Our family was blessed this week to welcome “River Dai Longden.” I was especially blessed to be present with my daughter Morgan and her husband Rob when this beautiful baby girl was born and have spent every moment possible with my sweet granddaughter since then. She is absolutely adored by her uncles Dylan and Orion and has been given the same middle name as her uncle Riley Dai who is ever present in our hearts. 🌸 💖 #Family #PiecesOfPeaceOnEarth
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.
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.
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
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! http://matrikapress.com/visit-matrika-press-at-ga/
We have explored Sue Monk Kidd‘s groundbreaking memoir: The Dance of the Dissident Daughter, describing 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:
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.”
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.”