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!
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.
Today's online service is the second in a three part series on reconnecting in a time of disconnection. We’ll explore ways to reconnect with each other and enjoy music by Pat Humphries and Sandy O of Emma’s Revolution, connecting with us from California, as well as music from our clarinet quintet.
Our service today was led by Rev. Allison Palm, Director of Faith Formation Sadie Kahn-Greene and Worship Associate Lindsey Sylvester. This service is the first in a three part series on reconnecting in a time of disconnection. We’ll explore ways to reconnect with yourself and build resilience.
We are going through challenging times, but music can still heal our spirit and bring us together. Some of our congregants share their favorite UU hymns. Service leaders: Sadie Kahn-Greene and Ben Atherton-Zeman.
This is another of our online services that was attended using the Zoom video conferencing application. Led by Rev. Allison Palm, this service is entitled "Persistence in a Time of Uncertainty". Lindsey Sylvester served as our Worship Associate and Peggy Cardone led our Wonder Box story.
Today's online service is led by Rev Allison Palm, with support from Jed Holland, Sadie Kahn-Greene, Ben Atherton-Zeman, Robin Trudel, and Burns Fisher. Today is our Easter service. The title is "Going Through It Together". It’s a hard time in our world. Join us online for a service about getting through it together. We have some wonderful music by Jed, Steve Hedges, and a brass band (trumpets Bruce Dye, Andy Capen, Bruce Cleaveland; trombones Jon Lasselle, Lindsey Sylvester, Anthony Iovino, and Kathy Grossman). Rev Allison also does an online homily! Take a listen!
Today's Zoom online service is entitled "Going Through It Together" and is led by Rev Allison Palm and supported by Sadie Kahn-Greene, Ben Atherton-Zeman and Andy Capen. Special music performed by Brenna Woods, Jed Holland and Kathy Grossman. Listen in to receive all the connection and blessings shared throughout this service.
Third online service due to COVID-19 shelter-in-place. This Sunday, we are switching things up! After the first 25 minutes, we will go into break out rooms to explore various spiritual practices: chair yoga, art, prayer, sacred reading, making mandalas, singing and meditation.
Today's service is our second one held over Zoom due to social distancing efforts.
It is entitled "Creating Sanctuary at Home" and is led by Rev Allison. Supporting her are Jed Holland, Chris Holland, Ben Atherton-Zeman, Eileen Herring, Brenna Woods, and musician Kathy Grossman.
Listen and join in to make your own sanctuary corner at home, hear some thoughtful readings, and hear some beautiful music!
This was UUCN's first remote service in response to coronavirus health concerns where congregants participated using the Zoom video teleconferencing application. The service, led by Ministerial Intern, Ben Atherton-Zeman, and Director of Faith Formation, Sadie Kahn-Greene, is entitled "Befriending the Impostor". We are taught to think wisdom comes from books and from sages, not from inside ourselves. In this service, Ben shares his journey dealing with “Impostor Syndrome” and encourages us all to validate our inner wisdom.
Today's service is led by Rev Allison Palm, with support from Jed Holland, Bob Coulter, Lindsey Hedrick, and Robin Trudel. It is entitled "Too Soon To Tell".
In our first service on wisdom, we explored the difference between knowledge and wisdom. This service was led by Rev. Allison Palm, Ministerial Intern Ben Atherton-Zeman, Director of Faith Formation Sadie Kahn-Greene, Worship Associate Andy Capen and Music Director Jed Holland.
Join us for an all ages service on cultivating resilience in our everyday lives. Today's service "Everyday Resilience" is led by Rev Allison Palm and Sadie Kahn-Greene.
The Stewardship Team presented a video made by some of the children and youth donors in our church, and it was so wonderful! I wish you could see it!
This service, led by our Ministerial Intern, Ben Atherton-Zeman, examines collective resilience that spans generations, focusing particularly on the intergenerational resilience of African Americans. Eileen Herring and Vengerflutta Smith serve as Worship Associates and Lindsey Sylvester narrates the Wonderbox portion of the service.
Today's service "Our Common Endeavor", is led by Rev Patrick McLaughlin. Rev Patrick is the minister of the UU Church of Manchester and is swapping pulpits with Rev Allison today. One of the things our form of congregational polity has long called for is cooperation with, and gentle correction from, sibling congregations. We’re starting to get better at this—what are we doing now?
Our first service on resilience was lead by Rev. Allison Palm, Worship Associate Bob Coulter, Ministerial Intern Ben Atherton-Zeman, Director of Faith Formation Sadie Kahn-Greene and Music Director Jed Holland. This was also the kickoff to our Stewardship Campaign: When did resilience become a solo project?
Today's service is "The Empty Pot", led by Rev. Allison Palm and Sadie Kahn-Greene. Join us for an all ages services about honesty and being true to yourself, using the story of “The Empty Pot,” by Demi. Listen to the fun story and the wonderful music!
This service, led by Rev. Allison Palm and assisted by Worship Associates Lindsey Sylvester and Robin Trudell, honors the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by exploring our responsibility to one another.
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