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Welcome to our community.  Answering the call to love and justice from this small town in Central Massachusetts, we gather for worship, programs, community events, and more. Our church embraces the universal dignity of mankind, freedom of belief, and the creation of a just and sustainable world.  Membership in the congregation is open to all.

Church Services – As we start the new church year this September, our plans are for Rev. Arthen to lead a service twice a month. Upcoming services are in the Sanctuary at 10:30.  Services are held with music but no singing.  Enjoy the sounds of organ or guitar in the peaceful setting of the Sanctuary, thanks to the talents of Catherine Tyng and Marc Erwin.

During a service, everyone is required to wear a mask and you must be seated at least 6 feet away from any other attendee who is not your family member. The current Health Department guidance limits the number of people in the Sanctuary to 21 based on square footage.  Still no coffee hour gathering post service, but we plan to have cookies and iced tea or something similar as we exit through the vestibule.

9/12      Reverend Arthen – Water Ceremony – Bring water from your travels or summer experiences
9/19       Bill Corey – The Making of a Rebel – Daniel Shays
 9/26       Rev Arthen
10/3        Nancy Hellen – How Burlington UU is incorporating the 8th Principle (Text below)
 
10/10      Rev Arthen
 
10/17     Jenn Albertine – Nipmuc, Colonialists, Residents and Land Back (title may change)
 
10/24     Rini Kilcoyne – Peace and an End to Forever Wars (title may change)
10/31      Rev Arthen
11/7        Eowyn Ahlstrom
11/14      Rev Arthen
11/ 21    Interfaith Thanksgiving – Rev Arthen
11/28     Iva Kazda – My Life in Newfoundland
12/5       Robert Rocheleau – The Universe Mother Spirit
12/12      Rev Arthen
12/19      Sharing of holiday traditions and memories 
*12/24     Rev Arthen – Christmas Eve – *4 PM*
12/26     Discussion: personal dreams, challenges and inspirations in making a better world
Proposed 8th Principle:

 “We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.”

Although we are being careful with gatherings of family and friends, we recognize that the human urge to share is very important. So please take a moment to learn about the services we have held in the past year.  And visit our Community Events page for an opportunity to share our individual good fortune with others.
Christmas Eve on the Lawn

Christmas Eve on the Lawn

During the continuing hiatus, we ask that if you cannot gather in person you join in virtual togetherness at 10:30 every Sunday morning to do whatever helps feed your spirit of community:   meditate, sing, pray, hike, dance and stomp, walk the dog, pet the cat.  Whatever slows the mind and soothes the soul.  Please reach out if you are in need of someone to run an errand, offer an ear to listen to a worried or angry vent, or a wave and check in.  Here is our Covenant: Our church shall be a fellowship of free minds, dedicated to the unending search for truth and to a quest for religious and ethical values.  Acknowledging our debt to the Judeo-Christian tradition, we unite in worship and in service to promote the universal dignity of each person, respect for freedom of belief, and the building of a better community and world according to the seven principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

You can learn more about our community, our worship, calendar of servicesleadership, and history.  Please visit us on Sundays or contact us with questions, comments, or interest in using one of our properties for your own social event.

Church in the Ice Storm, credit Mimi Jones