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Reflections on Gratitude

Can the practice of gratitude have a positive effect on your daily life? In this service, Ann and Catherine will share their thoughts and reflections and ask others in attendance to share their own experiences.

Ann Bonanno and Catherine Stevens are both members of MMUUF as well as members of the Sunday Service Committee.

Birds of a Feather

The fundamentals of being a good friend are woven into the fabric of Unitarian Universalism, but what does that mean for us? Why is friendship so important? How can we maintain friendships in the modern world? Be a pal and join us as we explore these questions and more. 

Caroline Bright is a Master of Divinity student at Meadville Lombard Theological School and a Candidate for Unitarian Universalist ministry. She serves at Main Line Unitarian Church (Devon, PA) as the Brad and Catherine Greely Ministerial Intern. Caroline is a proud Vermonter who brings a wide variety of professional experiences to ministerial formation. Caroline attended St. Lawrence University and Saint Michael’s College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. After completing her M.Div she hopes to become a Unitarian Universalist Military Chaplain. Caroline and her husband, Joel, have two children (an infant and a toddler), two cats, and a one eyed dog. They divide their time between Philadelphia and Vermont.

Grief Activism: Making Space for Lament and Communal Care

Grief and loss have been nearly constant companions for many of us over the last few years, as we have navigated a global pandemic on top of the ongoing social, environmental, and political crises. How might we reconsider or re-imagine the practice of grieving when faced with our current reality and the anticipation of even greater suffering in the years to come? If grief is not something to conquer or get past, how could we live well with grief? What traditions or practices might we rekindle or recreate to build a culture of care for each other in these times, a time that Joanna Macy calls the Great Unraveling? Our guest, Maeve McBride, will share her reflections on grief, both personal and collective, and spiritual care in activism and community

Maeve is an organizer and activist, mother, writer, singer, contemplative, and all-around earth lover. A long-time member of the First UU Society of Burlington and a new member of Middle Collegiate Church, Maeve has led lay worship and spoken often on the topics of climate change, grief, and racism. Currently, Maeve is busy starting a cooperative farm, fundraising for worthy causes, and pursuing movement chaplaincy.

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Civil Disagreement: Finding comfort and strength in bifurcation

During the pandemic, I’ve been swimming in two different waters: being on the Steering Committee at MMUUF while we attempted to guide our fellowship’s pandemic policy in science, truth, caution, UU values, and social responsibility; and struggling to understand and continue to extend grace and love to a number of individualistic, anti-vax, anti-science, loving, generous, kind people who are near and dear to my heart. This service is a reflection on my experience of oscillation between two groups of people with irreconcilable truths, trying to understand and straddle both sides of a societal divide, and dealing with the discomfort in the middle as they drift apart.

Lincoln stepped in this summer as President of the Steering Committee here at MMUUF, having previously served as Treasurer and Vice President. The last 5 years he has been working as a homemaker: a stay-at-home father of two wonderful children, as well as solo designing and building his family’s locally and sustainably sourced, post-and-beam, straw bale house. Lincoln enjoys building things (hence the house), solving puzzles (also, the house), and staying up far too late having philosophical, moral, political, and/or ethical arguments that one mostly can’t remember the next day.

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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.