• Photos of the Week for February 23, 2021

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    Sherri Linn places bags in carts in preparation for filling on February 19, 2021. The filled bags will be distributed the following day for Food Pantry.

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    This photo from the UUCW archives takes us back to February 26, 2017 when the choir sang “Though I May Speak with Bravest Fire” during the Music Sunday service. The theme that day was “A Wintry Mass.”
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  • Photos of the Week for February 16, 2021

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    #uucwreads (https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/uucwreads/) highlights the ways that books are part of our members’ lives. The Rev. Cheryl Leshay, Community Minister, owns over 1,000 books, encompassing 15 filled bookcases, as well as cookbooks in her kitchen and more books on e-readers Nook and Kindle. Fun fact: The book she is holding, “Called to Community,” has a chapter about her and campus ministry. (photo by Bruce Leshay)

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    This photo from the UUCW archives takes us back to Sunday, March 5, 2017 when Iron Blimp took a bow after performing “Climbing the Stairway to Seven,” a pledge campaign song modeled on Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven.” A Zeppelin knock-off, they are, from left, the Rev. Aaron Payson, and Stewardship Committee members John Odell, Cristina Heffernan and Dave Schowalter.
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  • Photos of the Week for February 9, 2021

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    UUCW Sexton Steve McNally cleans up the Shore Drive sidewalk after the snow storm on February 8, 2021. Photo by Kim McCoy.

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    This is a still image from one of three videos included in the February 7, 2021 service. Jenny DelGizzi portrays “Cussy Mary” from the book “The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek.” The service was based on the book, our All-Church Read.

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    This photo from the UUCW archives takes us back to the Vespers service on December 20, 2015, when the Rev. Aaron Payson gave a reading during the Candle Lighting portion of the service. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    This photo from the UUCW archives takes us back to the Youth Service on March 20, 2016, when the youth and Robin Mitzcavitch stood together at the end of the service. (photo by Betty Jenewin)
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  • Photos of the Week for February 2, 2021

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    This January 25, 2021 photo shows UUCW’s Catherine Roberts writing notes, a practice she has deepened during the pandemic.

    She estimates she has written several hundred notes during this time of COVID.

    Catherine says “I have always been a note writer and have several pen pals. My job already asks me to sign typed thank you letters, but I switched to handwritten notes to make them more personal. I love finding a letter or notecard in the mail, so I send them out, too. This makes me feel grounded and on track. I have so many memories of receiving letters from my grandmothers, and don’t want this practice to go away.” (photo by Jacob MacDonald)

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    This image was done by Bart Hill in 2007-2008, part of a series he calls “Light at the Church.”

    Bart’s inspiration came after he noticed the way that light washes throughout our building.

    Fun fact: Bart was 4 or 5 when he first took his mother’s Brownie Camera out to make photos.

    Then, seeing his father’s and uncle’s love of photography, he’s been clicking every since.

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    This undated photo from the UUCW archives shows Loree Burns, left, and Cathy McDonagh at Ferry Beach.   (photo by Judy Savage)

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    The photo from the UUCW archives shows a  church event in 1993 attended by, from left, Jan Cutman, Valla Fotiades and Tom Pierce. (photo by Judy Savage)
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  • Photos of the Week for January 26, 2021

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    Jenny DelGizzi (upper left square, holding up the book) moderated the virtual All-Church Book Discussion about Kim Michele Richardson’s “The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek” after the service on Sunday, January 24, 2021.

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    UUCW’s Rev. Aaron Payson delivered the Invocation during the city-wide virtual “Day of Hope – Worcester Prayer Service in Solidarity With Our Nation” on Wednesday morning, January 20, 2021.

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    #uucwreads highlights the ways that books are part of our members’ lives. Alma, who is now 9 years old, was the motivator behind UUCW starting a composting program when she was 8. She’s a voracious reader, who loves the “Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls,” in particular the parts about Rachel Carson and the Black Mambas. Fun fact: Alma decided to write a letter to Elizabeth Warren to ask her to double down on environmental issues, and she pitched state-wide composting programs as an idea!

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    #timemachinetuesday takes up back to November 18, 2017 when people spontaneously stood and joined hands while singing the song “Lean on Me” during the party that Deb and Joe Zawielski put on in Fellowship Hall. The Zawielski’s, shown center right in this photo, threw the party to thank people for their support during Joe’s medical situation. (photo by Betty Jenewin) #weremember

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    #flashbackfriday takes us back to January 10, 2016 when ministerial intern Beau Rivers gathered the baskets after the Children’s Collection. (photo by Betty Jenewin)
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  • Photos of the Week for January 19, 2021

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    On Sunday morning, January 17, 2021, Moira Rouse spoke to the children in the Religious Exploration program about the AIDS Memorial Quilt, and in particular, her brother Barton’s square in that quilt. Barton’s photo is shown on her computer monitor.  He passed away from AIDS in 1995.

     Each block in this massive quilt (48,000 blocks), tries to tell the story of a beautiful life lost to a horrifying disease. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Barton Rouse is shown in the top photo; his block in the AIDS memorial quilt is shown below. (photos courtesy of Moira Rouse)

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    Beckley and Dave Schowalter perform “Feelin’ Groovy” at the Ferry Beach virtual “Talent/No Talent Show” on Saturday, January 16, 2021. Thanks to Maya Desai for making the magic happen, to George for emceeing and to our friends at First Unitarian for joining us.

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    This graphic is used by the Side With Love task force as a land acknowledgement. This practice recognizes the indigenous people whose lands we occupy today, and serves as a reminder of the histories that are so often ignored or forgotten.

    This land acknowledgement is used to open the monthly UUCW anti-racism Community Conversations, held on the last Tuesday of the month. (graphic by Evan Wilson)

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    On January 17, 2021, UUCW’s Rev. Aaron Payson and First Unitarian’s Rev. Sarah Stewart swapped pulpits. Here, Rev. Stewart delivers her reflection “The Meaning of America” during UUCW’s service. An attendee commented “Rev. Stewart: Thank you for sharing your inspirational message today! Please come visit again, soon!”

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    Linda Miller’s cousin, Cliff Hakim, presents a talk on his book “Walk in My Shoes: The Path to Empathy and Compassion” during the Zoom meeting of the Greater Worcester Humanist on Tuesday, January 12, 2021.

    Hakim interviewed 35 people who showed him that empathy is still very much alive.

    One of those folks is our own Bart Hill, who Hakim referred to as an “everyday humanitarian.” Bart says “you can accomplish so much with a smile.”

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    This photo from our UUCW archives honors our past and our present. On May 17, 2009 current Director of Religious Education and Exploration, Robin Mitzcavitch, left, lit the chalice with former Director of Religious Education, Deb Selkow.

    The occasion was the end-of-the-year Coming of Age service.

    Deb served as DRE from 1999 to 2011; Robin began as Youth Coordinator in 2008 and became DRE in 2012. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    This photo from the UUCW archives takes us back to June 10, 2007 and Religious Education Sunday, which was also Girl Scout Sunday.

    At left, Mary Monica Miner conducts the Girl Scout religious award badge part of the service. To her left are Miya, Audrey, Katie, Leah, and Susan.

    As congregants, these young people completed all the work to get the UU badge, supervised by Mary Monica. This badge was traditionally awarded on Girl Scout Sunday at church; all the Girl Scouts in the room were recognized on that day. #weremember (photo by Betty Jenewin)
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  • Photos of the Week for January 12, 2021

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    #uucwreads highlights the ways that books are part of our members’ lives.

    “Walk in My Shoes: The Path to Empathy and Compassion” is a book by Cliff Hakim, Linda Miller’s cousin. Hakim dialogues with over 30 “storytellers,” individuals from many walks of life who have learned to walk in other people’s shoes. https://www.walkinmyshoesart.com

    One of the storytellers is our own Bart Hill.

    Rather than using photos of the narrators, the author has drawn a picture of their shoes.
    At right is a photo of Bart, and Cliff’s drawing of Bart’s shoe – a Merrell, size 10 1/2. ©2020 Cliff Hakim

    Hakim will be speaking at the Greater Worcester Humanist meeting on Tuesday, January 12, 2021, on Zoom, on the topic “Kindness Matters, Compassion is a Superpower.”

    Hakim has spoken previously at UUCW, in approximately 2004, about his book “Life’s Too Short to Drink Cheap Wine.”

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    The Rev. Aaron Payson delivers the reflection “Liberating Liberalism” during the Zoom church service on Sunday, January 10, 2021.

    An attendee commented “One of the most beautiful, diverse and poignant services I’ve ever experienced.”

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    This photo from the UUCW archives takes us back to October 14, 2012, when Linda Holbrook, left, stopped to talk with Sue Neaz at the Crop Walk table in Fellowship Hall after the service. 

    The Crop Walk took place one week from that day, and a portion of the funds benefitted UUCW’s own Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry. (photo by Betty Jenewin)
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  • Photo of the Week for January 5, 2021

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    Sharon Templeman crocheted 75 soap sacks to be included in the December distribution of Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry. She also donated all the soap and plastic baggies to keep them in. It was inspired by a Girl Scout Troop who was doing this project for the homeless.
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  • Photos of the Week for December 22, 2020

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    The Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry volunteers pose for a group photo on Saturday, December 19, 2020, a distribution day. As is tradition, many wear Christmas garb on this day.

    In addition, Dianne Mann, one of the Food Pantry directors, sports a Happy Birthday pin in honor of her special day.

    Seventy families were fed that day. (photo by Pete Lanyon)

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    Laura Lenahan, right, delivers a shoebox for the Holiday Shoebox project on December 13, 2020. Pauline Courchesne, left, has led this effort since 2008. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    In this photo from the UUCW archives, the children in the Religious Education program sang a song for the Rev. Aaron Payson’s Sabbatical send-off on January 3, 2011. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    This newspaper clipping ran on October 2, 1996 in the Feature Parade section of the Worcester Sunday. UUCW was called First Universalist Church at the time.
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  • Photos of the Week for December 15, 2020

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    Andrea Cruz, left, hugs her mom, Lynn Gostyla Williams after they finished playing duets of ‘Ding Dong! Merrily on High’ and ‘Le Sommeil de L’Enfant Jesus’ on flute and alto recorder, respectively. They were videotaped for a future holiday Zoom service. The night that their performance was recorded – December 11, 2020 – was the eve of their “Gotcha Day.” Twenty-nine years ago Lynn and her husband David went to Guatemala to pick up Elena Andrea from the orphanage and bring her home to Worcester. Elena Andrea goes by the name ‘Andrea’ now. Andrea and Lynn have been playing together for at least 20 years.(photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Pauline Courchesne, UUCW’s Holiday Shoebox Coordinator, sorts shoeboxes that were just dropped off on December 13, 2020. Pauline introduced the Holiday Shoebox project to UUCW in 2008, and has led this effort every year since then. The first organization to receive UUCW’s shoeboxes was Operation Christmas Child. This project was sponsored by Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse, a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization. The Rev. Aaron Payson halted our church’s support of this charity in the wake of Samaritan’s Purse president Franklin Graham’s anti-Islam remarks following the attacks of 9/11. Subsequent Shoebox donations have gone to the H.O.M.E. shelter in Orland, Maine, Friendly House and the Interfaith Hospitality Network. ACE has been the recipient since 2015. The shoeboxes currently go to children and youth, ages 10-21, in the ACE program (African Community Education). (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    From left, Lucy , Simone and Naziah pack and wrap their shoeboxes for UUCW’s Holiday Shoebox Project. (photo by Cori Henry)

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    This photo, taken on December 13, 2020, shows the new carpet that was installed this past week on the new video platform at the back of the church. It blends in with the sanctuary and matches the carpet in the lounge. This beautiful platform was built by master carpenter Bart Hill last September; we are grateful for his work. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Santa visits with young UUCW friends virtually on December 13, 2020.

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    Sean Divoll, a member of the Building Development Task Force, pounds reflective stakes into the perimeter of the new parking lot on December 13, 2020. They will delineate the parking area and protect the curb and berm from damage by snow plows. Fellow committee member Moira Rouse assisted in this task. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Members of the Women’s Social Circle wave for a photo on December 12, 2020.

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    This photo from the UUCW archives shows the brand new symbols affixed to the Shore Drive side of the church in the winter of 1972-73. Ever wonder why they are there? According to an article in the Telegram & Gazette, it turns out that the membership committee, circa 1972, decided that because the church lacked a steeple or any other feature indicating it was a house of religion, something should be done to make the outside of the church more distinctive. Paul Gustafson and his 81-year old father, Per, made the symbols out of sheet aluminum cemented to weather-proof plywood, with a black background. Russ Kay designed the arrangement and Jim Demetry put them up during a December warm spell. UUCW held a dedication ceremony for the new symbols in the spring of 1973.

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    In this photo from the UUCW archives, a skit on immigration was performed during the service in October of 2010. Back row, from left, are Moira Rouse and Joe Ruivo. Front row, from left, are Skylar and Conrad. (photo by Betty Jenewin)
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