Sep 262018

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
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:

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

Sep 012018

 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.



“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:
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

Free admission and light refreshments.  All welcome.
Aug 042018

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.


Accessible to all.

CT DUP Contact : (860) 303-3717

Jun 292018

Six Gardens and Lunch

You’re invited into six local gardens on August 5 for the Eighth Annual Works in Progress Garden Tour sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church in Springfield.

Here’s the lineup: 1. Our early summer morning will begin at Glen Williams’ amazing in-town garden on just ¾ of an acre. Glen is known for his extensive hosta collection and he’s been adding ladyslippers, an assortment of annuals, and anything else that catches his fancy. 2. Next we’ll make a stop at Pat Belknap’s lovely yard that includes a mix of shade and sun-loving plants, daylilies, hostas, and annuals leading to a friendship gate connecting to her neighbor’s yard. 3. The gardens of Nina and Herb Jamison feature a forest setting with low stone walls, perennial beds connected by pebble paths, stone steps, stone seats and whimsy throughout. Enjoy the lavender lined path, wilds interspersed with planting beds and two woodland walks. 4. Now on to Bartonsville to see Marvie Campbell’s extensive backyard vegetable gardens and her ways of dealing with deer and watering. She’ll show us her new, productive kitchen garden in a raised bed right out the back door. 5. Back in Springfield we’ll visit Bonnie Andrews who believes in “planting enough stuff so you don’t have to weed”. Shade and sun plants, paths and interesting discoveries abound! 6. Betsy Owen usually grows a few of her favorite summer vegetables with room for lots of garlic and winter squash for winter storage. A border of flowers always finds its way in, both volunteers from last year like sunflowers and poppies, and a few annuals. Less than a mile away is Diane Kemble’s where lunch made from fresh local ingredients will be served on the deck and porch, overlooking the vegetable garden, berry patches, flowers, field and pond.  The Works in Progress theme is definitely in evidence here.

The tour, which ends with lunch, runs from 8 a.m. through about 1:00. Suggested donation is $20. and includes lunch and plants. Please email to sign up or call 885-1156 or 802-324-9465. Full details on directions and carpooling will be provided.

Jun 132018

Join VINE Sanctuary here at the Springfield UU! 

Celebrate Pride month by enjoying a rainbow of plant-based food while learning about LGBTQ history. 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.
Since dietitians encourage everybody to “eat the rainbow” by incorporating colorful fruits and vegetables in our diets, and since we all have LGBTQ people in our families and communities, we hope to see a big crowd at the Pride Month Vegan Potluck.
The rainbow flag has served as a symbol of LGBTQ pride. LGBTQ people and their friends, family members, and allies recognize June as “Pride Month” in remembrance of the events of June 1969, which are seen as the beginning of the modern movement against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
In celebration of both Pride Month and the rainbow of flavors offered by fruits and vegetables, potluck participants are encouraged to bring dishes that incorporate as many colors as possible. Prizes will be awarded to the most colorful entree, side dish, and dessert.
VINE Sanctuary co-founder Pattrice Jones, who has participated in the LGBTQ movement since the 1970s and has taught LGBTQ Studies courses, will offer an engaging talk on the history of LGBTQ activism between entrees and dessert. This event is co-sponsored by the Springfield Town Library, and a reading list of relevant titles available at the library will be provided.
Since several volunteers will be bringing more than one dish to share, everyone is welcome to attend, even if they do not bring something 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 or to search for recipes.
VINE Sanctuary is an LGBTQ-founded non-profit farmed animal refuge based in Springfield, Vermont. More than 600 animals — including birds, goats, sheep and cows seized by Vermont authorities in cases of extreme cruelty or neglect — live at the 100+ acre sanctuary. In addition to caring for sanctuary residents and promoting respect for animals, VINE advocates for social and environmental justice.
As an LGBTQ-founded animal rescue organization, VINE has worked for many years to understand and explain the linkages among animal exploitation and social injustice as well as the benefits of a unified effort to end violence of all kinds. Brochures about those linkages will be available at the event, and we expect the resulting discussion to be lively.

May 242018

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

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

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

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.)