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April 14, 2017
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Planting Ideas
The Annual Easter Egg Hunt approaches!
FUUSB Participation in UU-Wide White Supremacy Teach-in
Care Network Corner
RJTF Meeting
Love and Justice Vigil for Economic Justice
Five Star Film Café!
Hold the Date for Coffee House and Potluck
Democracy Now!: Covering the Movements Changing America
"Beauty and Dismay Unfurled"
Upcoming Sundays for Children
Breath of Fresh Air

Upcoming Services
**Easter Sunday**
April 16- "Life Breaks Through: An Easter Multigenerational Service"
9 & 11

Worship Leaders: Rev. Mara, Martha, and Andre
Worship Associate: Judy Brook
Adult Choir at 11am

In this sacred time in the Jewish and Christian liturgical years, we will gather for a life-affirming celebratory worship for all ages, exploring the connections between resistance, disruption, and resurrection. What inspiration might the Easter story have to offer each of us as we seek to live in this world, at this time? How can our acts of holy resistance and disruption make space for life to break through? Children will be in the sanctuary for the entire service. Our traditional Easter Egg Hunt will take place in the memorial garden between services.

April 23- Inner Resistance
9 & 11

Worship Leader: Rev. Mara
Worship Associate: Rebecca Gurney

This month, we have been exploring how and why resistance matters, as we undertake our work of love and justice in the world. This Sunday, we'll turn inward, and consider what resistance looks like in our inner spiritual lives. How does resistance manifest in our personal life paths? What might our places of inner resistance have to teach us? To what does our inner resistance point us?


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Important Dates
April 16
Easter Egg Hunt

April 20
RJTF Meeting

April 27
Democracy Now! Covering the Movings Changing America: An Evening with Amy Goodman

April 29
People's Climate March
Montpelier, Washington D.C & across US.

May 2
Young Souls' Bagel Breakfast

May 6
FUUSB FunRaiser

May 11

Mother Up! A Gathering for Families

May 21
Five Star Film Café
"Where to Invade Next"

June 8

Mother Up! A Gathering for Families

June 11 
Five Star Film Café
"What the Health"


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Planting Ideas
by Stephen Rainville 

Your auction team is planting ideas for teas, dinners, BBQs, lessons, lakeside gatherings, hikes, artistic creations! What have you been mulling about? Time to turn those ideas into auction offerings! Do it yourself, or enroll a friend, or your small group or committee!

Help us raise $15,000. We have a goal of 100 listings by April 27th. May 6 at 6pm. Woo Hoo!!!
The Annual Easter Egg Hunt approaches!
by Tracy Titchner

null We ask that each family bring in one dozen filled plastic eggs per child participating. Due to several life threatening food allergies among the children, please fill the eggs with non-food items only. Ideas for egg-fillers are: stickers, tattoos, chalk, flower bulbs, coins, bouncy balls, small toy figures, and rings/bracelets. Get creative! It's fun to see all the great ideas that pop out of the eggs.

Regardless of weather, the hunt will take place in the Memorial Garden at 10:15 AM on Easter Sunday, April 16th. We need some volunteers to hide eggs and to help run the event. Please contact Tracy Titchner at
FUUSB Participation in UU-Wide White Supremacy Teach-in on April 30

Stemming from an important conversation about institutional racism in our UU faith and larger world, following recent concern around our Association's hiring practices, the Black Lives of UU (BLUU) organizing collective has issued a call for congregations to to participate in an upcoming teach-in on racism and white supremacy in the next few weeks. As some of you know, the BLUU includes many UU religious professionals and lay people of color. In keeping with our own mission of spiritual growth and acting for justice, and building on our ongoing racial justice ministry, we at FUUSB are joining this call, for which over 300 other UU congregations have already signed up.

Rev. Mara, Andre, Martha, and leaders from our Racial Justice Task Force are working to plan our Society's participation in that teach-in on Sunday, April 30, which will include both our Sunday service and an after-worship event. Rev. Mara was already scheduled to be out of that pulpit that Sunday in order to attend the People's Climate March in Washington, DC., but will be helping to plan the service and contributing to its content.

We recognize that people of color in our community may have particular needs in processing these recent events, as well as for the upcoming teach-in. We welcome people of color in our Society to share your ideas about how our community can best support you as we collectively work to address this critical issue. You can share your ideas directly with Andre ( or Zoe, co-chair of our Racial Justice Task Force, ( or meet with us on Sunday 4/23 after the 11:00 service. (Exact time and room will be posted and announced that morning.) We also welcome any questions or wonderings about the ongoing happenings in our larger UU world and our upcoming teach-in! Please be in touch with Zoe, Andre, or Rev. Mara to discuss or find out more.
Care Network Corner: Meal Train for Bonilla Family
by Sarah Weber

April showers bring May flowers! I hope the crocuses and daffodils are coming up in your yards.

The Bonilla family needs support for meals right now and, as of today, we are great need of volunteers for the rest of the month.

Please consider cooking a little extra one of these nights and taking what you don't need over to Kathy and her granddaughters. Here is the link to the meal train.

RJTF Meeting
by Zoe Hart

The Racial Justice Task Force will hold its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, April 20 in the Parlors from 5:00 to 6:30. This month's meeting will include brief updates on recent local events and then focus primarily on our two major initiatives - discerning FUUSB's racial justice work and establishing FUUSB support for Black Lives Matter. We'll be focused on identifying next steps and action items to drive progress in both these areas. If you're curious about or interested in the task force's work, feel free to join us. 
Love and Justice Vigil for Economic Justice-This Wednesday, April 19
by Kim Watkin

Please join us for our Love and Justice Vigil on Wednesday, April 19th from 5:15pm to 5:45pm in front of the FUUSB. Our week's focus will be economic justice. Join us singing and then standing in  silence as we gather in hopes of creating beloved community.  
Five Star Film Café!
by Valerie Wood-Lewis

Join us after the service in the community room for these must-see, social-justice oriented films, a simple vegan lunch, and conversation! Free, bring the whole family (see age guidelines and check Commonsense media), invite friends!

Sunday, May 21 @ 12:30: "Where to Invade Next"  To discover what we can learn from other countries, Michael Moore playfully "invades" them to see what they have to offer re: prison reform, school lunch, work policies, gender discrimination, and more. Hilarious and moving, the BBC called it a "guerilla act of humanity." (Age 15 and up, younger for politically aware teens)

Sunday, June 11 @ 11:30: "What The Health" is a surprising, and at times hilarious, investigative documentary that will be an eye-opener for everyone concerned about our nation's health and how big business influences it. (All ages.)

Contact Suzie McCoy ( or Valerie Wood-Lewis ( for more info!
Hold the Date for Coffee House and Potluck May 13th
by Sally Russell

coffee_cup.jpg HOLD THE DATE - "Mamma said there'd be days like this". Coffee House and Potluck - May 13th from 6pm-9pm.

The music committee and a small planning group are bringing back a Coffeehouse to FUUSB, thinking that in these tumultuous times it would be good to get together, sing, play and feed each other. Join us for a potluck and coffee house in the parlors for members and friends of all ages. If you sing, play an instrument, want to recite a poem, etc. there will be an open mic. More details to follow as we get closer to the actual date, so for now make sure to put it on your calendar.
Democracy Now!: Covering the Movements Changing America
An Evening with Amy Goodman
by Wendy Coe

An Evening with Amy Goodman, 7pm Thursday April 27  here at FUUSB

Join award-winning journalist Amy Goodman, host and executive producer of Democracy Now!, at the Burlington stop on her North American tour, Democracy Now!: Covering the Movements Changing America.

Goodman will speak about increased threats to freedom of the press and the importance of truly independent media to hold those in power accountable. In more than 20 years of reporting, Democracy Now! has covered the social movements that are now forming  the groundswell of opposition to the Trump administration; movements long ignored by the corporate media, but central to Democracy Now!'s daily journalism.

Amy will be introduced by her brother and co-author,  journalist David Goodman, host of the WDEV radio show  The Vermont Conversation.

Their latest NYT bestseller is just out in paperback, and will be available for sale, with an book signing to follow the talk.

$5 donation at the door.
"Beauty and Dismay Unfurled"
by Kristin Kany

Andre and I read a poem three Sundays ago and many asked for a copy to be made available. 

Upcoming Sundays for Children
by Martha Dallas 

Apr. 16 - Multigen Easter Service
Apr. 23- FUNday for kids (April break begins)
Apr. 30- FUNday again (April break ends)