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Audio recordings, at your convenience. Nurture your spirit. Unitarian Universalism draws from the teachings of the major world religions and appeals to people from a diversity of traditions. At the core of our faith are a set of principles that reflect values, rather than dogma. Our religious beliefs vary. For both the heart and the mind, Shelter Rock offers engaging worship, religious education, opportunities for social action, a breadth of extraordinary music, and a community of caring, curious and compassionate people. We aspire to be a loving religious community where we can grow spiritually and build a more just and joyful world.
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The television series “Stargate SG-1” popularized a device called the Quantum Mirror. Anyone who passes through it ends up in a parallel universe, one that's similar to, but not the same as, our own. Every election day acts as a Quantum Mirror. The entire nation passes through it and comes out into a different universe. What next?
Service of Remembrance

Service of Remembrance

2020-11-0136:36

Special Service of Remembrance, led jointly by UUCSR and the UU Congregation of Central Nassau in Garden City (UUCCN). Members of both congregations were invited to submit photos of each deceased loved onea to “lift up” in the Service.On this day, as we remembered those no longer with us, we reflected upon rituals of mourning and celebrations of life from around the world.
Clouds

Clouds

2020-10-1144:10

The October 11, 2020 Worship Service was led by Rev. Jaye Brooks. When the storm is coming, we brace ourselves for it. We hunker down. Powerful storms are usually brief and then we come out into the sunshine. It's different when we have a stretch of prolonged cloudiness, when day after day the sky is overcast. How do we cope with the clouds that linger in our lives? Is there really a "silver lining?" Can we look at clouds from "both sides now?" We're now in a time, an era, when even the word "blue" has multiple meanings--the sadness that often accompanies cloudy skies, and the joyous celebration when the clouds clear and the sky is a deep, beautiful blue.
On October 9, 2020, the Rev. Jennifer Brower led the Soulful Sundown evening Worship Service with new music by The Cosmic Orchestra.
So much has changed and is changing. We were already in a state of flux before COVID-19. We were already feeling the weight of white supremacy culture before George Floyd’s murder. The possibility of political change is on the horizon, yet we are not sure what will happen. Amid this milieu of constant turbulence, how might we prepare ourselves? How might we sustain ourselves? How might we renew ourselves? On September 6, 2020, these questions were posed.Rev. Michael J. Crumpler is the LGBTQ and Multicultural Programs Director at the Unitarian Universalist Association and is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. Michael lives in Harlem and is very active in social justice ministry at the historic Judson Memorial Church of New York City, where he served President of the Board, 2016-2018. He is most passionate about intersectional ministry centered in blackness, queerness, HIV/AIDS, economic justice, and emotional well-being.
There is a chant, what might be thought of as a healing chant, that goes “When the world is sick… can’t no one be well.. but I dreamt we were all beautiful and strong.” In this time of pandemic, amidst the grief and longing, love and loneliness we’ve come to know many more ways our world is sick. How might we dream ourselves into healing, to become more beautiful and strong together?
With our Annual Thanksgiving Worship Service, we again celebrated this community. We brought together bread from our many individual families, traditions. We shared our bread and the stories surrounding our feasting. Our bread nourishes bodies and the stories about the bread feeds our souls. The sharing strengthens our community and forms our common table. While we were not able to eat bread together in the same room, we still shared our family’s bread. The Young People’s Choir sang and the Jazz Ensemble played.
Coming Back to You

Coming Back to You

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On Sunday, November 15, 2020, Rev. Patrice Curtis, UUA Director of Transformational Interim Ministries, presented an interactive Service that invited each person to come back to who they are, to remember and befriend anew the vision in the mirror. With Worship Assistant Suzanne Viverito, and Rev. Jaye Brooks.
On October 25, 2020, Service was led by UN Envoys Janet Bendowitz and Clara LaCorte, with Rev. Jaye Brooks, and special guest Bruce Knotts of the Unitarian Universalist Association at the UN (UU@UN). In recognition of United Nations Day, celebrated around the world on October 24, this Worship Service lifts up the work of the United Nations and its efforts to protect the planet Earth and its inhabitants from climate change.
On Sunday, October 18, 2020, Student Minister Alia Shinbrough asked, "What's at Stake?" More and more, it is clear: there is no such thing as a risk-free life. But who is risking what? Which risks are ours to take and which ask too much, not only of ourselves but of our interdependent systems and communities? How do we live ethical lives when each decision is measured by risk not entirely known, and never entirely our own? To whom are we accountable, for whom are we responsible, and with whom do we belong? All to ask: when worlds break, what do we hold on to and lift up as sacred? And how do we make ways forward through the pieces?
The pandemic has changed how we do most things. For the safety of our members and public health, our worship services are online. In pre-pandemic years, this day would be our Homecoming service: warm hugs as we greet one another and a picnic lunch to follow. It's sad that we can't meet in person. But since the pandemic started we've learned something about who we are as a congregation and the home-of-the-spirit we create for one another even though we must gather as an online community. Rev. Dr. Natalie M. Fenimore and members of the UUCSR ministry team joined on Sunday, September 27, 2020 for a celebration of our Shelter Rock home, the community we've been strengthening since March, and the love that's at the heart of it all.
The pandemic has changed how we do most things. For the safety of our members and public health, our worship services are online. In pre-pandemic years, today would have been our Homecoming service: warm hugs as we greeted one another and a picnic lunch that followed. It's sad that we could not meet in person. But since the pandemic started we've learned something about who we are as a congregation and the home-of-the-spirit we create for one another even though we must gather as an online community. Listen to the Ministry Team for a celebration of our Shelter Rock home, the community we've been strengthening since March, and the love that's at the heart of it all.
If we wonder why religion and politics so often collide it is because they both arise from deeply held beliefs about what life should be about. In this most turbulent of political seasons, there is a role religion and UUism can play—and should!—that is sorely missing. Guest Minister Rev. Fred Wooden considered that role throughout today's Service.Rev. Fred, who recently retired from the Fountain Street Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan after many years of service, has just begun serving as Interim Minister at the Valley UU Congregation in Chandler, Arizona. Of local interest: Before Fountain Street, Rev. Fred served just around the corner from us at the UU Congregation in Brooklyn.
Guest minister Rev. Kimberley Debus presents the second part of her two-part series, "The Sacred in the Profane: Media and Making Meaning." Together, we examine some of the lessons popular culture has to teach us about our relationships to each other, our ethics, our communities, and our faith. The Sunday Service titled, The Sacred in The Good Place, considers what may be the single most remarkable half hour of network television! The show did not shy away from broad humor as it explored some of our deepest questions. The Sunday, August 30, 2020 Service looks at some of the core lessons The Good Place teaches us.
On August 23, 2020, Rev. Gamblée said, "We’ve been through almost six months of medical and social upheaval." With all the mess we’ve faced, Rev. Gamblée is thinking that there may be a metaphorical pony in there somewhere... and he's wondering what the pony might look like. With the help of the music of Peter Cetera, we asked the question, “Where are we going?”
On Sunday, August 9, 2020, we welcomed The Rev. Dr. Ken Reeves to our virtual pulpit. He returns to UUCSR—his home congregation—every summer. Rev. Reeves proposed that in this pandemic we need: truth, each other, and spiritual support. He alluded to how UU traditions have supported all three. He noted the conflict in human history and the present between truth and the avoidance of truth, and the conflict between working together and individualism, and the nature of spiritual support.
Long Island Unitarian Universalist Congregations joined together to worship on August 2, 2020. The Service, "Our Living Tradition," was a collaboration between Long Island Unitarian Universalist congregations to highlight our UU community as vital, connected and continuing through the pandemic and beyond. UU clergy and members from around Long Island participated in readings and an unprecedented musical video collaboration. The Sunday offering/plate collection benefited LIACUU.
One of our UU Principles is respect for the interdependent web of existence of which we are a part. This recognition of interdependence with the Earth and all its inhabitants calls us to minister to the Earth—to be stewards of it—to treat it as a sanctuary. Surely this calling begins at home, whether on the grounds of our Shelter Rock congregation or within the homes we each inhabit.On July 26, 2020, the Green Sanctuary Committee addressed "Greening the Globe" in Sunday Service with Rev. Jaye Brooks.
On Sunday, July 19, 2020, Rev. Brower asked, "Have you ever had an experience of awe? You know, a 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, as our Unitarian Universalist sources cite?" On this morning, we shared reflection in song and the spoken word, with music offered by The Cosmic Orchestra.
Prior to walking into an extra-judicial execution, Coalhouse Walker, in the play, Ragtime, exhorts his friends to tell the story of the challenges of Black life in America.Our July 12 Service included a little Broadway, Dr. King quotes, and a challenge or two. Everything you want in a summer UU Service.
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