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August 27, 2020
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Join Us for Online Worship This Sunday!
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"Their Names Are Mine"

Guest Presenter: Rajnii Eddins, 
with Cheryl Herrick, Peggy Owen Sands, and you!

This very special live (on Zoom) worship service - created and hosted by FUUSB's Racial Justice and Worship Associates Teams, and shared with Rabbi Jan Salzman and Congregation Ruach haMaqom in the Old North End - will feature the art and poetry of Rajnii Eddins. The service, which starts at 10 a.m. at this link, will continue for 90 minutes to allow time for responses and interaction between congregants and the artist.

Originally from Seattle, Washington, Spoken Word Poet and Teaching Artist Rajnii Eddins has been engaging diverse community audiences for over 27 years. He was the youngest member of the Afrikan American Writers Alliance at age 11 and has been actively sharing with youth and community in Vermont since 2010 - including his latest book, Their Names Are Mine. Rajnii's work confronts white supremacy while emphasizing the need to affirm our mutual humanity.

This Sunday's service will not be followed by our regular virtual coffee hour. 

Reminder - Photos for Ingathering Service!
Water Communion Chalice Rev. Tricia Hart, Developmental Senior Minister

Ingathering - September 13! 
A plan is in place to celebrate the congregation coming together - and Water Communion - on the traditional Sunday-after-Labor Day "beginning" of a new year for the Society. Since we can't gather in person, we are gathering pictures of as many First UU'ers as we possibly can. A team of volunteer photographers will be available to come to your house or apartment and take your picture on your porch or front steps, your yard or garden, maybe leaning out a window... setting the scene is up to you! We hope everyone will include some water in their picture, in recognition of Water Communion - and perhaps a sign with a message to your fellow congregation members, and the world. 

Of course you can send in a selfie, if it's easier. And you can choose not to include your picture (perhaps a sign or image instead?). However you want to be represented, we hope many of you will participate. All pictures we receive will be included in the September 13 worship service. 

Here's how it works: if you/your family want to be included in this First UU Society 2020 Photo Ingathering, send an email to Mary Williams ( by September 1 - including the best way to contact you (email, phone, text). We will divide the list among our team of photographers, and one of them will contact you to set a time for your photo session. 

Would you like to be one of the photographers? All you need is a good camera (probably your phone) and some free time in the first week or so of September. If you have questions or want to volunteer, send an email to Mary. How about today?
Outdoor Vespers Service - September 2
In these challenging times, while summer's abundant beauty is still with us, let us safely come together, in person, to renew our hearts in community. As nourishing as our online worship life has become, sometimes we just need to be in each other's physical presence. We may never have been more aware of how sacred that gift can be. 

Though we cannot yet all come together in this way, you are invited to join in our small, socially-distanced, outdoor Vespers service on Wednesday evening. Gather under the cover of our new Memorial Garden canopy, for music and prayer, poetry and reflection, sharing and renewal, with Rev. David Ruffin and Director of Music, James Stewart. 

Services have been held weekly since Aug. 12. Join us for our final summer Vespers service on Wednesday, Sept. 2, starting at 7 p.m. and lasting approximately 40 minutes. Arrive early if you can, to check in and enjoy a meditative space of welcome. We look forward to seeing you.

Registration is now open via Realm for the September 2 service at this linkSpace is limited to 25 individuals, so don't wait. If you do not immediately receive a confirmation email from Realm or if registering on Realm feels daunting to you, please email Erika at, listing who should be registered. 
At our recent services a couple people thought they had registered but it had not gone through. We want to avoid having to turn anyone away at the gate!  

Many repeat attendees are voluntarily waiting until the last minute to sign up, to leave space for newcomers, so if you haven't come yet and want to, sign up before Tuesday.

Please bring and wear your mask. For safety, participants are asked to review FUUSB's COVID Safety Checklist 
before attending a service.

Hymnals Available
Christina Fulton, Director of Operations & Finance

Many of you have asked if you can check out a hymnal to have while we are meeting virtually. The answer is YES! We will have hymnals available during the Vespers Service that you can take home: Wednesday, September 2, from 6:30-7:45 p.m. Anyone, even those not attending the service, is welcome to come by the Memorial Garden and pick one up. We ask that you check out no more than two per family, and be prepared to return them when we begin meeting in the Sanctuary again. 
From the Climate Justice  Team
Suzie McCoy, Climate Justice Team

Introducing the FUUSB Climate Justice Action Group: Putting our UU Values into Action

A new Climate Justice Action group has formed: Lucy Gluck, Linda Cooper, Suzy Haas, Valerie Wood-Lewis & Suzie McCoy. Watch your eNews for events, workshops and tips for Simple Ways to Live Simply for Climate Change. 

Some of the topics you'll see are "clean" products, composting/permaculture, eco-friendly cars, plant-based eating and cooking classes, film recommendations, reading material and more! Our first workshop is scheduled for September 6 under the Memorial Garden tent - see below for details and sign-up.
Make & Take: Environmentally-Friendly Household Cleaners
cleaning bottles Valerie Wood-Lewis, Climate Justice Team

Come make your own environmentally-friendly household cleaners!
Sunday, September 61:30-2:30 p.m.
Registration required
The Climate Justice subgroup, "Putting Our UU Values into Action," is running a series of "Make and Take" workshops where you can spend an hour that will make an immediate difference for the environment, and give you tools to incorporate those changes moving forward.
The first in the series Is How to Make a Non-Toxic, Environmentally-Friendly Cleaning Kit! We will meet in the Memorial Garden, masked and safely distanced at tables under the tent, to talk about why this is a great step to take, learn about some products to try, and make some products to take home.  

Consider joining the monthly interfaith anti-racism vigil in front of the Meeting House before our session, from 1-1:30.

Eckhart Tolle Chalice Circle
Jeff Byam

The Eckhart Tolle Chalice Circle is accepting new members. Currently, our group meets virtually on Sundays from 3 to 5 p.m. We would welcome you to join if you have interest. Please contact Jeff Byam at or (802) 355-2761 if you have any questions or if you are interested in joining.

Online Meditations
Linda Graves, Pastoral Care Associates Team Co-Chair

The Pastoral Care Associates Team hopes your spirit has been nourished over the last four months by the auditory meditations that have been provided each Tuesday on First UU's website. The meditation for August 25 was the last one, at least for a time. However, all of these offerings are archived on the PCA web page so you can access them any time you need a quiet, centering moment.
Reminder: Guide to Online Giving
Christina Fulton, Director of Operations & Finance

Many of you have been deciding to make your pledge and other gifts to the Society online. This is a wonderful idea that we support wholeheartedly. Giving online is safe and cuts down on administrative time processing checks. If you're considering this way of giving, but you're still a bit confused, here are the basics:

Where to set up your gift - If you are a member and have a Realm account, just log in to your account and click on Giving. From there you can either make a one-time gift or set up automatic payments. If you do not have a Realm account, you can make online gifts from our website: From there you can also make a one-time gift or set up automatic payments.

How to make sure your gift is credited to the right fund - When you set up online giving, there are several funds to choose from; here is a guide:
  • Angel Fund - This fund helps replace pledge income lost due to COVID-19 (applied to 2020/2021 fiscal year)
  • Share the Plate - This fund is like putting money in the basket on Sunday morning; it is split 50/50 between the Society and a nonprofit.
  • 2019/2020 Pledge - Gifts to this fund will be credited to your current year pledge.
  • Gift - All to FUUSB - Gifts to this fund will go to the current year general fund.
  • 2020/2021 Pledge - Gifts to this fund are credited to your pledge for the fiscal year beginning July 1.
  • Youth Group - This fund supports our Youth Group.
  • Boston Trip - Gifts to this fund support our youth going on the Boston UU History Trip.
  • Discretionary Fund - This fund assists members of our community with personal financial needs.
What methods of giving do you accept? - Credit cards, debit cards, or automatic debits from your savings or checking account. There are fees involved with these, but the fee is smallest for automatic debits. If you would like to cover the fees, you will be given the opportunity to do so while setting up your gift.

How often can I give? - You can make one-time gifts as often as you like! If you plan to set up automatic giving, you can choose to give every week, every two weeks, every month, twice a month, or every three months.

Can I give to more than one fund at a time? - Yes! You can choose which funds you would like to give to and how much you would like to give to each fund.  

Can I text my gift? - Yes! You can text a gift to FUUSB at any time by texting Steeple to 73256. You will be given the opportunity to give to any of the funds above.

If you ever have questions about online giving, please contact Christina at xina@uusociety.orgThank you so much for your generosity and support of FUUSB!

Champlain Valley Amnesty International Local Group
Carolyn Smiles, Immigration Justice Team

Human rights advocacy is at the core of the Champlain Valley Amnesty International (CVAI) local group's work.  Previous to COVID-19, CVAI met the third Saturday of each month at the Brownell Library in Essex Junction. Now we meet on Zoom (password-protected) on the third Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon. For the month of September we will meet on the second Saturday, 9/12.  Quite a few members of our FUUSB Immigration Justice Team are also members of CVAI.

We presently write letters during the month advocating for our Case Commitment involving imprisoned women in Iran whose crime was freedom of expression. One of these women is a human rights lawyer who has been given 38 years in prison and 147 lashes for defending women who have spoken up for human rights. We also write monthly Urgent Action letters. This past year we have also focused on trying to have asylum-seeking families released, together, from US detention centers, centers that now have COVID-19 spreading within them. 

CVAI's vision is the same as Amnesty International's vision: working to enable all people to enjoy the 30 human rights of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  

To learn more about AIUSA please go to:
To inquire about CVAI please email: 

In Memoriam
It is with sadness that we share the news that longtime First UU Society member Clem Holden passed away on August 22. Clem signed the membership book in 1995. We hold Sylvia and their family in our hearts. 

We will share Clem's obituary as soon as it is available. There are no plans for a memorial service at this time.