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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.

Regular services at our Church were temporarily suspended due to the pandemic in mid-March of 2020.  However, we have held services during the summer in the courtyard garden, resumed services in the church sanctuary, and held two services in December. 

We will have a church service on Easter, April 4th at 10:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary.  We will follow the current covid-19 requirements from the Board of Health:  50% occupancy maximum, masks required. and no singing.  Rev. Inanna Arthen will lead the service and Cathy Tyng will play our historic grand organ.

Going forward, plans are for Rev. Arthen to lead a service twice a month through June. Dates of those services will be announced by the Easter service. Some spring services may be held outside in the Memorial Garden, depending on the weather of course.  We look forward to welcoming spring with you.
 

We joined with other churches across the nation to ring the church bells at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 19th to honor the 400,000 lost to covid-19 —  the thousands and thousands of our fellow residents – mothers and fathers, grandparents, sons, daughters, doctors, laborers, teachers, scientists, veterans, students, truck drivers – all swept away by a pandemic. 

We are postponing the Annual Meeting, probably until May when we could hold it outdoors.  Even though the church bylaws state that the Annual Meeting will be held in January, MA passed a law to allow non-profit annual meetings to be postponed until after the pandemic emergency. 

In the meantime, we will continue the budget at the same funding level, like a continuing resolution of the federal government. The church financial status is similar to last year. We have worked with a balanced cash flow, with overall expenditures as budgeted. Please email us if you want to discuss further.  Also budget related: please send in your pledge card if you haven’t already, and please continue to pay pledges during the pandemic closure.

Although we are being careful with gatherings of family and friends, we recognize that the human urge to share is very important to this season. 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