Due to the Covid-19 Virus, in-person worship at the church has been replaced by on-line services. Check the postings below for our services on Zoom.
There will be a Virtual Coffee Hour on Zoom every Sunday starting at 11:30 AM.
During these unsettling times, staff and members of our Church are available to both members and the general public. Reach out to us at any time by calling 978-774-7582 or emailing email@example.com. Our Church Administrator can answer your questions or direct your calls and emails to whomever you wish to contact.
Our minister, Rev. Carol Strecker, can be reached by email at DanversNSUUMinister@gmail.com, and by phone at 978-774-7582. The Board of Directors and various Committee Chairs and members are all available.
This moment indeed reminds us of the interconnected web of which we are all a part. Keep in touch with us and with one another.
If the road to hell is paved with good intentions, where does the road of bad intentions lead? Intentions, good and bad, are only thoughts. Intentions need an action plan in order to enter into the world; this action plan is called intentionality. Let’s reflect on intentionality together this morning and see if we can repave that road, directing it to a more just and kind place.
We’ve been celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a federal holiday since 1986. It’s traditionally been a time to remember and celebrate Dr. King’s leadership and legacy during the Civil Rights Movement. This year, Dr. King’s family is asking us not to celebrate the past but to fight for voting rights in the face of legislation that threatens the very heart of our democracy. This year, it seems appropriate to honor Dr. King’s legacy by finding ways to put his words into action once again.
Bonnie Anderson will be our guest pianist this morning. She will be playing selections written by African American women composers.
The ability to see and think clearly is at the heart of the understanding. When understanding guides our intentions, our actions have the power to help heal and transform. Intention is an important part of the Buddhist Eight-fold path based on our ability to be present and look deeply into the the present moment.
The theme we’ll be exploring this month is “Living With Intention”. On this, the first Sunday of the new year, we’ll look at the difference between making resolutions and living with intention. Living with intention is a process that invites us to begin again, in each moment, by listening to the still, small voice within. To come back to ourselves and what we value, again and again – making choices for life. It requires time, space and attention and it’s a wonderful, contemplative practice to cultivate during the heart of winter.
We greet this new year with hope, with the knowledge of great need and abundant opportunity in our beautiful world. We will ask ourselves “Do you look forward to each day? Do you almost always feel alert and awake? Do you have energy and spirit? Do you feel alive and full of vitality?”
As has been our tradition, you may write your resolutions or hopes for 2022 and mail them care of the church to remain sealed and returned to you in 2023.
We’ll welcome Christmas with candles, music, and reading celebrating the light born of hope in the birth of every child and the “angels” we sometimes entertain unawares.
We may not be able to gather in person again this year, but will all have the opportunity to participate in the beauty of our annual candle-lighting tradition. Candles will be available at the Holiday Workshop on December 4. Everyone can light a candle and pass the light from home. It won’t be quite the same, but I promise you, it will be the same light.
December 19 Service at 5:00 PM – A Live Service at the Church
Carol Strecker, Interim Minister
Please note the special time of this celebration, which will be held at the Church in place of our morning Sunday service.
Join Rev. Carol to welcome in Yuletide of the year with an outdoor celebration of the Winter Solstice. We’ll gather around a fire at NSUU to warm our hearts in each other’s company as we celebrate the gifts of darkness and light on this the longest night of the year.
Joy is a universal delight in all cultures. Join Helen, Judy, the Singing Group, soloists and the ukuleles for a celebration of joy through music. Our annual all-music service will include readings and music designed to bring you joy as well as to provide a space for pondering how we find joy when it is not readily apparent. Joy to the world. Indeed! May it be so.
What does hope look like? Emily Dickinson imagined,
Hope is a thing with feathers.
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –
And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –
And sore must be the storm –
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm -…
What is this little bird? Is it simply a balm for the soul or is it a source of courage, fortitude and resolve? Could it be the bright thread that keeps us connected to that passionate “yes”; what’s good, what’s right, what’s possible?