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

Long-Haul People          ~ by UU Rev. Rudy Nemser, Shared by Rev Olivia

You find them in churches

when you’re lucky;

other places, too, though I mostly

only know ecclesiastical varieties.

 Long-haul people,

Upon whose shoulders

(and pocketbooks and casseroles

And daylight/nighttime hours)

a church is built and maintained

after the brass is tarnished and

cushions need re-stitching


they pay their pledges in full and on time

even when the music’s modern;

support each [stewardship] drive

though the sermons aren’t always short;

mow lawns and come to suppers;

teach Sunday school when

there’s no one else and they’ll miss the service.


Asked what they think of the minister,

or plans for the kitchen renovation,

or the choral anthem, or Christmas pageant

or color of the bathroom paint,

they’ll reply:  individuals and fashions

arrive and pass.

The church – their church – will be here, steady and hale,

For a long, long time.

It will.

For long-haul people bless a church

with a very special blessing.


Wonderful News From The Visioning Team:  We Have a New Mission Statement!!

After a year of hard work, organizing a Multi-Generational visioning process that would include the input the congregation, that would begin by identifying our congregational values and end with a new mission for our beloved KUUC—we have done it. The following is the new mission statement that we have created together:

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

We believe the above statement to be all that the congregation and Visioning Team had wished: it is succinct, action-oriented statement of how we expect to live our congregational values: Community—Compassion—Commitment. We will soon finalize language that bridges the new mission to our Unitarian Universalist principles and the congregational values upon which it is based.

At this time the Visioning Team would like to thank two members who were critical to this process and its happy resolution. Without the leadership of Lucius Parshall and Talu Robertson this important endeavor might never have gotten off the ground. We are so very grateful to them and to you.

Your Visioning Team — Rebecca Baldini, Susan Chamberlain, Mickey Cronin, Rev. Michael Hall and Melinda Hildreth HonkalA


KUUC = Mission x (Compassion, Community, Commitment and Vision)

The Keene Unitarian Universalist Church is equal to its Mission times its Values and Vision