The Work Continues Even When the Building is Closed

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Debbie Diegoli

Jan 262021
 

Zoom Info:

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Or dial in: +1 646 558 8656

Meeting ID: 613 077 9853

  “My Healing Hands” with Bet Bailey

February 28, 10 am

Bet will talk about how she got her gift of healing, what its like to be a practitioner, and what its like to receive this healing.

A Springfield, VT, Charlestown, NH resident for over 40 years, Elizabeth (Bet) Bailey loves her 3 grown children and several grandkids. Active in 4-H, Cub Scouts and a deaconess in Acworth, NH Church, Bet has also worked at Women’s Supportive Services, area newspapers as a journalist, Exec. Asst. at Fort at No. 4 Museum, and Asst. Mgr. at Brooks Pharmacy. She has been doing hands on healing for over 35 years. She is a gardener and naturalist. She has been studying PTSD for a number of years.

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“Tending the Beloved: An AltarMaking Space” with Charis Boke, PhD

February 7, 2021, 10 am

In this spiritual makerspace we gather songs, stories, and objects of a beloved. This can be a person, a place, an activity, a spirit or deity. Dr Charis Boke guides us through what it means to build an altar, how to choose what goes on one, and the beginnings of the materials for our own altars. Please set up a paper and pen, and have a small area on a table or bookshelf cleared for your altar. If you have access to a small bowl and a small candle (votive or tea lights fine, as are electric candles), please have those readily available. You may also choose to have some plants or other natural objects available for the altarmaking.

“The Curiosity of Cupid: A Valentine’s Day Celebration” with Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy

February 14, 10 am

In the words of St. Augustine, “To fall in love with God is the greatest romance.” Huh? Let’s explore the reality and power of these words as we celebrate Valentine’s Day.

“Race Amity: A Friendly Way Forward!” with Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy and Ahmad Abdel-Mawgood

February 21, 10 am

An encounter with Ahmad Abdel-Mawgood 8 years ago set me on trajectory of working on Countering Islamophobia, which I’ve been doing ever since. Ahmad will join me in this service as we explore Race Amity. This approach is the brain-child of William “Smitty” Smith, the inspiring founder of the National Center for Race Amity. Smitty sees a way out of our current morass by focusing on the stories of cross-racial collaboration which have existed since the founding of this country. Join Ahmad and me in this service as we share stories about our friendship, and explore and celebrate Race Amity.
You’re invited to stay for a short coffee half-hour and then
a discussion of Race Amity from 11:30 to 12:30.

Jan 102021
 

Drop in Friends on the Path Group after the 10 am service with JoAnn Gaffron-Hargrove and Poet Rajnii Eddins.

Group Purpose: making friends, growing spiritually, and co-
creating a beautiful, just, compassionate, sustainable future together.

“Our concepts of whiteness, blackness and race were invented in the seventeenth century. The terms
white person, white woman, or white man, did not appear until the 1600’s … Race is s myth – something made up in the seventeenth century that has been carried forward, day by day and century after century, into the present. As Quinn Norton observes, ‘Whiteness is one of the biggest and most long-running scams ever perpetuated.’” My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakem, pp, 64-47

All welcome. Join us by Zoom (or stay on the call after the service and coffee time).

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6130779853

Jan 012021
 

Zoom info:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6130779853

Or dial in: +1 646 558 8656

Meeting ID: 613 077 9853

January 31: Annual “Word Service”with Tina Feindel, Sharon Mueller, and Rhianon Glidden

Join Tina Feindel, Sharon Mueller and Rhianon Glidden for our annual Word Service as we celebrate in words and music, poetry and song. We’ll interweave words of praise, thanks and hope!

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January 3: “Aha! The Power of Epiphany” with Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy

What’s the significance of those moments when our awareness shifts and we see with fresh eyes?  And new vision is what we do need right now in these interesting times.  “You can’t solve a problem with the same thinking that created it.” said Einstein.  2021 is replete with challenges to solve and thus ripe with opportunities for fresh perspectives. You’re invited to a system upgrade! And we’ll get to vote on a new name for The Grinch! You’re welcome to stay for social hour after the service.

January 10: “As a City Upon a Hill: Regrouping after the Capitol Insurrection” with Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy

We are living in historic times.  Join us on Zoom to be together after the challenges we have witnessed on our screens unfolding in Washington, DC this week.  Let’s gather to support each other, remind each other of a larger vision of one humanity, and reach for deeper understanding and a broader view on what transpired. 
Enjoy these words from President Calvin Coolidge, “To live under the American Constitution is the greatest political privilege that was ever accorded to the human race.”  Stay for coffee hour and time to talk after the service. 

January 17: “We Are a Gentle Angry People.” with JoAnn Gaffron-Hargrove and Rajnii Eddins

Hymn 170:”We Are a Gentle, Angry People”. Yes, indeed, we are! This hymn so describes us. We are gentle, peace loving, kind, compassionate people who respect the worth and dignity of every person. But we are also angry about the social injustices, the hate, inequality, wars and suffering in the world and we want to do something about it.
We follow the example of Martin Luther King Jr.. We support Black Lives Matter We march and attend peaceful rallies. We read and discuss books like My Grandmother’s Hand and The Hate You Give.
Can we do more? Can a white person understand the black experience?
Our guest speaker will be Rajnii Eddins., spoken word poet, emcee and teaching artist. Originally from Seattle Washington, he has been engaging diverse community audiences for over 27 years. He was the youngest member of the Afrikan American Writers Alliance at age 11 and has been actively sharing with youth and community in Vermont since 2010. His latest work Their Names Are Mine aims to confront white supremacy while emphasizing the need to affirm our mutual humanity.

January 24: “Real Relationships Save Everything” with Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy

In the wake of the Inauguration, what is your part in helping heal America?  As Michelle Obama said, “It’s up to each of us to do our part. To reach out. To listen.”  Come and discern what your part is.  Join us in this six-month challenge to learn, listen, reflect, read, watch, pray, share, reach out, laugh, cry and transform.  As Buddhist teacher Pema Chodron says, “Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.” As You change Yourself, You heal the world.  Stay for a small group discussion, “Real Relationships: Harmony Bound” facilitated by Rev. Mellen after virtual coffee hour. 

Dec 272020
 

“Move around the center as pilgrims.

Being still is how one clay clod sticks to another in sleep

while movement wakes us up and unlocks new blessings.”  Rumi

Doctors in the UK will soon be able to prescribe dance classes!  Write your own Rx.

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Rx

From: Me!! My Higher Self!  _____________________________

Date: The Time is Now!  ________________________________

   Re: “Move more, sit less.”  “Sitting is the new smoking.”

How and when exactly am I going to move more and sit less?

Why should I bother? (Use the back for more writing if You’d like).

Movement Idea:  The best thing you can do for your health

By David E. Conroy Professor of Kinesiology and Human Development (Adjunct Professor of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern Univ.), Pennsylvania State Univ. and Sherry Pagoto, Professor of Allied Health Sciences, Univ. of Connecticut

Think of exercise as a 401K for your body. The benefits grow over time.

The experts call physical activity the “best buy” in public health. And the guidelines are based on evidence from thousands of studies. Based on this evidence, an expert panel concluded that exercise increases our lifespans, prevents that sneaky annual weight gain and reduces the risk of almost every chronic disease: cardiovascular disease, diabetes and many cancers. No other single behavior can do as much good for your health. By investing some time into movement now, you get to cash in later. Think of it as the 401K for a long, healthy and happy life.

Fortunately, exercise has many immediate benefits. One of the biggest is the “feel good” effect afterwards. People consistently feel more focused, less stressed and more energized after physical activity. In fact, studies now show that regular physical activity can actually reduce anxiety and depression – with effects equal to antidepressant medication or psychotherapy. We are all just one activity away from feeling better than we do right now.

Text Box: “Cultures from around the world use rhythmic bodily movement as an integral part of spiritual practice.  People dance to demonstrate their devotion and commitment; to invoke the presence of goddesses and gods; to communicate their grievances and receive divine counsel; to attain mystical experience; or to share wisdom within the community.”   K. LaMothe, Dance Magazine,  Dec. 2001 .Studies show that good physical health is tied to good mental health. 

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Cultures from around the world use rhythmic bodily movement as an integral part of spiritual practice.  People dance to demonstrate their devotion and commitment; to invoke the presence of goddesses and gods; to communicate their grievances and receive divine counsel; to attain mystical experience; or to share wisdom within the community.”   K. LaMothe, Dance Magazine,  Dec. 2001 .______________________________________________________________________________

Climate Justice Idea:  The more You walk, the less You drive. 

“Hard times require furious dancing.” Alice Walker

SITTING IS THE NEW SMOKING!!!

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“All the ills of mankind, all the tragic misfortunes that fill our

history books, all the political blunders, all the failures of the

great leaders have arisen merely from a lack of skill in dancing.” ~ Moliere, 1622

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Written by Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy, Springfield UU Meetinghouse, Vermont, Revised June, 2020

Dec 082020
 

Special Services for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve ~

See Services listing.

Tea Time with Sharon
Wednesday, December 9, 3 pm

Join Sharon Mueller and friends for a virtual tea time on Wednesday, December 9th.  Drop in with a story to tell, a poem to read or just for a visit. Bring along a cup of tea or a hot beverage of your choice,  All welcome! Zoom info:https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6130779853      Or dial in:+1 646 558 8656    Meeting ID: 613 077 9853

“Welcome Winter” Hot Cocoa Hour, Saturday, December 19, 4-6 pm

Nov 292020
 

December 31: Words of Hope, Songs of Peace.  An Interfaith New Year’s Eve Vesper Service, 4 pm.

Greeting 2021 with Readings, Poetry, Reflection, Hymns and Songs.  Featuring The Peace Choir – an interfaith collection of singers from near and far, under the direction of Julane Deener. The Peace Choir is dedicated to Singing for Peace on Planet Earth. Sponsored by Springfield Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse.

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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December 6: “Love In Action” with Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy

We are a country in needed of mending. Each of us can be healers and bridge builders.  Using story, meditation, music, and reflection, let’s explore our habits of responding to conflict as well as cultivate new ways for connecting and creating the compassionate, harmonious, just, sustainable world we long for.  What’s your part?

December 13: “Fractals” Spiritual Makerspace Service with Toni Streeter

We will explore the mysterious world of fractal images. Can they lead us to real communication or inter-being with the Earth?  We will focus on what we see HERE because HERE is everywhere. Related to everywhere else. Toni is a local artist, member of the Meetinghouse and a resident of Tree Farm Campground in Springfield. Join via Zoom:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6130779853

December 20: “How the Grinch Saved the Solstice: A Tale for 2020” Our Annual Solstice Service with Rev. Mellen Kennedy and a cast of characters, 4 pm.   

Need some light and a lift?  The Grinch in his post heart-expanded state has wisdom and antics to share.  Join us for carols, a skit, music sharing and candle lighting as we celebrate and bless the longest night of the year and the longest year of our lives. Please bring a candle for the candle lighting during the service and a cup of tea for Social & Teatime after the service. 

December 24: “Stories and Carols ~ Christmas Eve Service” with Rev. Mellen Kennedy, Rev. Will Hunter, Julane Deener & the Virtual Choir, 4 pm. 

Join us for a cozy evening of reconnecting with the quintessential Christmas message of Light and Hope in unexpected ways and places. Come ready to sing all your favorite carols.  Please bring a candle for a candle lighting ceremony.  Stay for a social hour.  We’re delighted that members of the Weathersfield Center Congregation will be joining us. Social hour after the service. 

December 27: “Annual Fire Ceremony” with JoAnn Gaffron-Hargrove, 10 am


Theme: Believe and Resolve 
As 2020 draws to an end, let us prepare ourselves for the new year with our personal beliefs firmly anchored in our minds, hearts and souls, and the resolve to live what we believe in, no matter what the new year brings. Due to the corona virus pandemic, we need to be flexible this year. The service will be centered in our sanctuary with our fire bowl and candle of renewal, but you will participate virtually on zoom. Please have paper, pen and an envelope handy. During the response time, please share your comments on what 2020 has meant for you.

Oct 312020
 

This meditation series is on break until January!

Finding Peace in Troubled Times – Fall Meditation Series 
Tuesday Evenings at 6:30 p.m with Julane Deener


Singing Meditation is an interfaith spiritual practice of singing devotional chants from a variety of faiths interspersed with periods of silence in which participants meditate, contemplate, or pray.  Chant can carry us into silence in a special way. Silence centers our souls.  One need not be a ‘singer’ to participate – just open to embracing tranquility.  No experience necessary – all are welcome.  Drop in one week or every week.  This is a Zoom virtual experience – if you’d like to participate, contact Julane (julanejulane@comcast.net or 802-463-9719) for lyrics.   https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89933866579

Virtual Day After Thanksgiving Tea
Hosted by Unitarian Church of Montpelier
Friday, November 27, 2020 AT 4 – 5:15 pm

Come with a favorite holiday beverage, leftover turkey sandwich, or pumpkin pie … Bring a favorite family recipe to share … Enjoy this opportunity to check-in with UU friends the day after Thanksgiving, to share gratitude & memories, music, and reflections. Stay the whole time, or just drop in to say hello! Led by UCM’s Membership & Hospitality Committee.

Click Here to Join on Zoom — https://zoom.us/j/93218930270… OR Dial in:
+1 929 436 2866 US (New York)
Meeting ID: 932 1893 0270      Passcode: 809453

Friends on the Path Discussion Groups Continue

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 Friends on the Path four groups 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 these times. The 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.  
Hope You’ll join us  as we explore how we can create a beautiful, just, compassionate, sustainable world together.  In each meeting, we explore a different spiritual practice such as gratitude, forgiveness, being in nature, prayer,  meditation and more. 
We still have a few openings for new members.  If interested, contact uuspringfieldvt@gmail.com.

 Join us: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6130779853
Dial in: +1 646 558 8656    Meeting ID: 613 077 9853  

“My Grandmother’s Hands” Book Discussion Groups on Sundays
November 1, 15 and 22
on Zoom

“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 the June 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!  We’ll spend our sessions reading, discussing and doing together the breathing and other embodied practices that the author presents.  It’s a great book!  If You’d like to purchase a copy for $18,(our cost), contact Deb Diegoli at uuspringfieldvt@gmail.org. . 

First Friday Film Discussion
“The Social Dilemma”
Friday, November 6, 7 pm

“Fake news travels six times faster than real news.”The Social Dilemma explores the dangerous human impact of social networking, with tech experts sounding the alarm on their own creations.

“Social Dilemma” trailer:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaaC57tcci0
The full movie can be watched on Netflix if you have an account, or perhaps from the library.
If you’d prefer a shorter, free video, you can watch the TED talk with Tristan Harris (17 min):https://www.ted.com/talks/tristan_harris_how_a_handful_of_tech_companies_control_billions_of_minds_every_day?language=en
And/or you can watch a Youtube of a Wired interview with Tristan Harris and Yuval Harari (just under an hour) which is also great! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0sWeLZ8PXg&list=PLOcS494dBHE8Z0LVcLi4ohKKFlFmsJgYa&index=10

Any one of these will give you enough background to participate in our discussion.  Join us on Friday, Nov. 6 at 7 pm on Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6130779853 to join the conversation about this important topic.

POP UP CONCERT; “6-foot Serenade” with Bill Brink and Josh Hall SATURDAY, 1 PM, 11/7 OUTDOORS AT THE MEETINGHOUSE

Free admission. Please wear a mask.

Creative Crafting:  Monday, Nov. 8, 1-3 pm in the Meetinghouse parking lot. 

Socially distanced; please wear a mask. You’re invited to come and work on art, knitting, crocheting, sculpture,mending, making and writing holiday cards, or anything else You would enjoy doing.  We’ll have a wonderful chance to sit outside in the beautiful weather and visit while we craft. If you’re interested just show up.  If You have questions or have other ideas, contact Tina at 802-885-3390 or Deb, uuspringfieldvt@gmail.com

Oct 212020
 

November 29: “On the Cooperation of Trees, the Resilience of the Atlantic Spotted Dolphin and the Retirement of my Plumber” with the Rev. Dr. Nancy Jay Crumbine

In Memory and in Honor of Beau DuBray,
Dartmouth freshman from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe
of South Dakota

This sermon is on grief, resilience, gratitude, and the radical interdependence which we keep forgetting, without which we do not survive. Readings will be from Robin Wall Kimmerer’s exquisite book, Braiding Sweetgrass.

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November 1: 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!

November 8: “Healing Our Divided Nation”with Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy

Regardless of the outcome of the election, our country is in great need of healing.  Where can we look for inspiration?  Rugby, of all places!  Join us for envisioning a harmonious, restored nation and an exploration of our part in that.   

November 15: “The Body Is Our Teacher: Nature Awareness, Somatic Meditation and Spirit Writing” Spiritual Makerspace Service with Qayyum Johnson

The Springfield UU community invites you to a creatively engaged Spiritual Makerspace gathering  that will offer you new tools to drop into profound states of spaciousness, relaxation and joy. Surprise yourself by encountering the mysterious and powerful life force that courses below the surface of your everyday mind.

Join Qayyum Johnson in a heart-led experiential workshop that will explore what happens when we move our awareness from the logical, linear and linguistic left brain where we live most of our modern lives, and attune/commune with the non-conceptual energy field beneath and around our thinking minds.

We will talk about what the more-than-human natural world has to teach us about how to live in balance, then we will engage in deeply relaxing meditative positions that encourage us to feel through our bodies directly. At the end of the workshop, we’ll have a brief writing exercise that will seek to bypass our inhibited consciousness and allow our unique blessings to find expression in language.

*We will be doing some guided meditations that are ideally done lying down, please plan to join Zoom and be able to comfortably sit or lie down near your computer so that you’re able to hear instructions.

**We’ll also be doing a creative spiritual writing exercise, so please also have paper and writing utensils ready to use during the gathering.

Qayyum was born into an American Sufi family and grew up in intentional communities. Bricolage poet/writer, sculptor, sound & video artist & ordinary person inspired by indigenous, folk & street traditions & mash-ups—revolutionary life that stirs the body and mind to reconnect with elemental truth. 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, and corresponds with incarcerated men seeking contemplative comrades.
Qayuum lives at Art Monastery Vermont, in the aboriginal Abenaki Dawnland of modern Vermont, alongside Kwanitekw, the Long (Connecticut) River.

November 22: “Tall Tales: Time for a Break from Reality! ” with JoAnn Gaffron-Hargrove

We have all been having to deal with some heavy duty issues for months now. Let’s give ourselves a much needed break from reality. By using our imagination, we can escape to worlds where anything is possible. Imagination can be a powerful tool to find solutions to problems, to relieve stress and challenge assumptions.  We have three delightful, original tall tales to share with you, as well as some inspirational thoughts and great music. Come and exercise your imagination and have some fun!  Service team: JoAnn Gaffron-Hargrove, Tina Feindel, Antonia Streeter, Mimi Yahn, Max Meserve, Julane Deener, Bill Brink

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.