June 25: My Experience of Islam
Reflection: Mohsen Medawi
Music: Diane and the NC Choir
Service Coordinator: Don Ransom

Mohsen is Palestinian and will be sharing his unique thoughts and feelings about his life experience.

July 23: “It Could Be Any of Us” ~ The Gift of Women Caregivers
Reflection: Elayne Clift
Music: Amy McElvoy, Diane Mellinger and Pierre Fournier (flute duet/piano)
Service Coordinator: TBA

Women have always been caregivers. Whether looking after children, elders, family members or friends in small communities and urban settings with limited support systems, or acting as professional caregivers, they’ve been the primary providers of physical care and emotional support in many settings and circumstances. Today that remains true, and being the main caregiver may be more vital than ever.

Because of many issues surrounding caregiving, Elayne Clift compiled a collection of prose and poetry by 21 women caregivers that give testimony to what caretaking has meant for contemporary women.  The anthology is called TAKE CARE: Tales, Tips and Love from Women Caregivers, published by Braughler Books June 1, 2017.

Elayne Clift is a writer, journalist, lecturer and workshop leader. She spent the major part of her career working internationally on women’s health issues. Her latest short story collection, Children of the Chalet: New and Selected Stories, appeared in 2015.

 Children’s Spiritual Exploration Schedule

Children’s Spiritual Exploration is BACK!!!  Each Sunday, Nursery care will be provided for birth-grade 6 children, upstairs in the parlors.

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 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

Summer Schedule:
Childcare in the parlors or children are welcome to stay in the sanctuary for the service.

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 new idea that we are working on in collaboration with the Change The World Kids. We are looking at a monthly gathering of the children in 4th—6th grades, working with and learning from the older Change The World Kids. 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.

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Announcement about Spiritual Themes Second & Third Quarter 2017

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.

June: Exploration and the Natural World

When spring transitions into summer, our landscape reveals its full, lush glory.  The inner child may be drawn to break out of routine, explore the natural world, and discover treasures that await us on the road less traveled.  This month, we hope to explore how engaging with nature and responding to an inherent call for adventure or even pilgrimage are often central to one’s personal spiritual journey.

July: Playfulness and Presence

As our landscape bursts into bloom and as the glow of summer casts its warmth over our eager spirits, we may feel a renewed vitality emerge that yearns for play and present-moment surrender, free from the burden of mundane concerns.  How can we allow ourselves to truly relish the delights of summer while preserving harmony and healthful balance? Or if the outer light contrasts too deeply with a more somber inner experience, how might we gently invite a lighthearted presence that feels authentic and true?

August: Manifestation and Abundance

The full glory of summer may be a powerful reminder of our personal relationship to both inner and outer abundance.  In which ways do you experience abundance in your life?  And in which areas would you invite more?  If you currently harbor a sense of want or lack, how might we inspire one another to manifest our desires in ways that honor not just surface whims but rather their associated deeper yearnings?

September: Rituals and Routines

Whether or not you align your life to the rhythms of the academic calendar, vestiges of this pattern may reflect in a tendency to set goals and organize routines with the first hints of autumn. What kinds of personal rituals and routines give grounding, meaning, purpose or order to your life?  How might we harness the power of habit and intention to become our highest, happiest, most authentic selves?  And if routines tend to dominate our lives, how might we renegotiate our relationship with these patterns so as to allow for some needed freedom and flexibility?

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