Rev. Barnaby Writes

From the Minister

Our theme for February is integrity. I can’t claim that I or anyone on the worship team foresaw when we chose it last spring that it would be so newsworthy right now. Yet here we are trying to make sense of our calling now that our nation is led by a President for whom, in the words of his ghost writer on his best-seller The Art of the Deal, “Lying is second nature.” That writer, Tony Schwartz, went on to say, “More than anyone else I have ever met, Trump has the ability to convince himself that whatever he is saying at any given moment is true, or sort of true, or at least ought to be true.”.

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Save the Dates!

Let’s Build More Love Gala, Sat. March 18, 5:30 pm

The Ground Floor Capital Campaign team is busy organizing for this spring’s campaign to raise money to finish the ground floor of the sanctuary building. On the evening March 18, our campaign Let’s Build More Love celebration gala will inspire us all to go for our goals. Catered, great music, kid-friendly; and nursery care provided. Be on the look out for cards and visits. The campaign will be completed by the time of our annual meeting in June. With the results in hand, the congregation will vote on how and when to proceed. Assuming success, our architects and the Design Team will work on final plans, with opportunities for further congregational comment. If all goes well, construction could begin in January, 2018. Contact the team at any time at In times like these, building more love is the best thing we can do. Read More about “Let’s Build More Love Gala, Sat. March 18, 5:30 pm”

Member Stories

I’m Chris Prickitt, and I’ve been coming to CVUUS for nearly three years.  I grew up in Middlebury, went to the Mary Hogan School for my elementary years, fifth and sixth grade in what is now Twilight Hall, and High School, class of ’69.  I went to Colby College and ended up staying there in Maine for forty years after college, working on a farm for five of those before entering the teaching profession.  I taught 8th grade English for thirty-one years. I returned to Vermont in June of 2013. I’ve been working for the last two years at Eastview, the retirement community up beyond Porter Hospital.  I’m on the maintenance crew, but I also drive residents in the bus or van to appointments and special events. I get to play music there twice a week as well. (EastView is where I got to know David Flight and Abbott Fenn and actually quite a few of our current CVUUS members.) I enjoy many special relationships with residents an co-workers there.  Oh yes, life is good, and I am happily back in Middlebury.

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