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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A Statement from the Reproductive Justice Commitee

RJstatementThe Reproductive Justice Committee is celebrating the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) 5-3 decision handed down today overturning the Texas abortion HB2 bill, which enacted TRAP laws throughout the state and shut down numerous clinics, hindering safe care for millions of Texan residents. Today’s decision is a big win for abortion access. It ruled that the Texas law requiring abortion providers to have hospital admitting privileges and requiring procedures to be performed at ambulatory surgical centers cause undue burden on women seeking care and are UNCONSTITUTIONAL! Refer to these links for more information:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/06/27/483686616/supreme-court-strikes-down-abortion-restrictions-in-texas

http://www.uua.org/pressroom/press-releases/uua-president-applauds-scotus-decision-reproductive-justice

http://myemail.constantcontact.com/STATEMENT–Women-of-Color-Applaud-Supreme-Court-Decision-.html?soid=1102470515351&aid=adl8kTN7g3Q

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Watch GA Live Video, June 22-26

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Check out this web page for a list of events that will be streamed lived for everyone:
http://www.uua.org/ga/off-site/2016

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Citizens for Swimming needs your help!

C4SEvery August since 1968, Graydon Pool has hosted summer day campers from Paterson for 3 afternoons a week for 3 consecutive weeks. These 9 days at Graydon provide a cool respite for these city kids with little, if any, opportunity to swim in their own community. Plus, thanks to the Ridgewood YMCA, the children receive swim instruction every day, providing them with water safety skills that will help keep them safe for a lifetime.

This year, C4S needs $110 per child to host the child for the full program. We need donations of money, new swimsuits, towels, and volunteers to make this work. Checks should be made payable to Citizens for Swimming. Checks can be left in C4S mailbox in Reeb. There will also be a drop-off box for donated items on the front porch at Reeb. Thank you!

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A Message from the Minister Regarding the Killings in Orlando

MNW_Ambasada_1webThe killings at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando are deeply painful at many levels and bring up deep emotions: sorrow for the lives lost; anger at the perpetrator; empathy with our GLBTQ sisters and brothers; despair at the realization that we live in a culture of prejudice and violence and a society drowning in firearms.

And frustration: Just two weeks ago the Ridgewood Village Council voted to join communities across the nation in marking June 2nd as Gun Violence Awareness Day.  Surely the 91 firearms deaths that occur each day (on average) continued in spite of this effort. But I sensed in Ridgewood and elsewhere that week a wider and less ideologically fraught awareness of the dangers of living in an over-armed society and the need to change the culture. These may still exist. But these are overwhelmed by the sheer agony of 49 deaths in one place and the politically obtuse or manipulative responses of politicians.

The President of the Unitarian Universalist Association, Peter Morales, has issued a statement, as has Standing on the Side of Love, the public face of UU social justice.

There are vigils planned around New Jersey. You may learn about these at
www.gardenstateequality.org/orlando.

The Ridgewood Interfaith Clergy will hold a vigil Saturday evening at 9:00 PM at Van Neste Park in the center of Ridgewood.

Finally, Ron Levy and I will incorporate into this Sunday’s service a time of remembrance for those who died in the attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando last Sunday.

To quote the funeral service:

“Our voices may be the voices of grief. But the language after which grief gropes is the language of love.”

Yours in faith,

The Rev. Dr. Anthony P. Johnson
Interim Minister

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The UU Softball Team Needs You!

softballTime: Sunday afternoons (time varies)
Location: Ridgewood Somerville School field
Requirements: Anyone looking to play ball and HAVE FUN!

If you are interested, please contact Mike Piemontesi or the USR office.

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