Oct 272015
 

Upcoming Worship Services: Sundays at 10 a.m.

November 1:  We Refuse to Be Enemies:  The Job of Religion Today
Service Leader:  Rev. Dr. M’ellen Kennedy
Learning to befriend the “other”, is a opportunity to practice love daily and in so doing, to help heal our world.  There are so many ways that people are doing just that.  In this service, Rev. M’ellen will share gutsy stories, some from her work on countering Islampphobia.  Nationally an interfaith group has invited congregations across the country to offer “We Refuse to Be Enemies” events this month.  Just a few weeks ago, anti Muslim groups called for aggression towards Muslims — and didn’t get much response.  What a cause for great hope and celebration!
Souper Sunday after the service.

November 8: A Scientist’s Beliefs 
Service Leader: Dr. Seth H. Frisbie
Our guest speaker is a professor of chemistry and has worked on drinking water and public health in Bangladesh and other developing countries for the last 18 years.  His team has helped improve the health of over 60,000,000 Bangladeshis and is helping to prevent hundreds of thousands of cancer deaths around the world.  He will discuss his spiritual beliefs.  Please read more at http://www.uuworld.org/news/articles/289495.shtml  Dr. Seth H. Frisbie  who has worked on drinking water and public health in Bangladesh and other developing countries for the last 18 years.  His team has helped improve the health of over 60,000,000 Bangladeshis and is helping to prevent hundreds of thousands of cancer deaths around the world.  Please read more at http://www.uuworld.org/news/articles/289495.shtml

November 15th Grassroots on the River
Service Leader: Kelly Stettner.

What does it mean to “clean up a river”?  Over the past fifteen years, Kelly Stettner has learned that it’s a lot more than just pulling shopping carts and tires out of the water. In September of 2000, she rolled up her sleeves and started a journey to improve the condition of the Black River in Springfield, Vermont.  A one-time cleanup of a 200-foot-long section of riverbank fifteen years ago has grown into a well-developed watershed group that encompasses well over 100 volunteers doing river projects in six communities.  The organization is entirely not-for-profit, depending on grassroots ingenuity, local donations, and the occasional grant in order to get things done, from the annual RiverSweep cleanup to monthly water quality monitoring, mapping to tree planting, and much more.

November 22:   Being Thankful: Climbing the Stairway to Heaven
Service Leader: Rev. Dr. M’ellen Kennedy
As we approach Thanksgiving, this is a great opportunity to reflect of the real power of the practice of gratitude.  You’re invited to a Friends on the Path Small Group after the coffee hour to continue exploring the topic of the service.  The choir will be performing special music.

November 29: The Refugee Crisis:  Are love and optimism enough?

Service Leader: JoAnn Gaffron-Hargrove
Having spent some time in Berlin, Germany in October, I found myself in emotional and intellectual turmoil over the refugee crisis. I heard many  voices of hope and optimism.  There is a wave of positive energy seen in the willingness of the those who  are responding to the humanitarian needs of the refugees by volunteering to help and give of themselves.  Of course negative energy and pessimistic attitudes are also present, not only on the politians’ level. Everyone is affected in one way or another.  Will the positive outweigh the negative?  What can we do to support the positive energies?