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A UUA Congregation in the historic
1739 First Meetinghouse
welcoming people of all faiths and children!

Served by Rev. Steve Wilson
Coffee at 11:00 ~ Service at 11:30
Music: Lynne Walker
Lay preacher: Dan Tinen 1st Sundays


UUA sponsors the River Fire Event in Providence with he capitol building in the background
General Assembly June 24-29
A Great Time was had by all
More Pictures to come!

Birthday Party at Bernardston Unitarian! Sunday, July 20
We are Celebrating the 100th Birthday of Reinhardt Elster

There will be a reception after the 11:30 am Service
Please come by to greet our well loved and respected, and very active church member.
Service led by Rev. Steve Wilson Topic: Saving the World; A Recipe
Music with Lynne Walker
Reinhardt Elster, Retired Principal Harpist for the Metropolitan Opera Turns 100

Well loved, respected and active member of Bernardston Unitarian Church, Reinhardt Elster reaches 100 years old on Wed. July 23, 2014. Elster was formerly associated with the Shelter Rock UU Church on Long Island where he served as a Board Member. He retired in 1986 after a long distinguished career as Principal Harpist of the New York Metropolitan Opera for over 30 years. Reinhardt Elster enjoyed working in New York City, playing for television show bands such as the Steve Allen and Perry Como Shows and with music greats such as conductor James Levine, singer Marilyn Horne, cellist Pablo Casals and recording artist Nat King Cole. Beyond his accomplishments in music, Elster has great interest in world affairs as well as bio-feedback, meditation and the healing arts. Sunday, July 20, we celebrate Reinhardt Elster's birthday after our regular 11:30 am service at the Bernardston Unitarian Meetinghouse.

Sunday Mornings- Coffee at 11:00, Service at 11:30

July 5th FIRST SATURDAYS POT LUCK 5:30pm ~ Bar-B-Q Hot Dogs, Hamburgers and whatever else you want to bring with Rev. Steve Wilson ~ A Speed Dating version of UU History: Ever wondered how to explain Unitarian-Universalism, where our roots actually begin. On this First Saturday we will speedily get a lecture in Unitarian and Universalist History. Do you know who Socinus, Servetus, and Sofia Lyon Fahs are? You will in this 45 minute lecture leading to discussion.

July 6th Rev. Steve Wilson ~ Spontaneous Religious Questions for the Pastor I like to think of it as a voluntary mutiny, a democratically spirited opening up of the pulpit to once a year try to spontaneously answer religious questions from the congregation. In this service, Rev. Steve will take serious written questions gathered at the collection, and respond to them as best he can. Participants are invited to bring any religious questions or positions that they seek to raise.

July 20th 100th Birthday Celebration for Rheinhardt Elster
Rev. Steve Wilson ~ Saving the World; A Recipe ~ Contrary to Marvel and Paramount, the world will not be saved by superman or brave action heroes. However, it might, and it must be inspiringly managed. Today as a community spiritually engaged in the heroic work of transforming the world, we will take the optimistic tack of writing forth a history of change as if it happened. What did happen to preserve the good and undo the bad.
July 23 Member Reinhardt Elster turns 100!


AUGUST 2nd SAT NIGHT FIRST SATURDAY’s POT LUCK 5:30pm: Rev. Steve Wilson ~ The Haunting Church: An exercise in remembering and reconciliation: Two separate exercises are provided to draw us back into the memories of our religious journey. One is an opportunity to remember the first religious institution of our childhood, the other a writing exercise in dialogue with a person from our past. Secular options are provided so all can participate.) We will as always use these exercises as a springboard for discussion.

August 10th 11:30 coffee hour and 11:30 Regular Service with the stimulating, thought provoking and inspiring Dan Tinen ~ Topic: "With What Authority?"

August 17th Rev. Steve Wilson ~ Dying, Dignity, and Death: What makes taxes look good? What is at the root of nearly all our fears and phobias? What is thought to be the inverse of life, and yet is all our fate. I speak of course about death. Today we ask, how do and should we face, prepare, and cope with death.

August 24thst Rev. Steve Wilson ~ Things You Can’t Say:Letters We Have Never Written Things you can’t say” began as a series of short crisp things you are not allowed to say that Don Swanson and I got in the habit of passing back and forth, but soon the gravitas of the phrase pulled it into a more serious theme. Today sharing the power of the written word we provide the opportunity for people to share publicly the real hard things they have never been able to. Today you will hear the brave and willing read the letters they have never dared write.


Labor Day Weekend ~No first Saturday evening

September 21st Rev. Steve Wilson Water, Water, Everything Water In-Gathering Service: Today, we gather back into our beloved Sanctuary with water from summer ready to share a bit about our journey’s or more importantly about our hopes for the year ahead. On this ingathering day we will speak about water’s versatility, honor the four directions, and welcome ourselves formally back together.

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

Contact Rev. Steve Wilson if you have a pastoral need or would like a visit.- 617-852-2292

Remembering our important people Al Ciarcia and Bill Griswold Al Ciarcia   Bill Griswold
Address for sending cards and messages of love and support for Jane Ciarcia is 119 Angel Drive Apt. D,  Waterbury, CT  06708

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

Wednesdays Free and Open Art Workshop meets weekly from 9:30-12:00. Come work in your own medium and get kind critiques and pointers from your peers.  (Followed by optional lunch special at the 4-Leaf, or Antonio's!)In case of inclement weather, call 648-9574 to confirm.

Meetinghouse artists at the State House with Sen. Rosenberg

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

Recent Events!

Jim Scott at the Bernardston Unitarian Church
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
They made their Kicksarter Goal!
Here's their Kickstarter page

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!

Inequality Poster

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

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!

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!

Past Events!

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 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 to celebrate the artists held from 3-5 pm on the 14th followed by The Walter Mittys Band from 5- 8pm.

river view

thanks to all who participated!

Click Here Spring Water Event 2009 for the photo page.

Dan Esty

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

river view
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 ChurchThanks to David Korten
progressive visionary author
Speaking about creating a positive future
David Korten's blog
The Great Turning website
Thanks to 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

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
Poetry by Nick Fleck
A history of the church from the 1600's
Minister's page
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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