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Harry Potter & the Chamber of Holidays (12/18/2011)


Selections from our Intergenerational Holiday Service at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair.

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PRAYER & MEDITATION

INTRODUCTION OF THEME
by Rev. Judy Tomlinson

A HOLIDAY PAGEANT
“Harry Potter & the Chamber of Holidays”
Written by Laura Stakiwicz
Directed & Produced by Jennifer Chaladoff and Beth Smith
Musical Director: Tom Parente

HOMILY
“How Wide? How Deep”
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman

CLOSING WORDS

PAGEANT CAST (in order of appearance):
Ron: Max Minichiello
Hermione: Molly Sailer
Harry Potter: Alex Goggin
Snape: Elena Williams
Dumbledore: Jacob Sailer
McGonagall: Desiree Kurtti
Voldemort: Devany Kurtti

Hufflepuff Students:
Charlotte Brooks-LaBlanc, Willa Brooks-LaBlanc, Lucy Lange, Madeline Lange, Kelly Ann Nulty

Ravenclaw Students:
Marta Baj, Lila Bolt, Catherine Chaladoff, Beatrix Scherfen-Brown, Jessica Williams

Slytherin Students:
Noel Andrews, Ryanne Barrett, Avery Crafton, Julia Crafton

UU Youth Choir
Sopranos: Barbara Dunne, Anna Karapin Springorum, Izuru Ohji, Momo Ohji, Sophia Seidenberg
Altos: Dillan Comtois, Abigail Gardener, Fiona Kennon, Andrea Parente,
Emma Silverman
Tenors: Gabriella Masumeci, Valentino Masumeci, Mike Nulty, Jacob Sailer
Basses: Luke Dodge, Chris Dunne, Jonathan Silverman

Choral Pieces:
Kwanzaa – Bonse Aba (Trad. Zambian Song arranged by Andrew Fischer)
Hanukkah – Candles in the Night (Eddleman, Parente)
Christmas – Pacem Noel (Arranged by Clark, Moses, Parente)

Special Thanks to Mary WanderPolo

Very Special Thanks to all the parents and participants for showing up, working hard and being incredibly wonderful!!

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Hanukkah: The Truth in the Talmud (12/11/2011)

Selections from our Sunday Worship Service at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman.

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PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS: ANCIENT & MODERN
From the Babylonian Talmud
From the book EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think, to Create the World We Want, by Frances More Lappé

SERMON
“Hanukkah: The Truth in the Talmud”
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist: Mary Wander Polo

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This Side of the Frost Line (12/4/2011)

Selections from our Sunday Worship Service at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman and Dr. Artis Wodehouse.

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SERMON
“This Side of the Frost Line”
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman and Dr. Artis Wodehouse

INTRODUCTION
Poetry: Frost Line and Poetry
Piano: Nigerian Dance by Joshua Uzoigwe

PART I
Poetry: Late in the Autumn
Piano: Dusk by Nkeiru Okoye

PART II
Poetry: As Winter Begins
Piano: Volta Fantasy by J.H. Mwabena Nketia

PART III
Poetry: The Winter Deepens Still
Piano: Atwimu by J.H. Mwabena Nketia

CLOSING WORDS

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SPECIAL MUSIC:

The piano selections played by Artis Wodehouse are all recently composed by an emerging school of African composers. They have recognized that the piano — essentially an 88-note tuned percussion instrument — lends itself very well to the intricate rhythms and spiritual content of all African music.