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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





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A little birdy told me
Spring is coming!!


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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 Councils Closing Event: Michael Nix Concert Saturday, June 13, 7:30-9:30 1739 More Information



Sunday Mornings-Coffee at 11:00, Service at 11:30



May

Sunday, May 3 Barry Deitz: "The Unitarian Transcendentalists." 11:30am a round table discussion tracing the story of Thoreau and Walden and his nature writing and how some of the founding ideas of modern environmentalism grew out of his writings.

May 10, 2015 Dan Tinen, 11am coffee, 11:30 service "The Prophet's Scorecard". People have many different ideas and fears about what the future will bring. How can we separate what's possible from what's likely? We'll examine the history of all kinds of forecasts...financial, religious, and social, as a guide to what the future may and may not bring.

May 17, 2015 Rev. Steve Wilson, 11am coffee, 11:30 service Native American Spirituality, More than Four Directions:  Native American Spirituality: When white people have looked at the theology of the Native Americans, there has been a mix of pity, indifference, and in contrast seeing them as noble savages.  Today we attempt to pull aside all the emotions and as best we can offer up a simpler cleaner understanding of what North American Natives believed and believe. 

May 24, 2015 Rev. Steve Wilson, 11am coffee, 11:30 service Finally Getting that Tattoo: A Commencement Speech for the Rest of Us This is the time of year where sentiments like “The future is yours, go grab it.” and “you don’t find the path, you make it.” ring out across auditoriums of gowned and capped graduates. June is the season we are used to hearing truths designed for young ears. But with most of us long out of school what post graduate mid-to later in life message do we need to hear. More accurately what message do we need to imprint on ourselves for our future Come for a graduation speech for the rest of us.

May 30, 2015 All hands on deck for our Spring event. 10am to 4pm "Agriculture ~ The Heartbeat of the Valley." Fun, food, beauty, music, conversation and celebration! A community event. Poster and call to artists at www.bernardstonunitarian.org Try out Dan's Franklin County UU YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/user/FranklinCountyUUs



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


Remembering our important people Al Ciarcia and Bill Griswold Al Ciarcia   Bill Griswold
Address for sending cards and messages of love and support for Jane Ciarcia is 119 Angel Drive Apt. D,  Waterbury, CT  06708


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!


Jim Scott at the Bernardston Unitarian Church
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:shadowsofliberty.org
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 jimscottmusic.com, 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 350.org






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
GREAT SPRING WATER EVENT!

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.

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Poetry by Nick Fleck
A history of the church from the 1600's
Minister's page
Honoring our Elders Over Eighty 
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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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