Apr 082019

After our June 9 service, we’ll take a break for a few weeks.  Over the summer we’ll have four Sunday morning services at 10 am: July 14, July 28, August 11 and August 25.

Second Wednesday Gentle Yoga classes will continue through the summer.  However, First Friday Films and the Coffee House Music Series will not resume until September.

Other summer events to be announced.



Mar 172019

Join us at the Springfield Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse on Saturday, March 23rd, for a Latin American dinner to benefit the Community Asylum Seekers Project (CASP). CASP is a local nonprofit that provides basic needs and a welcoming community for those in the process of seeking asylum.  CASP currently hosts 9 asylum seekers in our local area.

CASP guests will prepare some of their native dishes: Cuban pollo (chicken) fricassee, Mexican tamales, and a Honduran sweet bread.  Rice and beans, tortillas, salsa  and flan will round out the meal.  There will be vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options

Reservations are required.  Please email uuspringfieldvt@gmail.com or call 802-885-3327 before March 21st to reserve a spot. (Space is limited.) The cost is $15 for adults, $8 for children 12 and under, no charge for preschoolers. Payment is at the door – cash and checks will be accepted. The dinner will be held from 5:30-6:30 on March 23 at the Meetinghouse at 21 Fairground Road, Springfield, VT.

Dec 152018



This course will be held on five consecutive Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 pm at the UU Meetinghouse.  Total fee for the 5 sessions is $75 per person. Open to the public.  See below* for registration information.

Based on the Book Taking the War Out of Our Words by Sharon Ellison
Workshop Presentations by Hilary Mullins

In this five-session class, I teach the concepts and techniques of nondefensive communication using a mix of lecture, discussion, and take-home exercises. Rather than projecting slides, I use an easel or white board, mixing words and simple drawings in the manner of a graphic facilitator. I also use short 4-page comics in class that students then take home for review and practice.

SESSION ONE: Looking at the War Within

In this introductory session, we look at how our inherent fight, flight or freeze system leads us to react to conflict with the four basic techniques used in battle. We will also learn to spot six common characteristic defensive strategies that are so typically engrained we mistake them for our personalities.

SESSION TWO: Taking the War Out of Our Questions

In this session, we first identify commonly used defensive questions, which, by their very structure, make others defensive in turn. Then we learn nondefensive questions that allow us to simply ask for information instead, transforming potentially defensive interactions into constructive exchanges.

SESSION THREE: Taking the War Out of Our Statements

In this session, we’ll first learn how to identify when we are making defensive assertions, imposing our opinions as facts. Then we will learn how to make nondefensive statements, using a structure that allows us to express our thoughts and feelings clearly, giving them authentic power.

SESSION FOUR: Taking the War Out of Our Predictions

Setting limits is an important part of getting along. However, when we try to do it, we often collapse into making defensive, threatening predictions instead, e.g.: ‘If you don’t do x, I’ll do y!’ This class presents a process that allows us to avoid this kind of manipulation, instead thinking through and setting our limits clearly and firmly, giving those we deal with a clear picture of what they can expect from us.

SESSION FIVE:  Putting it All Together: Nondefensive Communication for the Road

In the final session, we practice applying non-defensive questions, statements and predictions to real life situations. Also, because changing our deeply-rooted defensive habits takes repetition over time, we will learn ways to keep practicing nondefensive communication so we can shift the insights of the class into lasting skills.

*The trustees have designated some funds toward this class so that the total cost per person for the five sessions will be reduced to $75.  Add your name to the sign up sheet on the harvest table or in the Activities Room and give your payment to Deb Diegoli in the office.  Checks made out to Springfield UU Meetinghouse” with “Non-Defensive Comm. Class” in memo.  

OR mail your check for $75 to UU Church, PO Box 944, Springfield, VT 05156.  Deadline: March 5th.

Contact uuspringfieldvt@gmail.org for more info.

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


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



“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: