KUUC AMBASSADORS:  September and October

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.

Sept. 1 – Melinda Hildreth Honkala

Sept. 8 – Carol White

Sept. 15 – Deb McLay

Sept. 22 Gwyn Powers

Sept. 29 Carole Mills

Oct. 6 Carole Mills

Oct. 13 – Gwyn Powers

Oct. 20 – Deb McLay

Oct. 27 Carol White

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.


UU CHRISTIAN SCRIPTURES DISCUSSION GROUP TO MEET SEPTEMBER 3    —    The UU Christian Scriptures Discussion Group will hold its first meeting of the new “church Year” this coming Tuesday, September 3rd at 5:00 P.M. in the Alliance Room.  The theme of this month’s discussion is “God as Father.”

Join us for what is always a stimulating discussion on an significant theme. Transportation is available. Contact Carol Stamatakis at or 603-863-4920.

KUUC BOOK CLUB, SEPTEMBER 15   —   A new KUUC Book Club is starting up on September 15th right after we get our coffee/tea.  Please join Judy Wright, Carol Hill and Ruth Shepard to discuss our first book and to decide on administrative details – meeting dates, times and places; pot lucks(?); book choices, etc.  Our first book is The Second Mountain by David Brooks.  We are looking forward to some meaningful discussions.

DANCE CONNECTION, FALL SESSION BEGINS ON SEPTEMBER 18  —  Dance Connection is a time to move and be together in community.  No experience necessary, any age and ability welcome.  Fall Schedule:  Wednesdays 2-3pm, September 18, 25, October 2, 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20, December 4, 11, 18.  Location:  Parish Hall, No Fee, but donation for use of space gladly received.  Contact Carin Torp at (603) 357-7645 or

ENJOY OUTINGS WITH KUUC OUTDOORS  —  KUUC Outdoors provides opportunities to experience the interconnected web of life and enjoy being outdoors together. We endeavor to plan a variety of events for participants of all ages, ranging from low to moderate levels of challenge. Recent excursions have included Bonnyvale Environmental Center, Guilford, VT and the Swanzey Historical Museum & Covered Bridges.   All activities are led by volunteer members of KUUC and depart from the church. The schedule is weather dependent and subject to change. To receive email updates and information contact: Tom Julius (603) 357-4521,

                             Sept 28        Paddle/Walk                   8:30am     Source to Sea Cleanup, Ashuelot River, Keene/Swanzey

                             Oct 20         Hike Mt. Caesar              1pm             Swanzey

                             Oct 27         Partridge Berry Picking & Walk to Hurricane Brook          1pm             West Keene

                             Dec 7          Night Sky Observing        7pm             Keene Amateur Astronomers Observatory, Sullivan

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6:  ENERGY, WORK, WISDOM   —  Work Day & Worship

Save the date for faithful fellowship, growing in community, and wisely stewarding our resources.  We’re reviving the KUUC “Work as Worship” tradition this October, and inviting you to arrive early and stay late  around a thematic worship service. We’ll team up to button up our beloved building for the coming winter, attending to assorted tasks that should help us cut our fuel use (and our budget!), feel more comfortably draft-free, and live our 7th principle.  Watch for details to come, and know that in the spirit of inclusivity there will be general tasks or energetic conversation for those not up to clambering around with vacuums, caulking guns, etc.

ANNUAL RUMMAGE SALE  —  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12    Rain or Shine! NO EARLY BIRDS, PLEASE!      The annual Keene Unitarian Universalist Church rummage sale will be held on Saturday, October 12 from 8am-1pm, 69 Washington Street in Keene, NH.   In the event of rain, the sale will move from the front lawn to the parish hall.   This is a priced rummage sale. At 11am prices may be negotiated. A $3 bag sale will occur from Noon-1pm.  Items include antiques and collectibles, furniture and household goods, holiday items, craft and quilting, new and used books, movies, seasonal clothing, pet supplies, kitchen items/cookware, outdoor/sporting equipment, toys/children/baby items, furniture, jewelry and handbags.  Of special interest are three new Pendleton blankets, 64” x 80”, photo below.


Melinda Hildreth Honkala 

Deb McLay  

Vicki Keller  

Hazel Erdoben


UUA General Assembly 2020: Providence, RI

“General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. Anyone may attend; congregations must certify annually to send voting delegates.” –

General Assembly is held in a different location every year. In 2019 it was in Spokane, WA, BUT General Assembly is in Providence, RI    June 24-28, 2020!

According to the UUA website (see above), “Providence combines the best of a quaint New England town with the amenities and hip sophistication of a big city. Acclaimed restaurants, a vibrant arts and culture scene, and beautifully preserved historic architecture combine to make Providence a destination for inspiration.” I grew up in Providence’s suburbs and I agree, it’s a great little city, even more exciting and cosmopolitan than when I was hanging out there in the 80’s.

Look for updates and more information about GA in this year’s Messengers. Attending GA, even as a day trip, is a worthwhile experience, and one I hope you’ll consider adding to your 2020 wish list.



A recent University of New Hampshire poll found that over 80% of New Hampshire voters think that 2020 presidential candidates should discuss their views on nuclear weapons. We couldn’t agree more.

A lot of important issues are being addressed so far in the election: climate change, immigration, racial justice, gun control, health care. But we’re missing discussion on a major issue – nuclear weapons.

Why does it matter? Today, there are over 14,000 nuclear weapons on the planet—and the United States and Russia own 90 percent of them. We still have some crazy nuclear policies, like maintaining the right to start a nuclear war, and putting the sole authority to launch these deadly weapons in one person’s hands: the president. And while the federal government is currently planning to spend $1.5 trillion rebuilding our entire nuclear arsenal, younger voters will be the ones to inherit thousands of these deadly weapons, and to cover that cost with our tax dollars.

With stakes this high, every 2020 presidential candidate should have a strong position on these issues. This fall, students and activists across the country are calling on candidates to take a stand and tell us – the voters – what they plan to do to make us safe from nuclear war.

Join us September 19 at the Antioch campus (exact location TBA) at 6pm to make sure candidates are hearing what we have to say about nukes. Come have some free food, hear what the candidates are saying (or not saying) on this issue, and make your voice heard.


Our own Sarah Wilton is part of a group planning a public witness and social mobilization here in Keene as part of a global movement to break the log-jam on the world-wide Climate Change Crisis. On September 20th at 3 P.M. a number of public witness actions are expected so that we can mobilize the people and stop this emergency situation before it gets worse. For decades, governments have delayed taking real action on climate change initiatives, many have avoided telling the truth and leaders have ignored, called into question or outright denied scientific findings that strongly indicate the need for dramatic change in individual, national and international behavior and policy. Its time to bring the case to the people as our last, best hope.

If you wish to find out more about local efforts for the September actions, or help out in the effort contact Sarah at