Jamestown, N.Y. – A consultant with the Unitarian Universalist Association (UAA) and former member of the Congregational Life Staff of the Central East Region of the UUA is the presenter at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown (UUCJ) virtual service on Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 10:30 a.m.
Mark Bernstein’s topic is “The Hunger to Belong.”
Bernstein says that healthy congregations do more than create a welcoming environment: They create a culture of belonging. To truly belong means to bridge the gulf between isolation and intimacy. He asks: “How are we helping to create a culture of belonging in our congregation and what more do we need to do to feed the hunger to belong?”
The message addresses the third principle that Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote: “Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations.”
In his capacity with the UUA, Bernstein served as consultant to congregations, assisting with training, presentations and facilitation of congregational meetings and events, and presently serves as adjunct consultant. A member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County in Media, Pa., he also has a career in the field of disabilities. He has worked as direct support staff, administrator and trainer for several agencies in the Philadelphia area. Currently he leads a train the trainer course throughout the state of Virginia that focuses on ways to create supportive, nurturing, respectful environments for people with disabilities so as to enrich and enhance their quality of life.
Because of COVID-19 limitations, UUCJ Sunday services are currently virtual instead of at its 1255 Prendergast Avenue location. Anyone is welcome to participate by emailing UUJamestown@gmail.com to receive a Zoom link for the 10:30 a.m. service. The link goes out as part of “This Week at UUCJ” on Friday afternoon, but you can request to join until the start of the service on Sunday.
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown is a progressive, liberal religious community serving the southern tier of Western New York and Warren County, Pa. The UUCJ’s mission is to promote and provide a community where diverse people of all ages may explore the meaning of existence, give expression to liberal religious values, and work for a just, sustainable society.