March 11: “Let It Be A Dance: a Celebration of Belonging”

10 AM with Rev. Patience Stoddard
“A good relationship has a pattern like a dance” wrote Anne Morrow Lindberg.  This Sunday we will welcome new individuals into the dance of membership and hear from other members about the difference this has made in their lives.

Simultaneous children’s religious education

11:30 Tea with the Board –with Lori Fortini, Judy Munger, and Mugs Johnston; Childcare provided.

11:45 RE Roundtable
Welcoming Young Families!  So many of us hope for lovely, energetic, fun new families to become part of our congregation, let’s talk about being a welcoming place.  We will address the issue of expectations of children’s behavior in public and how we respond to excited kids and stressed parents.  All welcome especially if the topic makes you uncomfortable.  We will leave with concrete small tasks to do to grow in community awareness.  Childcare provided.

A Sunday Morning Experiment

During the month of March, you will see a few changes to the service in the opening moments.  In their ongoing work to introduce the congregation to different pacings, formats, and styles of worship, they have accepted my proposal to create the service opening on four Sundays, culminating in Children’s Sunday on March 25th.

Please expect the opening fifteen minutes of worship to be quickly paced, full of hymns that are easy for young singers, and joyfully accepting of toddlers who need to wriggle their bodies.  Families with young kids will have special roles to fulfill.

We wondered whether folks who are uncomfortable with the high energy of active children might begin to be late to the services… and then realized that would be all right.  While we all recognize the value in true intergenerational interaction, nothing’s going to be lost by a one-month experiment.

I look forward to seeing you in March, my friends, Sunday mornings at 10 AM sharp.

March 4: Our Money/ Ourselves

10 AM with Rev. Patience Stoddard

While it is relatively easy to talk in generalities about how our values relate to the way we use and think about money, in practice it is much harder to connect them. Today’s talk will explore some of the many contradictions and paradoxes that often bedevil our relationship to and with money.

Simultaneous children’s religious education

 

February 25: Unitarianism and Our Partner Church in Northeast India

10 AM with Polly Gould and Claudia Kern

To Nangroi–“Keep Progressing”

UUCUV has been partnered with the Unitarian church in Mukhap, India since August of 2008. Who are these people of the Jaintia Hills of Northeast India? How did there come to be 10,000 Unitarians in this remote corner of the world? How do the villagers of Mukhap live their lives in answer to the call to “Keep on Progressing”? In what ways are our basic spiritual values similar and dissimilar? What is our vision for building deeper and stronger connections with Mukhap in the next ten years? Join us for a fascinating and inspiringglimpse of our fellow Unitarians on the far side of the world.

Simultaneous children’s religious education

ANNOUNCEMENT of Congregational Meeting to be held on February 11, 2018

ANNOUNCEMENT of Congregational Meeting to be held on February 11, 2018

In accordance with the Bylaws of the UUCUV, the Board of Directors will hold a Congregational Meeting on Sunday, Febryary 11, 2018 at 11:30 am.  This meeting is called in respponse to request form a group of members and friends who met on Social Justice issues on January 21, 2018.  The Meeting will consist of a single issue on whether we should put up the “Black Lives Matter” sign outside of the UUCUV Meeting House.

The Motion is: The Board asks that the UUCUV members approve the display of a “Black Lives matter” sign outside of the Meeting house.

We hope that everyone will be able to attend this meeting to vote.  While the UUCUV does not allow for proxy votes, if you are not able to attend, you are invited to write a note in agreement or in opposition to the Motion.  Please direct your note to the Board prior to the meeting by email or mail and the notes will be read at the meeting to have your opinion stated.

Child care will be provided.  Please contact a member of the Board if you have questions.

February 11: Love Is the Doctrine

10 AM with Rev. Patience Stoddard

If love is our doctrine, what should we be doing? Sparrow pointed out to me that three of the current priorities of this congregation — the continuation and strengthening of the Restorative Circles Group, the Right Relations team to create a new covenant of Right Relations for this congregation, and the formation of a new Social Justice Committee/Team are all ways of working to put our collective love into action. Where are we now in this work and where do we hope to go in the next few months and beyond?

Simultaneous children’s religious education

ANNOUNCEMENT of Congregational Meeting to be held on February 11, 2018

In accordance with the Bylaws of the UUCUV, the Board of Directors will hold a Congregational Meeting on Sunday, Febryary 11, 2018 at 11:30 am.  This meeting is called in respponse to request form a group of members and friends who met on Social Justice issues on January 21, 2018.  The Meeting will consist of a single issue on whether we should put up the “Black Lives Matter” sign outside of the UUCUV Meeting House.

The Motion is: The Board asks that the UUCUV members approve the display of a “Black Lives matter” sign outside of the Meeting house.

We hope that everyone will be able to attend this meeting to vote.  While the UUCUV does not allow for proxy votes, if you are not able to attend, you are invited to write a note in agreement or in opposition to the Motion.  Please direct your note to the Board prior to the meeting by email or mail and the notes will be read at the meeting to have your opinion stated.

Child care will be provided.  Please contact a member of the Board if you have questions.

What Sparrow’s Reading This Week

I like to think of this occasional feature as a place for me to be useful to parents – more often than not, it’s a link to someone else being useful to parents!

But this week, it’s a straight-up list of my current pleasures:

  • A Wrinkle in Time
  • A Wind in the Door
  • A Swiftly Tilting Planet
  • The Little Prince
  • The Velveteen Rabbit

Befriend me on Goodreads to watch as I build my Shelf of Recommended Children’s Books.

(That’s right.  “Friend” isn’t a verb.  “Befriend” is a verb.  Feel free to ask me about other uses of the prefix “be-” in Early Modern English.)

February 4: The God of Our Understanding

10 AM with Rev. Patience Stoddard

A service of reflection, readings and song on the many faces and dimensions of God in our tradition.

Simultaneous children’s religious education

11:20 AM–New Visitors and Friends Chat in the Library 

This is an informal chat about Unitarian Universalism, theology, personal journeys, or this congregation’s history and future.  If you need child care, please email education@uucuv.org ahead of time.

January 28: Living with Dementia

10 AM with guest speakers Rev. Jane Dwinell and her husband Sky Yardley

“Living with Dementia” is a straightforward, first-person look at what it’s like to live with dementia. Rev. Jane Dwinell. retired UU minister, and her husband, Sky Yardley (diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2016 at age 66), share what their life is like now, and give hope for those who have or may have dementia. They live in Burlington, VT with their son, Sayer, and his partner, Emma, where they like to garden, play on the lake, engage in interesting board games, and take in a round of disc golf whenever possible. Hoping to help erase the stigma of this disease, Jane and Sky have a blog where they share their experiences: alzheimerscanyon.blogspot.com.

Simultaneous children’s religious education