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.

Directions and a map.

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.

Sunday Services Archive – 2020 through 2015

2021 Services

This Month…

November Theme: HOLDING HISTORY

Sunday, November 7, 2021
Falling Back and Looking Back: What does UU History have to teach us?
Rev. Dawn Fortune

It has been said that there is nothing new in the world. This year, as we set our clocks back an hour, let’s examine together what our shared Unitarian and Universalist histories have to offer to our modern lives, and consider what parts we want to keep and what parts we are willing to let go.

Sunday, November 14, 2021
Lessons in Idealism from UU History: James Luther Adams and Dorothy Day
Rev. Dawn Fortune

James Luther Adams and Dorothy Day — each struggled in their own way with the idealism of a liberal faith in a world filled with imperfection and occasionally, outright evil. What does it mean to be liberal in the time of rising fascism? How do we understand our faith in the human capacity for good when humans seem so bent on doing evil? Their considerations and musings are as potent today as they were nearly 100 years ago. Join us as we explore a history that is not nearly as distant as we might think.

Sunday, November 21, 2021
Honoring the History of Thanksgiving
Rev. Dawn Fortune and Jess Dunn-Safonof

ALL AGES SERVICE!

The American mythology around the Thanksgiving holiday offers a narrative that we now know as wildly inaccurate. We all live on land that was once populated by Native Americans. In this interactive, All-Ages service, we will share some of the histories and traditions of the native peoples of our area, and work together to create a meal that nourishes our hearts as well as our spirits.

Sunday, November 28, 2021
Waxing Floors in Heels
Presented by Margaret Circle

Margaret Circle will take us back to the late sixties as young women discover what the women’s movement means to them.


Previously…

October Theme: CULTIVATING RELATIONSHIP

Sunday, October 3, 2021
A Recipe for Relationship – Facebook Live
Rev. Dawn Fortune

Relationships would be so much simpler with clear instructions. Instead, we take humans with various needs and fears, priorities and values, passions and talents; then we mix them all in a neighborhood, or workplace, or classroom, and hope they’ll get along. But there are no universally understood instructions for how to do that. Join the service prepared to experiment with relationship-building exercises that will hopefully deepen our connections with each other.

Sunday, October 10, 2021
Building Relationships Through Trust and Vulnerability – Facebook Live
Rev. Dawn Fortune

In order to be in relationship with one another, there must be some degree of trust. Trust allows us to share parts of ourselves that are tender, knowing that we will be safe. In Unitarian Universalism, we share a core set of principles that guide how we interact with each other. We’ll explore how those values support us as we develop and grow relationships. Join us to grow together!

Sunday, October 17, 2021
Blessing of the Animals – Facebook Live
Rev. Dawn Fortune

Our relationships with companion animals can bring us deep joy and many lessons about loyalty, trust, and love. Bring your favorite animal(s) with you this Sunday to have them blessed during the service. All animals must be leashed or in a cage that prevents their escape. Photographs of animals will also be blessed if your pet prefers to stay home.

Sunday, October 24, 2021
Cultivating Relationships by Cultivating the Land – Facebook Live
Lay speakers Meredith Massey & Jason Simmons

Where and when are you your most essential self? What makes you feel most connected to the Earth and to others? Join Meredith Massey and Jason Simmons of Thin Place Farm as they explore the relationships formed when we choose to cultivate our connection to the land.

Sunday, October 31, 2021
All Hallow’s Eve – Facebook Live
Rev. Dawn Fortune

‘Tis all hallow’s eve, a time for dress up and pretend, a time to safely imagine scary things having to do with death and what may or may not come afterwards. Bring a photograph or memento of a loved one you have lost in the past two years so that we may bid them farewell from this realm while the veil between the living and dead is at its thinnest. There will be a Halloween Party for the children during worship.


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! – Facebook Live
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 – Facebook Live
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
The Call You Cannot Refuse – Facebook Live
Rev. Carol Haag

Rev. Haag is an ordained minister and retired religious educator who currently serves as Chair of the Development Committee at Murray Grove. Her sermon will touch on the history of John Murray’s arrival in North America and the still commanding ideas of Universalism in our lives today.


Sunday, August 1, 2021
When Reason is Impossible and Hope is Hard to Find: A Personal Encounter With Depression – PDFYouTube recording
Rev. Dawn Fortune

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.

Sunday, August 15, 2021
The New Challenges of Being Human – PDFFacebook Live recording
Rev. Dawn Fortune

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.

Queen Lili’uokalani – read by Kim Trotto
Mamie Till – read by Betsy Searight
Daisy Bates – read by Barb Morell
Wilma Mankiller – read by Deb Dagavarian
Malala Yousafzai – read by Judy Pereira


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

Sunday, June 6, 2021
On This Journey Together – PDFYouTube recording
Guest speaker Birch Spick

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.

Sunday, June 20, 2021
Hell is a Human Invention – PDFYouTube recording
Lay speaker Barbara Miller

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.

Sunday, May 30, 2021
From Civil Rights to Racial Justice: Baseball’s Chance to Move the Country Ahead – PDFYouTube recording
Lay speaker Deb Dagavarian

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

Sunday, April 4, 2021
Dry Bones and Caterpillar Soup – PDFYouTube recording
Rev. Dawn Fortune

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.

Sunday, April 18, 2021
Music: Magic, Prophecy and Revolution (Barbara Miller Music Tribute) – PDFYouTube recording
Rev. Dawn Fortune

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.

Sunday, April 25, 2021
Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: The Neverending Dance of Becoming – PDFYouTube recording
Rev. Dawn Fortune

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

Sunday, March 7, 2021
Are You Committed? – PDFYouTube recording
Rev. Dawn Fortune

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.

Sunday, March 21, 2021
Spring: Nature’s Commitment – PDFYouTube recording
Rev. Dawn Fortune

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?

Sunday, March 28, 2021
Commitment Matters When Things are Difficult – PDFYouTube recording
Rev. Dawn Fortune

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.

Sunday, February 14, 2021
Sex, Love, and Shame on St. Valentine’s Day 2021 – PDFYouTube recording
Rev. Dawn Fortune

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?

Sunday, February 21, 2021
PreRecorded Service from Side With Love
Video
Order of Service (Google doc)

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.

Sunday, February 28, 2021
Beloved Community: Beyond Warm and Fuzzy – PDFYouTube recording
Rev. Dawn Fortune

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

America’s Divide: Where Do WE Stand? – PDFYouTube recording
Rev. Dawn Fortune

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.

Sunday, January 17, 2021
Promises and Dreams – PDFYouTube recording
Rev. Dawn Fortune

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.

Sunday, January 24, 2021
Imagine This – PDFYouTube recording
Rev. Dawn Fortune

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!

Sunday, January 31, 2021
The Religion of Sports – PDFYouTube recording
Rev. Dawn Fortune

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!).


Sunday Services Archive – 2020 through 2015

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