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Monthly Archives: November 2014

Thoughts for a Healthy, Sustainable, Peaceful World (11/30/14)

33:59 – Selections from our Sunday Morning Worship Service at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair by Brad Hyson.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“If seed in the black earth can turn into such beautiful roses, what might not the heart of man become in its long journey towards the stars.”
–G.K. Chesterton

“To believe that what has not occurred in history will not occur at all, is to argue disbelief in the dignity of man.”
–Mahatma Gandhi

“Whether you believe you can or you can’t, either way you are right.”
–Henry Ford

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS: ANCIENT & MODERN
Tale of Two Wolves from the Nanticoke Indian Tribe
A Fairytale About God by Lama Anagarika Govinda

SERMON
“Thoughts for a Healthy, Sustainable, Peaceful World”
by UUCM Member Brad Hyson

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist:
Joel Naftelberg

Please note: All sermons are copyrighted by the author.

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…Somebody Else’s Troubles (11/23/14)

18:11 – 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

“Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.”
–Margaret Cousins

“Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.”
–William Faulkner

“One regret dear world, that I am determined not to have when I am lying on my deathbed is that I did not kiss you enough.”
–Hafiz of Persia

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS: ANCIENT & MODERN
From the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu, as translated by Peter Merel
From the Dalai Lama’s Nobel Lecture of December 11, 1989

SERMON
“…Somebody Else’s Troubles”
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist:
Joel Naftelberg

Please note: All sermons are copyrighted by the author.

Why I am a Unitarian Universalist Pagan (11/16/14)

25:38 – 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

“Life engenders life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.”
–Sarah Bernhardt

“As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.”
–Henry David Thoreau

“The Great Spirit is in all things, he is in the air we breathe. The Great Spirit is our Father, but the Earth is our Mother. She nourishes us, that which we put into the ground she returns to us…”
–Big Thunder (Bedagi) Wabanaki Algonquin

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS: ANCIENT & MODERN
From the ancient Hindu text “The Exhortation of the Dawn”
From “The Chalice and the Blade” by Riane Eisler

SERMON
“Why I am a Unitarian Universalist Pagan”
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist:
Joel Naftelberg

Please note: All sermons are copyrighted by the author.

Why I am a Unitarian Universalist Spiritual Humanist (11/9/14)

25:24 – 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

“It is lamentable, that to be a good patriot one must become the enemy of the rest of mankind.”
–Voltaire

In the faces of men and women I see God.”
–Walt Whitman

“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious – the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science.”
–Albert Einstein

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS: ANCIENT & MODERN
From Chapter 21 of the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu, as translated by Dr. Ralph Alan Dale
From Unitarian Minister Curtis Williford Reese
From Unitarian Minister William Channing Gannett

SERMON
“Why I am a Unitarian Universalist Spiritual Humanist”
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist:
Joel Naftelberg

Please note: All sermons are copyrighted by the author.

The Feast of All Souls… for Everybody (11/2/14)

21:45 – 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

“In the faces of men and women I see God.”
–Walt Whitman

“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious – the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science.”
–Albert Einstein

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

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS: ANCIENT & MODERN
From the Book of Leviticus
From “Here We Are, You and I” by Robert Killam

SERMON
“The Feast of All Souls… for Everybody”
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist:
Joel Naftelberg

Please note: All sermons are copyrighted by the author.