Justice, Connection, Generosity, Compassion, Spirituality

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While Rev. Megan Lloyd Joiner is on  leave, a number of her Unitarian Universalist colleagues will be preaching on Sunday mornings.

This week we welcome
Rev. Sarah Stewart

Rev. Sarah Stewart


The Rev. Sarah C. Stewart is the Minister of First Unitarian Church in Worcester (Second Parish), where she has served since 2014. For 11 years before coming to Worcester, she was the Minister at Starr King UU Fellowship in Plymouth, NH. Sarah holds an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School. She served for four years on the UUA Board of Trustees, including two years as Finance Committee Chair. She lives with her husband and their two young sons in Worcester, where she enjoys knitting, running, making music, and spending time with family and friends.


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 February 14, 2016
11:15 am
“The Middle Way”

It’s hard for us to believe that God will
solve all our problems. And some find it
hard to agree with our Unitarian
for-bearers that humankind will progress
“onward and upward forever.” Yet there is
a grace that carries us through the hard
times in our lives, and we know it through compassion,
human connection, and curiosity.

Rev. Sarah Stewart
Jesse Greist and Linda Pawelek

Full Tree of Life (1)
 The sanctuary will be open from 9:30-10:15 am for a time of quiet meditation, interspersed with music and readings, coordinated by Bill Braun. It is a wonderful opportunity to pause and reflect for a short while – to sooth our spirits and have a brief respite in our busy lives –
a worship gem we hope you will attend.

Guest soloist Rich Zelisko

* Please Note: beginning March 7, Meditation and Music will move to
10:00 – 10:30 am, closer to the 11:15 am service for people who have expressed interest in attending both services.

THESE SMALL GROUP MINISTRY OFFERINGS FOR SPRING 2016 ARE STILL OPEN:If you would like to join the group, please contact the designated person below.

Selected Spiritual Topics-Tuesday: Open to all who are interested. Co-facilitators: Dee Arneth, Natalie Keating. Dates and time: 1st and 3rd Tuesday afternoons, beginning Feb. 16.  1:00-2:30 p.m. Location: USNH,

Contact:Dee Arneth, Natalie Keating.Spiritual Practices for Families with children –We gather each Sunday to worship and share in spiritual practices.  But what about Monday through Saturday?  There are so many ways we can engage in spiritual practices with our children during our busy weeks, from pausing before a meal, to walking together in the woods.  Parents of children of any age are invited to explore the possibilities of family spiritual practices in this Small Group Ministry, led by Jesse Greist. Dates, time, location:4 sessions, meeting on the first Sunday of each month from February through May (2/7, 3/6, 4/3, 5/1) 9:30-10:30am at USNH.  Childcare available.  Contact: Jesse Greist at  family@usnh.orgAging as Spiritual Practice: The main focus/source material is Lewis Richmond’s book “Aging as a Spiritual Practice”. Dates and time;Location: TBD.
Contact: Sue Linsley
Buddhist Lens II: Reading from Buddhist literature, time for meditation. Paul Trotta will help this group get started. Facilitator; Dates and time; Location: TBD. Contact: Paul Trotta 
Peace Task Force
is taking orders on February 14th, for Canaan Fair Trade items: like olive oil, sundried tomato spread, olive tapenade, Za’ater and olive oil soap.  This helps  to empower marginalized Palestinian rural communities to sustain their livelihood and culture. Canaan promotes cross-cultural, interfaith and multi-ethnic connection of all its participants in the production and trade processes.  Please stop by our table in the Social Hall to place your order, a concrete way to promote peace and cooperation in the mid-east.

The USNH Action Group “Preventing Gun Violence” will hold its monthly meeting on Sunday, February 14 in room 209 from 9:45 – 10:30. We’ll make plans, volunteer for activities and research, report on actions and consider long and short term objectives. Bring your commitment, knowledge and enthusiasm! Hope to see you there.
Questions? Contact Sally Connolly (, Darrell McChesney ( or Hubert Woodard (
cluster connections

Cluster Connections 2016: “We Are Stronger Together”, Saturday, April 9, 2016
Unitarian Society of New Haven, Hamden, CT
 Registration will open on February 14. 
This transformative event will be an opportunity for congregations in Connecticut to gather together to strengthen our UU community and identify ways to support each other. Skilled and knowledgeable fellow UUs will facilitate workshops or panel discussions on a variety of subjects such as “Connecting through Storytelling”, “Creating Vespers”, “Producing Lay-Led Services”, “Living in Community: Lessons from Africa” and more as well as discussion groups for Board Presidents, etc. The day begins at 8:30 am for gathering, coffee and morning snacks. The Opening Ceremony at 9 am features Rev. Josh Paweleck of the Unitarian Universalist Society: East in Manchester, CT as the Keynote Speaker. Workshops will follow in the morning and afternoon. A Closing Ceremony at 3:30 pm gathers everyone together again for a rousing conclusion to a day of connections. Lunch is included in the registration fee of $30. Please visit the Cluster Connections Facebook page at for more information. Prior to February 14 please email Susan Linsley at for additional information.
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