RE News June 2021

Bridging Out!

Congratulations to our graduating seniors! We are so proud of you!!

Eva Weigand-Whitter is soon to be a graduate of Pioneer Valley School of Performing Arts. Eva says she feels lucky to have gone to PVPA, because it was there she got interested in art and it was a wonderful place for young artists hoping to improve. With the help of dedicated art teachers and lots of hard work, she developed her artistic abilities and is now a skilled artist hoping to learn more. While she navigated high school and created amazing art, she was also an active member of the Youth Group here at USNF. Eva feels that her time in Youth Group was wonderful for personal growth and that it gave her a supportive social group. Starting in the fall, Eva will be attending Smith College to study art and studio art and her goal is to become an art teacher and help many more people achieve their artistic goals.

-Written by Cayly Fishbein

Isaac Weigand-Whittier is also graduating from PVPA. His highlights were definitely the different performances that he both played music for and did tech for, especially when he was in the pit orchestra as a violist, and when he got to be the light director for one of PVPA's music showcases. What he likes about Youth Group is the community surrounding everything that they do. Everyone is extremely open and extremely kind, and it's the type of place where he can be open about himself and open to others in the group. He loves that they can talk openly with each other and build close friendships. He's going to get a job over the summer and then will be off to Tufts University in the fall! He plans to study physics or mathematics while he's there.

As the year comes to an end I am incredibly sad to say goodbye to Alice Wanamaker, who has been a part of Youth Group since her freshman year. Alice is incredibly funny and energetic and a delightful person to be around. She is so thoughtful and considerate and such an important part of Youth Group. She gives her all to the group and to her particular role as the worship coordinator and her insight adds so much to our discussions, touch groups, and so much more. The most beneficial part for Alice has been the unconditional acceptance and appreciation of each other’s unique strengths and perspectives. "Even when the self I’ve brought to YG has not been exceptionally well-suited to communal growth, I’ve been welcomed and helped by the other youth. There is no other place in my life that is that unconditional." She has set her sights high and has accomplished so much, whether that be writing her own book or becoming the best at a particular board game or even winning the We the People National Finals. She joined the Youth Group’s 2019 trip to Transylvania and made sure we were all smiling the entire time. Alice adds so much to our group and she will be missed. Alice is going to Williams College where she plans to study political economy, Spanish, Arabic, and math.

-Written by Madeleine Kruckemeyer

Summer Offerings

Summer Wednesday Gatherings - June 30 through September 8, 5 - 6 PM, via Zoom.

We’re pleased to offer brief weekly Zoom gatherings this summer, and you may join as many or as few as you wish. The intention of these gatherings is to give people in our congregation a way to check in, stay engaged, and support each other over the summer, as well as offering an opportunity for reflection and inspiration. Each gathering is hosted by one of our volunteer facilitators, and the format will be less formal than small group circles and connection circles. People may just drop in on one or more meetings, without registering in advance, though we do request that folks join the gathering by 5 PM. Zoom link will be in upcoming Sunday Times.

Racial justice Summer Support Group - alternate Mondays, 6:30-7:30 PM, June 28, July 12 & 26, August 9 & 23, via Zoom.

Interested in continuing to reflect and share your own explorations of racial justice over the summer? Andrea Reber and Corky Klimczak of the Racial Justice Team will co-host a series of five anti-racism support groups on alternate Mondays from 6:30-7:30 pm starting June 28 and ending August 23. Each Zoom gathering will provide an opportunity to center ourselves through a brief meditation followed by open-ended discussion of participants' racial justice insights and activities, book/article/podcast recommendations and topics in the news. Our goal is to inspire and support one another on our journeys toward dismantling white supremacy. All are welcome. No commitment necessary, just drop in when you can. Zoom link will be in Sunday Times.

Service Projects

 

Youth Group's Compost Project

For the past two years, the youth group has been working on installing a compost barrel in downtown Northampton near the congregation. The youth group wanted to confront our climate crisis by doing something that made a difference locally. We have worked with the town to get the appropriate approvals and support, as well as with Pedal People and USA Hauling who we are relying on to keep the barrel going. The barrel has come and we are in the last stretch of getting it set up. Our launch will be on June 20th after the service.

-Written by Eleanor Herbert

Arcadia Mindfulness Experience & Trash Pick Up

Susie Macrae led us on a mindful outdoor experience to connect with the natural world. As you can see in the above picture, we filled many bags with trash from the Oxbow, helping to preserve clean and healthy aquatic habitat.

Guyette Farm Habitat Conservation & Invasive Pull

Our group assembled to learn about habitat conservation and the New England cottontail rabbit. We survived many ticks and a river crossing! We wrapped up the event by pulling invasive garlic mustard to help maintain diverse habitat - and make delicious dinner with it!

Adult Education

June 8, 6:30-8 PM.

What Moves Us: Thandeka

June 6, 4-5:30 pm OR June 14, 6:30-8 pm

Last Dialogue Meeting

Learn more on our website: USNF Adult Education Offerings

Weekly Offerings

Children

Art Club & Story Time will conclude this week.

Adults

Thursdays, 5:30-6 pm - Meditation

Readings, Silence, and Singing Meditation with Janet.

RE Programs

 

 

Faith Exploration at Home

Care of the Soul Family Resources

Click link for books, music, & mindfulness

“Here’s the deal. The human soul doesn’t want to be advised or fixed or saved. It simply wants to be witnessed — to be seen, heard and companioned exactly as it is. "

-Mary Oliver 

Sunday Schedule

Family Gathering - 9:45-10.

Come together as a family for song, activities, mindfulness, & sharing related to the service.

Elementary - 10:20-11:20.

The elementary class is learning about the 6 Sources of Unitarian Universalism with Legos and creative exploration.

Jr Youth Group - 10:20-11:20.

The Junior Youth group has been learning about Neighboring Faiths.

Sign Up for Wizard School by June 1!

June 1st is the last day to register for wizard camp!

This summer, from June 28-July 2, the School of Wizardry will expand its reach to students all over the US! This program is an immersive experience in imagination, play, and wonder -- all guided by our UU values. The program will primarily be online, with an optional outdoor day on Wed. Register here. We are also looking for Ghosts or teen counselors. Apply to be a Ghost Youth Leader.

 

End of the Year Family Celebration

June 13, 10-11:30 AM

All families are invited to come together for an end of the year reflection and celebration. Each class will spend some time together to wrap up the year while parents & caregivers meet up. We will end with a ritual and celebration to mark our growth and resilience!

June Calendar

  • June 6, 4-5:30: Dialogues Group. FMI: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • June 7, 6:30-8: Coordinating Council Meeting
  • June 8, 6:30-8: What Moves Us - Thandeka. FMI: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • June 13, 10-11:30: End of the Year Family Celebration
  • June 13, 7 PM: "Live From the Sanctuary" concert featuring Rosie Caine
  • June 14, 6:30-8: Dialogues Group. FMI: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • June 20, 10-11: Flower Ceremony Service
  • June 27, 7 PM: "Live From the Sanctuary" concert featuring Charlotte Malin