DDUUC to March Bordentown Pride Parade

DDUUC will march in the Pride Parade in Bordentown on Saturday, June 12. We will meet at 12:30 p.m. at the Bordentown Riverline Station. For more information, contact Kara.

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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

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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

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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.

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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/

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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.

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We Laugh We Cry

This is a new song John DeMasi wrote for the Celebration of Life Service for longtime member Ingrid Heerwagen.

Click this link to see the sermon that was cut short by a power outage.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

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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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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Jan. 2022 services will be on Zoom

Due to the increase in Covid-19 cases in Burlington County, the Board of Trustees has decided Sunday Services in January will be conducted remotely over Zoom.

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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.

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Dec. 12 Service on Zoom

Our service will be held over Zoom and will be led by Rev. Larry Smith.

Here is a link to the DDUUC calendar.

Zoom ONLY Services (Meeting ID: 819 313 1486, Password: uuchurch):

December 12 – Rev. Larry Smith – Wholeheartedness
One of the strangest aspects of being human is that sometimes our strength can come from vulnerability. How do we recognize that when it happens?

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Dec. 5 Service is on Zoom

Zoom Meeting ID: 819 313 1486

Password: uuchurch 

Jessica and Manmohan “Manny” Kaur will be joining us virtually to share their journey in spirituality from Catholicism to Sikhism and how embracing where fate brought them then led them to happiness and security in their spiritual expression. 

Click this link for the DDUUC calendar.

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Nov. 28 Service in Our Sanctuary

DDUUC will once again meet for our service in the building at 39 Park Street, Bordentown, for the second time since shutting down because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Last week, a member graciously contributed her cell phone data to stream the service over Zoom, but halted it when no members appeared. The Board of Trustees is working to provide a livestream version of our services, but it will be available at a later date. Thank you for your patience at this difficult time.

First service back following Covid-19

DDUUC will be meeting in person today, Sunday, Nov. 19, at our sanctuary, 39 Park St. Bordentown, NJ, 08505. The service will be available over Zoom at the usual account 819-313-1486 uuchurch. This is our first time offering a hybrid service, so please be patient if there are technical difficulties. Thank you for your consideration.

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Back to building precautions

COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS AND ATTENDANCE RESTRICTIONS

  • All adult attendees at in-person Sunday Service are required to bring and show proof
    of vaccination for entry. Unvaccinated adults are requested to attend remotely as
    available.
  • Children under 12, who are ineligible for vaccination, are welcome at in-person
    services and Religious Education.
  • All adults and children must bring and wear a face covering at all times inside the
    building.
  • Hand sanitizer is available at the door.
  • Attendees must practice social distancing in all seating areas. In-person capacity will
    therefore be limited.
  • There will be no food or drink inside the building. Coffee Hour is suspended. Weather
    permitting, attendees are encouraged to socialize outdoors following the conclusion of
    Sunday Service.
  • Every effort is being made to ensure in-person Sunday Services are also streamed
    live over ZOOM. Audio quality and a stable connection are challenges we are working
    to overcome so we can provide a worthwhile experience for remote attendees. The first
    two in-person services (November 21 and 28) may not be the best quality over ZOOM
    as we troubleshoot technical hurdles, but we hope to have a stable streaming setup
    before December meetings.
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Nov. 14 Service

November 14 – Rev. Larry Smith – “Who Are We?”

What makes someone a Unitarian Universalist? Is it the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Purpose and Principles? Is it something else? Reflections on our identity from thirty-two years as a Unitarian Universalist and twenty-two years as a Unitarian Universalist minister. No conclusive answer to be given. Disagreement expected.

Come. Listen. Discuss.

The Meeting ID# 819 313 1486 Password: uuchurch

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Nov. 7 Service

“The Gift of Abundance”

Rev. Mary Doane and Sylvia Foster, “Gift of Abundance.” We are witnessing a transformation – away from the myth of scarcity, which currently forms the basis of our U.S. economic system – toward the bounty we can see with our own eyes is humanity’s new role on planet earth since the virus — what do we deem sacred – and how do we care for one another? The teachings of constant competition and unlimited consumerism are being examined now, and we ask ourselves, “How might our human gifts go toward healing and building better lives for us all?” Please join this duo in their use of music to guide their service.

Zoom Meeting ID: 819 313 1486 Password: uuchurch

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Return to In-Person Services

Beginning in November, DDUUC will host two (2) in-person Sunday Services per month at the church and two services remotely on ZOOM. In-person Sunday Services will be determined on a month-to-month basis, to be communicated to the congregation via email in advance. The Sunday Service status will always be available on the DDUUC calendar.

SUNDAY SERVICES IN NOVEMBER
The first two Sunday Services (November 7 and November 14) will continue remotely on ZOOM. The last two Sundays in November (November 21 and 28) will be held in-person at 39 Park Street.

COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS AND ATTENDANCE RESTRICTIONS
– All adult attendees at in-person Sunday Service are required to bring and show proof of vaccination for entry. Unvaccinated adults are requested to attend remotely as available.
– Children under 12, who are ineligible for vaccination, are welcome at in-person services and Religious Education.
– All adults and children must bring and wear a face covering at all times inside the building.
– Hand sanitizer is available at the door.
– Attendees must practice social distancing in all seating areas. In-person capacity will therefore be limited.
– There will be no food or drink inside the building. Coffee Hour is suspended. Weather permitting, attendees are encouraged to socialize outdoors following the conclusion of Sunday Service.
– Every effort is being made to ensure in-person Sunday Services are also streamed live over ZOOM. Audio quality and a stable connection are challenges we are working to overcome so we can provide a worthwhile experience for remote attendees. The first two in-person services (November 21 and 28) may not be the best quality over ZOOM as we troubleshoot technical hurdles, but we hope to have a stable streaming setup before December meetings.

The Board continues to discuss potential ways to clearly broadcast in-person services over ZOOM while allowing remote attendees to fully participate in the service. If you have suggestions or resources, or would like to volunteer to assist with the technology and/or logistics of streaming in-person services via ZOOM (we need audio/video volunteers for onsite setup and stream monitoring as well as remote volunteers to join a test ZOOM meeting and give us feedback on audio/video quality) please contact John at jmuso105@aol.com

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Sunday Service

The topic of our service for Sunday, Oct. 24, is Toxic Positivity.

Zoom Meeting ID: 819 313 1486

Password: uuchurch

Click this link to sign up for an environmental webinar on Habitat Gardening at 7 p.m. Nov. 30.

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October 3rd service

VIRTUAL SUNDAY SERVICES on ZOOM, 10:00 AM

The Meeting ID# 819 313 1486 Password: uuchurch

October 3 – Author Ben Winter will share his experiences with improv and
how it applies to life. Ben will explore how and why when expectations go awry,
we only get upset when the expectation goes unmet. Ben will share how these
experiences coexist from his perspective in relation to personal growth.

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Zoom thru October

The Sept. 19 service will be given by Rev. Flo Gelo

If Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade: is commonly understood to inspire optimism and a positive outlook in the face of challenges. The expression is also an entry into understanding our vulnerabilities and approach to living. Let’s gather together to listen to a parable to launch our reflection. Meeting ID: 819 313 1486 Password: uuchurch.

Fully vaccinated folks are invited to a concert by the DeMasi Brothers at 7 p.m. Oct. 2 in the church. It is the weekend of the Cranberry Fest.

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