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All Acts of Love and Pleasure Are My Rituals (6/29/14)

26:06 – Selections from The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair’s Sunday Worship Service by Ms. Deborah Lipp.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“Within my body are all the sacred places of the world, and the most profound pilgrimage I can ever make is within my own body.”
–Saraha

“It is only by grounding our awareness in the living sensation of our bodies that the ‘I Am,’ our real presence, can awaken.”
–G.I. Gurdjieff

“If any thing is sacred the human body is sacred.”
–Walt Whitman

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS
From The Book of the Law by Aleister Crowley
“A Country Fair for those mad with love” by Ramprasad

SERMON
“All Acts of Love and Pleasure Are My Rituals”
Ms. Deborah Lipp

CLOSING WORDS

TODAY’S SERVICE IS BEING LED BY MS. DEBORAH LIPP.
Deborah Lipp is a well-known member of the Neo-Pagan community and an author on topics related to Paganism, Wicca, and the occult. Her focus is traditional Wicca, also known as Neo-Pagan Witchcraft. Deborah became a Witch in 1982, a High Priestess in 1986, and has been teaching Wicca and running Pagan circles ever since. In addition to writing seven books, she’s been published in many Pagan publications and has lectured all over the U.S. and the world. Deborah has appeared in various media discussing Wicca, most notably on the A&E documentary Ancient Mysteries: Witchcraft in America. She has also appeared on MSNBC, in The New York Times, and in many smaller TV and print sources. By day, Deborah is a Business Analyst. She lives in Rockland County, New York, with her spouse Melissa and an assortment of cats.

Liturgist: Laura Stakiwicz

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Science, Fiction (6/22/14)

23:51 – Selections from The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair’s Sunday Worship Service by Mr. Michael Mernin.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“To read is to surrender oneself to an endless displacement of curiosity and desire from one sentence to another, from one action to another, from one level of a text to another. The text unveils itself before us, but never allows itself to be possessed; and instead of trying to possess it we should take pleasure in its teasing.”
–David Lodge

“Science, my lad, is made up of mistakes, but they are mistakes which it is useful to make, because they lead little by little to the truth.”
–Jules Verne

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS
From Why Literature? by Mario Varga Llosa
From The Pale Blue Dot by Carl Sagan

SERMON
“Science, Fiction”
Mr. Michael Mernin

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist: Susan Raufer

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Flower Communion Sunday 2014 (6/15/14)

UUCM 2013-06-1614:57 – Selections from The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair’s Flower Communion Sunday Worship Service by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman & Rev. Judy Tomlinson.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“I cannot believe that the inscrutable universe turns on an axis of suffering; surely the strange beauty of the world must somewhere rest on pure joy!”
–Louise Bogan

“The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it.”
–Richard Bach

“We encounter spiritual issues every time we wonder where the universe comes from, why we are here, or what happens when we die. We also become spiritual when we become moved by values such as beauty, love or creativity that seem to reveal a meaning or power beyond our visible world.”
–Robert C. Fuller

COMMENTS ON COMMUNITY

A MESSAGE FOR CHILDREN OF ALL AGES

PRAYER & MEDITATION

FLOWER COMMUNION HOMILY
“Wild Flowers Grow Where they Will”
Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman

Liturgist: Susan Raufer

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On Being the Change You Want to See in the World (6/8/14)

20:01 – 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

“People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy.”
–Anton Chekhov

“Whoever said anybody has a right to give up?”
–Marian Wright Edelman

“We are already one. But we imagine that we are not. And what we have to recover is our original unity. What we have to be is what we are.”
–Thomas Merton

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS: ANCIENT AND MODERN
From the Book of Luke
From the poem “Each and All” by Ralph Waldo Emerson

SERMON
“On Being the Change You Want to See in the World”
Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist: Laura Stakiwicz

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They Might Be Listening; They Are Surely Watching! (6/1/14)

UUCM2014060113:15 – Selections from The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair’s Sunday Worship Service by Rev. Judy Tomlinson and Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“I believe that at the core of our UU faith is the desire to be included in and a vital part of a community of hope.”
–Rev. Susan Suchocki Brown

“Those who educate with a sense of the abiding presence of grace know that to teach is to cooperate with forces of growth, transformation, healing, change, discovery, creativity, and revolution that are not of the teacher’s making. This makes education a religious activity.”
-Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker

“Teaching from the heart has to do with sending forth energy to every part of the body – it has to do with receiving depleted energy, not to hold onto it or judge it bad, but to send it out again for renewal. Teaching from the heart is a gift beyond measure.”
–Mary Elizabeth Moore

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS: ANCIENT AND MODERN
From the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu
From  20th Century theologian, Harry Emerson Fosdick

HOMILY
“They Might Be Listening; They Are Surely Watching!”
Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist: Laura Stakiwicz

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