Sermons

March 13: ‘Religious Freedom for All?’

‘Religious Freedom for All?’ Sunday, March 13, 10:30 a.m., Sanctuary Daylight Saving Time begins A recent survey by the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that a large majority of Americans, 82 percent, believe that religious freedom for Christians should be protected; however, that number drops to 72 percent [...]

January 10: Volunteer and Leadership Sunday

Join us for Volunteer and Leadership Sunday, January 10, at 10:30 a.m. David Horst, Minister, Robin Slaw; Director of Lifespan Faith Development; and Charlie O’Reilly, Worship Associate, lead a service focusing on congregational volunteering and leadership in conjunction with the Volunteer Fair. In his 1994 autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, Nelson Mandela gave [...]

January 17: Martin Luther King Jr. tribute and remembrance

“Stony the road we trod, bitter the chastening rod” are the words that open the second verse of the majestic Lift Every Voice and Sing: The Negro National Anthem by James Weldon Johnson. The music and words of this song ring through Martin Luther King Jr. tributes and commemorations throughout [...]

January 24: Stop Your Complaining!

‘Stop Your Complaining!’ Sunday, January 24, 10:30 a.m., Sanctuary How many times have we said or been told “stop your complaining!” This rebuke sounds harsh, but there’s a positive message within it. Today we introduce the Complaint-Free World campaign, inspired by the words of Maya Angelou “If you don’t like [...]

January 31: ‘Nonviolence and Power’

‘Nonviolence and Power’ Sunday, January 31, 10:30 a.m., Sanctuary In 2003 Jonathan Schell published a ground-breaking book The Unconquerable World. Schell recounts the history of nonviolent action at every level of political life, a history that is often overlooked in the despairing accounts of confrontations and war between nations and [...]

February 7: ‘Desire’

The combined Central Unitarian Church and Unitarian Society of Ridgewood Youth Group presents the First Sunday worship service on Sunday morning, February 7, at 10:30. The service, written and planned by members of the combined Youth Group under the guidance of James Forrest, Youth Coordinator, is an exploration of what it means to be a people [...]

February 14: ‘A Life Worth Remembering’

Carol Thomas Cissel, Interim Minister at The Unitarian Society in East Brunswick, leads our worship service next Sunday morning, February 14, at 10:30. Rev. Cissel’s sermon topic is “A Life Worth Remembering.” From the moment we enter the world, our brains and bodies begin preparing us to leave it. Part of that [...]

February 21: ‘Spirituality and Emotions’

We explore ‘Spirituality and Emotions: Strange Bedfellows or Interdependent Necessities’ on February 21. Dick Kessler, Church Member, bid on and won a sermon of his choosing at last year’s Spring Fling fundraiser. He selected the topic “Spirituality and Emotions: Strange Bedfellows or Interdependent Necessities” for Rev. David Horst to explore [...]

February 28: ‘Keep the Light Burning!’

We ‘Keep the Light Burning!’ on Stewardship Sunday. We believe in the power of the light: The light of love and trust, of compassionate action, of learning and growth of the spirit, and of living a life that reflects our values. We share the vision of a better world, a better [...]

March 6: ‘Escape from the Ordinary’

We introduce the ‘liberation’ theme for March. We continue our theme-based ministry in March and ask, What does it mean to be a people of “liberation.” Join us for our First Sunday multigenerational service, March 6, at 10:30 a.m. In his sermon, “Escape from the Ordinary,” Rev. David Horst explores how our fears and anxieties hold [...]