How Our Buddhist Practices Support Us in Hard Times

Our annual CVUUS Sangha service led by Dinah Smith with words from Pema Chodran and reflections from her, Colleen Brown, Bobbie Carnwath, Jack Carter and Marsdin Van Order accompanied by water images and music.

Order of Service

Preservice & Prelude: Prayer Flags with reflective images and text

Bell: Recognition of Abenaki Land   Julia Chant

Welcome & Pathways to Connection: Liam Greenwood, Worship Associate

Call to Worship/ Chalice Lighting: Pema Chodron’s words   Bobbie Carnwath

Responsive Reading: Metta Sutra   Colleen Brown

Music: Meditation on Breathing by Sarah Dan Jones

Time for All Ages: Zen Shorts excerpt by Jon Muth   Poppy Rees, Dir. of Religious Exploration

Honoring the Children in Song: Let Us Open Our Hearts  Poppy & Milo Rees

Offering Intro: The Meaning of Dana  Dinah Smith

Offering: Today’s offering will be for Common Ground Center. Contributions can be made at

Milestones & Passages: Liam Greenwood. Future ones can be shared at


Readings & Intro to Reflections: Marsdin Van Order

Reflections with water images and music: Colleen Brown, Dinah Smith, Marsdin Van Order, Jack Carter, Bobbie Carnwath

Closing: Pema Chodran’s words  Jack Carter

Postlude:  Nature slides with music

Thanks to our “Stream Team” Margy Young and Richard Hopkins, our CVUUS Sangha members led by Dinah Smith for sharing reflections and Jordan Young for managing the zoom room.