New After Church Discussion
of UUWorld articles
Join us for a UU World discussion session after
An after church discussion of articles
from the winter “UU World” magazine will
be held on Sunday, February 24 at 11:30
a.m. in the church.
The program will include two, 20-
minute conversations with a break between
making the total meeting time about 50
minutes. This will be a time of learning,
listening and sharing facilitated by Rev.
The two articles from the winter “UU
World” magazine to be discussed will be
selected by Rev. Bomford. Please try to read
these articles before the discussion.
Copies of the articles will be available to
allow time for reading ahead.
Members of the church receive the
“UU World” magazine quarterly. Many of
the articles are informative, creative and
connect us to the greater UU community of
churches and projects that are well worth a
If you are a member and have not
been recieving your copy of UU World,
please contact Dorothy at 802.463.9333.
Book Group Thriving!
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Thursday Meditation Group
The meditation group meets every Thursday evening, from 7 – 8pm at Hastings House in Walpole. It begins with a reading followed by silent meditation. Everyone is welcome.
Monadnock Interfaith Project
Rev. Sandra Whippie, our minister emerita, has been working with other church groups on many projects. The following is a letter sent to newspapers concerning immigration.
Letter to the Editor from the Monadnock Interfaith Project
In recent weeks, there has been a great deal of controversy about our government’s
policy to separate children from their parents when families cross our southern
border seeking asylum and a better life. These events feel like a defining moment for
members of the Monadnock Interfaith Project, a local non-profit that unites people of
all faith backgrounds, and the unaffiliated faithful, to work for social justice within
The treatment of these families has put a spotlight on our values, our fears, and the
way in which power is used for and against the interests of various communities.
We observe activities within and outside our government that seek to lessen our
sense of kinship with fellow humans born outside our nation’s borders. Our sense of
justice and common humanity is offended by the idea of innocent children being so
Those who claim these families are threats would have us believe that these
desperate people crossing borders have a great deal of power over our lives.
Monadnock Interfaith Project believes that it is very important to cultivate clarity
about power, who wields it, and how.
Power, the ability to get things done, is not in and of itself bad. Power can create
chaos or harmony in our lives and communities, depending on how it is used and
shared. We can, and we must, use our power well. Our power is in our numbers, our
voices, our daily choices, and our votes. When we exercise that power, we need to be
clear about our values and interests.
Many Americans agree on values like opportunity, fairness, security, ingenuity,
and hard work. Yet we are experiencing a great deal of turmoil over ideas about how to
secure these values for ourselves and our children, and who is included in the
community that builds and shares in the future we envision.
As people of faith we find common ground in a vision of peace, security, and
opportunity. We must take care of each other, especially the children, and unite to
build a future that provides for us all.
We pray, bear witness, and speak out in support of all families who are seeking
peace, security, and opportunity.
On Behalf of the Monadnock Interfaith Project Guiding Council
Calling all Mystics!
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. If you want more information or to be added to the mystics list, e-mail community member Len at t.
Our Congregation completed this lovely quilt for Rev. Telos to commemorate her time here as our beloved minister.
Local groups support the “Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice”
The Bellows Falls Community Bike Project and the Friday Vigil groups will be sponsoring and attending a large demonstration in Brattleboro on Saturday, September 8 at 3 p.m. The emphasis of the demonstration will be transportation and will provide a learning and fun experience with activities for all.
Vermont is not meeting the carbon emission goals that we need to help the climate improve.
Across the country, tens of thousands of people will show our power by hitting the streets, holding
community forums, and educating voters about the issues – all to ensure that elected and private sector leaders make action on climate a priority.
For more information contact Karen Walter, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following information can be found on the Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth uumfe.org