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THE WHOLE UNIVERSE IS IN LOVE WITH YOU


Original Blessing is a growing lay-led Unitarian Universalist spiritual community based in Brooklyn. We love our city — the vitality, the culture, the excitement, the food — but we also recognize that people can feel lost and lonely amid all the opportunity and excitement. Our purpose is to create a deeper sense of relationship among our neighborhoods by helping people develop their spiritual lives and serve the community in ways that creates a greater sense of justice. Come check us out. Don’t worry; we’re dogma-free! Join us in song or community service. Give a sermon. Share an idea. This is B.Y.O.B. — “Bring Your Own Beliefs” — Religion. At Original Blessing, you’re welcome … home.

What the heck is Unitarian Universalism?

Robin Bossert’s report from the UUA General Assembly 2016

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Gatherings

(*E-mail us for more info on any of the upcoming events). 


Sunday – 12/11/16 – 6 p.m.berries

Small Group Ministry 

Join us to break bread and engage in in-depth discussion, celebration and worship with Original Blessing director Lou Miller.

Location: Original Blessing’s weekly Small Group Ministry gatherings are hosted by members in their homes. Director Lou Miller will host us at his home near Prospect Park (Q train to Parkside Avenue station).

For more information, contact: Lou Miller

 


 

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT/VOLUNTEERISM

“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

Click here for videos of musical content from Summer Solstice Celebration


 

Who we are

*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!


 

News/Info

rsz_120160507_153652-1REGIONALIZATION: 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.

 


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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 litter“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.

Welcome and Opening Celebration. Photo © 2016 Nancy Pierce/UUA

Photo © 2016 Nancy Pierce/UUA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Lay Sermons

Click on a sermon to read …

“The Dreadlock Incident” — Lou M. — 7/10/16

On Covenant — Stina S. — 4/3/16

On Love – Katrina B. – 2/21/16 

On Transformation – Robin B. – 12/6/15 

On Vulnerability – Ken K. – 10/18/15


 

 

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