MARCH – FROM THE UUA

What’s Happening in our UU Movement?    Submitted by Mary Heafy

Nurture Your UU Spirit and Build the World We Work to Become

The New England Region of our UUA offers outstanding workshops – some led by the staff, some led by nationally renowned presenters.  Gather a team of KUUC folk and participate.  It will nurture your spirit and provide real tools to advance the work of KUUC in building the world we are working to be. Click on the hyperlink or go to https://www.uua.org/new-england/workshops-webinars for more info on the latest offerings.  Disappointed that you missed a training?  All materials from trainings offered over the last 5 years can be found on the same website under Resources and Tools.

Saturday, March 9                 Integrated Stewardship that Engages All

Saturday, March 16                Growing Visitors into Members

Saturday, March 23               Focus on Family Ministry

Thursday, April 11 to Saturday, April 13   Renaissance Module: Worship

Saturday, May 18                    Mosaic Makers: Toward Vital Anti-Racist, Multicultural Ministries

Northern New England Spring Assembly and Meeting      April 5-6  at the Concord (NH) UU Church

 Nurturing our Connections – The Power of We

Registration for the annual assembly and meeting opens February 1.  Scholarships are available.  The meeting is April 5-6.  It begins on Friday with a concert by Reggie Harris – “Songs of Joy, Hope and Freedom” – music and stories from the historic Underground Railroad to the modern Civil Rights Movements.  Saturday’s theme is “Nurturing Connections – The Power of We”.  Participants will gain tools to bring back to our congregation and will participated in an interactive conversation with the Executive Vice President of our UUA Carey McDonald and new Director of Congregational Life Jessica York.  Be part of shaping the future of our UUA. The event is taking place in Concord, NH – an easy commute from Keene!

Save the Date – Registration Opens March 1!

General Assembly 2019 – Wednesday, June 19 to Sunday, June 23 – Spokane, Washington 

This is where our denomination lives out our democratic process and sets the future direction for the Association.  You can participate in person or virtually.  Be inspired.  Get connected.  We are stronger, together.

https://www.uua.org/calendars/uua/general-assembly-2019

Too Far?  Too expensive?  Too long?  No problem.  Anyone can stream many of the sessions.  KUUC can have delegates participate in person or online.  Anyone may attend congregations must certify annually to send voting delegates.  Sunday Worship is always inspiring.  Many congregations gather to participate in worship together live-streamed.  It could provide a summer worship for KUUC!

Did you miss a training offered by the New England Region of our UUA?

Find all the training materials including handouts right here https://www.uua.org/new-england/resources-tools.  Use the materials to start important conversations at KUUC!

 

 

 

   

MARCH- COMMITTEES, EVENTS, ACTIVITIES

Answering “The Call to Inclusion and Racial Justice”:   ‘Month of Sundays’ Announcement

ORGANIZATIONAL GATHERING FOR ‘MONTH OF SUNDAYS’ ON MARCH 10
Those people interested in being involved in Month of Sundays planning and programming will gather after the March 10th services from 11:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M. in Rev. Michael’s office. Those who wish to take part in the planning or programming of “Month of Sundays 2019: The Call to Inclusion and Racial Justice,” should plan to attend or contact Rev. Michael rev.michaelkuuc1824@gmail.com to stay in the loop.
On Sunday, March 17th, our seventh annual “Month of Sundays” will begin with a service entitled “Those Before Us.” People are asked to bring a photograph of a deceased relative or ancestor who taught you something important or to whom you compared by other family members. Please put the person’s name and a brief description of how you are related to them on the back of the photograph, or on a card attached to it.
Month of Sundays services this year are:
March 17:       “Those Before Us” celebrates the native people of this land and the terrible legacy of colonialism in America.
April 14:       “The Situation is Untenable”  America is often touted as “nation of immigrants.” On April 14th we will look at the current state of welcoming the “huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”
 May 12:           “Prisons of Our Making”   Prison reform, mission work in prisons and appropriate punishment for misdeeds have all been important issues in the history of American religion. Prisons are also places where racial, economic and political injustice plays out, moment to moment.
June 9:           “Liberation”  Making ‘Black Lives Matter’ doesn’t have to be the only place we go or the place that we stop—but it has to happen if we ever hope to be free of white supremacy.
Events for this month include a special Coffee Connection around the theme of becoming Allies to Native Americans. The Contemplative Community will work with the theme of “ancestors.” More to come! 

KUUC 2018 DIRECTORY HAS ARRIVED!  Thanks to Deb McLay for her monumental organizational efforts to make this a reality.    If you had your photo taken or submitted one, you will receive a directory at no charge.   Additional directories may be purchased for $5 each, with a minimum order from 10 people.  If you would like to purchase a directory or have questions about distribution, please contact Deb McLay at debmclay529@gmail.com.

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

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.

MARCH AMBASSADORS     March 3, Deborah McLay:   March 10, Carol White:  March 17, Andi Johnson:  March 24, Carole Mills:  March 31, Andi Johnson

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.


ACTIVITIES, EVENTS

DANCE CONNECTION – WEDNESDAYS, 2-3PM, Parish Hall    (No class March 6)  The Winter season of Dance Connection continues from January through March on Wednesdays from 2-3pm in Parish Hall!  No dance experience necessary, and no fee required.  Donations to cover the space gratefully accepted.  Need more information?  Contact Carin Torp at carintorp@yahoo.com or 603 357-7645 for information.
SLICE OF FELLOWSHIP — FRIDAY, MARCH 1        Slice of Fellowship is a monthly potluck dinner open to all members and friends of KUUC and is held on the first Friday of every month during the church year in the parish hall.  Wine and cheese are at 5:30 followed by dinner at 6:00 pm.  Hosts, Gerry and Jim Frederiksen, invite you to celebrate St. Patrick’sDay with a favorite dish. You are asked to bring a veggie, main dish or dessert.  Please bring your own dishes, flatware and napkins.  Call Betty Forrest 357-1534 or email mandbforrest@myfairpoint.net  with any questions.
LIBERAL CHRISTIAN SCRIPTURES DISCUSSION GROUP      The fellowship group will meet on Tuesday, March 5th at 5:00pm in the Alliance Room.   This group is for anyone inspired by the teachings of Jesus or who identifies with aspects of Christianity and would like to share their experiences, feelings and insights in a supportive environment, and support one another’s spiritual growth and understanding. This group is guided by our fourth UU principle (“a free and responsible search for truth and meaning”) and free of the doctrine or dogma that has often characterized traditional institutional Christianity. The group usually meets at 5:00 PM on the first Tuesday of every month.  For more information, please contact Carol Stamatakis at cstamatakis@outlook.com or 603-863-4920/ 603-398-5389.
COFFEE WITH THE MINISTER – Sunday, March 17, 11:30-12:30       “Coffee with the Minister” is a great way to learn more about Unitarian Universalism, the Keene Unitarian Universalist Church and ask any nagging questions you might have. Are you curious about our worship, want to know more about our lifespan Religious Exploration programs, our monthly community-building activities or the ongoing social action work of our members? Coffee with the Minister an opportunity to learn how to get involved, to meet new people, to laugh and learn together. Hosted be Rev. Michael and The Membership Committee.
THE COFFEE CONNECTION — MARCH 19, 8:30-10:30AM AT THE PUB IN KEENE
TOPIC:  “Allying with Native People”      The “Coffee Connection” will meet once again at The Pub, on March 19th from 8:30-10:30 A.M. We hope that you will plan join us as it is always a lively discussion, with Rev. Michael facilitating. This month our topic is “How do we become allies to Native American (or American Indian, Indigenous American or First Nation) People?”
In some areas of concern, Unitarian Universalists and Native People share similar views, on the need to protect and preserve the environment for instance, and the profound “respect for the interconnected web of all existence” and our place in the sacred circle. Yet, we know, there is this history of colonialism, with all the violence, bigotry and destruction. Where do we begin?
Perhaps we will share stories of Native People who we have known or share the history we learned about the local native nations where we came from. We could decide to plan a trip to the Kearsage Museum together or try to find ways to learn more about the common causes and commitments that UUs and American Indians share.
It could be the beginning of something big, a new journey OR it could be a great conversation over coffee in good company.  I hope to see you at the Pub on March 19th.
LUNCH BUNCH  —  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20    Senior Lunch Bunch is a monthly potluck luncheon open to all senior members and friends of KUUC, an opportunity to meet and socialize with peers.  We meet on the 3rd Wednesday at Noon, October through May in the parish hall. Please bring your own dishes, flatware and napkins.  Call Betty Forrest at 357-1534, or email mandbforrest@myfairpoint.net with questions.   Note:  During the winter months if local schools are cancelled due to weather conditions, Lunch Bunch will also be cancelled.
THE CONTEMPLATIVE COMMUNITY  —  MARCH 20, 7-8PM, KUUC Alliance Room   
THEME:  “Ancestors”    On Wednesday evening, March 20, 2019, the Contemplative Community will gather in the Alliance Room from 6-7 P.M.  The theme around which we will center our meditative time will be “ancestors.”  If you are able to attend, bring something that belonged to, or reminds you of one of your ancestors. We will create a sacred space for these objects rest while we deepen into the silence. There will also be time for you to reflect on your contemplative time with pen and paper, or through drawing.
Plan to join us and feel what a remarkable peace this small circle of people engenders. How much easier it is to try different contemplative traditions, and to actually meditate over an extended period, when there are others doing it with you.
“DOUBT” OPENS FRIDAY, MARCH 22 IN THE SANCTUARY!   
THE EDGE ENSEMBLE THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS DOUBT: A PARABLE  by John Patrick Shanley 
When a person in power says, “Believe me!” can you believe them? And when does the embrace of change become a cover for something more sinister? The Edge Ensemble Theatre Company will present John Patrick Shanley’s searing drama Doubt: A Parable on March 22-24 and 28-31 at the Keene Unitarian Universalist Church. The play was first staged off-Broadway in 2004, then moved to Broadway in 2005, and was later made into an Academy Award-nominated film starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Meryl Streep.
The Edge Ensemble’s production of Doubt, directed by Kim Dupuis, will be performed in the KUUC sanctuary!  The setting deepens the power of the play and enriches the exploration of its themes.  The church setting also evokes theatre’s medieval origins – the addition in the Mass of theatrical elements that eventually led to the Mystery and Miracle plays!  The cast comprises Catherine Behrens as Sister Aloysius Beauvier, Mark DiPietro as Father Flynn, Grace Johnson as the naïve Sister James, and Domonique Terrell as Mrs. Muller.
The play raises timely, and timeless, questions about belief, trust, the limits of power, and the protection of the young. When a very conservative, rigid disciplinarian nun confronts a progressive, popular and energetic priest, how do you decide where truth lies, and who truly is serving the best interests of children? The play explores these themes, in the process illustrating the elusive nature of truth and the fundamental uncertainty at the base of faith.
Opening night is Friday, March 22 at 7:30pm. Other performances are Saturday, March 23 at 7:30pm.; Sunday, March 24 at 4:00pm; Thursday through Saturday, March 28-30 at 7:30pm.; and Sunday, March 31 at 4:00pm. Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 for seniors and students.
For information or reservations, email TheEdgeEnsemble@aol.com; call 603-352-5657; visit The Edge Ensemble’s Facebook page and send a message; or send a message through the Edge’s website, www.EdgeEnsemble.org.

PLEASE NOTE:  The Sanctuary will be in use for rehearsals and performances beginning Sunday afternoon, March 10.

KUUC OUTDOORS –- TAKE A HIKE WITH US
Mar 24, 1PM           Walk at Dillant Hopkins Airport Woods, Swanzey
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.   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, tjulius54@gmail.com
“NEW UU” CLASS BEGINS MARCH 31 
Are you new to KUUC? Do you want to know more about Unitarian Universalist history theologies and structure beyond the local congregations? Have you ever wanted someone to help you understand what it means to be a Free Religion, use Congregational Polity, or become a Welcoming Congregation? Do you want to know how congregational decisions get made or to whom you should bring a question (or great idea)? Perhaps you really want to know how to join the congregation?
If so, sign up for the 3-part “New UU” class being facilitated by Rev. Michael in conjunction with the Membership Committee on March 31, April 7 and April 14 in the Alliance Room. The best way to be part of the class is to contact Rev. Michael rev.michaelkuuc1824@gmail.com or Deb McLay debmclay529@gmail.com by March 17. If you were in the October class, and wanted to “make up” a session that you missed, that’s fine just let us know so we can prepare enough coffee and snacks.
ONE-DAY RETREAT OFFERED BY BREATHE-HERE-NOW – SATURDAY, APRIL 6 FROM 10AM-6PM
A Relaxing and Regenerative Retreat Experience for Busy People Who Crave Meaningful Connection for Body, Mind, Heart & Spirit
At the Keene Unitarian Universalist Church, 69 Washington Street, Keene, NH
This one-day retreat will be led by Jeremy Youst and KUUC Member, Rachael Walter.  The cost is $95.00, with snack and drinks provided. Bring a bag lunch or visit a local eatery for our afternoon break.  For more information or to “Claim your Seat in the Circle” contact Rachael at rachael@breathe-here-now.com or call 603-313-9675 or visit www.breathe-here-now.com      This is not a KUUC sponsored event.
KUUC FERRY BEACH GET-A-WAY WEEKEND!   Friday, May 10, Saturday, May 11, Sunday, May 12
 The KUUC Ferry Beach Committee is excited that we have changed our annual Ferry Beach Get-A-Way weekend to May. Ferry Beach is a Conference Center on Saco Bay in Maine. During the Spring and Fall weekends, the facilities are rented by UU Church groups. For the second year, we will be sharing Ferry Beach with the Bedford, MA UU Church. We have rooms reserved in Rowland, Cross Cabin and two Metz Cabins.
Our weekend is a wonderful intergenerational gathering. Imagine long walks on the beach, conversations in rocking chairs on the porch, playing board games, singing, joining various activities or just solitary time. The accommodations are rustic, but the setting is majestic.
COSTS
Lodging: (for the weekend, 2 nights)
Rowland           $160/room (2 sets of bunk beds) (2 rooms w/ queen)
Cross Cabin      $240/room (queen bed, private bath)
Metz Cabin       $280/ cabin (living room with pull-out couch, bedroom full bed with twin bunk, bathroom, linen rental +$28)
Camping        Tent @ $56:  Trailer @ $64:  Large RV@$70
Food includes 4 meals provided by FBPA cook in the DeWolfe Dining Hall:  Sat. breakfast, lunch, dinner & Sun. breakfast
Adult          $60 (ages 13 years +)        Children     $40 (8-12 years)
 Registration and $100.00 deposit are due February 24, 2019 Full payment is due April 1, 2019.
 For further information visit the Ferry Beach table at Coffee Hour or contact Jim Peale or Carol McIntyre-Peale 357-7875 or at pealefamily@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KUUC COMMITTEE AND BOARD INFORMATION

GENERAL INFORMATION

Check the Calendar/ Schedule Meetings

Please contact Susan to inquire about scheduling a meeting at 352-1719

Church Office Hours:     The office is usually open from 9:30-5:00 on Monday, Thursday and Friday each week.  As usual, it’s a good idea to call or email first to make sure Susan is available if you need assistance.

COMMITTEE CONTACTS

Circle of Caring:  Betsy Zimmerli, Andi Johnson

Covenant Group Council: Carolyn Antrim

Investment:   John Bordenet

Membership: Melinda Hildreth-Honkala

Music:  Betty Forrest

Personnel:   Ruth Shepard

Religious Exploration:  Barbara Bryce

Senior Lunch Bunch:  Betty Forrest

Shawls of Love: Darcy Doyle

Slice of Fellowship:  Betty Forest

Social Action/Green Sanctuary: Ann Shedd

Stewardship: Carol Stamatakis

Ushers:  Jenn Wyman

Wayside Pulpit:  Vicki Keller

Worship:  Jenn Wyman

Property:  Bob Hill

Fundraising:   Open

Greens Sale:  Open

Welcoming Congregation: Open

2018-19 BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Carol White, President   carolwhite11@comcast.net   –   617-229-9463

Past-President

John Walter, President-Elect   jnwalterjr@gmail.com    –   358-3101

Andrea Ansevin-Allen, Treasurer  aansevin@yahoo.com   –  358-3701

John Lowry, Clerk   lowry63@ne.rr.com – 355-295

Deb McLay, debmclay529@gmail.com  499-6043

Ruth Shepard, ruthshep47@gmail.com  –  477-5694

Carol Stamatakis, cstamatakis@outlook.com  –   398-5389

Mickey Cronin, mfpepera@aol.com    –    256-6676

 

 

 

 

 

MARCH MESSAGE from STEWARDSHIP CHAIR, JOHN WALTER

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

 

MATCHING DONATION OPPORTUNITY THROUGH MARCH 15 ONLY!

As many of you heard at our Feb. 10 budget meeting, we have some unusual and challenging budget circumstances — and we need to close a $25,000 shortfall for the 2018-2019 budget year.

We all want to tackle the shortfall now. Happily, several anonymous members of the Congregation have offered to match new or increased pledges or donations to meet the shortfall — up to a total match of $12,500.

So, if you have not already pledged, your new pledge will be matched.

 If you have already pledged for this church year and will continue to do so at that level, any additional donation or pledge that you make for this year will also be matched.

This is a special one-time effort through March 15 only, so don’t delay – the “match” may sound a lot like NPR, but this will not be an annual event. New or additional pledges or donations dating to the Feb. 10 meeting are being matched as well.

Please enter the words “additional pledge” or “additional donation” to any checks written for this purpose.

John Walter, Stewardship Chair

 

 

                                                                                                                                             

 

 

   

 

April 2016 Events & Activities

Slice of Fellowship – Friday, April 1

Slice of Fellowship is a monthly potluck dinner open to all members and friends of KUUC. It is held on the first Friday of every month during the church year in the Parish Hall. The April theme is “Fool-o-ship” featuring fun foods and lots of opportunities for foolishness and fellowship, hosted by Susan Chamberlin and David Wilbur. “Whining” is at 5:30pm, and “Dining” is at 6:00 pm. You are asked to bring a veggie, main dish or dessert. We also ask that you bring your own dishes, flatware and napkins. (Wine glasses and coffee mugs will be supplied.)

Additionally, the announcement for this year’s Stewardship campaign will be shared.

FUNDRAISING CONCERT Sunday, APRIL 3 at 7 P.M.

Jim Peale has been inspired to bring a singer/songwriter to KUUC who will be familiar to some of you. For the last two years, Andrew McKnight has been the musician of the week at Ferry Beach for the Family and Friends conference. McNight hails from Virginia and his website is www.andrewmcnight.net. Tickets are $15, $10 for students and senior citizens. Mark your calendar now for this event to be held next Sunday, April 3rd in the Parish Hall!

Time to Sign Up for the Worship Workshop – Begins April 26!

Several people have already reserved their spot in Rev. Michael’s new workshop It’s More than a Sermon: Creating Quality Worship 2.0. There are still a few slots available but now is the time to secure yours. Workshop sessions are April 26, May 3, 10 and 17 from 7-9 P.M. and are limited to 10 participants so please contact Rev. Michael at rev.michaelkuuc1824@gmail.com  or by telephone (508) 821-6092 to sign up.

Dance Connection – Wednesdays, Through May 24

Dance to enhance your own inherent worth and dignity. Dance to feel part of the interconnected web of life. Just dance because. . . . All are welcome! We generally warm up with various dance techniques/styles, then have some free movement time and either structured or free closing time. Free of cost, with donations accepted to pay for use of the space. Classes are from 2-3P.M. For more information, contact Carin Torp at 357-7645. I hope to see you there.

Poetry Group – Wednesday, April 13

Join us each month on the second Wednesday at 5:30 P.M. in the library to read, or listen to, original, found and favorite poems.

 Lunch Bunch – Wednesday, April 20

Senior Lunch Bunch is a monthly potluck luncheon open to all senior members and friends of KUUC, an opportunity to meet and socialize with peers. We meet on the 3rd Wednesday at Noon, September through May in the parish hall. Please bring your own dishes, flatware and napkins. (Glasses and coffee mugs will be provided.) Susan Segal and Betty Forrest are hosts for this month. Call Betty Forrest at 357-1534, or email mandbforrest@myfairpoint.net with questions.

Community Breakfast Program Ends April 16

The 2015-2016 Community Breakfast Program has not been without its challenges, but the dedicated volunteer teams have persevered to serve a hot, substantial breakfast to guests each morning during the coldest part of the year. Six days a week from November 24, 2015 through April 16, 2016, adult and children alike will have been provided with nutritious food to begin their day. Somewhere between 30 and 40 guests attend the Community Breakfast program daily, making the total number of breakfasts we will have served by season’s end over 4000—more than double the meals we served last year. The dates of the program coincide with the provision of lodging offered at Hundred Nights Shelter.

Volunteers and financial support from the KUUC, United Church of Christ, Parish of the Holy Spirit (supported by Knights of Columbus Councils 819 & 5414) and St Margaret Mary Catholic Church sustained the collaborative program Monday – Saturday each week. Additional contributions were made by St. James Episcopal Church Thrift Shop and the Federated Church of Marlborough.

A chest freezer was donated to the program by Kathy Guenther in memory of her daughter, Bonnie White who has a cobblestone in the memorial garden, and a grant from C&S Wholesale Grocers provided 17 cases of food.

Final reporting will appear in the May Messenger. Thanks to our dedicated KUUC team captains: Carol and Bob Hill, who also took on the enormous task of weekly shopping; Bill and Sue Hay; D’Vorah and Bob Kelley.

Rummage Sale – May 28! Do you have too many Hangers?

We need hangers!!! Please take notice of the two newly designated “rummage drop spot here” signs, located in the area across from the ladies’ room door and the landing between the former R.E. space & the elevator.

As a community we have opportunity to exercise our “green” values while working towards budgetary needs.  I would encourage us all to consider creating a “drop spot” in our homes for the things that no longer serve.  We all have excess that can be better used elsewhere, so let’s redistribute and make a difference for our church, our homes, our community.  We will have pick-up options in the near future.

If you would like to be involved in sorting and pricing, contact Hazel Erdoben-Evans.   Thank you all for your participation!                                                              

Reverend Sue Phillips to Visit KUUC

Rev. Michael has been in discussions with our former minister, the Rev. Sue Phillips, to return to KUUC in the fall for a weekend visit. This much we know, Rev. Sue has agreed to join us for a weekend which will have her facilitating a workshop, leading worship and being our guest at a potluck in her honor, (where we will welcome members of other local UU congregations). We will need a group to help plan and run this special event.

If you are interested in being part in a task group being formed for this purpose please contact Spiritual Life Cluster Chair Rachael Walter at rachaelwalter@twc.com or (603) 357-2675

Month of Sundays to Return in October – Help Wanted!        

Several people have expressed their desire to make sure that “Month of Sundays” (MOS) doesn’t go away but happens again soon. Others have said that when the time comes to plan that huge event that we should count them in. A small group has already begun to think about what this year’s “Month of Sunday” would look like. Perhaps you want join us?

This year MOS will be in October and the theme will be “Journey to Joy.” We believe that the exploration of “Joy” through worship, spiritual practice, art, social action and community activities, will help us fuse the individual search and collective journey and see how joy, happiness and our lived religion meet and merge.

“Month of Sundays” may well be the best laboratory for shared ministry we have and an example of how the democratic process can bring life to more than just committee work and church government.

In the coming months we will be gathering your input on what you think should be included in MOS, and we may be asking you to help on particular aspects of planning and carrying out the program. We also need several of you to step up and be part of the Month of Sundays Steering Group. There is no need to audition for the Steering Group; we need all the help, wisdom, creativity and attention to detail that you can bring to the table.

In the coming weeks we will be getting together that Steering Team. Please think about joining us. It should be a work, but it is guaranteed to bring you joy!

For more details or to volunteer contact Mickey Cronin at (603) 852-2903 mfpepera@aol.com or Rev. Michael (508) 821-6092 rev.michaelkuuc1824@gmail.com

PFLAG Presents “A Self-Made Man” — Saturday, April 9

On April 9th, PFLAG Keene and Antioch College will be hosting a benefit screening of the film, “A Self-Made Man” by award winning documentary filmmaker Lori Petchers.

This feature length documentary takes a candid look at what it means to be transgender, told through an intimate portrait of trans youth advocate, Tony Ferraiolo. We watch Tony guide children as young as 8, and their parents, through the confusing journey of defining themselves, when their physical appearance conflicts with how they view themselves.

The benefit screening will be held at Keene High School. The doors open at 6pm. There will be a short meet and greet with Tony Ferraiolo before the screening at 7pm. After the screening we will have a Q & A where all the audience is welcome and encouraged to ask Tony questions. The event is free, but donations are greatly appreciated to benefit PFLAG New Hampshire and Antioch’s SERDS program, which has offered to purchase items for Keene High School’s Gay Straight Alliance.

For more information, please contact PFLAG Keene at pflagkeene@gmail.com or find us on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/PFLAG-Keene.

Board President Lucius Parshall – April 2016

SPEAK UP SO I CAN HEAR YOU!

The season is upon us once again. No, not that one. Our church is again entering the time when we are all asked to pledge to the church that has served us so well, so it will be there to serve those yet to come. Those congregants that have been paying attention over the last few years know how this works.  We put off pledging until the end of the campaign, then await the unveiling of next year’s budget that reflects every penny pledged—and not a cent more. Then we squirm and eventually rise to the occasion.

I’m proud of the financial restraint that our board has displayed over the course of this fiscal year, but our bricks and mortar are suffering. We were fortunate enough to avoid dipping into the reserve funds that the congregation allocated at our last general meeting, but we were also blessed with some very light heating expenses. Plans change, sometimes for the better.

Our congregation is getting older, so is our larger community. As America becomes more secular we watch the churches close around our community. I don’t think that Unitarian Universalists need to suffer this same fate. Peter Morales has made an eloquent case for us in his “A Religion for Our Time” video series (try that in your YouTube search window).

In the next year all of us will be asked to engage in creating a common vision that will carry the message of Unitarian Universalism into our local community. It is my fervent hope that this is not yet another exercise in wordsmithing, but a real communication of what we offer that sets us apart from dogmatic congregations. This vision is needed to lay the foundation for a new generation of congregants who will continue the work of making our liberal faith relevant.

I’m getting older, and I have a request. Will you please SPEAK UP SO I CAN HEAR YOU! I’m ready to increase my pledge by 5%, I’m ready to increase my involvement by 5% and I’m ready to work towards our common vision, 5% harder. That’s how it comes down, committing our time, treasure and talent to growing our congregation.  You may divide this pie differently, but in the end I’ll still be asking for 15% more. It’s what we owe to ourselves, and those who will follow.

Peace, Lucius

Reverend Michael’s Moment – April 2016

Bend down—and there it is: No need to wrest it from others. With the Way, in complete agreement— The mere touch of a hand is spring: The way we come upon blooming flowers, The way we see the year renew itself. What comes this way will stay…  —Ssu-k’ung T’u, (837-908), The Twenty-Four Orders of Poetry

Finally, it has arrived! One would think that such a mild winter as this would have been more patiently endured and easily gotten through—especially when compared to the ferocious cold and record snows of last year. For me that was decidedly not the case. With each tease of mild weather my heart soared and with the least suggestion of icy winter’s return it withered. I found that I was looking forward to, no longing for, the return of spring more than I ever have before. Maybe you felt that way too?

Why should this be? Who knows.

Perhaps such longing was the product of less light in the day. I know that many people lack concentration or are troubled by sadness and fatigue during the winter. Perhaps we felt compelled to stay inside and keep to the work at hand, winter’s shadows deepening the feelings of responsibility that come with maturity. For me, it may have been that the concerns of aging were finally creeping in, and with them wariness that under each fresh dusting of snow, hidden ice and a sudden fall waited. As the years pass, each turn of the wheel is more precious—as it should be—and witnessing the unveiling of another spring is not to be taken for granted.

In retrospect, I realize that I was simply impatient for the return of the lark and leaf—for the return of the spring in my step that comes with this season. I deeply missed playing toss on the lawn and listening to the muddy squish, swish-swish of my boots as I tramp around Goose Pond. I looked and looked for signs of budding, the reemergence of color, the return of the light and now, with April, I have my reward!

I won’t regret this impatience for spring, and neither should you. In this case impatience is simply a sign of health; of how much we love life, all life and the beautiful, cool, (never cruel), up-springing April.

However, I do want to extend this apology to winter: you are also lovely and not to be taken for granted. Enjoy your time away winter! We’ll see you again come December!

With Heart and in Hope,

Rev. Michael

March 2016 Events & Activities

Events, Activities, Updates & Other News

DANCE CONNECTION – Wednesdays, Beginning March 2-May 24 Dance to enhance your own inherent worth and dignity. Dance to feel part of the interconnected web of life. Just dance because. . . . All are welcome!  We generally warm up with various dance techniques/styles, then have some free movement time and either structured or free closing time.  Free of cost, with donations accepted to pay for use of the space.  Classes are from 2-3P.M. For more information, contact Carin Torp at 357-7645.  I hope to see you there.                                                   Peace, Carin

SLICE OF FELLOWSHIP – Friday, March 4          Slice of fellowship is a monthly potluck dinner open to all members and friends of KUUC. It is held on the first Friday of every month during the church year in the Parish Hall. Wine and cheese are at 5:30 and dinner at 6:00 pm. The March theme is Italian Cuisine hosted by Darcy Doyle, Carolyn Allen and Suzanne Morin. You are asked to bring a veggie, main dish or dessert. We ask that you bring your own dishes, flatware and napkins. (Wine glasses and coffee mugs will be supplied.) Please call Betty Forrest 357-1534 with any questions.

POETRY GROUP – Wednesday, March 9       Join us each month on the second Wednesday at 5:30 P.M. in the library to read, or listen to, original, found and favorite poems.

LUNCH BUNCH – Wednesday, March 16      Senior Lunch Bunch is a monthly potluck luncheon open to all senior members and friends of KUUC, an opportunity to meet and socialize with peers. We meet on the 3rd Wednesday at Noon, September through May in the parish hall. Please bring your own dishes, flatware and napkins. (Glasses and coffee mugs will be provided.) Betty and Mike Forrest are hosts for this month. Note: If school is canceled due to inclement weather, Lunch bunch is also canceled. Call Betty Forrest at 357-1534, or email mandbforrest@myfairpoint.net with questions.

FUNDRAISING CONCERT SUNDAY APRIL 3 at 7 P.M.      Jim Peale has been inspired to bring a singer/songwriter to KUUC who will be familiar to some of you. For the last two years, Andrew McNight has been the musician of the week at Ferry Beach for the Family and Friends conference. McNight hails from Virginia and his website is www.andrewmcnight.net. More details to follow, but mark your calendar now for this event to be held in the Parish Hall on Sunday, April 3!

WORSHIP WORKSHOP Begins April 26!     Have you always wanted to lead a worship service but weren’t sure where to begin? Do you feel there is a sermon within you yearning to break free? Have you led worship services before but are looking for an opportunity to hone your skills and learn more about the art and craft of worship development? Then you really want to take part in Rev. Michael’s workshop “It’s More Than a Sermon: Creating Quality Worship 2.0.”

For those of you who need to plan well in advance, the workshop will take place on the following Tuesday nights in the spring: April 26, May 3, 10 and 17 from 7-9 P.M. This class will be limited to 10 participants—if more than 10 people want to take the class we will offer a second section at another time.

FERRY BEACH Get-A-Way Weekend     May 20, 21, 22     The KUUC Ferry Beach Committee is excited that we have been able to change our annual Ferry Beach Get-A-Way weekend to May 20-22, 2016. Ferry Beach is a UU Conference Center on Saco Bay in Maine. During the Spring and Fall weekends, the facilities are rented by UU Church groups.

This year we will be sharing Ferry Beach with the Acton/Stowe UU Church. Our weekend is a wonderful intergenerational gathering. Imagine long walks on the beach or in the nearby State Forest, conversations in rocking chairs on the porch, playing board games, joining various activities or just solitary time. The accommodations are rustic, but the setting is majestic. Costs are below.

Lodging              $140/room for the weekend (sleep 1,2,3 or 4 people) or $32/weekend campsite

Cleaning fee      $10.00/ “family” unit

Meals                  Provided by Pangea Food Service in the DeWolfe Dining Hall. Four meals included: Saturday breakfast, lunch, dinner, Sunday breakfast.

Adult                  $48 (13 years+)

Child                    $32 (5 -12 years)

For registration forms and information visit the Ferry Beach table at coffee hour. The forms are also available in the KUUC office. Registration and full payment is due March 20, 2016. Contact Jim Peale or Carol McIntyre-Peale, 357-7875, pealefamily@gmail.com for all details.

RUMMAGE SALE!   We need hangers!!!  The next rummage sale is set to take place on May 28th. Please take notice of the two newly designated “rummage drop spot here” signs, located in the area across from the ladies room door and also on the landing between the former R.E. space & the elevator. If possible, please include hangers with your clothing donations.

As a community we have opportunity here to exercise our “green” values while working towards our budgetary needs.  I would encourage us all to consider creating a “drop spot” in our homes for all the things that no longer serve.  We all have excess that can be better used elsewhere, so let’s redistribute together and make a difference for our church, our homes, our community.  We will have pick-up options in the near future.   If you would like to be involved in the sorting and pricing process contact Hazel Erdoben-Evans.   Thank you all for your participation!                                

Board President Lucius Parshall — March 2016

A recurrent topic with the Board is in the interpretation of the KUUC vision. This has been reflected in the House Meetings, and will hopefully be further developed with help from the district level over the next few months. I cannot express enough gratitude towards Talu Robertson, who has joined the board to serve out the remainder of our Past Presidents term.  Rachael Walter has been plugging away with the Worship Cluster, and D’vorah Kelly can always use more help for several openings on the Fellowship Cluster. Susan Chamberlain has agreed to coordinate the fundraising events that many of you are involved in. Feel free to discuss any fundraising ideas with Susan.

Thank you to all committee heads that have submitted their budgets to John Lowry. He is already well-underway in creating next year’s budget.  Mark Meess and the building committee has been developing a solar panel project that would further lessen our carbon footprint. It seems that several projects are underway, including plans for the space in the R.E. Wing. Take a moment and share your thoughts on these initiatives, or anything else concerning our common vision, via phone, email, and I’m usually around on Sunday mornings.

Peace, Lucius