February 25: Unitarianism and Our Partner Church in Northeast India

10 AM with Polly Gould and Claudia Kern

To Nangroi–“Keep Progressing”

UUCUV has been partnered with the Unitarian church in Mukhap, India since August of 2008. Who are these people of the Jaintia Hills of Northeast India? How did there come to be 10,000 Unitarians in this remote corner of the world? How do the villagers of Mukhap live their lives in answer to the call to “Keep on Progressing”? In what ways are our basic spiritual values similar and dissimilar? What is our vision for building deeper and stronger connections with Mukhap in the next ten years? Join us for a fascinating and inspiringglimpse of our fellow Unitarians on the far side of the world.

Simultaneous children’s religious education

February 18: What’s a Minister to Do?

10 AM with Rev. Patience Stoddard

Some personal reflections on the always amorphous and often paradoxical duties of a parish minister based on my 30 years of working with congregations. I’ll also be sharing thoughts on the beginnings and endings of ministries and the role of congregations in a successful ministry.

Simultaneous children’s religious education

February 4: The God of Our Understanding

10 AM with Rev. Patience Stoddard

A service of reflection, readings and song on the many faces and dimensions of God in our tradition.

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11:20 AM–New Visitors and Friends Chat in the Library 

This is an informal chat about Unitarian Universalism, theology, personal journeys, or this congregation’s history and future.  If you need child care, please email education@uucuv.org ahead of time.

January 28: Living with Dementia

10 AM with guest speakers Rev. Jane Dwinell and her husband Sky Yardley

“Living with Dementia” is a straightforward, first-person look at what it’s like to live with dementia. Rev. Jane Dwinell. retired UU minister, and her husband, Sky Yardley (diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2016 at age 66), share what their life is like now, and give hope for those who have or may have dementia. They live in Burlington, VT with their son, Sayer, and his partner, Emma, where they like to garden, play on the lake, engage in interesting board games, and take in a round of disc golf whenever possible. Hoping to help erase the stigma of this disease, Jane and Sky have a blog where they share their experiences: alzheimerscanyon.blogspot.com.

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January 21: Waking Up White

10 AM with Rev. Patience Stoddard

What happens when we take off the blinders that have kept us unaware of the depth of racism in our country, our community and, perhaps, even in ourselves. Several members who participated in the discussion of the book “Waking Up white” will share their insights and experience.

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January 7: Faith Without God?

10 AM with Rev. Patience Stoddard

Is it possible to be religious and not believe in God or the eternal soul?   Religious Humanists would say “Yes.” Humanism has been a dominant faith perspective of Unitarian Universalists for much of the last century. What are some of its core principles and how might they speak to our current situation?

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December 31: Celebrate the New Year in Poetry

10 AM with Dr. Ed Greenlee

Join us for a relaxed worship service on December 31, 2017 at 10 am. We will share poems, experience meditative silence, and listen to a short message on Henry David Thoreau whose 200th birthday was celebrated earlier this year. Everyone is invited to participate in our service. Please bring one meaningful poem to share. We will also have some poems on hand so that everyone who would like can share in the reading.

Dr. Ed Greenlee is the team leader for the Worship Arts Program at First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia. Ed earned certificates in Unitarian Universalist Studies and Multi-Religious Studies from Starr King School for the Ministry, as well as a D.Min. from the New Seminary for Interfaith Studies (New York and Maryland). Ed is an ordained interfaith minister.

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December 24: Two Services!

10 AM Intergenerational Christmas Service with Pageant – Sparrow F. Alden and Rev. Patience Stoddard.

All are welcome in the stable – from little lambs to wise ones bearing gifts, please come as  you are in this story for all ages.  Yes, dinosaur footy pajamas are fine.  So are stars.  We will use our beloved carols to tell the story of the Nativity.  No rehearsal, no telling who will make it to the stable!

6 PM Quiet Candlelight Service

We will read from the gospel according to Luke, sing the soft hymns, and wonder about the Miraculously Ordinary Story of a Baby.

Pick-up choir rehearsing at 5 PM, join us!

December 17: Two Services!

10 AM  Solstice and Christmas: Radical Images of Equality~Rev. Patience Stoddard Simultaneous children’s religious education

6:30 PM  Celebrating the Solstice~ Please join Patience and Sparrow for a Winter Solstice observance to turn the Wheel of the Year.  Chants and some gentle movement will honor the sun’s standstill and return.  If there is snow on the ground, we might have a snow labyrinth, so please wear your warm boots.  Feel free to bring your own short readings or songs to share.