This Sunday’s Service – Roots Service: Four Points of View

March 11 Service at 10:30 AM

Cheryl Ferris, Bob Ferris, Eric Swanson, Tracee Kneeland

Cheryl Ferris received a kidney from Eric Swanson [Wicked Local photo/Dan Mac Alpine]

The Root Service is a long tradition in this church. This is a worship service where we hear the unique journeys of those from our pews. This year we will hear from four people as they tell us the truth of their connection to this beloved community and how it led to a tighter-than-ever bond. We will hear from Cheryl, Bob, Eric, and Tracee as they tell their kidney transplant story. Each perspective holds a mysterious reality which will reveal something new about the storyteller and it may reveal something new in the hearts of each listener. Come and be a part of the sharing of these sacred stories.

The Singing Group will provide music with Helen Brandt, Choir Director and Judy Putnam at the piano.


This Sunday’s Service – The Heart of Helping

March 4 Service at 10:30 AM

Rev. Julie Lombard

Seeking to care for others is what is at the heart of helping and the stewardship of all souls. In a month when our worship theme is service/vocation and we are in the midst of another annual stewardship drive, let us gather to consider what is common in all the forms of our giving. We will explore this topic by reviewing stories and reflections on service from Ram Dass and Paul Gorman’s book How Can I Help? Kerry Kenn Allen, President of VOLUNTEER- The National Center said about this book, “A perfect resource for volunteers who want to examine their work more closely. This is a remarkable book- one that challenges us to understand the impact of our efforts to help, not only on our communities, but on us as helpers and as people with needs.” Come and renew your spirit and be inspired by the stories from within this perfect resource.

Judy Putnam, Music Director will provide solo piano selections this Sunday.

This Sunday’s Service – When he spoke out- part 2

February 25 Service at 10:30 AM

Rev. Julie Lombard, Minister








And more about Religious Authority and Unitarian Universalists: in part 2 of this sermon series, we will look to a man from within our Unitarian side of our tradition that drew upon his religious authority to give him the strength and conviction to speak out. How can we be like him? What is it about his Unitarian beliefs that empowered him to speak out? Again, we will consider if there is room for us to buck higher authorities as we listen to what is our hearts. Come and consider the great question this faith makes a person ponder- how far are you willing to go on your faith journey?

This Sunday’s Service – Faith in Action: Five Stories of Courage, Action, and Faith

February 18 Service at 10:30 AM

Bonnie Hurd Smith

“Faith in Action: Five Stories of Courage, Action, and Faith from Our Unitarian Universalist Tradition.” This talk will inform, engage, and inspire you as she demonstrates how relevant our remarkable foremothers are to our lives today. The re-issued edition of Bonnie’s book on this subject will appear in 2018.

Bonnie Hurd Smith is a lay leader within our UU tradition who has led services throughout New England. She is an author, speaker, and publisher, and the acknowledged expert on the Universalist essayist from Gloucester Judith Sargent Murray. She chairs the Archives Committee of the First Church in Salem, UU.

This Sunday’s Service – When she spoke out- part 1

February 11 Service at 10:30 AM

Rev. Julie Lombard, Minister

In trying to better understand what Religious Authority is or might means to Unitarian Universalists, we have the advantage to turn to many a rich history of examples. In part 1 of this sermon series, we will look to a woman from within our Universalist side of our tradition that drew upon her religious authority to give her the strength and conviction to speak out. How can be like her? What is it about her Universalist beliefs that empowered her to speak out? Is there room for us to buck higher authorities to listen to what is our hearts? How far are we willing to go on this faith journey?

This Sunday’s Service – Hack the Cage

February 4 Service at 10:30 AM

Rachel Burlock

The opioid crisis has hit many of our communities hard, and the debate about the best way to combat addiction is raging on all levels of our society. While opiates are proving particularly deadly, addiction in all its forms causes irreparable damage to countless lives and continues cycles of trauma across generations. Instead of viewing addiction as either a moral failing (a view often taken by the conservative right) or a purely chemical disease (the liberal left’s paradigm), a third perspective based on the “Rat Park” experiment of the 1970s offers us another way to engage with addiction on a personal level. How can we as Unitarian Universalists engage with addiction in our society, our community, and our families?

Rachel Burlock has been a Radio Shack manager, medical interpreter, burrito engineer, Methodist pastor, musician, and equity research analyst. She earned a Master of Divinity from Boston University in 2011, and soon after made the switch from United Methodism to Unitarian Universalist. In 2014 she self-released an album called Blocks which is on the Internet. Rachel and her husband John currently perform and record as the band Feisty Pants, when they’re not working grownup jobs and taking care of their daughters Molly (6) and Fiona (4). Rachel cherishes every chance she has to speak to others about her own spiritual journey and to share whatever value others might get from her story.

This Sunday’s Service – UnEarthing Mary Moody Emerson

January 28 Service at 10:30 AM

Nancy Haverington

Mary Moody Emerson, Ralph Waldo Emerson’s aunt and tutor, had been writing to him for several years about nature’s superiority to traditional religion. In one letter, she wrote, “Nature is my pulpit.” When Waldo’s young wife died, the loss shook him to the core and haunted him with questions about his vocation as a minister. Aunt Mary invited him to her sanctuary in the White Mountains of Maine, where they together confronted Nature, God, and each other. This experience changed both of them, and New England history. Haverington’s sermon will tell Mary’s story and raise the questions they wrestled with. Nancy Haverington, a playwright, screenwriter, former minister and Emerson scholar, will tell Mary’s story and explore the questions they wrestled with.

The music today will be our Singing Group led by Helen Brandt with Judy Putnam at the piano.