We will have a virtual service at 10 AM celebrating the unique UU holiday of Luminescence.
The term “luminescence” refers to the generation of light in a way other than from burning. As happens with a match, a piece of paper, or a wood-burning fireplace, burning creates light but eventually uses up the source, extinguishing the light.
In the Unitarian Universalist holiday of Luminescence, through the lighting of five candles, we celebrate the nurturing of our own personal sparks along with the light that resides in all that is around us. We rejoice with delight the fact that these lights do not extinguish as they’re used. We reaffirm that the light that resides within us GROWS each time we share it! Through nurturing, we cultivate the expansion of even more illumination throughout the world. We celebrate the principles that guide us to transformation. And we rejoice in the openness our faith provides toward seeking truth through both the blaze of spirit and the light of reason.
If possible, please bring five candles (of any kind-tea lights or tapers or decorative) and a lighting source to light the “Five Paths” which are part of the text of the service.
If you are not on our distribution list and would like to be, please contact us.
January - Imagination
1/10/21 - Some American Problems in their relation to Loyalty
Please join us at 10AM via Zoom for this Sunday's service. "Some American Problems in their relation to Loyalty" is the title of a book chapter from the philosopher Josiah Royce written in 1908. We will examine various types of loyalty, and how loyalty, practiced correctly, can lead to a meaningful life. This will be a virtual meeting.
1/17/21 - The Other Pandemic - Racism
We will go on a virtual "field trip" to a neighboring UU Fellowship, the Morristown UU Fellowship:
“The Other Pandemic – Racism,” led by Rev. Alison Miller & Kathy Solu
Join us for a multigenerational service on the weekend we honor the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Let us gather to face hard truths and for the inspiration to continue the struggle to build the anti-racist, anti-oppressive, multicultural world we dream about.
1/24/21 - What Does It Mean To Be People of Imagination?
January’s Soul Matters Theme is Imagination
What does it mean to be people of imagination?
Come on a journey with music, art, poetry and Einstein. Imagination’s unlimited precious gifts are critical to a healthy and happy life. Embrace these gifts and become inspired.
1/31/21 - Nothing New Under the Sun, the Philosophy of Rhetoric
This Sunday we have planned a video and discussion on Greek Philosophers. Specifically one in particular by the name of Gorgias. If you are not familiar with him, you may be familiar with his work. Especially if you have been following politics and claims of fake news! Children will get an opportunity to learn a bit of philosophy from Plato and then they can be sent off to color some sheets on Greek vases. We hope they might show us their work afterwards. Did you know Greek vase designs tell a story?
February - Beloved Community
2/7/21 - Beloved Community
Our service will explore the Beloved Community, what it is and is not and how we participate in the growth of beloved community as Unitarian Universalists and as individuals. We'll take a look at the origins of the Beloved Community, Dr. King's interpretation and how contemporary Black leaders discuss Beloved Community. There will be a TED talk, hopefully followed by a robust discussion.
2/14/21 - Side With Love
We will be joining with many UUs around the country to participate in a special service produced by the UUA to celebrate Side With Love Sunday.
What if to "side with love" meant making bold, faith-full choices? What if it were even a little bit scary? This worship service brings together worship leaders and musicians from across the country to offer hopeful, moving, challenging reminders about what we, as Unitarian Universalists, are called to do, and BE, in the world.
Learn more about Side With Love here
2/21/21 - Trees!
What is one universal passion that almost every society in every country in every culture can agree upon? Planting trees!!
Come and celebrate Tu B’Shevat, the Israeli new year of the tree. Come and celebrate the beauty of the tree, the critical value of trees, the personification of the tree as our life and our responsibility to trees as stewards of the earth.
Everyone will need a tree! Please have a sheet of paper and pencil to sketch out your own tree. The children will have a Tu B’Shevat song and then be invited to draw and color their trees.
WHAT ARE SUUF SERVICES LIKE?
Skylands UU is a lay-led congregation, meaning that members from the Fellowship manage all aspects of our organization, through volunteer committees and elected congregational boards. Lay members also design and lead the majority of Sunday Services, which follow a monthly theme. We also invite outside members of the community to occasionally lead services. During the fall and spring we generally have one Sunday each month that is a "Service Sunday", where we all work on buildings and grounds projects together rather than having a presentation.
Each service follows a similar format including chalice lighting, readings, music, a time for expression of Joys & Concerns, Offeratory, a children's story, closing words, and extinguishing the chalice. The content of the main presentation can be very different week to week so we encourage folks to come back a few times to get a feel for the full range of all we have to offer.
There are also classes for the children during many services, although there are also services designed to be multigenerational and include children.