Welcome! The people of KUUC are committed to actively creating compassionate community and working for a fair and peaceful world.

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WORSHIP SERVICES are held at 10AM.  RELIGIOUS EXPLORATION SERVICES are held simultaneously for your children.  Childcare available in our nursery.  Handicapped accessible parking and entrance is located at the Taylor Street door.

IN UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM, you can bring your whole self:  your full identity, your questioning mind, your expansive heart.  

Our Seven Principles Support the Free and Responsible Search for Truth and Meaning.

For more information, http://www.uua.org/beliefs/what-we-believe

1st Principle: The inherent worth and dignity of every person;

2nd Principle: Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;

3rd Principle: Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;

4th Principle: A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;

5th Principle: The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;

6th Principle: The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;

7th Principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.


KUUC is committed to supporting our students, Parkland High students and survivors… and for safe and responsible gun initiatives.

The Keene Unitarian Universalist Church (KUUC) is committed to supporting the March 24 Student-led March for Our Lives rally being held in Central Square to honor the Stoneman Douglas High School students who were slain, and who survived the tragic shooting in their school in Parkland, FL.   When our church members knew the Rally was being organized by a Keene High School student,  Hannah Landry, age 16, we knew we had to stand with her, and invite others to join us in support of our students and the Parkland HS students; all students, in fact.  Ask yourself this question:  Who will support them if we do not?

Here’s how you can participate with us.  On Friday, March 23 there will be sign-making in the Parish Hall from 5-9pm.  Some materials will be provided but attendees are encouraged to bring their own.  Trade ideas on what your signs should say.

On Saturday, March 24, the church will be open from 9:30 to at least 1pm; later if appropriate.  KUUC members will be there to welcome folk and show them where they can pray, get coffee or soup or just warm up, and find the bathrooms.

KUUC members will gather at the church at 9:30 to organize as a group before heading to Central Square for 10am.  Others are welcome to join them.   KUUC is just a few blocks from Central Square, located at 69 Washington Street.

KUUC is committed to the inherent worth and dignity of every person; to justice, equity and compassion; and to the goal of a world community offering peace for all.   KUUC is a welcoming congregation as well as a green sanctuary.  For more info contact the Keene UU Church at 603-352-1719, email office@kuuc.org or visit our website, www.kuuc.org

March 25:    “Thoughts of a Unitarian on Palm Sunday”    (Rev. Sandra Whippie)     A Unitarian point of view about Palm Sunday.  Perhaps a small protest march to take a stand.

Rev. Sandra Whippie is a lifelong educator in public schools, both as a teacher and an administrator.  She was a member of the Walpole Unitarian Church when she stepped from the congregation to be ordained by her church and served as their minister for seven years.  Upon retiring (again), they have honored her with the title Minister Emerita and she occasionally is invited to speak in area churches as Guest Minister.  Rev. Whippie now lives in Keene.  Her husband has passed away, but she keeps very busy with her two daughters and their spouses, four adult grandchildren and their spouses, and is expecting her seventh great-grandchild in April!  She also serves as Chair of the Monadnock Interfaith Project, dabbles in photography and painting, and enjoys her many friends.


A Prayer of Grief and Hope for Parkland, by Rev. Olivia Holmes

     Too many have died, o spirit of life, too many children, too many adults devoted to teaching, coaching, and caring for our children. Let us grieve, and let us pray.
On Wednesday, Valentine’s day, 14 more children and 3 more caring adults died in the senseless violent attack of Nikolas Cruz, just 19 himself. Nikolas is not much more than a child himself, expelled from school after both his adopted father and adopted mother had died; a troubled young man struggling with life on his own. Let us grieve, and let us pray.
How many must die? Since the Sandy Hook killings in 2012, over 400 children and adults have been shot in over 200 school shootings. What does it take to stop school shootings? What must we do? Let us grieve, and let us pray.
Let us grieve and let us pray for the 14 students and 3 caring adults who died on Wednesday at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Let us speak their names, softly, to ourselves, and join our grief with the grief of their families, their friends, their schoolmates.

Scott Beigel, 35, teacher
Aaron Feis, assistant football coach who looked out for troubled kids
Alyssa Alhadeff, 14, soccer player
Martin Duque Anguiano, 14, freshman, funny and sweet
Nicholas Dworet, 17, swimmer headed for college
Jaime Guttenberg, 14, dancer, caring friend to her special needs cousin
Christopher Hixon, 49, athletic director and great coach
Luke Hoyer, 15, basketball player with a huge heart
Cara Loughran, 14, excellent student who loved the beach
Gina Montalto, 14, school winter color guard team, a beautiful soul
Joaquin Oliver, “Guac,” 17, basketball player who loved to write poetry
Alaina Petty, 14, member of the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, and selfless church volunteer
Meadow Pollack, 18, smart, beautiful and caring; headed for college in 2018
Helena Ramsay, 17, smart and thoughtful, bringing out the best in everyone
Alex Schachter, 14, a sweetheart and trombone player in the school marching band
Carmen Schentrup, 16, a 2018 National Merit Scholarship semifinalist
Peter Wang, 15, member of the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, a good friend to everyone

Let us grieve for the future 14 bright, loving, talented teenagers will never get to live.
Let us grieve for the 3 adults who lost their lives trying to protect those children.
Let us grieve for all the loved ones left behind; their loss is inconsolable.
Let us grieve for all those in this country who are afraid for their children. They worry when and where
this will happen again; for unless we do something, it will happen again.
Let us grieve. Too many children have died. Too many caring adults – teachers, mentors, coaches, have died.
Let us grieve, and let us pray, together, that we might play some part, however small, however local, to make our church and our world safe for all our children; for all our children and for all.
In faith in our faith and in us to be healers in a broken and hurting world.



Many of us are at that time of life when we are beginning to make our will and plan our estate. Have you ever thought of leaving a gift for KUUC? It’s really a simple process. Contact Susan with any questions that you have or for samples of language you can use to make certain the terms are as you would like them to be.