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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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