This Sunday’s Virtual Service – Readings from My Memoir: Escaping the Pteradarktyl

May 10 Service at 10:30 on Zoom

Peter VanDeBogert

A Pteradarktyl is the big ugly dinosaur bird and a metaphor for my depression. But this service’s readings will only be about ten percent Pteradarkyl. Instead I will cover such scenes as: propping up the corners my mouth in prep school, water dropping from my kitchen ceiling and how that led to Elaine’s and my wedding, our bizarre introduction to this church, my later attempts at explaining to my father what NSUU is all about, and the secret divulged to my fifteen-year-old daughter Erin before bedding down for the night in an Arizona campground.

The service will not follow the usual format of a Sunday service, although it will have a meditation and cares and celebrations.

This Sunday’s Virtual Service – Pandemic as Practice: Where Do We Go From Here?

May 3 Service at 10:30 AM on Zoom

Rev. Shayna Appel

While the coronavirus pandemic has certainly impacted all of our lives in the moment, what are the lessons we have learned from it and will bring forward with us when it comes to pass?

 Please join us as we come together in community to hear the thoughtful words of Rev. Shayna Appel.  Raised Jewish, Rev. Shayna Appel found herself called to a ministry at the intersection of both Judaism and Christianity.  In addition to her service to several churches across New England, Shayna serves as Chaplain to Townsend and Peterborough Fire Departments, the MA Corps of Fire Chaplains, the Granite State Critical Incident Stress Management Team and the UU Trauma Response Ministry team.  She currently lives in Milford, NH, with Arlo the dog and Hidee the cat.  She spends her spare time at the stable with Sunflower (Sunny) the American Standardbred horse.

Cares and Celebrations:  Please send your cares and celebrations to so that they can be shared with the congregation and a candle lit in the sanctuary.

Zoom Notes:

Please make sure you are on mute throughout the service.  Background noises are greatly amplified and distracting.

If you wish to make a comment during the service at any time, or send along a care/celebration that you didn’t send in in advance, you can use the chat icon at the bottom of your screen.  When you click on it, it will open a chat bar at the side of your screen.  Click on the message area, type in your message and hit “return”.

Due to the Covid-19 Virus, in-person worship at the church has been replaced by on-line services.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.  If you are not currently a NSUU member and would like to access our virtual Zoom services, please email your email address to and you will receive Zoom invitations to our services.  

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 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, 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.

Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church

Board of Directors

This Sunday’s Service – Roots

March 15 Service at 10:30 AM

Beth Beringer, Bob Gamer, Jan Lycette

It has been said that we live our lives forward in a blur of hectic schedules, but we understand our lives backward. Each of us has followed a unique path, encountering stumbling blocks and stepping stones to arrive here at the NSUU. Beth Beringer, Bob Gamer and Jan Lycette will share some of the memorable moments that have brought them to this beloved community.

This Sunday’s Service – Good Heavens

March 1 Service at 10:30 AM

Amy Shapiro-Kaznocha, M. Ed.

Astrologer Amy Shapiro-Kaznocha, M.Ed., will present her interpretation of Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church’s birth chart, which is calculated for October 29, 1967 at 3 PM. when the late Rev. Jack Mendelsohn delivered the dedication sermon. Amy will offer her insights into NSUU’s basic character and ongoing mission.

This Sunday’s Service – Perceptions of an Anxious Person

February 23 Service at 10:30 AM

Gary Nelson

My anxious life started in childhood as a result of my misinterpretation of ridicule by other children and the effects of growing up in alcoholic households. As a result of carrying these childhood traumas in adulthood, I hit an emotional bottom during my mid-twenties. On my road to recovery, I discovered one truth—the beliefs and perceptions about myself and others were the basis of my anxiety. In this talk I will discuss the work I have done to change my distorted thinking that has led to a happier and less anxious life.

This Sunday’s Service – Cultivating a Caring Community

February 9 Service at 10:30 AM

Claire Wilson

Unitarian Universalism has a long history of engaging in social issues. Our UU Seven Principles speak to our values of caring for and about others. And we recognize the need for self-care as a spiritual practice to prepare ourselves for service within our community. Claire Wilson, MSW, Pastoral Care Coordinator at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn, located in Swampscott, will offer some thoughts about cultivating a caring community.

This Sunday’s Service – Imagination, Staying Power and the Virgin Birth

February 2 Service at 10:30 AM

Ed Vaeni

It is my assumption that the world is living through a time of chaos when everything we have ever thought to be true and eternal is being challenged in the depths. How do we interpret these times in ways that bring about hope instead of despair? Where do we find the imagination to think outside the box of Empire myths and ideologies? Do we even want to do that? Or, do we want to return to normality? How can we maximize an ethic of love and minimize a spirituality of fear? Where can we find the staying power to live these questions consistently over time in a “sound bite” era of ever-changing fads? This sermon is about asking the right questions, rather than looking for simple answers.

What’s to be done with 321? There will be an informational meeting following the church service.