Funds raised for the World Food Program at our Solstice Candlelight Service with the help of “St. Nick”
At our annual Solstice Candlelight Service the Springfield UU Church had a visit from “St. Nick,” played by Jeff Taft-Dick. “Nick” explained how in his younger days (1700 years ago), he started with giving to just a few children locally in what is now know as Turkey. He recognized that there were children in need everywhere, and in time his operation spread worldwide.
Besides the Christmas Charity work, “Nick” actually has another occupation that we haven’t heard much about. “The Christmas gig is only a few months of the year,” he explained.. “I was getting bored up at the North Pole in the slow season. And I really like to help out, to make a difference in the world. So, I got another job for the rest of the year working for the World Food Program. (WFP)” [In real life Jeff Taft-Dick worked for World Food Program for 30 years.]
Read the Dialogue for Visit with Saint Nick: stnicksyriadialogue
Researchers find the real face of Father Christmas: https://www.theguardian.com/education/2004/dec/13/highereducation.uk
Thai Dinner Raises $700 for Planned Parenthood’s Claremont Health Center
Pad Thai, Galanga Coconut Curry Soup, Vegan Curry, Coconut Custard on Sticky Rice, and Chai Tea were on the menu for a fundraising dinner Saturday evening, Nov. 11th, here at the church. Members, including two who have lived in Thailand, made authentic Thai dishes and decorated with items from that country. Over 40 people joined the festivities, including folks from as far away as Enfield Center, NH.
The church raised $700 for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England’s Claremont Health Center.
Planned Parenthood provides essential health services to both women and men. General health care as well as reproductive health care and referrals are available. The Claremont health center also offers the New Hampshire Family Planning Program for income-eligible individuals and families.
Thank you to all who attended and helped, especially our cooks Libbet Downs, Greg Supernovich and Julie Lannen. Special thanks to Julie Lannen for the vision of holding this dinner and making it a reality!
Here are resources about some of the issues we’ve worked on:
Migrant Justice in Vermont: Migrant Justice/ Justicia Migrante Organizing for Human Rights & Food Justice
Health Care Vermont Workers’ Center
Refugee Resettlement in Vermont
- Vermont Refugee Ressettlement Program/ USCRI Vermont
- The Community Asylum Seekers Project (CASP) – Steve Crofter and Laurel Green
Syrian Refugee Crisis
- Our congregation has made several donations to the World Food Program
- We also sold copies of the cookbook Soup for Syria and sold soup made from recipes from the book at our 2016 May Festival. All proceeds were donated to benefit refugees from Syria.
- Our minister, Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy, was a founder of Interfaith Bridge, whose purpose is addressing Islamophobia and building bridges of understanding and friendship among non-Muslims and Muslims.