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Monthly Archives: March 2015

Why I Am a Unitarian Universalist Jew (3/29/15)

25:18 – 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

“Who walks in integrity shall minister to me.”
–Psalm 25

“As a lamp is not diminished by kindling even a million candles, so will one not lose who gives to a good cause.”
–Exodus Rabbah (Midrash)

“Speak not of matters superhuman, over which we have no control.”
–Martin Buber

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS: ANCIENT & MODERN
“An Unfailing Treasure,” from the Wisdom of Solomon:
Adapted from The Way of Man by Martin Buber

SERMON
“Why I Am a Unitarian Universalist Jew”
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist:
Lou Dodge

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Selma: Looking Back and Moving Forward (3/22/15)

25:57 – Selections from our Sunday Morning Worship Service at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair by Rev. David Miller.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“It was not enough to come and listen to a great sermon or message every Sunday morning and be confined to those four walls and those four corners. You had to get out and do something.”
–-Civil Rights Leader John Lewis

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READING
From the poem “On the Pulse of Morning” by Maya Angelou

SERMON
“Selma: Looking Back and Moving Forward”
by Rev. David Miller

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist:
Lou Dodge

Please note: All sermons are copyrighted by the author.

Why I Am a Unitarian Universalist Christian (3/15/15)

21:53 – 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

“Fundamentalism isn’t about religion. It’s about power.”
–Salman Rushdie

“Christianity, with its doctrine of humility, of forgiveness, of love, is incompatible with the State, with its haughtiness, its violence, its punishment, its wars.”
–Leo Tolstoy

“Most people are willing to take the Sermon on the Mount as a flag to sail under, but few will use it as a rudder by which to steer.”
–Oliver Wendell Holmes

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS: ANCIENT & MODERN
From the Book of Matthew, Chapter 25
From Original Blessing by Matthew Fox

SERMON
“Why I Am a Unitarian Universalist Christian”
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist:
Lou Dodge

Please note: All sermons are copyrighted by the author.

Courage and the Soul (3/8/15)

24:44 – Selections from our Sunday Morning Worship Service at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair by Rev. Judy Tomlinson.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“Courage faces fear and thereby masters it.”
–Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.”
–Maya Angelou

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
–Nelson Mandela

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS: ANCIENT & MODERN
From the Book of the prophet Isaiah 10:1-2
From the eulogy of Rev. James Reeb by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

SERMON
“Courage and the Soul”
by Rev. Judy Tomlinson

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist:
Lou Dodge

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Render Unto Caesar… (3/1/15)

21:44 – 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 more we simplify our material needs the more we are free to think of other things.”
–Eleanor Roosevelt

“Learning how to love is the goal and the purpose of spiritual life – not learning how to develop psychic powers, not learning how to bow, chant, do yoga, or even meditate, but learning to love. Love is the truth. Love is the light.”
–Lama Surya Das

“The spiritual path is not a solo endeavor. In fact, the very notion of a self who is trying to free her/himself is a delusion. We are in it together and the company of spiritual friends helps us realize our interconnectedness.”
–Tara Brach

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS: ANCIENT & MODERN
From Book of Mark, Chapter 12
From an interview with Matthew Fox by Mary NurrieStearns

HOMILY
“Render Unto Caesar…”
by Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist:
Lou Dodge

Please note: All sermons are copyrighted by the author.