Recent Programs

Lakeland Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

  

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 
 SACRED ACTIVISM
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.