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Pride Service on Father's Day, led by Rev. David Carl Olson

A celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride, and a morning to thank our dads. Recognizing, too, that we only days away from Juneteenth, we will hear from diverse voices in our congregation. Rev. Olson will share thoughts about parenting and pride.

Soulful Sundown, led by Rev. David Carl Olson

Come for Supper, stay for Soulful Sundown! Soulful Sundown offers poetry and reflection by Rev. David Carl Olson and live music from The Cosmic Orchestra, onsite AND online. Special guest artist Walter Finley will perform at an ONSITE-ONLY coffee house/concert afterward. All are welcome; never a charge!

Where music resides at the heart of religious experience.

Come early at 6:30 PM! All are welcome to simple supper prior to Soulful Sundown. A voluntary donation of $10 covers soup, salad, artisanal bread, cookies, and beverages.

Bridging, led by Rev. Dr. Natalie Fenimore

Our annual Bridging Worship Service celebrates transitions of the young people in the UUCSR Religious Education Program.

All are welcome to a picnic celebration immediately following Worship.

Appreciation and Renewal, led by Rev. Dr. Natalie Fenimore

The work and ministry of a congregation requires many hearts and hands. In this service we offer appreciation for all those who give life to this community. We are renewed each year by the commitment of members and friends. Let’s celebrate.

Near and Far, led by Rev. Dr. Natalie Fenimore

This Sunday, UUCSR worships in two locations. Our community is gathered onsite and also at the All-Congregation Retreat in Pennsylvania. We are both together and apart. We remember this for Memorial Day—we may be physically separated from those who have died but we are together in our hearts.

Coming of Age, led by Rev. Dr. Natalie Fenimore

Join the annual celebration of our eighth grade Coming of Age class. Our young people will share their thoughts on what Unitarian Universalism means to them. They will share their gifts and talents with this community they love.

Nurture, led by Rev. Dr. Natalie Fenimore

This Mother’s Day we reflect on how mothers (and others) nurture and are in need of nurture.

Soulful Sundown, led by Rev. Israel Buffardi

Come for Supper, stay for Soulful Sundown! Soulful Sundown offers poetry and reflection by Rev. Israel Buffardi and live music from The Cosmic Orchestra, onsite AND online. Special guest artist Willy Porter will perform at an ONSITE-ONLY coffee house/concert afterward. All are welcome; never a charge!

Where music resides at the heart of religious experience.

Come early at 6:30 PM! All are welcome to simple supper prior to Soulful Sundown. A voluntary donation of $10 covers soup, salad, artisanal bread, cookies, and beverages.

Love’s Pronoun Is Plural, led by Rev. David Carl Olson

Unitarian Universalist minister Rev. Kathleen McTigue says, “Fear’s pronoun is singular... Love’s pronoun is plural.” We embrace a religious practice of pluralism in our Worship Room even as the greater UU Association considers naming Pluralism as a core value of our liberal faith. Come hear the choir sing a little Spanish, the minister give a blessing in Hebrew, as all of us share wonder at what the human heart-mind is discovering in diverse ways.

I Need You to Survive, led by Student Minister Dana N. Moore

Our lives are sustained by a mutual interdependence that extends far beyond our own lifetimes. Dana explores strands of shared history that weave compassion into our stories and joy into the future of social justice and collective survival.

Roots and Wings: The Practice of Belonging, led by Rev. Israel Buffardi

We explore the profound need for belonging that brings us together and the shared commitments to love and justice that move us to stretch and grow. We also mark the milestones of both new and longstanding members in our congregation to seek a meaningful celebration of the journeys that weave us together, as we honor our past, cherish our present, and look forward to our future with hope and purpose.

Music Sunday , led by Rev. David Carl Olson, The UUCSR Choir and Soloists with The Orchestra at Shelter Rock, Stephen Michael Smith, Music Director/Conductor,

Presented as a Worship Service celebrating music and the arts at Shelter Rock with The UUCSR Choir and Soloists with The Orchestra at Shelter Rock, Stephen Michael Smith, Music Director/Conductor. The Service will last one hour and fifteen minutes. Everyone is welcome to enjoy two extraordinary pieces: The Ballad of the Brown King, by Margaret Bonds, and Toward the Unknown Region, by Ralph Vaughan Williams. There will be an opportunity to contribute to the Edward Miller Memorial Music Scholarship Fund during the Service.

We Are One led by Rev. Dr. Natalie Fenimore

Unitarian Universalism honors our interconnection and interdependence, while respecting our individualism. We acknowledge that there is power in the ability to make individual choices which seek the common good. How can our individual actions move us toward collective peace and justice?

Easter: Lo, the Day of Days is Here! led by the UUCSR Ministers

Among the many ways we celebrate spring at Shelter Rock is the Easter Service featuring the Children’s Choir, Jazz Ensemble, and the Easter Bunny. Please join a Service that considers the Christian message of Jesus and the human message of perseverance and hope—and then hunt for Easter eggs on the lawn! Special music by soloists and an African anthem by the Choir, under the direction of Stephen Michael Smith.

Negentropy: Chaos Swallowed Up in Love, led by Rev. Dr. Fenimore and Senior Seminar Youth

As described by UUCSR Senior Seminar youth Juliet Mitchell, “Every year, the Senior Seminar class at UUCSR holds a service that is planned by high school youth. This year’s theme is Negentropy: Chaos Swallowed Up in Love, meaning that there is so much chaos in the world, and the way to solve all of the hatred is by unity and love, which is negentropy, or chaos coming back into order. This service contains self-written reflections and self-composed music along with other favorite songs and words that deeply resonate with the youth. It is very important for the congregation to be able to hear the thoughts and beliefs of the youth, as they are the future of our faith, and the youth are able to grow into their own faith by passionately exhibiting what is important to them in such a sacred space.” Please join us to hear the voices of the future of Unitarian Universalism!

Remember the Ladies, led by Rev. Dr. Natalie Fenimore and members of the UUCSR’s Women’s Group

As our Unitarian ancestor, Abigail Adams, famously asked her husband John Adams to do—we continue to ask for remembrance and appreciation of women’s needs, roles, burdens, and accomplishments this Women’s History Month.

Transformative Ministry, led by Rev. Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt

In this post-pandemic world, our UU congregations and communities have experienced change and considered what traditions we still value. Our ministries have to meet the challenges of these times.

Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt is the president of Starr King School for the Ministry, a Unitarian Universalist Seminary, was formerly the Senior Minister at Fourth Universalist Church in Manhattan, and is a leader in the development of Unitarian Universalist ministry for the future.

At 1:00 PM, conversation will continue in an informal and interactive setting in the Art Gallery. Participants are welcome to bring their lunch from home or purchase at the UU Sunday Café and dine together while considering the future of Unitarian Universalism. Rev. Buffardi and Rev. Bray McNatt will facilitate the conversation

Change: The Only Constant, led by Rev. Jennifer Raffensperger, Guest Minister

There’s no question: 2024 is going to be a year of change. Of course—what year isn’t? When change feels unsettling or scary, how do we shift our relationship in anticipation of change? Our faith calls us to the work of transformation. How can we work to embrace the change that is coming? Can we, from our own relationship and reactions to change, find ways to deepen our call to transformation within ourselves and our faith communities?

Once Upon Another Time, led by Student Minister Dana N. Moore

The call to justice, equity, and compassion in human relationships requires that we address systemic implications and re-imagine our future communities to work toward a common goal. What hope does our storied past glean for the future? Will we see these changes in our lifetime(s)?

Creatively Maladjusted, led by Rev. Israel Buffardi

The ability to connect with others and understand their truths often lies at the heart of what calls us to become the change we wish to see in the world. Together we explore the power that communal storytelling and visioning has to transform movements for justice and equity through both empathy and compassion.

What Are We Not Seeing? led by Guest Speaker Cassandra Montenegro

This Sunday, we consider the life and legacy of Elizabeth Cabot Cary Agassiz, Cambridge Unitarian and founder of the women’s educational institution that would later become Radcliffe College. She was the wife and close collaborator of Louis Agassiz, biologist and geologist whose approach to teaching revolutionized the study of natural history and whose scholarship simultaneously advanced theories in support of scientific racism. How do we practice a posture of spiritual humility when it comes to ancestral reconciliation? And, what is it in our own work, that we are not seeing?

Soulful Sundown, led by Rev. David Carl Olson

Soulful Sundown offers poetry and reflection by Rev. David Carl Olson and live music from The Cosmic Orchestra, onsite AND online. Special guest artist Leslie Mendelson will perform at an ONSITE-ONLY coffee house/concert afterward. All are welcome; never a charge!

Where music resides at the heart of religious experience.

February will mark the return of a regularly occurring simple supper prior to Soulful Sundown. A voluntary donation of $10 covers soup, salad, artisanal bread, cookies, and beverages. All are welcome to supper at 6:30 PM before Soulful Sundown.

Justice and Equity, led by Rev. Dr. Natalie Fenimore

Remember when you were a young person (or maybe you are still a young person) and you protested that it was not fair unless everyone was treated the same? We are usually taught to think that treating everyone the “same” is what is just but what about equity—the idea that it may be just to consider that different people have different needs in order to achieve fairness and justice?

Veatch Sunday Worship Service: Radical Connection: Building a Multiracial Democracy led by Deborah Scott, CEO of Georgia STAND-UP

Veatch Sunday provides an opportunity for all to hear directly from Veatch grantees. Join the Veatch Board of Governors to hear Georgia STAND-UP founder and CEO, Deborah Scott, deliver the sermon Love Lives Here. Veatch Annual Meeting will follow at 1:00pm. Deborah Scott and Rosemary Rivera, Executive Director of Veatch grantee Public Policy and Education Fund, will discuss Building a Multiracial Democracy. For more information visit the Veatch Blog | Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock (uucsr.org).

Love Unites, led by Rev. Israel Buffardi and Members of the Denominational Affairs Committee and Delegates to GA 2023

This year, Unitarian Universalists will gather for a virtual General Assembly to celebrate the profound impact of the love that transcends boundaries and builds connections in our communities. Members of our Denominational Affairs Committee will share their experiences of the impact of attending General Assembly along with thousands of other UUs committed to putting love at the center of all we do.

Marching, led by Rev. Dr. Natalie Fenimore

There is an old story: a Universalist was asked where they stand and answered, “We don’t stand, we move.” Moving and marching is a way of gathering energy to move a cause forward. Bayard Rustin—Black, gay, pacifist, Quaker—was an organizer of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963. Rustin worked with Martin Luther King, Jr. and deepened King’s commitment to non-violence as practiced by Mohandas Gandhi. As King was at the center of the greatest civil rights march of its time, Gandhi led the Great March to the Sea in 1930. We’ll reflect on the stories of these movements and marches.

Soulful Sundown, led by Student Minister Dana N. Moore

Soulful Sundown offers spoken word by Student Minister Dana N. Moore and live music from The Cosmic Orchestra, onsite AND online. Special guest artist Brian Mitchell at ONSITE-ONLY coffee house/concert afterward. All are welcome; never a charge!

Liberating Love, led by Rev. Dr. Natalie Fenimore

Love is a central value in Unitarian Universalism. Love is a powerful force. Love can be defined in many ways in our faith community. Let us consider “Love” as a force for justice and liberation.

Modern Day Mystics, led by Student Minister Dana N. Moore

Are YOU a UU Mystic? Student Minister, Dana N. Moore explores how Unitarian Universalists engage our sources and "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 which create and uphold life."

Light in the Darkness, led by Rev. Dr. Natalie Fenimore, Rev. David Carl Olson, Rev. Israel Buffardi, Student Minister Dana N. Moore

Each winter,  may we remember that, in our lives, the season of rebirth always promised but not guaranteed. It is by our efforts to bring light to the lives of others in dark times that we bring about possibilities for renewal. We can make ourselves a light in the darkness for those in need. We can be vehicles of hope. This service will feature the UUCSR Choir, soloists and instrumentalists. As is tradition, the Service will conclude with candlelighting while singing “Silent Night” in the Worship Room.

Stories of Love and Light, led by Rev. Dr. Natalie Fenimore, Rev. David Carl Olson, Rev. Israel Buffardi, Student Minister Dana N. Moore

Our Family Sunday Worship Service will center stories of love center light in this holiday season. This service will include candlelighting.

To Give Shelter, led by Rev. Dr. Natalie Fenimore, Rev. David Carl Olson, Rev. Israel Buffardi, and Dana N. Moore, Student Minister

Human beings need both shelter from the elements and shelter from harm. In the stories of the winter holidays, we can find guideposts for how we can be a sheltering community–here at Shelter Rock. UUCSR first-graders will present a Nativity Story.

The Mystery of Music, led by Rev. Dr. Natalie Fenimore

As we prepare for the afternoon’s annual Messiah Sing, we will gather surrounded by the waiting instruments and musician’s chairs–and consider the mysterious spiritual gifts of music.

Soulful Sundown, led by Rev. David Carl Olson

Soulful Sundown offers spoken word by Rev. David Carl Olson and live music from The Cosmic Orchestra, onsite AND online. Special guest artists The Cosmic Orchestra at ONSITE-ONLY coffee house/concert afterward. All are welcome; never a charge!

Another World: A Journey of Connection and Justice, led by Guest Minister Rev. Mary Katherine Morn, UU Service Committee President

In the face of violence and grief, these days challenge us to imagine another world and commit to whatever next action we may take toward it. In this service, we will consider what we need to resist cynicism and refuse complacency.

Oh, We Give Thanks!, led by Dana N. Moore, Student Minister

Student Minister Dana N. Moore asks: In a world with so many needs and demands, how do we maintain hope and vigor for the work that must be done? Together we will explore gratitude and self-care practices that sustain social justice movements and the people who champion them!

Gobble, Gobble, led by Rev. Dr. Natalie Fenimore, Rev. David Carl Olson, Rev. Israel Buffardi, Dana N. Moore, Student Minister

In our Annual Family Thanksgiving Worship Service we’ll consider two ways to think about “Gobble, Gobble”: Yes, turkey sounds–as we continue to collect donations to make sure that those in need can have a full Thanksgiving Meal. But also, in what ways are we a “Gobble, Gobble” culture–taking much without thinking of how little may be left for others.

Please remember to bring bread from your culture or memory to share and be prepared to share the story of this bread with the congregation. Guest At Your Table Boxes will be distributed for return on December 24.

Stepping Into Our Power For Social Justice, led by Pavel (Pablo) DeJesús, Executive Director of Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice

We are living through an important moment in American history, perhaps global history. In the foreground, we have the chaos of current events. In the background, we have pervasive challenges to our civic institutions and mounting threats to the health of our democracy–at least the inclusive impulses of our American project in democracy.

Unitarian Universalists must understand that despite these circumstances, we can share an important voice in public policy and legislative matters. We have power we can grow, curate, and leverage. Now is the time to invest in fusion politics and coalition. We have the opportunity to advance real solutions and participate in the movement that could reform the current paradigm. Now is the time to chase that dream of the beloved community. Let us step into our power.

Soulful Sundown, led by Rev. Israel Buffardi

Soulful Sundown offers spoken word by Rev. Israel Buffardi and live music from The Cosmic Orchestra, onsite AND online. Special guest artists Duke Levine & Kevin Barry at ONSITE-ONLY coffee house/concert afterward. All are welcome; never a charge!

How can we come to see that we have enough, we are enough, and there is enough for all of us? Together we reflect on what it means to cultivate generosity that flows from a place of deep gratitude for all the beauty and blessings that we already have in our lives. Let us draw strength to meet the challenges of the world by seeing that enough is a feast.

Sunday Worship Service: Generosity, led by Rev. Dr. Natalie Fenimore

As the Unitarian Universalist Association considers changes to its Principles and Purposes Statement, one of the qualities of our UU Covenant that is being put forward as central is “Generosity.” What does generosity mean in this community? In what ways are we generous with and to others–and with and among ourselves?

All Aunt Hagar’s Children, led by Dana Moore, Student Minister