April 23, 2017
Ben Tousley, guest speaker and musician, a program of songs, stories and reflections entitled “Caregiving With Love.” The service will reflect on the challenges and rewards of caregiving for those we love.
A graduate of Harvard Divinity School, Ben has brought his services to some 150 UU churches during the past 35 years. Ben serves as chaplain for the Cooley Dickinson Hospice in western Mass and is adjunct professor at Springfield College School of Human Services. He has recorded seven albums of original songs.
Music: Ben will be performing our offertory piece and closing song. Jim, our Music Director, will be playing the opening section of one of his favorite pieces, the Intermezzo in A Major, Op. 118, No. 2 by Johannes Brahms for our introit and will also lead the choir in the Postlude, The Oneness of Everything by Jim Scott.
Religious Education: The children will gather and share art and discussion. They will reflect on our April holidays and discuss the theme of transformation this month.
Discussions about slavery to freedom, and the transformation of the resurrection. Story telling of some beloved fairy tales, Beauty and the Beast, and The Frog Prince.
They will mix up some homemade play dough to create with, to feel the flexible medium of clay, and talk about the hardness of it when it is fired in a kiln.
Please join us!
April 30, 2017
The seven deadly sins according to Mahatma Gandhi.
Music: The choir will sing a lovely song called One Voice by Ruth Moody. The song, popularized by the female folk trio known as the Wailin’ Jennys, starts in unison and expands to two-part and then three-part harmony as the text emphasizes the power of singing with one voice alone, with two voices supporting each other and many voices together as one. Jim, our Music Director, will also salute the blooming presence of spring among us with piano arrangements of two movements of the “Spring” Concerto from Vivaldi’s beloved The Fours Seasons.
Religious Education: We will transplant our sprouted plants and discuss if all transformations are positive. We plan to read “Maybe Something Beautiful,” written by F
Isabel Campoy. We will reflect on our growth. We can talk about those notches on the doorframe –how many inches do you think you have grown in a year? If change is unpleasant, wait a few minutes. We live in New England; the weather will change. We can feel the shift from winter to spring. However, not all transformations are deliberate; not all transformations are expected. We can live a better life with a sense of flexibility. Who is the superhero named Superflex, and what is the super power of flexibility and why? Please join us !
May 7, 2017
What is the best time to do each thing?
Who are the most important people you work with?
What is the most important thing to do at all times?