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January 11, 2018
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Join Us for Worship This Sunday
Coffeehouse and Potluck
Economic Justice Task Force Listening Session
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Keynote Address
Nonviolent Communication Workshop
Inside Islam: Film Discussion Series
New Members Needed for Care Network
Office Closed on January 15

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Join Us for Worship This Sunday!
Sunday, January 14:
Services at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Rev. Mara Dowdall, Senior Minister
Maeve McBride, Worship Associate

Coffeehouse and Potluck
Sally Russell

January 13,  6-8:30 p.m. - Sanctuary City Coffee House - "Staying Warm in a Frozen World" - Coffee House and Potluck - FUUSB Parlors  

The music ministry team and a small planning group have scheduled Coffee Houses/Potlucks for the 2nd Saturday of the month in January-April of 2018. In the true spirit of a potluck please bring a dish of your choice to share with others. What better way to survive this BIG CHILL, than to break bread together, while we entertain each other! People of all ages are encouraged to attend.We have some people who have agreed to perform a few songs.  Additionally there will be time for an "open mic" so i f you sing, play an instrument, want to recite a poem, etc. you will have an opportunity to perform. Invite your  friends and come join us. Please contact  Brian Haas at  or Jonathan Sands at  with questions. 
FUUSB Economic Justice Task Force Congregational Listening Session
Sunday, January 14, 12:30 p.m. in the Community Room

On Sunday, January 14 , the FUUSB Economic Justice Task Force is holding a Congregational Listening Session in collaboration with Vermont Interfaith Action. We hope you can and will join us to share how you and your families and friends are faring in today's economy.  
The headlines scream of skyrocketing stock prices, corporations sitting on mountains of cash,  and  stagnating wages and soaring housing costs, in Vermont and throughout the nation. We get a daily dose of news on healthcare cuts, tax cuts, and cuts to domestic programs, "welfare" and Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and food stamps all in the name of "reform."
But how are you doing? How is work going? Are you making ends meet? Living your dreams? 
Your stories put a personal face on the policy decisions lawmakers make. On whether or not Vermont will increase the minimum wage; on whether or not we will ensure that no one loses pay or their job when they take care of their sick kids; on whether or not we will guarantee universal primary healthcare as a human right.
Vermont Interfaith Action-affiliated congregations all over Vermont are holding similar meetings; Montpelier's UU is holding one on the same day we are.
We can focus our congregation's justice work on the needs of our community if we engage with each other.   Please join and engage with us on January 14.
RSVP to or call Gene Bergman, 598-3602 or 658-6289.  Childcare can be arranged so please let me know.

2018 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Keynote Address
The Greater Burlington Multicultural Resource Center announced that Academy/Emmy Award Winner Louis Gossett, Jr. will deliver the 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. address. The annual event will take place this  Sunday, January 14 at 3:00 p.m.  in the Sanctuary of the First Unitarian Universalist Society Meeting House.  The event is free but ticketed.  Tickets  
are available at the Fletcher Free Library, City Market, and the Peace & Justice Center.

There will also be a panel discussion on Monday, January 15 at 12 p.m. at the Fletcher Free Library, "Race, Crime and the Criminal Justice System," an examination of the disproportionate number of minorities incarcerated in Vermont.

Nonviolent Communication Workshop
Sarah Forbes

Nonviolent Communication: Practical skills to live right relations in our homes and communities.
Facilitated by: Duke Duchscherer

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is a unique approach to communicating  -  thinking, speaking, and listening  -  which guides us in transforming ineffective patterns of relating into new, compassionate ways of acting, expressing ourselves, and hearing others. Developed by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg, this practical and proven process has been used around the world in schools, prisons, social activism, healthcare, war zones, and government institutions, as well as in intimate personal relationships. 
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In this free introductory workshop you can begin to:
* Develop practical skills to create a quality of connection between you and others that supports trust, emotional safety, openness, and intimacy
* Experience the power of empathy to liberate natural compassion from within yourself and others
* Cultivate skills to dialogue with, and connect to the heart of another even when judgment, criticism, and blame arise to 'block' communication
* Deepen your relationship with yourself, creating more self-understanding and self-care
Join us!
Saturday Workshop:  January 20, FUUSB Community Room,  9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch provided.
Sunday Sermon:  January 21, 9 and 11 a.m. Duke will give a sermon titled "Teach Only Love." 
Sunday Discussion:  January 21, FUUSB Sanctuary,  12:30 to 2 p.m. Snacks available.

Sign up:
Childcare is available with sign-up by January 14. Email

Facilitator Duke Duchscherer is a Certified Trainer with the International Center for Nonviolent Communication and is on the Board of Directors for the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence. He has facilitated learning events in Restorative Circles and Nonviolent Communication around the world with a depth and breadth of peoples and communities from small villages to governmental leaders at the United Nations.

This workshop is presented by the Healthy Congregation Team. Contact Steve Silverman with questions: 

Inside Islam: Film Discussion Series at FUUSB
Andre Mol, Ministerial Intern
The Sanctuary and Solidarity Task Force is sponsoring a film discussion series on Islam. This program focuses on deepening our understanding of Islam as a way to combat Islamophobia.

The two initial screenings offered in January and February examine the history of Islam and how the faith is understood and practiced by Muslims today. Each screening is paired with a group discussion structured to explore the topics of the film in more depth.

Click here for additional details including dates, times and a summary of each film. RSVP with Linda Graves at or ( 802) 578-8434.
New Members Needed for Care Network Team
It's a new year and the Care Network Team is  l ooking for new members. If you are interested in helpin g the Care Network figure out how to improve the support we can provide to each other, please contact us via email
at Most of what we do can be done on your own schedule at your convenience. We are most interested in maximizing our time helping, and minimizing our administrative/meeting time, so if you want to make the most impact with the least t ime, this is the group for you!  

During this cold, dark time of year, we have some families in need of some extra care and attention. Please make a little extra dinner and share. (Link to details is below.)

If you know of any other families who could use some assistance, please contact Sarah Weber, Martha Molpus or any other Care Network Team member. You can reach us at

*  Kathy Bonilla has been fighting a long-term health battle and she and her two granddaughters truly appreciate the help that a meal can be. 

*  Miriam (Tammy) Strauss is also dealing with long-term health issues caused by being rear-ended by a cattle truck.

 John Lincoln had additional shoulder surgery right after Thanksgiving and his partner, Jill Stevens, also has some long-term health challenges. They welcome some assistance for several weeks as John heals.

 Elz Curtiss is caring for her partner, Lynne Matthews, and would love a meal on Mondays for herself. She is the sole caregiver for Lynne on the weekends, and so by 
Monday has exhausted her food stores and hasn't had time to replenish them.  
The link to all these meal trains can be found here:  

On behalf of the Care Network Team,
Sarah Weber (802) 373-0197 (for any questions)

Thank you for all you do!

FUUSB Office Closed on January 15
Opportunities - add to your calendar or click for the monthly web calendar
The FUUSB office will be closed on Monday, January 15 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We will reopen on Tuesday, January 16.