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Unitarian Universalist Meeting House of Pittsfield, Maine

Maine-Wabanaki REACH Workshop

On Saturday, January 20 (snow date January 27), we will host a day-long workshop presented by Wabanaki REACH, an interactive learning exercise where together we experience events through the more than 450 years of relationship between Wabanaki and settler culture through gathering on a huge map of the state and telling the story together. This requires at least 20 attendees as well as volunteers. The 6-hour program goes through this history in detail, then focuses on understanding privilege, allyship, and decolonization here in Wabanakiland/Maine. To register, go to www.mainewabanakireach.org/events

If you have questions or would like more informationcontact, Barbara Kates at Barbara@mainewabanakireach.org  or by Phone 951-4874.

Common Read: What Does It Mean to Be White?  

Ongoing Discussion Group using this book as it's frame... 
Email hollyzadra@gmail.com for more info.
 

What does it mean to be white in a society that proclaims race meaningless yet is deeply divided by race? In the face of pervasive racial inequality and segregation, most "white people" cannot answer that question.

Robin DiAngelo argues that a number of factors make this question difficult for whites: miseducation about what racism is; ideologies such as individualism and colorblindness; defensiveness; and a need to protect (rather than expand) our worldviews. These factors contribute to what she terms white racial illiteracy.

Service Instead of Service: Second Sundays of the month

Second Sundays of the month | 9:45 a.m.

To honor and extend Pittsfield’s Year of Kindness, we take our UU values outside the walls of the sanctuary and into the world of our Central Maine communities. On Second Sundays of each month, we will gather together in service. As usual, we will meet at 9:45, share joys and concerns, and then spend our time intentionally spreading kindness.

Have a good idea for a group activity of unexpected kindness? Email uupittsfieldmaine@gmail.com.

WEDNESDAYS | For the Spirit

Each Wednesday, we offer time and activities for your spirit as a supplement or alternative to Sunday services:

SANCTUARY | 1-6pm

Our historic sanctuary is open to the public Wednesdays from 1-6pm. This is a time for quiet reflection, prayer, and respite. All are welcome to come in, light a candle, and devote time. Free; donations help us as we work to restore the historic sanctuary.

 

Pilates with Dansing Tree | Sundays

Pilates with Dansing Tree | Sundays ...  Join Dansing Tree Sundays at noon for an hour of pilates. $8 for Adults; $4 for Teens & Seniors. Sliding scale fee available. Bring a mat! And call 487-3883 FMI.

Sesquicentennial Celebration

2017 marks the 150th anniversary of this meeting house. Two key celebrations are planned including the September 10th Open House/Concert and the November 2nd Annual Turkey Supper that happens the first Thursday of each November.

Join us Sunday, September 10th as the Bike Maine Village descends upon Pittsfield for a 6pm OPEN HOUSE with hors d’oeuvres and desserts, followed by a 7pm CONCERT with DC-based singer-songwriter Crys Matthews. Then, top it all off with a POND FIRE at dusk on the Mill Pond.

We will provide HISTORIC TOURS of the building at 6pm and again at 6:30pm where you can get a closer look:

The Unitarian Universalist Meeting House was Pittsfield's principal historic meeting house in the mid- to late-1800s, and is, perhaps, the best local example of Queen Anne/Italianate combined style commissioned by and dedicated to the same families that lead Pittsfield’s growth and contributed significantly to Maine Central Institute: the Mansons, Parks, Lanceys, Vickerys, and Dobsons.

With its original stage and auditorium that made up the non-denominational East Pittsfield Union Meeting House, attached parlor, a full basement including kitchen that will be made commercial, and majestic sanctuary, the building is poised to function as a regional community center as well as maintain its Unitarian Universalist congregation. With no grange or community center in the vicinity, the building’s regional significance reaches not only Pittsfield, but surrounding communities including Newport, Burnham, Detroit, Unity, Thorndike, Troy, Canaan, St. Albans, Hartland, Palmyra, and even Skowhegan.

The exterior of the church has been slightly remodeled, but the unique interior remains almost perfectly preserved. For a rural town church, the First Universalist contains an uncommon amount of art: in the sanctuary, one counts 16 canvas murals of Biblical characters and saints by the Maine artist Harry H. Cochrane (1860-1946) who became a world-famous muralist in his time. The Pittsfield murals are among Cochrane's finest and most ambitious works as an artist and move beyond his more common abstract and floral designs to capture representational images of the body.

The stained-glass windows of the sanctuary are also of rare quality. Executed by Redding, Baird, & Company of Boston, the favrile drapery glass panels are singular in Somerset County and can be found in large arched triptychs on the south, east, and north walls of the sanctuary as well as in the transoms and throughout the auditorium, vestry, and parlor.

As well, the sanctuary features a working organ with over 600 speaking pipes that, in days of old, at was powered by the Sebasticook River, and in drought years, by young men.

Though the building is in need of extensive work, this year marks not only the 150th year of its existence, but the start of a building campaign to renovate and restore the building. We proudly honor those who came before, we hold this space sacred, and look forward to the next 150 years.

Join us! Celebrate! Eat! Enjoy a great concert! And take in this incredible, historic community building.

Suggested donation of $10-$15 will go to the Building Fund.

For more information, contact Holly Zadra at 487-2706 or hollyzadra@gmail.com

Annual Turkey supper

Thursday November 9th at 5,30 pm

Our Annual Turkey Supper is the first or second Thursday of each November, a time-honored tradition where people come together and share a totally local Central Maine meal. It starts at 5.30pm.

This year, we featured classical guitar upstairs!

PITTSFIELD - A KIND of COMMUNITY

Where Random Acts of Kindness Occur Daily 

The Pittsfield Public Library and Heart of Pittsfield welcome all to participate and enjoy a year of kindness. To celebrate the kind of caring community that Pittsfield is, everyone is encouraged to participate in random acts of kindness by "paying it forward" as the ripple effect of unexpected kindness touches more and more people.

We will honor our elders, our children, our care-givers, our animals, our earth, and ourselves, and each month the focus will be on specific groups to recognize and honor with kindness.

      January: Random Acts of Kindness
      February: Animals
      March:  Healthcare Professionals
      April: The Earth
      May: Teachers
      June: Be Kind to Yourself
      July: Parents
      August: Seniors
      September: First Responders
      October: Your Community
      November: Veterans
      December: Those in Need


And remember, the ripple effect happens not only when you pay it forward, but when you report acts of kindness that you've witnessed. Don't leave anyone in the dark: declare kindness you see to your circles and through social media.

And be sure to check out the Kindness Tree we created at Bud's Shop 'N Save: look for jars around town to add your own Kindness Leaf.

 

What Do Unitarian Universalists Believe?

Unitarian Universalism affirms and promotes seven Principles, grounded in the humanistic teachings of the world's religions. Our spirituality is unbounded, drawing from scripture and science, nature and philosophy, personal experience and ancient tradition as described in our six sources

The Seven Principles are:

  1. The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
  2. Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
  3. Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
  4. A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
  5. The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
  6. The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
  7. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.