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Welcome to the Fourth Unitarian Society of Westchester in Mohegan Lake, New York. Our fellowship is a liberal religious community where members and friends gather to support each other in spiritual journeys and to give service to the wider world of which we are a part.
We are a caring and inclusive spiritual community of children, youth, and adults who honor differences and support open-minded spiritual exploration and ethical development.
We celebrate life, nurture each other, and provide support in loving and open-hearted acceptance.
We commit ourselves to social justice through action in our local community and the larger world.
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A Post Election Message from UUA President Rev. Peter Morales https://www.uua.org/pressroom/press-releases/uus-president/offers-pastoral-message-election-season
All services are held from 10:30 - noon
The nursery is staffed for the youngest. Religious Education is available for children 4 years old through the 3rd grade. We welcome children over the 3rd grade to remain in the sanctuary.
Gathering to Share in a relaxed and informal setting.
Witness at Standing Rock, ND
I will share my thoughts from spending a week at Standing Rock supporting the Water Protectors; a prayerful resistance of 300 Native nations to pipeline construction across sacred lands and risking the water source of the Sioux nation. I will be one of many clergy who have gone, and continue to respond to the call from Native leaders for support.
Rev. Karen Brammer
Sunday Service Recordings Podcast
All of this year’s services can be heard as Podcasts through your computer or on your phone.Visit http://daviesjo.podbean.com/ or search for Fourth Unitarian Society of Westchester under Podcasts on your iPhone.
A great way to start is to listen to Karen's wonderful service on Prayer - HERE
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News and Events
MEETING Tonight at UU Congregation of the Hudson Valley, Croton
"We are facing the collapse of democratic norms amid rising hatred, fear, and violence. Disregard of climate change will have consequences bringing tremendous stress to an already deeply divided populace. Scenarios of mass civil unrest and violence are no longer implausible," I wrote in last Thursday's E-Communitarian column.
On the other hand, there might be massive and organized efforts to rebuild democratic norms, dispell hatred from accepted political discourse, protect rather than scapegoat our most vulnerable, and restore political process in which competing interests are willing to work out compromise and promote environmental sustainability.
As Unitarian Universalists, we must stand for justice and rights for all, and we must stand together.
Tonight -- Tue Nov 22 -- at 7:30pm the five UU Congregations of Westchester will meet at the UU Congregation of the Hudson Valley:
2021 Albany Post Road
Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520
This will be the first of ongoing monthly meetings, rotating among the UU congregational buildings, to discuss, plan, and organize a unified Westchester Unitarian Universalist response to the impending changes in our nation. Please bring any information or ideas to this first meeting. We will gather, discuss, and develop a plan.
"People say, what is the sense of our small effort? They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time. A pebble cast into a pond causes ripples that spread in all directions. Each one of our thoughts, words and deeds is like that. No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless. There is too much work to do." (Dorothy Day)
Yours in the faith we share,
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation
ELECTION RESULTS - a message from Rev. Karen
Some of us are thrilled that maybe now something will be done differently - something that includes those of us who feel discounted or disrespected. Just as many of us are shocked, distraught or enraged seeing that this election has ushered in a wave of dangerous disrespect for multiple groups of people.
What has surfaced for me as a liberally religious minister, is that those of us who consider ourselves politically liberal and educated need to open our hearts and listen well to what this vote communicates. Seek to understand - beyond our assumptions - what our neighbors have expressed by voting for Trump. Recalibrate what we think we knew.
Then begin to work again for compassion and change that includes conversation and building a bridge to those we have seen as being on the "other side". So I guess that goes the other way as well. Those of us who voted for a Trump-size change now get to try to figure out how to build a bridge from this side, too.
There is much to learn and much to do.There has always been much to learn and much to do.
Go to your Source, to your ultimate ground, and gather there peace and strength. Half of us will need to grieve first to be able to do that.
Then we are all challenged to share together. Then, even harder, pray and learn together. Then we walk together and rebuild together. Together we will also argue and fight and use whatever leverage we have to stand on the side of love.
Call a few folks at the fellowship – more than just your closest friends. Check in and see how they’re doing. Invite them out for coffee and conversation. Open the fellowship and invite folks to come sing and talk. Reach out to support others and you will be supported too.
Now that I have unabashedly recommended what you should do (something I usually try to stay away from doing) I hope you close this email and find what is right and true in your own heart.
Blessings to you and yours. Blessings to us all. No exceptions.
In covenant and with love, Rev. Karen