Unity Church of North Easton News
(Unitarian Universalist)

"Welcoming people into community to grow in  thought, spirit, and service to others.

Volume 4, No. 4, October 11, 2014

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In This Issue
Rev. Kristin's Message
Forgive Like a Child
Our Unique Gifts
Fall Grill Thriller
UUA News
Nursery News
Church Member List
Event Photos!




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UUA Supports Pride 2014




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Dear Unity Church,

In the back of our hymnal, words by Jack Riemer remind us that "now is the time for turning." From the cooler air, to the kalidescope of colors on the trees, to the smell of wood smoke from the first few fires in the hearths of our neighbors, the world around us here in New England is full of the turning of the seasons.

And yet, as Riemer writes, "But for us turning does not come so easily. It takes an act of will for us to make a turn. It means breaking with old habits. It means admitting that we have been wrong; and this is never easy. It means saying I am sorry. It means recognizing that we have the ability to change. These things are hard to do. But unless we turn, we will be trapped forever in yesterday's ways."

This month at Unity Church our worship focus is on forgiveness, and particularly on the change of heart that makes it possible for each of us to seek and grant forgiveness. And while we won't be focusing on forgiveness all year, we are in the midst of a church year of turning.

We are considering new possible ministries, worshiping in some new ways, and exploring just how the pulse of life and the needs of our local community are beckoning us to live out our mission of growing "in thought, spirit, and service to others."

As the world around us deepens into autumn, and the seasons continue inevitably turning on their wheel, may we and this beloved congregation find the time to notice anew how we are being beckoned away from yesterday's ways, to turn toward new paths of growth and change.

Peace and love,
Rev. Kristin
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Forgive Like a Child
by Deanna Greenstein, Coordinator of Religious Education

Let's all take a moment to think back to our childhood. Do you remember your
childhood best friend? Do you remember sharing favorite toys, snacks, and games? 

Perhaps sleepovers, where sleep was scarce, but laughter extended into the wee hours of the morning? But what about the arguments? The spats over an unshared toy or lost game? Do those memories stand out as vividly as the pleasant ones? 

As parents (or really, as anyone who has ever been around children), we all know that children disagree. Frequently and, at times, feverishly. Watching my own children play with their friends, I am sometimes amazed that, after all of the fighting they do, they still wish to play with each other. I sometimes wonder if they even like their friends! 

After a recent play date, a friend and I marveled at how much our daughers argue during their time together, and yet still love each other with such intensity, often crying and begging to see each other when they have been together mere hours before. We laughed about how, if our daughters were adults, that kind of behavior would undoubtedly cause the demise of the friendship. After all, why would you want to spend time with someone who disagrees with nearly everything you say or do? We exchanged stories of friendships that had ended, emotionally detailing the wrongdoings that led us to disengage. This led me to thinking - why is friendship so different as we age? The answer that I came across is a fairly simple concept. Forgiveness.

As children, we are far more forgiving. Small wrongdoings or disagreements remain small. Grudges and resentment are not given the time to grow, because there is so much fun to be had in this great, big, amazing world! We live in the moment, and we are aware that our time with our friends is limited - dinner time will come, it will be time to go home. We don't have time to be angry, and thus, simply forgive and move on. As we grow into adults though, this ability to forgive quickly is shadowed in doubt. In thought. In resentment. We value our time with our friends less than we value our own thoughts. But does it really have to be this way? 

During one spat between my daughter and her friend, they came running into the room, screaming about something. I asked, rather simply, "Is this something worth ruining your day over?" 

And so, I challenge you. When a situation comes upon you, ask yourself "Is this something worth ruining my day over?" If the answer is "no" - I challenge you to forgive. Forgive like a child. Cherish that time with your friends.

Our Unique Gifts
by Jason Gold, President
In September I read some words that Rev. Kristin gave me for the new member ceremony. It's worth repeating as it applies to new and longtime members and friends alike:

"As members of Unity Church, we trust that you will share your unique gifts with our community, and that you will receive the many gifts we have to offer. As members of Unity Church, I hope you will join our congregation on our journey of growth in thought, spirit, and service to others."

I believe that sharing our gifts contributes to our vision of working toward wholeness and building a healthy community.

What unique gifts do you have to offer?

What gifts would you like to receive?


Please let me know through email, the Facebook group, or talk to me at coffee hour.

Social Hour

Who says cookouts are for summer only?

  • After Services on Sunday, November 2, Rain or Shine

What will we eat?

  • Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Garden Burgers, and Drinks will be provided, and we'll have everyone's contributions.
What do I bring? 
  • Your favorite snack, side dish, or dessert to share. No alcohol, please.
  • Lawn Chairs
What will we do?
  • Eat, talk, and toss a ball or Frisbee or two.
Come and have some fun and food with us!
Questions? Ask Ellen Dehm

UUA Combines 3 Districts into a NEW England Region
The Ballou Channing, Clara Barton and Massachusetts Bay Districts of UU Congregations share all staff, and every staff person serves all three districts. As part of this collaboration, they started a new website for all three districts. You can find the archive of newsletters and a lot of other great information on this site. Keep in mind that the site is still under construction, so if you discover problems, don't hesitate to send them an email.

Follow and Join
In an effort to avoid triple posting on Facebook, they are closing down the Ballou Channing, Clara Barton, and Mass Bay District pages. They've launched New England Region UUA page. Be sure to LIKE them if you haven't already.

Join the List
If you were receiving emails from any of the three districts prior to July 1, you will continue to receive them. However, if you aren't on their list, please join

RH 2013
Musical Halloween Treat
On Wednesday, October 22nd at 12:15 p.m., in the sanctuary at Unity Church, Richard Hill plays the 1875 Hook and Hastings organ.

Richard's October program takes music from Halloween tradition including Bach's d minor Toccata and colorful works of Edouard Batiste, Heinrich Hofmann, and Harry Rowe Shelley.


Richard Hill is in his 38th year as organist and music director at Unity Church. He performs frequently in Unity Church on the fourth Wednesday of each month. 


The program is free and open to the public. Unity Church is handicapped accessible with parking behind the church.

For further information, please call 508-238-6081.

numbers-toy.jpgChurch Nursery Needs Toys
Unity Church has three terrific child care workers, Brittany, Emma and Taylor, who support the Unity Church Nursery every Sunday, and at meetings and special events.
To provide interactive care, our caregivers need some new toys to engage and play with the kids. We are hoping Unity Church can help by making donations to the Nursery.

We are looking for toys in good repair and suitable for children 3 years and under. Please not toys that could be a choking hazard, such as small Legos, Lincoln logs, etc.

Donation can be brought to Holly House Nursery Room any Sunday. If you run out of time to bring them before church, we can also accept toys in Parish Hall at Coffee Hour.

Any questions, please contact Carolyn McCafferty.

Expanding Your Gifts!


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Photo Credits for this Issue of the Unity News
Cathy Adler, Ellen Dehm, and Ernest Cohen

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