News and Announcements
- Partner Church Potluck Brunch
On Sunday February 9th beginning at 11:15, please join us for a potluck brunch in our Fellowship hall! This is our annual gathering to celebrate, honor, and support our sister UU church, Magyarandrá-sfalva, Transylvania (Andreeni, Romania).
- #VoteLove & #DefeatHate
Sunday, January 12 at 4:00 pm join us for a live webinar for the launch of a new UUA program called ‘UU the Vote.’ In this political moment, UUs are called to live our values and join forces with others who want to organize our communities and our nation to #VoteLove and #DefeatHate. In this online launch, hear about the organizing plan for ‘UU the Vote’ across the country, some of the strategies the UUA will be deploying, examples of on-the-ground work from congregations already engaging, and how you and your congregation can get involved. The SJMC will be hosting a watch party at the Fellowship Building from 3:45 – 5pm, followed by a discussion of what our church can do to help. Click here for more information about ‘UU the Vote’. Questions, please contact Ginger Kendall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Calling All Persons!!
We need YOU to help make our All Ages, Sing and Be Well, Pick up Choir a reality. Led by the one and Only Donnalisa Johnson we will meet and Sing on Sunday, January 12, 2020. The song is easy and fun to sing… a real toe tapper…. Come and sing along. No need for prior experience…. Just a desire for fun….Families especially encouraged to join the fun/no age limit! Meet in the Sanctuary at 8:45 AM on Sunday Jan 12, 2020.
- Coming of Age Youth are Available to Help You
Do you need help shoveling snow? Do you need someone to walk your dog, or babysit for your kids?The Coming of Age youth have been charged with earning part of the fee for their program this year (to cover the cost of their retreats and journals, to name a fewof the expenses). They have volunteered to work for $10 an hour at a variety of tasks. If you would like to hire them to do any of the following, just contact me email@example.com, and I will send out an email to all the youth and let you know who responds first. Or if you know one of the youth, you can call them
They are available to shovel your snow, babysit, pet sit, walk your dog, and other jobs that you might think of. You will pay the church with Coming of Age in the memo line. It’s as simple as that. And you’ll get to know one of our fantastic youth a little better!
- Brighten your home for the holidays – Boxwood trees are here!
Festive Boxwood trees, centerpieces and greenery, handmade by the industrious ladies of the Alliance, will be for sale after church on December 15th. These also make great gifts. All proceeds will be donated to the church.
- Seven Weeks of Chalica
Chalica is a uniquely Universalist Unitarian holiday dreamed up by Darlene Marshall in 2005. It’s not surprising if you have never heard of it, as it’s a grassroots-type of celebration. In Marshall’s words, “I’ve let [Chalica] take on a life of its own. It can either be a serious spiritual exercise or a fun thing to do. All holidays evolve through the people who celebrate them.”
So, what is Chalica and when it is celebrated? Chalica is an invitation to spend a day or a week with each of the principles, reflecting on their meaning and doing a good deed focused on each one.
The celebration starts the first Monday in December. Each day or week of Chalica, an evening chalice is lit and homemade gifts may be given and received. Gifts can be made bought, verbal, written, acts, and the creating of new traditions unique to your family.
Our congregation will be celebrating Chalica for seven weeks to give time to explore in a deeper way, each principle.
Week 1: December 2 – 8
We light our chalice to celebrate that each person is important.Unitarian Universalists create communities of compassion and welcoming.You do not have to do anything to earn the love contained within these walls.You do not have to be braver, smarter, stronger, better than you are in this momentTo belong here, with us.
Erika Hewitt, adapted
– Do something special for yourself!
– Gather family or friends and plan a mean where everyone’s favorite food is represented.
– Send a thank-you card to someone; celebrating the differences between you and them.
– Write down and share what you love about another. Give that person your list.
– Send a card expressing forgiveness or apology
Big Orange Splot by D.Manus Pinkwater and Daniel ManusPinkwater
Owen and Mzee by Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff, Paula Kahumbu and Peter Greste
On the Night you were Born by Nancy
Week 2: December 9 – 15
We light our chalice to celebrate being kind in all we do.
– As a family, try to go the day without arguing.
– Do something nice for someone else.
– Donate stuff to someone who doesn’t have as much as you.
– Display kindness and care to those around you.
– Exchange small care packages to other as a family.
– Cheer up a friend or neighbor and help out where you can.
Old Turtle by Douglas Wood and Cheng-Khee Chee
The Golden Rule by Ilene Cooper and Gabi Swiatkowska
Love you Forever by Robert Munsch and Sheila McGraw
Week 3: December 16 – 22
We light our chalice to celebrate that we are free to learn together.
– Take part in an event at your church
– Read a book to a smaller child, yourself, or another.
– As a family, learn how to play a new game together.
– Attend a lecture, go to the museum, see a play, talk with others around you.
– At school offer help to other students, and accept help as well.
– Cook a pie, make a paper airplane—share your gifts with others
– Teach someone something, and, conversely, listen and learn
Fannie in the Kitchen by Deborah Hopkinson and Nancy Carpenter
Maria’s Comet by Deborah Hopkinson and Deborah Lanino
Chicken Sunday by Patricia Polacco
Week 4: December 23 – 29
We light our chalice to celebrate that we can search for what is true.
– Practice Chalica, and learn about Unitarian Universalism.
– Practice how you would talk about Unitarian Universalism in one minute or less.
– Create your own Unitarian Universalism traditions, food, and celebrations.
– Have a discussion about religion. What do you give your heart to? How do you want to appear in the world?
– Talk with a friend about their beliefs. Be open.
– Explore another religions’ traditions, food, and celebrations.
Grandad’s Prayers of the Earth by Douglas Wood, P.J. Lynch
God In Between by Sandy
Eisenberg Sasso ,Sally Sweetland
Elijah’s Angels by Michael J. Rosen, Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson
Week 5: December 30 – January 5
We light our chalice to celebrate that all people need a voice.
– Begin or continue with good energy family meetings giving a voice to all family members.
– Plan a special mean with family and/or friends, and hold a vote on what you’ll eat.
– Advocate, get involved, stand-up for someone on the playground.
– Listen, deeply. Be a friend.
-Get involved in your local political scene, offer help, or get involved with voter registration.
If I were President by Catherine Stier and Diane DiSalvo-Ryan
D is for Democracy: A Citizen’s Alphabet by Elissa Grodin and Victor Juhasz
Yertle the Turtle by Dr. Seuss
Week 6: January 6 – January 12
We light our chalice to celebrate that we can build a fair and peaceful world.
– Volunteer; make a plan to volunteer regularly.
– Donate food, clothing, items to Loaves and Fishes.
– Donate to your favorite charity or on behalf of someone else to a charity they are passionate about.
– Hold a fundraiser; make a plan.
Over the River and Through the Wood by Lydia Maria Child and Christopher Manson
Henry Climbs a Mountain by D.B. Johnson
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
Week 7: January 13 – January 19
We light our chalice to celebrate that we care for Earth’s lifeboat.
– Go green at home; start composting, recycle more, bike more. Choose as a family and commit to it.
– Advocate that your workplace or school be more eco-friendly.
– Shop local; plan to make a vegetarian or vegan meal.
– Reuse, reduce, recycle, and repair; turn “trash” into a work of art, or something else useful.
– Clean-up litter wherever you can.
The Shortest Day by Wendy Pfeffer and Jesse Reisch
The Everything Seed by Carole Martignacco and Joy Troyer
From Lava to Life by Jennifer Morgan and Dana Lynne Andersen
- Cello-Piano Duo Recital
Join us for an hour of classical featuring artists Sonya Ovrutsky Fensome and Jan Muller-Szeraws. The performance will take place in the cozy atmosphere of the beautiful home of John Chapman and Patti Ruze in Harvard, MA. You’ll hear sonatas for cello and piano by R. Schubert, C. Frank, and Chapman.
When: Sunday, September 22
Where: Chapman-Ruze residence, 42 Williow Rd. Harvard, MA 01451
- Welcome Back BBQ/Cookout!!
All Welcome! We can’t wait to see you!
Join us for the 17th annual Harvard UU BBQ/Pig Roast and connect with old church friends and make some new ones.
When: Saturday, September 7th, 4 – 8pm.
Where: 61 Depot Road, Harvard, MA (home of Tom and Lisa Aciukewicz)
What’s on the menu: Pulled pork, vegetarian baked beans, coleslaw, pickles, homemade cornbread, apple crisp and vegetarian side dishes.
Cost: Donate as you are able. Suggested $25/adult, $12.50/child
All proceeds benefit Harvard UU Church
Reserve your space: Email Ginger Kendall at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you purchased this at the auction, you will receive an email invitation.
- 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