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First Unitarian Universalist Church of Essex County

35/47 Cleveland Street, Orange, New Jersey 07050, (973) 674-0010.   (Just off Main Street, just a block from Scotland Road.   Off-street parking.   Directions )

Upcoming Services & Other Events

last updated February 17, 2017

tiny rainbow chaliceSunday, February 26th, 5:00 PM -- FAITH + WORKS: Hollywood Awakening -- Michael Lally

First UU has taken to heart the Bible saying "Faith without works is dead." We are learning to live our faith through works via the HUUB, which opens our buildings to our Orange neighbors. But to sustain that effort, we know we need more FAITH. In these challenging times we turn to wise people who can articulate FAITH and describe how their faith supports their WORKS. This service is the second of a six-part series called "FAITH+WORKS" to be held on occasional Sunday evenings.

Michael will talk some, and read some from his books - now 29 published, mostly poetry, including a few that have won awards and the two latest, SWING THEORY and THE VILLAGE SONNETS -- on how he had a spiritual awakening while living and working in Hollywood (acting on TV, NYPD BLUE, DEADWOOD, etc. and writing for and acting in movies DRUGSTORE COWBOY, WHITE FANG, etc.), and more.

Michael Lally is poet and the author of 29 books of poetry. Part of the New York School of poetry, Michael counts among his major influences the poets Frank O'Hara and William Carlos Williams, as well as writer William Saroyan. Born in Orange in 1942 and raised in South Orange, he joined the United States Air Force in 1962, where he spent more than four years as an enlisted man, and later used the G.I. Bill to attend the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. In 1972 he wrote the autobiographical “South Orange Sonnets” which received a New York Poetry Center Discovery Award. With a move to Los Angeles in 1982, Michael began working as an actor in movies and TV (as Michael David Lally), mostly as a bad guy and the occasional good guy, while his writing found its way into several movies.

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