KUUC GENERAL INFORMATION

GENERAL INFORMATION

Check the Calendar/ Schedule Meetings

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

Sabbatical Minister:  Rev. Olivia Holmes, uurevoh@gmail.com

Rev Michael’s Office:  Will return from sabbatical July 1, 2018.

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:  Martha Bauman, Betsy Zimmerli, Andi Johnson

Covenant Group Council: Carolyn Antrim

Investment:   John Bordenet

Membership: Melinda Hildreth-Honkala

Music: Matt Aversa

Personnel:   Carolyn Antrim

Religious Exploration:  Barbara Bryce

Senior Lunch Bunch:  Betty Forrest

Shawls of Love: Darcy Doyle

Slice of Fellowship:  Betty Forest

Social Action/Green Sanctuary: Nancy Brigham, Ann Shedd

Stewardship: Carol Stamatakis

Ushers:  Rachael Walter

Wayside Pulpit:  Vicki Keller

Worship:  Rachael Walter

Property:  Open, contact Bob Hill

Fundraising:   Open

Greens Sale:  Open

Welcoming Congregation: Open

2017-18 BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Anne Branzell-Spiegler, President   annebranzell@gmail.com – 499-2858

Carol Stamatakis, Past President   cstamatakis@outlook.com – 863-4920

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

Andrea Ansevin-Allen, Treasurer   aansevin@yahoo.com

John Lowry, Clerk   lowry63@ne.rr.com – 355-2958

Bob Hill, HCBHill@ne.rr.com  –  903-0197

Deb McLay, debmclay529@gmail.com –  499-6043

Tim Robertson, timothyrbrtsn2@gmail.com352-7006

Judy Saunders, segwyne@gmail.com  – 835-2360

 

 

NNED ANNUAL MEETING – DISMANTLING WHITE SUPREMACY AND BUILDING LIBERATION AS UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISTS

The Northern New England District Spring Assembly and Annual Meeting  –  April 13-14, 2018  .  Nashua, NH

DISMANTLING WHITE SUPREMACY AND BUILDING LIBERATION AS UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISTS

REGISTRATION CLOSES:  APRIL 4, 2018

Join fellow UUs from around the Northern New England District for inspiring worship, a thought-provoking program led by Aisha Hauser (Creator of the White Supremacy Teach-in) and Liz Loeb (Lawyer and activist), time to connect with one another, and our annual business meeting! People of all ages are invited to attend. Youth (ages 14-18) are welcome to be a part of our regular programming. Children (ages 2-13) will have their own fun programming for the day.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Please join us as we learn to more deeply understand our own biases and the biases that continue to shape our faith institutions. In a supportive and thoughtful environment, we will work together to ask how we might better practice our faith by moving towards collective liberation and shared interdependence, and more clearly recognize and resist structures that seek to center an oppressive status quo. Expect to deepen your understanding, build new relationships, and question your assumptions throughout a lively day of large group work, interactive activities, small group engagement, personal reflection, and spiritual muscle.   https://www.facebook.com/NNEDUUA/

Pre-registration required:  For more info or to register, go to:  https://nnedspringassembly-annualmeeting2018.eventbrite.com/

REGISTRATION FEE:

  • Adult (over 18) $85
  • Youth (14-18) $25
  • Child (2-13) $15

While we know that not all individuals are in a position to pay these fees, since the learning is on behalf of the congregation, we hope that congregations will select and financially support participants who come.  However, if these fees are prohibitive even to the congregation, please contact us via email NNEDAdmin@comcast.net   

FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION ON THE DAY’S EVENTS, INCLUDING SPEAKERS AND SCHEDULE, CLICK THE LINK BELOW!  (Wait a moment for the file to load.)

2018 DISTRICT MEETING DETAILS

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Dear KUUC Friends,

Here are what I think are the most powerful, inspiring, or interesting ways you could enrich your experience of Unitarian Universalism over the next few months: 

  1. Excellent programming on April 13 and 14 at the Northern New England Soring Assembly, at the Nashua church. Children (ages 2-13) will have their own fun programming for the day, led by Laura Evonne Steinman, http://www.handinhandarts.com/

Reggie Harris and Greg Greenway lead worship Friday night, Paul Sawyer and Leon Dunkley lead worship on Saturday.  Aisha Hauser and Liz Loeb lead the keynote address and workshops on Saturday.  Each pair of leaders is inter-racial and has much to inspire and teach us from their life experience and through their music in worship.

Friday night the NNED Board will explain why they think we should dissolve the Northern New England District, how they will engage congregations in this critical conversation, and what we could decide to do with our $4,000,000 in invested funds should we decide to dissolve the district.

Registration Friday night alone is $20, and also includes a wine, beer, soft drinks and munchies reception.  The whole event is $85.  Scholarship funds are available from the District and KUUC has some funds to contribute as well.  If you are interested in learning more, sign up on the sign-up sheet in Parish a Hall during Coffee Hour or email Susan of your interest, and we’ll get you more information.

  1. Free UUA webinar on “Growing Racial and Cultural Equity,” Thursday, April 19, 7:00 to 8:30pm.  It’s free, but you do need to register.  For more info, sign up on the sheet in Parish Hall, or email Susan of your interest.
  2.  “Claiming Your Spiritual Leadership,” Saturday, May 12, 10:00 – 2:30, $15 each if 5 or more go; $25 each if fewer.  This is designed for lay leaders and staff who want to grow spiritually while fulfilling the mission of our church.  Again, sign up if you’re interested, or email Susan, and we’ll get you more information.

For a while our Regional Staff were preoccupied with many important transitions within the UUA.  They’re on top of that now and are back to working hard to help us grow in ways that touch our souls and grow our faith.  Join me on the journey.

In faith in us and in our faith, Olivia

 

 

 

 

 

 

APRIL 2018 – COMMITTEES, EVENTS, ACTIVITIES

EVENTS  –  March for Our Lives – March 24

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

I am so proud of our church!!!  The efforts this weekend, with many people involved, make our mission alive and real:  We were “actively creating compassionate community,” and our signs and our voices left no doubt that we are actively involved in “working for a fair and peaceful world!”

Friday night, March 23, many from KUUC attended the sign making party in the Parish Hall, joining folks from MPA and the greater Keene community- from young to old.  We made so many signs!!! Extras were taken to the rally and given out on Saturday morning.  We talked about it being one way to build community.

Saturday morning a group from KUUC gathered and then walked together to Central Square, many of us wearing the bright yellow “Side of Love” sweatshirts (we certainly could be seen!). Then we gathered back at KUUC for soup, bread, coffee and desserts.  There were also members of the community that joined us, and they thanked us for having the church open.

So a huge thank you to everyone who helped make signs, donated food, marched, kept the church open, and cleaned up and locked up.  It was a wonderful team effort!

NoteDid you spot the four members of KUUC who were on the front page of the Keene Sentinel?           Gratefully, D’Vorah Kelley 

COMMITTEES AND GROUPS   

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.     April 1,  Jim Frederiksen:  April 8,  Andi Johnson:  April 15, Carol White:   April 22, Deb McLay:   April 29, 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.

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!!


ACTIVITIES

POETRY GROUP MOVES TO A NEW DAY  –  Join us on the fourth Monday at 7PM in the church library.  Please bring poems to read and discuss as well.  Plan on leaving a copy of each poem to add to our archive.

DANCE CONNECTION WITH CARIN TORP  – Wednesdays at 2pm in the Parish Hall.  No experience necessary!     Carin 357-7645

LIBERAL CHRISTIAN DISCUSSION GROUP– 1st Tuesday – APRIL 3, 5PM          Jesus’ Last Week

Our group will next meet on Tuesday, April 3rd at 5:00 PM in the Alliance Room.  We will be reflecting on scriptures relating to Jesus’ last week.  All are welcome. This group is an opportunity for people inspired by the teachings of Jesus or who identify with aspects of Christianity and would like to share their experiences, feelings and insights in a supportive environment, and support each other’s spiritual growth and understanding.  This group is guided by our fourth principle (“a free and responsible search for truth and meaning”) and free of the doctrine or dogma that has often characterized traditional institutional Christianity.   This group meets monthly, on the first Tuesday of the month at 5:00pm.   If you would like to learn more, please contact Carol Stamatakis at cstamatakis@outlook.com or 603-863-4920/ 603-398-5389.

MEDICARE FOR ALL FORUM –  APRIL 4, 6-9PM  – KEENE STATE COLLEGE     The Health Care Working Group of the Monadnock Progressive Alliance (MPA) is presenting a “Medicare for All” Forum on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Keene State College.   The first hour will be informal, with representatives from various healthcare and community organizations staffing informational tables and answering questions about their programs. Forum speakers will begin at 7:00.  Topics to be covered include an overview, definition and history of Medicare for All, political, legal and local impact implications of such a universal healthcare entitlement, and steps you can take to support passage of this program.  The formal speakers will finish with ample time for questions from the audience.

The forum will be moderated by Dr. Dottie Morris. Speakers include Andru Volinsky, Dr. Carl DeMatteo, Dr.Kenneth Dolkart, Dr. Betty Keller, and Dr. Marvin Malek. All events will take place in the Mabel Brown Room in the L.P. Young Student Center at Keene State College.  Nearby parking is available in the Madison Avenue lots off Winchester St.

On Saturday, April 7, MPA will host a Health Care for All Rally on Central Square from 11:00 to 1:00 as a follow-up to the Forum, and in solidarity with nationally held rallies that day.

SLICE OF FELLOWSHIP – FRIDAY, APRIL 6       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. Gerry and Jim Frederiksen, hosts, invite you to share a favorite dish with our church family .  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.t

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

KUUC Outdoors Upcoming Events
April 8 Woodland Cemetery Walk, Keene
May 19 Keene Astronomers Club Observatory, Sullivan
May 26 Bike Trail Ride, Keene to Swanzey
June 16 Pack Monadnock Hike, Temple
June 16 Keene Astronomers Club Observatory, Sullivan
July 8 Willard Pond Paddle/hike/swim, Hancock
July 14 Keene Astronomers Club Observatory, Sullivan
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

VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION POTLUCK!   APRIL 15       Shining a Light on UU Volunteers will occur on April 15 with a recognition potluck dinner from 5-7 in the parish hall.  If your last name stars with A-I, bring a dessert or hors d’oeuvres; J-R, bring a main course;  S-Z, side dishes.   The Membership Committee will recognize the outstanding efforts of some key volunteers.  Please invite family and friends to attend.   Deb McLay will serve as Emcee.

LUNCH BUNCH – WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18       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, mandbforrest@myfairpoint.net

INTERFAITH MARCH – SUNDAY, APRIL 29 – CONCORD NH   Gather at Concord High School at 3:30.  March will leave at 4:30 and proceed to City Plaza for a 5:30 Rally    We live in a time when racists and fascists are parading in the streets hoping to revive some of history’s sickest fantasies. Men have carried weaponized tiki-torches on night-time marches like the Nazis who inspire them; they have fired live rounds at protesters and taken the life of an innocent woman by running her over with a car. Meanwhile, too often, we have stood by staring at our phones, complaining to people who feel the same way we do. We have been like witnesses watching a terrible fire- captivated by the spectacle, but helpless to act.  Here is a chance for our community, for ALL OF US to do something about it.

Guiding Principles of the March

  1. We believe that all people should be free to practice their faith without fear of discrimination, intimidation, or reprisal.
  2. We believe that multiple religions can coexist peacefully and contribute to the common good.
  3. We believe that equal justice and equal protection under the law are rights to which all people are entitled regardless of race.
  4. We believe that the government of every state and of our great nation should protect those who are most vulnerable and neverfail to seek justice for acts of violence perpetrated against minorities by those who claim superiority or dominance.

If you agree with these propositions and would like to make your voice heard, please consider joining us in Concord for the march on April 29.  (We need to leave Keene by 2:30 to find parking and be ready to march at 4:30)     Contact:  D’Vorah Kelley for information:  dvorah.kelley@gmail.com

Facebook Event Page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/185219182251516/?active_tab=about

Interfaith March website:  http://interfaithmarch.com/

FUNDRAISING – MAY DAY WEEKEND – MAY 5 & 6        KUUC’s May Day Weekend is shaping up !  We are asking you to reserve May 5 & May 6 for meeting the public on behalf of KUUC as well as spending some time enjoying yourself with friends.    WE NEED EVERYONE. Together we can both raise money for our community and celebrate spring.    In April and early May we need you to dig up and ready plants for sale, search your house for Rummage items, make or deliver signs and poster ads and/or bake breakfast pastries to bring to the church on Friday, May 4.

On Saturday we need you on hand for a few hours. It takes a village to welcome the public into our spaces!  Set up tables, move plants outdoors, staff the AM bake sale, the lunch sale, a KUUC activist table, a children’s activities table, collect rummage and plant money or arrive to help your tired fellow UUs clean-up.

Sunday is celebration!  Bring friends to share in the fun.  Come to the service and stay for a reasonably priced lunch.  Enjoy the crowning of the May Queens, Maypole dancing and a special Morris Dancing performance by the Firebird Morris dancers!    Together we can welcome the public in, raise funds for our church and celebrate the season.  Be active in this spring splash and help us continue the activism that is rising in our KUUC.

IT’S RUMMAGE SALE TIME AGAIN!   SATURDAY, MAY 5       The next rummage sale is scheduled for May 5th.  We are gratefully receiving donations in our designated drop off spot in the hallway by the woman’s restroom.  This will be part of an exciting May Day week-end long extravaganza.  Mark your calendars and we’ll keep you updated.  For more information, contact Hazel at hazelerdo@gmail.com

SAVE THE DATES FOR FERRY BEACH!     Friday – Sunday, May 11, 12 & 1       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 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 with the Bedford, MA UU church.  We have 1/2 of the Quillen dorm and Cross Cabin.    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: Quillen = $160/room for the weekend(sleeps 1-6 people depending upon room size)

Cross Cabin = $220/ room for the weekend  (private room with Queen bed, private bath)

Camping = $46/weekend camp site

Meals: provided by FBPA cook in the DeWolfe Dining Hall 4 meals: Sat. breakfast, lunch, dinner & Sun. breakfast.

Adult = $48 (13 yr. +)  Child = $32 (5 – 12 years)

Registration and $100.00 deposit are due February 18, 2018 Full payment is due March 18, 2018. For further information contact Jim Peale or Carol McIntyre-Peale 357-7875 or at pealefamily@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KUUC VALUES & VISIONING

“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 = M(VV)

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

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

                                                                                                                                             

 

 

   

 

APRIL 2018 – SABBATICAL MINISTER’S MUSINGS

Dear KUUC Friends,

“Where the search ends and the journey begins.”

This, we proclaim at the very top of our website, is KUUC; is our experience and our invitation.

The energy here around the journey we share in this faith and its people (that would be us) is palpable.  Do you really understand how well you embody our powerful faith here?  Just this past Saturday you rallied in appreciable force around our children for better safety in our children’s schools, better gun control.

Every morning during the week you open our doors to be sure the hungry are fed.  Uncounted times during the week you host community groups of one sort it another that offer folk hope and fulfillment.  And then there is the wonder of what happens here on Sunday mornings.  Jill Hall and her dedicated volunteers make sure that the children who come here have a safe, enriching, and joyful experience.  Vladimir and our choir offer music that fills our hearts with peace and inspiration.

Annie Dillard said, “There is no one but us…only us, unfit, not yet ready…having each made a false start, yielded to impulse…and grown exhausted, unable to seek the thread, weak and uninvolved.  But there is no one but us, there never has been.”

Our KUUC Board is calling on us to close the financial gap we have without the important rental income we once had, and hope to have one day again.  You have answered this call before, and I believe we can say, “Yes, I can help” again this year.  This is how we make the journey we seek possible.  I will do my part, and pledge 10 percent of the honorarium you are so generously giving me this spring.  That is a $532 pledge.  This congregation is, and you are the heartbeat of so much good work in the name of our faith.  Closing the gap is how we make it possible.

And speaking of the journey we share and its possibilities, please read my column about important events and decisions to be made in our wider UU faith in northern New England.

In faith in us and our faith, Olivia

 

SABBATICAL WORSHIP SERVICES

 

APRIL 2018

April 1: Kali Frye

April 8: Olivia Holmes (Sabbatical Minister)

April 15: Rev. Mark Glovin

April 22: Rabbi Amy Loewenthal (Congregation Ahavas Achim)

April 29: Music Sunday (KUUC)

May 2018

May 6: Olivia Holmes (Sabbatical Minister)

May 13: Rev. Sylvia Stocker (Brunswick, ME)

May 20: Young Adult Group (KUUC)

May 27: Rev. Hank Peirce (Reading, MA)

JUNE 2018

June 3: Hazel Erdoben (KUUC)

June 10: “Gratitude Sunday” (KUUC)

June 17: Olivia Holmes (Sabbatical Minister)

June 24: Summer Services Begin

 

  

 

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