Worship at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark
"The word "worship" is an old English term that means to ascribe worth to something, to shape things of worth. When we come together on Sunday for "worship," we come together to ascribe worth to our lives and community. We intend to create some kind of shared and worthwhile experience. Sharing in worship with others helps us declare, celebrate and affirm what is of worth in our lives and in the world.
Worship is the celebration of life in its heights and in its depths - intimate, intense, and ultimate.
Worship happens when there is a deep sense of connectedness with other persons, with the natural world, or with the transcendent." -J. Wheeler
In UU worship services, we focus on naming, reflecting, and acting upon those things which give our own lives worth and meaning. For example, the divine can be found in Nature, in music and art, in community service, in social justice. For some, the divine can be found in our neighbors’ faces. We may or may not worship a god, but we come together IN worship to share, to relate, to connect with each other in community.
Our Unitarian Universalist worship honors the diverse ways
that people identify and relate to the divine.
Our worship draws wisdom and inspiration from sources as diverse as science, poetry, scripture, and personal experience, and include:
- Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life;
- Words and deeds of prophetic people which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love;
- Wisdom from the world's religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life;
- Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God's love by loving our neighbors as ourselves
- Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit;
- Spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.