This Sunday

Trust the Seeds

What seeds are you planting in your daily actions? What seeds do you allow to take root in your mind and heart? How do we prepare the soil to grow the garden which is our lives?

Rev. Barnaby Writes

From the Minister

Cicero, the great Roman politician and philosopher, called joy the simplest form of gratitude. That feels true to me. So let me start this month that builds toward Thanksgiving meals and Christmas spirit by wishing all of you a bounteous portion of joy as the days get steadily shorter and colder.

I fear, though, that we will miss out on a lot of reasons for gratitude if we look only for what brings us joy. And we need more than the available joy. The month begins with an election which, at best, will shift the political ground enough to offer slightly more protection to the most vulnerable among us. But the 2020 presidential campaign will begin in earnest as soon as the votes are counted. Everything that tears us apart will still be with us. (857) 274-9095

Save the Dates!

Black Lives Matter!

Still haven’t read White Fragility? Order it from Beacon Press. Plan on coming to our pizza dinner and discussion on Nov. 16. (All copies are out of our library.) Come even if you haven’t read it and just want to
participate in the dialogue.
Sorry to Bother You, Wed. Nov 14, 4 pm and 7 pm at Middlebury Marquis. Middlebury Showing Up for Racial Justice will start its second annual 2018-2019 film series with this film by Boots Riley. Suggested donation is $10, but no one will be turned away. 2163764950

Member Stories

As some of you know, I was raised in this community from the age of 9. I vaguely remember the infamous first meeting in the Berninghausen’s, and remember well every stage of our growth leading up to this lovely space. In the early days of planning CVUUS it was my own mother who made the “piss or get off the pot” pronouncement which perhaps prompted the paths of fate which have brought us all together today. I know her bluntness and aforementioned approach to life and decisions has prompted many a move in my own life.

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