Church & Community News and Links

Stay updated on the latest happenings at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Norwich, related items in our community, and links to important articles and topics. You may check out our schedule to learn more about our services and about us.

 

Sermon Audios

UUCN has embarked on a new project to make our sermons more accessible to people who may not have visited the church yet, or who are curious about our sermons and would like to know more before attending a service. Check out our audios below from our speakers, and let us know who your favorite is!

As we record more sermons, they'll be listed under each speaker. Let us know if you run into any technical issues when listening, and we'll try to help. Also - if the speaker provides a printed copy of their sermon, we'll be sure to post those as well - please remember that all materials are subject to copyright, all rights reserved.

Check out the Worship Calendar and the Sermon Audios and make time in your calendar to join us - We'd love to meet you!

Join us for Reflections on the book "Just Mercy" by Bryan Stevenson on Sunday, April 29 from 10 am until 12 noon.

"Just Mercy" is a story of justice and redemption, written by gifted attorney Bryan Stevenson, who founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending the poor, the wrongly condemned, and those trapped in the furthest reaches of the criminal justice system.

UUCN Members Professor Wayne Silver and Civil Rights Activist Lottie B. Scott will share reflections on the work of Stevenson and his passion that led him to act. Justice seeking people will have an opportunity to join in the discussion and to ask - how we can make a difference in our community?

Join us on Sunday, April 29, 2018 from 10 am until 12 noon in the lower level of United Congregational Church, located at 87 Broadway across the street from Norwich City Hall. This program is free and open to the public.

For more information contact Lottie B. Scott at 860-889-7014 or email uunorwich@gmail.com.

UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray Condemns Transgender Military Ban

UUA President the Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray issued the following statement in response to Donald Trump's directive banning transgender people from entering the military:

I condemn in the strongest terms President Trump's immoral directive banning transgender people from entering the military and revoking health care support for those currently serving. Unitarian Universalists unequivocally support the full humanity of people across the spectrum of gender and sexuality, including the right of transgender people to serve in the military. This is yet another attack from this administration on the humanity, dignity, and fundamental rights of people in this country. Even more disturbing, this attack targets those who have committed their lives to faithful service.

My heart turns to all the transgender and gender non-conforming people in the military who are showing up everyday to serve and protect our country, even as their commander in chief has made them a target. I am grateful for your service. Grounded in a belief that all people are worthy, and called faithfully to build the Beloved Community, I particularly urge my fellow cisgender Unitarian Universalists to join me to affirming, supporting and celebrating all of our transgender and gender non-conforming siblings. We are with you. We remain with you until we are all free.

Bending toward Justice, From Abolition to the Oval Office

"The arc of the moral universe is long," goes a quote often attributed to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., "but it bends towards justice.”
 
The famous quote's inspiration can be found in a much earlier sermon by the Rev. Theodore Parker, a Boston abolitionist and transcendentalist. Dan McKanan, a professor of American religion at Harvard Divinity School, sat down with WGBH News to discuss who Parker was and how his line ended up in a speech by King — and on the floor of the Oval Office.

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Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU) Collective

Formed in the wake of several conversations among Black UUs at the July 2015 Movement for Black Lives Convening in Cleveland, OH - the BLUU Organizing Collective works to provide support, information & resources for Black Unitarian Universalists. We also work to expand the role & visibility of Black UUs within our faith.

Call us today at 860-889-1062 for additional details regarding our spiritual and community gatherings