• Photos of the Week for March 13, 2023

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    Mike Peckar speaks on behalf of his wife, Rachel, and himself about why they pledge to UUCW. This was a Stewardship Moment during the service on March 12, 2023. (photos by Betty Jenewin)

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    Sojourner Truth (aka Kim Napoleone) gives her “Ain’t I a Woman?” speech in honor of Women’s History Month during the service on March 12, 2023.

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

    Music Director Matt Johnson is currently reading “The Creative Act: A Way of Being” by Rick Rubin (Penguin Press). “For many years, I have been a fan of “The Artists Way” by Julia Cameron, and have used the techniques she spells out (doing morning pages, artist dates, etc.) to assist me in my journey as an artist, writer and musician. It seems like Rubin, who is a musical producer, is similarly skilled in assisting the people he interacts with in connecting with their creative sides.”

    “The book is rich and filled with descriptions of the creative journey. As we approach Music Sunday (the last Sunday in April) the working title for the reflection comes from this book— The Creative Act: A Way of Being! We hope to inspire your own creative journeys.”

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    This photo from our UUCW archives takes us back to Religious Education Sunday on June 8, 2008 when children and youth participated in an activity after the service.

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    This photo from our UUCW archives takes us back to April 16, 2017 and the never-to-be-forgotten Easter service when the Rev. Aaron Payson donned a bunny suit. He is shown here talking about the origin of Easter eggs during the “Story for Children of All Ages.”
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  • Photos of the Week for March 7, 2023

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    March 5, 2023, was Stewardship Sunday. The members of our Stewardship Team put on a skit, ala Emily Litella from Saturday Night Live. From left are Dave Schowalter (Emil LaTella), Nancy Baffa and Moira Rouse. Emil thinks they are discussing “Beloved Immunity,” instead of Beloved Community. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Terese McGinn, Ph.D., helped us celebrate Women’s History Month by offering an hour-long workshop on March 5, 2023. It was entitled “Why Did She Die?: a 40 Year Feminist Retrospective on Global Reproductive Issues.” (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    UUCW’s new knitting group met for the first time on March 1, 2023. From left are Kim Napoleone (scarf), Melissa McKeon (pot holder), Gail McGann (learning how to cast on) and the leader, Dianne Mann (shawl). The group meets every other Wednesday from 7 PM – 8:30 PM. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    #uucwreads highlights the ways that books are part of our members’ and staff’s lives. ***WHAT THE BOARD IS READING*** Board of Management member Melissa McKeon says “I was meant to read this book. Two people who know me very well suggested I would like it, and they were right! As someone about 1/3 Irish, I know a great deal about the famine years and the 1916 uprising and Irish literature, but the Ireland of my lifetime and how it became the Ireland of today was a blank page until I started reading this.” (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    This undated photo from our UUCW archives takes us back to Ferry Beach and Kathleen Paracer, left, and Janet Stone. (photo by Judy Savage)

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    This photo from our UUCW archives takes us back to May of 2007 and the “My Big Fat Wedding” all-church event, when Sharon and Peter Salmela danced. (photo by Betty Jenewin)
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  • Photos of the Week for February 28, 2023

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    Board President Sheri Linn, left, and Clerk Kate Bejune get the Special Congregational Meeting started after the service on February 26, 2023. The vote, which passed, was on a new outdoor sign for the church. (photos by Betty Jenewin)

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    The Rev. David Miller, Minister Emeritus, conducted the service on February 26, 2023. He is shown here giving his Reflection, “When Abraham Went Out from Ur: Seeking the Promise in the Unknown.”

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    Beth Posner-Waldron holds up a sign as she speaks about the party on February 28, 2023 for the church’s Good Trouble Congregation Celebration. This was the Welcome part of the service on February 26, 2023.

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    Won’t you come to the All-Church Potluck Dinner on March 18th at 5:30? Vickie Cox-Lanyon, one of the organizers, and Sean Reynolds, who will be attending, wish you would too!

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    #uucwreads highlights the ways that books are part of our members’ and staff’s lives. ***WHAT THE BOARD IS READING*** Board of Management member Brian Keyo is reading ”Going After Cacciato” for his book club. The other book Brian is reading, “Two Kings,” was written by his good friend, Rich Lowe, after he put him in touch with George “King” Edwards in 2017. Says Brian, “With his younger brother Vin, George owned a sound system in Jamaica during the 1950s and 60s. The brothers collected and played American Rhythm & Blues records, at 78 rpm’s, by artists like Louis Jordan, Wynonie Harris and Rosco Gordon through large speakers for dances open to the public. “They made many trips to the United States to find records. They also produced music by Jamaican singers and musicians to play on their ‘King Edwards The Giant’ sound system. George and Vin are 94 and 90 respectively, and worked diligently with the author to tell fascinating tales of their lives in music and Vin’s work in horse racing and politics as a member of Parliament.”

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    This photo from the UUCW archives takes us back to May 15, 2016 when the choir sang early in the service. This service was the final one for Interim Music Director Jerry Bellows.

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    This photo from the UUCW archives takes us back to June 10, 2007 when Cristina Heffernan, left, and Barbara Cohen spoke during Religious Education Sunday.
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  • Photos of the Week for February 21, 2023

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    Anne Armstrong introduces the Offertory during the service on Feb. 19, 2023. (photos by Betty Jenewin)

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    #uucwreads highlights the ways that books are part of our members’ and staff’s lives. Author Debbie Merrill, Ph.D., is shown with the five books she has written. They are intended for both academia and the general public. Debbie is a Professor of Sociology at Clark University.

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    #uucwreads ***WHAT THE BOARD IS READING*** Board of Management Clerk Kate Bejune is reading the book “A New Earth” by Eckhart Tolle. Kate says “Quotes from spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle kept finding their way to me through podcast episodes and other books. When I initially picked up “A New Earth,” I found it difficult to grasp, but then I found a 2019 podcast series where Oprah discusses a chapter a week with the author and it helped me to hear the central messages of shedding the ego and being in awareness of the present moment.” Find it at your library: https://worldcat.org/en/title/61362692 Fun Fact: Kate holds a Masters Degree in Library and Information Science from Syracuse University!

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    This photo from our UUCW archives takes us back to March 25, 2018 when Sheri Linn, second from left, led an impromptu lesson on how to fold palms into crosses. Sitting in the pew, from left, are Kristen Payson, Melissa McKeon and Laura Lenahan.

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    This photo from our UUCW archives takes us back to October 29, 2006 when Catherine Roberts and Jacob showed their Halloween crafts.
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  • Photos of the Week for February 14, 2023

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    Choir member Shirley Traite sings “We Walk in Love,” the Choral Introit on February 12, 2023. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Evan Wilson presents an 8th Principle Moment during the service on February 12, 2023. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    From left, Maya Desai, Naziah and Linda Morse pose behind the scenes with some toys from the lounge play area proudly affixed to their foreheads on February 12, 2023. Maya and Linda were ushering that day, albeit without toys stuck to their foreheads.

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    Sarah, right, “communicates” with Natalia “using mental telepathy” while playing the game “Blank Slate” during Family Game Night on February 10, 2023. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    The Worcester Native Plant Initiative hosted a Winter Sowing Workshop at UUCW on February 11, 2023. Here, Beth Fleming, left, works with Leo DaSilva to drill drainage holes in a container. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    This photo from our UUCW archives takes us back to May 15, 2009 and the Coming Of Age overnight retreat. Linda Holbrook, left, wins her battle with the Cling Wrap while Nancy Baffa looks on. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    This undated photo from our UUCW archives takes us back to Deb Bonneau teaching a Religious Education class, something she did quite often back in the day. (photo by Tom Pierce)
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  • Photos of the Week for February 7, 2023

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    George is interviewed after service on February 5, 2022 by Spectrum News 1 about our Youth Group’s placing of free winter items on the Worcester Common last Sunday. (photo by Robin Mitzcavitch) The news story about the Youth Group’s outreach can be seen at https://spectrumnews1.com/ma/worcester/news/2023/02/05/universalist-church-free-scarves-hats-020523

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    Right foreground, Anya and Erin Barbour are among those who stood in a circle around the church interior and sang “Circle ‘Round for Freedom” during the service on February 5, 2023. (photo by Robin Mitzcavitch)

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    #uucwreads highlights the ways that books are part of our members’ and staff’s lives. Ana Gregory, left, and Religious Exploration Director Robin Mitzcavitch stand in front of the Justice and Diversity Library in Fellowship Hall. Robin built up the collection. Ana organized it using Goodreads.com and added color-coded labels to facilitate searching. There are 520 books in the collection and they can be borrowed (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    On February 5, 2023 the Garden-on Team and friends worked on winter sowing plug trays. From left are Gary Phillips, Leo DaSilva and Carole Howe. (photo by Robin Mitzcavitch)

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    This photo from our UUCW archives takes us back to May 15, 2009 and shows people in pews for the COA send-off ceremony prior to their overnight retreat. Front row, from left, are Nancy Baffa, Mara, Katie, Joannah, Alison and Loree Burns. Second row, from left, are Alex and Jim. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    This photo from our UUCW archives takes us back to the Women’s Runaway Weekend in Rockport in 2012. Sitting out on the deck of the Linden Tree Inn, are, from left, Jan Cutman, Christy Barnes, Maddy Spadola, Nancy Hancock and Betty Jenewin. (photo by Ruth Silver)
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  • Photos of the Week for January 31, 2023

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    Front row, from left, Linda Rich, Nancy Hancock and Beth Posner-Waldron sing the Opening Hymn “My Life Flows On” on January 29, 2023. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Linda Morse delivers the Welcome at the beginning of the service on January 29, 2023. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Community! Sean Reynolds, middle, helps Steve Ober as Joe Ruivo holds the door before the service on January 29, 2023. (photo by Maya Desai)

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    This photo from our UUCW archives takes us back to May 15, 2009 and the COA send-off ceremony prior to their overnight retreat. Front row, from left, are Ben, Catherine Roberts, Olly, Rachel Peckar and Jake. Second row, from left are Mary Monica Miner and Sandy Mayes. Third row, from left, are the Rev. David Miller, Beth Stadnicki and Ethan. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    This photo from our UUCW archives takes us back to the 2011 Coming of Age Ceremony. Dan Dougherty is the mentor; Parker is the mentee in the top photo; Owen is the mentee in the bottom photo. Dan was filling in with Owen, as Owen’s mentor could not attend. (photo by Betty Jenewin)
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  • Photos of the Week for January 24, 2023

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    January 22, 2023 was New Member Sunday. Participating in the ceremony are, from left, Anne Armstrong (nm), Dianne Mann, the Rev. Aaron Payson, Sheri Linn (President), Jeff Steinmetz (nm), Ken McDaniel (nm), Shirley Traite (nm), Chris Ryan (nm) and Maryan Ryan (nm). (photos by Betty Jenewin)

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    From left, Dave Schowalter, Nancy Baffa, Susan Crossley and Sean Reynolds take part in a break-out group during Paula Cole Jones’ “Building A Culture of Inclusion” Workshop after the service on January 22, 2023.

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    This photo from our UUCW archives takes us back to May 14, 2017 when the mentors helped sing the Coming Of Age teens through their Belief Statements during the COA Service. The refrain was”You are ready now, my sweet child. You are holy now, my sweet child. Take my hand, and we’ll walk this together.” Mentors are, front row from left, Beth Posner-Waldron, Nancy Baffa, Jane Houghton, Claire Breyton, Jan Cutman and Bart Hill. In the back row is Lee Hill.

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    This photo from our UUCW archives takes us back to an udated Annual Meeting. From left are Judy Savage, Bill Derr, Peter Ringo, Karen Tobin, Bruce Plummer, Mary Fitton, Margos Stone, Dave Schowalter, Ana Gregory, Larry Raymond and Audrey Clary.
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  • Photos of the Week for January 17, 2023

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    Song leader Moira Rouse, right, leads the Choral Introit “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Round” during the service on January 15, 2023. Dianne Mann sings at left. (photos by Betty Jenewin)

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    JaganNath Khalsa accompanies pianist Matt Johnsen on “Amazing Grace,” the Prelude on January 15, 2023.

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    This photo from the UUCW archives, takes us back to Religious Education Sunday in 2011 when Maia, center, looked over at her mother, Deb Selkow, during the singing of a hymn. Deb was honored during that service upon her retirement as Director of Religious Education.

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    Director of Religious Exploration and Eduction, Robin Mitzcavitch, leads a discussion on food security and giving on Sunday, November 12, 2017.
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  • Photos of the Week for January 10, 2023

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    The Annual Question Box Service, aka “Preaching Without a Net” was held on January 8, 2023. Instead of a prepared sermon, the Rev. Aaron Payson took questions from the congregation. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    January 8, 2023 was another Soup Sunday. John Odell, left, is shown after getting his soup from Kristen Payson, right. Cristina Heffernan is cashiering, center. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    In this photo from our UUCW archives, Debbie Merrill is shown organizing clothes for the Yard Sale on June 11, 2016. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    This photo from our UUCW archives takes us back to February 3, 2016 and Lunch with the Minister. From left are Doris Horgan, Susan Crossley and Lynn Ritchie. (photo by Judy Savage)
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