Sep 302014



O hushed October morning mild,

Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;

Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,

Should waste them all.

The crows above the forest call;

Tomorrow they may form and go.

O hushed October morning mild,

Begin the hours of this day slow.

Make the day seem to us less brief.

Hearts not averse to being beguiled,

Beguile us in the way you know.

Release one leaf at break of day;

At noon release another leaf;

One from our trees, one far away.

Retard the sun with gentle mist;

Enchant the land with amethyst.

Slow, slow!

For the grapes’ sake, if they were all,

Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,

Whose clustered fruit must else be lost—

For the grapes’ sake along the wall.

Sep 302014

Oct 5: “What I Love about Islam”

with Rev. Dr. M’ellen Kennedy

The tension and misunderstandings between the Islamic World and the West are costly and severe.  This sermon is an effort to bridge that gap of misunderstanding.  What may be intriguing about Islam for religious liberals?  Join us for an opportunity to open our hearts and minds to what valuable life lessons we can gain from this powerful and inspiring religious tradition.

Greeter: Evelyn Beebe & Melissa; Cleaning: Eveyln; R.E. Friend: STILL NEED; Refreshments: Evelyn & Melissa; Driver: STILL NEED

Oct. 12   Working with your own fear as an activist and honoring differences

Guest speaker is Charis Boke from Chester

“I’ll share stories about my own work as an activist whose work is grounded in my own sense of spirituality. The sermon meditates on working with our own fear as a teacher in that work. I draw on my perspectives as an anthropologist, a holistic herbalist, and an activist to offer reflections on what it means to challenge ourselves, how we can work with our own growing edges with humility and joy, and how we might work to live in the world in a way that honors difference–in ourselves and in others.”

Greeter: STILL NEED; Cleaning: Cathy; R.E. Friend: Cathy; Refreshments: Cathy; Driver: Evelyn Beebe

Oct. 19 “Intimacy and Ultimacy”

with Rev. M’ellen Kennedy

From time immemorial humans have engaged in religious gatherings. Why? What basic needs are being met in church/synagogue/mosque/temple/grove? Why do people come to church? Why do You come? Does church address the brokenness of our time? Does gathering inspire us toward new ways of connecting? How so? Come explore these foundational questions about who we are as humans.

Greeter: Tina.

Oct. 26  The Practice of the 5th UU Principle: Democratic Processes within our Congregations

Guest Leader Steve Finner , Minister of Music from St.Johnsbury

Steve will share with us on what it means to practice the 5th UU
principle “…the use of the democratic process within our
congregations”, as well as a piece of interesting history about the
impact of congregational polity on town governance in northern New
England. He also will be introducing a new congregational song by UU
composer Joyce Poley.