News and Announcements
- Passages Refugee Experience (UNHCR)
Passages is a role-playing experience developed by UNHCR in 1995 designed to put participants through the ordeal of being a refugee fleeing war or persecution. It is experienced in a large space, outside on a square or inside in a large room like a gymnasium, in groups of 15 to 67 people.
Experience facilitators are designated and the group is subdivided in “families”. Each of these families will go through experience modules putting them through all aspects of being a refugee (fleeing a country, crossing borders, claiming asylum). The facilitators will brief and debrief the players afterwards. Some props and clothing are will be provided.
This experience is designed to help create awareness, arouse emotions and encourage participants to take action on behalf of refugees. In this experience, participants will…
…discover the concrete problems which confront refugees
…feel the psychological anguish caused by separation and flight
…see what forces people into refugee situations and the events that bring them to refugee camps
…think about possible solutions to refugee problems
…adopt a more welcoming attitude towards refugees
…become motivated to undertake actions on behalf of refugees.
This experience is recommended for middle schoolers and above.
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
There are no ID requirements. The event is recommended for 6th graders and above.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
There is parking for about 20 vehicles on and around the property.
What can I bring into the event?
You can bring a small bag and bottled water or other drink. Please do not bring food.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
You can contact Daniel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
- Guest at Your Table
Guest at Your Table (GAYT) is UUSC’s annual intergenerational program to raise support for and awareness about our work to advance human rights. Since UUSC works in over 25 countries, with over 75 grassroots partners, there are thousands of individuals involved in and who benefit from the work that our members make possible. GAYT is an opportunity to celebrate grassroots partnership, support human rights, and learn about just four of these individuals – the “guests” in Guest at Your Table.
We will all return our boxes the first Sunday in January. You can find boxes and brochures in the back of the sanctuary.
- Mummers Play
The Cosmix and Bridges youth will perform the Mummers Play and Sword Dancing during the December 17 worship service as we celebrate the arrival of winter. All are invited to enjoy the play. Invite family, friends & neighbors!
Where: Harvard Unitarian Universalist Church
When: December 17, 10 am
- Boxwood Tree Workshops
Time to make the Boxwoods! Come learn how to make Boxwood trees and centerpieces. The Women’s Alliance will have two Boxwood tree workshops in December. On Tuesday December 5, we’ll meet at 6:30 P.M. in the Van Wormer room at the Fellowship Building for a potluck dinner. Then at 7:30, we’ll cut up boxwood, and assemble ornaments (bring small yard clippers if possible.) Then on Friday, December 8, at 10 A.M., we’ll assemble the trees in the Fellowship Hall kitchen. You’ll have fun helping with a major fundraiser for the church. We hope to see you there.
- Seeking Household Goods Donations
“Seeking Flatware and Kitchen Utensil Donations”
During the service on November, 26th, HUUC will welcome one of the founders of Acton-based Household Goods. The organization’s longtime mission is to help people make a home during their time of greatest need. In support of the effort, donations of gently used flatware and kitchen utensils will be gratefully collected between now and then in the sanctuary foyer. When possible, please bring these items in Ziplock bags to help keep them sorted.
- IMAGINE! An Evening of Encouragement, Inspiration and Radical Imagination
Karlene Griffiths Sekou, one of Black Lives Matter Boston’s lead organizers, is pulling together a BLM fundraiser on November 28 featuring Cornel West, Neiel Israel, and Brittany Farrell. The next day she will screen the new film, Whose Streets, and there will be a panel with Brittany and others.
Here’s the link to more information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/imagine-an-evening-of-encouragementinspirationradical-imagination-tickets-39679715096?internal_ref=login
- Women’s Alliance Panel Discussion
Alliance Meeting – Tuesday, November 7th
Partakers and the “Ruth Support Group”
A Panel Discussion led by Jane Gronholm and Ellen Iorio, Julie Anne Medjanis, Cassandra Werthman and others.
Twelve years ago the Woman’s Alliance hosted a presentation from Partakers, an educational support group for prisoners. A large number of people signed up to provide ongoing help. The Alliance provided the seed money for two groups and the church provided the remaining contributions to this project. Come hear the experience of one of those groups.
Potluck at 6:30 p.m. Panel discussion at 7:30 p.m. Located in the Fellowship Building, 7 Elm Street, Harvard 01451. All are welcome.
Contact Diane Cordner for more information.
- Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil
Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil at First Parish Chelmsford
Saturday, November 18
First Parish UU Church of Chelmsford will hold their annual vigil for International Transgender Day of Remembrance on Saturday, November 18. The vigil is organized by the Welcoming Congregation Committee of the church, as part of their commitment to being welcoming and inclusive to LGBTQ people by honoring the dates that are special to members of the LGBTQ community and advocating on issues important to them.The event will begin with a gathering, a procession, and a brief ceremony on the Chelmsford Common.The second part of the vigil will meet in the Chapel (next to the parking lot). The names of those killed around the world during the past year as a result of transphobia will be read. Music will be provided by the Tervos. The vigil will end with words by Renee Manning and a brief period of fellowship. There will be child care. People are welcome to come for either or both parts of the vigil.Speaker Renee Elaine Manning has lived in the Boston area her entire life. While beginning her 35th year in technical work, she is currently in her final year in the Masters of Divinity Program at Andover Newton Theological Seminary and is a Member in Discernment for the UCC ordination process. She brings to the table a diverse religious heritage; Catholic, Unitarian Universalist, Baptist and Congregationalist-United Church of Christ. In her free time she enjoys astronomy, model rocketry, re-enacting 8 historical characters in the local school systems and model building. Though she transitioned at the age of 50, she knew she was transgender at the age of four. She now serves as a facilitator for Merrimack Valley PFLAG, and as a Transgender and GLBIQ advocate and teaches “Trans 101” in churches, police stations and venues throughout Massachusetts.International Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) happens every November around the world. TDOR was first organized in 1999 by transgender woman and activist Gwendolyn Ann Smith to mark the murder of Rita Hester the previous year in Allston, Massachusetts. It has been held annually ever since to raise awareness about the continued violence that is directed at the transgender community. While the official date is November 20, observances are often scheduled on various dates so nearby events do not conflict with each other.
- 30 Days of Anti-Racism
Our Social Justice Ministry Committee, in association with the Anti-Racism Collaborative, has recently finished a series of workshops on recognizing and combating racism in our own congregation and in the community at large. As a follow-up to these workshops, I thought I might offer a helpful resource adapted from a colleague to continue the conversation within the family. This resource includes some active, direct ways to be involved in continuing to combat racism wherever it is found. Please feel free to download this file and share it widely.
The pdf file can be downloaded here: 30 days of anti-racism
Daniel Payne, Director of Religious Education
- Bargains in the Belfry!
Bargains Consignment Shop Opens for Fall Season!
Bargains in the Belfry, our own special consignment shop resells lightly-used clothing. The shop will be open each Tuesday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm and the first and third Sundays 11:30-12:30. Bargains is located in the ‘Belfry’. Entrance is through the side door, near the front door of the church. Proceeds from the Shop benefit the church and the community. Contact Dorothy Solbrig for more information about Bargains in the Belfry.