Welcome

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.

Happenings

Annual Meeting Warning
Sunday June 2, 2024

Members and friends of the Universalist Society of Strafford are hereby notified of the 222nd meeting of the Universalist Society of Strafford which will take place directly after a short service at 10 a.m. The service will include a look at the history of our Society from 1798 to the present day and have a time to remember members who have passed: Dick Whitfield, Wally Smith, Fred Wolfe,
and Lee Funston.
Agenda for Annual Meeting

Read Minutes from last year’s annual meeting
Treasurer’s Report
Moderator’s Report
Election of officers and trustee
Approve the budget 2024-2025
Programs for this summer and the future of our Society

The Sound of Silence

Tuesday Silent Meditation in the stunningly beautiful space within the Universalist Church. Meditations starting June 4 and continuing every Tuesday till October 1.  20-minute silent mediation followed by a time of sharing and then a final 5-minute silent meditation.  Bring your own meditative practice or just sit and enjoy a silent time of peace and reflection with others

Some Highlights of the Past Year

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. On July 16, 2023 Upper Valley UUs gathered with us for a celebration and rededication service for our sanctuary and its marvelous windows led by Re. Paul Sawyer.

 

Book Discussion – Braiding Sweetgrass

An Evening with Jim Rooney – Full Set

An Evening with Gus Speth – A Life of Service

Staying Connected

Daily Inspiration

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

On-line Services

There are many on-line options for connecting with the UU community, including this one where several of our members participate:

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Upper Valley – Worship service every Sunday at 10 via Zoom.

There are many more to check out in this list provided by the UUA.

For those looking for UU resources for quiet individual reflection, the UU website offers many resources to explore such as this searchable on-line library.