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January 13, 2017
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2017 MLK Address
DOVE- Demonstrating Our Values Through Eating Returns!
Deep Listening Meetup this Sunday!
Save Health Care Rally
Gather with the Economic Justice Task Force!
Next RJTF Meeting is January 19
From Our House to the World
peaking of Stewardship
Sign Up For New UU Class
Interfaith Youth Gathering
You Are Welcome Here
Breath of Fresh Air
Upcoming Services
January 15- "The Moral Center"

w/ Rev. Mara 
Worship Associate: Kristin Kany
Pianist: Sam Whitesell

This Sunday of MLK weekend, our service will take its inspiration from Rev. Dr. William Barber II and his call for a new moral movement in America.

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Important Dates
January 14
New UU Class

January 15
Deep Listening Meetup
10:20- 10:50

Save Health Care Rally
1-3 pm at Edmunds Middle School

2017 MLK Address-
BMCR Presents Carol Mosely- Braun
3:00 p.m. 

January 19
Racial Justice Task Force 
Economic Justice Task Force
6:00 p.m. 

January 26
DOVE starts
Register Today! 

January 28
Community Meal at the Islamic Society

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UU Week of Action

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This week, your FUUSB staff and justice and ministry lay leaders invite you to join us - as we join UU's across the country, in a Week of Action to embody our core values of love, service, openness and respect and live out our mission to care for our community and act for justice.

The following events are happening starting Sunday, through next Saturday, and members of our UU Society and our justice task forces will be attended. To find out more and/or sign up for the March, see info. below:

Welcome Signs
After today's service, you can pick up a welcoming lawn sign. Thanks to UU members Todd Schlossberg and Chris Bullard for this initiative. Also, grab a "You are Welcome Here" sign, created by our Youth Group, to put up at your home, place of work, etc.

January 15, 1:00- 3:00 p.m. | "Our First Stand: Save Health Care"
Please join your Economic Justice Task Force to take "Our First Stand: Save Health Care" against threats to Medicaid, Medicare, and public healthcare systems we rely upon. Edmunds Middle School Cafeteria, Main St, Burlington, 1pm- 3pm, Sunday, January 15, with Vermont Workers' Center, Lt. Gov. Zuckerman, Rights & Democracy VT, Vt Health Care For All, Vt Alliance of Retired Americans, and others.

January 21, 1:00 p.m.| Montpelier Women's March
The Women's March on Montpelier is held in solidarity with the National Women's March on Washington and sister marches around the country and world. Developed and led by women, we welcome everyone to stand together for parity, equity, dignity, and justice for all women. The Women's March begins at 1:00 p.m. at Montpelier High School and leads to a Unity Rally on the Statehouse lawn from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m

The Women's March is followed by the Unity Rally, joining communities across our state with one voice against hate and injustice. This is an inclusive, accessible, and family friendly afternoon of events. The Unity Rally on the Statehouse
lawn begins at 2:00 p.m. and will feature speakers, art, music, and opportunities to get further involved. These events are planned by individuals and groups representing the breadth, depth, and diversity of Vermont. We are building a movement of people and groups across the state to stand in unity for social, economic, and environmental justice. Pease contact Julielyn Gibbons ( or 517.614.7308) if you'd like to join! We're organizing carpool options from Burlington (looking for drivers and riders!) and if you want to meet us there, please also contact Julielyn so she can share with you our location
2017 MLK Address: Burlington Multicultural Center Presents Carol Mosely-Braun 

Burlington Multicultural Center Presents Carol Mosely-Braun former US Senator and Ambassador to New Zealand as the 2017 MLK Address on Sunday, January 15th at 3 p.m. in our Meeting House.  You must have a ticket to get in, however tickets are free.  The Society has been given a small amount of tickets to give to our members.  Tickets will be available from Christina in the office on Sunday morning.  Tickets are also available at the Fletcher Free Library,  City Market and the Peace and Justice Center. 
At the event, the Greater Burlington Multicultural Resource Center will honor this year's recipients of the 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award:  Mary Brown Guillory for her work with the Champlain Valley NAACP and Rev. Leroy Dixon retired pastor of the New Alpha Missionary Baptist Church. Both have worked very hard to embrace a diverse community in Burlington and the State of Vermont.

Featured on the program will be the Montpelier Community Gospel Choir under the direction of John Mark Harrison and Trumpeter Ray Vega.

DOVE- Demonstrating Our Values Through Eating Returns! 
by Valerie Wood- Lewis 

Join us for a 4-week program, offered through FUUSB's Lifespan Education, that explores the connections between our personal values and our food choices. It includes guided group discussions, educational documentaries, fun cooking sessions and more!

When: 6:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m.
Thursdays:  1/26, 2/2, 2/16, and 2/23

Registration Required

Where: Meeting House (Community Room and Kitchen)

For more information and to sign up: Please contact Valerie Wood-Lewis at or 859-0049. 

What does DOVE cover?  It uses video, discussion, and supplementary materials to explore issues that affect us all:
  • Why do some foods seem almost addictive?
  • How can we fight global warming with our fork?
  • What really happens to the workers and animals who  produce our food, and what can we do to help?
  • Participants also get time in the kitchen, preparing delicious recipes that demonstrate values of health, justice, compassion and sustainability.

Deep Listening Meetup this Sunday! 
by Sarah Forbes

Come spend 30 minutes practicing deep listening skills & meet someone new!


* Build UU community and connections.
* Deep listening skills help us understand another's point of view and have our point of view heard.
* Deep listening skills can help us at work, in our community and at home.

Sunday January 15th - 10:20 am-10:50 am

* Whitney Young room

Childcare available downstairs

Facilitated by the Healthy Congregation Team. Contact Peggy Owen Sands with any questions.

Save Health Care Rally--Sun. 1/15 1-3 pm at Edmunds Middle School
by Gene Bergman 

Please join your Economic Justice Task Force to take "Our First Stand: Save Health Care" against threats to Medicaid, Medicare, and public healthcare systems we rely upon. Edmunds Middle School Cafeteria, Main St, Burlington, 1pm - 3pm, Sunday, January 15, with Vermont Workers' Center, Lt. Gov. Zuckerman, Rights & Democracy VT, Vt Health Care For All, Vt Alliance of Retired Americans, and others 
Gather with the Economic Justice Task Force! 
by Gene Bergman 

Our Economic Justice Task Force holds its monthly meetings on the 3rd Thursday of every month. The January meeting is on Thursday, Jan. 19 at 6 pm in the Whitney Young Room. For more info:
Next RJTF Meeting is January 19
by Zoe Hart

The Racial Justice Task Force will hold its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, January 19 in the Parlors from 5:00 to 6:30. We will be reviewing our major initiatives for the year including discerning FUUSB's racial justice goals and supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. If you're curious about or interested in the task force's work, feel free to join us. 
From Our House to the World- Community Meal at the Islamic Society
by Linda Gross

With Rev. Mara's words from our bicentennial celebration on January 8 resounding in our hearts, we have an opportunity to put love into action by beginning meaningful connections between members of the First UU Society of Burlington and the Islamic Society of Vermont. We have been invited to share the monthly community meal at the Islamic Society in Colchester the evening of January 28 at 6pm. While details are being worked out and more will be shared in next week's eNews blast, we want you to save the date on your calendar.  If you are interested in attending please contact Linda Graves (865-0038, by Jan 24 so we can provide an approximate count of attendance to our hosts.
Speaking of Stewardship
by Nancy Knox and Tom Porter

Back in December, the Stewardship Team asked for your help in thinking about GRATITUDE AND GENEROSITY here at FUUSB. On December 11, we asked you to jot down some words or brief thoughts about this question: What do you feel gratitude about here at FUUSB? In a "wordcloud", compiled by FUUSB Board member Marla Emery, here's what you told us:

Sign Up For New UU Class
by Nina Dahlstedt-Buss

Still time to get into the 1/14 class!  Would you like to learn more about Unitarian Universalism?  Find out more about our own Burlington UU Congregation?  Meet other newcomers?  If so, please come to the New UU Class this Saturday 1/14!  The class will be held here at the Meeting House from 9:00 - 12:30.   If you'd like to attend you may e-mail NIna at or you can just show up!
Interfaith Youth Gathering:  January 20th 6-8PM United Methodist Church
by Tiffany Tillman

Join area youth from all faith backgrounds for a game of building bridges through eating tacos, group inititatives and other games.  All Middle and High School Youth are welcome to attend.  Youth Ministry Coordinator Tiffany Tillman will be attending.  Please contact her with any questions,  Tiffany has been working with area youth group leaders and Ministers to provide opportunities for our youth to gather and build bridges across differences.  This event is the first of many to come!  Should be a great time.   
You Are Welcome Here
by Tiffany Tillman

The YUUth Group was moved after the election to create something that demonstrated the inclusivity and acceptance they feel within our group.  Thanks to Myla Jacobs for the drawing and Liam Patullo and Sarah Forbes for the design collaboration, we came up with a poster we want to share with the world.  During our bicentential celebration the YUUth Group will be giving out signs for a small donation.  They will also be taking photos of folks holding the signs to make a video to share on social media.  The signs will be available for all to share as well.  We want the world to know that our future as UUs is bright and bends the arc of the universe towards justice.  

We are a welcoming faith and people.