Norwich 5 Church Rummage Sale

Please do not donate mattresses, TVs, computer monitors, pianos, paint, skis, Christmas items, food, hazardous waste, telephones, medicines, encyclopedias, tires, organs, large appliances, Tupperware, or particle- board items. All donations must be clean and in working condition. Pickup service is available weekend of July 6th. Call Linda Cook at 603- 208-7847 for more information.

Summer Services: Stories of Hope

The Sunday Services Committee is very excited about the speakers we have lined up for this summer to tell us their “Stories of Hope.”  The current schedule is as follows, all at 10 AM on Sundays:

June 23:   Cappy Nunlist and Karen Watson:  Reflections on the Meaning of Hope

June 30:   Rev. Sandra Pontoh of the Maranatha Indonesian Church of Christ will speak on the immigrant community in Somersworth, NH                              

July 7    Phil Kinsler: The Holocaust: Survival, Resilience, Ambition, Transcendence

July 14:   Mitch Beck:  The Many Faces of Hope                          

July 21:   Voices of Youth: Graduates of our RE program will share their memories of that experience and how it continues to influence their lives.                                             

July 28:   Kathy Christie & Mardy High: Estonian Hope in the Face of Oppression: the Song Festival

Aug. 4:   Ginger Wallis:  Finding a Spark of Hope and Social Justice Arise from Climate Change

Aug. 11:  Laura Barrett:  Holding onto hope when your family is threatened                   

Aug. 18:    Rev. Jan Hutslar: TBA

Aug. 25:    Joint service in Barnard

Sep. 1:      Rev. Jan:  Summer ends, Celebration for Sparrow Alden, CRE

June 9: The Larger Circle

10 AM Rev Jan and guest Steve Gordon, Executive Director of The Hand to Heart Project, will offer reflections, stories and poetry about the circles of life–including death.

Our theme for June is Beauty.

Matthew Fox paraphrasing Ernesto Cardenal says:

We can argue about the reason for the universe and the meaning of the universe but not about the beauty of the universe….We all share beauty. It strikes us indiscriminately. It may be when our child was born into this world; or a simple flower; or a song; or a smile on a face; or a great act of courage; or a dance well done; or a child’s laugh; or a loaf of bread baking; or finding a worthy job; or a snowfall; or when drawn to the Source of Life itself. There is no end to beauty for the person who is aware.

June 2: Spiritual Co-conspirators Continued: The Beauty of Our Religious Community

10 AM with Rev. Jan Hutslar

Our theme for June is Beauty.

Matthew Fox paraphrasing Ernesto Cardenal says:

We can argue about the reason for the universe and the meaning of the universe but not about the beauty of the universe….We all share beauty. It strikes us indiscriminately. It may be when our child was born into this world; or a simple flower; or a song; or a smile on a face; or a great act of courage; or a dance well done; or a child’s laugh; or a loaf of bread baking; or finding a worthy job; or a snowfall; or when drawn to the Source of Life itself. There is no end to beauty for the person who is aware.

Followed by Potluck at 11 and Annual Meeting at 12:30


May 26: Holy Curiosity

10 AM with Rev. Jan Hutslar

Our theme for May is Curiosity.

We can lean into worry’s opposite – curiosity. As Rabbi Marcia Prager teaches, where worry says, “oh no, what is going to happen?” curiosity says “oh wow! I wonder what will happen!”~Rev. Kimberley Debus

How can our curiosity guide our spiritual life? Let’s keep asking questions.

May 19: We May Forget but the Sacred Remains

10 AM Guest minister Rev Riley Sophia and Rev Jan Hutslar will weave words and music together in dedication to the sacred practices and objects that we can return to again and again.


Installation Service Gathering at 4:45 pm     

This service will ritually install Rev Jan Hutslar as UUCUV’s called minister, with music, words and ceremony. Local and not-so-local ministers will be here to lend their sacred work to this ritual of commitment to UUCUV and Jan’s shared journey together. All are Welcome. Delicious reception to follow.

May 12: The Earth is Our Mother

10 AM with Rev. Jan Hutslar

Rev Jan will explore the ideas of earth as nurturer, and about balance, yin and yang, and the interesting thing about language.

Our theme for May is Curiosity.

We can lean into worry’s opposite – curiosity. As Rabbi Marcia Prager teaches, where worry says, “oh no, what is going to happen?” curiosity says “oh wow! I wonder what will happen!”~Rev. Kimberley Debus

How can our curiosity guide our spiritual life? Let’s keep asking questions.

May 5: Vulnerability: A Powerful Tool for Social Engagement

10 AM

Our guest speaker on May 5 is Pati Hernandez.  She is a mother, an activist, dancer, puppeteer, and a Dartmouth College adjunct professor. Originally from Chile, she immigrated to North America in 1983. Her professional focus is the exploration of political and social problems through the arts. She is the creator and facilitator of Telling My Story, a program she developed in correctional facilities and rehab centers in Vermont since 1999. One venue of the program is the classes she has developed at Dartmouth College since 2005.  The film, Its Criminal is one result of those classes.  That film will be shown at UUCUV this Friday at 7:30 PM.  


This Sunday will be a Shared Plate collection to support the organization Telling My Story, a non-profit that aims to break down walls between socially isolated individuals and their communities through collaborative creative engagement using theater and other arts. Its programs develop self-awareness and communication skills with populations behind visible and invisible social walls such as those created by incarceration, addiction and poverty. Through writing and performing, people behind walls are empowered to reclaim their own voices and strengths.