Sermons

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 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 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 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 [...]

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 [...]

December 24: Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Central Unitarian Church, Bergen County’s liberal religious community, welcomes area families to a traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight Service beginning at 7 o’clock featuring lessons and carols and music by the church choir, instrumentalists, soloists, and guest artists. Central Unitarian Church, a member of the Unitarian Universalist Association, is located at [...]

December 20: Winter Solstice Celebration

We offer a variety of Christmas week services beginning on Sunday morning, December 20, with an all-ages Winter Solstice Celebration at 10:30 featuring stories, songs, and ritual. David Horst, Minister; Robin Slaw, Director of Lifespan Faith Development; Matt Anderson, Director of Music; and Jill Wecht, Worship Associate, lead the service. On Thursday evening, December 24, we invite you, [...]

December 13: Presenting ‘Christmas Tapestry’

The Children and Youth Faith Development Committee presents the Christmas Tapestry as part of the worship service on Sunday morning, December 13, at 10:30. Robin Slaw, Director of Lifespan Faith Development, adapted Christmas Tapestry from the book by Patricia Polacco. The short play features a multigenerational cast of Central Unitarian children, [...]