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Aug 032020
 

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
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/

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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

 

 

 

May 272020
 

Wednesdays: Meditation with Suiko McCall via Zoom, 5-6 pm

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

Friday, June 26: “Who Will We Be Post Pandemic?” Friends on the Path Discussion, 3pm facilitated by Sharon Mueller – via zoom

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

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

 


Wednesday, June 3: Who Will We Be Post Pandemic Friends on the Path Discussion, 3pm facilitated by Sharon Mueller – via zoom

Contact uuspringfieldvt@gmail.com to join a group!

Meditation with Suiko McCall via Zoom – Wednesdays, 5-6 pm

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

To join online: https://zoom.us/j/476909845 

By phone: +1 646 558 8656 US

Meeting ID: 476 909 845

First Friday Film Discussion, June 5 at 7 pm

Watch the film “The Need to Grow” ahead of time, free, then join us for the discussion via Zoom on the 5th. Watch it here:   https://grow.foodrevolution.org/?orid=174172&opid=314

Zoom link to join the discussion on Friday June 6 at 7 pm:

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

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

ABOUT THE FILM:
The United Nations estimates that at the rate we are depleting our farmland, we have fewer than 60 years of soil left on Earth.
Can we feed the world without destroying the planet?
The answer depends on what we do now!
The good news is, there ARE solutions. The Need To GROW takes you inside the hearts and innovations of three very different leaders – an 8-year-old girl challenges the ethics of a beloved organization – a renegade farmer struggles to keep his land as he revolutionizes resource-efficient agriculture – and an accomplished visionary inventor faces catastrophe in the midst of developing a game-changing technology.Narrated by Rosario Dawson (Marvel’s The Defenders, The Lego Batman Movie), The Need To GROW delivers an epic story of solutions and the struggles to implement them.

Tuesday, June 9: Who Will We Be Post Pandemic Friends on the Path Discussion, 3pm facilitated by Rev. Mellen Kennedy, 6 pm – via zoom

Wednesday, June 10: Who Will We Be Post Pandemic Friends on the Path Discussion, 3pm facilitated by Sharon Mueller – via zoom

Contact uuspringfieldvt@gmail.com to join a group!

Thursday, June 11 : Who Will We Be Post Pandemic Friends on the Path Discussion, 3 pm facilitated by Jeff Taft-Dick – via zoom

Friday, June 12: “Who Will We Be Post Pandemic?” Friends on the Path Discussion, 8 am facilitated by Laurel Green- via zoom

 Sunday, June 14: “Climate Church, Climate Change” Book Discussion, 12:30-2 pm

 

 

Apr 272020
 

Meditation with Suiko McCall via Zoom – Wednesdays, 5-6 pm

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

To join online: https://zoom.us/j/476909845 

By phone: +1 646 558 8656 US

Meeting ID: 476 909 845

 

Sunday May 31: Book Discussion “Climate Church, Climate World” by Jim Antal.

“Climate Church, Climate World” argues that climate change is
the greatest moral challenge humanity has ever faced; it
multiplies all forms of global social injustice: hunger,

refugees, poverty, inequality, deadly viruses, war.
Environmental leader Reverend Jim Antal presents a
compelling case that it’s time for the church to meet this
moral challenge, just as the church addressed previous
moral challenges.
For more see https://www.jimantal.com/book
Join us on Sunday May 14th on Zoom as we discuss chapters 5,6 and 7,  Rev. Mellen and Laurel Green will facilitate. 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

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Sunday May 14: Book Discussion “Climate Church, Climate World” by Jim Antal.

“Climate Church, Climate World” argues that climate change is
the greatest moral challenge humanity has ever faced; it
multiplies all forms of global social injustice: hunger,

refugees, poverty, inequality, deadly viruses, war.
Environmental leader Reverend Jim Antal presents a
compelling case that it’s time for the church to meet this
moral challenge, just as the church addressed previous
moral challenges.
For more see https://www.jimantal.com/book

Join us on Sunday May 14th on Zoom as we discuss chapters 5,6 and 7,  Rev. Mellen and Laurel Green will facilitate. All welcome!

Friday, May 1: First Friday Film “The Promise of Biomimicry” Discussion, 7 pm

The Biomimicry Institute presents a new 20-minute film produced by Tree Media that introduces biomimicry as a way of living for everyday people and as a pathway for design inspired by nature.
Watch it ahead of time for free on Films for Action (http://www.filmsforaction.org) , then join us for a discussion via zoom on Friday evening.

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

Sunday May 3: Book Discussion “Climate Church, Climate World” by Jim Antal.

“Climate Church, Climate World” argues that climate change is
the greatest moral challenge humanity has ever faced; it
multiplies all forms of global social injustice: hunger,

refugees, poverty, inequality, deadly viruses, war.
Environmental leader Reverend Jim Antal presents a
compelling case that it’s time for the church to meet this
moral challenge, just as the church addressed previous
moral challenges.
For more see https://www.jimantal.com/book
Join us on Sunday May 3rd on Zoom as we discuss chapters 2,3 and 4.  Rev. Mellen and Laurel Green will facilitate. 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
Dial by phone
+1 646 558 8656
Meeting ID: 613 077 9853
Password: 082077

Thursday May 21, 7 pm: “Music Makers -Virtual Coffee House” with Bill Brink, Jared Gunnell and Matt Meserve

Bill Brink and Matt Meserve are performing along with Jared Gunnell on Thursday, May 21st at 7:00 pm. The performance will be carried on the SAPA TV public channel (http://sapatv.org/watch-sapa-tv-online/ or Comcast 1077 or VTel 160) ) and Facebook Live.

Tai Chi with Sue Rubel via Zoom – Mondays in May

1) Tai Chi for Fall Prevention
Time: Mondays, 10:30-11:30am

To join this Zoom class, just click (or double click) on the link below; it should take you directly to the class.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86520759671

If it asks for a meeting ID #, you should type in 865 2075 9671. But you shouldn’t need this.

If you don’t have a computer or just want to hear the audio, you can dial the following number and join that way, but be aware it’s a long distance call. You will need the meeting ID # above.
+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
2) Tai Chi for Fall Prevention
Time: Mondays, 5:00-6:00pm

To join this Zoom class, just click (or double click) on the link below; it should take you directly to the class.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82290045862

If it asks for a meeting ID #, you should type in 822 9004 5862. But you shouldn’t need this.

If you don’t have a computer or just want to hear the audio, you can dial the following number and join that way, but be aware it’s a long distance call. You will need the meeting ID # above.
+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

* Note: No class on June 1. I’ll be recovering from my hip surgery…yay!!

I know this is a lot to take in, but truly it’s easy. If I can do it, you can, too! I would love to see and/or hear you on Zoom this or any other Monday. You don’t have to pre-register and you can join either class or both. For now, I’m not going to add a Wednesday class unless there’s enough interest. – Sue

Mar 302020
 

Wednesdays, April 22, 29: Meditation class with Suiko McCall of the Art Monastery, 5-6 pm

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

To join online: https://zoom.us/j/476909845 

By phone: +1 646 558 8656 US

Meeting ID: 476 909 845

Saturday, April 25: “Comfort Food Dinner” 6-7 pm

Celebrate Spring with Us!
Make your favorite comfort food and join us for dinner conversation online via Zoom.  We’ll share favorite recipes, stories, and how we’re holding steady and even thriving.  It’s such a beautiful time of year as more and more signs of Spring and new and returning life appear.  Join with us to celebrate!

By phone:   +1 646 558 8656 US

Meeting ID: 613 077 9853
Password: 082077


Wednesday, April 8: Meditation class with Suiko McCall of the Art Monastery, 5-6 pm

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

To join online: https://zoom.us/j/476909845 

By phone: +1 646 558 8656 US

Meeting ID: 476 909 845

Wednesday, April 8,  “Solve Climate by 2030” Discussion, 7-8 pm

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/6130779853?pwd=bkc2cUltQlhYUU5YME1aaHlNTGtJdz09

By phone:   +1 646 558 8656 US

Meeting ID: 613 077 9853
Password: 082077

Thursday, April 9: Tea Time with Sharon Mueller, 3 pm via Zoom

Make yourself a cup of your favorite hot beverage and cozy up to your computer or phone to have a chat with Sharon Mueller and other friends via Zoom.   Enjoy tea and conversation (and get your IT questions about zoom answered at the same time.)  This will be a great way to keep connected during these unusual times..

To Join Zoom Meeting, click on
https://zoom.us/j/6130779853
One tap mobile: +16465588656,,6130779853# US (New York)

DIAL IN BY TELEPHONE: 
+1 646 558 8656 US (New York), Meeting ID: 613 077 9853

Friday, April 10, Tea Time by Telephone with Mellen, 3 pm

All are welcome to a teatime conference call by phone.  It’s open to anyone who wants a chance to visit and chat.  It’s especially for those of us who don’t have computers or who are not comfortable with or interested in using Zoom.  It’s easy. Just call the number below at the appointed time.  And anyone who wants will be on the same phone call together.
We’ll be able to catch up, hear how we’re all cooing and hopefully even thriving in these interesting times.  It’s a great way to stay connected. We’ll be calling all of our friends and members who don’t use email to make sure they know about this.  You can help spread the word if You’re in contact with any computer non-users or Zoom non-users.  Thanks for your helping letting folks know.

Dial-in number (US): (712) 770-5159
Access code: 179382#

Saturday, April 18: Coffee House Online Performance by Dan & Faith, 7 pm

Dan and Faith and the Springfield UU Meetinghouse are co-hosting a virtual Coffee House on Saturday via Facebook Live  https://www.facebook.com/danandfaith/live (Link will go live just a minute or two before 7 pm)

Dan and Faith are award-winning singer/songwriter/storytellers who tap into dreams, meditation and everyday life for their writing inspiration. They perform frequently in the Northeast and tour the southeast, midwest and beyond.

Free.  Donations for the musicians accepted  via
Tip Jar: https://paypal.me/DanAndFaith


Tuesday, March 31, Friends on the Path small group discussion: “What Are We Afraid of? Looking at Death” with Rev. Mellen , 3-4:15 pm

Friday, April 3, First Friday Film Discussion, 7 pm

Fantastic Fungi offers a journey into the magical earth beneath our feet: an underground network of mycelium that can heal and save our planet.
You can rent the film here for $4.99:
https://fantasticfungi.com/connect/If You are not able to or don’t want to rent it, instead You can watch these related TED talks for free:
https://blog.ted.com/your-weekend-reading-the-purpose-of-life-an-excellent-mushroom-timelapse/
https://www.ted.com/talks/paul_stamets_6_ways_mushrooms_can_save_the_world
https://www.ted.com/talks/louie_schwartzberg_nature_beauty_gratitude
We’ll meet online via Zoom to discuss this film during our usual “First Friday Film” slot, April 3rd at 7 pm.
Feb 172020
 


Sunday, March 1: Introduction to Meditation with Suiko McCall,  12-1 pm

In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, the body is considered to be the gateway to enlightenment — to fully experience the body is to fully experience awareness and our own most direct path to profound spiritual transformation.
Come and rejuvenate your body, mind, and soul.
The only requirement for this class is that you bring your body. All 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.

March 7: First Friday Film “Tomorrow” 7 pm

Tai Chi Classes with Sue Rubel are Finished for the Winter Session

If health advisories permit, they will resume on Monday, April 27 – we will confirm this closer to that date.

Tai chi can improve your balance, help improve body alignment and bring a new sense of coordination. Instructor Sue Rubel is certified by Tai Chi Vermont. Please wear comfortable clothing, flat shoes. No charge. All welcome – all abilities! No experience necessary. Held at the Meetinghouse, on Mondays through March 30th.

Tuesday, March 24: Spiritual Practices Small Group Discussion 4 pm via Zoom

In this facilitated discussion, we’ll talk about multiple ways to increase spiritual wellness. All welcome.
https://zoom.us/j/6130779853
One tap mobile: +16465588656,,6130779853# US (New York)
TO DIAL IN: 1 646 558 8656 US (New York) Meeting ID: 613 077 9853

Wednesday, March 25: Meditation with Suiko McCall, 5 pm via Zoom

We’ll demonstrate the basics of meditation – suitable for all
https://zoom.us/j/6130779853
One tap mobile: +16465588656,,6130779853# US (New York)
TO DIAL IN: +1 646 558 8656 US (New York), Meeting ID: 613 077 9853

Thursday, March 26: Tea Time with Sharon Mueller, 3 pm via Zoom

Make yourself a cup of your favorite hot beverage and cozy up to your computer or phone to have a chat with Sharon Mueller and other friends via Zoom.   Enjoy tea and conversation (and get your IT questions about zoom answered at the same time.)  This will be a great way to keep connected during these unusual times..

To Join Zoom Meeting, click on
https://zoom.us/j/6130779853
One tap mobile: +16465588656,,6130779853# US (New York)

DIAL IN BY TELEPHONE: 
+1 646 558 8656 US (New York), Meeting ID: 613 077 9853  Meeting ID: 613 077 9853

Saturday, March 29, “Comfort Food” Fundraising Dinner, 6 pm-via Zoom

Make your favorite comfort food and join us for dinner conversation online via Zoom.  We’ll share favorite recipes, comfort food stories, and how we’re holding steady and even thriving.  It’s such a beautiful time of yer as the signs of Spring and new and returning life appear.  Join with us to celebrate!

Join Zoom Meeting:    https://zoom.us/j/6130779853
One tap mobile: +16465588656,,6130779853# US (New York)
TO DIAL IN: +1 646 558 8656 US (New York); Meeting ID: 613 077 9853

Jan 312020
 
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Book Discussion: “The Book of Delights” by Ross Gay, Sunday, February 23, 11:45 am

Our February selection is a collection of short essays describing daily delights during a single year in the author’s life.. He records the small joys that are often overlooked in our busy culture. It’s the perfect remedy for cabin fever!  Feeling overwhelmed by the barrage on negative and upsetting news?  This uplifting collection will help You train yourself to notice what’s delightful in your own life, and in so doing, help You feel more appreciative and resilient.  The book has been highly recommended by both Buffy and Charis Boke. A few copies of the book are for sale at the Meetinghouse at our cost, $12 each. If interested please pay Deb in the church office.
Deb Diegoli and Tina Feindel will facilitate the discussion.

To give Yourself a lift right now, here’s a link to a 4 minute clip of the author talking about and reading from the book. It’s really lovely!!
.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcLEwL4WQnc.


CANCELLED: Film, “Harriet Tubman, They Called Her Moses” February 7

This film has been cancelled due to the weather.

Discover the real Harriet Tubman in this compelling documentary narrated by Alfrelynn Roberts and featuring expert interviews with leading scholars, Dr. Eric Lewis Williams of the Smithsonian Institute and Carl Westmoreland of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. It also features remarkable early 20th century audio recordings of African-American spirituals sung by former slaves.  Doors open at 6:45; film begins at 7 pm. Free admission and popcorn.

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

Join us for a fun evening of games and crafting on a Saturday evening. Bring a craft, knitting, mending project, Valentines cards . . . Bring your own game  – or play one of ours. All welcome!

Souper Sunday, February 9, After the Service

 The Caring Committee is sponsoring Souper Sunday on February 9th. This is a   time to gather after the Service and share soup and bread as well as conversation.   This will be Rev. Mellen’s last Sunday with us before she takes he sabbatical leave   for 2 months.  Soup and bread will be $4 (no charge for visitors). Join us!

 Psychedelics Discussion Group, Sunday, February 9. 1-2 pm

Last year, a bunch of us read “How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression and Transcendence.”, as part of the Meetinghouse Book Group. We were so impressed by the book that some of us are continuing to meet and discuss.  On Feb. 9, we’ll watch a short half an hour video, hopefully hear from one among us who recently did an ayahuasca ceremony, discuss possibly bringing a Holotropic Breathwork person to speak at the Meetinghouse, consider books and article for future reading, and whatever else is on you heart and mind.  All welcome.  For more info, contact Rev. Mellen, mellenken@aol.com

 Coffee House Music: Jay Doucette, Saturday, February 15, 7 pm

(Rescheduled from January 18th.)
Please come and enjoy the music and the delightful refreshments. No  admission fee. Doors open at 6:30, music starts at 7 pm. You’ll be able to     purchase delicious snacks and beverages.  Held at the UU Meetinghouse at 21   Fairground Rd, Springfield, VT. All welcome!
Dec 282019
 
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 Tai Chi Winter Session Begins,  January 20th  ~ Weekly on Mondays through  March 30, 5-6 pm

New session of weekly tai chi classes begins on January 20th.  Tai chi can improve your balance, help improve body alignment and bring a new sense of coordination. Instructor Sue Rubel is certified by Tai Chi Vermont. Please wear comfortable clothing, flat shoes. No charge. All welcome – all abilities! No experience necessary. Held at the Meetinghouse, on Mondays through March 30th. 


First Friday Film: “Dancing with the Cannibal Giant: 5 Stories of the New Transition”   January 3, 7 pm (rescheduled from Dec. 6)

“When today’s stories of crushing greed and endless growth  have come to an end, what, then, will be the new stories?”

This documentary  portrays “five remarkable stories of people and places transforming the world.” Narrated by Penobscot elder, Sherri Mitchell (Weh’na Ha’mu Kwasset), “we are introduced to the Penobscot mythology of the cannibal giant: a creature awakened by the destruction of mother earth. The film is told through the lens of this powerful prophecy: only if people can awaken to their own destruction, and the need for change, will the cannibal giant be put back to sleep.” The film includes groups from Vermont and upstate New York among the New Stories for the Great Transition.

“The way that we are living in the world right now is disconnected from the source of our survival … This is not the time to wallow in despair and fear, this is not the time to waste our energies pointing fingers and casting blame. This is a time for us to organize, it’s a time for us to galvanize our efforts, and to unify in ways that we never have before, to protect what is sacred and precious to us.”  – Sherri Mitchell

Executive Producer of the film, Chris Wood of BALE (Building a Local Economy) in South Royalton, will join us for a discussion after the film. Free admission and popcorn. Held at the Meetinghouse, 21 Fairground Road, Springfield, VT 05156

Games & Crafts Night, Saturday January 11, 6:30-8:30 pm

Join us for a fun evening of games and crafting on Saturday evening, January 11th . Bring a craft, knitting, mending project  – or bring your own game  – or play one of ours. All welcome!

 

CANCELLED: January Coffee House. Jay Doucette will now play on Saturday, February 15, 7 pm

     Jay Doucette will perform at the UU Coffee House on Saturday, FEBRUARY 15.
  Please come and enjoy the music and the delightful refreshments. No             admission fee. Doors open at 6:30, music starts at 7 pm. You’ll be able to     purchase delicious snacks and beverages.  Held at the Meetinghouse at 21   Fairground Rd, Springfield, VT. .All welcome!

Souper Sunday, January 19 After the Service

The Caring Committee is sponsoring Souper Sunday on January 19th. 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). Join us!

Meetinghouse Book Group, “Younger Next Year”  Sunday, January 19, after Souper Sunday

Our next book will be “Younger Next Year: Live Strong , Fit, and Sexy — Until You’re 80 and Beyond.” by Chris Crowley and Henry Lodge, MD.  This is a great book that challenges many of our unquestioned assumptions about aging. You’re invited to start the New Year with this very hopeful and empowering book. The book discussion will be co-led by Jim Cahill, MD and Rev. Mellen.  We’ll meet after the Souper Sunday lunch on January 19.  Several copies of the book are available for free on the Harvest Table in the lobby.
Nov 302019
 

*Tai Chi Classes are taking a break until mid-January 2020*


Please note: there is NO Rumi celebration on December 17th.  That listing in the local paper was in error. 

December 17th is the anniversary of Rumi’s death; however, our  celebration was held on December 8th.  We’re sorry for any confusion.


Entheogens Discussion Group, Sunday, Dec. 1 at 11:45 – 1 pm
Some of us were very inspired by reading Michael Pollan’s new book, “How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Up about Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence.”  Though we’re done with the book, we’re continuing the conversation. Join us on Sunday as we watch and discuss a short video on Holotropic Breathwork, explore bring a breathwork person to Springfield and discuss other resources for our mutual learning.  Facilitated by Rev. Mellen.

12/6 Film Cancelled -will be rescheduled in the future.

Got Hope?  Come See this Film!!


“Dancing with the Cannibal Giant: 5 Stories of the New Transition”
Special Screening with Executive Producer of the film, Chris Wood
First Friday Film, December 6, 7 pm

“When today’s stories of crushing greed and endless growth have come to an end, what,
then, will be the new stories?”
This documentary portrays “five remarkable stories of people and places transforming the world.” Narrated by Penobscot elder, Sherri Mitchell (Weh’na Ha’mu Kwasset), “we are introduced to the Penobscot mythology of the cannibal giant: a creature awakened by the destruction of mother earth. The film is told through the lens of this powerful prophecy: only if people can awaken to their own destruction, and the need for change, will the cannibal giant be put back to sleep.” The film includes groups from Vermont and upstate New York among the New Stories for the Great Transition.

“The way that we are living in the world right now is disconnected from the source of our survival .. This is not the time to wallow in despair and fear, this is not the time to waste our energies pointing fingers and casting blame. This is a time for us to organize, it’s a time for us to galvanize our efforts, and to unify in ways that we never have before, to protect what is sacred and precious to us.” – Sherri Mitchell

Rev. Mellen saw the film at a showing where she lives in Lincoln and met the Executive Producer of the film,  Chris Wood of BALE (Building a Local Economy) in South Royalton. Mellen was so inspired by the film that she asked Chris to come show it in Springfield.  Chris will join us for a discussion after the film. Free admission and popcorn.

 

“Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude” 11:45-1:00 pm, Small Group Discussion facilitated by Rev. Mellen – part of the Gratitude Challenge – See:

Rumi Night with Poetry and Dancing

Sunday, December 8, 4-5:30 pm followed by reception

A participatory evening of Poetry, Meditation & Sufi dancing here at the  Meetinghouse. Live music with The Dances of Universal Peace. Sarah-Elizabeth Anderson, David Khalid Willis,  Wahaba Babb, Alim LaBrie and Mellen Kennedy will  lead us. December 17 is the 746th anniversary of the passing of Jalaluddin Rumi, the great Persian mystic and poet.
Around the world, fans of Rumi meet in December to recite his poetry and remember his inspiring life. Join us for our own local celebration.  No admission fee; donations accepted.

Coffee House: Josh Hall, Saturday, December 14, 7 pm

New Hampshire native, Joshua Hall started playing guitar at age 14. His relationship with music has found him embracing, composing, and performing in an unusually wide variety of musical styles.  Classically trained, he earned his bachelors degree in music education from Ithaca College. In 1997, he began teaching music at the Frances C. Richmond Middle School in Hanover, NH, where he continues to direct several choruses, jazz and concert bands, general music, and the guitar program.

Joshua married his high school sweetheart, Angie, and regularly accompanies her Yoga classes at various yoga studios in the area. His two daughters, Isabella and Ellessia, provided constant inspiration and reminders of how free we are as children. Whether he is writing music for solo guitar, yoga classes, or Extraneous Solutions, Joshua draws inspiration from all areas of his life.

In his most recent release, Simple Life, Joshua explores regular life with all of its complex emotions. Feelings of joy and melancholy entwine throughout. Just as each day has its peaks and valleys of emotion, these songs each occupy their own emotional space. Struggles with sobriety, the joy of a happy marriage, the sadness of leaving your first house, and the tenacity of will to stay present in the moment all find a voice on this album.

Please come and enjoy the music and the delightful refreshments. No admission fee. Doors open at 6:30, music starts at 7 pm. You’ll be able to purchase delicious snacks and beverages.  All welcome!

Souper Sunday, December 15 –  After the Service

 The Caring Committee is sponsoring Souper Sunday on December 15th. 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). Join us!  We’ll decorate the tree after lunch.
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 Tai Chi with Sue Rubel – Fall Session Weekly Classes on Mondays, 5-6 pm, through December 16th.

This class will let you discover for yourself why so many people are now taking tai chi classes. You’ll see how tai chi can improve your balance, help you with better body alignment, and bring a new sense of coordination. In all cases you’ll find tai chi’s movements gentle and slow, allowing time for you to open your senses in new ways.
No experience is necessary. Suitable for all ages and abilities. Instructor Sue Rubel s certified by Tai Chi Vermont. Please wear comfortable clothing and flat shoes. No charge. All welcome!
Held here at the Meetinghouse.

 

Coffee House Music Series, November 16, 7 pm: Pat Daddona

Pat Daddona will be the featured artist at the Saturday, November 16th UU Coffee House. Nurtured pat-on-lets-chatmusically in New London, Conn. Pat plays originals, covers and a bit of banjo,  Janis Ian, Lui Collins, Joni Mitchell and Tracy Chapman are just some of her heroes. As the poet and her teacher William Meredith said, “what we must learn is how to walk light.” Pat spent most of her journalism career in Connecticut, and now works at mentoring and youth service nonprofits in Windsor County. She lives in Chester with her partner and cat. Check out her website at https://www.reverbnation.com/patriciadaddona/songs.
Weathersfield singer/songwriter Bill Brink will open for Pat. Come enjoy the music and the delightful refreshments. No admission fee. Doors open at 6:30, music starts at 7 pm. You’ll be able to purchase delicious snacks and beverages. . Held at the Meetinghouse at 21 Fairground Road, Springfield, VT. All welcome!

First Friday Film “Paris to Pittsburgh” & Panel Discussion, November 1, 7 pm
From Florida to Iowa to California, the consequences of climate change are increasingly evident across the country. These impacts have created a new force for change as mayors, governors, businesses, and everyday citizens launch local climate solutions. . . .
This free screening of “Paris to Pittsburgh” will be followed by a panel discussion on proposed Vermont legislation related to climate change will follow the film. Doors open at 6:30 pm.
Hosted by Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse & Springfield Energy Committee.
Sponsored by Vermont Climate & Health Alliance and Vermont Interfaith Power & Light.
For more information, e-mail Dan at contact@vtcha.org
Games & Crafts Night: Saturday, November 2, 6:30-8:30 pm*

 Join us for a fun evening of games and crafting on this Saturday evening. Bring
your own game or craft project – or play one of ours. All welcome!
* Note that this month t\games night will be on the first Saturday to accommodate the Jamaican dinner that will take place on November 9th.

Jamaican Dinner, Saturday, November 9, 5:30-6:30 pm
Fundraiser for the Meetinghouse

Join us for a hearty meal featuring:

  • Jerk chicken .
  • Rice and beans
  • Baked sweet potatoes
  • Cole slaw
  • Banana bread
  • Grilled bananas and pineapple
  • Fruit punch

Cost: $15 for adults ($8 for kids 12 & under; preschoolers free). Please let Deb Diegoli know if you plan to come.  Contact uuspringfieldvt@gmail.com .

Important change re: 2nd Wednesday Gentle Seva Yoga:                               

Aimee is changing her schedule for the winter months and will offer Seva Candlelight Yoga by donation at her studio at East View Farm, 689 Massey Rd, Springfield, Vermont 05156. For more about Aimee’s studio, please see https://eastviewfarmvermont.com/