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Calendar Notes

Due to the tragic death in our family, many of our Autumn-time events have been cancelled or postponed, including retreats in Pittsfield and on Moosehead Lake. If you were registered for an event, please see your inbox for details or message us. The monthly women’s book group at Twinkle’s Place will resume in December. Weekly silent meditations and Hygge teas will begin in November.

Events and speaking engagements that will remain as scheduled include:

  • Pulpit supply of previously scheduled Sunday mornings (see calendar for dates and times);
  • Maine Municipal Association presentation on October 3rd;
  • Orion’s Hallowe’en Party, Día de los Muertos crafts and storytelling, and our annual Samhain Ritual.

Love and Condolences to the Jones Family.

Our community is mourning the loss of Sumner “Bud” Jones

As time permits I will write a homily about Bud. I have only known this wonderful man for five and a half years, yet I have several cherished anecdotes.  He and his wife Barb were so welcoming of me when I moved here. And charming. By their example they taught me a great deal about the many facets of being in a multi-religious, multi-political community in rural Maine.

Bud you will be missed.

YOU are invited to our Water Communion Service

Join Us!
Sermon: Gentle Ripples, a Water Communion Service to Gather The Beloved Community
Sunday, September 8th, 2019 (10:00 am)
The Universalist Unitarian Church of Waterville
69 Silver Street, Waterville, Maine

Worship Leader: Rev. “Twinkle” Marie Porter-Manning

Thought for Contemplation:
“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” 
~ Coretta Scott King
#PulpitOfPeace #BuildingTheBelovedCommunity #UUSermon

Matrika Press at GA

Unitarian Universalists who are interested in publishing your work who visited us at the UU Women and Religion booth in the exhibit hall at General Assembly in Spokane… the discount is valid they to September 19th for our “A Sermon in My Pocket Series” which is for clergy and lay people alike. Also, inquire about how your congregation can utilize the Matrika Press Anthology Series for fundraising and outreach!

Summertime Reading Selections 2019

We have explored Sue Monk Kidd‘s groundbreaking memoir: The Dance of the Dissident Daughterdescribing Kidd’s journey into feminist theology. As well as the soulful tale of The Mermaid Chair.This Autumn we delve into two more of Sue’s inspirational manuscripts:


Firstlight: The Early Inspiration Writings, the spiritual essays, meditations, and inspirational stories Sue wrote in her thirties – all collected into a single volume.


When the Heart Waits, an autobiographical account of Sue’s personal pain, spiritual awakening, and divine grace that has become a touchstone on contemplative spirituality teaching the discipline of “active waiting.”


Let go of Contempt

Great article by Arthur C. Brooks on how to have compassionate communication with and about those we disagree with in politics, spirituality, philosophy and more. He sites that The problem in America today is not incivility or intolerance, rather, it is “motive attribution asymmetry” which breeds contempt.

“What we need is not to disagree less, but to disagree better. And that starts when you turn away the rhetorical dope peddlers — the powerful people on your own side who are profiting from the culture of contempt. As satisfying as it can feel to hear that your foes are irredeemable, stupid and deviant, remember: When you find yourself hating something, someone is making money or winning elections or getting more famous and powerful. Unless a leader is actually teaching you something you didn’t know or expanding your worldview and moral outlook, you are being used.”

A Beautiful Christmas Song

"The First Noel" Leslie Odom Jr. ft. PS22 Chorus

Brace yourself for one of the most brilliant and beautiful Christmas performances the PS22 Chorus has ever done, this one with the help of singer/actor/awesome dude, Leslie Odom Jr.! If this doesn't get you into the holiday spirit, nothing will! And special thanks to PS22 alum Denise for helping me direct on this one!

Posted by Gregg Breinberg (PS22 Chorus Director) on Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Perhaps it’s because half way through my childhood my parents began studying with Jehovah’s Witnesses and we stopped celebrating Holidays and I make up for lost time in my adulthood; perhaps it’s just because there is beauty in the Christmas music. Either way, I share this here for each of you. A beautiful rendition of The First Noël