President’s Welcome

“Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving. It doesn’t matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair. Come, even if you have broken your vows a thousand times.

Come, yet again, come, come.”  ― Jalaluddin Rumi

Welcome!

We are so glad you found our website and we hope that you find your way to our building in Norwich, VT as well.    We are a vibrant and growing congregation with a beautiful Meeting House and Sanctuary that we built in 2015. 

Like me, you may not have been raised in the Unitarian Universalist faith or even known there was such a thing.  We may have come from other faith traditions whose doctrine has caused us some discomfort to downright disavowing our very existence because of who we love or who we are.  I hope, like me, you can lay that burden down.  There is no strict doctrine or creed that you must adhere to here. 

Our UU seven principles and six faith sources provide us with a foundation for being together as we explore questions of faith, morality, equality, and justice.  It is a way of being in the world with an open mind, a loving heart, and helping hands.   We hope that as you learn more about the UU tradition, you will find a spiritual home in our faith and that, as you learn more about the UUCUV, you will find a home in our congregation.

Being part of our faith community is a special experience. We provide a place to receive comfort as well as provide comfort.  We express joy and celebrate with each other and hold each other’s sorrows and pain.  It is the striving together to be in right relations that makes our faith so rewarding and the most challenging.   We work to create a beloved community where we listen deeply and speak from our heart. 

We know we still have work to do.  One area where we hope to do more is in social justice.  At the UUCUV we struggle with how to connect as a congregation with the social justice issues facing our area, our faith, and our country.  We want to join other faith communities to Stand on the Side of Love against the racial inequality and discrimination our neighbors are facing and work within our own UUA to address the exclusion (intended or unintended) of people of color within our own faith history.  We hope that you will join our struggle and help us put our values into actions.

Finally, I want you to know that you are visiting us at a major crossroads for our church.  Several years ago we hired a 3/4 time minister to help lead the congregation though a major period of change.  Now that we have a beautiful new sanctuary, growing membership, and a thriving community, our beloved minister is retiring and we are ready to seek a full-time minister.  If you wish to hear more about our search and be a part of our recreation and new direction, we welcome your questions, your energy and your ideas.

We hope to see you in Norwich soon. 

“…. May all who seek here, find a kindly word.  May all who speak here, feel they have been heard.”   – From “Here We Have Gathered” Words: © Alicia S. Carpenter 1979

With gratitude, Lori Fortini, President of the UUCUV Board of Directors 2017-2018