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Join Kids for Kids in Crop Hunger Walk Oct 1

Assemble at 12:45 pm  on Middlebury Town Green for an hour’s walk to help with world and local efforts to reduce hunger. Last year we distributed over $6,000 to local food shelves and programs, and were 8th out of ninety walks in New England at raising funds! You can sign-up or donate at church later … Continued

Envisioning the Future: The Circle of the Way Forward

CVUUS Sangha merged with Bread Loaf Mountain Zen Community in late summer. We’re off to an inspiring start. Our first few Bread Loaf Mountain Zen programs engaged a few dozen people who are interested in the braided path of contemplative practice and social action. The mutual support of the sangha was nourishing, inspiring, and caring. A warm bow of gratitude and love … Continued

Religious Exploration Still Needs Assistants (and a few Leaders) for 17-18!

Infant-3 years      NURSERY    NEED: Substitutes: adults for Jackie (volunteer), youth for Journey (paid) Our Nursery is staffed by a paid experienced childcare supervisor and a high school assistant. Unstructured play in a safe and nurturing environment next to the Sanctuary.   PreK-grade 1        SPIRIT PLAY NEED: Assistant “Doorkeepers” – and maybe Leader “Storytellers” Circle … Continued

Migrant Support Growing in Addison County

In response to recent deportations of Addison County farm workers, many seek to help. Follow initiatives here or by joining the Migrant Ally email list (contact office@cvuus.org). Come to Addison County Migrant Ally check-in meetings on third Wednesdays of the month, 4:30 pm in CVUUS Fenn House. CHECK IN MEETING UPDATES At the Aug 16 … Continued

Radical Love: Social Justice Conversations

On February 19, 2017 our Congregational Conversation was on the topic “How Should CVUUS Do Social Justice?” After an introduction to the history of social action at CVUUS, we discussed: What does social justice mean? What does it look like? What are the characteristics of projects that would work for CVUUS? Who would decide, and how, … Continued

Class & Race Conversations Engage Us

CVUUS has engaged in several conversations on class inequity. Many gathered in Oct and again in April to explore privilege and access. You can preview what we covered in the Oct workshop (cvuus-final) and in the April one (CVUUS Race-Class) here. We’ve discussed race and class in several of our 3rd Sunday Congregational Conversations and invited Chuck … Continued

Join Black Lives Matter Ally Group

“The racist violence against the Black community by police needs to end. It will not end unless people of all races, especially white people, demand it. Enough.” — Former UUA President Rev. Peter Morales CVUUS Black Lives Matter (BLM) Ally Group organized last fall and is led by Piper Harrell and Judith Lashof.  They’re focused on understanding … Continued

Refugee Resettlement Project developing Refugee Journey Game

VRRP began orientation and training for its Youth Mentor Program in Sept in partnership with At Play in the Wild! It also started a Special Project – Refugee Journey Game Development this month with more work in October. Tasks – Interviewing and writing journey cards for the board game,    Playing card design. This project is in … Continued

Francois Clemmons on StoryCorps

Francois Clemmons and Karl Lindholm were featured on NPR’s Story Corps on Friday’s Morning Edition. Francois spoke about becoming Officer Clemmons on “Mister Roger’s Neighborhood” for 25 years. Listen to it online. You can also listen to Francois share about his time doing this in the April 9 worship service and sing  It’s You I Like with … Continued

Planned Giving Help Offered

In the past year, CVUUS gratefully received generous financial bequests following the deaths of Gus Swift and Abbott Fenn. These parting gifts, which Gus and Abbott had included in their wills, testified to their desires that Unitarian Universalism thrive in Addison County after they were gone. Bequests in wills represent the most common form of … Continued