Finding Buddhist Humanism Within

Long-time MMUUF member, social worker and author, Sarah Ward will share her experience of discovering Buddhism through her extended Italian Family and the cross-cultural sharing that led her to examine the Buddhist path of faith, practice and study to promote positive change within and in her external environment.

Tragedy and Revenge

How is it that we can dismantle the impulse for revenge? Why is that important to do? Rabbi Jan will share insights from the Hebrew Bible and Rabbinic commentary as to the Jewish perspective on revenge.

In 2016, Rabbi Jan Salzman began Ruach haMaqom, a non-affiliated synagogue located in the heart of the Old North End in Burlington. She was ordained in 2010 by ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal, where she was blessed to have been a student of Reb Zalman. Rabbi Jan serves on the Board of OHALAH, an international professional Association of Renewal Rabbis, Cantors and Rabbinic Pastors. She is on the board of Living Tree Alliance located in Moretown Vt, which is an ecologically oriented community that offers co-housing, farming, and educational opportunities. Rabbi Jan has lived in Vermont for over 35 years, is married to her “Rebbitzmon”, Loredo Sola, and has two grown children and a two grandchildren.

Dying in Character

How does the UU principle of acceptance relate to the challenges faced at the end of life? Both for an individual and that person’s family? What happens when acceptance means something different for members of a family? Charley MacMartin will speak this Sunday on acceptance at the end of life and the theme of “dying in character.”

Charley is the Volunteer Services Manager for UVM Health Network Home Health & Hospice (formerly VNA Hospice). Charley is a presenter for UVM’s End of Life Doula certificate program and a trainer for the No One Dies Alone project at the UVM Medical Center.