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UU Congregation at Shelter Rock Services
44 minutes | 6 days ago
Becoming More Fully Human, led by Rev. Jaye Brooks
A human being spends a lifetime not only being but becoming. What does it mean to become more fully human—to live into the potential that’s innate within each of us? How do we become a complete and fulfilled human being? And can we imagine what it would feel like? Rev. Jaye Brooks addressed these questions on April 11, 2021.
41 minutes | 8 days ago
April, 2021 Soulful Sundown
Blessing of the Animals, led by Rev. Jennifer L. Brower with The Cosmic Orchestra. Soulful Sundown: Where music resides at the heart of religious experience.
37 minutes | 13 days ago
Easter: Calling Forth the Spirit of Life, led by the UUCSR Ministry Team
In the words of the Rev. Jane Rzepka, “We have wintered long enough…" In this, the season of life upbudding, as buds and bulbs swell with potency, our spirits swell with hope and empowering potential. With the renewal of natural life, we will find our hearts and joy again. This morning was a multigenerational celebration of Easter. The UUCSR Choir, Jazz Ensemble and the Young People's Choir all participated.
45 minutes | 20 days ago
Restorying Memory, led by Student Minister Alia Shinbrough
This year, the Jewish festival of Passover was celebrated from the evening of March 27 through April 4. The March 28, 2021 multigenerational service explored how themes of adaptation, memory, and liberation call us to commemorate the Passover season through ritual, song, and story. UUCSR Worship Services are also available on uucsr.org, YouTube, and Facebook, and as podcasts.
37 minutes | a month ago
Commitment: A collaborative service with UUCCN
On Sunday, March 21, 2021, Rev. Jennifer L. Brower with UUCSR and UUCCN Members, led the Worship Service titled Commitment. The service, which included a Time For All Ages, was created collaboratively by members of the UU Congregation at Shelter Rock and those of the UU Congregation of Central Nassau in Garden City, New York with support from the Rev. Jennifer L. Brower. We reflected upon Commitment, which includes roots from three Latin word: com – together, mit – to send, and ment – a result. Pieced together, the elements shape an idea that commitment is not experienced in isolation but with others and with all parts of ourselves. That commitment has an energy that moves, sends us along in a direction. And that commitment is the result of choice.
46 minutes | a month ago
An Unwanted Anniversary: A Pandemic Year,
No one celebrates a year of pandemic, but we’ve all noticed the anniversary looming. Our last Sunday of in-person worship was March 8, 2020 and the congregation’s premises closed effective March 13, 2020. Here we are, a year later, with far too many losses—and yet, somehow, a more sure awareness of our strength, our resilience, and our community. We gathered together on Sunday, March 14, 2020 for An Unwanted Anniversary: A Pandemic Year, led by the UUCSR Ministry Team.
36 minutes | a month ago
Soulful Sundown, March 2021
Led by the Rev. Jennifer L Brower with The Cosmic Orchestra. Alia Shinbrough participating.
45 minutes | a month ago
I Catch on Fire, led by Rev. Jaye Brooks and Stephen Michael Smith
What is commitment? The life of Sister Helen Prejean, leader in the movement to abolish the death penalty, is a story of commitment. This worship service featured poems, songs, and stories about Sister Helen, exploring her personal transformation to a life of commitment. Songs by Jake Hegge from his song cycle "The Deepest Desire: Four Meditations on Love." March 7, 2021
39 minutes | 2 months ago
Becoming Beloved, led by Alia Shinbrough
Our Universalist roots call us to an embracing, all-encompassing, salvific Love. This universal love meets us where we are and crucially also asks us to grow more whole through our encounters with each other. To embody this love we must transform, and be transformed by our commitments to lift each other up, to seek liberation in our bodies, and liberation of our spirits. Join Student Minister Alia Shinbrough in this service as we contemplate together what changes we must embrace, and what transformations we must choose to undergo in order to better embody beloved community.
39 minutes | 2 months ago
The Tree of Life, led by Rev. Jaye Brooks and Stephen Michael Smith
"The Tree of Life" was a collaborative service on February 21, 2021. The sea islands people of America's southeast coast are descended from Africans brought to this country as slaves. The separation of the islands helped to preserve their Gullah culture and language. Rev. Jaye Brooks and Music Director Stephen Michael Smith first encountered songs of the Gullah people in workshops led by singer, composer, and musicologist Ysaye Barnwell. The service celebrated the stories and music of the people of St. John's Island, South Carolina, collected in Guy and Candie Carawan's 1989 book, Ain't You Got a Right to the Tree of Life?
43 minutes | 2 months ago
Our 8th Principle?
Unitarian Universalist congregations are considering adding an 8th Principle which speaks directly to the need to build the Beloved Community by working for racial justice, equity, and inclusion. How might we engage in this conversation? Led by Rev. Dr. Natalie M. Fenimore on Sunday, February 7, 2021.
39 minutes | 3 months ago
Power and Possibility: We Vision a World
Veatch Sunday began with the Worship Service, lifting up the theme: Power and Possibility: We Vision a World. We heard from multiple grantees about the possibilities envisioned by these leaders, and the world they are bringing into reality. Following the streamed service, Veatch staff and Governors joined the Coffee Hour. At 1:00 PM, the Annual Meeting explored live: Recovery in our Health, Economy and Democracy. Grantees spoke to their work in these areas, and to the powerful role of Veatch as a funder of long term, social change in this crucial time.
62 minutes | 3 months ago
Remembering the Body - An All Long Island Service - led by Rev. Margie Allen, UU Fellowship of Stony Brook
We gather this day, Unitarian Universalists living through a pandemic on Long Island, to acknowledge, thank, and bless our long-suffering and so far surviving bodies in this combined live and recorded service. This is a special service with all Long Island congregations participating. The Stony Brook congregation will serve as our tech host. Music is provided by Bethany Riddle, the Shelter Rock-organized Virtual Choir, Daniella, Ariana, and Pete Kata, and Dan Weymouth.
49 minutes | 3 months ago
Old Lessons for a New Era, led by Rev. Jaye Brooks
Old Lessons for a New Era, led by Rev. Jaye Brooks. When we remember the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose birthday is now a national holiday, we honor the struggles and achievements of the civil rights movement and King's leadership. Those struggles live on in the movement for Black lives and the work of today's leaders. Dr. King's legacy isn't a page in a history book. His legacy is a commitment to practices and strategies that not only assert the inherent worth of every human being, but also seek to change the structures and institutions of society that are based in and reinforce injustice. This service horored the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
27 minutes | 3 months ago
After The Storm, led by the UUCSR Ministry Team
In light of the events of this week, the UUCSR ministers offered a service of readings, music and prayer on Sunday, January 10, 2021. The planned service on the 8th Principle Service was rescheduled for February 7, 2021.
37 minutes | 3 months ago
Soulful Sundown, January 2021
Led by the Rev. Jennifer L. Brower with The Cosmic Orchestra
48 minutes | 3 months ago
Hinge of the Year, led by the Rev. Jennifer L. Brower
On the first Sunday morning of 2021, as we were poised on the Hinge of the Year, having left 2020 behind and just entering 2021, UUCSR members and our gifted professional soloists shared some of what they discerned in the strange days of the past year, and offered their hopes for the days ahead. Enjoy
33 minutes | 4 months ago
Service on December 27, 2020, Sublime Silence, was led by Seminarian Cassandra Montenegro. She wrote, "In Virginia Woolf's novel, To the Lighthouse, silence is both a welcome vehicle for inquiry into selfhood, and an oppressive force that unravels the self. How is it that we hold these two contradictions at once, and give silence the place it needs so that we come to know freedom for our selves?"
45 minutes | 4 months ago
Light of the World Christmas Eve Service
Readings and carols tells the birth story of Jesus of Nazareth, Light of the World, whose message of love and peace encourages each of us to be light-bearers in our time. Led by Rev. Jaye (Jennifer) Brooks
35 minutes | 4 months ago
Winter Solstice Service
The 2020 Winter Solstice Service was led by Student Minister Alia Shinbrough. They asked, "Are you looking to mark the Winter Solstice in a special way this year? Do you have practices around embracing holy darkness as a nurturing force in the cycle of seasons? Have you been yearning to create sacred spaces and experiences anchored in earth-based spiritualities?" If so, you're in the right place!
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