Debbie Diegoli

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Join us at the Springfield Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse on Saturday, March 23rd, for a Latin American dinner to benefit the Community Asylum Seekers Project (CASP). CASP is a local nonprofit that provides basic needs and a welcoming community for those in the process of seeking asylum.  CASP currently hosts 9 asylum seekers in our local area.

CASP guests will prepare some of their native dishes: Cuban pollo (chicken) fricassee, Mexican tamales, and a Honduran sweet bread.  Rice and beans, tortillas, salsa  and flan will round out the meal.  There will be vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options

Reservations are required.  Please email uuspringfieldvt@gmail.com or call 802-885-3327 before March 21st to reserve a spot. (Space is limited.) The cost is $15 for adults, $8 for children 12 and under, no charge for preschoolers. Payment is at the door – cash and checks will be accepted. The dinner will be held from 5:30-6:30 on March 23 at the Meetinghouse at 21 Fairground Road, Springfield, VT.

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March 31 “The First Step Towards Peace – Being Peaceful Within.” With Richard Czaplinski. 

Using his personal experience as a veteran, Richard is seeking a way out of suffering and toward a more harmonious world.  He’ll share what he has gleaned from his decades of internal work as a mediator.  And he’ll share ways that Veterans for Peace is motivating people and the planet toward a more peaceful world.  You’re invited to stay for a small group discussion and conversation with Richard from 11:30 till 12:30.

March 3 “Celebrating Shivaratri” w/Angie Follensbee-Hall and Rev. Mellen Kennedy.

March 4th is the feast of Shiva, Lord of the Dance in the Hindu religion.  We’ll celebrate with traditional Hindu music, called kirtan.  Our musicians,  Angie Follensbee-Hall and Josh Hall are from Jai Studio in Brownsville.  They’ll share their story of one year celebrating Shivaratri in India on an Island dedicated to Shiva.  Come join us for uplifting, sacred music and chant from India.  All welcome.

This is a Share the Plate Sunday.  We’ll be collecting donations (cash or gift cards) for people who are homeless or in other desperate situations.  See below for details.

Unfortunately we have had to cancel this service again!  March 10.  “Healing and Hope: More on the New Research on Psychedelics” with Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy 

We are in the midst of a Psychedelic Renaissance brought about by the loosening of government research restrictions in recent years.  Researchers are demonstrating that these medicines hold great promise addressing PTSD, depression, anxiety, end-of-life angst and many other conditions, by helping folks find meaning, hope and peace in themselves. Let’s explore this cutting edge development and the hope it holds for alleviating suffering. Reminder: Daylight Savings Time begins; remember to set your clocks ahead on Saturday night so you won’t be late!

March 17: “The Mystery of Sleep” with JoAnn Gaffron-Hargrove

“Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.”  Mahatma Gandhi

Sleep is the state in which we renew our energy and heal our bodies from the stress of the day.  There is much research on sleep, yet so much we have yet to understand. What happens to our brain during sleep: where do dreams come from and do they serve a purpose? Since we are partially absent in this state, we do we go?  In this service we will delve into the mystery of sleep.

March 24 “How Did We Do with the Meditation Challenge”  with Sharon Mueller and Tina Feindel.

March 24th marks the start of Springfield Wellness Week and our service is on this theme.  From early February till about the Equinox a bunch of us from the congregation have taken on the challenge to meditate every day with the hope of experiencing the wellness benefits that a regular practice can provide.  We’ll share with You what we did, what we learned and particularly the insight we got from our six weeks experiment.

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Small Group Discussion, Monday, March 25, 4-5:30 pm

Jeff Taft-Dick will hold his March monthly group here at the Meetinghouse and open it to the public as part of Springfield Wellness Week.  The topic will be “Meditation and Stillness.”  All are welcome!

 

“Cannabis for Wellness and Anxiety Relief, ” Thursday, March 28, 6-7:30 pm

Clinical Herbalist Stephanie Boucher will speak about “Cannabis for Wellness and Anxiety Relief ”  at the Springfield UU on Thursday, March 28,  Anxiety and chronic stress are some of the most common health concerns of this day and age, and with good reason. Life is complicated, fast-paced, and hectic. Luckily, plants can help. Cannabis in particular can help to relieve stress and anxiety, as well as address a large number of other health concerns.

For many, however, cannabis can actually trigger anxiety. Many who experience this choose to no longer work with the plant, but there are multiple strategies we can employ to unlock the healing abilities of the plant without triggering negative side effects. Join herbalist and cannabis coach Stephanie Boucher as she shares her own personal story of cannabis-facilitated health transformation and learn the hows and whys of using cannabis or hemp effectively to support holistic wellness and anxiety relief. The class will run from 6-7:30 pm, $15 per person, at the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse, 21 Fairground Road, Springfield, VT. For more info contact uuspringfieldvt@gmail.com.

Special Film:  The Healthcare Movie, Friday, March 29, 7 pm

This documentary provides the real story of how the health care systems in Canada and the United States evolved to be so completely different, when at one point they were essentially the same. Most people under the age of 50, in both countries, are not aware of the intensity of the political struggle that led to the universal medical care system in Canada. Nor are they aware of the public relations campaigns, still active today, that have been prevalent in the United States since the early 1900’s to dissuade the public from supporting national health care.
Produced by Canadian/American couple Laurie Simons and Terry Sterrenberg, The Healthcare Movie reveals the personal and emotional impact on Canadians who now have access to universal health care because of the heroism of people who took a stand nearly 50 years ago. It also reveals the continuing struggle in the United States between the fear of government intervention and the right to quality health care for all people.
Every day people are dying or going bankrupt due to the ills of the United States system. Who are we in the face of this human tragedy? If you agree that people are more important than profits, then you must watch this film. Narrated by Kiefer Sutherland. Free admission/  Part of Springfield Wellness Week.

 


Film:“The Abolitionists,” Part 3, Friday, March 8, 7 pm – Please join us even if you haven’t seen the other parts – Part 3 can stand on its own!

frederick_douglas_nyhs_c1866-for-webRadicals. Agitators. Troublemakers. Liberators. Called many names, the abolitionists tore the nation apart in order to create a more perfect union. Men and women, black and white, Northerners and Southerners, poor and wealthy – these passionate anti-slavery activists fought body and soul in the most important civil rights crusade in American history. What began as a pacifist movement fueled by persuasion and prayer became a fiery and furious struggle that forever changed the nation.
Bringing to life the intertwined stories of Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Angelina Grimké, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and John Brown, The Abolitionists takes place during some of the most violent and contentious decades in American history.

Free admission and popcorn.  Doors open at 5:45; film starts at 6 pm.

Games & Crafts Night
Saturday, March 9, 6:30-8:30 pm

Join us for an evening of games and crafting on the evening of February 9th.  Bring a favorite game, your knitting or any other craft project.  Games and coloring will also be available. Join the conversation and the fun at the Meetinghouse. All welcome!

CANCELLED: Souper Sunday – March 10, After the Service

 The Caring Committee is sponsoring Souper Sunday on March 10th. 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).  Come join us!

CANCELLED (again!): Book Discussion: How to Change Your Mind, Sunday, March 10, 12-1 pm 

We’ll discuss the book, “How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us about Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression and Transcendence.” By Michael Pollan. The discussion will follow a sermon that morning on the same subject given be Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy. Rev. Mellen will facilitate the book discussion. All welcome.

Seva Yoga with Aimee Parnell, Wednesday, March 13, 5:30 pm

The yogic principal of Seva refers to service. We’re offering this class at no cost but request that attendees bring a donation for the Family Center.

This will be a gentle yoga class and all are welcome.

Just Our Voices Monthly Song Circle,  March 13, 7-9 pm


Join us for a friendly, casual song circle. No instruments, just our voices enjoying the pleasures and stories of songs. Join in sharing a song or listen to others sharing a song; sing along or listen. A performance-free, non-judgmental space to join together for the pleasure of singing. (Please remember: voices only, no instruments.)

Coffee House Music Series: Woodchucks Revenge, Saturday, March 16, 7 pm

The Woodchucks’ repertoire, which has been described as encyclopedic, ranges from New England fiddle tunes to modern cowboy songs, from Irish ballads to 60’s folk, blues and bluegrass. Songs about Vermont, mountains, and life in New England are staple of the group’s performances, along with a healthy dose of humor and a small but growing number of originals.
The Woodchucks have performed throughout Vermont and the adjoining states and in Wyoming and Montana… at colleges and community events and festivals, in coffehouses and summer concert series, country fairs and bluegrass festivals as well as the New England Folk Festival (NEFFA), and the Northeast Music, Arts and Dance Festival (NOMAD). They have performed on Public Radio in Vermont and New York, as well as local access television. Their audiences have included students, seniors, visitors to Vermont, historical re-enactors, and folk music fans of all ages.
All Welcome.  Doors open at 6:30, music starts at 7.   This is a family-friendly evening of music and fun. There is no cost to enjoy the music, but there is a “free-will” offering and any money collected goes directly to support the featured performers..  You will be able to purchase delicious snacks and beverages.

 “Go Green” Vegan Potluck with Vine Sanctuary, Sunday, March 17, 4-6 pm, Here at the Meetinghouse

 In honor of St. Patrick’s Day and the return of spring, VINE Sanctuary invites you to   celebrate all things green at our vernal equinox vegan potluck. The easiest way to   “go green” for the planet is by adopting a plant-based diet.   And, of course, everyone needs to eat their “greens” to stay healthy.
VINE will be giving out door prizes to all attendees who wear green to the event and handing out awards for the most creative dishes.
As always, everyone is welcome, whether or not they are able to bring a dish to share. All we ask is that any dish you do bring is completely vegan (no animal products). For more see VINE Sanctuary’s facebook page.

Latin American Fundraising Dinner for CASP, Sat, March 23, 5;30-6:30 PM

Join us at the Springfield Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse on Saturday, March 23rd, for a Latin American dinner to benefit the Community Asylum Seekers Project (CASP). CASP is a local nonprofit that provides basic needs and a welcoming community for those in the process of seeking asylum.  CASP currently hosts 9 asylum seekers in our local area.

CASP guests will prepare some of their native dishes: Cuban pollo (chicken) fricassee, Mexican tamales, and a Honduran sweet bread.  Rice and beans, tortillas, salsa  and flan will round out the meal.  There will be vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options

Reservations are required.  Please email uuspringfieldvt@gmail.com or call 802-885-3327 before March 21st to reserve a spot. (Space is limited.) The cost is $15 for adults, $8 for children 12 and under, no charge for preschoolers. Payment is at the door – cash and checks will be accepted.

Free Intro to Tai Chi, Sunday,March 24, Noon-1 pm

Gentle, coordinated, focused movements, improve your balance and posture too.  Instructor: Anne Bower

No experience needed –  everyone stays within their own comfort zone.
Enjoy new learning and socializing.
For more info about the instructor, checkout www.annebower.com

First Friday Film“The Abolitionists,” February 1st, 7 pm

“Radicals. Agitators. Troublemakers. Liberators. Called by many names, the abolitionists tore the nation apart in order to create a more perfect union. Men and women, black and white, Northerners and Southerners, poor and wealthy, these passionate anti-slavery activists fought body and soul in the most important civil rights crusade in American history. What began as a pacifist movement fueled by persuasion and prayer became a fiery and furious struggle that forever changed the nation.”
Free admission and popcorn.  doors open at 6:45; film begins at 7 pm. All welcome.

Games & Crafts Night
Saturday, February 9, 6:30-8:30 pm

Join us for an evening of games and crafting on the evening of February 9th.  Bring a favorite game, your knitting or any other craft project.  Games and coloring will also be available. Join the conversation and the fun at the Meetinghouse. All welcome!

Susan B. Anthony Celebration & Souper Sunday
February 10, After the Service

The Caring Committee is sponsoring Souper Sunday on February 10th. 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). In February we’ll also have a birthday cake in honor of Susan B. Anthony’s birthday. Come join us!

“Friends on the Path” Discussion
Sunday, February 10, Noon to 1 pm

Friends on the Path Small Group Discussion on the challenge and inspiration of the life of Susan B. Anthony.  All welcome.  Facilitated by Rev. Mellen Kennedy.

Seva Yoga with Aimee Parnell,

Wednesday, February 13, 5:30 pm

Class is still on!

The yogic principal of Seva refers to service. We’re offering this class at no cost but request that attendees bring a donation for the local animal shelter.

The Humane Society can most use:
  • Paper towels and bleach
  • Dog toys- kongs, chewies, soft toys for training
  • Gravy style canned dog food (they’ve already got a regular supply for dry food)
  • Peanut butter

This will be a gentle yoga class and all are welcome.

Coffee House Music Series: Bill Brink

Saturday, February 16, 7 pm

Bill Brink will be our performer for the February UU  Coffeehouse.  Also known as the Weathersfield “Town Troubadour,” Bill plays a very entertaining style of guitar music that will appeal to all ages.
Please come and enjoy the music and the delightful refreshments and coffee. All Welcome.  Doors open at 6:30, music starts at 7pm.   This is a family-friendly evening of music and fun.   You will be able to purchase delicious snacks and beverages.

CANCELLED Book Discussion: How to Change Your Mind
Sunday, February 24, Noon to 1 pm (Re-scheduled for March 10)

We’ll discuss the book, “How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us about Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression and Transcendence.” By Michael Pollan. The discussion will follow a sermon that morning on the same subject given be Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy. Rev. Mellen will facilitate the book discussion. All welcome.

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February 3: “Word Service” with Tina Feindel and Toni Streeter  Our annual service on the meaning and impact of words will focus on helpful words vs.unhelpful ones.  While most people are thoughtful,  sometimes we can get hurt by the words people use. Come explore words with us!

Feb. 10.  “A Celebration of Susan B. Anthony’s Birthday!” with Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy Susan B. Anthony and her lifelong friend Elizabeth Cady Stanton, are two of the most inspiring resisters in our nation’s history.  They birthed the women’s suffrage and women’s rights movement from their homes in upstate New York and worked with creativity, perseverance and great skill and strategy.  Susan’s birthday is February 15.  Let’s gather to remember, learn about and from these legendary women and glean from their lives lessons for leaping into the world we need now.  Come dressed as a suffragette or ally! Birthday Cake following the service at Souper Sunday!  A Small Group Discussion will follow the Souper Sunday.

For more about Susan B. Anthony see susan-b-anthony-celebration-on-2018-02-10

February 17: “Where Do We Go from Here?” w/Rev. Dr. Patience Stoddard What can we learn from Martin Luther King’s latest writings to help us find a way forward? Patience was minister here from 1998-2006 and most recently served the UU Congregation of the Upper Valley.

CANCELLED: February 24 “Healing and Hope: More on the New Research on Psychedelics” with Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy  We are in the midst of a Psychedelic Renaissance brought about by the loosening of government research restrictions in recent years.  Researchers are demonstrating that these medicines hold great promise addressing PTSD, depression, anxiety, end-of-life angst and many other conditions, by helping folks find meaning, hope and peace in themselves. Let’s explore this cutting edge development and the hope it holds for alleviating suffering.

Jan 242019
 

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Dear Friends and Members,

As You may be aware, psychedelics or entheogens was the subject which I preached about on January 6, the Epiphany.  (Abvoe* is a link to a handout I shared summarizing some points in that sermon).  And on March 10th, I’ll offer part two of the sermon.  Then after the coffee hour on the 10th we’ll have a book group discussion of Michael Pollan’s new book, “How to Change Your Mind.”  Why is this topic worthy of our attention?  As we leap into the world we need, what we need most is a shift in our consciousness.  To quote Einstein, “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.”  We need a more expansive awareness of ourselves, the world and our interconnectedness.  We need mystical experiences.  There are many practices that can invite these experiences such as meditating, chanting, creating music, singing, dancing, praying, walking in nature and so many more.  We can’t force them but we can invite them.

Are psychedelics a valid avenue of mystical experience?  Intelligent, well-intentioned people disagree on this question.  It turns out that we’re in a psychedelic renaissance.  Since the 1990’s, research is being conducted once again legally at major institutions including Johns Hopkins.       Evidence is growing for the benefits of entheogens for numerous problems including alcoholism, PTSD, anxiety, end-of-life distress, addiction and more. https://psychedelictimes.com/tag/research/  There is also a growing understanding of the benefits of entheogens for healthy people who are seeking psychological or spiritual unfoldment rather than treatment for a malady.   In his book, Michael Pollan explains and explores this beautifully.  I think it behooves us as religious seekers to learn about, openly explore and respectfully discuss all avenues of mystical experience, including entheogens.  You’re invited to join us for this exploration if You feel so inclined.  May our expanded conversations and consciousness help us find creative ways to help heal our beautiful and broken world.  See You at the Meetinghouse.

With Love,

Mellen

 

 

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If You’re looking for a way to make friends and go deeper in your spiritual exploration, please join us for small group discussions.  We meet monthly and are open to new members.  There’s a Thursday group which meets at Jeff Taft- Dick’s.  Please contact him for more info at taftdickjeff@gmail.com.
The Sunday meeting is a drop-in group facilitated by Rev. Mellen and meets usually on one of the Sundays when Mellen is preaching.  The next one will be January 6 and will be on the topic of  the service,”How to Change Our Minds and the New Science of Psychedelics.”  All welcome.

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January 6: “Aha! The New Science of Psychedelics in Celebration of Epiphany” with Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy.  What better way to start the new year than with Michael Pollan’s new book, “How to Change Your Mind”.  Psychedelics or entheogens have been used in religious contexts by shamans, healers and religious leaders from time immemorial.  What can we glean from the practices of the ancient sages and from current and cutting-edge research?  Join us for an exploration of these challenging questions.
Followed by Souper Sunday lunch ($4 for members and friends; no cost for newcomers) and Friends on the Path small group discussion on the topic of the service.
January 13: “Labyrinth Service ” with Ellen Allman  The sanctuary will be set-up with a simple labyrinth for our annual labyrinth service.  Ellen will talk a little about the history of walking labyrinths.  There will be songs, readings  and an opportunity to walk the labyrinth.  There will also be a lap labyrinth that can be used by anyone not wishing to walk the larger one.
CANCELLED, WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 17.  January 20: “Where Do We Go from Here?” with Rev. Patience Stoddard What can we learn from Martin Luther King’s latest writings to help us find a way forward?
January 27: “My Climate Journey” with Carol Stedman
Local Climate Leader Carol Stedman will speak on her experience as a climate activist at the Springfield Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse on Sunday, January 27, at 10 am.
Carol Stedman is a local  Vermont Farmer, and a Climate Reality Leader.  She runs Clay Hill Corners Blueberry Farm with her husband in Hartland VT.  She is a Mother, Grandmother, Wife, Daughter, Caretaker, Sister, Friend, Farmer, Political Activist.  She says
“It is difficult to make sense of our current toxic politics and the frightening warming of our planet. My anger and despair after the 2016 election was profound. Doing nothing felt like a slow miserable decline into darkness. However, on the day of the 2017 Woman’s March, I felt the first glimmer of hope after my dismay over the election results.  Participating in that positive action led me to the decision to take at least one positive political action per day for 100 days.  One action led to another and after many letters, phone calls, marches, gatherings, weeks, months and  years, I decided that my next positive action was to go to Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Training in October of 2017. from Hartland VT   What i learned there has given me focus and tools to bring Climate Awareness to my Vermont community and have Climate Conversations that inspire Climate Action.  My Climate journey has been constant throughout the dramas, illnesses and personal family crisis that the past year has brought. I would like to share my climate journey which is also a spiritual journey with you.”   All welcome!

 

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CANCELLED AND RESCHEDULED FOR SAT. FEB. 16

Coffeehouse, Bill Brink, Saturday, January 19, 7-9 pm

Bill Brink will be our performer for the January UU  Coffeehouse.  Also known as the Weathersfield “Town Troubadour,” Bill plays a very entertaining style of guitar music that will appeal to all ages.
Please come and enjoy the music and the delightful refreshments and coffee. All Welcome.  Doors open at 6:30, music starts at 7 pm.   This is a family-friendly evening of music and fun.   You will be able to purchase delicious snacks and beverages.

German Dinner Fundraiser, Saturday January  26, 5:30 pm

This dinner will feature authentic German food as coordinated by JoAnn Gaffron-Hargrove, who has lived in Germany. Cost is $15 per adult, $8 for children 12 & under; no charge for pre-school children.
Menu
Sauerbraten
Rotkohl (sweet and sour red cabbage)
Kartoffel Klosse (potato dumplings)
Petersilienkartoffeln (parsley potatoes)
Gurken Salat mit Dill (cucumber salad with dill)
Rote Gruetze mit Vaniliesosse (red berry pudding with vanilla sauce.)

This is a fundraiser for the Meetinghouse.

Contact Deb at uuspringfieldvt@gmail.com for reservations or with questions.


First Friday Film: PHI  The Evolution of Consciousness, January 4, 7 pm

“Phi : The evolution of consciousness isn’t like any other movie you’ve seen before. It is more of a spiritual journey than a documentary, and we think that’s just how it was always meant to be.

“Phi ( symbol ) is the name for the golden ratio, a mathematical key which the ancients considered to be the “signature of God”. The reason for that is because everything in the natural world, from plants, animals, seashells, and even the spirals of galaxies are generated using the phi ratio in some way or another. What it teaches us is that things are self-similar; the same patterns we see at the microscopic level repeat themselves on larger and larger scales. We wanted to ask the question: does the golden ratio, the principle of self-similarity, apply to consciousness itself? . . .So we decided to make a movie about it.” (from the website)

Free admission and  popcorn. Doors open at 6:45; film begins at 7 pm.  All welcome!

 Games & Crafts Night, Saturday, January 12, 6:30-8:30 pm

Bring a craft project – your knitting, crocheting, woodworking, coloring, painting, etc – and/or a favorite game to this evening of fun and conversation.. We’ll also have games on hand to choose from. Hope to see you there!

The sanctuary will also be open during these hours so that members of the public can view or walk our labyrinth. Or come to our annual Labyrinth Service with Ellen Allman on Sunday morning, Jan. 13, at 10 am .

Seva Yoga with Aimee Parnell, Wednesday, January 16, 5:30 pm

The yogic principal of Seva refers to service. We’re offering this class at no cost but request that attendees bring a package of diapers for the diaper bank at the Springfield Area Parent Child Center.  This will be a gentle yoga class and all are welcome.

Weather permitting, Aimee will lead a yoga class on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the Meetinghouse.

Dec 152018
 

THE CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED FOR NOW; WE WILL RESCHEDULE AT A LATER DATE.

 

This course will be held on five consecutive Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 pm at the UU Meetinghouse.  Total fee for the 5 sessions is $75 per person. Open to the public.  See below* for registration information.

Based on the Book Taking the War Out of Our Words by Sharon Ellison
Workshop Presentations by Hilary Mullins

In this five-session class, I teach the concepts and techniques of nondefensive communication using a mix of lecture, discussion, and take-home exercises. Rather than projecting slides, I use an easel or white board, mixing words and simple drawings in the manner of a graphic facilitator. I also use short 4-page comics in class that students then take home for review and practice.

SESSION ONE: Looking at the War Within

In this introductory session, we look at how our inherent fight, flight or freeze system leads us to react to conflict with the four basic techniques used in battle. We will also learn to spot six common characteristic defensive strategies that are so typically engrained we mistake them for our personalities.

SESSION TWO: Taking the War Out of Our Questions

In this session, we first identify commonly used defensive questions, which, by their very structure, make others defensive in turn. Then we learn nondefensive questions that allow us to simply ask for information instead, transforming potentially defensive interactions into constructive exchanges.

SESSION THREE: Taking the War Out of Our Statements

In this session, we’ll first learn how to identify when we are making defensive assertions, imposing our opinions as facts. Then we will learn how to make nondefensive statements, using a structure that allows us to express our thoughts and feelings clearly, giving them authentic power.

SESSION FOUR: Taking the War Out of Our Predictions

Setting limits is an important part of getting along. However, when we try to do it, we often collapse into making defensive, threatening predictions instead, e.g.: ‘If you don’t do x, I’ll do y!’ This class presents a process that allows us to avoid this kind of manipulation, instead thinking through and setting our limits clearly and firmly, giving those we deal with a clear picture of what they can expect from us.

SESSION FIVE:  Putting it All Together: Nondefensive Communication for the Road

In the final session, we practice applying non-defensive questions, statements and predictions to real life situations. Also, because changing our deeply-rooted defensive habits takes repetition over time, we will learn ways to keep practicing nondefensive communication so we can shift the insights of the class into lasting skills.

*The trustees have designated some funds toward this class so that the total cost per person for the five sessions will be reduced to $75.  Add your name to the sign up sheet on the harvest table or in the Activities Room and give your payment to Deb Diegoli in the office.  Checks made out to Springfield UU Meetinghouse” with “Non-Defensive Comm. Class” in memo.  

OR mail your check for $75 to UU Church, PO Box 944, Springfield, VT 05156.  Deadline: March 5th.

Contact uuspringfieldvt@gmail.org for more info.

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Rumi Night Saturday, Dec. 15, 7-9 pm

 

 

 

Celebrating Rumi – The Timeless Persian Poet
By MELLEN KENNEDY

In these times of intolerance and religious factionalism, a voice of hope and compassion rings down through the ages.  It’s the voice of that great 13th century Persian Sufi mystic and poet, Mevlana Jellaludin Rumi.  More than 750 years ago Rumi said:

“Every war and every conflict between human beings has happened because of some disagreement about names.  It is such an unnecessary foolishness, because just beyond the arguing there is a long table of companionship set and waiting for us to sit down. … All religions, all this singing, one song. The differences are just illusion and vanity.”

Given his uplifting message of unity, it’s easy to understand why Rumi is the best-selling translated poet in the US today. He invites us to go beyond our cultural conditioning and look for and witness the beauty and mystery of life.

Rumi lived in a time of upheaval and violence.  He was a scholar and mystic and would recite ecstatic poems while whirling.  This practice evolved into what we now call the whirling dervishes.  Indeed, Rumi is the founder of this Mevlevi order.

You’re invited to learn more about Rumi and to join in celebrating his life and legacy.

Around the world, lovers of Rumi gather in mid-December in honor of his urs, the day of his death.   Rumi died on December 17, 1273 in Konya (now in Turkey).  Springfield will have its own Rumi Night on Saturday, December 15, from 7-9 pm also at the UU Meetinghouse.  There will be live music, zikr, poetry and maybe even some whirling! The evening will be led by Shams and Walia Guillow and Rev. Mellen Kennedy.  The evening will include the Dances of Universal Peace, simple, joyous dances which embrace the wisdom of the world’s religions and focus on peace and community. The event is free, donations welcome.

You’re invited to join in the participatory evening of poetry and ecstatic dancing in celebration of Rumi  which will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse, 21 Fairground Road, Springfield, VT.  All are welcome.


Games, Crafts & Cards Night, Sat, Dec. 1st, 6:30-8:30 pm

Join us for an evening of games, crafting and card writing on Saturday,  December 1st.  Bring a favorite game, a holiday gift you’re making, your holiday cards or any other craft project.  Games and coloring will also be available. Join the conversation and the fun at the UU Meetinghouse,  All welcome!

CANCELLED due  to weather predictions: “Spirituality & Drumming” Workshop w/Matt Meyer, Sun, Dec. 2, 12-1:30 pm

Drummer Matt Meyer will hold a “Drumming & Spirituality workshop at the Meetinghouse on Sunday, Dec. 2, 12-1:30 pm.  This will be a chance for people of all skill levels to participate in hands on rhythm-making. We’ll tour instruments from around the world and experience the connection of community drumming through activities, stories, and discussions. We’ll also look at how rhythm and music intersect with Unitarian Universalist values.  Bring your own drum if you have one; for those who don’t, enough will provided.
Matt is a musician and community organizer who has led hundreds of services for UU congregations across the country. He has a degree in hand drumming and has studied abroad in Cuba, Ghana and Central America. Matt serves as Director of Community Life for Sanctuary Boston and is a founding resident of the Lucy Stone Cooperative in Roxbury.

Gentle Yoga Holiday De-stressor with Aimee Parnell,Wed, Dec. 5, 5:30-7 pm

Ahhh . . . . Relief from the December hustle and bustle . . . .
The yogic principal of Seva, or service, and the mindfulness practice of gratitude,  can be antidotes to stress.  Certified yoga instructor Aimee Parnell will offer a gentle yoga class on Wednesday, December 5, 5:30 pm at the Meetinghouse.
Admission is by donation of a gift item(s) such as children’s books, clothing, or toys (unwrapped) for families in need.   Afterwards we’ll have tea and light refreshments and wrap the gifts. Please sign up in advance so we can contact you if we need to reschedule due to bad weather Contact Deb Diegoli: uuspringfieldvt@gmail.com; 802-885-3327.

First Friday Film: “Rumi, Poet of the Heart” Dec. 7, 7 pm

The December First Friday Film at the Meetinghouse will be “Rumi, Poet of the Heart.” The poems that this Sufi mystic composed about the transformative power of love have gripped the contemporary imagination. This film presents Coleman Barks, the most celebrated contemporary translator of Rumi’s poetry, in live performance and intimate conversation. Joining him to celebrate the earthy, joyous, spiritual passion of Rumi’s poetry are Robert Bly, Deepak Chopra, Michael Meade, Huston Smith and others. Narrator: Debra Winger.  Music: Hamza El Din, Jai Uttal. Director: Haydn Reiss. (US, 1998) 60 min. plus discussion.Free admission, popcorn. Doors open at 6:45; movie starts at 7 pm.  All welcome!

Coffeehouse Music: Vinnie DiBernardo Sat, Dec. 8, 7 pm

The December Coffee House will take place on the second Saturday of the month, Dec. 8, due to the holidays. Vinnie delighted us all with his songs in the past and we are thrilled to have him back again.  Here’s hoping everyone can make it to this special coffee house..
Please come and enjoy the music and the delightful refreshments and coffee. Free admission. All Welcome.  Doors open at 6:30, music starts at 7pm.   This is a family-friendly evening of music and fun.   You will be able to purchase delicious snacks and beverages.

Souper Sunday, December 9, after the service

The Caring Committee is sponsoring Souper Sunday on December 9th. 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). Come join us!

 

NOTE: There will be no Song Circle this month.  We plan to resume in the spring.