined statesmen: John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson. This same spirit underlies the strength of Unitarian Universalist congregations today. What is this and how do we do it?

Andrea Kaiser, a noted musician and former member, will be the guest piano soloist.

The service will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by coffee and fellowship at about 11:30. Religious education classes are offered, and visitors are always welcome.

Following the service, church members will discuss hiring a new half-time minister. The Transition Team invites all church members to participate in roundtable discussions about our needs and expectations for a new minister, whom we hope to recruit for the beginning of the church year in September 2015. Team members will serve as facilitators at each of the tables in the Meeting Room to capture and report back the thoughts expressed by the congregation. Two questions will be used as the outline for the discussions:

  1. How would you describe and sell NSUU as a welcoming community for a new minister?
  2. What are your expectations for the services and leadership qualities that a new minister will bring?

Please try to participate in these important discussions. We are planning to have additional food available during coffee hour and hope to conclude the meeting by 1 p.m.

This Sunday’s service: Rhythm, music, and justice


What does the experience of music tell us about how we live out our faith in the world? What does it tell us about the community we build together? Join us this Sunday, September 28, for rhythm and song, quiet reflection, and an experience of the holy in music. The service will begin at 10:30 a.m. followed by coffee and fellowship at about 11:30. Lunch and a drumming workshop (1 to 2:30 p.m.) will follow. See details here.

Matt’s “Drumming and Spirituality” workshop is a chance for people of all skill levels to participate in hands-on rhythm-making. We will experience the connection of community music-making through different activities, stories, games, and discussions as well as look at how rhythm and music intersect with Unitarian Universalist values. Bring your own drum if you have one. For those who don’t, enough will provided.

Matt is a musician and community organizer who has lead hundreds services for UU congregations across the country. He has studied abroad in Cuba, Ghana, and Central America and is also a founding resident of the Lucy Stone Cooperative, an intentional community grounded in the values and tradition of Unitarian Universalism.

Religious education classes are offered, and visitors are always welcome.

Photo (cc) by Martha R. Binford and published under a Creative Commons license. Some rights reserved.

The Caring Associates serve church members in need

A care-giving team, The Caring Associates, has been established for the Northshore Church. The mission of The Caring Associates is to extend outreach in the church community by offering supportive listening and helpful resources to any member upon request. A member might request a Caring Associate at a time of particular life stress such as illness, bereavement, or family issues. Confidentiality is always respected.

For more information about The Caring Associates, please visit their page on