Worship

February: Hibernation & Presence

Drawn inside toward the creature comforts of warmth and hibernation, the deep dark months of winter invite introspection, quiet and solitude.  The external environment shifts toward shades of grey, guiding us to explore the colorful nuances of our inner lives.  Even while nature rests dormant, our spiritual lives may be very much alive.  Now is the time to cultivate presence and to attend to the seemingly smallest of gifts as well as to the deeper, most mysterious questions of existence.  In which ways do you continue to grow internally while the natural world coaxes you to stay close to hearth and home? How do you stay hearty and well on all levels even in the face of the harsher elements?

February 25—Keeping the Hope Alive for Palestinian Refugees
Reflection: Mohsen Mehdawi
Music: Diane Mellinger and the North Chapel Choir
Service Coordinator: Don Ransom

Mohsen is a Palestinian refugee who was born and raised in Al-Fara’a refugee camp in the west bank of Palestine. He lived there for 18 years before leaving to study Computer System Engineering at Birzeit University in Palestine. Mohsen now lives and works in the Upper Valley and soon will be headed to be a full-time student to pursue his passion for Engineering and Peace-work. If you asked Mohsen “How did you end up here?” His response will be “What’s the strongest power in this life?”

Today Mohsen is here to share his own journey and to tell us more about the Strongest power in this world.

March: Quieting the Mind

After many months of winter, the chatter of the mind often gets louder, pressing against the walls of life’s boundaries, demanding expression.  It can be a challenge to live in balance and in peace when our patience and resilience run thin.  Rather than let untethered thoughts muddy your daily existence, now we are given an opportunity to harness the wisdom and meditation techniques of the various spiritual traditions to tame the mind and transform it into our ally.  Which spiritual practices help liberate you from the busy mind?  Which techniques prove to be solid and reliable companions in your quest for self-knowledge and spiritual fulfillment?

March 4—Quieting the Mind
Reflection: Rev. Dr. Leon Dunkley
Music: Diane Mellinger and the North Chapel Choir
Service Coordinator: Veronica Delay

Stop.  Truly stop.  Just pause for moment.  Be still and listen to the world.  Take a slightly deeper breath than you have been taking and let the mind slow down.  Let the spirit shift away from the busy, order of the day and settle in to a place of quiet and peace.  Just a moment, try to rediscover the stillness in the racing world around you.  []  Then, get back on task.  You’re going to be late!  …but you’ll be more beautiful!!

March 11—Now is the Time to Open Up Your Heart
Reflection: Rev. Dr. Leon Dunkley
Music: Diane Mellinger and the North Chapel Choir
Service Coordinator: Jenny Gelfan

My soul is like a flower that is opening to you.  My tears are like the rain that makes it grow.  It is so important that we learn to notice such things.  Alice Walker wrote,

More than anything, God love admiration.  [God’s not being] vain. Just wanting to share a good thing.  I think it [angers God] if you walk by the color purple… …in a field… …and you don’t notice it.  []  Everything want to be loved.

What do you think?  Was Alice Walker right?

March 18—My Experience in Hospice Africa Uganda
Reflection: Judith Hills
Music: Diane Mellinger and the North Chapel Choir
Service Coordinator: Shoshana Belisle

Judith graduated from Dartmouth Medical School in 1986 and finished her residency in Internal Medicine at Dartmouth in 1989. Until 2000 Judith worked at Mt Ascutney Hospital .  In 2001 she went to Chicago and did a fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Care. Judith worked in Hospice and Palliative Care in the Upper Valley till she semiretired 4 years ago.  Judith has been going to Uganda for 11 years to work with Hospice Africa Uganda. To learn more visit www.friendsofhospiceafricausa.org.

March 25—Equinox
Reflection: Rev. Dr. Leon Dunkley
Music: Diane Mellinger and the North Chapel Choir
Service Coordinator: Jessica Stout

Balancing stones in a river, Andy Goldworthy connects with nature.  Makes an art of gravity and time.  He constructs fragile piles of stones—delicate, intricate, amazing.  He calls them cairns and he places them in the world as a means of reminding us to find a similar balance in our lives.  What does it mean to find balance?  What are the keys to understanding it.


 Children’s Spiritual Exploration Schedule

Childcare is provided in the parlors throughout the year for ages birth to 5 years. Our Spiritual Exploration program for elementary aged children in grades K-6 & 7-8 will be held during the school year, where we introduce children to the UU principals through yoga, mindfulness, creative arts, music, community service and connection to the Natural world.

Upcoming SE Schedule
February 25: Expressive Arts and Drumming with Murray and Ben at ArtisTree
March 4: CTWK Kids and Geraldine
March 11: Spiritual Exploration with Geraldine
March 18: Spiritual Exploration with Jess and Geraldine
March 25: Expressive Arts and Drumming with Murray and Ben at ArtisTree

More information on the Children’s SE program is available online! For any questions or ideas please speak to Geraldine or email office@northchapelvt.org.

*Change The World Kids—Rising*

This is a collaboration with the Change The World Kids that is going into its 3rd year. We gather monthly with a member or members of Change The World Kids to get involved and learn about local, national and international community service work.  Contact the office if you are interested in learning more office@northchapelvt.org.

OWL (Our Whole Lives) Grades 4,5,6

Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a sexuality education curriculum that helps participants of all ages make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. The North Chapel is the gauging the interest of parents whom might like to sign their children up for this class.

Learn More


Spiritual Themes 2018

In the coming year, the NUCS Worship Committee seeks to cultivate greater spiritual continuity by establishing monthly themes to guide future services. These broad themes, which have intentionally been expressed in expansive language with plenty of room for exploration and interpretation, are designed to reflect the essence of each season, drawing our attention to topics and concepts that naturally emerge as the year progresses. You are all invited to review the proposed themes and to consider how they resonate with your personal experience. If you or someone you know might be able to bring us on journeys through these territories, please contact a member of the Worship Committee.

February: Hibernation & Presence

Drawn inside toward the creature comforts of warmth and hibernation, the deep dark months of winter invite introspection, quiet and solitude.  The external environment shifts toward shades of grey, guiding us to explore the colorful nuances of our inner lives.  Even while nature rests dormant, our spiritual lives may be very much alive.  Now is the time to cultivate presence and to attend to the seemingly smallest of gifts as well as to the deeper, most mysterious questions of existence.  In which ways do you continue to grow internally while the natural world coaxes you to stay close to hearth and home? How do you stay hearty and well on all levels even in the face of the harsher elements?

March: Quieting the Mind

After many months of winter, the chatter of the mind often gets louder, pressing against the walls of life’s boundaries, demanding expression.  It can be a challenge to live in balance and in peace when our patience and resilience run thin.  Rather than let untethered thoughts muddy your daily existence, now we are given an opportunity to harness the wisdom and meditation techniques of the various spiritual traditions to tame the mind and transform it into our ally.  Which spiritual practices help liberate you from the busy mind?  Which techniques prove to be solid and reliable companions in your quest for self-knowledge and spiritual fulfillment?


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