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A UUA Congregation

in the historic 1739 First Meetinghouse

welcoming people of all faiths!

Served by Rev. Jean Wahlstrom and

lay preachers Dan Tinen and Barry Dietz

Music: Lynne Walker

Program Coordinator: Annette Mackin

Web, Building: Mark Wadleigh

Coffee at 11:00 ~ Service at 11:30


Church Front
Fresh Paint and Shutters!

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 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: contact Annette Mackin at 413-330-0807.

Upcoming schedule: Holidays 2017

Music, music, music: lots of music planned to get you through the dark months. Lynne Walker, Peter Skolnick, Jim Scott, Sarah Cole and more. Jim Scott will be working with those of us who would like to sing in a Choir for our Christmas Eve service at 4:30pm. We will be announcing the rehearsal later. And in Feb. don't forget to save the date, the 10th, for our pre-Valentine's day event with Boston based jazz duo, “Three at Home”. Also coming up two films: "An Inconvenient Sequel" and “Company Town” and our Nov. and Dec. Women's Gatherings. Women's Group date to be determined.  We are reading the book "60 on Up" together.  Email Annette if you want to order a copy. or call 413-330-0807

Sunday Nov 19, Barry Deitz: UU Principle #4: A free and responsible search for truth and meaning.  Coffee at 11, service at 11:30. Barry has been doing an amazing job at bringing alive our 7 UU Principles in monthly installments.  Don't miss #4!Principles.html Click here to find out more about the Unitarian Universalist Principles

In the afternoon annual Thanksgiving ecumenical service. in Leyden at 2pm Enjoy a short trip into our golden hills to the west. 

Sunday, December 3rd, Coffee at 11. Al Gore's important new movie, "An Inconvenient Sequel, Truth to Power."  The reviews say it will inspire us with paths to act, inspiration we all need to cope with the future of climate change. Coffee at 11, Movie at 11:30. We will finish the movie with a comment period focused on positive future actions we can all take.  We were one of the first venues to show Al Gore's incredible movie "Inconvenient Truth" to a packed house, so we are proud to follow up with the new update. Perhaps we can join the Paris Climate Agreement as a Congregation. Lots to do and talk about here. Rev. Jean Wahlstrom will lead a meditation and discussion.

Sunday, December 10, Dan Tinen 11:30am ~ regular service with Dan  Topic TBA

Sunday, December 17, Barry Deitz 11:30am UU Principle #5

Sunday, December 24, Jim Scott Special Christmas Eve Vespers 4:30pm   Enjoy a beautiful holiday traditional Christmas Eve Service. Members and friends are invited to bring a favorite holiday decoration or traditional holiday food to share.  Bring the magic and love of Christmas into our 1739 Meetinghouse.  You can also choose to participate in a grab bag by bringing a $5 and under mystery gift.  Re-gifts welcome for the grab bag!

Sunday, December 31, 2017 Rev. Steve Wilson: Celebrate New Years Eve with a reunion with Steve. sermon: Things (Don’t) Happen for a Reason?  Today, with Rev. Steve back in the pulpit we dedicate our hour of regular soulful calisthenics to the simple question: do things happen for a reason?  In this service built to initiate a broader conversation, we will listen and share our very personal responses to this very big, maybe unanswerable question we all have inevitably asked ourselves. 11:30am service followed by reunion luncheon,

Sunday, January 7th, 2018 Rev. Steve Wilson,  Hope: On the first Sunday of the new year we turn to lift up, think about, wonder upon the very experience of the world’s best 4 letter word.  What is the source of this undeniable belief and the experience we have of seeing a better way forward; of better times ahead; of there being a purpose, and perhaps even an author.  Hope is rational, but more accurately, it is a feeling.  We will explore that today with Steve Wilson 

Sunday, January 21th, 2018 Greg Maichack - Arts & Activism Pastel Painting Workshop

Save the date: Saturday Feb. 10, 2018 Cabaret . Don't make any other plans for Valentine's Day than to support the Bernardston Unitarian Meetinghouse Fundraiser with the Boston-based upcoming and very talented jazz/funk/pop duo, "Three at Home" and some other surprise entertainment.

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. Join us!

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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!

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

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 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.

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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