This Sunday

The Promise and the Practice

Dr. King was a theological Unitarian rather than what evangelicals call a “true Christian,” but would he have been comfortable worshiping with us?

Rev. Barnaby Writes

From the Minister

 I’ve been thinking about what kind of game could celebrate being a people of possibility – our January theme. My one rule given all the woes of the world would be to make it a fun break. And a stretch. I began thinking about a spelling/word game with 31 turns – one for each day of the month. Players would share answers. So here goes::

Day 1 – do something with the letter P. (Like make it so big you could fit “e” and “a” and “c” and “e” inside the half-circle).

Day 2 – do something with “Po” that doesn’t spell out our theme word. (Like “Poppy’s on sabbatical! I hope she enjoys it.”)

Day 3 – Pos…”Pose a great question – do the world a favor.”

Day 4 – Poss… “Possitive is not spelled like this – I’m sure of it!.”

And of course it gets harder if you take it too seriously as the week progresses, so I suggest welcoming increasing silliness. And then you get to: Read More about “From the Minister”

Save the Dates!

CVUUS MLK Day Field Trip for Justice, Monday Jan 21

Join us on Martin Luther King Jr Day for Dreams into Action: A Community Conversation about Race at Grace Church.  Featuring Etan Nasreddin-Longo, Co-chair of the Fair and Impartial Policing Committee of the Vermont State Police and the chair of the Attorney General’s Racial Disparities in the Criminal and Juvenile Justice System Advisory Panel; Mickie and Neil Richardson, citizen activists from Randolph; and Rutland NAACP President Tabitha Pohl-Moore. Co-sponsored by the Rutland NAACP, the Rutland Interfaith Clergy group and the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society. NAACP will provide lunch starting at noon. Free. Donations welcome. Contact Rev. Barnaby or Caitlin Gildrien about carpooling and ways to help with lunch or donations. Read More about “CVUUS MLK Day Field Trip for Justice, Monday Jan 21”

Member Stories

As some of you know, I was raised in this community from the age of 9. I vaguely remember the infamous first meeting in the Berninghausen’s, and remember well every stage of our growth leading up to this lovely space. In the early days of planning CVUUS it was my own mother who made the “piss or get off the pot” pronouncement which perhaps prompted the paths of fate which have brought us all together today. I know her bluntness and aforementioned approach to life and decisions has prompted many a move in my own life.

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