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A UUA Congregation in the historic
1739 First Meetinghouse
welcoming people of all faiths and children!

Served by Rev. Steve Wilson
Music: Lynne Walker
Lay preacher: Dan Tinen
Program Coordinator: Annette Mackin
Web, Building: Mark Wadleigh
Coffee at 11:00 ~ Service at 11:30


"Into the Future"
Spring Multi-Media Show
May 20 to June 18 ~ Reception Sun. May 21

Sunday May 21st
11:30 Rev. Steve Wilson
1:00 Artists Opening Reception for "Into the Future" Multimedia Art Exhibition ~ featuring Peter Skolnick on the piano.
2:00 Free Community screening of The Josh Fox documentary movie "How to Let Go of the World, and Love all the Things that Climate Can't Change.
Art Sale to benefit Meetinghouse Art Projects.
Call for artists for the spring show Into the Future pdf click here

Nourish your spirit at the Bernardston Unitarian Church in the historic 1739 Unitarian Meetinghouse,
a UU Congregation joining people of all faiths in love and community.

Services are at 11:30 am, coffee starts at 11 am. Rev. Steve Wilson starts his 12th year as our Pastoral minister and is a fun and engaging speaker on topics concerning our modern day lives and challenges.

"First Saturdays" is a Pot Luck Supper with Rev. Steve at 5:30pm followed by a program, activity, movie, or discussion. Anyone in the community is welcome to join in.

The Arts and Activism Program sponsors a weekly free art workshop on Wednesdays from 9:30am to noon after which participants traditionally join for lunch at a local restaurant. Bring your own materials and any skill level to this congenial group. We also collaborate with other local arts and service organizations to provide workshops, lectures and service projects.

Come share your interests and concerns in a spirit of good will and fellowship. Schedule is posted below. Questions and pastoral care: contact Rev. Steve Wilson, or Annette Mackin at 413-330-0807.

Upcoming schedule:

May 2017~ 1739 Bernardston Unitarian Meetinghouse

Sunday, April 30th ~ 11:30 am When we think of the poetry of Robert Frost, we get images of stone fences, snowy fields and lonely farm houses. So it is a bit of a shock to discovery that Robert Frost, the snow-capped Bard of New England, was actually born in San Francisco. In fact, the first decade of his life was lived there, so the first landscape imprinted on his imagination was western and urban. But as Robert Penn Warren once pointed out, it sometimes takes a writer from the outside to see things new and fresh. The New England of Robert Frost has a central place in American literature and he could be called our first celebrity poet, reading at Presidential inaugurals and creating the concept of the Poet-in-Residence at universities. The program will look at his life and poetry and how he was able to lodge a few poems, as he once put it, where they would be "hard to get rid of. Come hear more interesting stories about the life and poetry of Robert Frost, this Sunday, May 30! Lynne Walker Music

Sunday, May 7 ~ 11:30am Regular service with Rev. Jean Wahlstrom, The Seventh Generation Native American wisdom teaches us to consider how our actions and decisions will impact "the Seventh Generation". What do we learn about our world and ourselves by looking seven generations forward or backward from the present? Is it coincidence that our 7th UU principle calls us to respect the Web of all existence? Music- Lynne Walker

Sunday, May 14 ~ 11:30am Regular service with Dan Tinen,"What We Leave Behind",
In our society, each of us is surrounded by material possessions. Do we own them, or do they own us? Are they a blessing or a weight? Many spiritual advisors through the ages have recommended detaching ourselves from our "stuff", yet our things also carry stories and memories that we treasure. How can we balance these conflicting pulls and have a healthy relationship with what we leave behind? Dan Tinen will focus on this personal issue on our service on Sunday,music- Lynne Walker

Sunday, May 21 ~ 11:30am Rev. Steve Wilson 11:30 am The Field: The Quest for the secret force in the Universe. The pursuit of truth has led us to a profound confusion that we were right. We do live in an interconnected web of all creation. However, using the work by Lynne McTaggart we discover that we not only share the planet with plants and animals, we literally are and live not only live in a sea of energy, but that we really truly are a part of it. Again, from the perspective of a detective agency we look at life from both a bigger and smaller scope.

Also May 21 ~ 1:00 Artists Opening Reception for "Into the Future" Multimedia Art Exhibition ~ featuring Peter Skolnick on the piano. 2:00 Free Community screening of The Josh Fox documentary movie "How to Let Go of the World, and Love all the Things that Climate Can't Change. Art Sale to benefit Meetinghouse Art Projects.

May 28 ~ Actor Stephen Collins back by popular demand! Edna St. Vincent Millay 11:30am

Weather updates at or call 413-330-0807

Try out Dan's Franklin County UU YouTube Channel

Call 413 330-0807 for information or if you need to carpool to come to church or events.

Wednesdays On-going Wed. Meetinghouse Artists group, 9:30am to noon. Bring your project, materials, craft to a congenial gathering. We are planning for a group exhibition in November at the Meetinghouse. Join us!

Contact Rev. Steve Wilson if you have a pastoral need or would like a visit.- 617-852-2292

Experience Unitarian Warmth
There's always something happening at
the Bernardston Unitarian Church

Meetinghouse artists at the State House with Sen. Rosenberg

DVAA & our Meetinghouse Artists getting a special tour with Sen. Stan Rosenberg

Recent Events!

September October art show at the Meetinghouse!
2016 River Rooms Installation,
paintings by Alice Thomas
and Water Views,
photographs by Annette Mackin Wadleigh
more information click here

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"Agriculture ~the Heartbeat of the Valley"
May 30 ~ June 13, 2015 ~ 10am to 2pm daily
A Multi-Media Art Exhibit Celebrating Working Farms of the Pioneer Valley
co-sponsored by DVAA, Pioneer Valley Institute, Bernardston Agricultural Commission, Arts and Activism at Bernardston Unitarian with funding support from the Bernardston and MA Cultural Council
Closing Event: Michael Nix Concert Saturday, June 13, 7:30-9:30 More Information

Earth Wisdom Saturday, May 2 , Screen time ~ 6:30pm "Oil & Water" ~ The third film in a trilogy of inspiring environmental films following our first Saturday with Steve Pot Luck at 5:30. Suggested donation for the movie $5, bring a dish to share for the Pot luck supper before the movie. About the movie: Two boys come of age looking for solutions to the global problem of reckless oil drilling following years of oil contamination in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Local connections. Spoiler alert! They find a solution! More Information

Shadows of Liberty
Thanks to Jean Philippe Tremblay for his amazing film, to Debra Brown for bringing the film to Bernardston, and thanks to Dan DeWalt and Sara Longsmith of Free Press for their astute commentary on the film and thanks as well to our animated audience!Photos
They made their Kicksarter Goal!
Here's their Kickstarter page

Jim Scott at the Bernardston Unitarian Church

Jim Scott giving a special holiday service December 2013

Explore Jim Scott's music at, some of it is in our hymnal!

Inequality Poster

Special showing of Robert Reich's movie "Inequality for All"
December 8, 2013

The Deerfield Valley Art Association Fall Members Show Columbus Day weekend, ending Monday Oct. 14.

Under the Oaks "LIVE ARTS UNDER THE OAKS!" Special Thanks to Linda Lively, Kathy Hale, Chantal Dupuis, Roy Morgan, Mark Wadleigh, Rev. Steve Wilson, Robbianne Mackin, Bev Phelps, Martha Stiles, Joel Fowler, Sandra Haynes, Barry Deitz, Jim Gildea, artists under the tent: Karen Evans, Leni Gaudet, Genevieve Abate, Gary Fiske-White, Edith Hunsberger, Mary Glabach Field, and Maureen Moore, and of course the Band- Pat & Tex LaMountain, Rick Mauran and John White. A great team effort to clean up and down, set up two art shows and outside booths, and run a complex event with great success and fun for all!

Reinhardt's 99th Birthday celebration

climate rally
No Pipeline through New England!
Climate Rally - 10:30 on the Meetinghouse steps.
Sunday February 17th in solidarity with the DC Rally and

Thanks for a good laugh and sweet treats on Valentines day

The Valentines Cabaret was sooooo great!

Past Events!

Happy time on the church steps watching the parade!
"Sense of Place" Celebration. Sept. 22, Story telling, meetinghouse tours, parade float and artist reception

Thanks to every one who helped with the Cabaret to benefit Franklin County flood victims and the Guinoppe Honduras Project!!! It was a great success!!!
Thanks to the Great Local Business Sponsors for our Cabaret Raffle!
Click here to find out who they are!

This is Louise with Caryl after an amazing presentation. Boy can she make history come alive! The paintings describe the only successful Native American rebellion.
Link to Louise's Website

Dreams of Home Event The "SHELTER: Dreams of Home Event" included a panel of professionals speaking about housing, getting a home, keeping a home and related issues.
The Art Exhibition accompanying a free community event held May 14, 2011 from 11am-8pm. The subject of the exhibition was "HOME" and all that the word evokes in our hearts, minds, and senses.
The Opening Reception to celebrate the artists held from 3-5 pm on the 14th followed by The Walter Mittys Band from 5- 8pm.

river view

thanks to all who participated!

Click Here Spring Water Event 2009 for the photo page.

Dan Esty

Keynote speaker Daniel Esty, author of "Green to Gold"
Yale Professor and advisor to Pres. Obama

river view
Al and Jane

Photos of Al's 15 years with the Bernardston Unitarians celebration!

Eric and Steve

Eric Wasileski and Steve Wilson
Australian Send-off for Rev. Steve Wilson
Party Pictures

David Korten at the Bernardston Unitarian ChurchThanks to David Korten
progressive visionary author
Speaking about creating a positive future
David Korten's blog
The Great Turning website
Thanks to the sponsors and contributors for their generous support!

Dr Robert Sidorsky Ultimate Peace
Saturday April 10, 2009
Robert and Linda Sidorsky have been doing their part to bring peace to the Middle East by facilitating Ultimate Frisbee games between Palestinian and Israeli youth. Dr. Robert Sidorsky spoke about this exciting venture as part of the Great Decisions discussion. Pictures & More Info

Peace Mantra:
"To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one's own in the midst of abundance." -Buddha

Stay tuned for special events.

Find Us - Directions
A history of the church from the 1600's
Honoring our Elders Over Eighty 

Bernardston Unitarian Declaration of Fellowship:
We unite to affirm
that love is the spirit of this church
and service it's mission.
This is our great covenant:
To dwell together in peace,
To seek knowledge in freedom,
To give service to humanity.

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