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.

 

April 22     “Five Things I Learned by Crashing My Bicycle Really Hard”         (Rabbi Amy Loewenthal)

Rabbi Amy Loewenthal  is the spiritual leader of Congregation Ahavas Achim since 2012, is a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Raised in New York City, she lived and worked as a math and science educator for many years in Olympia, WA before her rabbinical studies brought her to Philadelphia, Tel Aviv, and Jerusalem. She and her wife, Dale Rosenberg, a Jewish educator, enjoy the natural beauty of the Monadnock Region as well as its cultural offerings, including independent movies and great espresso. Rabbi Loewenthal and Dale are the proud owners of six bicycles.

 

May Day Celebration Returns to Keene May 5-6!     The annual May Day celebration held at the Keene Unitarian Universalist Church (KUUC) ended in 1961 after almost 9 continuous decades.   This year, KUUC has decided to rebirth this family-friendly event, complete with a plant sale, rummage sale and May Pole on Saturday and Sunday, May 5 & 6, on the church grounds at 69 Washington Street in Keene.  In case of rain, all activities will be moved inside.  BOX LUNCH SPECIAL ONLY $7!  Hummus, cheese and veggie sandwich on an egg-knot roll;  Fruit;  Chips;  Brownie;  Choice of coffee, tea, lemonade or tap water

On Saturday, May 5 from 9am-2pm, the Plant Sale will be held.  Annuals, indoor plants, shrubs and May baskets will be offered.  Simultaneously, a Rummage Sale will feature; gardening & yard equipment, summer clothes, many children’s clothes, linens, crafts, tools and hardware, nice luggage, housewares, books, pet supplies, art galore and more. There will be an opportunity to meet with local activist organizations who will be displaying their information and answering questions about ways to become involved.  Picnic lunches will also be for sale from 11:00am-1:00pm.

On Sunday, May 6 the day begins with Sunday service at 10am, led by Rev. Olivia Holmes.  Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets as picnic lunches will be available beginning at 11:15.  At 12:15 the May Queens will be introduced, and at 12:30 there will be May Pole Dancing which will be taught on site.  Finally, at 1:30 the Firebird Morris Dancers from Harrisville will perform.  https://www.facebook.com/firebirdmorris/

May Day celebrations at KUUC began in the 1860s, when the Ladies Sewing Society of KUUC first raised monies to create a home for the less fortunate.  The ladies bought a house on the corner of Beaver and Grant streets and opened to the public… “free to the destitute, moderate charges to those able to pay.”  In 1874 they incorporated as “The Invalids Home” and focused on elder care, thought to be the first such organization in the country.   Ten years later, the house at the corner of Court and Prospect Streets was purchased and the Invalids Home was renamed Prospect Place.  Funds raised by May Day activities provided the primary financial support for decades, a city-wide event that lasted 2-3 days each May.  In 2016, Prospect Place and the Woodward Home merged to become the Prospect-Woodward Home.

KUUC is committed to the inherent worth and dignity of every person; justice, equity and compassion; and the goal of a world community offering peace for all.   KUUC is is an open and affirming 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 the website, www.kuuc.org

          

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.

 

REMEMBERING KUUC 

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.