November Faith Development: Holding History

 I am from clothespins,

from Clorox and carbon-tetrachloride.

I am from the dirt under the back porch.

(Black, glistening it tasted like beets.)

-George Ella Lyon

Where are you from? What are the scents, the stories, and memories of your childhood?

 Over this year, I have been interviewing my mother about her life and writing an informal memoir. It is wonderful to get a glimpse into her life, my family, and her values through this process. I am grateful to be able to hold a piece of her (and my) history.

Our theme this month, Holding History, invites us all to reflect on our personal and family histories, as well as the history we have been taught, the legacies of our country and ancestors. These are huge questions!

Find other activities for holding history together here.

 

Jan Juggles

Photo Credit: Madeleine Kruckemeyer

As a congregation, we are committed to address painful and unjust histories, moving to center those most impacted. We are looking at the history of People of Color in the United States and in Unitarian Universalism. Our studies of Widening the Circle this month will focus on UU Theology - what is it and who does it include? What is the UU Theology that we want to envision?

 As you know, at each service we acknowledge that we are on ancestral lands of the Pocumtuck and Nipmuck people. This month is a great time to learn more about this history. Learn more from the Nolumbeka Project.

Youth Group

 Youth Group has been meeting every Sunday since September 12th. This year we have combined the YG programs of the Unitarian Society of Northampton & Florence with the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst. We have been meeting outside each week, with face masks on, at various sites throughout the river valley including Park Hill Orchard in Easthampton, the Silvio O Conte trail in Hadley, and Mt. Pollux in Amherst. 

Youth Group at Park Hill Orchard

Photo Credit: Madeleine Kruckemeyer

In late September we decided to change the meeting time of Youth Group from 4-6pm to 2-4pm to better accommodate our youth. We will continue to meet from 2-4pm in November and will meet outside as long as weather permits and local COVID-19 levels stay below severe risk according to Covid Act Now.

 Coming in November: Bonfire & campout and cooking for the interfaith cot shelter. If you have any questions about this you can contact our YG coordinator Johnny at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Early Childhood Program

This month we will explore what it means to learn together and how we can show love and support to one another as we learn. We will also think and talk about what it means to be thankful, and what we are thankful for in our lives! Activities will include a collaborative nature collage, “I am thankful for..” cards, group puzzle creation, & collaborative recycled art.

Click here for Emma's Newsletter with the Hymn of the Month (Come, Come, Whoever You Are).

 -Emma Gaudreau

Early Childhood Educator

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Young Adults

Our next meetup will be on Saturday, Oct 30th at 1pm at Mt. Pollux in Amherst. Folks are invited to wear costumes but they are not required.

 Let Johnny know if you are in need of a ride or can offer a ride by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Adult Education

November Spiritual Discussion Group: Holding History

Wednesday, Nov 17, 5-6:15

 Explore questions about history, memory, our ancestors, or a recent service together. https://zoom.us/j/98681411085, Meeting ID: 986 8141 1085, One tap mobile+13017158592,,98681411085# US (Washington DC), Dial by your location  +1 646 876 9923 US

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 Widening the Circle October Listening Circle: Theology

Thurs, Oct 28 at 7 pm

 Join us for a listening circle on the Theology Chapter of Widening the Circle, pages 7-19. These circles offer an opportunity for us to listen to the theology and personal thoughts and beliefs of others and share our own. Here is a link to the Theology Chapter and Janet's sermon that introduces some of the ideas and questions of UU Theology.

 Everyone is welcome to attend over Zoom, whether you came last month or have had a chance to read the chapter: Thursday, October 28 from 6-8:30 pm.

Zoom info: https://zoom.us/j/91395063898 Meeting ID: 913 9506 3898, One tap mobile

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Mindful of Race Book Group

Wednesdays, 7-8:30 pm

Oct 13-Dec 1

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Widening the Circle Discussion Group: Theology

Sunday, October 24, 4 pm Thursday, October 28 at 7 pm

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Spiritual Discussion Group

Wednesday, Nov 17, 5-6:15 pm

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Learn more on our website: USNF Adult Education Offerings

Weekly Offerings

Children

Thursdays, 4-4:30 - Social Justice Story Time

Check in, share a story, and reflect with Jessica

For Zoom link register for USNF RE Programs

 Adults

Thursdays, 5:30-6 pm - Meditation Circle on ZOOM

Readings, Silence, Lovingkindness Meditation and Singing For Zoom link email Janet at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Sundays

Early Childhood & Primary RE - 10-11 am

Elementary & Middle School RE - 10:20-11 am

Youth Group - 2-4 pm

 

Family Faith Development

Faith Exploration at Home

 What does it mean to Hold History? How do you hold history as a family? This is a month to share family stories and traditions.

 We invite you to take time this month to share your most poignant memories of childhood and what they taught you. Consider family traditions that are meaningful to you or that you want to foster. Our Fall care packages contain activities, crafts, mindfulness, music and stories about this monthly theme.

Here are some questions about Holding History:

  • Which relative(s) do you admire?
  • Who has taught you lessons in life? What were those lessons?
  • What are some of your favorite memories of times with relatives?
  • What famous people do you look up to from the past? Why?
  • How do you know if you are learning a complete history about the past?
  • How do we make reparations for mistakes from the past?
 

November Family Outing

Families are invited to gather on Sunday, November 14, from 1-3 pm for connection, conversation, games and a walk. Location TBD.

 Email Jessica to sign up and get details.

November Calendar

  • Nov 7, 14, 28, 10-11 am: RE Classes.
  • Nov 7: Community Gatherings & COA Walking Trip in Florence
  • Nov 13, 1-5 pm: Grade 7-9 OWL Class. FMI: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Nov 14, 1-3 pm: Family Outing
  • Nov 17, 5-6:15 pm: Spiritual Discussion Group. FMI: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Nov 21: Multigenerational Service
  • COA Trip to Morse Hill Outdoor Center