Lakeland Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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231 Parish Drive • Wayne, NJ 07470
(973) 696-6362

Special Sunday Night Program


SUNDAY  AUGUST 24th  @ 7PM    read on!!

Please join us for some relaxed, fun time Sunday night hosted by Scott Hooker.  A very special opportunity to see Underwater Dreams, an epic story of how the sons of undocumented Mexican immigrants learned how to build an underwater robot from Home Depot parts. And defeat engineering powerhouse MIT in the process.

Underwater Dreams premiered in AMC theaters last month, and aired in a slightly shorter form on MSNBC and Telemundo. It tells a charming personal story, while also humanizing  the immigration policy debate.  It will have particular appeal to the educators among our LUUF membership.
Below is a description from the film's web site.

Underwater Dreams, written and directed by Mary Mazzio, and narrated by Michael Peña, is
Hailed by Jonathan Alter as “the most politically significant documentary film since Waiting for Superman (The Daily Beast); featured on the Colbert Report; called “astonishing… already a contender for the best documentary of 2014″ (David Noh, Film Journal); “moving and insightful” (Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times) with similar reviews from the New York Times and others, Underwater Dreams was released theatrically on July 11 in Los Angeles, New York, and Phoenix with AMC Theatres.  This spring, the project was announced by the White House; opened ClintonGlobal (with Chelsea Clinton moderating); and screened at the Aspen Ideas Festival (with Jonathan Alter moderating). The film, which is the centerpiece of NBCUniversal’s new community engagement campaign focused on exciting the next generation of Hispanic students around engineering, is currently embarking upon a 100 city tour in partnership with AMC Theatres where non-profits and educators can bring large groups of students to their local AMC to see the film on the big screen.  Free of charge.
As part of a larger partnership with NBCUniversal/Comcast, a special version of Underwater Dreams was broadcast, simultaneously in English and Spanish, on MSNBC and Telemundo.  The film will also travel to a series of conventions and events in partnership with NBCUniversal/Comcast this fall.  A back-to-school initiative is underway with NBC Learn.Join us Sunday, August 3, 2014 from 7-9 pm for UU and You Too: An Exploration of the Larger UU Community.


Summer Recess

Sunday morning services are on hiatus during the summer months.  Enjoy the season and please watch this space for information about more special programming on Sunday evenings and at other times.

Stay tuned for news about what's shaping up for the 2014/2015 season.

Unitarian Universalism is a liberal tradition in which congregants are encouraged to find the commonality and truth in many religious teachings while fostering strong roots in community and service.  

Our shared practices in this tradition include the lighting of the chalice, the observance of the
7 Principles and a connection to the
5 Smooth Stones of Liberalism

The fruits (and veggies) of the LUUF Garden Committee's labor are making a big impact.  Thanks to a funding grant and a dedicated team of hard-working gardeners, our fresh, healthy vegetables are being shared with clients of the Wayne Interfaith Network Food Pantry. The LUUF is happy to see its efforts address an important need in the surrounding community.   



The Lakeland Unitarian Universalist Fellowship extended its heartfelt appreciation to Rev. Ann Benedetto for her years of loving and devoted service, and extended a warm, welcoming hand to Rev. Schulman as he returned to the community as its minister for the 2013/2014 season.

Toasts, tributes and best wishes were flowing during the special celebration held in the LUUF ballroom.


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Meet the Minister

After graduating from the Starr King School for the Ministry in 1989, Rev. Schulman became a Spirituality counselor and therapist in Shreveport., La. His work there won recognition from the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Hospitals. He also created and directed one of the early Peer Run Respite programs for mental health crisis response in Essex County, N.Y. He has served on the board of the National Association of Rights, Protection and Advocacy, bringing concepts of recovery, spirituality and holistic wellness to the mental health system.


In 2001, Rev. Schulman began his career as a parish minister, serving at LUUF as well as at UU fellowships in Texas and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In 2005, he founded the 10 Tree Challenge, in conjunction with the UU Ministry for the Earth, through which approximately 40 UU congregations planted 3,000-4,000 trees. He also has offered “Compassionate Conversations” workshops at mental health conferences and at UU congregations and district conferences. Most recently, he completed a sabbatical with The Freedom Project, bringing Nonviolent Communication Training into prisons in Washington state.


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Sunday Services:
Provided by our ministers, guest speakers and lay-led clergy.

Starting in September 2014, services will return to their traditional start time of 11:00AM and are followed by Coffee Hour.   

On the second Sunday of each month, the service is followed by a potluck meal.


 LUUF members unanimously passed resolutions to adopt these defining declarations about our Fellowship:


LUUF’s mission is to seek and share the light of truth through the warmth of love in community as we work in behalf of our commitment to peace.

We accomplish our mission by

* Building a UU community that empowers our fellowship creating lay-led clergy

* Promoting, embracing, nurturing our UU principles and traditions in our relationships with one another, our communities and the world at large

* Welcoming and honoring diversity, and

* Promoting peace and social justice at home and abroad by serving with compassion and commitment


LUUF’s vision is to build a spiritual community devoted to peace, social justice, the environment and philanthropy guided by our UU principles and traditions. LUUF will strive to provide spiritual guidance and growth for all generations and welcome and honor diversity. We work toward becoming a conscientious community with a progressive voice.


We will:

* Speak the truth with love and kindness

* Listen deeply without interruption

* Trust in good faith and intention, and speak well of one another

* Take responsibility to create a community of encouragement,  compassion and hospitality

* Respect differences in belief, age, race, gender, sexual orientation  and personality

* Support the congregation, its activities, and the care-taking of the  Fellowship with our time, talent and treasure

* Make decisions democratically

* Include spiritual practices in all Fellowship meetings

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