The Rev. Dr. Anthony P. Johnson will present a sermon on Sunday, Jan. 27 called, “Why Religion?”
He writes: The question can be answered in many ways. I will explore the answer(s) offered by the historian of Christianity Elaine Pagels in her latest book “Why Religion? A Personal Story.” Be assured: I will also tell you what I think.
Here is a biographical sketch:
The Rev. Dr. Anthony P. Johnson serves as minister of the Unitarian Church of Harrisburg, PA. As a Unitarian Universalist minister, he is credentialed for parish, community, and interim ministry. He has served congregations in urban and suburban communities in six states and community ministries in two states and at the national level. His bachelor’s degree is from Boston University and he holds graduate degrees from Harvard, the New School for Social Research, and New York Theological Seminary. He lives in the urban heart of Orange, NJ, with his wife Jody Leight and two rescue cats.
Due to concerns about the forecasted snow storm, the 10 a.m. Sunday worship service and Bread and Soup Luncheon scheduled for Jan. 20 have been canceled. The luncheon has been tentatively rescheduled for Sunday, Feb. 17.
Book Discussion Group will consider The Jefferson Bible: The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth at 7 p.m. Feb. 6. Kelly Hansen will lead the discussion.
Thomas Jefferson believed that the pure-principled teachings of Jesus should have been separated from the dogma and abuse of organized religion of the day. This led him to recast, by cutting and pasting from the gospels,a new narrative of the life and teachings of Jesus, where,according to Jefferson, “there will be found remaining the most sublime and benevolent code of morals which has ever been offered to man. ” Source: Goodreads.com.
Rev. Craig Rubano will ask us to imagine that we could talk to our neural networks. “In anticipation of following through on New Year’s resolutions, we’ll look to accessible strokes of insight from quantum physics and brain science in search of intentional resilience-building practices,” he writes. The service begins at 10 a.m. at the church hall, 39 Park St. Bordentown, NJ.
DDUUC member Gail Costanza will present a 10 a.m. service asking, “Are You Ready for Christmas?” She will present a traditional Christmas service of lessons and carols, with an advent wreath, lighting of candles and rendition of Silent Night.
Dorothea Dix Unitarian Universalist Community will celebrate Solstice Eve at 7 p.m. at the church. Participants will decorate an evergreen, make a craft, sing songs and enjoy traditional refreshments. The event will be coordinated by Joan Spengler and the Spirit Circle.
Cookie Exchange 2018 was a great success! Thanks to Barbara Kotch for coordinating and providing this picture!
12/23 DDUUC member Gail Costanza will present a service asking, “Are You Ready for Christmas?” She will present a traditional Christmas service of lessons and carols, with an advent wreath, lighting of candles and rendition of Silent Night.
12/30 Rev. Craig Rubano will ask us to imagine that we could talk to our neural nets. “In anticipation of following through on New Year’s resolutions, we’ll look to accessible strokes of insight from quantum physics and brain science in search of intentional resilience-building practices,” he writes.
Our religious education students will lead the congregation in a celebration of Chalica, the winter holiday unique to Unitarian Universalism. The 10 a.m. service will be followed by the annual decorating of the church. Please stay and help if you are able. Many hands make light work. As Chalica focuses on the seven principles of Unitarian Universalism, it would be a great time to bring a friend to share in our fellowship.
As usual, a lot is in the works at our congregation. A Winter Solstice Celebration is being planned for 7 p.m. Thursday Dec. 20. We will sing, make a craft to hang on our evergreen and wrap up with conversation and refreshments. We will also be collecting pet food and pet supplies to be donated to St. Mary’s Church Food Pantry so the needy can celebrate with their canine and feline companions. For more information, contact Joan Spengler. She has created a flyer for the event. Please help circulate it! We always enjoy meeting new friends!
The Annual Mitten Tree Ceremony is being planned for Sunday, Dec. 16, where donated warm weather gear is used to decorate an evergreen. See Joan Cseh about that.
Mary Ann Kiefer is collecting gently used purses and pocketbooks to stuff with personal items as a holiday gift to women in need. See her about that.
Barbara Kotch is coordinating this year’s holiday Cookie Exchange.
The Board of Trustees will meet 7 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 28, 2018) at the church. All are welcome.