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Vision (2/7/2016)

27:08– Selections from our Sunday Morning Worship Service at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair by Rev. Dr. Justin S. Osterman.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“A vision is not just a picture of what could be; it is an appeal to our better selves, a call to become something more.”
–Rosabeth Moss Kanter

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS
From Proverbs 29:18, King James Version
From “I Have a Dream,” by Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.

SERMON
“Vision”
by Rev. Dr. Justin S. Osterman

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist:
Kate Loysen Turek

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A Community Response to a Cultural Silence (1/31/16)

26:39 – Selections from our Sunday Morning Worship Service at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair by Ms. Laurice Grae-Hauck.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“In the end, what will hurt the most is not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends.”
–Martin Luther King, Jr.

“It’s on us, all of us, to create a culture where violence isn’t tolerated, where survivors are supported, and where all young people — men and women — can go as far as their dreams may take them.”
–Barack Obama

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS
From “Oliver Twist” by Charles Dickens
From “The Second Hand” by John Patrick Shanley

SERMON
“A Community Response to a Cultural Silence”
by Ms. Laurice Grae-Hauck

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist:
John Lytle

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A Dangerous Democracy (1/17/16)

28:46 – Selections from our Sunday Morning Worship Service at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair by Rev. Dr. Justin S. Osterman.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“I have been astonished that men could die martyrs for religion – I have shuddered at it.  I shudder no more – I could be martyred for my religion – Love is my religion – I could die for that.”
–John Keats (1795-1821), British poet

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS
From “The Trial and Death of Socrates” by Plato
From “I See the Promised Land” by Dr. Luther King Jr.

SERMON
“A Dangerous Democracy”
by Rev. Dr. Justin S. Osterman.

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist:
John Lytle

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Saints and Sinners (1/10/16)

18:38 – Selections from our Sunday Morning Worship Service at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair by Rev. Dr. Justin S. Osterman.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.”
–Oscar Wilde

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS
From “Certain Trumpets” by Gary Wills
From “The Road to Character” by David Brooks:

SERMON
“Saints and Sinners”
by Rev. Dr. Justin S. Osterman

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist:
John Lytle

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New Years Thoughts for a Healthy, Sustainable, Peaceful World (1/3/16)

30:38 – Selections from our Sunday Morning Worship Service at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair by Mr Brad Hyson.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“Man is the most insane species.  He worships an invisible God and destroys a visible Nature, unaware that the Nature he is destroying is this God he is worshipping.”
–Hubert Reeves

“It is possible that the next Buddha will not take the form of an individual. The next Buddha may take the form of a community – a community practicing understanding and loving kindness, a community practicing mindful living. This may be the most important thing we can do for the survival of Earth.”
–Thich Nhat Hanh

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS
From the Tao Te Ching by Lao-Tzu
From “Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space,” by Carl Sagan

SERMON
“New Years Thoughts for a Healthy, Sustainable, Peaceful World (1/3/16)”
by Mr Brad Hyson.

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist:
John Lytle

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Endings and Beginnings (12/27/15)

19:41 – 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

“hold still. stay there. tease back the layers. you are in the space between your comfort zone and infinity. you want to hide. not be seen. not be open. not be vulnerable, but you have to. there are two ways to do this – soft and gentle or fast and hard. both will get you to the other side, if you let them.”
–Jeanette LeBlanc

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS
The Road of Life, Joyce Rupp
Transition – Fear Of Transformation, Danaan Parry
Letting Go Happens, Tracy Brooks
Letting Go from Listening Hearts, Christine Robinson & Alicia Hawkins
When You Walk to the Edge, Patrick Overton

HOMILY
by Rev. Judy Tomlinson

Liturgist:
Jack Drucker

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Redefining the G-word (12/20/15)

30:35 – Selections from our Sunday Morning Worship Service at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair by Rev. Dr. Justin S. Osterman.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.”
–John Maynard Keynes

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS
From 1 Kings 19:4-13
From “The Color Purple,” by Alice Walker

SERMON
“Redefining the G-word”
by Rev. Dr. Justin S. Osterman

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist:
Jack Drucker

Please note: All sermons are copyrighted by the author.