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Worship from UUA General Assembly – “Weaving Our Lives”

June 23 Service at 10:30 AM on Zoom 

Rev. Molly Housh Gordon, Worship Leader of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia, MO

Rev. Caro will lead a NSUU Cares and Celebrations during this special Zoom only service

We are all tangled up together in a great web of life that is woven with beauty and hardship, love and loss, thriving and struggle. How do we tend well to the weaving so that all of us are held in care?

Rev. Molly Housh Gordon will be joined by Violet Vonder Haar, Jamila Bachelder, and a host of other ministers from around the US. Musicians include Natasha Steinmacher, Lea Morris, Francisco Ruiz; beheld, and Paul Winchester. Choirs from 8 churches, including First Parish UU in Lexington, MA.

*This will be NSUU’s final Zoom service prior to a summer break.

 

Our Next Multi-Platform Service – Music Sunday: Flower Communion

June 16 Service at 10:30 AM in the Church and on Zoom 

Caro Barschow, Minister
Ethan Hackett, Music Director

Holding a Flower Communion is an annual ritual that celebrates beauty, diversity, and community. This ritual entered our living tradition about 100 years ago at a Unitarian Church in Czechoslovakia. Bring to the Sanctuary a flower from your garden, or share from a common bouquet. This ritual will celebrate with music from the Singing Group, the Bell Choir and a four-hands piano performance by Ethan Hackett and Judy Putnam.

 

*This will be NSUU’s final in-person service prior to a summer break.

 

Our Next Multi-Platform Service – Fresh Starts

June 9 Service at 10:30 AM in the Church and on Zoom 

Caro Barschow, Minister

This month’s theme for worship is Renewal. Many of us have had fresh starts in our lives. Sometimes they come because we seek them and other times they surprise us. There are times we are hungry for change and other times that we resist it mightly. How does our spiritual life impact how we respond to the invitation to start anew?

 

Our Next Multi-Platform Service – Dancing with the Divine

June 2 Service at 10:30 AM in the Church and on Zoom 

Rumni Saha, Guest Speaker

In the sermon “Dancing with the Divine” Rumni Saha explores Nataraja’s dance of divine creation, destruction, and transformation, drawing parallels with the cycles of life and death as well as the interconnection of all things, the search for spiritual enlightenment, the quest for truth and the pursuit of justice which our Unitarian Universalist Principles uphold.

About the Speaker

Rumni Saha considers herself to be a proud Hindu, a fierce Unitarian Universalist, and a devoted Religious Humanist. She is an active member of the Unitarian Church of Sharon where she has lived with her family since 2001. Rumni was a long-time Public School Educator, a newspaper columnist, and a regular contributor to the Huffington Post before receiving a Master of Divinity Degree from Boston University School of Theology in May of 2023. She currently serves as the Hindu and the Unitarian Universalist Chaplain at Wellesley College. Rumni considers India, her home country, as having given her roots and her adopted country, her wings. 

 

Our Next Multi-Platform Service – From Heart to Hand: Creative Collage

May 26 Service at 10:30 AM in the Church and on Zoom 

Religious Service Committee

Art communicates with us at a deep level. Humans are makers, and making art is a part of us!  Join us in the sanctuary or online to answer that creative impulse by making your own paper collage project. 

Instruction and all materials will be supplied for those in the sanctuary; for those joining the service from home, you may want to have some creative materials at hand (paper, scissors, glue, magazine pages, journal, or any other creative project you would like to work on).

Our Next Multi-Platform Service – The Fight for Democracy

May 19 Service at 10:30 AM in the Church and on Zoom 

Rev. Caro Barschow, Minister

In their 2017 book Daring Democracy, co-authors Frances M. Lappé and Adam Eichen describe democracy movements around the world and anti-democratic economic and social forces. They highlight our political needs for personal agency, a sense of belonging, a sense of purpose in our community. These are spiritual needs, too. In today’s worship, we seek to understand: how does political life in today’s democracy meet—or not meet—our spiritual needs? 

Multi-Platform Service – Opening the Door to Ancestral Healing

May 12 Service at 10:30 AM in the Church and on Zoom 

Guest Speaker, Gina Tzizik

In May 2023, after 150 years, the Comanche, Kiowa, and Apache tribes of Oklahoma were allowed to view their tribal sacred items. Gina Tzizik was a guest and witness to families and tribal members reuniting with their sacred ritual artifacts. She will share pictures and stories from this two-day event.

 

Gina Tzizik is an Artist, educator, and early childhood teacher trainer. Gina’s art centers on spirituality, drawing inspiration from ancient texts, symbols, and rituals to convey timeless wisdom and sacredness. She holds a Master’s Degree in Jewish education from Hebrew College, Newton, MA, and a Master’s Degree in Montessori education from Endicott College, Beverly, MA, She holds an American Montessori Society Pre-Primary Certification and Torah Godly Play certification. She has extensive training in Reggio Emilia’s educational philosophy and has lived and worked in Italy, Germany, and the United States.

Multi-Platform Service – The Beauty in Difference

May 5 Service at 10:30 AM in the Church and on Zoom 

Rev. Caro Barschow, Minister

A monthly theme of pluralism invites us to celebrate that we are all sacred beings, diverse in culture, experience, and theology. What does it take to embrace our differences and commonalities with love, curiosity, and respect? This service will include an update on new language regarding pluralism proposed for the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Bylaws Article II, the statement of purpose and beliefs for our church’s denomination. 

Multi-Platform Service – No Contest

April 28 Service at 10:30 AM in the Church and on Zoom 

Rev. Caro Barschow, Minister

Good, better, best. Top 10 Lists. My Favorites. Greatest Of All Time. Ranks and ratings come easily to our human minds. What is the cost of this habit? Author adrienne marie brown says, “Humans are unique because we compete when it isn’t necessary. We could reason our way to more sustainable practices, but we use our intelligence to outsmart each other. We compete for fun, for ego.” Let’s consider together how and why competition can be in contest with our UU values of mutuality and interdependence. 

Our Next Muti-Platform Service – Annual Earth Day Service

April 21 Service at 10:30 AM in the Church and on Zoom 

NSUU Green Sanctuary Team

The NSUU Green Sanctuary Team presents our 11th tribute to Earth Day (established 1970).  Join us – in person or on Zoom – in commemorating this holiday with music, stories, and a presentation by long-time environmentalist Rep. Kristen Kassner of Massachusetts 2nd Essex District.

Our Next Multi-Platform Service – Right Where We Are

April 14 Service at 10:30 AM in the Church and on Zoom 

Rev. Caro Barschow, Minister

Poet Mary Oliver offers these “Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” When we approach with humility and reverence the interdependent web of all existence, of which we are a part, we can be led towards a deeper caring and respect for all of creation. Let’s cultivate ways to pay attention right where we are to that sacred web.

Our Next Multi-Platform Service – Rest Is An Action

April 7 Service at 10:30 AM in the Church and on Zoom 

Religious Services Committee, Speakers

Priscilla Odinmah, Guest Musician

Modern life encourages a non-stop mentality. Our culture overvalues the drive to achieve at the same time it undervalues rest. Humans need both! Honoring our own rhythms of rest and work, of dormancy and action, helps support our own wellbeing and that of the larger world. In today’s service, we will explore the spiritual and dimensions of action and rest. Vocalist Priscilla Odinmah will present music by well-known Brazilian composers

Multi-Platform Service – Easter Sunday: Fresh from the Word

March 31 Service at 10:30 AM in the Church and on Zoom 

Rev. Caro Barschow, Minister

This Sunday, we join together to acknowledge the Christian celebration of Easter. Opened by the singing group and featuring the bell choir, this service explores rebirth and the nature of all things through music and ideas. Sing with us the hymn “Morning Has Broken,” then we’ll examine together why the Gospel depiction of Jesus Chist as “the Word” mattered for his early followers and what it might mean for our time on Earth. 

Multi-Platform Service – Return to Life

March 24 Service at 10:30 AM in the Church and on Zoom 

NSUU Singing Group and Ethan Hackett, Music Director

Bring your voice, spirit, and joyful being for a music-filled celebration of the changing season! Musical offerings will be made by the singing group and bell choir, with a special four-hands piano performance! Together we will mark the beginnings of new life and the incoming of fresh energy in a spirited spring equinox service. Not one to be missed! 

Multi-Platform Service – Growing Together: Stewardship Sunday

March 17 Service at 10:30 AM in the Church and on Zoom 

Rev. Caro Barschow, Minister

Stewardship means the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care. In a Unitarian Universalist congregation like ours, the care of our people, our mission and our church building arises through the dedication of our volunteer time and our financial resources. The act of stewardship often leads to both our church community’s growth and our personal growth. Today marks a “kick-off” for NSUU’s annual pledge campaign. Let’s reflect together on how we will grow together into the next chapter of thriving at NSUU. A pledge season kick-off brunch will follow the service.  

Our Next Multi-Platform Service – Transformations

March 10 Service at 10:30 AM in the Church and on Zoom 

Religious Services Committee

Personal growth doesn’t happen by amassing knowledge. It happens as we become more conscious and more mindful of inner knowing. Every one of us goes through life poised for transformation at any time. Something significant (or insignificant) happens, and our perspective widens, and we are suddenly able to see ourselves, the world, and the meaning of things in new ways. Through the telling of some of our personal stories, let us appreciate the power and vibrancy of transformation for us as human beings and as Unitarian Universalists.

Multi-Platform Service – Love in Motion

March 3 Service at 10:30 AM in the Church and on Zoom 

Caro Barschow, Minister

Jo-Mé Dance Theatre, Guest Artists

Dance expresses the emotions within us, where words can’t always go. Guest artists from Jo-Mé Dance Theatre of Boston will take us on a journey of the ache and the joy of loving, connecting and letting go. This unforgettable service will inspire you and challenge you to set your love in motion. 

Our Next Multi-Platform Service – On Bondage and Freedom

February 18 Service at 10:30 AM in the Church and on Zoom 

Rev. Caro Barschow, Ethan Hackett,Judy Putnam, Jill Aubin Updegraph

The Legacy Museum opened in 2018 in Montgomery, Alabama. It tells a comprehensive history of the destructive violence that shaped our nation, from the slave trade, to the era of Jim Crow and racial terror lynchings, to our current mass incarceration crisis. It was founded by Montgomery’s Equal Justice Initiative as a counterpart to the National Memorial to Peace and Justice, which is dedicated to the memory of the victims of racial terror lynching. Today’s speakers each traveled to Montgomery in 2023 to visit these sites. They bring to you stories and reflections from the experience.

Our Next Multi-Platform Service – JAZZ PRODIGY AKILI JAMAL HAYNES TO PERFORM

February 4 Service at 10:30 AM in the Church and on Zoom 

Caro Barschow, Minister

Multi-instrumentalist and composer, Akili Jamal Haynes will bring his music to the Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church at 323 Locust Street in Danvers, MA on Sunday, February 4th at 10:30 am as part of the service under the leadership of Reverend Caro Barschow and Music Director, Ethan Hackett. 

He has performed with Illinois Jacquet, Winton Marsalis, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, McCoy Tyner, and numerous recognized jazz greats. He can be heard playing the acoustic bass, percussion, trombone, saxophone, trumpet, and is an excellent vocalist. Akili has also worked with hundreds of students at Boston University, Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory and Curry College. 

Currently, Akili is Chair of the Percussion & Popular Music Department at the Community Music Center of Boston. He also creates and performs in his own multi-media work Becoming Chibuzo and Chibuzo Dunun.

For this service, Akili will be performing original music and vocals, accompanying himself on the guitar. 

All are welcome to attend and meet Akili at a coffee reception following the service. 

Our Next Multi-Platform Service – Spiritual Callings

January 28 Service at 10:30 AM in the Church and on Zoom 

Speakers: Jennifer Revill, Carolyn Hughes, Paula Flynn, and Paul Nason

What exactly is spirituality? And how does it show up, ready to get to work in the world? Four graduates of Merrimack College’s Graduate Spirituality Program will talk about their personal spiritual foundations, and share how these inform their “callings” toward service to others.

Our Next Multi-Platform Service – Theologies of Liberation

January 21 Service at 10:30 AM in the Church and on Zoom 

Caro Barschow, Minister

In the 1950s and 1960s, a theological movement began among Latin American Catholic priests to address inequalities of class and race differences. It empowered people to work collectively for social and political freedom. Over the past 75 years, the notion of spiritual liberation and spiritual liberators has evolved and expanded. Explore the history and present, and consider the future possibilities, of theologies of liberation.  

Our Next Multi-Platform Service – Forgiveness

January 14 Service at 10:30 AM in the Church and on Zoom 

Anna Smulowitz Shultz

On January 14th our speaker will be Anna Smulowitz Schutz. In 1993, Anna traveled to Berlin to meet with descendants of the Third Reich. She is the child of two Holocaust survivors. The groups met in Germany for five days to engage in the dialogue about their commonalities and how they intertwine. Her theme on Sunday is “Forgiveness and the Right Not To”.

Rev. Anna Smulowitz Schutz is an interfaith chaplain at Brooksby Village for the past 18 years. She is also a theater playwright, producer and director at the Firehouse Center which she helped found in 1989 in Newburyport.  She also founded her own production company Theatre in the Open, in its 45th season also in Newburyport. Her 1984 American television award winning play “Terezin , Children of the Holocaust.” has toured the US and Europe for 53 consecutive years. In 2023 Anna was awarded by the Newburyport Firehouse Center Theater’s ,” Artist of the Year Award’.

Our Next ZOOM Service – New Beginnings

January 7 Service at 10:30 AM on Zoom 

Caro Barschow, Minister

Due to the Winter Storm – Remote Service Only

This month’s service theme is the gift of liberating love. Love often prompts new beginnings. We begin with love when we look within, when we enter into relationships and in our community. LOVE is at the center of a renewal of the principles of Unitarian Universalism. Join us on Zoom to begin a new year in love.

 

**NOTE: the Love in Motion service schedule for 1/7 (with Guest Artist Jo-Mé Dance Theatre) is postponed due to the winter storm, a new date will be announced soon**

Our Next Multi-Platform Service – Love In Motion

January 7 Service at 10:30 AM in the Church and on Zoom 

Caro Barschow, Minister

Guest Artists: Jo-Mé Dance Theatre and Special Youth Master Class

Founded in 2013, by two of Boston’s leading professional black dancers, Jo-Mé Dance Theatre cultivates young dancers in the art of contemporary ballet, leading to both avocational and professional careers in contemporary dance. 

Both Jo-Mé Dance Theatre and Jo-Me Dance 2 companies will perform pieces from their repertoire, including co-director Joe González’s choreography, during the Sunday service on the theme of “love in motion,” led by Rev. Caro BARSCHOW. A reception will take place following the service.

Following the service and reception, Jo-Mé dancers will conduct master classes from 1 to 2:30 pm. Both the service and master classes are open to the public. Young dancers ages 8-18 interested in participating in the classes need only submit their names, age and dance level in order to be assigned a group. Adults are welcome to watch the master classes.

Our Next Multi-Platform Service – Winter Solstice

December 21 Service at 6:30 PM in the Church and on Zoom 

Caro Barschow, Minister and Ethan Hackett, Music Director 

On the longest night of the year, join together to witness in song and poetry the beauty and mystery of darkness. A service that draws from ancient European earth-honoring traditions, we will call in the directions, sing and chant, and dedicate a Yule Log, sparking hope for the year to come and the return of the daylight.

Our Next Multi-Platform Service – The Gift of Mystery & Greens Workshop

December 10 Service at 10:30 AM in the Church and on Zoom 

Caro Barschow, Minister

Tracy Kneeland

The Northshore Ukulele Players, Musical Guest

We’ll kick off the holiday season by uncovering ways to seek and learn from life’s mystery, in joy and reverence. After an abbreviated service, we’ll spill out into the Fellowship Hall for festivities including swag-making, more music and plenty of opportunity for good fellowship.

Our Next Multi-Platform Service – North Shore Alliance of LGBTQ+ Youth

December 3 Service at 10:30 AM in the Church and on Zoom 

Caro Barschow, Minister

James Giessler, Executive Director North Shore Alliance of LGBTQ+ Youth

These are difficult days to be queer in America. Violence against LGBTQIA+ people is on the rise and legislatures across the country are enacting draconian measures that will severely impact members of the LGBTQ+ community. Queer young people are acutely aware of today’s political climate and often feel like they are living their lives in the crosshairs. It is no wonder that the rate of suicide continues to be inordinately high among queer youth.

With a mission to “honor, respect, educate, and empower LGBTQ+ youth,” the North Shore Alliance of LGBTQ+ Youth (aka NAGLY) seeks to protect, preserve, and enhance the lives of North Shore LGBTQ+ youth. NAGLY Executive Director, James Giessler, will share more about the work of NAGLY and what LGBTQ+ youth need in order to thrive in today’s climate.

Our Next Multi-Platform Service – Generosity: A Rose in Wintertime

November 26 Service at 10:30 AM in the Church and on Zoom 

Religious Services Committee

How do you define generosity? Is it celebrating the success of others without envy or resentment? Simone Weil says, “attention is the rarest form of generosity”. Or perhaps real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out. During this service we will have opportunities to recall and share stories of generosity we have given and received. This service will be presented by members of the Religious Services Committee.

Our Next Multi-Platform Service – Estuary Theology

November 19 Service at 10:30 AM in the Church and on Zoom 

Jud Woldskill – Guest Speaker

Where a river meets the ocean is known as an estuary. An estuary, in other words, is not one thing or another; it’s where two things meet. What if we cultivated an estuary theology–a theology of the in-between place? Could it help us build the Beloved Community?

Jud Wolfskill (he/him) is a candidate for ministry with the UUA and a graduate of Boston University School of Theology.

Ryan Li, Guest Musician

Ryan Li is a junior, attending Dover Sherborn Regional High School. He started playing the piano when he was six, while living in Minnesota. When he was 11, his family moved to Dover, MA, and that is when he began his studies with Andrea Kaiser at the Wellesley Piano Studio. She remembers being so impressed by his early training with Rozauna Nuguid.  

This year, Ryan is tackling some very challenging pieces, including ” Piano Sonata Number 21 by Beethoven, Chopin’s “Grande Waltz Brillante” Opus 18, “Suite Bergamasque” by Debussy, a Bach Toccata and Joe Hisaishi’s “Summer”. He will play the first part of the Waldstein, the Grande Waltz and Summer on November 19th, and then head to Andrea’s to play the Toccata in her Fall Student Recital entitled “A Tribute to Bach” at 4:30 pm.

Ryan isn’t quite sure what he wants to do in the future, but he is confident that music and the piano will always be a part of his life. That being said, Ryan’s favorite subject in school is science, and he hopes to pursue something in that field in college. Besides playing piano, Ryan enjoys going to the gym, running, and eating good food. Ryan’s younger brother, Aiden, is also a student of Andrea’s, and he, too. is turning into a fine musician. He will turn pages for Ryan.

You can view several earlier performances of Ryan and Aiden on Andrea’s website: www.pianolessonswellesley.com. Scroll down the homepage and click on the recent videos.

Our Next Multi-Platform Service – Let’s Talk About Abundance

November 12 Service at 10:30 AM in the Church and on Zoom 

Rev. Caro Barschow, Minister

To live in the spirit of abundance fits into our values as Unitarian Universalists. How can abundance inform how we give and receive in the conversations we have with one another? This service will inspire and equip you to listen and speak from a place of abundance, a place of generosity in action.

Our Next Multi-Platform Service – Generate Generosity

November 5 Service at 10:30 AM in the Church and on Zoom 

Rev. Caro Barschow, Minister

Perhaps we’ve considered generosity when it comes to an exchange of tangible gifts. What does generosity mean when it is part of a Unitarian Universalist covenant? Practicing generosity in relationships involves trust and care. Let’s delve into Generosity, one of the values proposed in the revision of UUA Bylaws Article II, the UU Principles and Purposes.