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Sunday, Sept. 10th, 2017
Guest Speaker:  Steve Kneisel
​Welcome back to LUUF as we kick off the Sunday Service season with a water communion program.
Bring water from somewhere special, or use some LUUF will supply.
Coffee hour will follow for conversation and re-connection. 
​Kneisel says, “The Water Ceremony is a celebration of water; the simple, ubiquitous, and seemingly-inexhaustible compound without which life, as we know it on our small blue planet, would not exist. All are invited to bring a small quantity of water gathered from a place of special personal meaning. These waters will be mingled, in celebration of our shared experience of the interconnected web of life." Water from the well at LUUF will also be available for use by anyone who does not bring water but wishes to participate in the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and participate to whatever degree they wish.

Sunday, Sept. 24th
"​Ignoring Racism-A Family Story in 4 Generations"
Speaker:  Carol Swift

There has long been an admonition to the white majority, that to combat racism, we should confront it when we see it in our families, work and lives. In contrast, it was often argued that confrontation would not achieve the desired result, but only cause friction since people are set in their ways. 

In the aftermath of the violent Charlottesville demonstrations and counter-demonstrations, a debate was reignited about how anti-racist white people should react to white supremacy. Various people encouraged everyone to ignore the White Supremacist and Nazi demonstrations so as not to give them publicity. Others called on all that could to turn out in numbers to counter-protest.
LUUF member, Carol Swift will lead a discussion of this subject starting with a real-life example of what happens when racism is ignored, as well as when it is not. 
Members and visitors are encouraged to bring their own personal examples as we delve into how to discourage racism in our own lives and family.Sunday, Sept. 17th

Sunday, Sept. 17th
"The Wisdom of Hindu Bhakti Poetry"

Guest Minister:  Rev. Heidi Swarts​

​​Guest minister, Rev. Dr. Heidi Swarts will speak about “The Wisdom of Hindu Bhakti Poetry” at the 11 a.m. service on Sept. 17th.
Rev. Swarts says, "As one of the world's most ancient religions, Hinduism has a vast number of different aspects and traditions, from ancient to modern. This sermon examines the beautiful tradition of Bhakti poetry, which expresses devotion to God in different guises: as child, mother, father, and even beloved. There is an implicit wisdom in recognizing our need to personalize the holy in different human guises. It provides food for thought no matter what your religious tradition."

Sunday, Oct. 15th

Founders Day

Speaker:  Carol Swift

Join us at Lakeland Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Sunday, October 15, for our Founders Day Service: 55 Years of Building Community.

We will look back at how and why LUUF was founded. Who were the people and what were the principles? We will recount some of LUUF's history, and see how it fits into the history of our country and our culture. We will see if there are lessons we can learn, or inspiration we can take with us into the future.

We will also remember and honor those members who we have lost. Please bring thoughts and memories about LUUF,  and the members you either knew, or knew of.  Kris Jones will be remembered during this time.

Sunday, Oct. 1st
"​The Gift of the Jews: How a Tribe of Desert Nomads Changed the Way Everyone Thinks and Feels

Guest Speaker: David Chapmant

 Guest speaker David Chapman says, “One of the great joys of being a Unitarian Universalist is that we are encouraged to learn about many different aspects of our lives, our spirituality and the religions of the world. Dave shares the views of the great historian, Thomas Cahill, on the remarkable impact the early Hebrews had not just on the role that religion plays in our lives, but on the entire cultural history of humanity.  How great an impact?  Cahill argues that the greatest gifts of the Jews are the linear theory of history (vs. the cyclical theory of other ancients), with its implication that life can get better and avoid decline and the idea of the equality and dignity of each individual that culminated in the declaration that "All men are created equal." 
Chapman is a John Maxwell Certified coach, speaker and trainer. He focuses on the areas of human productivity, social psychology and religions of the world. He also teaches at the Rutgers University Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. He is a ten-year member of Toastmasters and will receive his Distinguished Toastmaster certification in October of this year. He also serves as secretary and a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association for Senior Debate.​

Sunday, Dec. 10th
Santa  Lucia Celebration

Join us and bring the kids! It is time for the annual Santa Lucia celebration! 

This Sunday, we will be bringing out the candles to start celebrating the season of light with a Scandanavian tradition lead by member Lucy Cilento. Be ready to share with the yougsters your words of wisdom and what life has taught you.
Lucy says, "Santa Lucia is usually celebrated on December 13, because this was the shortest day of the year before the calendar was changed. It was subtitled the Festival of Light to warm and brighten the hearts of Scandinavians enduring the harsh winter cold and darkness. We will try and generate peace and comfort within our community through song, procession and feasting. Hope you will join in our child-led celebration, which reminds us that the true spirit of the season is one of joy and love."


Sunday, Oct. 29th
Guest Speaker: Joe Gonzalez

Samhain is the most sacred holiday on the pagan calendar.  It is not only the New Year celebration, but it is also the time when the veil between the physical and spiritual worlds is at its thinnest.  At this time of year, pagans invite their ancestors to join their rituals and festivities.  At today's service, we too will call upon and celebrate our ancestors, those who came before us and helped make us who we are today.  Join us in celebration with meditation, chants and personal ritual! ​Sunday, Oct. 15th

Sunday, Nov. 19th
Guest Minister: Rev. Allen Wells

"What could be the most important issue of our time seems to be rarely discussed outside the realm of experts.  The Singularity, when artificial intelligence will surpass human intelligence is speedily advancing according to experts.  Can we contribute to its beneficent directlon?"

Sunday, Nov. 5th
The Challenges of Interfaith Practice

​​Guest Speaker: Terri L. Clegg

Unitarian-Universalists are no strangers to the semantics that often trigger and trip us up in our work together. The term “Interfaith” can be one of these semantically loaded terms, and the questions it raises get to the core of what it means to co-create spiritual community. So what does the term “Interfaith” mean? And how do we hold space for these conversations in ways that transform the semantic blocks into new understandings? This talk, and the discussion afterward, will focus on these questions through the lens of the Seven Principles.​

Sunday, Nov. 12th
Transgender Day of Remembrance
Guest Speaker: Donnalynn Scillieri
Transgender Day of Remembrance is an opportunity for communities to come together and remember transgender people, gender-variant individuals, and those perceived to be transgender who have been murdered because of hate (Human Rights Campaign).
The Lakeland Unitarian Universalist Congregation is coming together to know and embrace the journey of our transgender community and as allies to help them live with dignity and grace with peace.  We are all in balance with one another to create the whole of the world and cannot allow anyone to suffer abuse and murder because of a lack of empathy. We will discuss transgender to have a better understanding of who they are and the struggles they face.

 Donnalynn Scillieri (she/her/hers) is a Human Rights advocate, professional speaker, coordinator and moderator for events focusing on LGBT issues, domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, gang/violence awareness, substance abuse prevention and animal abuse.  She is professor at William Paterson University, Kean University, New Jersey City University and Ramapo College; teaching Gendered Lives and Societies, Social Issues, Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies, Diversity and Difference, Sociology, and the New Student Experience. Until recently, she was on the Board of Trustees for the NJCEDV and headed the LGBT Task Force. She earned a BFA in Graphic Design and Art History from WPUNJ and an MA in Arts Management from MSU. Donnalynn Scillieri has two children, Jeremy is 25 and Victoria is 20.

Sunday, Nov. 26th
Guest Speaker: Min Mulholland

Min Mulholland will address some hidden mechanisms whereby trees arrange and manage their life cycles.  Deciphering the secrets about forests is the work and passion of forester Peter Wohlleben whose book The Hidden Life of Trees explains a deliberate way of life within vast scopes of time.  

The average North American oak lives about 400 years, one in Sweden is 9,500, still living.  Our human lives are engaged with time at a much faster pace, rushing to get everything checked off.  Time is stretched broader for trees, thus, we may think them slow.  While 'The Slow Talk of Trees' refers the scope of time available to trees, theirs is a language communicated by scent.  Trees "talk" by scent, the nuances of which benefit us with beauty and clean air.  Further discussion may inquire about the intelligence with which trees cope with turbulence -- wind, rain, snow. 
Min Mulholland is a happy member of the LUUF community, is a professional musician, currently performs with the Leschetizky Group and sings with the Verismo Opera Company of NJ.Sunday, Nov. 19th.

Sunday, Dec.3rd

Our Thoughts and Prayers are With the Families....Now's Not the Time to Talk Politics"

Guest Minister: Rev. Heidi Swarts

How many times have we heard statements from politicians like this one? "Our thoughts and prayers......" is, tragically, almost a cliche by now. We tend to hear these pronouncements when there has been a mass shooting, and the "politics" referred to has sometimes been named specifically, as in "Now's not the time to talk about gun regulation." The unstated assumption behind such comments (besides the political motivation for them) is that grief and tragedy are personal and intimate, while politics and policy are public and crass, involving the decided impure process of compromise.