Soupathon Oct 18

Soupathon—Friday, Oct 18 from 5-7 PM

Our famous Soupathons feature more than a dozen delectable, hot, homemade soups, the perfect supper for families and friends on a wintry evening.  Accompanied by crusty, zesty breads and scrumptious homemade desserts, cider and coffee.  $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12 years old, kids under 5 eat free. 

October: Belonging

This month we explore what it feels like to belong, and what it feels like when we do not. We ask not just where do I belong, but to whom? Belonging is about relationship and asks, to whom we are accountable? Whose lives are bound up in my own? Who needs me? The true blessing of belonging isn’t that you get to come inside the circle; it’s that you get to participate in expanding it.

Sunday Services begin at 10 AM. Children’s religious education is provided during the service.

October 6Negotiating Racial Identity in the Upper Valley

Emily Walton, a sociology professor at Dartmouth, will talk about her research on the meaning of belonging for racialized minorities living in the Upper Valley. For people of color, making a home in a culturally white place means negotiating their own sense of worth and value in everyday interactions. Emily will discuss her observations about the cultural context, the negotiation process and mental health consequences, and potential for change to make our communities more inclusive.

October 13: Lose Yourself. Find Yourself. Everywhere, in Everything

With Rev. Jan Hutslar. This is Bring a Buddy to Church Day! Somebody needs us– invite them!

October 20: ‘Love SavesStories

Pulpit Guest Rev. Sawyer will share stories from the Old Universalists to the present day, reflecting on the saving power of love—many different kinds of love, and many different ideas of what it might mean to be “saved”—in an effort to bring some concrete examples to some ideas we often talk about in the abstract, and to invite you to reflect on the “Love Saves” stories of your own life.

The Rev. Paul S. Sawyer has served as the settled minister of the First Universalist Society of Hartland, Vermont since 2006. Prior to his ordination, Paul worked in education as a fifth-grade teacher, a behavioral counselor for children with emotional-behavioral disabilities, and as a wilderness educator, leading canoe trips, ropes courses, and teambuilding activities as program director at the Hulbert Outdoor Center in Fairlee, Vermont. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College, the Graduate School of Education at Boston University, and Harvard Divinity School. Paul serves on the board of the Northern New England District of the UUA and as a member of the funding panel for the Fund for Unitarian Universalism. He lives in Hartland, VT with his wife Katy and their two children, Emma and Aidan.

October 27: In Sweet Company

With Rev. Jan Hutslar and Chalice Circle leaders

“The religious community is essential, for alone our vision is too narrow to see all that must be seen, and our strength too limited to do all that must be done.

Together our vision widens and our strength is renewed.”  ~Mark Morrison Reed

As we continue to explore our sense of Belonging, we look at what it means to belong to UUCUV and Unitarian Universalism, and how this belonging and this giving and receiving can offer nurturance for the spirit.

Sept. 22: The Work of Circus Zambia

10 AM Brooke Ciardelli will talk about raising expectations among the poorest of the poor in Sub-Saharan Africa.  Circus Zambia teaches circus skills and other performing arts to provide children the means to escape the nation’s slums.  Brooke is their American producer and artistic consultant.  In 2016, Brooke arranged for the Circus cast to visit and perform in the Upper Valley.  This will be a shared plate Sunday benefiting Circus Zambia. 

Sharing the Plate
This week UUCUV will be sharing the Sunday collection with Circus Zambia.

  • Any checks written to Circus Zambia will go entirely to them.
  • Any checks written to UUCUV, or cash specifically designated for UUCUV (usually wrapped in paper or in an envelope), will go to UUCUV.
  • Any cash not designated with be counted and half will go to UUCUV and half will go to the featured organization.

Sept. 1: SparrowFest! & Annual End-of-Summer Potluck

10 AM Service with Rev. Jan Hutslar,

We will celebrate the wonderful work of our retiring and beloved credentialed Director of Religious Education, Sparrow Alden. During the service, we will release Sparrow from her responsibilities and say thank you and goodbye.

After church, we will break bread and continue the celebration with a potluck meal and party.

Please plan to come and celebrate Sparrow!

Aug. 25: Joint Service in Barnard

No service at the UUCUV. We will be meeting together with other area UU congregations at the Barnard Universalist church at 10:30 AM, with a picnic lunch at Silver Lake to follow. Carpooling opportunity at 9:45 from UUCUV

Rev. Telos of Strafford writes: “We will gather for a summer worship service of words and singing, silence and sharing, with childcare and activities for children. Then we will gather for a Picnic at beautiful Silver Lake State Park just up the road. Bring your lunch or something to share, a lawn chair, bathing suit or frisbee, and hope you can attend this special day with our neighboring congregations. The Barnard UU church is the only one in Barnard, at the junction of North Road and Rt. 12, and there is parking at the boat launch or the store. *Please Note: The Barnard church is not fully accessible and doesn’t have a restroom. There are restrooms at the boat launch and local store we can use.”

First Universalist Church and Society of Barnard, 6211 Route 12, Barnard, VT

DIRECTIONS from the Lebanon/Hanover/Norwich/Enfield area:    Take route 4 west into Woodstock (or hop on 89 north and take exit one which will put you on route 4).  As you approach the center of Woodstock there will be a “Y” intersection.  There will be a sign ROUTE 4 west bear to the left, Route 12 north bear to the right.  Take route 12 North and stay on route 12 until you get to Barnard (about 8 or 10 miles).  As you come into Barnard, the general store will be on your right and on your left will be the Universalist Church of Barnard.

DIRECTIONS from points north:     Take route 89 south to exit 3 (Bethel).  Turn right at the exit onto route 107.  You’ll stay on route 107 for about 2 or 3 miles and then there will be a left hand turn to take route 12 south.  Stay on 12 south until you come into Barnard.  As you come to the intersection you will see Silver Lake and the General Store.  The Universalist Church will be on your right just before route 12 makes a sharp right hand turn.  (If you are familiar with the area, instead of taking route 12 all the way to Barnard, you can take the North Road off of route 12 that will take you right into Barnard.)

Hope to see you there!

Seeking Sunday Morning Teachers!

Seeking fair, friendly, firm, flexible, and fun teachers for our Sunday Morning Program!!

Beginning September 1 or later at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Upper Valley in Norwich, VT:

On Sundays from 9:45 to 1:00, we would like to hire two adults: one to lead a group of primary school kids and the other to lead the elementary school kids, both with assistance from volunteers. 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 and a half of child care for those parents who have church meetings and responsibilities, and 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, …

• 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 teachers! Reach me at

Sparrow F. Alden, Credentialed Religious Educator