March 2015 Newsletter

Please read the March 2015 edition of our Spectacles Newsletter for information about upcoming services and other happenings in our congregation.

 

 

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February Newsletter

Please read our February 2015 Newsletter for information about upcoming services and events in our congregation.

On Sunday, February 8 at 10 am Vince Ribas will present “Asimov, Humanism, and Evolution.” After the service,  the congregation has been invited to have coffee hour at Toad Hall on Central Ave (at the traffic lights — formerly the large antiques store). Todd Workman would like to show us what he’s doing with this building and share info on some of his other thoughts/projects on how downtown Franklin might be ‘revitalized’. Toad Hall is going to be, among other things, a gallery offering up-cycled and recycled art work. Stephanie Van Horn is one of the local artisans whose work will be featured. Please come and check it out. You are welcome to bring friends along as well. Hope to see you there!

On Sunday, February 15 at 10 am Rev. Brendan Hadash will present a sermon. From Rev. Hadash: “Yesterday was Valentine’s Day. The Unitarian Universalist Association has declared February as Standing on the Side of Love month. Every week you say, ‘Love is the Spirit of our Faith’. The very first sermon I ever wrote was about love. How could I not speak about love today?”

On Sunday, February 22 at 10 am Rev. Abigail Stockman will present “Human Being – Human Doing.” A look at growing into reflective action, sometimes used as a definition of spiritual maturity. Come join with us.

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Happy New Year

Please ready our January 2015 Newsletter for more information about upcoming events in our congregation.

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December Happenings

December is a busy month. Please read our December 2014 Newsletter for more information about upcoming events in our congregation.

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November 2014

Please read our Spectacles Newsletter for  November 2014 for information about upcoming services and events in our congregation.

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October Newsletter

We have a busy fall at the UUCF.  Please read the October Newsletter to learn more.

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September Newsletter: Worship Services Resume September 14

Below is a poetic offering and message from Rev. Abigail Stockman. Please read our Spectacles Newsletter for September 2014 for more information about our congregation and upcoming events and worship services.

Heron Rises from the Dark, Summer Pond

So heavy
is the long-necked, long-bodied heron,
always it is a surprise
when her smoke-colored wings

open
and she turns
from the thick water,
from the black sticks

of the summer pond,
and slowly
rises into the air
and is gone.

Then, not for the first or the last time,
I take the deep breath
of happiness, and I think
how unlikely it is

that death is a hole in the ground,
how improbable
that ascension is not possible,
though everything seems so inert, so nailed

back into itself —
the muskrat and his lumpy lodge,
the turtle,
the fallen gate.

And especially it is wonderful
that the summers are long
and the ponds so dark and so many,
and therefore it isn’t a miracle

but the common thing,
this decision,
this trailing of the long legs in the water,
this opening up of the heavy body

into a new life: see how the sudden
gray-blue sheets of her wings
strive toward the wind; see how the clasp of nothing
takes her in.

~ Mary Oliver ~

(What Do We Know:Poems and Prose Poems)

This mid-summer poetic offering reminds me that the seemingly ordinary events of our ordinary days can contain moments of awe and awaken our spirit to something more vast and enduring than simply ourselves.

And for those among you who have spent much of this summer working in the basement of our meetinghouse – you have not just been laboring to clean a room:

you have been supporting the future of Bread & Roses which provides regular meals twice a week for anyone in the Franklin area. It is also a place to find community and companionship for those who are lonely. It is a wide and varied community of people committed to providing nutrition and hope to anyone who wants to come.

you have been building the future and the legacy of this Unitarian Universalist faith among us and its presence and value within the greater Franklin community –
you have begun a future we don’t yet know.
Thank you.

OPENING WORSHIP:
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 14, 2014 10am
Service will include this community’s annual Water Communion ritual.
Let us look forward to returning to our weekly community worship!.

Blessings for your summer,
Rev. Abigail

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May Newsletter

Upcoming Events for May:

On Sunday, May 4 at 10 am Rev. Brendan Hadash will join us in the pulpit.

On Sunday, May 11  at 10 am Rev. Abigail Stockman will present a sermon. From Rev. Abigail “In January I attended a domestic violence workshop with a group of interfaith colleagues in Concord. This workshop was in preparation for the “Preach In” which includes a candle light vigil and walk in Concord on May 4th (see information below). My “preach in” sermon will be on Mother’s Day. Domestic violence ripples through the web of interconnectedness “of which we are all a part”. Some of us have experienced it, seen it, or worked with others whose lives have been affected by it. How do we find and maintain a healthy “mothering”, nurturing presence – regardless of gender or literal biological parenthood – in the midst of this reality of domestic violence?”

On Sunday, May 18 at 10 am Hillary Collins-Gilpatrick will lead our service.

On Sunday, May 25 at 10 am Andrew Moeller will present a sermon.

Our annual spring yard sale is planned for Saturday, May 31.

Please read our May 2014 Newsletter for more information about these and other events in our congregation.

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April Newsletter

On Sunday, March 31 at 10 am Andrew Moeller will present “The Question of Sin”

Please read our April 2014 Newsletter for more information about our congregation and upcoming services and events.

On Sunday, April 6 at 10 am Susan Haines and Denise Steadman will present a sermon entitled, “Where’s Your UU Sense of Humor?” Take your morning giggle pill and be prepared to laugh as we explore laughter in our religious community. Yes, laughter is spiritual and healthy!

On Sunday, April 13 at 10 am Hillary Collins-Gilpatrick will lead our service.

EASTER SUNDAY,  April 20 – Rev. Abigail Stockman will present “Miracles.” How might we Unitarian Universalist’s understand miracles, of which resurrection in the Christian tradition is considered the greatest miracle of all. This service weaves together a variety of stories. Come join us!

April 27 – Andrew Moeller will join us again in the pulpit.

 

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March Happenings and Newsletter

On Sunday, March 2 at 10 am Rev. Brendan Hadash will present “Aging Gracefully.”

On Sunday, March 9 at 10 am Rev. Abigail Stockman will present “A Frayed and Nibbled Survivor.” In Pilgrim at Tinker Creek author Annie Dillard writes about being “a frayed and nibbled survivor in a fallen world….”. A Unitarian Universalist reflection on being “frayed and nibbled survivor(s)” who live in a “fallen world”. Come join us.

 

 

**************A 4 SESSION EVENSONG II PROGRAM******************

Beginning Wednesday evening March 19th

A few years ago Rev. McKusick facilitated the Evensong I program for both the Laconia and Franklin congregations. Those who attended were inspired by this faith development opportunity inviting us into times of quiet reflection and deep sharing focused on meaningful topics vital to an ongoing spiritual life.

Each 2 hour session uses a format of centering, readings, quiet reflection, silence, a hymn, and a style of sharing our reflections that invites the group to be listeners providing presence without feedback.
So inspired where some folks that they have asked to continue on with the program. And the good news is that there is an Evensong II program!

UU Congregation of Franklin is offering this adult faith development program
once a month from March-June. We hope that as the weather improves you will consider joining us.
WHEN: Wednesday March 19, April 16, May 21, and June 11.

TIME: 6 – 8 pm

WHERE: UU Congregation of Franklin, NH 206 Central Street, Franklin, NH

FACILITATORS: Rev. Abigail Stockman and Barbara Freeman

This is an opportunity to deepen your own reflective process on some themes in a vital spiritual life including: Childhood Memory and Knowing; Scripture and Story; Prayer and Spiritual Practice. We will be using four of the eight sessions from the Evensong II program. The group may choose to continue to organize and finish the remaining four sessions of the program.  If you are interested in joining the group please contact Rev. Abigail Stockman.  Hope to see you there!

Please read our March Newsletter for more information about our congregation.

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