This Sunday

Trust the Seeds

What seeds are you planting in your daily actions? What seeds do you allow to take root in your mind and heart? How do we prepare the soil to grow the garden which is our lives?

Rev. Barnaby Writes

From the Minister

Cicero, the great Roman politician and philosopher, called joy the simplest form of gratitude. That feels true to me. So let me start this month that builds toward Thanksgiving meals and Christmas spirit by wishing all of you a bounteous portion of joy as the days get steadily shorter and colder.

I fear, though, that we will miss out on a lot of reasons for gratitude if we look only for what brings us joy. And we need more than the available joy. The month begins with an election which, at best, will shift the political ground enough to offer slightly more protection to the most vulnerable among us. But the 2020 presidential campaign will begin in earnest as soon as the votes are counted. Everything that tears us apart will still be with us. Read More about “From the Minister”

Save the Dates!

Black Lives Matter!

Still haven’t read White Fragility? Order it from Beacon Press. Plan on coming to our pizza dinner and discussion on Nov. 16. (All copies are out of our library.) Come even if you haven’t read it and just want to
participate in the dialogue.
Sorry to Bother You, Wed. Nov 14, 4 pm and 7 pm at Middlebury Marquis. Middlebury Showing Up for Racial Justice will start its second annual 2018-2019 film series with this film by Boots Riley. Suggested donation is $10, but no one will be turned away. Read More about “Black Lives Matter!”

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.