312 FILLMORE STREET, STATEN ISLAND, NY 10301 PHONE: 718-447-2204
Listings are in reverse chronological order. Scroll down to the date you want.
Sunday, February 23, 2020 • 10:45 am
Black Lives Matter Now
With Rev. Emily DeTar Birt in the pulpit
On this Sunday, Rev. Emily DeTar Birt will address how the Black Lives Matter movement has evolved and changed since its beginnings in 2013. Starting from the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter in response to the death of Trayvon Martin, it has grown to become one of the most named and well-known black collective organizing an activist movements. Still marching in the streets in response to police brutality, the movement has grown and evolved to the needs of 2020. Their work is still vital for us to support today, and more than ever the nation and the world needs to know that black lives matter.
Our congregation has been an active ally of the movement with the formation, in 2015, of a Black Lives Matter Committee. On Sunday, May 22, 2016, the Unitarian Church of Staten Island hung a Black Lives Matter banner on our church building following an overwhelming congregational vote to do so. We study the history of race and racism on Staten Island, explore ways to educate ourselves about racial profiling, police brutality, voting restrictions, and mass imprisonment of African Americans and other people of color in the United States. We also engage with the Community on issues of importance to all our neighbors of color.
Sunday, February 16, 2020 • 10:45 am
On the Side of the Oppressed: What is Black Liberation Theology?
With Rev. Emily DeTar Birt in the pulpit
There are many different kinds of theologies out in the world. But one particular strand of theology has evolved over the last few decades to stand for solidarity for the poor, the disenfranchised, and the oppressed. In honor of Black History month, I will be reflecting on the legacy of Dr. James Cone, the founder of Black Liberation Theology, and what it means to believe in a God that will always side with the oppressed.
Photo: "Black Prophetic Fire": Dr. Cornel West & James H. Cone in Conversation
Sunday, February 9, 2020 • 10:45 am
Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom
With Eileen Monreale in the pulpit
Today’s service will focus on the enduring impact of Frederick Douglass' life and legacy, and will include direct quotes from his earliest sermons at the Little Zion Church in New Bedford in 1841 to his later delivery of "Lessons" at the Metropolitan AME Church in 1893. Douglass, an American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman has much to teach us today.
Eileen Monreale is a fourth generation Staten Islander with a strong interest in stories and local history. Passionate about local history, during this time Eileen wrote books including “Mathilde Weingartner: A Staten Island Naturalist” and “St. Alban’s Episcopal Church: Our History and Our Community”, a book documenting the landmark Eltingville Church. In 2007 Eileen returned to full time work and currently works as an Education/Training Specialist for the American Institute of Marine Underwriters in NYC. Eileen is currently a board member of Protectors of Pine Oak Woods and Friends of Olmsted-Beil House.
Sunday, February 2, 2020 • 10:45 am
Do We have a Race Problem?
With Debbie-Ann Paige in the pulpit
Public historian and professional genealogist, Debbie-Ann Paige, will lead our Black History Month Service with a focus on racism on Staten Island. She will view this history, past and present, through the lens of the Fourth UU Principle: We covenant to affirm and promote a free and responsible search for truth and meaning.
Debbie-Ann specializes in local African American history. She is co-president of the Richard B. Dickenson Staten Island Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS). She has worked on numerous local history projects and has appeared as a historical interpreter in several independent documentaries.
She is a friend of the Unitarian Church of Staten Island, and has led a series of book discussions on racism and race relations with the UCSI Black Lives Matter Committee.
Get/Stay Connected with the UCSI Women's Group
Have you felt that you want to get to know the women attending our church better? We have.
Have you felt that there just isn’t enough time at Hospitality to talk about all you want to? We have.
Are there women interested in coming to our church but for one reason or another can’t make it on a Sunday? Well, here is an opportunity to come, hang out with a Women’s Group here at the Unitarian Church of SI.
The next Women’s Gathering, in January, time and place to be announced.
Through the monthly meetings of the Women's Group we look forward to getting to know one another better than we can in church services and hospitiality hour. This month's moderator and will be guiding us through a series of sharing exercises to help us learn more about each other and build connection. We hope to see you there.
Religious Exploration Classes
Religious Exploration Classes with our Religious Exploration Committee and Volunteers
This year our curriculum is shaped by stories that reflect our congregation's worship theme, and are designed for kids of multiple ages.
Throughout the year, Religious Exploration classes will be held on the second and fourth Sundays of the month.
THE CHURCH IS LOCATED 1 BLOCK FROM SNUG HARBOR CULTURAL CENTER, ON THE NORTH SHORE OF STATEN ISLAND. A 15 MINUTE BUS/TAXI RIDE FROM THE SI FERRY TERMINAL IN ST. GEORGE.
BY TAXI: Drive to 312 FILLMORE ST, corner of CLINTON AVE—a 10 minute drive from the Staten Island Ferry Terminal.
BY BUS: From the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, take the S40 BUS towards GOETHALS RD via RICHMOND TERRACE. Get off at corner of CLINTON AVE and RICHMOND TERRACE. Walk one block to 312 FILLMORE ST.
BY CAR: From the VERRAZANO BRIDGE, OUTERBRIDGE or GOETHALS BRIDGE, take the CLOVE ROAD EXIT on RT278. Turn onto Clove Road going toward and crossing VICTORY BLVD. Continue on CLOVE ROAD until you can make a RIGHT on BARD AVE and continue to RICHMOND TERRACE. Turn RIGHT on Richmond Terrace and proceed 4 BLOCKS to CLINTON AVE. TURN RIGHT onto CLINTON AVE and proceed 1 block to FILLMORE ST.
From the BAYONNE BRIDGE, take the first exit (EXIT 13) onto MORNINGSTAR RD. Turn right onto MORNINGSTAR and continue until the road ends at RICHMOND TERRACE. Turn right, going under the overpass, and continue on RICHMOND TERRACE for about 10 minutes, until you reach CLINTON AVE. Turn RIGHT onto CLINTON AVE. Go 1 block to FILLMORE ST. There is ample (and free) street parking.