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Oct 312020
 

Finding Peace in Troubled Times – Fall Meditation Series 
Tuesday Evenings at 6:30 p.m with Julane Deener


Singing Meditation is an interfaith spiritual practice of singing devotional chants from a variety of faiths interspersed with periods of silence in which participants meditate, contemplate, or pray.  Chant can carry us into silence in a special way. Silence centers our souls.  One need not be a ‘singer’ to participate – just open to embracing tranquility.  No experience necessary – all are welcome.  Drop in one week or every week.  This is a Zoom virtual experience – if you’d like to participate, contact Julane (julanejulane@comcast.net or 802-463-9719) for lyrics.   https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89933866579

Virtual Day After Thanksgiving Tea
Hosted by Unitarian Church of Montpelier
Friday, November 27, 2020 AT 4 – 5:15 pm

Come with a favorite holiday beverage, leftover turkey sandwich, or pumpkin pie … Bring a favorite family recipe to share … Enjoy this opportunity to check-in with UU friends the day after Thanksgiving, to share gratitude & memories, music, and reflections. Stay the whole time, or just drop in to say hello! Led by UCM’s Membership & Hospitality Committee.

Click Here to Join on Zoom — https://zoom.us/j/93218930270… OR Dial in:
+1 929 436 2866 US (New York)
Meeting ID: 932 1893 0270      Passcode: 809453

Friends on the Path Discussion Groups Continue

In these interesting times, we need not feel isolated or despairing.  Finding ways to connect with others through on-line groups can be not just a life-line, but an inspiration!  At the Springfield UU Meetinghouse, we have launched Friends on the Path four groups which have been meeting on Zoom twice a month since April.   The groups offer an opportunity for friendship, support and spiritual growth, in an open, non-coercive environment that allows us to explore the challenges and the gifts of these times. The groups are facilitated by a trained leader and have a set of relational ground rules to create a safe, respectful environment. The groups are interfaith, open to everyone, and have become an important touch stone for their members.  
Hope You’ll join us  as we explore how we can create a beautiful, just, compassionate, sustainable world together.  In each meeting, we explore a different spiritual practice such as gratitude, forgiveness, being in nature, prayer,  meditation and more. 
We still have a few openings for new members.  If interested, contact uuspringfieldvt@gmail.com.

 Join us: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6130779853
Dial in: +1 646 558 8656    Meeting ID: 613 077 9853  

“My Grandmother’s Hands” Book Discussion Groups on Sundays
November 1, 15 and 22
on Zoom

“My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies” by Resmaa Menakem.  Discussion Group starting at the Meetinghouse this fall.  Here’s a link to the June 6, 2020 interview with Krista Tippitt on “On Being” NPR.   https://onbeing.org/programs/resmaa-menakem-notice-the-rage-notice-the-silence/

The book is game changer in terms of our understanding of race issues in our country and how to heal them.  So hopeful!  We’ll spend our sessions reading, discussing and doing together the breathing and other embodied practices that the author presents.  It’s a great book!  If You’d like to purchase a copy for $18,(our cost), contact Deb Diegoli at uuspringfieldvt@gmail.org. . 

First Friday Film Discussion
“The Social Dilemma”
Friday, November 6, 7 pm

“Fake news travels six times faster than real news.”The Social Dilemma explores the dangerous human impact of social networking, with tech experts sounding the alarm on their own creations.

“Social Dilemma” trailer:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaaC57tcci0
The full movie can be watched on Netflix if you have an account, or perhaps from the library.
If you’d prefer a shorter, free video, you can watch the TED talk with Tristan Harris (17 min):https://www.ted.com/talks/tristan_harris_how_a_handful_of_tech_companies_control_billions_of_minds_every_day?language=en
And/or you can watch a Youtube of a Wired interview with Tristan Harris and Yuval Harari (just under an hour) which is also great! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0sWeLZ8PXg&list=PLOcS494dBHE8Z0LVcLi4ohKKFlFmsJgYa&index=10

Any one of these will give you enough background to participate in our discussion.  Join us on Friday, Nov. 6 at 7 pm on Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6130779853 to join the conversation about this important topic.

POP UP CONCERT; “6-foot Serenade” with Bill Brink and Josh Hall SATURDAY, 1 PM, 11/7 OUTDOORS AT THE MEETINGHOUSE

Free admission. Please wear a mask.

Creative Crafting:  Monday, Nov. 8, 1-3 pm in the Meetinghouse parking lot. 

Socially distanced; please wear a mask. You’re invited to come and work on art, knitting, crocheting, sculpture,mending, making and writing holiday cards, or anything else You would enjoy doing.  We’ll have a wonderful chance to sit outside in the beautiful weather and visit while we craft. If you’re interested just show up.  If You have questions or have other ideas, contact Tina at 802-885-3390 or Deb, uuspringfieldvt@gmail.com

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