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.

January 20: Another World is Possible: The Legacy of MLK

10 AM with Rev. Jan Hutslar

January Theme: Possibility

“So many things are possible just as long as you don’t know they’re impossible.”
Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

What does it mean to be people of Possibility?

As Unitarian Universalists possibility is most central to our faith. When many were preaching that this world was fallen, and people should look instead to the hope of an afterlife, we found ourselves falling in love with the possibility of heaven on earth.

As individuals, can we show up with our minds and hearts open to the possibilities of both stability and change? Both comfort and challenge? And what is possible as a community which is greater than the sum of our parts?

Can we examine what we thought was impossible?

January 6: The Possibility of Enough: How Shall We Feed our Spirits?

10 AM with Rev. Jan Hutslar

January Theme: Possibility

“So many things are possible just as long as you don’t know they’re impossible.”
Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

What does it mean to be people of Possibility?

As Unitarian Universalists possibility is most central to our faith. When many were preaching that this world was fallen, and people should look instead to the hope of an afterlife, we found ourselves falling in love with the possibility of heaven on earth.

As individuals, can we show up with our minds and hearts open to the possibilities of both stability and change? Both comfort and challenge? And what is possible as a community which is greater than the sum of our parts?

Can we examine what we thought was impossible?

Kids’ Big Questions

One of our great moms sent me a question recently:  How does UUism respond to kids’ big questions about war, death, injustice?

Such things can’t always be summarized  – or even articulated sometimes! – but here’s my impression.

  • Before there are ever Big Questions, build up the relationship of trust about everyday questions.  Will you or won’t you take their questions seriously?  Will you respond with facts?  Or with a story?  What is your style?
  • Double-check what your child wants to know.  Is a question about death asking about consciousness?  souls?  decomposition?  or how to mourn?  “I think you’re asking X, did i get that right?” is a very respectful and useful way to suss out the correct meaning.
  • Wrestle beforehand with walking the land between two unhelpful parenting extremes: dictating what a child may express as their own beliefs, teaching them to not inquire of their own intuition, or leaving the field completely unguided, allowing a charismatic cultist to fill the void.  My path has often been “Here’s what I’ve heard, here’s what I’ve considered, this is what I’ve concluded for now.”
  • I use the Six Sources as a way to explore
    • acknowledging that our own sense of transcending mystery and wonder takes precedence,
    • then inquire of different faith traditions, the findings of science, and admirable people for what wisdom has already been articulated,
    • finally passing those other thoughts back through the filter of the first source – my own inner wisdom and connection to the mystery.
  • And then I take it right back to my kids.  Check their spot step on the path of spiritual development and decide is it time to model what your family believe and does (preschoolers)?  Time to tell a story and ask questions so that they wrestle with and articulate their own ideas (elementary school)?
  • Don’t forget – model “That’s where I am right now – I might have a better understanding later.”

That’s what UUism says – and that’s where I am right now – I might have a better understanding later.

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: hartlandvt@aol.com or 802-436-1150.