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Love is the doctrine of this church.
The quest for truth is its sacrament
And service is its prayer.
To dwell together in peace,
To seek knowledge in freedom,
To serve humanity in fellowship,
To respect the nurturing power within all of us;
Thus do we covenant.
The First Unitarian Universalist Society of Exeter (FUUSE) is an open and accepting intergenerational community where all are welcome and valued. We encourage intellectual and spiritual growth through exploration and action. We celebrate our connections to family, to our community and to the earth. Through our shared values and common voice, we foster social justice, freedom of thought, and harmony with each other and with the world.
April is Climate Justice Month at FUUSE. There are study opportunities, panel discussions, rallies, workshops, sermons and songs through the month of April. Mark your calendar with those events at which you can learn and help. The Work That Re-connects (A sneak peak!) Our sacred circle will include discussion of spiritual elements of the "great turning” toward sustainable living. Experiences to help us begin to explore these elements will include gratitude chanting and various creative exercises that allow for self-expression, sharing concerns in community, and the use of moral imagination. If you are an experiential learner, this is a great way to begin your exploration of Joanna Macy’s approach, and prepare to join the larger group at Coleen O'Connell’s April 18 and 19th workshop at FUUSE. Saturday, March 28 10:30 am -12:00 Noon (Please bring a bag lunch if desired!) Facilitated by Chris Chance This Changes Everything - A DVD and discussion In this book review and video, [more]
Lead Us to Clean Energy Participate in a public conversion with an expert panel on Sunday, April 12, 11:00am -12:30pm, at First Unitarian Universalist Society of Exeter. Panelists include: Robert "Renny" Cushing, NH General Court Representative from Hampton Doug Bogen, of the Atlantic Offshore Wind Campaign, and the Seacoast Anti-Pollution League A solar power expert, to be announced. Much of the energy policy for New Hampshire is decided at the state level. Join a conversation on the major initiatives regarding development of offshore wind and solar power. Together, we can encourage state leaders to turn away from fossil fuels and support alternative sources. Stand up for our children's future. The panel discussion is part of Climate Justice Month at [more]
Welcome all to The Great Turning and the Work that Reconnects This is a workshop for people concerned with and considering taking action to deal with preserving life on the earth. “The Great Turning” is a name for the essential adventure of our time: shifting from the industrial growth society to a life-sustaining civilization. This experiential workshop was designed by Joanna Macy -- scholar of Buddhism and general systems theory -- to build hope, courage and plans of action to face our greatest challenge. For more information go to Macy's website at [more]
On March 11, the Board of Trustees approved recommendations regarding bylaws changes for the Society to vote on at a Special Congregational Meeting on Sunday, April 26, 2015, at 11 am, in the Sanctuary. ("Bylaws Report to the Congregation"). In large part, the recommended changes made in the bylaws bring the bylaws into conformity with current practice and make our work more efficient and effective. All FUUSE members are invited to meetings for discussion of these changes to be held on Sunday, March 29 and April 12 at 11 am and Monday April 13 at noon in the [more]
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Where do *you* find hope? Where do you find hope? I've found it in my new shoes, in the bottom of a bag of salt and vinegar chips and even under my car seat. I've found it on my bed pillow at the end of a very long day, and in my make-up case early one morning when I needed it most. And then one morning, hope appeared on my chalkboard tray at school and it made me laugh out loud- which meant that I had to share this story of hope with my second graders: My roommate and I had a stone, with the word "Hope" etched in to one side. One day it just appeared in our apartment, on the kitchen counter. It just sat there. Then one day it was missing. We couldn't find it and we didn't like that. We had both grown to like seeing it there. We didn't like [more]
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