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, Sue Phillips

Rev. Sue Phillips

Sue Phillips has been a congregational president, parish minister, seminary instructor, and now serves as our UUA’s Regional Lead for New England.


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February 7, 2016
“Claiming and Being Claimed”

Unitarian Universalism is so much more than a theological buffet. Our tradition makes claims on us, and it is our spiritual work to answer those claims. This sermon will explore the beautiful covenant at the heart of our faith.

Rev. Sue Phillips
Jesse Greist and Linda Pawelek

Services are held each
Sunday morning at 11:15 am. 
Full Tree of Life (1)
 The sanctuary will be open from 9:30 am-10:15 am for a time of quiet meditation and music.



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

Aging 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


Serving-SoupSoup Luncheon
February 7th after the 11:15 service.  Donations of soup, bread, butter, desserts, conversation and companionship are welcome…     The Sunday Morning Team
Chocolate Auction
February 7, after the 11:15 service and Soup Luncheon.
Save the date
to participate in the annual
Donate chocolate items and/or bid on Auction Day.  Sign-up sheets will be on the “Sign-up Sheets” table in the Social Hall if you wish to donate.  Attend and bid on scrumptious items as auctioned by our auctioneer extraordinaire, VP Dan Gelperin!
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 empower marginalized Palestinian rural communities, 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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A Unitarian Universalist Congregation
Gathered in 1951


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