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the Unitarian Church of Staten Island The Rev. Darrell Berger, Minister
312 Fillmore Street
Staten Island, NY 10301
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Sunday, April 27

The third service in the Series on Compassion:

“Compassion is Central to Hinduism” • Service begins at 10:45 a.m.

Speaker: Sri Diraji Chaitanya

Music: Dr. Carolyn Clark

The virtue of compassion in Hinduism extends to all living beings and is a central concept in Hindu philosophy. Daya is defined as the value that treats all living beings (including human beings) as one's own self, wanting the welfare and good of the other living being.

The speaker: Sri Dhira Chaitanya, also known as Dr. Sundar Ramaswamy, has been teaching ancient Hindu tradition and Sanskrit for over thirty years and conducts ongoing classes in New York and the Tri-state area. He is the co-author of Purna Vidya, a twelve year program for teaching children Hindu tradition and culture. This curriculum, currently in its third edition, is being followed by over hundred schools in India and by hundreds of communities in children’s classes in over a dozen countries around the world. It has been translated into Tamil, Hindi and Gujarati. He has also authored a book on Bereavement and Final Rites in Hindu Tradition, which has been translated into Portuguese.


Sunday, May 4

“Carry the Flame: A Flower Communion for Our Children” • Service begins at 10:45 a.m.

In the pulpit: Rev. Darrell Berger
Speakers: Kate Howard, RE Kids, Parents and Teachers
Music: Dr. Carolyn Clark

Our elementary kids have spent the year exploring World Religions and the 7 Unitarian Universalist Principles. This morning, they will share highlights from their year and personal credos. We will affirm their accomplishments with a Flower Communion. Rev. Berger will offer a reflection on Norbert Capek who introduced the first Flower Communion in Czechoslovakia in 1923. Please bring a flower for the common vase. We will exchange flowers during this special ritual. You are invited to bring additional flowers for the children as a symbol of love and support.


Sunday, May 11

"Youth Lead: Youth Serve" • Service begins at 10:45 a.m.

Speakers: The UCSI Youth Group with Mary Hernandez, Viv Vassar and Kate Howard

The eighth through twelfth grade youth group will share highlights from their year, including service projects with The Amazing Kids Connection, hosting the SASSY District Youth Conference and experiencing the Global Gateway Program at Heifer International Overlook Farm.

We will hold a Bridging Ceremony for our graduating seniors, Delia Vassar-Semanchik and Abraham Jacobs. In honor of Mother's Day, we will offer a blessing for the mothers in the community

Sunday, May 18

“Carry the Flame: A Flower Communion for Our Children” • Service begins at 10:45 a.m.

In the pulpit: Rev. Darrell Berger
Music: Dr. Carolyn Clark

Rev. Berger says, "When I interviewed to be your minister, I answered the question “What is your theology?” by saying “I am a Transcendentalist.” Little did I know that this congregation may be the only one ever created specifically by Transcendentalists! What did that mean in 1852, when our church was founded? What does it mean now?"

We will also recognize new members at this worship. If you have not signed the membership book and would like to, please tell Rev. Berger or Membership Chair Maureen Curran. You can also reach membership co-chairs Maureen Curran and Sarah Dolinar at


Sunday, May 25

Islam: The fourth service in the Series on Compassion:

“In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful" • Service begins at 10:45 a.m.

Speaker: Ghanim Khalil

Music: Dr. Carolyn Clark

In Islam, divine compassion is expressed by the expansive courtyard of the mosque, which invites all of humanity to worship the Creator who, in the Holy Qur'an, is so often called the Compassionate, the Merciful.

The speaker: Ghanim Khalil is a British born Muslim of Pakistani descent, a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and New York Army National Guard, a peace activist, a lover of the natural world, and a student of world history and religion. He is currently a resident of Staten Island, New York.

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