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Sunday, November 19, 10:00am worship


"Forgiveness: Who Is It For?"


~ Pat Wictor


Our worship service will be in person at the Chapel at South Church, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry, and also via Zoom. If you or anyone you live with has COVID or COVID symptoms, please do not attend in-person services. 

Click here to join our worship online, or call 646-558-8656,

Meeting ID 921 3956 4302, Passcode: 266397


Click here for the Sunday, November 19 Order of Service

Please check our website fusw.org and Facebook page for the latest info and updates about our Sunday services and other events.

Upcoming Events





  • Saturday, December 9, 1:00pm, Reading Black Lives ~ in the Barnes Room at the Hastings on Hudson Public Library. See below for details. Contact Claudia Gisolfi (cgisolfi8@gmail.com).     


Upcoming Worship


  • Sunday, November 26, 10:00am, “TBA” ~ Michael DeSantis


  • Sunday, December 3, 10:00am, “TBA” ~ Rev. Arlin Roy

About Our Guest Speaker


Pat Wictor makes his home in many musical worlds. Grounded in rural blues and gospel traditions, Wictor’s lean, poetic songs and expressive guitar playing are seasoned with jazz, pop, improvisational surprise, philosophy and social commentary. Wictor currently tours solo and in a variety of duos. He is also a music educator of note, teaching workshops on guitar, songwriting, body percussion, and vocal and instrumental improvisation. "Soft-spoken and articulate, in the 1930's he could have been a dust bowl preacher. The sermons, accompanied by the choir of his slide guitar, would have brought comfort to many a soul." (Richard Cuccaro, Acoustic Live) (patwictor.com

Website Updates and Images of You


We are updating our website with videos and photos from some of our services and events in order to provide outreach to the community and as a feature for those who missed a sermon or would like to hear it again. Specifically, we plan to post videos of FUSW services and also photos of our community at FUSW functions. The service videos would include the main speakers, but would not include candles of joy and concern or the personal sharing that follows the speakers.

 

If you wish to opt out of having your image on our website, please send an email to Rina, our administrator (admin@fusw.org) to let her know. Your privacy and preferences are important to us. If we do not receive any specific directions from you, it is possible that your image could appear online in videos or photos of the FUSW community. We appreciate your cooperation and want to assure you of our commitment to preserving your choices and privacy.

Reading Black Lives


Book Group Meeting, Saturday, December 9, 1:00pm, Barnes Room at Hastings on Hudson Public Library


We will discuss The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocum (Dec. 2022). It is the riveting story of a young Black musician who discovers that his old family fiddle is actually a priceless Stradivarius. When it’s stolen on the eve of a prestigious classical music competition, he risks everything to get it back. New York Times Book Review: "Such a page-turner... a literary thriller. Slocumb isn’t too different from his protagonist: a natural." For questions, contact Claudia Gisolfi (cgisolfi8@gmail.com).

Calling Adults Ages 18-45!


The FUSW Board of Trustees is inviting adults ages 18-45, especially those raised at FUSW or in the UU faith, to participate in a focus group about our Sunday services. Participants will be asked to attend at least one FUSW service in person or by Zoom by January 7 and then participate in a focus group (on Zoom) in mid January. We want to know what young adults like about our services, what can be improved, and any suggestions they may have for attracting younger generations. If you, your child(ren) or grandchild(ren) are interested in participating, please send your or their name and email address to Denise Woodin (deniseuu23@gmail.com).

“Songs of the Season Through the Ages”


CUUC Choir Holiday Concert, Sunday, December 3, 12:30pm, CCUC 468 Rosedale Avenue, White Plains


The CUUC Choir, under the direction of Lisa N. Meyer, will be performing a holiday concert on Sunday, December 3rd at 12:30 pm in the sanctuary at 468 Rosedale Avenue, White Plains, NY. The concert, titled "Songs of the Season Through the Ages", will feature the CUUC choir singing favorite choral arrangements along with duets and solos. See attached flyer for additional information.

Prayers for Peace: Westchester and Rockland UU Monthly Vigils


Vigil, Thursday, November 16, 12:00pm, UU Rockland in Pomona, NY.



The Westchester and Rockland congregations are joining together to host monthly vigils for the remainder of the congregation year to gather, lament and witness for peace. We will share poems and prayers from conflicts around the world. Attend either in person or livestream here

Recommendations From Our Congregation


Mashuq Mushtaq Deen has asked to share the following links that he thought offered good perspective during these difficult times.


Valerie Kaur is a Sikh-American who has written about her experiences post-9/11, when she and her community were targets for anti-Islamic violence. In a time of divisiveness, her call is one of compassion and love. She has turned her activism to this time of Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and again advocates a position of love over one of fear/anger. Perhaps some within the congregation might find her words thoughtful, or a balm: Click here to read


The second suggestion is a post from Esther Perel, who may be a something of a pop-psychologist phenomena, but having met her, we can vouch for her being the real thing. Her parents were holocaust survivors, and she is an international person with friends across the spectrum, and she wrote this short post about how to navigate this time of war: Click here to read

Choir Singing for the Holidays!


Please add your voice to the FUSW Choir this December!


We're aiming for two dates: Sunday, Dec. 17 (10:00am service) and Sunday, Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve service, 5:00pm). Rehearsals will take place on the day, about an hour before each service. Please contact Richard Slade (richardthetenor@gmail.com) and Diane Guernsey (dianeguernsey.uu@gmail) so we'll know how many singers to plan for.

Chat Etiquette


A gentle reminder to refrain from using the Zoom chat to share "To: Everyone" during the Sunday service. Treat a virtual worship as you would an in-person worship, and use the time to listen, contemplate, and sing along with hymns. Feel free to share your comments, compliments, and feedback during Congregational Reflections time or at coffee hour. You may virtually "whisper" to an individual during service by selecting their name in the chat and typing to them directly.

FUSW Contacts & Information


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


Board of Trustees - Note: New Date for Monthly Board Meetings - The Board usually meets on the third Monday of each month via Zoom at 7:45pm. Click here to join our meeting on Zoom. Meetings are open to any member of FUSW. For confidential matters, non-Board members will be asked to leave temporarily. At the end of the meeting, there will be an open forum, during which non-Board members can speak about topics of concern, limiting remarks to two minutes. To access the minutes from previous meetings, visit the Members page of fusw.org and click on Board Minutes Archive.  


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