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Mar 242021
 

Entheogens Discussion Group
 on Psychedelic Chaplaincy YouTube,
Friday, April 2nd from 6 to 7:15 pm

Watch the video ahead of time here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=komLCzg_eAE , then
let’s get together and discuss this YouTube on Psychedelic Chaplaincy on Friday, April 2nd from 6 to 7:15 pm.  That will be the 59th year anniversary of The Good Friday Experiment!  (https://www.britannica.com/topic/Good-Friday-Experiment).  Seems like a perfect time to gather for a conversation and celebrate the progress that is unfolding!
Here’s the Zoom link for our discussion: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6130779853
One tap mobile:  +16465588656,,6130779853#
Or dial in:    +1 646 558 8656   Meeting ID: 613 077 9853

“Race Amity” Watch Party
Wednesday, April 14, 6-7 pm
With Springfield Town Library on Eventbrite (free)

This documentary discusses the “better in us” perspective needed in the current climate of disunity across racial, religious, and political lines.  Event is sponsored by Springfield UU Church and Springfield Town Library. Everyone is welcome. Please register ahead here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/race-amity-watch-party-tickets-146760030201    Free.
Dr. William “Smitty” Smith, Founding Executive Director of the National Center for Racial Amity and person behind the film, will be a special guest speaker at the Meetinghouse on Sunday, April 14 at 10 am.

“The Sacred Art of Storytelling” Spiritual Makerspace Skillshare with Rev. Mellen Kennedy

Saturday, April 24, 10 am-12 noon

As part of the Makerspace project we plan to convene members of the community for conversations, skill shares and community service that imagine the Spiritual Makerspace into being. Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy will offer a storytelling skill share on April 24th, an essential skill for anyone who runs a business, works for a cause or communicates online. 
Rev. Mellen will offer the skillshare “The Sacred Art of Storytelling” on Saturday, April 24 from 10am-noon. To learn more and sign up, visit http://tiny.cc/apr24story .

Pop-up Outdoor Concert at the Meetinghouse Sunday, April 25, 3-5 pm – Weather permitting

Our first pop-up event of the season is planned for Sunday the 25th, weather permitting.  Bill Brink and Matt Meserve will perform.  This will be a socially distanced event and masks are required.
More details will be posted soon.  (If the weather is iffy, check our website or facebook page about possible cancellation.) 

Mar 032021
 

“Nature’s Best Hope”
Book Discussion Group
with Mountain Valley Climate Action

Wednesdays, March 24, March 31 & April 7 at 6 pm

This month, the Meetinghouse Book Group will meet in conjunction with folks in Chester.  Cheryl Joy Lipton and Melody Reed are holding a book of the month discussion group for MVCA (Mountain Valley Climate Action, a 350VT “node”) and anyone who wants to join. They are starting with Nature’s Best Hope by Douglas W. Tallamy, who recently spoke at the Grafton Nature Museum. The discussion will be led by Ecologist and Landscape Architect, Cheryl Joy Lipton.

We will break up the reading into 3 sections and discuss each section once a week over a 3-week period. We will begin discussing Chapters 1-6 Wednesday, March 24 at 6 pm.  Zoom link for this group will be: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86022149998?pwd=U2w3WGdRUEJ6cE9OeWhjaVJiWlFFZz09

 A limited number of the hardcover books are available at the Meetinghouse at the discounted price of $25 each.  Please contact Deb Diegoli at uuspringfieldvt@gmail.com if interested.  (We will also have one loaner copy if price is an object.) All welcome!

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SECOND ANNUAL CLIMATE ACTION FILM FESTIVAL
Sponsored by SunCommon, 350Vermont and Others, March 2- 12, 2021

We encourage folks to watch this online film festival which includes multiple short fims and discussions : https://suncommon.com/climate-action-film-festival/?fbclid=IwAR2P73ipnKIwh_3BanbqIU_CCLaEKz7frVyhwDdUrGAeHHPKDxMUHy9G7cE You need to pre-register and there’s a suggested $10/person donation to cover the cost of the entire festival.

Feb 042021
 

“Halfway to Spring” Hot Chocolate Gathering
With Sharon Mueller, via Zoom
Saturday, February 6, 2-3 pm

In honor of Vermont Hot Chocolate Week (Feb 1-7th) and Imbolc (also Candlemas and Ground Hog Day, February 2nd), we invite you to bring a cup of cocoa or other hot beverage and join Sharon to share plans and dreams for spring.  Topics can range from seed catalogs and gardens to spring outings and anything else you’d like. 
ZOOM LINK: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6130779853
You can find out more about Hot Chocolate Week here: Vermont Hot Chocolate Week

February Film: ” A View from a Different Lens: Race Amity” Watch Party ~ Preregister for Free Film Showing and Discussion, Online with the Springfield Library
Wednesday, February 17,  6-7:30 pm

The Springfield Town Library is having a free online showing and discussion of ” An American Story: Race Amity and The Other Tradition.” The film itself is 52 min.long.

The primary purpose of the documentary project, An American Story: Race Amity and The Other Tradition, is to impact the public discourse on race. To move the discourse from the “blame/grievance/rejection” cycle to a view from a different lens, the lens of “amity/collaboration/access and equity.”

In contrast to the lens that focuses exclusively on the racist traditions that are rooted in America’s social history, the moral counterweight of close, loving, friendship and collaboration, which have always been present in our history, represents “the other tradition.” More about the film here:  https://raceamityfilm.org/about-the-documentary/ You need to pre-register to attend, no charge: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-view-from-a-different-lens-race-amity-watch-party-tickets-137818642269?aff

Tai Chi for Fall Prevention, Zoom Classes
with Sue Rubel, Tai Chi Vermont Certificated Instructor
Mondays, 10:30 am & Tuesdays, 5 pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83432777255
Please contact Sue at suerubl@aol.com if you’d like to  join.

Sue would also like to offer a beginners group on either Monday ,Tuesday or Wednesday.,If you are, please email her directly.

Finding Peace in Troubled Times – Meditation Series  ~ Tuesday Evenings at 6:30 pm

Singing Meditation is an interfaith spiritual practice of singing devotional chants from a variety of faiths interspersed with periods of silence in which participants meditate, contemplate, or pray.  Chant can carry us into silence in a special way. Silence centers our souls.  One need not be a ‘singer’ to participate – just open to embracing tranquility.  No experience necessary – all are welcome.  Drop in one week or every week.  This is a Zoom virtual experience – if you’d like to participate, contact Julane (julanejulane@comcast.net or 802-463-9719) for lyrics.  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89933866579

Jan 102021
 

Drop in Friends on the Path Group after the 10 am service with JoAnn Gaffron-Hargrove and Poet Rajnii Eddins.

Group Purpose: making friends, growing spiritually, and co-
creating a beautiful, just, compassionate, sustainable future together.

“Our concepts of whiteness, blackness and race were invented in the seventeenth century. The terms
white person, white woman, or white man, did not appear until the 1600’s … Race is s myth – something made up in the seventeenth century that has been carried forward, day by day and century after century, into the present. As Quinn Norton observes, ‘Whiteness is one of the biggest and most long-running scams ever perpetuated.’” My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakem, pp, 64-47

All welcome. Join us by Zoom (or stay on the call after the service and coffee time).

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6130779853

Dec 082020
 

Special Services for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve ~

See Services listing.

Tea Time with Sharon
Wednesday, December 9, 3 pm

Join Sharon Mueller and friends for a virtual tea time on Wednesday, December 9th.  Drop in with a story to tell, a poem to read or just for a visit. Bring along a cup of tea or a hot beverage of your choice,  All welcome! Zoom info:https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6130779853      Or dial in:+1 646 558 8656    Meeting ID: 613 077 9853

“Welcome Winter” Hot Cocoa Hour, Saturday, December 19, 4-6 pm

Oct 312020
 

This meditation series is on break until January!

Finding Peace in Troubled Times – Fall Meditation Series 
Tuesday Evenings at 6:30 p.m with Julane Deener


Singing Meditation is an interfaith spiritual practice of singing devotional chants from a variety of faiths interspersed with periods of silence in which participants meditate, contemplate, or pray.  Chant can carry us into silence in a special way. Silence centers our souls.  One need not be a ‘singer’ to participate – just open to embracing tranquility.  No experience necessary – all are welcome.  Drop in one week or every week.  This is a Zoom virtual experience – if you’d like to participate, contact Julane (julanejulane@comcast.net or 802-463-9719) for lyrics.   https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89933866579

Virtual Day After Thanksgiving Tea
Hosted by Unitarian Church of Montpelier
Friday, November 27, 2020 AT 4 – 5:15 pm

Come with a favorite holiday beverage, leftover turkey sandwich, or pumpkin pie … Bring a favorite family recipe to share … Enjoy this opportunity to check-in with UU friends the day after Thanksgiving, to share gratitude & memories, music, and reflections. Stay the whole time, or just drop in to say hello! Led by UCM’s Membership & Hospitality Committee.

Click Here to Join on Zoom — https://zoom.us/j/93218930270… OR Dial in:
+1 929 436 2866 US (New York)
Meeting ID: 932 1893 0270      Passcode: 809453

Friends on the Path Discussion Groups Continue

In these interesting times, we need not feel isolated or despairing.  Finding ways to connect with others through on-line groups can be not just a life-line, but an inspiration!  At the Springfield UU Meetinghouse, we have launched Friends on the Path four groups which have been meeting on Zoom twice a month since April.   The groups offer an opportunity for friendship, support and spiritual growth, in an open, non-coercive environment that allows us to explore the challenges and the gifts of these times. The groups are facilitated by a trained leader and have a set of relational ground rules to create a safe, respectful environment. The groups are interfaith, open to everyone, and have become an important touch stone for their members.  
Hope You’ll join us  as we explore how we can create a beautiful, just, compassionate, sustainable world together.  In each meeting, we explore a different spiritual practice such as gratitude, forgiveness, being in nature, prayer,  meditation and more. 
We still have a few openings for new members.  If interested, contact uuspringfieldvt@gmail.com.

 Join us: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6130779853
Dial in: +1 646 558 8656    Meeting ID: 613 077 9853  

“My Grandmother’s Hands” Book Discussion Groups on Sundays
November 1, 15 and 22
on Zoom

“My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies” by Resmaa Menakem.  Discussion Group starting at the Meetinghouse this fall.  Here’s a link to the June 6, 2020 interview with Krista Tippitt on “On Being” NPR.   https://onbeing.org/programs/resmaa-menakem-notice-the-rage-notice-the-silence/

The book is game changer in terms of our understanding of race issues in our country and how to heal them.  So hopeful!  We’ll spend our sessions reading, discussing and doing together the breathing and other embodied practices that the author presents.  It’s a great book!  If You’d like to purchase a copy for $18,(our cost), contact Deb Diegoli at uuspringfieldvt@gmail.org. . 

First Friday Film Discussion
“The Social Dilemma”
Friday, November 6, 7 pm

“Fake news travels six times faster than real news.”The Social Dilemma explores the dangerous human impact of social networking, with tech experts sounding the alarm on their own creations.

“Social Dilemma” trailer:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaaC57tcci0
The full movie can be watched on Netflix if you have an account, or perhaps from the library.
If you’d prefer a shorter, free video, you can watch the TED talk with Tristan Harris (17 min):https://www.ted.com/talks/tristan_harris_how_a_handful_of_tech_companies_control_billions_of_minds_every_day?language=en
And/or you can watch a Youtube of a Wired interview with Tristan Harris and Yuval Harari (just under an hour) which is also great! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0sWeLZ8PXg&list=PLOcS494dBHE8Z0LVcLi4ohKKFlFmsJgYa&index=10

Any one of these will give you enough background to participate in our discussion.  Join us on Friday, Nov. 6 at 7 pm on Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6130779853 to join the conversation about this important topic.

POP UP CONCERT; “6-foot Serenade” with Bill Brink and Josh Hall SATURDAY, 1 PM, 11/7 OUTDOORS AT THE MEETINGHOUSE

Free admission. Please wear a mask.

Creative Crafting:  Monday, Nov. 8, 1-3 pm in the Meetinghouse parking lot. 

Socially distanced; please wear a mask. You’re invited to come and work on art, knitting, crocheting, sculpture,mending, making and writing holiday cards, or anything else You would enjoy doing.  We’ll have a wonderful chance to sit outside in the beautiful weather and visit while we craft. If you’re interested just show up.  If You have questions or have other ideas, contact Tina at 802-885-3390 or Deb, uuspringfieldvt@gmail.com

Sep 292020
 

My Grandmother’s Hands Discussion Sunday, October 11, 18, November 1, 8, 22 from 12-1 pm

My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem.  Discussion Group starting at the Meetinghouse this fall.  Here’s a link to theJune 6, 2020 interview with Krista Tippitt on “On Being” NPR.   https://onbeing.org/programs/resmaa-menakem-notice-the-rage-notice-the-silence/

The book is game changer in terms of our understanding of race issues in our country and how to heal them.  So hopeful!  In October and November, we’ll spend 5 sessions reading, discussing and doing together the breathing and other embodied practices that the author presents.  It’s a great book!  Since he was on NPR, copies of the book have sold out nationwide. We ordered 10 copies that have already arrived at the Meetinghouse.  If You’d like to purchase a copy for $18,(bulk discount rate), contact Deb Diegoli at uuspringfieldvt@gmail.org. . 

Upcoming discussion dates are Sundays, November 1, 8 and 22 from 12-1:15 pm.

“6-foot Serenade” Outdoor Coffee House Music
With Milkhouse Heaters
Saturday, October 3, 3-5  pm   (Rain date 10/4)

Join us for our 2nd parking lot music event!
The Milkhouse Heaters, husband and wife duo Mike Sheehy on guitar and harmonica and Jan Sheehy on bass will perform. They have a vocal harmony style that has been compared to Emmylou Harris and Gram Parsons. Almost all songs are original. They played their first gig in 2010 and since then have played with Billy Bragg and Fred Eaglesmith. The Milkhouse Heaters have two songs on the Shoulder to the Plough CD which was recorded live at the Rockingham, VT Meeting House


The music will be in the lower parking lot. (Park in upper lot if possible.)
Seating will be arranged for social distancing and masks are required
FREE event but donations for musicians are welcome.  Refreshments available with proceeds to benefit the UU Meetinghouse..
Rain date Sunday 10/4, same time.

Aug 312020
 

UU Springfield Coffee House Presents “6-foot Serenade”

Featuring music by Bill Brink

Saturday, September 12, 3-5 pm
(Rain date Sunday 9/13)

Come join us for our 1st parking lot music event!
Sept 12, 2020 3pm-5-pm
The event will be in the lower parking lot. Park in upper lot if you can walk down
A few spots are available in the lower lot if you need them
Seating will be arranged for social distancing and masks are required
FREE event but donations for musician are welcome
Refreshments available with proceeds to benefit the Meeting House.
Our own Bill Brink will perform at our first Meetinghouse Music event of the season.  The performance will be outdoors, weather permitting (rain date is the following day, same time). Bill has been playing music for over 20 years. He enjoys playing many different styles and in many different venues.

In addition to having an extensive collection of cover songs, he also has many of his own that he has written and produced.

He has received accolades from people such as Richie Havens, John Sebastian, and Tom Ghent.  His recorded songs have been played across the globe.

In addition to writing and performing, Bill and his girlfriend June, produce and edit music videos, organize local music events and host live social media performances. (from https://billbrinkmusic.com/ )

Chairs will be set up in the Meetinghouse’s lower parking lot,; masks and “social distancing” required.  Free admission; donations for the performer gratefully accepted.  You’ll be able to purchase refreshments to benefit the Meetinghouse.

Produce Share: Mondays, 10 am-12 noon, during harvest season 

From August 17 until the end of harvest season, Tina Feindel and Sharon Mueller will be at the Meetinghouse  from 10-12  for a  garden surplus share.  Please bring by your extra garden produce between 10 and 10:15 so that it will be available for all who come by.  And remember to bring a bag or box to carry your found treasures home in.
(You don’t need to contribute in order to receive some.)

We also encourage you to bring  non-perishable food items for the Food Shelf if you’re able to.  Tina and Sharon will deliver them to at the Springfield Family Center, along with any produce that may remain at the end of the morning.

Please wear a mask and remember to follow “social distancing” recommendations!.

Meditation Class with Suiko McCall  of the Art Monastery

            Wednesdays at 5 pm via Zoom

Current research demonstrates the value of meditation for reducing stress and blood pressure, improving sleep and so many more factors.  Meditation practices can help us learn to center and calm ourselves. This relaxing class is suitable for all.  No experience necessary. Suiko served as our Artist & Minister in Residence in March and is from the Art Monestary on the Connecticut River in Springfield.  We’d love to have more UU members and friends join us! Zoom info for Suiko’s Meditation Classes:  bit.ly/artmonk 

Friday Film Discussion
“Suppressed 2020: The Fight To Vote”
Friday, September 11, 7 pm

 

This month’s film,available to view free on YouTube, is “Suppressed 2020: The Fight To Vote” by Robert Greenwald (Director of Outfoxed, Walmart: The High Cost of Low Price, and Making A Killing: Guns Greed and the NRA)
It is a short, powerful documentary about the growing threat of voter suppression to our 2020 election. Deeply personal accounts from voters of color across the state of Georgia reveal deliberate, widespread voter suppression in the 2018 midterm election where Stacey Abrams fought to become the first Black female governor in the U.S. Polling place closures, voter purges, missing absentee ballots, extreme wait times and voter ID issues were in full effect again during the 2020 primaries and are on-going across the country right now, all disproportionately affecting Black Americans and minorities from casting their ballots. Now, amidst a global health crisis, the cruel weaponization of vote-by-mail restrictions has turned the constitutional right to vote into a choice between life and death. Suppressed 2020 is a call to action against the calculated, unconstitutional and racist attacks intended to suppress the right to vote in America.
Watch free at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03DGjnIkTdI
Then join us for the discussion on September 11 via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6130779853?pwd=bkc2cUltQlhYUU5YME1aaHlNTGtJdz09
Meeting ID: 613 077 9853   Passcode: 082077

 

 

Aug 032020
 

Meetinghouse Produce Swap and Mini Food Drive, Mondays, 10 am- 12 Noon

From August 17 until the end of harvest season, Tina Feindel and Sharon Mueller will be at the Meetinghouse  from 10-12  for a  garden surplus swap. Please bring by your extra garden produce between 10 and 10:15 so that it will be available for all who come by.  And remember to bring a bag or box to carry your found treasures home in.

We also encourage you to bring  non-perishable food items for the Food Shelf.  Tina and Sharon will deliver them to at the Springfield Family Center, along with any produce that may remain at the end of the morning.

Please wear a mask and remember to follow “social distancing” recommendations!.

 

Film Discussion of “2040” on Wednesday, August 26, 3 pm via Zoom

Sign up to watch the film free as noted below:

Monadnock International Film Festival & Monadnock Food Co-op Present:
“2040: Join the Regeneration” Film: Virtual Community Screening

Tuesday, August 18, 6:30-8:30 pm, Free – Must Register Ahead
Motivated by concerns about the planet his 4-year-old daughter would inherit, Damon embarked on a global journey to meet innovators and changemakers in the areas of economics, technology, civil society, agriculture, education, and sustainability.
This screening is FREE OF CHARGE but you MUST register to access the virtual screening and live Q&A: https://www.moniff.org/events/. On the day of the screening, we’ll e-mail you the link to access the film and Q&A.
The film is ~92 minutes, and there will be a 30-minute post-film discussion live with local Monadnock region experts in the areas of regenerative agriculture, food and farming, energy, transportation and housing, equity and social justice, and cooperatives..
The Who Will We Be Post Pandemic Discussion Group on August 26 at 3 pm will be discussing the film.  Those who are excited about the film and would like to discuss it are welcome to join the group by Zoom.  (Same Zoom link as for all Meetinghouse events.)

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

Social Gathering for Members and Friends, Saturday, August 15, 5 pm Outdoors at the Meeting House

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/

Just-Mercy-Michael-B-Jordan/dp/B082YKN1M1/ref=as_li_ss_tl?crid=AHP3XTZDCBZF&dchild=1&keywords=just+mercy&qid=1591121017&sprefix=home+secu,aps,209&sr=8-2&linkCode=sl1&tag=rollingston07-20&linkId=f670fadd5a911d228897a808aa518d3d&language=en_US

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