The Springfield UU Meetinghouse is continuing to function at full tilt on-line! We have had many meetings, groups and services on-line using Zoom these past weeks. It’s wonderful to stay connected. At the on-line “Tea Time” I hosted, the ten of us who were on the call enjoyed seeing each other and sharing stories and experiences. We were finding a lot of silver linings in the current changes. One person said she missed being with people and it was heart-warming to be able to see and talk with her friends electronically. The technology has been such a great blessing that has enabled us to keep going. – Rev. Mellen Kennedy
We’ll be posting Zoom links to our services and events below in the designated sections.
Information for joining our Zoom services:
By Telephone +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
Meeting ID: 613 077 9853
“Nurturing the Spirit, Healing the World”
The Unitarian Universalist Church in Springfield has been a voice for liberal religion for over 200 years.
We are a welcoming and supportive community for people of all ages. We value the open mind and encourage each person to question and develop their own faith. We love a warm heart and generous spirit. Together, we seek the creation of a more loving and just world, and aspire to live sustainably on the Earth.
Please join us!
“Your Mind Is a Garden”
Sunday, August 16, 10 AM
On-Line Worship Service
with Sharon Mueller , Rev. Robyn Carpenter, and Friends
Summer services held on the first and third Sundays of July and August at 10 am.
Vespers planned for Sunday, August 30, 6 pm IN PERSON Outdoors at the Meetinghouse
.Zoom info for all services:
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Or by phone, dial +1 646 558 8656 US
Meeting ID: 613 077 9853
Who Will We Be Post Pandemic?
Friends on the Path Discussion Group
In these interesting times, we need not feel isolated or despairing. Finding ways to connect with others through on-line groups can be not just a life-line, but an inspiration! At the Springfield UU Meetinghouse, we have launched four groups, “Who Will We Be Post Pandemic?” which have been meeting on Zoom twice a month since April. The groups offer an opportunity for friendship, support and spiritual growth, in an open, non-coercive environment that allows us to explore the challenges and the gifts of this pandemic time. These groups are facilitated by a trained leader and have a set of relational ground rules to create a safe, respectful environment. The groups are interfaith, open to everyone, and have become an important touch stone for their members. In the words of participants:
“Being part of this informative group of people has helped me to process both the present and future impact of Covid 19 in a warm and supportive environment.” – Toni Streeter
“I really value the time together in our little group, we really love, respect and genuinely care for one another, we feel safe to share what’s on our minds and in our hearts. I feel the compassion, good humor and support of each one and always learn something new.” – Gretchen McCabe
“The virtual meetings provided a surprising amount of intimacy, even on Zoom, and we participants were able to discuss almost as freely as if we were just sitting around a table, as in days of old.” – Melissa MacKenzie
There are still a few openings in the group held every other Wednesday afternoon from 3-4:15 pm on Zoom. If interested please contact email@example.com.
ANNOUNCING LIMITED IN PERSON OUTDOOR SOCIAL
GATHERINGS OUTDOORS AT THE MEETINGHOUSE
We’re so pleased to be able to offer some in person social gatherings for members and friends outdoors at the Meetinghouse this summer. Thanks to our “COVID Team” of Ellen Allman, Pat Callahan and Diane Kemble who have reviewed the Governor’s requirements and advice as well as other health recommendations to make these events as safe as possible.
The events will require social distancing, no shared food, and, following protocols. We understand there will be people who do not feel comfortable or safe joining in, and we support each person’s decision to do what is right for them. Further details will be in future newsletters and on our facebook page. The list of events is:
July 18: The Party You Never Got: Marking Milestones in the Pandemic – 5 pm.
August 15: Social Gathering at the Meetinghouse – 5 pm. Raindate: 8/16
August 30: Vespers gathering at the Meetinghouse – 6 pm Sponsored by the Caring Committee.
Guidelines for events during the time of COVID-19:
The Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse
Feeling Sick? Come back another day.
Wear a Face Mask.
Stay at least 6 feet apart.
Use hand sanitizer. (Two bathrooms available to wash your hands.)
Kitchen not available at this time.
Let’s help each other stay safe!