This Sunday

Art at Work

Using the art displayed in his office, Rev. Barnaby explores how the art we bring into our work spaces tells stories, keep us sane, and invites connection. Bring your stories of your favorite workplace art.

Rev. Barnaby Writes

From the Minister

I’m sorely tempted to slip into summer vacaon mode in this letter to you. A few jokes, a bunch of thank-you’s, a joyful poem, a reminder that we have some wonderful spirituality and the arts services scheduled for this summer, and a blessed be. But I’m too excited about some of our longer-range plans that we will be laying the groundwork for this summer not to mention them to you right now!

Our worship themes. We will be focusing from September through May on an in-depth exploration of the wide variety of things we care about through a month-by-month journey through the UU Seven Principles. Read More about “From the Minister”

Save the Dates!

Spirituality & the Arts Summer Worship & Events

Join us Sunday mornings at 10 am for worship with invited artists of our congregation and beyond exploring a range of creative spiritual expression. We also welcome special music to our Sanctuary.

MaMuse Concert, Wed July 24, 7:30 pm

Benefit for Bail Money Concert, Wed Aug 7, 7 pm,

PointCounterpoint Faculty, Fri Aug 30 & Sept 6, 7:30 pm

Gather Your Summer Waters!

Spring brings our Flower Communion and Fall brings our  Ingathering Water Communion where we bring water from our summer travels or favorite watering hole to fill our communal bowl. We look forward to receiving your water for our Ingathering Worship Service, Sunday Sept. 8. We’ll assemble the previous Sunday Sept 1 of Labor Day Weekend at CVUUS in our sanctuary Read More about “Spirituality & the Arts Summer Worship & Events”

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.