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Sermon [audio]: ‘The Resilient Slinky’

The following sermon  was delivered on Sunday,  June 3, 2018 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Andover by the Rev. Kali Fyre The title of the sermon is: “The Resilient Slinky”

Our sermon podcasts are made possible thanks to the support and vision of Susan Stott, long-time member of  the UUCiA.

The UUCiA podcast sermons can be played manually by clicking on the podcast player above. Or you may subscribe to our sermon podcast, which is updated two to three times monthly from September to May.

Instructions to subscribe with iTunes

Click UUCiA Sermon podcast to subscribe from the iTunes. For manual instructions see below:

Open iTunes, click “Advanced” in the File menu and select “Subscribe to podcast.” Copy and paste the podcast feed from below into the box and click “ok.” You are now subscribed to the UUCiA podcast using iTunes.

You will need to insert the url below as you subscribe within your iTunes application)
http://uuandover.org/feed/podcast/

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Gun Laws Save Lives: How Massachusetts Became a Model for the Nation

John Rosenthal, co-founder of Stop Handgun Violence

John Rosenthal, co-founder of Stop Handgun Violence

Come learn how to protect constitutional rights while ensuring increased safety for all of us.

On Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 10:30am, John Rosenthal, co-founder of Stop Handgun Violence,  will speak about Massachusetts’ gun laws, which his organization was instrumental in passing, and which form the most comprehensive gun laws in the United States, effectively reducing gun violence in this state to the lowest level in the nation.

Rosenthal will describe the strategies that accomplished adoption of common-sense legislation. What else needs to be done?  How can we do it? Methods for getting comparable federal laws in place will be discussed.

Come learn how to protect constitutional rights while ensuring increased safety for all of us.

Rosenthal’s talk, sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Andover, is the featured presentation during the church’s Sunday service. There will be an opportunity to meet Rosenthal and discuss this important topic over light refreshments immediately following the service. No reservation or ticket is required. All are welcome to attend..

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Andover, aka UUCiA, is an important haven in the Merrimack Valley for those who enjoy worshipping in a warm, friendly, and open-minded environment .The UUCiA is located steps from Main Street in Andover center. For more information, please visit: http://uuandover.org.

John Rosenthal is a businessman and gun owner who, with the late Michael Kennedy, founded Stop Handgun Violence in 1994 as a non-profit organization. Stop Handgun Violence works to prevent firearm violence through public awareness, education, policy advocacy and law enforcement strategies – without banning guns. For more information about Stop Handgun Violence, please visit: http://www.stophandgunviolence.org

What: “Gun Laws Save Lives”

When: Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 10:30am

Where: Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Andover, 6 Locke Street, Andover MA 01810

Directions: http://uuandover.org/directions/

No ticket or reservation is required. If you have questions, you may call or email the church. Phone: 978-475-4454. Email: uuandover@gmail.com

 

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Sermon [audio]: ‘Got Soul?’

The following sermon  was delivered on Sunday,  April 8, 2018 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Andover by the Rev. Lara Hoke. The title of the sermon is: “Got Soul?”

Our sermon podcasts are made possible thanks to the support and vision of Susan Stott, long-time member of  the UUCiA.

The UUCiA podcast sermons can be played manually by clicking on the podcast player above. Or you may subscribe to our sermon podcast, which is updated two to three times monthly from September to May.

Instructions to subscribe with iTunes

Click UUCiA Sermon podcast to subscribe from the iTunes. For manual instructions see below:

Open iTunes, click “Advanced” in the File menu and select “Subscribe to podcast.” Copy and paste the podcast feed from below into the box and click “ok.” You are now subscribed to the UUCiA podcast using iTunes.

You will need to insert the url below as you subscribe within your iTunes application)
http://uuandover.org/feed/podcast/

Posted in From the Minister, podcast, Sermons

UUCiA Half-Time Consulting Minister Position

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Andover is a small (63 adult members, 21 children and youth) congregation. We are a welcoming congregation that has been an important voice for progressive values and social justice in the Merrimack Valley for 171 years. We believe that we have a lot to offer, and we’d like to offer it to more people! We would like to team with a half-time consulting minister to work on visioning and mission; we know that it is time to think outside of the box (or “outside the pew”, as we like to say). We seek a minister who would like to join with us in this exciting, but challenging work. The Consulting Minister (who will have ministerial fellowship with the UUA) will also do the usual work of parish ministry, including leading worship (twice a month) and pastoral care.

Job title: Consulting Minister (1/2-time)

Compensation: Based on fair compensation guidelines from the UUA.

The Consulting Minister will:

  • Preach and lead worship two Sundays each month;
  • Provide pastoral care;
  • Help to lead the congregation through a process of visioning for the future;
  • Attend the monthly Board meeting; prepare a minister’s report for this monthly meeting; write a monthly column for the newsletter;
  • Collaborate, communicate, and coordinate with the Worship Committee and Music Director;
  • Collaborate, communicate, and coordinate with the Director of Religious Education;
  • Provide consultation with other congregational committees as needed.

CONTACT: Patty Brayden, pabrayden738@gmail.com

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Sermon [audio]: “Au Contraire: Do I Contradict Myself?”

The following sermon  was delivered on Sunday, March 18, 2018 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Andover by the Rev. Lara Hoke. The title of the sermon is: “Au Contraire: Do I Contradict Myself?”

Our sermon podcasts are made possible thanks to the support and vision of Susan Stott, long-time member of  the UUCiA.

The UUCiA podcast sermons can be played manually by clicking on the podcast player above. Or you may subscribe to our sermon podcast, which is updated two to three times monthly from September to May.

Instructions to subscribe with iTunes

Click UUCiA Sermon podcast to subscribe from the iTunes. For manual instructions see below:

Open iTunes, click “Advanced” in the File menu and select “Subscribe to podcast.” Copy and paste the podcast feed from below into the box and click “ok.” You are now subscribed to the UUCiA podcast using iTunes.

Podcast URL

You will need to insert the url below as you subscribe within your iTunes application)
http://uuandover.org/feed/podcast/

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Sermon [audio]: “The Times They Are A-Changin’ “

The following sermon  was delivered on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Andover by the Rev. Michelle Walsh. The title of the sermon is: “The Times They Are A-Changin’. ”

Our sermon podcasts are made possible thanks to the support and vision of Susan Stott, long-time member of  the UUCiA.

The UUCiA podcast sermons can be played manually by clicking on the podcast player above. Or you may subscribe to our sermon podcast, which is updated two to three times monthly from September to May.

Instructions to subscribe with iTunes

Click UUCiA Sermon podcast to subscribe from the iTunes. For manual instructions see below:

Open iTunes, click “Advanced” in the File menu and select “Subscribe to podcast.” Copy and paste the podcast feed from below into the box and click “ok.” You are now subscribed to the UUCiA podcast using iTunes.

Podcast URL

You will need to insert the url below as you subscribe within your iTunes application)
http://uuandover.org/feed/podcast/

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Sermon [audio]: ‘Gathered Here’

The following sermon  was delivered on Sunday, February 25, 2018 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Andover by the Rev. Lara Hoke. The title of the sermon is: “Gathered Here.”

Our sermon podcasts are made possible thanks to the support and vision of Susan Stott, long-time member of  the UUCiA.

The UUCiA podcast sermons can be played manually by clicking on the podcast player above. Or you may subscribe to our sermon podcast, which is updated two to three times monthly from September to May.

Instructions to subscribe with iTunes

Click UUCiA Sermon podcast to subscribe from the iTunes. For manual instructions see below:

Open iTunes, click “Advanced” in the File menu and select “Subscribe to podcast.” Copy and paste the podcast feed from below into the box and click “ok.” You are now subscribed to the UUCiA podcast using iTunes.

Podcast URL

You will need to insert the url below as you subscribe within your iTunes application)
http://uuandover.org/feed/podcast/

Posted in From the Minister, podcast, Sermons

To My Beloved Congregation

It is with a sense of overwhelming gratitude and tenderness that I write you now to tell you that I will be leaving as your minister. I intend to continue serving through the period of my contract, which goes through June 30, 2018. I will always treasure the years that I have been with the UUCiA. There are no words to express how deeply I love you, and have felt loved by you. It has been an honor, a privilege, and a pleasure.

This is my ninth year as your consulting minister; though it has always been a part-time, year-to-year contract position, I think the commitment between the congregation and me has felt more like that of a settled or “called” ministry position. We have been, in my opinion, a wonderful match for each other. We have successfully shared ministry together, from creating a warm, nurturing spiritual community of all ages to becoming more involved in anti-racist initiatives that match the promise of our Black Lives Matter flag, including such nascent organizations as Merrimack Valley Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) and the Merrimack Valley Interfaith Sanctuary Network.

Throughout the fall, I have been in discernment as to what is best for the UUCiA in moving forward. I have been impressed by the commitment of the fUUture Task Force and the Board in thinking through options for financial stability. I have been impressed by the engagement of the congregation in attending the information meetings and the Mid-Year Meeting as well.

I have been deeply touched that so many of you want to find a way to keep my time at three-quarters. I also feel that in some ways, the conversation about the future of the congregation has focused too much on keeping me as the minister, whether at three-quarter-time or half-time.

I strongly believe that the congregation needs to focus on its mission and vision beyond the question of who is serving as your professional minister. After much discernment, I feel that my continuing presence will distract and detract from the work that you need to put before you in the months and years to come.

The congregation needs to look ahead courageously and with hope and perhaps even an entrepreneurial spirit. I am choosing to leave now because I believe that the congregation will be in a better position to take a fresh look at its future with a new professional minister. I do not make this decision lightly, or without sadness. I am currently “in search”. There are some exciting possibilities for me, and I will certainly let you know what my next professional step will be.

Please know that I am very happy to serve as your minister for the next several months; we have enough time for a good leave-taking, and we also have a chance to have a meaningful second half of the congregational year. I am giving months of notice in part so that the Board and other lay leaders will have time to be in touch with New England Region staff as well as the Transitions Office at the Unitarian Universalist Association as you begin to think about the direction you would like to take in terms of professional ministry.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being a wonderful congregation.

With love and in faith,

Rev. M. Lara Hoke

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Sermon [audio]: ‘Behold, I’m Doing a New Thing’

The following sermon  was delivered on Sunday, February 5, 2018 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Andover by the Rev. Lara Hoke. The title of the sermon is: “Behold, I’m Doing a New Thing?”

Our sermon podcasts are made possible thanks to the support and vision of Susan Stott, long-time member of  the UUCiA.

The UUCiA podcast sermons can be played manually by clicking on the podcast player above. Or you may subscribe to our sermon podcast, which is updated two to three times monthly from September to May.

Instructions to subscribe with iTunes

Click UUCiA Sermon podcast to subscribe from the iTunes. For manual instructions see below:

Open iTunes, click “Advanced” in the File menu and select “Subscribe to podcast.” Copy and paste the podcast feed from below into the box and click “ok.” You are now subscribed to the UUCiA podcast using iTunes.

Podcast URL

You will need to insert the url below as you subscribe within your iTunes application)
http://uuandover.org/feed/podcast/

Posted in From the Minister, podcast, Sermons

Upcoming Events

Events are held at 6 Locke Street unless otherwise indicated. Questions? Is your event not listed? Please tell us! The deadline for newsletter submissions is Wednesdays at 6pm. See full calendar
  • June 19, 2018
    Book Discussion Group

    Book Discussion Group to discuss Elephant Company by Vicki Croke. July’s book is Beartown by Frederik Backman and…

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    7:30 pm to 9:00 pmBaffi-Dugan Home


  • June 20, 2018
    Welcoming Faiths

    Phone banking in conjunction with Freedom for all Massachusetts staff. This would be to contact people and spread the…

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    6:00 pm to 9:00 pm6 Locke Street


  • June 27, 2018
    Summer Potluck

    Complete potluck schedule with locations and contact information is available on the UUCiA More details

    6:00 pm to 8:30 pmHitchins Home


  • July 1, 2018
    No Service Today

    See us next Sunday!

    During the summer -- from June 24 to August 26 -- we hold lay-led informal…

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    9:30 am to 10:30 am6 Locke Street


  • July 4, 2018
    No Potluck Today

    Complete potluck schedule with locations and contact information is available on the UUCiA More details

    6:00 pm to 8:30 pm


  • July 12, 2018
    Board Of Directors

    Members and friends of the congregation are always welcome to attend Board meetings.

    Return to the UUCiA…

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    7:15 pm to 8:45 pm6 Locke Street


  • July 17, 2018
    Book Discussion Group

    July’s book is Beartown by Frederik Backman.

    The book group meets on the third Tuesday of…

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    7:30 pm to 9:00 pmVarious Homes


  • July 25, 2018
    Summer Potluck

    Complete potluck schedule with locations and contact information is available on the UUCiA More details

    6:00 pm to 8:30 pmBicking Home