We have transitioned to a new website at uucrt.org. You are currently on a live legacy page from our old site, which we have kept as some people may find it useful and informative. 

For information about the April 30 UUCRT Spiritual Arts and Consciousness Fair, click here: 


to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Rock Tavern (UUCRT)

The Rev. Chris J. Antal was installed as the Called and Settled Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Rock Tavern on Sunday, March 22, 2015

Please refer to the "Our Minister" page.

                                                                            Peace Advocacy Congregation


Welcome to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation
at Rock Tavern, a liberal religious community where members and friends gather to support each other in our spiritual journeys and to give service to the wider world of which we are a part.  We are a congregation of 73 voting members (and many friends who often attend services and participate in activities), and we have Lifespan Religious Exploration programs for children and adults.   

Our Sunday 
services start at 10:30 a.m. and are followed by a coffee hour.   Our address is 
9 Vance Road, Rock Tavern, NY  Our telephone number is 845-496-9696.  Our mailing address is:   P.O. Box 502 
Washingtonville, NY 


As a UUA-certified Welcoming Congregation, the UUCRT publicly welcomes lesbian, gay, and transgender people and 
honors their contributions to our community and to society.

The Unitarian Universalist Peace Ministry Network named the
Unitarian Universalist at Rock Tavern as the tenth official Peace Advocacy Congregation in September, 2015.

Check out the Volunteer Opportunities we have at the UUCRT!

See what's in our Art Gallery

We are a member congregation of the 

Unitarian Universalism is a liberal, non-creedal religion with seven Principles 
that guide the lives of Unitarian Universalists.  

We have a Facebook page  

The UUCRT Meetinghouse is used during weekdays by The Birch School.


THE CHALICE LIGHT is the official newsletter of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Rock Tavern.

May Newsletter:  

UUCRT May 2016 Chalice Light.pdf
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Mailing address: PO Box 502, Washingtonville, NY  10992-0502. Phone: (845) 496-9696.

Editor and email distribution:  John Kinney. Copy proofing and print distribution: Athena Drewes; webmaster: Jay Beaumont; jaybeaumont49@gmail.com

Website: http://www.uucrt.org

Please send news to: johnpkinney@hotmail.com   by the 15th of the month


'Writing from the Heart’ Group Forming

Are you someone who enjoys and finds meaning through writing?   If so, you are invited to join a writers’ circle dedicated to creating a safe space for finding your inner voice and sharing your gifts with others. Writing experience, proper spelling, and good grammar are not required. This is NOT a space for critique, advice, or judgment.  Rather, this is a group focused on listening, connecting, and deepening. The Writer’s Group will meet monthly to share writing (poetry, fiction, non-fiction, all styles welcome). Each month we will focus on a different theme, in line with the themes that we’ll be exploring together as a congregation. Please contact Terri Pahucki at tlpahucki@gmail.com to sign up.  Or speak with Terri, Amanda Crowell, or Kristen Holt-Browning for more info!  Time and place TBD based on participant schedules. 

May Services

Our Sunday services are held at 9 Vance Rd, Rock Tavern, NY at 10:30 am.  We welcome all seekers regardless of age, creed, race, ability/disability, class, sexual orientation and gender identity.

May 1: Blessing and Privilege

Rev. Chris J. Antal

May 8: Blessing the World

Terri Pahucki

 In our religious tradition, we are all called to offer blessing. How do we take up the power that is in our own hands?  What will we do with our gifts?

May 15: Spring Congregational Meeting

There will be a brief service at 10:30 a.m. followed by the Spring Congregational Meeting.  Help in this exercise of our Fifth Principle: “The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our member congregations and society at large.”

May 22: On Being Spiritually Tested 

Bill Domanico 

Can hardships become blessings?

May 29: Deep Remembering

Rev. Chris J. Antal

From Your Minister

Rev. Chris J. Antal

   Blessings come to us in many forms and from many sources. Each person who walks through the door of our congregation is a blessing. New people are a special blessing. I have been blessed by Mariah Foster and Jamie Capach, who became members in February, and by Jamie Cupolo, Steven Lopez, and Prisana Thunyahkulsajja, who became members this month. Each person in our community brings wonderful gifts as well as needs.

   Moving on and letting go can be a blessing. On April 12 I resigned my commission as an Army officer. This was a long time in coming and I am so glad the UUCRT has been able to accompany me through much of my military journey. Many of us have been distressed by the Administration’s unresponsiveness to pressures from citizens, including many members of the UUCRT, to increase transparency and accountability with U.S. drone strikes, and halt plans for a new nuclear cruise missile. The members of UUCRT have engaged in legislative advocacy on both of these issues. The outcome is troubling, but not discouraging. This personal decision does not lessen my commitment to support military personnel. In fact, I believe I can do more for our Armed Forces as an engaged citizen than as a military officer.

   Discovering new ways to serve is a blessing we give ourselves and others. In separating from the Army, I have followed my heart to volunteer on the UU Peace Ministry Network (UUPMN) Leadership Team. I was welcomed to the Committee, on the foundation of our outstanding application to the UUPMN Peace Advocate Congregation Program. I am pleased to serve our denomination in this vital capacity, and look forward to receiving our official certificate from them on behalf of the UUCRT at the upcoming General Assembly, in Columbus Ohio. I am also serving our local chapter of Veterans for Peace (Hudson Valley Chapter 177). We received our charter and it will soon be proudly displayed on the wall at the UUCRT.

   I hope you will take time this month to discover the blessings you have received and those you have to give. We bless each other by being fully present and responsive to our greatest gifts and deepest needs.

See you on Sunday,

Rev. Chris


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