Jan 062018
 
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Tina Feindel will host this gathering in the church Activities Room.  Tina is excited about some new games she got over the holidays and hopes others will bring theirs, too.  Active games (like juggling), puzzles and crafts also welcome! Please bring a snack to share and join us for this fun wintertime activity.

Super Sunday: January 14, after the service

At our Souper Sunday fund raiser we will have three hearty soups and several choices of bread available.  The cost is $4 and if necessary, soup can be taken home.  This is a good way to get to know our congregation members in a relaxed atmosphere.  We’re all encouraged to bring a friend – new people will receive a free meal.

Dec 232017
 
The film “Terms and Conditions May Apply” will be rescheduled at a later date.
“Admit it: you don’t really read the endless terms and conditions connected to every website you visit, phone call you make or app you download. But every day, billion-dollar corporations are learning more about your interests, your friends and family, your finances, and your secrets… and are not only selling the information to the highest bidder, but freely sharing it with the government. And you agreed to all of it. With fascinating examples and so-unbelievable-they’re-almost-funny facts, filmmaker Cullen Hoback exposes what governments and corporations are legally taking from you every day – turning the future of both privacy and civil liberties uncertain. From whistle blowers and investigative journalists to zombie fan clubs and Egyptian dissidents, this disquieting exposé demonstrates how every one of us has incrementally opted-in to a real-time surveillance state, click by click- and what, if anything, can be done about it.”
Release date:July 12, 2013.  Produced and directed by Cullen Hoback
Doors open at 6:45.  Popcorn and hot beverages served.  No charge.  All welcome!
Dec 142017
 
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“Blessing of the Devices: Technology and Turmoil”

Here is the pledge that we read at the January 7, 2018 service – you can look it over and see if it is something you’d like to adopt or adapt for yourself:

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Below are links to some of our past services, available on SAPA-TV:

Other Ways of Seeing: Images from Asia with Gregory Supernovich 11.5.17

Looking at the World Through a Gender Lens with Joya Taft-Dick 7.23.17

Fearless Girl Faces Raging Bull with the Rev. Kitsy Winthrop 4.30.17

Dec 112017
 
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Matt Meserve has been entertaining in Southern Vermont and The Upper Valley for the past ten years.  Crooning for patrons at many inns and pubs, he is equally adept at soulful belting and heartfelt ballads.  He treasures being able to entertain at the UU Coffeehouse and being part of the wonderful spiritual community there.

All Welcome.  Doors open at 6:30, music starts at 7.   This is a family-friendly evening of music and fun. There is no cost to enjoy the music.  You will be able to purchase delicious snacks and beverages.

Nov 212017
 

lesvos-1206678_640AFTER SPRING is a feature documentary that focuses on the Syrian refugee crisis.

With the Syrian conflict now in its seventh year, millions of people continue to be displaced. AFTER SPRING is the story of what happens next. By following two refugee families in transition and aid workers fighting to keep the camp running, viewers will experience what it is like to live in Zaatari, the largest camp for Syrian refugees. With no end in sight for the conflict or this refugee crisis, everyone must decide if they can rebuild their lives in a place that was never meant to be permanent.

Jon Stewart produced this film which is 103 minutes long.

All welcome, free admission. Doors open at 6:45 and we will serve beverages and popcorn!

 

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!

 

Nov 072017
 

sam-creigh-presskitcolorSam Creigh began his musical career as a bass player/vocalist/songwriter in the Tucson, AZ area in the early 1970’s. In 1976, he moved to Los Angeles, here he continued playing music while working as an audio and then a video engineer. He began his solo acoustic guitar singer/songwriter career in the 1990’s after relocating to Vermont with his family. He has played throughout Southern and Central Vermont and New Hampshire on the stages of festivals, ski lodges, taverns, open mics, and farmers markets. In the warm weather months, Sam tours the lake country of West-Central Minnesota. His highly-regarded album, “Green Mountain Flyer”, was released in 2002.

Doors open at 6:30 pm;  music starts at 7:00.  All welcome.  You’ll be able to purchase snacks and beverages.

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 232017
 

First Friday Film: “The Brainwashing of my Dad,” Nov 3, 7pm 

Filmmaker Jen Senko explores the rise of the right wing media, and how it affected her once Democratic father who became an angry right-wing fanatic after his immersion in talk radio and Fox News. This award winning documentary discovers this to be a powerful phenomenon that has divided families across the nation.
November is traditionally time for Americans to vote.  It seems worthwhile at this time of year to take a look at the forces that helped to drive the country to the right by creating a TV network for the GOP, (Roger Ailes under Richard Nixon), including the dismantling of the Fairness Doctrine (under Ronald Reagan) and the Telecommunications Reform Act (under Bill Clinton).  89 min
Doors open at 6:45 pm, movie starts at 7 pm. We will have popcorn and beverages. Held at the church at 21 Fairground Rd, Springfield, VT.

 

Games and Stone Soup Night: November 4, 6:30 pmgames-night-closeup-2016-sept-copy-1280x720

Join together on Saturday, Nov 4, in the Activities Room to enjoy some games and soup together.   Please bring a soup ingredients so we can make “Stone Soup” to share! There will be games provided, but feel free to bring your favorite games and crafts, as well. .See you there!

Then remember to turn your clocks back – we get an extra hour of sleep  as we officially revert to Eastern Standard Time at 2 am on Sunday the 5th.

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.