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$10K Donation to Refugee Fund; Welcome Coordinator Named

NEWBURGH – The Greater Newburgh Interfaith Council has appointed Cornwall attorney Alisa Swire as Welcome Team Coordinator for local efforts to resettle refugees in this part of the Hudson Valley. Swire had a pleasant welcome into her new, unpaid position on Dec. 18 when interfaith council President the Rev. Chris J. Antal presented her with … Continued

Liberty, Equality, Fraternity — sermon by Bruce Knotts

Liberty, Equality, Fraternity   A sermon by Bruce Knotts of the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office presented to the Rock Tavern UUs.     Liberté, égalité, fraternité: Liberty, Equality, Fraternity Bruce Knotts Director: Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office Thank you for inviting me to your lovely congregation and for your welcoming hospitality. Your Unitarian Universalist … Continued

Rev. Chris Answers Call to Stand and Pray with Standing Rock

(Editor’s Note: Rev. Antal has answered “the call to Standing Rock” and will be joining other faith leaders this Sunday, Dec. 4, for an Interfaith Day of Prayer at the Oceti Sakowin Camp.)   From Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th Generation Keeper of White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle, Spiritual Leader of the Lakota, Dakota, and … Continued

Local Clergy Meet to Support Refugee Resettlement Efforts

(Reprinted from the Times Herald-Record) By Leonard Sparks Times Herald-Record CITY OF NEWBURGH – Chris Antal knows both sides of the refugee story. Four years ago, as an Army chaplain in Afghanistan, the Unitarian Universalist minister befriended an Afghan man working as an interpreter for the U.S. military – an occupation that endangered the man … Continued

How To Be A Transgender Ally

On November 20th for Transgender Day of Remembrance, Jamie Capach read the congregation a list of first steps to being an ally for transgender people in the spirit of empowerment and taking action. According to source Transwhat, “Allyship to trans people involves a number of different actions: some are necessary and relatively easy, while some … Continued

Refugee Resettlement Office to Open in Hudson Valley

NEWBURGH –The Greater Newburgh Interfaith Council is sponsoring an event Thursday Nov. 17 at 11:30 a.m.  at Saint George’s Episcopal Church in Newburgh to inform area clergy on the services and needs of the new refugee resettlement office that will open in Poughkeepsie. The office expects to begin resettling families from Syria in a 50 … Continued

Free Public Workshop Called “We Who Defy Hate”

At 2 pm Saturday, September 24, 2016, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Rock Tavern is hosting a free public workshop called We Who Defy Hate, a companion to the PBS documentary Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War, to support people of different faith traditions who want to find places of common ground and solidarity in … Continued

Final Fellowship for Rev. Chris Antal

  At the Service of the Living Tradition, in Columbus Ohio, where Rev. Antal received Final Fellowship from the UUA. Celebrating with him were his sons, Justin and Eliot, Mike Landrum, and Camille and Terri Pahucki.

UUCRT Receives Congregational Peace Advocacy Award

Peace Ministry Network Chair, Mac Goekler, presented the Congregational Peace Advocacy Award to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Rock Tavern. Accepting The award was accepted by Rev. Chris Antal, Lay Commissioned Minister Terri Pahucki, her daughter, Camille, and delegates Mike Landrum and Linda Mangelsdorf.

Mike Landrum’s Speech at the UUA General Assembly Regarding Drone Policy

Throughout history the American Military NEVER fired the first shot. That proud tradition vanished when George W Bush invaded Iraq—preemptively and with false assumptions. Our continuing drone policy, also known as Lethal UAV’s is a extension of that mind-set, and one of the biggest disappointments of the Obama Administration. The moral ambiguity of these secret … Continued