Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Somerset Hills

Open minds, loving hearts, helping hands


Worship: The Struggle is Real

Author Avianca Bouchedid, Written Jul 26, 2016


Please join us this Sunday, July 31st at 10:00 a.m. for a service led by Rev. Jennifer Kelleher.

Music: Kate Gelperin

The phrase “The Struggle is Real” is often used ironically to express the gravity of an experience or hardship, sometimes substituting the also oft-used “firstworldproblems”. But many of us are truly struggling right now with an ever increasing awareness of the violence and inequalities present in our country. We are holding love, care and fear we have for our friends and family who are police men and women and other first responders; as well as our friends and family who are people of color and disproportionately harmed by the criminal justice system; as well as friends and family who are both: people of color and serve with the police. As people of faith we are called to hold the inherent worth and dignity of every person, and we are also called to being change agents in the societies and institutions we take part. Our arms are full. As our are hearts and spirits. Yet in all that fullness, it is good to know we have one another to find strength–not only to hold but also move forward in making a difference. Join us this Sunday as we struggle together, mourn together, sing together, reflect together, pray together and find strength together.

A special note: it is also important we create joy together to sustain our spirits. This weekend is National Dance Day! For anyone who would like to join Rev. Jennifer, we will learn the National Dance Day Dance Together in Fellowship Hall after service! Here is a link to the choreography: