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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.

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Rumi Night Saturday, Dec. 15, 7-9 pm

 

 

 

Celebrating Rumi – The Timeless Persian Poet
By MELLEN KENNEDY

In these times of intolerance and religious factionalism, a voice of hope and compassion rings down through the ages.  It’s the voice of that great 13th century Persian Sufi mystic and poet, Mevlana Jellaludin Rumi.  More than 750 years ago Rumi said:

“Every war and every conflict between human beings has happened because of some disagreement about names.  It is such an unnecessary foolishness, because just beyond the arguing there is a long table of companionship set and waiting for us to sit down. … All religions, all this singing, one song. The differences are just illusion and vanity.”

Given his uplifting message of unity, it’s easy to understand why Rumi is the best-selling translated poet in the US today. He invites us to go beyond our cultural conditioning and look for and witness the beauty and mystery of life.

Rumi lived in a time of upheaval and violence.  He was a scholar and mystic and would recite ecstatic poems while whirling.  This practice evolved into what we now call the whirling dervishes.  Indeed, Rumi is the founder of this Mevlevi order.

You’re invited to learn more about Rumi and to join in celebrating his life and legacy.

Around the world, lovers of Rumi gather in mid-December in honor of his urs, the day of his death.   Rumi died on December 17, 1273 in Konya (now in Turkey).  Springfield will have its own Rumi Night on Saturday, December 15, from 7-9 pm also at the UU Meetinghouse.  There will be live music, zikr, poetry and maybe even some whirling! The evening will be led by Shams and Walia Guillow and Rev. Mellen Kennedy.  The evening will include the Dances of Universal Peace, simple, joyous dances which embrace the wisdom of the world’s religions and focus on peace and community. The event is free, donations welcome.

You’re invited to join in the participatory evening of poetry and ecstatic dancing in celebration of Rumi  which will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse, 21 Fairground Road, Springfield, VT.  All are welcome.


Games, Crafts & Cards Night, Sat, Dec. 1st, 6:30-8:30 pm

Join us for an evening of games, crafting and card writing on Saturday,  December 1st.  Bring a favorite game, a holiday gift you’re making, your holiday cards or any other craft project.  Games and coloring will also be available. Join the conversation and the fun at the UU Meetinghouse,  All welcome!

CANCELLED due  to weather predictions: “Spirituality & Drumming” Workshop w/Matt Meyer, Sun, Dec. 2, 12-1:30 pm

Drummer Matt Meyer will hold a “Drumming & Spirituality workshop at the Meetinghouse on Sunday, Dec. 2, 12-1:30 pm.  This will be a chance for people of all skill levels to participate in hands on rhythm-making. We’ll tour instruments from around the world and experience the connection of community drumming through activities, stories, and discussions. We’ll also look at how rhythm and music intersect with Unitarian Universalist values.  Bring your own drum if you have one; for those who don’t, enough will provided.
Matt is a musician and community organizer who has led hundreds of services for UU congregations across the country. He has a degree in hand drumming and has studied abroad in Cuba, Ghana and Central America. Matt serves as Director of Community Life for Sanctuary Boston and is a founding resident of the Lucy Stone Cooperative in Roxbury.

Gentle Yoga Holiday De-stressor with Aimee Parnell,Wed, Dec. 5, 5:30-7 pm

Ahhh . . . . Relief from the December hustle and bustle . . . .
The yogic principal of Seva, or service, and the mindfulness practice of gratitude,  can be antidotes to stress.  Certified yoga instructor Aimee Parnell will offer a gentle yoga class on Wednesday, December 5, 5:30 pm at the Meetinghouse.
Admission is by donation of a gift item(s) such as children’s books, clothing, or toys (unwrapped) for families in need.   Afterwards we’ll have tea and light refreshments and wrap the gifts. Please sign up in advance so we can contact you if we need to reschedule due to bad weather Contact Deb Diegoli: uuspringfieldvt@gmail.com; 802-885-3327.

First Friday Film: “Rumi, Poet of the Heart” Dec. 7, 7 pm

The December First Friday Film at the Meetinghouse will be “Rumi, Poet of the Heart.” The poems that this Sufi mystic composed about the transformative power of love have gripped the contemporary imagination. This film presents Coleman Barks, the most celebrated contemporary translator of Rumi’s poetry, in live performance and intimate conversation. Joining him to celebrate the earthy, joyous, spiritual passion of Rumi’s poetry are Robert Bly, Deepak Chopra, Michael Meade, Huston Smith and others. Narrator: Debra Winger.  Music: Hamza El Din, Jai Uttal. Director: Haydn Reiss. (US, 1998) 60 min. plus discussion.Free admission, popcorn. Doors open at 6:45; movie starts at 7 pm.  All welcome!

Coffeehouse Music: Vinnie DiBernardo Sat, Dec. 8, 7 pm

The December Coffee House will take place on the second Saturday of the month, Dec. 8, due to the holidays. Vinnie 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 and coffee. Free admission. 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.

Souper Sunday, December 9, after the service

The Caring Committee is sponsoring Souper Sunday on December 9th. 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!

 

NOTE: There will be no Song Circle this month.  We plan to resume in the spring.

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 DIY Holiday CBD Cannabis Gifts

Be everyone’ s favorite gift-giver this year ! Come learn how to make a variety of cannabis -infused present s for everybody on your list. Using high-CBD hemp extract, we will learn the basics of cooking with cannabis and how to create relaxing herbal sugar cookies , peppermint hard candies , fizzy bath bombs , and a luxurious lotion. Participant s will help to make all gift s and get to take home their creations along with the recipes !

Fee: $50 INCLUDES ALL MATERIALS
Pre-register at CannaBotanicals.net/Gift-Workshop
10% of proceeds to benefit No More Deaths / No Mas Muertes


First Friday Film “RBG”: November 2, 7 pm

Directed and produced by award-winning filmmakers Betsy West and Julie Cohen, “RBG” details the incredible life and legal legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman to ever serve on the US Supreme Court.
Free admission and popcorn, doors open at 6:45; movie starts at 7 pm.  All welcome!

Fall Cleanup, Saturday, November 3, 9 am-12 noon

The Building and Grounds Committee is planning a fall clean-up day for November 3rd, 9:00 – 12:00.  There will be re-potting, raking, window washing and many other tasks.  All are invited to come, bring your favorite rake, sponge or basket to put weeds in.  Every task we complete helps make our church more welcoming.

Games & Crafts Night, Saturday, November 10, 6:30 pm ludo

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

 

 

Women’s Gathering for #MeToo Support, Sunday November 11, 12:30 to 2 pm

Many women are feeling upset and angry about the reality of sexual harassment, abuse and assault that are pervasive in our lives.  If You would like to participate in a gathering with other women, to explore this subject, please join us.  We’ll look particularly what emotional, mental and spiritual resources we can draw on for healing. The group will be facilitated by Rev. Mellen Kennedy and have clear ground rules to create a respectful environment.  All women welcome.  Open to the public.

“Just Our Voices” Song Circle, Wednesday, November 14, 7 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.)

Coffeehouse: Milkhouse Heaters, Saturday, November 17, 7 pm

The Milkhouse Heaters are a husband and wife duo. Mike Sheehy plays guitar and harmonica and Jan Sheehy plays bass. Both sing. 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 Shoulder to the Plough concert was put together by Flying Under the Radar and Vermont Festivals, LLC to benefit the farmers who were hard hit by Hurricane Irene. The concert was completely acoustic; no electricity, no PA and no lights. All proceeds from the CD continue to support the farmers. The Milkhouse Heaters have been playing in and around New England and are preparing to record their debut CD.
Free admission;  Doors open at 6:45; music starts at 7 pm.  You’ll be able to purchase snacks and beverages.  All welcome!

Souper Sunday, November 18, After the Service

The Caring Committee is sponsoring Souper Sunday on October 14th. 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!

Friends on the Path Small Group, Sunday, November 18,  12 Noon

Join us after the Souper Sunday for a discussion on the topic of the service, “The Art of Radical Receiving: A Guide to Gratitude.”

 

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Saturday, October 20, Coffeehouse Music Series: Gus Bloch, 7 pm

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.  We are excited to host Gus again and hear his music. This is a family-friendly  evening of music and fun at the Meetinghouse, Doors open at 6:30; music begins at 7 pm.  Free admission. You may purchase coffee and refreshments. All welcome!

Sunday, October 21, Bread and Roses, Too Discussion – The Impact of the Textile Industry, 12 Noon

Join us for the final in our series of Vermont Reads Bread and Roses, too events, following the service “Weaving the Fabric of Our Lives and Our Souls” (and the coffee hour). The modern industrial world was ushered in by a dramatic shift from homespun to factory produced fabrics.  What does this mean to who we are as humans and how we work, create and live? Why is this a spiritual issue? We’ll use the book, “Bread and Roses, Too” as a source of inspiration.  This small group discussion will be facilitated by Rev. Mellen Kennedy.


Friday, October 5: First Friday Film “BEYOND OUR DIFFERENCES”, 7 pm

With all of the problems facing the world today — war, poverty, weapons, environmental degradation, starvation, overpopulation and severe desperation among millions — people are longing for meaning. Many find answers in religion or spirituality, but as a result faith and religion are often hijacked by those seeking to enhance their own power at the expense of others, often all in the name of God.
With this dichotomy in mind, we call upon key religious leaders, politicians, and luminaries in their fields to tackle the toughest and most complex issues in the modern age, and we ask what inspires them to affect positive change. We hope that by sharing their personal experiences, each person will provide a unique perspective on how to support and strengthen compassionate and non-violent activism when resolving difficult disputes.
Beyond Our Differences provides a tapestry of distinct voices and viewpoints regarding spirituality, woven with one universal expression of hope. By providing such a variety of experiences in such an accessible format, we hope that individual viewers will understand this unified message of hope and will become empowered through their own expressions of faith to impact positive change in their lives and the lives of others.
Free admission and popcorn. Doors open at 6:45; movie starts at 7 pm. All welcome!

Saturday, October 6, Cannabis 101 with Stephanie Boucher, 10 am-12 noon

Want to learn more about cannabis now that its been legalized in Vermont for adult use? Are you confused about the differences between THC and CBD, hemp and marijuana, and what the new laws mean? Wondering whether it might be a good herb for you or your loved ones? Join us for an exploration of the many herbal actions and applications of the cannabis plant, including pharmacology, herbal energetics, historical uses, dosing, and safety, as well as an explanation of what is now legal (and what is still prohibited). Finally, we will make a hemp-infused salve for everyone to take home, along with a recipe.

Stephanie Boucher is a certified Clinical Herbalist, having graduated from the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism’s 3-year Clinical Herbalist Training Program. In addition to her traditional herbal training, she also holds a Professional Certificate in Cannabis Science and Medicine from the University of Vermont’s Larner College of Medicine, and has over 5 years of experience in the cannabis industry.

Held here at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House, 21 Fairground Road, Springfield, VT.

Sunday, October 7, Free Introduction to Tai Chi Class with Anne Bower, 1-2 pm

This free class will let you experience selected movements from different tai chi styles and discover for yourself why so many people are now taking tai chi classes. As we play with different ways of moving you’ll see how tai chi can improve your balance, help you with better body alignment, and bring a new sense of coordination. We’ll try out both standing and seated forms. 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. Instructor Anne Bower has been teaching for 13 years
and loves bringing tai chi to people of varying abilities and interests.
Please wear comfortable clothing and flat shoes.All welcome!

Wednesday October 10, “Just Our Voices” Monthly Song Circle, 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.) Free, all welcome.  Held here at the Meetinghouse.

 Saturday, October 13, Games & Stone Soup, 6:30-8:30 pm

Bring your favorite game and a soup ingredient. We’ll put the soup together and let it cook while we play. We’ll also have games on hand to choose from.  Hope to see you there.

Sunday, October 14, Dances of Universal Peace, 12 noon-2 pm

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. 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
COME AND BE A PART OF THE CIRCLE THAT CONNECTS ALL OF HUMANITY!
No charge, however, donations are gratefully accepted
Additional treat! – Dances will follow Souper Sunday 11:00-Noon
For $4 enjoy a choice of three delicious soups and bread as well as a time for
conversation and meal sharing with each other.
More information on the Dances of Universal Peace can be found at:

https://dancesofuniversalpeacena.org/

Garden Circle Meeting on Monday October 15, 10:30 AM till noon in the Activities Room at the Meetinghouse.

We’ll discuss ideas for expanding our pollinator garden projects, looking at soil sponge regeneration ideas, exploring some grant writing, continuing to collaborate with our neighbors, the Middle School and the Episcopal church, and planning for fall clean up. New members always welcome. Questions or suggestions? Contact Rev. Mellen mellenken@aol.com

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 Coffeehouse: Sam Creigh, Saturday, Sep. 22, 7 pm

Sam Creigh will open the 2018-2019 season at the UU Coffeehouse Music Series on Saturday, Sept. 22, 7 pm.

Sam Creigh began his musical career as a bass player/vocalist/songwriter in the Tucson, AZ area in the early 1970’s. In 1976, he moved to Los Angeles, here he continued playing music while working as an audio and then a video engineer. He began his solo acoustic guitar singer/songwriter career in the 1990’s after relocating to Vermont with his family. He has played throughout Southern and Central Vermont and New Hampshire on the stages of festivals, ski lodges, taverns, open mics, and farmers markets. In the warm weather months, Sam tours the lake country of West-Central Minnesota. His highly-regarded album, “Green Mountain Flyer”, was released in 2002.
Doors open at 6:30 pm;  music starts at 7:00.  All welcome.  You’ll be able to purchase snacks and beverages.

 

VINE SANCTUARY VEGAN POTLUCK,  Sun, Sep 23, 1-3 pm

“Celebration of Imagination”

Celebrate the Autumnal Equinox and your own creativity at VINE Sanctuary’s quarterly vegan potluck!
In these challenging times, we all could use a little more imagination. So, we’ll be nurturing and celebrating creativity of all kinds at this fun and forward-thinking event.

Tap into your own creativity in order to bring a dish to share. Create a new spin on an old classic, or create something altogether new by combining unusual ingredients. Or, take a non-vegan recipe and use your creativity to veganize it!

If you can’t or prefer not to bring a dish to share, that’s OK! Come anyway — we always have plenty!

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. We’ll also have fun creativity-boosting games to play while dining and a handout of tips for boosting your creativity to take home with you.

Anybody who brings anything to share, whether it be food or artwork or poetry, will receive a FREE t-shirt. We’ll also be giving out special prizes for especially creative dishes.

The Springfield Unitarian Universalist church is at 21 Fairground Road, and we will be using the Activities Room and adjoining kitchen. This is an accessible venue. All welcome!


“Seeing Through the Wall,” First Friday Film. Sep. 7 at 7 pm

For Israelis and for Jews around the world, the 1948 War of Independence was a miracle—and a new beginning for a suffering people. For Palestinians, it turned out to be a catastrophe. Both narratives exist and paying attention to them is an ethical act.
This film follows a group of 19 American Jews who traveled to Israel and Palestine in 2016. All of them were well aware of the miracle, but most were not familiar with the catastrophe.
For 12 days they toured Israel and Palestine with the intention of listening and learning. They met with Israelis and Palestinians. They witnessed what life is like for Palestinians in the Occupied Territories, they learned about the status of Palestinians who live in Israel and are citizens of Israel. They met with Israeli and Palestinian activists who are working for peace.
The journey became an intense encounter not only with the people they met, but also with their own preconceptions, an experience that for many of the travelers was transformative.SEEING THROUGH THE WALL is not a history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since 1948, with all its moral complexities and tragic suffering on both sides. Rather, the film is a look at the present everyday life of Palestinians, and it invites and challenges viewers to question their own assumptions and prejudices.
Directed by Anne Macksoud (from Woodstock, VT)
Trailer can be seen here:https://pentanglearts.org/event/seeing-through-the-wall/
Held at the Springfield UU Meetinghouse, 21 Fairground Rd, Springfield, VT.
Free admission, popcorn and beverages.  All welcome.  Doors open at 6:45; film begins at 7 pm

Special Film Showing: “The Prison in 12 Landscapes”

Friday, September 14, 6:30 pm

The award-winning 2016 documentary “The Prison in 12 Landscapes” — about prisons and how they take shape in the U.S. — will be shown on Friday, Sept. 14, at the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse in Springfield, 21 Fairground Rd. The film runs from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, with a discussion afterward to learn more about the The National Prison Strike taking place between August 21st and September 9th.
The film examines how more people are imprisoned in the United States at this moment than in any other time or place in history, yet the prison itself has never felt further away or more out of sight. “The Prison in Twelve Landscapes” is a film about the prison in which we never see a penitentiary. Instead, the film unfolds as a cinematic journey through a series of landscapes across the USA where prisons do work and affect lives, from a California mountainside where female prisoners fight raging wildfires, to a Bronx warehouse full of goods destined for the state correctional system, to an Appalachian coal town betting its future on the promise of prison jobs.
The National Prison strike has been called for by the Jailhouse Lawyers Speak, a group of incarcerated individuals working for human rights. Inmates will carry out work strike, sit-ins and boycotts to bring attention and call for change. Read more about the strike and the full list of demands at http://sawarimi.org/national-prison-strike.

Free admission and light refreshments.  All welcome.
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The DANCES OF UNIVERSAL PEACE (DUP) 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. The Dances are led by Walia Sandra & Shems William Guillow of DUP.

COME AND BE A PART OF THE CIRCLE THAT CONNECTS ALL OF HUMANITY!  Donations Accepted

Accessible to all.

CT DUP Contact : swguillow@atlanticbb.net (860) 303-3717

https://dancesofuniversalpeacena.org/contact-north-america.htm https://www.facebook.com/CTDUP/