Debbie Diegoli

Mar 302020
 

Friday, April 3, First Friday Film Discussion, 7 pm 

Fantastic Fungi offers a journey into the magical earth beneath our feet: an underground network of mycelium that can heal and save our planet.
You can rent the film here for $4.99:
https://fantasticfungi.com/connect/

If You are not able to or don’t want to rent it, instead You can watch these related TED talks for free:
https://blog.ted.com/your-weekend-reading-the-purpose-of-life-an-excellent-mushroom-timelapse/
https://www.ted.com/talks/paul_stamets_6_ways_mushrooms_can_save_the_world
https://www.ted.com/talks/louie_schwartzberg_nature_beauty_gratitude

We’ll meet online via Zoom to discuss this film during our usual “First Friday Film” slot, April 3rd at 7 pm.

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Thursday, April 9: Tea Time with Sharon Mueller, 3 pm via Zoom

Make yourself a cup of your favorite hot beverage and cozy up to your computer or phone to have a chat with Sharon Mueller and other friends via Zoom.   Enjoy tea and conversation (and get your IT questions about zoom answered at the same time.)  This will be a great way to keep connected during these unusual times..

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Tuesday, March 31, Friends on the Path small group discussion: “What Are We Afraid of? Looking at Death” with Rev. Mellen , 3-4:15 pm

Mar 302020
 

April 5: Sunday Service with Rev. Mellen Kennedy and Qayyum Johnson, “The Silly Side of Resilience: An April Fool’s Celebration”

The words “silly” and “resilience” come from the same root meaning health or well-being.  In recognition of April Fool’s Day, we’ll explore the connection between humor and our well-being particularly in these challenging times.
 
Bio: Qayyum Johnson is a bricolage poet/writer, sculptor, sound & video artist & ordinary person. He was an organic vegetable farmer and resident Zen student at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center / Green Dragon Zen Temple for more than ten years. Qayyum has studied & practiced myriad spiritual paths, served on an interfaith street chaplaincy board. 

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March 22: Service with Rev. Mellen Kennedy via Zoom,  Link:    https://zoom.us/j/6130779853

March 29: “In Grief and Love, We Need Each Other” with Charis Boke and Rev. Mellen Kennedy, via Zoom.  https://zoom.us/j/987611874

In her poem Wild Geese, Mary Oliver invites us: “tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.” In this simple line is contained a deep truth, which is that all around us, our companions on this planet are carrying secret pains that we may know nothing of. And that we ourselves might be reluctant to share our own. The other thing this invitation offers is an opportunity-to connect, through a shared understanding that suffering and grief and despair are as intimate and perhaps as necessary a part of existence as anything else. And that in our connections we may be liberated into a gentler way of being together. Today’s service will explore the relationship between grief, connectedness, and thriving.
Feb 172020
 


Sunday, March 1: Introduction to Meditation with Suiko McCall,  12-1 pm

In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, the body is considered to be the gateway to enlightenment — to fully experience the body is to fully experience awareness and our own most direct path to profound spiritual transformation.
Come and rejuvenate your body, mind, and soul.
The only requirement for this class is that you bring your body. All welcome!

Suiko McCall is a painter, video maker, social sculptor, and founder & abbess of the Art Monastery. The Art Monastery, located in Springfield, aims to cultivate personal awakening and cultural transformation through contemplation, creativity, and community.

March 7: First Friday Film “Tomorrow” 7 pm

Tai Chi Classes with Sue Rubel are Finished for the Winter Session

If health advisories permit, they will resume on Monday, April 27 – we will confirm this closer to that date.

Tai chi can improve your balance, help improve body alignment and bring a new sense of coordination. Instructor Sue Rubel is certified by Tai Chi Vermont. Please wear comfortable clothing, flat shoes. No charge. All welcome – all abilities! No experience necessary. Held at the Meetinghouse, on Mondays through March 30th.

Tuesday, March 24: Spiritual Practices Small Group Discussion 4 pm via Zoom

In this facilitated discussion, we’ll talk about multiple ways to increase spiritual wellness. All welcome.
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Wednesday, March 25: Meditation with Suiko McCall, 5 pm via Zoom

We’ll demonstrate the basics of meditation – suitable for all
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Thursday, March 26: Tea Time with Sharon Mueller, 3 pm via Zoom

Make yourself a cup of your favorite hot beverage and cozy up to your computer or phone to have a chat with Sharon Mueller and other friends via Zoom.   Enjoy tea and conversation (and get your IT questions about zoom answered at the same time.)  This will be a great way to keep connected during these unusual times..

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Saturday, March 29, “Comfort Food” Fundraising Dinner, 6 pm-via Zoom

Make your favorite comfort food and join us for dinner conversation online via Zoom.  We’ll share favorite recipes, comfort food stories, and how we’re holding steady and even thriving.  It’s such a beautiful time of yer as the signs of Spring and new and returning life appear.  Join with us to celebrate!

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Tai Chi Winter Session   ~ Weekly on Mondays through  March 30, 5-6 pm

Tai chi can improve your balance, help improve body alignment and bring a new sense of coordination. Instructor Sue Rubel is certified by Tai Chi Vermont. Please wear comfortable clothing, flat shoes. No charge. All welcome – all abilities! No experience necessary. Held at the Meetinghouse, on Mondays through March 30th. 

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Book Discussion: “The Book of Delights” by Ross Gay, Sunday, February 23, 11:45 am

Our February selection is a collection of short essays describing daily delights during a single year in the author’s life.. He records the small joys that are often overlooked in our busy culture. It’s the perfect remedy for cabin fever!  Feeling overwhelmed by the barrage on negative and upsetting news?  This uplifting collection will help You train yourself to notice what’s delightful in your own life, and in so doing, help You feel more appreciative and resilient.  The book has been highly recommended by both Buffy and Charis Boke. A few copies of the book are for sale at the Meetinghouse at our cost, $12 each. If interested please pay Deb in the church office.
Deb Diegoli and Tina Feindel will facilitate the discussion.

To give Yourself a lift right now, here’s a link to a 4 minute clip of the author talking about and reading from the book. It’s really lovely!!
.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcLEwL4WQnc.


CANCELLED: Film, “Harriet Tubman, They Called Her Moses” February 7

This film has been cancelled due to the weather.

Discover the real Harriet Tubman in this compelling documentary narrated by Alfrelynn Roberts and featuring expert interviews with leading scholars, Dr. Eric Lewis Williams of the Smithsonian Institute and Carl Westmoreland of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. It also features remarkable early 20th century audio recordings of African-American spirituals sung by former slaves.  Doors open at 6:45; film begins at 7 pm. Free admission and popcorn.

Games & Crafts Night, Saturday, February 8, 6:30-8:30 pm

Join us for a fun evening of games and crafting on a Saturday evening. Bring a craft, knitting, mending project, Valentines cards . . . Bring your own game  – or play one of ours. All welcome!

Souper Sunday, February 9, After the Service

 The Caring Committee is sponsoring Souper Sunday on February 9th. This is a   time to gather after the Service and share soup and bread as well as conversation.   This will be Rev. Mellen’s last Sunday with us before she takes he sabbatical leave   for 2 months.  Soup and bread will be $4 (no charge for visitors). Join us!

 Psychedelics Discussion Group, Sunday, February 9. 1-2 pm

Last year, a bunch of us read “How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression and Transcendence.”, as part of the Meetinghouse Book Group. We were so impressed by the book that some of us are continuing to meet and discuss.  On Feb. 9, we’ll watch a short half an hour video, hopefully hear from one among us who recently did an ayahuasca ceremony, discuss possibly bringing a Holotropic Breathwork person to speak at the Meetinghouse, consider books and article for future reading, and whatever else is on you heart and mind.  All welcome.  For more info, contact Rev. Mellen, mellenken@aol.com

 Coffee House Music: Jay Doucette, Saturday, February 15, 7 pm

(Rescheduled from January 18th.)
Please come and enjoy the music and the delightful refreshments. No  admission fee. Doors open at 6:30, music starts at 7 pm. You’ll be able to     purchase delicious snacks and beverages.  Held at the UU Meetinghouse at 21   Fairground Rd, Springfield, VT. All welcome!
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February 23: “Don’t Have a Cow, Now.” with Rev. Buffy Boke 

We are all deeply concerned about the effects of a warming planet on our lives – indeed, on all life. A few thoughts on how to go forward from where we are.

The Rev. Beverly Morrison Boke — called “Buffy” by just about everyone — was called and settled as minister to the Canton, Massachusetts congregation in August 2011, from which she retired in July of 2017. Immediately prior to that, she served on the Administration Team as a guidance counselor for three years at the American Community School in Beirut, Lebanon. Buffy was ordained at the Unitarian Church of Barnstable in 1985. She has served Unitarian Universalist congregations in Newport News, Virginia; Hartland Four Corners, Weathersfield, and Chester, Vermont; and Andover, New Hampshire, and she has supplied pulpits in many other Vermont and New Hampshire towns. Buffy now lives with Nick, her husband of 39 years, in Providence, Rhode Island.


February 2: “The Art of Blessing: An Imbolc Meditation” with Charis Boke

February 1-2 are the halfway point between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. In northern European traditions, this is a time when lambs are born and the goddess Brigid’s blessing is sought for creative projects for the year–including the seeds that will be planted in the ground. Share the Plate offering to help buy snacks for kids using the library after school

 February 9: “Reclaiming Patriarchy” with Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy

“Patriarchy is a form of creativity that needs to be rediscovered in our time.” writes Thomas
Moore. Huh? “We have weakened the nobility of fatherhood in our time by mistaking
imperialism in business and government for genuine paternal leadership.” Moore continues.
Wow! This is the last Sunday Rev. Mellen will be with us before she takes off for a two-month
sabbatical. She will leave us with a parting question and challenge. Come join us for an
exploration of how we might reclaim patriarchy and how we individually and collectively might
exercise paternal leadership regardless of what kind of body we inhabit. You’re invited to stay
for a Friends on the Path Small Group Discussion on the topic after the Souper Sunday.

February 16: “Word Service” with Tina Feindel, Sharon Mueller 

At our annual celebration of words this year, a few folks will share what turns them on about a particular word. And we will learn about and play with, color cinquains! Come find out what they are!

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January 26,Cultivating Wisdom and Building Community with Rev. Telos Whitfield 

We will explore the qualities needed to deepen our wisdom, strengthen ourselves and build community in this new year.  Rev. Telos Whitfield serves the Universalist Society of Strafford and works as thrift store manager for the Southeastern Vermont Community Action. Working for peace has been a path she has followed for decades, including a 300 mile peace walk for nuclear disarmament in 1987, managing the Earth Charter Celebration in 2001, attending multiple retreats with Buddhist peace leader Thich Nhat Hanh, and completing his 14 mindfulness trainings program. She has also folded thousands of peace cranes over the years!


January 5, “Labyrinth Service” with Ellen Allman

The sanctuary will be set up with a simple labyrinth.  Ellen will talk about the history of labyrinths.  There will be songs, reading and an opportunity to walk the labyrinth, as well as a lap labyrinth to be used by anyone not wishing to walk the larger one.  All welcome!

January 12,  “Living Love in Turbulent Times:  King the Great Collaborator” with Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy

One person alone does not a great social movement make.  King expressed and embodied some critical lessons on how to work with others to effect lasting social change, to bring the Kingdom of God on Earth, as King would say.  In these challenging times, King’s legacy is a treasure trove!  Come, role up your sleeves and dive in to the learning the slippery work of collaboration.  A Friends on the Path Small Group Discussion on the topic will follow the coffee hour.   All welcome

January 19, “Health Is the First Wealth” with Dr. Jim Cahill and Rev. Mellen Kennedy

Jim and Mellen will reflect on the spiritual foundation of health.  Each of them made it through difficult health challenges. They both say now, Jim in his 70’s and Mellen in her 60’s, that they have never felt happier or healthier in their lives! They’ll share their thoughts and experiences including reflecting on the saying, “The body is the temple of the holy spirit.”  The service will be followed by Souper Sunday lunch.  After lunch join us for a discussion of the topic of the service and the book, “Younger Next Year: Living Strong, Fit and Sexy – Until You’re 80 and Beyond.”  A few free copies of the book are available on the Harvest Table in the Lobby.

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 Tai Chi Winter Session Begins,  January 20th  ~ Weekly on Mondays through  March 30, 5-6 pm

New session of weekly tai chi classes begins on January 20th.  Tai chi can improve your balance, help improve body alignment and bring a new sense of coordination. Instructor Sue Rubel is certified by Tai Chi Vermont. Please wear comfortable clothing, flat shoes. No charge. All welcome – all abilities! No experience necessary. Held at the Meetinghouse, on Mondays through March 30th. 


First Friday Film: “Dancing with the Cannibal Giant: 5 Stories of the New Transition”   January 3, 7 pm (rescheduled from Dec. 6)

“When today’s stories of crushing greed and endless growth  have come to an end, what, then, will be the new stories?”

This documentary  portrays “five remarkable stories of people and places transforming the world.” Narrated by Penobscot elder, Sherri Mitchell (Weh’na Ha’mu Kwasset), “we are introduced to the Penobscot mythology of the cannibal giant: a creature awakened by the destruction of mother earth. The film is told through the lens of this powerful prophecy: only if people can awaken to their own destruction, and the need for change, will the cannibal giant be put back to sleep.” The film includes groups from Vermont and upstate New York among the New Stories for the Great Transition.

“The way that we are living in the world right now is disconnected from the source of our survival … This is not the time to wallow in despair and fear, this is not the time to waste our energies pointing fingers and casting blame. This is a time for us to organize, it’s a time for us to galvanize our efforts, and to unify in ways that we never have before, to protect what is sacred and precious to us.”  – Sherri Mitchell

Executive Producer of the film, Chris Wood of BALE (Building a Local Economy) in South Royalton, will join us for a discussion after the film. Free admission and popcorn. Held at the Meetinghouse, 21 Fairground Road, Springfield, VT 05156

Games & Crafts Night, Saturday January 11, 6:30-8:30 pm

Join us for a fun evening of games and crafting on Saturday evening, January 11th . Bring a craft, knitting, mending project  – or bring your own game  – or play one of ours. All welcome!

 

CANCELLED: January Coffee House. Jay Doucette will now play on Saturday, February 15, 7 pm

     Jay Doucette will perform at the UU Coffee House on Saturday, FEBRUARY 15.
  Please come and enjoy the music and the delightful refreshments. No             admission fee. Doors open at 6:30, music starts at 7 pm. You’ll be able to     purchase delicious snacks and beverages.  Held at the Meetinghouse at 21   Fairground Rd, Springfield, VT. .All welcome!

Souper Sunday, January 19 After the Service

The Caring Committee is sponsoring Souper Sunday on January 19th. This is a time to gather after the Service and share soup and bread as well as conversation. Soup and bread will be $4 (no charge for visitors). Join us!

Meetinghouse Book Group, “Younger Next Year”  Sunday, January 19, after Souper Sunday

Our next book will be “Younger Next Year: Live Strong , Fit, and Sexy — Until You’re 80 and Beyond.” by Chris Crowley and Henry Lodge, MD.  This is a great book that challenges many of our unquestioned assumptions about aging. You’re invited to start the New Year with this very hopeful and empowering book. The book discussion will be co-led by Jim Cahill, MD and Rev. Mellen.  We’ll meet after the Souper Sunday lunch on January 19.  Several copies of the book are available for free on the Harvest Table in the lobby.