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. Sue Grigg ( or 462-2966), 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.

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