At the Jamesport Meeting House
An open-minded, open-hearted spiritual community
Our worship services draw from diverse sources including science, poetry, scripture, and personal experience
At this time we are meeting on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month
When and why
At this time, as we breathe new life into our Fellowship, we're scheduling two worship services a month.
We meet on the 2nd and 4th Sunday at 10:30 a.m. - followed by coffee hour in the hospitality room.
Community Action -
Outreach to our local community:
Connecting incarcerated parents with their children through books & recorded readings.
Adopting a bee hive at Promise Land Apiaries in Mattituck.
Participating in the 1st annual Pride Parade in Greenport June 24, 2023
Collecting and distributing non-perishable food items for local pantries.
Connecting with the local Ukrainian church to lend our support to the Ukrainian people.
Sunday Worship Services
Next service -
Feb 25th at 10:30 a.m.
"A Stream of Light"
- Rev. Ben Bortin
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NOTE: Links to video archives of past services can be found by selecting 'Past Services' from the menu at the top of this site.
Order of Service
Order of Service - February 11, 2024
-check back on Friday
"A Stream of Light"
- Rev. Ben Bortin
February 25th an 10:30 a.m.
For centuries, people were told that human beings are innately evil, that an angry God
was going to send most of us to a fiery fate for the rest of time.
There then emerged a small religious group, the Universalists, who questioned whether a
truly merciful God would sentence human beings to an eternity of suffering.
Another religious movement, the Unitarians, came up with the idea that humanity,
which is capable of errors and unfortunately of gross evil, also has the capacity for good
– for caring actions, for achievements that benefits humankind, for love.
Both of these traditions celebrated freedom, including spiritual freedom.
Guided by certain common values, notably a belief in the inherent worth and dignity of every person,
human beings should be free to follow their own religious beliefs, without fear of reprisal.
The Unitarians and Universalists in this country merged in 1961.
Historian Conrad Wright has called this movement a “stream of light,” the title of one of his books.
The Eight Principles
Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote eight Principles, which we hold as strong values and moral guides. We live out these Principles within a “living tradition” of wisdom and spirituality, drawn from sources as diverse as science, poetry, scripture, and personal experience.
As Rev. Barbara Wells ten Hove explains, “The Principles are not dogma or doctrine, but rather a guide for those of us who choose to join and participate in Unitarian Universalist religious communities.”
1st Principle: The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
2nd Principle: Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
3rd Principle: Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
4th Principle: A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
5th Principle: The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
6th Principle: The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
7th Principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
*8th Principle: We covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.
The eight Principles and six Sources of the Unitarian Universalist Association grew out of the grassroots of our communities, were affirmed democratically, and are part of who we are.
In Unitarian Universalism, you can bring your whole self: your full identity, your questioning mind, your expansive heart.
Together, we create a force more powerful than one person or one belief system. As Unitarian Universalists, we do not have to check our personal background and beliefs at the door: we join together on a journey that honors everywhere we’ve been before.
Our beliefs are diverse and inclusive. We have no shared creed. Our shared covenant (our seven Principles) supports “the free and responsible search for truth and meaning.” Though Unitarianism and Universalism were both liberal Christian traditions, this responsible search has led us to embrace diverse teachings from Eastern and Western religions and philosophies.
Unitarian Universalists believe more than one thing. We think for ourselves, and reflect together, about important questions:
We are united in our broad and inclusive outlook, and in our values, as expressed in our seven Principles. We are united in shared experience: our open and stirring worship services, religious education, and rites of passage; our work for social justice; our quest to include the marginalized; our expressions of love.
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June 26 2022 marked one year since the passing of our founding member, wise, generous-in-every-way, Jere Jacob. We will always feel her loss and be grateful for her time with us.