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Guest In Your Pulpit - Deb Ellis

Deb Ellis is a member of the UU in Montclair, NJ, and chair of its Worship Committee. Because of her work as a social justice lawyer, she have become an accomplished public speaker. Her sermons are oriented to incorporating UU values into everyday life.

Titles of programs/sermons and a brief statement of content on each:

  • Gratitude as a Spiritual Practice – This service explores the philosophy of spiritual practices, specifically how to cultivate gratitude to deepen our spiritual lives and build the common good. I also teach a mealtime grace from our UU family camp that my family has used for over a decade.
  • Celebrating Sabbath -- “If people could observe a weekly day of rest 2,000 years ago in the desert, when they were eking out survival, why do I, with all of my modern time-saving conveniences, feel that a Sabbath is impossible?” Drawing from Jewish philosophy and practice of Sabbath- keeping, I explore how UUs can create a weekly “sanctuary of time” for the radical act of simply being. Celebrating the ancient commandment to rest can deepen our spiritual lives and our relationship with others.

Availability: Anytime of the year, within 125 miles of Montclair, NJ.

Fee arrangements: Negotiable with your congregation. Would appreciate home hospitality if distance is an issue.

Contact: Email Deb Ellis at