Upcoming at DDUUC 6/21

During July, Aug. and September, DDUUC holds no Sunday service on the first Sunday of the month. That means, no service on Sunday, July 4, no service on Sunday, Aug. 4, and no service Sunday, Sept. 5.

June 6 – Discussion – Topic To Be Determined
June 13 – Rev. Larry Smith – To Be or to Do?
Unitarian Universalists often wish to be people of action rather than people of
contemplation, yet both are important and are necessary for our free faith. What is the
difference between Meaning and Purpose?
June 20 – Gail Trautz – Scars, Seen and Unseen
What makes us who we are – our scars tell our story – how do we interpret them – and
how do others see us through our scars.
June 27 – Christina Sturgis – End of Year Wrap Up

Annual Congregational Meeting is to be held June 13 with official notification going out to members on or about June 3.

DDUUC will be a stop on the Bordentown Historical Society’s Home and Garden Tour on Saturday, June 26.

DDUUC had a wonderful experiece participating in the Bordentown City-Wide Yard Sale on the weekend of June 5 and 6. Kelly Hansen did a wonderful job coordinating for DDUUC!

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May 2021 Click here to join us.

May 2 – Discussion – What Comes Next? “Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next. We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice
and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it.” Michele Casella Collier
May 9 – Kirsten DeLuca – “Mother” Nature. Transcendentalism is a spiritual movement and point of view that is much like Unitarian Universalism, as it focuses on the independence on the thought and mind. Transcendentalism relates to being “born” and viewing the world in different ways which are less materialistic and more nature-based. As Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
May 16 – Roger Long – Virtual Art Show. One positive thing about 2020, it stimulated our creative juices, as in all trying times. May 16 is the opportune time to share with us how it affected your creativity. It can be in the form of a song, hymn, poem, collage, montage, drawing, sculpture, to mention
just a few forms art expression takes.
May 23 – Rev. Larry Smith – “The Flower You Choose” – Flower Ceremony Sunday– What kind of flower do you choose?  What is given to you? What do you decide?  We will reflect on the paths taken and not taken.  The flower we chose and the flower not chosen.  For the flower ceremony, bring a flower or a picture of a flower of your choice or artwork expressing the flower you would share if you could.  We shall share by Zoom.

The Meeting ID# 819 313 1486 Password: uuchurch

May 30 – Warren Spengler – Truth in Aging: A baby boomer looks at getting older.

Annual Congregational Meeting is to be held June 13 with official notification going out to members on or about June 3.

DDUUC will be participating in the annual Bordentown City-Wide Yard Sale on the weekend of June 5 and 6. Kelly Hansen is coordinating for DDUUC. Folks will be at 39 Park St. from 3 to 7 on Friday night to accept merchandise and folks will staff our site from 8 to noon on Saturday and Sunday.

DDUUC will be a stop on the Bordentown Historical Society’s Home and Garden Tour on Saturday, June 26.

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Upcoming at DDUUC April 2021

April 25 – Rev. Dave HunterShall We Give God a Second Chance?
Many Unitarian Universalists have ambivalent feelings about God. The God who watches over humanity and intervenes in our affairs from time to time seems implausible, but are there other images of God that are worth consideration? Is “God” still a useful word for you? How would you describe God – the God you believe in, or don’t?

April 24 – Presentation on Delanco Solar Farm. 7 p.m. on Zoom at 899-0379-7035.

April 25 – Board of Trustees. Kelly Hansen will present a fund-raising idea. On Zoom.

April 25 – Memorial Service for Elly Leonard 2 p.m. Zoom 994 9834 7448
code 227573.

Board of Trustees meetings for the remainder of the 2020-21 year will be held at 11:15 a.m. by Zoom on Sunday following the church service. The remaining dates are April 25, May 23 and June 27.

May 12 – Book Club meets to discuss “The Little Paris Bookshop.” By Nina George.

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Upcoming at DDUUC March ’21

March 7 – Community Gathering – You Are What You Eat
March 14 – Rev. Larry Smith – “Do You Care?”
Empathy is not a value in our society. What is it and how do we get it back?
March 21 – Joan Spengler – Ostara
Ostara is the feast of the Vernal Equinox and the beginning of a season long transition
to summer. But isn’t all life a transition to the nest step?
March 28 – Roger Long – “What Possible Good Can Come from a Plague?”

Click here to hear John DeMasi’s song, “Let Me Shine” from the March 21 church service.

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Feb. 7 – Community Gathering – Heart Health
In addition to celebrating Valentine’s Day in February, it is also American Heart month.
Join the discussion about what keeps your heart healthy in so many ways.
Feb. 14 – Rev. Larry Smith – Human/Nature
It seems that there’s nothing new in “the theology of the liberal church,” as it was called
in theological school. But there is something that has always been there and is still
something new at the same time, reasonable and mystical.

Feb. 15Spirit Circle – zoom 865 2682 5812 code 752749
Feb. 21 – Trish Concannon – Secrets

Feb. 24 Sending You Light – 7 p.m. Music Event with UU Activist and Vocalist Melanie DeMore,
Feb. 28 – Gail Costanza – Pledge Sunday
This is our annual pledge service, asking you what you can give to the church to
support its programs.

March 5 — UU Faith Action Gala — Click here to register. John DeMasi is DDUUC’s contact for this.

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Dec. 6 – Community Gathering – Discussion of Holiday Traditions.

Dec. 13 – Rev. Larry Smith – An Advent Like No Other
Advent is either the beginning or the end. What is this season beginning for
you? What is ending?

Dec. 20 – Gail Costanza – A Traditional Christmas Service?
Will we be able to have a traditional Christmas service this year? We will try! Please
have a candle with you if possible.

Dec. 21 – Spirit Circle hosts a Solstice Celebration on Zoom at 7 p.m.

Dec. 27 –Rev. Dave Hunter – Why Is There Something Rather than Nothing? Ultimate
Question or Pointless Diversion?
To conclude the year – and prepare for the year about to begin – let’s consider
together what many consider the most basic question of all: why is there something
rather than nothing? If you know the answer, please let Rev. Hunter know as soon as possible
(davidhunter2405@comcast.net) (at least no later than December 20).

Our services are on Zoom due to Covid-19. Click here for the administrator to let you in.

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Share a poem!

Our 10 a.m. service on Sunday, Oct. 4, Christina Sturgis will lead a discussion about poetry so bring a poem you love, a poem you hate or a poem you wrote. Song lyrics and raps, count too. Scroll down for the link to join us on Zoom.

To get your thoughts flowing, here is a list of poets. Mary Oliver, Emma Lazarus, Walt Whitman, Carl Sandburg, Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Sylvia Plath, Dylan Thomas, Ogden Nash, Doctor Suess, Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, Joy Harjo, Ted Hughes, Robert Graves.

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Update: Congregational Mtg.

The congregational meeting will be held from noon to 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 23, by Zoom teleconferencing. The meeting ID is 892-5579-7618 and the password is church.

According to the DDUUC bylaws, in order to conduct business, we must have a quorum of 50 percent of membership, in attendance at the Zoom meeting. The Board of Trustees has been informed that ballots already cast by members should be discarded if the members who cast them do not attend the Zoom meeting.

The Board of Trustees understands the Corona Virus Pandemic is putting extra strain on everyone and hopes to resolve these issues in the fairest, less stressful way while observing state requirements for social distancing.

Thank you for your participation.

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Annual meeting Aug. 23


Due to Covid-19 we are having the election and annual congregational meeting differently. As a congregation, we vote yes or no on two things, the slate of candidates for the board of trustees and the budget.

Here is the slate of candidates: President Christina Sturgis; Vice President Mary Watterson; Secretary Jennifer Steffee; Treasurer John DeMasi; Joan Spengler Chair of the Sunday Service Committee; Chair of Religious Education Patricia Concannon; and Chair of Social Action Kara DeRose.

The proposed $23,770 budget is enclosed. It is a “bare bones” spending plan that reflects reduced revenue due to Covid-19 and other issues. To meet our obligations, the Board of Trustees has decided not to pay ministers and other speakers to preach during the 2020-21 church year.

We will continue to have Sunday services as follows: the first Sunday of each month will be an informal Zoom video conference, perhaps a talkback session or a virtual coffee hour.  The Rev. Larry Smith, our community minister, has agreed to present a sermon on the second Sunday of each month, except May. The third and fourth Sundays will be programmed by the Sunday Service Committee.

A hearing on the budget and candidates will be held over Zoom video conferencing from noon to 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23.  Please fill out the enclosed ballot and mail it back in the enclosed envelope to be postmarked no later than Sept. 1, 2020.

If you have questions, you may leave them on the church voice mail at (609) 444-9349 or church email at DDUUC@yahoo.com.

Sincerely, DDUUC Board of Trustees

Aug. 2, 2020

Thank you! Thank you!

As this church year comes to a close, I would like to thank the congregation for allowing me to serve as the president of the Board of Trustees. It has been an honor and a privilege.
We are a very small congregation that accomplishes a great deal. I thank the board of trustees for bringing their best selves to the table in person and on Zoom.
We started the year with Vice President Mary Watterson, Secretary Mary Ann Kiefer, Chairwoman of Sunday Services Joan Spengler, Treasurer Jennifer Chaiken, Chairwoman of Social Action Kara DeRose and Chairwoman Religious Education Patricia Concannon.
Mary Ann Kiefer had to drop out due to health problems. Mary Watterson stepped up to take the meeting minutes, and agreed to represent us at the annual UUA General Assembly. She will have some insights to share with us about that.
We need to give a big shout out to Patricia Concannon for purchasing – at her own expense — a subscription to Zoom video conferencing. Thanks Trish.
Thanks go to Cathy Ann Vandegrift for sending out group emails and handling the church phone and for sending out cards via the Caring Committee. She is going to continue as such, even though we know she has had a challenging year.
Thanks to Warren and Joan Spengler for starting the coffee on Sundays and greeting everyone. Thanks to Ish Chawla for initiating post-service cleanup and dish washing. Thanks also to Joan for coordinating our Spirit Circle. I particularly enjoyed our solstice and our harvest gatherings this past year.
Thanks to all the folks who provided coffee hour snacks!
In September, Joan Spengler and I attended a workshop about shootings at houses of worship, a terrible thing. I appreciate Joan and Roger Long for arranging for the Bordentown police to tour building, a first step toward greater security. We will do more.
Heartfelt thanks to Warren for coordinating our Interfaith Dialog in October, which brought out meaningful engagement on the topic: how should faith communities respond to the rise of intolerance?
Also in the fall, we said goodbye to Ruth Cristy, who returned to her native Virginia to be close to family. Joan and Bea Chawla coordinated a beautiful tribute to Ruth who gave so much to this community. Ruth’s dear friend, Elly Leonard, was well enough to attend.
We also said good-bye to Tom Reilly who passed away Oct. 17. We had a nice memorial service back when we could meet in person. During the summer, I had visited Tom and Prim Reeves and they gave me a gavel for my presidency along with words of encouragement.
Thanks goes to Pete Costanza for doing a beautiful job on the pulse. The monthly newsletter of DDUUC goes out by email, but if you missed one, they are posted on our website, DDUUC.ORG. I would like to thank Gail Costanza for serving on the Sunday Service Committee and doing a lovely flower communion service, despite a year filled with challenges.
My deepest appreciation goes to Trish Concannon, Betsy Young and Kara DeRose for running our children’s religious education program. The religious education students put UU values into practice by pitching in on the motel meals program. Raquel Parker’s Girl Scouts have contributed generously as well.
I wish to thank Kelly Hansen for coordinating another edition of “Building Your Own Theology,” a religious education program for adults. I have taken it twice. Kelly does a wonderful job.
I would like to thank Kara for keeping the motel meals program alive despite Covid-19 lockdown. She very compassionately told the senior members of the crew they could stay home since they were at greatest risk from the virus. The program has continued to distribute prepackaged foods to minimize contamination.
The motel meals crew included Roger, Betsy, Mary Watterson, Sandra Lebeau and Christine Wright and the whole DeRose family.
I would also like to thank the board members who have agreed to serve in the same roles next year, pending the outcome of the annual election. New to the slate of candidates will be Jennifer Steffee as secretary and John DeMasi as treasurer. Thanks to the board and the nominating committee of Mae Carter, Mike Skelly and John DeMasi for getting the slate of candidates together.
Thanks also to our finance committee of Cathy Ann Vandegrift and Gail Costanza for working on the budget and the auction. Perhaps a new fund raiser can be created around fashion face coverings, adorable latex gloves and designer fragrance hand sanitizer.
I also wish thank Lois Long for playing the piano way back when. Thanks also to John DeMasi for his musical contributions, some of which he composed.
On a very different musical note, I must thank to Barbara Kotch for hosting our karaoke sessions. She hosted in costume as Lola the showgirl in the Barry Manilow song, Copacabana. Every church needs comic relief, and we have ours from Lola. Barbara also coordinates the cookie exchange, a favorite of mine. Also thanks to Gail Costanza and Joan Spengler for keeping the mitten tree tradition alive.
Thanks to Roger Long and Walter Kaden for their work on the buildings and grounds committee. I visited the church recently and found Walter trimming the gardens and mowing the lawn. Thanks also to roger for coordinating the book sale.
I would like to thank Andy Maskell for coordinating our chalice circle meetings, which I have continued on Zoom. I would like to thank all of the committee members, including the committee to restructure the committees and the bylaws committee.
I would also like to thank someone for a fine presentation on Fairvote.org, an organization that works for election reform, with ranked- choice voting. Someone wanted to do an evening information program on this, but the pandemic intervened. (The person asked to remain anonymous and I have complied with this request.)
The annual election will take place when the budget is complete, so please send in your pledge forms – an email to Jen Chaiken will suffice. You can a paper pledge to Jen or to the church, 39 Park St., Bordentown, NJ 08505. Contributions may be made with the PayPal button at DDUUC.ORG.

Sincerely, Christina L. Sturgis,

President Board of Trustees, DDUUC

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Be a candidate!

Due to the global pandemic of Covid-19, the annual election is going to be different this year. The duties of secretary are posted for those who have inquired. More information will be provided. To download a .pdf of job descriptions at DDUUC, click on the button below.

The secretary is posted here because the duties have been amended out of necessity and the changes are noted at #11 below.



The Secretary ensures effective communication is maintained among the Board, minister, and congregation by recording and keeping an accurate record of all official Board and congregational meetings. The Secretary maintains and ensures the security of the historical and legal records of DDUUC. The Secretary serves as an executive member of the Board as defined by the Bylaws of DDUUC.

Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Record and maintain the minutes of all meetings of the congregation, the Board of Trustees, and other official meetings.

2. Maintain a record of policies and procedures adopted by the Board and ensure a copy of the current Bylaws is available at each meeting.

3. Act in the official capacity of Board member when attending any function authorized by the Board.

4. Serve as the Board liaison to the Public Relations Committee and represent their concerns to the Board if requested. May attend committee meetings in a non-voting, advisory capacity.

5. Attend DDUUC Board and congregational meetings.

6. Ensure the minutes of the previous Board meetings are available at the next Board meeting. Forward a summary of monthly Board meetings to the editor of the newsletter for inclusion.

7. Maintain a list of all Members and Friends. Work with the Membership Chairperson to ensure that the list is updated as required by the Bylaws of DDUUC. Submit the membership numbers to the UUA as required.

8. Provide DDUUC members with written notice of congregational meetings in accordance with the Bylaws.

9. Review and distribute incoming mail. Note: This can be delegated to someone else, but the Secretary is responsible for ensuring that it is done.

10. Sign, along with the President, all legal documents. Be the signatory on DDUUC checks in the absence of, or conflict of interest with, the Treasurer.

11. Send out official correspondence for the Board. Cathy Ann Vandegrift is not the elected secretary, but she has been assisting the secretary as follows: # 7. She has been keeping a general roster, checking messages left on the DDUUC cell telephone, and returning calls. She notes that the secretary is supposed to keep an inventory of who has keys to the building. She has been running the DDUUC email account as well.

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Welcome to a small and supportive congregation!

We practice the principles of Unitarian Universalism first with each other. We cheer each other on as we face the joys and disappointments of life.

We excel in what the Unitarian Universalist Association calls Small Group Ministry. We have Spirit Circle to explore pagan traditions. We have a Humanist Forum for folks inclined that way. We deliver hot food to homeless people living in emergency shelter at local motels. We socialize together on Movie Nights, Storytelling Events, Karaoke Parties, and Game Nights.

We eat together and write together and make art together. We raise money and write letters together about the issues of the day. We share our concerns for social justice and the environment. We host Girl Scout meetings and welcome the community into our Meeting Hall on historical days, yard sales and whenever the people of Bordentown are out and about.

Check out the tabs on this website for more specifics, but more importantly, check us out! We hold services 10 a.m. Sundays from September through June. We would love to welcome you!

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Church Services, 10 a.m.

Jan. 19 – The Rev. Carol Haag – No matter what you call it – sestercentennial, semiquincentennial, bicentennial, bicenquinquagenary, quatrimillennium or just plain 250th – 202 is a big year for Universalism. It will be the 250th anniversary of John Murray’s famous 1770 sermon in Thomas Potter’s chapel in Good Luck Jan. 30, New Jersey. John Murray’s preaching of God is Love has been evolving over the decades – from personal salvation to social salvation – from afterlife to here and now – from love of persons to love of planet and the Web of Life. Let’s explore its meaning to us now.

Jan. 26 – Joan Spengler, Roger Long, Pete Costanza and Jen Chaiken will be tackling the concept of Spirituality: what it is, where it can be found, and why we look for it.

Upcoming Events

Jan. 20 – Spirit Circle 7 p.m.

Jan. 30 – Board of Trustees Meeting 6:30 p.m.

Chalice Circles – Beginning in January we will be hosting Chalice Circles as a joint ministry with member of the UU Congregation of Princeton. Chalice Circles are small groups of six to twelve people who meet regularly to share life experiences and thoughts around a spiritual theme. The expectation is that Chalice Circle members will commit to regular monthly participation for a full year. We will hold two sessions as trial runs on Jan. 13 and Feb. 10 from 7 to 9 p.m. and will continue with a committed group on the second Monday of the month thereafter.

All events are at DDUUC, 39 Park St. Bordentown, NJ, 08505, unless otherwise noted.

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Coming soon!

Chalice Circles and Fundraising Auction! The January 2020 edition of The Pulse is available at the Newsletter Page. Enjoy.

Save the date!

DDUUC will be staffing an informational table at the Bordentown Green Fair, 10 a.m. 3 p.m. Saturday, June 13, 2020. The event is at the Carslake Community Center, 207 Crosswicks St. Bordentown, N.J. 08505.

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Autumn at DDUUC

Our congregation is gearing up for a fall filled with meaningful experiences and plenty of fun. Instead of having a settled minister, we schedule services individually to be lead by Unitarian Universalist ministers, other speakers and members of our own congregation. Our Sunday services begin at 10 a.m

On Sunday, Sept. 1 — There will be no service, just a thorough cleaning of the building! Starts at 9:30 a.m.

Sunday, Sept. 8 — Our traditional Water Communion with a new ripple, a musical performance by Elaine Silver, who has studied the works of John, Paul, George and Ringo so seriously she considers herself a “Certified Beatle-Ologist.”

Sunday, Sept. 15 –The Rev. Flo Gelo will give the sermon.  Coffee hour chit chat may include the story of her chance meeting with a member of DDUUC – in of all places – Dingle, Ireland.

Saturday, Sept. 21 – DDUUC will be a way station for folks on the Bordentown Historical Society Fall House Tour from 1 to 5 p.m. 

Sunday, Sept. 22 — The Rev. Dr. Edward Frost will return to our pulpit for our morning service, then at 7 p.m., we will meet outside our building for Drumming by the Fire to mark the waning of the summer sunlight. Participants are invited to bring drums and snacks to share. For more information, contact Joan Spengler at captain.joan@hotmail.com.

 Sunday, Sept. 29 Michele Mazakas will give us her perspective as a member of Princeton PFLAG, Parents of Lesbians and Gays. This is part of DDUUC’s ongoing commitment to be a welcoming congregation.

October services are still being planned, but we know will hear from the Rev. Dr. Frost on Sunday, Oct. 13, and from the Rev. Flo Gelo on Oct. 20, a service that will be followed by a Bread and Soup Lunch.

On Saturday, Oct. 5 and Sunday, Oct. 6, we plan to staff and informational booth at Cranberry Fest.

On Sunday, October 13, DDUUC will host “Meet the Artists,” a reception from 1 to 3 p.m. showcasing artists from the A-Team organization, a separate non-profit organization that is headquartered at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen. A light lunch will be served. Suggested donation $5.

Tuesday, Oct. 22, DDUUC will host the Interfaith Dialogue, where leaders and adherents of different faiths discuss a topic together in the spirit of mutual understanding and peaceful coexistence. Topic: How Should Faith Communities Respond to the Rise of Intolerance?

On Oct. 27, DDUUC is planning to “haunt” the Bordentown Halloween Parade.

On Sunday, Nov. 3 — DDUUC’s Spirit Circle will present a service called, “Remembering.” This will be a look at the ancient underpinnings of Halloween with a healthy dose of congregation participation. November’s services are being planned as of this writing.

December: On Sunday, Dec. 1 – DDUUC will celebrate Chalica, the uniquely Unitarian Universalist winter festival. Watch this space for more information about services and events.

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Jan. 3 – Patricia Concannon – The Color of Law
A discussion of the book “The Color of Law” and how it illustrates our forgotten history.
Jan. 10 – Rev. Larry Smith – Human/Nature
It seems that there’s nothing new in “the theology of the liberal church,” as it was called
in theological school. But there is something that has always been there and is still
something new at the same time, reasonable and mystical.
Jan. 17 – Joan Spengler – Bean Soup and Pancakes
It is said that traditions help with cultural continuity. But when do traditions become
questionable, and when should they be considered dangerous? And what is a tradition
Jan. 24 – Roger Long – The Inauguration – New Year, New Regime
Let Us Be Hopeful. Maybe the most dramatic change for this New Year will be political.
But spiritual change can’t be far behind, and let’s think of that miserable month of
January as that most spiritual of months, for, like its namesake Janus, we will be
looking back and forward at the same time, better for our past joys and sorrows.
Jan. 31 – Warren Spengler — Accident of Birth — Warren will explore the often-cited opinion that the United States of America belongs to the ancestors of the immigrants who arrived the earliest.

Nov. 15 service

Chris Sturgis is doing this week’s service on Henry David Thoreau who penned the beautiful words, “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.”

Upcoming services

Nov. 8 Rev. Larry Smith The Democratic Process: Though tired of our four-year national obsession, it is important to reflect on how this relates to our faith. Why are UUs so taken with Democracy?

Nov. 15 Christina Sturgis In his book On Walden Pond, Henry David Thoreau said, “Simplify!” but I suspect it is a little more complicated.

Nov. 19 7 p.m. DDUUC hosted its first-ever Interfaith Dialog over Zoom. Warren Spengler coordinates this event. DDUUC thanks all the presenters and participants for a very enlightening session.

Nov. 22 Gail Costanza Martyrs: When we think of martyrs, we think of people like Joan of Arc and Socrates. Who are our Unitarian Universalist martyrs?

Nov. 25 is the deadline for submitting articles to DDUUC’s monthly newsletter, The Pulse.

Nov. 29 Joan Spengler Gratitude / Schmatitude: We have so much to be grateful for, but there is still a lot of work to do.