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!
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!
September 12 – “Water Communion” Ingathering Service led by Rev. Elaine Bomford. We celebrate the beloved and renewing Unitarian Universalist ritual of Water Communion. Please bring a little water from your home or travels. We pour the waters we bring into one crystal bowl, in a gesture of gathered community.
September 19 – “Why We Worship,” led by Keith Penniman. Why do we worship? Is it the music that lifts our spirits? The prayers that feed our souls? The stories that captivate our imaginations? The sermons that give us insight or inspiration? Or is it the love and fellowship of our faith community? These and other questions will be explored as we gather for what Unitarian Universalist Jacob Trapp called “the mystery within us reaching out the mystery beyond.”
September 26 – “Granny D,” led by Rev. Elaine Bomford. Through stories and inspirational words from the book "Granny D: Walking Across America in My 90th Year," we hear from Doris Haddock of Dublin, New Hampshire "a retired shoe-factory worker and great-grandmother of twelve" who gardened, hooked rugs, organized, wrote letters, planned, trained and walked across the country in support of campaign finance reform.
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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