October 25: Many Paths, One Goal

Three members of the Prague Unitaria congregation from the Czech Republic and their Minister, Rev. Petr Samojský, visit Central Unitarian Church and the N.Y. Metro area this week and weekend. The group arrives on October 22 and meets with members of our Partner Church Committee at a dinner tonight at the home of Annette and Josef Machac in Haworth. Click here to learn more about our visitors from Prague.
Our visitors tour New York City on Friday and Saturday and will be welcomed by the entire Central Unitarian congregation at a potluck supper on Saturday evening, October 24, at our neighbor, Temple Avodat Shalom, 385 Howland Avenue, River Edge, beginning at 6 o’clock. E-mail Annette Machac to RSVP. Avodat Shalom is a kosher facility: Bring vegetarian and dairy salads, entrées, and deserts only. Do not bring any food with meat, poultry, meat products, or shellfish. Wine, coffee, and beverages are provided.
Members of the Prague congregation join us for the 10:30 worship service on Sunday morning, October 25. Rev. Samojský and I present a dialogue sermon entitled “Many Paths, One Goal.” Rev. Samojský first discusses the current status of the European refugee crisis and his congregation’s response. I then talk about the Black Lives Matters movement in our country and how our congregation is responding. Together we consider if and how a congregation can to come to consensus on divisive political issues and ask, Is it possible for a congregation of diverse people and opinions to speak with one voice?
Children join us for the beginning of the service then depart for Sunday School. The House Band performs a new song, “Letting Go Makes You Stronger,” by Matt Anderson, Director of Music, to conclude to our October theme, Letting Go. Church member Susan Gempler is the soloist and also débuts as Worship Associate. A member of our Youth Group, Caelan Cardello, performs “Dreamsville” on piano. We sing our Hymn of the Month, “Let This Be a House of Peace” one more time!
Jeff Merrigan and Pam Zeldin are the Welcome Hosts. Coffee Hour is hosted by the Leadership Development Team.
Following the worship service Rev. Samojský presents an Adult Faith Development program about Czech Unitarianism at noon in the Assembly Room.
     Visit Prague Unitaria to learn more about our partner church and the Unitarian Universalist Partner Church Council for more information about this international exchange program of which Central Unitarian Church is now a part.