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Unitarian Universalist Meeting House

A Place for All in Central Maine

The Welcome Table

Among the many ways our congregation strives to serve the community is to provide a home for the Welcome Table. The Welcome Table is a community-based free lunch program housed at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House. It provides an opportunity for socializing as well as a nutritious meal every Friday from 9:30am to noon, and has done so since 2009. 

 

The organizing team is composed of members of the Meeting House as well as people from the wider community. Businesses, local churches, and civic organizations volunteer to prepare and serve the meal.

 

The Welcome Table is always looking for partners to host - provide a nourishing meal and hands to help serve if possible. If you or your company are interested in contributing in any way please contact us using the form below. Thank you for your support.

Contribute to the Welcome Table

Service Instead of Service

Second Sundays | Service Instead of Service 9:45 a.m.

1953-1961 Secretary General to the United Nations Dag Hammarskjold wrote, "In our era, the road to holiness necessarily passes through the world of action." We are a people of service, so each second Sunday, we take our UU values outside the walls of the sanctuary and into the world of our Central Maine communities. Once each month, we gather together in service. As usual, we will meet at 9:45am, share joys and concerns, and then spend our time intentionally spreading kindness in creative and helpful ways

So far, we've made soup and bread for the homebound; we created and distributed bird feeder kits; we mopped, swept, and built a set for a fundraiser play in support of the Welcome Table; we packaged pollinator-friendly wild flower seed packets for distribution; and we organized a town-wide clean-up of Pittsfield, and walked the streets, trails, and pond to pick up trash; and we held fundraisers to support residents of Puerto Rico still recovering from the devastating affects of hurricanes Irma and Maria.

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

DISMANTLING WHITE SUPREMACY

Some of the work to dismantle the culture of white supremacy includes education, "holding space," and outreach. To that end, the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House of Pittsfield will host these upcoming events/groups/workshops:

The Fall 2017 Common Read was What Does It Mean to Be White by Robin DiAngelo focused on white socialization that we hope will serve as an entry point to what is more and more commonly referred to as “white supremacy culture” - the insidious ways in which white socialization creates racism and is hidden or hooded from popular discourse.

The Spring 2018 Common Read is Sacred Instructions: Indigenous Wisdom for Living Spirit-Based Change by Sherri Mitchell, Penobscot attorney and indigenous rights activist. Email hollyzadra@gmail.com if you are interested.

Indigenous People's Day evening workshop, Liberating Language: Decolonizing How We Talk, an exploration of how systems of oppression pervade our language, and how oppressive terms and phrases can sneak into our vocabulary without us even realizing it. 

Stay tuned for Liberating Language 201... Date and Time TBA.

In January, we hosted a day-long workshop presented by Wabanaki Reach, an interactive learning exercise where together we experienced events through the more than 450 years of relationship between Wabanaki and settler culture. The intense, 6-hour program navigated participants through detailed histories, then focused on understanding privilege, allyship, and, most importantly, decolonization here in Wabanakiland/Maine. 

On Saturday evening, March 31, we welcome the artist and visionary behind "Americans Who Tell the Truth" Robert Shetterly and Penobscot attorney and Indigenous rights activist Sherri Mitchell. Sherri Mitchell will present a reading and sign her book Sacred Instructions. As well, we will feature the artwork of Warsaw Middle School students who recently explored what justice means in the context of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In addition, Warsaw Middle School 8th grade students will display their artwork, "You Be the Judge: Justice Through Art” in the auditorium for two weeks at the end of March and the beginning of April.

See the "Social Justice" tab for more...

 

 

ULAS

For more than a century the ULAS (formerly known as the Universalist Ladies Aid Society) has served the community of Pittsfield, Maine, and the surrounding area by supporting elders, those in grief, transition, and suffering from illness. Their loving support is appreciated by many. 

~ Don't let the name fool you, men are graciously accepted and appreciated in the ULAS

It's All About Community Service

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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.