Our Ministries

The people at FUUSE minister to the world, the community, and each other in many ways.

Minister’s Musings — Occasional reflections by Reverend Kendra Ford.

Social Justice  — helping FUUSE understand its role as a religious community in fostering ethical and just relationships within the congregation and the larger world. 

Religious Education — a variety of programs for adults, children, and youth.

Outreach — through the Social Justice committee, FUUSE members connecting, supporting, enriching, and giving to others beyond the walls of this church through our service, spirit and contributions.

Music — under the leadership of Minister of Music Rev. Mary Doane, and choir director Eve Kornhauser, FUUSE has a rich music program with an adult choir and many musical members who share their talents during services as well as in the community.

Green Sanctuary — also through the Social Justice Committee; a Green Sanctuary is defined as “a congregation that lives out its commitment to the earth by creating a sustainable lifestyle for its members as individuals and as a faith community.”

Give-It-Away Sundays — the third Sunday of each month is usually designated as Give-It-Away Sunday when the general offering will be distributed a charitable cause in our community.

Caring — provides tangible help and support to members of FUUSE during times of difficulty or transition.

Arm in Arm: groups, workshops, events and class – Let’s Get Together

Ongoing Groups

Rainbow InGathering  A support and energizing group for the LGBTQ community of FUUSE and those connected to FUUSE.  Next date: To Be Determined (TBD )  Contact: Lisa Bunker

Walking Experiment with Lectio Divina                which means, Divine Reading — A meditation practice of reading a short passage together and walking to allow reflection time.  This is an ancient practice of allow the mind to find deeper level of meaning.  Wednesday mornings 9 am starting Oct 19.  Meet at FUUSE, inside or outside depending on weather.  Contact: Christopher Ellis

Knitting   Come for the advice, stay for the friendship.  Knitters of all abilities warmly welcomed.  People bring their own projects and members of this group make comfort shawls which are given to people in times of crisis.  2nd and 4th Mondays. Contact: Anne Tufts

Romeos A place for men to talk about the gifts and challenges of the retired years, from what it means to not work (or work differently) to being a caretaker.  Contact: Rev. Kendra for now!

Chalice Circles   Meet with a group for a six session cycle to reflect together on the questions raised in the Sunday services.  A wonderful way to have a deeper conversation and deepen your connections with FUUSE members. Contact Person: Rev. Kendra and look for signup sheet in the Parish Hall and eFUUSE.

Activities by Month

October

Active Hope Study Action Group      Read Joanna Macy’s book Active Hope and get a chance to practice her cycle of gratitude, honoring the pain for the world, seeing with new eyes, and going forth.  This group will meet for 6 weeks.  There will be additional versions of this in the winter and spring.  Wednesdays 1pm Oct 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9, 16.  Contact: Mary Doane

Hungry for Change   This course about ethics in eating and food production is underway Oct 23rd.  If you would like to participate contact: Roy Jones

One Town, One Book    Reading “Waking Up White” discussions through the month all over town and two scheduled here, Oct 19 and 26th, 7pm.

New to UU, a class for learning or re-learning our central stories and how we came to be.  Plus bring all your questions!  Sunday Oct 23rd 6:30pm (another will be offered in Spring)

Halloween Gathering  Something for all ages, including pumpkin carving to create Jack O’ Lanterns that will be in the service Oct 30th and then sent home with the creators for All Hallow’s Eve.  Saturday Oct 29th 1-3

November

Circle Dinners sign up to join other members of our congregation for chance to share a meal, share stories, and find our connections. A sign up sheet is in the Community Room in a few weeks. Contact: Dawn Huebner if you wish to host a group.

November

Elevator Speeches or how to describe UUism to your Relatives at the thanksgiving table              Wed November 16th 7pm Contact: Rev. Kendra

December

Activist Tim DeChristopher will lead the Sunday service and offer a workshop on unconventional activism.  Dec. 4th

 Solstice Sing      Gather round the fire and sing under the stars!

Date To be determined (TBD)

A Christmas Carol presented by our own Rob Richards date: TBD

Coming this Winter

White Privilege Class    taught by a UU from the Manchester congregation, Malia Till.  This Four session class will follow up on the One Town, One Read reading of Waking Up White.

Circles of Trust      From the work of Parker Palmer, this is a practice of listening deeply to each other’s lives and learning to ask open ended questions that invite us into our own wisdom. Contact: Jim Varn

Artists Way  Working through this classic workbook for artists and creative people.  Even if you done it before, this is a great opportunity to enliven your creative life.  Contact: Heather Crowley