Our congregational theme for the month of May is thresholds , a reference to those places of transitioning from one space or state to another—to periods of time in which we rest for a moment, take stock, and ready ourselves for the next steps ahead. No one could have imagined the conditions of our world when the theme was selected over a year ago, but isn't it always true that each of us must find ways of getting from here to there, from now to then, from this to that, from today to tomorrow?

For as long as I can remember, it has been music that has sustained me across life's thresholds. I wonder if that isn't true for many of us: a melody that we hum, or listen to, or play on our instruments, or set our devices to play, or raise our voices to sing when times are tough, when we're feeling joyous, when we are grieving, when we need to psyche ourselves up for a workout or a difficult task, when we want to wind down or prepare our selves for sleep ...

What sustains you across life's thresholds?

It was my honor, for two years, to play the character of Marius Pontmercy in the Broadway cast of Les Misérables, an experience that bonded me to a theatrical community, creating friendships that have lasted across time. Imagine my delight, then, with all the stages of the world lying in darkness, when various cast members of the primary professional productions of one of the world's most beloved musicals got the idea to sing "together" again—to create new bonds, new hope, new harmonies ... giving a gift of music to us all as we navigate, one day at a time.

I encourage you to share with our Online Facebook Caring Community those things that sustain you .
What gives you the strength to thrive ... one day more?

Courtesy of BroadwayWorld, I share with you something of what sustains me:

In music and in community,

Rev. Craig :)
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May 3, 2020

Together with Music
UUCMC Musicians, Louise Chernosky, and Rev. Craig Rubano

At UUCMC, our musical collaborations serve as a way to build community, inspire our commitment to social action, and deepen our spiritual journeys. This week, we continue our congregational tradition of a spring music service, but in a new form with contributions from our musicians at home.

Friday Reflections with the Co-Ministers
Fridays at noon
Virtual Coffee Hour

10:30 Sunday mornings
both at the same address:
Community Zoom Room
Meeting ID: 732 747 0707
Dial by phone: 646-876-9923 US (audio only)  
 Thank you for your support of UUCMC as we bring our current situation into focus.