Our Soul Matters theme for January is “Living with Intention.” You might ask yourself: How much of my time is spent doing things that are meaningful to me? How many things do I do that are simply habits, no longer connected to something that is important? What would I do differently if I actually believed that every moment was precious and that change wasn’t something to fear, but to embrace?
December 24 “What’s In the Box?” (Rev. Michael)
Do you sometimes find it hard to wait for Christmas to find out what you got? Well, considering the rise of COVID infections in the “Live Free or Die” state, looks like we are all going to have to wait and see what kind of service we will get on Christmas Eve too. Whatever awaits us at 7 PM on December 24th is sure to be something heartfelt and made with love.
December 26 “Impressions of the Season” (Donna Dearth & Friends)
On this last service of the old year join Music Director Donna Dearth and friends as they mix music and poetry together to make magic and call in the new year!
January 2, 2022 “Waking Up Intentionally” (Rev. Michael F. Hall)
“Life is short,” we hear it all the time. What do you want to do with that information in 2022? As we enter this time so often identified with making resolutions and big changes are there any changes that you want to make with your one true life? Perhaps we can answer that together.
January 9, 2022 “Pretension or Intention” (Rev. Michael)
Some people deceive themselves, and others, with false or unreachable claims. Other people speak their truth not so much as a way to stand out or be heard, but to make known that they are going to commit themselves fully to a meaningful and generous way of being in the world.
January 16, 2022 “Following Tuckerman’s Footsteps” (Rev. Michael)
Rev. Joseph Tuckerman was a 19th century minister who found a unique way to live out his understanding of Unitarian Christianity. In many ways we are still doing Tuckerman’s work today, right here in Keene, NH. Let us remember the man and celebrate his work.
January 23, 2022 “Building Blocks” (Rev. Michael)
As we approach the anniversary of the dedication of our beloved building, Rev. Michael will use the occasion to speak about the building blocks on which we might dedicate ourselves to as move forward.
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
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Keene Unitarian Universalist Church,
69 Washington Street, Keene, NH 03431