October Faith Development: Cultivating Relationship

In Gatherings

Rev. Marta I Valentin

...we are stirred

like the leaves of the fall season

rustling around sacred trees,

tossed hither and yon

until we come to rest together,

quietly, softly . . .

We come to gather strength from each other.

We come to give strength to each other...

Like the leaves, it does feel like we are coming to rest together, quietly, softly, here in this community after so much tumult from the past year and even the past month of transition and uncertainty. I am looking forward to gathering strength together over this month.

The early childhood class has been meeting together outside, playing together, creating art, and learning about the first principle of Unitarian Universalism - Each Person is Important (more below). Our middle grade classes are creating an impressive mural with Harriet Diamond's help, exploring the 7th principle - Respect for the interdependent web of which we are a part. As they learn about and paint the web of existence, they are building their web of connection in the class. Meanwhile, our Coming of Age class, Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education program, and Youth Group are all launching, building vital cross generational and peer relationships.

In October we will focus on Cultivating Relationship, giving opportunities for RE participants to get to know each other better and to build their community. Creating a covenant is an important step now in thinking about how they want to be together, to take care of each other, and to learn and grow together. The RE Council is looking forward to coming together with families on October 10 at Mt. Tom from 1-3 pm for games, pumpkin carving, and a short walk. We hope that our RE programs offer opportunities to gather and give strength. Register here.

-Jessica Harwood

Director of Faith Development & Community Engagement

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Early Childhood Program

 

Here is the class chalice that we made! Learn more about the history and meaning of the chalice here: Flaming Chalice: Symbol of Unitarian Universalism. For our class, it is also symbolizing our creativity, community, and how each person is important, which we focused on in September.

In October, we will learn about the 2nd principle: Be kind in all you do. We will have a time to share, listen to our hymn of the month- Come sing a song with me, take a look at our book of the month "How full is your bucket?" and create kindness cards to share with our families! We will also make kindness pumpkins and have choice time.

Learn more about our October program here:

Early Childhood & Primary Newsletter

-Emma Gaudreau

Early Childhood Educator

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Adult Education

Tomorrow: Wednesday, Sept 29, 7-8:15 pm

Widening the Circle Listening Session

What is the future of Unitarian Universalism? How do we want to adapt and evolve at USNF?

Explore trends in UUism and what we are called to do to continue to be part of a vibrant, living tradition. We want to hear from you as we start to launch our study of the Widening the Circle Report from the Commission on Institutional Change.

Read or listen to this short chapter from theWidening the Circle Report: Trends and come to a discussion over Zoom on Wednesday night, from 7-8:15. RSVP or FMI: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Zoom Link https://zoom.us/j/91395063898 Meeting ID: 913 9506 3898

Mindful of Race Book Group

Wednesdays, 7-8:30 pm

Starts Oct 13

Widening the Circle Discussion Group: Theology

Thursday, October 28 at 7 pm

Spiritual Discussion Group

Wednesday, Oct 20 at 10 am

Learn more on our website: USNF Adult Education Offerings

Weekly Offerings

Children

Thursdays, 4-4:30 - Social Justice Story Time

Check in, share a story, and reflect with Jessica

For Zoom link register for USNF RE Programs

Adults

Thursdays, 5:30-6 pm - Meditation Circle on ZOOM

Readings, Silence, Lovingkindness Meditation and Singing For Zoom link email Janet at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sundays

Early Childhood & Primary RE - 10-11 am

Elementary & Middle School RE - 10:20-11 am

Youth Group - 4-6 pm (times may change)

A favorite Youth Group Game: WAH

Hadley Common

September 19, 2021

 

Faith Exploration at Home

Our March care packages contain activities, crafts, mindfulness, music and stories about the monthly theme of Cultivating Relationship. As a family, think about some ways to offer kindness and cultivate relationships with others. Make a meal for someone, offer to rake their leaves, or just invite friends over for an outdoor gathering.

Included in your package, you will find a wooden box to decorate. Inside the box are quotes, chalice lightings, meditations, and questions on the monthly theme. We hope you will store this box near the table and share some inspirations at a meal.

Here are the October questions:

  • How do you make friends?
  • What do you like about one of your closest friends?
  • What do you look for in a friend?
  • What is important to you about friendship?

October Family Outing

Families are invited to gather at Mt Tom on Sunday, October 10, from 1-3 pm.

There will be games, pumpkin carving, conversation, and an optional walk.

Email Jessica to sign up and get details.

October Calendar

  • Oct 3, 10-11 am: RE Classes will all take place over Zoom. COA class will meet in person.
  • Oct 4, 6:30-8 pm: Coordinating Council, help decide on Donate the Plate Nominations. FMI: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Oct 10: Newcomer Virtual Breakfast (see below)
  • Multigenerational Service and Family Outing at Mt Tom.
  • Oct 13, 7-8:30: Mindful of Race Book Group Starts.
  • Oct 16, 1-5 pm: Grade 7-9 OWL Class. FMI: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Oct 20, 10-11:15 am: Spiritual Discussion Group. FMI: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Oct 28, 7 pm: Widening the Circle Theology Discussion.
  • Oct 31: Youth Group & COA Gleaning Trip