Sabbatical – Feb. 5 – April 4 2017

Rev. Kendra will be on Sabbatical from Feb. 5, 2017 to April 4, 2017

Sabbatical is a chance for the minister and for the congregation to reflect on how to make the work ahead of us sustainable, how to work hard but pace ourselves.   It is a time for the minister to deepen her work and for the congregation to find our strength and identity; for each to find a fresh perspective.

Keeping Connected

  • There are many ways to stay connected during the sabbatical. Please read the Sunday Insert and the weekly eFUUSE newsletter for more information.
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Stand Together to Support FUUSE and all for which it stands

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Facilities Renovations

The FUUSE Facilities Renovation Committee and the Board of Trustees cordially invites you to a presentation on the comprehensive renovation plans for FUUSE which have been many months in development. There is one more opportunity to provide feedback to the leadership regarding the appropriateness of these plans. Come to one meeting or come to both! The meetings will be held in the Sanctuary:

January 29, 2017, 11:15 – 12:15 following the social hour on Sunday

This is a first step in moving ahead to determine how our facilities support our mission at FUUSE. Child care will be available. Please mark this on your calendar and plan to attend.

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Be a UN observer – letter from Rev. Kendra (written for Thanksgiving but still pertinent)

Chalice PumpkinHow will you respond if you face anxious moments at dinner?

Read Rev. Kendra Ford’s letter, following up on her message from the Sunday before Thanksgiving.

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The Elm and the Children

In 2016 we planted and transplanted an Elm in front of 10 Elm Street.

In 2016 we planted and transplanted an Elm in front of 10 Elm Street.

The Elm and the Children
You may have noticed last year that we planted a little Elm tree in the yard.  And you might have noticed that over the summer, it moved.  I wanted to tell you the story behind the wandering Elm because I think it tells us some important things about community.

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Photo Gallery Relives 2016 Retreat

FUUSE at the retreat2016 Retreat: a Quiet Lake2016 Retreat: a Quiet LakeRelive memories of the 10th annual FUUSE Retreat at Camp Huckins on Lake Ossipee.

FUUSEians of all ages enjoyed a September weekend of fresh air, swimming, boating, yoga, poetry, crafts, music, and study of UU principles.

Dozens of photos from the retreat are shared in the FUUSE Shutterfly gallery at


FUUSE at the retreat

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Office Hours

Winter Office Hours

Monday – closed

Tuesday – 9:15 AM – 11:15 AM

Wednesday – 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Thursday – 9:15 AM – 11:15 AM

Friday – 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

As always, please call ahead to let us know you will be coming. This is because we can be away running errands during office hours and want to make sure we are there to greet you.


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Letter from Rev. Kendra to Gov. Maggie Hassan

Letter19 November 2015

Dear Gov. Hassan –

    I am grateful for all the work you do on behalf of our state and appreciate your willingness to work through conflict.

     Today I write to you to ask you to reconsider your public statement that New Hampshire will not accept Syrian Refugees.  I ask you to reconsider on two merits; the first is legal and the second is humanitarian. 

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Update on Building Plans


Did you know that two dedicated groups of FUUSE-ians are busily working to move the community’s plans for renovating our physical facilities forward? Here is news from a November 5, 2015, joint meeting of the Capital Campaign Feasibility Study Committee (CCFSC) and Building Task Force.

Continuing Research

  • The CCFSC is focusing on taking the temperature of funding sources and potential donors. Key at this point is to define a preferred building plan, a pledging period, and a target timeline for fundraising in relationship to beginning of construction (most comfortable level would be having 70% (or more) of money on deposit before construction begins)
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Papal Visit

The pope is wandering around the planet holding people’s faces in his hands,
touching their forehands,
cradling their cheeks
for a moment treasuring them, blessing them.
He met with the man 3rd in line to be leader of the free world.
The man wept and resigned his contentious post,
as if he had been waiting for someone to tell him
You have nothing to prove, you are Beloved.
This pope does not look like he believes in original sin.
I wonder what kind of upheaval it would cause if
original sin resigned its post
in the face of so much bold treasuring of life.
A woman he doesn’t know from Eve
Runs up to him in the street.  He embraces her
And then lets her go.
She is golden in his eyes.
As she goes toward him, he sees the gold in her
and as he releases her back to the world,
she catches her reflection in his eye for a moment
and sees it too.
Now she understands what she has been.
He might declare original sin
to have been an error.
Really no one can be blamed for partaking
of knowledge,
in fact if anyone is to be blamed it would be God Themselves —
who put it all out there:
the galaxies swirling, the crisp of ripe fruit,
the tender wonders of the body
and the humans struggling to see beyond their muddle.
Like the colorblind man wearing special sunglasses
that let him see
rose petal pink
new frog green.
And he is weeping over the color of his children’s clothes and robin egg eyes.
God might, in fact, apologize, there is so much just beyond the edge we can see,
the horizon of the universe keeps receding
and the smallest particles
seem to be made of something smaller.
The apple comes easily from the branch when it’s ripe.
No one is to blame for tasting it,
dripping with the sugar of September sun.
Hold it in your hands.

Cherish it.

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