Take Action, Social Justice, Green Sanctuary

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)


“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 


Long-Haul People ~ by UU Rev. Rudy Nemser, Shared by Rev Olivia Holmes
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.