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February 21, 2013
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Sunday Service Information
Ministerial Search Committee News
Programs . . .
Religious Education for Children & Youth
Administrative Information
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Our Mission:  We gather to inspire spiritual growth, care for each other and our community, seek truth and act for justice.

Upcoming Worship Service Information
The theme for February is UU Source: "Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God's love by loving our neighbors as ourselves."
 February 24, 9 & 11 am
Rev. Roberta on
"Gun Violence, Theology, and Idolatry" 
Is America really and truly ready to re-examine her relationship to guns? What is the role of faith communities in this conversation? Can liberal religion offer an alternative vision; one that replaces the worship of guns with the worship of life? Worship Associate Mia Eyth.

March 3, 9 am and 11 am
Rev. Roberta "Idolatries of the Mind and Spirit"

We continue with our monthly exploration of the sources of our UU faith with the fifth source: humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit. Rev. Roberta will guide us in probing the various meanings embedded in this rich source. The Membership Committee will offer a brief liturgical drama to inspire us to invite a friend to Bring a Friend Sunday on March 17th. 
Ministerial Search Committee News


We've learned some new words this year, and added to our understanding of some old ones:


Discernment:   Our pre-candidates talk about doing discernment after their weekends with us.  Discernment means recognizing something for what it is, as distinct from its surroundings. Maybe what the pre-candidates mean is that when you have an intense weekend with a group of people, you need to go home and separate emotions and personalities from the basic information you need to decide whether the congregation will be a good fit for you. We try to have a committee meeting very quickly after each pre-candidate weekend to do the same from our side.


Non-anxious presence:   Anxiety spreads fast in a group, and a person who can acknowledge the emotion and the process but not join in the anxiety is a blessing. Don't confuse this with shy reserve. Our committee meetings run pretty smoothly, but we could sometimes use a non-anxious presence. Maybe that is why our meetings with pre-candidates are so much fun.


Covenant:  We all know that a covenant is an agreement that governs the way people interact with each other, and we know that it comes from Latin convenio, which means come together or agree. The search committee's covenant also dictated how we would agree, and we have profited by it. We have made our decisions by consensus, and taken the time to make sure everyone is heard and feels that he or she has been heard. As a result, everyone on the committee has maintained his or her commitment and has joined in the (considerable) work.


Next week is school vacation, so there will be no message in the e-news blast from the Ministerial Search Committee.

Programs . . .

Celebrating Connections:  

Stewardship Campaign Update

By now, all should have received a call from your visiting steward, or a pledge card in the mail.  If you have responded, you have our grateful thanks!  Our goal remains 100% participation, and your response by March 8 is critical to First UU Society of Burlington's ability to present the best ministerial candidate available to the congregation in May.  So far, we have received 117 pledges of the 369 pledging units we will contact.  So, we have a ways to go, but we have two weeks to do it!

If you have questions, either point them to, or approach the Stewardship Committee member who will be at the office door both this Sunday and on March 3.  Recall Rev. Roberta's sermon of two weeks ago(here) and think about your relationship to the prize and the price.  If you truly value the prize that is the people and future of the First UU Society, you will recognize your obligation to pay the price of that prize to the best of your ability, and at a minimum to respond to our request for your stewardship commitment.



Mark your Calendar: JAZZ AT THE CHURCH - March 14!  


Here are some questions you might have been thinking about:  

  • Will the Blue Gardenias be appearing along with Amber deLaurentis on March 14 in the first annual Jazz at the Church concert in our sanctuary? Answer - Yup!  
  • Will Amber and Matt Wright sing a duet? Answer - For Sure!  
  • Will Tom Cleary sit in with the Chris Peterman Quintet? Answer - That's the plan!  
  • Will there be a massive jam by all these talented performers? Answer - come and find out!  
  • Are you likely to be surprised and excited about hot jazz on a cool evening? - Absolutely!  
  • The UU Music Committee is presenting "Jazz at the Church", an evening of jazz on March 14 at 7:30. $10 at the door. Such a deal!
  • Questions: Andrew Mack,  



Our New UU Class..... becoming so popular we have added a special class to our schedule.  We will hold our next class on Saturday, April 6, 2013 from 10am until 2:30pm (includes time for lunch) .  That's only one session, in the daylight.  If you are interesterd please call Carol Schneider (518-761-4077) or email her at to register.  



Book Group News books
Please join us on
Tuesday, March 12 at 12:30 at the UU as we discuss
People of the Book, by Geraldine Brooks. One (afternoon) meeting only. New members most welcome.  InPeople of the Book, Geraldine Brooks, with her timeless gift for story telling has turned the restoration of an important early Jewish religious volume into a fascinating story with elements of a love story, thrilling mystery, vivid history lesson and a celebration of the power of ideas.   



Religious Education for Children & Youth

chalice by river
Sunday, Feb. 24: Vacation Sunday fun and games in the Community Room!
Sunday, March 3: Election Action-themed Justice Sunday with multi-age activities

Come be part of a video!
Saturday, March 9th from 5 - 5:30 PM, come be part of our "insta-congregation" as I share a few favorite Reflections for All Ages from past worship services. We will be videotaping these reflections to include on a website I am creating, which will be open to UU DREs and others, who may wish to use my original reflections. We need children (and a few adults!) to animate and engage these reflections, just like you do on Sunday mornings. Please RSVP to Martha if you plan to be there!  - Martha Dallas
Yuuth Group News

Please mark your calendars:
Burlington Yuuth Retreat: March 23-24
Yuuth Sunday: June 2
YSOP service trip: June 23-28

Administrative Information

Work for an organization whose Mission Statement you can be proud of!!

I'm pleased to announce that there are two employment opportunities available at FUUSB. Both positions require previous employment history in similar jobs. Both positions require competent, confident, friendly and task flexible people who have a desire to work with a diverse group of employees and along side diverse groups and organizations who utilize the Meetinghouse facilities. A strong work ethic is a condition of employment.


Part time caretaker: The person filling this position will work an 8 hour shift on Saturdays (the shift hours will fall between 8:00AM and 10:00PM variably) year around. Tasks will include basic housekeeping/custodial and security assignments.


Ceremonies Coordinator: This position necessitates having a very flexible work schedule as hours are determined by the scheduling of Weddings, Memorial Services etc. Responsibilities include coordinating the many facets of special events and maintaining a safe and secure environment while simultaneously enforcing the FUUSB'S facilities use guidelines.


Individuals interested in applying for the above positions should send a letter of interest and resume to  Complete job descriptions may be found on our website at

Open Sesame!

As many of you are aware, there is now an automatic door opener which controls the east double doors when the Meetinghouse is being used for gatherings/meetings and during normal office hours.
I've made a few observations during the past month that have prompted me to note and pass along to you the following:

1. There are sensors installed on the exterior and interior sides of the doors which prevent them from closing if there are obstructions (i.e. people) within the maximum swing (32") of the doors.

2. Once obstructions are no longer present, the doors will close in approximately twenty seconds.

3. Although the doors can be forced closed with a good deal of effort, this causes harm to the motor of the opener and the doors will automatically reopen when the force closing them is removed or released.

I ask that you please refrain from congregating in the immediate vicinity of the doors (an area of about three feet  protruding from the exterior and interior of the door opening) and from trying to force the doors closed. Please allow them to close as they are programmed to do so. I understand that 20 seconds can seem like a long time especially in cold weather, but the amount of time the doors remain open and the fact that they will not close if obstructions are present are both features mandated by ADA guidelines.  I hope the above proves to be more informative than confusing!
Thanks for your attention and patience.
Bob Furrer

Come In We're Open

Office Hours

On Sunday, February 24th, the office will be open from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

The office will be open on Monday, February 25th from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.  The office will be closed on Tuesday, February 26th while our new Fire Alarm System is being tested and inspected.  The office will be open on Wednesday, February 27th and Thursday, February 28th  from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The office is closed on Fridays and Saturdays.
 Social Justice 
On Sunday, March 10th, right after the 11:00 AM service, UU congregants are invited to partake in the "Great American Meat-Out"  being held in the UU Church Parlors, as well as downstairs in The Community Room.  Sample delicious Vegan Treats.  Pick up Vegan Recipes and learn healthy alternatives to meat.  This event is being presented by the UU Animal Ministry and Friends.  If you would like to become an active member of the UU Animal Ministry, please contact Janet Schneider at

Upcoming event!  VIAVermont Interfaith Action addresses banking practices Join VIA congregations from Burlington and Central Vermont as we report on research conducted with local banks and credit unions -- how responsive are they to customer needs? How invested are they in local communities? We will ask financial decision-makers at VIA's own member congregations to take a hard look at where our own accounts are, and to consider moving funds if there are better choices. Come to this important Action to be informed and challenged and to think about where you most want to put your money. :
Sunday, March 17 from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm, First United Methodist Church, 21 Buell St, (corner of Buell and S. Winooski Ave), Burlington.
More info:, 802-651-8889.

Overflow Shelter
Sadly, due to permitting issues and more, the overflow shelter will not open this winter. The good news is that it gives time to better mobilize and train volunteers for next winter, as well as make sure that all systems are in place to keep everyone safe. Stay tuned as I may be asking you to join me at a training or even taking a shift or 3 next winter.  Chip Patullo 
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 March 12 - Book Group