September 29, Welcoming the Stranger: An Update on the Work of the Community Asylum Seekers Project” with Steve Crofter, 10 am
Steve Crofter, executive director of the local nonprofit Community Asylum Seeker Project (CASP), will share some thoughts on the spiritual commandment to welcome the stranger. He’ll also report on CASP’s current status and plans for expansion, as well as offering some opportunities to become involved.
Steve has worked at many trades – carpenter, bus driver, public school teacher, household goods mover, and farmer. After living for three years in Mexico, he and his life partner Laurel Green moved to Rockingham, VT. Steve’s interest in cross-cultural relations began as a child when his professor-father hosted international students for Sunday dinner.
September 1 Annual Potluck & Vesper Service, 4:30 pm
Our annual Potluck/Vesper Service will be Sunday September 1 st . We will meet at 4:30
for conversation and then have our picnic supper at 5:00 followed by the vesper service.
Bring your own eating utensils and plate, along with a dish to share. This is a relaxed way
to connect with each other after many of us have been away for the summer.
This is being organized by the Caring Committee
September 8 “Annual Water Celebration” w/ Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy, 10 am
The foundational truth of our existence is that we’re the blue planet, mostly water. Water sustains us, feeds us, grows our food, cleanses us, enthralls us and is us. Join us for our annual ingathering where we come together after our summer wanderings. Bring some water with You from your travels if You have it. Share the Plate collection for BRAT, Black River Action Team. Let’s celebrate in this intergenerational service of interconnectedness and our lives on this blue planet.
September 15, “Blessed Are the Peace Makers” w/Rev Dr Mellen Kennedy, 10 am
There is more to this Beatitude than meets the eye. Come be surprised at what’s hidden there. We can find inspirit on creating community and healing the world. You’re welcome to stay for a Friends on the Path small group discussion on Climate Change after coffee hour.
September 22, “Mauna Kea- Sacred Mountain” with Sharon Mueller, 10 am
Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii, the largest mountain in the Pacific, has long been sacred to the Hawaiian people. Already host to several observatories, there is a plan underway to build a much bigger, thirty meter telescope (TMT) on its peak. Many native Hawaiians and supporters are opposing this effort. Which has priority- science or native culture and beliefs? We will look at some of the history, the current situation, and think deeply about the clash between scientific development and native beliefs. Are they in conflict, or is there a way to honor both perspectives?
July 14 “Art Will Save Us” with Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy
Spirituality and art are intricately intertwined. Creating a beautiful, just, kind, sustainable world is the necessity of our time. Creating. Creativity. We exercise our creative capacity when we make and enjoy art and express ourselves artistically.
July 28: “The Creative Process” with Toni Streeter.
The creative process we all possess, like a spiritual journey, is intuitive and experimental. Following the clues one step at a time can be a magical trip. Let our souls delight in wonder as we find the hidden treasures within us. Toni is a sculptor, artist. She lives at Tree Farm Campground in Spingfield 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.
August 11 “Art and the Civil Rights Movement” with Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy
Artist like civil rights activist, Faith Ringgold, helped birth and shape new views of the world. “It’s a visual image of who you are. That’s the power of being an artist!” said Faith Ringgold. This summer and fall as we’re reading, “March (Book One) by civil rights activist, John Lewis, let’s broaden our understanding of civil rights by taking a look at the power of art in that time.
August 25 “Revolution of the Heart: Truthtelling & the Imaginaria” with Betsy McCall
Art can free the heart and call the soul home. For a work of art to so deeply resonate with a viewer, every aspect of the work must be authentic. Art must speak the truth, a truth that the viewer can feel. To be truly transformative, an artwork must also offer a new perspective, a new angle, a new way forward. Betsy 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.
There is no childcare or Religious Exploration during the summer. Children are welcome during services.
“Green Living, Green Loving, Green Burial” our annual Parker Hill Service and Picnic with Rev. Mellen Kennedy, June 9, 11 am.
Join us for this service out of doors in Parker Hill Cemetery. We’re in the midst of significant cultural shifts in terms of the environment, politics, technology, the environment and so much more including how we die and how we bury our dead. Just 4 years ago, Vermont passed significant changes in the legislation. The new approach is sometimes called “green burial” because it employs “land management practices that are more environmentally sensitive than those used by traditional cemeteries.” What is the spiritual significance of the green burial movement and what can we learn? Come stand among the grave markers of those who have gone before and contemplate together green living, green loving and green dying. A potluck picnic will follow the brief service.
Held at at 797 Parker Hill Road , Springfield, VT, the site of our first Universalist building, back in the 1790s, and is maintained as a cemetery to this day.
Afterwards, we’ll enjoy a potluck picnic. Please bring a folding chair, a hat, and if you can, silverware, plate, cup. Let’s help the Earth by not using paper and plastic. (We’ll bring some for those who forget, no worries). There’s lots to explore! Please be respectful of the gravestones, as they are quite old, and might tip over if pushed. Enjoy reading the inscriptions. Let’s celebrate spring in this beautiful setting!
This is the last service of the church season for the Springfield Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse. We will hold four services at the Meetinghouse throughout the summer, on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of July and August.
“Flower Communion” Service with Sharon Mueller, June 2, 11 am
Our annual Flower Communion service, our final regular Sunday service of the church year, commemorates the original Flower Service held in 1923 by Unitarian minister Norbert Capek, who founded the Unitarian Church in Czechoslovakia. He developed the service to bring people in his church together during a time of tension and strife in that part of Europe.
As fascism arose in Germany, Norbert Capek spoke out strongly against Hitler and the Nazis When Germany invaded Czechoslovakia during World War II, he was tried, found guilty of treason, and imprisoned in the Dachau concentration camp. He continued his ministry within the camp. In 1943 he was executed there.
The service was brought to the United States by his wife, Rev. Maya Capek, and the tradition continues today in UU congregations throughout the country. At the Springfield UU, and many others, it is celebrated each June..
You’re invited to bring a flower with which we’ll create a beautiful bouquet together symbolizing our spiritual community. All welcome!