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A UUA Congregation

in the historic 1739 First Meetinghouse

welcoming people of all faiths!

Served by lay preachers

Dan Tinen and Barry Dietz

Guest minister: Rev. Steve Wilson Music: Lynne Walker

Program Coordinator: Annette Mackin

Web, Building: Mark Wadleigh

Coffee at 11:00 ~ Service at 11:30

Love Wins Flag

Art Exhibit "Capturing Light & Life" in Photographic Images 1739 Bernardston Unitarian Meetinghouse
Open Wednesdays 9:30 - 12
Saturdays and Sundays 10-2

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. We have fun and engaging speakers on topics concerning our modern day lives and challenges.
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: contact Annette Mackin at 413-330-0807.

Upcoming schedule: October - November 2018

Sunday October 7, Dan Tinen 11am coffee, 11:30 service "Worthless and Undignified?":  What do our principles and purposes have to say about the state of economic inequality in our country?  Why, in the richest country (allegedly) in the world, are dozens of people sleeping in tents on a town common?  Is this a problem with individuals not taking responsibility, or our system's problem? Music: Lynne Walker

After the service, plan on a pleasant walk at Alderbrook Meadows, a new wheel chair accessible nature park in Northfield.  We will carpool there.

Sunday October 14, Sandra Haynes will read her award winning story "Rounding Connections" and will lead a discussion on some of the issues and research being done on "UBI"- "Universal Basic Income."  11am coffee, 11:30 service. Music: Lynne Walker

Sat. October 20th is an evening Women's Gathering 6:30- 8:30, a pot luck dessert and planning session for the year's activities. RSVP Annette, phone or text 413-330-0807 and get directions.

Sunday October 21, Barry Deitz "Charity" Is there a place for charity in the busy and relentless world of the 21st century? Do we have time for charity? 11am coffee, 11:30 service. Music: Lynne Walker

Sunday October 28, Arts & Activism Program Film screening: "Capturing the Flag," a documentary film about solving voter suppression. 11am coffee & fellowship, 11:30 film. 11am coffee, 11:30 program.

Sunday November 4, Barry Deitz on “Greed, The American Way?” Our long standing Annual Unicef Collection. Please add an extra donation for Unicef, taking care of children all over the world. Clean drinking water, food supplies, immunizations, earthquake and flood rescue.

Sunday November 11, Dan Tinen leads the service at 11:30. "A Century of War and Peace":  The Great War, later to be renamed "World War I", was hoped to be "the war to end all wars".  One hundred years ago today, the war was grinding to a close; today, it is almost forgotten.  But its impact, and the lessons for civilization, continues on.  Dan Tinen will expose some of the interesting connections to our situation today in his talk this Sunday. 

Weather updates at or call 413-330-0807

Try out Dan's Franklin County UU YouTube Channel

Call 413 330-0807 for information or if you need to carpool to come to church or events.

Wednesdays On-going Wed. Meetinghouse Artists group, 9:30am to noon. Bring your project, materials, craft to a congenial gathering. Join us!

Experience Unitarian Warmth
There's always something happening at the Bernardston Unitarian Church

Meetinghouse artists at the State 
House with Sen. Rosenberg

DVAA & our Meetinghouse Artists getting a special tour with Sen. Stan Rosenberg

Recent Events!

Opening Sept. 30, 2018, Reception 12 – 2
Music for the reception provided by
Ryan Lee and friends, NMH School Music Program

Spring 2017 art show at the Meetinghouse! "Into the Future" Opening music by Peter Skolnik and presentation by Barry Dietz Paintings, sculpture and music.
more information

September October art show at the Meetinghouse! 2016 River Rooms Installation, paintings by Alice Thomas and Water Views, photographs by Annette Mackin Wadleigh more information: click here

chicken "Agriculture ~the Heartbeat of the Valley" May 30 ~ June 13, 2015 ~ 10am to 2pm daily A Multi-Media Art Exhibit Celebrating Working Farms of the Pioneer Valley co-sponsored by DVAA, Pioneer Valley Institute, Bernardston Agricultural Commission, Arts and Activism at Bernardston Unitarian with funding support from the Bernardston and MA Cultural Council Closing Event: Michael Nix Concert Saturday, June 13, 7:30-9:30 More Information

Earth Wisdom Earth Wisdom Saturday, May 2 , Screen time ~ 6:30pm "Oil & Water" ~ The third film in a trilogy of inspiring environmental films following our first Saturday with Steve Pot Luck at 5:30. Suggested donation for the movie $5, bring a dish to share for the Pot luck supper before the movie. About the movie: Two boys come of age looking for solutions to the global problem of reckless oil drilling following years of oil contamination in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Local connections. Spoiler alert! They find a solution! More Information

Shadows of Liberty
Thanks to Jean Philippe Tremblay for his amazing film, to Debra Brown for bringing the film to Bernardston, and thanks to Dan DeWalt and Sara Longsmith of Free Press for their astute commentary on the film and thanks as well to our animated audience! Photos
Their website:
They made their Kicksarter Goal! Here's their Kickstarter page

Jim Scott at the Bernardston Unitarian Church Jim Scott at the Bernardston Unitarian Church Jim Scott giving a special holiday service December 2013 Explore Jim Scott's music at, some of it is in our hymnal! some of it is in our hymnal!

Inequality Poster Inequality Poster
Special showing of Robert Reich's movie "Inequality for All" December 8, 2013

Under the Oaks The Deerfield Valley Art Association Fall Members Show Columbus Day weekend, ending Monday Oct. 14. Under the Oaks "LIVE ARTS UNDER THE OAKS!" Special Thanks to Linda Lively, Kathy Hale, Chantal Dupuis, Roy Morgan, Mark Wadleigh, Rev. Steve Wilson, Robbianne Mackin, Bev Phelps, Martha Stiles, Joel Fowler, Sandra Haynes, Barry Deitz, Jim Gildea, artists under the tent: Karen Evans, Leni Gaudet, Genevieve Abate, Gary Fiske-White, Edith Hunsberger, Mary Glabach Field, and Maureen Moore, and of course the Band- Pat & Tex LaMountain, Rick Mauran and John White. A great team effort to clean up and down, set up two art shows and outside booths, and run a complex event with great success and fun for all!

Past Events!

Reinhardt's 99th Birthday celebration

climate rally No Pipeline through New England!
Climate Rally - 10:30 on the Meetinghouse steps. Sunday February 17th in solidarity with the DC Rally and

Thanks for a good laugh and sweet treats on Valentines day.
The Valentines Cabaret was sooooo great!

Happy time on the church steps watching the parade! "Sense of Place" Celebration. Sept. 22, Story telling, meetinghouse tours, parade float and artist reception

Thanks to every one who helped with the Cabaret to benefit Franklin County flood victims and the Guinoppe Honduras Project!!! It was a great success!!! Thanks to the Great Local Business Sponsors for our Cabaret Raffle! Click here to find out who they are!

This is Louise with Caryl after an amazing presentation. Boy can she make history come alive! The paintings describe the only successful Native American rebellion. Link to Louise's Website

Dreams of Home Event Dreams of Home Event The "SHELTER: Dreams of Home Event" included a panel of professionals speaking about housing, getting a home, keeping a home and related issues. The Art Exhibition accompanying a free community event held May 14, 2011 from 11am-8pm. The subject of the exhibition was "HOME" and all that the word evokes in our hearts, minds, and senses. The Opening Reception held from 3-5 pm on the 14th followed by The Walter Mittys Band from 5- 8pm.

GREAT SPRING WATER EVENT! thanks to all who participated! Click Here for the photo page.

Dan Esty Keynote speaker Daniel Esty, author of "Green to Gold" Yale Professor and advisor to Pres. Obama

Al and Jane
Photos of Al's 15 years with the Bernardston Unitarians celebration!

Eric and Steve Eric Wasileski and Steve Wilson
Australian Send-off for Rev. Steve Wilson
Party Pictures

David Korten at the Bernardston Unitarian Church David Korten at the Bernardston Unitarian ChurchThanks to David Korten progressive visionary author Speaking about creating a positive future
David Korten's blog
TheGreat Turning website
Thanksto the sponsors and contributors for their generous support!

Dr Robert Sidorsky Ultimate Peace Saturday April 10, 2009 Robert and Linda Sidorsky have been doing their part to bring peace to the Middle East by facilitating Ultimate Frisbee games between Palestinian and Israeli youth. Dr. Robert Sidorsky spoke about this exciting venture as part of the Great Decisions discussion. Pictures & More Info Pictures & More Info

Peace Mantra: "To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one's own in the midst of abundance." -Buddha

Stay tuned for special events.

Find Us - Directions
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.

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