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October 3, 2019
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Join Us for Worship This Sunday!
Theme Circles Registration
Coffeehouse and Potluck
Pancake Breakfast
Exploring Paganism Chalice Circle
Emma's Revolution Concert
Refreshments for Emma's Revolution
Thank You
VIA Corrections Reform Action
UUA New England Region Updates
Neighborhood UU Congregation of Toronto

New to First UU?  Register for one of our upcoming New UU Orientation Sessions

Upcoming Services
Sunday, October 13 at 10 a.m.

Worship Leader:
Rev. Patricia Hart, Developmental Senior Minister
Worship Associate: 
Melinda Lee

"Dissonant Histories"
Origin stories about how "America" came to be have enormous impact on culture, norms, and even laws that define who belongs here. But different peoples have different stories, and it's past time for us to hold a larger truth. Honoring Indigenous Peoples Day.

Sunday, October 20 at 10 a.m.

Worship Leader:
Rev. Patricia Hart
Worship Associate: 
Cheryl Herrick

"Binding Each to All"
Some communities and traditions we are born into; others we choose to join, and sometimes even help to lead. What does it mean to "belong" to a congregation? Some reflections on the ways life has of calling us into becoming the persons we are meant to be.



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Join Us for Worship This Sunday!
Sunday, October 6 at 10 a.m. 

Worship Associates: 
Judy Brook and Mavis Milne

Annual Poetry & Music Service
Poetry and music give us a way of expressing our response to people, places, things, events, emotions, and what moves us to our depths or tickles the surface. Please join us for our annual poetry and music service led by members of the congregation.

Theme Circles Registration
Rodney Lowe

Registration is presently underway for our next season of Theme Circles! Groups will begin meeting at specific times during the third week of October, November, December, and January to explore the themes of Belonging, Attention, Awe and Integrity. 

Theme Circles consist of about eight to ten members who meet with a trained facilitator at specific times each month to discuss, reflect, and explore the monthly spiritual theme. Participation in a Theme Circle is a wonderful way to make new friends, connect with old friends, and foster meaningful connections in our large congregation. After receiving and studying the monthly edition of The Path , participants choose a question or two to incorporate into their daily lives and then ultimately share that experience (or other thoughts or inspirations) when the group meets. Be aware that when you join a Theme Circle, you should make every effort to attend all meetings, although members will certainly understand your absence when you are out of town.  

Sign-ups will extend online at this link through October 14. There will also be opportunities to sign up after the service on October 6 and 13. Each registrant will be asked to list first, second and third choice of group times. The sooner you sign up, the more likely you will get your first choice. You'll learn your Theme Circle group assignments soon after. 

If you have questions, email me at

We look forward to another fabulous season of Theme Circles!
Coffeehouse and Potluck
Join Us for Good Food, Friendship and Music at the Saturday, October 12 FUUSB Potluck and Coffeehouse
What?  Our Monthly FUUSB Potluck and Coffeehouse
Who?  Everyone! Friends and family  welcome
Where?  The Parlors, First UU Society of Burlington
When?  Saturday, October 12, 6-8:30 p.m.
Bring?  Yourself, friends, potluck dish, a song, story or poem
Questions?  Todd Schlossberg: 

Pancake Breakfast
Gabriel Ely, Youth Ministry Coordinator

The Yuuth Group is hosting a pancake breakfast next week on Sunday, October 13 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m., so join us after the service for a warm brunch in support of the annual yuuth service trip. There will be gluten-free options and lots of toppings!
Exploring Paganism Chalice Circle Open to New Members
Members of the Exploring Paganism Chalice Circle gather  to listen, to learn, to share, and to grow in our own ways and together as we explore the many paths of Paganism and Earth-centered spirituality.  We meet on the second Sunday of each month at the UU Meeting House from 12 to 1:30 p.m. 

Our previous discussion topics have included the Wheel of the Year, Making Magic, Magical Ethics, and Brigid - Goddess and Saint, among others. We have also shared some practical magical techniques and even had a Magical Show and Tell.

Our first meeting this year is October 13, 12-1:30 p.m. at the Meeting House.

If you are interested in learning more or have any questions, please contact

Emma's Revolution Benefit Concert for Social Justice
Debbie Ingram, VIA Executive Director

You are invited to a concert by award-winning Emma's Revolution on Saturday, October 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the First UU Meeting House. This event is sponsored by First UU, Peace & Justice Center, and Front Porch Forum, and will benefit Vermont Interfaith Action, Migrant Justice, Gun Sense VT, and Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism. 

Emma's Revolution writes and performs songs that fuel today's resistance movements, including "I Believe Her" in honor of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and all survivors. Their music has been featured on NPR's All Things Considered, sung for the Dalai Lama, praised by Pete Seeger, and covered by Holly Near. Tickets are $22 Advance/$28 Door (no one turned away), available at or at the Peace & Justice Center, 60 Lake St, Burlington.

Tickets will also be available on Sundays in the FUUSB Parlors after the service.

Refreshments for Emma's Revolution
Please sign up to help with refreshments to help the Emma's Revolution concert on October 26 be a
huge success. 

We need: Baked finger food like cookies or brownies, popular drinks like  large bottles of seltzer/fruit juice, compostable cups and napkins,  people to help with set-up, sales and clean-up. Please consider how you  can help and phone or text me, Linda Cooper, 802-922-7554.
Thank You
I would like to send a sincere thank you for all the heartfelt thoughts and cards. My dad and I were very close and this loss has been difficult. These are the times when being part of a community is so meaningful. My heart is filled with gratitude.

Christina Fulton
VIA Corrections Reform Action
Debbie Ingram, VIA Executive Director

Join Vermont Interfaith Action for our Corrections Reform Action on Tuesday, October 29 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Paul's Cathedral, 2 Cherry St.  in Burlington. VIA leaders will ask for changes in facilities and therapeutic and restorative programs in the Chittenden Regional Corrections Facility and other prisons across the state. Special guests are Mike Touchette, Commissioner of the Department of Corrections, as well as members of the House Corrections & Institutions Committee and of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Please join us to shine a light on this serious issue! For more information, see or call (802) 651-888.
UUA New England Region Updates

October's UUA New England Region newsletter is available! Please click here for the link.
Invitation from Neighbourhood UU Congregation of Toronto
Dear Fellow Unitarian Universalists,
As a service and not a business, we offer one pilgrimage a year to a sacred site on the Earth. Since 2006 we have traveled with a small group (15-20) of fellow UU's to: India, Vietnam, Peru, Turkey, Belize, Romania, Italy, Portugal, Cambodia, Laos and New Mexico. The pilgrimages are led by Rev. Wayne Walder, a full-time minister in Toronto, Ontario, with his partner Joan Walder. We call them Mindful Journeys and each day we meditate and reflect in the presence of beauty.  
We invite you to travel with us this year, to Peru and the wonders of Machu Picchu. Over the years Rev. Walder has developed friendships with several of the Shamans in the area. This gives us a unique and often private access to some of the most beautiful places on the planet.
These journeys are fully insured and guaranteed by World Wide Quest, a Toronto licensed travel agent. For more information and a full itinerary please contact Joan Walder at .

Thank you so much,

Joan Walder