Nov 132017
 

2017-11-11_thai-dinner-prep-150x84Pad Thai, Galanga Coconut Curry Soup, Vegan Curry, Coconut Custard on Sticky Rice, and Chai Tea were on the menu for a fundraising dinner Saturday evening, Nov. 11th, here at the church. Members, including two who have lived in Thailand, made authentic Thai dishes and decorated with items from that country. Over 40 people joined the festivities, including folks from as far away as Enfield Center, NH.

The church raised $700 for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England’s Claremont Health Center. Planned Parenthood provides essential health services to both women and men. General health care as well as reproductive health care and referrals are available. The Claremont health center also offers the New Hampshire Family Planning Program for income-eligible individuals and families.

Thank you to all who attended and helped, especially our cooks Libbet Downs, Greg Supernovich and Julie Lannen. Special thanks to Julie Lannen for the vision of holding this dinner and making it a reality!

 

Oct 302017
 

thailand-measure-2796812_640The dinner will be held here at the church and will benefit Planned Parenthood’s Claremont Office
The social Action Circle (SAC) is planning its first benefit dinner!  The cooks, Libbet Downs, Julie Lannen and Greg Supernovich, are planning a delicious menu that will include Gluten-free, Vegan and Vegetarian options as well as standard Thai food.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for children (12 years and under), with a family maximum of $45.
Please see Deb, Libbet, Julie or Greg for tickets.  Or you can email uuspringfieldvt@gmail.com  to reserve a spot or to ask any questions.
Oct 092017
 

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The Dances are back!

This year we have the opportunity to explore the world’s religions through dance! The Dances of Universal Peace are simple, meditative, joyous, multi-cultural circle dances that use sacred phrases, chants, music and movements to touch the spiritual essence in ourselves and recognize it in others. No musical or dance experience of any kind is required. And everyone is welcome (but not pressured) to join in. The Dances focus on PEACE — creating a sense of solidarity and community, while celebrating and understanding the unity. of all spiritual traditions on the Earth. Come and be a part of the circle that connects all of humanity.  Walia Sandra Guillow is a seasoned and enthusiastic dance leader from Connecticut who will help us find ease and grace and will be accompanied by her musician husband Shems WIlliam Guillow. For more info www.dancesofuniversalpeace.org

The Dances were originated by Samuel Lewis in the late 1960s in San Francisco. Lewis was a lifelong student of the esoteric teachings of many religious traditions, including Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, Islam and Hinduism.
Held here in the sanctuary. Open to the public. Donations accepted.

Sep 252017
 

“Fed Up” blows the lid off everything we thought we knew about food and exercise, revealing 30-year campaign by  the food industry — aided by the U.S. government — to mislead and confuse the American pinterior-fresh-food-market-helinski-finland-image-2561aublic. Exposing the hidden truths contributing to one of the  largest health epidemics in history, the film follows a group of families battling to lead healthier lives — and reveals why the conventional wisdom of “exercise and eat right” is not ringing true for millions of peoples struggling with diabetes, childhood obesity and other serious conditions. Including captivating interviews with the country’s leading experts, this vital information could change the way we eat forever.
Doors open at 6:45 pm and movie starts at 7 pm.  Popcorn and beverages served. Ths film ties in with the Oct 8 Sunday’s service, when Becca Polk will discuss Food Justice and her Kids Gardening program.

Aug 022017
 

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“It’s such a pleasure to be here!  As many of you also know, I am the grand daughter of Robert Dick, who was a minister at this very church for several years. And you are of course familiar with my Dad and his active role here. As such, I am the “third generation” on my father’s side to address this room.”

For the complete text of Joya’s remarks go here:

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Jun 052017
 

 

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The Flower Communion is an annual tradition in UU churches. It was begun by a Unitarian minister in Czechoslovakia, Norbert F. Capek, who had started the first Unitarian church in that country in the 1920’s.
Norbert Capek preached that everyone was worthy, regardless of ethnic group, religion or creed. When the Nazis came to power this radical idea did not set at all well with them, and he was arrested and sent to the Dachau concentration camp where, sadly, he died.
We remember him with this beautiful ceremony each June and celebrate the fact that all people are welcome here as long as they treat each other with respect.

For more photos, see our Facebook page.

May 292017
 
First Friday Film: SHERPA
“An Epic Journey with the Fearless Guides of Mount Everest.  Every year Western mountain climbers make news ascending Mount Everest.  But the compelling stories of the Sherpas, the Nepalese guides who risk their lives to provide for their families, have gone untold – until now.  SHERPA chronicles a fateful 2014 expedition and the tragic avalanche that spurred the Sherpas to make a stand for human rights and respect. SHERPA will forever change the way you look at the world’s most famous mountain – and the brave guides who navigate it.”  96 minutes ~
Held at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 21 Fairground Rd, Springfield, VT.  Doors open at 6:45 pm; film begins at 7:00. Popcorn and beverages served.  No charge. All welcome!
Apr 272017
 

“Seeds of Time:  One man’s Journey to save the future of our  Food”

Crop diversity pioneer Cary Fowler travels the world, racing against time to protect the future of our food.  Climate change affects crops globally, and crop failures are causing food shortages and starvation.  Fowler works with others, including farmers in Peru, to try to save seeds that will ensure our future.”
77 minutes long, released in 2015.  Doors open at 6:45 pm and movie starts at 7 pm.  Popcorn and beverages served.  No charge.
We’ll be having a Seed Swap as well.
Have extra seeds from your garden or starting May Festival plants?  Did you save some of your own seeds last fall?  Want to try something new?  Bring your extra seeds to the film on Friday the 5th or the 10 am service on Sunday the 7th and take home some of another variety.  A great way to be sure that partial or extra package doesn’t go to waste. And a terrific chance to try something different at no cost.

 

Mar 302017
 

Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory is a 2014 American documentary film directed and produced by Michael Rossato-Bennett.  This award winning film deals with the subject of people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and how music therapy can help and ease their suffering.  In many chapters of the film Dan Cohen of Music and Memory places music headphones on patients and we see them become very expressive; his pioneering efforts have placed personal music players in nursing homes.

We’ll open the doors at 6:45 pm and will offer beverages and popcorn.  Film begins at 7 pm.