Telling Our Stories. How do we tell the story of our congregation? Rev. Allison and members of the Board of Trustees share about the story telling practice our Board has incorporated into their meetings this year, and invite everyone in to the practice of sharing the story of who we are.
This service, entitled "How We Are Becoming", is led by Rev. Allison Palm with assistance from Ministerial Intern, Ben Atherton-Zeman, Director of Faith Formation, Sadie Kahn-Greene, and Worship Associates, Robin Trudel and Eileen Herring. In this service, we explore the different ways that we become who we are. What parts of our becoming have we worked on? What parts have simply happened to us?
Join us for an Easter Sunday all-ages service exploring re-emergence! We also take some time in our service to dedicate children and welcome them in to our community.
This service, entitled "One Year Later", reflects on the 1-year anniversary of when we started holding our church service virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Led by Reverend Allison Palm with support from our Ministerial Intern, Ben Atherton-Zeman, and worship associate, Emma Rearick, the congregation is invited to reflect on the grief and gratitude that arose for them during the past year.
Today's service is Choosing Our Commitments. So much in the world pulls at our attention, begging for our time and our commitment. How do we make choices that honor our values, and the values of our Unitarian Universalist denomination? Ministerial intern Ben Atherton-Zeman leads the worship service, along with members of the congregation who will give testimonials.
Join Rev. Allison Palm and Sadie Kahn-Green Director of Faith Formation as they introduce as special UUA Service. This UUA Service by Faith in Unitarian Universalism isn’t just an intellectual exercise: it’s “heart” work. This service features a sermon by UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, as well as vibrant music, storytelling, and other worship elements that will help us to grow in spirit, courage, and generosity. We will not be posting this here, but you can follow this link to their portions of the service: Loved Into Being Sunday Service
This all ages service will explore how we practice Beloved Community together and how that practice helps us to build both a stronger church community and a world with more justice and more love.
This service, entitled "White Supremacy Teach-In" is led by our Ministerial Intern, Ben Atherton-Zeman with the support of Worship Associate, Robin Trudel. In 2021, actual “white supremacists” are not required in order to uphold white supremacist culture. In order for us to be more effective at tackling the white supremacy beyond our walls, we must also identify ways in which systems of supremacy and inequality live within our faith and our lives.
Today's service is led by Rev Allison Palm. What if to “side with love” meant making bold, faith-full choices? What if it were even a little bit scary? This worship service brings together worship leaders and musicians from across the country to offer hopeful, moving, challenging reminders about what we, as Unitarian Universalists, are called to do, and BE, in the world. A large portion of the service was provided by our denomination's national organization, the UUA (Unitarian Universalist Association). We will not be posting this here, but you can follow this link to their portions of the service: UUA Side with Love Sunday Service
Today's service is led by Rev Allison Palm where she asks, what is Beloved Community and how are we nurturing the vision of Beloved Community both inside and outside of our congregation? How can each of help to fue the flame of Beloved Community? Join us to ponder these important questions.
On this Switch it up Sunday, we started together in worship online and then split up for workshops about the various ways we are creatively getting through the pandemic winter doldrums. Join us to spark your imagination and have some fun! Rev Allison Palm leads the service.
Although we are not able to post the workshops themselves, maybe you could try one of the topics on your own! The workshops were: journaling, making a pandemic playlist, planning your garden and starting seeds, advocacy postcards, making cards and letters for church penpals, sharing your art, book buzz, and humor during a pandemic.
An all ages service exploring creativity, art and imagination.
This service, entitled "Imagining with the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr." is led by our Ministerial Intern, Ben Atherton-Zeman. MLK helped us imagine a just world. What would our world be like if he were still in it?
Today's service, Imagining the New Year, is led by Rev Allison Palm, with support from guest musician Peter Mayer, music director Jed Holland, director of faith formation Sadie Kahn-Greene, ministerial intern Ben Atherton-Zeman, and worship associate Bob Coulter. Please listen to the beautiful and meaningful music! To learn more about Peter Mayer, check out his website at www.petermayer.net
Got a question about life? religion? Unitarian Universalism? something else entirely? Rev. Allison does her best to answer your questions on the fly in this Question Box service! You can submit a question here: https://forms.gle/36taoqcGHWkMdk9HA
As 2020 draws to a close it’s time to pause, reflect, say goodbye and then look toward the new year.
Today's Christmas Eve service is led by Rev Allison Palm, on her first day back from parental leave - it is wonderful to have her back! Many people helped with this service, including Faith Formation Director Sadie Kahn-Greene, Music Director Jed Holland, Ministerial Intern Ben Atherton-Zeman, Worship Associate Eileen Herring, and congregation members Mary Holland, Julian Kahn-Greene, and Grace Morton.
Tonight's Christmas Eve service is led by Rev Allison Palm, with support from Music Director Jed Holland; Ministerial Intern Ben Atherton-Zeman; Worship Associates Tess George, Bob Coulter, and Andy Capen; congregation members Bob Sampson, Mary Holland, and Julian Kahn-Greene
This is a Solstice Service entitled "Here Comes the Sun", led by Director of Faith Formation, Sadie Kahn-Greene and UU Nashua Children and Youth! For copyright reasons, we cannot post the audio of the Lea Morris video "Honor the Dark". This video can be accessed at her website https://www.thisislea.com.
Today we join our Worship Associates Pat Ladew, Robin Trudel, and Andy Capen as they explore different ways of being still to discover the truth of who you are.
Join guest Minister Rev. Kimberley Debus, Ministerial Intern Ben Atherton-Zeman and Worship Associate Tess George for this service that reminds us that December is a time of waiting, as the calendar connects us to holy days of anticipation, hope, and expectation.
Today's service, "Healing Without Being Fixed" is led by Worship Associates Emma Rearick, Eileen Herring, and Bob Coulter, with support from ministerial intern Ben Atherton-Zeman, and music director Jed Holland.
There is always so much to do in our lives that it’s rare that we take a moment to stop and and take a deep breath. When things feel out of control and overwhelming, what does it feel like to remind ourselves to rest, to breathe, to take a moment to be present to our bodies? Sometimes it’s scary to do that, but it’s so important for taking care of ourselves and each other.
This service, entitled "The Gift of Life: Hospice Stories on Loving and Healing" acknowledges that lessons on how to live and how to heal can come from unexpected places and be laced with humor and joy. Worship leader Cynthia Knowles, a hospice chaplain, invites the congregation to share some of the gifts she received along the way and to pose the question back to them, "What stories have changed you?" Supporting this service are our Ministerial Intern, Ben Atherton-Zeman, Director of Faith Formation Sadie Kahn-Greene, and Worship Associate, Emma Rearick.
Today's service is led by Ben Atherton-Zeman.
How do we grieve when we can’t do it in community? How do we know what others need to heal? During this service, we made space for us all to remember we can find healing. We created a video presentation to honor, celebrate and remember loved ones who have died and we shared several rituals for healing.
Today's online service is "Active Listening", led by our ministerial intern Ben Atherton-Zeman. Ben explores feeding back feelings and meaning, to listen for what is not being said so we can understand what someone actually needs rather than what we think they need. Supporting Ben today are music director Jed Holland, worship associate Emma Rearick, Tess George, Burns Fisher. Today's beautiful special anthem solos are provided by Steve Hedges and Brenna Woods. Please listen - they are both so wonderful!
In this service, entitled "Music Lessons in a Time of Dissonance", guest Worship Leader Matt Meyer reflects on what lessons music can teach us about Deep Listening and the spiritual practice of paying attention. Matt is a musician and worship leader who has led hundreds of services for UU Congregations across the country. He has a degree in hand drumming and serves as Director of Community Life for Sanctuary Boston.
Join Sadie Kahn-Greene, our Director of Faith Formation, as she leads us in this service to listen to the voices and stories of Indigenous People.
Listen while our Building Our Vision Team goes deeper with their vision statement about our church buildings.
Today's service is "Beginning Again". It is led by our Rev Allison Palm, for her last service before taking parental leave. We'll see her again in late December. Supporting the service are Music Director Jed Holland, Faith Formation Director Sadie Kahn-Greene, Church Board member Roy Goodman, and worship associate Pat Ladew.
Fall is often a time of new beginnings. What does it look like to use this as a time of redemption and reinvention, renewing ourselves and our relationships to each other? Listen to today's special music solos by Steve Hedges and Anne Smith.
Fall is often a time of new beginnings. What does it look like to use this as a time of redemption and reinvention, renewing ourselves and our relationships to each other? This service, led by Rev. Allison Palm with the assistance of Director of Faith Formation, Sadie Kahn-Greene, Ministerial Intern, Ben Atherton-Zeman, and Worship Associate, Eileen Herring, is entitled "Beginning Again".
Today is our first service back for the regular church year. It is our Ingathering Water Communion Service. We are still holding our services remotely, but we had a drive-through water collection for members who wanted to safely contribute water to our collective bowl.
Home Sweet Home
Stay-at-home orders make us think more about the places we call home. Homes can be places of comfort, but also anxiety. Homes can be a refuge of safety, but for many they can be places of danger. What’s your relationship with where you call home? How has that changed since March 2020? What was it like before? What will it be like after? Have you reconsidered the different meanings of home to different people?
Join us, as we explore where home is and how to go to a place of comfort, safety, and love.
Today's virtual service topic is "Reflections from UUA General Assembly 2020". It is led by General Assembly Participants Rev Allison Palm, Jeffrey Beland, Eileen Herring, Peggy Cardone, Lindsey Sylvester, Paul Introcosco, Sean Chadwik, and Karen Thomas.
Join members of the congregation who attended the UUA’s virtual 2020 General Assembly to hear about their experiences and connect to our larger faith.
Take a special listen to the music during outreach - Jed did some fun jazzy piano playing! Listen to Brenna's solo of "Fire of Commitment" too!
As we prepare for the new school year beginning, and all the fall brings, we draw from our UU tradition to ground us in strength and love. Featuring participants from our UU Sources Lego camp!
This service, led by our Minister Emeritus, the Reverend Steve Edington, is entitled "What is a Religious Experience?" In his book "Ascent of the Mountain; Flight of the Dove", the late lay-theologian, Michael Novak, wrote that the religious or spiritual journey is an ongoing process of experience and reflection on the experience. It involves keeping ourselves open to certain transforming—and often unexpected—life altering experiences, and then stepping back to discern how such experiences can shape and define — or redefine — our lives going forward. With support from Worship Associate, Bob Coulter, Rev. Edington shares how this process of experience and reflection can play a significant role in our lives.
Today's online service, led by Ben Atherton-Zeman, is "Peace and Nuclear Disarmament." Ben was supported by Music Director Jed Holland and Worship Associate Robin Trudel. Listen to the thoughtful homily and the beautiful music!
Today's service: "Lessons from Ruth" is led by Roy Goodman. Supporting Roy are music director Jed Holland and worship associate Eileen Herring. Even an atheist Unitarian Universalist can find meaningful stories in the bible – and the Book of Ruth has a lot to offer.
Listen to Jed's beautiful prelude music, offertory music, and the Kathy, Brenna, and Brenna trio today - all so lovely!
The animals we share our lives with hold a special place in our hearts. This service will celebrate our relationships with animals, and offer blessings to our animal friends. Both live animals and stuffed animals are welcome!
The Four Agreements, written by don Miguel Ruiz, presents us with four practical tools for everyday life based on Toltec wisdom. The Agreements, be impeccable with your word, don’t take anything personally, don’t make assumptions, and always do your best, serve to assist us in our lives, decision making, and relationships with ourselves and others. This online service, led by Eileen Herring and Karen Campbell, with support from worship associate Peggy Cardone, explores how these agreements help to empower us and free us from views and prejudices that we are conditioned to believe.
Today's service is "Social Distancing and Consent", led by Ben Atherton-Zeman, with support from music director Jed Holland, Lindsey Sylvester, and Tech Brian Ibsen-Johnson.
Today's online summer service is led by Andy Capen, with support from Worship Associate Eileen Herring, Music Director Jed Holland, and tech Jeff Epstein. The sermon is titled "What is certain in your life today?"
Sunday morning service from General Assembly, 2020
Led by Joan Javier-Duval, minister, UU Church of Montpelier, VT
Fulfilling our covenant with our community requires constant small acts of courage. How can we prepare ourselves develop ourselves to overcome our anxiety and perform these acts? This summer service, led by Robin Trudel with help from Worship Associate, Andy Capen, is entitled "The Civic Heroism Workout".
We gather online this Sunday for a reimagined flower communion, reminding ourselves of the beauty and power of our community and our connections to one another. Today's service is led by Rev Allison Palm, with support from Sadie Kahn-Greene, Ben Atherton-Zeman, Peggy Cardone, and Brenna Woods. There is some beautiful music today too - listen to our virtual choir, a recording of our church 2009 Treble Choir, and music by Suellen Davidson!
This year's online Bridging service is led by Rev. Allison Palm, Director of Faith Formation Sadie Kahn-Greene and Music Director Jed Holland. Please join us in congratulating our graduating seniors Doug Eberle, Keith Fletcher, Andy Fletcher, Avery Hudson, Anthony Iovino, Maggie Paratore, Corwin Stauff, Nate Straussberg and Asher Thomas.
Today's online service is Switch It Up Sunday. Rev Allison Palm leads the service, with help from Music Director Jed Holland, and Director of Faith Formation Sadie Kahn-Greene. Today we had a 20-minute service, then we went into our chosen breakout rooms for a mini-workshop exploring various spiritual practices. We were able to choose from Chair Yoga, Writing Prayer, 20-second Sabbath, Meditation, Drawing to Clear Your Mind, Singing for Your Spirit, Chalice of the Heart Art, or Sacred Reading.
This Sunday is the last in a three part online series on reconnecting in a time of disconnection. We’ll explore ways to reconnect with our larger world.
Our favorite songs, whoever the artist or whatever the style, were created in a strange alchemy of study and inspiration, of strict practice and of letting go. Spiritual Practice is a similar combination of dedication, muscle memory, and perhaps a little divine inspiration. Join us for a musical exploration of learning to risk, building the muscle memory of courage, and the spiritual practice of relationship. Today's service, entitled "It Takes Practice" is led by Rev. Allison Palm and special guest, Matt Meyer.
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