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The living tradition, which we share, draws from many sources:

  • Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces that create and uphold life.
  • Words and deeds of prophetic women and men, which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love.
  • Wisdom from the world's religions, which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life.
  • Jewish and Christian teachings, which call us to respond to God's love by loving our neighbors as ourselves.
  • Humanist teachings, which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit.
  • Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions, which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.

Excerpts from "The future: no going back" written by Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, President, Unitarian-Universalist Association

The Fall 2020 edition of UU World, our denomination's magazine, has a LOT of wonderful articles in this issue, and here are some particularly timely and thoughtful highlights from Rev. Frederick-Gray:

 

"Models of religious life steeped in individualism, exceptionalism, scarcity and competition will not meet this moment."

"The science of the coronavirus reminds us that we are fundamentally interconnected, that our actions and ways of being impact the health and well-being of others."

"...what has become abundantly clear in this crisis is that we cannot go back. The deadly effects of what was considered normal, or business as usual, are undeniable."

 

"Our democracy is under direct attack - and has been for a long time. What this means is that we ALL need to be ALL IN for systemic change that puts PEOPLE first, that sees racism, xenophobia, poverty, ableism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, voter suppression, and climate destruction as one issue - a disease we must all organize to address together. So much is on the line."

UUCN is following the recommendation of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and will continue holding Online (Virtual) services during the 2020 - 2021 Church Year

Services Will Be Held Sundays
at 9:30 am via Zoom


For security purposes, meeting passwords will be sent via email - please use the Connection page to request the information for future services.

 

 

 

September 20, 2020: "A Few Choice Words" by Rev. Tom Nalesnik

Rev. Tom Nalesnik brings thoughtful and informative sermons to the UUCN community, and we're pleased to share the text of his recent sermon here with you.

Rev. Tom Nalesnik is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, although he’s now more closely associated with Unitarian Universalism. He’s been a member of the First Parish UU Church in Groton, Massachusetts for about three years now. His own pilgrimage has been a zig-zag from TV, communications, and advertising to the ministry. He currently serves as a freelance writer, graphic designer, and social media consultant for his own company, A Way With Words.

 

 

 

 

Rev. Nalesnik's Sermon (PDF)

October 4, 2020: "The Turning" by Rev. David M. Horst

Rev. David M. Horst served Unitarian Universalist congregations in the Boston area, Nantucket, and New Jersey for 20 years and now works as a community minister at the New London Homeless Hospitality Center.

He is the founder of The Open Circle, a spiritual direction practice for individuals and groups based in Norwich. He is affiliated with All Souls New London, the Spiritual Life Center in West Hartford, Spiritual Directors International, and the Unitarian Universalist Society for Community Ministry.

Rev. Horst leads a monthly online group spiritual direction program called "The Topic," now in its second year. He blogs regularly at the-open-circle.com/ or find The Open Circle Norwich on Facebook.

He holds an M.Div. degree from Harvard Divinity School and a Certificate in Spiritual Guidance from the Unitarian Universalist Rowe Center. He lives in Norwich with his spouse Alyson Gaylord-Loy, an artist and teacher, and their son Darly Horst-Loy, a student at Norwich Free Academy. Their daughter, Domnica-Horst Loy, attends Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.

 

Rev. Horst's Sermon (PDF)

October 11, 2020: "Paradigm Shifts or Having a Taste of My Own Medicine" by Rev. Lilia Cuervo


Rev. Lilia Cuervo continues to be a steady and welcome presence as one of our regular speakers. She has an extensive body of work as a Unitarian-Universalist Minister.

The Rev. Lilia Cuervo, a native of Colombia, was the first Latin American woman ordained in the Unitarian Universalist denomination. At First Parish in Cambridge she also made history by being the first woman to be installed as a Parish Minister. She is a co-founder of the Latino/a UU Networking Association (LUUNA), and the initiator of, and a translator of several pieces for Las Voces del Camino, the Spanish language Unitarian Universalist hymnal.

 

Rev. Cuervo's Sermon

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