Monthly Archives: October 2016

New Moon meets the Dark Season

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:

October New Moon Magic with added Scorpio

and here:


a reading for the Dark Season:

The Dark Season – Samhain


and here, for Samhain celebration planning:

and, here:

Halloween And Samhain


Reminder: Friday night is the 4th in our KIDS Halloween Dinner and a Movie Night Series

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.

swimming to the other side

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:

Latest Episode of The VUU: Indigenous People’s Day – Dakota Pipeline protests

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.

Maine Peace Walkers and special music by Riff Johnson Thursday, October 13th


Friends – – Come on over to Twinkle’s Place!!
Thursday, October 13th
7:00PM – 800PM

We are having a gathering for the
Maine Peace Walkers
with special music by:
🎶Riff Johnson🎶

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.
🎶 🎶 🎶 🎶 🎶


BE SURE TO CHECK OUT ARTIST RUSSELL WRAY (his artwork featured in this year’s Peace Walk Posters)

Emma’s Revolution in Concert – – BANGOR October 21st + Workshop October 22nd


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!


New Episode of The Pamphlet featuring history of Rev. Althalia Irwin

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.

Rev. Athalia Irwin & Universalism in the South [Ep. 10] w/ Gail Forsyth Vail

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:

pollys-book-1 pollys-book-2-gail


Maine Peace Walk 2016 – Pittsfield


The theme of the 5th Annual Maine Peace Walk is:

Stop the War$ on Mother Earth”


The Maine Peace Walkers will arrive in Pittsfield Thursday, October 13th where they will have dinner at Twinkle’s Place at 6:00PM followed by a brief presentation and entertainment 7:00PM-800PM.

If you would like to join us, email “Twinkle”

On Friday, October 14th at 8:30AM the Peace Walkers will join the Grandmothers Against the East/West Highway vigil infront of Cianbro, across from Vittles Restaurant on Main Street in Pittsfield.

Below is more information issued by the Maine Peace Walkers:


For immediate Release

Peace and environmental activists from Maine and beyond will walk through large portions of our state from October 11-26 in order to bring the issues of endless war, environmental degradation, and climate change to the public’s attention.  The walk will begin on Indian Island (with a supper and ceremony hosted by the Penobscot Nation) and end in Kittery.

“We come together out of our deep concern about the many different wars being waged on Mother Earth, ranging from over-fishing, deforestation, and human-caused extinctions, to climate disruption and endless war,” said Russell Wray of Citizens Opposing Active Sonar Threats (COAST) in Hancock.

According to walk co-organizer Connie Jenkins from Orono, “Close to home we support the Penobscot Nation’s struggle for Justice for the River, opposition to the East/West Corridor, and conversion of war production to alternative energy at Maine shipyards.  We know from past experience of walking through rural and urban Maine that many people will be reached with our messages. We hope this spiritual act of walking and sharing conversation and food will help people in our state feel less isolated and despairing about the future.”

The peace walk begins on Indian Island October 11 and will pass through Dexter, Pittsfield, Unity, Waterville, Augusta, Norway, Lewiston, Brunswick, Bath, Freeport, Portland, Saco, Kennebunk, York Beach, and Kittery. The walk will average about 12 walking miles per day. (Some driving will be necessary between some of these communities.) In the evenings walkers will be fed at local churches and will often stay in local homes.)

The walkers will hold a protest at Bath Iron Works on October 20 at 3:00 pm and conclude on October 26 with a protest at the naval submarine yard in Kittery also at 3:00 pm.  Both protests will call for the conversion of the Maine shipyards to alternative energy production such as public rail systems, solar power, wind turbines and tidal power systems.  Studies at UMASS-Amherst Economics Department reveal that building needed alternative energy rather than military production would create more jobs.  See the study at

Buddhist monks and nuns from the Nipponzan Myohoji order will lead the non-violent peace walk.  Their order does peace walks all over the world.

Maine Walk for Peace is sponsored by:  Penobscot Nation; Smedley D. Butler Brigade Veterans For Peace (Boston area); Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space; Maine Veterans For Peace; Citizens Opposing Active Sonar Threats (COAST); Veterans For Peace (National); Peninsula Peace and Justice; Maine Natural Guard; Greater Brunswick PeaceWorks; Maine War Tax Resistance Resource Center; Veterans For Peace, Jim Harney Chapter 003; Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine; Alliance for the Common Good; Grandmothers Against the East/West Corridor; Resources for Organizing and Social Change (ROSC); Pax Christi Maine; Friends of the Piscataquis Valley; Concord Massachusetts Peace Vigil; Peace Action Maine; ESTIA Maine; Stop the East-West Corridor (STEWC); Maine Green Independent Party; Mission Board of State Street Church (Portland); Reversing Falls Sanctuary; Peace to All Beings; Waldo County Peace & Justice; Unitarian Church of Brunswick; 350 Maine

The daily schedule and entire walk route can be found at Maine Veterans For Peace

Contact:  Bruce Gagnon (207) 443-9502