Aug 122018
 
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Workshop rescheduled – date to be announced
Springfield UU Church, 21 Fairground Road, Springfield, VT
 “I pin my hopes to small circles and quiet processes
where vital and transforming events take place.”
~ Rufus Jones, Quaker theologian and activist

In these challenging times, we can feel overwhelmed, discouraged and even depressed.  Yet we have spiritual resources that we can draw on to ground and empower us as we navigate through troubled waters.  Small group ministry or covenant groups provide a setting for sharing, reflection, and hope.  In this workshop we’ll explore how these groups provide a foundation for friendship and spiritual growth and a supportive space for cultivating our resilience.  The workshop will include actual small group experiences where we can find solace, inspiration and strength. Bring your ideas form your own life experiences.

Workshop Leader: Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy is enthusiastic about and an expert in creating small group settings that are safe, fun and transformative. She is co-founder of the Small Group Ministry Network.  Rev. Mellen is an ordained as a Unitarian Universalist minister and a Sufi cheraga.  She has the honor of serving the Springfield Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Vermont.
Registration:  Please bring your own sack lunch.  The workshop is free for members of the Springfield UU Church.  Registration form can be dowloaded here:
https://uuspringfieldvt.org/cultivating-spaces-for-resilience-resistance-2018-09-29/

Aug 042018
 
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The DANCES OF UNIVERSAL PEACE (DUP) are simple, joyous, meditative, multicultural, circle dances that use sacred phrases, chants, music and movements to touch the spiritual essence within ourselves, and recognize it in others. These Dances are based on teachings embraced by Universal Sufism. No musical or dance experience of any kind is required, and everyone is welcomed to join in.

The DANCES focus on PEACE, creating a sense of solidarity and community, while celebrating the underlying unity of all the spiritual traditions of the earth. The Dances are led by Walia Sandra & Shems William Guillow of DUP.

COME AND BE A PART OF THE CIRCLE THAT CONNECTS ALL OF HUMANITY!  Donations Accepted

Accessible to all.

CT DUP Contact : swguillow@atlanticbb.net (860) 303-3717

https://dancesofuniversalpeacena.org/contact-north-america.htm https://www.facebook.com/CTDUP/

Jul 172018
 
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Join us at Tree Farm Campground, 53 Skitchewaug trail, Springfield for an evening of food, music and fun!  We’ll have a potluck meal, campfire singalong led by Laurel Green, a skit based on the book Bread and Roses, Too by Vermont author Katherine Paterson, marshmallow toasting and other snacks. Steve Crofter of the Community Asylum Seekers Project (CASP) will speak. Free copies of the book are available at the church (on the harvest table in the foyer)  and at the event thanks to a grant from the Vermont Humanities Council.  All welcome, especially kids! EVENT HELD RAIN OR SHINE UNDER THE PAVILION.

Optional tent camping is available that night at the special rate of $5 per tent.  To get the special rate, you must contact Deb Diegoli in the church office, uuspringfieldvt@gmail.com.

Admission to the event is free.  Voluntary donations to CASP will be accepted.

Bread and Roses, Too is the 2018 Vermont Reads selection.

This event is co-sponsored by the Springfield Town Library, Springfield Food Co-op, Tree Farm Campground, the Vermont Humanities Council and CASP.

 

 

 

Jul 072018
 

Dear Friends and Members of the Springfield UU Church,

We’ll gather for a very special worship service tomorrow, July 8th at 10. Please come join us where You’ll be invited to:

* hear about the book “Bread & Roses, Too”, the Vt Reads book this year about the garment workers strike in Lowell Mass, in 1911, as seen from the perspective of 2 kids caught in that exciting time in history
* receive a free copy of the book for your reading pleasure this summer courtesy of the Vt Humanities Council
* learn and sing some uplifting labor songs performed by Laurel Green and Steve Crofter and learn a dance to one of these songs
* learn about Vermont and US history, and make connections between the US in 1911 and now
* participate in intergenerational conversation and connection ~ kids stay in the service. The book is by renown Vt children’s author, Katherine Paterson, and is suitable for both youth and adult audiences
* be curious about a technological innovation being introduced tomorrow (just come and see)
* let your soul be soothed by the simple sounds of the mountain dulcimer.
* drink in the aroma of real roses
* Roses, Too? Come explore what workers then and now really long for
* learn about what is being done now by creative individuals to help the heal injustices and income inequality
* support the non-profit TogetherRising, assisting refugees at the southern border
* search your own soul for what You’re called to do
* enjoy delicious snacks prepared by the Allman’s for coffee hour
* stay for a small group discussion on all of this after coffee hour facilitated by Rev. Mellen
This promises to be a beautiful, uplifting service, and I hope You’ll join us for the morning.

We also have a very special event tomorrow afternoon for Reading Frederick Douglass, his famous speech from 1852. The details are below. I hope You’ll stay for that as well if You feel moved.

It will be great to gather in community and strengthen ourselves as agents of healing this beautiful and broken world. See You at church!

with Love,
Rev. Mellen

 

Jun 292018
 
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Six Gardens and Lunch

You’re invited into six local gardens on August 5 for the Eighth Annual Works in Progress Garden Tour sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church in Springfield.

Here’s the lineup: 1. Our early summer morning will begin at Glen Williams’ amazing in-town garden on just ¾ of an acre. Glen is known for his extensive hosta collection and he’s been adding ladyslippers, an assortment of annuals, and anything else that catches his fancy. 2. Next we’ll make a stop at Pat Belknap’s lovely yard that includes a mix of shade and sun-loving plants, daylilies, hostas, and annuals leading to a friendship gate connecting to her neighbor’s yard. 3. The gardens of Nina and Herb Jamison feature a forest setting with low stone walls, perennial beds connected by pebble paths, stone steps, stone seats and whimsy throughout. Enjoy the lavender lined path, wilds interspersed with planting beds and two woodland walks. 4. Now on to Bartonsville to see Marvie Campbell’s extensive backyard vegetable gardens and her ways of dealing with deer and watering. She’ll show us her new, productive kitchen garden in a raised bed right out the back door. 5. Back in Springfield we’ll visit Bonnie Andrews who believes in “planting enough stuff so you don’t have to weed”. Shade and sun plants, paths and interesting discoveries abound! 6. Betsy Owen usually grows a few of her favorite summer vegetables with room for lots of garlic and winter squash for winter storage. A border of flowers always finds its way in, both volunteers from last year like sunflowers and poppies, and a few annuals. Less than a mile away is Diane Kemble’s where lunch made from fresh local ingredients will be served on the deck and porch, overlooking the vegetable garden, berry patches, flowers, field and pond.  The Works in Progress theme is definitely in evidence here.

The tour, which ends with lunch, runs from 8 a.m. through about 1:00. Suggested donation is $20. and includes lunch and plants. Please email dkemble@vermontel.net to sign up or call 885-1156 or 802-324-9465. Full details on directions and carpooling will be provided.

Jun 172018
 
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August 26: “Seeing the Forest and the Trees” with Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy

In Vermont we’re blessed to be surrounded by northern forest beauty.  Let’s wake ourselves up to the livingness of the forests and what this means for our spirits, our survival and our humanness.  To be followed by a walk in the woods afterwards.
This will be our final summer service.  We resume weekly services on Sunday, September 9, at 10 am.

 August 5: Potluck and Vespers, 4:30 pm The Caring Committee will be hosting the annual potluck and vesper service. We will gather at 4:30 for conversation and appetizers, eat at 5:00, and the vesper service will follow our potluck.
 August 12: “Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor” with Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy
We are a nation of immigrants and that has influenced every aspect of our lives. Let’s explore this history, the contemporary situation with immigrants and asylum seekers and why these are profound spiritual issues.  The service is intergenerational so children will stay in the service.
You’re invited to a discussion on this topic after the coffee hour, from noon to 1. We’ll be using the book, “Bread and Roses, Too” by Vermont author, Katherine Paterson, as a touchstone for the discussion which will be facilitated by Rev. Mellen.

July 8:  “Work Is Love Made Visible” with Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy  It is one of the great joys in life to do work that brings meaning and satisfaction.  Yet, this experience eludes many Americans, for whom meaningful work and gainful employment are very hard to come by. “The working poor” has become a mundane phrase. Wages for men without high school diplomas have fallen steadily for the past 50 years.  We’ll draw on the book “Bread and Roses, Too”, by Katherine Paterson for insight about the current situation and its disturbing roots in the history of this country.  Come explore why this is a spiritual issue and where we might look for hope. The service is intergenerational so children will stay in the service.
You’re invited to a discussion on this topic after the coffee hour, from noon to 1.  We’ll be using the book, “Bread and Roses, too” by Vermont author, Katherine Paterson, as a touchstone for the discussion which will be facilitated by Rev. Mellen.
July 22:  “The Sacredness of Water” with Jan Lambert
Everyone is invited to join Jan who will  present the Sunday service,  with assistance from Sharon Mueller. We will explore the sacred role of water as the sustainer of life and climate on our planet. Learn how the water cycle is absolutely central, and by simply allowing the divine gift of rain and snow to soak into the ground and into plants and the atmosphere to replenish the water cycle, we are helping a lot of good things to happen! Come hear some positive, uplifting stories of restoration from around the globe, and how YOU can be part of this worldwide movement to restore water cycles. You may be astounded!
Jun 132018
 
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“The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro”
Here at the Springfield UU
Join us as we read together the fiery July 5, 1852 speech in which the great abolitionist orator Frederick Douglass took exception to being asked to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence. This is a participatory event. Community members are invited to witness and/or join in the reading. Copies of the speech will be provided.  Discussion led by Rev. Mellen after the speech.

Jun 132018
 
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Join VINE Sanctuary here at the Springfield UU! 

Celebrate Pride month by enjoying a rainbow of plant-based food while learning about LGBTQ history. This free event is open to the public, and everyone is welcome whether or not they are vegan, LGBTQ, or bring a dish to share.
Since dietitians encourage everybody to “eat the rainbow” by incorporating colorful fruits and vegetables in our diets, and since we all have LGBTQ people in our families and communities, we hope to see a big crowd at the Pride Month Vegan Potluck.
The rainbow flag has served as a symbol of LGBTQ pride. LGBTQ people and their friends, family members, and allies recognize June as “Pride Month” in remembrance of the events of June 1969, which are seen as the beginning of the modern movement against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
In celebration of both Pride Month and the rainbow of flavors offered by fruits and vegetables, potluck participants are encouraged to bring dishes that incorporate as many colors as possible. Prizes will be awarded to the most colorful entree, side dish, and dessert.
VINE Sanctuary co-founder Pattrice Jones, who has participated in the LGBTQ movement since the 1970s and has taught LGBTQ Studies courses, will offer an engaging talk on the history of LGBTQ activism between entrees and dessert. This event is co-sponsored by the Springfield Town Library, and a reading list of relevant titles available at the library will be provided.
Since several volunteers will be bringing more than one dish to share, everyone is welcome to attend, even if they do not bring something to share. The only requirement is that any food brought to the potluck must be vegan, which means free from any animal products such as meat, dairy, or eggs. People who would like to try making a vegan dish but don’t know where to start can visit VegWeb.com or VegKitchen.com to search for recipes.
VINE Sanctuary is an LGBTQ-founded non-profit farmed animal refuge based in Springfield, Vermont. More than 600 animals — including birds, goats, sheep and cows seized by Vermont authorities in cases of extreme cruelty or neglect — live at the 100+ acre sanctuary. In addition to caring for sanctuary residents and promoting respect for animals, VINE advocates for social and environmental justice.
As an LGBTQ-founded animal rescue organization, VINE has worked for many years to understand and explain the linkages among animal exploitation and social injustice as well as the benefits of a unified effort to end violence of all kinds. Brochures about those linkages will be available at the event, and we expect the resulting discussion to be lively.