Upcoming Worship Services
Our Sunday services are held at 9 Vance Rd, Rock Tavern, NY at 10:30 a.m., unless otherwise noted.
While we make every intention to publish an accurate calendar, topics may be subject to change. Please consult uucrt.org for the most up-to-date listings.
We welcome all seekers regardless of age, creed, race, ability/disability, class, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
July 7: General Assembly Service – Michael Nichols and Verne Bell
We will show an edited version of this service which is a great way to connect our congregation with the annual GA. It gives us a chance to see the whole of which our UUCRT is only a small part.
July 14: Embodying our Goodbyes—Terri Pahucki
How do we move into change with our full selves? Together we will bring focus to the endings and transitions in our lives, that we might embrace openings of liberation and joy.
July 21: Exploring Forgiveness – Jaye Moyer
Zen teacher, Joko Beck wrote: “Our failure to know joy is a direct reflection of our inability to forgive.”
Starting with this understanding, we will explore the experience of forgiveness. Forgiveness can be a long and arduous path. What are the obstacles that we confront along this path? How might we begin or move in the direction to soften and release the armor of resistance and allow more space to grow freedom, spontaneity and joy?
July 28: Poetry Service– Mike Landrum and Hollis Kellogg
Annual Summer Poetry Service led by Mike Landrum and Hollis Kellogg. The Congregation and guests are encouraged to bring poetry you love or you wrote that has a deep felt spiritual meaning to you. You can also read passages or sing a song. Come one, come all!
Aug. 4: Joe Alvarez
Aug. 11: Rev. Chris J. Antal
Aug. 18: Participatory Service – Linda Mangelsdorf/Michael Nichols
Aug. 25: Rev. Chris J. Antal and Terri Pahucki
Sept. 1: Labyrinth Walk
June 2: Happiness or Joy? – Mike Landrum
A discussion on the topic of The Second Mountain by David Brooks and how it might apply to UUCRT.
June 9: “The Personal is Spiritual” – Guest Lay Leader Vickie Anne O’Dougherty On this 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion in New York City, Vickie will look back at how her lesbian life was formed in spite of, in reaction to, and by her spirituality.
June 16: Pet Fathers – Bill Domanico Our 7th Principle says,” Respect for the Interdependent Web of all existence of which we are a part” and that includes our animal friends. On this Father’s Day, men (and women), what have we learned about ourselves and the world around us by taking care of animals in our lives?
June 23: Flower Communion Sunday – Terri Pahucki
We will celebrate the larger Unitarian Universalist circles we belong to beyond the congregation. Our service will include a flower ceremony from our UU tradition. Please bring a flower to share in our community bouquet. We will also share highlights from General Assembly and a coming of age journey in faith formation.
June 30: Our Search for Meaning – Michael Nichols We will look at how living the third and fourth principles – acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations and the free and responsible search for truth and meaning – can result in the by-product of happiness.
May 5: Michael Nichols
Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations
“John Adams and the Boston Massacre”
May 12: Hollis Kellogg
Do We Need Mystery?
May 19: Terri Pahucki
Spring Congregational Meeting
Our lay commissioned minister will conduct a brief service before we adjourn to the Congregational Meeting
May 26: Michael Nichols, Verne Belle and Diane Diachishin
Memorial Day Reflections
Where is your heart, mind, and spirit on Memorial Day 2019? Join us to reflect together and look deeply at this holiday. Please bring a short poem, music, or reading to share with others.
April 7: Alice Shane and Cynthia Gilkeson
A visit with anthropologist, author and folklorist, Zora Neale Hurston
April 14: Mike Landrum – Why I am a UU
Part two of the talk scheduled for March 10 and partly snowed out.
April 21: Terri Pahucki – The Earth Sings Salvation
In this Easter Season, is there any good news? Where are the resurrections of life in a time of ecological devastation? Does universalist salvation have meaning for us today?
April 28: Jaye Moyer – The Benefactor Practice
This is a meditation practice that has been adapted from Tibetan Buddhist tradition. It offers us the experience of receiving love unconditionally so that we can, in turn, offer our love to others. It is for people of all faith backgrounds and traditions. Please join us in learning more about this beautiful resource.
March 3: Rev. Jan Carlsson-Bull
Fish Gotta Swim, Birds Gotta Fly
Giving back, freeing up, returning, releasing:
epiphanies, all of them transforming, all, about letting go.
March 10: Mike Landrum, UUCRT Board President
Why I’m a Unitarian Universalist
After 25 years of membership and leadership our president comes clean! (Did you know he’s been president four times?)
March 17: Mike Landrum and Diane Diachishin
Our Own Diversity
Mike and Diane turn the spotlight on the congregation and open a discussion about why we come here, what we get and what we wish to get from UUCRT.
March 24: Michael Nichols
The Inherent Worth and Dignity of EVERY Person
A message of introspection, looking at how we love one another.
March 31: Terri Pahucki
Trust plays an important part in letting go. In whom or what do we place our trust? How do we develop the trust that will help us to let go of scarcity and fear, and give ourselves more fully to abundant life?
Feb. 3: Rev. Chris J. Antal
Thriving Amidst the New Abnormal
Faced with “a disturbing reality in which things are not getting better,” what value might spiritual disciplines bring to our lives?
Feb. 10: Guest Speaker
Feb. 17: Terri Pahucki
Praying with Our Lives
What does prayer mean to us as Unitarian Universalists? Our service draws on the wisdom of Howard Thurman, Mary Oliver, and other everyday mystics as we explore this spiritual practice.
Feb. 24: Rev. Chris J. Antal
Together in Solitude
What is the spiritual discipline of solitude? How does solitude contribute to spiritual growth and ethical living?
Jan 6: Rev. Chris J. Antal
On Grace and Disgrace
We find ourselves in an age of amazing disgrace. What is grace and does it matter? And do we find it or create it ourselves or something else?
Jan. 13: Terri Pahucki
Full of Grace
How might we give and receive gifts that heal our Earth and change our lives?
Jan. 20: Michael Nichols
The Inherent Worth and Dignity of EVERY person
Jan. 27: Bruce Knotts and Rev. Chris J. Antal
Courage and Kindness in Troubled Times
Dec 2: Rev. Chris J. Antal
Peace with Pain
Privilege provides us the choice to pay attention to pain and seek to relieve it, or insulate ourselves in anesthetizing slumber. How we choose determines whether become compassionate, or something less.
Dec. 9: Michael Nichols
Hiawatha and the Peacemaker
The message will focus on the conversion of Hiawatha during a visit from the great Peacemaker and the way in which this story can relate to us today. A message of finding the inner strength and motivation to “be” better people, not to simply “try to act” like better people.
Dec. 16: Alice Nielsen-Shane
The Search for Higher Truth
This service will be an exploration of how imagination, science fiction and fantasy shape our reality and our search for a higher truth. Come and write your own story of creation and time as we know it.
Dec. 23: The Rev. Chris J. Antal
A reflection on the role of darkness in human religious experience through time.
Dec. 24, Monday, Christmas Eve: Terri Pahucki
Our Christmas Eve service will lift up a message of peace and goodwill. The service includes our traditions of candle-lighting and caroling. There will be a hot cocoa and cookies reception before the service at 4:30 p.m. The service begins at 5 p.m.
Dec. 30: Jon Mundy, PhD
The Healing Power of Humor
Followed by a 1 to 4 p.m. workshop on The Power of Decision. $25 registration but no one turned away who cannot pay. For Information/Directions: 845-496-9089
Nov. 4: Rev. Chris J. Antal
The Gratitude Trap
How too much focus on gratitude stunts our growth. This service will be followed by an information session where newcomers can meet the minister and learn about Unitarian Universalism.
Nov. 11: Terri Pahucki
Are We Grateful Enough?
A reflection on the theme of gratitude for these times. Service followed by Community Potluck Lunch and Looking Deeply Sharing Circle
Nov. 18: Fall Congregational Meeting
After a brief service congregational members will consider and vote on important issues.
Nov. 25:Diane Diachishin
Dayenu: Developing a Daily Practice of Gratitude
Dayenu means approximately “It would have been enough.” It is a way of saying, there are gifts, even in the midst of this hard time. Gratitude is a virtue that, when we cultivate it with practice, allows us to keep our minds on what matters. Please join us for a Thanksgiving holiday service where we will explore together how to develop a daily practice of gratitude.
Oct. 7: Rev. Chris J. Antal
On Oct. 2, a diverse group of people converged on the White House united in their demand to end the U.S. war in Afghanistan. Rev. Antal was among them. In this
statement the congregation can sign together.
Oct. 14: Bill Domanico
Many of us were not born Unitarian Universalists. So what were some of our previous spiritual backgrounds and what led us here?
Oct. 21: Terri Pahucki
Unity is not achieved by erasing difference, but by embracing it. What might it look like to live this kind of community in the world?
Oct. 28: Rev. Chris J. Antal
Death and Diversity
Our mortality is one common denominator that unites humanity, yet the diversity of views we hold about the meaning of death and what, if anything, comes after, is far-ranging. In this service, Rev. Antal will invite the congregation to explore this diversity together, and perhaps discover some unity along the way.
Sept. 2: Bill Domanico
The Inherent Worth and Dignity
Is there a line that can be drawn with those that wish us wrong or harm?
Sept. 9: Rev. Chris J. Antal
Ours to Do
Can we do it? Is it ours to do? We launch the new congregational year discerning call in community.
Bring water to share from places near and far for our annual water communion.
Sept. 16: Mike Landrum
To Be Announced
Sept. 23: Rev. Chris J. Antal
Peace in Our Times
What does the current moment ask of we who have committed ourselves to peace advocacy?
Sept. 30: Terri Pahucki
A reflection on vocation and calling.
July 1: Peace Through Food and Music
Food and music can bring people together. Can they put a dent in hatred and racism?
July 8: Are UU’s Required to Be Activists?
Verne Bell and Diane Diachishin will lead a discussion based on an article in the previous issue of UU World.
July 15: May We Be Well
How can we journey toward healing, health and wholeness together?
July 22: Bring a Poem!
Mike Landrum and Alice Nielsen-Shane
A program on Kahlil Gibran and other favorite poets – a participatory program. Bring a poem to contribute!
July 29: Rediscovering Passionate Expression
Lisa (Ayleeza) Quattrocchi and Julian Broughton
The husband and wife belly dance team Ayleeza and Julian return with a program that will engage us in a discussion about how dance, music and drumming have reconnected them to their core essence and made their marriage stronger.
Aug. 5: Blessing of Animals and Plants
Bring photos or artifacts of a beloved pet, living or dead, and live plants or seeds to be blessed in Native American spirituality by interfaith minister, author and educator Evan Pritchard.
Aug. 12: TBA
Aug. 19: Looking Back, Looking Ahead
What can we learn from our past to move forward into the future?
Aug. 26: Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
Jay will discuss Labyrinth history, the UUCRT labyrinth, and labyrinth as a spiritual tool. Then we will walk the labyrinth.
June 3: What’s the Right Thing To Do?
Rev. Chris J. Antal
An exploration of the meaning of justice and why it matters in the struggle to live a moral life.
June 10: Fear in the Age of the Black Lives Movement: A Dialogue
Rev. Chris J. Antal with Vanessa Green
What allies, co-conspirators and supporters can lend to the movement for Liberation of Black Lives.
June 17: Guns
News continues to shock us. Why is this happening? A few suggestions from Hollis.
Justice as a Spiritual Practice
To “give life the shape of justice” is soul work that both requires and leads to personal transformation. Let us reflect on social engagement as a spiritual expression of our interconnectedness, as we continue to answer the calls of faith in these times.
May 6: People of the Lie
Rev. Chris J. Antal
Truth can hurt. Lies help avoid the hurt, but at what cost? Using M. Scott Peck as our starting point, we will consider his definition of human evil and hope to heal it.
May 13: The Life and Times of Malcom X
May 20: Spring Congregational Meeting
There will be a brief service followed by the spring congregational meeting at 11 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
May 27: Deep Remembering
Rev. Chris J. Antal
What are the stories we know and don’t know about war and what do they reveal about us?
April 1: Everything Happens For a Reason
Interfaith Minister Evan Pritchard
Spring is a time of renewed hope. What is the difference between faith and hope from the indigenous perspective? Spring gives us renewed hope for a new beginning and new growth. Faith is the conviction that, even if our growth is slow and painful at times, “everything happens for a reason.” This Easter let us remember times when things worked out according to a plan larger than our own.
April 8: Faith in Human Rights
Rev. Chris J. Antal
A reflection on the connections between religions and human rights.
April 15: Living Faith
A celebration of commitment and sharing of faith for the growing season.
April 22: Questions of Faith
Rev. Chris J. Antal
Last year David Suchet interviewed me for his Questions of Faith audio series and it went live on Audible Friday March 9th. I’ll reflect on the series and my experience with him.
April 29: The Link Between Faith and Optimism
The link between faith and optimism – skills for a good and happy life. I had the luck to be the son of an optimistic mother, so I’ll share some of the lessons I learned from her. You’ll arrive a Unitarian but you may leave a “Becky-ist”.
March 4: It’s a ‘Wanderful’ Life
Rev. Chris J. Antal
With so many spiritual paths and destinations, wandering in the wilderness is integral to our way.
March 11: A Brief Revisit to ‘The Secret Teachings of All Ages’ by Manly P. Hall
A refresher about the author and the massive book on lesser known spirituality and why it is still essential today.
March 18: ‘Come, Come Whoever You Are’
A contemplation of desert wisdom through the words of wanderers, worshippers, and mystics
March 25: Wanderlust
Rev. Chris J. Antal
A reflection on religious journeys and the pilgrims who make them.
Feb. 4: On Charity
Rev. Chris J. Antal
Faced with escalating inequality, how ought we think about charity and how might that thinking guide our actions in pursuit of justice?
Feb. 11: ‘How Can I Keep from Singing’
Hollis Kellogg and Lydia Adams
Feb. 18: The Promise and the Practice of Our Faith
Led by Terri Pahucki and the UUCRT Racial Justice Task Force
We join with our Association of Congregations in this special service to uphold and center the history, the perspectives, the voices, and the leadership of Black Lives of Unitarian Universalists.
Feb. 25: On Patriotism
Rev. Chris J. Antal
How might we distinguish patriotism from nationalism and reclaim a genuine love for country?