BERNARDSTON UNITARIAN CHURCH
A UUA Congregation in the historic |
1739 First Meetinghouse
welcoming people of all faiths and children!
Served by Rev. Steve Wilson
Music: Lynne Walker
Lay preacher: Dan Tinen
Program Coordinator: Annette Mackin
Web, Building: Mark Wadleigh
Coffee at 11:00 ~ Service at 11:30
Visions of Peace Art Exhibition
11:30 Interfaith Service
12:30 Greet the Artists Reception
1:00 Musical Performance "Fire Pond"
see details below
On Sunday, May 22, we celebrate art and peace in our valley with our annual collaboration exhibition. Don't miss Steve's service at 11:30, the artists reception at 12:30 with the performance of Doug Reid and Eveline MacDougall, "Fire Pond" at 1pm. It's a beautiful exhibition with 29 artists, members of Deerfield Valley Art Association, our church members and even some neighbors! Click to see events poster
This Sunday, May 22nd
11:30 Interfaith Service with Rev. Steve Wilson, and members of the Interfaith Council Sue Bowman and Storm, Lynne Walker, piano
12:30 Greet the Artists Reception & refreshments
1:00 Musical Performance "Fire Pond"
The event is a collaboration of Deerfield Valley Art Association, Bernardston Unitarian Arts & Activism, Pioneer Valley Institute, Interfaith Council of Franklin County
Nourish your spirit at the Bernardston Unitarian Church in the historic 1739 Unitarian Meetinghouse,
a UU Congregation joining people of all faiths in love and community.
Services are at 11:30 am, coffee starts at 11 am. Rev. Steve Wilson starts his 12th year as our Pastoral minister and is a fun and engaging speaker on topics concerning our modern day lives and challenges.
"First Saturday's" is a Pot Luck Supper with Rev. Steve at 5:30pm followed by a program, activity, movie, or discussion. Anyone in the community is welcome to join in.
The Arts and Activism Program sponsors a weekly free art workshop on Wednesdays from 9:30am to noon after which participants traditionally join for lunch at a local restaurant. Bring your own materials and any skill level to this congenial group. We also collaborate with other local arts and service organizations to provide workshops, lectures and service projects.
Come share your interests and concerns in a spirit of good will and fellowship. Schedule is posted below. Questions and pastoral care: contact Rev. Steve Wilson, or Annette Mackin at 413-330-0807.
Saturday Night June 4 Steve's Writing Group topic: "The Shape of your Heart" Pot Luck at 5:30
Sunday June 5 Rev. Jean Wahlstrom
Sunday June 12
Rev. Steve Wilson: Honoring All Your Teachers- In the context of a late night infomercial,
we skip past the latest ab-crunching machine to focus on the importance of witnessing oneself. We ask how do our own nearest habits instruct us about who we are , and what we love.
Sunday June 19
June 19th is the final chance to see our collaborative Art Show of 29 artists "Visions of Peace".
The show closes the 19th with a slide lecture by collage "fleurage" artist Harry White from Glastonbury, CT. harrywhitecollage.com
The slide/lecture is at 2pm and replaces our usual 11:30am service. Be sure to give yourself time to view all the art works before the lecture or during the week: wed. sat. or sun. 10-2.
Sunday, July 17th 11:30am ~ coffee at 11am ~ Unitarian Universalism- Our Oddly Modern Spiritual Journey: “It has been said that “Unitarian-Universalist’s don’t stand for anything, we move.” In this hour we will look comprehensively at the journey our American church tradition has made, and examine the polarities and dynamics that make us who we are.
July 31st 11:30 am ~ coffee at 11am ~Tea with the Transcendentalists: This service is an imaginary effort to connect us to what it might be like to be in Emerson’s living room with the likes of Margaret Fuller, Henry Hedge, and Thoreau. Unitarian Universalism is a non-creedal tradition, but not one without an important history those among us should know. Sharpen up your number 2 pencils.
August 7th 11:30 am ~ coffee at 11am : Unitarian Grace: One can be said to have grace, or be graceful, to be prayerful before a meal is to say grace. This spiritual attribute and word that came to connote fluid elegant action is the same word we use to talk about the idea of God swooping down to protect and save us. Today we have a meditation and examination on this both beautiful and enigmatic word.
Aug 21st 11:30 am ~ coffee at 11am ~ Virtue- Life’s Essential Skills: Honest, disciplined, humble, and patient are all the things we want our neighbors to be. This simple sermon falls somewhere between a rap on the knuckles lecture about being good, and a self–esteem group hug to do your best and don’t fret.
Sunday, Sept 18th 11:30 am ~ coffee at 11am ~ Discerning What to Worry about (A Water In-Gathering Service): Water is the source of life.. It is the largest percentage of earth surface. Water is the bulk of your body’s weight. Wow. In this water in gathering service we speak personally about our unique gifts, and get into the issue of what one should really worry about. Grab the water you saved this summer, take a few mental notes about your summer and join us for the first official service of the church year.
Call for artists: "Visions of Peace" Spring Art Exhibition with PVI and DVAA. Opening reception on May 22nd. Art submissions on Wed. May 18th 10-noon or by arrangement with Annette ~ 413-330-0807
On-going Wed. Meetinghouse
Artists group, 9:30am to noon. Bring your project, materials, craft to a
congenial gathering. We are planning for a group exhibition in November
at the Meetinghouse. Join us!
Contact Rev. Steve Wilson if you have a pastoral need or would like a visit.- 617-852-2292
Remembering Caryl Dyer
Caryl Out with friends at Bella Notte
There's always something happening at
the Bernardston Unitarian Church
DVAA & our Meetinghouse Artists getting a special tour with Sen. Stan Rosenberg
No Pipeline through New England!
Climate Rally - 10:30 on the Meetinghouse steps.
Sunday February 17th in solidarity with the DC Rally and 350.org
Happy time on the church steps watching the parade!
"Sense of Place" Celebration. Sept. 22, Story telling, meetinghouse tours, parade float and artist reception
Keynote speaker Daniel Esty, author of "Green to Gold"
Yale Professor and advisor to Pres. Obama
Eric Wasileski and Steve Wilson
Australian Send-off for Rev. Steve Wilson
Stay tuned for special events.
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A history of the church from the 1600's
Honoring our Elders Over Eighty
Bernardston Unitarian Declaration of Fellowship:
We unite to affirm
that love is the spirit of this church
and service it's mission.
This is our great covenant:
To dwell together in peace,
To seek knowledge in freedom,
To give service to humanity.