Seeking fair, friendly, firm, flexible, and fun teacher!

Sunday Morning Teacher Wanted!

Beginning June 2 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Upper Valley in Norwich, VT:

On Sundays from 9:45 to 12:45, I would like to hire an adult to lead a multi-age group of kids with assistance from a volunteer. Check out the program here.

• Follow a curriculum of gathering, opening circle, & activities. At about 11:25, the children will clean up and have closing circle with you – thereafter, it’s an hour of child care for those parents who have church meetings and responsibilities, then 15 minutes of cleanup.

• Provide safety & supervision in our beautiful Meetinghouse and grounds.

• Feel open to the religious part – for children it’s all about being kind to one another and to the Earth and observing simple ritual opening and closing. Unitarian Universalists believe with all our hearts that every free faith in the world has wisdom to share – including the wisdoms of science, Islam, atheism, neopaganism, Zoroastrianism, poetry, Christianity, indigenous faiths, Anansi stories, Buddhism, Judaism, …

• The summer program is a one-room schoolhouse caring for every age from tiny through middle school – and a very small number of children are expected each week. If you want this as only a summer job, that’s OK! Beginning in September, the position is cheerfully expandable to focus on the teacher’s best age group to work with – we run three or four different age-groups during the school year.

• Training & troubleshooting provided by the program director. There is also a chocolate stash.

This opportunity is great for someone ready to establish their credentials, try out teaching, and to meet thoughtful families who often need child care. It’s also ideal for the active person who loves stories and adventures, but perhaps your own grandchildren are far away and you just need some Young People time.

The ideal candidate is at least 18 years old, holds some kind of safety training and awareness (such as First Aid/CPR, Lifeguarding, or Babysitting certification), and must pass a background check for safety working with children. The ideal candidate will be a great role model of speaking truth with kindness, living authentically in a way that honors the Earth, and genuinely supporting our diverse kids from diverse families. They will have experience with kids, will enjoy exploring outdoors, will be able to invent games on the spot, will know that letting kids figure out their values is of tantamount importance.

I can’t wait to meet our new teacher! Reach me at

Sparrow F. Alden, Credentialed Religious Educator

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Upper Valley

Tasmania Travelogue

Thursday, February 21st at 7:00 PM

In 2014, following their joint retirement, Mark and Cappy Nunlist went on a walkabout, first to Tasmania, an island off the southeast coast of Australia, then to New Zealand.

Cappy will give a slide presentation about the first part of this once-in-a-lifetime trip. See unspoiled beaches, spectacular cliffs, learn about Tasmania’s unique history, a world-famous trek – and Tasmanian devils – what more could you ask for! 

If you enjoyed her recent talk about New Zealand, you are sure to be fascinated by this one.

Enjoy coffee and a selection of homemade desserts after the presentation.

$10 donation appreciated, fundraiser for UUCUV

Jubilate Singers Sunday, Jan. 27

5:30 PM at UUCUV–Friends of Music Event

Watch a stirring documentary about Estonia’s “Singing Revolution”, followed by performance of Estonian freedom songs by the Jubilate Singers of the Upper Valley (“JS”). “JS” is one of only three North American non-Estonian Choirs to be invited to sing in the 2019 Estonian Song Celebration. JS will join with over 1,100 Estonian Choirs (20,000 singers) to sing Estonian songs for an audience of over 125,000 next July. Come be moved by the story and the music.

Wrensong Concert Jan.13, 2019 at 2:30 PM

The theme of the program is “Longing, Happiness and Regret,” explored in music about places, love, and the spirit. We sing songs of desire for Innsbruck, California, and Jerusalem, of happiness in spring groves and heavenly chariots, and of regret for youthful offenses and surrendered loves. Music has to power to distill and intensify feelings, and we draw on composers from Josquin to Motown to unleash this power on these three fundamental emotions.

Wrensong is a group of accomplished singers drawn from Vermont and New Hampshire’s Upper Valley communities.  We are devoted to presenting the best in small group choral music, with a particular focus on the vocal treasures of the Renaissance.  Wrensong’s repertoire ranges from the secular to the religious, and our concerts often include narration aimed at giving audiences a context for listening with understanding.  Wrensong has performed in many venues around Vermont and New Hampshire, including concerts and devotionals at the Vermont State House, and in services at Harvard’s Memorial Church.

Holiday Events

Carol Sing at UUCUV–Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 7:30 PM

UUCUV will host the Second Annual Community Carol Sing in the UUCUV Sanctuary. All are welcome to come with family and friends to sing songs of the season. It is informal. Participants request specific songs, and the group sings them with gusto, accompanied  by piano. There will be music and word sheets for all. During a refreshment break, Jane Sachs and Jo Shute will lead their bell choir in favorites of the season. Please join us for an evening of fellowship and musical fun!

Holiday Blue Vespers Wednesday, December 19, 6:00 PM (UUCUV)

If you would like to take a breath, have some quiet and reflective time in a small group, or if for you this holiday season is more challenging than merry, please join us for this contemplative vespers service.

Christmas Eve Services–Monday, December 24

            4:30 PM Christmas Pageant with Sparrow

                                     simple potluck

            6 PM Candlelight Service with Rev. Jan


Come Caroling & Visiting Nursing Home residents on Christmas Morning!  Dec. 25

Once again we will be visiting two area nursing homes on Christmas morning to bring good cheer to the residents. You are welcome to bring cards and your singing voice – though no singing ability is required!  Song sheets will be provided.  We will hand out some holiday cards and stuffed animals.  We will visit Hanover Terrace on Rt .10  in Hanover at 10 AM, and Genesis – Lebanon Center near Wilson Tire off Rt. 120 in Lebanon at 11 AM. If there is sufficient interest we may form a carpool from the meeting house.  Come to one or both! For more information contact Rich Greenlee: or 802-436-1150.


Indian Dinner –Nov. 16 at 6:30 PM

Enjoy a menu of favorites from past dinners including:

Chicken Korma

Chickpea dal in brown onion sauce

Pumpkin and coconut puree

Aloo Gobhi (potatoes & cauliflower)

and more…..

To reserve email or

This dinner is a fundraiser to send our minister and four UUCUV women

to visit our partner church in Mukhap, India in February.

A minimum donation of $20 is suggested.

24th Annual Pods for the Pulpit Craft Fair—Nov. 23 & 24

10-4 at Tracy Hall in Norwich, VT

Twenty-three years ago, the UUCUV’s Social Responsibility Committee wanted to raise funds for charitable giving. We came up with the idea of making star shaped ornaments from milkweed pods to sell. Although we no longer make the ornaments, we have kept the name, Pods for the Pulpit, because it has become so well known. Money raised at the Fair (it’s been around $10,000 in recent years) goes to Ways and Means with half dedicated to charitable giving and half benefiting the UUCUV.

According to chairwoman Sally Page’s calculation, over the past 23 years we have given away over $150,000 to various local non-profits (which are selected each year by the congregation at our annual meeting). This year the two that will benefit are The Haven (which we all know about) and UV Strong, which helps people in Vermont and New Hampshire affected by natural disasters, especially floods.