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last updated December 3, 2013
Sunday, December 8th, 10:30 a.m. -- Gratitude Revisited -- Rev. Gordon Clay Bailey
In her poem, entitled "otherwise," the poet Jane Kenyon reflects on her blessings:
"I got out of bed on two strong legs. It might have been otherwise. I ate cereal, sweet milk, ripe, flawless peach. It might have been otherwise. I took the dog uphill to the birch wood. All morning I did work I love. . . . It might have been otherwise. I slept in a bed in a room with paintings on the walls, and planned another day just like this day. But one day, I know, it will be otherwise."
May we look to this day as an invitation to living fully and completely in the now, the world of love, loss and hope for better tomorrows.
Reverend Gordon Clay Bailey graduated from The University of the District of Columbia with a dual BA in Anthropology and Sociology, and earned a Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary in the District of Columbia specializing in Urban Ministry. He is presently the Consulting Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Pomona, NY, and has served Unitarian Universalist congregations in Garden City, NYC, Washington DC, Utica and Oneonta NY in various ministry positions. A Board Certified Clinical Chaplain and Pastoral Counselor with the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy, he is also a candidate at the Harlem Family Institute for certification in Psychotherapy. Additionally, Rev. Bailey has a small Consulting, Counseling and Coaching practice with institutions, individuals and families and is Founder/President/CEO of New York Interfaith Associates, Inc., a new not-for-profit organization devoted to Interfaith Dialog, Clinical Pastoral Education and practical training (CPE/T) as well as Spiritual Care. He is married to Lisa Stiffler Bailey and they have four children (Jennifer, Devin, Ethan, Darien) between them and one grand daughter (Kai). They currently live in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan.
Sunday, December 15th, 10:30 a.m. -- Special Congregational Meeting (in lieu of regular service)
Agenda includes: hiring of a new part-time Consulting Minister; approving a revised budget; further action with regard to merger with Montclair congregation.
Wednesday, December 18th, 7:30 p.m. -- Board of Trustees Meeting, Sonen Room.
Sunday, December 22nd, 10:30 a.m. -- The Fear Of Dark And Light Of Love -- Rev. Allen Wells
On this first full day of winter with the longest night only one day past, let's consider the gifts the night may bring us if we're not too afraid to experience the dark. You are also invited to bring along your favorite Christmas story to share.
Rev. Allen Wells is currently Director of Allen Wells Counseling in Morristown, N.J. a holistic mind/body, congregations in Weymouth, Mass., Hollis Queens and at The First Unitarian Church of Brooklyn as well as Director of Religious Education for the UU Congregation of Monmouth County and the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship. He graduated from the Religion and Health in NYC. Formerly a therapist of the DiMele Center for Counseling & Psychotherapy in Manhattan, Allen's life long interest has been in unifying the internal, personal, psychological world, commonly called "spiritual", and the external political, social, economic, environmental world, -- the material world. He defines himself as an earth-centered, Buddhist, UU.>blockquote