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Online Worship, Sunday, May 30
“A Toast to the Light-Bearers
Reggie Harris
Gathering Music 10:25am - Service 10:30am

Our lives and world have been made better by people who chose to step up in the face of challenge and be the Bearers of Light. People like Pete Seeger, Fanny Lou Hamer, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, and others. Today we celebrate and embrace their examples as we face our own opportunities for service to the world.

Click here to join our May 30 worship service
or call 646-558-8656, Meeting ID 600 398 863
Passcode: 230809
Click here to find the May 30 Order of Service

You are invited to log in early to greet one another.
We are holding gatherings and Sunday services online. Check our website and Facebook page for information and updates.
Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, May 29, 11:00am, Meditation Group ~ In person at FUSW. Contact June Sidman ( for details.

  • Saturday, June 12, 10:00am, FUSW Book Group ~ We plan to meet in person, outside at FUSW. Contact Denise Woodin (

  • Sunday, June 27, 7:00am, Breakfast Run ~ Our first Run of any kind in almost a year and a half! Contact Art Lowenstein ( if you want to take part.

Upcoming Worship

  • Sunday, June 6, 10:30am - Truly Blessed and Duly Grateful”~ Rev. Kristina Church

  • Sunday, June 13, 10:30am - Coming Full Circle” ~ FUSW Musicians and Friends
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Our Guest Worship Leader

Reggie Harris is a singer, songwriter, storyteller, and educator known worldwide for his song leadership, activism, and his work building community. Reggie has presented over 300 concerts and lectures a year in a variety of concert centers, schools, and places of worship (and online!) throughout the U.S, Canada, and Europe. Reggie is a teaching artist in the Kennedy Center’s CETA program (Changing Education Through the Arts), a Woodrow Wilson Scholars Fellow, and the Co-Director and Dir. of Music Education at the UU Living Legacy Project. Reggie works to embody the spirit of elders like Pete Seeger as he blends themes of commitment and hope in his music and life. Learn more at
Message from the Minister

Greetings, FUSW folks!

I hope you are enjoying this hopeful combination of declining Covid cases, rising vaccination rates, scaled-back CDC regulations, and beautiful summer weather. It appears that better times may be coming... what a relief! 

I'm so grateful for this community, which has sustained and supported one another through this scary and difficult year. My last Sunday with FUSW will be an abbreviated service prior to the Annual Meeting (though I will be continuing to serve the congregation throughout most of the summer). Your Board and I want June 6th to be a service of gratitude for all that the community has brought to one another's lives this year. And you're invited to participate!

Please do take a moment to send Rina ( a few words of gratitude about a way FUSW has touched your life this year: a memory, an event, an ongoing friendship, a moment of shared community, or some other part of our congregational life. If you would like to include a picture, that is most welcome too, and will be incorporated into slide show.

Please send your thoughts to Rina by June 1st, so that she can compile a "counting of the blessings" to be viewed at the service on June 6th.

Thank you, and I will see you soon! ~ Kristina
Annual Meeting

FUSW Annual Corporate Meeting, Sunday, June 6, 2021, 11:15 via Zoom, Our Sunday service will be shorter so we may begin the Corporate Meeting at 11:15
Please join us at the Annual Corporate Meeting to attend to important congregational business, including approval of budget and election of board members for the coming year. We look forward to seeing you there! Click here to join the Annual Meeting, or call 646-558-8656, Meeting ID 600 398 863, Passcode: 230809. Click here for the agenda.
Sharing Our Gratitude

For our Sunday, June 6 service, the FUSW Worship Team is creating a slide show of members' words of gratitude. Consider something from your past year with FUSW for which you are thankful, such as working with our ministries, or making virtual connections with members, or experiencing a morning in the community garden. If you like, you can also send a photo or picture. Forward your gratitudes (and any questions) to Rina ( by Tuesday, June 1.
Be a Program Group Leader

We are in need of one more team of program group leaders! Is this your year? How about teaming up with someone else? Many times two unrelated folks get together to lead a team. What a great way to be a leader and get to know others better. Plenty of helpful support will be yours for the asking. Please contact Betsy Kates ( if you are willing and able.
Step Up for Summer Services

Summer is coming, and with it — our lay-led summer services! We have a lot of exciting opportunities this season, including some surprises and new collaborations. We need YOU to step up to the plate to help coordinate them, as well as to lead. Tech support available, of course. Contact Craig Butler ( or Betsy Kates ( to join the team.
FUSW Book Group

FUSW Book Group, Saturday, June 12, 10:00am, in person (outside)
Join the FUSW book group in reading our current selection: The Good Lord Bird by James McBride (pictured). Our discussion group plans to meet in person outside at FUSW. To learn more, contact Denise Woodin (
Share the Plate for May: Midnight Run

Midnight Run coordinates over 1,000 relief missions per year, where volunteers from faith communities, schools, and other civic groups distribute food, clothing, blankets, and personal care items to our New York City neighbors who are homeless. FUSW has been a participating partner since Midnight Run's inception more than 30 years ago, and our Runs have been a vital part of our congregation's Social Action Program for decades. We collect for our Share-the-Plate partner throughout the month. Visit, clickDonate, and select Share the Plate.
FUSW Contacts & Information

Questions, Concerns, or Compliments for FUSW?
Reach out to any member of our Board of Trustees, (place cursor over picture, then right-mouse click to copy email).

Scheduling Online Meetings
To schedule a Zoom online meeting for your committee or program group, contact Rina Schunk ( with the purpose, date, and time you need, as well as information you want included in the Scoop. Rina will check availability, schedule the calendar, and send you the invitation link.
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