As of June 13th, our zoom worship services have ended. With the exception of the August 1 Union Service which we are hosting for 10 congregations this year. The link on our website (the same one we have been using) will be active for this … read more.
Sunday Service Zoom Information
News & Announcements
- Thank You For Supporting the UUSC
- A Message From Our Partner Church
- Weaving the Stories of Our Life Journey
- Film Screening – Healing From Hate
- Deeper Than The Skin
♦♦♦ Gem of The Week ♦♦♦
Line 3 Pipeline HypocrisyOn Monday, police arrested over 300 at a protest against the Line 3 Pipeline. The 2000 protesters - over 200 of whom were UUs - also included Native American tribes and their supporters, environmentalists and religious leaders, joined in solidarity to fight an expansion of Line 3, a $9 billion pipeline operated by the Canadian company, Enbridge, that would carry hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil through Minnesota’s delicate watersheds and tribal lands. President Biden recently shut down the Keystone Pipeline citing environmental concerns. Yet tribal lawyer Tara Housaka notes, “You can’t cancel Keystone and then build an almost identical tar sands pipeline.”
Gems From Prior Weeks
George Floyd, One Year Later
Tuesday marked one year since George Floyd was murdered in Minneapolis by a police officer. What has changed? When does Change become Progress? Read this intro with links to a series of six articles from Politico that looks at that dynamic through multiple lenses.
Advocacy Earth Day
This Earth Day send a message to the messengers. Sign This Petition to ABC News, CBS News and NBC News: “Cover the climate crisis with the urgency it deserves.”
Healing From Hate Panel Discussion
In case you missed the excellent Panel Discussion that our church co-hosted on March 12 about the documentary film Healing From Hate, you may view it on here on Youtube.
This is a video of a TED talk by Christian Picciolini who was very deeply into the American Neo-Nazi movement. He very eloquently describes how and why he became so attracted to the movement, and what needs of his were fulfilled there. He also tells the story of how and why he got out, using the power of love to help himself and others that were trapped in the movement. This is a powerful and inspiring video. Christian Picciolini was also featured in the film Healing From Hate: Battle for the Soul of the Nation that many of you watched last month – see below for the link to the panel discussion about film.
"It’s our disconnection from each other. Hatred is borne of ignorance, fear is its father and isolation is its mother. When we don’t understand something we tend to be afraid of it and if we keep ourselves from it, that fear grows and sometimes it turns into hatred." - Christian Piccolini
UUA General Assembly
Register for GA! Let Rev. Jill know if you want to be a delegate for our congregation.
Glean Team Volunteers
Wednesday Open Meditation
Loaves & Fishes Neighborhood Project
Transitioning to Summer
What a spring it has been. One filled with the glory of abundance. Seemingly an endless stream of blossoms on trees and floating in the air that have caused me to pause in my day to day doing and savor it all. We have so much to be grateful for.
I want to take this moment to lift up one blossoming of spring in our church in particular and that is the creation of a pastoral care associates program. Despite the challenges of remote learning and connection, David Treadway, Susan Concannon, and David Dunn completed two courses offered by the UUA Leadership Center on becoming pastoral care givers. The first one was about discernment where they considered the question: “Is this call to serve as a compassionate companion on behalf of the congregation to its members a good match for me?” A question to which they all said “yes” and they decided together to take the second more substantive course on becoming a pastoral care associate.
We have met almost weekly since March practicing the skills suggested in each of the modules including the art of listening, the art of spiritual companioning, doing your inner work, understanding mental health, understanding death and grief, pastoral care to families and children, designing pastoral care programs and serving in times of crisis and conflict.
In the Fall the congregation will be asked to commission them and bless their ministry. But in the meantime, they have offered to cover for me during my annual leave in June. I will be available to them by phone during this time. More specifically, here are the dates and their contact information.
- Jul 1-8 David Treadway, 617-462-0456 and email email@example.com
- Jul 9-16 David Dunn, 201-693-3724 and email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jul 16-20 Sharon Concannon, 978-660-3213 and email email@example.com
- Jul 20-25 David Treadway, 617-462-0456 and email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Aug 30-Sep 5 Sharon Concannon, 978-660-3213 and email email@example.com
Who we are
We are a liberal religious community of people of all ages who hold diverse theological beliefs. We come not only from Harvard, but also from many surrounding towns. We gather together "in the spirit of love," to worship, to learn, and to care for one another. We come together both to be comforted and accepted for who we are, and to be challenged to transform and grow as moral and spiritual persons.
We believe in the value of personal experience and reason, and use both as we explore the wisdom of the world's religious traditions, seeking to find and make meaning for ourselves. We celebrate and honor the prophetic words and deeds of many of those who've come before us, which call us to serve not only one another, but also those outside of our community. We long for a world that is fair and just and filled with compassion, and we work to make it so.
We welcome you! We'd love to have you join us on our journey!