Services in the Meeting House begin at:
10:30a — Sept - June 14
10:00a — June 19 - Sep 4
Childcare is available every Sunday.
Prelude begins before the service. Come and enjoy.
Coffee Hour follows the service.
|Sunday, July 30
||by guest Emily Bruce
10:00a — "Learning to Let Go So Others Can Hold On:
Some Thoughts on Pastoral Care"
Working as a hospital chaplain intern at Yale–New Haven Hospital this summer engenders many challenges, and Emily Bruce faces them daily. Perhaps the hardest one is just
learning to be present. An everlasting “fixer,” Emily shares her struggles trying to just sit
still and let in all the wisdom her patients have to offer her.
Emily is currently studying for her Masters in Divinity at Yale University, with an intent to
pursue ordination in the Unitarian Universalist faith tradition. Her vocational plans are
interfaith chaplaincy work in higher education, combined with environmental justice work
that intersects congregational and campus ministries to address climate crisis issues from
a faith-based perspective.
Music by Gregory Waksmulski and Rachel Meade.
|Sunday, August 6
||by guest Sandy Greenberg
10:00a — "Curating the Living Tradition"
What does “ritual” mean to Unitarianism? Reflections on constructing, inhabiting, and
sharing sacred space.
Sandy Greenberg has been affiliated with First Unitarian in one way or another since he
was in kindergarten. He is now an undergraduate student at Brown University.
Music by Chris Sanzo.
|Sunday, August 13
||by 1stU Community Minister Rev. Dr. Gwendolyn Howard
10:00a — "Moving On (or not)"
When 2017 began, Gwen resolved to be a more forgiving person. This has proven to be
a more challenging year than she expected (or wanted). Is there a limit to forgiveness?
Gwen Howard is a Unitarian Universalist minister who has served congregations in Illinois
and Central New York. She teaches business ethics as an adjunct faculty member at
Johnson & Wales University, as well as maintaining a small private practice as a clinical
social worker. She has been doing a regular pulpit supply for the last three years in Rockland,
|Sunday, August 20
||by guest John Petell
10:00a — "Seize the Moment"
We have all had times of decision. Act or sit. Forks in the road. Do the right thing. The
sermon will address this quandary
John Petell has been a First Unitarian member for 13 years. He serves as chairman of the
World Affairs Committee, which has organized
and sponsored 20 presentations on topics such as
community safety, climate change, immigration,
and other topics.
Music by the High Society Hot Jazz Orchestra.
|Sunday, August 27
||by guest Bailey Saddlemire
10:00a — "How Living in Faith Saved Me"
Bailey will talk about experiences with the Unitarian Universalist faith during high
school in relation to mental illness, tragedy, and coming to terms with sexuality.
Bailey Saddlemire is a 17-year-old soon-to-be-senior at Smithfield High School, a lifelong
UU who moved to this congregation from the Unitarian Universalist Society: East in Manchester,
Connecticut. She is currently serving a two-year term as a Youth Observer to the
UUA Board of Trustees and participates in several musical programs away from church.
Music by Greg Moses.
|Sunday, September 3
||by guest Janice Okoomian
10:00a — “There Was, and There Was Not: Lessons from an Armenian’s Pilgrimage to Turkey"
In 2015, the centennial of the Armenian Genocide, Janice made her first trip to Turkey.
Here is what she learned about nationalism, alternative facts, and the immense courage
Janice Okoomian is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist and a professor of Gender and Women’s
Studies at Rhode Island College. Her grandparents were survivors of the Armenian
Music by Neil Bartholomew and Lynda Gulley.