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The Question Box (8/25/13)

UUCM 2013-08-25_ Question Box Sunday46:31 – 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

“Human minds are more full of mysteries than any written book and more changeable than the cloud shapes in the air.”
–Louisa May Alcott

“If you are lucky and work very hard, you may someday get to experience freedom from the known.”
–Jiddu Krishnamurti

“The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand.”
–Frank Herbert

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS: ANCIENT & MODERN
From Chapter 56 of The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu, translated by John C. H. Wu
From A Natural History of the Senses by Diane Ackerman

SERMON
“The Question Box”
Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman

Liturgist: Laura Stakiwicz

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Looking Backward, Moving Forward (8/18/13)

14:47 – Selections from The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair’s Sunday Worship Service by Ms. Teresa DeSousa.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”
–John Lubbock

“Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”
–Henry James

“In summer, the song sings itself.”
–William Carlos Williams

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS: ANCIENT & MODERN
From the Sufi mystic poet Rumi
From Honey, Baby, Sweetheart by Deb Caletti

SERMON
“Looking Backward, Moving Forward”
Ms. Teresa DeSousa

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist: Laura Stakiwicz

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Given the Universe, What’s Left For Us To Do (8/11/13)

25:09 – 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

“As I get older, I realize that the thing I value the most is good-heartedness.”
–Alice Walker

“At bottom, the whole concern of religion is with the manner of our acceptance of the universe.”
–William James

“The great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.”
–Oliver Wendell Holmes

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS: ANCIENT & MODERN
From the Book of Genesis, Chapter 11
From the Book of Luke, Chapter 12
From the book The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos by Brian Greene

SERMON
“Given the Universe, What’s Left For Us To Do”
Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist: Denis Drew

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When the Sunrise or Sunset Just Isn’t Enough (8/4/13)

22:14- 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

“One of the marvelous things about community is that it enables us to welcome and help people in a way we couldn’t as individuals. When we pool our strength and share the work and responsibility, we can welcome many people, even those in deep distress, and perhaps help them find self-confidence and inner healing.
–Jean Vanier

“Without fear, we are able to see more clearly our connections to others. Without fear, we have more room for understanding and compassion. Without fear, we are truly free.”
–Thich Nhat Hanh

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS: ANCIENT & MODERN
From the Sufi mystic poet Rumi
From When ‘Spiritual But Not Religious’ Is Not Enough by Lillian Daniel

SERMON
“When the Sunrise or Sunset Just Isn’t Enough”
Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist: Laura Stakiwicz

Please note: All sermons are copyrighted by the author.