This Sunday’s Service – As Good as Your Word

October 23 Service at 10:30 AM

Rev. Anna Smulowitz

Rev. Anna Smulowitz has produced, directed and acted in hundreds of plays. She earned a BA and MA in Theatre Arts and taught acting at the University of Maryland. In 1980, she earned an M.Ed. from Lesley University in Drama as Therapy. In 1986 she earned a third Masters from Brandeis in Jewish Studies. She established the Newburyport Children’s Theatre in 1979 which today is known as Theatre in the Open. She went on to form her own adult production company and theatre training school. Hundreds of students have studied with Anna. She considers her greatest achievement to be her original play, Terezin Children of the Holocaust, which has toured the US and Europe for over 25 years. Terezin won the 1984 American Children’s’ Television award. At age 55, Anna decided to follow a path toward hospital ministry. She was ordained in 2005 an Interfaith Minister, and is now a chaplain at Brooksby Village in Peabody.

Music for the service will be provided by the Singing Group and by Judy Putnam.

This Sunday’s Service – One Voice, Many Hands

October 16 Service at 10:30 AM

Reverend Julie Lombard, Minister

After putting on our annual Harvest Festival, this is usually a Sunday that we wish we could sleep in. Playfully, we could turn this into an annual Pajama Sunday. Maybe I’ll robe in my bathrobe and slippers. Seriously, I believe that the Harvest Festival and the fruits of our labor offer us a unique occasion to gather and consider our one voice and many hands. So, soon after putting our faith in action is an electrifying time to examine our unity in diversity through the success of our most recent joint effort. Please come to worship as we examine how we are outwardly focused and mission-minded. What does our one voice say to the wider North Shore? How many church hands does it take to make our world a better place? Pajamas not required.

This Sunday’s Service – The Spiritual Aspects on Practicing Islam in the United States

October 9 Service at 10:30 AM

Yusef Hayes

Yusef will be speaking about the spiritual aspects on practicing Islam in the United States. Each culture where Islam has found a home has made the religion there own. What does it mean to be an American Muslim?  Music will be provided by the Singing Group.

Yusef Hayes is an educator, life-partner, and father, working in the fields of Communication and Religion. Yusef is currently a Professor at North Shore Community College. His professional interests include engaged pedagogy, Islamic mysticism, environmental and social justice, and decolonization.

This Sunday’s Service – Unity in Diversity

October 2 Service at 10:30

Reverend Julie Lombard, Minister

Unity can be difficult to find these days. As Americans we cannot define ourselves as a common culture or ethnicity. We sometimes look for identity in those we can define ourselves as against, especially in times of societal stress. Religious minorities past and present have a history of being targeted; Catholics, Jews, and Muslims. But there’s a hopeful part of this discourse that always wins the debate, despite any zealous gears. Although we like to think education is the way to unify our diverse culture, the reality is that a relationship with the others and the stories we tell, hold the key to how our nation can become more accepting. Please join us for worship, where we’ll hear the hopeful side of the story of unity in diversity.

This Sunday’s Service – Still Not at the Table

September 25 Service at 10:30 AM

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Can the Biblical story of Joseph provide us with a framework to consider the current strain in race, gender, and socioeconomic relations in our nation today? Perhaps by looking at Joseph’s personal story, as well as his relationship to the most powerful nation of the day, we can understand some of the causes—and effects—of the current tensions, especially those which have launched such movements as Black Lives Matter. Consider this an invitation, perhaps, to think differently about views you have held on current affairs. Judy Putnam and the Singing Group will provide the music.

Rev. Wright is the Executive Director of the Black Ministerial Alliance Greater Boston. He is also a bar certified attorney and has practiced litigation, contract, and employment law. From 1999 to 2004, Rev. Wright served as the President and CEO of the African American Federation of Greater Boston, Inc., a collaboration of 35 community-based organizations located in inner-city Boston. He is the associate minister at the Peoples Baptist Church in Boston, where he serves as Assistant to the Pastor, the Rev. Dr. Wesley A. Roberts. He also serves as Board Chairman for the Lena Park Community Development Corporation and he is the Executive Director for the Boston TenPoint Coalition. Rev. Wright recently graduated from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary obtaining his Masters in Urban Ministry.

This Sunday’s Service – The Dark Side of Nature

September 18 Service at 10:30 AM

Reverend Julie Lombard, Minister

In September our monthly worship theme is Human Nature. In this month we’ll examine the many ways of thinking, feeling, and acting that are common to most people. But one thing is for certain; what is common for one person is not necessarily common for another. On the topic of Human Nature, George Orwell said, “On the whole human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time.” George R. R. Martin said, “People often claim to hunger for truth, but seldom like the taste when it’s served up.” Alas, Mark Twain gets to where I’m taking us in this sermon when he said, “Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.” In this week’s message we’ll look at the dark side of Human Nature which is truthful, if not tasteful. Please join us for worship and fellowship.

Bonnie Anderson will be with us sharing her beautiful piano playing.

This Sunday’s Service – Pulling Water

September 11 Service at 10:30 AM

Reverend Julie Lombard, Minister

It’s time to gather again in the fullness of our faith community by bringing water from where ever our journeys have taken us while we were apart. The annual water service, sometimes called a “Water Communion” or “Waters of the World,” is a beloved UU tradition. This ritual is held as folks return from their various summer travels. All are invited to bring water from those travels or water that has other significance for them. The waters are poured into a common bowl to signify our coming together again. It’s a way of symbolizing that many are one. A water communion is not a competition to see who went the farthest away; it’s a celebration and blessing of our unique unity. Please join us for this multigenerational worship service which will explore the importance of water throughout our world as I tell three short stories that will forever change the way you look at water. The Singing Group will be providing the music.