CVUUS is blessed with many wise and well-trained individuals beyond Rev. Barnaby capable of providing temporary counseling support to members and friends in various kinds of distress. Laurie Borden ( or 545-2052) and Jordan Young ( or 802-989-3370) lead our Lay Pastoral Care Team. Marjorie Carsen is a member of this team.

Our Caring Network provides support, such as calls, visits, meals, and rides, to those in need. Please contact Nita Hanson (345-0489 or, Mary Lou Bright, Dale Birdsall, Ann Ross, Sue Grigg, Mary Ann Deverell, Ginny Moser or Michele Lowy for assistance. They can put out requests. Let them know if you would like to to provide assistance.

We thank all the faithful folk who have participated in our efforts to support our members – providing lots of meals and myriad rides to doctor’s offices, doing errands and paying visits. We encourage members of the congregation to call on us. We have an extensive network of willing helpers standing by.

Let’s Eat Together

The Caring Network welcomes you to lunch on the 4th Wed of every month at 12 pm  in Fellowship Hall.  The idea is to bring your own lunch while the Caring Network provides drinks and seating. Let your hosts Dale Birdsall 989-7660 and Ginny Moser (989-7586) know of your interest. Let them know if you’d like a ride.


Join Caring Network “FUUDIES” prior to lunch at 10 am in our new lower level kitchen to prepare meals for later distribution to those in need.

Green Burial

Caring Network offered a Green Burial presentation and discussion on May 11, 2017. The short video, Dying Green, was shown, followed by a brief talk by Michelle Acciavatti, a home funeral, green burial and advance care planning guide, and death midwife from Montpelier. Green burial is a return to the way we have cared for our dead for thousands of years. A green burial does not embalm the body, uses a simple biodegradable shroud or coffin, no concrete or steel vault, and a grave of only three and a half feet deep. For more information, visit

Death Cafe

Kate Gridley and Helen Young hosted the first gathering of Death Café, April 27, 2017. Attendees gathered to eat cake, drink tea, and discuss death in a relaxed, open setting. Death Cafe is a discussion group, rather than a grief support or counseling session. More at

#Metoo Movement

The #Metoo movement has been so powerful and has helped many survivors to find their voice, as shared in recent worship services and events.  This also comes with a need for support, both for survivors speaking, and for those supporting and listening. WomenSafe is here for that. Their 24-hour hotline is available to anyone at any time (802-388-4205). Also, if anyone is interested in information about how to talk with youth about the #Metoo movement and healthy sexuality, WomenSafe can be a resource for this as well. You can speak with Director Kerri Duquette-Hoffman and board members Becky Strum, Amy Mason or Joanna Colwell.