WORSHIP CALENDAR: February 2023
As our guest the next four months the sabbatical Worship Leaders are not being asked to use the Soul Matters theme of the month unless they use it in their home congregations. But even if they have something else in mind, that shouldn’t stop you from thinking and talking about this month’s theme of “Love” and being more loving in your own lives. You can watch our services on YouTube at this link. ~Rev. Michael
February 5: “Moving Gracefully Through Change”
(Rev. Patience Stoddard) While most of us may recognize (and some even celebrate) that life is change, often change can seem overwhelming, leaving many of us unsure of how to respond or plan for the future. For the next few months life as usual at Keene UU with feel different with Rev. Michael on sabbatical. This sermon will explore how we feel about change and change some ideas as to what the study of transitions has to teach us about moving gracefully through change.
February 12: “Getting Better”
(Rev. Patrick McLaughlin) Charles Darwin was born Feb 12, 1809 — 204 years ago. His careful investigation of the evidence of that world around him led to his theory of evolution. That theory asserts that change — mutation — leads to adaptation and evolution, an idea that became the basis of most of modern biology, with impacts on much of the rest of science and the rest of our world. Come hear how being wrong is ok, and how change can help us adapt and evolve, and how we might get more right.
February 19: “The Day the Walls Leaned In: An Argument for the Sake of Heaven”
(Rabbi Dan Aronson) There are many things in today’s world over which reasonable people might disagree, but what disagreements would the rabbinic sages of the early 1st millennium deem worthy of the title “an argument for the sake of heaven,” and what are the rules of engagement? Rabbi Dan will share the tale of one such debate in the Talmud that made even God laugh and that nearly brought the house down.
February 26: Cheshire Co. Treatment Court
(Alison Welsh & Peers) Often referred to as “The Drug Court” the Cheshire Co. Treatment Court is a great deal more than that name might suggest. Join us today when we learn more about the work done on the programs and work done by this remarkable institution.
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.
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
The service will be live-streamed on YouTube at 10:00 Sunday Mornings. KUUC is a Welcoming congregation.
Keene Unitarian Universalist Church,
69 Washington Street, Keene, NH 03431