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Recent Past Services

May 12th at 10:30

"The Nurturer Within"

      - Rev. Ben Bortin

There are few things in this life more endearing than an adult’s genuine love and care for a child.

That being said, many of us are put off by the over-simplifications,

commercialization and sheer mawkishness of Mother’s Day.

While some of us were fortunate enough to be very close with our mothers,

others have more complicated relationships.

Some are alienated altogether. Life can be messy.
Whether one is biologically related to the child or not, what goes into nurture?

And is it possible to nurture ourselves?

Video archive of this service here:

https://youtu.be/Bys3d19-BUE

April 28th at 10:30

"In Love with the World"

- Rev. Ben Bortin

A celebration of Earth Day, just past.

It will be an appreciation of our wonderful world, as well as ways we literally can and must save the world.

(With a late assist from Louis Armstrong.)

Archive video can be found here:

https://youtu.be/moMSwtwCdag

April 14th at 10:30

"Truth, Half Truth, and Something but the Truth"

            - Rev. Ben Bortin

Ours is a truth-seeking religious movement. 

How do we pursue and uphold truth, in an age, we are told, rife with disinformation?

Video archive of this service is available here:

https://youtu.be/Fm8kPeJ8vAQ

March 14th at 10:30

"Moral Courage and Hope

                 – Palm Sunday and Easter"

            - Rev. Ben Bortin

Palm Sunday and Easter each address profound meanings, ones that transcend religious boundaries.

Palm Sunday presents the challenge … how much are we willing to risk on behalf of our most cherished ideals?

Easter upholds hope, even in the wake of tragedy, even in troubled times.

A Unitarian Universalist exploration and celebration of these two holy days.

An Orientation to UUism follows the service.

NOTE: This Sunday -

   Spring Clothing Drive for donations to Ukraine - new or gently used.

Video recording of this service found here:

https://youtu.be/uBsEya5WzpA


March 10th at 10:30

"Three Remarkable Women"

     - Rev. Ben Bortin

It’s hardly a news flash that the achievements of women have been undersung.

  A look, today, at three extraordinary women:

–  Louisa May Alcott, a Unitarian,

-  Rev. Olympia Brown, a Universalist, and

-  Mary Louise Booth from nearby Yaphank.

Video recording of this service found here:

https://youtu.be/6Gjvl4Y2ioU

February 25th at 10:30

"A Stream of Light"

            - Rev. Ben Bortin

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.

Video archive of this service available here:

https://youtu.be/teNz25UoNyM

February 11th at 10:30

"The Ache and the Wonder"

Returning Guest Speaker - Joel Usher

Poet, Singer and Guitarist

Words and Songs about my dance with

Co-dependency, Fathering and Self-discovery … so far”

Video recording of this service:

https://youtu.be/ZV2760YK8Uk

January 28th at 10:30 a.m.

"Mozart and Spirituality"

Rev. Ben Bortin

To paraphrase theologian Karl Barth, when angels are praising God, they play only Bach.

But when they are performing for one another, they play Mozart.

For many of us on earth, certainly me, little rivals sublime music for conveying the experience of spirituality. 

That is, in my case, decidedly so for Mozart, whose 268th birthday is this weekend.

We are honored that violinists Daniel Gladstone and his student Jay Chen, will be with us  to perform a Mozart selection.

Video recording of this service:

https://youtu.be/SxiO7iKoxoU


January 14th at 10:30 a.m.

Our Annual Service for Rev Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

"Stepping up Morally"

Guest speaker: Sylvia Daley

Sylvia’s broad interests include:

Serving on Southold Town’s Anti-bias Task Force.

Creating a multimedia production on reggae music.

Activist volunteer. 

Her past work is vast;

 Local B & B Innkeeper,

United Nations Economic Development  Officer,

and much more.

Video recording of this service:

https://youtu.be/L4h22z4Ueqo

Reflections on 2023:

Dear Members & Friends of the North Fork UU Fellowship,

We are grateful for every guest speaker who has shared their inspiring messages with us.

Looking over our newspaper ads for past services, you will find a reflection of our values.

We have special gratitude for Rev Ben Bortin, our part time minister.

Rev Ben’s sermons inform, inspire, and continually make us proud to be Unitarian Universalists.

We are gratified that newcomers have found our Fellowship to be a place that offers community,

a warm welcome to all and a respite from heart aches that surround us in our daily lives.

Wishing all a new year in which you find spiritual nourishment, hope, and many moments of joy.

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