Norwich 5 Church Rummage Sale

Please do not donate mattresses, TVs, computer monitors, pianos, paint, skis, Christmas items, food, hazardous waste, telephones, medicines, encyclopedias, tires, organs, large appliances, Tupperware, or particle- board items. All donations must be clean and in working condition. Pickup service is available weekend of July 6th. Call Linda Cook at 603- 208-7847 for more information.

What Sparrow’s Reading This Week

Parenting Article

Peter Beagle’s The Last Unicorn – preparing to teach on it in the fall

N.K. Jemisin’s The Obelisk Gate. Grace is reading it to me, so I’m only getting 15 minutes at a time… which is probably for the best with such an intense story.

I’m also searching for children’s and tweens’ and YA books featuring characters, motifs, and themes from the Norse sagas – send recommendations to education@uucuv.org!

Summer Services: Stories of Hope

The Sunday Services Committee is very excited about the speakers we have lined up for this summer to tell us their “Stories of Hope.”  The current schedule is as follows, all at 10 AM on Sundays:

June 23:   Cappy Nunlist and Karen Watson:  Reflections on the Meaning of Hope

June 30:   Rev. Sandra Pontoh of the Maranatha Indonesian Church of Christ will speak on the immigrant community in Somersworth, NH                              

July 7    Phil Kinsler: The Holocaust: Survival, Resilience, Ambition, Transcendence

July 14:   Mitch Beck:  The Many Faces of Hope                          

July 21:   Voices of Youth: Graduates of our RE program will share their memories of that experience and how it continues to influence their lives.                                             

July 28:   Kathy Christie & Mardy High: Estonian Hope in the Face of Oppression: the Song Festival

Aug. 4:   Ginger Wallis:  Finding a Spark of Hope and Social Justice Arise from Climate Change

Aug. 11:  Laura Barrett:  Holding onto hope when your family is threatened                   

Aug. 18:    Rev. Jan Hutslar: TBA

Aug. 25:    Joint service in Barnard

Sep. 1:      Rev. Jan:  Summer ends, Celebration for Sparrow Alden, CRE

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 education@uucuv.org.

Sparrow F. Alden, Credentialed Religious Educator

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Upper Valley

http://uucuv.org/category/religious-education-news/

June 9: The Larger Circle

10 AM Rev Jan and guest Steve Gordon, Executive Director of The Hand to Heart Project, will offer reflections, stories and poetry about the circles of life–including death.

Our theme for June is Beauty.

Matthew Fox paraphrasing Ernesto Cardenal says:

We can argue about the reason for the universe and the meaning of the universe but not about the beauty of the universe….We all share beauty. It strikes us indiscriminately. It may be when our child was born into this world; or a simple flower; or a song; or a smile on a face; or a great act of courage; or a dance well done; or a child’s laugh; or a loaf of bread baking; or finding a worthy job; or a snowfall; or when drawn to the Source of Life itself. There is no end to beauty for the person who is aware.

June 2: Spiritual Co-conspirators Continued: The Beauty of Our Religious Community

10 AM with Rev. Jan Hutslar

Our theme for June is Beauty.

Matthew Fox paraphrasing Ernesto Cardenal says:

We can argue about the reason for the universe and the meaning of the universe but not about the beauty of the universe….We all share beauty. It strikes us indiscriminately. It may be when our child was born into this world; or a simple flower; or a song; or a smile on a face; or a great act of courage; or a dance well done; or a child’s laugh; or a loaf of bread baking; or finding a worthy job; or a snowfall; or when drawn to the Source of Life itself. There is no end to beauty for the person who is aware.

Followed by Potluck at 11 and Annual Meeting at 12:30