Self Defense for the Complete Novice

We are pleased to offer  self-defense classes for novices on the first Tuesday of every month, starting October 2, 2018 7PM. These  classes are open to the community. Donations are welcome.

We will talk about and practice a few basic self-defense techniques that can be used with no prior experience of any kind. Please wear clothing and shoes in which you can move easily; we will remove all jewelry, watches, etc. before starting, so you might not want to wear these at all. The lesson is meant to be instructive and useful, but we also want to have a lot of fun. There will be something for all ages and abilities.

Anyone can join in at any time as we will always spend some time going over basics.  Can never have enough of those!  Lessons will build to some extent and there will be new content from time to time.

To ensure everyone’s comfort, enjoyment and safety, we  must enforce a limit of  10 students per session.  Please arrive a few minutes early.

Your instructor, Karin Fuog, has been training in martial arts for more than 14 years, earning her fourth degree black belt in Karate, as well as some Judo, Aikido and Ju-Jitsu. Karin has taught in several dojos as well as running a dojo in Kentucky. When teaching self-defense, she emphasizes first learning to analyze the situation, then applying appropriate technique, and finally, practicing the will to execute technique.

Our building is located on 6 Locke Street, just steps away from Main Street in Andover’s town center.

Directions  and Where to Park

The minimum age to participate is 13.  Anyone under 18 will need a parent or guardian to sign for them.  We will require ID or birth certificate as proof of age for everyone so that we know who can sign for themselves and who needs a parent/guardian signature. Signed release forms are required. You  can print and bring them with you; we’ll also have forms available before the class starts.

Questions? You can reach us at uuandover@gmail.com

 

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We invite you to join us on the journey…

Welcome!  We are so glad that you have found the website for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Andover, which we affectionately call the UUCiA.  The tagline of this congregation is “A Liberal Religious Voice in the Merrimack Valley since 1847”.  We would go a step further and say that the UUCiA is an important haven in the Merrimack Valley for those who enjoy worshipping in a warm, friendly, and open-minded environment.

The UUCiA provides a spiritual home to many who would not have felt as sustained and supported anywhere else.   Read more ›

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Sermons archive: Listen to our podcast

Click here to see a list of sermons available in audio form.  If you would like a transcript of a sermon, please email Lara.

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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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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/

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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
  • September 18, 2018
    Book Discussion Group

    The book group meets on the third Tuesday of the month at various homes. All are welcome to attend…

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    7:30 pm to 9:00 pmVarious Homes


  • October 2, 2018
    Self Defense for Novices

    We are pleased to offer self-defense classes for novices on the first Tuesday of every month, starting October 2, 2018 7PM.…

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    7:00 pm to 8:30 pm6 Locke Street


  • October 7, 2018
    Sunday Service: TBD

    From the Sunday after Labor Day to the third Sunday in June, our worship services are held every Sunday…

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    10:30 am to 12:00 pm6 Locke St, Andover


  • October 9, 2018
    UU Stitchers

    The UU Stitchers will meet from 7-9 p.m. Join us for stitching and conversation. For more information contact…

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    7:00 pm to 9:00 pmAt various homes


  • October 11, 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


  • October 14, 2018
    Sunday Service: TBD

    From the Sunday after Labor Day to the third Sunday in June, our worship services are held every Sunday…

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    10:30 am to 12:00 pm6 Locke St, Andover


  • October 16, 2018
    Book Discussion Group

    The book group meets on the third Tuesday of the month at various homes. All are welcome to attend…

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    7:30 pm to 9:00 pmVarious Homes


  • October 21, 2018
    Sunday Service: TBD

    From the Sunday after Labor Day to the third Sunday in June, our worship services are held every Sunday…

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    10:30 am to 12:00 pm6 Locke St, Andover