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Monday December 24, 2018 • 7:00 pm
Love Will Out
Candlelight Christmas Eve Service for All Ages
With Rev. Emily DeTar Birt in the pulpit
Come as we join together to share the stories and messages of Christmas. In the midst of hardship, turmoil, and strife, a sign of hope and love emerges. The old story of Christmas, retold and shared, reminds us that no matter what the world holds, what regimes, generations, or powers may be, Love will always will out. Join us as we share in community, singing together while ending our service with a candlelight vigil. All families, faiths, and visitors welcome.
Sunday December 23, 2018 • 10:45 am
Dickens: A Christmas Carol for all All Ages
With the Religious Education Children and Volunteers
You are welcome to come and join in the fun at our interactive service for all ages. A pageant staring our Religious Education volunteers and our children will help us tell the famous story of this Unitarian author. Come learn the history of Charles Dickens, and help us retell the lessons of good will and hope for humankind. This pageant is adapted from the work of Tess Baumberger and Cindy Clarenbach.
If you are an adult, and would like to help us make this service happen, and possibly play one of the character, please let our minister know at email@example.com.
Sunday December 16, 2018 • 10:45 am
Love Resists Sponsored by our UCSI Social Justice committee
With Lorilei A. Williams, Esq., Director of Immigration and LGBTQ/HIV Advocacy at Staten Island Legal Services, part of Legal Services NYC (LSNYC)
Lorelei Williams is an experienced immigration advocate who has recently returned from Tijuana, Mexico where she spent five days with Al Otro Lado assisting refugees with their asylum efforts. She joins us in this special service created by the UU Service Committee for justice seeking communities like ours. Love Resists is a collaborative response to the criminalization of people on the basis of identity, particularly migrants, people of color, and LGBTQ people. The campaign activates people of faith and conscience to resist the harm inflicted by criminalization.
Ms. Williams (on behalf of LSNYC) serves on the steering committee of the Immigrant Active Response Collaborative (Immigrant ARC), a new collaborative formed by New York State immigration legal service providers in response to the current anti-immigrant climate and fast-changing immigration legal landscape. Ms. Williams also serves as the Secretary of the New York chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), where she hopes to strengthen collaborative partnerships between nonprofit and private immigration attorneys. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Move Forward Staten Island, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to bringing issue-based advocacy to Staten Islanders.
Sunday, December 9, 2018 • 10:45 am
With Rev. Emily DeTar Birt in the pulpit
Many UU atheists, humanists, and ethicists, have been asked over the years, "How can you be part of a church? How can you be spiritual?" Well, there are lots of ways to be human! There are so many ways that atheists can connect to nature, existence, and our wider universe. Inspired by the work and writing of Andre Comte-Sponville's book "The little Book of Atheist Spirituality", we will explore in the words of atheists and humanists, what "spirituality" means to them.
OUR SUMMER SUNDAY SERIES 2018
Sunday, August 26, 2018 • 9:30 am at Governors Island Ferry Terminal
Bring a Picnic to Governors Island
Governors Island ferry terminal is next to the Staten Island Ferry Terminal in Manhattan.
Catch a 10AM or later ferry.
There are a million things to do on Governors Island, from art installations to see, sculptures on the grounds, bikes to rent (or bring your own), hammocks to hang out in, paths to walk for sightseeing, a one-hour guided free tour of the island, free theater for children and families, and a special event celebrating the Jazz Age, which does cost money. Info: http://jazzagelawnparty.com
Jazz Age Event General Admission is $35 + $9.76 fee + sales tax
FERRY RIDE COST: ADULTS $3 / SENIORS $1 /AGE 13 AND UNDER FREE
Sunday, August 19, 2018 • Noon
Visit Red Hook and BWAC (Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coop)
Art Gallery Visit and Red Hook Exploration with Robin Locke Monda
Carpool to the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC) site to meet Robin Locke Monda at its entrance (499 Van Brunt Street, opposite the Fairway Market) at noon. Park in the Fairway parking lot. Enjoy the BWAC exhibits; then stroll Red Hook's waterfront, with its vista of New York Harbor spanning the Statue of Liberty to the Verrazano Bridge—one of the best views in the city! Enjoy a lunch at Brooklyn Crab (across from the Fairway parking lot) or grab a salad or sandwich at Fairway Market and eat it at one of their outdoor tables, overlooking the waterfront.
Sunday, August 12, 2018 • meet at 10:15AM
Activist New York Exhibit: Social Activism in New York City at the Museum of the City of New York
With Sarah Dolinar and Ruth Benson
Due to difficulties in arranging a group tour of Weeksville, one of America's first free black communities in the pre-Civil War 19th century, a new event is being offered, not on Saturday but instead on Sunday, August 12th.
Explore the drama of social activism in New York City from the 17th century to the present. In a town renowned for its in-your-face persona, citizens have banded together on issues as diverse as civil rights, wages, sexual orientation, and religious freedom. Using artifacts, photographs, audio and visual presentations, as well as interactive components that seek to tell the story of activism in the five boroughs past and present, Activist New York presents the passions and conflicts that underlie the city's history of agitation.
Meet Sarah Dolinar and Ruth Benson at in the Staten Island Ferry Terminal at 10:15AM to catch the 10:30AM ferry. We will take the #4/5 subway to the Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave at 103rd Street.
Sunday, August 5, 2018 • 11:00AM
John Hersey's Hiroshima with Beth Gorie and Staten Island OutLOUD
Join us in the peaceful UCSI Memorial Garden for our annual commemoration of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and August 9, 1945. We will read aloud excerpts from John Hersey's "Hiroshima", the story of six survivors of the blast.
The New Yorker has published online the full text of John Hersey’s “Hiroshima,” to which the magazine devoted the entire editorial space of its August 31, 1946 issue. “It does so in the conviction that few of us have yet comprehended the all but incredible destructive power of this weapon,” wrote the magazine’s editors, “and that everyone might well take time to consider the terrible implications of its use.”
Sunday, July 29, 2018 • 10:00AM
A Walk in the Woods with John Kilcullen
Join us for a guided walk in Jones Woods. We will meet Naturalist John Kilcullen at 10 AM at Franklin Ave and Arnold St, for an easy 90-minute walk in a new City Park. The 17-acre wooded property is one of the latest additions to the NYC Parks Department nature walks. The six acres of land, along with two additional adjacent lots, were taken by eminent domain by the City of New York. At that time, Jones Woods Park was established. While it has been threatened numerous times by residential developments, Jones Woods Park has retained the almost-seventeen acres that make up its site.
Be sure to prepare appropriately: Shoes or boots and socks, hat, sunscreen, and insect repellent.
Bonus Saturday! July 28 • 10:15 AM at SI Ferry Terminal
Black Power! An Exhibit at the Shomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Join Virginia Allen for a tour of the Shomburg Center. We will meet in the Staten Island Ferry Terminal at 10:15AM to catch the 10:30am ferry. We will take the 2/3 subway to 515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street.
The Center consists of three connected buildings: The Schomburg Building, the Langston Hughes Building, and the Landmark Building. It is recognized as one of the leading institutions focusing exclusively on African-American, African Diaspora, and African experiences. Begun with the collections of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg 92 years ago, the Schomburg has collected, preserved, and provided access to materials documenting black life in America and worldwide. It has also promoted the study and interpretation of the history and culture of people of African descent. In 2015, it won the National Medal for Museum and Library Service.
Sunday, July 22, 2018 • 11AM
Experience QiGong with Certified Zhineng QiGong teacher, Ellen Looft
Join certified Zhineng QiGong teacher, Ellen Looft, to learn how you can enjoy your life by improving your mind and body. The effectiveness of Zhineng Qigong comes from Dr. Pang’s Hunyuan Entirety Theory, which states that everything in the universe is united into a oneness. We are able to draw from the vast energy field, called hunyuan qi. Every being, indeed every thing, is composed of its qi. Ellen Looft is a certified Zhineng Qigong teacher based on Staten Island. She teaches at both Island YMCAs and at Snug Harbor Cultural Center.
Sunday, July 15, 2018 • 11AM
Building Community with the Stapleton Union African Methodist Episcopal Church
Meet at: 49 Tompkins Ave., Staten island
To build community, we have arranged for UCSI members to attend a Sunday service at the UAME Church in Stapleton at 49 Tompkins Ave. We will be accompanied by Staten Island historian, Debbie-Ann Paige, who has written extensively about the Draft Riots on Staten Island.
It is a little known fact that the Stapleton UAME church has some Civil War era history in common with the UCSI. The UAME was targeted in the Draft Riots of 1863, because white men, who were angry because they couldn’t afford to pay the fee to avoid conscription, set fire to homes owned by black people in Staten Island and elsewhere in NYC, and committed other acts of violence against blacks throughout the City. Officially 200 blacks were killed but most historians think the deaths numbered in the thousands citywide. Members of our congregation were also targeted because of their abolitionist views and because the church had a black sexton, but they avoided the violence directed at the black population on Staten Island. The UAME church was spared, and survived, in part, through the efforts of a local Presbyterian Church minister and his congregation.
Sunday, July 8, 2018 • 11AM
Report from GA with UCSI Board of Trustees President Susan Flynn
UUA President Susan Frederick-Gray led the Sunday worship service, “No Time for a Casual Faith,” at the 2018 UUA General Assembly, held in Kansas City, MO. Following our annual tradition of hearing from delegates to the GA, UCSI President Susan Flynn will present her report on what she learned in Kansas City. Join her in the Sanctuary, to kick off our Summer Series of events. Watch videos and read transcripts of all major events and speakers here >
EARLIER SUNDAY SERVICES 2018
Sunday, June 17, 2018 • 10:45am
Remember the Future With Rev. Emily DeTar Birt
As we look back over the past church year, we remember the ways we lay the ground wok for the years and generations to come. Join us on visioning for he future, while remembering and celebrating our accomplishments. The annual congregational meeting follows the service.
Sunday, June 10, 2018 • 10:45am
The Music of Pete Seeger With Carolyn Clark, UCSI Music Director
How music moves us remains a mystery. How Pete Seeger moved his listeners is no mystery at all. He understood that listening is not enough. His “hootenannies” transformed passive listeners into full-throated actors, making them a part of the medium and the message. Please join us as we explore the life of Pete Seeger and unite through his songs.
Sunday, June 3, 2018 • 10:45am
And a Rose in the Wintertime: Flower Communion
With Minister Emily DeTar Birt
Each of us brings a unique presence into our community as a congregation. Come celebrate this Unitarian Universalist tradition, as we explore the beauty of our bouquet.
Sun., December 16, 2018 • 1pm
Stamped from the Beginning:
The Definitive History of Racist
Ideas in America
The third in a series of discussions led by historian Debbie-Ann Paige
The current selection in the Black Lives Matter Committee’s Book Discussion Series, Stamped From The Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi, is a dense, deeply researched examination of the origins of racist thinking, deserving of significant attention. We will continue to discuss this book in subsequent sessions.
Historian Debbie-Ann Paige will lead our discussion. She has suggested that, in order to contribute to the conversation, people be prepared with specific ideas/concepts derived from their reading of the section on Thomas Jefferson. If you are not able to read the book please join us for the conversation, which is sure to be engaging. This interview gives a substantive overview of the main themes in the book.
Join us for Fellowship Fridays!
We are a community where everyone learns from each other at every age. Look at the events below to see how we can learn from each other.
Friday October 5th at 6:30 pm
Moral Tales Child Religious Exploration
RE classes will explore Moral Tales, a UU Curriculum that looks at tales across all faiths and explores the moral questions held within. Families join in the fun!
Starting Friday October 5th at 7:00pm
Building Your Own Beliefs
Want to further explore what you think about life? Wanting to share your life experiences in greater depth? In Building Your Own Beliefs, adapted from Building Your Own Theology, we will talk about our spiritual journeys and learn more about different ways of thinking and believing. This adult education class led by Rev. Emily DeTar, is open to everyone curious about different beliefs.