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April 7, 2017
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Welcoming Bill McKibben to the FUUSB pulpit this Sunday
Fill Up Our FunRaiser Auction Site!
The Annual Easter Egg Hunt approaches!
Five Star Film Café!
Hold the Date for Coffee House and Potluck
Families, Get Ready for the People's Climate March!
Love and Justice Vigil April 12
It's Almost Time for the April Deep Listening Meet-UP!
Care Network Corner
Democracy Now!: Covering the Movements Changing America
Thank You Volunteers
FUUSB Book Club: "This Town"
Upcoming Sundays for Children
Breath of Fresh Air

Upcoming Services
April 9-From the Whirlwind: How Big Should Humans Be?  

*Worship Lead: Special Guest, Bill McKibben*  

Senior Minister: Rev. Mara

Worship Associate: Judy Brook

Flowers: Deborah DeLadurantaye

9 & 11

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Important Dates
April 9
Deep Listening Meetup
10:20 - 10:50

April 11
FUUSB Book Club: "This Town" by Mark Leibovich

April 13

Mother Up! A Gathering for Families

April 16
Easter Egg Hunt

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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Welcoming Bill McKibben to the FUUSB pulpit this Sunday! 

This Sunday we warmly welcome author and environmentalist, Bill McKibben to the pulpit for his sermon, "From the Whirlwind: How Big Should Humans Be" at 9 & 11.

Bill is an author and environmentalist who in 2014 was awarded the Right Livelihood Prize, sometimes called the 'alternative Nobel.' His 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has appeared in 24 languages; he's gone on to write a dozen more books. He is a founder of, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement, which has organized twenty thousand rallies around the world in every country save North Korea, spearheaded the resistance to the Keystone Pipeline, and launched the fast-growing fossil fuel divestment movement.

The Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he was the 2013 winner of the Gandhi Prize and the Thomas Merton Prize, and holds honorary degrees from 18 colleges and universities. Foreign Policy named him to their inaugural list of the world's 100 most important global thinkers, and the Boston Globe said he was "probably America's most important environmentalist."

A former staff writer for the New Yorker, he writes frequently for a wide variety of publications around the world, including the New York Review of Books,National Geographic, and Rolling Stone. He lives in the mountains above Lake Champlain with his wife, the writer Sue Halpern, where he spends as much time as possible outdoors . In 2014, biologists honored him by naming a new species of woodland gnat- Megophthalmidia mckibbeni--in his honor.

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Fill Up Our FunRaiser Auction Site! 
by Stephen Rainville 

Here we go! It's time to fill our FunRaiser auction site with your events and creations!

Dinners, tours, classes, lessons, road trips, vacation cottages..... Great opportunities for having fun while supporting our community building and monetary goals!

Go to to enter your offerings, and to view what's available for purchase. Then plan on spending a fun evening with your fellow UUs!

Saturday, May 6 at 6pm
Childcare available, please contact
Questions ?

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
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.
Families, Get Ready for the People's Climate March!
by Rachel Schek 

The Climate March is coming...April 29th in Montpelier, Washington DC, and across the country! Want to get yourself and your kiddos fired up, meet friends with whom to march, and make some art to carry? Join Mother Up! for our monthly gathering on Thursday, April 13th, 5:30-7:30 in the basement community room. A simple, vegetarian (vegan option) dinner for all ages will be included. Childcare is provided for young children in the nursery.

RSVP with food allergies and childcare requests to
Please use our Facebook event to invite friends
Love and Justice Vigil April 12 
by Kim Watkin

earth with tree coming out We hope you were able to attend the first "Love and Justice Vigil" last Wednesday.  We are committed to this vigil every Wednesdays from 5:00 to 5:30pm.  On Wednesday, April 12th we will meet on the top of Church Street with a focus on climate change. Bring your soulful voices and signs

April Deep Listening Meet-Up is this Sunday!
by Peggy Owen-Sands

Join members of the Healthy Congregation Team on S unday, April 9th from 10:20 to 10:50 to talk about interesting topics and meet interesting people.  The location of the Deep Listening Meet-Up will be posted on the white board.  And, for those of you who like to plan ahead, the next dates for Deep Listening Meet-Ups will be May 14 and June 11.
Care Network Corner: Meal Train Volunteers Needed for April
by Sarah Weber and the FUUSB Care Network

Happy April everyone. We have one family in need of meal assistance. As Kathy's illness continues, fatigue becomes an ever larger issue so the meals you supply are more and more important to the family.

There are no volunteers yet for April, so please help if you can and call me if you have any questions at all. (802 373 0197)

Thank you to everyone.
Sarah Weber (on behalf of the Care Network)
Meal Train for Kathy Bonilla and Family (Click Here)
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.
Thank You Volunteers! 
by Caitlin Waddick

For the Emma's Revolution concert on April 1st, we want to thank the nearly 20 people who donated food for the food and drink sales. It was lovely to have a range of items: cake, dried fruit and sesame sticks, regular and gluten-free cookies and brownies, Caprese veggie skewers wth balsamic vinegar, veggie plates wth hummus, and squash with mushrooms. A hat tip to D.O.V.E. (Demonstrating Our Values through Eating) for inspiring some healthier and more ethical choices. The food sales raised almost $200. Thank you to all who donated time and efforts! A good time was had by all. -- Caitlin Waddick, Linda Cooper, and concert organizers.  
FUUSB Book Club: "This Town" by Mark Leibovich
by Barbara Doody

On Tuesday, April 11th, from 12:00-1:30, the FUUSB book club will be discussing This Town by Mark Leibovich. The book is a story of Washington, D.C. in all its splendid, sordid glory.
All are invited to join us!
Upcoming Sundays for Children
by Martha Dallas 

Apr. 9 - Classroom Sunday: last one of the year!
Apr. 16 - Multigen Easter Service
Apr. 23- FUNday for kids (April break begins)
Apr. 30- FUNday again (April break ends)