November 18: “The Art of Radical Receiving: A Guide to Gratitude” with Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy Being strong and tough is great. However, when it cuts us off from the blessings of Source, then our strength impairs us. In honor of Thanks giving, let’s delve into the art of gratitude.
November 25 “Virtues for Changing the World” with Rev. Buffy Boke As we work toward a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world, what ideals of behavior are we called to reach for in ourselves?
The Rev. Beverly Morrison Boke — called “Buffy” by just about everyone — was called and settled as minister to the Canton, Massachusetts congregation in August 2011, from which she retired in July of 2017. Immediately prior to that, she served on the Administration Team as a guidance counselor for three years at the American Community School in Beirut, Lebanon. Buffy was ordained at the Unitarian Church of Barnstable in 1985. She has served Unitarian Universalist congregations in Newport News, Virginia; Hartland Four Corners, Weathersfield, and Chester, Vermont; and Andover, New Hampshire, and she has supplied pulpits in many other Vermont and New Hampshire towns. Buffy now lives with Nick, her husband of 38 years, in Providence, Rhode Island.
November 4: ” Walking It, Talking It: Universalism & the Practice of Nondefensive Communication” We are, as the UU hymn goes, a gentle and angry people, but sometimes it’s the angry that gets the upper hand–as well as a little reactive defensiveness and urge to control too! Join Hilary Mullins as she talks about “Taking the War Out of Our Words,” describing a method of nondefensive communication that is not only practically useful but dovetails with our great Universalist heritage as well.
Hilary Mullins has studied at Starr King, the UU seminary in Berkeley, and is a graduate of the Vermont Academy of Spiritual Training, a lay-training program of the Congregationalist Church. She is also an alum of The Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction. A writer, teacher, and part-time preacher, she lives in Bethel.
November 11: “#MeTooHealing: Tiamat Rising!” with Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy Women around the globe are saying Enough! to disrespectful treatment and violence. Religious and spiritual communities have been both culpable for misogyny and fighters against it. Let’s unpack this complicated history and explore what spiritual resources help us gain our voices and heal. That we can and do heal from abuse is in itself worth celebrating! You’re invited to stay for a gathering after the coffee hour on the topics of the service which will be open to the public.