2017 Summer Services
at the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence

 All services meet at 10 AM in the Great Hall, unless otherwise noted, and will be followed by
socializing with lemonade in the Parlor.  All ages are welcome in the Great Hall.

June 25 - Immigrant and Queer:
A service by Barbara Allen and Mohammed Ibrahim

Barbara offers a better understanding of LGBTQ+ definitions and Mohammed shares his personal story as an immigrant to this country.

July 2 - Paddling For Our Lives
Climate Action Team

Warning signs are gathering.  You can feel it in your bones. This state of crisis is going to intensify over the next several decades. This service, led by Judy Hyde and supported by members of the Climate Action Group, will focus on ways we are developing resiliency for the long emergency. 

July 9 - Who Knows Where the Time Goes?
David Mix Barrington
Sandy Denny's 1967 song inspires reflections about managing time, killing time, wasting time, spending time, making time, and taking time.

July 16 - Coming Back to Reality
Dan Cottle

Many of us have felt the presence of the divine in our lives at least once, and some may feel it often. But is the divine that we touch inside or outside of us? And when we are unable to make contact with it, what is it that gets in the way?

July 23 - Keeping You in My Prayers
Lynne Marie Wanamaker

What does it mean to pray for someone?
Does it require any particular theology to “keep someone in your prayers”?

July 30 - What in God's Name Is Happening?
Elliot Altomare

Still peeved that your guidebook never arrived? That this piece of hardware didn't come with instructions? That the map you were provided is for an entirely different country? This service of bewilderment is for you.

August 6 - Community and Belonging
Maite Parsi

Reflections on the unifying power of belonging to a community, and on the variety of communities that include us in their midst.   This service will include readings and music created by members of our congregation.

August 13 - Reflections on 26 Years of Transylvania Partnership
The Youth Group

Honoring our guests from our Partner Church. Perspectives from USNF Youth Group.

August 20 - Atheism and Mortality
Dr. Marty Nathan

Physician and author Marty Nathan is both a prominent social activist and a life-long atheist. Marty's first husband, Dr. Michael Nathan, was slain by members of the KKK and American Nazi Party during a civil rights protest in 1979. Recently, Marty has faced her own mortality after several frightening medical diagnoses. These traumatic events made her ponder her beliefs about God, an afterlife and the value of her own life. Ultimately they refueled her commitment to love, joy, social justice and the fight for a sustainable climate.  Featuring guest musician Celtic harpist and composer Rosie Caine. Caine, a popular area performer, is also known for her musicals about the lives of Irish women. In response to this service topic, she wrote "...before I say my refined Irish Catholic Schoolgirl prayers I always begin by saying 'Thank God I'm an atheist.'"

August 27 - Annual Poetry Service
Words Without Songs
Sarah Metcalf

Poetry, a verbal music, that praises the power and plangency of its sister art.

September 3 – Division of Labor
Janet Spongberg

A Labor Day meditation on how the toil and trouble of doing hard things can divide or unite us.

 

Cancellation of Sunday Services

In the event that Sunday services need to be cancelled, an announcement will be sent via email and will be posted on the Society's website.  In addition, the office phone message will be updated (by 8:00 AM Sunday morning) and television stations WWLP (Channel 22) and WGGB (Channel 40) will be notified.  It is recommended that you check at least 2 of these sources (e.g., you will not get the recorded phone message if the building is without power).  The decision to cancel services will be made no later than 7:30 AM on the Sunday in question.