This Sunday

I’m Gonna Lift My Sister Up

Theresa Gleason

How do we find the courage and the imperfect words to speak out? How do we know when to speak and when to be silent? Can we do this and simultaneously heed the advice of Audre Lourde: “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” How … Continued

Rev. Barnaby Writes

From the Minister

By the time you see this, I will have started my sabbatical. I spoke about what I will be doing in my Dec. 17 sermon, which you can listen to online. One thing I said that bears repeating: I will be around town for a significant amount of time. There will be no need to act like strangers if we bump into each other. All I ask is that we not talk about “CVUUS stuff.”

     Here’s another thought I hope you will keep with you: a lot of people have been working hard to make sure this is also a wonderful interlude for you, the congregants.  CVUUS was amazing before you called me to be your minister and will continue to be so whenever my time with you ends. My sabbatical should help you feel confident about that. It will be exciting time to invite your friends to visit because of our line-up of lay led and guest-led worship services. There will be important discussions involving the direction of the downstairs building project and an  annual pledge drive. And you will have an entire winter to explore with each other what the journey toward radical love is coming to mean to you.

         I would love to come back and be able to hear from each of you that you did some loving you hadn’t anticipated. Maybe each of you can overcome our famous New England reserve and reach out to meet and greet someone whose name in the directory is unfamiliar to you. Read More about “From the Minister”

Save the Dates!

Radical Love Made Visible – at CVUUS

The CVUUS Board encourages everyone to provide input on various parts of the CVUUS Purpose Statement.  See the complete CVUUS Purpose Statement on the web at

The CVUUS Purpose Statement is divided into three priorities, so we’ll start with the third highest priority and count back to one over the next few months.  We’ll have post-it notes as inserts in the bulletin, or you can provide other notes, cards, or paper to record answers and post them onto one of the Yellow Radical Love Made Visible Posters.  If you’d rather just talk to a real person – we’d love that too. Search out any member of the Board and share your perspectives.

Questions from our Third Priority:

How have you connected to and/or seen radically visible a purpose beyond individual and congregational self-interest?  How did that spiritually nourish you?  What would Rev. Barnaby be surprised to hear about?

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Member Stories

As some of you know, I was raised in this community from the age of 9. I vaguely remember the infamous first meeting in the Berninghausen’s, and remember well every stage of our growth leading up to this lovely space. In the early days of planning CVUUS it was my own mother who made the “piss or get off the pot” pronouncement which perhaps prompted the paths of fate which have brought us all together today. I know her bluntness and aforementioned approach to life and decisions has prompted many a move in my own life.

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