WORSHIP CALENDAR FOR MAY 2022:
[The Soul Matters monthly theme for May is “Nurturing Beauty.” Ask Yourself: How do I cultivate beauty in my life? How does beauty enhance my spirituality and positively affect my life? Have I ever been hurt or misled by beauty in another that ran only skin deep? What beautiful places have I been to, or have always wanted to see?]
May 1st “Beauty Before Me…” (The Worship Team)
Let’s celebrate beauty and make some of our own. Rev. Michael will talk about the connection between the impulse to create beauty, religious arts and spirituality. Perhaps some other artists will join us, you never know!
May 8th “Beauty and Awe” (Caro Barschow)
In her poetry, Mary Oliver evokes the beauty and awe of the natural world without being sentimental. This service explores how her writing invites us into practices and perspectives to connect spiritually to the cycles of life.
Caro Barschow (she/they pronouns) is the Ministerial Intern at UU Church of Nashua and a candidate for ordination with the Unitarian Universalist Association. Caro’s spiritual influences are broad, woven by the thread of a belief that awakened hearts bring forth healing and transformation to people, planet and systems.
May 15th “Dealing With the Shadows” (The Worship Team)
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and though many of us, those we love, our friends and co-workers are dealing with mental health issues, often they are still doing so in the shadows. Today we will delve into the struggles and successes of people dealing with mental illness.
May 22nd “Some of my Best Friends Are…Beautiful” (The Worship Team)
We are shaped by our experiences. The path we take in life brings us into places of woe and wonder, opens us up to turning points and tests of character and, best of all, hooks us up with people whose difference from us makes us stretch and grow. Today we celebrate our friends of different ethnicities, cultures, orientations and abilities.
May 29th “Meeting—with Our Quaker Friends” (Allison Randall & Bill Walker)
Bill and Allison, members of the Keene Friends Meeting, visit to share with us, something about their faith and practices.
Our Principles as we Reopen:
Safety ~ Choice ~ Inclusivity ~ Flexibility
Safety is our overriding concern. Our newly purchased audiovisual equipment makes it possible to have multiplatform/hybrid worship services that can be watched at home. Thus, those of us who are at higher risk of getting COVID-19, whether due to not being vaccinated or because of having a health condition that makes vaccination less effective, can still attend services, virtually. Our concurrent streaming to YouTube makes it possible for those of us who have other reasons to not attend services in person to attend online.
Although the CDC has basically stated that all activities are safe for those who have been fully vaccinated (provided that they do not have compromised immune systems), the UUA, in its emphasis on inclusivity, has set forth guidelines with the assumptions that not everyone has a healthy immune system and that not everyone is vaccinated (especially given that children under age 12 are not yet approved for vaccination). Thus, the UUA recommends use of masks at worship services, also spacing. Smaller groups (ideally fully vaccinated) may meet without masks, but all group members should be willing and ready to wear a mask at the request of any member of the group. As eating and drinking together inside in large groups is not possible to do while masked, and is a relatively high-risk activity, there will be no coffee hour for the time being—at least not indoors.
With the following rules, attending activities at KUUC will be at least as safe as entering other indoor spaces that are used by the general public.
- All in-person worship attendees must be able to show proof of vaccination. You can do this by sending a copy of your vaccination card to Rev. Michael to be put on the list of live service attendees or show it to the ushers on Sunday morning. Because the vaccination list is updated weekly, once you have sent/shown it, you won’t be required to do so again.
- People should not enter the church building if they are ill, especially with new onset (less than 2 weeks) of cough or cold symptoms. This does not exclude people with a mild chronic cough or known allergy symptoms.
- People (other than for the minister and others speaking from the altar area) will be masked and spaced in alternating pews for worship services – people in the same household and friends who frequently see each other may sit together.
- Singing will be permitted, but with masks on.
- At this time there will be no indoor coffee hour or other indoor congregation-wide eating or drinking.
- Groups of up to 20 fully vaccinated people may meet without having masks on and may share food and drink, but if any one member of the group requests that the group wear masks, all should readily agree to do so, no questions asked.
- As taking the temperature of people entering the church and as wiping down surfaces is time-consuming, resource-consuming and of questionable benefit, these practices are not being implemented.
- Should the COVID-19 epidemic take a significant turn for the worse, especially if a new vaccine-resistant strain emerges, the board of trustees reserves the right to limit access to our building
To receive links to our livestream weekly worship on YouTube, to join us on Zoom for our virtual Coffee Hour, to receive our monthly bulletin and other email ministries contact Rev. Michael F. Hall at .
KUUC is a Welcoming Congregation & a Green Sanctuary.
Worship: 10:00 AM Sunday Mornings
Contact Rev. Michael Hall
email: / phone: 508-821-6092
Meet Rev. Michael Hall
Keene Unitarian Universalist Church,
69 Washington Street, Keene, NH 03431