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.

April 7: The Mush of Transformation

10 AM with Rev. Jan Hutslar

April Theme: Wholeness

Transition and change rule the flow of life.  Wholeness is not returning our lives to their original state but working with what is, to make something new.  The shards are not pieces of a puzzle that needs put perfectly back together, but building blocks waiting to be molded into a yet-to-be-imagined form. To be made whole again is to be reorganized, not restored.

As odd as it sounds, we were meant to be broken, broken open to be exact.  Over and over again, our faith reminds us that nurturing our personal wholeness is only half the game. The equally important part of life’s journey is about participating in the wholeness of world!

March 31: Trans Day of Visibility

10 AM Service led by Reese Kelly

11AM – stimulating coffee and conversation!

11:30 – Not Quite Narwhal, a brief skit by the RE kids

12:00 – Brown Bag DISCUSSION: Teachable Moments from the UU World’s Trans Article, facilitated by Lauren Strauss, CRE, cis-woman. Bring your lunch and your uninhibited questions.  Lauren will chat with cis-folks who want to ask stuff without causing pain to trans-folks.  Ask anything!  This is the pronoun discussion, this is the athletes discussion, this is the discomfort discussion. Much has been published in the last ten days to help us perceive and process the recent UU World article about Transgender inclusion.  If we can each read any two or three of these, and we mix it up so that each article gets read by a few people, we will be ready.

12:00 – Activity for folks who would feel pain from hearing the uninhibited questions (discussion?  movie?  knitting circle?  contact Sparrow with ideas) 

1:30ish – Take a Moment to Breathe; Love Yourself; Find Joy in Movement – a movement class with Mary Chris DeBelina Doyle, MFA, choreographer.  Come be in your body; every body welcome; all abilities and levels welcome; YOU are welcome!  This class begins with your breath, and we will work from the inside out, ending by dancing together, appreciating the differences and similarities of us ALL!