• Photo of the Week for September 8, 2020

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    This week’s Photo of the Week takes us back to November 3, 1991 and the church’s Sesquicentennial Celebration (150th anniversary). The Rev. Elizabeth Espenshade presided at a special 3 PM service. She was joined by the Rev. Barbara Merritt, the Rev. Michael Bafaro and the Rev. David Miller. Master of Ceremonies was Wendy Innis.

    Pictured at the reception following the service, are, back row from left, Karen Hancock, Tom Pierce and Jean Bolz. Seated is Nancy Hancock.

    UUCW was founded on June 3, 1841 when 31 men signed the constitution creating the First Universalist Society of Worcester. In 1968 the name was changed to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Worcester.
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  • Photos of the Week for August 4, 2020

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    Sheri Linn, UUCW Summer Service Co-ordinator, leads the first session on Sunday, July 5, 2020. The sessions are centered around the theme of Ethics and Unitarian Universalism; the topic that day was “Moral Authority.” (photo by Betty Jenewin)

    Photo of the Week #2

    Beth Posner-Waldron makes phone calls for the Reclaim Our Vote Campaign of the Center for Common Ground and Arizona NAACP on July 9, 2020. Beth is calling people of color in Arizona who are being notified that their registration status may no longer be active and telling them how to check their status. In the background is Beth’s favorite affirmation, #457, from the gray hymnal. It is by Edward Everett Hale and reads as follows “I am only one but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.” (photo by Evans Waldron)

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    The women attending the July 11, 2020 Women’s Social Circle via Zoom raise their glasses together. (photo by Kim Napoleone)

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    Attendees at the July 29, 2020 Virtual Greek Dinner are shown on the computer monitor in the Keyo household. Dining together, abeit virtually, were Maya Desai and Sean Divoll, Cristina and Neil Heffernan, June Davenport, Catherine Roberts, Cheryl and Bruce Leshay, Sue and Kristen Neaz, the Rev. Aaron Payson and Kristen Payson, Rachel and Brian Keyo, Vickie Cox-Lanyon and Pete Lanyon, Moira Rouse and Dianne Mann.They enjoyed a Greek dinner featuring Avgolemono Soup, Lahandolmathes, Lemon and Oregano Roasted Chicken and Loukoumades.(photo courtesy of Rachel Keyo)

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    In this photo from the UUCW archives, estimated to have been taken in 2002, Claire Breyton plays with, from left, Taeva, Clare and Mariah at Ferry Beach. (photo by Judy Savage)

    Photo of the Week #6

    Time Machine Tuesday! This news clipping from the UUCW archives illustrated a story about a project directed by Rita Pierce, to inform more people of the opportunities for liberal religious fellowship at UUCW.A dozen church volunteers stapled together 3500 brochures describing the church’s activities. They were mailed to the Holden area.The cover of the eight-page brochure was drawn by eleven-year old Kristen Bluemel, daughter of Van and Polly Bluemel.The brochure staplers were Rita Pierce, Polly Bluemel, James and Sally Demetry, Birgit Patterson, Nancy Hancock, Norene Tews, Nancy Paul, Justine Honeyman, Lea Hench, Frances Baumgartner and Russ Kay.
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  • Photos of the Week for June 23, 2020

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    Archive photo of Joan Webster

    In this December 11, 2005 photo from the UUCW archives, Joan Webster, now of blessed memory, talks to children in the Religious Education program about her family’s holiday traditions. (Photo by Betty Jenewin)


    Photo of the Week #2:

    Joan Webster at a table with children

    In this December 11, 2005 photo from the UUCW archives, Joan Webster, now of blessed memory, makes crafts with children in the Religious Education program. In the foreground is a drawing one of the youngsters made of Joan. (Photo by Betty Jenewin)


    Photo of the Week #3:

    Sheri Linn and photographer Betty Jenewin discuss filming, while in sanctuary

    Sheri Linn, left, discusses what she will say for a video promo for the Summer Services, filmed by videographer Betty Jenewin. Sheri, the Summer Services co-ordinator, will oversee a Tapestry of Faith Curriculum from the UUA exploring Ethics and UUism. Betty is working with Vickie-Cox Lanyon as the Video Team; both are among those currently taking the online course “Video Ministry.” (Photo by Vickie Cox-Lanyon)


    Photo of the Week #4:

    newspaper article  from Worcester Sunday Telegram dated feb. 16, 1969 - caption reads Peace is the warmth that a letter from a family overseas can bring. Charles D. Wolfson and his parents, Dr. and Mrs. Irving Wolfson peruse letters and admire doilies from Greece

    This newspaper photo from the UUCW scrapbooks ran with a story detailing the Wolfson family’s participation in a “Save the Children Foundation” project. The family began in 1956 by contributing to the welfare of a child living in Greece. Their sponsorship expanded to that of the child’s whole family. According to the story, the aim of the project was to convince people that they can do something about their poverty. In addition to exchanging letters three to four times a year, the Wolfsons sent clothing and medical supplies. The article also mentions that son Charles was a member of the Liberal Religious Youth of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

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  • Photos of the Week for June 30, 2020

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    Marilyn Raymond shops at the Regional Environmental Council’s Mobile Farmers Market in the UUCW parking lot on Thursday, June 25, 2020, the opening day of the season.
    Marilyn Raymond shops at the Regional Environmental Council’s Mobile Farmers Market in the UUCW parking lot on Thursday, June 25, 2020, the opening day of the season. The market will be here weekly through October. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Linda Morse, right, listens as Anna Marinescu, REC Regional Manager, instructs shoppers before the Mobile Farmers Market opens on Thursday, June 25, 2020.
    Linda Morse, right, listens as Anna Marinescu, REC Regional Manager, instructs shoppers before the Mobile Farmers Market opens on Thursday, June 25, 2020. Linda, along with Dianne Mann, are the liaisons with the REC for this program. Linda arrived on scene at 6 AM to put the sign and cones out. In addition to her volunteer work at UUCW, she also volunteers at the Senior Center and for the Worcester Public Schools. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    February 1973 Evening Gazette newspaper clipping from the UUCW scrapbooks shows church member Carole Howe, in conjunction with her advocacy work on the legalization of nurse midwifery in Massachusetts. Nurse midwifery was legalized in Massachusetts in 1977.
    This February 1973 Evening Gazette newspaper clipping from the UUCW scrapbooks shows church member Carole Howe, in conjunction with her advocacy work on the legalization of nurse midwifery in Massachusetts. Nurse midwifery was legalized in Massachusetts in 1977.
    Carole became a state registered midwife in England in 1969-1970. In England she had to be a State Registered Nurse first, and then, after the midwifery course, she sat for the exams earning the right to be a State Certified Midwife. She then received her Masters from UConn Storrs in Primary Health Care in 1981 and her doctorate from UW Milwaukee in 2002.
    Carole started coming to UUCW with her five siblings and parents when the current building on Shore Drive first opened. Carole currently volunteers on the Green Thumb Committee (with a native plant focus) and the Side with Love Committee.

    Photo of the Week #4

    RE 08-09 President Denise Darrigrand explains the UUCW Food Pantry to the children.
    In this May 24, 2009 photo from the church archives, UUCW President Denise Darrigrand explains the church’s Food Pantry to the children in the Religious Education program. (photo by Betty Jenewin)
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  • Photos of The Week for June 9, 2020

    coming of age youth standing apart on the lawn with their scrapbooks
    Coming Of Age youth, clockwise from left, Lilly (standing in for brother Chris), Davin, Elisabeth, Ellie, Justin, Nate and Timothy pose on May 31, 2020 with scrapbooks they have been working on all year. They came to church that afternoon to pick up their tiles; they will decorate them to depict their coming of age. The tiles will be hung in the church hallway, as has been the custom for the last 20 years.
    Jenny Delgizzi places Coming of Age participant Elisabeth’s scrapbook within a hula hoop on the front lawn of the church on May 31, 2020. The hoops will be used for spacing for a socially-distanced group photo.
    Jenny Delgizzi places Coming of Age participant Elisabeth’s scrapbook within a hula hoop on the front lawn of the church on May 31, 2020. The hoops will be used for spacing for a socially-distanced group photo.
    Director of Religious Exploration and Education, Robin Mitzcavitch, directs proceedings for Coming Of Age participants on May 31, 2020.
    Director of Religious Exploration and Education, Robin Mitzcavitch, directs proceedings for Coming Of Age participants on May 31, 2020.
    UUCW members holding 'standing on the side of love' banner at city hall protest
    Among the participants at the Solidarity Protest for George Floyd/Amplify Black Voices rally at City Hall on June 1, 2020 were, from left, a member of the First Parish UU Church of Northboro, Conrad Homan, Sheri Linn and Sean Reynolds.
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