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Mar 292021
 

“Resurrection Is the Way of the World: An Easter Celebration” with Revs. Mellen Kennedy and Will Hunter

April 4, 10 am

Got hope?  Life can astound us with beauty, or pain or awe, stopping us in our tracks.  Our hearts break open with inexpressible experiences.  Join us for a celebration of life in spite of and even because of the challenges.  As the earth awakens around us, let’s gather to renew ourselves as well.  You’re invited to stay for a virtual coffee hour after the service.  

Spiritual Makerspace Service: Engaging Mind, Body and Heart with Neva Cockrell and Raphael Sacks

April 11, 10 am

Creativity flows through each of us, with the possibility to guide us back to ourselves, through the practice of free expression. Join in a spring-time Spiritual Makerspace full of guided free movement exploration and heart-centered group singing. As the winter fades away, it’s time to awaken our bodies and voices, bring our brave hearts forward, and meet each other in embodied community. Come as you are, leave with new songs and movement to energize your life! 

Neva Cockrell is a professional dancer and interdisciplinary artist who uses art as a tool for social change. Raphael Sacks is a performing artist and a founding member of Loom Ensemble. They co-direct the Art Monastery in Springfield, VT, a community that hosts artist retreats and offers public classes in meditation, visual arts and movement.

“Race Amity”  with Dr. William H. Smitty Smith and Rev. Mellen Kennedy

April 18, 10 am

Race relations in America will not substantially improve unless the public discourse on race moves beyond the blame-grievance-rejection framework to one that recognizes and celebrates our ability to overcome racial prejudice through association, amity, and collaboration. While the tradition of racial oppression was unfolding, a parallel tradition, largely hidden and poorly understood, was demonstrating some of the most positive qualities to be found in American history. This “other tradition”, of close collaboration, amity, and love has served as the moral and spiritual counterweight to the dominant tradition of racism that occupies so much of our national history. The other tradition offers a new entry point for the public discourse on race.  Please join us for watch party of the film, An American Story: Race Amity and The Other Tradition, which will be shown by the Springfield Library on April 14 at 6 pm.  The film is free, but you must pre-register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/race-amity-watch-party-tickets-146760030201


William H. “Smitty” Smith, EdD, Founding Executive Director, National Center for Race Amity. With a background in public education administration and communication, he promotes cross racial/cross cultural amity as a means of moving America towards E Pluribus Unum. He was the Executive Director of the Center for Diversity in Communication Industries at Emerson College.  He is the concept creator/Co-Executive Producer for the 2018 documentary, An American Story: Race Amity and The Other Tradition. He was the principal organizer of the State Bill establishing Race Amity Day in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He co-authored, with Dr. Richard Thomas, Race Amity: America’s Other Tradition (2019)

Restore the Muse: Finding Your Way Back to Innate Creativity” with Angie Follensbee-Hall

April 25, 10 am

Do you find yourself falling into worn-out routines and thought patterns that interrupt your creative flow? Do you know you could be living with more inspiration and expression, but feel uncertain about where to begin? In this Spiritual Makerspace service, we will explore our thoughts about what inspires us, what role the muse has had in our past and in the natural world, and how to identify the key moment when we stopped believing we were creative. Activities will include reflective writing, discussion, and simple hands-on exercises. All are welcome to attend, whether you consider yourself an artist or not. Please bring paper or a notebook and something to write with. 
Angie Follensbee-Hall is an artist and a teacher, based in Brownsville, VT. She creates mixed media and handmade paper tapestries inspired by nature, stories, and the deep mystery of the world. For over 20 years she has taught classes, workshops, teacher training, private mentoring, and coaching in art techniques, creativity and yoga.

Feb 242021
 

“The Hidden Heart of Freedom” an  On-Line Spiritual Makerspace Service  with Suiko McCall

Sunday, March 7

Art can transform our perceptions of reality and inspire experiences of liberation.
Is that sense of uninhibited expression available to everyone?How can artmaking, crafting, or any physical realm activity be a spiritual practice?
Join Founder and Abbess of the Art Monastery in Springfield (artmonastery.org) Suiko McCall for a one-hour immersion into an Artmonk practice session, which includes meditation of drawing (or painting), writing, and movement. In this hands-on experience, Suiko will share her insights from more than a decade of experimenting at the overlap of spiritual practice and creative practice.  In this guided practice you will have the opportunity to draw, write and/or move as you feel called. It’s particularly delicious if you set yourself up for the possibility to do all three activities and then follow your joy in the moment.
You will need:

  • a sketchbook and drawing supplies (pens, paper, markers, crayons, pencils — whatever sounds most fun to you) and/or
  • a journal or paper and a writing pen and/or
  • comfy clothing you can move in

Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6130779853
Virtual coffee hour after the service.

“Class of 2020: What Have We Learned” Part 1 with Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy

Sunday, March 14

The School of Hard Knocks can bring some pretty profound lessons. In the wild ride of the past year, what wisdom have we distilled? This week I’ll share what stands out for me as I look back on the most interesting year yet. Next week, You’ll get to share your lessons learned. Let these insights strengthen and ground us as we move into 2021.

“Welcome Spring! Carrying the Lessons of 2020 into the New Season”  with Sharon Mueller and Friends

Sunday, March 21

Let’s share what we’ve learned in the past twelve months to renew and strengthen ourselves as we welcome Spring. This service will build on last week’s reflection by Rev. Mellen. We’ll hear from friends and members about the inspiration, insights and pearls of wisdom that we’ve gleaned so far on this journey.

This service will also pick up on Suiko McCall’s last service in our Sanctuary a year ago, “The Council Fires Are Lit!”, where we passed a Talking Stick, and spoke from our hearts. Please have ready your own ‘stick’- a twig, a branch, or even a pencil; and a candle to light, symbolic of our Council Fires. Let’s share from our hearts the truth of what we have learned from this pandemic, and what world we envision as we step through this portal, on zoom, together.

“The Gospel According to the Simpsons”* with Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy

Sunday, March 28

In celebration of April Fool’s Day, what better place to turn than Matt Groening’s Simpsons and the friends and neighbors of Springfield.  As You may recall, in 2009, our very own town of Springfield, Vermont won the national contest to become the location for showing the premiere of the Simpson’s Movie!  Let’s celebrate the healing power of humor and Springfields all over the US.  Join  us for some love, laughs and life-affirming spirit. *Note: The title for this sermon is borrowed form the book by Mark Pinksy. 

Jan 262021
 

Zoom Info:

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

Or dial in: +1 646 558 8656

Meeting ID: 613 077 9853

  “My Healing Hands” with Bet Bailey

February 28, 10 am

Bet will talk about how she got her gift of healing, what its like to be a practitioner, and what its like to receive this healing.

A Springfield, VT, Charlestown, NH resident for over 40 years, Elizabeth (Bet) Bailey loves her 3 grown children and several grandkids. Active in 4-H, Cub Scouts and a deaconess in Acworth, NH Church, Bet has also worked at Women’s Supportive Services, area newspapers as a journalist, Exec. Asst. at Fort at No. 4 Museum, and Asst. Mgr. at Brooks Pharmacy. She has been doing hands on healing for over 35 years. She is a gardener and naturalist. She has been studying PTSD for a number of years.

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“Tending the Beloved: An AltarMaking Space” with Charis Boke, PhD

February 7, 2021, 10 am

In this spiritual makerspace we gather songs, stories, and objects of a beloved. This can be a person, a place, an activity, a spirit or deity. Dr Charis Boke guides us through what it means to build an altar, how to choose what goes on one, and the beginnings of the materials for our own altars. Please set up a paper and pen, and have a small area on a table or bookshelf cleared for your altar. If you have access to a small bowl and a small candle (votive or tea lights fine, as are electric candles), please have those readily available. You may also choose to have some plants or other natural objects available for the altarmaking.

“The Curiosity of Cupid: A Valentine’s Day Celebration” with Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy

February 14, 10 am

In the words of St. Augustine, “To fall in love with God is the greatest romance.” Huh? Let’s explore the reality and power of these words as we celebrate Valentine’s Day.

“Race Amity: A Friendly Way Forward!” with Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy and Ahmad Abdel-Mawgood

February 21, 10 am

An encounter with Ahmad Abdel-Mawgood 8 years ago set me on trajectory of working on Countering Islamophobia, which I’ve been doing ever since. Ahmad will join me in this service as we explore Race Amity. This approach is the brain-child of William “Smitty” Smith, the inspiring founder of the National Center for Race Amity. Smitty sees a way out of our current morass by focusing on the stories of cross-racial collaboration which have existed since the founding of this country. Join Ahmad and me in this service as we share stories about our friendship, and explore and celebrate Race Amity.
You’re invited to stay for a short coffee half-hour and then
a discussion of Race Amity from 11:30 to 12:30.

Jan 012021
 

Zoom info:

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

Or dial in: +1 646 558 8656

Meeting ID: 613 077 9853

January 31: Annual “Word Service”with Tina Feindel, Sharon Mueller, and Rhianon Glidden

Join Tina Feindel, Sharon Mueller and Rhianon Glidden for our annual Word Service as we celebrate in words and music, poetry and song. We’ll interweave words of praise, thanks and hope!

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January 3: “Aha! The Power of Epiphany” with Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy

What’s the significance of those moments when our awareness shifts and we see with fresh eyes?  And new vision is what we do need right now in these interesting times.  “You can’t solve a problem with the same thinking that created it.” said Einstein.  2021 is replete with challenges to solve and thus ripe with opportunities for fresh perspectives. You’re invited to a system upgrade! And we’ll get to vote on a new name for The Grinch! You’re welcome to stay for social hour after the service.

January 10: “As a City Upon a Hill: Regrouping after the Capitol Insurrection” with Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy

We are living in historic times.  Join us on Zoom to be together after the challenges we have witnessed on our screens unfolding in Washington, DC this week.  Let’s gather to support each other, remind each other of a larger vision of one humanity, and reach for deeper understanding and a broader view on what transpired. 
Enjoy these words from President Calvin Coolidge, “To live under the American Constitution is the greatest political privilege that was ever accorded to the human race.”  Stay for coffee hour and time to talk after the service. 

January 17: “We Are a Gentle Angry People.” with JoAnn Gaffron-Hargrove and Rajnii Eddins

Hymn 170:”We Are a Gentle, Angry People”. Yes, indeed, we are! This hymn so describes us. We are gentle, peace loving, kind, compassionate people who respect the worth and dignity of every person. But we are also angry about the social injustices, the hate, inequality, wars and suffering in the world and we want to do something about it.
We follow the example of Martin Luther King Jr.. We support Black Lives Matter We march and attend peaceful rallies. We read and discuss books like My Grandmother’s Hand and The Hate You Give.
Can we do more? Can a white person understand the black experience?
Our guest speaker will be Rajnii Eddins., spoken word poet, emcee and teaching artist. Originally from Seattle Washington, he has been engaging diverse community audiences for over 27 years. He was the youngest member of the Afrikan American Writers Alliance at age 11 and has been actively sharing with youth and community in Vermont since 2010. His latest work Their Names Are Mine aims to confront white supremacy while emphasizing the need to affirm our mutual humanity.

January 24: “Real Relationships Save Everything” with Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy

In the wake of the Inauguration, what is your part in helping heal America?  As Michelle Obama said, “It’s up to each of us to do our part. To reach out. To listen.”  Come and discern what your part is.  Join us in this six-month challenge to learn, listen, reflect, read, watch, pray, share, reach out, laugh, cry and transform.  As Buddhist teacher Pema Chodron says, “Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.” As You change Yourself, You heal the world.  Stay for a small group discussion, “Real Relationships: Harmony Bound” facilitated by Rev. Mellen after virtual coffee hour. 

Nov 292020
 

December 31: Words of Hope, Songs of Peace.  An Interfaith New Year’s Eve Vesper Service, 4 pm.

Greeting 2021 with Readings, Poetry, Reflection, Hymns and Songs.  Featuring The Peace Choir – an interfaith collection of singers from near and far, under the direction of Julane Deener. The Peace Choir is dedicated to Singing for Peace on Planet Earth. Sponsored by Springfield Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse.

Zoom Info for All Springfield UU Services:

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

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December 6: “Love In Action” with Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy

We are a country in needed of mending. Each of us can be healers and bridge builders.  Using story, meditation, music, and reflection, let’s explore our habits of responding to conflict as well as cultivate new ways for connecting and creating the compassionate, harmonious, just, sustainable world we long for.  What’s your part?

December 13: “Fractals” Spiritual Makerspace Service with Toni Streeter

We will explore the mysterious world of fractal images. Can they lead us to real communication or inter-being with the Earth?  We will focus on what we see HERE because HERE is everywhere. Related to everywhere else. Toni is a local artist, member of the Meetinghouse and a resident of Tree Farm Campground in Springfield. Join via Zoom:

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

December 20: “How the Grinch Saved the Solstice: A Tale for 2020” Our Annual Solstice Service with Rev. Mellen Kennedy and a cast of characters, 4 pm.   

Need some light and a lift?  The Grinch in his post heart-expanded state has wisdom and antics to share.  Join us for carols, a skit, music sharing and candle lighting as we celebrate and bless the longest night of the year and the longest year of our lives. Please bring a candle for the candle lighting during the service and a cup of tea for Social & Teatime after the service. 

December 24: “Stories and Carols ~ Christmas Eve Service” with Rev. Mellen Kennedy, Rev. Will Hunter, Julane Deener & the Virtual Choir, 4 pm. 

Join us for a cozy evening of reconnecting with the quintessential Christmas message of Light and Hope in unexpected ways and places. Come ready to sing all your favorite carols.  Please bring a candle for a candle lighting ceremony.  Stay for a social hour.  We’re delighted that members of the Weathersfield Center Congregation will be joining us. Social hour after the service. 

December 27: “Annual Fire Ceremony” with JoAnn Gaffron-Hargrove, 10 am


Theme: Believe and Resolve 
As 2020 draws to an end, let us prepare ourselves for the new year with our personal beliefs firmly anchored in our minds, hearts and souls, and the resolve to live what we believe in, no matter what the new year brings. Due to the corona virus pandemic, we need to be flexible this year. The service will be centered in our sanctuary with our fire bowl and candle of renewal, but you will participate virtually on zoom. Please have paper, pen and an envelope handy. During the response time, please share your comments on what 2020 has meant for you.

Oct 212020
 

November 29: “On the Cooperation of Trees, the Resilience of the Atlantic Spotted Dolphin and the Retirement of my Plumber” with the Rev. Dr. Nancy Jay Crumbine

In Memory and in Honor of Beau DuBray,
Dartmouth freshman from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe
of South Dakota

This sermon is on grief, resilience, gratitude, and the radical interdependence which we keep forgetting, without which we do not survive. Readings will be from Robin Wall Kimmerer’s exquisite book, Braiding Sweetgrass.

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November 1: Election Stressed?  Gather for Community & Garlic Communion! with Rev. Mellen Kennedy

We’re at the height of the autumn holidays and harvest. And it’s also a time for planting things like garlic and the seeds of our hopes & medicine for the coming year.  Drop into this time of centering, community and inspiration as we head into an interesting week in the history of our nation.  Join Rev. Mellen Kennedy and the UU Meetinghouse Online on Sunday, November 1, 10 am, via Zoom:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6130779853  .  All welcome!

November 8: “Healing Our Divided Nation”with Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy

Regardless of the outcome of the election, our country is in great need of healing.  Where can we look for inspiration?  Rugby, of all places!  Join us for envisioning a harmonious, restored nation and an exploration of our part in that.   

November 15: “The Body Is Our Teacher: Nature Awareness, Somatic Meditation and Spirit Writing” Spiritual Makerspace Service with Qayyum Johnson

The Springfield UU community invites you to a creatively engaged Spiritual Makerspace gathering  that will offer you new tools to drop into profound states of spaciousness, relaxation and joy. Surprise yourself by encountering the mysterious and powerful life force that courses below the surface of your everyday mind.

Join Qayyum Johnson in a heart-led experiential workshop that will explore what happens when we move our awareness from the logical, linear and linguistic left brain where we live most of our modern lives, and attune/commune with the non-conceptual energy field beneath and around our thinking minds.

We will talk about what the more-than-human natural world has to teach us about how to live in balance, then we will engage in deeply relaxing meditative positions that encourage us to feel through our bodies directly. At the end of the workshop, we’ll have a brief writing exercise that will seek to bypass our inhibited consciousness and allow our unique blessings to find expression in language.

*We will be doing some guided meditations that are ideally done lying down, please plan to join Zoom and be able to comfortably sit or lie down near your computer so that you’re able to hear instructions.

**We’ll also be doing a creative spiritual writing exercise, so please also have paper and writing utensils ready to use during the gathering.

Qayyum was born into an American Sufi family and grew up in intentional communities. Bricolage poet/writer, sculptor, sound & video artist & ordinary person inspired by indigenous, folk & street traditions & mash-ups—revolutionary life that stirs the body and mind to reconnect with elemental truth. He was an organic vegetable farmer and resident Zen student at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center / Green Dragon Zen Temple for more than ten years. Qayyum has studied & practiced myriad spiritual paths, served on an interfaith street chaplaincy board, and corresponds with incarcerated men seeking contemplative comrades.
Qayuum lives at Art Monastery Vermont, in the aboriginal Abenaki Dawnland of modern Vermont, alongside Kwanitekw, the Long (Connecticut) River.

November 22: “Tall Tales: Time for a Break from Reality! ” with JoAnn Gaffron-Hargrove

We have all been having to deal with some heavy duty issues for months now. Let’s give ourselves a much needed break from reality. By using our imagination, we can escape to worlds where anything is possible. Imagination can be a powerful tool to find solutions to problems, to relieve stress and challenge assumptions.  We have three delightful, original tall tales to share with you, as well as some inspirational thoughts and great music. Come and exercise your imagination and have some fun!  Service team: JoAnn Gaffron-Hargrove, Tina Feindel, Antonia Streeter, Mimi Yahn, Max Meserve, Julane Deener, Bill Brink

Sep 292020
 

October 25: “Painting Our Way to Peace”Spiritual Makerspace Service with Suiko McCall

Art can transform our perceptions of reality and inspire experiences of profound peace. How can the process of making do the same? How can artmaking, crafting, or any physical realm activity be a spiritual practice?
Join Founder and Abbess of the Art Monastery (artmonastery.org) Suiko McCall for a one-hour immersion into her personal process of painting. In this hands-on experience, Suiko will share her insights from more than a decade of experimenting at the overlap of spiritual practice and creative practice. 
You will need:
– a pencil or pen and sketch paper
and/or
– a paintbrush – ink, watercolors, or gouache (or any kind of fluid paint)
– wet media paper
No previous experience necessary.  Beginners welcome! Free.

Suiko McCall is a painter, video maker, social sculptor, and founder & abbess of the Art Monastery. The Art Monastery, located in Springfield, aims to cultivate personal awakening and cultural transformation through contemplation, creativity, and community.

Zoom Info for All Springfield UU Services: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6130779853
Or dial in: +1 646 558 8656   Meeting ID: 613 077 9853
All welcome!

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October 4: “October Light” with the Rev. Dr. Nancy Jay. Crumbine

Special Music by our Virtual Choir

The paradox of shortening days, coming as it does with such magnificent light, reminds me each year of another apparent contradiction, the all-too-human need to forgive even the unforgiveable, in others and in ourselves.
Every October I turn to the light. For words to help me understand, I turn to the readings of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot, to learn again the wisdom of forgiveness and the wealth of possibility which follows.
In this, the autumn of our discontent, let us take a pause from the continuously difficult news of the day to reconnect, rest, rejuvenate and recenter ourselves in the insight and core belief, not only of Jewish tradition, but of our Unitarian Universalist tradition as well.

The Rev. Dr. Nancy Jay Crumbine is a professor at Dartmouth College, a Unitarian Universalist minister, a writer, actor, and public speaker. She has lectured widely under the auspices of the Vermont and New Hampshire Humanities Councils, the National Council for the Aging, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and various educational conferences, both in the US and the UK. She is the author of Humility, Anger, and Grace: Meditations Towards a Life that Matters and The Unitarian Paradox. Her articles and poems appear in a number of anthologies, most recently in two volumes of The Still Poodle Poets. She speaks regularly at First Universalist Parish of Chester, VT and for the First Wednesdays Lecture Series of the Vermont Humanities Council.

Zoom Info for All Springfield UU Services: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6130779853
Or dial in: +1 646 558 8656   Meeting ID: 613 077 9853
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October 11: “Indigenous Wisdom” with Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy

In these interesting times, how can our thinking, our way of being be expanded and grounded by native wisdom?  Join us for an exploration in shifting our consciousness to co-create a more beautiful, just, compassionate, sustainable world. You’re invited to bring your computer or device outside if possible. This will be an outdoor service if weather permits.

Zoom Info for All Springfield UU Services: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6130779853
Or dial in: +1 646 558 8656   Meeting ID: 613 077 9853
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October 18:  “Freedom & Unity: Universalism, the Next 250 Years” with Rev, Dr. Mellen Kennedy

In these contentious times, we can look to our history to ground us.  There are many before us who have found ways to create harmony and promote compassion and peace, our Universalist forebears among them.  As we celebrate the 250th Anniversary of Universalism in America, let’s explore how we can carry the message forward and create a just, sustainable, compassionate beautiful future together.

Zoom Info for All Springfield UU Services: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6130779853
Or dial in: +1 646 558 8656   Meeting ID: 613 077 9853
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October 25: “Painting Our Way to Peace”Spiritual Makerspace Service with Suiko McCall

Art can transform our perceptions of reality and inspire experiences of profound peace. How can the process of making do the same? How can artmaking, crafting, or any physical realm activity be a spiritual practice?
Join Founder and Abbess of the Art Monastery (artmonastery.org) Suiko McCall for a one-hour immersion into her personal process of painting. In this hands-on experience, Suiko will share her insights from more than a decade of experimenting at the overlap of spiritual practice and creative practice. 
You will need:
– a pencil or pen and sketch paper
and/or
– a paintbrush – ink, watercolors, or gouache (or any kind of fluid paint)
– wet media paper
No previous experience necessary.  Beginners welcome!

Suiko McCall is a painter, video maker, social sculptor, and founder & abbess of the Art Monastery. The Art Monastery, located in Springfield, aims to cultivate personal awakening and cultural transformation through contemplation, creativity, and community.

Aug 312020
 

September 13: Water Communion with Rev. Mellen Kennedy

Our first service of the new church year will be our annual water communion.

You’re encouraged to explore your local watershed and collect a sample of water for this service.

Zoom info for all our services:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6130779853?pwd=bkc2cUltQlhYUU5YME1aaHlNTGtJdz09

Meeting ID: 613 077 9853    Passcode: 082077  Dial by in:    +1 646 558 8656

September 20: “Blessed Stress: An Equinox Celebration” with Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy

Stress is a natural, necessary part of life on this planet, yet we tend to think of it as abhorrent.  What is stress really and what could possibly be the blessing of stress?  As we transition from summer to autumn and as we pass the six month mark of the pandemic state of emergency, let’s pause for deeper reflection.  What does the wisdom of the world’s spiritual traditions have to teach us about stress?  Join us for an exploration of living well and thriving in these interesting times.

September 27: “Power of Playing” with Caro Barschow 

Playing is a process of discovery and experimentation. Its benefits are immense: it cultivates agency, resilience and cooperation. It comes naturally for children, less so for adults. This service invites all ages and abilities to play in the Zoom environment, through simple movements and dialogue activities. At play, we will consider questions of justice and meaning-making relevant to the challenges and opportunities of these times.

Caro Barschow (she/they pronouns) is an educator, writer and seminarian at Boston University School of Theology. Caro’s spiritual influences are broad, woven by the thread of a belief that awakened hearts draw forth healing and transformation of people, planet and society. Caro first joined a Unitarian Universalist in 2006 and is an aspirant for ordination through the Unitarian Universalist Association. Caro lives in Cambridge, MA. This fall, she is interning (remotely) to support the Spiritual Makerspace project at UU Springfield Meetinghouse.

 

Jul 242020
 

August 2: “Dancing and Daring at Lughnasa” with Rev. Dr. Mary Ellen Eleanor Magdalena Kennedy

Our First Spiritual Makerspace Service!! 

Lunasa (Lughnasa) is the Celtic midsummer holiday celebrated on August 1st, the halfway point between the Solstice and the Equinox.  Last year, I had the exquisite pleasure of going to Ireland for the first time – a dream come true! On this journey, I experienced a profound connection with the people, the land, the language, the music, the books, the heritage and the inherited wisdom and trauma of my ancestors. Understanding prejudice, migration, servitude and enslavement through the lens of racialized trauma was a profound and unexpected gift of this journey.  Join me as we try to understand our modern American our multi-racial, multi-cultural experience.  A discussion facilitated by Rev. Mellen will follow the service on the subject of Ireland, racialized trauma and whatever is on your heart of mind.  

Zoom Info for All Springfield UU Services:   https://zoom.us/j/6130779853?pwd=bkc2cUltQlhYUU5YME1aaHlNTGtJdz09

Or dial by telephone:         +1 646 558 8656      Meeting Password 082077  Meeting ID: 613 077 9853

August 16: “Your Mind Is A Garden” 10 am with Sharon Mueller, Julane Deener and Tina Feindel< 10 am via Zoom

“Your mind is a garden, your thoughts are the seeds.  You can grow flowers, or You can grow weeds”. Peace Whisperer.  Join us for an exploration of tending our gardens and tending our souls.  In these challenging times, learning more how to tend to our internal spiritual and emotional well-being is key.   https://zoom.us/j/6130779853?pwd=bkc2cUltQlhYUU5YME1aaHlNTGtJdz09
Or dial in: +1 646 558 8656      Meeting Password 082077  Meeting ID: 613 077 9853

August 30:  Vesper Service at 6 pm IN PERSON OUTSIDE THE MEETINGHOUSE

Our Vesper Service will be Sunday August 30th, weather permitting . This is an informal evening service.  This year, unfortunately, we’ll be unable to have our traditional potluck,  Masks required and “social distancing” will be observed. This service is being organized by the Caring Committee This is an opportunity for people to gather and share some quiet time, readings and stories. This service will not be on Zoom as the traffic and other outdoor noise would be a challenge for on-line listeners.

Questions can be directed to Ellen Allman 463-5129 or ellenallman@gmail.com     

Jun 292020
 

July 5: “At Home with the Brave” with Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy

Are You out of sorts as You consider how to celebrate this coming holiday weekend?
Join us for a reflection on being at home with challenge, staying connected in a time of distancing and celebrating little acts of bravery.   One of the bravest things we can do is face the legacy of enslavement and racial injustice upon which this country was founded.

Service followed by discussion on how we’re responding to the racial justice uprising and “coffee hour

 

July 19: “Let’s Figure Out How to Figure Things Out” with JoAnn Gaffron-Hargrove

 

August 2: “Dancing and Daring at Lunasa” with Rev. Dr. Mary Ellen Kennedy

Lunasa is the Celtic midsummer holiday celebrated on August 1st.  Last year, I had the exquisite pleasure of going to Ireland for the first – a dream come true! On this journey, I experienced a profound connection with the land, the language, the music, the people, the books, the heritage and the inherited wisdom and trauma of my ancestors. Understanding prejudice, migration, servitude and enslavement through the lens of racialized trauma was a profound and unexpected gift of this journey.  Join me as we try to understand our modern American our multi-racial, multi-cultural experience.