This Sunday

Thoughtful Wishing

Rev. Barnaby describes a promising way to find a sense of purpose in our lives when we feel we are at loose ends.

Rev. Barnaby Writes

From the Minister

In Growing a Beloved Community, a short book by Rev. Owen-Towle that your Board read and discussed this past year, you can find a critique of Christian churches in 19th century Denmark by Sören Kierkegaard, a pioneering Danish theologian deeply concerned about the nature of truth. Kierkegaard felt that when it came to church, parishioners thought of God as the director of a play called “Life,” the minister as the lead actor, and of themselves as the audience. In reality, Read More about “From the Minister”

Save the Dates!

How would you like to be involved?

PATHWAYS TO CONNECTION SUNDAYS
Throughout September, 11:15—11:45
Sanctuary (explore many options!)
* Congregational Life/Connection
* Spiritual Life/Worship
* Social Action/Radical Love
* Resources & Stewardship
* Faith Development/Learning
CVUUS Council of Ministries is hosting Pathways to Connection Sundays. Council of Ministries is composed of some CVUUS committee chairs and others. Its focus is on communications and connections within the within the congregation and between the congregation and minister. It serves as a supportive and creative sounding board. It meets second Sunday of month at 3:30 pm in Fenn Chapel. Contact Margy Young margy@gurus.org for more or if interested. Read More about “How would you like to be involved?”

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.