Join us for our summer long exploration of spirituality and the arts with worship services led by special guest artists.  Summer Religious Exploration is available for kids–yoga, rockets, origami, games, tie dye, performing poems, and more. Nursery care available.

Summer Worship Services

(Sundays at 10 AM)

July 1—Reconnecting with Buttercup—Francois S. Clemmons reflects on a lifetime of singing and resilience in the face of oppression through the lens of a wise and compassionate letter he’s written to his young self.

July 8—ART…ificial Intelligence – Rev. Barnaby reflects on the role of art in the spiritual life of the science-oriented crowd that came to Star Island at the end of June for a week-long conference on artificial intelligence. .

July 15—The Angel in the Marble & the Animism of Ideas Join Caitlin Gildrien in an exploration of writing and spirituality.

July 22—On the Breath of Song—A service about the practice of singing for the dying led by members of Hospice Volunteer Services and the Wellspring Singers Hospice Singing.

 July 29—Singing My Heart Out—Singer and CVUUS Director of Religious Exploration, Poppy Rees, shares her experience with singing as a path to deeper connection and joy. A very musical worship service which will include singing by Poppy, as well as all who come.

August 5—The Art of Facing It: Mindfulness Meditation in My Writing Life–Doug Wilhelm of Weybridge has published 15 novels for young readers, including The Revealers, which has been read and discussed by over 1,000 middle schools. He’s surprised, actually, to realize that his fiction relates right back to his experience in 1975 in India with S.N. Goenka — the man who brought mindfulness meditation out of Burmese monasteries, and gave it to the world.

August  12—The Healing Power of Art—Silas Conlon and Ann Webster invite congregants to share their experiences.

August 19—Ritual, Play and Performance—Middlebury Actors Workshop Artistic Director, Melissa Lourie will lead a service on the inherent spirituality in theatre practice.  She will reflect on her work as the director of her company’s recent production of Lucas Hnath’s The Christians.  The gospel choir that was an integral part of the production will make an encore appearance.

August 26—Spirituality & Theater: Some UU’s –Rev. Barnaby leads an exploration of some of the great theater, both tragic and comic, embedded in UU history.

Sept 2Are We Having Fun Yet? — Our annual cookout worship service at Stonewood Farm in Orwell. Paul and Frances Stone recall the hardest work they ever did and Rev. Barnaby explores what makes work fun. Weather permitting, Matilda the goat will be given another chance to eat the order of service as part of our call to worship.