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Small Group Discussion, Monday, March 25, 4-5:30 pm

Jeff Taft-Dick will hold his March monthly group here at the Meetinghouse and open it to the public as part of Springfield Wellness Week.  The topic will be “Meditation and Stillness.”  All are welcome!

 

“Cannabis for Wellness and Anxiety Relief, ” Thursday, March 28, 6-7:30 pm

Clinical Herbalist Stephanie Boucher will speak about “Cannabis for Wellness and Anxiety Relief ”  at the Springfield UU on Thursday, March 28,  Anxiety and chronic stress are some of the most common health concerns of this day and age, and with good reason. Life is complicated, fast-paced, and hectic. Luckily, plants can help. Cannabis in particular can help to relieve stress and anxiety, as well as address a large number of other health concerns.

For many, however, cannabis can actually trigger anxiety. Many who experience this choose to no longer work with the plant, but there are multiple strategies we can employ to unlock the healing abilities of the plant without triggering negative side effects. Join herbalist and cannabis coach Stephanie Boucher as she shares her own personal story of cannabis-facilitated health transformation and learn the hows and whys of using cannabis or hemp effectively to support holistic wellness and anxiety relief. The class will run from 6-7:30 pm, $15 per person, at the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse, 21 Fairground Road, Springfield, VT. For more info contact uuspringfieldvt@gmail.com.

Special Film:  The Healthcare Movie, Friday, March 29, 7 pm

This documentary provides the real story of how the health care systems in Canada and the United States evolved to be so completely different, when at one point they were essentially the same. Most people under the age of 50, in both countries, are not aware of the intensity of the political struggle that led to the universal medical care system in Canada. Nor are they aware of the public relations campaigns, still active today, that have been prevalent in the United States since the early 1900’s to dissuade the public from supporting national health care.
Produced by Canadian/American couple Laurie Simons and Terry Sterrenberg, The Healthcare Movie reveals the personal and emotional impact on Canadians who now have access to universal health care because of the heroism of people who took a stand nearly 50 years ago. It also reveals the continuing struggle in the United States between the fear of government intervention and the right to quality health care for all people.
Every day people are dying or going bankrupt due to the ills of the United States system. Who are we in the face of this human tragedy? If you agree that people are more important than profits, then you must watch this film. Narrated by Kiefer Sutherland. Free admission/  Part of Springfield Wellness Week.

 


Film:“The Abolitionists,” Part 3, Friday, March 8, 7 pm – Please join us even if you haven’t seen the other parts – Part 3 can stand on its own!

frederick_douglas_nyhs_c1866-for-webRadicals. Agitators. Troublemakers. Liberators. Called many names, the abolitionists tore the nation apart in order to create a more perfect union. Men and women, black and white, Northerners and Southerners, poor and wealthy – these passionate anti-slavery activists fought body and soul in the most important civil rights crusade in American history. What began as a pacifist movement fueled by persuasion and prayer became a fiery and furious struggle that forever changed the nation.
Bringing to life the intertwined stories of Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Angelina Grimké, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and John Brown, The Abolitionists takes place during some of the most violent and contentious decades in American history.

Free admission and popcorn.  Doors open at 5:45; film starts at 6 pm.

Games & Crafts Night
Saturday, March 9, 6:30-8:30 pm

Join us for an evening of games and crafting on the evening of February 9th.  Bring a favorite game, your knitting or any other craft project.  Games and coloring will also be available. Join the conversation and the fun at the Meetinghouse. All welcome!

CANCELLED: Souper Sunday – March 10, After the Service

 The Caring Committee is sponsoring Souper Sunday on March 10th. This is a time     to gather after the Service and share soup and bread as well as conversation. Soup   and bread will be $4 (no charge for visitors).  Come join us!

CANCELLED (again!): Book Discussion: How to Change Your Mind, Sunday, March 10, 12-1 pm 

We’ll discuss the book, “How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us about Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression and Transcendence.” By Michael Pollan. The discussion will follow a sermon that morning on the same subject given be Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy. Rev. Mellen will facilitate the book discussion. All welcome.

Seva Yoga with Aimee Parnell, Wednesday, March 13, 5:30 pm

The yogic principal of Seva refers to service. We’re offering this class at no cost but request that attendees bring a donation for the Family Center.

This will be a gentle yoga class and all are welcome.

Just Our Voices Monthly Song Circle,  March 13, 7-9 pm


Join us for a friendly, casual song circle. No instruments, just our voices enjoying the pleasures and stories of songs. Join in sharing a song or listen to others sharing a song; sing along or listen. A performance-free, non-judgmental space to join together for the pleasure of singing. (Please remember: voices only, no instruments.)

Coffee House Music Series: Woodchucks Revenge, Saturday, March 16, 7 pm

The Woodchucks’ repertoire, which has been described as encyclopedic, ranges from New England fiddle tunes to modern cowboy songs, from Irish ballads to 60’s folk, blues and bluegrass. Songs about Vermont, mountains, and life in New England are staple of the group’s performances, along with a healthy dose of humor and a small but growing number of originals.
The Woodchucks have performed throughout Vermont and the adjoining states and in Wyoming and Montana… at colleges and community events and festivals, in coffehouses and summer concert series, country fairs and bluegrass festivals as well as the New England Folk Festival (NEFFA), and the Northeast Music, Arts and Dance Festival (NOMAD). They have performed on Public Radio in Vermont and New York, as well as local access television. Their audiences have included students, seniors, visitors to Vermont, historical re-enactors, and folk music fans of all ages.
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, but there is a “free-will” offering and any money collected goes directly to support the featured performers..  You will be able to purchase delicious snacks and beverages.

 “Go Green” Vegan Potluck with Vine Sanctuary, Sunday, March 17, 4-6 pm, Here at the Meetinghouse

 In honor of St. Patrick’s Day and the return of spring, VINE Sanctuary invites you to   celebrate all things green at our vernal equinox vegan potluck. The easiest way to   “go green” for the planet is by adopting a plant-based diet.   And, of course, everyone needs to eat their “greens” to stay healthy.
VINE will be giving out door prizes to all attendees who wear green to the event and handing out awards for the most creative dishes.
As always, everyone is welcome, whether or not they are able to bring a dish to share. All we ask is that any dish you do bring is completely vegan (no animal products). For more see VINE Sanctuary’s facebook page.

Latin American Fundraising Dinner for CASP, Sat, March 23, 5;30-6:30 PM

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.

Free Intro to Tai Chi, Sunday,March 24, Noon-1 pm

Gentle, coordinated, focused movements, improve your balance and posture too.  Instructor: Anne Bower

No experience needed –  everyone stays within their own comfort zone.
Enjoy new learning and socializing.
For more info about the instructor, checkout www.annebower.com

First Friday Film“The Abolitionists,” February 1st, 7 pm

“Radicals. Agitators. Troublemakers. Liberators. Called by many names, the abolitionists tore the nation apart in order to create a more perfect union. Men and women, black and white, Northerners and Southerners, poor and wealthy, these passionate anti-slavery activists fought body and soul in the most important civil rights crusade in American history. What began as a pacifist movement fueled by persuasion and prayer became a fiery and furious struggle that forever changed the nation.”
Free admission and popcorn.  doors open at 6:45; film begins at 7 pm. All welcome.

Games & Crafts Night
Saturday, February 9, 6:30-8:30 pm

Join us for an evening of games and crafting on the evening of February 9th.  Bring a favorite game, your knitting or any other craft project.  Games and coloring will also be available. Join the conversation and the fun at the Meetinghouse. All welcome!

Susan B. Anthony Celebration & Souper Sunday
February 10, After the Service

The Caring Committee is sponsoring Souper Sunday on February 10th. This is a time to gather after the Service and share soup and bread as well as conversation. Soup and bread will be $4 (no charge for visitors). In February we’ll also have a birthday cake in honor of Susan B. Anthony’s birthday. Come join us!

“Friends on the Path” Discussion
Sunday, February 10, Noon to 1 pm

Friends on the Path Small Group Discussion on the challenge and inspiration of the life of Susan B. Anthony.  All welcome.  Facilitated by Rev. Mellen Kennedy.

Seva Yoga with Aimee Parnell,

Wednesday, February 13, 5:30 pm

Class is still on!

The yogic principal of Seva refers to service. We’re offering this class at no cost but request that attendees bring a donation for the local animal shelter.

The Humane Society can most use:
  • Paper towels and bleach
  • Dog toys- kongs, chewies, soft toys for training
  • Gravy style canned dog food (they’ve already got a regular supply for dry food)
  • Peanut butter

This will be a gentle yoga class and all are welcome.

Coffee House Music Series: Bill Brink

Saturday, February 16, 7 pm

Bill Brink will be our performer for the February UU  Coffeehouse.  Also known as the Weathersfield “Town Troubadour,” Bill plays a very entertaining style of guitar music that will appeal to all ages.
Please come and enjoy the music and the delightful refreshments and coffee. All Welcome.  Doors open at 6:30, music starts at 7pm.   This is a family-friendly evening of music and fun.   You will be able to purchase delicious snacks and beverages.

CANCELLED Book Discussion: How to Change Your Mind
Sunday, February 24, Noon to 1 pm (Re-scheduled for March 10)

We’ll discuss the book, “How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us about Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression and Transcendence.” By Michael Pollan. The discussion will follow a sermon that morning on the same subject given be Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy. Rev. Mellen will facilitate the book discussion. All welcome.

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