Debbie Diegoli

Aug 222019
Bread & Puppet at Big Town Theater Amphitheater
99 N Main St (Route 100), Rochester, Vermont 05767
Friday, August 30

Join Bread & Puppet for their 14th Year in BigTown Gallery’s Intimate Outdoor Amphitheater for The Diagonal Life Circus (!  We’l be car-pooling from the Meetinghouse. leaving about 3:45 pm, Doors open at 5 pm; show begins at 6 pm. bring a blanket or folding chair and, if you like, a picnic supper.

Reality is either horizontal or vertical or both. The horizontal produces us + eventually takes us back into its giant arms’ embrace. The vertical is the exceptional human predicament, the up + forward striding ambition that makes history + warfare.
The diagonal results from the hurts that the vertical suffers in the process. It is our common human fate, the hard-to-sustain-in-between life, neither up nor down that needs to muster all its strength to lift itself up + the courage to invent tricks that keep it from falling. And this trickery deserves a circus, however small or short, to celebrate the inventiveness of the struggling body + mind in the fight against falling, as well as a victory feast for the successful lifting itself up.
TICKETS $10 (6 year olds & under FREE)
PICNIC STYLE SEATING / Bring a blanket
First Come/Best Seat
Doors open at 5. Performance at 6.
Wood-fire Oven Pizza following performance.
RSVP Ticket purchase & reservations
Please let Deb Diegoli in the Meetinghouse office know if you’d like to join us – or 802-885-3327.

Jul 212019

 August 24: Hawaiian Luau, 5:30-6:30 pm  

Featuring authentic Hawaiian food with Chef Eddie, the luau will be held outdoors weather permitting, otherwise inside the Meetinghouse.  Tickets are $15, ($8 for children 12 and under; preschool aged kids free). Reserve a spot by contacting Deb Diegoli at the Meetinghouse at or 802-885-3327.


Grilled pineapple
Teriyaki chicken thighs
Dirty rice
Fried rice
Saiman salad
Corn with coconut oil
Grilled shrimp
Portuguese sausage
Veggie skewers
Cold green tea with lemon
Homemade Hawaiian punch

2nd Annual Campfire Potluck at Tree Farm Campground,  Aug 4th, 5-9 pm

tree-farm-campground-sign_origExplore the graphic novel March (Book One), the 2019 Vermont Reads pick, at our free event. Enjoy  community and conversation as you join the potluck meal, marshmallow toasting and make s’mores.  Learn about the Civil Rights movement and how art is an important part of social justice work.

Held under the pavilion, rain or shine, at the Campground, 53 Skitchewaug Trail in Springfield.  Generously sponsored by Vermont Reads, the Springfield Town Library, Tree Farm Campground and the Springfield Food Co-op.

Optional tent camping that night for $5.  To get this special rate, you must contact Deb Diegoli at the Springfield  UU Meetinghouse at or 802-885-3327 (please do NOT contact the Campground) so she can reserve you a spot.

Copies of March (Book One) are available to borrow at the Meetinghouse. Contact Deb if you wish to borrow one, or pick one up at our July 28th service.

Everyone of all ages welcome!vtreads2019logo

Meetinghouse Book Group, Sunday, August 11, 1:30-1 pm

We’ll continue our discussion of “How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us about Consciousness, Dying, Addition, Depression and Transcendence.” by Michael Pollan, focusing on chapters 4-6 and the epilogue.

You can download an outline/summary of the book which Rev. Mellen compiled as well as info on psychedelics in general by clicking on the links below.




NO Second Wednesday Yoga in August.  Classes will resume in September.


August 17: Annual Works in Progress Garden Tour – Five Gardens and Lunch, 8 am-1 pm  

You’re invited into five local gardens on August 17 for the Ninth Annual Works in Progress Garden Tour sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church in Springfield. The tour runs from 8 a.m. through about 1:00. Suggested donation is $20. which includes lunch and plants.
Saturday morning will begin with our traditional stop at Glen Williams’ amazing in-town “eden” on just ¾ of an acre. Glen is known for his extensive hosta collection, one of which he’ll give away to a lucky garden visitor. Next we’ll visit Mark Germain’s multi-level stone planting areas that allow for fun opportunities to try different plant material. He’s inspired by his mother’s and grandfather’s love of plants, and his love of stone.  On to Pat Magrosky’s who likens her gardens to her unfinished paintings, waiting for that moment of inspiration to complete them…truly “works in progress”!
Karen Carpenter attended one of our earlier garden tours and this year has invited us to see her and her husband Phil’s work of many years: vegetable garden, orchards of pears, peaches, and apples, and the newest plantings in their vineyard. Our last stop is Gardens at Dream Barn Hollow, located along a branch of the Williams River, and we’ll see how the gardens have evolved to create an amazing, cohesive feeling of magic: meandering pathways, curving borders, vivid colors of a variety of herbs and flower beds invoke a feeling of wonder and awe! Thank you to Alice Harwood for inviting us to have our picnic lunch there. Please email to sign up or call 802-324-9465. Full details on directions and carpooling will be provided.

Jun 282019

Meetinghouse Book Group, July 14, 11:30 am-1 pm

The group will meet the second Sunday in July and in August from 11:30 to 1 at the
Springfield UU Meetinghouse.  Our first book for discussion is, “How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us about Consciousness, Dying, Addition, Depression and Transcendence.” by Michael Pollan.  We’ll meet on the second Sundays from 11:30 to 1.  On July 14th, we’ll be discussing the prologue and chapters 1-3; on August 11th chapters 4-6 and the epilogue.

You can download an outline/summary of the book which Rev. Mellen compiled as well as info on psychedelics in general by clicking on the links below.



Gentle Seva Yoga to Benefit Springfield Humane Society, Wednesday July 10, 5:30-6:30 pm

Feel Good, Do good.  Gentle Seva Yoga, is led by Aimee Parnell every second Wednesday, 5:30-6:30 pm at the Meetinghouse.

Seva is the yogic principle of service to others.  Each month this free, gentle class raised funds or supplies to benefit a local cause. This class is suitable for all levels of experience and flexibility, including those who have limited mobility or who will remain seated during their practice.  A limited number of mats and props are provided. All are welcome.

The July class will be accepting donations for the Springfield Humane Society.


May 272019

 September 29, Welcoming the Stranger: An Update on the Work of the Community Asylum Seekers Project” with Steve Crofter, 10 am

Steve Crofter, executive director of the local nonprofit Community Asylum Seeker Project (CASP), will share some thoughts on the spiritual commandment to welcome the stranger.  He’ll also report on CASP’s current status and plans for expansion, as well as offering some opportunities to become involved.

Steve has worked at many trades – carpenter, bus driver, public school teacher, household goods mover, and farmer. After living for three years in Mexico, he and his life partner Laurel Green moved to Rockingham, VT. Steve’s interest in cross-cultural relations began as a child when his professor-father hosted international students for Sunday dinner.


 September 1 Annual Potluck & Vesper Service, 4:30 pm

Our annual Potluck/Vesper Service will be Sunday September 1 st . We will meet at 4:30
for conversation and then have our picnic supper at 5:00 followed by the vesper service.
Bring your own eating utensils and plate, along with a dish to share. This is a relaxed way
to connect with each other after many of us have been away for the summer.
This is being organized by the Caring Committee

September 8 “Annual Water Celebration” w/ Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy, 10 am

The foundational truth of our existence is that we’re the blue planet, mostly water.  Water sustains us, feeds us, grows our food, cleanses us, enthralls us and is us.  Join us for our annual ingathering where we come together after our summer wanderings.  Bring some water with You from your travels if You have it.  Share the Plate collection for BRAT, Black River Action Team.  Let’s celebrate in this intergenerational service of interconnectedness and our lives on this blue planet.

September 15, “Blessed Are the Peace Makers” w/Rev Dr Mellen Kennedy, 10 am 

There is more to this Beatitude than meets the eye.  Come be surprised at what’s hidden there.  We can find inspirit on creating community and healing the world. You’re welcome to stay for a Friends on the Path small group discussion on Climate Change after coffee hour.

September 22, “Mauna Kea- Sacred Mountain” with Sharon Mueller, 10 am 

Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii, the largest mountain in the Pacific, has long been sacred to the Hawaiian people. Already host to several observatories, there is a plan underway to build a much bigger, thirty meter telescope (TMT) on its peak. Many native Hawaiians and supporters are opposing this effort. Which has priority- science or native culture and beliefs? We will look at some of the history, the current situation, and think deeply about the clash between scientific development and native beliefs. Are they in conflict, or is there a way to honor both perspectives?

July 14 “Art Will Save Us” with Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy

Spirituality and art are intricately intertwined.  Creating a beautiful, just, kind, sustainable world is the necessity of our time.  Creating.  Creativity.  We exercise our creative capacity when we make and enjoy art and express ourselves artistically.

 July 28: “The Creative Process” with Toni Streeter.

The creative process we all possess, like a spiritual journey, is intuitive and experimental. Following the clues one step at a time can be a magical trip. Let our souls delight in wonder as we find the hidden treasures within us.  Toni is a sculptor, artist. She lives at Tree Farm Campground in Spingfield and with her husband was the former owner of the campground.  She is a member of the Springfield Meetinghouse and her paintings are frequent beautiful additions to our services.

August 11 “Art and the Civil Rights Movement” with Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy

Artist like civil rights activist, Faith Ringgold, helped birth and shape new views of the world.  “It’s a visual image of who you are.  That’s the power of being an artist!”  said Faith Ringgold.  This summer and fall as we’re reading, “March (Book One) by civil rights activist, John Lewis, let’s broaden our understanding of civil rights by taking a look at the power of art in that time.

August 25 “Revolution of the Heart: Truthtelling & the Imaginaria” with Betsy McCall  

Art can free the heart and call the soul home. For a work of art to so deeply resonate with a viewer, every aspect of the work must be authentic. Art must speak the truth, a truth that the viewer can feel. To be truly transformative, an artwork must also offer a new perspective, a new angle, a new way forward. Betsy 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.

There is no childcare or Religious Exploration during the summer.  Children are welcome during services.

“Green Living, Green Loving, Green Burial” our annual Parker Hill Service and Picnic with Rev. Mellen Kennedy, June 9, 11 am.

Join us for this service out of doors in Parker Hill Cemetery.  We’re in the midst of significant cultural shifts in terms of the environment, politics, technology, the environment and so much more including how we die and how we bury our dead.  Just 4 years ago, Vermont passed significant changes in the legislation.  The new approach is sometimes called “green burial” because it employs “land management practices that are more environmentally sensitive than those used by traditional cemeteries.”  What is the spiritual significance of the green burial movement and what can we learn?  Come stand among the grave markers of those who have gone before and contemplate together green living, green loving and green dying.  A potluck picnic will follow the brief service.

Held at at  797 Parker Hill Road , Springfield, VT, the site of  our first Universalist building, back in the 1790s, and is maintained as a cemetery to this day.

Afterwards, we’ll enjoy a potluck picnic. Please bring a folding chair, a hat, and if you can, silverware, plate, cup. Let’s help the Earth by not using paper and plastic. (We’ll bring some for those who forget, no worries). There’s lots to explore! Please be respectful of the gravestones, as they are quite old, and might tip over if pushed. Enjoy reading the inscriptions. Let’s celebrate spring in this beautiful setting! 

This is the last service of the church season for the Springfield Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse.  We will hold four services at the Meetinghouse throughout the summer, on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of July and August.

“Flower Communion” Service with Sharon Mueller, June 2, 11 am

Our annual Flower Communion service, our final regular Sunday service of the church year, commemorates the original Flower Service held in 1923 by Unitarian minister Norbert Capek, who founded the Unitarian Church in Czechoslovakia.  He developed the service to bring people in his church  together during a time of tension and strife in that part of Europe.

As fascism arose in Germany, Norbert Capek spoke out strongly against Hitler and the Nazis When Germany invaded Czechoslovakia during World War II, he was tried, found guilty of treason, and imprisoned in the Dachau concentration camp. He continued his ministry within the camp.  In 1943 he was executed there.

The service was brought to the United States by his wife, Rev. Maya Capek, and the tradition continues today in UU congregations throughout the country.  At the Springfield UU, and many others, it is celebrated each June..

You’re invited to bring a flower with which we’ll create a beautiful bouquet together symbolizing our spiritual community. All welcome!


May 242019

Pride Potluck with VINE Sanctuary, Sunday June 23rd

Here at the Meetinghouse, 1-3 pm

Celebrate Pride month by enjoying a rainbow of plant-based food while learning how to grow a rainbow of your own. This free event is open to the public, and everyone is welcome whether or not they are vegan, LGBTQ, or bring a dish to share.

This year, in conjunction with the recent opening of the Free Seed Library at Springfield Town Library, VINE also will be helping participants to “grow the rainbow” by offering free seeds of vegetables that come in a rainbow of colors (such as radishes, carrots, lettuces, corn, and beans) to all attendees. We’ll also have a fact sheet on how to grow these vegetables in your garden.

This event is free and open to the public. As always, VINE volunteers will be making extra food, so everyone is welcome, whether or not they bring a dish to share.The only requirement is that any food brought to the potluck must be vegan, which means free from any animal products such as meat, dairy, or eggs. People who would like to try making a vegan dish but don’t know where to start can visit or to search for recipes.

Launching the Meetinghouse Book Group, June 2, 11:45 – 12:30  

Come join us as we launch a book group.  We’ve read the book, “How to Change Your Mind” by Michael Pollan, had one session to talk about it, and some of us want to continue.  We’ve also talked about other books we might consider including Michelle Obama’s, “Becoming”, J.D. Vance’s, “Hillbilly Elegy” and more.  This fall we will participate in the Vermont Reads program, reading John Lewis’s, “March, Book 1” on the US Civil Rights Movement.  Come share ideas and help plan together the new Meetinghouse Book Group with Rev. Mellen Kennedy.

First Friday Film “Albatross,” June 7, 7 pm

The First Friday Film at the UU Meetinghouse on June 7th will be ALBATROSS by artist Chris Jordan. ALBATROSS is an award-winning work of art, a work of art with a message: we need to diminish our use and disposal of plastics. The film lasts about 1 1/2 hours and inspires a strong emotional response in the audience not just in favor of albatrosses but generally on the impact of our trash disposal vs reuse and recycling. .
Free admission and popcorn. Doors open at 6:45; film begins at 7 pm. Held at the Meetinghouse at 21 Fairground Road, Springfield, VT. All welcome.

Gentle Seva Yoga with Aimee Parnell,
Wednesday, June 12, 5:30 pm

Feel Good, Do good.  Gentle Seva Yoga, is led y Aimee Parnell every second Wednesday, 5:30-6:30 pm at the Meetinghouse.

Seva is the yogic principle of service to others.  Each month this free, gentle class raised funds or supplies to benefit a local cause. This class is suitable for all levels of experience and flexibility, including those who have limited mobility or who will remain seated during their practice.  A limited number of mats and props are provided. All are welcome.

Apr 302019

May 26: “The Zen of Gardening”  with Sharon Mueller 

We know that it is good to get your hands in the dirt. It is good to work hard. But it is also good to stop in the shade and rest, drink water, and reflect. Being in the garden roots you to a particular spot on the planet. It is good therapy for troubled times. We’d like to hear from you as well. What deep thoughts have you had in the garden?  (Note: the originally scheduled service with Frank Nobile has been cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control.  We hope that Frank will be able to join us at a future time.)

May 5: “Everyday Spirituality” with Rev. Patience Stoddard

The service is about noticing those small, everyday moments that can open our hearts and touch our souls. Patience was the minister here from 1998-2006 and most recently served the UU Congregation of the Upper Valley.


May 12: “Faith of Our Foremothers”  with Rev. Mellen Kennedy 

In honor of Mother’s Day, let’s turn to the lives of some of our feisty foremothers. Like Julia Ward Howe who wrote the Original Mother’s Day Proclamation in 1870 as a protest of war.  And Olympia Brown, the first woman in the US ordained in a Christian denomination.  These and other Unitarians and Universalists fought the good fight in their time and offer insight to us today that we may be powerful agents of hope and courage in our own time.   A Welcoming of New Members will be part of the service.
A Small Group Discussion on the theme of the service will be led at noon by Rev. Mellen.
All welcome.

May 19: “Wabi Sabi – Wisdom For A Perfectly Imperfect World” with Steve Shama. 

Is life more complicated than it needs to be for you?   Are you a perfectionist wishing for a simpler way to be?
Are you facing a life challenge that is stopping you from finding  creative solutions?
Explore the power of Wabi Sabi in the clarification of life and uncover for yourself a simpler, more accepting, more fulfilling way to be.

Apr 302019

Annual Springfield May Festival, Saturday, May 18, 9 am – 3 pm

The Springfield May Festival is held every year on the Saturday after Mother’s Day weekend.  It has been held annually since 2010. Admission is free. The festival is held rain or shine.

The May Festival features our popular plant sale with perennials, annuals, vegetables and herbs for your garden. Ourmay-fest-with-uu-meetinghouse-sign-640x314 garden expert will be available for consultation and to answer questions.
Crafters and flea market vendors will be set up.  Musical entertainment will add to the festive atmosphere. Lunch is provided in our cafe serving delicious homemade food and baked goods.
There is an indoor art show and sale featuring the high quality work of our local artists.
Come,  join the fun at the Meetinghouse, 21 Fairground Road, Springfield.

Coffee House Music Series: Tom Ghent, Saturday, May 18, 7 pm


Singer-songwriter Tom Ghent will perform at the UU Coffeehouse on Saturday 5/18.. Tom’s songs have been recorded by Kris Kristofferson, Gene Watson, Bobby Bare, Mama Cass, Bobby Goldsboro, Michael Settle, Rita Coolidge, Charlie Louvin, and dozens of others.
His classic, “Whiskey Whiskey” is considered a standard, and has been cut by a long list of performers in a variety of styles.
He’s played lead guitar for Mickey Newbury, appeared as a background vocalist on Joan Baez’ “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” and Steve Goodman’s “City Of New Orleans,” and his expertise in the studio is well known and respected among his industry peers. . Tom also sang the title song on the soundtrack album for the Mick Jagger movie “Ned Kelly”, a soundtrack which also featured Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings, and Jagger himself.
There is a five dollar suggested donation.
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.

Note: this will be the last UU Coffee House until fall.

First Friday Film “an Inconvenient Sequel, Truth to Power” with Carol Stedman, May 3, 7 pm

“An Inconvenient Sequel, Truth to Power,” the follow-up to Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth,” will be the May First Friday Film at the Meetinghouse. Local farmer and climate activist Carl Stedman will join us for the film and discussion.
About the film:  Ten years after the Academy Award-winning An Inconvenient Truth  brought climate change to the forefront of mainstream culture, former Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight to educate the next generation of climate champions.  Eye-opening and alarming, this compelling follow-up shows that while the stakes have never been higher, the solutions to the climate crisis are still within our reach.
Free admission and popcorn.  Doors open at 6:45, film begins at 7 pm. All welcome.

Gentle Seva Yoga, Wednesday, May 8, 5:30-6:30 pm

Feel Good, Do good.  Gentle Seva Yoga with Aimee Parn

ell, every second Wednesday at the Springfield Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse.

Seva is the yogic principle of service to others.  each month this free, gentle class raised funds or supplies to benefit a local cause.  this class is suitable for all levels of experience and flexibility, including those who have limited mobility or who will remain seated during their practice.  A limited number of mats and props are provided. All are welcome..
This month’s class is Wednesday, May 8,  Donations for Turning Point are encouraged.
Apr 082019

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.



Apr 012019

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.