As we enter the dark season, is with a heart filled with the kind of light only the dark season can provide, I wish you every blessing of this month’s new moon.
We offer these places to source this month’s New Moon:
a reading for the Dark Season:
and here, for Samhain celebration planning:
Reminder – Tomorrow is the 4th Dinner & a Movie Night in celebration of Halloween for kiddos in our community.
We will also have some Día de los Muertos coloring sheets and an Ofrenda (Day of the Dead altar) set up for the weekend to explore this sacred time blending Orion’s Mexican Heritage of Día de los Muertos with my tradition of Samhain. We will light candles to bring light to this dark season and to light the way for our ancestors.
- Ofrenda means “offering” – should your child wish to bring something to place on the altar, please have them do so.
I was so fortunate to spend time with Pat and Sandy last week. They sang this song Pat wrote many years ago. It has been my constant reminder this week as Life continues to present immense blessings along with evidence of the brokenness that persists in our world.
May I greet each, the blessings and the brokenness, with grace and acceptance and love.
Forward we go.
We are all swimming to the other side.
For lyrics, and to purchase this song, visit:
Indigenous People’s Day – Dakota Pipeline protests – The VUU #155
This episode features UUs who went to North Dakota in solidarity with the Protectors to help stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. Scheduled guests are Carlo Voli, Florence Caplow, Alyzza May, Karen van Fossan and Ronya Hoblit. The VUU is hosted by Michael Tino, Joanna Fontaine Crawford, Aisha Hauser, Hank Peirce, Alicia Forde, and Slim Moon. Meg Riley is on sabbatical.
Thanks to this episode presented by the UUCLF – Church of the Larger Fellowship, we are given information that is simply not being covered in the mass media outlets.
Note: The VUU airs Thursdays at 11 am ET.
Friends – – Come on over to Twinkle’s Place!!
Thursday, October 13th
7:00PM – 800PM
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We are having a gathering for the
Maine Peace Walkers
with special music by:
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The Maine Peace Walkers will arrive in Pittsfield on Thursday, October 13th. They are on a two week trek throughout Maine promoting peace. The theme of the 5th Annual Maine Peace Walk is:
“Stop the War$ on Mother Earth”
Join us in community at Twinkle’s Place on Lancey Street to meet the Peace Walkers, hear their message and appreciate the special music offered by Riff Johnson.
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Join Emma’s Revolution for a pop-up concert in Bangor!
Friday, October 21 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
They will also be doing their “Finding Harmony” workshop on Saturday, October 22nd in the morning at 10:30am.
Tickets are $18 for the concert and $18 for the workshop.
Combo tickets (to attend both the concert and the workshop) are $30.
Follow THIS LINK for the Facebook event page
and click THIS LINK to purchase tickets to the concert and/or the workshop!
In this episode of The Pamphlet Susan and Sean are joined by Gail Forsyth Vail, Adult Program Director at the Unitarian Universalist Association.
The discussion focuses on Rev. Athalia Lizzie Johnson Irwin who was one of the first women in the American South to be ordained to the Universalist ministry. Serving churches across the country she pioneered creative way to use print media for evangelical purposes.
The story of Rev. Athalia Lizzie Johnson Irwin is included in a book co-authored by Gail Forsyth Vail and Polly Peterson called Missionaries, Builders, and Pathfinders Unitarian Universalist Stories from the Midwest, West, and South, 1830-1930 – This book belongs to the Tapestry of Faith Toolkit Series provided by the UUA Faith Development Office. Toolkit Books provide background knowledge, inspiration, and practical guidance to program and lead UU faith development and to help us explore and live our faith in our congregations, neighborhoods, nation, and world.
Polly Peterson authored another insightful book: Stirring the Nations’s Heart: Eighteen Stories of Prophetic Unitarians and Universalists of the 19th Century – Eighteen compelling stories from the lives of 19th-century Transcendentalists and reformers who played key roles in Unitarian Universalist history. Each story includes introductory material to provide context and quotations that expand the picture of the subject’s life and work. Supplementary materials such as discussion questions allow you to shape a complete program for adult learning or small group ministry.
You can purchase these books at the UUA Bookstore, here: