UUA DUES ARE DUE!  –  If you haven’t already, please send a check for the UUA Dues ($79) that our congregation pays for receiving services and the UUA magazine.  If you are unable to afford the full $79, a smaller contribution will still be welcome.  Checks should be written out to KUUC but note UUA Dues in the memo line.  We will be sending the UUA Dues check in for June 30, so donations either at service or in the mail are welcome.

Our congregation budgets for our UUA Dues by paying what people donate for the UUA Dues, which means we rarely meet our Fair Share.  Please help us get closer to that amount so we are contributing our part to support the organization that supports us as a UU congregation.

ALTAR DECORATIONS – REVIVING A TRADITION     The Worship Committee would like to revive the longstanding tradition at KUUC of congregants providing Altar Decorations on Sunday mornings.  An Altar Decoration can be a flower arrangement, a seasonal display, artwork, or creative expression of your choosing.  It may be made in honor of or in memory of someone in your life or an event to commemorate.  It may be something just for fun and creativity.  If this is something that you would like to do please sign up on the board near the door of the Parish Hall and provide any information if you would like the altar decoration to be dedicated to someone or something.  On the day that you designate, please have the altar decoration in place by 9:30 Sunday morning.  Call 357-2675.  Rachael Walter   rachaelwalter@twc.com

COFFEE HOUR NEEDS YOUR ATTENTION    Welcome back to a new church year!  This year, I will continue to come in to make the coffee each Sunday, and again, refreshments will be potluck.  As I strive to keep the kitchen appropriately stocked, please let me know if you have a favorite tea you would like to have available, or a particular sweetener.  And please consider bringing some healthy treat in for refreshments for everyone, such as pretzels, or cheese slices.  If everyone contributes something once a month, we will have a nice array to fuel our bodies for conversation and catching up with friends.

KUUC AMBASSADORS  One of the ways that we make certain that newcomers to KUUC feel welcome and have their questions answered is through our “Ambassadors” program. Ambassadors are individuals who have volunteered to be the first point of contact for people who are new to our church or to Unitarian Universalism.   Before each Sunday service, the Ambassador of the day will be introduced and asked to stand so our visitors know who they can talk to about KUUC. It is important to remember, however, that in some sense all members are Ambassadors so don’t be afraid to introduce yourself to someone you don’t recognize. If you are interested in becoming an Ambassador add your name to the sign-up sheet by the door to the Parish Hall.      May 6 – D’Vorah Kelley;  May 13 – Jim Frederiksen;  May 20 – Carole Mills;  May 27 – Deb McLay   

ON THE INTERNET If you are new to KUUC, please feel free to join us in the Private Facebook Group, Keene UU Church.    Simply click here:  and ask to join.  We will need to be able to recognize you as a friend or member.   In that this is a private group, please remember: you may not share the pictures in the group unless they are your own.  Sometimes there are photos of children whose parents may or may not want their child’s picture shared, as well as church members/friends.

COMMUNITY BREAKFAST UPDATE FROM BOB AND CAROL HILL     Our average attendance remains mostly male, but we have noticed an increased number of women and children.  We serve between 40-50 folks daily and are dealing with fewer issues around rule-breaking this year. There is a generally more appreciative response from the people we serve, like… You guys are amazing.”   Thank you all so much.”  This is the best breakfast in Keene.”

We have also noticed more support from the community and our church groups.  This is allowing us to offer a more substantial menu.  On a regular basis we provide:  scrambled eggs, home fries, sausage, ham, pancakes or French toast, oatmeal , juice, coffee in addition to cold cereal and toast. Supplemental fresh fruit is often available.    This is a plate of heaven.”

Crew members have grown in number and experience. We now include a hall monitor/greeter on most teams.  Crews are more aware of safe food handling and doing a better clean up.   Some feedback from helpers includes…    There is something special about doing this.”  This has changed me.”  “This is one of the best things I do.”

The rewards definitely outweigh the hassle of getting up early and working very hard for 3 hours!!


POETRY GROUP – MONDAY, JUNE 25  –  The Poetry Group  is encouraging new members to join us in an outdoor space with refreshments to celebrate summer.  All you need is an interest and appreciation for poetry.   We will meet at 557 Washington Street, Keene in the back yard by Beaver Brook.  Refreshments will be served. This will be an excellent time to introduce new friends to the group!

SLICE & LUNCH BUNCH RETURN IN THE FALL – Your two favorite monthly KUUC events will take a break in June, and return in September!  Please note your calendars.

KUUC OUTDOORS UPCOMING EVENTS    – For KUUC Outdoors information contact Tom Julius, 603-357-4521, tjulius54@gmail.com    

May 19    Perkin Observatory, Dublin                                                                                                                                          May 25 Keene Astronomers Club Observatory, Sullivan
June 16 Pack Monadnock Hike, Temple
July 8 Willard Pond Paddle/hike/swim, Hancock
Aug 5 Pitcher Mtn Berrying, Stoddard
Sept 8 Andres Institute of Art Walk, Brookline
Sep 29 Source to Sea River Cleanup, Keene
Oct 14 High Blue Hike, Walpole


A Discussion with Rev. Olivia Holmes

On Tuesday, June 12, Rev. Olivia will host a discussion focused on planning for what happens after we die. So often people don’t take the time to think this through, leaving survivors/heirs to make hard decisions about memorial service and what happens to your remains when under crisis. You can give your family and friends a gift by making decisions and communicating them ahead of time.

Rev. Olivia says, “in my 30 years of ministry, what troubles me deeply, time, and time again, is that families do not respect the wishes of the deceased; most often because the only person who knows what they might want is their minister, and nothing is written down.  What kind of a memorial service do you want?  What do you really want done with your earthly remains?

These are difficult questions for many of us to answer, but if you don’t plan for and write down and share with your loved ones what you want done, someone else will, and their ideas may not be what you would really like.”

If you have questions, feel free to contact Rev. Olivia or Dottie Bauer at dottiebauer@gmail.com


MAY DAY WRAP-UP – Last month we made our first attempt to OWN May Day in the Keene Community once again.  How did we do?  We had over 40 KUUC members volunteering for the event.  We offered an option for members who could not participate to donate funds for ingredients for prepared lunches, which increased participation.   We established an EVENT that was not just a fundraiser, but included celebrations of life and joy as well as free performances for the community, inviting the public into our space once again.  The event was also designed to let the public know that we support activism through our own work and through local activist organizations.  We had 14 activist tables!

We raised $2606, bringing our fundraising goals for the year to a successful conclusion.  And lastly, the event was intended to continue and enlarge our brand of community support and social action using our Rainbow border on posters and the signs announcing our Principles.  Please put the 2019 May Day Event on your calendar for next April and May, so that we can continue our community work.


The Mariposa Museum is now showing “Conscience of the Human Spirit”, an exhibit of 51 quilts by African-American quilters who honor the legacy of Nelson Mandela.  The quilts touch on many themes central to a life of faith:  justice, forgiveness, courage and peace.  As the curators write: “Mandela provided a moral compass for how we treat each other, how we lead our own lives, and how we need to continue to strive for a just, fair, non-racial, and democratic society.  This remarkable man touched individual lives, changed a nation, and literally served as the conscience of the human spirit for individuals around the world.”

“Conscience of the Human Spirit” is at Mariposa through Sunday, July 1, at 26 Main Street in Peterborough, NH.  Admission is $8, $6 for seniors or groups of 5 or more.  Groups also receive a 10% discount in the gift shop.  The museum is open Tuesday – Sunday from 11 to 5.  We can open by appointment on Monday: please call 924-4555 or email Tina Thaing at tina@mariposamuseum.org .  You can see a very short video about these beautiful quilts at www.mariposamuseum.org