A Fierce Unrest

We humans are never satisfied. No matter what we achieve, we always want more, or want things to be different. But at the same time, what we fear and avoid most is almost any sort of change. What are the consequences of this contradiction on our world and ourselves, and what should we do about it?

Nancy Weis has been a committed UU since her college days and is a member of the Rutland UU Church, where she speaks a couple of times a year. She is a visual artist, and has spent her professional life teaching, and working as a librarian and administrator at various colleges. She spends her spare time reading, horseback riding, and thinking about all sorts of things.

Christmas Eve Service

We will host a Christmas Eve service at 4pm on Zoom on Thursday, December 24th. The theme is “Sharing Our Light”: a celebration of community, traditions, and shared light in dark times. Songs and readings will be shared. We will close the service with our tradition of lighting candles and singing Silent Night so please have a candle ready at home. All are welcome. Please email us at info@mmuuf.org to receive Zoom connection information.

Happiness for Everyone: Our Moral Obligation to Change the Economic Paradigm

Happiness is not just an inside job. We are all also governed by systems, beliefs, paradigms – and measures. Measures like salary, the price of gas or our weight not only guide many of our personal decisions but also can dictate sometimes wildly skewed public policy, like the Gross Domestic Product, or GDP, paradigm which dictates how success is measured much more than it should, and at too high of a price. This sermon highlights the need to adopt a more holistic set of measures for greater well being for all, and to step away from the GDP which is leading to economic devastation and undermining collective happiness and well-being.

Ginny is a co-founder and past president of Gross National Happiness USA, and is currently on the GNHUSA advisory board. In 2011, Ginny started the Happiness Paradigm as a platform for writing, teaching about, and advocating for greater personal happiness and systems change for well-being. Ginny is a member of the Unitarian Church of Montpelier, and is very happy to be back with the Mount Mansfield fellowship for the fifth time