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What’s the Story? (10/18/15)

25:45 – 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

“History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.”
–Napoleon Bonaparte

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
–Maya Angelou

“History is not a burden on the memory but an illumination of the soul.”
–Lord Acton

PRAYER & MEDITATION

READINGS
From “The History” by Herodotus
From “Voices of a People’s History of the United States,” by Howard Zinn

SERMON
“What’s the Story?”
by Rev. Dr. Justin S. Osterman

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist:
Tanya Dixon

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Misfits (10/4/15)

28:09 – Selections from our Sunday Morning Worship Service at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair by Rev. Dr. Justin Osterman.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“In his or her own way, everyone I saw before me looked happy. Whether they were really happy or just looked it, I couldn’t tell. But they did look happy on this pleasant early afternoon in late September, and because of that I felt a kind of loneliness new to me, as if I were the only one here who was not truly part of the scene.”
–Haruki Murakami

“If you’ve ever had that feeling of loneliness, of being an outsider, it never quite leaves you. You can be happy or successful or whatever, but that thing still stays within you.”
–Tim Burton

“I am not an outsider. I am an insider who discovered that everyone else had gone out.”
–Stephen J. Day

READINGS
From the Muslim scripture the Qu’ran, Sura 31, Verses 14-15
From “Loners, Weirdos, Freaks, And Misfits: Young people’s fear of aloneness informs everything,” by Nick Luxmoore

SERMON
“Misfits”
by Rev. Dr. Justin Osterman

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist:
Tanya Dixon

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What is Interim Ministry? (9/27/15)

30:29 – Selections from our Sunday Morning Worship Service at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair by Rev. Dr. Justin Osterman.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.”
–Havelock Ellis

“Times of transition are strenuous, but I love them. They are an opportunity to purge, rethink priorities, and be intentional about new habits. We can make our new normal any way we want.”
–Kristin Armstrong

“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”
–Carl Rogers

READINGS
From the Buddhist scripture the Dhammapada, Chapter 20, Verses 276-282
From from the book Temporary Shepherds: A Congregational Handbook for Interim Ministry by Roger Nicholson

SERMON
“What is Interim Ministry?”
by Rev. Dr. Justin Osterman

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist:
Sabina Ernst

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Forgiveness (9/20/15)

23:53 – Selections from our Sunday Morning Worship Service at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair by Rev. Dr. Justin Osterman.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.”
–Mark Twain

“Forgiveness is not always easy. At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it. And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness.”
–Marianne Williamson

“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.”
–Lewis Smedes

READINGS
From the Hebrew scripture Leviticus 16:2-34
From e.e. cummings

SERMON
“Forgiveness”
by Rev. Dr. Justin Osterman

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist:
Cheryl Crawford

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Water Communion Sunday (9/13/15)

7:58 – Selections from our Water Communion Worship Service at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair by Rev. Dr. Justin Osterman.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“In one drop of water are found all the secrets of the oceans.”
–Khalil Gibran

“If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.”
–Loren Eiseley

“The highest good is like water. Water gives life to the ten thousand things and does not strive. It flows in places men reject and so is like the Tao.”
–Excerpt from Tao Te Ching, Chapter 8

PRAYER & MEDITATION

HOMILY
by Rev. Dr. Justin Osterman

CLOSING WORDS

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TED Talk: Karen Armstrong (9/6/15)

23:12 – Selections from our Sunday Morning Worship Service at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair by Ms. Constance Thames.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“To love our enemy is impossible. The moment we understand our enemy, we feel compassion towards him/her, and he/she is no longer our enemy.”
–Thich Nhat Hanh

“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a covenant between equals.”
–Father Gregory Boyle

“True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.”
–Martin Luther King, Jr.

READINGS
From Sikhism; Adi Granth, Var Majh
From Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet

SERMON
“TED Talk: Karen Armstrong”
by Ms. Constance Thames

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist:
Susan Raufer

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Transformation in Our Community (8/23/15)

35:07 – Selections from our Sunday Morning Worship Service at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair by Mr. Jerry Fried.

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

“In a democracy the knowledge of how to combine is the mother of all other forms of knowledge.”
–Alexis de Toqueville

READINGS
From Hebrews 10
From Hope In The Dark by Rebecca Solnit

SERMON
“Transformation in Our Community”
by Mr. Jerry Fried

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist:
Laura Stakiwicz

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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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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“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

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

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

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist:
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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Immortality (8/9/15)

23:12 – Selections from our Sunday Morning Worship Service at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair by Mr. Lawrence Ramsey.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“We all shine on… like the moon and the stars and the sun… we all shine on… come and on and on…”
–John Lennon

“Living in the moment means letting go of the past and not waiting for the future. It means living your lie consciously, aware that each moment you breathe is a gift.”
–Oprah Winfrey

READINGS
From Psalm 90:10 from the Old Testament
From Paul King

SERMON
“Immortality”
by Mr. Lawrence Ramsey

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist:
Laura Stakiwicz

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True Masters Learn Through Joy (8/2/15)

19:39 – Selections from our Sunday Morning Worship Service at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair by Lori Bryant Woolridge.

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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

“I slept and dreamt that life was joy.
I awoke and saw that life was service.
I acted, and behold, service was joy.
-Rabindranath Tagore

“Mindfulness is about being fully awake in our lives.
It’s about perceiving the exquisite vividness of each moment.
We also gain immediate access to our own powerful inner resources
for insight, transformation, and healing.”
-Jon Kabat-Zinn

 

READINGS
Joy by Lord Buddha
Joy by Sri Chinmoy

SERMON
“True Masters Learn Through Joy”
by Lori Bryant Woolridge

CLOSING WORDS

Liturgist:
Kate Loysen Turek

Lori Bryant Woolridge is an author, coach and founder of Stiletto University, a virtual institution that promotes healthy, sensuous lifestyles. An Emmy award winner, she has written eight books, including The Power of Wow. Her work is centered around the idea that living a sensory life, experiencing the world through your five, God-given senses, is the bedrock of a pleasured and empowered life and the difference between merely living and being alive. An engaging motivational speaker, she has also spoken around the country to women of all ages about sensuous living and feminine empowerment. http://www.stilettou.com

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