February 1 – “Liberals and Conservatives” (#3 in the Democracy series) – Rev. Margie Allen
In which we think about what it means to be liberal and conservative, what values inform those positions and how we sustain a faith community that encourages mutually enriching conversations about normally polarizing issues.
February 8 – Black History Month (lay-led by Racial Concerns Committee)
The theme for February’s celebration of African American history and culture is Selma: its impact on Unitarian Universalists and the Unitarian Universalist impact on Selma. We begin with the read-in of Black American writers on Saturday Feb. 7th. After the Feb. 8th Sunday service, the Racial Concerns committee will host a discussion of the movie Selma 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. We also invite members and friends to come discuss Mark Morrison Reed’s book, The Selma Awakening, on Feb. 15th from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
February 15 – “The Nature of Evil” – Rev. Margie Allen
On Valentine’s Day weekend a little speculation about the relationship between love and evil.
February 22 – “Cosmos” – Rev. Margie Allen
On March 9th, FOX will begin airing a thirteen-episode sequel to Carl Sagan’s 1980 series “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage.” Neil deGrasse Tyson, the director of the Hayden Planetarium, hosts the new series, “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.” This morning, a riff on science and religion.
March 1 – “Forgetting” – Rev. Margie Allen
Much human anxiety is connected to our tendency to “forget” all kinds of things due to various psychological and organic factors. We explore those factors, our anxiety and look for some principles to guide us in compassionate response to the people in our lives whose memories are failing them.
March 8 – “On Accountability” – Rev. Margie Allen
This New Member Sunday we recognize all those who have signed the membership book since 4/6/14. The choir sings, new members remind us why we love this Fellowship, and we think a little about the pleasures and power of mutual accountability.
March 15 – “Homegrown” – Rev. Margie Allen
We kick off the Standing on the Side of Love “30 Days of Love” by looking at the availability of fresh locally-raised and grown food on Long Island. How can everyone on the island eat well in an earth-honoring manner?
March 22 – “The Spiritual Discipline of Giving Money Away” – Guest Speaker: The Rev. Ned Wight, Executive Director, UU Veatch Program at Shelter Rock
March 29 – “They Drew a Circle” – Rev. Margie Allen
Judaism and the new religion of Christianity took many centuries to differentiate themselves from one another while “little u” unitarians and universalists took their own stands in the fray. Another peek at where we came from.