Our regular Sunday Services begin Sept. 9th at 11AM
Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 11:00 AM
Spiritual Sanity in a Surreal World Presented by Rev. Allen Wells
We have seen the workings and rhetoric of political campaigns over many seasons. . . and we will shortly have (on November 6th), the results from the current one. Looking at what we've been witnessing, how do we remain resilient in a world of fake facts, tribal animosity, and demagogic leadership? And in what ways, do we become spiritual warriors who can act for humane change from a place of strength, compassion, persistence and courage? Allen Wells, will share his reflections and perspectives. As we know, he comes to us with long history as Unitarian Universalist, as a Buddhist, as a psychotherapist, and as mindfulness based counselor
Sunday November 4, 2018
Native American Songs To and From the Earth
Presented by Michael Lees
Mike Lees will be sharing songs from the Lakota tradition. Mike was adopted in a Hunka Ceremony by his Oglala Lakota grandmother and Northern Cheyenne grandfather. He has been practicing the Lakota way life for more than 25 years and is a ceremonial song singer in that tradition. This coming Sunday, he is going to share some of these songs with us and talk about their meanings relative to our connections within the living world. Currently, Mike is an assistant professor in the Montclair State University Department of Religion and has taught courses in: Buddhism, Taoism, Asian Religions, Religion and Culture: An Ecological Perspective, Native American Religions, Death, Dying, and the Afterlife, Creative Thinking, and Religions of the World.
Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 11:00 AM
“Join us this Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. as we gather to celebrate, honor, and remember our loved ones who have passed on. Please bring any photos and small mementos that remind you of them. We shall share memories that will remind us of the light and love they brought to our lives.”
September 30, 2018
Why Buddhism is True
Rev. Dr. Heidi Swarts
"Why Buddhism is True" is a bold statement, to say the least. It is the title of a fascinating book by Robert Wright, whose subtitle is "The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment.” When I saw this book with its bold title, I knew I had to read it. But the "science" it refers to wasn't the familiar, extensive neurological evidence for meditation's ability to relax us and provide other health benefits, although the author acknowledges that fully. Instead, he proposes an explanation of where our emotional "delusions" (according to the Buddhist view) come from. Come hear about this reluctant meditator and eventual convert to the power of mindfulness meditation - and how we can ALL benefit from his insights and basic practices, even if we don't meditate and aren't Buddhists.
September 16, 2018
Minister: Rev. Allen Wells
'Sacred Activism' is a revolution in consciousness where we begin our justice and peace work from a grounded place of inward calm, intent to heal, and desire to serve, and disallow ourselves to be reactively driven by external needs and outside threats. Thus we enliven ourselves and do not burn out. It is truly a source that we may tap into to create change when change is hard.
About Rev. Wells
He has been part of the UU world since the 1960s, is now the community minister at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, and once served congregations in Weymouth, Mass., Hollis Queens, Brooklyn, and Rockland County, NY. Then, he directed The Allen Wells Center for Psychotherapy and Healing in Morristown NJ, and he now teaches meditation and has a private practice in mindfulness based counseling.