The UU Montclair Podcast: Seeking Intimacy and Ultimacy Through Small Group Ministry (3/9/14)

uumontclair_itunes20:25 – Selections from The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair’s Sunday Worship Service by Worship Leaders from our Covenant Group Ministry.

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 THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“There’s nothing more intimate in life than simply being understood. And understanding someone else.”
–Brad Meltzer

“The spiritual thirst that is latent in everybody can never come to a place of fulfillment unless people begin to think of each other as potential brothers and sisters.”
–Malidoma Some

“There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed.”
–Woodrow T. Wilson

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS
“Wild Geese” by Mary Oliver
An interpretation of Intimacy, Ultimacy and Service by the Writing as Spiritual Practice Covenant Group

SERMON
“Seeking Intimacy and Ultimacy Through Small Group Ministry”
Worship Leaders from our Covenant Group Ministry

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist: Joel Naftelberg

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The UU Montclair Podcast: Our Shared Ministry Moving Forward (3/2/14)

uumontclair_itunes22:01 – Selections from The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair’s New Member Sunday Worship Service by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“The abundant heart does not consider service a punishment or sharing a burden. Rather, it sees the unmet needs of the community as if they were those of a loved one and acts to meet them.”
–Stephen Shick

“The great struggle for liberal religion is how best to manifest the broadest individual liberty while knowing that in the last analysis we exist only within relationships.”
–James Ishmael Ford

“It is not enough that we stand; we must endeavor to hold up our friends.”
–James Walker

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS: ANCIENT AND MODERN
From THE Hebrew Book of Isaiah:
“A Valley Like This,” by William Stafford

SERMON
“Our Shared Ministry Moving Forward”
Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist: Joel Naftelberg

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The UU Montclair Podcast: Building the Dream and Ending the Nightmare (2/23/14)

UUCM2014020214:52 – Selections from The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair’s Sunday Worship Service by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”
–Malcolm X

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
–Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it’s for or against.”
–Malcolm X

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS: MODERN & ANCIENT 
From the Autobiography of Malcolm X.
From Martin Luther King, Jr.’s sermon “Where Do We Go From Here?”
From Micha 6:8

DRAMATIC PRESENTATION
“If We Could Meet” by Dionne Ford
Performed by Isaiah Braugher and Lawrence Ramsey

COMMUNITY IN CREATION
“Building the Dream and Ending the Nightmare”
Everyone

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist:
Cheryl Crawford

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The UU Montclair Podcast: Judgment Day: Do Computer Algorithms Determine What You Know and Believe? (2/16/14)

UUCM2014020224:36 – Selections from The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair’s Sunday Worship Service by Dr. Ursula Wolz.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“You can’t think seriously about thinking without thinking about thinking about something.”
–Seymour Papert

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READING
From The Introduction to Living Buddha, Living Christ by Elaine Pagels

SERMON
“Judgment Day: Do Computer Algorithms Determine What You Know and Believe?”
Dr. Ursula Wolz

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist: Cheryl Crawford

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The UU Montclair Podcast: On the Shoulders of Giants: Part II (2/9/14)

UUCM2014020227:41 – Selections from The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair’s Sunday Worship Service by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“We are not fighting for integration, nor are we fighting for separation. We are fighting for recognition as human beings. We are fighting for…human rights.”
–Malcolm X

“I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I’m a human being, first and foremost, and as such I’m for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.”
–Malcolm X

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
–Martin Luther King, Jr.

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS
From a July 1958 radio broadcast on WLIB’s “Voice of Radio Free Africa” program by Malcolm X.
From the speech “Our God is Marching On!” delivered on March 25, 1965 by Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Until You’ve Found Pain” by Rumi

SERMON
“On the Shoulders of Giants: Part II”
Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist: Cheryl Crawford

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The UU Montclair Podcast: On the Shoulders of Giants: Part I (2/2/14)

UUCM2014020225:08 – Selections from The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair’s Sunday Worship Service by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”
–Malcolm X

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
–Martin Luther King, Jr.

“You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.”
–Malcolm X

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS
From An Autobiography of Religious Development by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
From Malcolm X’s Autobiography

SERMON
“On the Shoulders of Giants: Part I”
Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist: Ginny Loggins

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The UU Montclair Podcast: Travel Lightly, and Carry a Small Bag (1/26/14)

UUCM2014012620:35 – Selections from The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair’s Sunday Worship Service by Mr. Markus Hauck.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.”
–André Gide

“I used to think that nails-down-a-chalkboard was the worst sound in the world. Then I moved on to people-eating-cereal-on-the-phone. But only this week did I stumble across the rightful winner: it’s the sound of a baggage carousel coming to a grinding halt, having reunited every passenger on your flight with their luggage, except for you.”
–Sloane Crosley

“It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.”
–Chuck Palahniuk

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS: ANCIENT & MODERN
From 9th Century CE Chinese Zen Buddhist Lin-Chi
From the novel Still Life with Woodpecker by Tom Robbins

SERMON
“Travel Lightly, and Carry a Small Bag”
Mr. Markus Hauck

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist: Sabina Ernst

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The UU Montclair Podcast: Rich with Possibilities (1/19/14)

UUCM2014011932:26 – Selections from The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair’s Sunday Worship Service by Rev. Judy Tomlinson.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“Understand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege. Use it. Dwell in possibility.”
–Oprah Winfrey

“So thoroughly and sincerely are we compelled to live, reverencing our life, and denying the possibility of change. This is the only way, we say; but there are as many ways as there can be drawn radii from one centre. All change is a miracle to contemplate; but it is a miracle which is taking place every instant.”
–Henry David Thoreau

“I have an almost complete disregard of precedent, and a faith in the possibility of something better. It irritates me to be told how things have always been done. I defy the tyranny of precedent. I go for anything new that might improve the past.”
–Clara Barton

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS
From Marianne Williamson, as quoted by Nelson Mandela
From Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” Speech

SERMON
“Rich with Possibilities”
Rev. Judy Tomlinson

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist: Sabina Ernst

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The UU Montclair Podcast: Scaredy Squirrel?!? (1/12/14)

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28:30 – Selections from The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair’s Sunday Worship Service by Rev. Vanessa R. Southern.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“By trying to avoid human mistakes and failures, we move beyond the reach of the soul.”
-Thomas Moore

“One that would have the fruit must climb the tree.”
–Fortune Cookie

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS
“My Grandfather’s Blessings” by Rachel Naomi Remen:
From “Letters to a Young Poet” by Ranier Marie Rilke

SERMON
“Scaredy Squirrel?!?”
Rev. Vanessa R. Southern

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist: Sabina Ernst

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The UU Montclair Podcast: The Heart of Democracy (1/5/14)

UUCM2014010524:14 – Selections from The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair’s Sunday Worship Service by Rev. Craig Hirshberg.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“There is a community of the spirit. Join it, and feel the delight of walking in the noisy street, and being the noise.”
–Rumi

“A democracy – that is a government of all the people, by all the people, for all the people; of course a government of the principles of eternal justice, the unchanging law of God; for shortness’ sake, I will call it the idea of Freedom.”
–Theodore Parker

“Change comes from power, and power comes from organization. In order to act, people must get together.”
–Saul Alinsky

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READING
From “Healing the Heart of Democracy” by Parker Palmer

SERMON
“The Heart of Democracy”
Rev. Craig Hirshberg

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist: Sabina Ernst

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