|Rev. Darrell Berger
“A Study Guide to UU Principles”
Rev. Darrell Berger, UCS, March 2015
This month we will begin a series of sermons on the seven principles of Unitarian Universalism. I will preach a sermon on each, which will be followed by a lay-led service on the same principle. You may be asked to share a five-minute presentation on one of the principles from your personal experience. If you are asked, I hope you will accept.
The following are excellent study guides. They may be obtained from Skinner House. Simply search “Skinner House” on line or at uua.org
“The Premise and The Promise” by Warren R. Ross is the history of the UUA from its formation in 1961 through 2000. If you want to know how two very individualistic denominations got together, and the struggles along the way, this is the book.
“With Purpose and Principle” edited by Rev. Edward Frost (1998), begins with a brief and very useful introduction of how our purposes and principles came to be. Short essays on each principle, each written by a distinguished UU minister, follow
“The Seven Principles in Word and Worship” edited by Ellen Brandenburg (2007), follows a similar format, but calls on ministers of the next generation, and also includes supporting readings. It is of great use to those planning worship services with the principles.
We will continue with the principles series, while allowing for various traditional Sundays and other guests. We will conclude the series in the fall.
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About Our Minister
Rev. Berger was born in Toledo, Ohio and attended Vanderbilt University and Divinity School. He has over 25 years experience as a UU minister, mostly serving on a full-time basis. He has served churches in North Carolina and Massachusetts.
Closer to Staten Island he has served the Fourth Universalist Society in Manhattan and until now as a Halftime Consulting minister at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Essex County in Orange, NJ. He has experience with smaller congregations and historical buildings.
"This will be the fourth congregation I've served with an historic church building," Rev. Berger said. "The task of ministry to the building and the congregation is the same: carefully maintain what still works and renovate what doesn't."
He enjoys preaching and his topics range widely, always returning to the central themes of social justice equality. "Theologically, I'm a Transcendentalist," Rev. Berger said. "Emerson used Buddhism and poetry to help realize an American spirituality that bends toward justice. I try to follow that path."
He is also an expert on baseball history and memorabilia and has co-written books with former players Roy White and Mitch Williams. He has been a featured speaker at the New York City Chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), speaking on "Baseball Players as Human Beings."
He lives in Jersey City with his wife, two dogs and two cats.
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Contact Rev. Berger:
Church Office: 718-447-2204
Email: minister -at- uucsi.org
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