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September 10, 2020
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Zoom Campfire & Open Mic
Staying Connected
Outdoor Vespers Services
The Black Heritage of Burlington
Children's Garden Event
Faith Development at Home
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Sundays at 10:45 a.m.
Virtual Coffee Hour
or call 1-646-558-8656 
(meeting ID: 664 917 485)

Alternate Sundays, 2 p.m.
(next meeting 9/20)
Yuuth Group
or call 1-413-398-0207 (PIN: 744 756 177#)

Wednesdays at 12 p.m.
Zoom-In Lunch with Rev. Tricia
or call 1-646-558-8656
(meeting ID: 105 353 699)

Thursdays at 4 p.m.
Drop-In Chalice Circle
or call 1-646-558-8656 (meeting ID: 882 782 496)


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First UU Society of Burlington
152 Pearl Street
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 862-5630
Join Us for Online Worship This Sunday!
Water Communion Chalice

Worship Leader: Rev. Patricia Hart
Worship Associate: Judy Brook
With special music by Penny and Adele deRosset

"Come, Come, Whoever You Are!"
The pandemic may have changed lots of things, but it's still September: school is starting, and so is this new year at the First UU Society! Join us for a celebration of this wonderful religious community, which is growing and evolving even now. Recognizing the beloved tradition of Water Communion, our theme will be water: source of all life, constantly changing.

Join us for online worship at at 10 a.m.

Join us for our online Zoom coffee hour, if you can: 10:45 a.m. - noon at or call 1-646-558-8656 (meeting ID: 664 917 485).

Zoom Campfire & Open Mic 
Todd Schlossberg

Come to Our Second Saturday Zoom Campfire & Open Mic This Saturday, September 12, at 7 p.m.! 

Join us dear friends, this Saturday eve 
For songs to be sung, and tales for to weave 
The company of friends, to delight and inspire  
Warm your hands and your heart at our online campfire! 
Who: Everyone! Invite friends and family!  
How: via Zoom, on your computer, tablet, or phone
When: Saturday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. 
Share: a song, an instrumental piece, a short story or poem, a little-known talent, or just watch and listen. Bring your own beverage.   

To sign up for the open mic, email Todd: 
Meeting ID: 873 3194 0743, Passcode: 821780

Staying Connected
Sarah Russell, Membership Team Co-Chair

September 13 at 12 p.m. 
The Membership Team will be holding a virtual "Staying Connected" gathering. "Staying Connected" is primarily intended for "newish" folks to get acquainted and learn a bit more about First UU Society. It is very informal; we simply go around the "room" introducing ourselves, collecting and answering questions. We've hosted three of these gatherings so far; all were well-attended with positive feedback. We warmly invite you to join us via Zoom. We look forward to seeing you!
Zoom link: or join by phone at 1-646-558-8656 (meeting ID: 586 369 862).
Early Fall Outdoor Vespers Services
In the midst of these challenging times, as summer turns to fall, let us safely come together, in person, to renew our hearts in community, in what has quickly become a beloved weekly ritual. Gather under the cover of our Memorial Garden canopy, for music and prayer, poetry and reflection, sharing and renewal. This small, physically-distanced, outdoor evening Vespers service will be led by Rev. David Ruffin and musical guests from the congregation.

Wednesday, September 16, 6:00-6:40 p.m.
Space is limited to 25 individuals. Register here.
Please bring and wear your mask, and on the day of the event review our COVID Safety Checklist.
The Black Heritage of Burlington
Linda Cooper, Racial Justice Team

Your Racial Justice Team brings you a walking tour: 
The Black Heritage of Burlington
Saturday, September 19, 10:30 a.m.-noon

Take a walk along Archibald and Elmwood Streets with historian Elise Guyette to discover some of the African American history of the Old North End. As we walk and talk, we will encounter a former black church, a black-owned grocery store, the former home of black barbers who worked on Church Street, a hotel that was once in the "Green Book" and more. Meet at 78 Elmwood, at the south end of Elmwood Cemetery, at 10:30. We will end our walk at George and Elaine Little Park on the corner of North Winooski and Archibald. Elise Guyette is author of Discovering Black Vermont: African American Farmers in Hinesburg, 1790-1890.
Sign up at this link. For questions, contact Linda Cooper, or 922-7554. 
Cost: $10 per person. Maximum of 20 people on the tour with a minimum age of 14. We know you will learn and enjoy this walk!

Special Event - Children's Garden
Margo Whitcomb, Faith Development Assistant

We are rescheduling the event planned for this Sunday 9/13, acknowledging the challenges of this week as school begins on the heels of a holiday. These revised dates and activities can be found in greater detail and for registration in Realm. Mark your calendars!

Sunday 9/27, 10-11 a.m. PreK to Elementary-aged children are invited with their families to the Memorial Garden. Interactive storytelling and activities center on the story of water and our stewardship of the interdependence of all living things. Led by Margo Whitcomb, a veteran theatre educator.
Sunday, 10/4, 10-11 a.m. Family Chapel for all children and families. Centered on the October theme of "Deep Listening," Erika will lead this creative and dynamic gathering with a selection of activities and rituals.

Faith Development at Home for Families
Margo Whitcomb, Faith Development Assistant

As we reflect on water and our Ingathering, this site is a wonderful resource for young and old. Quick steps to your own in-home water blessing as well as a wealth of information and beautiful imagery on other ways to honor Earth's bounty. Make your own water ceremony

Enjoy this Creation story from the Navajo tradition; an indigenous folktale with an ecological theme. Snail Girl, A Navajo Story
Reminder: Online Joys & Sorrows Form
While in-person services are suspended due to the pandemic, we want to provide an alternative way for you to share your Joys & Sorrows with the congregation. An online Joys & Sorrows submission form is available at this link, and in each week's eNews (in the left margin). Joys & Sorrows will be shared in the service as much as possible. Since online services are available publicly on the FUUSB YouTube channel, we will not read full names or personal details. Thank you!