This Sunday’s Virtual Service – Unlocking the Power of Covenant

October 24 Service at 10:30 AM on Zoom

Rev. Carol Strecker, Interim Minister

Unitarian Universalism is a covenantal tradition, rather then a creedal one. In other words, we don’t ask people to sign on to a particular set of beliefs. We invite people into covenantal relationship. Covenants are simply the promises we make about how we want to be together.

Making those promises explicit grounds our relationships on a firm foundation of mutuality and trust.  What might a congregational covenant at NSUU look like? What are the promises we want to make explicit that can ground our relationships in mutuality and trust.

Congregational Meeting to follow the service at 11:45 a.m.

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This Sunday’s Virtual Service – Cultivating Relations in Small Groups

October 17 Service at 10:30 AM on Zoom

Jennifer Revill, Service Leader

Small groups have the power to weave threads of connection that can deepen our relationships with others and ourselves. Jennifer Revill, Helen Brandt, Judy Putnam, Samantha McCune and Rev. Carol have been exploring a model for developing small groups that promote this kind of listening and sharing. They will share what they’ve been learning and why they are so excited about potentially facilitating small groups at NSUU using this model.

“There is a quality of listening that is possible among a circle of human beings, who by their attentiveness to one another create a space in which each person is able to give voice to the truth of his or her life. There is the miracle of authentic narrative, made possible by listening that holds still long enough to let our truth be told.” Rebecca Parker

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This Sunday’s Virtual Service – Tikkum Olam: Mending the World

October 10 Service at 10:30 AM on Zoom

Ed Vaeni

The familiar face of minister Ed Vaeni will be our speaker on Sunday, October 10. Ed is retired now but spent many years as both a settled and interim minister. He spent the last ten years of his ministry as a Hospice Chaplain in Dover, NH.

In Ed’s words, “I take it as given that we are living in a time when all of our relationships; personal, communal, institutional, and environmental are being shaken to the depths. There may be many ways or no ways at all to resolve these relational conundrums. But for today I want to return to an ancient Jewish tradition known as Tikkun Olam to see if it can serve in o ur struggle to make and keep human life human. Tikkun Olam may be translated as repairing or mending the world. It speaks to a way of relating to the world that is very different for us post-modern Americans. Let’s look at it and reflect together.”

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This Sunday’s Virtual Service – The Blessing of the Animals

October 3 Service at 10:30 AM on Zoom

Rev. Carol Strecker

We’re going to kick off our theme for October, “Cultivating Relationship” with a service dedicated to lifting up our connections with all creatures great and small, especially our animal companions.

Members of the Salem Universalist Church have been invited to join us as we bless the animals. We invite everyone to bring your well-behaved pets to our virtual service on Zoom. We’d love to meet them if that works for them. Everyone is invited to send pictures of their beloved animal friends to Gary Nelson. He will create a slideshow for the occasion. Please send pictures in .PNG or .JPG format to Gary at ammodytes2000@yahoo.com by noontime on Friday October 1st.

Together, we’ll bless them all; our beloved animal companions, both living and deceased, and honor the many gifts they share with us. In doing so we rededicate ourselves to nurturing and protecting the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

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This Sunday’s Virtual Service – Widening the Circle Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going?

September 19 & 26 Services at 10:30 AM on Zoom

Rev. Carol Strecker, Interim Minister

This two-part series will explore possibilities for widening the circle of inclusion both as a member congregation of a larger association, the Unitarian Universalist Association and as a particular congregation of people located on the Northshore of Massachusetts in the fall of 2021.

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View a Recording of the September 19 Service

Upcoming Services –

September 5 – Labor Day weekend: There will not be a service

Saturday, September 11 –

Water Ceremony/Ingather Meet at 10:00am on the patio at NSUU. Bring a little water that has special meaning for you to NSUU. This will be an outdoor gathering. Please wear a mask, practice social distancing and remain outdoors as much as possible.

Sunday, September 12 –

Water Ceremony Part II at 10:30am via Zoom “Putting Out the Fires” Water is the source of life. It not only has the power to create life. It also has the power to extinguish the flames scorching the Earth and our thirsty souls.

Rev. Strecker, Interim Minister

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This Sunday’s Virtual Service – More Than a Pretty Picture

August 29 Service at 10:30 AM on Zoom

Beth Blanchard

I’ll explore some of the insights and inspirations that photographers use, and what they experience, while taking  the photographic images we enjoy. Using photographs, we will think about how photography impacts both the  photographer and you, the viewer. Perhaps you will also discover a few new ways to add interest and dimension  to your own camera work as you take, and appreciate, your own photographs.

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This Sunday’s Virtual Service – Staying Sane in the Midst of a Global Pandemic

August 22 Service at 10:30 AM on Zoom

Jeri Kroll

What has kept you sane during this past pandemic year? We all coped in our own individual ways. Some took  up baking or gardening or exercise of some sort. Some of us over-ate with joyful abandon while others seized  the opportunity to become our best physical selves. Most of us stocked up on toilet paper and home delivery of  groceries became commonplace. Somehow all of us found ways to connect with each other. We zoomed our  way forward as we were forced, some kicking and screaming, to learn new computer technology. “You’re on  mute”, became the most uttered phrase of 2020-2021.  

In her reflections, Jeri Kroll, NSUU member, will share what she found most helpful in making it through this  past year with some semblance of sanity.  

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This Sunday’s Virtual Service – The Importance of Religious Education and Exploration

August 15 Service at 10:30 AM on Zoom

Samantha McCune

Perhaps you attended religious education when you were young or are someone who has taught religious education in the past. Maybe you studied religion in college, in your own free time, or not at all. Regardless, we are all on our own journeys in life, and there will be times when we learn more about our own spiritual and religious beliefs and practices, as well as those of others. Join our Director of Religious Exploration Samantha McCune in contemplating why Religious Education and Exploration is important in our world and in our church. Samantha will reflect on both her time studying religion in college, as well as teaching Religious Exploration at Northshore Church.

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This Sunday’s Virtual Service – Spiritual Trajectories

August 8 Service at 10:30 AM on Zoom

Jennifer Revill

The word “trajectory” implies more than just a path; it’s a path overlaid with the function of time. The spiritual experience of most human beings could be said to be a trajectory; this is usually called a spiritual “journey.”Each of our journeys is unique and takes shape because ofwhowe are, wherewe are, whenwe are, and the environment and context of our lives. This service offers some ways to think about our own individual spiritual trajectories -their origins and destinations, and the forces that shape them.

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