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ooooooo Fun at the Fall 2021 Fall Clean Up!

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

Served by lay preachers
Dan Tinen and Barry Dietz
Guest minister: Rev. Steve Wilson
Music: Lynne Walker
Program Coordinator: Annette Mackin
Web, Building: Mark Wadleigh

Coffee at 11:00 ~ Service at 11:30

More Fun On the Work Day October 2021!

In person services! Spring 2021

Sunday Service, May 8, In Person - 11:30am
Dan Tinen leads us in a service Sermon Topic: United or Divided
South versus North, East versus West; is the direction of humanity towards cooperation at ever-larger scales,
or is unity across groups incompatible with human nature?
Barry Deitz will lead the service on May 15th.

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You can donate. Make checks out to Congregational Unitarian Society of Bernardston and mail to: PO Box 5, Bernardston MA, 01337

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. We have fun and engaging speakers on topics concerning our modern day lives and challenges.
The Arts and Activism Program sponsors a weekly free art workshop on Fridays 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: contact Annette Mackin at 413-330-0807.

Upcoming schedule: April May Calendar 2022

April 3rd 11:30am Dan Tinen leads an in person service with Lynne Walker on Piano "When Things Didn't Go As We Planned"
"It's about all the things in history that have disrupted our lives and how we should respond."
In person, come at 11 for coffee and fellowship.
The service starts at 11:30 and wll be available to those at home on interactive zoom.

Sunday, April 10th 11:30am Congregational Visioning and Goal Setting!! Bring your energy, optimism, and ideas for programming, building, service projects, social events and serving our community.

Easter Sunday, April 17th at 11:30 am. Barry Deitz leads the service."To Everything There is a Season: Out of Hibernation and into the Spring"
Coffee and treats start at 11 and chocolate eggs if you can find them! The service starts at 11:30. Lynne Walker will play our music. Hope you can join us in person or on zoom!

Sunday, April 24th at 11:30 am. Coffee at 11:00 The topic for this Sunday April 24th is"Climate." The format will be a round table discussion following excerpts from the ecoAmerica Climate Leadership Summit 2022. Robbianne Mackin, Chief Development Officer of ecoAmerica and long time church member, hosted a day of the 4 day virtual summit and has provided us with links to some of the notable presentations and discussions. The Summit, organized by ecoAmerica, brings together the people solving problems in our communities and organizing for positive change in business and government as well as personal actions. The mission of ecoAmerica is building climate leadership, public support, and political will for climate solutions in the United States. Part of the summit is the awarding of prizes of $10,000, $25,000 and $50,000 to outstanding organizations in the field. Over 2,000 people across the country participated in this year's Climate Leadership Summit. We will view parts of an interview with CBS correspondent David Pogue, author of the important book "How to Prepare for Climate Change and clips from the keynote address of Bill McKibben as well as other community leaders. Be part of the conversation moving forward on this important topic. Coffee at 11, Roundtable and program excerpts start promptly at 11:30. Due to the complications of projecting the Summit links, we will not try to Zoom the program this Sunday Hope you can make it in person or request the links to view the Summit on your home computer or streaming device. Visit us at for further information or go directly to www. for lots of interesting and enlightening news on climate solutions and organizing.

Sunday, May 1st, 11:30 Singer/Songwriter Reggie Harris leads us in a service and celebration of the first Black Woman Supreme Court Justice, Ketanji Brown Jackson. Reggie Harris brings his joyful music to this happy occasion, on zoom for all to join in. The UU online service begins at 11:30am. Zoom link below. About our Musician/Speaker: Described as "A songwriter of great depth and passion, Reggie Harris writes from a personal sense of mission that merges a world wise point of view with a singularly hopeful stance that life, though often challenging, is filled with possibility and hope. His songs reveal thoughts about life and love and some of the deep aspects of the human experience and cover topics from his own personal journey to world issues and history."

Sunday, May 8, In Person - 11:30am Dan Tinen leads us in a service Sermon Topic: United or Divided: South versus North, East versus West; is the direction of humanity towards cooperation at ever-larger scales,
or is unity across groups incompatible with human nature?

Sunday, May 15, Barry Deitz will lead the service.
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The Meetinghouse Artists group has been meeting weekly, Friday in person - vaccination required. Or sometimes on Zoom depending on Covid rates and other considerations.

Stay strong, stay smart, stay safe and well. The world needs our optimism and cooperation!

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

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. Join us!

Recent Events!

Sandra Hayne's Patreon Page Our exhibiting artist Sandra Haynes: "An Exploration of Artistic Media Through a Series"

Arts and Activism:
Focus and Creativity
at the Greg Maichack Workshop

Charlie Malcolm speaks about the role of the State Department in current foreign affairs in our Great Decisions series.

Big "Thank You"s go out to Jean and the wonderful Farley String Band for their performance Saturday night at our Robert Burns Ceilidh . Thank you Michael for ordering and donating the Haggis (yes it was spicy & delicious) and masterfully presented by Celt in his traditional Scottish kilt. Barry delivered the Burns remarks with great historical reference and humor and Sandra and Corey added to the night with readings. Thanks to all who put in time on the very Scottish refreshments, Celt made wonderful scones with clotted cream and jam, Mark put a lot of team work in on our specialty steak pies, Kathy made some great oatmeal vegetarian haggis, Carol made gluten free shortbread, Sandra chicken and a special Scottish sweet treat, Marilyn brought lots of munchies and guacamole. Kim and others brought exotic beverages to share. Lots of food showed up that I have no idea who brought. It was all delicious. Thank you all for a great and fitting celebration to lighten January 2019!

Opening Sept. 30, 2018, Reception 12 � 2
Music for the reception provided by
Ryan Lee and friends, NMH School Music Program

Spring 2017 art show at the Meetinghouse! "Into the Future" Opening music by Peter Skolnik and presentation by Barry Dietz Paintings, sculpture and music.

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

chicken "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 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
Their website:
They made their Kicksarter Goal! Here's their Kickstarter page

Jim Scott at the Bernardston Unitarian Church 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! some of it is in our hymnal!

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

Under the Oaks 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!

Past Events!

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!

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 held from 3-5 pm on the 14th followed by The Walter Mittys Band from 5- 8pm.

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

GREAT SPRING WATER EVENT! thanks to all who participated! Click Here for the photo page.

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

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 Church David Korten at the Bernardston Unitarian ChurchThanks to David Korten progressive visionary author Speaking about creating a positive future
David Korten's blog
TheGreat Turning website
Thanksto 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 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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