Holding Land

Gaye will reflect on different ways of connecting and relating to land: land as home, as a neighbor, as a relative, as a source of livelihood and sustenance, as a view, and as a resource to share with future generations. Her observations come from a decade where her husband raised grass-fed beef in Jericho and from her own work supporting  more sustainable farming practices. That work has challenged her to avoid moral judgment about land use based on what we see rather than what we know more deeply than a view allows.

Gaye is a long-time member of MMUUF. She is approaching retirement from a varied career working for mission-focused businesses and nonprofits, mostly related to food, land and energy. She served in the Vermont legislature for 12 years. She and her husband, Chuck Lacy, raised three amazing kids in Jericho and were able to sneak in a Chicago wedding celebration for one of them last summer in a brief window between Covid surges.

Christmas Eve Service

Our theme for this service is “Warmth”: a celebration of community, traditions, and connections. 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!

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Once Upon a Time in Chavez Ravine

Reflections on growing up brown in California.. 

Rick has been actively exploring some big questions about his life’s journey. With today’s discussion some of the big questions he will be exploring are these: What does it mean to be labeled as Hispanic, Latino, Latina, or even Latinex? What binds us together? What has been the experience of our ancestors that survived the upheavals set in motion by American imperialism? “How has racism significantly impacted our lives?”

Rick Castillo is a second generation Mexican-American who grew up in California. He is employed as a housing advocate at C.V.O.E.O. Rick’s passion is paddling the beautiful lakes and rivers of Vermont and his hobbies are photography, digital art, and doing jigsaw puzzles. 

Tikun Olam: Sparking Change by Listening to Our Youth

Many holidays are converging as we end the month of November. We will have just gotten up from our Thanksgiving tables, perhaps flush with the comfort of family and food; perhaps confronting the holiday’s fraught history, in which racism played so large a part. Our November 28th service also occurs the morning before the first night of Hannukah, when we not only light candles, but also think about the Jewish principle of Tikun Olam—healing the world by seeking out and releasing the sparks of goodness within us all. Through the Hannukah story, we learn how a small band of brothers stood up for their community. Another fight for community is happening right now in Vermont through the Listen Up Project, an original musical inspired, created and performed by Vermont teens. A strong theme in the play is racism. We will watch clips from the film of this groundbreaking performance and engage in an expanded Fellowship response about how we might heal our little part of the world by listening to our youth about racism.

Beth Esmond is a Fellowship member offering a lay-led discussion. She participated in the Listen Up Project in a variety of roles.

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Caring hearts and the challenges of Hospice volunteering during the Pandemic

Charley MacMartin will speak on our caring hearts and the challenges of hospice volunteering during the pandemic. The past twenty months have created obstacles to traditional hospice care. Hospice volunteers have had to discover new ways of supporting individuals at the end of life as well as discovering deeper levels of compassion, equanimity and joy.

Charley leads the Hospice Volunteer Program at UVM Home Health & Hospice and celebrates his hospice coworkers and the hundreds of volunteers supporting individuals and families at the McClure Miller Respite House and throughout Chittenden & Grand Isle Counties.