Transylvanian Youth Dance Troupe Nov 2-3

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The UU’s in the Upper Valley will be hosting a traditional Unitarian music and dance troupe from Transylvania the weekend of November 1-3.

The group,Vadrózsák (Wild Roses) is coming to New England for a tour/cultural exchange in October-November.  This group is from Szekelykeresztur, based in the Unitarian school there and led by members of the congregation. The dancers are youth (16-18 years old) as are the musicians.

This is their facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/vadrozsak.neptanccsoport

For more information about the tour watch this video https://drive.google.com/open?id=18r1sRyB8N0vZm4p6mOsYOYMDbnuTRAV_

Saturday, Nov. 2:

  • Afternoon Transylvanian dance workshop followed by a New England Contradance at UUCUV from 2-5 PM–$15 at the door.  All welcome!
  • Potluck 6-6:30 PM for workshop and contra dance attenders and hosts
  • Evening performance at MARION CROSS SCHOOL in Norwich at 7:30 PM–$10 at the door.  All welcome!

Sunday, Nov. 3:

  • Meet the group who we are fortunate to have at our Sunday morning worship service. Potluck after the service.
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Medical Aid in Dying Video

patientchoices.org/videos.html

Medical Aid in Dying Video: An end-of-life option in Vermont that many want to know more about.  

Al Gillotti, husband of UU member Susan Gillotti, chose to hasten his death in September 2018 when his brain tumor returned and he did not want further surgery or radiation. Vermont’s Act 39, medical aid in dying, allows Vermont residents to choose this option when there is a prognosis of six months or less to live and one is able to self-administer. Al asked Rev. Jan and Phil and Claudia Kern, UU members, to be present with Susan. In June 2019 Patient Choices Vermont, a non-profit educational organization, asked Susan if she would be willing to describe the experience. Jan and Phil joined her for the taping. A seven-minute video of the interview was released on November 5, 2019 and can be seen at patientchoices.org (click on “stories” and then on “videos”) or by googling “Al Gillotti VT”.

November 17 – It Doesn’t Have to be the Blue Iris: A UU Exploration of Prayer

10 AM with Rev. Jan Hutslar

Prayer can be a word that causes many of us discomfort.  Is it possible that UU’s can broaden the definition of prayer to find a useful tool and an antidote for this upside down world?

The theme for November is Attention. How often during your day do you really pay attention: to the light and color and sound of the world you inhabit; to the person beside you; to the task you are doing: to your own body’s sensations; to the still small voice within you?

This month we focus on an exploration of wholehearted, fully present attention and how that makes a difference in your life and in the world.

November 10 – Taking Notice: In honor and memory of Blair Brooks, 1953-2019

10 AM with Patrician Norton, guest speaker

The theme for November is Attention. How often during your day do you really pay attention: to the light and color and sound of the world you inhabit; to the person beside you; to the task you are doing: to your own body’s sensations; to the still small voice within you?

This month we focus on an exploration of wholehearted, fully present attention and how that makes a difference in your life and in the world.

November 3 – Stretching Toward Each Other: Transylvania to Vermont

10 AM with Rev. Jan Hutslar and Rev. Csaba Tódór

Join us for a lively and engaging service with our Unitarian guests from Transylvania. There will be music and dancing from the youth, and words of wisdom from their minister.

Potluck to Follow- All are Welcome!

The theme for November is Attention. How often during your day do you really pay attention: to the light and color and sound of the world you inhabit; to the person beside you; to the task you are doing: to your own body’s sensations; to the still small voice within you?

This month we focus on an exploration of wholehearted, fully present attention and how that makes a difference in your life and in the world.

Partner Church- It’s Student Sponsor Time!

We would like to thank everyone who came to the slide show last Friday.  We had a great Q&A afterwards which showed the terrific enthusiasm this congregation has for strengthening its ties to our Partner Church through our student sponsorship program.  We have already lined up sponsors for all of the students to whom we are pledged!  What a great position to be in.  Is it time to grow the program?  We know there are people out there who have asked about becoming sponsors. 

We are having a discussion with our partners in Mukhap to determine if there are more students who might be able to attend school if they were given a sponsorship.   Potentially, we may have more sponsorships available. If you are interested in sponsoring a student or sharing a sponsorship, please refer to your weekly e-blast of Oct 30 for the contact and get in touch right away as we need to make arrangements for the upcoming year by November 10. 

Sponsorship involves a monetary commitment of $175/year plus twice yearly communication with your student.  We are finding ways to make the communication easier, for example Facebook friending, sending a quick video clip or photos via email, or even sending photos of a handwritten letter – we will help with the technology! 

Once we have started sponsoring a student, we as a congregation pledge to continue supporting that student until they graduate from high school, but you as an individual are only committing to one year.  Of course, many people find they enjoy sponsoring their student and continue to support them throughout their schooling.  Some sponsors have even continued their support beyond high school, making it possible for their student to attend university.  What an incredible opportunity you are giving a child!

Sunday Flowers

Seeking lovers of beauty to provide flowers or other arrangements for the Sanctuary & Vestibule Tables each Sunday beginning November 3.  Volunteer for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th   Sunday of each month or for a single occasion.  An assortment of vases is available in the Meetinghouse, and limited funds are available for modest floral purchases during the cooler seasons if you submit a receipt to Treasurer.   The use of local plant materials and local flowers is encouraged in keeping with our Green Sanctuary philosophy.  Spring to late summer, flowers are available in the UUCUV flower cutting garden in the Norwich Community Garden.  To sign up go to:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0A45A8AE28A3FA7-uucuv  or call or email the UUCUV office. 

Climate Art Making Nov. 2

9:30-11:30 AM

Join Claudia Kern and Rachel Clark for a morning of quieter activism, making small-scale pieces of climate emergency-related art to be either worn or left in surprising places for people to find.  Websites incorporated can help people connect locally to work for climate protection.

Bring if you have (not required!):

Fabric scissors

Small paper images of nature etc. for collage—get out those old magazines : )

Decorative papers

Box board (cereal box weight cardboard)

Glue sticks

Felt scraps

Add-ons like beads and what not

An artsy friend (you could go out for lunch after!)

Ideas for future projects

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Partner Church Evening Oct 25

The UUCUV pilgrims will share photos and reflections about their trip and give us a first-hand look at the village, life, and Unitarian celebrations of this small village in Northeast India. 

UUCUV members who are sponsoring students in Mukhap are invited to share news from their students.

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