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Jan 012021
 

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. 

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 and Sharon Mueller

Join Tina Feindel and Sharon Mueller 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.

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.

Jun 012020
 

 June 28: Service with Rev. Joan Javier-Duval livestreamed from General Assembly

Rev. Joan Javier-Duvall, the amazing minister of the Montpelier Unitarian Church has been chosen to preach at the GA 2020 Sunday Morning Worship this year. No registration is needed to view this service. This powerful, communal worship experience will stream on uua.org/ga at 10:00 a.m. EDT and again at 10:00 a.m. PDT. Members of the public are welcome to view the service. Let’s plan to join this service virtually on June 28th.


June 7:  “Healing Racial & Intergenerational Trauma: A Flower Power Communion” with Rev. Mellen Kennedy

June 14: “Resistence Is the Secret of Joy” with Rev. Mellen Kennedy

June 21: “Celebrating the Solstice as We Honor the Father in Uswith Tina Feindel, JoAnn Gaffron-Hargrove, Sharon Mueller

While the Spring Equinox is associated with the Mother, Nurturer of Life, the Summer Solstice is connected to the Father, the Protector and Builder of Life. If you choose, please bring a picture of your father, or important father figure, to share.

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Apr 292020
 

 Sunday May 31  “Spiral is a Growing Shape – Going Gently Inward before Outward” with Aimee Parnell

In times of stress or danger, many animals and plants curl up into a spiral shape. Incubation and germination also often happen in this shape: the growing organism slowly spiraling outward, unfurling gracefully in its own time.
As our community begins to reemerge from this period of isolation, let us pause to explore the feelings and sensations that accompany our collective journey from old world to new. We will take this opportunity to savor and  reflect upon the good deeds we have witnessed, the fears and sorrows we honor and invite to release, and the hopes that have survived this upheaval. We will practice lovingkindness to all facets of ourselves and others in the human and more-than-human world. In times of struggle, we deserve to offer ourselves more kindness, more love… not less. Both shadow and light are worthy of love. If you are struggling, this is an opportunity  to practice nourishing self-care in a supportive group. To get your heart beating to the rhythm of gratitude and to find a still, calm point from which to grow and reconnect.
Movement-based meditation will be offered during this service – the physical practice can be done seated in a chair or on a yoga mat. Adaptations will be described to provide options for a wide range of mobility levels.
Aimée has taught gentle and vinyasa yoga at studios and health clubs, adaptive chair yoga at senior centers, yoga classes for beginners, partner yoga to expectant couples, and mindfulness and movement meditation to both high school and preschool students. Aimée’s classes are heartfelt,  lighthearted, and accessible to all abilities and bodies. We will shape our body and breath as a moving meditation and conduit for positive energy.
With a B.A. in Psychology, it is natural that Aimee’s instruction includes elements of mindfulness-based stress reduction, an evidence-based program that offers secular mindfulness training to assist people with stress, anxiety, depression, and pain.

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May 3: “Less Is the New More” with Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy and Sharon Mueller. 

We’re experiencing that the activity of our lives has been dramatically reduced by the pandemic. On a planetary scale, as we humans are doing less, many of the other species are doing better, the air is cleaner, the water is clearer.  A less complicated life can be a more creative, more connected, more full life.  Many of us have been watching, “Planet of the Humans”, which has given us pause.  Let’s explore the myriad ways that less is more.  Special music by Laurel Green, Steve Crofter, Julane Deener and Matt Meserve (hopefully).

To join us online:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6130779853?pwd=bkc2cUltQlhYUU5YME1aaHlNTGtJdz09
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May 17: “Sheltering in Peace: Home” with JoAnn Gaffron-Hargrove and Sharon Mueller

May 10: “Mothering Medicine for a World Being Reborn” with Rev. Mellen Kennedy and Neva Cockrell

Sunday May 24 “Rhythm Reset: Restoring Our Sense of Time”  with Toni Streeter and Rev. Mellen Kennedy

The recent disruption of our ordinary lives has altered our experience of time.  Let’s explore from a spiritual perspective how our perception of time affects our sense of well-being, harmony and balance. Toni is a sculptor, artist. She lives at Tree Farm Campground in Springfield and with her husband was the former owner of the campground.  She is a member of the Springfield Meetinghouse and her paintings are frequent beautiful additions to our services.

Mar 302020
 

April 26 :The Mountains Are Calling and We Must Go” with Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy and Ephraim 

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April 5: Sunday Service with Rev. Mellen Kennedy and Qayyum Johnson, “The Silly Side of Resilience: An April Fool’s Celebration”

The words “silly” and “resilience” come from the same root meaning health or well-being.  In recognition of April Fool’s Day, we’ll explore the connection between humor and our well-being particularly in these challenging times.
Bio: Qayyum Johnson is a bricolage poet/writer, sculptor, sound & video artist & ordinary person. 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.

April 12:   “Love in the Time of Pandemic: An Easter-Spring Celebration” with Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy Rev. Robyn Carpenter, music by Lynne Wolf, Bill Brink, and Matt Meserve.  

Need hope?  Join us for an uplifting time of interfaith music, meditation, prayer,
stories, reflection and community connection.  All welcome!

As the natural world is burgeoning all around us, the human world is in an interesting state.  This annual celebration of death and rebirth takes on poignant meaning as we brave the challenges and enjoy the silver linings of the pandemic we’re experiencing together.  Join us for a real and uplifting look at this defining moment, Spring 2020

April 19  “Coping and Thriving in the Pandemic: Tools for Resilience” with Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy and Sharon Mueller