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Us and Them (8/16/15)

16:15 – Selections from our Sunday Morning Worship Service at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair by Rev. Gina Jacobs-Strain.

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“It is a joy to give thanks to the Eternal, to sing thy praise, O thou Most High, to proclaim thy goodness in the morning to the sweet music of the lyre. I sing for joy at all that thou hast done.”
–Psalm 92

From Ephesians 1:17–19
From Isaiah 43:2

“Us and Them”
by Rev. Gina Jacobs-Strain


Laura Stakiwicz

Rev. Gina C. Jacobs-Strain serves as the Associate Regional Pastor for Women in Ministry for ABCNJ, Interim Pastor for St. Paul, Baptist Church, Atlantic Highlands and as an Associate Minister of Christian Education at St. Paul Baptist Church in Montclair NJ. She is a lecturer, leads Bible Study, and preaches at Nyack College where she is also the Chair of Developmental Education. She preaches, teaches, and leads workshops and works to build community relationships through interdenominational and interfaith efforts. She earned a BA in Psychology from Rutgers University and she graduated from Drew University’s Theological School Magna Cum Laude with a Masters of Divinity in May 2009. She is married to Cliff Strain for almost 27 years; they have three sons and reside in South Orange, N.J.


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About The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair is welcoming of all seekers after truth, beauty, justice and compassion cherishing their diversity of race, gender, sexual identity and orientation, religious background and perspective on life. We are a liberal religious community seeking transformation in our hearts, our homes, our community and our world. We come together to * Create a spiritual community that nurtures and inspires us as we search for meaning in our lives. * Reach out and welcome all who wish to be part of our community because diversity of race, culture, sexual orientation, and economic background enriches us all. * Guide and challenge our children in their lifelong journey of discovery and spiritual growth. * Explore religious and cultural traditions so that we may honor our differences and our common ground. * Take responsibility for helping to solve the problems of our community. * Promote social and economic justice, furthering our work to dismantle racism, homophobia, and all forms of oppression. * Celebrate artistic creation as a spiritual element of life. * Respect the beauty and mystery of nature by actively preserving our environment. * Invest our personal resources to build and sustain this community of aspiration. * Act together to keep this covenant alive. We are Unitarian Universalists, building upon our heritage as advocates for the rights and dignity of all. Our spiritual leaders are Rev. Anya Sammler-Michael and Rev. Scott Sammler-Michael, Co-Senior Ministers.

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