Debbie Diegoli

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After our June 9 service, we’ll take a break for a few weeks in June.  Over the summer we’ll have four Sunday morning services at 10 am: July 14, July 28, August 11 and August 25.

Again this year we’re collaborating with the Springfield Town Library to hold Vermont Reads events.  The book we’ll explore is March (Book One), a graphic novel written by John Lewis  and Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell.  We’ll hold several Vermont Reads events during the summer and fall, including our annual Campfire & Potluck at the Tree Farm Campground  on Sunday August 4, 5-9 pm.

We’ll hold a Book Group on July 14 and on August 11 from 11:30 am – 1 pm. Our first book for discussion will be “How to Change Your Mind” by Michael Pollan.  On July 14th, we’ll be discussing the prologue and chapters 1-3; on August 11th chapter 4-6 and the epilogue.

Second Wednesday Gentle Yoga classes will continue through the summer.  However, First Friday Films and the Coffee House Music Series will not resume until September.

Other summer events to be announced.

 

 

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April 28 “The Hidden Life of Trees” with JoAnn Gaffron-Hargrove
Trees, trees, trees!  They are everywhere!  We admire their beauty and majesty.  They give us shelter, shade from the hot sun and help clean the air we breathe. But there is something mysterious about trees: Do they have feelings? Do they communicate? Do they have a life we know nothing about?  Let us explore the hidden life of trees.  Come early for the Stewardship Breakfast beforehand.  See details below.


April 7: “Sacred Instructions: Wisdom for Living Spirit-based Change as We Leap into the World We Need” with the Rev. Kitsy Winthrop. For me every day has become Earth Day as everyday has become Thanksgiving.  Think beavers, quantum physics and a magical ring.

April 14: “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.

April 21: “Easter Easement: Die before You Die” with Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy  The Spring season brings us through the mystery of dying, death and resurrection.  Around us the Earth, after winter dormancy, is beginning to awaken.  In the Christian tradition, at Easter we contemplate the mystery of Jesus’s dying, death and resurrection.  This year Earth Day happens to fall the day after Easter.  Let’s gather to celebrate the mystery of the Earth cycles and the Spirit’s cycles.  Fear of death characterizes our contemporary world. Yet facing death is the doorway to rebirth, joy and ease!  We hope You’ll join us.

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 Stewardship Breakfast! Sunday April 28, 8:45-9:45 am

“Coming Home to Community”

Once a year, we take time to celebrate how fortunate we are to be part of this community, to look ahead to the coming year, and to make a financial pledge to support the congregation in our collective plans for the future.  Thanks to the Caring Committee, this year, we’ll be having a Stewardship Breakfast (rather than the usual Soup Sunday).  You’re invited to join us for breakfast before the service.  Deb will share a slideshow of highlights of the year.  Rev. Mellen will give a short presentation on “Coming Home”. The breakfast is a little fundraiser, for $4 enjoy Frittata/breakfast casserole, fruit salad, an assortment of breakfast pastries and, of course, coffee.  If you are willing to make something for this event contact cathyshidlovsky@comcast.net.  See you then!


First Friday Film“The Economics of Happiness” April 5, 7 pm

Economic globalization has led to a massive expansion in the scale and power of big business and banking. It has also worsened nearly every problem we face: fundamentalism and ethnic conflict; climate chaos and species extinction; financial instability and unemployment. There are personal costs too. For the majority of people on the planet, life is becoming increasingly stressful. We have less time for friends and family and we face mounting pressures at work.

The award-winning film, The Economics of Happiness, describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions: On the one hand, government and big business continue to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power. At the same time, all around the world people are resisting those policies, demanding a re-regulation of trade and finance. Far from the old institutions of power, they’re starting to forge a very different future. Communities are coming together to re-build more human scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm — an economics of localization.

The Economics of Happiness includes interviews with activists and scholars such as Vandana Shiva, Bill McKibben, David Korten, and Zac Goldsmith who explain that climate change and peak oil give us little choice: We need to localize, to bring the economy home. The good news is that as we move in this direction we will begin not only to heal the earth but also to restore our own sense of well-being. The Economics of Happiness restores our faith in humanity and challenges us to believe that it is possible to build a better world.

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

Seva Yoga with Aimee Parnell,  Wednesday, April 10, 5:30-6:30 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 a local organization. This month Aimee is accepting donations for Turning Point Recovery Center of Springfield, who would appreciate monetary contributions toward finishing  their recreational activity room.  This will be a gentle yoga class and all are welcome.

Games & Crafts Night, Saturday, April 13, 6:30-8:30 pm

Join us for an evening of games and crafting.  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!

Book Discussion: How to Change Your Mind, Sunday, April 14, 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. (Rescheduled from earlier this winter.)

Coffee House Music Series: Heron Fire, Saturday, April 20, 7 pm

 “We’ve often been asked to describe what kind of music we do and have found   that performing is much easier to do than explaining.. That’s because the songs   we play aren’t limited to any one style. You’ll hear folk, rock, country, comedy,   blues, jazz and even a smattering of original material. Many of the songs are favorites of ours from a long history of performing together, some are more recent, but all are our own arrangements – rich with tight vocal harmonies and a unique sound and style of guitar work.In short, we feel that we provide a genuine sound, along with a versatility and creativity that’s undeniably our own. Making music has always been fun for us and we do our best to make our audiences feel “at home” with use, our music and the places we play..” – Peggy Rishel with “Heron Fire”

Free admission.  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. All welcome!

 

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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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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

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, 


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.

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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!