News and Announcements
- End-of-Year Potluck and Cookout
Let’s welcome summer! Please join us for a potluck and cookout immediately following services on Sunday, June 9 at 11:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Building. The Board will provide grilled burgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, and beverages. Please bring a side dish or a dessert to share. We hope to see everyone there!
– The Board
- BLM Workshop
Karlene Griffiths Sekou Returns!
Join us after church on Sunday, June 2 from 11:30 to 1:30 for a follow up to the Black Lives Matter Workshop held in March. (This workshop will be meaningful for all, even if you did not attend the March workshop.) In this workshop, Karlene will lead us through a discussion of the article Levels of Racism: A Theoretic Framework and a Gardner’s Tale by Camara Phyllis Jones. Copies of this article will be available after church each Sunday leading up to June 2. This short article uses a powerful metaphor to illustrate three levels of racism – institutionalized, personally mediated, and internalized. We will also view and discuss a film clip from Race: Power of an Illusion. We hope to wrap up the workshop with a conversation around how we at HUUC can be allies to the BLM movement. Snacks/light lunch will be served. Child-care provided. If you have questions or would like to sign up, please email Ginger at email@example.com. Hope you can join us!
Ginger Kendall, for the Social Justice Ministries Council
- A Evening of Songs
The Friends of Harvard Council on Aging invite you to an evening of songs with Donal Clancy. Friday May 10th at the Harvard Unitarian Universalist Church, 9 Ayer Road. Doors open 7:00pm, concert begins at 7:30pm. Opening with Caroline Dressler and Giulia Haible.
Event will benefit the Friends of the Council on Aging
$20 with reservation, $25 same day, $18 seniors 65+
- More Kirtan!
Mark your calendars! We will have a kirtan event at the Harvard Unitarian Universalist Church, 9 Ayer Rd., top of the Common on Wednesday, June 26, 7 p.m.
Tickets: $20 in advance (https: //uuharvard.tix.com), $25 at the door
Kirtan or Kirtana (Sanskrit: कीर्तन; IAST: Kīrtana) is a Sanskrit word that means “narrating, reciting, telling, describing” of an idea or story. … Many kirtan performances are structured to engage the audience where they either repeat the chant, or reply to the call of the singer.
If you attended the church service April 28, you will have had the opportunity to be immersed in meditation by chanting. That was a brief taste of the 90 minute chanting, with the quartet of Lee Mirabai Harrington singing, and the audience members repeating, that will be presented on Wednesday evening June 26. This will be the first time such a kirtan presentation has happened in our church. If you are interested in any kind of mediation or yoga, or if you’re just curious about the effect that such mantra singing can have on you, plan to attend.
This kirtan event will be hosted by Lee Mirabai Harrington,
accompanied by Danny Solomon, Owen Landis and Ezra Landis
Kirtan is a form of participatory, devotional call-and-response chanting which originated in India. When we sing together, we create a collective sacred attunement; and when we sing divine names and sacred syllables, our level of attunement is even higher. Singing kirtan is not about singing “well” or perfectly, but about the sacred act of using your own voice to connect with the divine. It’s a very liberating practice for those who are uncomfortable with their own voices. No singing experience is necessary. All ages welcome.
All spiritual traditions have ways of connecting with Divine Source and using that energy to heal. Mantra healing is the practice of using a combination of sound, vibration, visualization, and our own unique healing instrument–our voices–to heal the body and the mind. The practice of chanting (and singing!) Tibetan and Sanskrit mantras can tone the body, alleviate depression and anxiety, calm the nervous system, restore health, and increase cognitive function. It’s like a very potent, concentrated form of prayer.
-Eleanor Toth, for the Music Committee
- Glean Team Volunteers Needed
Are you looking for a volunteer activity that helps your fellow citizens but doesn’t take too much time? The Glean Team is a group of local residents who, six times a week (Monday – Saturday), deliver food from the Acton Roche Bros to three organizations helping people in need of food. The Team is loosely affiliated with the Harvard UU Church and has been in existence for close to ten years. The three organizations are Loaves & Fishes and Transitions, both in Devens, and Wheat in Clinton. It is a great activity, one is meeting a real need and the recipients are very appreciative.
We are looking for more volunteers as we have recently lost a few members. Each delivery takes on average about 60 – 90 minutes. There are up to 10 boxes of produce and prepared foods that need to be carried out of the store and into your vehicle. The boxes weight up to 25 lbs . Volunteers go to the Acton Roche Bros around 10 AM, load their vehicle, make the delivery and you’re usually home by 11:30. The 10 AM pick up means most volunteers are retired or work from home. However, Saturday delivery is open to everyone. Students home for the summer are very welcome too. You can signup for as many or as few dates as you want. Once a week is a lot, once a month is fine. If you are interested or even if just curious please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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- Ladies Night Out!
Sorry, boys, this one is just for the ladies! Come celebrate spring at the MacFarlane-Kozarsky home in Bolton with creative, hearty appetizers, desserts and liquid refreshments provided by your hosts, Carol MacFarlane, Edie Joyce, Marcia Croyle, and Barbara Kemp. Contact Carol at 978-505-4370 or email@example.com to reserve a spot
- Women’s Alliance Field Trip
The Women’s Alliance is planning a field trip to the Harvard Alpaca Ranch at 58 Old Mill Rd. Visit with these beautiful animals on their earth-friendly and sustainable farm, learn everything you always wanted to know about alpaca life, including alpacas and yoga; and their use as therapy animals. Shop at alpaca gift store. Tuesday, April 30, meet at 9:45 am at HUUC. Everyone welcome.
- Walk For Hunger – 2019
This year’s Walk for Hunger is on Sunday May 5, just around the corner!
Once again, we are hoping that many of you from the congregation will participate to make it a wonderful intergenerational experience. Our church has a long history of participating in this event. Some of our most sincere walkers have been Middle School and Senior High Youth. In past years, as a team we have raised well over $10,000. We are hoping to be able to do so again. Please consider walking or sponsoring a walker at Walk for Hunger and search for our team: “Harvard Hunger Resistance Movement”. Or you can go directly to this link to join or donate.
Together, we can make a meaningful difference to those who struggle with hunger.
We plan on carpooling to Alewife Station and then take the T from there. However, if we raise $5000 we can get a bus for free! We will meet at Fellowship Building at 7 am and be home by 5 pm latest. Walk location starts at Boston Common. People can bail out along the way and take T back to Alewife as they choose!
The walk is 20 miles but you can walk as much as you are able. There are shuttle buses all along the way.
- A Kirtan Event
Kirtan Event on Wednesday June 26, 7 p.m.
If you attend the church service April 28, you will have the opportunity to be immersed in meditation by chanting. This will be a brief taste of the 90 minute chanting, with the quartet of Lee Mirabai Harrington singing, and the audience members repeating, that will be presented on that Wednesday evening. This will be the first time such a kirtan presentation has happened in our church. If you are interested in any kind of meditation or yoga, or if you’re just curious about the effect that such mantra singing can have on you, plan to attend.
More information will be upcoming.
-Eleanor Toth, for the Music Committee
- Walking the Talk of Covenant Workshop
We frequently talk about Unitarian Universalism as a covenantal tradition, as opposed to sacramental or creedal, but what does that mean exactly? Most congregations have written covenants and many recite their covenants at weekly services. Living the covenant, however, is more than knowing or saying words. It assumes embodied practices that knit us to each other and to something larger than ourselves. Because we are hosting, its free.
Go Here to register and get more information for this UUA sponsored workshop. We will meet in the Fellowship Building, May 11th, 9-2.