Sunday – 9/4/16 – NO SERVICE DUE TO LABOR DAY HOLIDAY! SEE YOU ON SEPT. 18TH!
Small Group Ministry — “Sacrifice” — led by Ken K.
Join us for more in-depth discussion and exploration of our monthly theme of “Sacrifice.”
Location: Weather permitting, Small Group will meet in Ken’s yard in Greenpoint Brooklyn. Click here for map.
Contact: Ken K.
WORSHIP SERVICE — “Sacrifice” — led by Ken K.
Join us for our twice-monthly worship service of song, sermon and sharing, during which we’ll explore September’s liturgical theme of “Sacrifice.”
Location: San Damiano Mission, 85 North 15th Street, Brooklyn NY 11222. Click here for map.
Contact: Ken K.
“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and, behold, service was joy.” — Rabindranath Tagore, Bengali polymath
PHOTOS/VIDEOS OF RECENT GATHERINGS — “BRIDGING” SERVICE & SUMMER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION
*NOTE: Our founding minister Rev. Ian White Maher — featured in this 2014 video — is no longer pastor of Original Blessing. Although we are now a lay-led congregation, we remain deeply indebted to Ian and his vision for us!
REGIONALIZATION: May 7, 2016 — Original Blessing board members Robin Bossert and Ken Kiesnoski traveled to Morristown, N.J. for the 2016 Metro New York District annual meeting on May 7. In addition to a good time being had by all — i.e., hobnobbing, worship service, luncheon, concert by Brother Sun and bookstore browsing — an important vote was taken on dissolving the district and merging with three neighboring ones to form the new Central East Region under the managerial auspices of the UUA. The move promises both savings and new resources thanks to economies of scale. Both OB votes were “yea” in favor. The motion passed by a near-unanimous vote. Read more about our new Central East Region — which runs from New York to West Virginia, and from Ohio to New Jersey — by visiting www.uua.org/central-east.
UU SUMMER CAMP PREVIEW: May 23, 2016 — Original Blessings Mary Cinadr and Ken Kiesnoski road-tripped it up to Camp Unirondack, a UU summer camp and conference facility in the lower Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, for a weekend of pitching in to prep the place for its summer programs. This facility is a possible venue for future OB team-building events and group getaways. Check it out for yourself (virtually) by visiting www.unirondack.org.
GREENPOINT CLEANUP DAY: June 11, 2016 — Adhering to its stated mission of “transforming our world” and “compassionate community,” Original Blessing participated in the Greenpoint Chamber of Commerce and Neighbors Allied for Good Growth street- and sidewalk-cleanup day June 11. Thanks to donations from local businesses, participants ended the four-hour event with donuts from Peter Pan Bakery and lunch from the Meatball Shop. The next “Curb Your Litter: Greenpoint“ event is scheduled for July 30. Let’s send a big crew to help improve the quality of life in our host community!
UUA GENERAL ASSEMBLY: Read Original Blessing board member Robin Bossert’s impressions from and thoughts on the Unitarian Universalist Association’s General Assembly for 2016 — “Heartland: Where Faiths Connect” — in Columbus, Ohio, held from June 22 to 26, here. Visit the event website at www.uua.org/ga for other news from the gathering.