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WEEKLY UPDATE |January 18, 2023




January 22, 2023 | 10:00am

"How Grief Transforms"  

Rev. Dr. Victoria Weinstein, Worship Leader

A dear friend whose young adult son died recently has granted me permission to share some of our conversations about the terrible transformative fire that is grief. How is she getting through it? She is, and people do, and there is wisdom to be shared.

Worship with us in the Sanctuary and on Facebook Live!

Join our livestream of the service by clicking the "Facebook Live" button (below).

Facebook Live
Order of Service
Offertory Online

Given the seasonal spike in COVID cases and the spread of other infectious diseases like flu and RSV, we encourage the wearing of masks when we are together. Masks are an easy and simple way to minimize worry over sharing germs as we enjoy each other’s company.  

For those of you who would like to maintain social distance in the sanctuary (which has several air filters running), the front side of the sanctuary by the wooden Lydia Breed sculpture is reserved for you. (See diagram here)

A Message from Rev. Vicki

In the Spirit

“Ch-ch-ch-changes, turn and face the strange,” sang David Bowie. His song was my senior prom theme and it is the theme of the next several weeks’ worship services. Change is inevitable.

Sometimes we choose to change and embrace the transformation process, while many times change comes about due to circumstances we never would have chosen. One of the most

pressing spiritual questions I have when considering this reality is why we so often avoid considering, let alone planning for, the changes that are inevitable with aging and end-of-life. We prepare high school students for college or life after school in very intentional ways, why not the much later chapters of our lives?

Looking forward to seeing you soon. We have many exciting and interesting programs coming up!

In faith, hope and love,

Rev. Vicki 

Faith Development

This Sunday, our Neighboring Faith class for 6th grade and up will visit the Swampscott Church of Spiritualism. This has been a favorite for the classes in the past. Since their service starts later, our group will meet at UUCGL at the usual start time of 10am and travel over together. Parent pickup will then be at the Swampscott Church of Spiritualism at 12:30pm. Registration is required to participate in the trip. Our younger cohort will gather at 10am in the Spirit Play classroom for a Spirit Play story and activities together.

And if you haven’t registered yet, please let us know you’ll be coming to Game Night this Friday night! At last count, we have 27 attending. Registration is not required but we’ll order pizza based on the number registered as of Friday morning. Feel free to invite friends and family. See you soon!

Rev. Chris Scheller

Minister of Community Life and Learning

For more details about our programs for children and to register, check out our webpage here.

Thank You...

Dear UUCGL Congregation,

Many thanks from the staff of the Pediatric department at Lynn Community Health Center for the lovely assortment of warm gear for our patients. Many warm smiles are generated when we distribute your hats and mittens, and we are very grateful for your thoughtfulness. We send wishes for your good health in this new year.

UUCGL Programming & Events*

*Read more about upcoming events on our website Calendar Page.

Please register where there is a mechanism to do so — this will ensure you are contacted should there be an important announcement, postponement, or cancellation.

Calling all Cooks in the Kitchen! 

You're invited to be a part of an inaugural team of cooks in the UUCGL Kitchen. The plan is to get together to explore how cooking plant-based meals together lowers the cost, promotes health, serves the planet and...grows community. Click HERE to be contacted about your interest and general availability.


Game Night

Friday, January 20 | 6:30-8:30pm

Board games and conversation for all ages! Bring a friend (or your whole family!) and we'll provide the fun and the pizza. This is a great way to wind down on a Friday night with community. Please be sure to SIGN UP so we know how much food to order.

Foundations of Unitarian Universalist History and Theology 

Sunday, January 22 | 11:30am-1pm

Are you considering deeper involvement or membership at UUCGL? Are you interested in learning more about the historical and theological roots of this religious tradition? Curious about how the church is governed? Then please attend this session led by Rev. Vicki. Snacks and beverages provided. 


Medical Aid in Dying Forum

Tuesday, January 24 | 12-1:30pm

Are you an advocate for medical aid in dying in MA? Perhaps you’re interested in learning more about this movement? Medical aid in dying legislation has been introduced every legislative session since 2008. What exactly is in this bill, and what is being done to move the bill forward?


Join Melissa Stacy, Regional Advocacy Manager for Compassion & Choices, and Rev. Vicki for a presentation and conversation about legal and ethical issues surrounding this important legislation.

Livestreaming on Facebook. Co-hosted by Compassion & Choices, UU Mass Action, & UUCGL.

Native Plant Gardening Workshop REGISTRATION CLOSED

This event is very popular and we have regretfully had to close registration as we are at capacity for the workshop. If you would like to join the waiting list please email Mary Kiene-Gualtieri HERE.

Restorative Winter Meditations

Sunday, January 29 | 4-5pm

[Every other Sunday through March 26]

You are invited to take a little time out of your week for restorative silence and reconnection every other Sunday this winter. No prior experience is required. Read more about it here and register using the button at right so we can inform you of cancellations (you do not need to commit to every session).


Poetry-Writing Workshop

Sunday, February 5 | 11:30am

Our Art & Spirituality series continues! Award-winning resident poet, Clem Schoenebeck, will lead this workshop. Read more about Clem HERE

Kindly register if this is your first workshop or if you're not sure if we have your email information from previous workshops.

Innovation in Addressing Hunger — 

A Discussion about Advances in Food Security

Sunday, February 12 | 12-2pm

You are invited to a panel discussion about new approaches to food insecurity in our area.

Speakers include:

Brendan Crighton — Senator, 3rd Essex District

Jason Etheridge — Executive Director, Lifebridge North Shore

Laura Spathanas — Anchor Food Pantry

Norris Guscott — Public Health Coordinator, Health Division & Food Security Task Force Leader, City of Lynn

Also livestreaming at:


• Panel discussion

• Time for Q&A

• Reception to follow

• Free

• Open to the public

Recurring UUCGL Programming

Visit to read more about these groups and use the contact links below or contact the church with questions or for more information. All are welcome!

Meditation Group


7:30-7:50am, on Zoom

Dialogue Group

Click here for new meeting link!

2nd & 4th Sundays of each month

5pm, on Zoom

Wisdom Circle

2nd Wednesday of each month

12-1:30pm, at UUCGL

Community Drum Circle

3rd Sunday of each month

1:30-3:30pm, at UUCGL

Saturday Craft Group

1st & 3rd Saturday of each month

10am-2pm, at UUCGL

Tai Chi Classes (currently full; email to be on the waiting list)

Tuesday & Fridays

11am, January 6-March 31

UUCGL Financial Matters

Pledge Payments and Donations

There are three easy ways to make a donation to the church. Please indicate whether your payment is toward your pledge or for another purpose.

  1. Send or deliver your check to the church (101 Forest Avenue, Swampscott, MA 01907).
  2. Set up a bill-pay system with your bank and have the check sent to the above address.
  3. Donate online by clicking this link. After you fill in the information page, click “Go to Checkout.” You will then be offered options to pay through your PayPal account, if you have one, or through your credit card.

Thank you for your support!

UUCGL Resources

Stay Connected with UUCGL

Visit our Staff Directory HERE to contact any of us. We're here for you!

UUCGL Board of Trustees 2022-2023

Follow this link to meet the board.

Community Health Advisory Team Update

Please visit this link for the latest update. Stay healthy and stay safe!

Weekly Update Schedule

Items for the next issue must be received by:

Wednesday, January 25, 10am

Please send your notices to Mary Kiene-Gualtieri (

Contact Information Reminder

Does the Office Know Your Current Contact Information?

Please keep your name, address, phone number, and e-mail current in the church office. E-mail Elizabeth Muller with your correct information or to find out what information we have on file for you.

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