A Few Words from our New DRE

LJ Francoeur and daughter Moira

Linsey-Jean Francoeur and daughter Moira

Hello everyone! I am so thrilled to be the DRE at FUUSE! I have exciting things planned for this upcoming year, but first a note about who I am.

I am a fifth generation UU(!) from right here in Exeter, NH. I now live in East Kingston, with my husband, Artty, and our new baby, Moira. In the winters we play in the snow with our two dogs, and go cross-country skiing in the woods, and in the summer we grow as many vegetables as we possibly can. We play and make music together all year long. We’ve done quite a bit of traveling, and are so happy to have settled down where we are.

Posted in FUUSE Headline News, Religious Education

Building Planning Continues

Work continues on the planning of proposed building renovations.  We are looking at options and how each area could be done in phases.

Latest FUUSE Floor Plan

For conversations in the fall of 2015, the congregation, the Building Task Force, Board of Trustees, and the Facilities Committee will like to discusse the following concerns:

  • Priorities: what are prioritizes for the three areas of greatest need (religious education space, sanctuary, and kitchen)
  • Facilities:  how will renovating our space best serve us and the community
  • Future Layout: flexibility in the Sanctuary and general flow within the entire facility
Posted in Building Planning, FUUSE Headline News

Requirements for Building Renovations

Renovations to facilities at FUUSE will meet, as much as possible, these requirements that were developed through several meetings and discussions.

A. General Considerations

This project consists of renovating the existing building on our own property.
The design shall allow for potential growth and integrate expansion as our needs and resources grow.

  1. All space must be designed for multiple uses to attain the least cost and greatest energy efficiency.
  2. Space is needed for four simultaneous meetings on weeknights. These meetings must not interfere with each other.
  3. The youth groups (YRUU) may meet twice during the week, requiring adequate space and sound abatement for their activities.
Posted in Building Planning

RE Volunteers

Teaching a religious education class to children and youth is a powerful and fulfilling experience. It is an exciting and important job of ours to grow our children into thoughtful, educated UUs! This job is not just the job of parents – it is the work of the whole congregation. Your willingness and enthusiasm to volunteer to teach is greatly appreciated! Each teaching session will span roughly two months, and will consist of four designated Sundays. We will be using standard curricula from the UUA’s Tapesty of Faith on these Sundays. Lesson plans will be provided, and there will be two teachers in each classroom. There will be a teacher training workshop for the first two sessions at the start of the church year, and another one after the holidays for the last three sessions.

Posted in Religious Education, Volunteering

Our New DRE: Linsey-Jean Francoeur

kids learningFUUSE is pleased to announce that we have hired Linsey-Jean Francoeur as our new Director of Religious Education (DRE).  She will begin in July and work with the RE committee and the minister to put things in place for the fall.

Linsey-Jean brings two kinds of work experience that will support the work of being a DRE.  Linsey-Jean is a NH certified and Highly Qualified Teacher, and has been working in public schools since receiving her certification in 2010.  Linsey-Jean also has extensive experience working for a small business in town, and has worked as a manager and regional manager for this business as well.

Posted in Religious Education

FUUSE Retreat – Register Now!

FUUSE Retreat – Join us for a fun and heartwarming weekend.

FUUSE retreat by lake photo

Come and enjoy a weekend under the pine trees at Camp Huckins with your fellow FUUSE folk. Usually between 60 and 80 of us gather for the weekend. We sleep in cabins with electricity and bunk beds, eat in a dining hall community style, and enjoy the fresh air and water of Freedom NH and Lake Ossipee. You will enjoy workshops such as Yoga, Poetry, Small Group Ministry Topic, challenge course activities, crafts, music, nature activities related to UU principles, or plan a workshop on a topic you love for others to enjoy.

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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.




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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

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 Minister's Musings

… 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…”




IE Browsing History 2


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

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