Thanksgiving Letter from Rev. Kendra

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.

Posted in FUUSE Headline News, Minister's Musings, Uncategorized

The Elm and the Chidren

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.

Posted in FUUSE Headline News, Minister's Musings

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 https://fuuse.shutterfly.com/pictures/2579

 

FUUSE at the retreat

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Office Hours

Office at 10 Elm Street

Office at 10 Elm Street

New 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

 

 

Posted in FUUSE Headline News, Worship

Welcome Lettter from new BoT Chair Kristin O’Gorman

Dear Fellow FUUSE Members and Friends,

On behalf of the Board of Trustees and all of the committee members, I would like to welcome you to the beginning of the 150th year at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Exeter. I am honored to be serving as Board Chair and would like to thank everyone for the opportunity.  It is a privilege to work with the dedicated Staff, Committees, Volunteers and Board members.  In this late summer report, I will provide a brief update on membership, finances, programming and facilities.

Posted in Board of Trustees, FUUSE Headline News

Draft Mission Statement

cropped-FUUSE-rainbow-chalice-logo-large-A_McGinty.pngDraft Mission statements

The point is not to choose one of these but to have these help us find the one that fits us.  Let the conversations begin!

  • At FUUSE we seek to build a caring, inclusive community where we can ground ourselves spiritually, pursue justice in the larger society, and work to heal the imperiled natural world.
  • At FUUSE our mission is to affirm and promote the Seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism.
  • The call of our time is to respond to the needs of the earth: spiritual grounding, loving community, and changing how we live.
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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. 

Posted in Minister's Musings

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)
Posted in Building Planning, FUUSE Headline News

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
cerulean
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.

Posted in Minister's Musings

New Membership Database

 

Elvanto LogoFUUSE has selected a service named Elvanto (www.elvanto.com) to help keep us organized and communicating effectively.

Elvanto is a full-featured church membership and communications management database system. It has tools for managing groups and events and processes and volunteers and religious education. Elvanto includes an online member directory and a versatile calendar system.  This service has powerful security and privacy features, and so far seems easy to learn and use (compared to the dozens of other possibilities that were reviewed or tested.)

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