New! Our Affiliated Community Minister

The Board has invited Rev. Nancy Pellegrini to be our UUCUV Affiliated Community Minister.  Nancy writes:

“I am excited to become the Affiliated Community Minister at UUCUV!  Community ministers serve beyond the walls of the church, in my case as a hospital chaplain. The purpose of affiliation is to create a mutually beneficial relationship connecting the affiliated minister with a congregation and the congregation to the minister’s work in the wider world.  My contributions as Affiliated Community Minister will include preaching a complimentary sermon annually and leading an adult education class, providing pastoral care training, or giving a presentation on chaplaincy. During this current crisis I have offered to assist Rev. Jan with pastoral care or other needs as they arise.  I am inspired by the friendliness and the commitment I have experienced at UUCUV and am looking forward to being affiliated with this wonderful congregation.”  

–Rev. Nancy Pellegrini

Virtual Services and Gatherings

We hope you will join us for virtual Sunday worship and other creative on-line alternatives to stay connected to each other and our faith while we cannot meet in person. Read Rev. Jan’s message of hope and connection here.

Using Zoom: If you already have Zoom on your laptop, tablet or phone:  Open Zoom, click on Join a Meeting, and put in the listed Meeting ID #. Alternatively, click the link provided below.

Our Summer Speakers Series: “Stories of Courage”

10 AM on Sundays

Sunday, July 19:  Mitch Beck –“Courage Doesn’t Always Roar” UUCUV member Mitch Beck is our featured speaker, and member Rosie Stevens will lead the service.

Sunday, July 26:  Gendo Allyn Field–“Courage: A Zen Story for Our Time”  

The beginning of the service is intergenerational and children are encouraged to be with us!

You are welcome to join the Zoom meeting at 9:45 and chat with each other until 10, with video on so that we can all see each other. 

Additional Zoom Offerings

Sunday RE Service for children at 9 a.m.

The Congregational Zoom Room opens shortly before 9:00 for children and those who care about them to settle in. Religious Exploration with Teacher Jenny and DRE Laura runs between 9:00 – 9:55. We then transition to the 10 am multi-generational service (ID 792 198 974) with a family reading the Story for All Ages. Contact: DRE Laura at exploration@uucuv.org

Sunday, July 19 at 11 a.m.– Officially launching FFRE! Families & Friends of RE (Religious Exploration for Children & Youth)   

Welcome, of course, to our families with young ones but also anyone who wants to support our families and interactively enjoy time with them. Curious about what we envision for fun and free* for all activities? Come to FFRE Coffee Hour this Sunday after services at 11 am. We will all gather in one Zoom Room on the Green Zoom account so you will need to log off Sunday services and onto the meeting below.  This is in lieu of the breakout rooms, just this time – or maybe once a month moving forward.

*FFRE is free – this is NOT a committee and you are NOT signing up to do anything but interact when you are free and so desire!

Monday SE: Qigong & Meditation at 9:30 a.m.

RESUMES JULY 20

Arrive at 9:15 to settle in. Stay a while after to check in and chat! Show up in loose fitting clothes with an optional pillow, blanket and coffee/tea thermos. Contact: Laura Moberg at exploration@uucuv.org

Young One’s Social Hour–Tuesdays 4:30 – 5:30 

All ages are welcome to join as RE teacher Jenny Albee reads stories, invites participants to share their own stories, and enjoy each other’s company.  This is a wonderful chance to see people we’ve missed, meet new people, and invite friends and family who are interested in joyful social time.  

Wednesday SE: Yoga & Tapping at 9:30 a.m.

RESUMES JULY 22

Energy Medicine Yoga guides you through simple yoga poses, empowered by conscious breathing and energy awareness. 

EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) leads you to tap on a set of vital meridian points as you contact and clear thoughts and emotions.

Welcome to settle in and connect at 9:15 with a blanket and pillow and feel free to linger until 10:45 savoring and sharing the peace and tranquility with each other.

Contact: Laura Moberg, exploration@uucuv.org

VT UU Collaborative Middle School Youth Group with other UU Vermont middle schoolers —Wednesdays 4:30 – 5:30 pm on July 8 & 22, August 5 &19– Zoom information in weekly email

UV UU Community Youth Group–Wednesdays 4:30-5:30 p.m. on July 15, July 29, Aug 12, Aug 26

Jenny Albee – group leader. This group is geared toward Youth aged 11+ and participants are encouraged to invite friends and classmates as we take a deeper dive into what’s going on in the UV and beyond.  During this time we’ll be discussing participant suggested topics such as current events, social justice, and the environment.  Bring ideas and topics, as well as an open mind and heart – Participants will select the topic for the next meeting at the conclusion of Youth Group each Wednesday.

Thursdays Lunch with the Minister at 12:30 p.m. (ON PAUSE IN JULY)

Join Rev. Jan during your lunch break as we explore some thoughts on living in difficult times.  Let’s share our thoughts and wisdom with each other.

Friday SE: Earth & Sky at 9:30 a.m.

RESUMES JULY 24

On the mythic journey to wholeness, we nourish and support one another as we explore our archetypal patterns in astrology and the four elements.  Questions? Contact Laura Moberg at exploration@uucuv.org

Sunday Services Going Virtual until further notice

My dear community,

We are going virtual!

To do our part slowing the spread of the virus so that the health care system can handle what may come, we have decided:

  • Until further notice, we will not be meeting in person for worship or any other gatherings.
  • We are planning to offer virtual Sunday worship and other creative on-line alternatives to stay connected to each other and our faith. We will post here how to connect with us as soon as it is set up.
  • We are setting up a way for our congregation to reach out to one another in an organized manner to ensure that everyone has connection and support.
  • The Book and Music Sale has been postponed to September 26.

I invite a balance between thoughtful, practical preparedness and sensitivity to the most vulnerable among us with a practice of soul care.

This moment demands much of us. We need to find the spark of life within us and do what is needed to keep it alive.  In the face of news and updates and non-trustworthy authorities, in the midst of all the fear of the unknown, we need this alive, healthy, deeply-connected-to-all place to return to that centers, calibrates, nourishes and aligns us to that which is real and true and life-giving.

This is our work. Take the quiet time, the music time, the laughing time, the prayerful time to find your light. And shine it. The world needs it. We need it.

Just as we have responded with courage and care to the crises and tragedies and setbacks of the past, we will again.

With many blessings and prayers,

Jan

minister@uucuv.org and (315) 714-9287

FREE Energy Movement for Dissolving Stress: A Workshop for Children, Caregivers and Teachers- Saturday, Feb 29

10 a.m.- 12 p.m. with POTLUCK FOLLOWING

With Laura Moberg, MA, HHP, LicAC.

All are welcome to join in learning proven movements for everyday life to thrive in a challenging world. Learn to move and breathe your way to peace. 

Please RSVP to Laura Moberg with your interest in attending: vinddottir@gmail.com

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 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.  

          

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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