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

Tim Robertson, timothyrbrtsn2@gmail.com   –   352-700

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

Enid Smith, enidraesmith@gmail.com  –  827-2964

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

 

 

 

2018-19 OUR WHOLE LIVES

Our Whole Lives – The O.W.L. Program for 2018-19

KUUC will be offering grade 7-9 O.W.L. during the 2018-19 church year. We are choosing to run this program during consecutive years (for the first time) because of the strong demand. Many thanks to Bridge Noone (returning facilitator) and John Walter for volunteering to facilitate this session. If you know of families with 7th-9th graders (or homeschool equivalent) who might be interested in this program, please feel free to share my email (kuucdre@gmail.com) or phone number (508-821-8935). We will be holding parent and participant information meetings in September. Space in this class is very limited.

 

SEPTEMBER 2018 – COMMITTEES, EVENTS, ACTIVITIES

2018-19 PLEDGE CONTINUATION

Thank you for all your financial support during the summer.  We requested that members continue their pledge contributions through our active summer season, and you responded!  There will be a new pledge drive in the Fall, but member contributions before the formal drive are critical to keeping our doors open and lights on until then.

As we adjust and test a new pledging system and timing, please be assured that all of your contributions are being recorded and will be noted as pledge contributions for the upcoming year. And if you are paying monthly or quarterly, please continue through the pledge campaign season.   Your early financial support has been appreciated, and we look forward to seeing you at Water Communion and Potluck September 9th, welcoming Rev. Michael back to the pulpit after his sabbatical.           -Andrea Ansevin-Allen, KUUC Treasurer        

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

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.

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

IT’S MORE THAN A SERMON: CREATING QUALITY WORSHIP  – WORKSHOP BEGINS SEPTEMBER 12 with Rev. Michael

Have you ever wanted to lead a worship service? Do you feel so passionately about something, a spiritual practice you do, a justice issue that you are committed to working on, that you think there is a sermon inside…but then freeze up, knowing that Sunday services are more than a sermon.

It is true that Sunday worship is more than a sermon—in fact it may not include a sermon at all. Then there is the other stuff: choosing Hymns, Readings, Words for the Offering or Chalice Lighting. A question that might arise is, “How can I make my worship theme rock, and the service roll—not drag people along?   If you are interested in learning how to create quality worship that is creative not formulaic, that honors our UU Principles, the Sources of the Living Tradition and the KUUC Mission and allows you to choose the right liturgical tools for the service you would create, then Rev. Michael’s 3-part class, It’s More Than a Sermon: Creating Quality Worship Class is just what you seek.

In the three sessions you will learn by creating worship, in a small group. The main ideas are to help you find your authentic voice; to learn what the typical—and less typical—worship elements are and how what they do within the “sacred hour”; and how to build upon your worship theme from the service description in the bulletin right through to the last note of the Postlude.   The It’s More Than a Sermon workshop will be held on September 12th, 19th and 26th from 7pm-9pmin the Alliance Room. Group size limited to 10 people so contact Rev. Michael (508)821-6092 or rev.michaelkuuc1824@gmail.com to secure your spot.

LIBERAL CHRISTIAN SCRIPTURES DISCUSSION GROUP      Our fellowship group meets at 5:00 PM on the first Tuesday of every month in the Keene UU Church Alliance Room, 69 Washington St., Keene. Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, September 4th.  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.    If you would like to learn more, please contact Carol Stamatakis      cstamatakis@outlook.com or 603-863-4920/ 603-398-5389

COFFEE WITH REV MICHAEL: Sunday, Sept 16  –  Please grab a cup of coffee after the service on September 16th and join Rev. Michael for coffee and conversation based on your questions. If you are new to KUUC, you might have many questions on a variety of topics ranging from “How does Unitarian Universalism compare with other religions that I am more familiar with?” to “Who do I talk to at the church about working on Environmental Justice issues?” to “How do I join the Choir?   The conversation will begin soon after the service on September 16th in the Alliance Room and will continue until 12:30 so you can enjoy the rest of your late summer Sunday.

“NEW UU” Class Begins October 7!     Are you interested in learning more about Unitarian Universalist traditions, worship, church government and our proud history of social justice work? Have you been enjoying our Sunday services for a while and are now thinking about becoming a member? Do you sometimes wonder about the basis of this tradition you had barely heard of until recently, but find very compelling and want to know more?    If so, please reserve the first three Sundays in October (7th, 14th, 21st) to take part in our first “New UU” class of the year. Rev. Michael will facilitate this three-session introductory class along with special guests from among the membership and staff.    This program is sponsored by the Membership Committee.

LUNCH BUNCH Returns Wednesday, September 19!      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.  Call Betty Forrest at 357-1534, or email mandbforrest@myfairpoint.net with questions.      SLICE will return October 5!

GREEN SANCTUARY       Just as we gather to start our new church year, there will be several great opportunities for KUUC members to turn out for Keene Green events:

 Saturday, September 8 from 11-3, on Central Square and Railroad Square:  Keene and Portsmouth will host New Hampshire’s “Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice” rallies.  Rallies across the country that day, along with the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco the following week, will deliver a message about the pressing need for a transition from fossil fuels, the need for actions to be just and inclusive, and the potential to build a healthy new “green economy.”  The 11 a.m. rally at Central Square will be followed by an informational social at Railroad Square starting at noon, with music, treats, informational booths, and games for kids. These events are being organized by the Monadnock Progressive Alliance Clean Energy Team. KUUC members came out in droves for the spring Rally for our Lives; now let’s come out in droves to Rally for our living planet.

Wednesday, September 12 at 7 pm in the Keene State College Alumni Center:  How do we transition from fossil fuels and build that inclusive and healthy “green economy?” Come learn some approaches at a screening and panel discussion of the Sierra Club documentary “Reinventing Power.”

Saturday, September 15 from 12-4 at 350 Marlboro Street (Keene Ice and surrounding parking areas):   We are a mobile society, so get a taste of our Green mobile future at an Electric Vehicle Expo organized by the Monadnock Energy Hub as part of NH Drive Electric Week.  Dealers and private owners will bring their electric cars, bikes, and even an electric motorcycle or two: test rides and drives are planned. There will be speakers through the afternoon (including our own Mike French), music and food.  For more information, please contact Ann Shedd (ladyleafy@gmail.com) or Suzanne Butcher (ssbutcher@aol.com)

KUUC OUTDOORS – Tom Julius (603-357-4521) or tjulius54@gmail.com

**Sept 22 Source to Sea Clean-Up
Sep 29 Andres Institute of Art Walk, Brookline
Oct 14 High Blue Hike, Walpole
Oct 20 Berry Bowl Greens and Berry Gathering, Keene
** Source to Sea organizer Amanda Costello says:
“Walkers with waders or a willingness to get wet needed. Canoes preferred over kayaks.

Any KUUC Outdoors enthusiasts who can bring a canoe or want to pair up with someone in a canoe or willing to walk along shore for the Source to Sea Cleanup can register for 9/21 0R 22:  (603) 756-2988, x116,  amanda@cheshireconservation.org OR Join other KUUCers on 9/22 by contacting Tom Julius

MONADNOCK INTERFAITH PROJECT ANNUAL MEETING!   SATURDAY, September 29 from 9am – 1pm at St. Margaret Mary Church, 33 Arch Street, Keene NH. Coffee, snacks and lunch provided. For information or to RSVP contact: monadnockinterfaith@gmail.com

READY TO RUMMAGE!  Saturday, October 13 Our Fall Rummage Sale will be held on Saturday 10/13 in Parish Hall and the Undercroft…maybe even outside if the weather cooperates. Due to lack of storage space, please hang onto your items until 10/6 if you can. Items should be clean and salable. We will accept fall & winter clothes (seasonal). Your help is needed for assistance with sorting, set up and the day of. Please email Andi Johnson at andijohnson53@gmail.com

GROWING MINDS Preschool and Daycare Opens Sept. 4!   We are excited to announce the opening and addition of Growing Minds Preschool and Daycare to the Keene Unitarian Universalist Church. We are a licensed preschool and Daycare and will be open Monday – Friday from 6:30am – 5:00 pm. Our first day of school will be September 4th. We educate children 6 weeks old to 5 years old! We believe in teaching children through play. We offer engaging learning activities through weekly themes and hands on learning activities. Our teachers are highly educated and well trained! My name is Catie Bisson and I am the owner of Growing Minds Preschool and Daycare. I also own Little Learners Preschool and Daycare in Fitzwilliam NH. I am excited to be a part of this community and know that Growing Minds will be a wonderful addition to Keene and the Keene Unitarian Universalist Church. Please feel free to stop by and say hi and view the school!

Do you play Mah Jongg or have always wanted to learn?   Come join us! Currently, our group meets at Congregation Ahavas Achim, 84 Hastings Ave in Keene on Thursday afternoons at 1pm. Once through the main door, you’ll find us straight ahead in the new, bright, airy atrium. Nancy Stone and Suzanne Morin host. The two combined have been playing the game for nearly 20 years, and both have played in tournaments in New York and Connecticut. Moving forward, we hope to host a local tournament in late April or May 2019. Come check us out, it’s free! Just drop in. The more, the merrier. National Maj Jongg Rules apply. Suzanne Morin    suzmorin@myfairpoint.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SEPTEMBER MESSAGE from KUUC BOARD PRESIDENT, Carol White

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

As a board we are very excited about the upcoming church year and are already looking back with pride at our wonderful congregation and all the work that was accomplished over the summer.  We want to give a particular shout-out to Bob and Carol Hill and Jeff Spiegler for their work in getting the daycare space ready.  As they will be the first to say, however, they could not have done it alone.  It was truly a group effort.  Thank-you to everyone who came out to pull weeds, weed whack, replace ceiling tiles, and paint inside and out in the hot summer sun.  We could only have done this with everyone’s help. The daycare is now licensed and we will be having children using the space again.

 The board continues to develop ideas on how we as a church can expand our awareness and understanding of the Black Lives Matter movement.  We want to involve the whole congregation in this process as much as possible.  If you would like to be involved in this, have ideas to share, or just want to join with others and share a variety of viewpoints and thoughts please talk to Enid, Andrea, or me as we determine the church’s interest level in pursuing this and what activities could help us in celebrating our cultural differences. 

The board also continues to plan for a third Sunday collection to go to outside groups who are doing work in the community.  We are thinking of a group comprising of older youth and interested adults to help in making the decision as to what organization to support.  If you are a youth or adult interested in participating in this please speak to Enid, Andrea, or another board member. 

 There are so many ways to get involved and get to know your fellow church members in a more informal way.  Another thought is to have a gardening get together to work on the AIDS Memorial Garden.  This could be both a relaxing and enjoyable way to get to know others in the congregation and a way to show our respect for this beautiful spot.  Please look for announcements regarding this coming up soon.

September 9th will be our Ingathering and Water Communion. We hope as many people as can will be there as we start our new church year.  There will be a potluck picnic afterwards and the Board will provide ice cream sundaes.  If anyone has a favorite topping please feel free to bring this.  Rev. Michael will be back full time and may have more information regarding this in his message.  Hope to see all of you there.

 The Board will be posting the minutes from our meetings on the bulletin board and Andrea plans periodically to put information about the church’s finances in the Messenger.  The hope is that this will lead to better communication about what the Board does and lead to involving the whole congregation in planning and ideas as we live our mission.  

 

 

                                                                                                                                             

 

 

   

 

SEPTEMBER 2018 – SHARING MINISTRY with Rev. Michael Hall

Rev. Michael Hall

Summertime at KUUC has changed over the years. For one thing, worship continues every Sunday throughout the summer, although that wasn’t always the case. As recently as our first summer of sharing ministry, in 2012, summer worship though very strong, was not a weekly, but rather a regular thing, perhaps 7 or 8 times each summer. Other UU churches still take the whole summer off, although their number becomes less each year.

This practice is the tail end of a longstanding tradition. In days of old, Unitarians and Universalists took the whole summer off from worship at their home churches; primarily to escape the effects of the oppressive summer heat on heavily dressed churchgoers in their own sanctuaries, to allow more time for the seasonal work of harvests on the farm, or for travel—perhaps to oceanside religious summer camps such as Star Island (Unitarian) or Ferry Beach (Universalist)*. Many folks still take the entire season between Flower Communion** and Ingathering*** off, away from worship and congregational life—save the most essential committee work—such as membership on the Board of Trustees.

Times change however, and many people want year-round worship or, not knowing much about church, (except perhaps what they don’t want in one), to look for one in the summer. I am so glad to welcome new friends who may have discovered the Keene Unitarian Universalist Church (KUUC) this summer and may be reading the Messenger for the very first time. I hope that you will become more deeply involved and continue worshiping among us for many years to come. May you find what you are looking for in our incredible, multi-sourced, free religious tradition and see how reason, wonder, justice and joy become a mature religion. I look forward to meeting you all and helping you in your search for truth and meaning.

I would be remiss in not taking the time to thank Mickey Cronin, who coordinated our summer services this year and got them off to such a wonderful start leading the Contemplative Service on June 24th. To all those members and friends who led (or will soon lead) a summer service: Deborah Dunnell, Sarah Wilton, Bridg Noone, D’Vorah Kelley, Jim Smart, Marcus McCarroll, Judy Saunders, the folks from Green Dot, Jenn Wyman and Carl Jacobs; many thanks for the wonderful slate of services you presented in the summer of 2018. You gave us so much in the way the sustenance; body, mind and spirit. I also want to thank those who stepped up and served as worship liaisons, who played music for the services, who made sure there were coffee hours and saw that newcomers had someone to talk to, to answer their questions and make them feel at home.

I also want to thank the many people who persevered through a hot and heavy summer, working in the gardens and readying the Education Wing downstairs for our new renters. If you are new and want to get involved in the work of the congregation, just ask. We will be glad to help you get your hands in the soil again or find a painting crew in need of your genius or set you up to work with our remarkable children in their Religious Exploration Classes.  We will be grateful for your help.

That is what shared ministry is all about in every season; each of us doing our part, knowing that we are, none of us, in it alone.

Yours in Faith, Hope and Love,

Rev. Michael 

* Both camps are still in operation though, as with the denominations themselves, are now united in purpose, serving Unitarian Universalists and others who attend conferences and workshops, or use these beautiful seaside facilities for self-guided retreats, or whole church getaways—as we often do at Ferry Beach.

**Flower Communion: A special Unitarian Universalist (UU) ritual usually held on the third Sunday in June and marking the end of the traditional September-June “church year.”

***Ingathering: The second Sunday in September is the celebratory beginning of the new church year, with many people returning from their summer holidays. In most of our UU churches, Ingathering services include the ritual of Water Communion; where congregants, their children and friends bring small receptacles of water to church, often from special summer locales to pour into a large vessel. The water and bowl represent the spiritual community we are and choose to be, comprised of individuals, yet sharing one ministry and mission.

 

 

 

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