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Theology Panels

Bravo to our UU cousins in the UK who host this annual conference dedicated to exploring our theology.

We so appreciate Rev.Lewis Connelly‘s perspective of embracing “egalitarian imminent spirit” and the importance to not completely detach from our theology, as tends to happen in Unitarian Universalist strides to detach from all creeds and remain non-dogmatic. The overall sense throughout this discussion by the panel, as well as the audience, is about the importance of not forsaking the creation of shared “spiritual” context of our faith, even allowing mysticism in our theology, and the art of telling stories about the divine, and the art of listening to them. Rev. Sheena Gabriel reminds us that our movement has suffered from the lack of good theology, the kind that is an art, and a poetry, and an experience of the heart. She says it is important to bring the head and the heart together through mysticism.  Rev. Sarah Tinker points out that our theology is a continual, ongoing process and that happens when we gather together, talk together, explore together.

Beginning this summer at Twinkle’s Place, we look forward to hosting panel discussions and small covenanted  group ministries focused on heart based explorations of theology embedded in reason as we open to and access the egalitarian universalist spirit.  Gatherings will focus on enhancing our UU spirituality and theological practices through exploration of theologies, philosophies and mysticisms.

Our gatherings will be by-invitation-only at this time.  However, if you would like to participate, please email us: TwinkleManning@gmail.com

September 11th Vigil in Manson Park

We Gather Together.
In honor of the lives of those who died as a result of the terrorist attack on September 11th, 2001, and to promote peace in our world, a sacred and prayerful space near the beautiful Sebasticook River will be available for our BikeMaine visitors in Manson Park should any wish to pause for a moment and reflect on this day.
This vigil event is also open to the public for all who wish to attend.

The vigil space hosted by Rev. “Twinkle” Marie Manning will be open from 5:00am-8:00am and have a multi-faith clergy presence.

Additionally, at 7:00am, clergy will share in a collaborative prayer creating a tapestry of love and hope on this day.

If you are clergy and would like to participate, or should you want more information, please email:



Meet the Candidates for UUA President

Each of the three candidates will be appearing as guests on The VUU in the month of March:

Susan Frederick-Gray, March 2nd at 11:00AM

Jeanne Pupke, Thursday, March 23rd at 11:00AM

Alison Miller, Thursday, March 30th at 11:00AM

We will continue to update this page as the interviews are available from The VUU.

And, if you are in Central Maine on Thursdays, you are welcome to watch The VUU in community at Twinkle’s Place.  11:00AM EST.




Standing on the Side of Love: Deescalation and Interventions

Standing on the Side of Love produced this brief training video to assist with deescalation and interventions.  

Published on Nov 15, 2016

We are in a different political time that will require different political skills and organizing in coming months and years. Many folks have been asking for skills to deescalate for interventions and attacks that continue to target Muslims, People of Color, Immigrants, LGBTQ people. This is a short primer not meant to be a comprehensive training but an informational entry point for engagement and deescalation using both instincts and discipline to intervene.

What to Do If You Are Witnessing Islamophobic Harassment: A Bystander’s Guide to Helping the Person Who’s Being Targeted by Marine-Shirine Veren http://www.alternet.org/comics/altern…

Action Strategy: A How-To Guide from the Ruckus Society http://ruckus.org/downloads/RuckusAct…

KIDS Stone Soup Lunch

KIDS Stone Soup Lunch

Wednesday, November 23rd



Send your kiddos over to our place  with their favorite veggie to place in the pot. If your child has any allergies, please let us know.

Parents are welcome to join us –

– or feel free to send your children here and go out and have some kid-free time 😉

We will share food and discuss things we are grateful for.

WEBINAR: UU Church of the Larger Fellowship UU Trauma Response Ministry

This webinar is offered by UU Church of the Larger Fellowship UU Trauma Response Ministry: “Managing Post Election Stress Response”

This is definitely worth watching. Especially if:

If you are having trouble sleeping or calming down and focusing on getting to work (or have family, friends or congregants who are).

In this Church of the Larger Fellowship webinar, Rev. Julie Taylor offers useful tools for managing stress responses.

Rev. Taylor is the president of the UU Trauma Response Ministry team.