Nashua UU News - November 2013
Newsletter of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashua, New Hampshire
58 Lowell Street, Nashua NH 03064 603-882-1091
www.UUNashua.org Sunday Service: 10:00 a.m.
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Rev. Olivia Holmes
Yesterday I scraped the frost from my windshield for the first time this year. The flaming reds, golden yellows, deep oranges, rusts and browns of the turning leaves offer a feast to my eyes and my heart. I wonder if they know the gifts they give.
And as the leaves fall, we can see again a distant horizon beyond summer's leafy trees. We can see and be warmed by the sun peeking through bare branches where it would have been hidden in summer's heat. Amazing! Wondrous miracle that this earth is, and we get to enjoy it.
I was reading a colleague's Thanksgiving sermon this morning, in which she repeatedly posed this question: What is your problem? One answer was something like "too much to do, not enough time." Another was, "I put my fluffy white jacket in the dryer with my dark clothes by mistake, and got white fluff all over everything."
Problems we can probably all relate to. My colleague, Rev. Erika Hewitt, calls them "First World Problems." Elsewhere in the world, and even here in Nashua for some families, there are no dryers, no way to find meaningful work no matter how diligently sought, though perhaps still way too much to do.
Earlier today, I spoke with Carol Weeks of the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter. Did you know that they provide Thanksgiving food boxes to over 1,000 Nashua families so that they can enjoy a Thanksgiving meal at home? Amazing! And wondrous opportunity to help from the place of our gratitude for the blessings we have received. First world problems we all have, and first world blessings as well.
Let's build an altar of gifts to share on Sunday, November 24th. Bring to the sanctuary with you something for just one family's Thanksgiving meal.
The New Hampshire Food Bank donates most of the turkeys. What we can offer is cans of -- or mixes for -- all the rest of the Thanksgiving fixins...mashed potatoes, canned vegetables (no glass jars, please), cranberry sauce, gravy mixes, stuffing mixes, canned or boxed mac and cheese, peanut butter, cereal (well, maybe not your tradition, but someone's perhaps). And if you're baking pies, consider baking one more to give away. The boxes will be distributed on Monday the 25th and Tuesday the 26th, so Carol assured me baked goods will be welcome. $10 gift certificates to Hannaford's, Trader Joe's, Walmart, or Shaws, all of which support the Soup Kitchen year-round, will help too.
Let's make of our giving a cornucopia of love, one family at a time. Yes, we all have our own problems to deal with, but in this season of big sky and cold, dark nights, let's light a light of warmth and joy for those whose need could use some blessings we can share
Sunday Services start at 10:00am.
November 3, "Living Our Second Principle"
Rev. Olivia Holmes with Pam Jordan
Our second UU principle calls on us to walk the long road of justice, equity, and compassion as we step on the hard stones of life. It's a worthy goal, yet there is so much need and we are so few. What we can do to make the universe bend toward justice, equity, and compassion will be Pam and Rev. Olivia's focus this morning.
Sunday, November 10, "Beyond Categorical Thinking"
Donna Dolham, Jacqui Williams
Welcome to UU guests Donna and Jacqui, who will lead this service of exploration into our all too human perceptions and biases -- yes, biases -- about age, gender, race, sexual orientation, and physical ability that could shape what we think we want or don't want our next minister to be.
AND plan to stay for a catered lunch and Donna and Jacqui's to reach a deeper level of understanding of how our perceptions color our preferences in ministerial leadership. Childcare will be provided Please plan to attend both the service and workshop, which will be led by UU facilitators Donna Dolham and Jacqui Williams. A catered lunch and child care will be provided.
November 17, "Mother of Us All"
Rev. Richard Trudeau with John Sanders
Welcome to Rev. Richard Trudeau, UU minister, author, and college level teacher. He will take a new look at the Biblical story of Eve and the forbidden fruit, which for centuries conservative preachers have claimed to be about sin and the inferiority of women. The story is, in fact, a very UU story, and Eve is the heroine!
November 24, "Simple Gifts of Gratitude"
Rev. Olivia Holmes with Chris Parker and friends
November 26, Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
Rev. Olivia and the Interfaith Council
This year UUCN has been asked to host the traditional Nashua Area Interfaith Council Thanksgiving Service on Tuesday, the 26th at 7pm. We are glad to be of service to the wider community in this way. There will be a time for greeting and meeting one another in the Dining Room immediately following this community service. Plan to attend, plan to sing, and if you can, bring some finger food or soft beverage to share.
December 1, "A Different Kind of Savior"
Bob Sampson with Rev. Olivia
It seems that saviors are not restricted to one time, place or style; so what kind of savior was Winston Churchill? Sir Winston was a cigar smoking, champagne drinking politician, veteran of wars on three continents who had killed several men with his own hands. He was a talented painter, eloquent orator and Nobel Prize winning author. Whether anything like religious principles, Christian or UU, guided his life and work will be Bob's inquiry in this service.
December 8, "Education for the Soul"
Mr. Barb Greve
Chris Parker and Rev. Olivia delight in inviting you to welcome UU religious educator, Mr. Barb Greve, to our pulpit this morning. Barb is a professional UU interim Director of Religious and Lifespan Education. He completed his Master of Divinity degree at Starr King School for the Ministry (UU) in 2007. In describing his remarks for today's service, Barb said, "Engaging in the practice of thinking so deeply about something that we feel it - this is religious work. Learning the tools with which to do such engagement is Religious Education for the Soul. It is at the heart of why we gather in religious community.
Stay for a light lunch and Barb's workshop, "Designing UU Religious Education for the Future"
What will the future of UU RE look like? How do we build upon the strong foundations of today's program to serve the needs of our 21st century UU children? What are we doing that works? What do we want to do differently? What are other congregations doing that works? Barb will answer these questions...and yours. Childcare will be provided (let Sherri know).
Intro to UU
Are you new to our church or Unitarian Universalism? Would you like to learn a little more about our history and theology? Please plan to attend a 1 to 1 1/2 hour class on Sunday, November 3 at 11:30 in the Fellowship Room. Rev. Olivia Holmes will facilitate this class. Please sign up at the Opportunities Table in the Dining Room or call the church office to make arrangements to attend. Child care will be provided for those who request it in advance.
Church Email Lists
Did you know the church has four different email lists? We have an email list for our monthly newsletter, a list for general announcements, a list for joys and concerns, and Simple Gifts Coffee House. If you would like to receive emails to any or all of these lists, please subscribe. You can do this yourself by going to www.uunashua.org, scroll down part way on the home page until you see "Contact Us" on the left hand side, click on "Email Lists" and then click the one or ones you would like to subscribe to. Please remember to include your first and last name when subscribing to a list.
This is especially important if you are subscribing to the uu-cares email list. The uu-cares list is a "closed" list meaning you must be a member or regular attender of the church to be subscribed, the other 3 lists are open to anyone interested in getting information about our church or Simple Gifts. If you have any questions, please contact Sherri Woolsey in the church office at 882-1091 or office-admin .
*UU Photo Directory*
Updated Photo Directories are now available in hard copy in the Church Dining Room. If you aren't able to attend on a Sunday and would like one, please call or email Sherri at the Church office (882-1091, office-admin ) and one can be mailed to you.
*NEW:* An electronic version is now available in the Members Only section of the church website. The Members Only section is password protected. If you need assistance with the user name and password, please call Sherri. The electronic version will be updated as needed. You can also print out the electronic version or download it to your own computer. Please remember the Church Directory is for personal use and not for solicitation purposes. All information contained in it is confidential to Church Members and Friends.
Ellen Fisher, Church President
At the October Board of Trustees meeting we set aside an hour to refine our understanding of the purpose of the foundational documents for church policies. Presently, the title for those statements (found on the church website at http://www.uunashua.org/gov/GovernancePolicies.pdf ) is "Church Purpose and Goals." We worked with a consultant, Laura Parks of Unity Consulting, who joined our session via Skype. Laura advised us that our foundational policies should answer 3 questions:
What difference is the church here to make?
At what cost or priority?
To prepare for our session, Board members informally asked other members of the congregation to describe what difference the church had made in their lives. I was impressed at how consistent the answers we received were. Among other themes, many people mentioned that the church puts them in touch with their spirituality and their values. It seemed clear to me that our church is stimulating its members to think about big religious questions such as, "Why am I here?" and "What should I do?" Those are the same questions that the Board is looking at on behalf of the church as a whole. Just as it is important to us as individuals to confront those questions, it is important that the church as an institution do so too. And not just once for all time, but over and over, as we discern our mission, plan for implementation, and evaluate how we are doing.
During this church year the Board will be reviewing all our policies and revising them when necessary.
We strive to keep in mind that this is religious work, based on our shared values and the deepest reasons why each of us is here.
LIFESPAN RELIGIOUS EDUCATION NEWS
|3||DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME CHANGE!|
RE Committee Meeting 8:30 Rm. 7
Intro to UU 11:30 Fellowship Room
Drum Circle 6pm Chapel
|10||Beyond Categorical Thinking Workshop|
11:30 Parish House and Sanctuary
|14||Story Telling Presentation and Discussion by John Sanders, 7pm|
|18||Small Group Ministry Organizational Mtg.|
|24||THANKSGIVING Service for All Ages|
CHURCH SCHOOL PARENTS
We are fortunate to have very active parents in our church school! Each year we like to offer a few reminders!
REGISTRATION FORMS: If you have not already filled one out, please take a few minutes to complete our 2013-14 Church School Registration form available on our Web Site or in the RE Office. This is an opportunity for us to update our records with new information. We ask each family to fill it out each year (one per family).
SNACK: Please take time to meet your child's church school teacher and sign up to provide a good healthy snack for their class on the date of your choice!
CLASSROOM ASSISTANTS: We have very active and wonderful classrooms. Our teachers can always use an extra set of hands. Please check in with you children's teachers and see if you can help out in any way.
SAFETY: PARENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR CHILDREN WHEN CLASSES ARE NOT IN SESSION!
(Please pick your children up from their classes at 11:15. We are asking teachers to release children to their parents up to the sixth grade. Once in your care, please keep track of where your children are.
(If you are at a meeting, please make arrangements to have your child supervised.
Help train your child to be respectful of our church: to leave classrooms as they find them, supplies returned, blackboards cleaned and tables wiped.
(Children are not allowed in the White Wing Rooms after class and we need your help in monitoring this.
(Please remind your children to walk (not run) through the halls for their safety and the safety of others.
CHILDCARE ON HOLIDAY SUNDAYS: We look for volunteers to help us with childcare on holiday weekends. If you are not able to help us out with teaching during the year, please let us know if you are available to occasionally watch the children on days we give our teachers a break!!
THANK YOU!! The Religious Education Committee
SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT IN LIFE SPAN EDUCATION
The Spiritual Development Committee is focusing on several areas of new program development for the fall. The Small Group Ministry initiative was kicked off this past month with a Sunday service and afternoon workshop on "Intimacy and Ultimacy" by Rev. M'ellen Kennedy, an expert in the field of Unitarian Universalist covenant groups. The effort will be followed by a Facilitator's Training day by Rev. Kennedy, hosted here at Nashua on Nov. 2nd, and an small group ministry program organizational meeting on Nov. 18th for all those who will be participating in new covenant groups.
We welcomed John Sanders to the committee this month and he will be leading a discussion group on "story telling" at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14th. Depending on level of interest, this may become an on-going group. Likewise, this initiative may lead us to revive "Food for Thought Thursdays" with a variety of groups or one-time sessions related to adult spiritual development held on the second Thursday of the month. One such group might be a viewing of the Great Courses DVD series on Religions of the World, led by Bill Kennedy. We are interested in people's feedback on such offerings and feedback on other program ideas.
Continuing with our theme of experimenting to see what works best, we are restructuring our approach to Pathways to Unitarian Universalism. We intend to offer shorter but more frequent sessions designed to provide an introduction to Unitarian Universalism for visitors and those new to our faith. There are two, one-hour sessions planned that will be held after service, at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday Nov. 3rd, led by Sherri Woolsey, and Dec. 8, led by Rev. Olivia. Each will also involve one or more members of the congregation in an informal introduction to the congregation. Anyone interested in helping being a part of these sessions should contact Sherri, Rev. Olivia, or Jerry Ross.
Popcorn Theology continues on a monthly basis, usually on the third Thursday, but occasionally at other times as announced. Last month, Bill Kennedy showed the film "The Inn of the Sixth Happiness" on Sunday October 27 and led the discussion after. We are interested in guest discussants. Do you have a film you'd love to show to friends and talk about after? Let Jerry Ross know and we will get you scheduled.
Chair, Spiritual Development Committee
SR. HIGH NEWS
Our senior high youth group meets on Sunday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 in the youth room on the second floor of the parish house. Monica Staples, Lynn Coakley, Chuck Rehberg and Roy Goodman skillfully guide the youth. One of their outreach projects during the year is the Holiday Gift Sale . . .
HOLIDAY GIFT SALE
The Sr. High Youth Group asks that you bring your gently used items or re-gift those wonderful gems that you're sure others could benefit from. On December 22nd, during the Winter Gathering in the auditorium, The children from our church school will be able to shop for their loved ones at incredibly reasonable prices. Donations can be delivered to Room 6 labeled "for the Holiday Gift Shop". All of the profits from the sales will be donated to a charity (to be announced). Thank you ahead for your generosity. - Sr. High
DRE NEWS FROM MINNESOTA
I am writing you from my professional LREDA (Liberal Religious Educators' Association) Fall Conference in St. Paul, MN. My colleagues from across the continent, (U.S.A. and Canada), ministers, members of the Musicians Network, and UUA Staff gather to share ideas, offer training and provide updates on current religious education ideas percolating in the UU world. We heard from leaders at the Meadville Lombard Theological School where exciting programs are being offered for Religious Education; three "Fahs Fellows" presented innovative solutions to challenges in faith formation; Rev. Don Southworth introduced us to a program being offered by the UU Minister's Association on developing stronger institutional capacity for intercultural work (Who Are Our Neighbors?) and about the importance of building stronger collegial relationships. There is much to process and I am grateful for the opportunity to reconnect with my colleagues, replenish my spiritual well, and return with new ideas. - Chris Parker, DRE
Search Committee News
The Search Committee met with Rev. Olivia and the Board of Trustees on October 17 to discuss the status of the committee's work to present a ministerial candidate to the congregation in May of 2014, to share some of the initial themes that are emerging from the cottage meetings and the online survey and to request specific input the committee needs from the Board to complete our work.
We were pleased to report at this meeting that in addition to the 107 members and friends of the church who attended the cottage meetings, 174 members took the time to thoughtfully consider and respond to the online survey that sought to answer questions as to who we are as a congregation, what do we believe, and what are the most important considerations for calling our next minister.
Currently we are delving into the data we have collected so far in an effort to paint a picture of who we are and who we want to become that will be shared with ministerial candidates. The responses to the Cottage Meetings left us with a broad range of opinions on every subject. The survey is helping us to quantify those responses and form a picture that shows where we are on the continuum and where our varying needs and wishes converge, concentrate and diverge. We are still early in the process of analyzing this data, but we would like to share a few points that may be of interest to you:
77% of survey respondents expressed a positive response toward growing our membership
73% of members are ages 40 - 69
The #1 expressed reason for attending worship services was "Intellectual Stimulation" with "Celebration of Common Values" a close second
The current priority of the Search Committee is to complete the Congregational Record which is the first communication our congregation will have with ministers in the search process. This record will cover everything from the compensation package to membership, attendance, pledging data, church income & expenses, staffing, and congregational strengths & weaknesses to what is most important in our next minister. This online document will be made available to prospective ministers on November 30.
Information the Search Committee requested from the Board at the meeting included a Board-approved 2013/14 church budget for the Congregational Record to replace the provisional deficit budget that was presented at the last annual meeting and a board approved nominal salary and housing value based on the UUAs Compensation Guidelines for the draft Ministerial Compensation Agreement.
Thank you to everyone who has provided ideas, support, reports, letters and digital photographs to the committee!
Events and Announcements
Discussion on the future of Unitarian Universalism and our church
November 17th at 11:30 in the Fellowship Room
What do you think will be the future of Unitarian Universalism and that of our own church? What do you want to see? How do we get there?
"UU membership is flat again," read the by-line for an article in the most recent UU World. We know Protestant denominations have dropped considerably in recent years, some by over 20%. In our own church, we know our membership has likewise declined significantly. More and more people perceive themselves as spiritual but not religious.
On the financial side, for the second year in a row we have had a deficit budget, despite generous pledging. This is on top of decades of our budget being significantly funded by returns from our endowment funds. This year the figure from our endowment was $136,000. We have said we do not wish to be so dependent on our endowment.
Our UU President Peter Morales recently reflected,
Many current UU's came to our faith out of a rejection of the faith into which they were born. The search of many young people today is fundamentally different. They are not in flight from oppressive orthodoxy. Instead I see them searching for something much deeper than an absence of dogma. Something new is struggling to be born.
One response to the many changes noted above has been a "Beloved Caf祱uot;, in the planning stages in the Bay Area (see UU World, Fall 2013, p 6), "something entirely new in UU circles. It has elements of a coffee shop, a community center, a classroom, a yoga studio, a meditation center, a bookstore, a place to organize for social justice, and a sanctuary."
So come to a discussion in the Fellowship Room after the Sunday service at 11:30 on November 17th and bring your thoughts about the future of Unitarian Universalism and our church. What better time to discuss this than in our time of transition. One final note: bring your boldest ideas...brainstorming will be encouraged...think out of the church, so to speak!
Sunday, November 10th
*Beyond Categorical Thinking Workshop*
*Please mark your calendars and plan to attend following the Sunday Service!*
This workshop is designed to promote inclusive thinking and to help preventunfair discrimination in the ministerial search process by helping congregations examine their own "ableism," ageism, heterosexism, racism, and sexism. Aspects of a minister's identity such as age, physical ability, race, gender, and sexual orientation are not indicators of a minister's skill, leadership style, or probability of a good match with a congregation. Therefore it is important that congregations in the search process understand the risks of discrimination so that they may select the minister or ministers that best match their needs without succumbing to often unintentional and unconscious biases.
Beyond Categorical Thinking is a very important step in the ministerial search process, and we encourage all members of the congregation to participate. Between the service, led by the workshop facilitators, and the workshop there will be a catered luncheon for all participants. Sign up will begin in October.
Ending Homelessness Fund Update
First, thanks to all the contributors to the EHF during our summer and September services. A total of over $5,000 was raised during this period, and our cumulative total for donations from our outreach collections for the Fund is now over $9,000! Thanks to all for your generosity.
The EHF has been established and is operating under the administration of Harbor Homes/Partnership for Successful Living (HH/PSL). Members of our church's Ending Hunger and Homelessness Project have joined with several members of the Board of HH/PSL to form the committee to direct the fundraising efforts. The first year goal is a minimum of $100,000. The staff of HH/PSL will implement the use of the funds to achieve the principal goal of ending homelessness for the most challenged people in our community, the so-called chronic homeless. These are the women, men, and their children who have been homeless for a year or more and/or who have had repeated long-term episodes of homelessness and who have a disabling condition that prevents them from being fully economically self-sufficient in the foreseeable future.
Our church members, through volunteer efforts and donations, have played the pivotal role in launching this fund. Moving forward, there is much work to be done. We are in the midst of planning a kick-off event for the community-at-large and our overall campaign. We could use additional volunteers, so if you know of companies, organizations, or individuals who might be interested in the goals of ending chronic homelessness, please let us know.
Thank you again for your generosity and our church's very important support of the Fund and its church-wide Social Justice focus of "working toward ending hunger and homeless"
Ending Hunger and Homeless Project
Joe Crookston performs at Simple Gifts Coffee House
November 9, 2013 7:30pm
You will be pulled in by the magic and musical world Joe creates and you'll end up in the moment, humming & buzzing with the rest of the crowd. He'll sing to you ~ You'll sing with him.
He's plumbing for lyrical gold, like some kind of social archeologist. His story songs are universal, masterful and his concerts are a grand celebration of all of us.
Come to a show. You'll travel with Joe along mystical, historical, and humorous roads, and twist through personal stories along the way. From the first strum of his 1948 Gibson, through stories of ruby red dresses, Tinian Island, Dylan Thomas, Taoist parables and drunken roosters you'll be drawn in and deeply moved by his music. It happens every time. At the end of the night, you'll likely leave inspired, taking home a renewed sense of what's possible.
You gotta come to the show.
"Joe Crookston is decidedly one of today's standout troubadours. On Darkling & the BlueBird Jubilee, he sings the heart pure, he sings the soul holy, he sings the mind unshackled, and he sings the world loud and true." --Roots Music Examiner
Tickets: $18 at the door, $16 in advance, $2 discount for seniors and students, $10 for children 13 and younger.
For advance sales (excluding credit cards), call (603) 578-9470 or look for our table at coffee hour after Sunday morning church service (cash or check).
You can buy tickets online thru Brown Paper Tickets http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/353806
You can also buy regular tickets via PayPal.
The show starts at 7:30pm, doors open at 7:00pm, seating is general admission.
Simple Gifts 2013/2014 season
Save these dates
December 14, 2013 - Danielle Miraglia
February 8, 2014 - Local Performer's Showcase, Featured performer and host: Neptune's Car
March 8, 2014 - Cormac McCarthy
April 12, 2014 - Roosevelt Dime
May 2014 - TBD - check our website often for up to the minute information.
Community Outreach Baskets
Community dinners are going well! Here is a list of needed items to be distributed to our dinner participants. Razors, toilet paper, granola/breakfast bars, cereal, toothpaste, canned food with pop up lids and socks. Items can be placed in the Community Outreach Baskets in the hallway leading to the dining room.
Thanks in advance for all your help!
The fall clean-up will be November 23 with a rain date of November 29 (black Friday) 8:00am to Noon. Grab a rake and a tarp, or just bring yourself, kids, and visiting relatives! There will be snacks and coffee available. This event is our second-biggest fundraiser of the year after the auction because we get paid to clean up the cemetery. It has been tremendously rewarding to see this event taking off in recent years. Please come help!
Chair, Property Committee
Fall 2013 Auction S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y Nite!!!
November 16, 2013
Dim all the lights!
It's time to dig out your bell bottoms and boogie on down in platform shoes 'cause the 2013 UU Goods and Services Auction will be rockin' 1970's Disco! Shiny clothing, glitter and sequins all have their place in this evening's wardrobe, as well as those characteristic wide lapels. But whatever you wear, be prepared to dance the night away under the disco ball. (Or just enjoy the spectacle while others do.)
Dust off those boogie shoes and get out the polyester jumpsuit. This year's theme is 70's DISCO!
"Let's dance!" to Donna Summer, The Bee Gees, and all your favorites from the by-gone era of "Saturday Night Fever".
- Silent auction starts at 5:30pm, Dinner 6:00pm, and Live auction at 6:30pm
- $5 covers admission and dinner
- Child care is available but an advance reservation is required - $10 per child includes dinner
- Prizes for best costume and best dance moves!
Your donations make it happen!Fill in the form on the Auction website www.uunashua.org/auction or stop by the auction table after Sunday Service.
Donation ideas? Themed dinners or parties, musical performances, overnight or weekend getaways, baked goods, gift baskets, lessons, artwork, jewelry, home improvements, chores (babysitting, painting, yardwork), day trips, boat rides... use your imagination!
We need help with setup (decorations, tables/chairs), food prep (before and during) and clean up. Even if you can only spare an hour it will be appreciated.
Celebrate good times. Come on!
See you under the mirror ball November 16th.
A few words from the Worship Associates
Over the course of this church year the Worship Associates will be working with Rev. Holmes to take a fresh look at each of our Seven Principles. The first of these services was presented October 20th, and it included a wonderful welcoming of the children by Kathy Fletcher of the WA with a simple and direct message that speaks to the inherent worth and dignity of all people - you are loved because you are you, unconditionally. Kathy followed this with a thought-provoking story/words for reflection. Where do the mermaids stand? If you weren't at the service or did not hear the live broadcast, please go to the church website and listen to it. And do also listen to the sermon by Reverend Holmes - she brings greater depth and nuance to the familiar words.
The Worship associates team, itself, has a fresh look; we are happy to welcome three new members - Pam Jordan, Sharon Machado and Frona Avery. These thoughtful and interesting people replace Gary Lerude and Laurie Goodman who left the team to be on the Ministerial Search Committee, and Dave Robbins who is unable to consistently attend church and team meetings because of his involvement with other projects.
The Worship Associates meet monthly with Rev. Holmes to plan future services and to discuss how past services were received by the congregation. If you have any questions or concerns, likes or dislikes about the services, please talk to one of us, or to Reverend Holmes.
Friends and Family
Sarah Chadwick will be the featured Soprano soloist for the December concerts of the New Hampshire Gay Men's Chorus! This is the first time in the 15-year history of this distinguished choral group that they have invited a Soprano soloist.
Sarah, who grew up in the Nashua UU church, is excited to have this wonderful opportunity to perform again in New Hampshire. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music in Cleveland, Ohio and a Master's degree in Opera Performance from the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA. Both Wes and Sean Chadwick sing with the chorus-so this will be a great family event!
Please plan on coming to the Nashua or other concerts! Tickets are available online or from Sue Chadwick at church or via phone
Winter 2013 Concert Series - A Rose in Winter
Saturday, December 7, 2013, 7:30pm - Nashua Community College, Judd Gregg Hall Auditorium, Nashua.
Sunday, December 8, 2013, 4:00pm - Christ Episcopal Church, Portsmouth.
Saturday, December 14, 2013, 7:30pm - Wesley United Methodist Church, Concord.
Sunday, December 15, 2013, 4:00pm - Derryfield School
Our Mission and Covenant
Embracing the Purposes and Principles of Unitarian Universalism and the Vision we have chosen, as members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashua, New Hampshire, we will:
Support and respect one another in our searches for meaning, value, and personal/spiritual growth;
Join with one another in providing, nurturing, and celebrating a free religious community through common worship, shared activities, and programs for all ages;
Promote a sense of family within the congregation through mutual support and friendship, and by attending to each other's needs;
Be a positive presence for, and work to create, a more just, humane and caring society through outreach to our local community and to the wider human family.
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashua, New Hampshire will be a beacon of liberal religious thought and action whose members are committed to the search for truth and meaning, the acceptance of diversity, and the promotion of social justice within a supportive and caring community.
The next Newsletter deadline is Sunday, November 17, 2013.
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Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashua
Rev. Olivia Holmes, Interim Minister
Ellen Fisher, President
Jed Holland, Music Director
Chris Parker, Religious Education Director
Sherri Woolsey, Office Administrator/Membership & Volunteer Coordinator
Sandra Martinage, Sexton
Church Office Information
Rev. Holmes Hours
Available as needed, Rev. Holmes will be in the church office regularly 3 days a week, generally Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. However, her schedule changes a bit depending on night meetings in any given week. Do call for an appointment to be sure she's in and available when you come. Check with Sherri, call her cell phone, or email Rev. Holmes at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Church Staff Hours
Chris Parker, Religious Education Director: 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday
Sherri Woolsey, Church Administrator, Membership Coordinator: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday