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.
Sunday June 4, 2023, 10:00 a.m.
Flower Service and Annual Meeting
On Sunday June 4 at 10 am, there will be a short Flower Service at the Universalist Church. The Flower Service, which started 100 years ago at a Universalist Church in Czechoslovakia, celebrates Spring and is used to build a sense of community. People bring a flower to be put in a communal vase at the beginning of the service and then at the end take a different flower home.
At 10:30 am following the service, the Universalist Society of Strafford will hold its 221st Annual Meeting. Officers for next year will be elected and a budget adopted. Following the business, there will be a discussion of where we are now as a congregation and how do we want to move forward. The Universalist Society has a long history of being a constant presence of love, kindness and inclusiveness as well as concern and action is ever changing times. We believe that Unitarian Universalism uniquely is suited to individual spiritual growth
bolstered by a supportive community. We invite you, even if you are not a member, to join in being a part of the discussion.
Sunday, July 16th, 2023, 2:00 p.m.
Celebration and Rededication
Many years ago Fred Wolfe connected with Greg Gorman to explore an ambitious project to clean, restore, and repair the stained glass windows in the church. The first step was to identify which windows were in the worst repair and what efforts would need to be taken to ensure their beauty would last for future generations. Over the past decade plus, the members of our church have fundraised and shepherded this project to fruition. We have even replaced the “Jesus” window at the front of the sanctuary with a new flaming chalice that speaks to our spiritual tradition and values.
Please join us on Sunday July 16 at 2pm at the church in South Strafford for a celebration and rededication service for our sanctuary and its marvelous windows. Reverend Paul Sawyer, of the Hartland UU church, will be officiating and we are hoping to bring many local musicians for the event. There will be a potluck reception following the service and we’d love to see all of our members and friends present for this important moment in the church’s history.
Some Highlights of the Past Year
Book Discussion – Braiding Sweetgrass
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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