Sermons

October 11: Blessing of the Animals

This Sunday morning, October 11, at 10:30 we welcome all furry, feathery, finny, and slithery pets and their human companions to our annual Blessing of the Animals. The blessing takes place in the Courtyard, weather permitting, or in the Sanctuary. Robin Slaw, Director of Lifespan Faith Development; Matt Anderson, Director of [...]

September 22: ‘Start the Conversation’ with Gina Bruno

The Women’s Alliance of Central Unitarian Church presents “Start the Conversation” Sunday morning, October 22, 2017 at 10:30 Guest speaker Gina Bruno shares her recent experiences working with local high school students and explain why she felt compelled to “start the conversation” with these young adults about female and male [...]

December 27: Service of Forgiveness and Healing

On Sunday morning, December 27, at 10:30, we draw inspiration from the book “Radical Forgiveness” by Colin Tipping as we consider the ways we are all capable of healing and transformation despite the hurts and losses in our lives. David Horst, Minister, and Abby Kessler, Worship Associate, lead the service featuring [...]

January 3: First Sunday service introduces ‘resistance’ theme

On Sunday morning, January 3, at 10:30, Robin Slaw, Director of Lifespan Faith Development, and Susan Gempler, Worship Associate, lead the all-ages First Sunday service and introduce the monthly theme resistance. Robin’s sermon topic is “How Gender Defines Our Lives (or Doesn’t!).” The first words out of a birth attendant’s [...]

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 [...]