This Sunday

I Love(d) a Parade

Rev. Barnaby Feder

Rev. Barnaby looks at the fine line between honoring warriors and fostering war. Who is missing from our Memorial Day parades and what does it matter?

Rev. Barnaby Writes

From the Minister

I’ve finally figured out the perfect answer for the question “How did your sabbatical go?” It’s “We’ll see.”

     The great thing about the sabbatical was not the restorative aspect, although I did feel much better physically after getting a break from my usual routine. It was that so much was set in motion that might never have emerged otherwise. And now I see clearly that how my sabbatical went is something I can’t find out on my own.

     Let me share here just one specific example. I began during sabbatical to explore what it means for CVUUS that society as a whole is going to get considerably grayer (or whiter or balder) in the coming years. Bodies will weaken and minds may slow, but we will also be swimming in life experience and desire to use time wisely. We’ll need to rethink how to do worship and everything else that goes on here while the Baby Boom generation moves from late middle age into senior citizen status and then true old age. Read More about “From the Minister”

Save the Dates!

Rhubarb, flowers and many ways to deepen connections 

Rhubarb Festival, Sat. June 2, 10 am -2 pm  We’ll open our doors to the community for pie, lunch, books, plants, sweets and savories, “bling,” and –new this year–a puppet show and special pie auction between 11-12. See more under “Connections,” including our poster.

Flower Communion Worship Service, Sun., June 3, 10 am (followed by our Year-in-Review slide show and Annual Meeting)

Kansas City, MO… jazz, barbecue food, the Negro League Baseball Museum and the 2018 UUA General Assembly, June 21-25! General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of  UUA. Attendees worship,   witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through our democratic process. Read More about “Rhubarb, flowers and many ways to deepen connections “

Member Stories

Love is the doctrine of this church, the search for truth is its sacrament, and service is its prayer.

I love those words, and to me they capture the essence of CVUUS, what we do here together each week, and what we take with us when we leave and go out in to the greater world.

I believe that everything in this life at its most fundamental level is based on love, and that everything we do in life must have love as its foundation.

I believe that justice, compassion, and respect are all born of love, and I feel that righteous anger, too, springs from love and a passion to make things equitable and just.

I believe that love will always win in the end. Always.

This may all sounds well and good, and I will readily admit that I am an idealist. But am I a PollyAnna? Not by a long shot. I know there are tremendous obstacles and trials on the path of love. It’s something we all deal with every single day.

But I see CVUUS as an incubator of love and hope, as a safe haven in which to envision and build the stepping stones to a more loving and peaceful world. CVUUS is a place where I come precisely because we don’t all look the same, we don’t all think the same way, and we don’t all approach things from the same perspective. That’s the way life is. We respect and value our differences, and even though we may not always be perfect when it comes to bridging our differences, it is something we yearn for and strive to do.

Every time we welcome someone through that door and every time we walk out of it, we are ambassadors of justice, of compassion, and of love. And at CVUUS we are committed ambassadors.

I see it time and again in our readiness to face challenges, in our passion to act, in our fearlessness to confront hatred and violence, in our willingness to admit mistakes and to regroup and go at it again; in our eagerness to reach out and share, I see it when we look in each other’s eyes, clasp hands and honor each other and our work together.

We may be small here at #2 Duane Court in Middlebury,VT, but we are mighty. I know that our efforts and the love we build here together does and will have an impact far beyond our little burg.

So, let’s squirt some WD-40 on the hinges of our hearts and open them even wider. Let’s continue to be resilient and creative in the face of animosity and difficulties; let’s build and share more love in every possible way we can.

Because love in all its manifestations is the only way forward.