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Monthly Archives: October 2014

Be Ours a Religion… (10/26/14)

19:31 – Selections from our Sunday Morning Worship Service at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair 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 & MODERN
From the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tsu, as translated by by Peter Merel
From “Be Ours a Religion…” by Theodore Parker

SERMON
“Be Ours a Religion…”
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist:
Ginny Loggins

Please note: All sermons are copyrighted by the author.

Resistance to Mass Incarceration, Police Terror and the Criminalization of Youth (10/19/14)

27:20 – Selections from our Sunday Morning Worship Service at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair by Mr. Ed Barocas.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“This cancer of mass incarceration has been, from the beginning but a new Jim Crow in place of the old one.”
–Stop Mass Incarceration Network

“Nothing short of a major social movement has any hope of ending mass incarceration in America.”
–Michelle Alexander

“Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.”
–Cornel West

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS: ANCIENT & MODERN
The Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution
From U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy
From The Christian Science Monitor

SERMON
“Resistance to Mass Incarceration, Police Terror and the Criminalization of Youth”
by Mr. Ed Barocas

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist:
Ginny Loggins

Please note: All sermons are copyrighted by the author.

We Don’t Need Another Hero: A Homiletic Exploration (10/12/14)

20:01 – Selections from our Sunday Morning Worship Service at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“Love, I find, is like singing. Everybody can do enough to satisfy themselves, though it may not impress the neighbors as being very much.”
–Zora Neale Hurston

“To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.”
–Emily Dickinson

“True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.”
–Arthur Ashe

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS: ANCIENT & MODERN
From the Book of James
From the Day of Affirmation speech delivered by Robert Kennedy

SERMON
“We Don’t Need Another Hero: A Homiletic Exploration”
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist:
Ginny Loggins

Please note: All sermons are copyrighted by the author.

When Mothers of Black Sons No Longer Need Fear (10/5/14)

21:03 – Selections from our Sunday Morning Worship Service at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.”
— Benjamin Franklin

“Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”
— Martin Luther King, Jr.

“For these are all our children. We will all profit by, or pay for, whatever they become.”
–James Baldwin

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS: ANCIENT & MODERN
From the Book of Matthew, Chapter 22
From “The New Jim Crow; Mass Incarceration in an Age of Colorblindness” by Michelle Alexander

SERMON
“When Mothers of Black Sons No Longer Need Fear”
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist:
Ginny Loggins

Please note: All sermons are copyrighted by the author.