Oct 262019
 
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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/

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Tai Chi with Sue Ruble – Weekly Class on Mondays, 5-6 pm

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 Ruble is certified by Tai Chi Vermont. Please wear comfortable clothing and flat shoes. No charge. All welcome!
Held here at the Meetinghouse.

First Friday Film: “The Language You Cry In” October 4, 7 pm

This film tells an amazing scholarly detective story that searches for, and finds meaningful links between African Americans and their ancestral past. It bridges hundreds of years and thousands of miles from the Gullah people of present-day Georgia back to 18th century Sierra Leone. It recounts the even more remarkable saga of how African Americans have retained links with their African past through the horrors of the middle passage, slavery and segregation.

The film dramatically demonstrates the contribution of contemporary scholarship to restoring what narrator Vertamae Grosvenor calls the “non-history” imposed on African Americans: “This is a story of memory, how the memory of a family was pieced together through a song with legendary powers to connect those who sang it with their roots.” Fee admission and popcorn..  Doors open at 6:45 pm; film starts at 7 pm.  All Welcome!

Meetinghouse Book Group: March (Book One) the 2019 Vermont Reads Selection, Sunday, October 6, 12-1 pm

The graphic novel March (Book One) by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell, the 2019 Vermont Reads selection, will be discussed at the UU Meetinghouse.on Sunday, October 6, 12-1 pm.  All are welcome to join us

Book One tells of Lewis’s childhood in rural Alabama, his desire as a young man to be a preacher, his life-changing interactions with Martin Luther King, Jr., and the nonviolent sit-ins he joined at lunch counters in Nashville as a means of undermining segregation..

Copies of the book are available for loan at the Meetinghouse and at the Springfield Town Library.  Held at the Meetinghouse at 21 Fairground Road, an accessible.venue. Event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by Vermont Reads and the Springfield Town Library. Contact uuspringfieldvt@gmail.com

Yoga CANCELLED for Oct 9th due to illness.

2nd Wednesday Gentle Seva Yoga with Aimee Parnell, October 9, 5:0-6:30 pm

Feel Good, Do good.  Gentle Seva Yoga, is led by Aimee Parnell every second Wednesday 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 October class will accept donations for the Springfield  Warming Shelter.

Games & Crafts Night: Saturday, October 12, 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!

Souper Sunday: October 13, After the Service

  The Caring Committee is sponsoring Souper Sunday on October 13th. 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!

“Sing Out UU’s! — The “Secret” Ingredient in Transformative UU Communities” Workshop w/Rev. Dave Ruffin, Sunday, October 13, 12-1:30 pm

The science is in! Singing together increases trust and connection. It releases the “happiness quartet” of dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin and endorphins, supporting positive outlook and mood. It lowers blood pressure and stress and increases immune function. It helps with alertness and memory. The list goes on and on. But I’m betting you don’t need any of this to know what good medicine music and song are for you! There is no known healthy human culture that hasn’t sung, after all. So why is it such a rare occurrence these days?
Singing together, while still cherished by many of us, has become a largely forgotten art. We lack the cultural glue of simple and accessible music we all grew up sharing and so continue to. Music is, instead, becoming personalized and professionalized. And, in a culturally diverse world in which certain cultures have been marginalized, there are also important and challenging questions about what music we choose to use and how. Perhaps most significantly, though, many of us have had our voices shamed and/or silenced along the way. Singing, that is to say, has become a vulnerable act.
But we can turn this vulnerable act into a radical gift, as we risk opening our hearts and mouths anew to co-create a culture of singing in our communities. It’s my belief that no aspiration we have for the world, or our own lives, is not supported by taking this step. In this workshop we’ll get started taking down the obstacles that stand in our way, and rediscovering anew, together, this basic gift we’re all entitled to share as humans. No singing experience or expertise needed. Inhibitions and skepticism welcome. I love few things as much as helping fellow travelers live more fully into the gift of communal singing. All you have to do is show up!

Bio:  David Ruffin is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, artist and educator who came to Vermont for a sabbatical time of renewal, exploration and discernment two years ago and hasn’t been able to leave since. Early in his ministry he founded the alternative spiritual community, The Sanctuary Boston, a home for young adults and others who often don’t feel at home in more traditional church environments. He also then served for two and a half years as the Assistant Minister at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, OK. Prior to ministry, David worked as an actor and singer based in New York City. Since coming to Vermont, David has dived into the worlds of sustainable agriculture, nature connection and outdoor education, including working with the Metta Earth Institute in Lincoln the Crows Path’s Field School in Burlington, and the Walden Project in Monkton. 

After launching the Sanctuary Boston David began offering workshops on worship and particularly the integration of music and congregational singing, therein. David continued this work while with All Souls in Tulsa, particularly working with a small lay led congregation in Hot Springs Village Arkansas which he went on to serve as a short-term consulting minister. He has led worship and facilitated music and worship workshops at many UU congregations, particularly in the Boston area, as well as for the UUA, LREDA, the UUMA, UU Summer Seminary, the MidAmerica UU Regional Gathering, and at General Assembly working with, among others, the Rev. Thandeka, Rev. Fred Muir, and members of the Sanctuary Boston. He wrote his thesis at Harvard Divinity School on transformational Unitarian Universalist worship, and wrote a chapter about his work with the Sanctuary Boston in Turning Point, Essays on a new Unitarain Universalism, edited by Fred Muir. David’s writings are also included in Becoming, A Spiritual Guide for Navigating Adulthood.

Coffee House: Natural Woodchucks, Saturday, October 19, 7 pmTwo Coffee House favorites, Heron Fire and Woodchuck’s Revenge, join together for our October session.  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. From Heron Fire you’ll likely hear folk, rock, country, comedy, blues, jazz and even a smattering of original material.  The variety of music should make for an exciting Coffee House!

Please come and enjoy the music and the delightful refreshments. No admission fee. 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. All welcome!
Aug 262019
 
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 Fall Flea Market and Open House, Saturday, September 28, 9 am-1 pm

Come by and browse items for sale from a variety of vendors outside. Then stop in, look over our space and hear about our programs and events. Check our improvements to our activities room – available for rental – including new furniture. Invite your friends, family, co-workers.  Light refreshments will be available.
 


First Fri. Film: “Unnatural Selection: Seeds of Deception,” September 6,   7 pm

This stunning, award-winning documentary by Bertram Verhaag and Gabriele Kröber reveals harsh consequences of genetic engineering on three continents. Vandana Shiva, Andrew Kimbrell, Percy Schmeiser and others, describe uncontrollable, self-replicating GM contamination, failed crops, farmer suicides, and new GM animals that threaten natural populations.
“Best Film,” (CineEco, Portugal), “Best Long Production,” (IEFF, Brazil), and “Best Journalistic Achievement,” (IEFF, Germany).
“Meticulously researched, excellently photographed” –Ökomedia
Free admission and popcorn.  Discussion to follow film. Held at the Meetinghouse, 21 Fairground Road, Springfield.  All welcome!

Meetinghouse Book Group, Sunday, September 8, 12-1 pm

We’ll finish up discussion of the book, “How to Change Your Mind” by Michael Pollan which we discussed this summer.  A number of folks were travelling this summer and missed the chance to talk about this important book together.  So, to give the opportunity to go deeper, we’ll have our final discussion on Michael Pollan’s book.  Facilitated by Rev. Mellen Kennedy.
In October, we’ll begin discussion of our next book, March (Book One) by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, an engaging and informative graphic novel about the civil rights movement, through the eyes of Congressman, John Lewis.  Books are available for loan at the Meetinghouse on the harvest table.

Worship Workshop, Monday, September 10, 11 am-Noon

Rev. Mellen Kennedy will lead a brief workshop on designing worship and offer a hands-on opportunity to collaborate on worship design together.  Members of the Worship and Music Committee will share their works in progress to get support and feedback in a carefully constructed supportive format.  Open to anyone. Held in the Meetinghouse activities room.

Gentle Seva Yoga with Aimee Parnell, September 11, 5:30-6:30 pm

Feel Good, Do good.  Gentle Seva Yoga, is led by AimeeParnell 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 September 11 class will benefit the Springfield Area Parent Child Center’s family outreach programs. 

Games & Crafts Night, Saturday September 14, 6:30-8:30 pm

Join us for a fun evening of games and crafting on Saturday September 14th. Bring your own game or craft project – or play one of ours.Held at the Meetinghouse at 21 Fairground Road. All welcome!

 Coffee House, Saturday, September 21, 7 pm: Vinnie DiBernardo

Vinnie DiBernardo delighted us all with his songs in the past and we are thrilled to have him back again.  Here’s hoping everyone can make it to this special coffee house.
Please come and enjoy the music and the delightful refreshments. All Welcome.  No admission fee. 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. Held at the Meetinghouse at 21 Fairground Rd, Springfield. All welcome!

VINE Sanctuary Vegan Potluck, Sunday,  September 22, 5 pm

Celebrate the Autumnal Equinox and your own creativity at VINE Sanctuary’s quarterly vegan potluck!
The theme of the potluck this time is harvest season, so this is your chance to come up with new uses for zucchini, tomatoes, apples, and other produce that is plentiful at this time of year.
If you can’t or prefer not to bring a dish to share, that’s OK! Come anyway — we always have plenty! All that we ask is that any food brought to the potluck be vegan, which means free of meat, dairy, eggs, or other animal products.
Because we want to honor imagination beyond the kitchen, we’re also inviting attendees to bring a favorite poem or piece of art — by themselves or someone else — to share.

Anybody who brings anything to share, whether it be food or artwork or poetry, will receive a FREE gift. We’ll also be giving out prizes for dishes that make especially creative use of surplus garden produce.
We will be using the Activities Room and adjoining kitchen. This is an accessible venue. For more details see https://www.facebook.com/events/588067831727022/?active_tab=about

 

 

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 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 uuspingfieldvt@gmail.com or 802-885-3327.

Menu:

Grilled pineapple
Teriyaki chicken thighs
Dirty rice
Fried rice
Saiman salad
Corn with coconut oil
Grilled shrimp
Portuguese sausage
Veggie skewers
Drinks:
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 uuspringfieldvt@gmail.com 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.

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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.

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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 dkemble@vermontel.net to sign up or call 802-324-9465. Full details on directions and carpooling will be provided.

Jun 282019
 
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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.

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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 242019
 
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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 VegWeb.com or VegKitchen.com 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.

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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

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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.
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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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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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Coffeehouse, Bill Brink, Saturday, January 19, 7-9 pm

Bill Brink will be our performer for the January 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 7 pm.   This is a family-friendly evening of music and fun.   You will be able to purchase delicious snacks and beverages.

German Dinner Fundraiser, Saturday January  26, 5:30 pm

This dinner will feature authentic German food as coordinated by JoAnn Gaffron-Hargrove, who has lived in Germany. Cost is $15 per adult, $8 for children 12 & under; no charge for pre-school children.
Menu
Sauerbraten
Rotkohl (sweet and sour red cabbage)
Kartoffel Klosse (potato dumplings)
Petersilienkartoffeln (parsley potatoes)
Gurken Salat mit Dill (cucumber salad with dill)
Rote Gruetze mit Vaniliesosse (red berry pudding with vanilla sauce.)

This is a fundraiser for the Meetinghouse.

Contact Deb at uuspringfieldvt@gmail.com for reservations or with questions.


First Friday Film: PHI  The Evolution of Consciousness, January 4, 7 pm

“Phi : The evolution of consciousness isn’t like any other movie you’ve seen before. It is more of a spiritual journey than a documentary, and we think that’s just how it was always meant to be.

“Phi ( symbol ) is the name for the golden ratio, a mathematical key which the ancients considered to be the “signature of God”. The reason for that is because everything in the natural world, from plants, animals, seashells, and even the spirals of galaxies are generated using the phi ratio in some way or another. What it teaches us is that things are self-similar; the same patterns we see at the microscopic level repeat themselves on larger and larger scales. We wanted to ask the question: does the golden ratio, the principle of self-similarity, apply to consciousness itself? . . .So we decided to make a movie about it.” (from the website)

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

 Games & Crafts Night, Saturday, January 12, 6:30-8:30 pm

Bring a craft project – your knitting, crocheting, woodworking, coloring, painting, etc – and/or a favorite game to this evening of fun and conversation.. We’ll also have games on hand to choose from. Hope to see you there!

The sanctuary will also be open during these hours so that members of the public can view or walk our labyrinth. Or come to our annual Labyrinth Service with Ellen Allman on Sunday morning, Jan. 13, at 10 am .

Seva Yoga with Aimee Parnell, Wednesday, January 16, 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 package of diapers for the diaper bank at the Springfield Area Parent Child Center.  This will be a gentle yoga class and all are welcome.

Weather permitting, Aimee will lead a yoga class on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the Meetinghouse.