November 24 Service at 10:30 AM
Spiritually, Thanksgiving is a spare and simple holiday, a pause to dwell in gratitude. Most of us have been blessed with warm homes to shelter us on this holiday. In this Sunday service we will celebrate our special gratitude for the gift of home and its nourishment of our souls and bodies. The ritual of sharing bread will be part of the service, this time with the sharing of a variety of breads from the homes of members of the congregation. We will also note the particular tragedy of those who do not have the gift of a warm home in their lives this season.
November 17 Service at 10:30 AM
Nathaniel Hawthorne was not conventionally religious and, in fact, avoided membership in any established church. Nevertheless, he wrote with passion and sensitivity about many issues of spiritual and moral significance and described the people who played significant roles in Salem’s turbulent religious history. In contrast, Susannah Ingersoll, owner of the House of the Seven Gables, was a faithful, lifelong member and supporter of East Church in Salem, a church that became the founding congregation of a new Unitarian Association. This illustrated talk will focus on some of the many colorful incidents and personalities in the early religious history of the church on the North Shore.
November 10 Service at 10:30 AM
This morning we will enjoy the return of Bonnie Anderson, pianist, along with Shay Rudolph, cellist. Shay Rudolph has a varied musical career in the New England area. She plays with several area symphonies as well as touring with Weird Al’s “Strings Attached” and the Who’s “Moving On” tour. Bonnie and Shay have concertized together and are looking forward to bringing their music to us this morning.
November 3 Service at 10:30 AM
Ed will use his hospice experiences with memorial services and grief groups and other examples to explore what the Day of the Dead means for us today. He will also compare and contrast the “American” way of dealing with death with the ways other cultures celebrate and deal with death.
Ed was ordained in 1973 by the Central Association of the Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ, Ed spent 44 years engaging in a number of ministries. These included Community Missioner at an ecumenical lay academy, local church pastor, intentional interim pastor, Community Representative for the former Massachusetts Office for Children, Executive Director of a youth and family services council, Licensed Nursing Assistant, Licensed Practical Nurse, and for the final ten years of his active ministry until retirement in 2017, hospice chaplaincy. Ed is married with two adult children
October 27 Service at 10:30 AM
When the culture around us doesn’t encourage us to be our best selves, how do we model the kind of world we want to live in? Matt will reflect on the good and bad of middle school, the time he picked the very best costume for a high-stakes 5th grade costume party, and how we find the skills for beloved community.
Matt is a musician and community organizer who has led hundreds of services for UU congregations across the country. He has a degree from Berklee College of Music in hand drumming and has studied abroad in Cuba, Ghana and Central America. Matt serves as Director of Community Life for Sanctuary Boston and is a founding resident of the Lucy Stone Cooperative in Roxbury. Matt has been worship leader for hundreds of services in congregations all over the US and Canada.
October 20 Service at 10:30 AM
Four years ago I gave a talk at NSUU titled “Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Musical Theater.” Even as I wrote that talk, I realized there were so many more songs I wanted to talk about than I could fit into one service. Today, I will present Part II of my musical upbringing. This time, I focus on optimism, a trait I believe we must all cultivate ferociously as we face the many challenges of contemporary life. What does musical theater have to teach us about optimism? I’ll share some insights as we enjoy some glorious songs from musical theater, performed by members of the NSUU singing group.
October 13 Service at 10:30 AM
Rev. Julie Lombard, Minister
We gather this day to celebrate the life of our shared ministry. Although our time together is ending, we will take a moment to hold up what has made the life of this community vibrant. We will recall our many achievements and lift our voices in song as we bless all on the journey ahead. This is the last Sunday that I will be with you. Let us give thanks and praise for our time together. Please join us for worship and fellowship.