This Sunday

Losing Hope

Rev. Barnaby looks at the ways we lose hope and how this holiday season teaches us to respond.  (Today’s offering will be divided among our part-time employees as a holiday bonus).

Rev. Barnaby Writes

From the Minister

I’m writing this just before Thanksgiving following one of my fullest weekend’s as your minister. Friday evening, when I’m usually at home for Shabbat with Michele, was devoted to co-leading the White Fragility workshop that drew 35 participants. Saturday, my normal day off, was filled with our Board Retreat. Sunday included our worship service, a rich Congregational Conversation about music at CVUUS, a thought-provoking pastoral hour with a congregant growing out of the White Fragility workshop, and greeting 8 Cuerdas, a group of talented musicians from Burlington who had rented our amazing Sanctuary for a late afternoon concert. (I let them know we would love to have them back as part of worship some day).
By Sunday night, I felt I had repeatedly lived the lesson of that Sunday’s sermon: what we need is here. For example, the Board Retreat started with a ritual in which each of us wrote down a gift we believed we had on a card, swapped cards with a partner, and discussed our gifts with them. Partners then recounted each others gifts to the group. As each gift was named, we placed a stone representing it on the table with our chalice in the center of our circle. A true “what we need is here” plus moment! Who we are blessed to be among is here.
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Save the Dates!

Dec 24 Christmas Eve Services

Bring visiting family, neighbors and friends. Both end with traditional lighting of candles and singing of Silent Night.

5 pm —No-Rehearsal All-Ages Nativity Pageant!  Join our family-friendly service in which all are welcome to take part in our joyful story with Mary, Joseph, shepherds, sheep, angels, animals, wise ones, and stars – flexible      depending on who shows up (last year we had 3 Marys, each with a baby Jesus). We provide costumes or bring your own.  Or just sit, watch, and sing along with the traditional carols.  Holiday Youth Choir will sing and chime bells. Led by Director of Religious Exploration Poppy Rees.

7:15  pm —Carol Singing with CVUUS Choir

7:30 pm — Fake News vs. Good News — A traditional UU Christmas   Service reflecting on the intersection of hope, faith, courage, and compassion led by Rev. Barnaby. Special music: Timothy Cummings and Francois Clemmons. Readings from the Christmas Story and congregational carol singing. Donations from Christmas Eve services go to HOPE.

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Member Stories

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