We Unitarian Universalists talk a lot about making the world a better place. Our UU principles articulate specific ways such a “better” world might look, and feel, and act. So, how does change actually happen – in a person’s life, in a community, or even in the whole world? When has change happened to you?
The service will be live-streamed from the Sanctuary at 10 a.m., and a recorded version will be available on YouTube as of next Tuesday. The livestream link for Sunday will be sharedon the uusociety.org website before the service.
All are welcome to Zoom Coffee Hour, starting at 11 a.m. at this link: bit.ly/3j4RxJ9
Sept. 12 - Sunday in the Park, With Friends!
Erika Reif, Director of Lifespan Faith Development
All are welcome! Come spend the afternoon with us at Oakledge Park from 3 to 5 p.m. this Sunday. Bring your favorite outdoor toys, a snack, a chair… whatever makes you comfortable as we gather to be with one another in the great outdoors. No formal programming, just time spent together outdoors. Families with kids of different ages will be there to meet you, within sight of the playground to start. The High School Yuuth Group will be meeting nearby. We hope to add some ice cream to the late afternoon mix. See you there!
Yuuth Group Kick-Off - Sept. 12
David Ruffin, Director of Youth & Creative Arts Ministries
Whether you're already active in our Yuuth Group, and excited to return, or you've never been to Yuuth Group but are curious to check things out, all are invited to come out to Oakledge Park this Sunday, September 12 from 3-5 p.m. We're going to have a relaxed hang by the water, play some games, eat some ice cream, reconnect/start getting to know one another, and kick this year off. I'm excited to have some final summer fun together, and see "new" and "old" faces, especially as I'm new to everyone in this new role! Faith Development will be running a concurrent gathering for families nearby in the park, so feel free to make it a family affair. We'll be meeting right where Flynn Ave. ends and then moving towards the green area near the Earth Clock. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or just to let us know you're coming.
Second Saturday Potluck & Song/Poetry Circle
Come Together at Our Second Saturday Potluck & Song/Poetry Circle, In Person and By Zoom!
Saturday, September 11, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
This month, we’ll gather again in person! We’ll also have a laptop set up for folks who’d like to attend by Zoom (since we’ll be outdoors, the internet connection and audio quality
may be subpar. Because we’ll be eating first, plan to sign in to Zoom at around 6 p.m.)
Bring: Potluck dish, utensils and plate, folding chair, instruments, a song, a reading, yourself.
Where:166 Loomis Street, Burlington (light blue house, on the north side of the street, between N. Willard and N. Prospect). Limited parking in our driveway. There should be parking spaces on upper Loomis Street.
Updated Covid-19 Precautions: Because of the spread of the Delta variant of Covid-19, we’re inviting those who are fully vaccinated to attend in person. Those who aren’t vaccinated are invited to attend by Zoom. I know this is disappointing but we must put everyone’s health and safety first. We’ll maintain a degree of safe social distancing. We’re also asking that folks wear face masks when they’re not eating or performing.
Sept. 19 - Water Communion & "Big Blue Trunk" Play Time!
Erika Reif, Director of Lifespan Faith Development
Sunday, September 19, 10 a.m.
While our livestream service is broadcast from inside the Sanctuary, Rev. Tricia and Erika will be leading a Water Communion ceremony on the front steps of the Meeting House, open to all, especially families with children! After the brief ceremony, Rev. Tricia will join the livestream indoors and the rest of us will stay on the grounds, enjoy coffee, tea, and snacks (with distance) and play with The Big Blue Trunk (an entertainer with gadgets galore). At around 10:45 parents are invited to take a breath and take part in a parents circle in the Memorial Garden, where we can enjoy the community of other UU parents and discuss our hopes for the year to come, all while Childcare staff supervise the children as they play! (Please bring and wear a mask).
Fall Vespers Series - Save the Dates!
Rev. David Ruffin and the Vespers Team
We are excited to announce the return of Vespers, beginning with four outdoor services. On Wednesday, September 22, 6-7 p.m. in the Memorial Garden, we will officially welcome fall with a special Autumnal Equinox Vespers. We will then continue the outdoor series (yup, bring your sweaters and coats), every other Wednesday evening, through early November (10/6, 10/20, 11/03). We have space for 30, comfortably, sitting distanced in the Memorial Garden, but please do bring a mask. We are also exploring options to share at least parts of these services online. Stay tuned for more about virtual/online offerings.
Vespers services offer a mid-week opportunity for a soulful, musical, co-creative hour of renewal and connection. Vespers are part of FUUSB's multigenerational creative arts ministry and need you and your voice (your poetry, music, story, rhythm, dance, painting, photography, etc.!) to make the magic happen. Please reach out to email@example.com to learn more about getting involved. ALL are welcome. Hope to see you soon!
Update: Roddy O'Neil Cleary Memorial Service Postponed
From Roddy's Family:
"Due to shifting COVID guidelines around indoor gatherings & the rise of the Delta Variant, we’ve decided to postpone our mom’s memorial and hopefully revisit around this time next year. It’s a difficult decision but ultimately the one we feel best about. Meantime we’re so grateful for all the love & support we’ve gotten from folks during this time. It’s beautiful to see mom’s spirit alive in so many. Best to all, and we’ll be in touch."
Your Racial Justice Team brings you a walking tour: “More Than a Market: Finding Community in Local Markets of Burlington,” October 16, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Join this tour to learn about the migration stories through historic and present-day markets owned by people from around the world. These neighborhood markets have long served as the heart of their communities. Some markets have been in the same family for many generations and others expand the horizons of immigrants coming to the city and looking for a taste of home. Featured are historic markets on North Champlain St., Conger Ave., Pearl St. and North Ave. Our group is limited to 8 participants.
This will be a free tour, starting at 7 Pine St. and ending at 1 Intervale Ave. This tour is organized by the Community Center on Allen St. Please register with Linda Cooper, firstname.lastname@example.org to enjoy this historical tour.
September 19 at 10 a.m.
Online Worship Service
Rev. Patricia Hart with Rowan Van Ness
Join us for live-streamed Sunday worship! The link will be shared on our website, uusociety.org. On Sept. 19 there will also be a brief outdoor water communion. More details in next week's eNews!