May 242018
 
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The June First Friday Film at the Springfield UU,  The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s limited definition of masculinity. Pressured by the media, their peer groups, and even the adults in their lives, our protagonists confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify women, and resolve conflicts through violence.

These gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class, and circumstance, creating a maze of identity issues boys and young men must navigate to become ‘real’ men. Experts in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, sports, education, and media also weigh in, offering empirical evidence of the ‘boy crisis’ and tactics to combat it.

The Mask You Live In ultimately illustrates how we, as a society, can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men.  This film is 90 minutes long.

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

 

May 072018
 
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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. His performances have taken him from the coffeehouses of the Greenwich Village folk scene, to country honky tonks, The Philadelphia Folk Festival, Big Sur Folk Festival, Monterey Pop Festival, The Willie Nelson Picnic, The Hollywood Bowl, and numerous radio and television appearances. 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.
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.

Apr 082018
 
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The April UU Coffeehouse in Springfield will feature Woodchuck’s Revenge with Kristina Cady on Saturday the 21st.
Formed in front of the fire on a winter’s night in 1990, Woodchucks’ Revenge brings together as a performing group three friends who have combined their lifelong love of music to offer their audiences an eclectic and refreshing mix of traditional and contemporary folksongs played with spirit and an old time country sensibility.

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 reenactors, and folk music fans of all ages.

Held at 21 Fairground Rd, Springfield, VT. 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.

All welcome.  Join us for a fun evening of great music!

Mar 242018
 
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This is the story of nine girls from nine different countries striving beyond poverty and challenging life circumstances to educate themselves.  In the process  they transform themselves, their families, their communities and the world.   Educate Girls and change the world! Released in 2014 on DVD.

Meryl Streep, one of the narrators of the film, says of it:  “this film delivers hope: reasonable, measureable, tangible hope that the world can be healed and helped to a better future.”

This is a free showing. We will start the film at 7 pm. (103 minutes long)  Doors open at 6:45,  popcorn and beverages included. All welcome! (Rescheduled from March 2nd.)

Mar 062018
 
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Jeff Taft-Dick will hold a small group discussion on “Exploring Spiritual Practices” at the church from 4-5 pm. Some folks find that having a regular spiritual practice is essential to holding steady through life’s ups and downs. This session is an opportunity to explore spiritual practices. The world’s religions teach us that to be healthy and whole, we need spiritual food just as much as we need physical food. We need to be fed spiritually on a regular basis. How do we do this? We feed our spirit by doing an activity regularly that nourishes and lifts our spirit. The purpose of the group is friendship and spiritual growth.

The group uses a set or relational agreements to create a respectful, non-coercive environment in the group. If You can’t attend and would like to read the information sheet on the group, You can download it from our website at https://uuspringfieldvt.org/category/heartbeat/

Part of Springfield Wellness Week, free and open to the public. Held at 21 Fairground Rd, Springfield, VT.  All welcome!


Games Night: Sat. Mar 10, 6:30 pm

Drop by to play a board game or work on a craft on this late-winter evening.  Play one of ours or bring your own.  Active indoor games (e.g. juggling, corn hole toss),  coloring  and crafts also welcome.  It’s all about having company and making friends while you play.

Everyone welcome.

Held at 21 Fairground Road, Springfield.  In case of inclement weather, check our facebook page

(www.facebook.com/UUSpringfieldVT/ ) or this website  ( https://uuspringfieldvt.org/ ) for cancellation announcements.

 

Coffeehouse: Gus Bloch
Saturday, Mar 17, 7 pm

On Saturday March 17, we will have Gus Bloch performing for us at the UU Coffeehouse. The music Gus performs includes Folk, Folk Revival, Old Time, Cowboy, Country, Children’s and Old Time Jazz. He plays guitar and banjo along with a variety other instruments. Hopefully he’ll bring many of them with him. We are excited to host Gus again and hear his music.
This is a family-friendly evening of music and fun. There is no cost to enjoy the music. You will be able to purchase delicious snacks and beverages. Doors open at 6:30; music starts at 7 pm. All welcome!

Feb 192018
 
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We will reschedule at a later date.

This is the story of nine girls from nine different countries striving beyond poverty and challenging life circumstances to educate themselves.  In the process  they transform themselves, their families, their communities and the world.   Educate Girls and change the world! Released in 2014 on DVD.

Meryl Streep, one of the narrators of the film, says of it:  “this film delivers hope: reasonable, measureable, tangible hope that the world can be healed and helped to a better future.”

This is a free showing. We will start the film at 7 pm. (103 minutes long)  Doors open at 6:45,  popcorn and beverages included. All welcome!

Feb 062018
 
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The DANCES OF UNIVERSAL PEACE are simple, joyous, meditative, multicultural, circle dances that use sacred phrases, chants, music and movements to touch the spiritual essence within ourselves,and recognize it in others. These Dances are based on teachings embraced by Universal Sufism. No musical or dance experience of any kind is required, and everyone is welcomed to join in.
The DANCES focus on PEACE, creating a sense of solidarity and community, while celebrating the underlying unity of all the spiritual traditions of the earth.  Donations Accepted.
COME AND BE A PART OF THE CIRCLE THAT CONNECTS ALL OF HUMANITY!

Held in the Springfield UU sanctuary, 2-4 pm.

CT DUP Contact : swguillow@atlanticbb.net (860) 303-3717
https://dancesofuniversalpeacena.org/contact-north-america.htm
https://www.facebook.com/CTDUP/

 

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Coffeehouse: Hootenanny! Open Mic, Sat, Feb 17, 7 pm

The Coffeehouse Music Series in February will hold a Hootenanny! Open Mic.  This is a family-friendly evening of music and fun. There is no cost to enjoy the music.  You will be able to purchase delicious snacks and beverages.  Feel free to bring your instrument(s) and your voice and be part of the fun.

Doors open at 6:30 pm; music begins at 7 pm.  All welcome!

Jan 242018
 
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“Admit it: you don’t really read the endless terms and conditions connected to every website you visit, phone call you make or app you download. But every day, billion-dollar corporations are learning more about your interests, your friends and family, your finances, and your secrets… and are not only selling the information to the highest bidder, but freely sharing it with the government. And you agreed to all of it. With fascinating examples and so-unbelievable-they’re-almost-funny facts, filmmaker Cullen Hoback exposes what governments and corporations are legally taking from you every day – turning the future of both privacy and civil liberties uncertain. From whistle blowers and investigative journalists to zombie fan clubs and Egyptian dissidents, this disquieting exposé demonstrates how every one of us has incrementally opted-in to a real-time surveillance state, click by click- and what, if anything, can be done about it.”
Release date:July 12, 2013.  Produced and directed by Cullen Hoback
Doors open at 6:45.  Popcorn and hot beverages served.  No charge.  All welcome!
Dec 112017
 
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Matt Meserve has been entertaining in Southern Vermont and The Upper Valley for the past ten years.  Crooning for patrons at many inns and pubs, he is equally adept at soulful belting and heartfelt ballads.  He treasures being able to entertain at the UU Coffeehouse and being part of the wonderful spiritual community there.

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.  You will be able to purchase delicious snacks and beverages.

Nov 212017
 

lesvos-1206678_640AFTER SPRING is a feature documentary that focuses on the Syrian refugee crisis.

With the Syrian conflict now in its seventh year, millions of people continue to be displaced. AFTER SPRING is the story of what happens next. By following two refugee families in transition and aid workers fighting to keep the camp running, viewers will experience what it is like to live in Zaatari, the largest camp for Syrian refugees. With no end in sight for the conflict or this refugee crisis, everyone must decide if they can rebuild their lives in a place that was never meant to be permanent.

Jon Stewart produced this film which is 103 minutes long.

All welcome, free admission. Doors open at 6:45 and we will serve beverages and popcorn!