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Debbie Diegoli

Oct 212020
 

Election Stressed?  Gather for Community & Garlic Communion! with Rev. Mellen Kennedy

We’re at the height of the autumn holidays and harvest. And it’s also a time for planting things like garlic and the seeds of our hopes & medicine for the coming year.  Drop into this time of centering, community and inspiration as we head into an interesting week in the history of our nation.  Join Rev. Mellen Kennedy and the UU Meetinghouse Online on Sunday, November 1, 10 am, via Zoom:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6130779853  .  All welcome!

Sep 292020
 

October 25: “Painting Our Way to Peace”Spiritual Makerspace Service with Suiko McCall

Art can transform our perceptions of reality and inspire experiences of profound peace. How can the process of making do the same? How can artmaking, crafting, or any physical realm activity be a spiritual practice?
Join Founder and Abbess of the Art Monastery (artmonastery.org) Suiko McCall for a one-hour immersion into her personal process of painting. In this hands-on experience, Suiko will share her insights from more than a decade of experimenting at the overlap of spiritual practice and creative practice. 
You will need:
– a pencil or pen and sketch paper
and/or
– a paintbrush – ink, watercolors, or gouache (or any kind of fluid paint)
– wet media paper
No previous experience necessary.  Beginners welcome! Free.

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.

Zoom Info for All Springfield UU Services: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6130779853
Or dial in: +1 646 558 8656   Meeting ID: 613 077 9853
All welcome!

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October 4: “October Light” with the Rev. Dr. Nancy Jay. Crumbine

Special Music by our Virtual Choir

The paradox of shortening days, coming as it does with such magnificent light, reminds me each year of another apparent contradiction, the all-too-human need to forgive even the unforgiveable, in others and in ourselves.
Every October I turn to the light. For words to help me understand, I turn to the readings of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot, to learn again the wisdom of forgiveness and the wealth of possibility which follows.
In this, the autumn of our discontent, let us take a pause from the continuously difficult news of the day to reconnect, rest, rejuvenate and recenter ourselves in the insight and core belief, not only of Jewish tradition, but of our Unitarian Universalist tradition as well.

The Rev. Dr. Nancy Jay Crumbine is a professor at Dartmouth College, a Unitarian Universalist minister, a writer, actor, and public speaker. She has lectured widely under the auspices of the Vermont and New Hampshire Humanities Councils, the National Council for the Aging, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and various educational conferences, both in the US and the UK. She is the author of Humility, Anger, and Grace: Meditations Towards a Life that Matters and The Unitarian Paradox. Her articles and poems appear in a number of anthologies, most recently in two volumes of The Still Poodle Poets. She speaks regularly at First Universalist Parish of Chester, VT and for the First Wednesdays Lecture Series of the Vermont Humanities Council.

Zoom Info for All Springfield UU Services: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6130779853
Or dial in: +1 646 558 8656   Meeting ID: 613 077 9853
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October 11: “Indigenous Wisdom” with Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy

In these interesting times, how can our thinking, our way of being be expanded and grounded by native wisdom?  Join us for an exploration in shifting our consciousness to co-create a more beautiful, just, compassionate, sustainable world. You’re invited to bring your computer or device outside if possible. This will be an outdoor service if weather permits.

Zoom Info for All Springfield UU Services: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6130779853
Or dial in: +1 646 558 8656   Meeting ID: 613 077 9853
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October 18:  “Freedom & Unity: Universalism, the Next 250 Years” with Rev, Dr. Mellen Kennedy

In these contentious times, we can look to our history to ground us.  There are many before us who have found ways to create harmony and promote compassion and peace, our Universalist forebears among them.  As we celebrate the 250th Anniversary of Universalism in America, let’s explore how we can carry the message forward and create a just, sustainable, compassionate beautiful future together.

Zoom Info for All Springfield UU Services: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6130779853
Or dial in: +1 646 558 8656   Meeting ID: 613 077 9853
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October 25: “Painting Our Way to Peace”Spiritual Makerspace Service with Suiko McCall

Art can transform our perceptions of reality and inspire experiences of profound peace. How can the process of making do the same? How can artmaking, crafting, or any physical realm activity be a spiritual practice?
Join Founder and Abbess of the Art Monastery (artmonastery.org) Suiko McCall for a one-hour immersion into her personal process of painting. In this hands-on experience, Suiko will share her insights from more than a decade of experimenting at the overlap of spiritual practice and creative practice. 
You will need:
– a pencil or pen and sketch paper
and/or
– a paintbrush – ink, watercolors, or gouache (or any kind of fluid paint)
– wet media paper
No previous experience necessary.  Beginners 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.

Sep 292020
 

My Grandmother’s Hands Discussion Sunday, October 11, 18, November 1, 8, 22 from 12-1 pm

My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem.  Discussion Group starting at the Meetinghouse this fall.  Here’s a link to theJune 6, 2020 interview with Krista Tippitt on “On Being” NPR.   https://onbeing.org/programs/resmaa-menakem-notice-the-rage-notice-the-silence/

The book is game changer in terms of our understanding of race issues in our country and how to heal them.  So hopeful!  In October and November, we’ll spend 5 sessions reading, discussing and doing together the breathing and other embodied practices that the author presents.  It’s a great book!  Since he was on NPR, copies of the book have sold out nationwide. We ordered 10 copies that have already arrived at the Meetinghouse.  If You’d like to purchase a copy for $18,(bulk discount rate), contact Deb Diegoli at uuspringfieldvt@gmail.org. . 

Upcoming discussion dates are Sundays, November 1, 8 and 22 from 12-1:15 pm.

“6-foot Serenade” Outdoor Coffee House Music
With Milkhouse Heaters
Saturday, October 3, 3-5  pm   (Rain date 10/4)

Join us for our 2nd parking lot music event!
The Milkhouse Heaters, husband and wife duo Mike Sheehy on guitar and harmonica and Jan Sheehy on bass will perform. They have a vocal harmony style that has been compared to Emmylou Harris and Gram Parsons. Almost all songs are original. They played their first gig in 2010 and since then have played with Billy Bragg and Fred Eaglesmith. The Milkhouse Heaters have two songs on the Shoulder to the Plough CD which was recorded live at the Rockingham, VT Meeting House


The music will be in the lower parking lot. (Park in upper lot if possible.)
Seating will be arranged for social distancing and masks are required
FREE event but donations for musicians are welcome.  Refreshments available with proceeds to benefit the UU Meetinghouse..
Rain date Sunday 10/4, same time.

Aug 312020
 

September 13: Water Communion with Rev. Mellen Kennedy

Our first service of the new church year will be our annual water communion.

You’re encouraged to explore your local watershed and collect a sample of water for this service.

Zoom info for all our services:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6130779853?pwd=bkc2cUltQlhYUU5YME1aaHlNTGtJdz09

Meeting ID: 613 077 9853    Passcode: 082077  Dial by in:    +1 646 558 8656

September 20: “Blessed Stress: An Equinox Celebration” with Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy

Stress is a natural, necessary part of life on this planet, yet we tend to think of it as abhorrent.  What is stress really and what could possibly be the blessing of stress?  As we transition from summer to autumn and as we pass the six month mark of the pandemic state of emergency, let’s pause for deeper reflection.  What does the wisdom of the world’s spiritual traditions have to teach us about stress?  Join us for an exploration of living well and thriving in these interesting times.

September 27: “Power of Playing” with Caro Barschow 

Playing is a process of discovery and experimentation. Its benefits are immense: it cultivates agency, resilience and cooperation. It comes naturally for children, less so for adults. This service invites all ages and abilities to play in the Zoom environment, through simple movements and dialogue activities. At play, we will consider questions of justice and meaning-making relevant to the challenges and opportunities of these times.

Caro Barschow (she/they pronouns) is an educator, writer and seminarian at Boston University School of Theology. Caro’s spiritual influences are broad, woven by the thread of a belief that awakened hearts draw forth healing and transformation of people, planet and society. Caro first joined a Unitarian Universalist in 2006 and is an aspirant for ordination through the Unitarian Universalist Association. Caro lives in Cambridge, MA. This fall, she is interning (remotely) to support the Spiritual Makerspace project at UU Springfield Meetinghouse.

 

Aug 312020
 

UU Springfield Coffee House Presents “6-foot Serenade”

Featuring music by Bill Brink

Saturday, September 12, 3-5 pm
(Rain date Sunday 9/13)

Come join us for our 1st parking lot music event!
Sept 12, 2020 3pm-5-pm
The event will be in the lower parking lot. Park in upper lot if you can walk down
A few spots are available in the lower lot if you need them
Seating will be arranged for social distancing and masks are required
FREE event but donations for musician are welcome
Refreshments available with proceeds to benefit the Meeting House.
Our own Bill Brink will perform at our first Meetinghouse Music event of the season.  The performance will be outdoors, weather permitting (rain date is the following day, same time). Bill has been playing music for over 20 years. He enjoys playing many different styles and in many different venues.

In addition to having an extensive collection of cover songs, he also has many of his own that he has written and produced.

He has received accolades from people such as Richie Havens, John Sebastian, and Tom Ghent.  His recorded songs have been played across the globe.

In addition to writing and performing, Bill and his girlfriend June, produce and edit music videos, organize local music events and host live social media performances. (from https://billbrinkmusic.com/ )

Chairs will be set up in the Meetinghouse’s lower parking lot,; masks and “social distancing” required.  Free admission; donations for the performer gratefully accepted.  You’ll be able to purchase refreshments to benefit the Meetinghouse.

Produce Share: Mondays, 10 am-12 noon, during harvest season 

From August 17 until the end of harvest season, Tina Feindel and Sharon Mueller will be at the Meetinghouse  from 10-12  for a  garden surplus share.  Please bring by your extra garden produce between 10 and 10:15 so that it will be available for all who come by.  And remember to bring a bag or box to carry your found treasures home in.
(You don’t need to contribute in order to receive some.)

We also encourage you to bring  non-perishable food items for the Food Shelf if you’re able to.  Tina and Sharon will deliver them to at the Springfield Family Center, along with any produce that may remain at the end of the morning.

Please wear a mask and remember to follow “social distancing” recommendations!.

Meditation Class with Suiko McCall  of the Art Monastery

            Wednesdays at 5 pm via Zoom

Current research demonstrates the value of meditation for reducing stress and blood pressure, improving sleep and so many more factors.  Meditation practices can help us learn to center and calm ourselves. This relaxing class is suitable for all.  No experience necessary. Suiko served as our Artist & Minister in Residence in March and is from the Art Monestary on the Connecticut River in Springfield.  We’d love to have more UU members and friends join us! Zoom info for Suiko’s Meditation Classes:  bit.ly/artmonk 

Friday Film Discussion
“Suppressed 2020: The Fight To Vote”
Friday, September 11, 7 pm

 

This month’s film,available to view free on YouTube, is “Suppressed 2020: The Fight To Vote” by Robert Greenwald (Director of Outfoxed, Walmart: The High Cost of Low Price, and Making A Killing: Guns Greed and the NRA)
It is a short, powerful documentary about the growing threat of voter suppression to our 2020 election. Deeply personal accounts from voters of color across the state of Georgia reveal deliberate, widespread voter suppression in the 2018 midterm election where Stacey Abrams fought to become the first Black female governor in the U.S. Polling place closures, voter purges, missing absentee ballots, extreme wait times and voter ID issues were in full effect again during the 2020 primaries and are on-going across the country right now, all disproportionately affecting Black Americans and minorities from casting their ballots. Now, amidst a global health crisis, the cruel weaponization of vote-by-mail restrictions has turned the constitutional right to vote into a choice between life and death. Suppressed 2020 is a call to action against the calculated, unconstitutional and racist attacks intended to suppress the right to vote in America.
Watch free at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03DGjnIkTdI
Then join us for the discussion on September 11 via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6130779853?pwd=bkc2cUltQlhYUU5YME1aaHlNTGtJdz09
Meeting ID: 613 077 9853   Passcode: 082077

 

 

Aug 032020
 

Meetinghouse Produce Swap and Mini Food Drive, Mondays, 10 am- 12 Noon

From August 17 until the end of harvest season, Tina Feindel and Sharon Mueller will be at the Meetinghouse  from 10-12  for a  garden surplus swap. Please bring by your extra garden produce between 10 and 10:15 so that it will be available for all who come by.  And remember to bring a bag or box to carry your found treasures home in.

We also encourage you to bring  non-perishable food items for the Food Shelf.  Tina and Sharon will deliver them to at the Springfield Family Center, along with any produce that may remain at the end of the morning.

Please wear a mask and remember to follow “social distancing” recommendations!.

 

Film Discussion of “2040” on Wednesday, August 26, 3 pm via Zoom

Sign up to watch the film free as noted below:

Monadnock International Film Festival & Monadnock Food Co-op Present:
“2040: Join the Regeneration” Film: Virtual Community Screening

Tuesday, August 18, 6:30-8:30 pm, Free – Must Register Ahead
Motivated by concerns about the planet his 4-year-old daughter would inherit, Damon embarked on a global journey to meet innovators and changemakers in the areas of economics, technology, civil society, agriculture, education, and sustainability.
This screening is FREE OF CHARGE but you MUST register to access the virtual screening and live Q&A: https://www.moniff.org/events/. On the day of the screening, we’ll e-mail you the link to access the film and Q&A.
The film is ~92 minutes, and there will be a 30-minute post-film discussion live with local Monadnock region experts in the areas of regenerative agriculture, food and farming, energy, transportation and housing, equity and social justice, and cooperatives..
The Who Will We Be Post Pandemic Discussion Group on August 26 at 3 pm will be discussing the film.  Those who are excited about the film and would like to discuss it are welcome to join the group by Zoom.  (Same Zoom link as for all Meetinghouse events.)

Film Discussion: “13th”
Saturday, August 8, 7 pm via Zoom
Watch Film Ahead with Springfield Community for Change OR on Netflix

Alex Duvernay’s film is currently free on Netflix (should this offer end, one can get a 30-day free trial at Netflix). In this thought-provoking documentary, scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom.
https://www.netflix.com/title/80091741
Springfield Community for Change is showing the film in two parts outdoors in Freedom Park (off of Furnace Street) on Fridays  7/31 & 8/7, 7 pm .
Join us for a discussion of this powerful film on Saturday, 8/8  via Zoom. Join Zoom Meeting;
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6130779853?pwd=bkc2cUltQlhYUU5YME1aaHlNTGtJdz09
Dial in: +1 646 558 8656   Meeting ID: 613 077 9853    Password: 082077

Social Gathering for Members and Friends, Saturday, August 15, 5 pm Outdoors at the Meeting House

Jul 242020
 

August 2: “Dancing and Daring at Lughnasa” with Rev. Dr. Mary Ellen Eleanor Magdalena Kennedy

Our First Spiritual Makerspace Service!! 

Lunasa (Lughnasa) is the Celtic midsummer holiday celebrated on August 1st, the halfway point between the Solstice and the Equinox.  Last year, I had the exquisite pleasure of going to Ireland for the first time – a dream come true! On this journey, I experienced a profound connection with the people, the land, the language, the music, the books, the heritage and the inherited wisdom and trauma of my ancestors. Understanding prejudice, migration, servitude and enslavement through the lens of racialized trauma was a profound and unexpected gift of this journey.  Join me as we try to understand our modern American our multi-racial, multi-cultural experience.  A discussion facilitated by Rev. Mellen will follow the service on the subject of Ireland, racialized trauma and whatever is on your heart of mind.  

Zoom Info for All Springfield UU Services:   https://zoom.us/j/6130779853?pwd=bkc2cUltQlhYUU5YME1aaHlNTGtJdz09

Or dial by telephone:         +1 646 558 8656      Meeting Password 082077  Meeting ID: 613 077 9853

August 16: “Your Mind Is A Garden” 10 am with Sharon Mueller, Julane Deener and Tina Feindel< 10 am via Zoom

“Your mind is a garden, your thoughts are the seeds.  You can grow flowers, or You can grow weeds”. Peace Whisperer.  Join us for an exploration of tending our gardens and tending our souls.  In these challenging times, learning more how to tend to our internal spiritual and emotional well-being is key.   https://zoom.us/j/6130779853?pwd=bkc2cUltQlhYUU5YME1aaHlNTGtJdz09
Or dial in: +1 646 558 8656      Meeting Password 082077  Meeting ID: 613 077 9853

August 30:  Vesper Service at 6 pm IN PERSON OUTSIDE THE MEETINGHOUSE

Our Vesper Service will be Sunday August 30th, weather permitting . This is an informal evening service.  This year, unfortunately, we’ll be unable to have our traditional potluck,  Masks required and “social distancing” will be observed. This service is being organized by the Caring Committee This is an opportunity for people to gather and share some quiet time, readings and stories. This service will not be on Zoom as the traffic and other outdoor noise would be a challenge for on-line listeners.

Questions can be directed to Ellen Allman 463-5129 or ellenallman@gmail.com     

Jun 292020
 

Meditation with Suiko of the Art Monastery, Wednesdays at 5 pm 

NO MEDITATION ON JULY 22.

This relaxing class is suitable for all.  No experience necessary.  Please join us – all welcome! Zoom info for Suiko’s Meditation Classes:  bit.ly/artmonk

“Who Will We Be Post Pandemic?” Groups Continue

See home page for more information.  If interested, contact uuspringfieldvt@gmail.com

First Friday Film Discussion, July 3: “Just Mercy” 7 pm

Please watch the film ahead of time (free through June 30th) at https://www.amazon.com/

Just-Mercy-Michael-B-Jordan/dp/B082YKN1M1/ref=as_li_ss_tl?crid=AHP3XTZDCBZF&dchild=1&keywords=just+mercy&qid=1591121017&sprefix=home+secu,aps,209&sr=8-2&linkCode=sl1&tag=rollingston07-20&linkId=f670fadd5a911d228897a808aa518d3d&language=en_US

Join our discussion of the film on Friday, June 3 at 7 pm via Zoom:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6130779853?pwd=bkc2cUltQlhYUU5YME1aaHlNTGtJdz09
Meeting ID: 613 077 9853   Password: 082077 Dial in: +1 646 558 8656

 

The Party You Never Got: Marking Milestones in the Pandemic – Saturday, July 18, 5 pm. An outdoor social gathering. Raindate: 7/19

For this event Folks are invited to submit their events, transitions, missed celebrations (such as retirements, birthdays, weddings that didn’t happen,  important trips, etc…) and we’ll include the list in an upcoming Weekly Message and will read it celebrate with folks at the gathering.  (See home page for more info.)

Meetinghouse Book Group Discussion, Thursday, July 23, 12 Noon

Our July book will be “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates published in 2015.  This        award winning book is a letter the author wrote to his son explaining the racism he would have to       live with.  A quote from the book — “Here is what I would like for you to know: In America, it is         traditional to destroy the black body—it is heritage.”  We’ll meet on July 223rd.  If You’re  interested. please send an email to  uuspringfieldvt@gmail.com.   All welcome.
To join Zoom Meeting online:     https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6130779853?pwd=bkc2cUltQlhYUU5YME1aaHlNTGtJdz09                                                                                                Dial by phone: +1 646 558 8656    Meeting ID: 613 077 9853     Password: 082077

 

 

 

Jun 292020
 

July 5: “At Home with the Brave” with Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy

Are You out of sorts as You consider how to celebrate this coming holiday weekend?
Join us for a reflection on being at home with challenge, staying connected in a time of distancing and celebrating little acts of bravery.   One of the bravest things we can do is face the legacy of enslavement and racial injustice upon which this country was founded.

Service followed by discussion on how we’re responding to the racial justice uprising and “coffee hour

 

July 19: “Let’s Figure Out How to Figure Things Out” with JoAnn Gaffron-Hargrove

 

August 2: “Dancing and Daring at Lunasa” with Rev. Dr. Mary Ellen Kennedy

Lunasa is the Celtic midsummer holiday celebrated on August 1st.  Last year, I had the exquisite pleasure of going to Ireland for the first – a dream come true! On this journey, I experienced a profound connection with the land, the language, the music, the people, the books, the heritage and the inherited wisdom and trauma of my ancestors. Understanding prejudice, migration, servitude and enslavement through the lens of racialized trauma was a profound and unexpected gift of this journey.  Join me as we try to understand our modern American our multi-racial, multi-cultural experience.

Jun 012020
 

 June 28: Service with Rev. Joan Javier-Duval livestreamed from General Assembly

Rev. Joan Javier-Duvall, the amazing minister of the Montpelier Unitarian Church has been chosen to preach at the GA 2020 Sunday Morning Worship this year. No registration is needed to view this service. This powerful, communal worship experience will stream on uua.org/ga at 10:00 a.m. EDT and again at 10:00 a.m. PDT. Members of the public are welcome to view the service. Let’s plan to join this service virtually on June 28th.


June 7:  “Healing Racial & Intergenerational Trauma: A Flower Power Communion” with Rev. Mellen Kennedy

June 14: “Resistence Is the Secret of Joy” with Rev. Mellen Kennedy

June 21: “Celebrating the Solstice as We Honor the Father in Uswith Tina Feindel, JoAnn Gaffron-Hargrove, Sharon Mueller

While the Spring Equinox is associated with the Mother, Nurturer of Life, the Summer Solstice is connected to the Father, the Protector and Builder of Life. If you choose, please bring a picture of your father, or important father figure, to share.

Zoom information –

To join online:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6130779853?pwd=bkc2cUltQlhYUU5YME1aaHlNTGtJdz09
To dial by phone: +1 646 558 8656    Meeting ID: 613 077 9853     Password: 082077