Annual Meeting: May 31, 11:00 am

annual meetingThe 160th Annual Meeting of First Unitarian Universalist Society Of Exeter will take place in the sanctuary at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 31, 2015. Please plan to attend. Members and friends are all welcome. Only members may vote at the Annual Meeting.

Reports from all staff, the Board of Trustees, and our committees is now available on the FUUSE website, and you may view it by clicking the links below:

1. Annual Report for Church year July 2014-June 2015

2. Budget Overview for July 2015 - June 2016

3. Budget Detail for July 2015 - June 2016

Posted in Board of Trustees, Finance, Financial Reports, FUUSE Headline News, Trustees

The Story of the Elm Trees

Dancing the Elm Dance

The Elm Dance with Coleen O’Connell

During worship on April 19 (2015), Coleen O’Connell told us the story of the Elm Dance, and Joanna Macy’s work with the people of Novozybkov, in the aftermath of the nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl. Worship continued outdoors, where we learned the dance that Macy used in Novozybkov.

You can read the story. Or listen to Coleen tell the story.

And watch us do the dance.




Posted in Uncategorized

Spring and the Leap of Faith

FloThings are popping here at FUUSE this spring!  I can’t keep up with everything that is happening.  Kim Canfield asked if it was like this every spring.  And I had to say, no, not like this.  I speculated that it was long winter rebound.  And then I saw that the great big chalk board had reappeared in the Parish Hall and I thought, I wonder if all this happening is part of the Leap of Faith program playing out in our congregational life.

Posted in Minister's Musings

Renovations for Our Building

Building Renovation ThumbnailAt the Congregational meeting on March 22 ideas were put forward regarding some renovations to our building.  The majority of the people are in
agreement that renovations need to happen. From the positive feedback and great suggestions the Building Task Force along with the Facility Committee have begun the work of fine tuning the preliminary layout, talking with professionals, the building inspector and the fire department and working on a really rough estimate of costs.  From that meeting the renovations would consist of:

  • Installing a subfloor, fixing the heating and making the classrooms a much better place
Posted in Building Planning, FUUSE Headline News, Uncategorized

Spring is here!

… and while most of the bulbs in my yard are still buried under snow things are popping up all over the place at FUUSE!

a sign of springWhat is happening:

Posted in FUUSE Headline News, Minister's Musings

FUUSE is seeking a Director of Religious Education

(20 hours weekly)

The Director of Religious Education (DRE) will work with the church minister to:

  • Select, implement, and administer programs that nurture the spiritual depth, connections, and UU identity of our congregation.
  • Recruit and train volunteers to lead programming for people under 18 in our congregation. (This includes Sunday morning programming and additional programs for adolescents.)
  • Communicate with families, teachers and the congregation about religious education
Posted in FUUSE Headline News, Religious Education

… Fix Calendar with No Events

If the calendar shows no events, your browser may be trying too hard to speed things up for you, and is preventing the display of calendar events. Try to fix this by clearing cached data.

For Apple devices, click here for a link to a page describing how to clear your cache.

IE Browsing HistoryIf you use Internet Explorer, these tips may help:

  1. Click on the Settings “Gear”
  2. Click on “Safety”
  3. Click on “Delete browsing history…”




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When the “Delete Browsing History” dialog appears, be sure the top checkbox (“Preserve Favorites website data”) is not checked.

Posted in How To ...


Why Would You Want to Use It?

Inline image 1At the bottom right corner of the “front page” at, there is a section called “UUs on Twitter.” Don’t be afraid of Twitter. Think of it as something like the scroll across the bottom of the news or sports channels on your television. Twitter shows headlines. Its headlines change all the time. In the widget on our front page, you can move the scroll bar down the right side and look back at older ones. Our list shows tweets that are from UU organizations and people.  You do not need to “Sign up for Twitter” to read through Twitter pages and feeds.

Any words in light blue are links that can be clicked. They will take you to more information.

Posted in How To ... Tagged with: , , ,

Where Do *You* Find Hope?

photoWhere 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:

Posted in Religious Education, Religious Education Committee, Worship Tagged with:

Soup and Talk

FUUSE Soup and Talk, March, 2015

Talking UU Principles in commitment to justice

On March 8, the Social Justice Committee hosted a Soup and Talk on Unitarian Universalist values in the public square. Many members and friends shared their ways of presenting UU principles in commitment to justice.


Posted in Social Justice, Social Justice Committee