Lay leaders are in charge of conducting the weekly Sunday worship services, other than delivering the message, which is done by the week’s guest speaker. Several times a year we also have a service which is designed and conducted by one or more lay leaders, without a guest speaker.
Anyone who regularly attends can join the roster of lay leaders and bring his or her special touch to our worship services. Some prefer to participate only as ushers and coffee-hour hosts.
Our guest speakers/preachers are ordained and lay men and women from diverse religious backgrounds, including other religions — Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim — and many Christian denominations — Baptist, Episcopal, Lutheran, Mennonite, Methodist, Presbyterian, Reformed Church in America, Roman Catholic, United Church of Christ, Unitarian Universalist and Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches.
We often welcome preachers who are graduates of the New York Theological Seminary program at Sing Sing prison (www.risinghope.org) or who are affiliated with Exodus Transitional Community, an ex-offender support program.
We’ve also been addressed by hospital chaplains and seminary faculty and students. On a few occasions, members fill the pulpit, speaking about worship, community, or their own spiritual journeys.
We hope and expect that our speakers will occasionally stir controversy, and we always appreciate the thinking and reflection they stimulate, the insight and strength they offer, and their inspirations for our day-to-day lives.
For a list of upcoming and recent guest speakers, click on Events, above, and then on Speakers & Special Music.