Our church celebrates freedom of belief and welcomes individuals and families of all backgrounds and faiths. Unitarian Universalism does not advocate a particular creed. We come together because of our shared commitment to values and to ways of living, not to religious dogma. See “What Is UU?” for more about the long history and tradition of Unitarian Universalism. The Strafford Universalist Society is the second oldest in Vermont and fourth oldest in the nation. We hope you will join us.
Book Discussion – Braiding Sweetgrass
There will be a discussion of the book “Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants” by Robin Wall Kimmerer on Tuesday February 7 at 7pm at the Morrill Memorial and Harris Library in Strafford. Copies of the book, including a few audio copies, are available at the library now.
South Strafford resident Laura Ogden, a Professor of Anthropology at Dartmouth whose interests are in understanding the politics of environmental change and conservation, will start the discussion by introducing the book. Laura will share her thoughts about this remarkable work by Kimmerer, a noted plant biologist and professor, who brings to her scientific studies the insights of her own upbringing and Potawatomi ancestors, as well as other Indigenous Americans.
The book discussion is sponsored by the Universalist Society of Strafford and Strafford Climate Action.
The last of the stained glass windows at the Universalist Church has now been restored. This should guarantee their beauty graces the church for at least another 100 years. At the 2021 annual meeting it was decided to replace the Jesus figure in the window behind the pulpit with a UU chalice. The old window will be saved and mounted on the wall in the back of the church along with pictures of past ministers who have served here.
This Past Summer
An Evening with Jim Rooney – Full Set
An Evening with Gus Speth – A Life of Service
Strafford UU member John Freitag sends out a daily inspiration often with poems or readings from our UU hymnal or collections such as Life Prayers and The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness and Joy, as well as poets that speak to our New England weather and heritage like Robert Frost, David Budbill, and Emily Dickinson, and Native American poets like Joy Harjo and Joseph Bruchac. If you are interested in starting your days with something other than the news, send him an email at jfreitag7 at hotmail.com
There are many on-line options for connecting with the UU community. Here are a few of them:
Close to home-
First Universalist Society of Hartland VT – Worship service every Sunday at 10 via Zoom or telephone
North Universalist Chapel Society in Woodstock – Worship service every Sunday at 10 via Facebook Live.
Another easy to connect with congregation who has welcomed our members who wish to use this time to branch out a bit more-
Arlington Street Church – Worship service every Sunday at 11 via Zoom or telephone. Other activities also available during the week.
There are many more to check out in this list provided by the UUA.
For those who would like to use this time for quiet individual reflection, the UU website offers many resources to explore such as this searchable on-line library.
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