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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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”.