One church, many paths
...even spiral ones!
Come, Come, Whoever You Are!
We're so glad you found us!
The Walpole Unitarian Church is a congregation of people who have been committed and involved in the church for decades, as well as newcomers just entering our community.
We embrace a diversity of religious beliefs and practices, celebrating and honoring faith traditions that offer an abundance of common ground and richness of thought and spiritual exploration.
Our Upcoming Services:
All fully vaccinated folk are welcome!
We'll take every safety precaution in accordance with health guidelines. Some may prefer to wear a mask and/or maintain social distance, and are most welcome to do so. Windows will be open and box pews will be available for those who would feel more comfortable.
If you've not received the COVID-19 vaccine, please wait to join us until after you have been fully vaccinated. It will be a joy to be together!
Additionally, through the summer, we’ll examine establishing Wi-fi in the church to give us the flexibility of offering hybrid Zoom services. Other meetings, such as the On-Being discussion group, may continue to be offered via Zoom, as well as church service in inclement weather.
July 11, CHURCH CANCELLED! due to illness.
July 18 –– “The Beatitudes,” led by Rev. Elaine Bomford.
“These are the teachings of Jesus.
Seeing the crowds, he said to his disciples,
Blessed are you poor; God’s kingdom belongs to you.
Blessed are you who are hungry; you will have a feast.
Blessed are you who weep now; you will laugh.”
We reflect upon the Beatitudes as found in Christian sources such as The Gospel of Q/Quelle (above), as well as more contemporary words of blessing.
July 25 –– “The Virtues of Aging” with guest speaker and guitarist Keith Penniman. We all know about the downsides. But what about the “virtues” of aging? Some perspectives ancient and contemporary.
The church will be in recess from August 1 through Labor Day. We’ll gather back together on September 12 for our water communion/ingathering. Have a lovely break!
Events at Our
Church and Hastings Parish House
Who are we?
We are an active congregation with links to many activities.
WUC Task Force on Facing Racism Forums
WUC Task Force on Facing Racism Resources
Spiritual Discussion Series Continues
All are welcome to join us on a Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Hastings House, followed by lunch (bring your own) at noon.
Thoughts and Meditations:
"If we can muster up that degree of commitment and get away from the uniquely American perception that if something can't be done immediately it isn't worth doing, then I think the Hunger Movement, this small but growing minority of us, can have a truly significant impact."
Meditation on Thursdays
Need a moment?
The meditation group meets every Thursday evening, from 7 – 8 p.m.
at Hastings House in Walpole. It begins with a reading followed by
silent meditation. Everyone is welcome.
What are we reading?
Our Book Club meets on a Monday of the month via Zoom at present.
For information on our group, or this book
Stop by our new spiritual bookshelf at the church!
The Mystics Circle is held on the second Friday evening of every month, beginning with a potluck at 5:30pm, and followed by a discussion at the Hastings Parish House in Walpole on a wonderful range of topics.
Our church and parish house offer a traditional setting for your special celebration, including weddings, anniversaries, baptisms, and child naming ceremonies, with our ministers officiating. It is also available for other group parties and events.
Our Welcoming, inclusive Congregation embraces Spiritual Exploration, Social Justice, and Love for each other and the Planet.
Our Church by Leola G.
When all this is over
By Dorothy Grover-Read
When all this is over,
maybe we’ll think how beautifully the spring birds sang,
how bright the pink moon shone.
Perhaps we’ll remember the first warm breeze
that nudged the mulch from the way of daffodils,
the squirrels who entertained us,
or the elder’s tears when a stranger brought bread.
Maybe we’ll recall the passing nods of greeting,
the middle-aged couple dancing in the empty street,
the letter written in beautiful cursive,
or the smell of first-cut grass.
When all this is over,
perhaps we’ll think about angels who sewed masks for strangers,
and sang to each other from a distance,
those who carried food to our cars,
heroes in hospitals who focused on hope,
Parents who kept their children safe and smiling.
Our hearts may remember the return of dolphins to Venice,
and mountains fresh and visible for lack of haze,
the planet saying “See how easy this could be? See?”
Perhaps we will rethink the word “essential,”
and remember how we made soup, made bread, and made do.
And when this is all over,
maybe we’ll recognize
we’ve always been connected,
listen a little deeper, notice a little more,
waste a little less, and live a little better.
~ Dorothy Grover-Read
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