Sunday ServicesUnless otherwise noted, all Services begin at 10:30am
Torture in Our Backyard
—presented by Claire Deroche of UUCSR. Solitary confinement beyond 15 days has been declared torture by the United Nations in its Mandela Rules and by hundreds of faith communities. Yet the practice persists. Why? What can people of faith do to end this cruel and inhumane practice? We will examine the ethical roots of resistance to this practice as well as concrete actions we can take to end “Torture in Our Backyard.”
Claire Deroche is Social Justice Coordinator for the UU Congregation at Shelter Rock (UUCSR). She provides support to congregational social justice initiatives and collaborates with local faith communities and grassroots organizations.
— Marian Russo, will speak about how UU Principles inform her work in the field of affordable housing. Marian is an attorney with experience in helping moderate income first time home-buyers purchase homes and currently administers an affordable housing program, sits on the advisory board of the Institute for Attainable Homes, and is a member and former President of both the Association of Long Island Housing Agencies and the Long Island Community Development Organization.
– Presented by UUGSB’s spiritual leader, Damon Governa, MDiv.
“Called to Interdependence”
– Presented by Brian Snow, MDiv.
Our 7th principle, of respect for the interdependent web of existence, calls us to sacrifice the myth of individualism. We’ll explore how this principle can guide us towards interdependence, as well as how interdependence can liberate us from dependence.
Brian Snow is a Candidate for Ministerial Fellowship with the UUA. He works as an interfaith chaplain for a nursing care organization in Lowell, MA. Before living in Massachusetts, he lived in Lancaster, PA, where he graduated from the Lancaster Theological Seminary. He is also a musician and father of two brilliant and conscientious teenagers.
Pressing the Reset Button
–Present by Valerie Freseman, MDiv