The Art of Mindfulness: A Family Service

In our Sanctuary (no Zoom). Louise and Ashley Cadwell shared their experience learning with Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh at family retreats with their children, Alden and Chris, when they were ages 5-14.  Louise and Ashley guided and led a brief sitting and walking meditation. This service was designed for families. Tim Guiles on piano. We shared our plate with New Community Project. Kids of all ages are invited to come to worship. They can sit in chairs, on the floor, or over in our Kid Area. Our Nursery is open, with a changing table, but is unsupervised. Followed by social hour in Fellowship Hall.

Order of Service

Bell: Land Acknowledgement  

Welcome & Pathways to Connection:  Becky Strum, Worship Associate

Prelude: Tim Guiles

Call to Worship:  Be Here, in this Moment by Chip Roush    Becky Strum

Chalice Lighting (Chant):  Louise Cadwell and Chris Murphy

Offering:  We’ll share our collection with New Community Project. Pete Antos-Ketcham will present on VT’s New Community Project, the New England Sustainable Living Center based on his Starksboro farm. Please write all checks to CVUUS. All cash and checks not otherwise specified will be split between CVUUS and our donee. You can give online at

Offering Music: Tim Guiles

Receiving the Offering:   From You I Receive (Gray #402)

Milestones & Passages: Becky Strum

Reflection:  Slides and stories of Learning with Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh and Plum Village Family Retreats       Louise & Ashley Cadwell

Gatha:  Louise Cadwell, Chris Murphy & Congregation

Breathing in, breathing out

Breathing in breathing out,

I am blooming as a flower

I am fresh as the dew.

I am solid as a mountain,

I am firm as the earth.

I am free.


Breathing in, breathing out.

Breathing in, breathing out.

I am water, reflecting

What is real, what is true.

And I feel there is space

Deep inside of me

I am free, I am free, I am free.

Sitting Meditation & Readings:  Ashley Cadwell


In Out…Deep Slow…Calm Ease…

Smile Release…Present Moment…

Wonderful Moment

Walking Meditation:   Louise & Ashley Cadwell

Benediction (Gratitude):  Ashley Cadwell

Postlude:  Tim Guiles

Credits: Thanks to our guest speakers Louise & Ashley Cadwell; Mary Hadley for tech support; Flower Co-op for seasonal arrangements; Mike Greenwood and Alan Moore for overseeing safety, sound, and social hour and Avi Freund and others who helped set up, usher, and greet.

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