Welcome!

windowThe Unitarian Society of Ridgewood is a place where you will find inspiration in the richness of diverse beliefs and the power of community. We offer one Sunday service each week at 10:00am as well as Religious Education for children and youth.

Visitors are always welcome! We have visitors at nearly every service throughout the year. Please click here for more information on attending Sunday Services and activities.

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Society Auction — Saturday, January 28, 2017

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USR’s “New and Improved” Society Auction will take place on Saturday, January 28, 2017. This year’s Society Auction will focus on fellowship, food, and fun experiences. We have many changes in store… This year, all offerings will be auctioned live! There will be no Silent Auction. We’ll start with a social hour, where you can catch up with friends and purchase tickets for the Revamped Raffles (details coming soon). Next comes the Live Auction which, as always, will focus on experiences — dinners, picnics, hikes, tours, shows, lessons, services, etc. Afterwards, enjoy dessert and coffee while you pay your bill (by check or Paypal) and collect your raffle prizes. We will begin accepting Society Auction offerings on November 1st – CLICK HERE to make your donation online. The deadline for offers is December 31st. And new this year, this is a HARD deadline. There will be no late additions and no addendum.

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Fountain of Youthful Music Fundraiser – November 19

fountainconcertPlease join us on Saturday, November 19th, 7:30 p.m. for a USR Fundraiser entitled “Fountain of Youthful Music.”  USR Member, Mitchell Milch and his music ensemble will perform songs from his debut CD: “Late Bloomer Boomer.”  This evening of songs and stories, that will exercise your range of emotional expression, is a fundraiser to support the social and political causes sponsored by The Unitarian Society of Ridgewood.  Todd Urban, Mark Meding and Chris Byers will join Mitchell for an evening of musical entertainment.

Wine, coffee and dessert will be served.  Advance Registration is $15.00 and $20.00 at the door.  Please reserve your tickets by Wednesday, November 16th.  Click here for online payment.

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UUA President Offers Pastoral Message on The Election

uua_keep_heart_flagRev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), offered the following pastoral message as he reflects on the election:

“The election is finally over. Most of us are shocked, even horrified, by the results. We live in a nation whose deep divisions have been exposed. The wounds of this election will not heal soon. Many of us are emotionally exhausted and deeply offended by what we have experienced.

This is a time to take a deep breath and a long view. Our role as religious progressives committed to democracy, compassion and human dignity is to help bend our culture toward justice. Think of issues like marriage equality and civil rights. The laws change when attitudes change. Our role is to help change attitudes, to lead by example.

Fear, anger, racism and xenophobia have created fertile ground for demagogues. Our voice is going to matter in the coming years. Our role, as always, will be to be a powerful voice for compassion and civil rights. Perhaps, at times, we may even be called upon to join with others to resist flagrant injustice.
For now, let us reflect and draw strength from one another. Together we can recover. Together we can shape the future.”

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Save the Date for the 2016 Craft Fair!

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25th Annual Holiday Crafts in Ridgewood

Shop hand-made crafts for the holidays with prices to suit every budget. Items include jewelry, pottery, hand made cards, original art & photography and functional woodenware to name a few. The event is held at The Unitarian Society of Ridgewood, 113 Cottage Place, Ridgewood, NJ 07450 on Friday, November 18th with reception from 7:00-9:30 pm and Saturday, November 19th from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. The two-day event is a fund-raiser with free admission benefitting the Youth Development Program C.A.M.P. in Paterson, NJ.

For information, call 201-444-6225
Contact: Marcy Cagan

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Religious Education Open House

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Have you ever wanted to invite a friend to the Society, but never found the right time? Do you have a coworker or neighbor who you think is really a Unitarian Universalist at heart? Do your kids’ friends wonder why they have to promptly leave Saturday night sleepovers to make RE on Sunday morning? Invite them to our RE Open House on October 2! Everyone will start in Anderson for a Time for All Ages, then visiting children will join their age-appropriate RE Class, while visiting parents will meet with Johanna to learn about our religious education program and have all their RE-related questions answered. Rev. Tony will be available to meet with visitors after the service to offer a broader perspective on congregational life at USR. Please contact Johanna at usr.dre1@gmail.com or 207-409-6192 for more info.

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