Join Us Here for Our Virtual Service!
You will receive an email with a Zoom link to the 10 AM service prior to Sunday. After the service we will segue into our “Zoom Virtual Coffee Hour,” which runs from 10:30-11:30 each Sunday morning. Contact Rev. Michael Hall and request to be put on our email list to receive the pertinent links.
Upcoming Zoom Services:
May 2nd: “Who’s Going to Tell the Story”
(Rev. Michael) It is often said that whoever tells the story controls the narrative; and at one time it was thought that the free press should also be scrupulously truthful: just the facts, the “who, what, when, where & why.” What do we do when “the facts” are disputed, discarded or even simply invented?
May 9th: “Telling Our Stories”
(The Worship Team) Our Soul Matters theme for May is story and on this second Sunday of the month we are asking you to join the Worship team in thinking about our own stories. In today’s multigenerational service, the Worship Team and other friends will explore the power that our own stories have to liberate us and inspire others.
May16th: “Tall Tales & Poetic License”
(The Worship Team) Sometimes it is the most far-fetched tale that offers the purest truth. Today, the Worship Team will tell some absolute whoppers, share time-honored stories and fanciful music that go beyond facts and data to make sure we haven’t forgotten that sometimes stories are meant to make us laugh, and This service is meant to be a Time for All Ages, so hold us to it!
May 23rd: “Stories, Sources and Spirit”
(Rev. Michael) All faith traditions are paths to holistic truth, where body, mind and spirit are nourished. Each tradition is based on stories, (some of them entirely factual and others beyond belief), sources and a particular, sometimes peculiar power to stir and empower its adherents. In this service we explore our living tradition and the time when U and U finally stopped flirting and became one UUA.
May 30th: “Telling a New Story”
(The Worship Team) In this last service of the May we want to get you back once again to tell each other the most recent part of your story, that of these last few years and, hopefully, the transition to the time just beyond the here and now when we will be back together in person once again.
Past Recorded Zoom Services:
(Rev. Michael) Easter comes once again to KUUC, yet our service will (once again) be virtual. Last year we dressed up a little, shall we do that again, wearing bonnets and ties? Or should we just wear our jammies? Easter will meet us just as we are and we will be ready however it comes, together, just as we wish to be. Click here to watch the service.
March 21st: UUA Service, “Loved into Being”
Watch at this link: https://vimeo.com/519686297
(Rev. Michael) How we got to this time of pandemic and deep divisions in our society is one thing.
How we get back is another. However, the most important question for today is: how
can we build that long hoped for “beloved community,” that Dr. King talked about?
As a liberal faith tradition based on human worthiness, diversity of beliefs, radical
inclusion and social justice how do we embrace our mission and foster beloved
community here, there and everywhere? Click here to watch the service.
(Rev. Michael) Let’s face it, the new president has got his hands full. Obviously, he is going to need some help. Let’s put our heads together and see what we can do to lighten the load. Click here to watch the service.
(Rev. Michael) As we approach the shortest day of the year, so too do we pivot toward the light. For many of us, it is in the recurring cycles of nature and the greater workings of the cosmos where we find our spiritual home. Click here to watch the service.
(Rev. Michael) Mean-spiritedness, misanthropy and violence, often paired with the possibility of change and redemption, are recurring elements of holiday stories as they are enduring characteristics of humanity itself. Today we will explore the embrace of darkness and the journey into light. Click here to watch the service.
(Rev. Michael) Sometimes we are saved by the kindness of strangers, sometimes by giving away things that matter to us. One of America’s foundational stories, that of the Pilgrims of Plymouth and their Indigenous neighbors, involves the giving of gifts and the sharing of a meal. What is left out? Usually the truth and its consequences. Click here to watch the service.
(Rev. Michael) There are times when we seem to double down on fighting against pain rather than to turn to healing. Why is that? What does it take to heal? What has been our experience of returning to health of body, mind or spirit? Join us. Click here to watch the service.
(Rev. Michael) As we gather on the brink of another election, but surely no ordinary one, we will look at what we will need to fully participate in the election and to carry on after it is all over. Can the country ever heal and the people join together as one? Click here to watch the service.
(Rev. Michael) Today is a special day. “National Coming Out Day,” a yearly commemoration begun in 1988, is grounded in the experience of members of the LGBT+ community “coming out,” to family and friends. Coming out is the beginning of a personal, public and spiritual journey: because living joyfully, courageously and fully into their truth is still not without peril. Click here, or click the date and title above, to watch this service.
(Rev. Michael) This morning’s service is part of our collective effort to see, as President-Elect Carl Jacobs often says, “work as worship,” within our congregational life. Your time is valuable, and using a portion of it to help clean, repair and maintain our buildings and grounds is not just a money-saving measure, or way to get to know folks, or “to give to the church,” (though it is all those things), but an important way to embody your values. Our prelude is by George Winston; the offertory is Amazing Grace by John Newton. The second hymn is #1017, Building a New Land, songwriting credit to Martha Sanderfer. Click here to watch the video.
(Rev. Michael) Today is the first day of Banned Books Week, and as America has quite a history of censorship, we will take a look at how it has worked and what drives it in the land of the free. How do our gathering principles speak to freedom of conscience, and is three a redefinition and/or erosion afoot among us as some claim? Click here to watch the video.
(Rev. Michael) Summer is fleeting fast and soon we will settle into the season that New England seems to have been made for—Autumn. Although it seems that climate change has changed it somewhat, this time of last harvests, turning leaves and cool evenings is one brings with it fresh perspective and the intimation of things to come. Click here to watch the video.
August 30, 2020
The Membership Committee (Deb McLay, Melinda Hildreth-Honkala, Joanie Lesmerises, Carole Mills, Gwyn Powers, and Carol White) offers reflections on who helped them become part of KUUC’s community, and thoughts on what it means to be an “ambassador”, for our church, our community, and for our faith, Unitarian Universalism. Click here to watch the video.
August 16, 2020
With Joan Roelofs. Joan is a semi-retired political science professor in Keene, NH. She is the author of Greening Cities: Building Just and Sustainable Communities. Click here to watch the video.
August 9, 2020
With Jill M. Hall, Director Religious Education. Click here to watch the video.
Past YouTube Services:
Although we are not gathering in person for the time being, we will providing weekly YouTube videos of new services, and the opportunity to gather “live” at our “Virtual Coffee Hour” on Zoom Sunday mornings at 10:30 A.M. Below you’ll find our “virtual services” which started in March 2020.
March 22, 2020 “Our First Virtual Service”
March 29, 2020 “Between Wisdom and Love”
(Rev. Michael) Buddhist author Jack Kornfield claims that, “Wisdom says we are nothing. Love says we are everything. Between these two our life flows.” Today we will think together about the wisdom of the heart and the heart of wisdom and share from our experience about each.
April 5, 2020 “Is Freedom Just Another Word?”
(Rev. Michael) We begin our first full month of “virtual” worship services, which corresponds with National Poetry Month with a celebration of this month’s theme of liberation through the lens of poetry.
April 12, 2020 “Unburdening Easter”
(Rev. Michael) Perhaps the opportunity to celebrate the timeless Easter themes of rebirth, resurrection and the possibility of true freedom, will be easier to do without the hectic pace that is often associated with this holiday. Let’s make it so.
April 19, 2020 “What the Earth Needs”
(Rev. Michael) As it is “Climate Justice Month” with Earth Day just around the corner, Rev. Michael asks what the Earth needs from us now and what we can do to liberate ourselves along with her.
April 26, 2020 “The New Story”
(Rev. Michael) As we go on biding our time in sequester, we continue to think, to dream, to connect and reconnect with others and to tell our stories. Rev. Michael asks for stories from this strange and risky time to be alive. Please send him your stories, small and large, and let him know what if and thing can and cannot be shared—or can be shared without attribution.
May 3, 2020 “The Press”
(Rev. Michael) The free press is supposed to be an instrument of accountability in a democracy, yet it is also can be a nuisance, and rarely is it free from bias. On World Press Freedom Day, we take a look at the fourth estate in the post-truth age.
May 10, 2020 “Mothers United”
(Rev. Michael) Mother’s Day is certainly a popular holiday in this, and many other countries, with differing points of emphasis. Besides, its usual celebration of motherhood, we will look at other ways this holiday was envisioned— which might provide us with new models to choose from.
May 17, 2020 “Plessy & Brown”
(Rev. Michael) With the possible exception of the Dred Scott ruling, no court decisions have impacted race relations in America more than Plessy vs Ferguson and Brown vs. the Board of Education. Where are we now in the struggle for racial equality?
May 24, 2020 “Let It Be a Dance”
(Rev. Michael) This service is something of a wild card. It may be a new kind of Music Sunday for the “Covid-19 Era,” or it might be a celebration of the ways we move through life. You’ll just have to wait and see.
May 31, 2020 “Break on Through”
(Rev. Michael) Sometimes people get stuck in the mire, sometimes larger systems, (like cities and churches), can’t seem to break through to a new way of being themselves. What is the big secret to finding success while not losing yourself in the effort?
June 7: “Let It Be a Dance”
(Rev. Michael) This service is something of a wild card. It may be a new kind of Music Sunday for the Covid-19 Era, or it may be a celebration of the ways we move and are moved by the music of life. You’ll just have to wait and see.
June 14: “No Participation, No (Good) Government”
(Rev. Michael) Ours is a voluntary association with a congregational (member-led) form of polity (or governing structure). Today is Annual Meeting, and our service touches on how this yearly event brings together and blends our theology, polity and traditions with the people who comprise this congregation now. How should the time, treasure and talent our membership—and non-member friends– -gives to the congregation be used to preserve what is important, let go what isn’t? What new ideas should we explore and support to live our mission and expand our influence as a free religion in the Monadnock region.
June 21: “Flowers to a Fare Thee Well”
(Rev. Michael) The last service of what is often referred to as the “church year,” the more formal 10-month journey from late summer to the beginning of summer, today’s service is as much a new beginning as it is an end. We will celebrate our annual Flower Communion ceremony in a very different way and celebrate some of the people who have made 2019-2020 a memorable and important year in the life of our congregation; even amid some very harsh times in the world around us.
June 28, 2020: “Theodore Parker: Angel with a Crooked Halo”
July 12, 2020 “Serving Others”
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
This Service describes the program in the Community to help the refugees needing shelter during asylum seeking, the Breakfast Program which serves those experiencing homelessness and food insecurity and recalls the experiences of the Home Hospice Nurse in Vermont.
July 26, 2020: Part 2 “Theodore Parker: Angel with a Crooked Halo”