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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.


 “Bread and Roses, Too” Events

Based on the book by Vermont author Katherine Paterson.

Sponsored by Vermont Humanities Council, Springfield Town Library, Tree Farm Campground, Springfield Food Co-op, Community Asylum Seekers Project & Springfield Unitarian Universalist Congregation.

Free copies of the book are available on the harvest table in the church foyer.

July 8th, 12 Noon:  Small Group Discussion after the service “Work is Love Made Visible.” We’ll be using the book as a touchstone for the discussion which will be facilitated by Rev. Mellen Kennedy. This will be a structured discussion in a safe and enjoyable small group Labor issues will be emphasized. Free books will be available thanks to Vermont Humanities Council. Held at the church. Free and open to the public.

August 11th, 5:30-9 pm: Campfire/Singalong with mini-play and potluck at Tree Farm Campground, which is donating their pavilion and adjoining field for this event. People will be able to camp in tents for the night for a special rate, $5 per tent (Reservations for camping required via uuspringfieldvt@gmail.com). Rev. Mellen Kennedy will organize a mini-play excerpt from the book with kids. Free copies of the book. Steve Crofter from CASP will speak about refugees while Laurel Green will help lead the singalong of labor and immigration songs. Free snacks donated by Springfield Food Co-op. It will be a fun, educational evening.  Free and open to the public.  Free-will donations accepted to  benefit CASP (Community Asylum Seekers Project). HELD RAIN OR SHINE UNDER THE PAVILION!

August 12th, 12 Noon: Small group discussion based on the service “Give Me  Your Tired, Your Poor.” Again we’ll be using the book as a touchstone for the discussion which will be facilitated by Rev. Mellen Kennedy. This will be a structured discussion in a safe and enjoyable small group. Immigration issues will be emphasized. Held at the church.  Free and open to the public. Held RAIN OR SHINE under the campground pavilion

September 13 at the Library, “Solidarity Forever: Songs of Unions and Labor ”  For centuries, working people have used songs to express protest and hope and as an organizing tool. In the U.S., the I.W.W (or Wobblies), which led the 1912 Bread and Roses strike, was especially known for its rousing and satirical songs, including the anthemic “Solidarity Forever.” Using live and recorded music, Mark Greenberg surveys American labor songs from the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution, through the Wobblies, and into the coal wars of the 1930.  Held at Springfield Town Library (time TBA), 43 Main Street, Springfield, VT.

September 26 at Springfield High School, Katherine Paterson, author of “Bread and Roses, Too,” will be speaking, 6:30 pm.

October 14 here at the UU Meeting House: Small group discussion on the Impact of the Textile Industry, 12 Noon.

The library will schedule additional “Bread and Roses, Too” programs later in the fall.

 

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