February Services – 10 a.m.

Our theme for February is Resilience.

Questions to consider about resilience for February, this month that sometimes has us feeling like it will always be winter:

Where does our own resilience come from?

How do we nurture resilience?

And how does our community create a cushion for the times when we need resilience to handle what life has dished up?

Feb 16: Resilience, Reverence and Revenue: Believing in the Possible Stewardship Celebration with Lunch provided by the Board to follow the service

Feb 23: Finding Hope in the MIdst of Adversity, A Chaplain’s Quest

In the face of pain and suffering that feel overwhelming, how do we manage to go on another day?  Guest minister Rev. Nancy Pellegrini will explore resilience in the context of her work as a hospital chaplain and encourage you to think about what your own sources of hope might be.  

Rev. Nancy Pellegrini received her Master of Divinity Degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC and was ordained as a Unitarian Universalist minister in 2013.  She and her husband recently moved back to Hanover, NH from Charleston, SC.  For the past six years Rev. Pellegrini served as the Chaplain at the Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina and the Assistant Minister at the Unitarian Church in Charleston.  She is currently doing additional chaplaincy training at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.  She previously had a 20-year career as a military analyst specializing in nuclear arms control at the CIA.  

          

Soupathon- Friday, January 24

5-7 PM

It’s that time of year again!    Soup, Glorious Soup!  Our famous semi-annual Soupathons feature more than a dozen delectable, hot,homemade soups. Try them all!  Accompanied by crusty, zesty breads,scrumptious homemade desserts, cider and coffee. 

The perfect supper for family and friends on a cold winter evening.

$10 for adults, $5 for children under 12 years old, kids under 5 are free.

“Responding with 2020 Vision to the Climate Crisis” Talk and Workshops Jan. 11, 12:30-4:30 p.m.

UUCUV hosting.

Keynote Speaker: Rev. Jim Antal, public theologian, activist, and author of “Climate Church/Climate World.”  Workshops: Advocacy for the Green New Deal (Rev. Jim Antal), Effective Legislation at the State Level (Reps Zachariah Ralph of VT & Lee Oxenham of NH), and Actions in Churches & Communities (Rev. Tom Kinder & Rev. Telos Whitfield)

No need to register, FREE and open to the public.

Chalice Camp MLK Jr. Day

Register to join us for Chalice Camp on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 20th from 8am-5pm at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Upper Valley in Norwich, VT. There will be games, arts and crafts, learning about Martin Luther King Jr. and his work, snacks, and lots of fun!  Children ages 5-12 are welcome to join us on a first-come-first-served basis. We have room for 16 children and have professional adult teachers to supervise.  This camp is free for UUCUV members and only $40 for non-members. Please visit our website to register: www.uucuv.org  or contact Mandy Ruest at education@uucuv.org for more information.  

January Services

Our theme for January is Integrity.

How do our values, beliefs and understandings live in alignment with our actions, our words, our being-ness? We can see this work of a life of integrity as both personal and communal work.

January 26 – Compassionate Communication–Yes We Can 10 a.m.

Our guest speaker on Jan. 26, Rev. Olivia Holmes, hopes to offer a joyful experience of another way of communicating, countering the toxic rhetoric of the current political campaign season.
Rev. Olivia Holmes is a retired UU minister specializing in interim ministry in Northern New England in the last 10 years of her service to our faith, following 6 years as the Director of International and Interfaith Relations at the UUA in Boston.  She currently serves as Vice President of the Northern New England District, and is chaplain to the Volunteer Fire Department in her hometown of Temple, NH.

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Energy Movement for Dissolving Stress

A Workshop for Children, Caregivers, and Teachers 

 With Laura Moberg, MA, HHP, LicAc

Saturday, January 4th

10am-Noon with potluck to follow

Learn proven movement remedies that you and the children can do in everyday life to thrive during challenging times:

  • Chinese Medicine & Qigong
  • Modern Energy Medicine & BrainGym
  • Yoga, Mudras & Mindfulness
  • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) with Tapping

At the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Upper Valley

320 RT 5 South, Norwich, VT 05055

Holiday Singalong

Friday, December 20, 6-8 p.m.

Come join us for an evening of caroling!  We will gather around the piano and sing our favorite holiday songs. All voices are welcome.   This is a family friendly event with the emphasis on fun, friends and lots of singing.  Come for a few songs or the whole evening.  Music provided.

Caroling & Visiting Nursing Home residents on Christmas Morning!

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 or the office.

Family Cookie-Making

Friday, Dec 13 at 5 pm

All are welcome! Come cut-out cookies and decorate them with friends young and old.  There will be holiday music, refreshments, and of course, cookies! Please feel free to bring a new friend.  Show them how much fun we have at UUCUV!  Please bring cookie sheets, rolling pins and favorite cookie cutters.  Traditional sugar cookie dough, cookie cutters and colored egg yolk paints for decorating will be available.  If desired, bring alternative dough or decorations.

December Services

The theme for December is Awe.

Experiencing awe is a spacious feeling of the vastness. This awe and mystery bring us a sense of connection to all that is and to each other. Research shows that experiencing awe makes people kinder, more generous and more compassionate. When we take awe a bit deeper, we encounter reverence. Let us explore awe and reverence together this month.

Sunday, December 22– Awestruck at Winter Solstice, 10 a.m.

Tuesday, December 24 – The Call of the Star: A Christmas Eve Service for all ages, 5 p.m. Join in community to celebrate this holiday with reverence, joy, song and laughter. All are welcome.

Sunday, December 29 – A Child’s Christmas in Wales reading, 10 a.m.

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