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The Sixth Principle: Are we there yet?

The Unitarian Universalist Association has seven principles that reflect our UU identity. They are not a creed that all must believe in order to claim to be UU. But they are a covenant that claims us as UU. They are not beliefs that define the limits of our thinking. They are behaviors that describe the outline of our actions. What does that mean for the sixth principle?

Woullard Lett joined the New England Region UUA as Acting Regional Lead on May 1, 2018. Woullard is a long-time member and lay leader at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Manchester, NH and board member of Unitarian Universalists for a Just Economic Community.

In the past, Woullard worked professionally as a nonprofit and community development consultant, and was a senior college administrator for Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) and adjunct faculty member for SNHU and Springfield College. During his career, Woullard has provided technical assistance for government agencies, national community development intermediaries, and local community organizations.

Woullard’s volunteer leadership in national and local community organizations includes roles in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People-Manchester, NH (NAACP), Haymarket Peoples Foundation, National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N’COBRA), New Hampshire Health and Equity Partnership and the Ujima Collective.

Services are being held in person and virtually via Zoom. For more information on joining us on Zoom, please email info@mmuuf.org. Masks are welcome but not required.

Gathering the Waters

It hardly seems possible that it is September already, and time for us to gather together again in friendship and exploration. Our first service will be our traditional Gathering the Waters, in a hybrid format. As is our custom, we will take time to share with each other some of our experiences from the summer. Where have the past three months led you on your spiritual journey? As you ponder that question, please prepare a sentence or two to share with the Fellowship. It has been a summer like no other, and we all have much to share. But please keep your remarks brief and focus more on your spiritual journey than your physical journeys.

We ask those who come to the Barn to bring a small container of water to join with the water of others in a common vessel. It could be water from a trip, from a special body of water (lake, ocean, river, stream) or it could be water from your own tap. All water is sacred. This year we will be collecting water at the barn for those who are there physically, and we will also share/collect water for those who are joining us via Zoom.

If you can’t join us on Sunday, please send an email with the words you’d like to share, and we’ll read it to the Fellowship. We hope to see you – in person or virtually this Sunday!

If you would like to join us on Zoom, please email info@mmuuf.org for the link.

Final Service – Earth/Air/Fire/Water

This service, our last of the year, will be an opportunity to reflect on this year’s theme of earth/air/fire/water with readings, music, and moments for members and friends to share thoughts from the year behind us and hopes for the summer ahead.

Peacemaking as a Subversive Activity

Lewis will share his 50 year journey of peacemaking that is the result of the trauma of Bobby Kennedy and Dr. King‘s assassination which is the bereavement lifeblood of the Life Experience School for special-needs folks and the Peace Abbey, an interfaith center for the study and practice of Nonviolence.  The journey began with a hunger strike protest as a conscientious objector in the military which led to his discharge and a way of life.

Lewis Randa is a Quaker, pacifist, vegan and social change activist. He founded The Life Experience School for children and young adults with life challenges in 1972, and The Peace Abbey, an interfaith Center for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence and Pacifism in 1988. His peace work has brought him to the far corners of the world — from El Salvador to Belfast, Liverpool to Calcutta, Assisi to Guernica. He has three grown children, Christopher, Michael and Abigail, and lives with his wife Meg in Duxbury, Massachusetts.

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Reciprocity as a form of gratitude and natural burial as a way to be in reciprocity with Mother Earth

Michelle and Evergreen join to jointly celebrate the explosion of life in spring (Beltane), and the concept of green burials. We weave ways to show how that connection shows our love for Earth, our only home, and how that weaving leads to a beautiful reciprocity between humans and Gaia.

Michelle Acciavatti (she/her/they), MS, has trained as a mortician, advance care planner, end of life doula, home funeral guide, natural burial advocate, writer, neuroscientist, and ethicist. She works as a licensed mortician, end of life specialist, natural burial educator, and cemeterian at her companies: Ending Well Funeral Home and Vermont Forest Cemetery. Her work helps people preparing for the end of life, designing funeral services, caring for their own dead, and exploring natural burial options.