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Oct 012019

Tai Chi with Sue Ruble – Weekly Class on Mondays, 5-6 pm

This class will let you discover for yourself why so many people are now taking tai chi classes. You’ll see how tai chi can improve your balance, help you with better body alignment, and bring a new sense of coordination. In all cases you’ll find tai chi’s movements gentle and slow, allowing time for you to open your senses in new ways.
No experience is necessary. Suitable for all ages and abilities. Instructor Sue Ruble is certified by Tai Chi Vermont. Please wear comfortable clothing and flat shoes. No charge. All welcome!
Held here at the Meetinghouse.

First Friday Film: “The Language You Cry In” October 4, 7 pm

This film tells an amazing scholarly detective story that searches for, and finds meaningful links between African Americans and their ancestral past. It bridges hundreds of years and thousands of miles from the Gullah people of present-day Georgia back to 18th century Sierra Leone. It recounts the even more remarkable saga of how African Americans have retained links with their African past through the horrors of the middle passage, slavery and segregation.

The film dramatically demonstrates the contribution of contemporary scholarship to restoring what narrator Vertamae Grosvenor calls the “non-history” imposed on African Americans: “This is a story of memory, how the memory of a family was pieced together through a song with legendary powers to connect those who sang it with their roots.” Fee admission and popcorn..  Doors open at 6:45 pm; film starts at 7 pm.  All Welcome!

Meetinghouse Book Group: March (Book One) the 2019 Vermont Reads Selection, Sunday, October 6, 12-1 pm

The graphic novel March (Book One) by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell, the 2019 Vermont Reads selection, will be discussed at the UU Meetinghouse.on Sunday, October 6, 12-1 pm.  All are welcome to join us

Book One tells of Lewis’s childhood in rural Alabama, his desire as a young man to be a preacher, his life-changing interactions with Martin Luther King, Jr., and the nonviolent sit-ins he joined at lunch counters in Nashville as a means of undermining segregation..

Copies of the book are available for loan at the Meetinghouse and at the Springfield Town Library.  Held at the Meetinghouse at 21 Fairground Road, an accessible.venue. Event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by Vermont Reads and the Springfield Town Library. Contact

Yoga CANCELLED for Oct 9th due to illness.

2nd Wednesday Gentle Seva Yoga with Aimee Parnell, October 9, 5:0-6:30 pm

Feel Good, Do good.  Gentle Seva Yoga, is led by Aimee Parnell every second Wednesday at the Meetinghouse

Seva is the yogic principle of service to others.  Each month this free, gentle class raised funds or supplies to benefit a local cause. This class is suitable for all levels of experience and flexibility, including those who have limited mobility or who will remain seated during their practice.  A limited number of mats and props are provided. All are welcome. The October class will accept donations for the Springfield  Warming Shelter.

Games & Crafts Night: Saturday, October 12, 6:30-8:30 pm

 Join us for a fun evening of games and crafting on this Saturday evening. Bring
your own game or craft project – or play one of ours. All welcome!

Souper Sunday: October 13, After the Service

  The Caring Committee is sponsoring Souper Sunday on October 13th. 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). Join us!

“Sing Out UU’s! — The “Secret” Ingredient in Transformative UU Communities” Workshop w/Rev. Dave Ruffin, Sunday, October 13, 12-1:30 pm

The science is in! Singing together increases trust and connection. It releases the “happiness quartet” of dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin and endorphins, supporting positive outlook and mood. It lowers blood pressure and stress and increases immune function. It helps with alertness and memory. The list goes on and on. But I’m betting you don’t need any of this to know what good medicine music and song are for you! There is no known healthy human culture that hasn’t sung, after all. So why is it such a rare occurrence these days?
Singing together, while still cherished by many of us, has become a largely forgotten art. We lack the cultural glue of simple and accessible music we all grew up sharing and so continue to. Music is, instead, becoming personalized and professionalized. And, in a culturally diverse world in which certain cultures have been marginalized, there are also important and challenging questions about what music we choose to use and how. Perhaps most significantly, though, many of us have had our voices shamed and/or silenced along the way. Singing, that is to say, has become a vulnerable act.
But we can turn this vulnerable act into a radical gift, as we risk opening our hearts and mouths anew to co-create a culture of singing in our communities. It’s my belief that no aspiration we have for the world, or our own lives, is not supported by taking this step. In this workshop we’ll get started taking down the obstacles that stand in our way, and rediscovering anew, together, this basic gift we’re all entitled to share as humans. No singing experience or expertise needed. Inhibitions and skepticism welcome. I love few things as much as helping fellow travelers live more fully into the gift of communal singing. All you have to do is show up!

Bio:  David Ruffin is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, artist and educator who came to Vermont for a sabbatical time of renewal, exploration and discernment two years ago and hasn’t been able to leave since. Early in his ministry he founded the alternative spiritual community, The Sanctuary Boston, a home for young adults and others who often don’t feel at home in more traditional church environments. He also then served for two and a half years as the Assistant Minister at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, OK. Prior to ministry, David worked as an actor and singer based in New York City. Since coming to Vermont, David has dived into the worlds of sustainable agriculture, nature connection and outdoor education, including working with the Metta Earth Institute in Lincoln the Crows Path’s Field School in Burlington, and the Walden Project in Monkton. 

After launching the Sanctuary Boston David began offering workshops on worship and particularly the integration of music and congregational singing, therein. David continued this work while with All Souls in Tulsa, particularly working with a small lay led congregation in Hot Springs Village Arkansas which he went on to serve as a short-term consulting minister. He has led worship and facilitated music and worship workshops at many UU congregations, particularly in the Boston area, as well as for the UUA, LREDA, the UUMA, UU Summer Seminary, the MidAmerica UU Regional Gathering, and at General Assembly working with, among others, the Rev. Thandeka, Rev. Fred Muir, and members of the Sanctuary Boston. He wrote his thesis at Harvard Divinity School on transformational Unitarian Universalist worship, and wrote a chapter about his work with the Sanctuary Boston in Turning Point, Essays on a new Unitarain Universalism, edited by Fred Muir. David’s writings are also included in Becoming, A Spiritual Guide for Navigating Adulthood.

Coffee House: Natural Woodchucks, Saturday, October 19, 7 pmTwo Coffee House favorites, Heron Fire and Woodchuck’s Revenge, join together for our October session.  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. From Heron Fire you’ll likely hear folk, rock, country, comedy, blues, jazz and even a smattering of original material.  The variety of music should make for an exciting Coffee House!

Please come and enjoy the music and the delightful refreshments. No admission fee. Doors open at 6:30, music starts at 7 pm.   This is a family-friendly evening of music and fun.   You will be able to purchase delicious snacks and beverages. All welcome!

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