Our Sunday Services are held at our beautiful UU Center, at the corner of Pomona Road and Liebig Street in Galloway, near the North entrance to Stockton University.
Sunday Services start at 10:00 am and last until about 11:00 am.
Child care for infants and toddlers and programs for pre-K and school-aged children are provided.
A coffee hour for socializing follows the service, with coffee, bagels and other refreshments including dairy-free, gluten-free, and peanut-free options.
During the time of Covid-19, our services are each Sunday at 10 am Eastern Time, on zoom: Zoom Worship link
September Theme: EMBRACING POSSIBILITY
Sunday, September 5, 2021
Musical Transitions – YouTube recording
Led by Barbara Miller and Gina Roche
La la la! Mi mi mi! Let’s get our voices warmed up for as we introduce our new Music Director Gina Roche to some of our favorite hymns.
Sunday, September 12, 2021
Return and Celebrate!
Rev. Dawn Fortune
Each year in September, when Unitarian Universalist congregations return to community for worship, we celebrate by each bringing water (real or metaphorical) from a source that is important to us, and we mingle that water in a common pool. That water is then saved to be used in ritual celebrations throughout the church year. This year will be particularly poignant, as we have not gathered for communal worship since early 2020. Bring a small container of water from home to add to our common bowl.
Sunday, September 19, 2021
Making Progress and Moving Forward
Rev. Dawn Fortune
The fall equinox falls on September 20, and marks the halfway point between the longest days of summer and the longest nights of winter. It is a good time to consider where we are in our spiritual travels, and what we’d like to explore next. Join us as we explore and embrace the possibilities before us!
Sunday, September 26, 2021
When brain chemistry goes awry, it affects more than just our thinking: it affects behavior and basic physiology, and it can be nearly impossible to see in ourselves. After a six week leave to recover from depression, Rev. Dawn Fortune has some insights into depression, chemistry, and recovery. Join us for an examination of how depression affects us all.
Sunday, August 8, 2021
Book of Questions – YouTube recording
Led by Melissa Hutchison
Join us for a zoom version of our traditional “Book of Questions” discussion service.
At UU Center – OUTDOORS!
After 18 months of various levels of shutdown, isolation, and pandemic-fueled social anxiety, many of us find it challenging to return to familiar places and behaviors. What does it mean to gather again? How will we redefine the concept of community? Let us explore together some of the hopes and fears we share of returning to something we might eventually call “normal.”
Sunday, August 22, 2021
Poetry Jam – YouTube recording
Coordinated by Deb Dagavarian
Hear some new and old poems shared by our members and friends.
Sunday, August 29, 2021
Voices of Women of Color – YouTube recording
Led by Debbi Dagavarian
Stories from 19th and 20th century women of color, in their own words. Presented by Margaret Circle.
Sunday, July 4, 2021
NO SERVICE today!
Sunday, July 11, 2021
The Inherent Worth and Dignity of EVERY Person? Really? – YouTube recording
Guest speaker Pat LaManna
Turns out, it’s easier to affirm the inherent worth and dignity of some people than others. Pat explores what it means to affirm every person’s inherent worth and dignity. No exceptions. You may be surprised to learn that she found a bunch of songs to share with you that express that sentiment better than mere words can.
Sunday, July 18, 2021
The Seven Principles: More Action, Fewer Words
RE Director Jess Dunn Safonof
ALL AGES SERVICE
The Seven Principles – those things we as UU’s covenant to affirm and promote. Have you noticed they are a bit wordy? A bit difficult to act on? In Children’s Religious Education we have a simple “children’s” wording that makes it easier to understand and act out our values in everyday life. Join us as we learn more about the important principles of our faith and how we can live out those values.
Sunday, July 25, 2021
Grace Notes – YouTube recording
Coordinated by Barbara Miller
MUSIC SERVICE – OUTDOORS!
Grace Notes Singers will share their song repertoire and invite us to sing along. The group will explain what they do as part of the Grace HealthCare Systems hospice program. The service will also include meditative readings and some silent time together.
The Grace Notes Singers include our own Barbara Miller, Cynthia Grzywinski, Melissa Hutchison, as well as other local singers.
This service will be outdoors. Please bring lawn chairs and your own water.
June Theme: PLAY
No matter who we are, making sense of our lives and seeking out direction is a profound commonality we share as human beings. It is a journey that many people make in each other’s company, often in religious or spiritual communities. But for a variety of reasons, many LGBTQ people struggle to feel welcome in joining and staying in these communities. Join us as we consider what it means to be LGBTQ and spiritual, religious, or seeking deeper meaning in our lives.
Sunday, June 13, 2021
From Legos to Logos: Playing With the Building Blocks of Religion – YouTube recording
Guest minister Rev. Amy Petrie Shaw
Unitarian Universalism doesn’t come with a holy book or creed. Today we’re going to talk about building religion and having it your way.
Where did the concept of “fire and brimstone” in the afterlife come from? Is there any way that Hell could seen as a positive thing? Take a deep dive into Hell with us.
Sunday, June 27, 2021
General Assembly Watch Party
Join us as we watch a portion of this year’s General Assembly, which is all-virtual.
May Theme: STORY
Sunday, May 2, 2021
Listening to Today’s Prophets – YouTube recording
Lay speaker Theresa McReynolds
Rev. Dr. Theresa McReynolds considers herself a spiritual seeker. She has spent most of her life studying many different religious texts as well as several different spiritual traditions. She believes that the prophets of today can be found in the arts — the writers and painters and movie makers. She has been spending this time of COVID studying and listening to these wise teachers and is looking forward to sharing with you some of what she has learned.
Sunday, May 9, 2021
Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys – YouTube recording
Guest minister Rev. Amy Petrie Shaw
Mothers help to shape the lives of their children. For good and bad, it’s a role that never ends. We recognize today all those who share the responsibility for shaping another human life.
Sunday, May 16, 2021
8th Principle? Why? – YouTube recording
Guest minister Rev. Amy Petrie Shaw
“We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.” What does that mean, and why would we as UU congregations want to affirm it? Come and find out more!
Sunday, May 23, 2021
Pentecost and an Ethic of Risk – YouTube recording
Guest minister Rev Amy Petrie Shaw
As Unitarian Universalists we are not often crowned with holy fire and sent out into the world. Or maybe we are.
Join Rev. Amy Shaw in a service which examines the fire that sends us into the world, and the ethic which fuels it.
What was it like for a talented black ballplayer who wanted to play with and against the best white players in the game—in 1940? Deb Dagavarian will take you on a quick trip from the 19th century, through the Negro Leagues, to when the great Jack Robinson integrated major league baseball.
April Theme: BECOMING
Easter is the day Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth after his murder. With hopes high of an eventual end to the COVID-19 pandemic, how do we experience death and resurrection in the year 2021?
Sunday, April 11, 2021
Poetry Share – YouTube recording
Lay speaker Deb Dagavarian
Join us in our popular (semi-)annual celebration of poetry. These include favorites and original pieces contributed by our members and friends.
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Jersey Shore’s Music Director Barbara Miller has officially retired after more than two decades of dedicated service. Join in this special service of celebration and remembrance of her humble leadership since the very first days of the congregation.
Our past, present, and future all play a role in our lifelong journey of growth and becoming. The parts of this journey that are the most challenging, even painful, are often the places where the most intense growth happens. That growth happens best when we are able to open our hearts to the things that frighten or upset us, and we are able to lean into the vulnerability that Brené Brown describes as “Daring Greatly.” Join us to explore that vulnerability and embrace the growth that it makes possible.
March Theme: COMMITMENT
Join us this Sunday for our Stewardship kickoff as we begin our month of asking “What does it mean to be a people of commitment?”
Sunday, March 14, 2021
Moving Money in the Direction of Our Commitments – YouTube recording
Lay speaker Ivette Guillermo
Money is like water. It can be a conduit for commitment, a currency of love. Money moving in the direction of our highest commitments nourishes our world and ourselves. What you appreciate appreciates. When you make a difference with what you have, it expands. Collaboration creates prosperity. True abundance flows from enough; never from more. Money carries our intention. If we use it with integrity, then it carries integrity forward. Know the flow — take responsibility for the way your money moves in the world. Let your soul inform your money and your money express your soul. Access your assets — not only money but also your own character and capabilities, your relationships and other nonmoney resources.
The spring equinox marks the changing of the seasons, the time between the depths of winter and the height of summer. Nature offers us so many ways to celebrate and observe the turning of the wheel of time. With this new season, what might we commit to?
Palm Sunday in the Christian calendar is when Jesus of Nazareth is said to have entered Jerusalem, knowing of his impending arrest and death. Committed to his role in the legend, as laid forth by the prophets before him, he went forward anyway, knowing what he faced. We are not asked to sacrifice at such a level, but commitment does require some willingness to give of ourselves. How much can we give? How brave might we be in the face of big challenges?
February Theme: BELOVED COMMUNITY
Sunday, February 7, 2021
Creative Co-creation of Community or How ‘Come on Eileen’ and a Guy in a Unicorn Suit Changed My Life – YouTube recording
Lay speaker Heather Swenson Brilla
Who would you be if no one knew who you were, and what community would that person create? Using the 10 Principles of Burning Man and my experiences of Regional Burns, we will explore social constructions all around us and the co-creation of a community for the new year.
Sexual shame has been promulgated by thousands of years of church teaching. But our sexuality is a gift from the divine. How can we change our thinking on this?
The 8th Principle
Rev. Dawn Fortune
“We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.” Join us to explore what it means to devote an entire denomination to the eradication of institutional racism within and without our movement.
We sometimes think of beloved community as a utopian ideal where diverse people live together in harmony, but that is a myth. Beloved community calls us to embrace discomfort, to learn and grow in ways that stretch us beyond what we think we can bear, and to become stronger as a result of our efforts, both as individuals, and as the beloved community to which we aspire.
January Theme: IMAGINATION
Sunday, January 3, 2021
My Dream for Our Congregation – YouTube recording
UUCSJS Board Members
The members UUCSJS Board of Trustees lead this service, kicking off 2021 by imagining the congregation’s future as they would dream it to be.
Sunday, January 10, 2021
Many Americans watched in horror this week as an insurrectionary mob pushed through barricades, smashed doors and windows, and ransacked the United States Capitol. “How could this happen here?” they asked. “This is not who we are.”
The harsh truth is that this IS the United States. This IS who we are, as a nation. Our nation is in a convulsion that comes at times of great social and political change. Whether that change is for good or for bad, any organized society experiences this kind of upheaval with big cultural change.
Join us as we examine our own role in our national situation and consider what we want our role to be as we go forward.
We sit at the cusp of a new presidential administration and imagine what 2021 might offer us individually, as a congregation, and as a larger community. Our nation was founded on promises and dreams. If we were to start over today, what might those promises and dreams include? Individual freedom? Community accountability? Personal liberty? Collective responsibility? The struggle to find balance between freedom and responsibility is eternal. Let’s imagine what it might look like if we created a new world today with the wisdom gained from nearly 250 years of democracy.
The Dedham Decision: Unitarian/Trinitarian infighting is responsible for the separation of church and state in the United States. A uniquely American dispute created a whole new section of the tax code, and had effects that we still wrestle with today. Join us for a bit of American history on a historical week in America!
Is football a religious experience? Baseball? Basketball? What is religion, anyway? Let’s imagine some of the ways we can experience spiritual community beyond Sunday mornings (or Sunday afternoons!).