Upcoming at DDUUC

Dec. 4 Mark Bernstein — Finding Echoes

Novelist Mohsin Hamid wrote: “Empathy is about finding echoes of another person in yourself.” We can only console another who is grieving, lonely, or depressed by connecting within ourselves something that knows that feeling. It requires understanding, vulnerability, a listening heart. In this sermon we’ll explore the nature and power of empathy.

Dec. 11 Dr. Melanie Davis – Stop Talking and Start Listening.

Dec. 18 Kelly Hansen and Bette Kleinkauf A Christmas service.

Dec. 25 — DDUUC will not meet on Christmas Day.

Jan. 1 – Joan Spengler – New Beginnings.

The Sunday services will be presented live at 39 Park St. And streamed over ZOOM, ID 609 444 9349 Password uuchurch. Click here for the DDUUC calendar .

Dec. 21 – 7 p.m. Solstice Celebration – Bid farewell to sun with the certainty of its return! Click on solsticeinvite for details/

Bread and Soup Lunch is Back!

There is a change of plans for the service this Sunday, Oct. 23. Joan Spengler will lead the congregation in a service themed on Loyalty. Following the 10 a.m. service, the congregation will have the first Bread and Soup luncheon in two years. Our luncheons are organized with ease of cleanup in mind. Please bring your soup in a crock pot with a cord so you can plug it in to warm during the service. Consider bringing bread and or dessert. Cups, utensils, bowls and conversation will be provided by DDUUC.

Upcoming events

Oct. 2: Acclaimed composer Jim Scott presents his environmentally conscious musical program. DDUUC congregation President John DeMasi is coordinating the service. The service will be presented live at 39 Park St. And streamed over ZOOM, ID 609 444 9349 Password uuchurch. Click here for the DDUUC calendar .

Oct. 9 Pauline E. Nijander – Resentment. What does holding onto resentment do to us? What methods are available to help us let go of it?

Oct. 16 DDUUC member Mary Watterson will present a service.

Oct. 23 – Melanie Davis, who was located through the Unitarian Universalism Association’s Guest in your Pulpit system. Will give a talk called, Stop Talking; Start Listening.

Oct. 30 Joan Spengler will present the annual Day of the Dead service, a DDUUC tradition.

Upcoming Events

The Church service for Sunday, Sept. 18, will be held in person in our sanctuary and available on Zoom. ID 609 444 9349 password uuchurch Click here for our calendar.

Spirit Circle will meet 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19 for our semi-annual Tarot-palooza, an evening of enlightenment with oracle cards.

On Thursday, Sept. 22, the Spirit Circle will host an evening of Drumming by the Fire to welcome autumn and the dark time of the year. Bring percussion instruments. Event starts at 7 p.m.

Our sanctuary is even prettier with flowers on Sunday! If you agree, then choose a date to supply them on the sign-up sheet in the sanctuary.

Sunday Sept. 11 is Water Communion

Water Communion is a DDUUC tradition. Please bring the story of your summer and some water from where you went. It is okay if the water is symbolic and you spent the summer close to home.

This service will be led by Joan Spengler and will conducted in person and over ZOOM. Meeting ID 609 444 9349 password uuchurch

Aug. 28 Discussion on what wealth can do.

Is it easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven? Does this question resonate with Unitarian Universalists? At 39 Park and on Zoom, 609-444-9349 and uuchurch.

Sunday July 31 Service

Talk Back Topic: The Defining Moments of Our Lives. John DeMasi will lead a discussion about the crucial moments that made us who we are. The service will be held in the sanctuary at 39 Park St. Bordentown and streamed on Zoom. MEETING ID: 609 444 9349, Password: uuchurch: 609 444 9349,

Discussion: Can Artificial Intelligence save the human race? Sunday, July 17, 2022

Roger Long will lead the discussion, available in person at our sanctuary at 39 Park St. Bordentown, NJ, and over the Zoom account. Scroll down for the codes. The link to our activities calendar now has a permanent home in the menu that goes across the screen if you are accessing the site on a personal computer or abbreviated into three horizontal lines in a white box if you accessing the site by smart phone.

MEETING ID: 609 444 9349, Password: uuchurch

Pride Day Rescheduled

The Bordentown Pride Parade will take place on Saturday, July 30. DDUUC marchers should meet at 12:30 p.m. at the Riverline Station for the event, which will begin at 1 p.m. Other festivities include:

2pm- Sullivan’s Pet Fashion Contest at Bordentown Home for Funerals
3 to 5- Kids and Family Fun area at Bordentown Home for Funerals and Leaping Dog Art Studios. Sean Kelly will provide live music and the BRHS group Student Voices will also be on hand collecting donations for youth organizations. Plus many $2 off your first beer at Tindall!
“Taste the Rainbow” drink special at OTP!
Free rainbow Italian Ice and Pup Cups at Smilies!

DDUUC collecting school supplies

DDUUC will be collecting school supplies for families with children living in emergency shelter in the local motels. Here is a link with details. The initiative is being coordinated by Kara DeRose and Raquel Parker.

Informal summer services to begin July 10

DDUUC changes things up for the summer, skipping the first Sunday of July, August and September, but gathering for freewheeling discussion meetings on the remaining summer Sundays.

Contact Sunday Service Committee Chairwoman Joan Spengler if you would like to lead a discussion at Captain.Joan@hotmail.com. If you would like to have a blurb of your topic posted on this space, send it to Christinasturgis@yahoo.com. There will be no service on July 3. Even more DDUUC activities are posted on our calendar.

July 10 – Joan will lead the discussion

July 17 – Roger Long will lead the discussion

July 24 – Is open for a volunteer leader

July 31 – Is open for a volunteer leader

Aug. 7 – Will have no service

Aug. 14 – Is open for a volunteer leader

Aug. 21 – Is open for a volunteer leader

Aug. 28 – Is open for a volunteer leader

Sept. 4 – Will have no service

Sept. 11 – Regular services will resume

Don’t forget to vote!

Our quorum for the Congregational Meeting is 19! DDUUC needs you to attend and to exercise your vote.

Please attend in person or on Zoom.

Dear Members,

The annual Dorothea Dix Unitarian Universalist Community (DDUUC) Congregational Meeting will be held on Sunday, June 26, 2022 at 11:00 AM following Sunday Service.

This in-person meeting will be held onsite at 39 Park Street, Bordentown, NJ 08505. The meeting will be streamed live over ZOOM for those unable to attend in person. Emails have gone out explaining the process in more detail.

Service for Sunday June 19

SUNDAY SERVICES, 10:00 AM
In-Person Services (with Zoom):

June 19 – Rev. Dr. Richard Speck will speak on Juneteenth and will be addressing the
progress, and lack thereof, of our racial issues in America and in Unitarian
Universalism.


MEETING ID: 609 444 9349, Password: uuchurch

Change of Service June 12 2022

The June 12 service has been changed to “Life In Two Genders.”  Most people are comfortable in the gender to which they were born. Some are not. How might we understand what it is like to be transgender? 

Zoom 609 444 9349

password uuchurch

Our PLEDGE DRIVE continues. Please return completed pledge forms to Treasurer Chris Sturgis ASAP. Thanks in advance for your consideration.

June 2022 Services

June 5 – Rev. Charles Loflin will share his message: “Doing what needs to be done.” This will be held in person with live streaming over Zoom.

June 12 – Rev. Larry Smith will present “Jesus’ Top Ten, Part II.” Jesus quoted the Hebrew scriptures quote often to make his points. We will reflect on five of his citations and their relevance to our chosen faith. This service will be on Zoom only.

June 19 – Rev. Dr. Richard Speck will speak on Juneteenth and will be addressing the progress, and lack thereof, of our racial issues in America and in Unitarian Universalism. This will be held in person with live streaming over Zoom.

June 26 – Please join our Vice President, Mae Carter, in leading the final service of the year and our Congregational Meeting. This meeting will be held in person and with live streaming over Zoom.

For more information about DDUUC, visit our calendar.

Service only on Zoom 5-23-22

May 22 – This service is expected to be streamed via Zoom. Please welcome Cheryl
Monohan in sharing how her life-changing experienced shaped her faith.


MEETING ID: 609 444 9349, Password: uuchurch

May Sunday Services 2022

SUNDAY SERVICES, 10:00 AM
Virtual Services via Zoom:
May 8 – Mother’s Day Service
May 15 – Rev. Larry Smith – “When Will the ‘Power to Love’ Replace the ‘Love of
Power’?”
Unitarian Universalists in our historical movements struggled with the concept of
pacifism. Are we a peace church?
In-Person Services:
May 1 – This service will not be streamed via Zoom. Please join us for an interactive
exploration and expression of faith, values, and morals.
May 22 – This service is expected to be streamed via Zoom. Please welcome Cheryl
Monohan in sharing how her life-changing experienced shaped her faith.
May 29 – This service is expected to be streamed via Zoom. To be determined.
ALL SUNDAY SERVICES AND DDUUC VIRTUAL ACTIVITIES ARE NOW
AVAILABLE VIA THE SAME ZOOM CODE:
MEETING ID: 609 444 9349, Password: uuchurch

Art Sunday is coming!

Tuunitarians to perform!

Joyful voices!

39 Park St.
Bordentown,
New Jersey 08505
DDUUC@yahoo.com
609-444-9349
DDUUC@yahoo.com
As of March 27, 2022, DDUUC is holding some services in person and transmitting them simultaneously over Zoom.

May Sunday Services

Following the recent Board of Trustees meeting, the Board has decided to continue partial in-person Sunday Services for the month of May.

Below is the current planned schedule of ZOOM vs in-person meetings. We will attempt to stream in-person services over ZOOM as resources allow.

April 17: ZOOM

April 24: In-Person

May 1: In-Person

May 8: ZOOM

May 15: In-Person

May 22: ZOOM

May 29: In-Person

To join the Sunday Service ZOOM, Sundays at 10 am, visit https://zoom.us/join

Meeting ID: 609 444 9349

Password: uuchurch

Sunday Service information is posted on the DDUUC website as well as the Events and Meetings Calendar.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we try to navigate through these difficult times and keep everyone safe.

The DDUUC Board

https://dduuc.org/

Inherent worth…of Vladimir Putin??!!

Rev. Larry Smith will speak. He writes: “Unitarian Universalists, for the most part, have dismissed the idea of a devil causing evil in the world. Yet, how do we come to terms with human actions that contrast with our positive view of human nature?”

The service will be on Zoom, meeting ID 609-444-9349, Password uuchurch.

April services 2022

April 3 — The DeMasi Brothers will hold a musical service in person at our sanctuary, 39 Park St. The Board of Trustees is working to put it on Zoom.

April 10 — Zoom only service — to be announced.

April 17 –Zoom only service — to be announced.

April 24 — Art Sunday, a Unitarian Universalist tradition, will be celebrated at the sanctuary and put on Zoom as well. If you wish to present your artistic side, contact Roger Long or John DeMasi.

Dorothea Dix Unitarian Universalist Community is located at 39 Park St., Bordentown, NJ 08505. Phone: (609) 444-9349. Email: DDUUC@yahoo.com. For more information about DDUUC activities, visit the calendar. DDUUC thanks you for your patience during the pandemic.

Future of the UU Faith

Sunday 3/27

Meeting ID: 609 444 9349

Password: uuchurch

Please join us in viewing a recorded sermon by Rev. Aaron White on the future of the UU faith.

How is it with your soul?

Sunday 3/20

Meeting ID: 609 444 9349

Password: uuchurch

Returning by popular request:

Please join us in welcoming back Karishma Gottfried in delivering her message titled: “How Is It With Your Soul?” For more information about DDUUC, visit our calendar.

Regarding April 2022 Services

The first and last Sunday in April will be held at the church with the option for live streaming via Zoom. 

Masks are required.

Vaccinated individuals may join in-person. We ask that those who are unvaccinated join virtually. 

EASTER SUNDAY

Easter Sunday is 4/17 and will be held virtually. If there are any members that would like to host the Easter Services independently, please reach out to Clarissa at Sundayservicedduuc@gmail.com.

March 6 Service: Crisis in Ukraine

Meeting ID: 609 444 9349

Password: uuchurch

Talk Back: Regarding the recent challenges in the Ukraine and the prospect of world peace moving into the future. For more information about our congregation, visit the calendar.

Feb. 27 Service Non-Binary Faith

March 9 Book Club

Sunday 2/27 Meeting ID: 609 444 9349

Password: uuchurch

Zr. Alex Kapitan

Non-Binary Faith

The world we live in today feels more divided than ever. In these times, people—and faith communities—who bridge or belie binaries of gender, sexuality, race, class, ability, politics, and religion are deeply needed. Join guest speaker Zr. Alex Kapitan for a service about how we can destroy binaries and create faith communities—and ultimately a wider world—where each of us can bring our full selves forward.

Scroll down for book club information

> The Book Discussion Group will be discussing The Book of Lost Things

> by John Connolly on March 9th at 7PM.

Zoom Meeting ID: 609 444 9349       Password: uuchurch

Visit the DDUUC calendar!

Zoom in March Porch Fest in April

The Board of Trustees has decided to continue virtual Sunday services through the month of March because of Covid-19. DDUUC will participate in Porch Fest and Board President John DeMasi, our resident singer/songwriter, has agreed to perform. Details are still being worked out, but the festival is from noon to 5 on April 30.

To join the Sunday Service ZOOM, Sundays at 10 am, visit https://zoom.us/join

Meeting ID: 609 444 9349

Password: uuchurch

Feb. 20 Service: Democracy

Sunday 2/20

Meeting ID: 609 444 9349

Password: uuchurch

Speaker: Reverend Roger Butts

Democracy: Our fifth principle within Unitarian Universalism speaks of the desire for democracy in our congregations and society at large. In order to even begin to think about it, we have to understand some of the reasons democracies suffer. We are holding services on Zoom through the month of February.

39 Park St.
Bordentown,
New Jersey 08505
DDUUC@yahoo.com

609-444-9349

Feb. 6 service with Jim Scott

Meeting ID: 609 444 9349

Password: uuchurch

Please join us for a music-based service by composer, guitarist, and singer Jim Scott!

Mr. Scott has a significant background in sharing his music talent with UU communities and we are excited for him to join DDUUC this Sunday!

Motel Meals Canceled Feb. 3.

The Motel Meals program for Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022 has been canceled due to lingering snow and ice at the sanctuary, 39 Park St., Bordentown, NJ. The monthly program to deliver a hot meal to homeless people taking emergency shelter in local motels is coordinated by Kara DeRose, chairwoman of the Social Action Committee and a member of the Board of Trustees of DDUUC. She said she plans to resume meal deliveries on Feb. 10 and 17.

Service Jan. 30, 2022

Meeting ID: 609 444 9349    Password: uuchurch

Speaker: Karishma Gottfried

The Five Jagged Rocks of Unitarian Universalism

Unitarian Universalism is a living, breathing faith, and our theology is proof of that. Many people think that to be UU means  to believe whatever you want, but is that really true? While the seven  principles state our values as Unitarian Universalists, the five jagged rocks explore UU views on God, the value of human life, purpose, truth, and the afterlife.

Karishma Gottfried is a young adult raised in the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis, Oregon, and a junior studying religion at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. She recently was one  of the panelists for the 2021 Sophia Lyons Fahs Lecture, and currently  serves The Sanctuary Boston as Campus Ministry Coordinator. DDUUC Services are on Zoom through the month of February due to the surge in Covid-19 cases. More information about our activities is available on the DDUUC calendar. Our sanctuary is at 39 Park Ave. Bordentown, NJ 08505. You can reach us at (609) 444-9349 or DDUUC@yahoo.com.

Service Jan. 23, 2022

James Baldwin: Release, Release, Release

Meeting ID: 609 444 9349

Password: uuchurch

James Baldwin: Release, Release, Release

The Rev. Roger Butts, pastor of Prairie UU Church in Parker, Colorado, will speak to us about a crucial event in the life of the writer and activist James Baldwin. He found himself in a position where he could have been killed, and he found himself in a position where he realized he could kill someone. He learned about the power of release in that moment, and it saved his life.

On Zoom through February ’22

 Dear DDUUC members and friends,
>
> Due to the continued high number of COVID cases, the Board has decided
> to continue all-virtual Sunday Services through the month of February.
> All Sunday Services in February will be held online on ZOOM.
>
> Thank you for your patience and understanding as we try to navigate
> through these difficult times and keep everyone safe.
>
> The DDUUC Board

Full Moon Celebration

The Spirit Circle will gather at the sanctuary, 39 Park St., Bordentown, NJ., to celebrate the full moon. The video below has been rendered unavailable, but Spirit Circle members will share it verbally.

New Zoom Numbers Jan. 9

DDUUC will be using a new Zoom account for the service starting Jan. 9. The meeting ID is the church phone number for ease in remembering. The new account will give the host more options for using Zoom features. The DDUUC calendar has been updated to reflect this change.

Meeting ID: 609 444 9349

Password: uuchurch

Holiday take-down?

Saturday, Jan. 15, is the date to gather at our sanctuary to take down and pack up the holiday decorations. 2 p.m. is the start time. For more information, contact Joan Spengler. For information about other events, consult the DDUUC calendar.

Jan. 9 Service is on Zoom

Due to the increasing cases of Covid-19 and the omicron variant, the Board of Trustees decided to hold Sunday services remotely for the month of January 2022. As of this writing, the DDUUC calendar had not been updated to reflect this, but it’s still chock-full of good information.

Heartfelt thanks to Clarissa Rose for leading our Jan. 2 service, a talk-back and discussion about new beginnings and perspective on New Year’s resolutions. She mentioned this 10,000 Maniacs song as an inspiration. Older congregation members may remember the one below it that includes the lyrics, “These are the good old days.”

Jan. 2 Service on Zoom

Due to the increase in cases of Covid-19 and the Omicron, the Board of Trustees has decided to hold Sunday services remotely over Zoom for the month of January 2022.

Zoom Meeting ID: 819 313 1486

Password: uuchurch 

A heartfelt thanks to John DeMasi for his excellent Happy Holidays Sing-A-Long on Dec. 26, 2021. As promised, he revealed some greatest achievements of recorded music. The best-selling Christmas single of all time is White Christmas by Bing Crosby, the best-selling album is Elvis Presley’s Christmas Album and Gene Autry, the singing cowboy, had a No. 1 hit with Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer in Christmas week of 1949.

Although the DDUUC calendar has not yet been updated to reflect the change back to remote services, other information is available.

Dec. 26: Happy Holidays Sing-A-Long

Greatest Musical Hits of Christmas to be Revealed!

DDUUC’s own folksinger-songwriter John DeMasi is going to lead a Happy Holidays Sing-a-Long Celebration. The songs will include Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, Silent Night, Feliz Navidad, White Christmas, Jingle Bells, and more.

.John will also tell the stories of the origins of Santa Claus and Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, the Broken Church Organ and the Christmas Truce of 1914. He will reveal the biggest selling Christmas song and Christmas album of all time.

John has a new song, If We Really Want Peace, find it by clicking here or under the Youtube tab on this website.

Please note that due to spacing to deter from the spread of COVID-19, space may be limited.  Click here for the DDUUC calendar

At this time, services at the church are only open to vaccinated individuals. Please see our virtual services for future attendance. 

This is an in-person service only. Vaccination cards and masks are required. No food or drink is permitted. Children not of age to be vaccinated can attend in the downstairs area with masks, please. 

Winter Solstice Observed

A lovely candlelight ceremony was held in honor of the winter solstice on the evening of Dec. 20 thanks to the Spirit Circle. The solstice marks the “shortest day of the year,” meaning the fewest hours and minutes of daylight. After this milestone, the days will get longer and brighter.

Motel Meals Delivered

The DDUUC Social Action Committee delivered 60 meals to people living in emergency shelter in local motels on Dec. 19. The food was purchased from Villa Mannino with individual donations from outside the church budget. Among the recipients were 5 children and 6 toddlers.

Church is in-person Dec. 19, 2021

Mitten Tree & Celebration of Kwanzaa. Kwanzaa is the celebration of community, family, and culture leading us into the New Year. Similar to our UU practices, Kwanzaa leads by 7 principles reflective of strength and collaboration. Join in exploring how this annual celebration connects to us as UUs as we prepare to lead into 2022. 

At this time, services at the church are only open to vaccinated individuals. Please see our virtual services for future attendance. 

This is an in-person service only. Vaccination cards and masks are required. No food or drink is permitted. Children not of age to be vaccinated can attend in the downstairs area with masks, please. 

*Mitten Service will be held at one of the In-Person Services. If you would like to donate and are unable to attend the service, please contact Clarissa at SundayServiceDDUUC@gmail.com.

Sunday, Aug. 14 Service

Roger Long will lead a talk back discussion service. He will ask the question, “How did covid change your life spiritually? This will be a hybrid service held in the sanctuary and on Zoom at 609-444-9349 uuchurch.