This Sunday

NUU Technology

Rev. Barnaby Feder

Are we changing our world and ourselves too fast to truly love it and each other? Rev. Barnaby reflects on a topic chosen by our Youth Group. Followed by the next installment of our New UU class.  

Rev. Barnaby Writes

From the Minister

I’ve been looking ahead ever more avidly to our first ever Radical Love Party, which we’ll celebrate on Nov. 19 right after the worship service. Among other things, it will be a great way to follow-up our installation of new members during the service. As I hope you’ve heard, the party is replacing our annual auction. Instead of selling services and goods to each other, everything is going to be given away. (For details, including how we hope to offset the lost contribution of the auction to the budget, please see my Labor Day weekend sermon at http://www.cvuus.org/services/how-dare-we-do-this/).

I like experiments in general. One of my favorite parts of this one is the invitation to think much more creatively about what we are offering each other. I’m especially intrigued about what we might offer that wouldn’t be available if money was changing hands. Just this morning, for instance, it occurred to me that I’d love the chance to cruise around with Chris Mason and see first-hand a day in the life of a Middlebury police officer.

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Save the Dates!

Are you new to UU? Know about our Radical Love Giveaway Party?

Are you new to UU or considering membership in CVUUS? Our New UU classes take place each Fall and Spring. They began last Sunday with the sharing of our spiritual journeys and will continue after worship on Oct. 22 and Nov. 5. These sessions will explore highlights of UU history and CVUUS history, organization, and long-range goals. Please contact Rev. Barnaby or Marjorie Carsen if you missed the first class, but are still interested in joining us. Longtime members who want a fun history brush-up are also invited to join us on Oct. 22. 

Know about our Radical Love Giveaway Party (Nov 19)? Get details on this novel twist on our service auction aimed at deepening our connections and equity under “news.” Read More about “Are you new to UU? Know about our Radical Love Giveaway Party?”

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.