Sunday services are at 10:30 am. unless otherwise indicated.
Celebrate the solstice, enjoy a southern BBQ supper with hors d'oeuvres, BYO-wine if you wish, and place bids in a silent auction of services, experiences and intriguing items. All for a great cause - to help repair and re-roof our bell tower, and help support the David Suzuki Foundation. Vegetarian/gluten-free options. $25/person. Space is limited. Get tickets now at 819-842-4146 or email@example.com. All are welcome!
Note: No morning service this Sunday. Come to Solstice Celebration, instead!
The board of trustees invites you to UUEstrie’s Annual General Meeting of Members. UUEstrie has 34 voting members at present. All are welcome! Members will receive an agenda and supporting documents two weeks in advance of the meeting. (Upstairs, in the Avery Booth Hall)
Your trusty board, Rachel Garber (president), Heather Lewis (vice-president), Adele Ernstrom (secretary), Michael Grayson (member-at-large).
Once a year, in the village of Hatley, a community festival with a country parade is held in this village, a hop and a skip South and East of our home in North Hatley.
This Sunday is Picnic Sunday; all are invited to meet at Joey Marosi's (780 ch North Hatley, Katevale--past Hovey Manor on the east side of Lake Massawippi)at 10:45 am. Hike at 11am, followed by a circle service on the lawn at 11:45, and picnic lunch at noon, in turn followed by swimming and games and hanging out. All welcome: bring your swimsuit and towels as well as your picnic. No service in our sanctuary on this Sunday.
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Murray Johnston is a humanities and philosophy professor at Champlain Regional College. He has a particular interest in the Hebrew Bible, and the need and possibilities for a modern interpretation of these sacred texts. He spoke to us last fall about Redeeming Religion by making it more inclusive and respectful of other traditions, and thereby more authentic.
Harvey White teaches Religion at Bishop's University. St. Augustine and other writers have addressed the question of 'goodness'. What does it mean? What is its importance? Is there a 'How' for being good? Harvey last spoke to us several years ago on Spirituality, and again on what 'God Is Not'.
Gabriella is a long time friend of this congregation whose home base is in New Haven CT. She writes: "What does it mean to be really tolerant? In the past year I have participated in an Interfaith Round Table of women of Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Unitarian, Quaker and other backgrounds. The experience has left me at times baffled, challenged, ticked off, and delighted."
Stine Linden-Andersen teaches in the Psychology Department at Bishop's University, and is concerned with people's well-being. She is a 'local' living in Hatley Canton.
Reverend Carole begins her new role as our consulting Minister. She will be delivering one Sunday service each month, normally on the first Sunday of the month, starting with this Sunday, Aug. 7.
This fearless foursome attended the national conference of Unitarians and Universalists held at UBC in May. Each was thrilled and moved by different events they attended while there including an exciting new vision for our national movement, a stirring talk on getting each of us to a deeper open-heartedness, original music, a moving 'bridging service for youth moving into young adulthood, and more.
A weekend-long festival for local and visiting writers is taking place this weekend in our Stoddard Hall. Organizers Angela Leuck and Steve Luxton promise us an inspiring collection of original thought and poetry for our Sunday morning service from among the participants in the festival .
Jonathan has recently returned from travels in Africa and elsewhere, clowning for human rights. Join us for a first hand report of impacts of his work on the people he's met, and on himself.
Reverend Carole continues her regular first Sunday of the Month in our pulpit.
It is our custom to close the summer season with another outdoor gathering. This year Pat Bird has kindly agreed to host us once again. The address is 453, ch de Bolton Centre, St.-Etienne. Take exit 100 off Autoroute 10 west, turn south, continue to and through the village of St.-Etienne, past a small lake on the left to #453 on the left.
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As we have done for a number of years, we celebrate Thanksgiving with a worship service at the historic Huntingville Universalist church, which is on Route 147 in Huntingville, just opposite the Ascot River bridge. No service in North Hatley
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Today we celebrate our annual UN Sunday with, as guest speaker, a young woman from Washington DC who is studying at McGill University. Audrey is also an intern at the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office in New York City. We have flown the UN flag in our sanctuary for many years, honoring the mutual goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all, which is also the 6th principle of Unitarian Universalism.
Note: today we return to Eastern Standard time. Fall back or you'll be early to church!
Another annual tradition at UUEstrie, where we support Amnesty International by writing letters in support of those who have been unjustly incarcerated, usually simply because of their political beliefs. A special collection will be taken to cover postage for the letters we choose to send.
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