Unity Church of North Easton News
(Unitarian Universalist)
"We Pledge to Walk Together..."
Volume 3, No. 16, February 28, 2014

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In This Issue
Shared Calling
Budgets Due
Outrun Homelessness
Fellowship Events
NYC Secret Weapon
Dream Big
Event Photos!
Unity Exchange
UUA Book Fair
Frightful Weather?
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Rev. Kristin Schmidt A Shared Calling

Dear Members and Friends of Unity Church,

Though it sure seems to have flown by in the blink of an eye, we were very busy as a congregation during the month of February. Most notably we continued our discernment about our church's purpose and identity, and we began to notice a shared sense of what we feel called to do together as a congregation.

On the afternoon of Sunday, February 9, about twenty people were able to stay after worship and participate in the second of three visioning workshops. During our time together we focused on the diverse gifts we as individuals can bring to Unity Church, and we brainstormed about all of the different assets (physical, financial, and community assets) we as a congregation already possess, and which we can use in the service of whatever vision we ultimately discern this year.

While there was a wide variety of responses, participants in the workshop seemed to coalesce around gratitude for our historic church building (with no mortgage!), our beautiful church campus and grounds, the fact that we are already well-known in the community, and the sense of hunger and passion we as a faith community have for healing and inner growth. While ideas were broad and concepts still quite big, we seemed to really have identified as our preliminary vision the work of healing and caring for ourselves, deepening our congregation's work toward greater health and community building, and developing ways to extend and offer that healing to the community beyond our walls.

You all have been doing wonderful work together to discern this new sense of direction, and it is exciting! And so, I hope you will put the third and final visioning workshop on your calendars and plan to attend so that as many people can participate in dreaming big about our next chapter as a congregation. It's scheduled for Sunday, March 16 from Noon to 2:00 p.m.

Also ahead in March, we will explore the theme of "success" in worship. And anyone who would like to learn more about Unity Church and Unitarian Universalism is welcome to join us for the New to UU, New to Unity Church class on Sunday, March 30 from Noon to 3:00 p.m.

Lunch will be provided for both the final visioning workshop and the New to UU, New to Unity Church class and childcare is available upon request. Please contact me  at klgrassel@gmail.com if you will need childcare or if you have any questions.

With prayers for spring,
Rev. Kristin

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Susanne Rogers 
Calling all Committees!
It is that time of year again for the Finance Committee to prepare the next fiscal year's budget.

So, all committees please forecast what you plan to do to do in 2014/2015 and how much money you will need to fulfill those plans.

Please send your detailed budget to Susanne Rogers, Treasurer, by March 6.

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Runners, Walkers, and 
all Kinds of Volunteers

Help Outrun Homelessness  

on April 26, 2014!

Unity Church will support  the 4th Annual Outrunning Homelessness 5K Run / 2.6 Mile Fun Walk being held at DCRs Borderland State Park on Saturday, April 26, 2014

Run the race or bring the family out for a fun spring walk! Your support makes a difference for kids impacted by homelessness.

If you would like to be part of Team Unity
by running/walking or volunteering the day of the event, please contact Melanie D'Aiello.

Remember last year? 
In 2013, Unity Church raised a whopping $875 for SOWMA!SOWMA OH 2013 UCNE Team  
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Mark D OH 2013  Mark K OH 2013

Team Unity made an incredible showing with both Mark D'Aiello (shown right) and Mark Kunemund (shown left) winning in their age divisions!

Upcoming Fellowship Events 
The Fellowship Committee has been busy scheduling some fun events in the upcoming months. Please put these on your calendar now, and be sure to bring your friends and families, too!
  • March 15, 2014 - St. Patrick's Day Fun for all ages
  • March 22, 2014 - Circle Dinner 
  • April 2014 - Earth Day Events
  • May 2014 - Theater Event
  • June 2014 - Circle Dinner 

What is a Circle Dinner?
One or more groups of ten people who want an excuse to share a potluck meal and some conversation at someone's home.

How does it work?
The Social Activities committee finds one or more people willing to host the meal. Hosts offer their homes but are not responsible for providing the meal.

The host receives the names and contact information of the people who will attend from the Social Activities committee, and then tells everyone what to bring to the potluck. Hosts usually provide beverages and/or snacks, but this is really the host's decision.

These dinners have always been a popular way for small groups of new and veteran Unity friends and members to share some low key, non-committee work, time together.

Do I have to travel from house to house?
No! Contrary to popular myth, you do NOT go from house to house. Groups of ten or fewer people go to one home and spend their entire time there :-).

For more information about Fellowship events, please contact Cheryl Brigante, at cherylbrigante at hotmail.com.

Greg Wolfe 
My Daughter is Doing What?
My daughter, Emma, and New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio, are fighting the good fight, protecting family and worker's rights, such as universal pre-kindergarten education paid for by tax on people who make over $500K, trying to give everyone equal access to a good public education and the ability to make enough money to keep living in the neighborhoods where they have grown up. It is an unbelievable difficult task, and I so admire her willingness to build a better life for all New Yorkers, working from the ground up and inclusive of everyone.

It takes a huge amount of time and effort, and she and her partner have been willing to make the sacrifice it takes to support this.

I could not be more proud of my daughter, and I am so humbled and delighted in the woman she has become. I am a very proud Papa.

Read more about Emma in this New York Times article,
Emma Wolfe, Mayor de Blasio's Secret Weapon.

Dreaming Big

Third and Final Visioning Workshop
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Noon-2:00 p.m.

In our first visioning workshop we uncovered an evolving understanding our our mission (who we are and what we are about as a congregation). In our second one, we discovered that the congregation seems to share the broad sense that Unity Church is being called into ministry focused on healing, growth, and health in ourselves, in our church, and in our wider community. In this final visioning workshop we will work to discern the concrete ways in which we are being called to pursue this health and healing ministry, and we will dream big about how such a vision will change us, change Unity Church, and effect the change we wish to see in the community beyond our walls.

Everyone, whether you are a newcomer or a long-time member, is welcome to participate. We have worked hard to try and make these workshops fun, exciting, and accessible to all. A light lunch will be provided for all participants, and our wonderful nursery caregivers will provide childcare for our children.  If you have any questions or concerns, either about the content of this gathering or its logistics, please send Rev. Kristin an email at klgrassel@gmail.com.

Unity Exchange is Back!
The Unity Exchange is a place where members and friends can offer gently used items to others for just a donation to the church.

Be sure to check there often, as items are added as they are offered! 

Unity Church 3rd Annual
Bed & Breakfast Fundraiser is Back! 

Host friendly, interesting dancers and musicians while raising money for Unity Church!
The New England Folk Festival Association (NEFFA) has a festival in Mansfield each spring. Folk musicians and dancers come from around the world. Some (young adults, musicians) cannot afford hotel rates.


You can help them and raise some funds for Unity Church by providing a bed or even just floor space to participants during the fair on April 25-27, 2014.  


This was a wonderful success last year, generating good will and funds for our community.


Here's How it Works 

  • Church members register to provide a bed and/or floor space, a shower, and a continental breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
  • Anna Linzi matches hosts with guests. Please contact Anna at 781-727-7521, or emaill her at annatl124 at gmail.com.
  • Hosts and guests email each other to finalize details, like check-in and check-out times. Guests send the checks to the church. This year there are weekend rates at $60 per person for floor space, $75 per person for single bed space, and $150 per bed for a double/queen/king.

What Hosts Need to Know 

  • The festival starts on Friday, April 25, 2014,  at 7 pm and ends at 11:30pm each night, so many of the guests will be coming to your house late. It starts at 10 am on Saturday and Sunday.  You can specify quiet hours that work for you.
  • The festival has a lot of activities, dances, performances, workshops, and more! Click here for more information about the schedule of events.

Host Application Form 

For continuously updated details about how you can help,

click here to get to the Unity Church NEFFA web page. 


You can also directly contact Anna Linzi at 781-727-7521 or ANNATL124 at gmail.com. Anna is leading this event for Unity Church. 

UUA Book Fair at Unity Church Every Sunday
Unity Church is hosting a Book Fair, with books for sale from the publishing houses of the Unitarian Universalist Association. A sample of their books will be available for you to choose from. You can also order a specific title listed in the UUA Bookstore catalog.

This is a wonderful fundraiser for Unity Church; you pay the list price and the church receives 40% of the price.
We will continue the Book Fair into the winter of 2014. Look for the Book Fair Table in Parish Hall during Social Hour. Contact Cheryl Brigante or Anna Linzi for more details. 

When the Weather Outside is FrightfulSnowy Hoe Shop & Trees
For the safety of our friends and members, in case of extreme weather conditions, please call the church office (508-238-6373) after 8:00 am on the day of the Service or church event for a message about whether the Service or event has been cancelled.  

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Photo Credits for this Issue of the Unity News
Ellen Dehm, Cheryl Brigante, and Cathy Adler

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